Blog Tour Wrap Up – LONG SHADOWS by Derek Thompson #bookreview #crimefiction #netgalley #LongShadows @joffebooks @derekwritelines

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers, reviewers and readers who helped with the launch of LONG SHADOWS by Derek Thompson. Your help is very much appreciated.

What the bloggers thought:

Linda Strong Book Reviews

Well written with a solid plot, I enjoyed how wild’s past and present cases come together to give him a touch of credibility. Partnering with Olsen showcases Marnie as a presence to be reckoned with. She’s smarter and more ambitious than her male counterparts. She’s going to go places. There are twists and turns that I didn’t see coming that led to an unexpected ending.

Ginger Book Geek

‘Long Shadows’ is extremely well written.  The author grabbed my attention with an eye catching synopsis and he drew me into the story from the start.

The Word is Out

Wild is a clever and quick thinking detective who more than demonstrates his worth in this first story. I think we’ve only just scratched the surface with Wild and there is a lot more to know about him but there is already plenty to like and the partnership with Marnie Olsen is a good one. A very enjoyable story and I really hope this will become a series. 5*

Beyond the Books

I loved the amount of mysteries in this book, always thinking I knew who the perpertator was then something else happened to make me change my mind. I was engrossed in the story throughout and am hoping Derek brings the duo of D.S Wild and P.C Olsen back soon!

Bookish Jottings

An enjoyable and well-written crime thriller, Derek Thompson’s Long Shadows introduces Detective Craig Wild in a gripping chiller that will certainly keep readers turning the pages.

Sue Wallace Site

I really enjoyed this book. Great story and some good characters. Craig and Marnie were my favourite characters. I wasn’t sure about Ben. I hope there is more to come. 5*.

On The Shelf Reviews

Long Shadows is a smart and compelling mystery and a definite must if you enjoy a British set police procedural. I’m looking forward to reading more from DS Craig Wild.

Black Books Blog

Overall this is a brilliant book and I really can’t wait to get stuck into this series and eagerly await book 2.

LONG SHADOWS by Derek Thompson

Format: Kindle
Publisher – JOFFE BOOKS
Publication Date – 28th May 2020
Genre – Crime Fiction
Author – Derek Thompson

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Detective Craig Wild couldn’t cut it in London. He swaps the Met for Mayberry, a sleepy Wiltshire backwater where ambition goes to die.

Then Wild is faced with the most baffling case of his career.


Eccentric farmer Alexander Porter is shot dead in his own field. Everyone assumes it was suicide. But Wild knows there’s more to it than that.

Determined to uncover the truth, he teams up with plucky PC Marnie Olsen. They set off on a twisting trail.

The first suspect is Nathan Porter, Alexander’s tearaway son. Wherever Nathan goes, trouble follows.


Wild and Marnie must delve into the darkest corners of the family’s history if they are to uncover the truth.

Can they unmask the killer before Wild’s own chequered past catches up to him?

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, L.J. Ross, Angela Marsons, Peter May or Alex Gray.

My Review

Detective Wild has moved to Wiltshire from London.  A new area, a new team and hopefully a new start away from the past.  So when a body is found he is very eager to get started and show his new boss what he is made of.

But what initially looked like a relatively straight forward case turns out to be anything but as the number of suspects mount up and the clues lead to dead ends.  Then there is another death.

This is a very intriguing book that keeps the reader guessing and also shows the struggle of handling a murder case while trying to settle in to a new team.

Very much a book that will appeal to readers who like to get deeply into the police detective side.

Author Bio

Derek Thompson grew up in London and started writing fiction in his teens. After spending a year in the US, he returned to London and subsequently moved to the West Country. He wrote a commissioned piece for The Guardian in 2008 and entered the world of freelance writing in 2009. His short fiction has featured in both British and American anthologies, and can be found online. He has also written comedy material for live performance and radio.

His love of film noir and thrillers began with The Big Sleep, and has never left him. Much of his fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes: write about what you know. He writes about Thomas Bladen and his role in the Surveillance Support Unit.


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