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The Anglesey Murders: Unholy Island

(Anglesey Murders #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  31 reviews
BOOK 1 in the series. DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they're fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth ...more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published May 17th 2019 by Red Dragon Books
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Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is the first book in a brand new series featuring DI Alan Williams. Whilst this maybe a new series, the author has stuck with what he knows best and kept it in the fabulous setting of Wales. It makes for an atmospheric read in parts with the stunning scenery coming to life in my head.

I liked DI Alan Williams. He is no longer with his wife and lives on his own with his two dogs although his sons don’t seem to understand this and he is forever walking into the house with them using up his
Jennifer Hughes
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Couldn’t put it down - a great holiday read, an interesting and exciting plot with strong characterisation of main protagonists. Especially interesting for me as I was born on the Isle of Anglesey.

TV’s Line of Duty, but set in Holyhead!
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
The Anglesey Murders is a police procedural set in North Wales which starts off with a particularly chilling prologue which gives the reader a clue as to what is to come. It is a complex piece of work which interweaves a number of suspicious deaths onto one fabulous read. There are a lot of characters to keep tabs on and it’s clear that there is something serious happening in the criminal underworld of Holyhead! The death toll starts with the bodies recovered from the sea during a storm, clearly ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Conrad Jones is one of my favourite authors, if you are ever in the doldrums with your reading just pick up one of his books, you will get straight into the story and won't be disappointed. This book has lots going on, following the drug dealers, murderers and other criminals on the small island. I wanted it to go on and on and eagerly await the next book in the series.
Karen Mossman
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
This is a great book, with a good story line and intriguing characters.
Living in the area the book is set was what drew me originally, and am glad it did as I really enjoyed it.

The author's note at the end was very poignant, and I have never seen that done before. It made me love the main character even more!

A great read!

As always, my full review is here -
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced, well-written police procedural

I enjoyed reading new-to-me author Conrad Jones’ book, which has an intricate but tightly woven storyline with good twists and engaging protagonists. DI Alan Williams, DS Kim Davies and their team investigate a series of multiple murders committed over a short period of time across North Wales. To complicate matters, organised crime groups are engaged in a power struggle. Then DI Williams learns he’s treading on a major drugs investigation spearheaded
jennifer ferguson
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And again

Conrad you have done it again.Outstanding story lines with characters that you can relate to and twists and turns that make you turn the pages quicker .Thank you
joe molloy
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Yet again Conrad Jones does not disappoint. He is a very talented writer, and keeps you hooked up to the very last page.
Karen Walker
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I was hooked on this book from the first page, I kept looking to see what percent I had read and was sorry when I was near the end, I wanted more it was brilliant
Grace J Reviewerlady
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm delighted to be reviewing another of Conrad Jones' novels - and very exciting it is too!

When two bodies are spotted in the sea at Porth Dafarch, it doesn't take long to be obvious that their deaths were no accident. This, however, is only the beginning and the body count is set to rise and the case spreads considerably before DI Alan Williams and his team can work out what's going on.

This is a packed read! As we get to know the potential suspects for the crimes - which increase rapidly - it
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The frequency of his attacks had increased and he was taking more chances but that was normal for all killers. It was to be expected; the natural evolution of a murderer. Practice makes perfect. Some got caught, most did not."

There is a copycat serial killer and a drug war in North Wales and they are leaving bodies everywhere.

"Alan was a firm believer that the war on drugs was a war they could never win. There would have to be a paradigm shift in the way it was tackled before anything changed."
Lel Budge
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit to being a fan of Conrad Jones writing and was looking forward to reading this……I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

“It was the first time he’d killed and it felt good”

DI Alan Williams and his, DS Kim Davies investigate murders committed over a short time in North Wales. ( my son went to Uni in Bangor so I know a little of the area).

There is organised crime to deal with, drugs, guns etc and the Welsh Drug Squaf and the NCA…all while trying to solve these murders….are they by the same
Nia Ireland
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I took a while to decide how I felt about this book, given that the first murder described is based on a real murder that took place on Angelesey back in the early 2000s and stuck with me in my memory ever since - it's been a week so far and I still haven't come to a decision on that one.

All I can say is that once that scene has passed, the story takes on a life of its own as the author spins a tale about conspiracy, violence and hard working detectives trying to stop it all.

I really enjoyed
Alex  Jones
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
When 2 bodies are found, stripped and tied together by lifeguards , DI Alan Williams is tasked with the investigation of these strange killings, the same day another body which seems to unlinked has turned up just a way up the coast.

