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A gripping and explosive crime thriller Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world. Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, w A gripping and explosive crime thriller Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world. Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, where there is money to be made, violence and murder are never far away. Working their way through a maze of galleries, museums and the Internet, Bennett’s team struggles to make sense of the evidence. Can Bennett tell the difference between what is real and what is fake? DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE CRIME SERIES NOW. Book 1: Only The Dead Book 2: Hell's Gate Book 3: Flesh Evidence Book 4: Game Point Book 5: Dying Art Book 6: Crossed Out Book 7: The Third Breath Book 8: Treble Clef


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A gripping and explosive crime thriller Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world. Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, w A gripping and explosive crime thriller Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world. Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, where there is money to be made, violence and murder are never far away. Working their way through a maze of galleries, museums and the Internet, Bennett’s team struggles to make sense of the evidence. Can Bennett tell the difference between what is real and what is fake? DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE CRIME SERIES NOW. Book 1: Only The Dead Book 2: Hell's Gate Book 3: Flesh Evidence Book 4: Game Point Book 5: Dying Art Book 6: Crossed Out Book 7: The Third Breath Book 8: Treble Clef

30 review for Dying Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Dying Art is the fifth book in the DCI Bennett series. There is something in this book that has to do with the book before this, Game Point, the author does give enough background though so that anyone picking up this book without having read the previous one should be able to follow the story easily enough. Cyril is a character that will have really gotten into the readers hearts by now and with how the last book ended I was dying to catch up with him to see how he was coping with the loss of a Dying Art is the fifth book in the DCI Bennett series. There is something in this book that has to do with the book before this, Game Point, the author does give enough background though so that anyone picking up this book without having read the previous one should be able to follow the story easily enough. Cyril is a character that will have really gotten into the readers hearts by now and with how the last book ended I was dying to catch up with him to see how he was coping with the loss of a colleague. Even though he is probably over the worst of it, Cyril is still struggling. It was good to see the author incorporating this throughout the story. In the real world death is something that affects us and it tends to get brushed to the side quite quickly in fiction but the author keeps it very real. I loved the whole story line to do with paintings. It reminded me a little of The Thomas Crown Affair though this is a lot darker and involves murder. From the very first murder at the beginning of the book, I certainly didn’t envision the whirl wind of a journey I would be taken on into a very dark and disturbing world of the arts. Dying Art is a commendable follow on in what should be an award winning crime series. Bennett and Owen’s working relationship is one that I have immensely enjoyed watching it develop and the characters are really coming into their own and they very much now stand out from the crowd. Great read! My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    I just love a novel where I can pick up a theme and this one really fitted the bill. Welcome to the world of art, the expensive stuff that people with money and a lack of trust in banks and dodgy pension schemes, put their excess cash in for a rainy day and retirement. A real investment that can only grow but where there is big money to be spent, there are also bigger men with ways to take it off you. Forgery of such art works can be extremely hard to detect at times even for the experts. This me I just love a novel where I can pick up a theme and this one really fitted the bill. Welcome to the world of art, the expensive stuff that people with money and a lack of trust in banks and dodgy pension schemes, put their excess cash in for a rainy day and retirement. A real investment that can only grow but where there is big money to be spent, there are also bigger men with ways to take it off you. Forgery of such art works can be extremely hard to detect at times even for the experts. This means that millions of pounds are sat in paintings that are worth only a fraction of the price paid, just pretty pictures that are extremely good fakes. When the death of a young woman connected to the art world is discovered not to be the accident that it was first thought to be but faked, it opens up an investigation into the world of big business, double cross and deception and although the Crime Investigation Team at Harrogate are really top notch when it comes down to murder, their knowledge of the art world isn’t. Well not at the moment anyway, DCI Cyril Bennett is just easing back into the job after tragic events have kept him off work for a while. He is a lover and collector of art, not to mention the connections he has in the art world himself  and the team could really do with his knowledge right now. DCI Cyril Bennett is still a quite defeated man, ok the Doctor may have written him up as fit for work, with Bennett I am sure putting on a brave front and faking it about being ready, but the truth was he was far from it. Everything about work was a constant reminder of a grave loss. Cyril has been asked by a friend to help look into a burglary of some artwork and soon begins to join the dots.The team really need Cyril and Cyril really needs this case to throw himself into. Malcolm Hollingdrake has raised the bar again with this book which although is part of a  series could be read as a stand alone but don’t short change yourself. Each book tackles  such diverse crimes that are committed for many different reasons.  The chapters are longer than most as compared to other books but cover a situation rather than just views of a character. He has a way of including a vast amount of knowledge woven into the story without being technical so the core theme is never lost. A super series that is as much about people as it is about crime. Brilliant! I wish to thank Bloodhound Books for proving me with a mobi file of this book for a blog tour. My review is unbiased and honest.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Dying Art is the fifth book in the DCI Bennett series and by now it definitely feels like catching up with old friends. Cyril Bennett is still recovering from traumatic events in the previous book and trying to deal with the guilt he feels in not having been able to stop a tragedy. In case it wasn’t clear from that sentence, I think you should really read the other books in the series as you’d miss out on quite a bit of background if you treat this one as a standalone. As I’ve come to expect from Dying Art is the fifth book in the DCI Bennett series and by now it definitely feels like catching up with old friends. Cyril Bennett is still recovering from traumatic events in the previous book and trying to deal with the guilt he feels in not having been able to stop a tragedy. In case it wasn’t clear from that sentence, I think you should really read the other books in the series as you’d miss out on quite a bit of background if you treat this one as a standalone. As I’ve come to expect from Malcolm Hollingdrake, the case that Bennett’s team is investigating is another intricate one where various people are connected and you hurt your head trying to figure out who, what, where and why. This case touches upon one of Cyril Bennett’s passions, namely art and paintings. But the art world is a more dangerous world than you can possibly imagine. With a lot of money changing hands, it’s sure to attract the wrong sort of people who have no qualms whatsoever to trade in fakes and who will go to extraordinary lengths to keep their shady business safe. With Bennett unavailable for part of the storyline, it’s Owen who moves more to the forefront again which I thoroughly enjoyed as he fast became a firm favourite of mine throughout the series. Luckily Bennett wasn’t too absent as the books are just not the same without the inside jokes and their banter. Malcolm Hollingdrake delivers another fantastic addition to this incredibly enjoyable series and I very much luck forward to the next book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Vincent

