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I love the author’s writing style…hooked me from the beginning and held my interest throughout. Inspector Marco is a little gritty and rough-around-the-edges making for a realistic character. Read more here
It is rather difficult to like a character who has quite so many failings and, as it is written in the first person, he begins to sound more like a spoilt brat than an adult detective. That aside, I found the story eye-opening and thrilling and look forward to reading more in this series. Read more here
I have read a few books by this author now and he produces well written stories and this one was no exception. Speechless is his first full length novel in the Inspector Marco series and it is a cracking start to the series! Read more here
Things that I enjoyed about this book was the plot line, sounds obvious, but it was well developed and believable. Read more here
I absolutely loved Detective John Marco and took to him from the start. He is one hard working detective and he puts in far more hours than he is paid for. Once he starts a case, he is determined to see it through to the end and he doesn’t like anybody trying to muscle in on his investigation. Marco likes to get a result in all his cases and on more than one occasion he has slightly bent the rules to get the results that he is after. Read more here
I have really taken to Marco, who faces his own personal challenges of control in his life on a daily basis. This story has a pretty fast pace from the opening pages and stays a busy book right to the end. There are some descriptive scenes, a few raised adrenaline chapters and plenty of shocks that I really didn’t see coming. So looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Read more here
The book pretty much flew along at a great pace and I really liked the way the book is written where we learn everything at the same time as Inspector Marco, which makes it really hard to work out who the murderer is until the big reveal. Read more here
There is non-stop action involving human trafficking, blackmail, murder, money laundering, and the Polish Mafia. Marco is not what I’d call an extremely likable character .. but I do like him.. maybe in spite of himself. He’s dedicated to his job, and wants justice for his victims. Read more here
The intrigue and deception in this story kept me turning the pages. DI Marco works overtime to find the murder in this story and to save the Poles in his community. He doesn’t care who was murdered, his job is to find the murder and put them behind bars, he has no prejudices against the murder or the victims. His only goal is to find the bad guy and make them pay for their crimes. Read more here
Speechless (Inspector Marco #1) by Stephen Puleston
Available from Amazon
The body of a young Pole working in Cardiff is pulled from the River Taff. His tongue has been amputated in some sort of ritual.
More murders in the Polish community take Inspector John Marco and his team into the East European immigrant community and the murky world of people trafficking.
But what is it that links all the deaths together?
When the evidence points to one of the city’s criminal and the involvement of a gangster from Poland Marco faces the challenge of gathering evidence from a close knit and secretive community.
And why do the Polish Secret Service seem to be interested?
When Marco finds himself entangled emotionally its impossible for him to think clearly. In search of an answer Marco travels to Poland only to find himself implicated in a murder and hoping he can avoid another.
Racing back to Cardiff he hopes he has enough to unravel the case and arrest the perpetrators.
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.