Crossed Out by Malcolm Hollingdrake #BlogTour

I am delighted to share my 4.5 star review for Crossed Out by Malcolm Hollingdrake on blog tour today




The Book

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.

My Thoughts

Crossed out is the sixth book in the DCI Bennett series and what a book it is to! I will admit that I haven't read book 5 in the series BUT I have read the first 4 back to back. I don't feel as if I have missed anything by not reading Dying Read which I will get round to reading soon lol There is plenty of  past references in this story. Although I wouldn't advise reading it has a standalone. I really recommend reading them has a series. It is to good a series not to miss.

Malcolm has certainly found is writing style and is show though out the story with one intriguing story we then follow two stories.With a twisted killer on the lose and we are introduced to DC April Richmond who I liked and I am looking forward to finding out more about her.

You can really feel the emotion in the author's writing.When we are taken on an emotional journey where we learn Cyril's past and l so much about his childhood. Through out this series the author is almost teasing the reader with bits of information about him. Then BOOM Malcolm throws it all in this story with one brilliant character build up....what can I say but I really do like Cyril Bennett even more now I know who is really is has a person. Lets just say his past makes him the person he is today.

Fans will not be disappointing with Crossed Out it is one hell of an engaging read which I couldn't put down.and highly recommend giving it 4.5 stars.



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 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 or 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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