The Anglesey Murders by Conrad Jones @ConradJones

Book Description:

DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s. 
In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West? Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM

My Thoughts:

This is the first book in a brand new series featuring DI Alan Williams. Whilst this maybe a new series, the author has stuck with what he knows best and kept it in the fabulous setting of Wales. It makes for an atmospheric read in parts with the stunning scenery coming to life in my head.

I liked DI Alan Williams. He is no longer with his wife and lives on his own with his two dogs although his sons don’t seem to understand this and he is forever walking into the house with them using up his electric and food. The relationship between them was good to read and certainly can’t be easy having a dad as a copper.

Kim, Alan’s work partner, I liked also. Always great to see a strong female character in crime novels and her working relationship with Alan was a very enjoyable one and can’t wait to see them both in action in the next in the series.

The story has it all, with drugs, murders, serial killers, what more can a crime reader ask for? The murders are particularly gruesome, of which I have come to expect from this author. He doesn’t sugar coat but yet doesn’t go into any great detail either. He gives just enough to send your imagination into over drive with what the poor victims have been through.

The Anglesey Murders is a great start in a new detective series. It’s left me desperate for more. Conrad Jones is an author who has plenty of experience in writing crime fiction. It’s always a worry when an author creates a new detective, especially when you have loved their previous detective series, as you never know whether you can take to them as much as the other one. Happy to say that I did though and am very eager for the next book to come out. Dark, chilling with lots of thrills.

The Anglesey Murders is available to purchase from Amazon.

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