Bad Apples by Will Dean @RandomTTours

It only takes one…

A murder

A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated

A festival

A grim celebration in a cultish hilltop community after the apple harvest

A race against time

As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story

The perfect book for the month of October, Bad Apples delivers a Halloween storyline that is so perfectly creepy you will have shivers running down your spine! This is the 4th Tuva Moodyson written by Will Dean and the perfect addition to the series. Thankfully it can also be read as a standalone thriller so if you’ve never read a Tuva Moodyson book before then you will be able to dive straight into this one without having to know too much of what has happened previously.

Bad Apples certainly packs a punch within the first few pages as Tuva walks straight into a murder scene in a forest. The town is in full Halloween spirit and hunting is high on the list for local entertainment. The celebrations following the harvest of the local apples give way to “Pan Night” but there’s something evil in the air! Visberg definitely isn’t somewhere you would go for a lovely family trip! As Tuva tries to work out who killed the headless corpse she finds in the forest that night, she meets some wonderful characters in the isolated community she now calls home…

Will Dean has once again woven the Swedish folklore tales throughout this gripping thriller and given his readers a taste of Sweden very unlike the IKEA version we are used to! It’s a chilling and sinister storyline with a completely bonkers last few pages and a very shocking final sentence! No spoilers but talk about a cliffhanger! I loved it!

Bad Apples is published by Point Blank and available to buy now.

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands and had lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. The second Tuva Moodyson mystery, Red Snow, won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards, 2019, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2020. His third novel, Black River, was chosen as Observer Thriller of the Month. Will Dean lives in Sweden where the Tuva Moodyson novels are set.

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