Blood Games

Liz Mistry
THREE MURDERS. ONE MISSING BOY. THE GAME IS JUST BEGINNING… When a body is found at the edge of Chellow Dene reservoir Detective Nikki Parekh and DC Sajid Malik are quick to arrive. This is the third murder in the space of a few weeks. Each murder has a completely different MO, but there is one common theme… all the victims are teenagers. The dead boy reminds Nikki of her nephew, and she feels more helpless than ever. But then another boy goes missing. And this time his parents have been sent a threatening package too. The pattern is different again – is the killer just playing a game? Can Nikki find the strength to uncover the shocking truth before the killer strikes again?

Liz Mistry, the author with the best name in crime fiction, is back with another Nikki Parekh novel. I've really enjoyed the series so far. It's gritty, yet has so much character, rather like Bradford, the city in which they are set. This one raises the stakes even further with what I regard as the best in the series so far.

Nikki is a flawed heroine, she isn't perfect. She works hard, balancing looking after her family, whilst trying to rid the town of criminals. Her faithful sidekick, Sajid Malik, helps her as best he can, whilst himself suffering in his personal life. Nikki though is the star. Her determination to get the perpetrators behind bars fuels her, sometimes to the detriment of procedure.

This book flows well. I think Liz Mistry has really honed her talents as a writer. The story is taut, bringing many tense scenes that have you saying 'just one more page'. The crimes are always topical. This one has a mastermind, The Honourable Fixer, who takes on hit jobs for cash. When Nikki thinks one of the victims is her nephew Habiq, she goes to pieces, forcing her to take counselling and time off. This doesn't stop her, and soon she's back, hatching a plot to capture the hitman.

Blood Games is a breathtaking read. I love the characters, they're so well-rounded and relatable. The story is a masterpiece. The plot line taut and exciting. The real star though is the main characters of Nikki and Sajid. They're one of the best duo's in crime fiction today. Complementing each other, they bring the story and Bradford to life. Liz Mistry is the best writer in Yorkshire at the moment. I rate this book 5 stars, enough said.

Review by Brompton Sawdon
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