BLOG TOUR – He is Watching You by Charlie Gallagher #GuestPost #Crimefiction #Detective @gloriouscharlie @joffebooks

Today is the launch of HE IS WATCHING YOU.  This is book 1 in a new series by Charlie Gallagher,  I am kicking off the tour with a guest post introducing the new series and characters.

When Harry met Maddie

‘He Is Watching You’ is the first book in a brand new series and might just be the most important book I have released to date. For me at least.

Aside from one standalone book, I’ve spent the last two years releasing seven books based around George Elms – a character I really enjoyed writing. The readership of that series steadily rose, but the last two books really seemed to make a positive impact and I feel like I have real momentum going into this one, my ninth published book.

So perhaps it’s not a wise decision to be saying goodbye to George and asking readers to try brand new characters. And a brand new series.

Actually I think this is the perfect time. George Elms went full circle; from content family man, right through the mill and out the other side, where he emerged with his giggling daughter wrapped around his legs. George was starting to become the focus of the books, with the story threatening to become an aside.

The Maddie Ives series will be a little different. I’m determined to write a series where the bad people and their victims drive the narrative. Maddie and Harry will be a strong part of moving stories forward, they will play their part, I will do my best to make them interesting and to have their own lives and problems, but the focus will always be the story. Good trying to come out on top against evil. Sometimes it will succeed. Sometimes it definitely won’t.

This first book is a good example of what I am looking to achieve. I don’t want to put any spoilers in, but I can say that I have purposely tried to get readers heavily invested in the plight of the good people caught up in the bad guy’s plot. And it won’t end well for everyone.

Maddie Ives is my main character. The series will be built around her. I think she’s interesting and, as with most of my characters, she’s based on someone I know. Actually, it’s probably bits of a few people I know! She starts the book as an undercover officer in a big city force and is soon forced to join a smaller force and in a far less specialist role. Harry Blaker doesn’t make this any easier at first and Maddie has to start again, proving to people that she is a very capable officer. And a very fine detective. I liked the idea of starting a new series with a ‘fish out of water’ theme. It seemed to be appropriate for me, I am so used to writing George Elms books that I was at the point where I didn’t even need to think about his dialogue and now I have brand new people to get to know. I actually have to think about it!

Harry Blaker is a joy to write. The first drafts of the first few chapters featured a very different Blaker. He was a young, newly promoted DS who’s enthusiasm was going to constantly upset Maddie. It didn’t work. Their chemistry was all wrong. I rewrote Harry completely and it just seemed to come natural for him to be a miserable, by-the-book, hard to read older fella with a genuine dislike of swear words. I’m delighted with the change and with the outcome.

All that’s left now is for me to set Harry and Maddie free on the public. The book’s been released to advanced readers, it’s up on Amazon and I’m left in author limbo, that most unnerving of times for all writers – the silence. I’m eager to see what people think of the new book, of the new characters and the tone of the new series. I plan for it to be long-running; at least as long as George but maybe even bettering his seven outings. The next week or so will be a good guide as to whether that’s a good idea or not.

Enjoy!

Charlie Gallagher.


HE IS WATCHING YOU by Charlie Gallagher

Available from AMAZON

DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLIE GALLAGHER. 

MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR.

A young woman’s body is left in a metal container in a remote location. The killer is careful to position her under a camera that links to his smartphone. He likes to look back at his work.

HE IS WATCHING HER.

BUT SHE ISN’T DEAD.

So he will go back to finish the job. He can barely contain his excitement at the thought of getting to do it all over again. But he must be careful. He cannot rush. Rushing makes you careless.

Detective Maddie Ives is new to the area. She is handed a missing person report:  a young woman with a drink problem who’s been reported missing fifteen times. It looks like a waste of time. But DS Ives has a bad feeling about the woman’s disappearance.

DI Harry Blaker is called to a hit and run of an elderly man left to die on a quiet country road. There is no motive and it looks like a tragic accident. But he’s been working Major Crime long enough to know that something isn’t quite right.

The two officers find their investigations intertwine and they will need to work together.

BUT THEY MUST WORK FAST. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE WOMAN IN THE CONTAINER.

And the killer has already identified his next target.

HE IS WATCHING YOU: The new race against time thriller from Charlie Gallagher. 

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN
HER LAST BREATH
RUTHLESS


Author Bio

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

LINKS

Website:   https://www.writercharliegallagher.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writercharliegallagher

Twitter:     @gloriouscharlie

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