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Blog Tour: Her Last Chance – HJ Reed

A bullet to the brain. An estranged daughter. And a spate of brutal murders.

A bullet lodged in the frontal lobe is bound to cause a few health issues. For DI Al Crow, it’s just the beginning.

When his estranged daughter Rosie is accused of being involved in a grisly murder, Crow becomes her only hope of being acquitted.

Desperate to save his daughter, Crow goes all out to solve the case. He knows this is a chance to repair a rift that has torn his family apart and to prove to his bosses that he’s still up to the job.

The stakes are high, but things are complicated.

To solve the murder, Crow must reckon with his ex-wife’s connection to a seasoned, ruthless conman and Rosie’s relationship with a dangerously unstable psychologist. Can he crack the case and save his family and his career?

Her Last Chance is an intricate crime thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

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H J Reed lives and writes in Bristol, where she graduated with a PhD in psychology and began a long career lecturing in psychology and criminology, both in mainstream universities and in the prison education system. Her evenings were spent writing novels and short stories in various genres and styles, and pondering on the strange workings of the criminal mind. After a number of publication successes, she gained an MA in creative writing and went on to teach literature and the arts.  Now, she is able to follow her lifelong passion and write crime fiction full time. When she is not writing, she can be found being taken for long muddy walks by a middle-aged, temperamental toy poodle, or in far-flung foreign cities thinking up new plots.

This is HJ’s first DI Crow novel published with Inkubator Books.

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My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, DI Crow is exactly my sort of curmudgeon. He’s on sick leave after a horrendous injury but swiftly on the case when his daughter Rosie is accused of assisting a murderer in escaping from the psychiatric hospital she works in.

Both he son-in-law John, know she’s innocent, but how to prove it? There follows an incredibly complex and twisting plot, the scheme behind it, the links to two other far flung similar cases (one in Spain) and several other incidents are somewhat tenuous, but Crow’s boss believes him. So they just have to tie it all together and nab the real suspect. Easy.

Totally gripping, excellent writing, clever, suspenseful and enjoyable. I look forward to more DI Crow books from their new home at Inkubator.

*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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