Dance With The Dead by James Nally – Blog Tour REVIEW

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Hello and welcome to my day on the Dance With the Dead blog tour. This is the second book in the series, written by James Nally and featuring young PC Donal. Please see below for my review.

Dance With The Dead was published on 28th July 2016 by Avon and is available here

Description

Aspiring actress Elizabeth Smart lands her centre stage role: her mutilated body is found dumped in North London’s red light district. Clasped in her hand is a piece of human hair belonging to an unidentified body of a woman murdered two weeks ago.

Aspiring actress Elizabeth Smart lands her centre stage role: her mutilated body is found dumped in North London’s red light district. Clasped in her hand is a piece of human hair belonging to an unidentified body of a woman murdered two weeks ago.

PC Donal lands himself a place on the murder squad just as his unconventional brother, journalist Finton, unearths the secret double life of Elizabeth.

The bodies mount, each clinging to the strands of hair belonging to the previous victim. The police are convinced it’s the act of a serial killer. But how does Donal convince them it’s not?

The only people he can trust are the victims he dances with in his dreams.

My thoughts

So many things to LOVE about Dancing With the Dead. Let me start off by saying it’s set in the 1993. James Nally pulls off the 1993 vibe, with ease. I remember those days well, before the internet took off and when I didn’t own a mobile phone. He draws us into the world of a unique young police constable, Donal and his journalist brother Fintan. This is the second book in the series.

The story follows on from book one, Alone With The Dead. Although I have not read it, I got a good sense of what has gone on and its impact on Donal. Donal was outed about something weird that happened to him. He found the dead were communicating with him, helping him with a case. Probably not a good idea to tell anyone about this kind of thing happening to you! Donal has now been relegated to working Cold Cases, after having to fight for his job. He is soon doggedly looking at cold murder cases, linking them to recent ones. Liz Little’s murder seems to be linked to another that happened a few months ago. These are both barbaric murders, with an odd signature. Will Donal’s dreams help him solve the murders and piece together what is going on?

We get vicious murders, London gangsters and a young slightly weird copper, all laced with black humour. I couldn’t help but laugh at Donal, at times. I grew very fond of him, over the course of the novel. This is dark crime; beautifully done, with a supernatural flavour. I enjoyed myself with all of the 1990s music references, news events and the feel of the era. I’m not going to reflect AT ALL on how old it all made me feel.

Dance With the Dead was fun, in a dark crime slightly chilling way. I’m going to get my hands on book one and see what I’ve missed.

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