So, this is the second part of the City of Drowned Souls blog tour. In case you missed it (not sure how like) then I got to chat with the author Chris Lloyd here. If you read that post and wondered why I didn't talk much about the actual books, then this post is the one you're after!
Let's get down to business then. The series consists of 3 books all based on the investigations of the brilliant Elisenda Domènech...
Book 1: City of Good Death (Elisenda Domènech Investigations #1)
Originally published by Canelo in July 2015, it can be accessed on Goodreads and Amazon.
An intense and brilliantly realised crime thriller set in the myth-soaked streets of Girona
A killer is targeting hate figures in the Catalan city of Girona – a loan shark, a corrupt priest, four thugs who have blighted the streets of the old quarter – leaving clues about his next victim through mysterious effigies left hung on a statue. Each corpse is posed in a way whose meaning no one can fathom. Which is precisely the point the murderer is trying to make.
Elisenda Domènech, the solitary and haunted head of the city’s newly-formed Serious Crime Unit, is determined to do all she can to stop the attacks. She believes the attacker is drawing on the city’s legends to choose his targets, but her colleagues aren’t convinced and her investigation is blocked at every turn.
Battling against the increasing sympathy towards the killer displayed by the press, the public and even some of the police, she finds herself forced to question her own values. But when the attacks start to include less deserving victims, the pressure is suddenly on Elisenda to stop him. The question is: how?
The second book in the series is called "City of Buried Ghosts" and arrived in 2016 courtesy of Canelo. It can also be found on Goodreads and Amazon.
Be careful what you dig up… Still recovering from
the tragedy that hit her team, Elisenda takes on a new case. Except it’s
not new. On an archaeological dig by the coast a body is uncovered,
seemingly executed with a spike thrust through the base of the skull –
an ancient tribal ritual. It soon becomes clear that this body is
neither ancient nor modern, but a mysterious corpse from the 1980s.
Assigned to the case along with her team, Elisenda soon uncovers a
complex world of star archaeologists, jealousy and missing persons. They
find a dark trade in illicit antiquities, riddled with vicious
professional rivalries. And even though she’s staying close to the crime
scene, Elisenda is also never far from enemies of her own within the
police force. Just as the case seems to become clear it is blown
wide-open by another horrific murder. Elisenda must fight her personal
demons and office politics, whilst continuing to uncover plots and
hatreds that were long buried. How far will she go to solve the crime?
Is her place in the force secure? And can she rebuild her life? The
atmospheric second crime thriller featuring Catalan detective Elisenda
Domènech, for readers of Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves
The brand new third installment: City of Drowned Souls was realesed just two days ago! How neat, eh? It brings the most thrilling investication yet...
When a child disappears, the clock starts ticking Detective Elisenda
Domènech has had a tough few years. The loss of her daughter and a team
member; the constant battles against colleagues and judges; the
harrowing murder investigations… But it’s about to get much worse. When
the son of a controversial local politician goes missing at election
time, Elisenda is put on the case. They simply must solve it. Only the
team also have to deal with a spate of horrifically violent break-ins.
People are being brutalised in their own homes and the public demands
answers. Could there be a connection? Why is nobody giving a straight
answer? And where is Elisenda’s key informant, apparently vanished off
the face of the earth? With the body count threatening to increase and
her place in the force on the line, the waters are rising… Be careful
not to drown.
That's a wrap folks! It's bee lovely hosting Chris Lloyd on Bluestripedsquare and talking alll about his work!