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#Detective with a difference – Paid in Blood by Susan Handley – #Murder #Mystery #BlogTour

A dead celebrity loved by the nation.
A blind detective with something to prove.

When a well-loved celebrity is found murdered at a glitzy art event, DI Matt Fisher is faced with his first big case since being blinded in an acid-attack. Despite most people thinking his return to his old job is an impossible task, Fisher is determined to prove them wrong.

With his guide dog Luna at his side and the assistance of eager yet inexperienced DC Beth Nightingale, Fisher must find a way to see through the lies and expose a ruthless killer.

He’s had his fair share of bad luck in the past but has always managed to bounce back. Can he do it again, or are his days as a detective numbered?

My Review:

This is a murder mystery being investigated by Detective Inspector Matt Fisher, his first major investigation after losing his sight in an acid attack. Can someone who is blind really bring the killer to justice? He’s determined to prove his doubters wrong, though he doubts himself at times.

With a popular celebrity as the victim, and an inexperienced but quick learning DC Beth Nightingale as his eyes and chauffeur, this is an intriguing case full of suspects, secrets and surprises. It is an engaging read with characters who develop through the story. There are back histories provided which actually made this feel like it might be the second book in a series rather than the first but that isn’t necessarily to its detriment – it just shows the characters had lives before these events occurred. The story shows some aspects of coping without sight, including some useful aids and things to be wary of. His guide dog, Luna, is very important though I really wondered just why he left her alone in the car so often!

It is an engaging read that kept me turning the pages and I hope it will be the first in a series as I’d like to see how things develop for him, Ginny, Beth and Josh as well as follow any investigation he’s involved with!

Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.

Buy links:

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08YNHY9T3

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08YNHY9T3

Author Bio:

Susan Handley grew up in the Midlands and now lives in a small village in rural Kent with her husband and two rescue cats, Charlie and Porridge (aka Podge). 

As a child, Susan devoured anything crime related: books, films, TV shows and even games (anyone remember electronic detective? – a game Susan professes to have been a whizz at). Although she had dreamt of becoming a pathologist like Quincy (one of her favourite shows growing up), Susan went on to study chemistry and went as far as getting her doctorate in it. Soon, however, she came to the conclusion that lab work wasn’t for her and went on to have a successful career in finance. 

It was during her time at university, on learning that her mother had finally read the complete collection of Agatha Christie’s classic crime novels, Susan bought a second-hand Olivetti and attempted to write one of her own, intent on giving it to her mother as a Christmas present. Susan readily confesses the end result left a lot to be desired but says it did whet her appetite for crime writing. Over the years that followed, she never stopped dreaming of becoming an author and after many years of writing at night she finally published her debut novel: A Confusion of Crows, the first of her books to feature one-time marine biologist now turned detective Cat McKenzie. She has written a further two novels in the DC Cat McKenzie mystery series. The second, Feather and Claw, sees Cat holidaying with a friend in sunny Cyprus, though things take a sinister turn after a fellow guest is found dead. In the third book of the series, The Body Politic, Cat investigates the murder of a local councillor but it’s the links to a member of her own family that leaves her wondering whether you ever really know anyone at all. 

Susan’s most recent novel is Paid in Blood, the first in a new series to feature DI Matt Fisher. DI Fisher was en route to being one of the country’s top scorers in football’s premier league until injury forced him from the pitch and into the police force. And it was working out well, until he put himself between a young woman and a terrorist brandishing a bottle of acid. Now blind, Fisher finds himself fighting to keep his job, so when a beautiful celebrity is found dead at a glitzy art event, he’s determined to figure out who did it and prove he can still hack it as a detective. 

In addition to the DC Cat McKenzie series, Susan has published two crime fiction anthologies: Crime Bites (volumes 1 and 2). She has also published a novella set at the height of the Californian gold, The Secret of Snake Pass, which is published under the name S.J. Handley. 

When Susan’s not indulging in her love of writing crime fiction she loves walking (the hillier the better), bike riding (the flatter the better) and tending her garden, especially her veggie patch. 



Follow her at:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shandleyauthor

Website : https://susanhandley.co.uk/

Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for, at my request, providing me with a copy of this book and materials for this post. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read the book.

One comment on “#Detective with a difference – Paid in Blood by Susan Handley – #Murder #Mystery #BlogTour

  1. Zoé O'Farrell
    July 10, 2021

    Thank you so much for taking part in the tour today and sharing this review! x

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