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- File Size: 547 KB
- Print Length: 480 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (29 Aug. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074TF3Z2J
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- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Untainted Blood ( DI Gus McGuire case Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The political statement, made as an in your face fact, left a sour taste. Especially as there was no alternative view, from that of Brexit being clearly the sole cause of rascal abuse, on all levels.
From the first mention of the death, of a member of a ethnic minority, there was only ever one line of enquiry. Being our new right wing movement, empowered by Brexit.
In the aftermath of the petrol bomb attack, we were told that a witness had a clear view of the perpetrator, this was later confirmed, but never mentioned ever again in the story line. This was compounded by the fact that a death, that was due purely to the petrol bomb, was restricted to a one line mention, seemingly never detected, although we had had confirmation, of the assailants identity.
Then the twist of the last intended victim, was sadly so contrived, that it happened and concluded, in a surprisingly short period, in comparison to the rest of the books, pages / timeline.
Perhaps it was the subject matter of racism that coloured my view of this book. I appreciate Liz Mistry was aiming to make her book relevant but I know when I read crime books I want all the police procedures etc to be correct but I want the terrible things that happen to be at a distance to real life. That is one reason I don't read real crime books. The subject matter in this case made it seem too real to me.
I also found Angus, the main police character, to be too broken. I just felt his character was too psychologically impaired to do his job properly. Also, in such a major case it is unlikely that so few key staff would be in charge.
Language. Lots of swearing is still in evidence and whether I just didn't notice in the other books but including brogues in dialogue really stops the flow of my reading. I spend time wondering if I've pronounced it properly in my head and then find I've lost continuity. I can know someone is Scottish and imagine the accent without having to read "Och aye the noo". ☺
And finally, it was disappointing that this book didn't have the x-ray feature the other two did. This feature is helpful if a story is complicated and you've forgotten who a character is. Perhaps this was just my copy. If anyone had it could they leave a comment for me.
After all this negativity, which is mainly down to my preferences than Liz Mistry's writing, I have to say it is an interesting story and, as the other books in the series, well written. I don't know if I will get the next in the series but if you're happy with all the issues I mentioned above then undoubtedly you will find it an excellent read.
I have to say I found the story line in this book to be quite hard hitting. The author tackles quite a few sensitive subjects from domestic abuse to racism.
Graeme Weston from the first time the reader meets him, I took an instant dislike to him. He is someone that is so up himself and has little to no time for anyone else. Not only is he a terrible husband, his beliefs in politics make him someone that the everyday people of Bradford would not want to be representing them.
I love the working relationship between Gus and his team. They work really well together and he is a good strong leader who people respect. Through Gus's family life with his parents though you get to see a different side which is something I have really enjoyed throughout this series.
There is plenty to keep the reader gripped throughout the story. There is certainly a lot of leg work that Gus and his team have to go through to narrow things down to who the murderer can be and the author skilfully keeps us guessing right up until the shocking end.
Untainted Blood is yet another great book in an already gripping crime series. I have to admit to racing through the pages towards the end to what was an extremely satisfying climax. This series is certain to appeal to fans of A.A. Dhand fans.
Untainted Blood has many political themes that are current, running throughout and it leaves me disheartened to knowing the reality isn't far from the fiction, or actually is worse.
Liz delivers the storylines with immense insight without it being too dry or at the cost of entertaining us, by being too flippant.
The story left a sleazy feel of greasiness to it, like you had touched something dirty that made you flinch.
Within this Gus and his team work together in a positive way that had you routing for them to get the case solved with minimal damage to all involved.
Gus is fast becoming one of my favourite characters and we journey with his battles throughout. Mistry, gives Gus humanity and fragility, without undermining the threads in the storylines. I would love to spend a day with this character and his family, but maybe with a take-away for dinner!
Untainted Blood was perfectly pitched without compromise, or being overly dramatic, but tension fuelled to the last.
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