Dying Art by Malcolm Hollingdrake


I am delighted to be part of the Blog tour today for Dying Art by Malcolm Hollingdrake, without further ado, lets get the show on the road.

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Book Description

Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world.

Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, where there is money to be made, violence and murder are never far away.

Working their way through a maze of galleries, museums and the internet, Bennett’s team struggles to make sense of the evidence.

Can Bennett tell the difference between what is real and what is fake?

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My Review

Art Is Not What You See, But What You Make Others See.

Edgar Degas

What can I say, Malcolm has produced another fantastic read in Dying Art, the fifth in the DCI Bennett series. Malcolm, somehow has the “Art” of surprising us with the carefully selected scenarios, the fact that Dying Art is centred around the Art World makes it a highly acclaimed read in my view due to the research and history Malcolm has invested in the book. Could you determine what was an actual original historically correct work of art?

Real or Fake

DCI Bennett has been on leave due to the death of a colleague in the last book Game Point, Cyril feels broken and the guilt is overwhelming at times, but he is trying to come to terms with the loss. When Cyril is eventually signed off sick leave he is thrust into the dark and murky world of Art Forgers. From the start the crime of what is seemingly a hit and run of a young woman, quickly becomes evident that it is murder but why, what are the connections, more murders follow and the art world is under scrutiny over forgeries. DCI Bennett and his team must follow the Art to find the forgers and the people responsible for murder.

There is no other way to describe Malcolm’s new book Dying Art except for downright awesome, I was intrigued and compelled by the plotline to savour every moment of what was happening, in the Art World and also Bennetts life. Malcolm I was thoroughly drained with journey you took me on, but it as a OMG type of exhaustion, I can’t thank Malcolm enough for Dying Art, a very enthralling read.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Malcolm Hollingdrake and Sarah Hardy for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of Dying Art, in exchange for an honest review.

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Author Bio

 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 four books now available. 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.


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