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Blog Tour: Bound – Vanda Symon*

Read my review of Containment

The passionate, young police officer Sam Shephard returns in a taut, atmospheric and compelling police procedural, which sees her take matters into her own hands when the official investigation into the murder of a local businessman fails to add up…

The New Zealand city of Dunedin is rocked when a wealthy and apparently respectable businessman is murdered in his luxurious home while his wife is bound and gagged, and forced to watch. But when Detective Sam Shephard and her team start investigating the case, they discover that the victim had links with some dubious characters.

The case seems cut and dried, but Sam has other ideas. Weighed down by her dad’s terminal cancer diagnosis, and by complications in her relationship with Paul, she needs a distraction, and launches her own investigation. And when another murder throws the official case into chaos, it’s up to Sam to prove that the killer is someone no one could ever suspect.

Vanda Symon is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

The Sam Shephard series has climbed to number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and has also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.

She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.

My thoughts:

This was a very clever and highly enjoyable read but I expected nothing less. The Sam Shepherd series has been one I’ve really liked reading, and Bound is the next chapter in a truly excellent series.

Sam is a great protagonist, with strong instincts and a determination to get justice – even if it puts her at loggerheads with her boss and colleagues. There’s more development of her personal life too – her growing relationship with Paul, and the struggles with her family. This makes her more interesting and realistic.

The plot brings the police into conflict with two rather nasty criminals, ones readers of the series may recognise, and throws up complications for the case. As straightforward as it looks, there’s something else going on.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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