#BlogTour #Review Winterman by Alex Walters @Bloodhoundbook @mikewalters60

Title: Winterman by Alex Walters

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 26th February 2019

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Historical

Description:

DI Ivan Winterman is a man with a troubled past. The Blitz has left his young son dead and his wife seriously injured. He has made enemies in high places and, with his career going nowhere, he returns to his home town in East Anglia, seeking to rebuild his life in a country gripped by post-war austerity and the coldest winter on record.

As the first snow begins to fall, a drunken ex-clergyman stumbles on the semi-mummified body of a small child concealed in a ruined cottage. Days later, a second similar child’s body is found in a Fenland dyke. Both bodies have been dead for several years, preserved in the Fens, the cause of death unknown.

Winterman, supported by a small team of assorted misfits, finds himself leading the investigation, uncovering a web of connections and secrets in the small rural community.  When a further murder victim is discovered, Winterman discovers that the secrets are darker and the threat far more immediate than he’d ever envisaged.

And, as the snow finally begins to thaw over the Fens, Winterman realises that his worst nightmares are about to come true…

Winterman Blog BlitzReview:

The shadow of war is still looming over Britain, people are trying to get their lives together and grieve for their dead. When ex clergyman Reverend Fisher stumbles across the mummified body of a small child, long buried secrets emerge with deadly consequences…

So I’ve read a couple of Alex Walters police procedurals now, so I was intrigued when I read the blurb and found out that this one while still a police procedural, it’s set back in the 1940’s.

Winterman is an interesting character. He tried to do the right thing but ended getting sent to a small police station to keep him out of trouble. He’s tortured by dreams of his son who died and is not sure who in the police force he can trust.

I also liked Mary, she’s such a strong character. She works for the police part time to trying to support her mother and twins after her husband died in a training accident during the war.

In school I wasn’t really taught a lot about post World War Two Britain, about how rationing was still going on, food was scarce, the country was practically bankrupt…how imagine we’re going to be after Brexit. Alex Walters really manages to convey what it must have felt like at the time, while people were free of the oppression of war, they were still scarred from it.

My only issue was the pace at times was little slow and the use of the Americanism slacks instead of trousers got on my nerves a bit but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall Winterman is an engaging and interesting historical mystery that conveys the sense of time and place and you can really lose yourself in.

About The Author:

Winterman is Alex Walters’s first historical crime novel. He is the author of Candles and Roses,

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Death Parts Us and Their Final Act, all featuring DI Alec McKay and set in and around the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. He has also written five books set in and around Manchester – Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, Dark Corners and Snow Fallen, featuring DCI Kenny Murrain – and three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow WalkerThe Adversary and The Outcast.  Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and as a consultant working mainly in the criminal justice sector. He now runs the Solus Or Writing Retreat in the Black Isle with his wife, occasional sons and some cats.

Website – www.alexwaltersauthor.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MikeWalters60 @mikewalters60

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#BlogTour #Review Their Final Act (DI Alec McKay 3) by Alex Walters @Bloodhoundbook @mikewalters60

Title: Their Final Act (DI Alec McKay #3) by Alex Walters

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 25th September 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

Jimmy McGuire, a washed-up comic, is found dead on the streets of Inverness, his body garroted. Back in the 1990s, McGuire had been half of a promising double-act until his partner, Jack Dingwall, was convicted of rape.

Soon after, a second corpse is found in an abandoned industrial site on the edge of the Moray Firth. The body has been there for some days and has also been garroted. The victim turns out to be a former musician turned record producer, who had also been the subject of rape allegations.

Meanwhile, DI Alec McKay and DCI Helena Grant are still wrestling with the fallout from one of their recent cases following an acquittal.

As the body count rises, the police think they have the killer in their sights. But McKay is concerned that the evidence is too neat so when he realises there will be a final victim, he fears that time is running out…

Review:

So I’m back with DI Alec McKay and his team, this time they’re dealing with the death of a washed up comedian Jimmy McGuire who was garrotted and dumped on the street in Inverness. They think it’s random until a second body turns up…

I discovered this series last year with the book Death Parts Us (you can read my review here) so I jumped at the chance to read this one. This is the third in series, while it can be read as a stand alone, I would highly recommend that you read the first book Candles and Roses, which I personally haven’t, because it is heavily referenced throughout after the acquittal of main suspect in the case.

The story is split between Alec’s investigation and a young woman named Jane who has escaped domestic abuse and is now trying to move on with her life. Jane is offered a place on a farm to help her rehabilitate but it seems too good to be true. Her host Netty Munro seems friendly and a gracious host but Jane can’t help feeling something is off especially with the addition of Elizabeth another woman sent from the abuse centre.

Alec is still his same grumpy, sarcastic self who enjoys putting himself in danger but in the book there’s the nice edition of a possible reconciliation with his wife Chrissie (we’ll have to see how that goes in the next book!).

What else I loved about this book is the beautifully described Scottish countryside, combining that with brutal murder makes an interesting dynamic and also says that no matter how lovely a place looks you never know what horrors are lurking underneath!

I will also give a trigger warning as it does cover the harrowing subjects of rape and abuse but it is handled by the author very sensitively.

Now I have to be honest, it did take me a little bit of time to actually get into the book, just because I had not read Candles and Roses and didn’t quite understand what they were going on about but it didn’t spoil my overall experience of the book.

Their Final Act is a gritty police procedural, with plenty of intriguing characters which kept me guessing until the end.

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About The Author:

Alex Walters is the author of Candles and Roses, Death Parts Us and Their Final Act, all

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featuring DI Alec McKay and set in and around the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. He has also written four books set in and around Manchester – Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout and Dark Corners, featuring DCI Kenny Murrain – and three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast. Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and as a consultant working mainly in the criminal justice sector. He now runs the Solus Or Writing Retreat in the Black Isle with his wife, occasional sons and too many cats.

Links:

Website: https://www.alexwaltersauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

Twitter: @mikewalters60