Review: Hell’s Gate by Malcolm Hollingdrake

Due to recent circumstances I was unable to take my place on the blog tour as planned. But I have to share my thoughts on this book so posting separately from the tour, as a good book needs to be shared with the world or in this case WordPress !


A disused railway tunnel where, cruel and sinister deeds are executed.

A policeman on a mission.

A killer who will stop at nothing.

The formidable DCI Cyril Bennett and DS David Owen of Harrogate Police find themselves embroiled in a series of bizarre events.

A domestic dog attack on a child soon leads to a more complex case – the macabre discovery of a jigsaw of featureless, indiscernible body parts amongst bin bags littering a quiet road on the outskirts of the town.

While under the leadership of a Chinese Mafioso, a team of Eastern Europeans spreads its tentacles into the sordid underworld of people trafficking, dog fighting, prostitution and murder.

Bennett quickly has his hands full investigating a gambling syndicate, the discovery of a mutilated corpse, the death of a prostitute and the case of a badly beaten police officer.

As Bennett and his team are stretched to capacity cracks begin to appear.

Is there a link between these cases and can they catch a twisted killer before he strikes again?


My Thoughts

Was given the opportunity to read this on my return from Harrogate this year, with the promise from the author I would see Harrogate in a different light after I read it and he really was not kidding. Suffice it to say that certain area’s of Harrogate will now be no go zones on my return in 2017.

Can not heap enough praise on the author for this book…What a great read even if some of the content made me wince in places (mainly the dog stuff), and I truly can not remember the last time I detested a villain so much and was praying for him to get his just desserts.

Hell’s Gate gets a place in my Top 10 of 2016 without a doubt and I politely suggest that everyone buys it and makes it into the Top 100 bestseller it deserves to be.


5 sheep rating




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