BLOOD STONE – Irna van Zyl

Storm van der Merwe Series #3.

Blood StoneReviewing Irma van Zyl’s first in the Storm van der Merwe Series, I felt that with her feisty South African Police detective, the series would have huge potential. The stories continue to be gripping page-turners and the twists go on surprising.

Zipping between Cape Town, where her love-lorn ex-colleague, Andreas Moerdyk, also gets targeted by a really devious conspiracy involving a nasty gang-boss and a power-hungry mysterious pastor, Storm also flies to London when her own mother is nudged off the platform at Paddington Station and lies in hospital in a coma.

Mix in a humongously valuable diamond that has gone missing, and three major players in the fashion industry who are being murdered one by one, we have a really involved plot. Not to mention that both her boss/BFF and her boss/biological father are both inexplicably keeping her at arms’ length.

Irna van Zyl

Irna van Zyl – thriller author

Herein lies the rub. For my money it is just too complicated and winds up being a bit short on conviction. Which is not to say that this was not a fast tense read, however, and there will be a growing van Zyl fan base who will love it.

ISBN 9781485904250.

Thank you to Penguin Random House, SA for this ARC; a Penguin Fiction imprint.

About peterjearle

Writer of thriller novels. 6 Published: 'Purgatory Road', 'The Barros Pawns', and the Detective Dice Modise Series:'Hunter's Venom - #1' 'Medicinal Purposes Only - #2', and 'Children Apart - #3; and 'Tribes of Hillbrow'; all from Southern Africa.
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