Title: Blood Stained by Rebecca Bradley
Publisher: Joffe Books
Date Published: 25th March 2021
Genre: Police Procedural
Can’t find her.
Can’t catch him.
Can’t trust anyone.
The first in a gripping new Sheffield-set crime series starring Detective Claudia Nunn.
Detective Claudia Nunn’s colleague DS Dominic Harrison has been leading the case against a dangerous serial killer, who hunts his victims using a dating app. But now his own wife has gone missing.
Then a large pool of blood is discovered in their garage. And Dominic is the prime suspect.
Is Dominic being framed by a serial killer or will Claudia expose an even uglier truth?
Can’t tell a soul how it ends.
Blood Stained is a dark, twisty and utterly compulsive page-turner that will be devoured by fans of Helen H. Durrant, Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and L.J. Ross.
READERS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF REBECCA BRADLEY:
“Tense, tightly written and I couldn’t put it down until I was done. A definite 5 stars.” Angela Marsons, author of Twisted Lies
“Honestly one of the most gripping – and thoroughly disturbing – things I’ve read in a while. It’s like watching a mind slowly unravel. Highly recommended.” Cass Green, author of The Killer Inside
“A clever and emotional read from an author who deserves to be more well known.” Steph’s Book Blog
“Rebecca Bradley has the knack of drawing you into a book and then you find it hard to put down.” Graham R.
“Terrifyingly authentic.” A Chapter in my Life
“Slick, absolutely fascinating.” Damppebbles
“Compelling, dark and absolutely a page-turner.” Crime Book Junkie
I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Joffe Books for providing me with a copy of Blood Stained in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve previously read one of Rebecca Bradley’s DI Hannah Robbins series and enjoyed it so I was eager to see what this new series had to offer.
Claudia is tasked to investigate the disappearance of Ruth Harrison. The problem is their prime suspect is her husband Dominic, a police officer. He believes that it’s linked to a case he’s investigating, a serial killer called the Sheffield Strangler. The case is personal to Claudia as she knows both Ruth and Dominic, can she put her feelings aside and solve the case?
Blood Stained is a police procedural that I felt was a lot heavier on the procedural aspect, focusing on evidence gathering and interviews, which I found fascinating. We go back and forth between Ruth missing and the current investigation and six months previously with the Sheffield Strangler case seeing both Claudia and Dominic in action.
I liked Claudia. She’s ambitious but also a rule follower, keen to solve the case even though this case was emotionally draining for her. There was some good sparring between her and Dominic through their interviews together and she’s not one to back down from a challenge.
I will say I figured out the who quite early on, even though there were a few good twists in there, but the why was what kept me turning those pages. Also, it is not the most action packed of stories but it had a steady pace throughout.
Blood stained is a gritty and realistic mystery which has left me wanting to see more of these characters.
About The Author:
Rebecca Bradley lives with her family in the UK, and two Cockapoos, Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. She drinks copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis. Rebecca served fifteen years in the police service and finished as a detective constable on a specialist unit.
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