Exmoor is the setting for a brutal murder and dark family secrets in Nick Louth’s latest crime thriller ‘The Body in the Mist’
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I love a good crime novel, so I am very happy to be today’s host for the blog tour for The Body in the Mist. It’s the third book featuring DCI Craig Gillard, and it’s a thrilling page-turner!
In this instalment, Gillard has been called down to the village of Furzy Hill on Exmoor with his wife Sam. His elderly uncle is in a care home, and it looks as if he is being abused.
Elsewhere in the village, DI Talantire is investigating a brutal hit-and-run incident. A man has been left in a ditch, but he has no ID and the impact has left him with little face to identify.
And Gillard’s two elderly aunts are obviously hiding some kind of secret from him. But who are they protecting, and just what are they covering up?
As Gillard digs further into his uncle’s circumstances, he discovers far more than he ever expected. With shameful family secrets and lies, missing people, and a terrifying Exmoor beast, The Body in the Mist is a crime story packed with layer upon layer of mystery.
I really enjoyed The Body in the Mist. It’s a page-turning thriller that kept me hooked from the start right to the very unexpected ending.
The story features several strong characters. They aren’t all very likeable, in fact I found several of them to be quite distasteful. But each is portrayed incredibly vividly, and the reader gets a very strong impression of life in Furzy Hill.
Gillard’s uncle Phillip is hiding a terrible secret from his past, and Gillard feels duty bound to investigate it. But he himself is carrying a burden from his younger years, and that makes it hard for him to remain impartial.
As the story progresses, the layers of secrecy are gradually peeled off, each one more shocking than the last. And the story continues to twist and turn, with plots intertwining to weave a web of terrible deceit, right up to the very last jaw-dropping revelation at the end of the novel.
If you love a gripping crime-packed thriller, then The Body in the Mist should definitely be on your reading list. This is the third DCI Gillard novel, but you can easily enjoy this book without needing to read the others first.
Although like me, you may find that you buy the other books just as soon as you’ve finished this one!
A brutal murder hints at a terrifying mystery, and this time it’s personal.
A body is found on a quiet lane in Exmoor, victim of a hit and run. He has no ID, no wallet, no phone, and – after being dragged along the road – no recognisable face.
Meanwhile, fresh from his last case, DCI Craig Gillard is unexpectedly called away to Devon on family business.
Gillard is soon embroiled when the car in question is traced to his aunt. As he delves deeper, a dark mystery reveals itself, haunted by family secrets, with repercussions Gillard could never have imagined.
The past has never been deadlier.
From master storyteller Nick Louth comes the third instalment in the DCI Craig Gillard series. Compelling, fast-paced and endlessly enjoyable, The Body in the Mist is a triumph, perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Angela Marsons and Faith Martin
A thrilling crime page-turner that will keep you hooked right to the very last page – 8/10