BLOG TOUR Wrap Up: Dead Smart by Stephen Puleston #InspectorMarco #DeadSmart #BookReview #CrimeFiction #BookReview @Inspector_Marco #PoliceProcedural #Bookstagram

Stephen and I  would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the amazing #bloggers on the #BlogTour for DEAD SMART.  We really appreciate your help in promoting this book you are all GREAT.

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What the Bloggers and Readers are saying:

Lady J’s Bookish Nook

I totally enjoyed this prequel novella introducing readers to Inspector John Marco. It was a great crime police procedural focusing on the criminal investigation.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Although this was only a novella (a short novel) it worked just as well as a full length book.  The story started with a bang and the book maintained the pace throughout.  I became hooked on reading this book from the moment I picked up my Kindle and began to read.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

The mystery and who-dun-it is good. Lots of suspects make it harder to guess the identity of the bad guy. The suspense wanes here and there, but the story premise is good.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

Starting at the beginning in a new to me series of books! Not sure what to say apart from a fantastic introduction! I’m not always a fan of short stories, however I feel this sets the bar and cannot wait to read the rest of the books!   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Book Reviews

I really enjoyed reading this book, especially as the author shows how reduced budgets for the police forces means that some aspects of what used to be police work are having to go by the board – there just isn’t the money or the manpower to investigate everything. A very enjoyable, fast-paced read and I look forward to reading many more by this author.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

The characters in this book were great, they are well developed and I loved their interaction.  The plot was well paced and it left me guessing up to the end.  Twists to keep me wondering where the plot was going and a genuinely interesting book to read!  Read more here

Black Books Blog

There are so many things linking the case that it is really hard to figure out which is the real motive and which are red herrings, which makes it even harder to work out who actually commited it as you can’t rule anyone out until near the very end.  Read more here

Books from Dusk till Dawn

Although this is a prequel novella it is my first Inspector Marco book and what a cracking introduction to this man and his side kick DS Boyd Pierce it was. No hanging round but straight into a gruesome scene which was a little too much for some. Eddie Westford had met his untimely end outside Cardiff City Football ground and it definitely wasn’t by accident.  Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

This is a fast-paced story that brings the reader through a tough murder case. A man is found dead outside the stadium after a football game. His murder is investigated by Inspector Marco. He is a detective who wants to solve the case, but with a deadline looming over him he feels the pressure.  Read more here


Dead-Smart-cover.pngDead Smart: A prequel novella (Inspector John Marco Mysteries) 

Available from: Amazon

Nobody can hide from the truth …

Eddie Westford is found dead outside the Cardiff City Football ground. His throat has been cut in a cold-blooded attack. Inspector Marco discovers photographs of Westford sitting in various luxury cars and Westford’s connections with the organised hooligan gangs of Cardiff points to a connection with hardened criminals.
Evidence suggesting Westford is a suspect in a drug related inquiry means that Marco faces having to transfer the investigation to another officer. But Marco’s gut instinct believes that Westford’s death may be connected to some powerful people in Cardiff and he resists the attempts from his senior officer to have the murder case allocated to another officer.

Marco embarks on a final last minute attempt to prove his theory with disastrous consequences before he finally identifies Westford’s killer.



Stephen Puleston author photoAuthor Bio

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.
I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

Links

Website: www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/
Twitter:@Inspector_Marco
Facebook:www.facebook.com/stephenpulestoncrimewriter

BLOG TOUR: Dead Smart by Stephen Puleston #InspectorMarco #DeadSmart #BookReview #CrimeFiction #BookReview @Inspector_Marco #PoliceProcedural #Bookstagram

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for DEAD SMART by Stephen Puleston. This is a prequel novella to the Inspector Marco series and is a gripping read.

Dead-Smart-cover.pngDead Smart: A prequel novella (Inspector John Marco Mysteries) 

Available from: Amazon

Nobody can hide from the truth …

Eddie Westford is found dead outside the Cardiff City Football ground. His throat has been cut in a cold-blooded attack. Inspector Marco discovers photographs of Westford sitting in various luxury cars and Westford’s connections with the organised hooligan gangs of Cardiff points to a connection with hardened criminals.
Evidence suggesting Westford is a suspect in a drug related inquiry means that Marco faces having to transfer the investigation to another officer. But Marco’s gut instinct believes that Westford’s death may be connected to some powerful people in Cardiff and he resists the attempts from his senior officer to have the murder case allocated to another officer.

