Happy Tuesday everyone!! I’m delighted to be welcoming the blog tour for Gone In The Night, Mary-Jane Riley’s fourth novel featuring investigative journalist Alex Devlin.
Many thanks to Emma Welton of damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to Killer Reads for my copy of Gone In The Night which I received thought Netgalley.
Some secrets are deadly…
When the victim of a car crash begs journalist Alex Devlin for help before disappearing without trace, Alex finds herself caught up in a mystery that won’t let her go.
Determined to find the missing man, she is soon investigating a conspiracy that threatens some of the most vulnerable members of society.
But will Alex be prepared to put her own life on the line to help those who can’t help themselves?
What Did I Think?
I read the first two of the Alex Devlin books a couple of years ago and throughly enjoyed them (I really must go back and read Dark Waters). So I was thrilled to be heading back to East Anglia and being re-immersed into Alex’s world.
Alex has got herself into a right pickle (again) looking for a missing man. Is he a man who wants to be found or is he a man who others want to disappear? Her friendly police detective Sam Slater desperately wants to help but the obvious right constraints of the stretched police force prevents his full help.
As Jamie Rider states, Alex is tenacious. Once something is on her radar, she won’t let go until shes satisfied it’s sorted. This invariably gets her in the firing line. I love her as a character and it’s a refreshing change to have what is a kind of police procedural crime thriller headed up by someone who is not really connected to the police force.
Mary-Jane Riley picks social topics as her backdrop and easily interweaves them into her stories. In this book, she introduces the plight of discharged armed forces personnel particularly the struggle to reinsert themselves into society but with a twist.
Gone In The Night, despite being part of a series, can be read as a stand alone story; saying that I would recommend reading The Bad Things, the first Alex Devlin book to get a full appreciation of some of the background. I really enjoyed following Alex on her latest crusade and hope to be returning to her part of East Anglia before long!
Who Is Mary Jane Riley?
Mary-Jane wrote her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter. She was eight. It was about a gang of children who had adventures on mysterious islands, but she soon realised Enid Blyton had cornered that particular market. So she wrote about the Wild West instead. When she grew up, she had to earn a living, and became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Mary-Jane has three grown-up children and lives in Suffolk with her husband and two golden retrievers.
Gone In The Night is the fourth book in the crime thriller series set in East Anglia and featuring investigative journalist, Alex Devlin.
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