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Monday, March 1, 2021

Book Review: Land Rites by Andy Maslen

 Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge, from Amazon Publishing via #netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

A country manor. Two murders. Multiple suspects. Can DI Ford solve the case before his own dark past is exposed?

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After a dog walker discovers human remains in a badger sett in the idyllic Salisbury countryside, DI Ford is called in to lead the ensuing murder investigation. When a second victim turns up in a nearby pond, Ford is determined to find the connection.

Both victims met their fate near the sprawling Alverchalke Estate, ancestral home of a decorated war hero and his family. One was a dogged eco-activist and vocal critic of Lord Baverstock. The other was a petty criminal and poacher, youngest brother of a notorious local crime family. Certain that there’s more to this case than trespassing, Ford and Dr Hannah Fellowes race to find the hidden link. But when one victim’s family threatens to expose Ford’s own dark secret, the ticking clock becomes a time bomb.

Still consumed by guilt over his part in his wife’s tragic accident and struggling to raise the teenage son he lied to, Ford now finds himself losing control of the investigation. Can he work with Hannah to solve the case while privately fighting off the attempted blackmail? Or have his demons finally caught up with him?


The  combination of Hannah and Di Ford is one of opposties and this story is one of even more opposties. Of landowners and those who oppose their wealth, and of the past and present. When they all come into play against one another, that is when the mystery begins. As Ford begins to find supsects, Hannah begins to wonder about Ford's past. As one winds up the clues, the other has clues abounding, and even  more questions. But the mystery offers more sublities, than it solves. You will be looking for book 3 as soon as you finish this one!

About the Author:

Andy Maslen was born in Nottingham, England. After leaving university with a degree in psychology, he worked in business for thirty years as a copywriter. In his spare time, he plays blues guitar. He lives in Wiltshire.

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