    DCI Cyril Bennett is struggling to come to terms with the devastating events from his last case when a murder takes place in the world of art and as we know, that is right up his street… | Introduction | Beware the unquenchable thirst of avarice for greed leads to corruption and, eventually, murder … Whilst DCI Cyril Bennett is trying to find a way to handle his feelings of grief and guilt, Detective Sergeant Owen has to step up when a woman is found dead. It transpires that what was thought to be DCI Cyril Bennett is struggling to come to terms with the devastating events from his last case when a murder takes place in the world of art and as we know, that is right up his street… | Introduction | Beware the unquenchable thirst of avarice for greed leads to corruption and, eventually, murder … Whilst DCI Cyril Bennett is trying to find a way to handle his feelings of grief and guilt, Detective Sergeant Owen has to step up when a woman is found dead. It transpires that what was thought to be a car accident is, in fact, a murder. Nathalie Gray, the victim, worked for Freshman’s Fine Art Dealers and DS Owen heartily wishes his boss was on this case as it just was made for DCI Bennett, with the Northern art scene, galleries, and auctions, all in the mix. For the time being, the capable Detective Inspector Helen Claire leads the investigation but even she wonders whether it would not be better if DCI Bennett was back in office … | Storyline | DS David Owen is only too aware of his boss’s struggle and feels helpless and sad at the same time. His world too has been shattered by the outcome of their last case (Game Point, book #4) but he knows they could not have prevented any of the tragic events. He would love to see Cyril Bennett back but is realistic enough to not harbour any grudges when DI Helen Claire steps in as his temporary boss, especially when a young woman is found murdered. Nathalie Gray worked for “the obnoxious” Freeman Freshman, who has antagonised the Police with his unflattering and rude remarks. Nathalie was an art expert as well as a skilful painter and conservator of paintings. Freshman’s team further consists of art experts Dr Darwin Green, responsible for finding ‘sleepers’ (paintings that have gone unnoticed but are worth a lot) and Lynn McGowen, in charge of provenance (the history of a painting). Things become complicated when the team are close to catching the killer but the perpetrator disappears, only to surface later in less than pleasant circumstances. This causes the investigation to halt and, with no leads to follow, to re-examine the evidence and facts. Why was Nathalie a target? Her laptop, as well as two paintings by Northern artists, have gone missing. Nathalie’s father has no idea what is going on. Although DS Owen tries to get a grip on the case, he wishes DCI Bennett were back as he would know his way around the art world. When gallery owner Posthumus, Bennett’s friend and the man from whom he has bought many a painting during the years, asks him to investigate a break in, DCI Bennett obliges. What at first seems a straightforward burglary turns into a nightmare involving dubious art dealers, suspicions of forgery, a man gone missing and ruthless criminals willing to kill to quench their ever-growing greed. | My Thoughts | When I saw Cyril Bennett at his most vulnerable struggling with the death of Liz, I was very moved. The author has provided us with an excellent authentic insight into the torture of psyche and spirit caused by guilt. I loved the concept of judging events in hindsight by taking them apart, only looking at one event at a time instead of regarding them as a whole. Speaking of guilt, in this thriller, nobody is who he/she seems and if you think you know who is guilty – you are wrong. Malcolm Hollingdrake’s protagonist is growing on me and becoming more of an all rounded character with each successive book. Cyril Bennet is an endearing character: on the one side shrewd, never missing a clue, good at his job but, on the other hand, a man who trusts easily and perhaps naively never thinks anything but the best of his friends. May I suggest you do not read this book in one session? The atmospheric descriptions need to be absorbed. The words and sentences lingered in my mind before I was brought back to earth when another crime was committed. This fifth book in the series fits our charming Cyril Bennett like a glove because of the team having to dive into the art world – who better to do so than our Detective Chief Inspector, a collector of paintings by Northern artists, who loves to attend auctions? His right hand, DS David Owen, is more self-assured and his professional ability seems to grow (as well as his clumsiness with tea!). The pathologist, Dr Julie Pritchett, is very much impressed with Owen who, contrary to Bennett, has no difficulty attending an autopsy. I love Dying Art, not in the least because of the erudite writing style with the beautiful sentences but also because the author’s knowledge of art and love for Northern art shines through on almost every page of this detective thriller. The plot is intricate and enthralling and nothing is what it seems in the art world where the greed of corrupt art dealers blights the enjoyment of art for art’s sake. Needless to say, the DCI Bennett series comes highly recommended! Just one more thing: the DCI Bennett Series is set in Harrogate – and it is no coincidence that Harrogate is being mentioned in the book (DS Owen’s mug) – Dying Art is published just before the 2017 Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, annually held in .. Harrogate. Where else?! Read the review on my website: https://www.bitsaboutbooks.net/dying-...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Vincent

