Audiobook Review – The Body on the Moor

Title: The Body on the Moor (DCI Craig Gillard #8)

Author: Nock Louth/ Narrated by Marston York

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Goodreads Rating: 4.04

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: ARC


You can never escape the past. Especially on the moors…

After the National Crime Agency cracks a major drug gang, junior barrister Julia McGann finds herself defending the violent enforcer Terrence Bonner. This high-profile case is a coup for her, but almost immediately things start to go wrong. Intruders break into her house and then a young girl turns up at her door with a horrifying story to tell.

Three months later, DCI Craig Gillard and his team struggle with the shocking murder of a much respected local headmaster, found dead in his own car. The baffling crime fills the newspapers but yields few clues. As Gillard sifts the evidence, a pair of blood-spattered gloves seems important.

Why were they used for both the murder, and for the burglary at Julia’s house? What secrets is the barrister hiding… and what happened on the Derbyshire Moors two decades ago that could be the key to these shocking events?

A story of deceit, vengeance and blackmail, bestseller Nick Louth will leave you reeling in this unputdownable, unpredictable crime thriller.

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Canelo Crime for approving me for an ARC of this book.

After being approved for the ARC I also found an audio version so gave that a listen on my commute to work. I enjoyed Marston York’s narration as well as his ability to voice the different characters.

I always look forward to the latest Craig Gillard book from Nick Louth. I find his writing so easy to absorb and quickly get swept up into the investigation. This book was no exception! Whilst this is book eight in the series you can read each one as a standalone, Nick Louth gives the reader enough information from previous books without rehashing over every storyline.

This was slightly different to his usual method of story telling. Normally the reader is following along with Craig trying to solve the crime from start to finish, this time Craig Gillard wasn’t the central focus. Instead the story flicked between two different timelines told months apart. Don’t worry Craig is still running the investigation and up to his usual tricks but as a reader I felt I was slightly ahead of him on this one.

The story unfolded differently to usual crime reads and it was refreshing to see things from a different angle. I felt that Julia was in a tricky position and could understand her predicament. This story highlighted the depths of blackmail and how far someone would go to protect their future. I have to admit that I loved Dezzy. Whilst she was a rascal I loved her candid attitude and determination to look after herself. The friendship she had struck up with Julia was unusual and very strained at points but I felt she had come the furthest in growing up.

As always Nick Louth has some shocking moments up his sleeve and I felt he left the most shocking for the end. Without spoiling it I found myself shouting no at the book because whilst I could see what was going to happen, I didn’t want to believe it. This crime read will have you gripped and wanting more, I look forward to reading the next instalment of the series.


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  1. This sounds really good, Lucy. This is not an author I have read, but I will put it on my wishlist. I like when an author mixes it up and brings a fresh plotline, as long as it is not too far out there. Wonderful review.

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