Treble Clef by Malcolm Hollingdrake #BlogTour

June 9, 2019

Harrogate attracts hundreds of players to the annual Games Convention and for one player it is the perfect opportunity to kill by the mechanics of his own sinister game.

Each victim will die in the same way. Each will be classed as the loser and their time will have run out. The escape room and the game table will draw more, each believing they are invincible.

However, in every game there is always a traitor waiting in the wings.

The latest in the bestselling Harrogate Crime Series – discover your next favourite crime series now.

Thanks to Caroline at Bits About Books for inviting me in the tour and providing me with an arc of this, the 8th in the Harrogate Crime series by Malcolm Hollingdrake

My Review

Set in Harrogate and the surrounding Yorkshire areas. DCI Cyril Bennett and his team begin investigating a murder. 

An avid gamer found dead in his bed and breakfast, he was last seen at a convention playing a board game and spotted alive not far from his B and B, so how has he been murdered in his bed? With no evidence or sign of forced entry this is an intriguing case...

As the murders pile up it, becomes evident this is not going to be an easy case, the complicated world of gamers, and escape rooms, it’s a very interesting and different premise.

There is a back story regarding Bennett's personal tragedies , and relationship's with his Father and Police coroner partner Julie.

Bennett is a very likeable chap, intelligent , extremely tidy and with a keen eye for detail. He has as interesting, and at times amusing relationship with DS Owen , almost his opposite but it works very well.

Harrogate and it’s surrounds are described fabulously and the scenes are easily visualued from the writers words.

The plotting is paced perfectly as the story unwinds into a clever end. Malcolm Hollingdrake’s writing is almost poetic.

The use of police science is quite evident and really prominent.

An excellent, clever, up to date, gripping, page turning police procedural, I look forward to reading more of the series.


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You could say that the writing was clearly on the wall for someone 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.

Malcolm 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.

He has written a number of successful short stories, has nine books now available and is presently writing the eighth crime novel set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years at Ripon College, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all the DCI Bennett novels.

Currently, Malcolm is writing a new series which is set in Merseyside.

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 upon DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his successful Bennett series.

The Harrogate Crime Series:
#1 Only the Dead –
#2 Hell’s Gate – 
#3 Flesh Evidence – 
#4 Game Point  
#5 Dying Art  –
#6 Crossed Out –
#7 The Third Breath  – .

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