BLOG BLITZ: The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder

Due to unfortunate circumstances I only posted my initial thoughts when it was my stop on this Blog Blitz.  I am now delighted to share with you my full review for this brilliant book,

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Available from: Amazon UK    Amazon US   Amazon Australia

 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 Review

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.

DI Bliss is a damaged character with health and anger issues but one that grows on you as the realisation that under all that is a compassionate man who is determined to bring the villains to justice.  He soon earns the respect of his team and they all work together in an effective manner.

As with all Tony’s books the suspense and intrigue starts from the first page and from there I was hooked.  There are 2 cases running through the story one is a serial rapist and the other a murderer who targets old women.  Bliss soon gets a handle on the profile of the murder suspect but is totally baffled by the rape cases.  When a tiny link between the 2 is identified the intrigue increases and even more so when a Policeman from California notices similarities to a cold case over there.

This is a fast paced book with many twists and turns.  The reader is taken on a roller coaster ride throughout the book to a breath-taking conclusion.  An absolutely brilliant read and well worth the 5 stars.  Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy and to Tony for writing such a gripping story.

22365495_499399223774817_4544080396425244912_nAuthor Bio:

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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