Book Review: Bad Apples (Tuva Moodyson Mystery #4) by Will Dean

“It only takes one…”

The fourth book in Will Dean‘s Tuva Moodyson Mystery series, Bad Apples sees deputy editor of the local newspaper, Tuva Moodyson, investigate the murder of a resident of the small-town Visberg who has been found decapitated. As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva to arrive. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story…


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading and loving The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean a few months ago, I was desperate to read another book by the author. So I delved right into Bad Apples, not realising that it is the fourth book in the series. But now I’m once again hooked on his stories, and I know that this is a series that I need to continue with.

I absolutely love Dean’s striking writing with his unnerving descriptions and dark imagery, and this book really got me in the Halloween mood. It’s creepy, gloomy, gruesome and intriguing, and you can really get a sense of the Nordic Noir atmosphere with the dark and chilling weather, misty and eerie forests, and the tight but questionable small community.

It really feels like you’ve been dropped into the story with the roads blocked to prevent you from leaving. Because not only is there a murder that needs solving, but the cultish locals all seem to be in on something, too.

My only criticism is that I couldn’t picture Tuva Moodyson in my head, but that’s my own fault for skipping three books. I began thinking of her as a Swedish Vera, but soon realised that she must be a lot younger. I also couldn’t understand her job role as she seems to be the only one investigating this crime while the actual detectives take a backseat. I was also a little confused as to why people were answering her enquiries when they seemed fed up with the intrusion of the media, which she, in fact, is.

However, these are things that I hope to get a better knowledge of when I read the first three books, which I am definitely going to do soon. And whatever the answers are, I already know that Tuva Moodyson is going to be a character that I love!


Bad Apples by Will Dean
Release Date: 7th October 2021
Print Length: 352 pages
Genre: Detective Thriller
Publisher: Point Blank / Oneworld Publications

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