Tony J Forder: Slow Slicing

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Slow Slicing. My review is written with thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.

Blurb:

WHEN DEATH BECOMES THE KINDEST CUT OF ALL
When slices of flesh and body parts are discovered in different areas of the country, DI Bliss and his team are tasked with running the operation. After Bliss realises the victims have been subjected to a specific form of torture, it leads him to a cold case involving the brutal and bloody murder of a woman in London twenty-six years earlier.

As the team discover links between their victims, the murdered woman, and gangland crime, they begin a dangerous investigation into both the past and the present. But Bliss is stumped, unable to decide if the current spate of mutilations are acts of revenge or the result of ageing criminals seeking to hide their despicable actions. Following a leak to the media, Bliss’s reaction may have dire consequences.

With the hunt for the victims at fever point, Bliss uncovers evidence steering him in the direction of one particular individual. The only problem being, his prime suspect is the one person it cannot possibly be. When Bliss orders a sting operation, the astonishing truth is revealed. And that’s when things really start to go wrong…

The stunning DI Bliss series of fast-paced police thrillers will appeal to fans of authors like Michael Connelly, Joy Ellis, Peter James, Robert Bryndza and Angela Marsons. Tony J Forder is also the bestselling author of Degrees of Darkness, Scream Blue Murder and Cold Winter Sun.

Review:

I’ve read all the Detective Inspector Bliss books to date and enjoyed them all, and Slow Slicing is Forder’s darkest book yet. Admittedly, the title should have told me it would be gruesome, but I was not prepared for just how gruesome it would be – and I loved it! As readers, we are taken to the action straight away, and like Bliss himself, I could not rest until I got to the bottom of this story.

DI Bliss is one of my favourite fictional detectives. I love his no nonsense attitude when.dealing with his superiors, but I also appreciate that Forder allows us to see his vulnerable side: the side which makes him care about the victims, whatever they have done wrong. His relationship with Penny is wonderful and I felt we saw a little more of his humour this time around, which I enjoyed (although I’d rather not think about his ball sack!)

Slow Slicing is another cleverly plotted addition to the series which demonstrates the complexities of a major police operation. There are twists and red herrings and I relished trying to put the puzzle together and find the answers.

Slow Slicing is available from Amazon.

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