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.
What the Bloggers and Readers are saying:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: A prequel novella (Inspector John Marco Mysteries)
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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.
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