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Lying Ways by Rachel Lynch

When the bodies of two former inmates of Highfield Prison are found horrifically tortured, DI Kelly Porter must try to find out what has happened since their release that has angered someone so much. With unrest due to the poor conditions in the prison threatening to turn explosive, Kelly knows that there will be some resistance to her investigation, but will stop at nothing to find the truth.

I think I have just about got my breath back after reading the most explosive book of the series so far! By setting much of Lying Ways in Highfield Prison, Rachel Lynch has created an extremely claustrophobic read that kept me on my toes throughout. A very damning picture of the prison service is created as we see the effects of overcrowding, drug use and the market for mobile phones in an institution that has become extremely understaffed.

Kelly’s tenacity really comes to the fore as she challenges authority to find the killers of the two men, facing corruption along the way. I have always felt that Kelly is the sort of boss I’d like to work for – great at her job, not afraid to get her hands dirty and someone who would protect her team at all costs. We see all of this in Lying Ways.

I have read all of this series and I can say with some confidence that this is my favourite one so far. Fast-paced, thrilling and full of excitement, I hope that there is much more of Kelly Porter to come!

With thanks to Canelo and Net Galley for my copy.

Take a look at my reviews of the rest of the series here:

Dark Game

Deep Fear

Dead End

Bitter Edge

Bold Lies

Blood Rites

Little Doubt

Lost Cause

Lost Cause by Rachel Lynch

When the body of a woman is found in a bin, DI Kelly Porter fears that they have finally located a woman who had been reported missing some time ago. After the post mortem reveals that this cannot be the missing Chinese national, but a woman who is malnourished and appears to have been kept in a cage, Kelly is immediately concerned that the missing woman could suffer the same fate. When another woman disappears, and connections begin to be made, a race against time ensues to apprehend the man responsible.

Lost Cause is the eighth book in this series, and we see a huge change in Kelly’s circumstances due to her being pregnant. As someone so committed to her job, she is struggling to come to terms with how this is going to affect her, despite having the full backing of her partner, Johnny. I liked how her family all rallied around, giving her the support she needed, and I can’t wait to see how this part of her life develops after the birth of the baby.

The plot is a particularly dark one as in addition to the main crimes,we meet a troubled character, Kevin Flint. The target for local gossip due to events in his past, he is certainly on the periphery of crime, but at the same time, as his circumstances are revealed, I had nothing but sympathy for him. This part of the plot had a shocking culmination and I liked how there was some ambiguity to it.

We also have a new addition to Kelly’s team in Dan, a character who I feel fits in very well. He definitely looks as though he is from the same school of policing as Kelly and it looks as though he is going to play a vital role in future books, especially once Kelly has her baby.

Eight books in and this series is going from strength to strength. Kelly, her family and colleagues have become like old friends and I can’t wait to see where Rachel Lynch takes her next.

With thanks to Canelo and Net Galley for my copy. Take a look at my reviews of the rest of the series:

Dark Game

Deep Fear

Dead End

Bitter Edge

Bold Lies

Blood Rites

Little Doubt

Death on Coffin Lane by Jo Allen

Academic Cody Wilder has a reputation for being a bit difficult and DCI Jude Satterthwaite immediately gets on her bad side when he turns up late for a talk she is giving on Wordsworth. Personal feelings must be put aside, however, after her research assistant is found dead at the cottage she is renting whilst in Grasmere, and Jude finds himself part of the investigating team. With Cody seemingly dividing opinion amongst the locals, it is no surprise that trouble appears to follow her around, but with more and more people that she knows coming to harm, is she in danger or is something else afoot?

Death on Coffin Lane is the third in the Jude Satterthwaite series, but it can be read as a standalone as there are no real spoilers in here for events in the previous books. I really like Jude as a character, and am enjoying seeing how he is developing through the series. Although he is not exactly an action-packed police officer, we constantly see his strength when he faces people from his past who bear a grudge. I admire his ‘never give in’ attitude and can see how his personality suits the job he has in the Lake District.

On the other hand, Cody Wilder is a character that I disliked immensely. Don’t see this as a criticism, however, in fact it should be seen as the exact opposite. Jo Allen has written Wilder so well that she has evoked the same response in the reader as in the local people. Throughout the book, although it was obvious that she played some role in what was happening, I could not work out to what extent. While I never really believed that she had first hand involvement in any of the deaths, I knew that the plot would eventually revolve around her, but how?

I’m enjoying the Jude Satterthwaite series so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Jo Allen takes him next.

With thanks to Aria Fiction and Net Galley for my ARC.

