Thank you to all the brilliant bloggers and reviewers who helped with the launch of TIMES LIKE THESE. Your help is very much appreciated x
What the reviewers thought:
Sassy Redhead Book Reviews This story was intriguing and dark, but it was a great read. It pulled me in early on and the suspense and intrigue kept my attention through the entire book.
The Word is Out – I really like Marco, a very human and “real” person. He is dogged and determined to catch the bad guys and achieve justice, and has a great team of clever junior detectives in Lydia and Wyn. This is an excellent police procedural with a great plot, smashing satisfying conclusion and very realistic believable characters. 5*
Ginger Book Geek Times – Like These’ is superbly written but then I think that to be true of Stephen’s books in general. He grabs your attention from the start and draws you into the story. Once he has your attention, he will not let you have it back until the moment you read the last word on the last page.
Beyond the Books – This is the first book I have read that has actually worked with the pandemic and intertwined it in their book. This works well, It made the book seem more realistic and true to the times we are in. As always I was engrossed in Marco and the case not wanting to put my book down for too long. Excellent author and series, although I do love anything that Stephen writes anyway!
Linda Strong Book Reviews – As all the books in this series, it’s well written, action-packed and full of twists and turns to keep the reader riveted to the story. Suspense begins with the first page and steadily increases until the final page-turning conclusion. The characters are outstanding and relate to each other with humor, and always with a ” I’ve got your back ” attitude.
By the Letter Book Reviews – Guest Review – TIMES LIKE THESE IS A SENSATIONAL MUST READ!
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.
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.