The Repenting Serpent by Wes Markin (DCI Michael Yorke 2) #BlogTour

March 30, 2019

A DCI Michael Yorke Thriller

A vicious serial killer slithers from the darkness, determined to resurrect the ways of a long-dead civilisation.

When the ex-wife of one of DCI Michael Yorke’s closest allies is left mutilated and murdered, Yorke and his team embark on their greatest test yet. A  deeply personal case that will push them to their very limits.

As Yorke’s team are pulled further into the dark, the killer circles, preparing to strike again.

The Repenting Serpent is a true edge-of-the-seat, nail-biting page turner.


My Review

I have been following Wes since his debut novel - One last prayer for the Rays Review 👉

as one of his beta readers. Along with that I’ve also read his short novella Defined and can’t fail to be impressed by both.

The opening prologue to this new novel is great, the sense of foreboding that instantly settles around you is pleasantly disturbing 😈.

Jessica Brooke, Ex-wife of DS Iain Brooke has been found in her home brutally savagely murdered. Her heart has been taken, the team arrive to investigate. Could their friend and colleague have anything to do with this? 

Jessica’s mother , living in the Mary Chapman living facility for the elderly is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and now almost a mute, having not spoken or moved in months she suffers a major outburst. She springs into life and rambles a warning to DS Brooke, recently part of a drug trial to sustain life is this the Drugs talking or is there something darker, more macabre, more sinister at work?

Soon after the first murder, the only suspect is found burnt to death in another savage killing, it’s becoming clear their is a sadistic manic killer on the loose.

The team quickly realise that the victims are being sacrificed by someone who worships ancient Aztec beliefs and gods . An insane crazed killer looking to bring about a “second age” to the world.

There has clearly been some serious research by the author as it’s very interesting and he has created a new type of villain.

The Finale builds up nicely, and is tense , fast paced and action packed aswell as shocking as the team come head on with the deluded killer.

The Story arc involving Lacey Ray, a deranged psychopath obsessed with DS Jake Pettiman from the first book continues throughout this book.

DCI Micheal Yorke is a determined character, emotionally involved with his team and he comes across noticeably affected by events, he’s very human, he’s not a super hero, he’s just a man trying to do right

The book closes with a little cliffhanger leading into the next in the series but all the threads in this book are tied up.

I really enjoyed reading number 2 in the series , and I breezed through it in a couple of days, an easy page turning thriller from an Author growing in confidence. I really am looking forward to more.


As a Beta reader for Wes Markin I received this eARC early and unedited. As ever my review and  score is totally unbiased.



Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.

Having finished 'The Repenting Serpent,' sequel to 'One Last Prayer for the Rays,' he is now working on the third instalment of DCI Michael Yorke's wild ride. He is also the author of 'Defined,' a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

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