Title: Bitter Edge
Author Name: Rachel Lynch
Previous Books: Dark Game, Deep Fear and Dead End
Genre: Crime Fiction
Release Date: 25th February 2019
Book Blurb: DI Kelly Porter is back, but so is an old foe and this time he won’t back down...
When a teenage girl flings herself off a cliff in pursuit of a gruesome death, DI Kelly Porter is left asking why. Ruled a suicide, there’s no official reason for Kelly to chase answers, but as several of her team’s cases converge on the girl’s school, a new, darker story emerges. One which will bring Kelly face-to-face with an old foe determined to take back what is rightfully his – no matter the cost.
Mired in her pursuit of justice for the growing list of victims, Kelly finds security in Johnny, her family and the father she has only just discovered. But just as she draws close to unearthing the dark truth at the heart of her investigation, a single moment on a cold winter’s night shatters the notion that anything in Kelly’s world can ever truly be safe.
Don't miss this gripping crime thriller featuring a phenomenal detective. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza.
Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.
Today's blog is a feature post from the author:
Blog Tour: Bitter Edge by Rachel Lynch
Why did you choose to write a crime series and how was Kelly Porter created?
The crime genre is wide enough to always welcome a new twist. On one side of the spectrum is pure police procedural and all the way on the other, is pure horror. I wanted authentic procedure, mixed with identifiable characters investigating shocking crimes.
I chose Kelly Porter as my detective because she has integrity and strength, but she also has a personal life that is interesting enough, without being overly dramatic and stereotyped.
Setting out to write a series of books centring on a couple of core characters is daunting, but it’s also been an organic process. I love spending time with Kelly: she’s ballsy, willing to take risks, and in possession of a pretty solid moral compass. She has flaws- because she’s human- and she has plenty still to learn. Her family is fractured (but who’s isn’t?) but she finds ways to concentrate on those bits that are worth taking care of.
Kelly isn’t afraid of anyone. If there’s a case to investigate, she’ll be there. She’s also incredibly hard working and dedicated to her small team.
That was my protagonist sorted!
So all I had to do was come up with some heinous crimes and jaw-droppingly savage baddies, and I had a series!
It wasn’t that easy, but one thing that never fails to inspire me is my choice of setting. The Lake District is full of dark corners, vast fields, empty valleys, windy peaks, impenetrable forests and deep lakes: perfect for evil to take a hold and nurture a sense of malevolence.
Kelly worked for the Met in London for ten years and recently moved back to her childhood home in the Northern Lakes. In this way, the series has been a journey as much for the reader, as for Kelly, because they’re starting on the same foot. For those reasons I’d recommend starting with Dark Game, and reading Deep Fear and Dead End in order, before Bitter Edge. However, reviewers agree that they can be read as standalones.
Fundamentally, it’s the ancient battle between good and evil that I love about Crime Fiction. I also enjoy weaving intricacies into the storyline, making predicting what happens next as difficult as possible: another thrill of the genre.
I think DI Porter can handle anything that’s thrown her way, with the help of her close team at Eden House, and there are many more Kelly Porter books planned for the series!
Thank you for reading!