    DCI Cyril Bennett is struggling to come to terms with the devastating events from his last case when a murder takes place in the world of art and as we know, that is right up his street… | Introduction | DCI Bennett #5 Beware the unquenchable thirst of avarice for greed leads to corruption and, eventually, murder … Whilst DCI Cyril Bennett is trying to find a way to handle his feelings of grief and guilt, Detective Sergeant Owen has to step up when a woman is found dead. It transpires that what was DCI Cyril Bennett is struggling to come to terms with the devastating events from his last case when a murder takes place in the world of art and as we know, that is right up his street… | Introduction | DCI Bennett #5 Beware the unquenchable thirst of avarice for greed leads to corruption and, eventually, murder … Whilst DCI Cyril Bennett is trying to find a way to handle his feelings of grief and guilt, Detective Sergeant Owen has to step up when a woman is found dead. It transpires that what was thought to be a car accident is, in fact, a murder. Nathalie Gray, the victim, worked for Freshman’s Fine Art Dealers and DS Owen heartily wishes his boss was on this case as it just was made for DCI Bennett, with the Northern art scene, galleries, and auctions, all in the mix. For the time being, the capable Detective Inspector Helen Claire leads the investigation but even she wonders whether it would not be better if DCI Bennett was back in office … | Storyline | DS David Owen is only too aware of his boss’s struggle and feels helpless and sad at the same time. His world too has been shattered by the outcome of their last case (Game Point, book #4) but he knows they could not have prevented any of the tragic events. He would love to see Cyril Bennett back but is realistic enough to not harbour any grudges when DI Helen Claire steps in as his temporary boss, especially when a young woman is found murdered. Nathalie Gray worked for “the obnoxious” Freeman Freshman, who has antagonised the Police with his unflattering and rude remarks. Nathalie was an art expert as well as a skilful painter and conservator of paintings. Freshman’s team further consists of art experts Dr Darwin Green, responsible for finding ‘sleepers’ (paintings that have gone unnoticed but are worth a lot) and Lynn McGowen, in charge of provenance (the history of a painting). Things become complicated when the team are close to catching the killer but the perpetrator disappears, only to surface later in less than pleasant circumstances. This causes the investigation to halt and, with no leads to follow, to re-examine the evidence and facts. Why was Nathalie a target? Her laptop, as well as two paintings by Northern artists, have gone missing. Nathalie’s father has no idea what is going on. Although DS Owen tries to get a grip on the case, he wishes DCI Bennett were back as he would know his way around the art world. When gallery owner Posthumus, Bennett’s friend and the man from whom he has bought many a painting during the years, asks him to investigate a break in, DCI Bennett obliges. What at first seems a straightforward burglary turns into a nightmare involving dubious art dealers, suspicions of forgery, a man gone missing and ruthless criminals willing to kill to quench their ever-growing greed. | My Thoughts | When I saw Cyril Bennett at his most vulnerable struggling with the death of Liz, I was very moved. The author has provided us with an excellent authentic insight into the torture of psyche and spirit caused by guilt. I loved the concept of judging events in hindsight by taking them apart, only looking at one event at a time instead of regarding them as a whole. Speaking of guilt, in this thriller, nobody is who he/she seems and if you think you know who is guilty – you are wrong. Malcolm Hollingdrake’s protagonist is growing on me and becoming more of an all rounded character with each successive book. Cyril Bennet is an endearing character: on the one side shrewd, never missing a clue, good at his job but, on the other hand, a man who trusts easily and perhaps naively never thinks anything but the best of his friends. May I suggest you do not read this book in one session? The atmospheric descriptions need to be absorbed. The words and sentences lingered in my mind before I was brought back to earth when another crime was committed. This fifth book in the series fits our charming Cyril Bennett like a glove because of the team having to dive into the art world – who better to do so than our Detective Chief Inspector, a collector of paintings by Northern artists, who loves to attend auctions? His right hand, DS David Owen, is more self-assured and his professional ability seems to grow (as well as his clumsiness with tea!). The pathologist, Dr Julie Pritchett, is very much impressed with Owen who, contrary to Bennett, has no difficulty attending an autopsy. I love Dying Art, not least because of the erudite writing style with the beautiful sentences but also because the author’s knowledge of art and love for Northern art shines through on almost every page of this detective thriller. The plot is intricate and enthralling and nothing is what it seems in the art world where the greed of corrupt art dealers blights the enjoyment of art for art’s sake. Needless to say the DCI Bennett series comes highly recommended! Just one more thing: the DCI Bennett Series is set in Harrogate – and it is no coincidence that Harrogate is being mentioned in the book (DS Owen’s mug) – Dying Art is published just before the 2017 Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, annually held in .. Harrogate. Where else?! Read the review on my website: https://www.bitsaboutbooks.net/dying-...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kath Middleton

