Circle of Bones by Malcolm Richards

Circle of Bones by Malcolm Richards Book Summary


When private investigator Blake Hollow finds the body of a missing teenager on the moors of rural Cornwall, a deep-seated childhood trauma is reawakened…

For over 18 years, the veteran private eye has been tormented by the disappearance of her best friend. Now, reluctantly back in her hometown, Blake is shocked to learn that the daughter of another old school friend has vanished.

Troubled by painful memories, Blake is determined to find Lucy Truscott alive. But her search takes a tragic turn when she stumbles upon the young woman’s mutilated corpse.

As local police detectives hunt for a cold-blooded killer, Blake is convinced that Lucy isn’t the first victim and launches her own murder investigation.

But is she wasting precious time by trying to connect the disappearance of her childhood friend to Lucy’s murder? Or has Blake uncovered a secret serial killer whose grisly intentions are about to reach terrifying new heights?

Circle of Bones is the first book in a gritty and fast-paced British crime thriller series featuring tenacious private detective Blake Hollow.

“Creepy and gripping…Richards returns with another nail-biter set in Cornwall; picturesque and pretty, but with a dark underbelly.” The Bookseller

Circle of Bones Book Details

Book Name Circle of Bones
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Author Malcolm Richards
Published 13 April 2021, Tuesday
Price $3.99
E-Book Size 1.56 MB

Circle of Bones by Malcolm Richards Book Reviews

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Circle of Bones. OMG this author just gets better with every novel, words can’t express the feelings triggered from this newest story. Unbelievable I absolutely loved this one. If you try one new author this year, make it Malcolm Richards.


Another Fantastic Mystery from Malcolm Richards. I was on the edge of my seat as the main character Blake tried to solve an unspeakable murder in her home town of Cornwall. Using her detective skills, Blake finds a connection between this murder and the disappearance of her best friend 18 years earlier. The book kept me guessing until the very end even as more clues were uncovered which is what I love about this author!


Circle of Bones. I am a fan of Malcolm Richards books and he continues to write great books with varied storylines. This book takes you through a up and down journey with Private Detective Blake, the main character, and it keeps you focused on the chilling events that happen at every turn. Blake is a focused, never give up person and she fights for getting to the truth, no matter where it takes her. You will not be disappointed with this book. Great read!


Stay away from old closed mines!. CIRCLE OF BONES by Malcolm Richards Blake Hollow left her Private Investigator practice in Manchester to return to her home town of Wheal Marow in Cornwall to help care for her mother who had a badly broken leg. That same night, a 17 year old girl disappeared, in exactly the same way that Blake’s best friend Demelza had disappeared 18 years previously. One week later, two more girls disappeared. Blake’s friend, Judy, now a news reporter has kept a file of young women who had disappeared and never turned up going all the way back to Demelza. Searching through those files, removing the ones that didn’t fit the profile of Demelza and Lucy, they learned that all had been roughly the same age, church going girls, pretty and outgoing, and all disappeared on a Sunday, one each year. The kidnapper must have been the same person, but why? And why was Lucy the only one to have been found? Posed in the door of the abandoned Ding Dong Mine in a partial crucified position, one hand nailed to the doorpost and both feet nailed to the step below, and the other hand pointing like an arrow toward a stone circle across the valley. The Maidens. As clues turn up, Blake’s father Ed appears to have been guilty! And Blake recalls that Ed had changed the night Demelza disappeared, no longer the loving outgoing daddy of her youth, but becoming morose and secretive. Yet, she can’t believe he could have done such a thing. When he is arrested, she learns that Lucy had written in her diary that Demelza had been pregnant and Ed was the father. Can Blake solve the crime, absolving her father, and finding the real culprit before he finds her? Richards is the only mystery writer I know of who doesn’t reveal his bad guys until nearly the end, in fact, he is the only one who has surprised me with the identity! His characters are completely lifelike and his word smithing will keep you enthralled all the way to the end.


Unexpected and wonderful. In this first Blake Hollow book, we get to know his world and delve into the seemingly peaceful life of Cornwell. Richards' writing style keeps you in suspense and leads you to discover how life in the countryside hides all kind of torments, impulses, and grief. The beginning of a journey through past, a story that shows how little we know about the closer persons in our lives, and how face our own demons is a path to freedom. I am looking forward for Hollow next chapter.

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Great story. As I was reading this story I was pretty sure of the outcome. Boy was I wrong. A well written book with great plot line throughout.


Could not put this book down.... This is the first in a new series by seasoned mystery / psychological thriller novelist Malcolm Richards. PI Blake Hollow returns to her home town of Cornwall. Faced with solving a mystery related to the tragic disappearance of a childhood friend, she discovers that longstanding secrets have been brewing in her hometown for decades. Readers will be on the edge of their seats thinking and guessing how mystery unfolds as Blake gathers more information in the course of her investigation. The characters are very much 3 dimensional, with strengths, weaknesses, raw human emotion, strong opinions and conflict. The fluid prose and vivid scenes will whisk you away into a rich world of mystery and psychological tension up to the very final page. I highly recommend this book.

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Intriguing. Loved this fast paced story that had plenty of suspense and action to keep me intrigued. JackieT

Bernice Alberta Canada

Circle of Bones Wow what a fantastic book.. Circle of Bones Wow what a fantastic book. Talk about best friends, fear, abduction, death it’s all here in this book. This is a very fast paced page turner. I found it hard to put down wondering what will happen next. The daughter of Blake’s best friend goes missing and then others. What is happening???? Bernice , Alberta , Canada


A gripping read.. I have been a fan of Malcolm Richards ever since I read the Cove series so I knew that this new series wouldn’t disappoint. The book is well written and is a real page turner, I really didn’t want to put it down. One of the things I really like about Malcolm’s books are his descriptions of Cornwall, he obviously knows the area and even makes me want to go and visit the areas he has described. This is a perfect book for snuggling under a duvet and not moving until you have read the book. Thank you Malcolm, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.


Gripping read. I have family in Cornwall and spend a lot of time there, so when I saw this book, I was intrigued as I like to read books set in places I’m familiar with. This book was excellent. The plot unfurled slowly and deliberately and had me gripped from the early chapters. The author is clearly familiar with his setting too, because unlike like a lot of ‘Cornish’ fiction I have read he doesn't just namecheck Doombar and St Ives and think that makes it authentic. His story utilises the different facets of the the landscape and the Cornish experience to really root it in the region. Loved it and can't wait for Book 2.

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Malcolm Richards Circle of Bones. I fell in love with Blake Hollow from page one, another gutsy lady from Malcolm Richards. Although Malcolm’s heroines have similar traits you get a super suspense story with every book. He is fast becoming my favourite author

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About Author "Malcolm Richards"

Malcolm George Richards (born 1959/1960) is an Australian bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia. He has served as an assistant bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, as the Bishop for International Relations, since July 2019.Richards grew up in Canberra, and originally trained and worked as an optometrist. He and his wife pledged to become missionaries, and from 1988 to 1994 they moved to what was then Zaire with their children to carry out youth work. He lived in Goma on the Rwandan border during the Rwandan genocide.On returning to Australia, Richards trained at Moore Theological College, then worked in parish ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, where he planted a church. He then returned to the now-Democratic Republic of Congo in 2005 where he worked for a further five years for the Anglian Diocese of Kindu.In October 2010, Richards was appointed as General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory....

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