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Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of TIMES LIKE THESE as part of the Blog Tour.  This is book 4 in the brilliant Inspector Marco series set in Wales.

TIMES LIKE THESE (Inspector Marco book 4)

Format – Kindle
Publisher – Self Published
Publication Date – 22nd October 2020
Genre – Crime Fiction
Author – Stephen Puleston

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A grotesque killing. A killer without mercy and out for revenge. Can Inspector Marco capture the madman before he exacts his final act of vengeance?

The death of Frank Armsby is no ordinary hit and run especially when his links to organised crime suggest a gangland killing. But two failed prosecutions of Armsby for rape and a recent case where the charges were dropped paint a different picture.

When a man is brutally killed in a sadistic attack nothing immediately suggests that both deaths are connected. Detective Inspector Marco is convinced that one killer is at work despite the pressure from his superiors to believe otherwise.

Once an executive in the TV world is found dead in his luxury apartment Marco and another body turns up brutally mutilated Marco is more determined than ever that a single killer is at work.

When he finally determines the culprit a kidnapping has taken place and Marco has a race against time before the victim is killed.


My Review

I was thrilled to find out that Stephen had written a new addition to the Inspector Marco series as I do love Marco.  The book more than lived up to expectations.

A gruesome killing with several motives.  Clues point towards a gangland killing but Marco is not convinced. Unfortunately his superiors are leaning towards the gangland theory.  Is Marco losing his touch?  Then there is another death.

This is a very intriguing read I really had no idea who was responsible and there are so many red herrings and dead ends.  Are the deaths connected and if so what connects them.

As more bodies turn up all clues point to an horrific crime many years ago one which was not reported.  Can Marco catch the culprit before anyone else dies?

Marco seems to have really turned his life around although people are concerned that this case may force him to reach for the bottle again.  Can he resist?

An absolutely gripping page-turner that will appeal to anyone who likes a good detective story.


Stephen 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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