    Never one to read a series in a sensible order, I’ve gone from Book 2 to Book 5 of this series and found art-loving DCI Cyril Bennett recovering from a professional and personal tragedy. This story is so well told that you don’t need to have read the previous books. I like that in a series! On his return to work, the fact that a local art gallery has been burgled and that there’s a suspicion that fake art works have found their way into the system, means this job it totally up his street. Greed Never one to read a series in a sensible order, I’ve gone from Book 2 to Book 5 of this series and found art-loving DCI Cyril Bennett recovering from a professional and personal tragedy. This story is so well told that you don’t need to have read the previous books. I like that in a series! On his return to work, the fact that a local art gallery has been burgled and that there’s a suspicion that fake art works have found their way into the system, means this job it totally up his street. Greed and murder are close bedfellows in this book. I really enjoyed the story, straying into the machinations within the art world. It’s known that fake art works find their way into the system, even though that means faking their provenance too. Malcolm Hollingdrake delves into murky depths here and it’s a twisty and exciting read. I’m sure those who’ve followed all the books in the series (embarrassed blush!) have gained greater depth within the characters but a great read is a great read, and this one is!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexina

    Cyril is back and slightly broken after the events of the last book Game Point, which left me reeling too.  I would suggest reading these books in order to fulfil the full potential of the growth of friendship between Bennett and Owen. Bennett and Owen are there brilliant selves and I soon settled in to reading this latest edition. Uncovering the seedier side  of the art world was an interesting read. I was drawn in ( no pun...ok maybe a tiny one)to the plots of conspiracy. They really are a dynami Cyril is back and slightly broken after the events of the last book Game Point, which left me reeling too.  I would suggest reading these books in order to fulfil the full potential of the growth of friendship between Bennett and Owen. Bennett and Owen are there brilliant selves and I soon settled in to reading this latest edition. Uncovering the seedier side  of the art world was an interesting read. I was drawn in ( no pun...ok maybe a tiny one)to the plots of conspiracy. They really are a dynamic duo and work together so well, it was great fun to be back alongside with them and working out what was going on, this is another fantastic idea for a storyline that kept me guessing all the way through. Malcolm gives us an intitriguing and mysterious read within the layers of the crime and how the murders are committed. He is masterful in the art of keeping the suspence while reading and deliving in to the facts to keep the reader entertained and educated throughtout whilst weaving the plotlines to a conclusion. Another strong read from Malcolm and highly recommend this series to all crime reader lovers and those liking there reads multi layered, intelligent, but with humanity, humour and sarcasm...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hogg

