The Lonely Lake Killings by Wes Markin @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for The Lonely Lake Killings by Wes Markin and sharing my review today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The Lonely Lake Killings

A lonely recluse. A missing girl and a community in fear.

When the body of a young local girl is found next to an isolated lake, the main suspect is the old recluse who has lived next to the lake for many years – especially when the young girl’s purse is found on the old man’s doorstep.

But DCI Emma Gardner and her partner DI Paul Riddick aren’t so sure. Why would the old hermit leave such an obvious clue? And who would want to set the old man up?

As they dig deeper into the murder they discover a community in fear, determined to keep hold of long buried secrets. And Riddick is convinced that his own dark past is somehow linked to this crime, too.

Gardner fears that she may never get the answers she needs, until a break leads her down a path she’d rather not face. One that runs directly to her own front door…

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This series just gets better and better!

The Lonely Lake Killings is the second book in The Yorkshire Murders series and I couldn’t wait to catch up with Emma and Paul again. I do think this book can work as a standalone but to get a better feel for the brilliant and engaging dynamic between DCI Emma Gardner and DI Paul Riddick. I would definitely recommend picking up book one.

I always love to play detective although I have to admit I’m not necessarily the best at it. It’s fun to try though! So this case was a little tricky, there were a few suspects to choose from and a couple of red herrings dotted throughout too. I really enjoyed trying to figure it all out though. It was like getting started on a great puzzle. Gathering and placing the pieces together. Then waiting for that final piece to slot into place, revealing the full picture. There were moments of tension, danger and twists along the way. This all combined to create a story that had me hooked from the very beginning.

The Lonely Lake Killings not only had an intriguing case at its heart but Emma and Paul really do make this story all the more engaging and enjoyable. They aren’t perfect, they definitely have their flaws but you know what, it works. I’m a big fan of this series and I’m already looking forward to book three!

Author Bio

Wes Markin is the bestselling author of the DCI Yorke crime novels, set in Salisbury. His new series for Boldwood stars the pragmatic detective DCI Emma Gardner who will be tackling the criminals of North Yorkshire.  Wes lives in Harrogate and the first book in the series The Yorkshire Murders will be published in November 2022.

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