#BlogTour #Review ~ Brass in Pocket by @stephenpuleston @Books_n_all

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.

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 and the fourth, DEAD ON YOUR FEET.

Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website Website

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.

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Inspector Drake

Detective Ian Drake is an inspector in the Wales Police Service and is based in the northern division headquarters near Colwyn Bay on the coast. North Wales is a large area that stretches from the coast to the border with England. It is an area rich in history and great scenery.

Book 0.5: The Devils Kitchen (a prequel novella)

Book 1: Brass in Pocket

Book 2: Worse than Dead

Book 3: Against the Tide

Book 4: Dead on your Feet

Book 5: coming soon

My Review

Hooray, I’m in at the start of a series, book one in the Detective Ian Drake series. If you want a quick taster there is a prequel novella The Devils Kitchen which is currently free on Amazon (download).

I do like a decent police procedural that tempts me with many clues or red herrings. The murder of two traffic cops is a nice juicy crime to get your teeth into. This moves along at a fairly steady pace which resulted in me not knowing the answer .. the case needs solving before more people die.

We do get to know Drake during Brass in Pocket especially his OCD which makes itself apparent, it could become frustrating to anyone who doesn’t understand the condition but it also portrays the problems it can cause amongst work colleagues and procedures. I have to say it began wearing on my nerves and I wasn’t with him!

A fascinating start to the series, I enjoyed the setting and kept singing the song Brass in Pocket (never liked that when it was a hit). It will be interesting to see how the character evolves in the next books.

Thanks to the author and  Jill at Books n All for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

 

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