Treble Clef by Malcolm Hollingdrake

A5B6832D-B31E-4F81-92CB-593F2CB9AC3E.pngTreble Clef

The 8th novel in the Harrogate Crime series

featuring (My personal favourite) DCI Cyril Bennett

The Synopsis:

Harrogate attracts hundreds of players to the annual Games Convention and for one player it is the perfect opportunity to kill by the mechanics of his own sinister game. Each victim will die in the same way. Each will be classed as the loser and their time will have run out. The escape room and the game table will draw more, each believing they are invincible. However, in every game there is always a traitor waiting in the wings. The latest in the bestselling Harrogate Crime Series.
Book 1: Only The Dead Book 2: Hell’s Gate Book 3: Flesh Evidence Book 4: Game Point Book 5: Dying Art Book 6: Crossed Out Book 7: The Third Breath Book 8: Treble Clef

My thoughts:

Now, it will come as no surprise to those who know me, to know that I’m a HUGE fan of Malcolm’s.

I fell in love with Cyril right at the very beginning with Only the dead. My feelings have only increased and gotten stronger with each new adventure. And the 3rd instalment of the series, The Third Breath, has the honour of being one of only four books to ever make me cry, I’m talking properly crying.

So, how did Treble Clef shape up in the bigger picture? In a word…TREMENDOUS! One of the things I look forward too when picking up one of the Harrogate Crime Series is the relationship between Bennett and Owen. They work together so well and know each others strengths and weaknesses. We’ve seen them grow and develop together over the years and as we have such a detailed history of things that have passed between them, the reader can’t help but love them, for all their strength and flaws alike. This book is no exception and in it we just continue to have the privilege to see them grow.

As a reader, right from book 1, I’m always amazed (I don’t know why?) by Malcolm’s ability to keep things fresh. On trend if you will. To keep things like police procedurals, with all the constraints imposed, still feeling new and fresh in each new story, is no mean feat. The author however manages this by combining realism with that flair for fiction and it comes out here in perfect balance to give us all a well rounded and enjoyable book.

I found the story wholly engrossing from page 1. With such attention to detail and a great amount of thought and depth given to both the setting and the characters alike the experience is immersive and relatable. Therefore, the story had me gripped and (again…) emotionally invested. This story has all the great aspects I’ve come to love and expect over the series and this is an excellent addition to the Harrogate Crime Series family.

Be careful when reading this though, as you will not want to put it down. The mentality of that “Just one more page” kicks in and time has passed before you know it. I cannot recommend this book or the series strongly enough. An absolute must read and a HUGE 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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