#BookReview: Avenge the Dead by Jackie Baldwin #AvengeTheDead #DIFrankFarrell @JackieMBaldwin1 @0neMoreChapter_ @KillerReads @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Sometimes murder is the only way to get even…

Avenge the Dead (DI Frank Farrell #3)

Book blurb

Four friends with dark secrets. One killer out for revenge.

DI Frank Farrell and DS McLeod are tasked with investigating the brutal murder of a defence solicitor’s wife in Dumfries.

It’s been over a year since they left the town after an investigation robbed them of a dear friend. But now they’re back and must find a way to move on.

When the son of another defence solicitor is murdered, a strange tattoo etched on his body, the case takes them into darker, more disturbing territory.

It leads them back into the past – to a horrific fire in a cottage that took a woman’s life, to four friends harbouring dark secrets – and finally to a killer waiting patiently for revenge.

My thoughts

This is a fine, well written and engrossing story that has a number of threads.

We have a murder which brings DI Frank Farrell, DS McLeod and DC Thomas back to Dumfries. They don’t really want to be there after the last time. Still orders are orders and an MIT unit has been requested.

The officers in Dumfries, unlike Frank, seem to have moved on with their lives whilst he is still hurting. With his colleague DI Lind still in a coma Franks faith has taken a battering. Will he be able to come to terms with all that is happening, can he straighten himself out before it’s too late?

Will DS McLeod keep faith with Frank, can she keep making excuses for him and at what cost?

Then there’s another murder are they connected? Has an old murder anything to do with what’s happening? Are the defence solicitors being targeted or is there more than one killer on the loose? Can the police stop the killer/killers before something else happens?

We follow Farrell and McLeod along with the rest of the team as they put the pieces together and work out what has happened as the story builds to a cracking finale.

With a complex storyline and credible characters this is a story well worth reading.

It’s is easy to read as a standalone. My only regret is not having read the previous two books – yet! I believe, by this time, we would appreciate the main characters much more. Still catching up with them will be a breeze and there’ll be two more investigations to enjoy.

This book is one that will have you looking out for the next in the series and the series will become a favourite.

See author GIVEAWAY below – just saying!

My thanks

With thanks to Emma at DamppebblesBlogTours for the invite to the Avenge the Dead BlogTour and to the publishers One More Chapter for an eCopy of the book via NetGalley.


Why not take a spin around the rest of the tour with these lovely bloggers? …


Publisher: One More Chapter in digital format on 28th February 2020. Paperback to follow in April 2020.


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Jackie Baldwin is running this wonderful giveaway alongside the AVENGE THE DEAD blog tour.

An Avenge the Dead Prize Bundle featuring all three books in the DI Frank Farrell series signed by the author plus extra treats!

Win a copy of Avenge the Dead Prize Bundle

Terms and Conditions

The giveaway will end at 00:00 (GMT) on Sunday 15 March 2020 and is open internationally. The winner will be contacted by email on Monday 16 March 2020 and will need to provide their postal address which will be passed to Jackie Baldwin for dispatch of the prize. No personal information will be stored as a result of this giveaway. There is no cash alternative. Good luck!

Jackie Baldwin


Jackie Baldwin is a Scottish crime writer. Her debut crime novel, Dead Man’s Prayer, was published by Killer Reads on 2nd September 2016. The second in the series, Perfect Dead was published on 15th June 2018. For most of her working life, she has been a solicitor specialising in Family and Criminal Law. She later retrained as a hypnotherapist. Married with a grown family, she recently moved from Dumfries to East Lothian.

Twitter: JackieMBaldwin1

Facebook: JackieBalwinAuthor

Website: JackieBaldwin

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