#CrossedOut @MHollingdrake @Bloodhoundbook @Sarahhardy681.
An understated but highly effective title, RED…DEAD…CORRECTED three deadly but intensely bold words and Malcolm Hollingdrake a master of all deception, sticky webs and a criminally tasty plot.
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.
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Is it just me but I can’t believe the way that Malcolm Hollingdrake manages to nail a superb criminal plot, Crossed Out is no exception. I waited for what felt like an eternity for a new DCI Bennett criminal investigation to be under way and Malcolm never let me down.
I quite believe that Crossed Out could be read as a standalone but to get the full insatiable desired insight into Bennett and his team I would recommend reading from the beginning.
Crossed Out is jam packed with many suspected leads, webs of tangled lies and my hunger to savour the delicious eye enticing plot. The appearance of numbered crosses, from long gone remembrance memories start to be unearthed in seemingly random areas, a bag of human hair attached, then the bodies appear. Who is sending these cryptic clues, what do they want, whats the connection and who will be next. Bennett and his team continue yo find some matching evidence, whats the relevance to bible and where do the team go from here.
Malcolm has intensified my appetite for DCI Cyril Bennett, he is a deeply emotional character carrying baggage from his childhood carried forth into his relationships causing him to develop a phobia of commitment which one could ascertain as slightly inept of him to define between the two, but there is a chance the past may come to rest. Bennett has a sense of humour which I enjoyed creeping in to conversations with Owen, its also puts a smile on my face when Owen always seems to make a mess around Cyril and the OCD behaviour rears his head and you can almost him physically cringe.
Crossed Out is an intense, criminally insane book which encompassed every piece of my soul with literary salivation. Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Malcolm Hollingdrake and Sarah Hardy for an advanced readers copy to read in exchange for an honest review.
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.