The Upper Hand by A.L. Fraine (DC O’Connell 1) #BlogTour

August 30, 2019


A murder with all the trappings of an occult sacrifice. It’s DC Kate O’Connell’s first case.

Will it also be her last?

Keen to prove herself to her superiors Kate fights to break through the lies that surround the victim’s life. But the ritualistic nature of the crime dredges up disturbing memories of a past tragedy.

While wrestling with the demons of her past, Kate learns that her partner has a few skeletons in his own closet. His reputation threatens to taint the investigation and ruin her career before it starts.

Kate must break the silence surrounding the victim to get to the truth before it’s too late, and the death toll rises.

Join Kate as she descends into a murky world of murder and conspiracy in the English Home Counties, in a Thriller that bestseller J D Kirk describes as: “An exciting new voice in British Crime fiction.”

Readers of J D Kirk, L J Ross, David Blake, and Daniel Cole, and fans of True Detective and Seven should enjoy The Upper Hand.

My Review

Thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book on The Brightside Tours for the invite to read this new debut thriller, The Upper Hand by A.L. Fraine

The first in a new series, introducing the feisty new DC Kate O’Connell and her partner, the troubled DS Nathan Halliwell.

Kate joins the team when a body is found by dog walkers, hanging from a tree in what appears to be a ritualistic act.

Kate is a strong, determined character, maybe slightly too much and gets away with saying things to her superiors that surprised me. Partnered with the much more experienced but Fox Mulder-ish character in conspiracy theorist DS Nathan Halliwell, they investigate.

Beginning with a very strong prologue, this is a superb debut book. It’s creepy, gripping and strongly plotted, smartly paced and with a writing style I found very inviting to read.

The twists and turns are there a plenty, some you will guess and some will just jump out at you.

I like both characters, and Kate has an interesting back story, and there is a more than intriguing element being played out through the book and finale, maybe Nathan isn’t to far from the truth...

A.L Fraine is definitely an author to watch out for. I’m already looking froward to book 2, Idle Hands.

Highly Recommended


A L Fraine lives in Surrey in the UK, just outside of London, with his wife, kids, cat and dog.

Having enjoyed reading thrillers and watching gripping drama for years, it was the influence of a couple of more recent shows that spurred him on to put pen to paper and write his first thriller, The Upper hand.

The Upper Hand was inspired by True Detective, and Se7en, and the creepy vibe that they had.

The prequel to the Upper Hand, “First Hand”, is available for free for those who sign up to his mailing list, here;

The Sequel to The Upper Hand, titled “Idle Hands”, is available for Pre-Order now.

If you would like to know more about A L Fraine and his books, you can find him at

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One Comment

  • Sarah Hardy August 30, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for being on the blog tour today Alex x

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