Only the Dead by Malcolm Hollingdrake


Another of the books I enjoyed reading while my bookblog was hibernating:

Only the Dead 

by Malcolm Hollingdrake.

The novel runs two separate, exciting story-lines alongside each other. The link between the two is DCI Bennett and his team who pull out all the stops to solve both cases although there are plenty of challenges for them along the way.

From the book description:

Meet DCI Cyril Bennett, a man with a passion for manners and efficiency, as well as an eye for the ladies. His partner, DS David Owen, is na├»ve and untidy but keen. Together they make a formidable pair. When the discovery of two infants’ bodies is made at a Teacher Training College, Bennett and Owen are given the case. Soon a number of suspects are identified.
At the same time, a killer is on the loose staging attacks using sulphur mustard.
Is there a link between the infants’ bodies and the sulphur mustard attacks? 
Do the answers lie in the past or the present?
Bennett and Owen must work together to bring to justice a killer with revenge on his mind.

There's lots of interesting detail about the cases and not too much off task detail about the characters, just enough to make them interesting.
The settings in Harrogate and France are created well.

It's a very good read and I'm looking forward to reading another DCI Cyril Bennett soon.

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