Sunday, 9 June 2019

Treble Clef

A new Harrogate murder mystery from  Malcolm Hollingdrake is a guaranteed good story.

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Book description

Harrogate attracts hundreds of players to the annual Games Convention and for one player it is the perfect opportunity to kill by the mechanics of his own sinister game. Each victim will die in the same way. Each will be classed as the loser and their time will have run out. The escape room and the game table will draw more, each believing they are invincible. However, in every game there is always a traitor waiting in the wings. The latest in the bestselling Harrogate Crime Series.

My review 

Bodies in B&B room, with slit throats. There’s a tie-in with a gaming convention in Harrogate. This is the sort of story where I think I know what’s happening, where it’s going and who’s behind it and I’m glad to say I was wrong. It was more complex than I thought, even involving, peripherally, a member of the aristocracy with strange tastes and no scruples. We delve deeper into Cyril’s own personal life, too, which will please long time readers of this series. A jolly good Harrogate yarn.

About the author

You could say that the writing was clearly on the wall for someone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author, but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember. 

Born in Bradford and spending three years at Ripon College, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all the DCI Bennett novels However, as well as the Bennett series he is writing a new series set in Merseyside.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It is a hobby he has bestowed upon DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his successful Bennett series.

Just a thought

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
― P. J. O'Rourke

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