Following the brutal murders of Jade Kelly and Gina Elliot, newly promoted DI Dylan Monroe is assigned to work the case, alongside DS Layla Monahan.
As the body count rapidly rises—each slaying more savage than the last—it soon becomes clear the butchered and mutilated victims have one thing in common—they are all male to female transsexuals.
With time against them, Dylan is forced to go undercover in the only place that provides a link to the victims—Dorothy’s, a well-known drag and cabaret bar in the heart of Liverpool.
Avaline Saddlebags is a gripping, often amusing, psychological thriller with an astonishing twist that will take your breath away… change can be DEADLY!
What a totally refreshing change this book is. I don’t think I have ever read a detective book quite like this one. It was an absolute breath of fresh air and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
Overall this is quite a dark read. The murders are gruesome and the police are struggling to make any head way in the case. There are some seriously funny moments in it though. To go into them to much would be a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read the book but Dylan going undercover as a drag queen was enough in itself to bring some light relief to this tense read.
Dylan, I loved. I have to admit there are hardly any detective books that I have come across where the main lead is gay. Not sure why that is but it certainly makes this one stand out from the crowd in this genre for all the right reasons.
I like how the author lets us get to the know Dylan’s team from the off. With many books which are the first in the series, it’s not often you get to know the team that well, having to read further into the series to do so. With this one though, we get to know enough and I am looking every bit as forward to seeing Dylan as well as them in future books.
Avaline Saddlebags is a dark and tense read that I really couldn’t get enough of. Everyone needs to read this book! It had the perfect mix of dark and light as the story line was at times emotional as well as shocking. Pure genius and I can’t wait to see what the authors come up with next.
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