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Brass in Pocket (Inspector Drake 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Puleston
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is the middle of the night ...The road is deserted ...A killer is waiting ...

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer - traffic cones in the shape of a No 4.

The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages or is there some hidden meaning in them?

Does it all mean more killings are likely? When a politician is killed Drake has his answer. And then the killer sends more song lyrics. Now Drake has to face the possibility of more deaths but with numbers dominating the case Drake has to face his own rituals and obsessions.

Finally when the killer threatens Drake and his family he faces his greatest challenge in finding the killer before he strikes again.



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About the Author

I write mysteries and thrillers. I have published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD available as a paperback in July 2014. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE will be available in July 2014. My second detective is Inspector Marco who comes from an Italian/Welsh background and he lives in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The first Inspector Marco novel SPEECHLESS has been published on Amazon and the second and third in the series will be published in November 2014 and May 2015. they are presently available as e-books only. Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website - www.stephenpuleston.co.uk. I was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in theology from London University I decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by my father on Anglesey. For many years I worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given me valuable raw material for my novels. I still live and work in North Wales where the Inspector Drake novels are set. You can contact me on twitter @stephenpuleston or @inspector_marco Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17G6iIA

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  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499501668
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8HVIRO
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series start October 7, 2013
By Dianne
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay, so the price is what first caught my attention.... Then the fact that this is the first in the series clinched it. If I could give this 3 1/2 stars, I would, but 4 is okay with a couple of reservations. First the good. The mystery is quite compelling with a count-down beginning with the deaths of two policemen. Each successive death is carried out with a different method, confusing the police and reader. The various suspects make perfect sense along the way, and the tension builds quite nicely. I had a sneaking suspicion regarding the eventual culprit, so I was close to the "who" but not the "why." The latter was most believable. So, a satisfying end. My biggest reservation about this book is the drawing of the main character, Ian Drake, DI. The author goes to such lengths describing his OCD that the character becomes one-dimensional. Drake's rituals are repeated ad nauseum, enough already! And the many references to slicing and dicing sudoku completely went over my head. Since it appears that Drake will agree to counseling in the next book, maybe that aspect of his character is minimized in the second offering. We can hope. The other problem is also with Drake. He describes himself as graying with bags under his eyes, spreading waistline (attractive, huh?) and years of police service. But he has children 5 and 7 years old, giving you the idea he's much younger. I would like a better mental picture of him next time out, and I will try the next in the series.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars High expections bring low realizations. November 16, 2013
By Gordon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Perhaps my expectations about this book were too high given the
high opinions of previous reviewers. The story was not all that interesting, nor were the characters. It all seemed rather vague and disjointed. The characters were just not well defined or developed, at least according to my personal expectations.. In my opinion, the best thing about this book was the bargain purschase price.

The story just seemed to churn on without any real urgency or intrigue. Drake, an OCD detective and the main character, became a bore and annoying after a short while into this book. It was not obvious to me who was the culprit, but I just didn't care. I did want to finish this book because I just waiting for it to pick up, but it never did and I felt my time was wasted. I did end up returning this to Amazon.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Drake: clever, quirky and brilliant September 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I had the great honor to read this novel before it was released to the public and I found it gripping and full of interesting situations. Inspector Drake's character is fascinating! I am impressed by the author's ability to describe the thoughts and habits of a professional with OCD. I live with someone who has the condition and Stephen Puleston got it exactly right.

The murders had me thinking right to the end and I was surprised by the turn of events when the crime was solved. I love a crime novel that has me baffeled, as to who the killer might be, right until the end!! This did it for me. I loved it and look forward to reading more and more of this new author's works!

His next detective is Inspector Marco in "Speechless". I am anxious to get into his stories and expect him to be as interesting and clever as Drake.

For all you crime readers: this one is fabulous! Congrats Mr. Puleston. I will be adding you to my extensive library of crime writers including Karin Slaughter, Elizabeth Haynes, John Patterson and Catherine Coulter! You are in good company.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Special, So Special September 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
'Cause I gonna make you see
There's nobody else here
No one like me
I'm special so special
I gotta have some of your attention give it to me'

'Brass In Pocket'. Lyrics
Written by Chrissie Hynde and James Honeyman-Scott

It is rare for me to give a 5 star review, this novel deserves it.

1979, do you remember what you were doing that year, what was going on in the world? In North Wales, a land of breathtaking scenery and mountains, someone was fixated on that year. So fixated, that he kills. This is the home of Detective Inspector Ian Drake, and his colleagues who are called upon to find this murderer and bring this part of Wales back to it's norm.

In the early morning hours two traffic policemen are called to a road incident on the Crimea pass above Blaenau Ffestiniog in the mountains of Snowdonia. They are found sometime later by a passing motorist, shot by a crossbow, one dead on the side of the road and the other dead in the seat of the car. DI Drake is called out, as is his team, to this lonely stretch of the road. A message of sorts is left with the bodies, and then back at the station Drake finds a photograph and lines from a song written on the back. This is the beginning of the murders.

The author, Stephen Puleston has written such a clever mystery/police procedural, that I was taken off guard. It is written with a style that captivates the reader. The character of DI Ian Drake is at once a man so full of obsessive behaviors that you wonder how he functions so brilliantly. His personality is such that order and precision are the rule of the day. The slurping of tea by his colleague, Caren, irritates him no end, and is mentioned many times.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way!
It isn't often that I stay up very late to finish a book, but last night I did. The characters in this book were so well drawn, the plot--even when I knew who the killer was--was... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sue B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
the dectives in this story are so pulised about how the murders are happening.the facts just keep getting more confusing.the ending comes as a surprise.
Published 13 days ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book
I thought this was a great read. I connected with the book on quite a few different levels. While I do not have the same OCD affliction as DI Ian Drake, I do have all the same... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Michael Mueller
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre
Just ok, didn't hold my interest
Published 18 days ago by cheryl irving
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
This was a good read, although it took me a while to get involved in it. I would recommend it, though, for something fairly light but a good mystery.
Published 20 days ago by V. Looney
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Absorbing
The main characters are fully fleshed out,quirks and all.The OCD was an interesting element that kept me wondering if that would completely overwhelm the investigation;it did... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Veronica Klujsza
5.0 out of 5 stars Good morning beautiful and I don't yet know what you ...
Good morning beautiful and I don't yet know what you doing tonight and I don't know what you doing tonight and I don't know what y
Published 24 days ago by Matthew Fudge
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Found the book extremely boring, kept wait for some, excitement or suspense but it never happened.
Published 27 days ago by mikeblaze
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great read. Only problem was lost sleep. I just had to keep reading. Will read more of Pulston.
Published 28 days ago by patty flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Page Turner!
I really enjoyed this book....a good page turner with a plot line which kept me interested and involved right up to the very end. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Pam Cunningham
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More About the Author

I write mysteries and thrillers.

I have published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD will be published in December 2013. The third, NIGHTSWIMMING will be available at the beginning of 2014.

My second detective is Inspector Marco who comes from an Italian/Welsh background and he lives in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The first Inspector Marco novel SPEECHLESS has been published on Amazon and the second and third in the series will be published in 2014.

Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website - www.stephenpuleston.co.uk.

I was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in Theology from London University I decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by my father on Anglesey. For many years I worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given me valuable raw material for my novels.

I still live and work in North Wales where the Inspector Drake novels are set.
You can contact me on twitter @stephenpuleston or @inspector_marco
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17G6iIA

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