Blog Tour: Blood on His Hands by Ian McFadyen

Blood on His Hands
by Ian McFadyen

Publication date: November 28th 2019
Publisher: Book Guild Publishing Ltd
Pages: 420

It’s my stop on the “Blood on His Hands” blog tour! Thanks very much to  Rachel’s Random Resources and author Ian McFadyen who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page. You can buy your own copy on Kindle or Paperback on Amazon UK.

Plus, if this book looks like your kind of thing, keep reading to the bottom of my review to enter a giveaway to win a copy for yourself!


When a stranger enters DI Carmichael’s local church, with blood on his hands claiming to have committed a murder, Carmichael and his team are quickly summoned.

And when the man disappears, as mysteriously as he arrived, with few clues to his identity, where he came from and where he went, Carmichael quickly realises that all may not be as it seems.

The conundrum becomes even more puzzling when, in less than 24 hours, a corpse is discovered in the boot of a Bentley car down a quiet country lane.

As the body count rises Carmichael and his team remain confounded as to who is behind the murders and what motive they have for taking so many lives. In this, the eighth gripping murder mystery from the pen of Ian McFadyen, the author once again captivates the reader with an array of beguiling characters tightly woven within an intriguing, skilfully scripted plot.

It will keep you guessing right until the end…

Source: Goodreads


A man walks into Moulton Bank C of E church with blood on his hands, confessing to a murder. By the time Reverend Barney Green is able to call the police, the man has gone and is nowhere to be seen. A few hours later a man is found dead in the boot of a car. Who is this man and who has killed him?

“‘It’s certainly a strange one,’ she remarked.

‘You can say that again, Rachel’

DCI Carmichael is soon on the scene trying to solve this murder and a couple of more too. I really liked this character and am pleased to know that this book is part of a series featuring the same leading man. Carmichael is a resilient man and it was easy to like him and his family. His supporting team members and the other characters in this book are likeable too. I was particularly fond of the Attwood family and their story lines.

I liked this book, I was kept engaged throughout and I was really satisfied to get to the end without having worked out who was responsible.

This is a really gripping murder mystery and one with a lot more details than I have ever read before. My usual crime fiction reads are a little shorter than this, but author Ian McFadyen has told this story in full with loads of description. I did like this, as the story felt very realistic and the reader is almost a fly on the wall, but at times it felt a little repetitive as the detectives repeated what they had learned and the clues they had so far. Of course this is what real detective work must actually be like, and there must have been a great deal of research into the process involved, so this is a criticism only down to my personal taste.

Overall rating: “Blood on His Hands” is a well detailed, gripping piece of crime fiction. I was kept guessing who was responsible for the increasing body count right up until the end. It’s 4 stars from me!

“Blood on His Hands” works well as a stand alone book, but is also part of a series featuring the same leading character. Find out more on the publisher’s website.

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