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

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