DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.
Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.
DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.
Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?
Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.
Crossed Out is the sixth book in the gripping DCI Cyril Bennett crime series. I think it would be beneficial to have at least read the last two books in the series though the author gives just enough for anyone wanting to jump straight in but as it’s a fabulous series, I do recommend reading them all.
When I first met Cyril, the author didn’t give to much away about who he is or his past. As the books have gone along, the author kind of drip feeds us little bits so we are still left knowing that we like him as a character, but left intrigued to know more. Well Crossed Out we finally get to know a lot more about him and it didn’t disappoint!
I really enjoyed the two threads that run throughout this book. In one hand we have someone going around killing people in some horrific ways, which really did horrify yet thrill me, as well as finding out a lot more about Cyril’s past, which did make for some emotional reading I have to say. It made it feel that bit more personal and i think fans of the series are without a doubt going to love this book.
Crossed Out is a read that will have you gripped whilst racing through the pages. Set at a steady pace, things certainly hot up towards the end and left me feeling quite breathless. Cyril’s past is a welcome break in the story from the brutality of the murders which made it perfectly balanced. A great read and would even go as far as to say that Crossed Out is my new favourite in the series!
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 5/5 stars.
Crossed Out is available to purchase from Amazon. (please note that link used is an affiliate link)
You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route. Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember. Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has seven books now available as well as Only The Dead and Hell's Gate also being available in Audio.
Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels. Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel. *Links:* https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMalcolmHollingdrake/?fref=ts https://www.amazon.co.uk/Malcolm-Hollingdrake/e/B01EFXD068/ref=sr_ntt_srch_ lnk_1?qid=1489157119&sr=8-1 https://twitter.com/MHollingdrake