Michelle Kidd: Seven Days To Die

Today I’m joining the blog tour for Seven Days To Die. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the tour and to Joffe Books for my copy of the book.


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Author Bio  

Michelle Kidd is a crime fiction author best known for the DI Jack MacIntosh and DI Nicki Hardcastle series. Michelle qualified as a legal executive in the early 1990s, spending ten years practising civil and criminal litigation.

But the dream to write was never far from her mind and in 2008 she began writing the first book in what would later become the DI Jack MacIntosh series. Michelle now works full time for the NHS and lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  

She enjoys reading, wine and cats — not necessarily in that order.

Follow her at:



Website : www.michellekiddauthor.com

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/64601437-seven-days-to-die

Buy Links – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0BNQMKJ4J

Book Blurb


Please note this book is a completely revised version of Seven Days.

A brutal killer who strangles young women and leaves their bodies strewn across London’s parks. A killer who leaves his next victim’s shoe beside the body of his last one. Detective Jack MacIntosh has seven days to find the truth.

A young woman’s body is discovered in Hyde Park. Wearing only one shoe.

Close to the body, Detective Jack MacIntosh finds a black stiletto, diamante buckle glinting in the early morning sun. But it doesn’t belong to the victim.

Two days later, another young woman is found strangled to death in nearby Green Park. Wearing just one shoe — the matching stiletto. Hidden in the long grass beside the body, the police uncover a low-heeled court shoe.

Detective Jack and his team are in a race against time to find the owner of the court shoe before it’s far, far too late.

At the same time, Jack is fighting demons of his own. Demons which rise up from the past and threaten to cloud his judgement just when he needs it most.

Detective Jack is hunting a brutal killer. A killer who delights in playing cat-and-mouse games. Who will win this deadly battle of wits?

Perfect for fans of Helen H. Durrant, Bill Kitson, Biba Pearce, Lynda La Plante, Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, J.D. Kirk, Rachel Abbott, Elly Griffiths, J.M. Dalgliesh or Patricia Gibney.


I love being introduced to a new detective and DI Jack McIntosh has been on my radar for quite a while, so where better to start than this republished (and slightly reworked) version of the first book in the series. In some ways, Jack is your stereotypical single, whisky drinking, sarcastic, emotionally unavailable detective, but as we read on, we realise he has a much more complex story and I enjoyed getting to know him. I also enjoyed the way his team comes together. 

Seven Days To Die is structured as a series of diary entries. I found this a really effective technique as it allows the author to move between times and places smoothly and also allows the reader to see what has happened behind the scenes and also see what is going on in the killer’s mind. This increases the tension and makes the novel really gripping to read. 

Michelle Kidd is such a clever writer and her plotting is brilliant. I fell for her red herrings several times, only to be surprised when the case was wrapped up. As Seven Days To Die is set in 2012, I loved her sarcastic nods to the future we have now lived through. 

I am so pleased that Michelle Kidd now has a publishing deal and I look forward to reading more in this series soon!

Seven Days To Die is available from Amazon.

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