Saturday 18 January 2020

Backlash by Marnie Riches @Marnie_Riches BLOG TOUR @TrapezeBooks #Backlash

When Private Investigator Beverley Saunders is tasked with going undercover, she relishes the chance to disguise herself as a cleaner in order to get close to Manchester bad boy Anthony Anthony, aka 2Tone. Anthony's neighbours are suspicious of his wealth and sick of his anti-social behaviour, and Bev's just the woman they need to find out what's going on behind closed doors.
As Bev begins to infiltrate Anthony's world, she soon realises she's in danger - and this time, she might be too far in to get out. Alongside her sidekick Doc, Bev must fight to discover the truth - but when people begin to die, she has to ask herself - is exposing Anthony worth risking her own life?

Backlash by Marnie Riches was published by Trapeze Books on 9 January 2020. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review, and asked me to take part on this Blog Tour.

Welcome back to Private Investigator Beverley Saunders!  I read and adored the first in this series; Trapeze back in July last year and have been looking forward to book two ever since. 

Backlash is just as good, if not better than book one. The reader is thrust back into Bev's hectic and often dangerous life with a bang. Once more the story opens with a gripping prologue that sets the scene for a complex thriller, laced with gritty humour that often deals with the very darkest parts of life.

Bev and her sidekick Doc really are the perfect combination. Hard-assed Bev, with a soft interior that is rarely exposed, and Doc, the nerd who is loyal to a fault. As Private Investigators they don't have to follow procedure and the author uses this to its full advantage. She provides twists and shocks galore throughout this whole story.

Bev's assignment for Backlash is to sort out some annoying neighbours for a client. This seems pretty simple, but sure enough, there's far more to it than anyone could have anticipated. 
Dead bodies, human trafficking and the the absolute scourge that is the drug Spice all play central parts in this fast moving and utterly entertaining thriller. 

Bev and Doc are such cleverly and carefully created characters. I love Bev, with her feisty, no-nonsense attitude, but I am also thrilled to see her more compassionate and caring side. Doc is a darling; he's funny and shines more than a flicker of light for Bev, making him the absolute perfect guy to watch her back.

Be prepared to be repulsed by 2Tone, the upstanding pillar of the community by day, with a dark and deadly secret life that's hidden from his well to do neighbours. Meet the desperate East European men who've been manipulated, threatened and exposed to horrors that are unimaginable for many of us.  Put these together with the crime-fighting duo of Bev and Doc; desperate to rise from poverty and ultimately the good guys and you have an explosive and intriguing story.

Backlash is an excellent read, and I'm already looking forward to more from this author, and Bev.

Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in north Manchester. Exchanging the spires of nearby Strangeways prison for those of Cambridge University, she gained a Masters in German & Dutch. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist and professional fundraiser.

Her best-selling, award-winning George McKenzie crime thrillers, tackling the subject of trans-national trafficking, were inspired by her own time spent in The Netherlands. Dubbed the Martina Cole of the North, she is also the author of Born Bad and The Cover-Up - the critically acclaimed hit series about Manchester's notorious gangland.

Tightrope is the start of a brand new series, set mainly in the famous footballer-belt of Hale, Cheshire, and introducing flawed but fearless northern PI, Bev Saunders who risks everything to fight the corner of her vulnerable client. A second Bev Saunders novel will follow in early 2020. So far, Marnie has sold an impressive 250,000 books and counting...

When she isn't writing gritty, twisty crime-thrillers, Marnie also regularly appears on BBC Radio Manchester, commenting about social media trends and discussing the world of crime-fiction.

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