Blog Tour ~ Review ~ LGBT characterisation ~ Blood Rites by David Stuart.


1980s Yorkshire. DI Paul Snow has a personal demon. He is a homosexual but is desperate to keep it secret, knowing it would finish his career in the intolerant police force. As this personal drama unfolds, he is involved in investigating a series of violent murders in the town. All the victims appear to be chosen at random and appear to have no connection with each other. After the fourth murder, he is removed from the case for not finding the killer but continues investigating the matter privately. Gradually, Paul manages to determine a link between the murder victims, but this places his own life in great danger. Can Paul unmask the killer as he wrestles with his own demons?


I would like to thank author David Suart, the publisher and blog tour organiser Abbey Fairbrother for the ARC copy of Blood Rites in return for an honest review.

I have been keen to include books featuring LGBT themes and characters on my blog and so I’m excited to be able to review Blood Rites on Booksaremycwtches.

Firstly I would like to say that this book is a thrilling read!  It has a first rate storyline that will have you clinging to the edge or your book or kindle.  I was hooked throughout and left utterly shocked in places as the story into a delved into the delusional mind of the story’s killer.

Characterisation is top notch.  The novel’s killer is creepy, delusional and yet at the same time calm and seemingly rational. It makes him fascinating and compelling to read about, you find yourself repulsed and drawn to him at the same time.  He is certainly not going to be a character you will find it easy to forget about, because he gets under your skin.

Special mention must go to my favourite character, DI Paul Snow, who to protect his career in the police feels he must live as a closeted gay man.  Writer David Stuart interweaves his reasons for living publically as a straightman and examining the internal and external drama’s this causes for him and those he gets close to. He is a fascinating character, who made me feel sad and frustrated for the life he was forced to live by his colleagues and his own fears.  I was utterly engaged by his story and the drama’s that surround him and he is a character that will stay with me for some time.

If your looking for a really good thriller with a lead character who will steal your heart, but a killer who will repel you, then Blood Rites is the book for you.

You can purchase Blood Rites from Amazon

Author Bio


David Stuart can be followed on Twitter

David Stuart is the author of seventeen novels, numerous non-fiction works and is a film historian and expert on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. He is a member of the national committee of the Crime Writers’ Association and has edited Red Herrings, their monthly publication, since 1999. He also edited Sherlock, the crime fiction magazine for ten years from 1996 to 2006 and is an invested member of the Baker Street Irregulars and has also also contributed many short stories to various anthologies including Crime in the City (Do Not Press); Murder Through the Ages (Headline); The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (Robinson); The Dickensian Whodunits (Constable); Crime Scenes (Wordsworth); and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2014(Constable & Robinson).

David Stuart is the author of two one-man plays about Sherlock Holmes, starring Roger Llewellyn and directed by Gareth Armstrong. The first, Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act premiered at Salisbury Playhouse in 1999 and toured for ten years and the second, Sherlock Holmes: The Death and Life, premiered at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, in March 2008 to excellent reviews. Both plays have been recorded by The Big Finish on audio CD.


He was born in Huddersfield, where he lives with his wife, Kathryn. He studied English at Leeds University and was a teacher for twenty years before becoming a full time writer.


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