Book Review — The Harrogate Crime Series — Malcolm Hollingdrake (Crime, Mystery & Thriller, British Detective)

Jon & Caroline Cole | Ink-Stained Hearts
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5 min readOct 26, 2023

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The Harrogate Crime Series by Malcolm Hollingdrake

Introduction

The Harrogate Crime Series offers the perfect mix of police procedural and investigation entwined with the personal lives of all those involved. There are cold-blooded serial killers and colleagues in danger, set against the beautiful town of Harrogate. All written in Malcolm Hollingdrake’s unique, sometimes poetic but always eloquent, writing style we’ve come to love.

The Stories

Each of the thirteen books features Cyril Bennett at the head of his team, including David Owen, plus the pathologist, Dr Julie Pritchett. The reader follows their struggles and feels their indignation at yet another horrific death.

Although the series does not need to be read in order, the experience will be so much better for the reader who starts with book one and follows through. Where Only the Dead (#1) takes us back to the trenches of Flanders’ fields during WWI, Hell’s Gate (#2) covers the harrowing topic of human trafficking. Truly shocking. After reading Flesh Evidence (#3), you might not want to touch honey and Game Point (#4) … we’re not sure you will keep your eyes dry. Dying Art (#5) deals with a murder in the world of art and you will miss out if you start the…

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Jon & Caroline Cole | Ink-Stained Hearts
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