A Beautiful Breed of Evil by Andy Maslen – Review | Blog Tour

A brilliant thriller


He’ll never speak of the evil they did…

A former Swedish ambassador lies dead in his swanky Mayfair flat. With his tongue torn out and placed on a Bible. Competing theories swirl. A religious maniac? A psychopath? The truth is far darker than either. DCI Stella Cole’s search for the killer takes her to Sweden. There, she discovers a horrific chapter in the country’s history that throws the case into turmoil. And then more people start dying.

Teaming up with Swedish cops Oskar Norgrim and Johanna Carlsson, Stella pieces together Ambassador Brömly’s shocking past. And discovers the killer’s motive.

Meanwhile, Stella’s personal life is about to take a significant turn as her boyfriend, Jamie, suggest a change in their relationship. But as Stella tries to process what it means, she makes a fateful decision.

Why won’t the dead stay buried?

On the other side of the Atlantic, a kid practising BMX stunts over water finds a skeleton on a lake bed. When the victim is revealed to be a British cop, the FBI ask for assistance. Stella’s arch-enemy from her own department gets the case. She flies to Chicago and soon discovers the murderer’s identity.

The scene is set for a showdown in Sweden as DI Roisin Griffin pursues her vendetta against Stella all the way to the north of Sweden during the annual festival of Midsommar.

A fast-paced, twisty crime thriller …

A Beautiful Breed of Evil is the fifth book in this series of hard-hitting crime thrillers. Much of the action takes place in Sweden, home to fictional detectives Martin Beck, Kurt Wallander, Harry Hole and Saga Norén.

Even as Stella is fighting to bring the killer to justice, shadowy figures from her past are planning to silence her before she can expose their brutal methods.

A Beautiful Breed of Evil by Andy Maslen - Review | Blog Tour
A Beautiful Breed of Evil by Andy Maslen – Review | Blog Tour

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


A Swedish diplomat is found dead in his flat with his tongue torn out and placed in a Bible. Who could have done it? A religious maniac or a psychopath? As DCI Stella Cole digs deeper, the truth is far murkier than she realized. Convinced that the murderer is in Sweden, she flies there to bring the killer to justice.

Meanwhile, in the USA, from the depths of a lake, the police dig up an SUV with two skeletons. When the FBI discovers the body is of a British cop, they ask for assistance. The case lands in Stella’s arch-enemy DI Griffin’s lap.

As Stella races to prevent any more murders, Griffin is scheming to destroy her.

A Beautiful Breed of Evil by Andy Maslen, the fifth book in the DCI Stella Cole series, is a fast-paced, breathtaking thriller. I raced through the book to find out Stella’s fate and was at the edge of my seat throughout.

Maslen seamlessly weaves together the narratives of Stella’s search for the killer of the Swedish diplomat, the hunt for the British cop’s murderer in USA, and Griffin’s ploy to destroy Stella’s career.

Although, I have not read the previous books in the series, I now desperately want to read them as I felt reading them would give me better insight into Stella’s character. However, fret not, Maslen provides a gist of Stella’s past so, I did not face any difficulty in following the story.

The detailed descriptions of the police procedures laying out how they zeroed on the killer earns A Beautiful Breed of Evil further brownie points.

A Beautiful Breed of Evil by Andy Maslen is a dark and gritty thriller which will have you reading into the wee hours of night. Highly recommended for lovers of thrillers. You have been warned though.

A Beautiful Breed of Evil by Andy Maslen book cover
A Beautiful Breed of Evil by Andy Maslen


Genre: Thriller || Published on 28 Feb. 2021 by Tyton Press

Buy on Amazon UK || Amazon US

Many thanks to Emma @ damppebbles blog tours for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.


Andy Maslen
Andy Maslen

Andy Maslen was born in Nottingham, in the UK, home of legendary bowman Robin Hood. Andy once won a medal for archery, although he has never been locked up by the sheriff.

He has worked in a record shop, as a barman, as a door-to-door DIY products salesman and a cook in an Italian restaurant.

He lives in Wiltshire with his wife, two sons and a whippet named Merlin.

Author Links: Twitter || Website

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