BLOOD RED CITY By Rod Reynolds #BookBlogTour #RandomThingsTours #OrendaBooks #RodReynolds

I would like to thank Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours for my spot on this blog tour.



Wow, I absolutely loved this book, I do admit I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get into it at the time I picked it up, as my focus wasn’t the best. But I started it late on a Friday evening reading until early hours and finished it on the Saturday. It had me gripped from start to finish, I liked the main characters, which for me personally is always a big bonus.

The two main protagonists, Lydia and Michael. Lydia had been doing some great investigative journalist work until she was told to pull the story, her mentor and friend Tammy was dismissed, and Lydia was put on the online news desk covering showbiz, a topic she has no interest in whatsoever, and the job means she has to work nights, just so the American audience can wake up to fresh gossip. After all where would everyone be without celebrity gossip?

Michael Stringer, deals with information, he is known as a fixer, gleaning personal and professional information for rich clients, for them to back the person into a corner with the collected information, making it possible for them to control power.

Just as Lydia is starting work one evening she receives a video of a man being attacked on a train, possibly murdered. Who is the man? Where is the woman who filmed the video? Lydia is a very determined woman, and will stop at nothing to find out what happened. How can you investigate something when you have no body? and you can’t find the one witness? Despite it putting her in danger and others being killed. Michael is watching Lydia, is she in danger from him? Or is he protecting her?

There are a number of twists within the story, which keep you totally hooked throughout, always something new happening, with each turn of the page. Totally riveting, I like Michael, I couldn’t work out if he was good or bad for some time, it was interesting getting to know bits about him as the story went on, he comes across as a real tough guy, but is there a softer centre in there? both characters are developed brilliantly, totally believable and three dimensional. I didn’t want the story to end. The plot revolves around greed, power, white collar crime, the people you look at and think they are respectable, but are they really as clean as you think? With some mafia style murder thrown in as well. This is the first book I have read by Rod Reynolds but it most definitely wont be the last. This is a massive 5⭐️ read, a brilliantly engaging, riveting read.


A witness but no victim. A crime but no crime scene….

When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she has fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts – until a sinister call suggests she is not the only one interested in the crime.

Michael Stringer deals in information – and doesn’t care which side of the law he finds himself on. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows.

When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect… and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet….


Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series. His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018) The Guardian have called the books ‘pitch perfect American Noir’ A lifelong Londoner, in 2020 Orenda books will publish his first novel set in his hometown, Blood Red City, Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. Rod lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters.

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