The Graveyard Killings by Wes Markin

Marvellous Parallel Plotlines

The Graveyard Killings by Wes Markin is a fabulous contemporary murder suspense that completely consumed me. It is the fourth book in The Yorkshire Murders series but can be read as a stand-alone. I recommend reading the previous books first for continuity, understanding and character progression.

Once more, I returned to Bradford and Knaresborough as I met up with familiar faces. Policing is in safe hands as we see the relentless pursuit of justice and for answers.

The search for closure is not just found within the law enforcement agencies but individuals need answers too.

A cold case is quite literally unearthed as the search for the truth continues.

We meet a father who has been guilt-ridden and grieving for years after a terrible accident robbed him of his daughter. Time is running out as his health is deteriorating and he needs to know the truth before he dies.

The criminal underworld is brutal and selfish. Youngsters are rising up who terrify others. Older criminals still have a hand in activities too. The young, the old, the rich, the poor – crime has no boundaries. We witness a character trying to make atonement – but there can be no atonement for taking a life.

Corruption is found at the lowest and highest levels of society. Those with power and money can easily bride and cover up crimes.

There is the cruelty of youth. They bully in person and online. There is no escape for the victims. Many follow the crowd and no one speaks up for the innocent.

All the characters were well drawn ad realistic. They elicit a variety of responses – from respect to disgust.

Darkness covers evil deeds that need coming into the light.

Once more, Wes Markin has thoroughly entertained me. I was glued and guessing. Parallel stories draw the reader in. The Graveyard Killings, along with the other books in the series would make a marvellous television series. It would certainly be very binge worthy.

I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


The Graveyard Killings

A decades old case….

When the body of a young girl is found exhumed from her grave, DCI Emma Gardner knows there’s more to this grisly find than just misadventure. Penny Maiden was killed in a hit and run accident forty years ago, and her killer was never found…Could someone be trying to right an old wrong?

A DI on the rails…

Determined to bring a dangerous gang of drug dealers to justice, DI Paul Riddick is trying hard to play by the rules. After his previous reckless actions, he knows this is his last chance to stay in the job he loves. But when his private life takes an unexpected turn, Riddick begins to lose control again.

Emma needs Paul to help her with her case, especially when more bodies are found in the same graveyard. But hurt badly by Riddick once before, Emma’s not sure she can trust him again.

But as Paul’s behaviour begins to spiral even more, Emma worries she may have left it far too late to save her old friend Riddick from his own destruction…

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Wes Markin lives in Harrogate and is the bestselling author of the DCI Yorke crime novels set in Salisbury. He is also the author of the Jake Pettman series set in New England. You can find out more at

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