Sunday, August 4, 2019

BLOG TOUR - Nowhere to Hide

Today I am joining in the Blog Tour for Nowhere to Hide by Stephen Puleston.


A murdered mother... A failing police force...A detective looking for justice.

When drug addict Dawn Piper is found dead in her own home, her neighbours are far from surprised. Dawn’s habit led her to mix with some dangerous people. But this quiet mother of one was small fry ...would anyone want Dawn dead?

Inspector Drake knows there is more to Dawn’s murder than a simple drug deal gone wrong. As he digs deeper, he discovers that Dawn hoped to clean up the streets of her community that are being overrun by drugs and the dangerous County Lines gangs that sell them. And it cost her her life. Have the police force failed the community they serve?

Drake is used to the murky world of organised crime groups. He knows the dirty games they play to evade arrest. But in his toughest case to date Drake is determined to make the guilty pay.

This time, they will have nowhere to hide”.

Title:   Nowhere To Hide
Author:  Stephen Puleston
Series:  Inspector Drake #7
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   281
Date of Publication:  July 23, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars


Inspector Ian Drake is working on yet another case. He happens upon the disturbing scene of a murdered victim, drug addict Dawn Piper. Drake quickly discovers mixed reactions to her murder. As far as her neighbors are concerned, they feel that due to her lifestyle she brought this upon herself.

On the other hand, Drake discovers that Dawn had an agenda. It was her intent to clean up the local streets, even if this meant her raising the ire and attention of local gangs. There was one gang in particular, with a notorious crime leader that always managed to avoid the clutches of the police that seems likely to be a top suspect. What is more is that things are not as they should be with the very police force Drake is a part of.

Drake and his team work as vigorously as possible, turning over every clue. Some of the things they discover are quite shattering and rather far reaching. This becomes rather frustrating to Drake because he has been after some of the very people that have been in his path for quite some time. 

Despite their best efforts, Drake is quite disturbed when he discovers that one of Dawn's friends has been murdered. So, he casts his net wider and leaves no stone unturned.

What a fast-moving novel. It is full of intrigue and danger. Even though this Nowhere to Hide is the 7th book in a series that I hadn't read before, I was able to see a bit of Drake becoming a changed man due to being in a relationship. This no doubt has had a powerful impact on his team. I enjoyed this book and do look forward to continuing this series in the future.

Many thanks to Stephen Puleston and to Books n All for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.

I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.

I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia


  1. This sounds like a good series to dive into

  2. Great review, this series looks and sounds like an amazing book series, I'm really glad you fully enjoyed reading this series. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.