Untainted Blood – Liz Mistry

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I’m absolutely thrilled to be closing this tour along the lovely Abby over at annebonnybookreviews.com

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Published: 29th August 2017 (Bloodhound Books)Untainted Blood final

In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount  after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election. 

However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.

Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and delivers his own form of torture.

As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.

Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?

DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

My Review

I recommend that you don’t embark on reading Untainted Blood until you have read Unquiet Souls and Uncoiled Lies as there are lots of references to past relationships and investigations.

Gus is still reeling from the investigations and personal changes following Uncoiled Lies but he doesn’t have long before he’s thrown into another when a body is found with a disturbing and distinctive tag.

Untainted Blood is not an easy read due to its controversial subject matter – the basis of this book is racism therefore the language is graphic at times, although necessary for the book. It just wouldn’t work if the people with the strong racist views didn’t use the same sort of language. Once again, Liz Mistry has bravely tackled extremely difficult subjects; highlighting the sad truth of Britain today – this is very topical of today’s country, embarking on Brexit and the racial tensions with the rise of UKIP etc. as well as domestic abuse. Throughout Untainted Blood we hear directly from the killer and these sections are chilling but give an extra dimension to the investigation and narrative.

Whilst there are some truly horrible characters in this book, there are also some truly wonderful ones who fight for what is right. One of the things I adore about this series is the working relationship of Gus’s team as well as his relationship with his parents, which is one of admiration and respect (as well as embarrassment at times when it comes to his father!).

This is a complex investigation which is having to play a political game as well as taking all the teams patience when dealing with Graeme Weston and his extreme right-wing party.

A fast-paced, page turner which keeps the reader gripped through to the very end.

About the Author

1 (2)I am a crime writer based in Bradford but originally from West Calder in Scotland. I studied at Stirling University and taught in Bradford inner-city Primary schools for many years. I write gritty crime fiction drawing on the richness of Bradford’s diverse cultures and my writing is heavily influenced by Tartan Noir writers such as, Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. I completed an MA in Creative Writing at the brilliant Leeds Trinity University. I currently have three novels published: Unquiet Souls (my debut novel) and Uncoiled Lies and Untainted Blood. I look forward to writing many more featuring my main character DI Gus (Angus) McGuire and his team. I am co-founder and lead blogger with The Crime Warp Blog

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