THE THIRD BREATH by MALCOLM HOLLLINGDRAKE #DCIBennett @Bloodhoundbook @MHollingdrake @sarahhardy681
Title: The Third Breath
Author: Malcolm Hollingdrake
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
What the Book Says
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?
OMG how I managed to patiently wait for the 7th book in the DCI Bennett series I will never know, I’m glad The Third Breath by Malcolm Hollingdrake has arrived, as I turn the first pages, the reunion of friends begin.
DCI Bennett is on compassionate leave, owing to the passing of his father, DC Owen has taken over the reins while Bennett is indisposed, but criminal activity doesn’t let up no matter who is in charge. Owen digresses that the investigation into the body found in the multi-storey is flawed, although death ruled as no suspicious circumstances, Owen’s isn’t convinced. Another body is discovered with the same evidential markers, or rather the lack of evidence, has DC Owen’s gut instinct proven a link. The return of DCI Bennett cements Owen’s insight, the hunt is on but the lack of evidence is proving difficult to capture the person responsible. Can Bennett and his team solve the case before this ruthless killer strikes again.
Each and every time I read about Bennett I fall foul to his characteristics, his intellect, strength and pragmatic approach to investigations. Bennetts external persona permeates a sense of trust, throw in a hint of humour, his imperfection, a tried and tested fallible character, which Malcolm has perfected.
Malcolm has produced a clever thriller with a rapture of indelible narrative, that with every piece of my imagination it contorted and writhed with the intensity of the criminal paradox laid before my eyes.
I am absolutely over the moon to have been given the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Third Breath by Malcolm Hollingdrake. Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Malcolm Hollingdrake and Sarah Hardy it has been a pleasure to write an unbiased review for The Third Breath and to be part of the Blog Tour.
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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