In Cold Blood by Jane Bettany – Book Review


No secret can stay buried forever…

As the Whitworth family begin renovations on their new home, their plans are brought to an abrupt end when they discover a body buried in the back garden.

DI Isabel Blood and her team are called to investigate, but as she approaches Ecclesdale Drive, a feeling of unease settles in her gut.

The property cordoned off is number 23. The house she used to live in as a child…

The forensic team estimate that the body has been in the ground for up to forty years – coinciding with the time Isabel’s family lived in the house.

Isabel’s father vanished without a trace when she was fourteen years old. And with her mother remaining tight-lipped about her father’s disappearance, Isabel can’t escape the unnerving sense of dread that it’s his body, buried in the garden.


In Cold Blood is a police procedural with a family drama element.

DI Isabel Blood is married, has a teenage daughter who is being a teenager!

Isabel gets a call, a body has been found buried in a garden, when new owners are digging, Isabel knows the house well as it was her childhood home. She finds the remains had been there many years…..she has a horrible sense of dread, as her father had disappeared when she was young and living in that house. Is it his body?

Well, this is a solid police procedural with great, likeable characters, (a proper grown up main character in Isabel )and a family drama at its heart. So much happening in the story to keep you engrossed from start to finish. 

Thank you to Sian at HQ Stories for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of In Cold Blood. This is my honest and unbiased review.

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