Take a look at my reviews for the rest of the series:

Death by Dark Waters

Death at Eden’s End

 

Little Doubt by Rachel Lynch

When a local woman is brutally stabbed to death, there is a great deal of shock amongst the Lake District community. The death of another girl in a similar fashion does not command the same level of outrage, however, due to the difference in their social standing, and DI Kelly Porter faces a wall of silence as she tries to uncover the truth. When she begins to unearth a much larger conspiracy, the detective knows that she must put her job on the line if she is to see justice served.

This is a series that I have enjoyed since the first installment and I think I can safely say that this, the seventh book, is by far my favourite. With knife crime on the up, Rachel Lynch has written a very topical book, and one that highlights how this is not just a problem of the big cities. It was easy to see why witnesses were not forthcoming, with fear of reprisals being at the forefront of their minds. I am sure that there are some people who will read this book and will draw comparisons to an estate or area that they know.

For those who have watched the television series, there is a definite ‘Line of Duty’ feel to parts of this book, with Kelly realising that she cannot trust everyone who is supposed to be on the right side of the law. By introducing police corruption to the plot, we get to see a different side of Kelly as she realises that due to her integrity, matters may be taken out of her hands as she not only battles to solve the case, but finds herself fighting against those supposedly helping her to solve it.

One of the themes that I enjoyed most about Little Doubt, was how we get to see the best of people in the worst of circumstances. The mother of Keira Bradley, the murdered girl, was the epitome of a strong woman, going against the grain in order to bring order to her lawless estate.

Little Doubt is a fantastic book, with numerous plots that all converge to create a clever, gripping, topical story. One of my favourite reads of the year so far.

With thanks to Canelo and Net Galley for my copy.

Take a look at my reviews of the rest of this series:

Dark Game

Deep Fear

Dead End

Bitter Edge

Bold Lies

Blood Rites

**COVER REVEAL** Lost Cause by Rachel Lynch

One of my favourite crime series in recent years has been the D I Kelly Porter series by Rachel Lynch. Set in the Lake District, these books are a great read and the latest, Little Doubt, is, in my opinion, the best one yet. My review for this will be published in a few days, but in the meantime, I’m thrilled to be able to share the cover of the next in the series, Lost Cause, which will be published on 20th August 2020 by Canelo. This promises to be another great read.

The Blurb

Is he a victim? Or a killer?

Kevin Flint is a young man on the cusp of adulthood and something of a misfit. He has no friends and a reputation of being odd. At home he lives in fear of his cruel, controlling father. Kevin starts spending time at an abandoned church with an ancient graveyard, and learns couples also go there to have sex. He becomes obsessed with watching them. Soon, one of the women who he has followed is reported missing.

DI Kelly Porter investigates the disappearance and knows that the adolescent boy is hiding something. Kevin is culpable, but to what degree? The evidence against him begins to stack up and Kelly is torn between instinct and facts. Distracted by a looming crisis in her personal life, can she preserve what she loves and still uphold the laws she lives by?

A stunning new DI Kelly Porter crime novel set in the Lake District which is perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, L. J. Ross and Angela Marsons.

 

 

The Cover

With thanks to Sophie Eminson fron Canelo.

**BLOG TOUR** Death at Eden’s End by Jo Allen

When 100-year-old nursing home resident, Violet Ross, is found dead, it seems like, although a tragedy, it is just a case of demise due to old age. One member of staff, however, is concerned by the haste to draw a line under the incident, feeling that a post mortem should be carried out on the old, but otherwise healthy, woman. In an environment where everyone seems to be hiding something, DCI Jude Satterthwaite and DS Ashleigh O’Halloran must uncover an age-old secret before another person is found dead.

Death at Eden’s End is the second in the Jude Satterthwaite series, the first being Death by Dark Waters. I felt that the previous book served as a good introduction to the series, introducing the characters but leaving us wanting more. I was pleased that in this book, we get to find out more about Jude, and feel that he became much more of a rounded character. Similarly, we previously found out some of Ashleigh’s backstory and this was expanded upon here with the introduction of a character from her past. As a result, I definitely developed more of a connection to Jude and Ashleigh than I did in the previous book.

I really enjoyed the setting for the murder, especially as the victim seemed an unlikely one. It was apparent from the start that all was not well at Eden’s End, the Lake District nursing home, with an abundance of characters who seemed to be hiding something and had the opportunity to carry out the murder. This is definitely a book about secrets and we soon realise that Violet was hiding some major ones of her own. With a plot that takes us right back to World War Two, and the subsequent consequences of a person’s actions, there were plenty of twists and turns to hold my attention and make me desperate to find out the culprit and discover what their motive was. Although I deduced part of the plot, I didn’t work out who the killer was and was shocked when all was revealed.

I really enjoyed Death at Eden’s End, and feel that this was even better than the previous book. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

With thanks to Aria Fiction and Net Galley for my copy and to Vicky Joss for organising the blog tour.

