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Gosh, what a very different but enthralling series this continues to be! DS Nikki Parekh lives and works in the Bradford police force. Her childhood was horrendous with an abusive father from whom she escaped with her Mum and younger sister. She’s put that all behind her to become a respected member of the police force but someone from her past is sending her cuttings and messages . . . and people she once knew are being killed. Can she discover who the perpetrator is before more folks are killed?
This is a real page-turner, an emotive and entertaining read in which people and events from Nikki’s past are impinging on her job and life now. It is a moving, powerful read, showing aspects of the impact of abuse on the victims for years to come, whilst still being an brilliant police procedural and crime thriller. The portrayal of the people, their interactions and feelings are superbly written, bringing them to life as you read. There are twists galore to keep you guessing right to the end. I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this superb addition to this brilliant series and the earlier books in the series, too.
Thanks to HQ Digital and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Three letters. Three murders. The clock is ticking…
When the body of a homeless woman is found under Bradford’s railway arches, DS Nikki Parekh and her trusty partner DC Sajid Malik are on the case.
With little evidence, it’s impossible to make a breakthrough, and when Nikki receives a newspaper clipping taunting her about her lack of progress in catching the killer, she wonders if she has a personal link to the case.
When another seemingly unrelated body is discovered, Nikki receives another note. Someone is clearly trying to send her clues… but who?
And then a third body is found.
This time on Nikki’s old street, opposite the house she used to live in as a child. And there’s another message… underneath the victim’s body.
With nothing but the notes to connect the murders, Nikki must revisit the traumatic events of her childhood to work out her connection to the investigation.
But some memories are best left forgotten, and it’s going to take all Nikki’s inner strength to catch the killer…
Before they strike again.
Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from asmall village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.
Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.
In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.