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- Print Length: 162 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502488981
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- Publisher: MM Publications (September 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NETGR2O
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The story is set in the 1980s during a period that preceded cell phones, DNA evidence and many of the technologies that we now take for granted, forcing the characters to rely upon good old-fashioned detective work.
This is the third book in the series that I’ve read. Having read two others, the characters may seem a bit more complex and multi-layered; however, reading the stories out of order doesn’t distract from their enjoyment, as the author seems to have found a suitable balance between providing essential background material in each story without seeming to cover old ground.
Enter one Clair Ashford, an attractive blonde on the lee side of fifty, with a relatively pleasing countenance and body – and a troubling case to present to our fledgling detective. As Morris endeavors to uncover the truth about the murder of Tony O’Brian, he inadvertently touches a few nerves. Morris has the feeling that there is more going on here than meets the eye, but can’t exactly put his finger on what’s wrong. Was it the drugs O’Brian sold in his clubs? Maybe someone got a little testy when he didn’t receive a promised payoff.
Even Morris’ trusty sidekick, Shoddy, seems to have more questions than answers. Everyone believes the current suspect is guilty of O’Brian’s murder, but Shoddy tries to maintain an open mind. His fascinating history as an officer of the law provides him with the background to run the leads to ground and Morris benefits greatly from his sage, if sometimes inebriated, advice.
Little by little, Morris gets closer to the truth, tripping through a web of details embroiled in some of the most violent altercations in the area. As his focus narrows, Clair Ashford leads Morris to a remote little cottage where he will apparently finally find the answers he seeks – or be eliminated for his persistent interference.
This is a great quick read for those who adore a really good mystery. The characters are well defined and I loved the snatches of humor mixed into the plot like a good pudding. With more twists and turns than a warm soft pretzel, this novel keeps the reader guessing until the surprise ending. I’m very glad I finally got to read the first book in this marvelous collection of mysteries!
The action takes place in the fictional town of Croxley, near Liverpool. This is the first in the series, so we are introduced to a private detective who is so bad he is thinking of giving up. A new client changes everything, and we are taken through a story that has many twists and an unexpected ending. I love stories where the reader is fed red herrings and doesn’t see ‘what’s coming’ at the end.
The creation of an alcoholic but brilliant sidekick is inspirational, and this alone makes it different to anything else you will read. Brutally dark, humorous, and edgy, with roots fixed firmly in the period of the American ‘Bogart’ era, give it a try, and like me, you won’t be disappointed. The whole series is recommended reading.