Today is my stop on the Blog Blitz for The Scent of Guilt but due to problems I am running a day or two behind so my full review will be posted later. Today I am sharing with you my initial thoughts after reading the first 30% of this book which is #2 in the DI Bliss series.
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THE SCENT OF GUILT by Tony J Forder
Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation.
Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims.
Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation. Could the same man be responsible?
Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.
But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past…
My Initial Thoughts
I am a big fan of Tony Forder. I have not yet read Bad to the Bone but read and absolutely loved Degrees of Darkness and Scream Blue Murder.
DI Bliss left Peterborough 12 years ago and has just managed to work his way back. The book begins with him being thrown head first into a murder investigation that turns out to be the 3rd case with the same MO: there is a serial killer on the loose. Him being given the investigation doesn’t go down well with his superior and others at the station so not only does he have to solve the case he also has to earn the friendship and respect of his colleagues.
As with all Tony’s books the suspense and intrigue starts from the first page and from there I was hooked. The other books ticked every single box of what I think makes a brilliant psychological thriller and this looks as though it will be the same.
To be continued…..
Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.
Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.
One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.
Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.
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