Today I am very excited to be closing the blog tour down for Stephen Puleston’s latest DI Drake book, Written in Blood, which was published on the 18th October 2018.
About the book
A savage murder…
When Inspector Drake is called to the holiday home of eminent barrister and recently appointed judge, Nicholas Wixley, he is faced with a grizzly sight. Wixley’s body has been badly mutilated and staged to resemble a scene from the feared serial murderer – The Alphabet Killer. The only problem is, the perpetrator for those murders is already behind bars…
A copycat killer on the loose?
Drake and the team embark on a frantic investigation to identify the copycat killer and warn other potential victims – all of whom Drake suspects are linked to the previous Alphabet case. But when a friend of Wixley’s is found murdered on his yacht, Drake begins to suspect the copycat link is a red herring to throw them off the scent…
A murderer who must be caught!
And when another murder takes place, Drake begins to question everything he knows about this case and his possible suspects. Now with his own reputation and the integrity of the Wales Police Service on the line Drake cannot afford to make any more mistakes.
This is book 6 in the DI Drake series, so it would be advisable to read them in order, although not necessary to understand all that has happened previously.
This book follows Drake and his team as they investigate the murder of a Judge who has links to an old serial killer case. The team think it is a copycat killer, but when more bodies turn up dead they are not so sure.
I have really enjoyed travelling on these adventures with DI Drake, and all his quirkiness (including his OCD) and the way that Stephen writes the stories allows you to follow along nicely, trying to work everything out with Drake, but I personally failed miserably to work out who was killing everyone.
I really liked the direction that Stephen has taken DI Drake and his team, both professionally and personally, and this book expands more on Drake’s life outside of the police force. I also like the way that he describes the Welsh landscape rather than just skimming through it as it gives you a real insight into the area and makes it so much easier to follow the story when you can visualise it better.
Overall this is a brilliant read, and if you haven’t done so already I would recommend purchasing this one along with all the others.
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About the Author
I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.
I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre inLlanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal workin the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia