Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blog Tour: Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

Author: Elizabeth Haynes
Publisher: Harper Paperback Reprint edition 
Date of publication: February 2015

Two women share a grisly fate in the first entry of this exciting new British crime series—a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces the formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith—from the New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes, “the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time” (Sophie Hannah, author of Kind of Cruel).
In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman’s body inside has been found at the bottom of the pit.

As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence over the course of the next six days, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths—a bond that sealed these women’s terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

Under a Silent Moon is the first in the DCI Louisa Smith series.  I read Human Remains by this author and really liked it, so I was eager to read this one.  I wasn't disappointed.  The book involves "Lou" who is on her first case as a DCI.  Two women are found dead in seemingly separate circumstances, but their proximity and relationship makes the police want to delve further into what happened.  I thought the mystery was really good.  I kept thinking I had it worked out, but in the end I was wrong.  I love when that happens!

One of the things that I really liked about the book was the way it was told.  The reader gets several points of view, not just Lou's.  That made the guessing game more interesting.  I also liked the reports and analysis that were sprinkled throughout the book.  It made me feel like I was a part of the investigation.  I also enjoyed the characters.  Lou Smith is a good cop and is definitely a character I want to read more about.

I will be reviewing the next book, Behind Closed Doors, on April 13 as part of another tour.  So make sure to come back and see my thoughts!

About the author:

Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. Dark Tide is her second novel; rights to her first, Into the Darkest Corner, have been sold in twenty-five territories. Haynes lives in England in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son.

Visit her at, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

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Elizabeth’s Tour Stops for Under a Silent Moon

Wednesday, February 25th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Thursday, February 26th: Dreams, Etc.
Monday, March 2nd: Wont to be Quilter
Tuesday, March 3rd: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, March 4th: Vivacious Hobo
Thursday, March 5th: Buried Under Books
Tuesday, March 10th: Olduvai Reads


Anonymous said...

I really appreciate when an author can keep me guessing right through to the end of the mystery.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

barbara woods said...

Loved this book when I read it