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The Upper Hand by A L Fraine - Blog Tour

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

I'm really pleased to join in the blog tour for The Upper Hand by A L Fraine. When I heard about the book, it sounded right up my alley. As you know, I like crime fiction and I really like when there's ritualistic elements of a novel. My undergraduate degree was in Theology & Religious Studies and all kinds of religions really interest me.

Here's the blurb for the book:

A murder with all the trappings of an occult sacrifice. It’s DC Kate O’Connell’s first case.
Will it also be her last?

Keen to prove herself to her superiors Kate fights to break through the lies that surround the victim’s life. But the ritualistic nature of the crime dredges up disturbing memories of a past tragedy.

While wrestling with the demons of her past, Kate learns that her partner has a few skeletons in his own closet. His reputation threatens to taint the investigation and ruin her career before it starts.

Kate must break the silence surrounding the victim to get to the truth before it’s too late, and the death toll rises.

Join Kate as she descends into a murky world of murder and conspiracy in the English Home Counties, in a Thriller that bestseller J D Kirk describes as: “An exciting new voice in British Crime fiction.”

Readers of J D Kirk, L J Ross, David Blake, and Daniel Cole, and fans of True Detective and Seven should enjoy The Upper Hand.

I liked the book, I thought Kate was a likeable detective trying to find her place in a world dominated by men. The beginning was interesting - she's partnered with Nathan, an older detective, and he's a bit of a laughing stock as he has a kind of speciality in X-Files type mysteries. I liked this! I thought the story was interesting. I would read something else by the same author and fortunately you can too. There's a bit more info about that here:

A L Fraine lives in Surrey in the UK, just outside of London, with his wife, kids, cat and dog.
Having enjoyed reading thrillers and watching gripping drama for years, it was the influence of a couple of more recent shows that spurred him on to put pen to paper and write his first thriller, The Upper hand.

The Upper Hand was inspired by True Detective, and Se7en, and the creepy vibe that they had.
The prequel to the Upper Hand, “First Hand”, is available for free for those who sign up to his mailing list, here;

The Sequel to The Upper Hand, titled “Idle Hands”, is available for Pre-Order now.

If you would like to know more about A L Fraine and his books, you can find him at

Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this book and join in the book tour!

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