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Family history for crime fans,
This review is from: A Trace of Blood (DCI Tom Caton Manchester Crime Thrillers) (Kindle Edition)This is a crime novel that delves into the current passion for genealogy, and its potentially unwelcome consequences. Bill Rogers plays a gentle trick on his readers regarding the location of the opening scenes in this the sixth Tom Caton crime novel and also has us trying to work out Tom's relationship to the leading female character, Niamh, for the first few chapters. In the first books in the series, Tom was a strong presence throughout, but the author is now investigating new characters and the Manchester Detective Chief Inspector takes more of a background role. This allows Bill Rogers to take us to New England and Ireland before bringing the story back to a dramatic finish in Tom's Manchester.
The Tom Caton series is a welcome find for crime fiction fans, as so many of the newer British writers have been disappointing - in writing, in characterization, or in taking their research onto the page. These novels are well researched and convincing and the setting in Manchester may well lead to Rebus-style fans' tours. Although the books stand alone, you will get maximum enjoyment out of reading them in the correct order. They are: 1. The Cleansing. 2. The Head Case. 3. The Tiger's Cave. 4. A Fatal Intervention. 5. Bluebell Hollow. 6. A Trace of Blood.