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Thriller | Blood on His Hands | Ian McFadyen

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When a stranger enters DI Carmichael’s local church, with blood on his hands claiming to have committed a murder, Carmichael and his team are quickly summoned.

And when the man disappears, as mysteriously as he arrived, with few clues to his identity, where he came from and where he went, Carmichael quickly realises that all may not be as it seems.

The conundrum becomes even more puzzling when, in less than 24 hours, a corpse is discovered in the boot of a Bentley car down a quiet country lane. As the body count rises Carmichael and his team remains confounded as to who is behind the murders and what motive they have for taking so many lives.

In this, the eighth gripping murder mystery from the pen of Ian McFadyen, the author once again captivates the reader with an array of beguiling characters tightly woven within an intriguing, skilfully scripted plot. It will keep you guessing right until the end.

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Blood on His Hands by Ian McFyden is published by The Book Guild and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


Blood on His Hands is the 8th book in the Detective Inspector Carmichael series, although I discovered this book to be a great stand-alone story.

The characters are well written and I found the plot fast-paced and exciting.

 A man appears at a church confessing to a priest that he has committed a murder but the man then vanishes. The next day a body is found in the boot of a car so DI Carmichael and his team begin their investigation into these strange circumstances.

 With more bodies found DI Carmichael feels the pressure to solve this murder case before the killer can strike again. There are plenty of twists and turns during their investigation as they piece this case together to find the culprit.

 An excellent plot, I absolutely loved the short chapters including little snippets of each character, I was soon racing through them.

A captivating read with a great ending, I look forward to reading more of this series.

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Ian McFadyen lives in Bishops Stortford, Herts and has published seven books in the Carmichael series so far. McFadyen has built up a strong following and is particularly well supported by library borrowers – being positioned in the top 10% of most loaned authors in the last few years. Favourably mentioned alongside Wilkie Collins and Colin Dexter, McFadyen’s titles are all available in paperback and on kindle.

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