Book Review: A Matter of Blood by: Sarah Pinborough


Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Ace Trade

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: In a world steeped in darkness, a new breed of evil has fallen…

London’s ruined economy has pushed everyone to the breaking point, and even the police rely on bribes and deals with criminals to survive. Detective Inspector Cass Jones struggles to keep integrity in the police force, but now, two gory cases will test his mettle. A gang hit goes wrong, leaving two schoolboys dead, and a serial killer calling himself the Man of Flies leaves a message on his victims saying “nothing is sacred.”

Then Cass’ brother murders his own family before committing suicide. Cass doesn’t believe his gentle brother did it. Yet when evidence emerges suggesting someone killed all three of them, a prime suspect is found—Cass himself.

Common links emerge in all three cases, but while Cass is finding more questions than answers, the Man of Flies continues to kill...


Review: ‘A Matter of Blood’ is the first in “The Forgotten Gods” series by Sarah Pinborough. We’re introduced to a slightly alternate London and a very emotionally scarred Detective Inspector, Cass Jones. He’s working on two cases, a pair of boys killed in a drive-by and a string of victims left by a sadistic serial killer, when he is informed his only family left is dead. Jones is stretched almost to his breaking point as he’s now suspected in the killing of his family, but he knows the only way out is to discover the killer’s true identity while still finding time to solve his pending caseload.

‘A Matter of Blood’ is a gritty mix of police procedural and horror, with touches of the supernatural. Ms. Pinborough’s words capture your imagination and send chills down your spine as we’re led along with DI Jones’ quest for the truth. A masterful hand spins the tale of murder, mayhem, and an unusual breed of magic. I liked the characters, especially Jones as I tend to prefer the anti- or Byronic-heroes. The plot is slick, viciously twisted, and surprisingly well-resolved, but definitely leaves some loose threads to be picked up in the next book of this series. I was truly unable to put this book down!

The Forgotten Gods series: A Matter of Blood (1), The Shadow of the Soul (2), The Chosen Seed (3)

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