The Third Breath by Malcolm Hollingdrake @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

DCI Bennett is away on compassionate leave. After much soul-searching, he has decided to attend his father’s funeral.

DS Owen is left at the helm when the discovery of a body in a car in the multi-storey car park is reported. Initially, the Coroner rules out suspicious circumstances but when a second body is found with similar symptoms, Bennett is back in the fold. He suspects that the coincidences must be of some significance.
Soon Bennett’s team are hunting for a callous and devious killer who has covered his tracks effectively.

Will Bennett’s perseverance and attention to detail eventually crack this perplexing case?

My Thoughts:

The Third Breath is the seventh book in the DCI Bennet series. It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago since I started the first book. In those seven books, I have seen the authors confidence grow and flourish. Bennett and Owen have come on in leaps and bounds for me and I really enjoy the comfortable banter between the two.

My heart went out to Bennett, having to deal with the death of his father. It’s not something that he has fully come to terms with and luckily for him he has a juicy case to investigate.

The case that Bennett and his team are working on is a strange one to say the least. From the first murder I could never have envisioned what a dark and twisted path the author was going to take me on and I loved every minute of it.

I can’t go into too much detail as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for other readers but this has to be one of the most unusual cases as well as how the murderer goes about killing his victims. It makes for an intriguing and fascinating read.

The Third Breath is a gripping page turner of a read. I would go as far as to say that it is my new personal favourite in the series. It ticked so many boxes and I love that even though this is the seventh book in the series, the author never fails to shock and surprise me. A very clever crime novel.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

The Third Breath is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)


Author bio:


You could say that the writing was clearly 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 ten books now available. Completing ‘The Third Breath’ fulfils the seven book publishing contract with Bloodhound Books but there are exciting plans for the future, not only with DCI Bennett and his team but also with another series. More information will follow soon.

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 his novels.

This year, Malcolm self-published a beautiful and poignant short story titled ‘The Penultimate Man’ to commemorate the centenary of the conclusion of WW1. It has also been released as an audiobook.

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, ‘The Third Breath’.


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