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Today I am reviewing on its publication day What They Knew by Marion Todd, published by Canelo Crime.

Book Description

DI Clare Mackay starts the new year with a death… 

It is the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay when Alison Reid admits a caller to her home. When her death is later reported, DI Clare Mackay attends the scene. The initial evidence does not rule out murder, but it’s not possible to say for certain if foul play was involved. Yet when the pathologist informs Clare about a post mortem of a young woman found in the Kinness Burn, and with some similarities to Alison’s case, it seems there’s a strong chance that there’s a killer on the loose in St Andrews. 

Clare and her team will have to look past the obvious conclusions and delve deeper into the lives of the victims to get to the truth. But who else risks meeting the same fate while the clock is ticking?

Don’t miss this compulsive new addition to the gripping DI Clare Mackay series from Bloody Scotland Scottish Debut Crime Novel 2020 shortlisted author Marion Todd.

Marion Todd continues to impress with this book, which is the fourth in the DI Clare Mackay series. This time, Clare is faced with a killer who at first appears able to throw her off track in her hunt to catch them. Before she knows it though, she is in a race against time to catch the killer and has to work out, is this another serial killer who is your run of the mill psychopath, or is the motive more complicated than that?

Once again Marion Todd took control of me and held me hostage from the first page until the last. Nothing ever stops me whilst I read a book in this series and What They Knew was no different. I was completely engrossed and in no time raced through it aided by its short chapters, where each leave you wanting more.

I absolutely love Clare and she is such a fantastic character that carries this series on her shoulders so well. With each book she just keeps getting better. Ending on a cliffhanger in the previous book, Lies to Tell, Clare was faced with quite the conundrum and I was eagerly awaiting this instalment to find out it’s outcome. No spoilers here, you will just have to read this to find out what I’m talking about…

As with the series, Marion Todd’s writing is first class. Engaging, fluid and so visual, you feel like you are also part of the story. I was by Clare and Chris’ side as they took me on a thrilling ride in search of the killer that culminates in an emotional outcome, which had me feeling sympathy for the killer.

What They Knew is another outstanding piece of work and a brilliant addition to this series. It is a fast paced, thrilling and a suspenseful read and while it can be read as a standalone, I encourage you to read it from the beginning. You most certainly will not be disappointed! Now, I will wait very impatiently for book 5!

Thank you to Marion Todd, Canelo Crime and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of What They Knew, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Let’s Get to Know Marion Todd

Marion grew up in the City of Dundee, now home to the magnificent V&A Museum.  Always a keen writer, she has had point-of-view pieces published in the Dundee Courier and short stories in My Weekly magazine.  She won first prize in the Family Circle Magazine Short Story for Children Competition in 1987.

​Before becoming a full-time writer, Marion worked as a lecturer, candle-maker and hotel lounge pianist, a job which provided rich material for her novels.  

​In 2018 Marion was long-listed for the Sunstory Award and the Scottish Arts Council Short Story Award and in 2019 was short-listed for Dundee Rep’s Stripped programme.

​More recently, Marion has turned her hand to crime fiction and in 2020 was shortlisted for the prestigious Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year award with her novel See Them Run, the first in the DI Clare Mackay crime series.

​Marion lives in North East Fife overlooking the River Tay and is a sometime babysitter for her daughter’s unruly but lovable dog.

​Marion is published by Canelo and represented by Northbank Talent Management.

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