BLOG TOUR: When The Dead Come Calling (The Burrowhead Mysteries #1) by Helen Sedgwick

“An atmospheric murder investigation unearths the brutal history of a village where no one is innocent.”

The first book in The Burrowhead Mysteries series, When The Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick sees DI Strachan and her team of local police investigate the murder of psychotherapist Alexis Cosse who is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead. The investigation soon exposes a maelstrom of racism, misogyny and homophobia simmering beneath the surface of the village. Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband, DI Strachan discovers something lurking in the history of Burrowhead, while someone (or something) equally threatening is hiding in the strange and haunted cave beneath the cliffs…

Rating:

Today is my stop on the Love Books Tours for this book. Thank you to Love Books Tours and Point Blank Crime for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When The Dead Come Calling is a mysterious detective thriller that is unlike anything I have ever read before. It’s haunting and elusive, not quite giving you the full story but luring you in with small details to build up your anticipation.

The crime is investigated by our lead character DI Strachan alongside another narrative of an unknown person hiding in a cave, making the reading experience feel like you’re under hypnosis as you drift about the village, getting pieces of information here and there as if watching it unfold as a voyeur.

Part of me really loved the ambiguity of the story, slowly revealing snippets of information and clues to what’s really going on as it focuses more on building up an uneasy atmosphere. But it did also mean that I struggled to see what was going on, so it did take me a while to really engage with the story and its characters. When it does start to come together, however, I did enjoy the story that finally unfolds.

Descriptive and full of metaphors, you can really get a sense of the setting and gloomy weather which heightens the mystery even more, but readers who like to get to the point may find that this does slow down the story’s pace. For me, the finale certainly makes up for a slower start, though, and I would definitely be interested to get to know these characters more in-depth.

Details:

When The Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick
Release Date: 9th January 2020
Print Length: 384 pages
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Publisher: Point Blank Crime

Buy on: https://amzn.to/3ADthFS

Synopsis:

In the first of the Burrowhead Mysteries, an atmospheric murder investigation unearths the brutal history of a village where no one is innocent.

When psychotherapist Alexis Cosse is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead, DI Strachan and her team of local police investigate, exposing a maelstrom of racism, misogyny and homophobia simmering beneath the surface of the village.

Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband, DI Strachan discovers something lurking in the history of Burrowhead, while someone (or something) equally threatening is hiding in the strange and haunted cave beneath the cliffs…

About The Author:

Helen Sedgwick is the author of The Comet Seekers and The Growing Season, which was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year in 2018. The opener to her Burrowhead Mysteries crime trilogy, When the Dead Come Calling, was published in 2020, followed by Where the Missing Gather in 2021. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and has won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Before she became an author, she was a research physicist with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University. She lives in the Scottish Highlands.

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