#BlogTour #Review ~ No Accident by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk @CarolineBookBit

Nothing happens by accident, according to Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. When he ignores a restraining order to investigate the death of Syd Collins in a work accident at Tombstone Adventure Park, he clashes with the owner, playboy millionaire, Miles Birchill, who has his own reasons to block the investigation.

Determined to uncover the truth, Kent casts aside procedure and defies suspension when he becomes convinced that Collins’ death is no accident.

But as Kent rushes to identify the killer and prevent more deaths, he faces even more unpleasant surprises when his professional and private worlds collide with devastating consequences.

Set in and around the beautiful South Downs of East Sussex, No Accident is the first novel in a new series that brings a fresh and irreverent twist to the traditional whodunit.

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About the Author

Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.

At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.

Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.

Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.

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My Review

No Accident is a mystery/detective story set in and around the South Downs. Now I like a good mystery to get my teeth into and I was born and raised in the South Downs area so it was immediately appealing in that respect. The author is a self-confessed Columbo fan so people of a certain age will love or hate that connection .. personally I used to really enjoy Columbo so I couldn’t get his image out of mind for quite a while when I was reading this! Columbo does actually get a part but this time in the form of the dog!

Kent Fisher is called to an ‘accident’ involving farm machinery (bit gruesome) in his role as an environmental health officer. The victim is a worker at the adventure park which just happens to be run and owned by Kent’s enemy Miles Birchill. Sadly for Kent Mile’s is alive and well, he would prefer it if he were the person the tractor minced!

There is a whole can of worms to be opened when Kent begins investigating and I like his method of detective work. We get to know Kent fairly well, he is a decent guy, keen on saving the environment, rescuing animals and putting preservation plans into action. He is currently living in a small area that used to belong to his father’s estate .. there are plenty of secrets revolving around family members and clues pointing at Kent’s birth/childhood.

The surrounding area is well described, the author’s apparent love of Sussex and ‘homely’ detectives shine through. It has a cosy, sedate feel to the story almost as though it is set in a previous generation. I enjoyed the humour scattered throughout and the possibility of secret passages in the big house gave it a real Scooby Doo atmosphere. 

So will Kent Fisher solve the mystery behind the ‘accident, who is the victim and what happened? Robert Crouch has produced a highly enjoyable book and I look forward to reading more by him.

Many thanks to the author and Caroline (Bits about Books) for inviting me to take part on the tour. 


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