“Meet DCI Cyril Bennett, a man with a passion for manners and efficiency, as well as an eye for the ladies. His partner, DS David Owen, is naIve and untidy but keen. Together they make a formidable pair.
When the discovery of two infants’ bodies is made at a Teacher Training College, Bennett and Owen are given the case. Soon a number of suspects is identified.
At the same time, a killer is on the loose staging attacks using sulphur mustard.
Is there a link between the infants’ bodies and the sulphur mustard attacks?
Do the answers lie in the past or the present?
Bennett and Owen must work together to bring to justice a killer with revenge on his mind”
When I picked up this book and started reading I was completely confused, had I started the correct one? A man is visiting Ypres in Belgium, silently mourning the fallen with unmarked graves, who gave their lives in Flanders Fields during the First World War. At first you think this man is a respectable and thoughtful man, but within a few pages you find out that not only is he respectable and thoughtful, he is also a vengeful man with a sinister plan in place with strange connotations to deaths during World War I.
Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett of the Harrogate Police is working on a cold case. The skeletal bodies of two infants have been uncovered and Bennett alongside his partner DS David Owen are assigned to the case. As Bennett has recently been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy he is still struggling to come to terms with it, and throws himself into his work to take his mind off his worries. DNA testing and investigations lead the team to Dr Peter Flint who was the doctor attached to the old college. DCI Cyril Bennett is very taken with Flint’s housekeeper Janet, the Dr and his associates however, he is not too sure of…..
I really enjoyed this book. I was confused at first as I didn’t see the relevance of the opening chapters, but once I got into the swing of things I could not put this book down. Parts of this completely horrified me, ingenious from the author. The whole story line in itself is quite explosive. For readers that love their thrillers to be packed full of action and murder and mayhem you will devour this novel in no time.
The characters are all strong, Bennett and Owen the comical dynamic duo, Only The Dead had me totally engaged with them throughout. I loved how each one stood out from each other and they brought a little something extra to the novel.
This is Malcolm Hollingdrake’s first crime novel featuring DCI Cyril Bennett and it is a enthralling novel that draws you in from the beginning. I would recommend this to all crime fans, overall rating four stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Thanks to Malcolm and everyone over at Bloodhound Books for my copy of Only The Dead.