    My Review Art Is Not What You See, But What You Make Others See. (Edgar Degas) What can I say, Malcolm has produced another fantastic read in Dying Art, the fifth in the DCI Bennett series. Malcolm, somehow has the “Art” of surprising us with the carefully selected scenarios, the fact that Dying Art is centred around the Art World makes it a highly acclaimed read in my view due to the research and history Malcolm has invested in the book. Could you determine what was an actual original historicall My Review Art Is Not What You See, But What You Make Others See. (Edgar Degas) What can I say, Malcolm has produced another fantastic read in Dying Art, the fifth in the DCI Bennett series. Malcolm, somehow has the “Art” of surprising us with the carefully selected scenarios, the fact that Dying Art is centred around the Art World makes it a highly acclaimed read in my view due to the research and history Malcolm has invested in the book. Could you determine what was an actual original historically correct work of art? Real or Fake DCI Bennett has been on leave due to the death of a colleague in the last book Game Point, Cyril feels broken and the guilt is overwhelming at times, but he is trying to come to terms with the loss. When Cyril is eventually signed off sick leave he is thrust into the dark and murky world of Art Forgers. From the start the crime of what is seemingly a hit and run of a young woman, quickly becomes evident that it is murder but why, what are the connections, more murders follow and the art world is under scrutiny over forgeries. DCI Bennett and his team must follow the Art to find the forgers and the people responsible for murder. There is no other way to describe Malcolm’s new book Dying Art except for downright awesome, I was intrigued and compelled by the plotline to savour every moment of what was happening, in the Art World and also Bennetts life. Malcolm I was thoroughly drained with journey you took me on, but it as a OMG type of exhaustion, I can’t thank Malcolm enough for Dying Art, a very enthralling read. Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Malcolm Hollingdrake and Sarah Hardy for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of Dying Art, in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    So this is the fifth book in the Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett series, after being left gasping at the end of Game Point I was keen to see how Cyril is coping in Dying Art. He is still a broken man after a tragic event has left him with huge guilt issues along with over whelming grief. While he is almost ready to return to work a death takes place in the art world, his side-kick DS David Owen begins the investigation but has to adapt to DI Helen Claire taking on the role as his tempora So this is the fifth book in the Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett series, after being left gasping at the end of Game Point I was keen to see how Cyril is coping in Dying Art. He is still a broken man after a tragic event has left him with huge guilt issues along with over whelming grief. While he is almost ready to return to work a death takes place in the art world, his side-kick DS David Owen begins the investigation but has to adapt to DI Helen Claire taking on the role as his temporary boss. Now Cyril is a keen art collector so his knowledge would be extremely useful .. is Cyril going to be capable of returning? I really like the relationship between Bennett and Owen, the author gets under their skin and relays the emotions and actions to the reader. The knowledge of the art world shines through and makes for a well woven mystery exploring the seedy underworld, where money is concerned all rules go out the window and greediness excels. Written with a great respect to the grief Cyril feels adds to the multi-layered crime, mystery, friendship, emotion of the novel. I have come to like Cyril and hate to see him distraught. On the other hand it’s admirable to demonstrate how a hard-nut like him can also crumble. There is plenty in here to hold your attention and keep reading to the end to draw a conclusion. While Dying Art is part of a series it can be read as a standalone but to gain the most enjoyment I strongly suggest reading in order. Once again Malcolm has produced a stonking good read which I thoroughly enjoyed. My thanks to him and Sarah at Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to be on the blog tour.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)

    Cyril Bennett IS BACK! I would highly recommend you read this series in order because at the start of this book it does make a reference to the book before this one Game Point, but doesn’t give too much away if you did wish to read it as a standalone. I loved all the character both old and new, the setting and theme of art within this book. Dying Art is easy to read, gripping and will keep you guessing till all is revealed! I enjoyed reading Dying Art this weekend especially while all my book fr Cyril Bennett IS BACK! I would highly recommend you read this series in order because at the start of this book it does make a reference to the book before this one Game Point, but doesn’t give too much away if you did wish to read it as a standalone. I loved all the character both old and new, the setting and theme of art within this book. Dying Art is easy to read, gripping and will keep you guessing till all is revealed! I enjoyed reading Dying Art this weekend especially while all my book friends are at Harrogate and this series is set in Harrogate so technically I was there in mind. I must admit I did find the chapters long in this book but I still enjoyed it nevertheless. I awarded four stars! I must admit I did miss a certain females character within this book though, won’t give it away! I cannot wait to see wait lie ahead for this series… Keeping my eye on you Malcolm Hollingdrake.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris Nolan

    I am very grateful to Bloodhound Books for sending me an ARC of Dying Art in exchange for a fair and honest review. Having read the first four in Malcolm Hollingdrake's excellent Harrogate-based series of novels featuring DCI Cyril Bennett, I was very much looking forward to the fifth instalment and was not at all disappointed, even though the estimable Cyril is officially on sick leave in the first half of the book. Hollingdrake is a superb writer, erudite and elegant with an impressive knowled I am very grateful to Bloodhound Books for sending me an ARC of Dying Art in exchange for a fair and honest review. Having read the first four in Malcolm Hollingdrake's excellent Harrogate-based series of novels featuring DCI Cyril Bennett, I was very much looking forward to the fifth instalment and was not at all disappointed, even though the estimable Cyril is officially on sick leave in the first half of the book. Hollingdrake is a superb writer, erudite and elegant with an impressive knowledge of many subjects, in this case art and in particular northern artists such as LS Lowry and Atkinson Grimshaw. The story centres on the sale of works of art and the forgeries thereof and is a fast-paced and fascinating tale. Nice one Cyril!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I love this series which is best read in order although the author does give background information on the previous books. Cyril is still getting over the loss of a much loved work colleague but is determined to get back on board as soon as the doctors allow. The first case he has to tackle is connected to the northern art scene something which Cyril is passionate about. Owen has kept him informed but what comes to light is much more than Cyril could have imagined. These books are going from str I love this series which is best read in order although the author does give background information on the previous books. Cyril is still getting over the loss of a much loved work colleague but is determined to get back on board as soon as the doctors allow. The first case he has to tackle is connected to the northern art scene something which Cyril is passionate about. Owen has kept him informed but what comes to light is much more than Cyril could have imagined. These books are going from strength to strength keep them coming Malcolm Hollingdrake.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Another cracker While starting a little slower than the previous books, it is still a brilliant read. A complex crime that doesn't fail to deliver. Really good to catch up with Bennett, Owen and the team. Another cracker While starting a little slower than the previous books, it is still a brilliant read. A complex crime that doesn't fail to deliver. Really good to catch up with Bennett, Owen and the team.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Maughan

