Title: Doll Face by Dylan H Jones
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural
Three months after solving his last case, DI Tudor Manx leads a harrowing
investigation to catch a killer terrorizing the isle of Anglesey.
After the body of the first victim, Sian Conway is found, the suspicion quickly falls on her boss, Kimble McLain, and her volatile ex-husband, Liam Fowler.
The autopsy soon reveals Sian was eighteen weeks pregnant and when the coroner finds a religious text hidden in the victim’s liver, Manx suspects this could be the work of a serial killer.
The case takes a shocking turn when footage of Sian’s murder is discovered.
With a twisted killer on the loose and a rising body count, Manx’s personal life hits rock bottom when an old colleague from his past hits him with a bombshell revelation
Why does Kimble McLain have links to each of the victims?
And what is the killer’s real motive?
In a race against time to reveal the killer’s identity, Manx will face his toughest case yet.
DI Tudor Manx has just recently returned to Anglesey after an incident in London but it has been a bittersweet homecoming. Some of his old friends seem glad to see him but others don’t. It has also dragged up feelings about the day his sister Miriam went missing years ago (something which he is still investigating on the side).
When Sian Conway is killed in a bizarre way, with a Bible quote stuffed into her liver, Manx is tasked to investigate. Before long more bodies turned up, all killed in the same way. The Island of Anglesey has a serial killer on their hands.
You when you think to yourself, why have I not read this author’s books before? That’s exactly how I felt reading this novel. This is the second in the Tudor Manx series and can be read as a stand-alone, which I did myself having not read the first Anglesey Blue.
This has everything an ardent crime fan like myself could want. A vicious serial killer that keeps the police on it’s toes, an interesting cast of characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The chapters are short, keeping the pace fast and me turning page after page.
I loved how individual the characters seemed, even the lowly PC Priddle (In a lot of books I’ve I feel that the PC often blend into the background just there to give the main officer some information to drive the plot forward).
I have to be honest I did sort of guess who the killer was but I enjoyed finding out through the book the motive behind the killings and watching the Manx unravel the puzzle.
I won’t say to much more, in case I give away any spoilers but I can’t wait to read more from this author. I will definitely be buying his first novel Anglesey Blue.
If you’re looking for Dylan, you’ll more than likely find him at one of his favourite Oakland cafes writing, people watching or chatting with the local characters.
A native Welsh speaker, originally from the Isle of Anglesey, Dylan lives in Oakland, California with his wife Laura, daughter Isabella and their tireless Tibetan Terrier, Chloe.
Even though he didn’t begin writing his debut novel until 2012, Dylan has always steered his career to match his creative passions.
He was a producer at the Welsh TV Channel, S4C before taking on a creative director position at Channel 4, London.
In 1999, Dylan moved to California where he worked a copywriter in LA, writing movie trailers and TV ads.
His debut novel, Anglesey Blue, shot to the #1 Best Seller spot in Welsh Crime and was long-listed for the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’ 2017.
The follow up, Doll Face, is released by Bloodhound Books in March 2018.
Now, a resident of Oakland for over 12 years, Dylan runs his own video content agency, Jones Digital Media, and pens the best-selling Tudor Manx Mysteries set on the island of Anglesey.