Wednesday 31 October 2018

Unspoken Truths - Liz Mistry #BlogBlitz #Review

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Unspoken Truths by Liz Mistry.  My thanks go to Bloodhound Books. 

About the Book

In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits. 

First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web - how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?

Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.

Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer? Never before has Gus faced such a demanding test.


This is the 5th DCI Gus McGuire book I’ve read and I would recommend reading these in order, not only because they are a fantastic series and it would be a shame for you to miss out on any of the other books, but also because it does help with the back stories of the characters.   We join the team in this book following on from the previous book Uncommon Cruelty. 

Without giving too much away for those readers that haven’t read the previous books, we join Gus and his team as we come to terms with the loss of two team members for differing reasons.

They are sent to investigate a woman’s murder and find a tortured body.  On investigating this it transpires that this could be connected to a train derailment between Manchester and Bradford.  Are these two incidents connected?    To add to the mix we also have Gus’s EX brother in law  who has also goes missing.  This means that he has to deal with his sister and his ex wife constantly harassing him as to what Gus is going to do to find him.   Added to that and thrown into the mix of investigations they have to deal with the weather that was called “The Beast from The East”, a vicious story that caused chaos and mayhem to the roads and public transport system around the Manchester, Bradford and Saddleworth areas earlier on this year. 

From a personal point of view the storm was that bad, it cut our estate off due to the massive snow drifts that came in (see pics below). 

This is the mound of snow that had to be removed to try and us all off the estate.  The snow was that deep it meant that some cars were buried in it.  My daughter loved it as she got to go climbing over the mountains of snow and had a few snow days from school 

This and the one below are from the top of the estate if you can manage to see it at all.  The snow on the left of the picture was covering people’s front doors.

This and the one above are at the top of the estate if you can manage to see it at all.  The snow on the left of the picture was covering people’s front doors.

We follow the investigations and follow the procedures of a dark web search by the techie geek Compo, with the help of the newcomer Taffy. 

It was good to read a Gus McGuire book set in and around Manchester including the train station Manchester Victoria where I travel to and from every week day, along with the remote are of Saddleworth Moors that is not far from my house.    

This made it even more enjoyable for me as I love books set in and around the areas I know so well.  

We also follow Alice Cooper and what is happening to her since the ending of the previous book, some of the descriptions that were used made me wince through the thought of what was happening and the pain that Alice was going through. 

It was a different story this time following Gus and the remaining members of his team as they conducted the investigation, and also a little bit more of the back story regarding Alice and her early career before joining Gus.   Lots of twists and turns in the book and enough of a mystery to be able to keep you guessing as you were reading. 

All in all I found this to be an enjoyable book and found that the majority of the loose ends were tied up nicely.  It was nice to see more of Compo and Taffy working together and shows that this could be a nice partnership should they be given the opportunity to work together again.    

I am looking forward already to the next book.  

About the Author

Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK.  She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016.  She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis. 

She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences.

Social Media Links
Facebook: @LizMistrybooks
Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp

Check out the rest of the blog tour with these fabulous blogs: 

My thanks to Liz Mistry for yet again another brilliant Gus McGuire book and the publishers Bloodhound Books for my spot on the blog tour.  

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