DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.
In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West? Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM…
The Anglesey Murders was published on the 16th May 2019. Many thanks to the author for my copy of the book for this review.
I am absolutely thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour for Conrad Jones’ newest book, The Anglesey Murders. This is a police procedural set in North Wales, it starts off with a particularly chilling prologue which gives the reader a clue as to what is to come.
The Anglesey Murders is a complex piece of work which interweaves a number of suspicious deaths onto one fabulous read. There are a lot of characters to keep tabs on and it’s clear that there is something serious happening in the criminal underworld of Holyhead! The death toll starts with the bodies recovered from the sea during a storm, clearly no accident due to their injuries as well as the fact that they are tied together…when more bodies turn up, it’s clear that DI Alan Williams, DS Kim Davies and their team have their hands full…not to mention the warning to stay away from certain individuals so as not to ruin the work of the National Crime Agency in their major drugs investigation!
As I’ve mentioned, this is a complex storyline with a vast number of characters which Conrad Jones does a brilliant job of keeping their involvement consistent throughout whilst adding a layer of confusion for the reader. I was kept on my toes right to the end by not being able to work out who the perpetrators were. The majority of the story is told through the investigation but we do get to hear fleetingly from a killer from his perspective, those sections are particularly chilling!
I really liked the characterisation of DI Williams and his relationship with his older son’s who equally find it a challenge but also respect the fact that their father works in the police force.
The Anglesey Murders is just crying out to be a holiday read, when you can get yourself lost within the story. It is gripping right from THAT prologue, I enjoyed the references to the historical murders committed by Peter Moore and the police trying to ascertain the link between now and then…copycat or something more sinister. The writing is slick, pacy and just crying out to keep reading more. I flew through this book, it would’ve been quicker if real life hadn’t got in the way!
I hope that this is the first in a new series from Conrad Jones as I really enjoyed meeting DI Williams and would like to see more from him and the team…although it’ll be hard to beat this investigation. A brilliant read!
Conrad Jones a 52-year-old Author, living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 20th novel, The Journey, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.