The Harlech Beach Killings by Simon McCleave

A murdered millionaire. A brutal drug operation. Can a detective with a haunted past stop the next assassination?

Detective Inspector Ruth Hunter is still struggling to deal with her stress. So when the body of a businessman washes up on a secluded North Wales shore, the former London cop is anxious to prove she can lead the local investigative team and nail the killer. But as she digs into the dead millionaire’s business affairs, DI Hunter discovers a disturbing link to an infamous Merseyside drug lord…

Tracking down clues alongside a hot-headed partner, she worries his private vendetta could seriously jeopardize bringing the gangster to justice. And between botched raids, tight-lipped suspects, and a slew of cold case murders, she’s sure the criminal mastermind must have corrupt police officers in his pocket…

Can Hunter take down the mobster before he orders a highly personal hit?

The Harlech Beach Killings is the second book in the gripping Ruth Hunter Crime Thriller series. If you like chilling police procedurals, true-to-life characters, and psychological twists, then you’ll love Simon McCleave’s page-turning thrill ride.


Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: 10th February 2020

Genre: Crime / Mystery


The Harlech Beach Killings

My thoughts:

4 stars!

Recently released by Stamford Publishing, The Harlech Beach Killings is everything you dream a crime procedural to be. Clever and beautifully developed, McCleave’s ability to weave plot and suspense is second to none.

Wonderfully descriptive – especially when it comes to location setting.

It can be easily read as a stand alone.

A brilliant cliffhanger ending, which leaves you so excited for the next installment.


About the author

Simon McCleave was born in South London.

When leaving University, Simon worked in television and film development. He was a Script Editor at the BBC, a producer at Channel 4 before working as a Story Analyst in Los Angeles. He worked on films such as ‘The Full Monty’ and television series such as ‘Our Friends In The North’. Simon then became a script writer for television and film. He wrote on series such as Silent Witness, Murder In Suburbia, Teachers, Attachments, The Bill, Eastenders and many more. His film, ‘Out of the Game’ for Channel 4 was critically acclaimed – ‘An unflinching portrayal of male friendship.’ (Time Out) The Harlech Beach Killings is his second novel. Simon lives in North Wales with his wife and two children.  

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