In the Silence #BookReview #BlogTour #MRMackenzie #BloodhoundBooks #NetGalley

Written by M. R. Mackenzie




Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…

Anna, a criminology lecturer, returns to Glasgow from Rome during the coldest winter in memory. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew. Tragedy strikes later that night when Anna discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.

Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.

When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.

As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.

But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?








Surprising and Impressive!    5 stars


A thrilling read – and one which took me by surprise as, for a debut novel, it has hidden depths!

Anna Scovalini – that would be Dr. Scavolini to you and me – never saw herself settling in her home city of Glasgow and headed off to Italy for university and her career. Ten years on sees her returning for her best friend’s birthday. At the end of the night, they head off – as they did all those years ago – to an all night cafe for food before heading home, but something happens which unsettles Anna and as Zoe heads to the cafe’s loo, she decides to investigate and gets much more than she bargained for! With the discovery of the slain body of an old friend Anna is the star witness and, not entirely convinced of the ability of the police officers to solve the case, she does a bit of her own investigating but never really appreciates the danger she is putting herself in.

It’s truly enjoyable to read a novel set in a city which is familiar to me – although not nearly as much as it is to the author. The descriptions of the locations bring it all to life and, as always, the addition of the local humour brought a grin to my face.  Swinging one way and then the other, it’s not clear to the reader where this is heading but the outcome is both surprising and impressive! I was completely taken in, and loved the complete explanation of what was going – and had gone – on. For a debut novel, this is a complex but riveting read, and one I couldn’t put down. The story moves along at a brisk pace and there’s never a dull moment. I was shocked more than once but delighted to see that by the final page, everything was fully explained with no loose ends left dangling. This is an author I will happily watch out for again.

My thanks to publisher Bloodhound Books, not only for my copy via NetGalley but also for my place on this blog tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: mystery thriller


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books
  • Publication Date: 10 September 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US





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Meet the Author




M. R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has a PhD in Film Studies. In 2016, he contributed a chapter on the Italian giallo film to Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion.

In addition to writing, he works as an independent Blu-ray/DVD producer and has overseen releases of films by a number of acclaimed directors, among them Dario Argento, Joe Dante and Seijun Suzuki.

When he’s not doing any of the above, he works in a library, which tests his sanity and keeps him in touch with the great unwashed.

In The Silence is his first novel.


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