#BookReview “Unjust Bias (DI Gus McGuire Series, Book 8)” by Liz Mistry

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5/5 Stars!

DI Gus McGuire is back with another gritty, timely, realistic case that’s not for the faint of heart.

Without leads or clues, the investigation into the murder of a young homeless boy—dumped like trash near trash—cools until another body is found.

The restarted investigation not only connects the two murders but leads Gus and his team into the hidden world of the young, LGBQ+ community, its members shunned by family and society while they struggle with living their lives as their true selves.

The story also enters the dark world of the Dark Web where self-flagellation and punishment for being different have more value than human life. Though graphic, scenes are not gratuitous and served to pull this reader deeper into the story while also wrapping me in the victims’ emotions.

Liz Mistry has mastery of character-driven reads, and Unjust Bias is another feather in her cap. Told from multiple points of view, her main characters are more than part of an awesome investigative team and live out loud. Unfortunately, even the contemptible characters too.

Though part of a series, installment eight of the DI Gus McGuire series can be read as a fully developed standalone, with no “holes” or lapses in back story. Plot twists and red herrings made this a page-turner right up to the unpredictable ending, and have me anxious to read book nine!

Unjust Bias is unique crime fiction, murder mystery, and police procedural with a generous slice of social commentary which exists outside the pages of this must-read.



A murdered boy disowned by his family.

A teen terrified his past will catch up with him.

A girl with nowhere to go.

Men with rage so visceral they will do anything.

With the unsolved murder of a homeless boy still preying on his mind, DI Gus McGuire is confronted with a similar murder, a missing teen and no clues.

Does the answer lie with an illegal dark web site where ‘slaves’ are auctioned off? Or with an online forum for teens?

How can Gus keep people safe when unjust bias rears its head and being different could cost you your life…?

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Amazon UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B61NXSZK/

Amazon US  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B61NXSZK/


Liz MistryAuthor Bio  

Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.

Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too.  Liz has completed a PhD in Creative Writing on Diverse voices in crime fiction

In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.

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Twitter @LizMistryAuthor /  Facebook @LizMistryBooks  /    Website lizmistry.com


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