“DCI Bennett faces the most harrowing case of his career. A psychopath, who escaped capture, is hell bent on revenge and executes a series of events that will not only impact on Bennett physically, but will have emotional and professional consequences.
A body is found with its fingers amputated, then an investigative journalist, embroiled in the pornography and drugs scene, is murdered.
Bennett’s team is faced with some baffling evidence. Hatpins and bicycle spokes become pivotal to the inquiry but the police struggle to connect the evidence.
It is only when a Detective Sergeant from the team is kidnapped that Bennett realises that he is the true target.
Can Bennett solve the case before it’s too late? How many people will he lose in the process?”
DCI Cyril Bennett is facing his toughest, most brutal, and possibly the most exciting case in Game Point the most recent instalment in the Harrogate series. When a woman is found murdered, a long sharp implement forced through her eye into her frontal lobe, Cyril’s suspicions are aroused the murder is linked to the earlier murder of man, who had some of his fingers amputated and then force fed to him. A bicycle wheel is found next to the man with some of its spokes missing and Cyril believes the two are connected. The case escalates when an officer working on the investigation is abducted and Cyril faces a race against the clock to catch a psychopath he thought he had put away for good.
I’m really coming to love the Harrogate crime series, the books seem to be becoming stronger and stronger. Although Game Point can be read as a standalone, if you have previous experience with Cyril and his sergeant, Owen, you will enjoy it all the more. Cyril Bennett is really coming alive for me in my mind, and I love the idiosyncrasies that he has, it makes his character well-rounded and relatable. Owen is loveable, terrible dress sense notwithstanding, and much sharper than he comes across, and Liz the pathologist comes into her own even more in this book as well.
The book does take the reader to some dark places, and is more graphic than previous outings. The plot is intricate and planned well with just the right amount of police procedure mixed with action and stomach churning torment. The author has put an exceptional amount of time into research and into fine detail which gives the story a more realistic and to be frank, terrifying edge.
Malcolm Hollingdrake is slowly but surely turning Harrogate into a savage and vicious Midsomer, only with better plotlines and more compelling characters. Game Point gets a massive five stars from me, highly recommend the whole series. Thanks to Malcolm Hollingdrake, Sarah Hardy and the rest of the team at Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and chance to be part of the Blog Tour.
About the Author
You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone 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.
Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has four books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.
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’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.
I am thrilled to announce that I have just signed an extended publishing deal with Bloodhound Books for the Harrogate based DCI Cyril Bennett novels.
Amazon page: http://bit.ly/AmtoMHdrake
Publisher page: http://bit.ly/BhBtoMH
I am now working on the next Bennett novel whilst still in search of a painting or two.