Marco embarks on a final last minute attempt to prove his theory with disastrous consequences before he finally identifies Westford’s killer.


My Review

This is a prequel novella introduction to the Inspector Marco series.

A man is murdered with his throat cut and Marco is on the case except a link to drugs is found and he sees the case slipping out of his grasp.  Can he solve the case before he loses it?

This is a very complex story with a lot going on as we learn about the characters in tandem with the story developing.  A lot of twists and turns and red herrings keep the story moving along at a fast pace and the approaching deadline adds to the adrenaline rush as we all urge Marco on.  The ending is a real curve ball and one I definitely didn’t see coming.

This is a well written story.  The characters develop well through the book and there is minimal descriptive text so the fast pace is set and maintained from the very first page.

A brilliant introduction to what has the makings of a brilliant series I will definitely be reading future books.

I recommend this book to readers who like Police Procedural and Crime Fiction.



Stephen Puleston author photoAuthor Bio

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.
I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

Links

Website: www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/
Twitter:@Inspector_Marco
Facebook:www.facebook.com/stephenpulestoncrimewriter

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston

Many thanks to the wonderful bloggers on the Blog Tour for A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston.  Your help is very much appreciated by myself and Stephen.  You guys are the best xx

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Black Books Blog

The story itself revolves around the murder of an antiques dealer, and his links with the criminal underground.  The story was a brilliant read, which kept me guessing right to the end and made me want to read the next one.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

It’s a fun ride to see how he gets to the bottom of most problems without getting suspended from his job. Secondary characters are credible and kept my interest.  Read more here


J.V. Baptie

This novel is very fast paced and at the same time easy to read and there is a lot of action throughout.  Read more here


On the Shelf Review

Overall an intriguing police procedural that will keep you turning page after page.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog


Mystery Thriller Week

I enjoyed seeing Inspector Drake in action as he solves the crime. How we do things define us, and with him its no different. He’s meticulous with an energy that leaps off the page. You gotta love that about any character!  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

I became so addicted to reading this book that I had to take my Kindle everywhere with me as I couldn’t put the book down.  I just had to read on to find out what further secrets and lies came tumbling out of the closet and how the investigation progressed.  I even begrudged having to take my two Labradors out which , as you can imagine, didn’t go down well.   Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

This is an excellent story – well planned out and I have given it 5 stars – very highly recommended!!  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Lots of intrigue and suspense that builds throughout the book and keeps the pages turning as we follow Drake on his journey towards the truth. The suspense reaches new levels towards the end and the jaw dropping conclusion.  Read more here


A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston

@stephenpuleston #atimetokill #InspectorDrake #policeprocedural #5stars

Time to Kill cover jpg

Available from:   Amazon UK    Amazon US

A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdoniaare an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.

A killer hidden in plain sight.

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…


My Review


Author photo jpgStephen Puleston:  Biography

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

BLOG TOUR: A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston

Today I am closing off the #blogtour for A TIME TO KILL by the brilliant Stephen Puleston.  I am very pleased to share with you my #review of A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston. This is an excellent read that will appeal to readers of Police Procedurals.

What readers are saying about A Time to Kill

The tension in the story begins immediately with the murder of Harry Jones and continues throughout the book.‘ Joyce

An excellent read with the storyline developing the characters and locations from the previous novels nicely without distracting from the fresh plot.‘  J A Humphreys

Yet another excellent book from the pen of Stephen Puleston‘ K8T

@stephenpuleston #atimetokill #InspectorDrake #policeprocedural #5stars

Time to Kill cover jpgA Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston

Available from:   Amazon UK    Amazon US

A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdoniaare an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.

A killer hidden in plain sight.

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…


My Review

This is book 5 in the Inspector Drake series and the books just get better and better.  I am really getting to like the Drake character he is flawed, passionate and very human.  I especially like the way he has developed throughout the series as we watched him struggle with his OCD and marital problems.

