Harrison Baxter lives on a farm with his parents, on the outskirts of the village of Harmschapel. It’s picturesque, idyllic and tranquil – but Harrison is far from happy. His parent’s marriage is strained to say the least and on top of that, his boyfriend, Daniel, has been mentally and physically abusing him for years. After he finds himself with one bruise too many, Harrison has had enough. But when he plucks up the courage to finally end his violent relationship, Harrison’s life is changed forever when Daniel is found murdered in the most bizarre circumstances.
Detective Sergeant Blake Harte has moved to Harmschapel after his own relationship ended in tatters. But moving to a quiet village after working his way up the ranks in a city brings its own set of problems and Blake soon finds himself at odds with new colleagues who aren’t used to his style of policing. But when he is called upon to investigate the mysterious and impossible murder at Halfmile Farm, Blake finds himself facing the most challenging case of his career.
So how can Daniel have been shot in a locked shed that nobody could possibly have escaped from?
Is anybody really Untouchable?
Seven years ago Thomas Frost was arrested for the murders of five women in the Manchester area and Detective Sergeant Blake Harte was the officer in charge.
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What my Customers are Saying about Untouchable
I received a copy of this book for early review and I loved every second of it! Imagine as episode of The Bill, crossed with an episode of Midsomer Murders and you’ll land at Untouchable. Blake Harte is your not-so-typical big city detective who moves to a small village, where a murder happens on his first day at work.
It has all of the ingredients for a perfect murder mystery and I didn’t crack the clues until the very head!
I’d recommend this book to anybody who loves a good head-scratching murder mystery and I’ll be looking for more from Robert Innes!
Book Lover Mum 83
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel from Robert Innes.
Detective Blake Harte has recently moved to the small village of Harmschapel from Manchester after a nasty break up. Almost immediately he is thrown into solving a bizarre, locked door mystery, involving domestic abuse victim Harrison.
For a first novel, I was blown away. The writing is amazing and the story addictive, with an ending I didn’t predict – something that is unusual for me,
I eagerly look forward to the next installment and can’t wait to see what develops between Blake and Harrison – hoping Betty appears too!
Really good story. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery and the writing too. I look forward to seeing more mysteries with Blake. Most of all, it was Blake’s character and voice that I fell for and stuck around for. I’m invested in him and I’m looking forward to more adventures with him.
Untouchable doesn’t get five stars from me because, at the end, the person ‘whodunnit’ kind of fell into the ‘mwahaha!’ trope that criminals in TV shows sometimes become when figured out. Like, it wasn’t seriously bad, but it was just a little jarring, for me. (Also, at the very beginning there was a touch too much exposition.)
Anyway. Robert Innes has done a great job here. I will be coming back for the next installment. Looking forward to the mysteries getting bigger and better from here. I hope Innes is up to the challenge!
I had been looking for something different to read from my usual Paranormal genre and so plumped for this book being interested in the blurb. I was not disappointed.
Blake Harte is the main character, a detective sergeant in the Sale district of Greater Manchester who is transferred out after breaking up with his partner.
Harrison Baxter has just broken up with his boyfriend Daniel as a result of receiving one beating too many.
On his first day in his new role in the village of Harmschapel, Blake is called to Halfmile Farm, Harrison’s home, where a murder has taken place. The mystery of how the victim Daniel was shot three times after being locked in a shed with only one entryway watched over by security cameras is the hook.
Each of the characters are connected in some way through domestic violence and abuse. It is a very intriguing story and the conclusion is very well thought out.
I will definitely be reading more from this author.
I received a complementary ARC and this is my voluntary unbiased review.
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