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Positive Reviews for The Bluebell Informant

One of the first things people want to know when they go to buy a book is:

How do I know this is going to be any good?

For most readers, the author name provides the best insight. If you’ve read a Tony Parsons or a John Grisham or an Agatha Christie or a Susan Hill before, then those names will automatically give you an indication of whether you’re going to enjoy the next book they release or not.

For some readers, the characters are what sells them the book. Maybe your a fan of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, or Ian Rankin’s Rebus series or Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series. If you are, then you will almost certainly be scrambling to get the most recent book.

Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 12.09.54But where does that leave the debut authors like myself? If you’ve just released your first novel then your name won’t have that kudos with your readers just yet, and they won’t know if they love your series or not…

And this is where reviews and experience come in…Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 12.00.59

I guess I’m slightly luckier than most debut authors. By going down the ghostwriting road early on in my career, I’ve ended up receiving my fair share of positive reviews (although for obvious reasons I can’t take credit for those). I’ve learnt what people enjoy and what certain audiences love about my writing – best yet, I’ve learnt there are readers out there who actually do love my writing – something that all authors are terrified will never happen…

It’s only been a few days since I released The Bluebell Informant, but already the reviews are starting to filter in. Well – I say starting to filter in. In reality I already had a few reviews under my belt from my beta readers, but it’s always nice to know that there are people out there who are loving the book. It gives Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 11.44.22
me a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

And it will only help persuade other readers to invest their time in reading it as well…

The Bluebell Informant is now available as a free download from Nook Books and Kobo. To receive a free Kindle download, take part in my giveaway here for a limited time only! 

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The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons – A Review

The sequel to Tony Parsons’ The Murder Bag was a book I had been looking to read for quite a long while. Having absolutely devoured The Murder Bag at the beginning of last year, I was eager to dive into the next installment of the DC Max Wolfe series and in many ways I wasn’t disappointed.

The Slaughter Man is a superbly researched thriller in which our single father, Max Wolfe, investigates the multiple murder of a wealthy family who live within a gated community that backs on to Highgate Cemetery. Like the previous story, the case echoes a notorious (yet fictional) 1970s case in which a traveler named Peter Nawkins brutally killed his fiancée’s family after they tried to stop him from marrying her.

As Wolfe races to piece together the crime, he finds himself once again stood in the Metropolitan Police’s Black Museum where, once again, history might hold the key to solving this brutal murder.

Parsons’ story is excellently told. His descriptions of London, and his will to treat it as though it were another character in the book, really brings the story to life and, once again, his nod to how history can help the present really helps drive the story along.

However, as with the previous installment, I found it hard to get started. The first few chapters seemed to struggle and it was only when the story picked up pace that I found myself gripped by the story. At times, I did begin to wonder whether I would have managed to continue to the very end of The Slaughter Man had I not read the first installment.

But that is all academic really. I did get to the end of it and, although I found the ending to be a little unsatisfactory, it was still a relatively good read. If you have read the first installment, I highly recommend reading this second edition.

4 out of 5 stars. All the makings of a truly great crime novel but trips over itself a little on the way.