    Recommended read The latest in the DCI Bennett series, doesn't disappoint in fact in my opinion it is the best to date, will look forward to the next one. Recommended read The latest in the DCI Bennett series, doesn't disappoint in fact in my opinion it is the best to date, will look forward to the next one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna Morfett

    Another cracker Who knew the art 2orld was so fraught with problems. Fraud, like in every other walk of life, invades the arts too. Where there is fraud there is money, where there is money there is crime. Cyril after a brief break is back to lead him team. The twists and turns are mad and who was with who and against who keeps you guessing until the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    yet another fantastic book in the DCI Bennet series. Was not sure how Malcolm Hollingdrake was going to encompass the loss of a member in the team in book 4, but I love the way this has been written and encompassing what could happen to people in real life. So well done another highly recommended book, can't wait for the next one. yet another fantastic book in the DCI Bennet series. Was not sure how Malcolm Hollingdrake was going to encompass the loss of a member in the team in book 4, but I love the way this has been written and encompassing what could happen to people in real life. So well done another highly recommended book, can't wait for the next one.

  17. 5 out of 5

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    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars This is book 5  in the DCI Cyril Bennett series and I recommend they are read in sequence. I read a lot of Crime Fiction and I have often wondered how the Detectives’ manage to continue functioning after a traumatic case with no, apparent, long term effects.  In a way it is a relief to read a book that gives a realistic, in depth, view of the emotional anguish of a DCI following the loss of a colleague. DCI Cyril Bennett is currently on sick leave recovering from  the st My rating: 5 out of 5 stars This is book 5  in the DCI Cyril Bennett series and I recommend they are read in sequence. I read a lot of Crime Fiction and I have often wondered how the Detectives’ manage to continue functioning after a traumatic case with no, apparent, long term effects.  In a way it is a relief to read a book that gives a realistic, in depth, view of the emotional anguish of a DCI following the loss of a colleague. DCI Cyril Bennett is currently on sick leave recovering from  the stress the death of his colleague caused.  He is very deeply missed by his team who are struggling to function without him.  When a case involving a friend of Cyril’s appears Cyril is forced to become involved but is he ready to return to work? This is a very interesting story involving Art forgery but it is so much more than that as so many other elements, including murder and jealousy, come in to play.  It was very interesting to learn more about Art, which is Cyril’s interest/hobby and the issues that surround forgery and deception. The characters have developed gradually during the previous books in the series and we now get to know them even more.  Owen is the opposite of Cyril.  Where Cyril is highly polished and smart with a full set of social graces Owen has none he spills everything and muddles through life but he is a great detective and looks up to Cyril.  Cyril and Owen are the main Police characters and the other members of the team come more into the story with each book. The villains in the story are a mixed bunch and due to the twists and turns throughout the story the reader is taken on a roller coaster of a ride where the baddies are actually not that bad and the ones that we thought were victims are actually anything but. This is an excellent thriller.  The previous books are good but this one is definitely up there with the best.  I am unable to wait for the next in the series and I hope there will be many, many more. Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Howes

    This is the 5th in the Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett series. The story opens with DCI Bennett still waiting to be signed back to work duties. It follows the last part of his recovery following the murder of one of his colleagues in the previous novel. He's well on the road to recovery. In the meantime, the rest of the team are called to what appears to be a hit and run, and a missing employee of an art dealers. One of DCI Bennett's passions happens to be art. He attends an opening of a n This is the 5th in the Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett series. The story opens with DCI Bennett still waiting to be signed back to work duties. It follows the last part of his recovery following the murder of one of his colleagues in the previous novel. He's well on the road to recovery. In the meantime, the rest of the team are called to what appears to be a hit and run, and a missing employee of an art dealers. One of DCI Bennett's passions happens to be art. He attends an opening of a new gallery owned by a friend of his. Later that night some of the art work is stolen. This sees the start of a very complex case as DCI Bennett returns to work. Are the three mysteries connected? This is the first Bennett book I've read, and I was told it would read fine as a stand alone. Unfortunately I felt that I'd missed out on a lot and struggled to remember who was who.  There were no particular stand out characters for me, with the exception of the temporary boss drafted in to help until Bennett's return. I also felt that because there was a lot of hangover from the previous novel - the murder of a colleague - you really need to start at least at book 4. In terms of the plot, I felt it was a little over complicated - although enjoyable. I did need to reread things several times in order to keep up! Malcolm Hollingdrake clearly loves his art! Whilst not a thriller, it certainly had me engrossed. My favourite thing about the book was the sense of place. I have been to Harrogate a good few times over the years, and could definitely picture the scenes as described. I would be prepared to read another book by Malcolm Hollingdrake, I would certainly go back to the beginning of the series though! *Thanks to Sarah Hardy and the team at Bloodhound Books for providing me with the book for free in exchange for an honest review*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Livia Sbarbaro

