Blood Stained by Rebecca Bradley – Blog Tour

Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and to Rebecca Bradley, Joffe Books and Netgalley for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Synopsis

Can’t find her.

Can’t catch him.

Can’t trust anyone.

The first in a gripping new Sheffield-set crime series starring Detective Claudia Nunn.

Detective Claudia Nunn’s colleague DS Dominic Harrison has been leading the case against a dangerous serial killer, who hunts his victims using a dating app. But now his own wife has gone missing.

Then a large pool of blood is discovered in their garage. And Dominic is the prime suspect.

Is Dominic being framed by a serial killer or will Claudia expose an even uglier truth?

Can’t tell a soul how it ends.

Blood Stained is a dark, twisty and utterly compulsive page-turner that will be devoured by fans of Helen H. Durrant, Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and L.J. Ross.

My Thoughts

I’m new to Rebecca Bradley’s writing but when this novel arrived in my inbox I had high expectations from the blurb – and it didn’t let me down.  This is a second novel set in Sheffield that I’ve read over the past week and as a South Yorkshire girl (originally), I am delighted to see more northern areas being represented more in crime thrillers. 

Blood Stained is a cracking start to a new detective series and I simply cannot wait for more.  I loved the characters, the intense plot and the flowing narrative.  The time just disappeared whilst I was reading. 

This is the first outing for Detective Claudia Nunn and it’s not an easy one.  We begin right in the thick of things with a mysterious prologue of the victim then straight into the police work.  Claudia is put in the impossible position of interviewing her colleague and senior, DS Dominic Harrison whose wife ruth is missing.  Dominic is insistent he is innocent and that Ruth’s disappearance is related to his latest case but is he telling the truth or trying to cover up something more sinister?

I loved how this book cut straight to the chase.  We come straight in as Claudia is tasked with interviewing Dominic and things intensify when some damning evidence is found during a home search.  Woven between the investigation into Ruth’s disappearance is Dominic’s telling of the investigation into the Sheffield Strangler in the hope it will help them track down Ruth. 

Both investigations are intense and I found myself quickly reading each bit so I could get back to the other investigation.  I just couldn’t put this one down.

Claudia is an interesting character although I’m feeling as though we still have a lot to learn about her in future novels.  She works well as a team, takes on a challenge with great integrity and professionalism.  I like her a lot and cannot wait to meet her again. 

It’s a great start to a new series and I’m looking forward to further novels in the series.       

Author Bio – Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley lives with her family in the UK, and two Cockapoos, Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. She drinks copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis. Rebecca served fifteen years in the police service and finished as a detective constable on a specialist unit.

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