The Cold Room by @KarenLongWriter Book #3 #Toronto @BrookCottageBks #TuesdayBookBlog

My Review.

The Cold Room is a murder mystery set in Toronto, book #3 of the D.I. Eleanor Raven police series.

It opens with Eleanor reliving a past case and her subsequent psychiatric treatment. Dr Seb Blackmore concludes that Eleanor is now ready to be signed off from his care.

The action moves quickly to a domestic violence call, which turns nasty as two police officers are gunned down, and serving Canadian Lieutenant Myles kills himself.  Both the crime scene and the autopsy reveal some gruesome finds. Eleanor and her partner are hampered in their investigation by the army, but not before they discover signs of cannibalism at his old married quarters. But what did tip Myles over the edge?

In a separate case, reports of decomposing bodies have the police searching for someone who strung up bodies of dogs in a boiler room. Caught up with a body search in the local park, a suicide at a prison and the earlier investigation, the dog case gets neglected until the body of a missing women is also found.

It’s down to Eleanor to solve the cases before heads roll and reports are filed that she’s not fit for the job.

This is a fast paced mystery with a lot of characters and several cases crossing over to complicate the story. Recommended for those who enjoy police dramas.

Publication Date: 8th May 2017

Series: Eleanor Raven – Book 3

Genre: Crime / Thriller

The brand new thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the author of The Safe Word and The Vault.

Winter is settling on Toronto and a series of seemingly unconnected murders are weighing heavily on DI Eleanor Raven. When an army veteran holds his family hostage, leaving chaos and an unidentifiable skeletal human hand in his wake, Raven is left tangled in a web of leads, lies and secrets, with each thread leading her closer to the all too terrifying truth.

But with time running out, Raven needs to re-connect with her past life – the one she thought she’d finally escaped from – if she’s to find out who the killer is before they strike again . . .

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Karen Long was born and raised in the English midlands, educated at Bangor University and taught English and Drama for fifteen years. During her teaching years she studied biology and neurology with the Open University and this interest in medicine, forensics and forensic psychology is reflected in her writing. She is an enthusiastic traveller and has spent time in Toronto, which became the backdrop and inspiration for The Safe Word.

She is a keen amateur naturalist with a deep and abiding love for the crow family. She has dedicated time, love and several fingers in an effort to rehabilitate crows, magpies, rooks and ravens.

Karen is happy to correspond with readers and can be contacted through her website, where she posts regular blogs.

The Safe Word is Karen’s first novel and was an Amazon bestseller, later joined by the second in the Eleanor Raven series, The Vault.






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