*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Zoé of Zooloo’s Book Tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: With a reputation for solving bizarre murders Detective Inspector Jonah Pennance, recently transferred to the National Crime Agency, is brought in to investigate the mysterious death of celebrity fund manager, Grady Carnegie – choked to death, then his body arranged and ready for a wake.
Then a second corpse turns up under identical circumstances – that of washed-up investigative reporter, Stan Thewlis. But how are the two men connected?
Soon, Pennance’s partner, Sergeant Simone Smithson, comes under suspicion for the deaths – the evidence seems overwhelming. To save her Pennance must determine what role the shadowy organisation Blackthorn plays and who is in the background, pulling all the strings…
This is the second Jonah Pennance book (see here for my review of Book 1, Blood Sentence) and while you all know that my preference is to read a series in order, I do have to concede that this one stands perfectly well alone. But you should read the first one anyway, because it’s really good!
Jonah begins this book having moved on from the Sapphire task force, and now working for the NCA and fresh from a bit of a messy break-up. But there’s no time for his personal issues, as there has been a very strange death and Jonah is going to find himself ricocheting around London in his efforts to solve it.
The story is packed with information on everything from investments, hacking and crypto-currency, to sin-eating and the post mortem process, and yet somehow the pace still remains brisk and action-packed too! The murders are particularly unusual and quite gruesome murder methods here and the post mortem details were a little grisly, but the heart of the story is Jonah and his uncompromising determination to find justice.
If you like your crime thrillers gritty and intelligent, then I recommend checking out this series, which is turning out to be less of a police procedural and more of an ‘eccentric loner investigates’ style of mystery. I look forward to finding out what happens next!
Dead Money (slang)– Keith Nixon, Blood Money
Money invested not earning interest, dividends or capital gain.
Cash left in the pot after a player has folded, or,
An inexpert player unlikely to win.
Keith Nixon is the best-selling author of sixteen novels and one million words in print, including the Margate based Solomon Gray series of over 250,000 copies in circulation and reached no.1 on Amazon in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
Keith lived near the gritty seaside town of Margate, where many of his novels are based, for 17 years before relocating to the edge of the Peak District with his family where he lives today. Keith works in a senior sales role within a high-tech industry and has regularly travelled all over the globe.
His novels are published by Gladius Press and Bastei Lubbe (German)
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