Untainted Blood by Liz Mistry
In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.
However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.
Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.
As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.
Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?
DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.
First off I would like to thank Bloodhound books for my advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for arranging this blog tour.
As I write this review racism is at the forefront of my mind, with the attack in Charlottesville and a fellow bookstagrammer (If you’ve never heard of it, it basically someone who take pictures of books and posts them on Instagram) was subject to some vile abuse for speaking out against racists. I makes me sick that in this day and age that it still is going. (I shall climb down from my soapbox now and carry on with this review).
Set in a post Brexit Bradford racism is definitely the main theme of this book. Asian/black men are being kidnapped and tortured, the Nazi insignia (I couldn’t remember what it was called and I’m certainly not googling it), tattooed on them. Hate group and wannabe political party Albion First, headed up by Graeme Weston and his manager Michael Hogg, are prime suspects.
This is my first introduction to DI Angus ‘Gus’ McGuire (with his team) and his pathologist dad Dr Fergus McGuire. I have not read the first two books, Unquiet Souls and Uncoiled lies but I don’t think it’s really necessary to enjoy this book (although I may be adding them to my tbr pile after reading this book!).
Liz Mistry created some absolutely vile, but exceptionally believable, characters, Graeme Weston and Michael Hogg, that made Nigel Farage and UKIP look like fluffy bunnies. I have genuinely never wanted to see fictional characters strung up from the nearest lamppost so much!
I will also applaud Liz for the array of diverse characters from in her book that I feel reflects modern Britain.
At the beginning of the book you’re dropped right into the story, with two murders having already taken place and a third happening in quick succession. I did feel like I’d missed something at first but as the book went along it really pulled me into the action. I feel like I’m not doing the complexity of the plot justice, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
What slightly put me off this book was racist language, mainly from the killer’s perspective. I found it a little hard to read. I also figured out the killer by about half way through but there was lots of misdirection that at times I did doubt myself.
But overall a really good book, which although the story started a little slow, it really hooked me by the end and I could put it down!
As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours. She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.
Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years. Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children. They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.
In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.
Blog: The Crime Warp
Website : liz mistry crime writer
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