A Body in the Lakes – Graham Smith

The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.

When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia Evans was known to be a tough character, but who would have strangled her?

Detective Beth Young quickly spots the links to three cold cases. Three women strangled and discarded in the stunning, wild hills of the Lake District.

As Beth begins tracking down witnesses, the team receives an anonymous letter claiming the charming mayor of Carlisle is behind the murders. There’s pressure from the top to clear his name. But Beth is determined to find the truth no matter whose feathers she ruffles in the process.

Beth knows the clock is ticking. The killer is hunting again. And it’s down to her to find who’s responsible before another woman becomes his prey…



My review

The second book of the series and I was really looking forward to meet up with Beth Young and her collegues.

She certainly is a special kind of lady. She is fierce and feisty and the way her mind works is simply brilliant. She is like a mastermind meets Wonderwoman but she is so lovable that you easily forgive the sometimes maybe a bit over the top actions. I for sure am a big fan of hers and I would like to thank the author for creating her.

What can I say more? It was a very good story and the writer shows the ability to keep the reader in the dark until the end. The book can be read as a stand alone because the details you need to know about Beth’s private life are repeated so you do not miss out on anything should you start with this book. On the other hand, he keeps it brief so the loyal fan will not be bored at all by it.

I have a very good feeling that Beth will become even more intresting in the next part. I can’t wait so see how she will deal with it. I could feel the suspense building up. It makes it a lot more difficult to wait patiently for the sequel. 5 stars.

Thank you, Graham Smith, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel with Bookouture is set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

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