Death Rains Down (Detective Ray Logue #1) by Kevin McManus – Blog Tour

On behalf of Zoe at and Kevin McManus, I am excited and honoured today to be reviewing Death Rains Down. Thank you to Spellbound Books and Kevin McManus for a copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.


Introducing Detective Ray Logue. A renegade, hard living & damaged cop. Full of Irish charm & the best detective in Port Ard.

Detective Ray Logue has become something of a maverick in Jim Mulcahy’s police department, having never quite got over the death of his wife 12 years earlier.

Now a hard-drinking loner and occasional loose cannon, Logue is a thorn in Mulcahy’s side, who occasionally crosses the fine line of taking the law into his own hands to see justice served.

As the body count starts to rise, Logue suspects he may have stumbled into a dangerous web of lies and cover-ups, stretching from his own department all the way to the very top of the political spectrum.

From the law-enforcers to the law-makers, from respectable businessmen to Russian mobsters – a sinister hand is exercising an iron grip across the whole social order and it will destroy anyone who dares get in its way.

My Thoughts

I can’t help but get excited when I read the first book in a detective/crime series and I love it.  Death Rains Down is a brilliant start to a new series with a fascinating protagonist and a murder that hooked me in from the opening chapter and I cannot wait to read more, and I am excited to see where future novels go.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is a 165 page novel because in that short time it doesn’t half pack a punch.  The opening chapter had me screaming at Anna to stay away as something was off from the start.  What unfolds is an investigation that leads down a path further than anyone could imagine.  The action begins from the very start and doesn’t stop until the explosive end.  It really is a one sitting read.

 Despite the short length, the main protagonist, Detective Ray Logue is well developed, and we get a good sense of where is is in his life and why.  The back story adds a third dimension to his character, making him human rather than just a detective. His partner McGarry is a great partner and balances out the character of Logue well.  Together they make a cracking team.

 This is a fast-paced crime novel with plenty of surprises and it sets the scene well for book 2.  Highly recommended.

Author Bio – Kevin McManus

Kevin McManus is an Irish author. He primarily writes Crime Fiction novels but also delves into writing poetry and short stories. He lives in County Leitrim in Western Ireland with his wife Mary and their dog Jack. He works by day as a secondary school teacher. Kevin has produced a series of novels featuring an Irish Detective called Ray Logue and a series based around a New York Detective called John Morrigan. His debut novel published in 2016 was “The Whole of the Moon”. In a previous incarnation, Kevin was a bass guitarist in several rock bands for over twenty year. Kevin is a supporter of Aston Villa FC which has caused him to age prematurely.

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