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#BlogTour #BookReview The Distant Dead By Lesley Thomson #TheDistantDead

Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Distant Dead By Lesley Thomson and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂

Thank You very much to the publisher – Head of Zeus for the review copy.
ISBN13: 9781788549752
Genre: Crime
Release date: 13 05 2021
Price*: Kindle £2.59 (GBP)/  Paperback £14.23 (GBP)
Kindle $3.65 (USD)/ Paperback $26.86 (USD)
Pages: ~ 384
My rating: I liked it.
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
What I learned from this book: I read interesting facts about West London.

Description of the book: LONDON, 1940
Several neighbours heard the scream of the woman in the bombed-out house. One told the detective she thought the lady had seen a mouse. Another said it wasn’t his business what went on behind closed doors. None of them imagined that a trusting young woman was being strangled by her lover.

Beneath the vast stone arches of Tewkesbury Abbey, a man lies bleeding, close to death. He is the creator of a true-crime podcast which now will never air. He was investigating the murder of a 1940s police pathologist – had he come closer to the truth than he realised?

Stella Darnell has moved to Tewkesbury to escape from death, not to court it. But when this man dies in her arms, Stella, impelled to root out evil when she finds it, becomes determined to hunt down his killer and to bring the secrets he was searching for into the light…

How this book made me feel: This book is the eighth in the series, but it was my first encounter with the Detective’s Daughter series. I was very intrigued by the blurb, and really wanted to read it. 🙂

The protagonist in this novel is Stella, but there are multiple storylines going on in this book. Stella is a quite complicated character, she has a lot of things going on in her life. It does not help that while running from her past life she stumbles onto a murdered true-crime podcaster. And once again she gets involved with another investigation. The characters of this book are very interesting personalities, and I was very curious to know more about them. And there is a very wide variety of characters, so sometimes it can be a little difficult to remember who is who.

The beginning of the book was quite slow and confusing for me. This book carries two separate investigations, the one going on in 1940 during WWII, and another investigation happening at the present day. I would have liked more suspense in this book, the culprits were quite easy to guess, but I enjoyed the interactions between the characters while solving both of the crimes. I especially liked the investigation that happened in the 1940ies, I loved reading about that era and the description of West London was very intriguing and educational to me. Also, I really liked to see how different police work was compared to the present day, and I did feel annoyed with the police ignoring the obvious. 😀

The writing style of this book was very enjoyable and well researched. I liked the different settings and atmospheres as well. The chapters have medium length, but it did not leave me bored. As I mentioned before, the ending of the book was quite predictable, but I liked how this book was rounded up. Even though this book was part of the series, I was able to read it as a stand-alone.

So, to conclude, it was a cleverly written crime story, filled with a very wide variety of different and intriguing characters as well as the murder stories that were different but very entwined. I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting mix, and I hope that you will give it a go, and will like it as well. Enjoy! 🙂

Thank You for Your time! ❤

About the author: Lesley Thomson’s first crime novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. The Detective’s Daughter is a #1 bestseller and Sainsbury’s e-book 2014. The series has sold over 800k copies. Ghost Girl, second in The Detective’s Daughter series (2014) was #1 in Sainsbury’s e-chart.

Series order, The Detective’s Secret (2015), The Runaway, (e-book short about Stella Darnell, the detective’s daughter) 2015. The House with No Rooms 2016. The Dog Walker 2017. The Death Chamber 2018. The Playground Murders 2019 and The Distant Dead out 2021.

Death of a Mermaid, a standalone novel set in the fishing port of Newhaven, UK (May 2020) features three women, Freddy Power, a mobile fishmonger, Mags, a librarian and Toni a shoplifting police detective.

Facebook: @LesleyThomsonNovelist / Twitter: @LesleyjmThomson / Website:

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