‘The Lonely Lake Killings’ by Wes Markin

My Review (3 out of 5 stars)

This is book 2 in the Yorkshire Murders series, and is the first I’ve read by this author. The story centres on the murder of a barmaid who is found dead by a lake. The proximity of the body to the home of a local recluse seems to point at him being the killer. But can the solution be so obvious? Why would the murderer leave such blatant clues?

Initially, I really enjoyed this book and the characters of the detectives involved. They had an interesting relationship that gave the story a bit of zing. However, one of the tropes we see a lot in detective stories, is that they so often have personal lives that are riddled with issues and instability. In this case, the cops’ private lives seemed to get in the way of the story and after a while I began to wonder if I’d missed the point of the novel. Certainly, the plot felt a wee bit jumbled at times, though thankfully, it resolved itself later on and got to the finish line leaving most of the cast intact.

An interesting tale that could have been much better.

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Wes Markin is the bestselling author of the DCI Yorke crime novels, set in Salisbury. His new series for Boldwood stars the pragmatic detective DCI Emma Gardner who will be tackling the criminals of North Yorkshire.  Wes lives in Harrogate and the first book in the series The Yorkshire Murders will be published in November 2022.

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NB This post first appeared as part of the Blog Tour for The Lonely Lake Killings, via Rachel’s Random Resources.

  3 comments for “‘The Lonely Lake Killings’ by Wes Markin

  1. 07/03/2023 at 2:56 PM

    Reblogged this on Ed;s Site..


  2. 26/02/2023 at 5:32 PM

    It sounds like the book needs some developmental editing.


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