Roses For The Dead by Chris McDonald

Format: Hardback

Published by: Red Dog Press

Inventive plotting, with twists and turn to keep the reader guessing

Synopsis:

2013
Rockstar Johnny Mayhem sits on his bed, holding a bloody baseball bat. On the floor, clutching a lavender rose in her fist, is his wife, Amanda, who he has just beaten to death. Erika Piper knows this because she is one of the first on the scene. Mayhem is arrested and led away, screaming that they’ve got the wrong man. But the evidence is irrefutable and when Mayhem is sentenced to life in prison, no one is surprised.

Now
Thanks to new evidence, Johnny Mayhem is a now free man. During a television interview, he issues a thinly veiled threat to those involved in the original case before seemingly disappearing off the face of the Earth. When the body of Mayhem’s dealer is found, Erika Piper is pulled from the safety of her desk job and thrown into the hunt for the Rockstar. Can she find Mayhem before he can enact his revenge or everyone involved, including Erika? Or, has he been telling the truth all along? Did the polic

My Thoughts:

Firstly my grateful thanks to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of the book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

The 3rd book in the acclaimed Erika Piper series, sees Erika returning to work after maternity leave to what she and her partner believe will be a safe desk job, however, her new boss realises that her talents will be wasted and persuades to take on a new case to see how she feels, though this is a case with a slight twist as the body of a well known drug dealer turns up posed in the same manner of a murder several years previous, a murder for the whom the guilty party has just been acquitted primarily on the evidence of the drug dealer. Coincidence that’s what Erika and her partner have to uncover,

One thing that really drew me to the previous two books was the wonderfully knitted plot lines and this is no different, inventive, cleverly crafted and twisty, with plenty of suspects the book is peppered with red herrings such as to keep the reader second guessing themselves as to the killers identity.

As with any good Police procedural the storyline flows, to give that feel of an investigation in real time, a key element in giving the book that authentic touch.

Erika Piper is an interesting character committed to both her family and the job, she manages to separate the two and find the necessary balance, one thing she is not though is anyones pushover, she has a determination to succeed. Chris McDonald knows how to write characters that leap of the page not only fully rounded but ones who you can instantly relate to giving that extra dimension to the book.

This is one of those books where you can’t help but keep turning the pages, the author has a style where you are instantly drawn in and invested in the plot. The writing is taut and punchy with plenty of tension and drama. Be prepared to be hooked from the get go.

As with the previous books these are highly recommend, this maybe only the authors third book, but Chris McDonald is rapidly becoming one of todays foremost crime writers, and certainly one of my favourites

5*

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