Anglesey Blue Paperback – February 25, 2017
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Anglesey Air Ambulance. 2 men had been pulled out of the water & taken to the hospital.
DI Manx-Williams was making his inquiry’s.
Frank Bingham (coxswain) was his 1st. stop.
1 male washed ashore at Town Beach, Rhosenegir. He is still alive.
Very valuable input from Frank.
PC Kevin Priddle (North Wales Constabulary) shouted but Dick Roberts (husband, fisherman) was not answering his door.
There was a noise/stench coming from the shed.
He was hanging from the rafters.
Richard Hardacre (ME) was examining the corpse.
Ernie Stokes (aka John Doe, Stokes’ antique owner) had died from asphyxiation before he was tied to the boat.
What were Scuttler & Shanni discussing?
DI Manx-Williams & PC Delyth “Del” Morris (f) went to pay Nerys (f, cleaning lady, waitress) a visit.
Beaumaris. Stokes Antiques Emporium Church St. Was the next stop for the 2.
Ashton Bevan (forensics lead) & the other team members had arrived.
Benllech caravan park/campground. Manx-Williams went to pay Sherri Vaughn (Simon’s wife) a visit.
Did Callum “Cal” David Blackwell (son) kill Stokes, & Dr Simon Vaughn (45+, GP). Did he know something about Dick Roberts's suicide?
Will they get the PPL that are making/selling Anglesey Blue (illegal drug)?
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written crime thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
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Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
Top international reviews
This series is set in Anglesey, I had areal sense of place through Dylan's writing, which is gritty, dark, and full of characterisation.
Manx hasn't even taken his shoes off, donned his slippers to relax before his new job takes over. The plot is As well as giving us a backdrop into future work, the book ends on a slight opening to which will be the next in the series.
Which I wish I had to hand to start straight away.
There was such a depth to Dylan's writing style that helped with the strength of the first book in this series. I am interested to see what leads on from here.
Crime and Police Procedure Fiction at its best, dark, disturbing and leaving you wanting more.
Now perhaps it's me but all the way through this book I was annoyed by little lapses which in themselves weren't much but after a while their regular popping-up began to grate. Firstly the Americanisms such as the use of the words "Emergency Room" to describe the Casualty Department, casket for coffin and a child calling his mother "Mom". There were others. So much so they became a distraction. Then there were the results of sloppy proof-reading such as the shift from a handgun's description of a Walther to a Waltham? There were even some plain wrong things like a shotgun firing "slugs".
All these small mistakes turned a thriller with lots of potential into a flawed read.
The main protagonist, Tudor Manx, makes for an engaging and likeable character, and his troubled past is hinted at throughout, an interesting sub plot running alongside the main story line of hideous serial killings and seedy drug dealings.
The fact that we also have an insight into the home lives of his colleagues in the police force adds to the depth of the tale. Too often, this is an area somewhat over looked by some crime and thriller authors, but personally I like this aspect as it enables the reader to build a fuller picture of the characters in all walks of their lives.
I am a real fan of this genre, and now having discovered Anglesey Blue and thoroughly enjoyed it, I shall certainly be following this author and waiting eagerly for his next offering - the cliff hanger ending certainly points the way to a sequel.
A few minor editorial and grammatical errors in the book were noted, but by no means spoilt my enjoyment of this very tense and engaging page turner.
There were some spelling and grammatical errors but very few in comparison to other e books I've read recently. I did have a bit of an issue with the mixture of American terminology and spelling, but as he is a resident of both I can understand it I suppose, although it is one of my pet peeves with books to be honest, the Brits are expected to read American terminology but the Americans can't read English? Surely this is being unfair to the USA, that they can't work it out? Sorry, rant over.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone, so much so that I bought number two immediately and am now off to read that!
However, a good editor would have been of great benefit to this well-crafted story. As well as directional errors already mentioned by another reviewer, the book has a quite noticeable amount of spelling errors and words used incorrectly or in the wrong context. Flawed research has led to factual police procedural errors, for example nobody trains to be a PC at Bramshill and Chief Inspectors are not addressed as 'Chief', there are more which I won't go into.
I hope Mr Jones will take his time with the next book in the series, I look forward to it; despite my criticisms I enjoyed reading this!
I really like the main character Manx Tudor and the story line is very strong as are the other main characters in the book. The story twists and turns until it reaches a climax just before the end and it paves the way for a follow up book right at the end. The action pretty much starts from Manx first day in the job, talk about being thrown in the deep end.
The book is set as the title suggests on the lovely Anglesey island that I'm so familiar with after my many visits and the author certainly uses the books setting to it's full advantage, the locations just add to the plot as far as I'm concerned.
Now where's my coat as I think I'm off the Pilot Arms for a pint while I wait for a sequel.
Potentially a gripping and fast paced story in an uncommon setting but too much unnecessary digression slowed it down. Cutting 100 or more pages would improve the book no end.
A lack of attention to detail and lack of knowledge pulled me out of the story on several occasions. For example in Chapter 11 a character had the BUTT of a pistol pressed against his temple.
Revolver was used to describe any handgun and A Walther P99 was also called a Waltham a few pages later. The author described firearms officers checking them: they ‘pulled back the sliding case’ but two lines later the ‘slid their revolvers…’ A surprising mixture of research and ignorance.
The final acts, which I won't give away, were overstretched and the sudden appearance of handguns was a bit too much .
I'm a great fan of writers whose characters jump off the page at you , the ones you remember make for good reading .
I would add that it must almost impossible to create a unforgettable lead such as Holmes , Morse, DCI Banks but writers like Deborah Crombie , Cynthia Harrod Eagles , and Ann Granger do it .
A good read.
Main protagonist by no means original --- middle aged, middle ranking maverick detective returning to his roots after leaving London Metropolitan Police in a dark cloud, cf Banks or is it Grace? I always get them mixed up.
Confusing cast of characters -- difficult to work out who was who, even if male or female.
Annoying trend amongst whodunnit authors --- interspersing chapters with villain's thoughts in italics.
Too much (for me) violent action -- cops chasing villains and vice versa. Boring. I skipped much of this. Others will probably enjoy it.