Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Avenge The Dead, the third DI Farrell novel by Jackie Baldwin. Many thanks to Emma Welton for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
Sometimes murder is the only way to get even…
Four friends with dark secrets. One killer out for revenge.
DI Frank Farrell and DS McLeod are tasked with investigating the brutal murder of a defence solicitor’s wife in Dumfries.
It’s been over a year since they left the town after an investigation robbed them of a dear friend. But now they’re back and must find a way to move on.
When the son of another defence solicitor is murdered, a strange tattoo etched on his body, the case takes them into darker, more disturbing territory.
It leads them back into the past – to a horrific fire in a cottage that took a woman’s life, to four friends harbouring dark secrets – and finally to a killer waiting patiently for revenge.
I love this series! DI Frank Farrell is a fabulously complex character with an intriguing background and I’ve really enjoyed watching his personal development through these three books. After the last book where an investigation led to personal tragedy, Frank and Mhairi are back to investigate the death of the wife of a defence solicitor. But when more murders follow, they realise that the deaths may be connected to a fire 10 years ago in which a young woman tragically burnt to death.
This was a full on read for me that grabbed me from the very first page. The case itself is full of red herrings and every time I thought I’d worked out who was responsible and why, another spanner was thrown into the works to prove me wrong! The writing is engaging and Jackie Baldwin really brings DI Farrell to life through her expertly plotted narrative. I have a real soft spot for this detective and love watching his personal internal battle between his old life as a priest and his new one on the police force. His working relationships compliment his personal struggle by giving him plenty to think about and I especially love the interaction between him and DS McLeod. This is teamwork at its very best and their friendship felt authentic and relatable. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes (if anywhere!) from here!
Avenge The Dead is a must read for fans of Scottish crime fiction so do treat yourself to this cleverly crafted thriller. And although it can be read as a stand-alone, make sure you do read the other books in the series too to get the full DI Farrell backstory as it’s a good ‘un!
Highly recommended by me!
Jackie Baldwin is a Scottish crime writer. Her debut crime novel, Dead Man’s Prayer, was published by Killer Reads on 2nd September 2016. The second in the series, Perfect Dead was published on 15th June 2018. For most of her working life, she has been a solicitor specialising in Family and Criminal Law. She later retrained as a hypnotherapist. Married with a grown family, she recently moved from Dumfries to East Lothian.
For a chance to win an Avenge the Dead Prize Bundle featuring all three books in the DI Frank Farrell series signed by the author plus extra treats enter this fabulous giveaway HERE
Terms and Conditions
The giveaway will end at 00:00 (GMT) on Sunday 15th March 2020 and is open internationally. The winner will be contacted by email on Monday 16thMarch 2020 and will need to provide their postal address which will be passed to Jackie Baldwin for dispatch of the prize. No personal information will be stored as a result of this giveaway. There is no cash alternative. Good luck!