    Welcome back Cyril...... This story begins with the murder of a young woman Natalie Grey who works in the art world.Out for a run one day ..her life is taken ..Cyril still on leave..trying to come to terms with the trauma of the death of Liz is in therapy.Cyril's interest is piqued though when a gallery he had visited the night before is robbed, after an early morning call from the gallery owner...he begins to take an interest in the case.Art is Cyril's hobby ..he loves to collect beautiful art.B Welcome back Cyril...... This story begins with the murder of a young woman Natalie Grey who works in the art world.Out for a run one day ..her life is taken ..Cyril still on leave..trying to come to terms with the trauma of the death of Liz is in therapy.Cyril's interest is piqued though when a gallery he had visited the night before is robbed, after an early morning call from the gallery owner...he begins to take an interest in the case.Art is Cyril's hobby ..he loves to collect beautiful art.Back at the station Owen is joined by Helen Claire a bright and clever Detective Inspector... Within a week Cyril is back and on the case...This case involves forgery, deception and murder..Cyril may have been away..but now that he is back he will leave no stone unturned...he is determined to catch these wrongdoers with the help of his Owen and the team .Then another body turns up and someone goes missing...How is this all connected?..This story set in the art world is slightly darker than the other books...Yet for me it was a fast flowing read that I deliberately set time aside for as I knew once I got into the story I wouldn't be able to put it down.I love the characters, the way the story built up..It's so good to see Cyril back again.Malcolm Hollingdrake is one of my favorite authors..He is one of my top five authors and I love his style of writing..Five stars from me ...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    This is book 5 in the series and I have read them all, in order, which I would recommend as the relationships between Cyril, Owen and their colleagues are at least as important as the cases they solve. It IS possible to read this book as a standalone though, but it is nicer to get to know the family :) Malcolm Hollingdrake has done it again, another gripping police procedural with complex twists and turns that I didn't see coming. This particular book features a baddie who is especially unlikeabl This is book 5 in the series and I have read them all, in order, which I would recommend as the relationships between Cyril, Owen and their colleagues are at least as important as the cases they solve. It IS possible to read this book as a standalone though, but it is nicer to get to know the family :) Malcolm Hollingdrake has done it again, another gripping police procedural with complex twists and turns that I didn't see coming. This particular book features a baddie who is especially unlikeable and she meets an appropriate end. Apparently, she looks like a callous cow - always good to know what people think of you ;) Only joking! I loved that she is woven through a fair bit of the book, she doesn't just do her thing and that is the end of her. As usual, it is the interactions between Cyril and Owen which I enjoyed the most, and the character quirks of both. I also learned much about the art world that I had absolutely no clue about beforehand, and the author's own interest in art shines through particularly well in this book. This is a highly recommended read from me, 4.5 stars :) I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Thank you to Bloodhound Books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Colin Murtagh

    So after the events in the last book, Cyril is on compassionate leave, recovering from the death of Liz, and dealing with his loss and his guilt. At first Owen is in charge, dealing with the murder of an art restorer, and then the theft of some Lowery from a gallery, but given this is all taking place in the art world, there's no way Cyril is going to stay out of it. Returning to duty, Cyril takes charge again, as the case gets more complicated, with kidnapping, murder and a lot of art forgery. So after the events in the last book, Cyril is on compassionate leave, recovering from the death of Liz, and dealing with his loss and his guilt. At first Owen is in charge, dealing with the murder of an art restorer, and then the theft of some Lowery from a gallery, but given this is all taking place in the art world, there's no way Cyril is going to stay out of it. Returning to duty, Cyril takes charge again, as the case gets more complicated, with kidnapping, murder and a lot of art forgery. Not forgetting the laughing policeman. The author has gone back to leaving us almost as much in the dark as Cyril is, but this is a complex, and to be fair a really interesting case. To be far though, a lot of the book is given over to Cyril and his demons, so there's a bit of a feeling of a reset being hit, a new start on the series. It'll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... This is the fifth book in the DCI Cyril Bennett series and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, I really enjoyed the author's writing style and how he has managed to bring the characters to life from the pages written.  The plot in this book was excellent, it was clearly well researched and it built up gradually to leave you guessing and there were a few twists and turns thrown in too for good measure!  This book runs on directly from the previous one (Game P https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... This is the fifth book in the DCI Cyril Bennett series and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, I really enjoyed the author's writing style and how he has managed to bring the characters to life from the pages written.  The plot in this book was excellent, it was clearly well researched and it built up gradually to leave you guessing and there were a few twists and turns thrown in too for good measure!  This book runs on directly from the previous one (Game Point), so if you do want to read all of the books in the series, I really recommend that you do it in order.  Definitely a series that I would recommend and 5 stars to this book from me - very highly recommend, it really is a great series and so glad I found this author!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diane Warburton

