Burial Grounds by Bill Kitson #BookReview #DetectiveMikeNash14 #Blog Tour #Joffe Books #Books’n’All #4.5*

Detective Mike Nash thought that moving back to Yorkshire from London would give him a quieter life. Little did he know . . .

A hit-and-run. A naked body in the cemetery. A local woman reported missing.

A pregnant woman is knocked down by a couple in a car. They don’t stop. Nearby, a man films the whole thing. He stands there smiling.

Months later, Detective Mike Nash is called out to the local cemetery. A naked body has been found — a body which definitely shouldn’t be there — placed face down on a grave.

The post-mortem reveals that the victim was restrained with manacles, and then drowned, his body kept upside-down for several days after death.

The dead man was Andrew Derrick. Quiet, well-mannered, he kept himself to himself. Who would want to kill him?

Then a second body, a drug dealer, turns up in the cemetery, killed in the same macabre way.

What connects them? DI Nash pieces the clues together . . . and finds himself on the trail of a ruthless killer with a deadly agenda.

A highly talented detective, he was a rising star in the Metropolitan Police. Following a particularly gruesome case involving a sadistic serial killer, Nash turns down the chance of promotion and heads back to his native county of Yorkshire. He hopes that returning to his roots will bring peace of mind. However, although the pace of life seems gentler, the crimes prove no less horrific. His skills are tested to the limit by a series of violent crimes that threaten to ruin his plans for a more relaxed lifestyle. Nor is his secret ambition to settle down made any easier by his one weakness, a seemingly unquenchable thirst for female company. That is, until . . . ?

The books are set in a fictional rural North Yorkshire with a scattering of market towns, many small villages and countryside that changes from high moorland with dramatic crags, mountain tarns and sparse vegetation, to the gentler, lush agricultural land lower down the valley that is bisected by the river Helm. The town of Helmsdale is where Mike Nash and his team are based, in a sub-division of their headquarters in the larger town of Netherdale. Further to the west is Bishopton, also part of the hub our detectives cover.


  1. What Lies Beneath
  2. Vanish Without Trace
  3. Playing With Fire
  4. Killing Christmas
  5. Slash Killer
  6. Alone With A Killer
  7. Blood Diamond
  8. Dead & Gone
  9. Hide & Seek
  10. Running Scared
  11. The Bleeding Heart Killer
  12. Chain Reaction
  13. Cut-Throat
  14. Burial Grounds

Fantastic Home-Grown Crime!

Another great instalment from a very enjoyable series!

Nash and his team have little chance of finding out who was guilty of the hit-and-run which caused the death of a young pregnant woman – but someone knows; they filmed the whole thing. Fast forward a couple of months and the team have another case on their hands, a naked body which turns up in the cemetery – unburied. It’s not long before there is a second body. There are vast differences between the two deceased; one a quiet, well mannered man with no known enemies – the other a drug dealer. However, the cause of death is the same – and it’s not natural. Is there a connection? Nash and his squad aim to find out . . .

This is a terrific series with a great cast of characters. I have a fondness for Mike Nash; like me, he operates on coffee – and plenty of it! Not only that, he quite often makes it which is not a trait usually found in detective inspectors. This is a complex story, and one to test the reader’s investigative capabilities. I do love a home grown crime series, and this one is honest, down to earth policing with good relations among the team. A realistic story, with lots of twists and turns, a just ending, and one immensely enjoyed. Definitely a book – and an author – I’m very happy to recommend. 4.5*

My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this novel and to Jill Burkinshaw for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller

Author Details

Bill Kitson was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. His father, a wool merchant, was a fan of crime books giving Bill access to his diverse thriller collection from a young age.

Educated at Ashville College, Bill worked in the family business before spending over thirty years as a bank executive. A keen cricketer and sportsman, the highlight of his career came when he umpired a one-day international at Lords.

He and his wife now live in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, where he writes crime, romance, and general fiction. Bill’s interests include Cricket, Crime, Crete, Cookery, Cryptic crosswords – and also Alliteration.

Photo Credit: J Brian Beadle

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