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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Cover Your Tracks by Claire Askew! Thanks so much to Jenny for organising the tour and don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops!
'What if I told you,' he said, 'that I believe my mother's life to be in danger?'
Robertson Bennet returns to Edinburgh after a 25-year absence in search of his parents and his inheritance. But both have disappeared. A quick, routine police check should be enough - and Detective Inspector Helen Birch has enough on her plate trying to help her brother, Charlie, after an assault in prison. But all her instincts tell her not to let this case go. And so she digs.
George and Phamie Bennet were together for a long time. No one can ever really know the secrets kept between husband and wife. But as Birch slowly begins to unravel the truth, terrible crimes start to rise to the surface.
After reading and loving All The Hidden Truths, Claire Askew became a firm favourite author of mine. I was lucky enough to meet her at Noirwich Fest a few years ago and she was so lovely which just makes it even more exciting to see her going from strength to strength.
Askew’s books are always a showcase of her immense talent and Cover Your Tracks is no different. The engaging and entertaining writing keeps you gripped for the entirety of the book and Helen Birch is such a layered and compelling DI, making it all too easy to get lost in the pages of her journey.
The plot is taut and unpredictable, yet super believable and I can’t recommend reading this enough! Whether you’ve read the first two or not you’ll slip right in, but I can say for sure that if you haven’t read the first two, you’ll definitely be going back to do that after this!
Overall, I’m giving Cover Your Tracks 4.5 out of 5. It’s addictive, absorbing and beautifully written. I can’t wait for more from Askew!
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Claire Askew is a poet, novelist and the Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. Her debut novel in progress was the winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. All The Hidden Truths was longlisted for two CWA Daggers: Gold (best novel) and John Creasey (best debut).
Her debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book Award. In 2016 Claire was selected as a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion, and she works as the Scotland tutor for women's writing initiatives Write Like A Grrrl! and #GrrrlCon. Cover Your Tracks is her third novel.
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