Paid in Blood by Susan Handley @shandleyauthor @zooloo2008 #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Paid in Blood by Susan Handley today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

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A dead celebrity loved by the nation.
A blind detective with something to prove.

When a well-loved celebrity is found murdered at a glitzy art event, DI Matt Fisher is faced with his first big case since being blinded in an acid-attack. Despite most people thinking his return to his old job is an impossible task, Fisher is determined to prove them wrong.

With his guide dog Luna at his side and the assistance of eager yet inexperienced DC Beth Nightingale, Fisher must find a way to see through the lies and expose a ruthless killer.

He’s had his fair share of bad luck in the past but has always managed to bounce back. Can he do it again, or are his days as a detective numbered?


Paid in Blood moves at a good pace with a few surprises and twists to keep the momentum going. I especially enjoyed being kept on my toes over who was guilty. It’s safe to say I went back and forth over who was responsible for the murder. I thought that there was a varied mix of suspects but not too many that it became difficult to remember who was who.

DI Matt Fisher as a character was a very intriguing one. He had lived quite a life until an acid-attack brought about the loss of his sight. Even though Fisher has been through a traumatic experience he is still determined to succeed in his job. All be it in a different way now his life has changed forever. He had flaws that made him feel real and his single minded focus could always be relied upon to get him into trouble. However I liked the way he spoke his mind although let’s just say he could be pretty blunt at times! I thought pairing him with DC Beth Nightingale to investigate the murder worked really well. Beth was eager to learn but also willing to stand up to Fisher when needed. There is tension throughout as we see Fisher fighting to keep not only his position on the case but also in the police. A special mention has to go to Fisher’s guide dog, Luna. She was a lovely addition to the story and helped to bring out a much softer side to Fisher’s personality. His often gruff exterior lightened even if it was for just a moment as he interacted with her.

I really enjoyed Paid in Blood it was a solid and strong start to a new series. Let’s just say that I’m eager to see what will happen next!


Susan Handley grew up in the Midlands and now lives in a small village in rural Kent with her husband and two rescue cats, Charlie and Porridge (aka Podge).

As a child, Susan devoured anything crime related: books, films, TV shows and even games (anyone remember electronic detective? – a game Susan professes to have been a whizz at). Although she had dreamt of becoming a pathologist like Quincy (one of her favourite shows growing up), Susan went on to study chemistry and went as far as getting her doctorate in it. Soon, however, she came to the conclusion that lab work wasn’t for her and went on to have a successful career in finance.

It was during her time at university, on learning that her mother had finally read the complete collection of Agatha Christie’s classic crime novels, Susan bought a second-hand Olivetti and attempted to write one of her own, intent on giving it to her mother as a Christmas present. Susan readily confesses the end result left a lot to be desired but says it did whet her appetite for crime writing. Over the years that followed, she never stopped dreaming of becoming an author and after many years of writing at night she finally published her debut novel: A Confusion of Crows, the first of her books to feature one-time marine biologist now turned detective Cat McKenzie. She has written a further two novels in the DC Cat McKenzie mystery series. The second, Feather and Claw, sees Cat holidaying with a friend in sunny Cyprus, though things take a sinister turn after a fellow guest is found dead. In the third book of the series, The Body Politic, Cat investigates the murder of a local councillor but it’s the links to a member of her own family that leaves her wondering whether you ever really know anyone at all.

Susan’s most recent novel is Paid in Blood, the first in a new series to feature DI Matt Fisher. DI Fisher was enroute to being one of the country’s top scorers in football’s premier league until injury forced him from the pitch and into the police force. And it was working out well, until he put himself between a young woman and a terrorist brandishing a bottle of acid. Now blind, Fisher finds himself fighting to keep his job, so when a beautiful celebrity is found dead at a glitzy art event, he’s determined to figure out who did it and prove he can still hack it as a detective.

In addition to the DC Cat McKenzie series, Susan has published two crime fiction anthologies: Crime Bites (volumes 1 and 2). She has also published a novella set at the height of the Californian gold, The Secret of Snake Pass, which is published under the name S.J. Handley.

When Susan’s not indulging in her love of writing crime fiction she loves walking (the hillier the better), bike riding (the flatter the better) and tending her garden, especially her veggie patch.

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