Recovering from injuries sustained in a road collision, DI Bliss is taken directly from hospital to a fresh crime scene and ordered to investigate the vicious stabbing and murder of Jade Coleman.
When Bliss realises the victim had reported being stalked, and that two of his own team had been drafted in to take her statement, he is given the unenviable task of interviewing both of his detectives.
Increasingly it appears that the stalker may be their killer. However, several other people soon become part of the team’s suspect list.
Bliss also finds himself being questioned about his own past, and has to battle to defend himself whilst continuing to investigate the murder.
Soon more questions arise.
Why would anybody target Jade Coleman?
Why are the team unable to identify the victim’s close female friend?
And why did Jade recently leave her job without any explanation?
With his work cut out, and his team under pressure, can Bliss solve the case before more victims show up?
Or will the shadows of his own past reach out and drag him under before he can succeed?
Set in Peterborough, UK, DI James ‘Jimmy’ Bliss and his partner, DS Penny Chandler are investigating the murder of Jade Coleman, she was found at home, stabbed several times. But, she had previously reported a stalker and been interviewed by two detectives but no further action was taken.
Then Bliss, get hit by a car after chasing a ‘prowler’ at his home…is this linked to the investigation, to anti-nuclear activists or something more personal…..all will become clear!
I love Tony J Forder’s writing, he has a couple of storylines running alongside each other, it’s easy to follow though, some job related and some personal, and it’s great to see the lives behind the officers, they are human after all with a life outside the job. All though I’m not sure Bliss is human though….I mean who eats CREAM CHEESE AND PEANUT BUTTER sandwiches, that’s just wrong !!
The story is intense and really keeps you guessing, a gripping, heart thumping read. I can thoroughly recommend it. (And it’s only 99p at the moment for the Kindle)…
While this is number 4 in the DI Bliss series, it’s can be read as a stand-alone novel
About the author:
Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed, internationally best-selling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first three books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, and If Fear Wins, are now joined by The Reach of Shadows, published in January 2019.
Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone novel. Another book that was written as a stand-alone was Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. Before it had even been published, Tony had decided to write a sequel, and Cold Winter Sun was published in November 2018.
Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author.
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