I've visited the town of Harrogate many times but will see it with new eyes after reading Just Above Hades by Malcolm Hollingdrake.
Just Above Hades is a page-turning tale of murder, mystery and corruption hidden behind the refined and respectable facade of this beautiful Yorkshire town.
Just Above Hades, is a Yorkshire based crime novel that reunites us with DCI Cyril Bennett and DS Owen in what proves to be a rather gruesome investigation. The tentacles of the Romanian Mafia in Harrogate spread far and wide to encompass prostitution, illegal immigrants and murder. The police are faced with a complex and challenging series of events with a fight against time in a thrilling conclusion. The interaction of the two detectives continues to enthral.
The book is the second in the DCI Cyril Bennett seriesand I read it with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
DCI Bennett is a very likeable characterwhose off-duty excitement is derived from being a serious collector of paintings. He's affable and considerate with a systematic and thorough approach to detection which leaves no stone unturned.
Cyril Bennett enjoys good working relations with his colleagues especially his forthright sergeant, Dave Owens. They're an effective team who ensure that the pages of Just Above Hades turn briskly.
I really enjoyed reading Just Above Hades.
The police procedural aspects of the novel are very realistic and convincing.The plot involves some gruesome twists but the violent details are not gratuitous. The plot evolves at a good pace and leads to a satisfying conclusion with all loose ends successfully tied together along the way.
I've added the first DCI Cyril Bennett novel, Keen as Mustard to my waiting to be read list.