With Organised crime, Drug Smuggling, Guns, Albanian Gangs and copycat murders this book has plenty of plot lines.

DI Williams is an intriguing new character, separated and still getting problems with 3 older not very useful sons! I like his relationship with DS
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Wow. This story has it all. It will have you hooked from the first page, no soft introductions here we are put straight into drugs, deaths, bodies and unexplained chaos. Love it! This is a fast paced, hard hitting read for sure and before you know it you’ve read half, then finished it. Very impressed. Before we know it there’s more and more deaths arising.
This is a real mystery and crime read to sink your teeth into which will have you immersed, well it did for me. It is a longish read but I
Sandra Leivesley
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, wales
This first book in a new series by Conrad Jones is fast paced and a real page turner. DI Alan Williams is a likeable character. He lives on his own with his two lovely dogs, and his sons come and go as they please. I also liked the character of Alan’s colleague, DS Kim Davies.

DI Williams certainly has his work cut out in this first book as he has to deal with drug gang wars and a serial killer, and the body count soon mounts up. As we expect with Conrad Jones there are some pretty gruesome
Caroline Venables
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant read. Set on Anglesey it follows DI Alan Williams and his partner DS Kim Davies as body after body washes up on the shores.

As the story unfolds the pair find themselves up against the drug war, and it players, that has started since a previous investigation wiped out a lot of the competition. The ensuing vacuum has started a turf war and now body after body is surfacing.

Intertwined with this is a serial killer, who is obsessed with a now caught serial killer, Peter Moore. His
Mrs J Warwick
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the start

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m glad I chose it . I felt a rapport with Alan and Kim straight away. The murders are gruesome as would be expected in the nature of this particular murderer’s mind. I’ve bought book no 5 and have samples of 2,3, & 4 so will carry on with this series. I could picture the story through the dialogue and scenes, and was relieved when they got their man!
I did think that underneath the “ hard man “imagine Jamie
Diane Warburton
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating, intriguing and complex read so it had my full attention throughout. Plenty of characters to keep track of which kept me on my toes and I really got to like DI Alan Williams and DS Kim Davies, they work well together. Great story line and as always with books by Conrad Jones, very well written. A great build up to a dramatic and surprising ending. A fabulous start to a new series and I look forward to reading book two. A must read for all criminal lovers, fast paced with plenty of ...more
Claire lang
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had to change a lot of names of places in my head as I couldn't say any of them though I changed for manx names which was properly worse. Lol
Loved the different stories it's like waiting for popcorn to pop you know it will and once it does you can't stop it you just have to go with it and finish the book straight through. Can't wait for the second book. X
Eileen Rendall
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bought for me by my daughter in law as she knows my love for crime and books, breathe of fresh air, lovely characters and the story line was really good and i knew a lot of the locations so made it more true to life for me. really enjoyed would recommend
Christine Wright
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Conrad never fails to deliver a great story and as soon as a new book is on offer I buy confident that I will be reading a master
I too knew Alan and certainly recognised his character long before the end of the book and what a lovely way to keep him in our thoughts
mr m a queen
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

A very good read, especially as I am local to the Island. Tense throughout and a gripping ending. Would recommend for sure
James Q Small
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lorraine Holroyd
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Conrad Jones

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first to the last page. The characters are true to life. Very gritty I couldn't out it down
Mr Kenneth L Mullen
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Story

This is the first book that I have read by Conrad Jones but it will not be the last.A great story with lots of interesting characters and plenty of twists and turns.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping, thrilling, everything!

An absolutely fabulous book that I couldn't put down. It's got everything you want in a detective novel and more.
Alan McNamara
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting 'who done it' book with a lot of local locations mentioned.
It has made me want to go to Wales to check out the places mentioned.
A good read, highly recommended.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was not for me. I like the setting and it’s relationship to the crime, but I feel manipulated by the tension - particularly the juxtaposing of the criminal mind and the police procedure. I wanted to understand - but understanding was undercut by a sense of the author playing with my emotions. No thanks.
Janice Liddle
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great action throughout

With all the action of a blockbuster film this book keeps you riveted from start to the end.
Crime drug lords, gangsters, bent cops it’s got the lot
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Conrad Jones is a best selling thriller writer with three thriller series published.

The Soft Target Series 6 books

The Detective Alec Ramsay Series 6 books

The Hunting Angels Diaries (horror) 3 books.

11 of his books are available in audio and his novels have been translated into six languages.

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