DEATH RITE By Kerry Watts @KezzaWattsBooks @HeraBooks @_DanielleLouis #DeathRite #DIHazelTodd

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Their next breath will be their last

Forty years ago, the name Rachel McMahon was synonymous with evil. After killing four men in the most brutal of ways, the world rejoiced as she was locked up.

Now Rachel has done her time, repented for her crimes, and is ready to live a quiet life back in Scotland under a new name.

But then the killings start again. As the bodies of fathers and sons appear on the streets of Perth, their deaths echoing those from Rachel’s murder spree four decades ago, DCI Hazel Todd and her squad are called in to track down a murderer taunting them at every step.

Could Rachel really have reformed – or is a copycat killer trying to finish what she started? And as the murders get closer to Hazel, it’s a race against time to stop a psychopath with their own twisted agenda….


Looking for a new detective series to get your teeth into, then grab a copy of this one. Introducing DI Hazel Todd and her team of detectives. Set in Perth Scotland. Someone is going around brutally murdering men, the murders are pretty gruesome. The first body is that of a young medical student Sam Kennedy he was found dead in his car in a regular spot used by sex workers, was he paying for sex? Kelly is one young sex worker that Sam appeared to be seeing he liked things a little on the dark side, but he had also wanted to help Kelly out. Craig Douglas was a man seen around who regularly checked on the young girls or so he said, could there be more to him? Or is he being honest.

Who would want these men dead, they don’t appear to be linked together in any way. 40 Years earlier there had been a female killer who killed in the same way. But she had been caught and had served her time in prison and is now living under a new name and has seemingly turned her life around. Trying to make amends for what she had done.

Could this be the same woman committing the crimes again or is it a copycat? But if it’s a copycat how does she know where she lives and who she is? Or is it just pure coincidence? Because whoever is doing it seems to know a lot about what had happened.

The story is engaging from start to finish. I loved the characters and can’t wait to get to know them better. They are all believable, three dimensional and likeable. The story flows perfectly, with several red herrings thrown in to send you off the scent of the murderer. It’s always great when a book can hold your attention throughout with no bits dropping, the tension is there. DCI Todd still seems to be getting over the break up of her 25 year old marriage and the fact her husband went off with her best friend Cara. So when Cara starts texting her she isn’t really that happy and really wants nothing to do with her. But then who can blame her.

A great start to a new series, I definitely look forward to see what comes up in book 2. I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. A great read for lovers of police procedural’s.


Kerry Watts was born and grew up in Perth where she still lives today. The daughter of a Rangers mad window cleaner and Daniel O’Donnell loving dinner lady. She is always writing and carries a little notebook and pen with her wherever she goes because at her age ideas need to be captured before they disappear. She began writing over twenty years ago after reading Isla Dewar’s book Giving up on Ordinary and decided she wanted to do that. Becoming a best selling author is a dream come true.

Kerry specialises in crime fiction because she enjoys pushing the boundaries of what it is to be human. The nature versus nurture debate fascinates her. She loves to put her characters in impossible situations just to see what happens. Her experience as a psychiatric nurse heavily influences her writing. She also wants to create characters that people can relate to who might be facing the same struggles as anyone else.

Authors who inspire her are anyone capable of creating a character who lives inside her head long after she has closed the book. Her favourite fictional character’s are Dexter Morgan, created by Jeff Lindsay as well as Hannibal Lechter created by Thomas Harris. She doesn’t have a favourite genre as a reader. Kerry will read anything. Written by anyone. If the blurb has a good feel about it she’s hooked.
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time following her other passions – dogs, particularly rescue mutts and horse racing. The sight of a thoroughbred race horse at full stretch has been known to move her to tears, not just lump in the throat stuff but full on blubbing. And for that she is unashamed. One day she’s going to buy a racehorse filly and call her Into Darkness. She also had a small role in a film called The Rocket Post but decided acting wasn’t for her. She would rather create a character than play one. All of her books are brought to you through the super powers of Tetley tea.

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