The Ash Lake Murders by Helen H. Durrant – Blog Tour

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

Synopsis

MEET DETECTIVE ALICE ROSSI IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES.

A brand-new mystery from #1 bestselling author Helen H. Durrant that will have you gripped from start to explosive finish.

A female serial killer with a deadly agenda. The detective who must stop her. Luxury holiday lodges in the stunning Peak District. The game begins . . .

Callum is lured to an isolated boathouse by an attractive older woman. When she gets him alone, she knocks him out with a single blow. As he wakes up, her voice comes out of the darkness, “You’re a sprat to catch a mackerel.”

Surrounded by hills and lakes, Still Waters is home to a close-knit community of wealthy retirees. It’s an unlikely setting for violence. The police don’t take Callum’s disappearance seriously: he’s 24-years-old, after all. But Callum’s mother, a Still Waters resident, knows that something is very wrong.

Then a body is discovered floating in the lake. Head bashed in. But it’s not Callum.

And someone tweets: Come out to play one last time, Alice. Still Waters run deep. #MadHatter.

That’s when DCI Alice Rossi is called in.  She’s back.

IT’S A CAT-AND-MOUSE GAME BETWEEN AN OBSESSED KILLER AND A DETERMINED DETECTIVE IN THIS GRIPPING MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS.

Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, Joy Ellis, J.D. Kirk, Rachel Abbott, Elly Griffiths, J.M. Dalgliesh, Steph Broadribb or Patricia Gibney.

My Thoughts

I love a new detective series and this new one from Helen H. Durrant certainly starts with a bang!

The opening chapter is tense and immediately pulled me in.  I needed to know more and I needed it now!

My favourite things about this book were that it has a female lead DCI and a female antagonist which is not that common. 

For the past 6 years, DCI Alice Rossie has been taunted by a killer who calls herself The Mad Hatter.  When tweets begin to appear, so do dead bodies and it seems The Mad Hatter is back.  The murder just happens to be in a luxury lake resort where Alice’s husband lost his life.  Once again, Alice is drawn into the killer’s game but will this be the final round?

The Ash Lake Murders is a great introduction to a new series and had me gripped all the way through.  For this novel, it wasn’t as much about working out who the killer was – it’s more the hunt and chase aspect that made it so exciting.

The first in this series lays down some good foundations for books to come.  I think we get enough insight into Alice’s life to become attached to her as a character but, not enough that we know everything.  I’m really looking forward to learning more about Alice as I loved her. 

I cannot wait to delve into the rest of the series.   

Author Bio – Helen H. Durrant

OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS SOLD!

Helen is one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation and began writing when she retired from her job at a local college. Born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother the family settled in a Pennine village between the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It is an environment which has shaped her stories. Writing is a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps her busy, and tuned in.

Helen’s children are all grown-up and she has five grandchildren.

BOOKS BY HELEN H. DURRANT

CALLADINE & BAYLISS SERIES:

  • DEAD WRONG
  • DEAD SILENT
  • DEAD LIST
  • DEAD LOST
  • DEAD & BURIED
  • DEAD NASTY
  • DEAD JEALOUS
  • DEAD BAD
  • DEAD GUILTY
  • DEAD WICKED
  • DEAD SORRY

DI GRECO SERIES:

  • DARK MURDER
  • DARK HOUSES
  • DARK TRADE
  • DARK ANGEL

DI MATHEW BRINDLE SERIES:

  • HIS THIRD VICTIM
  • THE OTHER VICTIM

DCI RACHEL KING SERIES:

  • NEXT VICTIM
  • TWO VICTIMS
  • WRONG VICTIM
  • FORGOTTEN VICTIM
  • LAST VICTIM

DETECTIVES LENNOX & WILDE SERIES:

  • THE GUILTY MAN
  • THE FACELESS MAN

BOX SETS:

  • DETECTIVES CALLADINE & BAYLISS BOOKS 1-3
  • THE DETECTIVE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES BOOKS 1-9 BOX SET
  • DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOOKS 1-3
  • THE COMPLETE DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOX SET
  • THE DETECTIVE RACHEL KING BOOKS 1-3
  • DETECTIVE MATT BRINDLE DOUBLE-BOOK BOX SET
  • JOFFE BOOKS MURDER MYSTERY & SUSPENSE SHORT STORY COLLECTION

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