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Blog Tour: End Game – Liz Mistry

Four dead bodies. One missing person. Let the game begin.
When an anonymous tip-off leads Detective Nikki Parekh and DS Sajid Malik to the sprawling Salinger estate, Nikki’s senses are on high alert. The brutal murder of all four members of the
Salinger family has shocked the sleepy Bradford village to the core.
A mother, father, daughter, and son. . . all killed in exactly the same way – whilst sat around the coffee table, playing a game of Monopoly.
But Nikki notices that there are five pieces on the board. One of the players is missing… Did they manage to escape the killer, or was the killer part of the game?

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Born in Scotland made in Bradford sums up LIZ MISTRY’s life. Over thirty-five years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love
with three things: curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city… and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, Scumpy, the cat, and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’, whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.
Having struggled with severe clinical depression and anxiety for many years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Liz’s PhD research contributes significantly to debates concerning issues of inclusion and
diversity of representation within the most socially engaged genre of contemporary crime fiction.
Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real.
You can contact Liz via her website.

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My thoughts: I really enjoy this series, I love the relationships between the characters, especially Nikki and Saj, and the rest of their team. Their boss DCI Abad is more prominent in this book, which as he’s dating Nikki’s sister is nice, because he’s becoming more of a part of her found family. And as there’s a wedding on the horizon – family is in Nikki’s mind.

There’s a murdered family, all sat round the table playing Monopoly – a game that definitely causes a few feuds and fights, but murder? When they look deeper, it seems there’s more going on. The eldest daughter went missing years before, is there a connection here?

Gripping as ever, this case moves between several different narrators and time periods – showing us a dark, hidden world, that Nikki and her team will bring to light and put an end to. It also seems to involve some of the more senior police figures, will that change things for the better?

Make sure you read the author’s note at the end, Liz is an interesting person and it’s always fun and insightful to learn about the inspiration behind an author’s work. I thought this was a particularly poignant one.

*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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