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

Stephen Puleston
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 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. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE will be available in November 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 2015.

You can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website - stephenpuleston.co.uk.

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.

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Twitter @stephenpuleston or @inspector_marco

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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 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
4.0 out of 5 stars moves slowly worth the time
You have to be in a certain mood to enjoy this genre of literature. The English have there own way of communicating everyday life and situations. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Gaylord
4.0 out of 5 stars First time I read this author and I loved his characters
First time I read this author and I loved his characters. As soon as I finished this one I immediately went on my Kindle Fire and got his next book ... devoured that one too!
Published 17 days ago by BojiStar
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand "who done it"
Puleston has created a wonderfully complex character in Inspector Drake, a sharp and driven cop who seeks to balance his personal life while rushing to unravel the mystery before... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Marcia K
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story, always kept you guessing.
Published 28 days ago by Suzanne Reid
3.0 out of 5 stars OK read
It drags a little at the beginning, just like real police work. I found the protagonist very unsympathetic and not very original (Monk).
Published 28 days ago by handysam
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st in series
Writing style keeps you interested and involved. Drake is not the most sympathetic character, but I suspect that is because this is the first in a series. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Singing Lemur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this book, location, and Characters. Will be looking forward to Book 2.
Published 29 days ago by AJnMesa
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat dissatisfied
Definitely 3ish. Well written and I loved the OCD issues as I come from a family full of that gene. However....I knew who dunnit about 1/2 way into the book and also the why. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sami Pie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed getting to know Inspector Drake. I found the book entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by azcranky
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed book. haven't read to many welsh detectives
enjoyed book .haven't read to many welsh detectives. made a change.
Published 1 month ago by cleator
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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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