PI Vincent Delaney thought he was done with the NOPD until a string of seemingly unrelated child murders brings an unexpected invitation from the FBI, and his old boss.
A serial killer is roaming the South, preying on children appearing in pageants, and the police want him to go undercover using his own family. Accepting would mean lying to people he loves and maybe even putting them in harm’s way.
In Baton Rouge, a violent criminal has escaped and is seeking revenge for the brother Delaney shot dead. But Delaney isn’t going anywhere. He has unfinished business. Meanwhile, north of the French Quarter, shopkeepers are being extorted and ask for Delaney’s help. Extortion is a matter for the police.
But what do you do when those responsible are the police? Delaney has his work cut out and he’ll be lucky if he makes it out of this alive…
Owen Mullen is a The Mcllvanney Prize long listed Novelist
Delaney, And So It Began is the first book in a brand new crime series.
I have to say the book description piqued my interest right away. A serial killer murdering children that are appearing in pageants. I was slightly worried though it might be to upsetting as a parent to read but the author writes in a way that though sad, I didn’t feel traumatised reading it.
As much as I liked Delaney. The star of this book for me was his dog Lowell. Being an animal lover, dogs especially, I loved the bags of personality he has. He is an extremely clever dog that has a great connection with Delaney and I devoured the parts that he was in even re reading them as I just loved him that much.
I enjoyed the two story lines running through out the book with Delaney on the look out for the serial killer as well as having to watch over his shoulder with someone hell bent on taking their revenge out on him. It certainly makes for some tense reading.
Delaney, And So It Began is a strong, solid start to a new crime series. It definitely left me looking forward to more in the series as can’t wait to catch up with Delaney and his dog again. Full of suspense that will keep you guessing through out. a definite must read for fans of this genre.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Delaney, And So It Began is available to purchase from Amazon.