Bad Apples – Will Dean (Tuva Moodyson Book 4)

It only takes one…

A murder

A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated

A festival

A grim celebration in a cultish hilltop community after the apple harvest

A race against time

As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story…

Book Information: Print Length: 352 pages. Publisher: Point Blank. Publication Date: 7th October 2021

My Review:

Firstly, I need to confess that Will Dean is one of my favourite authors in real life, he’s an absolute gentleman and a star and everyone should read his books. Whenever Will releases a new book either from his brilliant Tuva Moodyson series or his new standalones I admit that I wet myself a little bit in excitement and beg/bribe or threaten whoever is in charge of his blogtours to give me a place.

Bad Apples is the latest in the atmospheric, claustrophobic, extremely creepy and gripping Tuva Moodyson series and if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Tuva yet, then you are in for a treat. The books should definitely be read in order and the pretty little graphic above my review shows the order of publications.

Bad Apples has a stunning cover and fits very nicely in my colour coded bookshelf with the other green books and that’s just one of the reasons you should read it!

Following on from Black River (book 3), Tuva is back in toytown (Gavrick) and this times she choose to be return because she’s got a job promotion, is in a relationship with Noora, the local police officer and her best friend Tammy is home safe and sound after her horrific experience in the previous book.

Now I’ve never been to Sweden and to be honest I don’t think the Swedish Tourist Board should ask Will Dean to advertise on their behalf, because he really doesn’t sell it well as a holiday hotspot. Unless, you fancy taking up elk hunting, freezing your dangly bits off and get embroiled in some very weird and gruesome murders, then I would suggest sticking to the Costa Del Sol instead.

Back to Tuva, she’s still one of my favourite feisy females and nothing seems to phase her, even discovering the headless body of a man in the wood in an isolated town called Visberg. Determined as ever to solve the crime, Tuva is tasked by the newspaper to investigate the people and town of Visberg which is full of the creepiest, strangest characters and is steeped in ancient and dark traditions.

If you’ve read the first 3 books, then you won’t be disappointed at all… in fact I do think that each book in this series is better than the last. The ONLY complaint I have Mr Dean is the ending! Seriously?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author:

WILL DEAN grew up in the East Midlands and lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. The second Tuva Moodyson thriller, Red Snow, won ‘Best Independent Voice’ at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards, 2019, and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020. The third novel, Black River, has been longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021. Rights for the series have been sold in eight territories (France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, China and Turkey). Will lives in Sweden where the Tuva Moodyson novels are set.

TV Rights to Dark Pines have been optioned by Lionsgate, the producers of Mad Men, with plans for a multi-part series featuring Tuva Moodyson.

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