Title: Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 29th April 2017
A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.
A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.
As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in the woods.
As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.
When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.
Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost?
And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?
A skeleton of a woman is unearthed in a forest, DI James ‘Jimmy’ Bliss and DC Penny Chandler are called into to investigate. With the help of the ‘bone lady’ they set out who the young woman was and why she was killed.
Out of the blue DI Bliss receives a call from a retired colleague DI Weller wanting to meet up but before they meet Weller ends up in a car crash. When a second officer turns up dead Bliss believes there could be a link between these death and the skeletal remains.
So this is the first Bliss and Chandler book, I’m reading this in preparation for the next book, The Scent Of Guilt, which comes out February.
There was never a dull moment in this book! I had everything, murder, nail biting car chases, death threats, even a little romance…I don’t think the author could have squeezed any more action into it.
DI Bliss has a tragic past, his wife was murdered before he moved to Peterborough, and is still under a cloud after a previous murder investigation went sideways. He’s also battling an unknown health condition. He seems like his own worst enemy and a bit of a loner but he’s a good policeman and I found myself liking him. I liked DC Chandler too, she’s loyal and ambitious but also seems to genuinely care about Bliss (as a friend of course).
My only issue, and it’s exceptionally minor, was I would have liked a bit more about DC Chandler’s story/background. I know her daughter was kidnapped by her ex and taken to another country but it was only touched upon briefly, I just wanted to know more!
After reading this book I can’t wait to read the next one.
On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in spring. It is the first in a series.
Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.
Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.
The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.
During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”
Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.
Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.
As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.