When private investigator Blake Hollow finds the body of a missing teenager on the moors of rural Cornwall, a deep-seated childhood trauma is reawakened…
For over 18 years, the veteran private eye has been tormented by the disappearance of her best friend. Now, reluctantly back in her hometown, Blake is shocked to learn that the daughter of another old school friend has vanished.
Troubled by painful memories, Blake is determined to find Lucy Truscott alive. But her search takes a tragic turn when she stumbles upon the young woman’s mutilated corpse.
As local police detectives hunt for a cold-blooded killer, Blake is convinced that Lucy isn’t the first victim and launches her own murder investigation.
But is she wasting precious time by trying to connect the disappearance of her childhood friend to Lucy’s murder? Or has Blake uncovered a secret serial killer whose grisly intentions are about to reach terrifying new heights?
Circle of Bones is the first book in a gritty and fast-paced British crime thriller series featuring tenacious private detective Blake Hollow.
“Creepy and gripping…Richards returns with another nail-biter set in Cornwall; picturesque and pretty, but with a dark underbelly.” The Bookseller
Could not put this book down...
This is the first in a new series by seasoned mystery / psychological thriller novelist Malcolm Richards. PI Blake Hollow returns to her home town of Cornwall. Faced with solving a mystery related to the tragic disappearance of a childhood friend, she discovers that longstanding secrets have been brewing in her hometown for decades. Readers will be on the edge of their seats thinking and guessing how mystery unfolds as Blake gathers more information in the course of her investigation. The characters are very much 3 dimensional, with strengths, weaknesses, raw human emotion, strong opinions and conflict. The fluid prose and vivid scenes will whisk you away into a rich world of mystery and psychological tension up to the very final page. I highly recommend this book.
Circle of Bones
OMG this author just gets better with every novel, words can’t express the feelings triggered from this newest story. Unbelievable I absolutely loved this one. If you try one new author this year, make it Malcolm Richards.
Unexpected and wonderful
In this first Blake Hollow book, we get to know his world and delve into the seemingly peaceful life of Cornwell. Richards' writing style keeps you in suspense and leads you to discover how life in the countryside hides all kind of torments, impulses, and grief.
The beginning of a journey through past, a story that shows how little we know about the closer persons in our lives, and how face our own demons is a path to freedom.
I am looking forward for Hollow next chapter.