Chilling cover!!!

Publication date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Quercus

I would like to say a huge thank you to Emily Patience at Quercus for inviting me to take part on this gripping and thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Quercus for allowing me to read and review a physical hardback copy of this marvellous book. I would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to the creative talent, Kate Webb, for creating such a brilliant, atmospheric and intriguing detective and also an incredibly engaging plot. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Detective Inspector Matt Lockyer has been side-lined to working cold-cases, following a bad decision he made in a recent investigation in order to support a friend. Lockyer isn’t too bothered though, as it gives him the chance to review some of the cases that keep him up at night and to look into his own brother’s senseless killing which still remains unsolved.

On a quiet afternoon Lockyer receives a phone call from prisoner Hedy Lambert – a woman he put inside for murder fourteen years ago. She informs him that the man she was originally accused of killing has turned up alive and well. She begs him to reopen her case.

All those years ago, Lockyer had been the one to pin down Hedy’s motive, but deep down he’d never wanted to believe she was guilty. The thought that he might have sent an innocent woman down for life doesn’t sit well with him and he agrees to reopen the investigation. But has it become too personal and is he being manipulated? Perhaps there are some cases that should stay buried…..

Wow, this book really gripped me right from the first page and didn’t let me go till I turned the last page. I was immersed in the story and really felt for all the characters even ones that I wasn’t too fond of, I felt for them as they grew up in a slightly troubled family and had some rather nefarious friends (shall we say). I loved Matt and his somewhat curious relationship with the person who he put away for the crime murdering someone, there’s this sort of developing romance between them which is adorable and made me think of Lord Peter Whimsey and Harriet Vane’s relationship… (am I hoping that Matt and Hedy hook up?…. Maybe) don’t worry no spoilers as such but I honestly have to say that this is, to me, the most believable relationship or development of a relationship I have read in a crime novel…. In awhile. I loved where it was set too, as I know the area and have travelled through Wiltshire, mainly because Grandparents lived close to such places as Salisbury and Stonehenge but also it was on the way to such places too. I also loved how it wasn’t focused solely on the usual “murder squad team” but more on the cold cases side and that there are not just one case that they are dealing with but for Matt he’s quite happy being sidelined so he can concentrate on a personal case…. His brother’s unsolved killing.

Though he does mainly focus his attention on helping his former suspect get free from the sentence he helped imprison her, you have a feeling that, his brother’s case still means too much for him to give up on and that he will dig and dig till he finds something, anything that can stop the guilt of not being there for his brother. I just feel like there is more to come from this intriguing detective team and that there is more from Lockyer and Hedy (I hope).

Why did this grab me so much? I think it’s due to how well the author, uses the setting of Wiltshire to conjure not only a discrepancy in that there is darkness in the most lovely of locations and that families which seem well off and more fortunate, may have darker secrets than most. I absolutely loved this book and I hope that there is more to come. It twists and turns in all the right places and also discusses sensitive subjects such as suicide and mental health such as depression. I would urge anyone to read this book ASAP!!!.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 with maybe a 🍪 or two.

Author’s Blurb:

Kate Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives in the countryside near Bath, UK. STAY BURIED is her debut crime novel, and Book 1 in the DI Lockyer series. She also writes historical novels under the name Katherine Webb, which have included several Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers and been translated into 26 languages around the world.

I hope you have enjoyed this, dark and twisted journey into the heart of what should be the Cotswolds country side, where peace and quiet should reign, but can be shattered by lies, deceit and a bit of murder… just a bit. If you are wanting to grab a copy of this fantastic book, you can find it in any independent store, in Waterstones and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you soon!!!!

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