Today I am on the blog tour for Untainted blood by Liz Mistry the third in the DS Gus Maguire series.
In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.
However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.
Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.
As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.
Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?
DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.
Liz’s bio describes Liz as an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years. Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children. They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing. This knowledge of Bradford clearly shines through in Liz’s book and if like me you eagerly follow her release day pictures you get a real flavour of the city. In fact I really enjoy how Liz shows Bradford for the warts and all vibrant place it can be, unlike other novels I have read set in the city.
I particularly enjoy the ongoing character development and the richness of the characters beyond just the main protagonist, I am genuinely interested in catching up with Mo and Gus’s family as much as I am in what Gus is doing himself. As ever with Liz’s books this latest one contains everything you want from a crime novel, a great plot, well developed characters, a believable solution and detection, and enough darkness to keep you on edge without being gratuitous.
These novels are really classily written modern police procedurals that truly reflect on the multicultural nature of our British cities. I find them hard to put down once i start reading for me Liz Mistry is cementing herself as one of my favourite crime writers, and I hope to be reading the continuing saga of Gus for many years to come – A 5* + read for me