Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Glasgow Kiss! Many thanks to the author C.S. Duffy and of course to Shannon from R&R Book Tours for this opportunity!
Haunted by the fact that he never got the chance to tell best friend Lorna that he loved her before she was murdered, Ruari sets out to track down the man he saw her with the night before she was murdered – the man police are certain was her killer.
Forensic psychologist Amy Kerr has been watching prominent Glasgow lawyer Alec McAvoy for months, certain that he is the so-called Dancing Girls Killer who evaded capture in London five years previously. Now Ruari and Amy are closing in on the same man – but every step they take draws them deeper into the killer’s web.
Ruari is in love with Lorna. Lorna is also Ruari’s best friend. He doesn’t want to mess up their friendship by professing his love. Until one day, he realises he must tell her, he can’t let another man get away with this girl who makes him laugh, who fits perfectly into the nook of his shoulder, who would be just perfect for him if only he could make her see him as a lover, instead of a friend. Only, when Ruari gets to Lorna’s, she’s dead.
Ruari can’t let it go and, as a former police officer, tries to find out for himself what happened to Lorna. Meanwhile DCI Cara Boyle is trying to make sense of Lorna’s murder and the other girls who are found murdered and positioned in ballet poses. Who is this serial killer responsible for all this mayhem? How are these murders related to the ones happening in London years ago? Who is Charlie and who is Elaine Macpherson and how do they tie in to the murders? Many questions are raised, most are also answered, but seeing as this is only episode one, we are left with an open ending, and a shocking one at that.
I was drawn into the story right from the start. This is a pretty quick read that takes off immediately and drags you along with it, very seldomly letting you up for air. Regardless, the characters feel very real and there’s time to explore their back stories. The story seems rather straightforward, but there’s this sense of dread, of impending doom, this feeling that keeps nibbling at the back of your mind that something isn’t quite right until you reach the finale and realise why you were having that particular feeling.
This is a dark, yet funny read, where Claire Duffy had me grinning at my e-reader, only to have me gasping at it moments later because of the dark turn events had taken. You could say the humour alleviates the tension somewhat, but at the same time, the dark is intensified by it.
This episode and the following chapters in the series are available on Amazon and – oops – I’ve already added the others to my TBR! If you want to win all five episodes, click on the link below!
About the Author
C.S. Duffy writes crime thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. Her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK and her other writing has appeared in Elle Canada and The Guardian. She is the author of Life is Swede, a thriller that was originally written as a blog – leading several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking them why they hadn’t reported the murder that features in the blog. She was selected as a Spotlight author at Bloody Scotland in 2018.
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