Today I am reviewing on its publication day Blood Red by Anita Waller, published by Bloodhound Books.
The revamped Connection Investigation Agency team takes on a decades-old crime in this thriller from the bestselling author of Murder Unjoyful.
The Connection Investigation Agency has seen big changes. New partners, Tessa, Luke, and Beth, have taken over and members of the old team have moved on to pastures new.
On the first day of reopening, a body is discovered in the outhouse at the back of the office and their first case begins with bones that have lain undiscovered for twenty-five years.
Can Luke take on his first solo case and solve it?
Will Tessa prove to be as good an investigator as she was a DI? Will she solve the mystery of the threatening notes sent to two women, who become murder victims?
As the agency digs deeper into the past and a link between the two cases is revealed, will this help or hinder?
Who could of imagined that while the previous investigative team at Connection were solving some of the most grizzly mysteries in Eyam, that there was another gruesome 25 year old mystery literally at their feet. Will the new team made up of some fan faves and some wonderful new characters be able to solve the growing puzzle of the bones found at Connection’s back door?
I was gutted when Anita Waller announced the end of her best selling and much loved Kat and Mouse series, but rejoiced when I found out that it wasn’t the end for some of the characters. In this new series, we see Beth (Mouse), former DI Tessa Marsden and newly qualified investigator Luke, partner together in Connection Investigation Agency.
Blood Red picks up 2 weeks after the events in the last Kat and Mouse book, Murder Unjoyful, so I do recommend you reading this series first or at the very least the last book. You won’t be disappointed!
With Blood Red, Anita Waller has crafted another thrilling mystery to sink your teeth into and is one that kept me hooked and had my undivided attention as her books always do. I was cast alongside the team in solving not only the mystery of the discovery of the bones, but also entangled in the other cases the team faced. I loved the dynamics between the cast and with the addition of ex detective Fred, in charge of security and new receptionist Cheryl, really fit in well with the others and make the story all the more entertaining.
Anita Waller has delivered another perfectly written tale that will hold you captive from start to finish and is another example of why she is one of my all time favourite authors. And that ending, Wow! it couldn’t have been done any better! Blood Red is a fabulous start to this series and look forward to reading more.
Thank you to Anita Waller for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Blood Red, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Anita Waller
Anita was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and has lived all her life there. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 21 years. Anita and Dave have been married almost 49 years!
She wrote Beautiful in 1985 and had it accepted for publication. They were at the contract stage when the publishing house went into liquidation.
Like many another’s books it ended up in the loft until two years ago when she resurrected it, retyped all 100,000 words (it was originally written on an Amstrad 8256 and all she had was a hard copy!) and sent it off to Bloodhound Books.
She is now retired from life of being a Patchwork Tutor and HGV driver’s wife and concentrates on patchwork for the pleasure of it and writing. She started writing at around the age of 8 – she clearly remembers writing ‘novels’ at that age which were actually short stories split into chapters!
Anita’s genre is murder – but murder with a good reason behind it!