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*BLOG TOUR* Crossed Out – Malcolm Hollingdrake ★★★★★

Blurb; 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 Review; Now, it’s been a while since I started and finished a book within the same day but Crossed Out had me hooked and I couldn’t put it down which is how I finished this gripping story within a day. 

Crossed Out had me intrigued from the prologue and it was great to be back in DCI Bennett’s world once more. I must mention that this is book six in the DCI Bennett series and it does make references to the previous books in the series so they are best read in order. The story is written well, thrilling and fast paced. You really won’t want to put it down. 

Crossed Out is a brilliant, cleverly written story with links to religion (Christianity) in this complicated, mysterious case. But not too much for it to become boring for the reader, infact I learnt quiet a lot from reading this story about Christianity myself which is always a bonus. This could be one of Malcolm’s best stories in the series yet. Very impressed. 

This is one of those stories that will make you go “Ah! That’s why it’s called that”. Outstanding and a well deserved five stars from me. I look forward to more by DCI Bennett and his team. This series really does just get better and better. Highly recommend. Crossed Out also made it into my top twenty books of 2017. Brilliant. 

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