Shattered Bones by Kate Bendelow – Audiobook Blog Tour

A huge thanks to the author Kate Bendelow and Danielle @_DanielleLouis_ for organising this tour and Ulverscroft Ltd for an audio copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.


How do you catch a killer if you can’t identify the victim? A scene of crime officer collects the evidence piece by piece in this gritty British mystery.

SOCO Maya Barton is called to a canal where a heavily decomposed male body has been discovered. A bank card belonging to Trevor Dawlish is found in the cadaver’s pocket, and the name matches that of a missing person.

All seems straightforward—until Trevor’s wife phones the police to say that Trevor has returned home, leaving Maya and the team wondering who the unknown male is.

When it’s revealed that the male was dead before he entered the water, Maya finds herself with a murder on her hands. But when another body is discovered, the case becomes further complicated. The hope is that facial reconstruction of the first victim will help solve the mystery—but it may lead Maya and her team down an even darker path.

My Thoughts

This is my first outing with Maya Barton but it won’t be my last.  I loved this book and am definitely going to read the first one in the series and any new ones afterwards.  Shattered Bones works well as a stand alone despite being a second book.  I love discovering new authors and crime series’.

A dead body in the water and a bank card nearby identifying the victim seems like a good start to a case however when the card owner turns up alive and well, then disappears again things become murkier than the river itself. How do you solve a murder when you can’t even identify the victim?

I’ve always been fascinated by forensics from being a teen and enjoyed that element of this novel.  It’s one of those carers I always wanted to do.  Written by a very experienced CSI, I imagine that the details and procedures are very accurately depicted, and I found this informative. 

The plot begins right in the action and doesn’t stop from there.  I loved trying to solve the crime and piece clues together but there were so many twists that I failed miserably.  Still had loads of fun trying though. 

I always prefer my crime thrillers to have some elements of character development through their personal lives too.  I feel it adds additional depth to the characters if we know the outside of work.  Maya is a great character.  She’s real, and the secondary plot of her dealing with the release of her father from prisons added extra tension and stress onto Maya’s shoulders. 

I’m a little particular about narration and I really got into Annabelle’s story telling.  She helped to create the tension really well and brought the atmosphere and characters to life.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Shattered Bones and I highly recommend this ‘edge of your seat’ crime thriller. 

Author Bio – Kate Bendelow

Kate Bendelow is from Greater Manchester where she has worked as a CSI for over 19 years. Kate is also a writer and poet.

The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers was written after she combined her passion for writing with her day job.

Kate is passionate about helping crime writers write with authenticity and accuracy and also provides lectures at various writing events.

Definitely Dead is the first book in the SOCO Maya Barton trilogy.

Follow Kate on Twitter or her Facebook Author page for details of events and latest book news.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s