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Brass in Pocket: An exciting British crime thriller (Inspector Ian Drake Murder Mystery Series Book 1) ((Inspector Drake Murder Mystery Series Book 1)) Kindle Edition

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Length: 383 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled


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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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  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8HVIRO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Just a horribly- written book. Tedious. Repetitive,Dull. A supremely boring and uninteresting lead character. I hate leaving bad reviews, but this book is a waste of time.
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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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Good writing, but there were some problems. First, as many readers commented, While it was a good attempt to make Drake, the lead character, different than the standard detective, the OCD in the main character was overdone . Second, the plot dragged because it had to be obvious to even the most reading-challenged that all of the suspects being chased by the detectives were red herrings. They just had no motive to do all of the murders that happened in the book, no matter how hard the writer tried to make it so. Part of the reason I slogged on was my wondering how long it would take Drake to really figure this out and was a little disappointed that there had been no real reason to suspect whom the killer turned out to be.

And it seemed that the detective wasn't clever enough by half to work this out by himself. It's okay for writers to mislead readers about whom to suspect and give us a surprise at the ending. But it is not okay that we are never given any clue about the killer until 80 percent of the book has been finished and the denouement is then rushed through.
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None of the reviews that I read mentioned the filthy language. Eight or ten pages into the book I first encountered it - I don't know how much more is in the book. After the third or fourth usage, I deleted the book from my kindle. "Any" filthy language is too much for me.
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I think it started ad an excellent mystery, however, the language was so bad it detracted from the story. I can appreciate foul language in everyday happenings that make the characters more believable but with this much vulgarity it seemed to be for shock value only. It's a pity, I really wanted to finish the book, but it lost it's appeal.
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