Treble Clef #BookReview #BlogTour #BitsAboutBooksBlogTour

Written by Malcolm Hollingdrake


150 hrt


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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




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Intriguing and Beguiling!  Stars 5


A great crime thriller, with a good solid police investigation.

DCI Cyril Bennett is the man in charge of this latest investigation in the Harrogate Crime series; with first one body quickly followed by the discovery of a second, his team really have their work cut out. As things proceed, the evidence shows similarities in both murders – do they have a serial killer on their hands?

This is my first foray into this series and it’s one I enjoyed immensely. The setting is up to date and engrossing; it’s a cleverly structured thriller with an intriguing story line and beguiling characters resulting in an attention grabbing read! Whilst there are personal details about the investigating squad, they are few and definitely add to the story. rather than detract from it. With a couple of misleading clues, it all adds up to a very exciting read; this is definitely one series I’m sorry not to have read from the beginning, but now that author Malcolm Hollingdrake has been added to my author list, I hope to find time to go back and catch up from the first book. If you enjoy a really good crime thriller, than this is one I happily recommend. Definitely a five star read!

My thanks to Caroline Vincent of Bits About Books, both for providing my copy and for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour. As always, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller
  • Format: ebook
  • Size: 310 pages
  • Publisher: amazon media
  • Publication Date: 6 June 2019
  • Purchase Links: amazon




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Author Image Malcolm Hollingdrake


You could say that the writing was clearly on the wall for someone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author, but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled in a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cars to remember.

He has written a number of successful short stories, has nine books now available and has completed the eighth crime novel set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years at Ripon College, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all the DCI Bennett novels.

Currently, Malcolm is writing a new series which is set in Merseyside.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It is a hobby he has bestowed upon DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his successful Bennett series.


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