Detective, Mystery & Thriller

Fragments – Malcolm Hollingdrake

DCI Cyril Bennett and INSPECTOR (!) Owen are back in Fragments, the long-awaited, brilliant tenth book in the Harrogate Crime Series

The Harrogate Crime Series #10

Book Blurb

If you spend too much time remembering the past, you are likely to lose your way in the present.

DCI Cyril Bennett is where he belongs, at the helm in a case involving multiple murders. The sudden deaths of the elderly victims are seemingly from natural causes with no suspicious circumstances.

All are male and belogn to a private social media group representing various areas of the educational establishment, developed after various meetings and reunions.

The team battles to solve the crime before more murders ensue.

Meanwhile, Owen, newly promoted to the rank of Inspector, is working on a drug-related case. What initially seemed to be a straightforward investigation becomes a complex movement of drugs by a county line gang.

When an adolescent involved goes missing, Owen must act swiftly.

My Thoughts

Finally, the story continues! I had been waiting for Fragments for some time and am delighted to be reconnected to Cyril Bennett and David Owen. I have a soft spot for Owen, he’s a kind and gentle man whose detective skills have been much improved over the years! A well-deserved promotion was only a question of time.

The cadence of the books, the sublime storytelling and the interwoven plotlines are an absolute pleasure. This tenth book differs from the previous in the sense that Owen is now working his own case, more his own man now, alongside Bennett and April Richmond’s murder investigation.

I love the way Owen handles his case, I cannot divulge too much but it isn’t solely focussed on the crime committed – does Owen’s character credit. One thing that hasn’t changed is, of course, that he still drinks – and cannot help but spill – his tea from a Harrogate Festivals mug.

April Richmond also makes her appearance again, she’s an inspector now, on a fast-track up the scale and Bennett believes, she will soon perhaps even be gone but for now, it’s a joy to have her and her sharp brain working in Harrogate. According to Bennett, April is a “natural copper” with a “copper’s intuition.”

The book starts with what seems to be a tragic accident – until the next ‘accident’ takes place… Pathologist Dr Julie Pritchett and her colleague are puzzled and determined to find out what exactly killed the men. Meanwhile, Owen is investigating drug movement in Harrogate. Unforeseen complications make that Owen not only has to put on his Inspector’s hat. Just love that.

I am a huge fan of the Harrogate Crime Series, there is always poetry and art interwoven in the narration – each book has the perfect mix of police procedural and the private lives of the detectives involved. David Owen and Cyril Bennett are real characters, have become welcome visitors to my home, friends even, as we see how their lives evolve.

The books in the exciting Harrogate Crime Series come highly recommended and can be read on their own. Having read the previous books before moving on to Fragments is not a necessity but I strongly recommend reading them in order because you would miss out on so much! The development of characters, the relationships, and more.

Books by Malcolm Hollingdrake

Bridging the Gulf

The Harrogate Crime Series:
#1  Only the Dead – my review
#2  Hell’s Gate – my review
#3  Flesh Evidence – my review
#4  Game Point my review

#5  Dying Art  – my review
#6  Crossed Outmy review
#7  The Third Breath –my review

#8  Treble Clef
#10 Fragments

About Malcolm Hollingdrake

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point, Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route. The author 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 cares to remember. Malcolm Hollingdrake has written a number of successful short stories and has six books now available, as well as Only the Dead and Hell’s Gate in Audiobook format. Presently, he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm Hollingdrake has never lost his love for his home county, a passion reflected in the settings for all his novels. 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 on DCI Cyril Bennett, the protagonist of the DCI Bennett series, set in and around Harrogate.

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Book Info

Fragments is available at Amazon

Pages              271
IBAN (paperback) 9781527283855
ASIN (e-book) B08VHH9L5C

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