Blood Ties

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Pub Date 3 Oct 2018 | Archive Date 19 May 2022


Blood Ties is the second murder mystery which features Detective Inspector Charlie Moon. Like the first, The Silent Passage (Matador, 2014), it is set in Birmingham at the time of the millennium. It follows Moon two years after his suspension from duty for not following house rules; he is back on the scene but still has a nagging feeling that his superiors are out to get him. 
The story starts with the discovery of a body hidden under a pile of leaves in the middle of a wood. This sets Moon off on an investigation that will prove to be full of surprises. The body belongs to a small-time criminal named Sean Mattox who has been shot at close range with a shotgun. Nothing, however, links Mattox to the place where his body is found. and with the forensic evidence thin on the ground, Moon quickly finds himself confronted by one dead end after the other. 
Aided once again by his journalist friend, Jo Lyon, Moon uncovers a trail which eventually leads to a case of sex abuse and then to a missing person. At first nothing seems to connect the strange goings-on up lonely country lanes until Moon starts to make a startling series of discoveries. Can he solve the mystery of who killed Sean Mattox? Will his continuing clashes with authority catch up with him before he does? 
Blood Ties is a gripping tale of greed, power, vice, blackmail and revenge. It will appeal to those looking for a fast-paced tale full of suspense and unexpected twists...
Blood Ties is the second murder mystery which features Detective Inspector Charlie Moon. Like the first, The Silent Passage (Matador, 2014), it is set in Birmingham at the time of the millennium. It...

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Jenny Francis is the pen name of Patricia Scudamore and Hilton Catt, who are well known authors of business and careers books which they have been writing for the last twenty years. More recently they have diversified into crime thrillers. They are great believers in using the power of books to spread important messages.

Jenny Francis is the pen name of Patricia Scudamore and Hilton Catt, who are well known authors of business and careers books which they have been writing for the last twenty years. More recently...

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DI Charlie Moon is charged with investigating the death of a man found in the middle of the woods. He is identified as Sean Mattox, a small time criminal. He's been shot multiple times at close range. Moon finds that Mattox was obviously killed elsewhere, but he can't find any ties to the area.

Moon turns to his good friend Jo Lyon, a journalist. She finds a link, albeit a small one, to a case of rape and to a missing girl from years prior.

Who is The Watcher ... the man who wanders the woods covered in gray? Is he a witness ... or a subject? Or is he the ghost that the locals believe he is?

Moon discovers lots of surprises during his investigation. He's also got some authority problems. His supervisors seem to be looking for a reason to dismiss Moon for any reason they can come up with.

Are his supervisors involved in this case?

This book seems to have a bit of everything ... murder, greed, power, revenge. There's never a dull moment and there are twists and turns that lead in one direction and then another. I enjoyed the characters, especially Moon. He's a bit of an old-fashioned detective, plodding from door to door and person to person to find the clues needed to solve the case. There is just a touch of his personal life and I rather liked that he bought his wife a bouquet of flowers after a small dust-up. I love the cover.

Many thanks to the author / Troubador Publishing Ltd / Netgalley for the digital copy of BLOOD TIES. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

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A page turning thriller. Quick paced and easy to read in one sitting. Would certainly recommend and can't wait to read more in the series

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Thank you.
Enjoyed it.
Will purchase copies for family and friends.

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Revenge is a dish best served cold. A great combination of intrigue, mystery and even a touch of the supernatural, this whodunnit is filled with a fair few climactic twists. DI Charlie Moon returns having to work against the grain after his suspension from duty, even hiring the help of a local journalist to solve this gruesome murder. While the conclusion may have ended abruptly, it culminates in the ultimate karmic retribution. Jenny Francis manages to capture both the idyllic countryside and the brutality of injustice in one swoop of her pen. An enjoyable read.

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Good story, well paced and interesting. This is the second book in the Detective Inspector Charlie Moon series but I was able to follow along well and understand. This was a very fast read, only 141 pages but I wasn't disappointed.

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4 and 1 / 2 stars

This is the second in the Detective Inspector Charlie Moon series. This book finds him and his troublesome nature at odds with his superiors and investigating the murder of a man, Sean Mattox, in the local woods.

After being stonewalled by the force in Mattox’ area of origin about a possible suspect and seemingly unable to gather any usable information about the deceased, Charlie goes to his old friend, Jo Lyons, a newspaper reporter. He asks her to check out this possible suspect on the q.t. He smells a rat at the other precinct.

With the help of a witness who lives nearby the suspect, Moon tracks his quarry. This short novel, (only 187 pages), ends very quickly and abruptly, but not without a bang. The ending is brilliant – can I say I loved it?

I want to send a many thanks to Netgalley and Troubador Publishing for forwarding to me a copy of this nice little book to read.

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I received a free electronic copy of this British novel from Netgalley, Jenny Francis and Troubador Publishing Ltd in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.

I am always up for a Charlie Moon novel, be it our American Charlie, or this Brit. This is the second novel from Jenny Francis, but completely stand-alone. I am sure that you will want to read The Silent Passage (2014) as well.

Charlie with the assistance of his pal Jo and some fine old American blues and jazz cassettes, and despite the disgruntled grumblings from his police force superiors, attempts to follow the clues leading up to the death of slightly seedy Sean Maddox in the middle of the woods. Can it possibly tie into the unsolved rape of a local girl several years ago? I love it when Karma is a major player.

This is a fast, interesting read that I am happy to recommend to my friends and family. Again, thanks!

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The writing duo that is Jenny Francis are back with another clever DI Charlie Moon novel; the second in this series that I have read.
To say Charlie Moon is unconventional is like saying Sherlock Holmes has a drug habit. He is universally supported by his team in the task force Team Penda. However, he is held under constant scrutiny by his seniors who has little faith in him or his methods.
A particularly nasty murder is given to Moon and his team and it has serious implications for the police when a known thug is thrown up as a suspect. Moon is warned off when his boss hears of this tenuous connection. Charlie realises he has to approach his investigation tangentially but there in lies another problem as his methods got him suspended the last time he went rogue.
As well as the current murder enquiry the writing jumps back to other characters who live in the area where the body would be found.
I like this approach when it is done well and in these novels I have found it has been handle well with the reader engaged fully into the plots unravelling.
Moon is a great example of a detective leading a crime thriller in an original way. I love the fact he is a loner, that he takes himself off to think or nimble on his favourite bought baguette.
He has a good rapport with others like DS Thompson and here is a fine example that gives me a genuine smile: "Moon .... making a mental note to have another word with Thompson about referring to dead bodies as cadavers." A bit of a running joke I think.
So a must for fans of crime murder mysteries, these books are not the usual and familiar offerings in this genre but a new and interesting development.

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