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** My thanks to Finn at HarperCollins for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Play with fire and you get burned…

A gripping crime thriller, from a new star in British crime fiction. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin.

Five men burnt alive.
In the crippling heat of August in Rome, a flat goes up in flames, the doors sealed from the outside. Five illegal immigrants are trapped and burnt alive – their charred bodies barely distinguishable amidst the debris.

One man cut into pieces.
When Detective Inspectors Rossi and Carrara begin to investigate, a terror organisation shakes the city to its foundations. Then a priest is found murdered and mutilated post-mortem – his injuries almost satanic in their ferocity.

One city on the edge of ruin.
Rome is hurtling towards disaster. A horrifying pattern of violence is beginning to emerge, with a ruthless killer overseeing its design. But can Rossi and Carrara stop him before all those in his path are reduced to ashes?


My Thoughts & Review:

Despite being the second book in the Detective Rossi series, I was able to break my own rule about not reading books out of series order. For those that want to follow the series, the first book A Known Evil was published earlier this year. I should say that A Cold Flame does read well as a stand alone book, but to get fuller picture of the characters and their backgrounds I wonder if it might be a good idea to have read the previous book first.

There are so many things that I want to say about A Cold Flame, the plot in particular, but this is definitely a book that you do not want spoilers for. It’s the sort of book that it’s better to go into blind and allow the momentum of it all carry you off.
I would say that this is an intriguing, and well written novel. The characters are multilayered and feel realistic.  Plotting feels very current and with the different strands to it, there is plenty to keep readers guessing and on the edge of their seats.
Conway writes some incredibly detailed descriptions of settings and sights, which in turn allows readers to “see” and “experience” things through his characters, even down to the details of holding a gun, it all seems so striking.

Short chapters keep the pace of this brisk and whilst the pace does slow a little in the middle of the book, it is necessary to allow the audience to take stock of what has occurred so far and ready them for what happens next.

On the whole, an interesting and exciting read that will keep readers guessing.


About the Author:

Aidan Conway was born in Birmingham to Irish Parents and has been living in Italy since 2001. He holds an MA in Irish Writing from Queen’s University Belfast and has been a bookseller, a proofreader, a language consultant, as well as a freelance teacher, translator, and editor for the United Nations FAO. He is currently an assistant university lecturer in Rome, where he lives with his family. A Cold Flame is his second novel.

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