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Blood Rites by Rachel Lynch

When a young woman is found naked on an ancient stone circle, DI Kelly Porter is not sure what, if any, crime has been committed. Before she can speak to her, however, the unnamed girl disappears from the local hospital, leaving no trace behind. Soon, when a woman is found murdered after a frenzied attack, the police realise that there are some people in the Lake District who believe in ancient ways and rites – is this connected to the woman’s death? Meanwhile, a face from Kelly’s past has returned to haunt her, a person who almost destroyed her family. Will they finish the job this time or will Kelly come out on top once again?

The sixth book in this series sees Kelly dealing with the aftermath of her mother’s death and the changing relationship she has with other family members. As always, the scenes she shares with Ted are always a joy to read and it was good to see him creating a close bond with Josie, the daughter of Kelly’s partner, Johnny. The characterisation is one of the things I enjoy most about these books, and over the series, I have found myself becoming attached to many of the main players!

The plot is an interesting one, dealing with pagan worship. Common misconceptions are dealt with throughout the plot, with those participating keen to tell people that it is not about devil worship but about the appreciation of nature. Of course, there is someone from within their ranks who has different ideas, and it is this person who Kelly and her team have set their sights on. The murders are particularly gruesome and we also have some references to animal deaths which some people may not enjoy. These are not descriptive, however.

The mystery surrounding the missing girl was another fascinating part of the story and one that definitely had me on edge. There is no doubt that the girl, who the police are struggling to identify, has a traumatic past and so it was particularly unsettling when she developed an interest in another of the characters. I definitely feared for the safety of Josie, a character who I was pleased to see come more to the fore in this book.

Blood Rites is another great read in the Kelly Porter series, and I’m looking forward to the next one.

Read my reviews for the rest of the series:

Dark Game

Deep Fear

Dead End

Bitter Edge

Bold Lies

 

**COVER REVEAL** Death at Eden’s End by Jo Allen

I’m pleased to be able to share with you the cover for the latest book by Jo Allen, Death at Eden’s End. This is the second book in the DCI Jude Satterthwaite series, set in the Lake District. My review for the first book, Death by Dark Waters, can be read here. I’m looking forward to reading this one and sharing my review as part of the blog tour.

 

 

When one-hundred-year-old Violet Ross is found dead at Eden’s End, a luxury care home hidden in a secluded nook of the Lake District’s Eden Valley it’s tragic, of course, but not unexpected. Except for the instantly recognisable look in her lifeless eyes… that of pure terror.

DCI Jude Satterthwaite heads up the investigation, but as the deaths start to mount up it’s clear that he, and DS Ashleigh O’Halloran need to uncover a long-buried secret before the killer strikes again…

 

Now to the cover. I love the dark, foreboding sky…

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**BLOG TOUR** Bold Lies by Rachel Lynch

When the body of a man is found in the Lake District, DI Kelly Porter is shocked when connections are made to the murders of two scientists in a secret laboratory in London. With a case involving the upper echelons of society, Kelly finds herself back on familiar territory when she heads to the capital to assist in the investigation. Reunited with her ex, and the reason she left the Met, DCI Matt Carter, Kelly finds herself in the midst of a challenging case where it is difficult to determine who to trust.

Bold Lies is the fifth in the Kelly Porter series and is very different to the previous books, with the action moving away from the Lake District for much of the novel. We also see a very different plot from what we are used to, dealing with crime involving those with the finances and contacts to do what they want. Those involved in the conspiracy are a truly horrible bunch and it was good to see the detectives slowly tighten the net, even though those involved thought they were untouchable.

Circumstances helped us to see a completely different side of Kelly in Bold Lies. Usually driven by her work and focused on the task in hand, we got to see a more vulnerable side when she returned to her mother’s house to sort out her belongings. I love the relationship she has with Ted and can see how vital he has been to help her with the grieving process.

In previous books, we learned how Kelly left the Met after she was betrayed by a colleague, and we finally get to meet Matt, her former boyfriend and man responsible for her relocation to the Lakes. Matt is not a likeable character and I could understand Kelly’s reluctance in wanting to spend too much time with him. I loved her partner Johnny’s reaction when she told him about her history with Matt, and almost wish he had followed through with his threat!

I’m really enjoying this series although, like Kelly herself, I am glad that she has returned to the Lake District as that is where she belongs! I look forward to seeing her back among the lakes and fells investigating her next crime.

With thanks to Canelo and Net Galley for my ARC and to Ellie Pilcher for organising the blog tour.

Take a look at my reviews of the rest of the series:

Dark Game

Deep Fear

Dead End

Bitter Edge

 

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