New Blood (A Ray Logue Thriller) by Kevin McManus – Blog Tour

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


    It’s murder out there… The body of an unknown man has been discovered on a beach in the cold light of day, a body that has been shot and left to bleed out on the sand.

    Detective Inspector Ray Logue, still reeling from the events of his last case, is brought in to investigate. While working the case, he is drawn into the maelstrom of gang warfare as he comes face to face with the ‘New Blood’ – a young gang leader called Kyle Brody who is fast making a name for himself.

    Brody is lawless. He is a predator and a thug who takes no mercy on those who stand in his way, seemingly rejecting society and taking pride in causing anarchy .

    Dealing, smuggling and murdering are Brody’s trades – he’s good at them and from the wounds inflicted on the body Logue sees, it looks like he takes pleasure in cruelty.

    Yet as more details emerge about Brody’s accomplices, Logue realises that the lines between good and evil are not always clear.

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My Thoughts

I love the Ray Logue series. They’re fast paced with a quick talking, no nonsense protagonist and so difficult to put down once you begin. 

This plot continues straight from that of its predecessor, Nine Lives.  Whilst it works as a standalone, reading the novels in order will give a better insight into the character s(particularly Logue) and their motivations, traits and roles etc.  It all begins with a dying man in the sand dunes whose last words are ‘Crystal’ and only clue is a hotel receipt which doesn’t lead very far.  Leading Logue into a web of gangs and violence and working through a trail of dead bodies, can Logue and McGarry

New Blood starts right in the action and doesn’t stop until the end pages.  The plot moves at a fast pace and is a short read but still packs in everything you’d expect from a well developed and planned crime thriller.  The investigation is well thought out and clues are revealed in a way to keep the reader on the edge of the seat and it left me racing through the pages to get to the end.

I love the Ray Logue thrillers and cannot wait for the next instalment.       

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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