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Written in Blood by Stephen Puleston
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Inspector Drake is called to investigate the murder of a well-known barrister, who had jut recently been appointed a judge. Nicholas Wixley was horribly mutilated and left with the letter D carved into his chest. This is very reminiscent of the serial killer, who was stopped after the letter C.

Since that serial killer now sits behind bars, is this a copy cat murder? Did the original killer have a sidekick? Or is this a random hit by someone who has read the papers?

What Drake and his team find as they start looking into Wixley's is a wife .. also a Police Woman who has risen in the ranks. But is his reputation holding her back from further promotion? After talking to his colleagues, he finds that he was not liked at all. He hit on all the young women and he beat out another man for the judgeship. And there's the issue of an unidentified woman with him the night he died.

Any of these could be motive for murder. But then there's another murder ...a friend of Wixley. And yet another body after that.

And when another murder takes place, Drake begins to question everything he knows about this case and his possible suspects.

This is a highly suspenseful crime fiction with many twists and turns. Not everyone tells the truth ... not everyone is who they say they are ... and there are many suspects to look at a little more closely.

Although this is the 6th book in this series, this one does well as a stand alone. But I highly recommend starting at the beginning. The characters are finely drawn, warts and all. I do like the blend of professional along with the personal.. especially as Drake and his team are all having to give up holiday plans to hunt this killer.

Many thanks to the author / Books n All Promotions / Jill Burkinshaw for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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October 13, 2018 – Started Reading
October 14, 2018 – Shelved
October 14, 2018 – Finished Reading

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