Today is my stop on the blog tour for Dead and Gone by Sherryl Clark. This was released on the 25th of June published by Verve Books.
Dead and Gone by Sherryl Clark
Release Date: 25th of June 2020
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Verve Books
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There’s nothing more dangerous than revenge.
Judi Westerholme has been through it. Brave and strong-willed, she’s just about coping in her new role as foster parent to her orphaned niece, taking a job at the local pub to help make ends meet. Then the pub’s landlord and Judi’s friend, army veteran Pete ‘Macca’ Maccasfield, is murdered, and her world is suddenly turned upside down.
Despite warnings from the city police to keep out of it, Judi can’t help but get involved in the search for Macca’s killer. But she soon becomes deeply entangled with some ruthlessly dangerous men. She must act fast and think smart to work out what they want – before anyone else gets hurt…
Long buried secrets resurface in Sherryl Clark’s pacey crime novel that pushes Judi Westerholme to her limits to protect the people she loves most.
Dead and Gone is the second instalment in the Judi Westerholme series and whilst it can easily be read as a stand-alone, I think you would benefit more from reading book one, Trust Me I’m Dead, first. Sherryl does give the reader enough information from it to be able to follow along, but to really get the feel of the series and Judi, you should start at the beginning.
Dead and Gone, sees main protagonist Judi Westerholme now the primary caregiver to her orphaned niece after the death of her brother. Trying to make ends meet, she takes on a job at the local pub, but it isn’t long before tragedy strikes again when pub owner and Judi’s friend Macca is murdered. Not willing to take a back seat while the police investigate, Judi takes it upon herself to start searching for the killer, but the deeper she digs and uncovers, the more danger she finds herself in.
I enjoyed Judi’s character. She is bold, gutsy, takes no nonsense from anyone and is a very strong female lead. Well rounded and developed, she really does carry the story on her shoulders well and I look forward to getting to know her more in future books.
I loved the setting of the book and being an Aussie girl myself and from Melbourne, it was fun to read the book with places I know well and I could visualise as the story takes place. It really was the perfect setting.
Before I wrap it up, it would be remiss of me to not acknowledging the cover art for this book. It is eye catching, atmospheric and really fits in with the tone of this story. A great job has been done by the designer here.
Dead and Gone is a classic whodunnit that is fast paced, thrilling and exciting read that will keep you glued to the pages. With a strong plot, real and relatable characters, twists and turns, an ending I didn’t see coming, that all comes together through great writing, Dead and Gone is a very enjoyable read and I look forward forward to more in the series.
Thank you to Verve Books and Sherryl Clark for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Dead and Gone which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes and Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to
add to Amazon UK.
Dead and Gone Blog Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these fantastic bloggers also thought about Dead and Gone.
Thank you to Clare from Verve Books for the invite and my spot on the Dead and Gone blog tour.
Let’s Get to Know Sherryl
Sherryl Clark has had 40 children’s and YA books published in Australia, and several in the US and UK, plus collections of poetry and four verse novels.
She has taught writing at Holmesglen TAFE and Victoria University. She recently completed a Master of Fine Arts program at Hamline University, Minnesota, and is now studying for a PhD in creative writing.
Sherryl’s debut novel, Trust Me, I’m Dead, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. It is the first novel in the Judi Westerholme series,
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