A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.
A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.
As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in the woods.
As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.
When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.
Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost?
And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
DI James Bliss along with DC Penny Chandler are called in to investigate the discovery of human bones. What they eventually discover is that the female skeleton has not always been buried there ... and she has been dead at least 15 years. A witness, all those years ago, swears that he saw a young female involved in an accident, but there are no records of any accident. And when two retired cops are murdered, they discover a link between them and the victim. When Bliss and his team start getting warnings, things really heat up. Trying to protect his team, he gives them the opportunity to back away. Bliss has discovered that one man, high up in law enforcement, was probably involved in these murders. Who was this victim and why would someone want her dead? Did the murdered cops pose a threat to the murderer? With corrupt cops in the picture, who can they trust? Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost? And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined? This is the first-time reading of this author for me ... and it won't be the last. This is a well-written Brit crime thriller with a credible story line and unforgettable characters. It's well paced .. giving the reader a chance to catch their breath as the bodies continue to fall and Bliss is not only worried about his job ... but his life, as well. Many thanks to the author for the digital copy of BAD TO THE BONE. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
I seem to be on a roll with books from Bloodhound at the moment and having two police procedural stories in a row could have quickly become stale but this book drew me in fast and kept me dangling wanting to read it speedily purely to piece together the clues. A fascinating discovery of old bones soon brings about a full-blown enquiry. DI Jimmy Bliss the gruff chap who comes across as a know it all partnered with DC Penny Chandler make a great working team. They have both had complex issues in the past but their friendship shines through and brings some much needed banter and laughter into what is a grim world. I was absolutely absorbed when ‘The Bone Lady’ began explaining how long the bones had been buried, how, why, who they belonged to. I think I missed my calling, I would have loved to embark on anthropology! As further murders begin to happen the whole team is intent on finding any possible links to the bones. As Bliss delves into the seedy underworld as part of his investigation the book explodes with twists and turns. So often it is obvious fairly early on who the guilty party is but on this occasion it all culminates with a massive surprise. Great descriptive writing that gets into the minds of the characters of which there are plenty. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and see how they all contributed their knowledge to the ‘team’. Many thanks to the author and Bloodhound for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. I can’t wait to see what comes next.