Blog Tour: The Murder of Miss Perfect – Mark Eklid



*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: Detective Chief Inspector Jim Pendlebury almost died at the end of his last big case.

Three years later, he is struggling to cope with forced retirement and the frustration of failing to convict the teacher accused of killing an 18-year-old student after seducing her.

Now, he must try one more time to search for the vital piece of missing evidence the Police failed to find during the initial investigation .

Whatever the cost, this time he will make sure justice is served for the cruel murder of the beautiful young woman the media dubbed Miss Perfect.

This mystery starts as a police procedural, but twists and turns into new shapes as the story progresses, leading me to constantly reassess what I thought I knew and what I was expecting to happen.

Each time I felt I had established the pattern of the narrative, something changed – even down to my understanding of who the main character of the narrative was, never mind the murderer! It all felt so fresh and exciting that I was genuinely unable to put the book down and happily read it in one sitting, without even noticing the passing of time as I read.

Regular readers will know by now how much I love to be kept guessing by a mystery, and this book definitely managed that, and with a solid murder mystery plot, reasonable clues and an interesting cast of characters as well. It was surprising to me how even relative side characters like prickly Gemma Bales or keen Hannah Short were still memorable nearly a month (and thirty intervening books) after I read this story, not just the obsessive Jim Pendlebury, hunted David Bales, or all-round-perfect Abie Moran.

Fans of twisty, red-herring packed mysteries – I was reminded a little of Twin Peaks or Wild Things – will love this well-written, gripping story.

This is the first book I have read by Mark Eklid, and it certainly won’t be the last!

Shortly after her death, Abie’s distraught father, Shane, issued an impromptu statement to the large pack of media gathered outside his home.
‘She was the perfect daughter, the perfect big sister, the perfect friend and the perfect student,’ he told them. ‘She was simply perfect.’
His words were a headline writer’s dream.
In the manner in which they often apply a soundbite tag to a running story, Abie Moran was from then on popularly referred to in the media as Miss Perfect.
The case became the Miss Perfect Murder.

– Mark Eklid, The Murder of Miss Perfect

About the Author

Long before Mark first became a published author, writing was his living.

His background is as a newspaper journalist, starting out with the South Yorkshire Times in1984 and then on to the Derby Telegraph, until leaving full-time work in March 2020.

Most of Mark’s time at the Telegraph was as their cricket writer, a role that brought national recognition in the 2012 and 2013 England and Wales Cricket Board awards. He contributed for 12 years to the famed Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and had many articles published in national magazines, annuals and newspapers.

Writing as a profession meant writing for pleasure had to be put on the back burner but when his work role changed, Mark returned to one of the many half-formed novels in his computer files and, this time, saw it through to publication.

The Murder of Miss Perfect is his first novel for SpellBound, but Mark has previously self-published Sunbeam (November 2019), Family Business (June 2020) and Catalyst (February 2021). The earlier three are to be re-published through SpellBound soon.

All four are fast-moving, plot-twisting thrillers set in the city of his birth, Sheffield.

Mark lives in Derby with his partner, Sue. They have two adult sons and have been adopted by a cat.



Follow him at:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meklidauthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MarkEklid

Website:  http://markeklid.com/

The Murder of Miss Perfect is available right now on Amazon.

Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs on this tour (see the poster below for details) for more great content and reviews!

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