‘Blood On His Hands’ by Ian McFadyen


When a stranger enters DI Carmichael’s local church, with blood on his hands claiming to have committed a murder, Carmichael and his team are quickly summoned.

And when the man disappears, as mysteriously as he arrived, with few clues to his identity, where he came from and where he went, Carmichael quickly realises that all may not be as it seems.

The conundrum becomes even more puzzling when, in less than 24 hours, a corpse is discovered in the boot of a Bentley car down a quiet country lane. As the body count rises Carmichael and his team remains confounded as to who is behind the murders and what motive they have for taking so many lives.



My Review

I absolutely love discovering new authors and Ian McFadyen is definitely a new author for me.  When I agreed to take part in the blog tour for ‘Blood On His Hands’, I hadn’t realised that it is actually the eighth book in the series featuring Detective Inspector Carmichael.  That’s not a bad thing though because I enjoyed ‘Blood On His Hands’ so much that I fully intend to get copies of the other seven books in the series so I can get to know Detective Inspector Carmichael a bit better and hopefully discover what makes him tick.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Blood On Hus Hands’ but more about that in a bit.

I enjoyed meeting DI Carmichael for the first time.  I can’t really say that I know a lot about him from this one book, but what I discovered, I liked.  I hope that makes sense.  Carmichael is a family man with three children.  At the start of this book, it soon becomes apparent that all is not well with Natalie, who is the youngest of the children and she has started to skip school.  I won’t go into the reasons why as that would give far too much away.  Carmichael is not only a dedicated family man but he is also a dedicated police officer.  He is in charge of a small team and he leads from the front.  He wouldn’t ask anybody to do anything that he wouldn’t be willing to do himself.  In fact, I think that he would probably take on some of the riskier tasks himself to protect his team.  Generally Carmichael gets on well with the members of his team but there is a rumbling from one of the team, who seems paranoid that Carmichael gives him all of the crappy jobs to do.  Carmichael seems like a kind, compassionate, determined, resilient, friendly, stubborn and tenacious individual.  I look forward to learning a lot more about him when I get chance to read the other books in the series.

I must be honest and say that it took me a little while to get into this book but that has more to do with the fact that I was tired when I started to read this book and I was finding it difficult to concentrate for any length of time.  However, once I got into the book that was it, I was away.  I would say that it took me about a week to finish the book but that was because boring things like life got in the way.  Had I not had prior commitments, then I would definitely have finished the book sooner.  I was genuinely disappointed to reach the end of the book.  I had been enjoying the storylines, the characters and the author’s writing style so much that I just didn’t want the book to end.  I soon cheered up when I realised that I had another seven books in the series to catch up on.

‘Blood On His Hands’ is very well written.  The author certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into the story without you realising.  The author has one of those writing styles that is easy to get along with and easy to get used to.  I was so convinced by his vivid and realistic descriptions that I did feel as though I was part of the story myself.  I felt like another member of Carmichael’s team.  I found that I became far too involved with the story in that I tried to interact with the book and ‘talk’ to the characters as if they could hear me.  Yes I know, this is a work of fiction and therefore not real but I find that if I enjoy a book as much as I enjoyed this one, then I tend to ‘live’ the story as if it were real.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Blood On His Hands’ and I will definitely be reading more of Ian’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.




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