BLOG BLITZ: Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry

Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Blitz for this new addition to the Gus McGuire series.

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9781912604081 (1)Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry

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DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.

As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

My Review

This is book 4 in the Gus McGuire series.  I have read books 1 and 2 but not book 3 and although it works well as stand alone I did feel as though I was missing some background to Alice.

The story begins with a fire where there are multiple fatalities and the only survivor is a small boy.  We then fast forward a few years and a couple return from a weekend away, leaving their teenage son home alone, to find the house ransacked and a dead body in the bedroom.  Enter Gus Maguire and his team with his pathologist father being involved we are bound to be introduced to some humour given the strange dynamics between father and son.

This is a complex case with 2 dead and 1 missing teenagers and very few clues as to what happened Gus and his team are pulled all ways trying to untangle the clues while looking for the missing teenagers.  There are a lot of different aspects with drugs, church cults and many secrets will the team ever get to the bottom of what happened?

This is an intriguing story that keeps the reader turning page after page with many twists and turns to keep the adrenaline flowing.

It lost marks on a few points:  I find the author’s inclusion of what can only be described as stomach churning events that bring nothing to the story in this book we were treated to a teenager squeezing pus from his acne spots, not sure what all that was about.  Also Gus is attacked by 2 Rottweilers but only needed a few stitches???? He leaves hospital with his arm in a sling and then proceeds to administer CPR, in particular chest compressions.  I find that pretty difficult to believe so 4 stars from me.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.

lovely (3)Author Bio:

Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of  teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK.  She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016.  She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.

She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences

She is contactable on:

Facebook: @LizMistrybooks


Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp



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