Friday, 15 March 2019

A Body In The Lakes by Graham Smith - Books On Tour



The woman’s l upimbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.

When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia Evans was known to be a tough character, but who would have strangled her?

Detective Beth Young quickly spots the links to three cold cases. Three women strangled and discarded in the stunning, wild hills of the Lake District.

As Beth begins tracking down witnesses, the team receives an anonymous letter claiming the charming mayor of Carlisle is behind the murders. There’s pressure from the top to clear his name. But Beth is determined to find the truth no matter whose feathers she ruffles in the process.

Beth knows the clock is ticking. The killer is hunting again. And it’s down to her to find who’s responsible before another woman becomes his prey…

A gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller from bestselling author Graham Smith, perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and J.R. Ellis. 

Author Bio:

Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel with Bookouture is set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

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My Review

Once again Graham Smith has delivered an excellent and gripping read. This is the second book in the series featuring Detective Beth Young. 
On the trail of a twisted killer, Beth is using all her skills to try and figure out who is responsible. I really like Beth Young, she is feisty and not afraid to speak her mind. Even when it can get her in trouble with her boss. She is determined to get justice for the women. 
I enjoyed the fact that this book delved more into Beth's relationships. Both professional and personal. She struggles to find someone to settle down with, I think partly because of her job, also she has issues surrounding the incident that lead to her having a pretty nasty scar on her face. The backdrop to the investigation is her scanning every place she goes, incase she comes across the man responsible. 
The crimes are gruesome which is a big factor in why Beth is so determined to solve it. Some of the scenes are disturbing. I had to take a breath at some points, but it all added to the emotion of the story and meant I wanted to see who was responsible as well as Beth. 
I am invested in this series at this point and I can't wait to see where the rest of the series goes. I couldn't stop reading A Body In the Lakes, thanks to Graham's writing. There was a great pace to this book and a few red herrings, which I always enjoy from this type of story. 

Thanks to Bookouture via NetGalley for a digital copy of this book to read and review. 


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