    An excellent, cleverly written crime thriller. This book will have you shocked and disturbed with regards to the amount of wealth that is aquired through the art trade. But even this comes with a price. Greed, freud, back stabbing, lies, jealousy, violence.....and murder. So good to see DCI Bennett getting back on his feet after a traumatic personal and professional experience. The team need him back, because this current investigation is right up his street...the world of art. Can Cyril and his An excellent, cleverly written crime thriller. This book will have you shocked and disturbed with regards to the amount of wealth that is aquired through the art trade. But even this comes with a price. Greed, freud, back stabbing, lies, jealousy, violence.....and murder. So good to see DCI Bennett getting back on his feet after a traumatic personal and professional experience. The team need him back, because this current investigation is right up his street...the world of art. Can Cyril and his team find out what and indeed who the real fakes are and what price drives them to murder? A compelling and gripping read that will have you guessing throughout. Although it can be read as a stand alone it is a very addictive series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dee Groocock

    It does help to read book 4 Game Point before reading Dying Art although the other books don't need to be read in order. I love Bennett and over the series his sidekick Owen has grown on me too. Malcolm has a wonderful knack of helping you get to know all the characters really well. I felt for Bennett as he struggled to come to terms with the loss and took great delight in seeing him get to the point where his spark came back. It was very interesting to read about the amount of art forgery that It does help to read book 4 Game Point before reading Dying Art although the other books don't need to be read in order. I love Bennett and over the series his sidekick Owen has grown on me too. Malcolm has a wonderful knack of helping you get to know all the characters really well. I felt for Bennett as he struggled to come to terms with the loss and took great delight in seeing him get to the point where his spark came back. It was very interesting to read about the amount of art forgery that goes on, I never realised how bad it was. Really looking forward to book 6 - no pressure! A wonderful and interesting read. Thank you Malcolm

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dee Groocock

    It does help to read book 4 Game Point before reading Dying Art, although the other books don't need to be read in order. I love Bennett and over the series his sidekick Owen has grown on me too. Malcolm has a wonderful knack of helping you get to know all the characters really well. I felt for Bennett as he struggled to come to terms with the loss and took great delight in seeing him get to the point where his spark came back. It was very interesting to read about the amount of art forgery that It does help to read book 4 Game Point before reading Dying Art, although the other books don't need to be read in order. I love Bennett and over the series his sidekick Owen has grown on me too. Malcolm has a wonderful knack of helping you get to know all the characters really well. I felt for Bennett as he struggled to come to terms with the loss and took great delight in seeing him get to the point where his spark came back. It was very interesting to read about the amount of art forgery that goes on, I never realised how bad it is. Really looking forward to book 6 - no pressure! An enjoyable and interesting read. Thank you Malcolm

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Alston

    I found this to be a difficult read. The plot seemed overly complex and the characters were not well developed. I need well developed characters or I simply don’t care what happens. This was a disappointing read and I nearly gave up on it several times but persevered. It never rewarded my perseverance. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I had read some of the previous books. There were references to events in the past that I could not relate to. I see that others enjoyed the book so perhaps I found this to be a difficult read. The plot seemed overly complex and the characters were not well developed. I need well developed characters or I simply don’t care what happens. This was a disappointing read and I nearly gave up on it several times but persevered. It never rewarded my perseverance. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I had read some of the previous books. There were references to events in the past that I could not relate to. I see that others enjoyed the book so perhaps U have just missed something. It was hard for me to follow.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Philip Johnson

    This is Book number 5 #DyingArt in the #HarrogateCrimeSeries by Malcolm Hollingdrake and very rare for me to read and enjoy Books in quick succession one after the other, but DCI Cyril Bennett and his Team mean I can't put them down, as an #Investigator myself the plot involving the Art World was specifically interesting as we have helped with these types of cases in many Countries, so when the plot lines were as authentic as this it was very enjoyable. On to Book 6, Well done Malcolm Hollingdrak This is Book number 5 #DyingArt in the #HarrogateCrimeSeries by Malcolm Hollingdrake and very rare for me to read and enjoy Books in quick succession one after the other, but DCI Cyril Bennett and his Team mean I can't put them down, as an #Investigator myself the plot involving the Art World was specifically interesting as we have helped with these types of cases in many Countries, so when the plot lines were as authentic as this it was very enjoyable. On to Book 6, Well done Malcolm Hollingdrake

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Brown

    Cyril Bennett Series Getting Better and Better Author Hollingdrake has written a fantastic 👍 art crime and murder mystery that has so many twists and hair turns. I really enjoyed this book. DCI Bennett was struggling with the murderous death of Liz a fellow Detective. He questions his own ability as a Detective and blames himself. His work with Mental health providers helps the mind heal and Cyril is again solving the crimes with his team.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hunter

    Another brilliant book in the DCI Cyril Bennett series. Whilst Bennett is trying to come to terms with the loss of a member of his team, he eventually returns to duty to investigate art fraud and murder. Exceptionally well written book as always and the knowledge of art is clearly shown by the author.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mr R Avent

    Another brilliant book, How Malcolm comes up with these brilliant and complex plots time and time again is beyond me. Hope there are many more to come. Very hard to put down once started.

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