Megan is called in to help the police with the murder of a young mother
who has been brutally killed and a pentagram carved in her forehead. While
the media-obsessed police chief wants to call it a satanic ritual, Megan
keeps an open mind and starts investigating the details of the victim's
life - and the lives of the other victims as the murders increase. As
she delves deeper into the past, so does Megan endanger her own well-being
and strengths the hand of the murder into the bargain.
Beautifully written, Strange Blood
is guaranteed to engage the reader from first page to last so that the
novel will not be set down until it is complete. The characters, especially
that of Megan, are so intrinsically well drawn, readers cannot help to
empathise and sympathise with the many situations in which she finds herself
and so will her to succeed.
The pace is relentless, the scenario more than credible
and the conclusion deeply satisfying as piece by piece the puzzle is put
together and all loose ends are cut and tied up neatly with one final
burst of energy.
For a second novel to be short-listed for this award
is some achievement, yet that is not to say that it is undeserved. Strange
Blood by Lindsay Ashford would be a worthy addition to any
roll of honour and the author’s continued success in the field of
crime fiction is as assured as the sun rising.
Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 2006
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