Blog Tour – Crime Thriller: The Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth

It has been a while since our last blog.  The past few months have been hectic, here at SL HQ and we decided to take a break from blogging over the summer months.  With autumn now in full swing, we are back and are delighted to welcome you to the first of a number of blog tours we are hosting, with publishers Canelo.

Today’s blog tour supports “The Body in the Marsh” by Nick Louth.  It is the sixth day of the tour, and our first book review blog tour with Canelo. We are excited to be taking part, and would like to thank both Canelo and Nick Louth for the advanced copy of The Body in the Marsh and the opportunity to take part in the blog tour.

When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard.  But he could never imagine what happens next.

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police.  But then his wife Liz goes missing.  There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin….
To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation.  Is it just a missing person or something worse?  And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?

The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.

Our Review

This book can be described in two words – “Roller coaster”, it is most definitely gripping and the twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat until you read the last sentence. If you are a seasoned crime fiction reader you may guess the ending, (although there are many curve balls to knock you off the scent), however this does not detract from Nick’s style of writing nor the story and it is still compulsive reading right to the last page. Well worth, what I call, “book sleep deprivation” the following day after a late night reading session!  

When starting to read The body in the Marsh you quickly gain an understanding of the location and characters. The book is set in the nature reserve in Kent and also in an area in Surrey.  Both provide a great setting and location to the suspense of the thriller. Nick’s style of writing enables you to visualise and gain an insight into both quickly.  When reading the book, it is almost as though you have stepped into the story and are fully immersed in the surroundings.  Almost observing from with the room rather than at home reading the book, quite a unique feeling.

The main character, who is very likable, is DCI Craig Gillard and when a missing persons report is filed for 48 year old Elizabeth (Liz) Knight, things start to become personal for DCI Gillard.  Liz was his girlfriend 30 years ago.  Liz’s husband – Professor Martin Knight – is a criminologist and a long term critic of the police force.  When Professor Knight also goes missing and Liz’s blood is found at their family home.  The evidence suggest that Liz is dead and likely to have been murdered and the suspect is her husband.  Suddenly everyone one is involved, the search for Martin steps up and DCI Gillard is heartbroken.   Further evidence is located on Martin’s computer, suggesting he has had a string of affairs and also emails suggestioning he was preparing to run off with one particular lady who had recently inherited large sums of money.

At the same time, an inquiry is launched into failings by Surrey police in a case of Child F, whom committed suicide as a result of abuse allegations not taken seriously by the police.  It becomes questionable whether the two cases are linked, with the knowledge that Professor Martin Knight condemned this case.  Are the two linked? or not?  Having this extra sub plot really adds to the depth and tensity of the story and ensures you keep turning page after page.

As with all good books and investigations, as a reader, you get drawn in emotionally – frustrated, interested and excited.  That is in one chapter alone!

As with all books there are some areas that work for some and not other readers, and these are down to the personal preference of the reader.  With The Body in The Marsh it was particularly good to see a strong female role included.  DS Claire Mulholland, a likable and realistic policewoman who has a family and grand children.  The book also covers female sexual objectification, with one particular individual sharing his views,  the one thing I would say in relation to the latter is – Karma works its magic!  I was also a little perplexed as to how DCI Gillard, was still love struck and obsessive over a woman he met 30 years ago, but this is fiction and anything goes.

This book is suited to those who enjoy reading police procedural thriller, it is fast paced and enjoyable characters.  It was enjoyable, can be read in a few sittings (although you will struggle to put it down) and we look forward to reading Nick’s next book.

Blog Tour

The blog tour continues tomorrow with “Trish’s Blog” and “Books After Tea” please do pop over to the bloggers who are taking part in “The Body in the Marsh” blog tour, they are well worth visiting.


Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages.

The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. Mirror Mirror, subtitled ‘When evil and beauty collide’ was published in June 2016. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, is being published by Canelo in September 2017.

Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money observer and has published seven other books.  Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

Publication Availability
The Body in the Marsh, was published by Canelo on 25th September 2017 and is currently available for purchase through the following links Amazon (UK), Kobo (UK)Google Books (UK)Apple Books (UK), further reviews can be found on Goodreads
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* We received an advanced copy of The Body in the Marsh from Canelo, in return for an open and honest review.

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