The story begins when a man goes missing and his body turns up having been shot with an antique pistol.  Where has the gun come from and who is the murderer?  As the case develops there are many suspects and Drake’s case becomes entangled with one in the midlands.  This means Drake has more people interfering than he would like, in fact he would prefer nobody interfered.

With everybody watching and suspects piling up but no clues or evidence this is turning into a difficult case.

Lots of intrigue and suspense that builds throughout the book and keeps the pages turning as we follow Drake on his journey towards the truth.  The suspense reaches new levels towards the end and the jaw dropping conclusion.

An excellent read that will appeal to readers of Police Procedural.  I am looking forward to more from this author.

A well earned 5 stars from me.


Author photo jpgStephen Puleston:  Biography

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Brass in Pocket by Stephen Puleston

Stephen and myself would like to say a very big THANK YOU for helping with the re-release of Book 1 in the Inspector Drake series.  We were unsure of what to expect from a relaunch but the results are very good and we couldn’t have done it without you guys.  You really are awesome.

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Ginger Book Geek

Every so often I come across a series of books, where I read one and think ‘how the heck have I not read this series before?’  Well the Inspector Drake series is one such series.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Fantastic read. I’ve come to prefer the UK based books as they’re easier to relate to… This is no exception. This was a relaunch and I have been so honoured to be part of the tour.  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

I enjoyed the storyline and was kept gripped by what was coming next. There were plenty of cliffhangers that meant “Just one more chapter”! I also particularly enjoyed the chapters with Drake’s family members.  Read more here


Ali the Dragon Slayer

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).  Read more here


A Bookish Human

The novel kept me intrigued throughout and maintains a steady pace. It is also filled with cliffhangers at the end of chapters which keeps the reader wanting more.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

The book opens with the death of two dodgy policemen on an isolated road. The killer leaves a number four at the crime scene then sends a message to the baffled police in the form of song lyrics. A second murder occurs with the same M.O. and it’s up to Inspector Drake and his team to stop the killer before they strike again.  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

I know good crime fiction when I see it and Brass in Pocket certainly is. Stephen Puleston’s writing has a certain realism that can only be explained by experience. After reading so many books you begin to recognize the author’s craft and things that make them unique.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

Drake and his team have no clues, no motive. They suspect more murders in the near future.  Read more here


I am very excited to be involved in the relaunch of this brilliant book which is the first book in the Inspector Drake series.

“This is worse than I could imagine,” #mystery Brass in Pocket Over 340

5 & 4*reviews FREE until 20.11  http://hyperurl.co/at6ih7

Brass in Pocket coverBrass in Pocket (Inspector Drake #1) by Stephen Puleston

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.

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: March 2018


My Review

 


Author photoAUTHOR BIO:

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 http://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.

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

twitter @stephenpuleston
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17G6iIA

BLOG TOUR: Brass in Pocket (Inspector Drake #1) by Stephen Puleston

I am very excited to be involved in the relaunch of this brilliant book which is the first book in the Inspector Drake series.

“This is worse than I could imagine,” #mystery Brass in Pocket Over 340

5 & 4*reviews FREE until 20.11  http://hyperurl.co/at6ih7

Brass in Pocket coverBrass in Pocket (Inspector Drake #1) by Stephen Puleston

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.

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: March 2018


My Review

This is book 1 in the Inspector Drake series although there is a prequel novella, The Devil’s Kitchen that is available free on Amazon.

The story begins with the murder of 2 traffic policemen.  Inspector Ian Drake is called to the scene and so begins a race to unravel the cryptic clues before more people die.

As the book progresses we learn a lot about Ian and his struggle with OCD.  It brings a human perspective to the book as his issues with cleanliness cause him problems with other members of his team.

The story moves along at a decent pace as the reader becomes more intrigued as the case develops and more people die.  What is the link and who is the murderer is something that is a closely guarded secret until we are almost at the end of the book.  I was as flumoxed as the team trying to work out the who and why and then WOW I didn’t see THAT coming.

This is a well written, gripping book that will have the reader turning page after page.  I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Definitely worth the 5 stars.


Author photoAUTHOR BIO:

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 http://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.

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

twitter @stephenpuleston
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17G6iIA

 

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