BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Nowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston #mystery #detective #crimefiction @stephenpuleston

Thank you to the wonderful bloggers and reviewers who helped with the launch of Nowhere to Hide by Stephen Puleston. Your help is very much appreciated.

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What the reviewers thought:

Black Books Blog

All through the book there is a lot of action and stuff going on, which keeps the story flowing nicely and kept me hooked and wanting to read the next chapter each time I got to the end of one. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As all of this author’s books, this one is action packed with suspense that just doesn’t let up. The characters are memorable. I especially liked to see a blend of Drake’s personal and professional life. He and his team relate well to each other. Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

‘Nowhere To Hide’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from the hugely talented Stephen Puleston.  He certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and once he has that attention, he keeps it throughout the story.  The story was gripping and at times I was on the edge of my seat.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

This is a fast-moving story with very accurate police procedure and wonderful descriptions of the Welsh countryside where the story is set. The whole series gets better with every book. Read more here

Debbie Hipster

I like the thriller aspect of it, and I enjoyed reading it and learning new things too along the way. Definitely looking out for this author for more. Read more here

The Word is Out

Great story telling with well rounded characters and a very current plotline that will keep the reader hooked right up the last page. Highly recommended. 5* Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I thought that the storyline was excellent, it was well planned out and I loved the suspense the author built up with the story right through to the end, the writing style and flow of the story was spot on. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

The story is full of suspense and intrigue and a very readable story. Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

What a fast-moving novel. It is full of intrigue and danger. Even though this Nowhere to Hide is the 7th book in a series that I hadn’t read before, I was able to see a bit of Drake becoming a changed man due to being in a relationship. This no doubt has had a powerful impact on his team. I enjoyed this book and do look forward to continuing this series in the future. Read more here


Nowhere to Hide coverNowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston

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A murdered mother… A failing police force…A detective looking for justice.

When drug addict Dawn Piper is found dead in her own home, her neighbours are far from surprised. Dawn’s habit led her to mix with some dangerous people. But this quiet mother of one was small fry …would anyone want Dawn dead?

Inspector Drake knows there is more to Dawn’s murder than a simple drug deal gone wrong. As he digs deeper, he discovers that Dawn hoped to clean up the streets of her community that are being overrun by drugs and the dangerous County Lines gangs that sell them. And it cost her her life. Have the police force failed the community they serve?

Drake is used to the murky world of organised crime groups. He knows the dirty games they play to evade arrest. But in his toughest case to date Drake is determined to make the guilty pay.

This time, they will have nowhere to hide”


My Review

Inspector Drake is back and this time he is out to obtain justice for the people society has let down.

The body of a young woman is found in her home but that is not where she was killed.  Drake and his team have the difficult task of finding out why she was murdered and who killed her.  As an ex addict (or is she) she has mixed with the underworld of drugs and violence but even so a life has been lost and a young boy motherless so Drake is determined to get answers.  2 other girls go missing while in the care of the state.  Are the 2 cases linked or separate?  Either way Drake will see justice is done.

Drake has struggled with life.  He has serious OCD and has worked to keep it under control but it cost him his marriage.  But now he has Annie and in addition to a very demanding job he is working hard to make the relationship work.  He also has to cope with upcoming changes at work as the superior officer he has developed an effective relationship with moves on Drake has to start again with somebody new.

As the team dive in to the investigation Drake finds that someone is out to scare him off.  As the people who he cares about are put at risk can he unravel the clues before someone gets seriously hurt?

This is a steady paced mystery that gets into the nitty gritty of detective work.  We follow the team in looking for clues where there are very few and round many twists and turns making it a very engaging read that is perfect for police procedural fans.


Author photo pngBiography

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

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk

Twitter: @stephenpuleston

BLOG TOUR – Nowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston #mystery #detective #crimefiction @stephenpuleston

Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for NOWHERE TO HIDE by Stephen Puleston.  This is book 7 in the brilliant Inspector Drake series.  The series gets better book by book and this one will not disappoint it is a gripping page turner full of twists and turns.

Nowhere to Hide coverNowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston

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A murdered mother… A failing police force…A detective looking for justice.

When drug addict Dawn Piper is found dead in her own home, her neighbours are far from surprised. Dawn’s habit led her to mix with some dangerous people. But this quiet mother of one was small fry …would anyone want Dawn dead?

Inspector Drake knows there is more to Dawn’s murder than a simple drug deal gone wrong. As he digs deeper, he discovers that Dawn hoped to clean up the streets of her community that are being overrun by drugs and the dangerous County Lines gangs that sell them. And it cost her her life. Have the police force failed the community they serve?

Drake is used to the murky world of organised crime groups. He knows the dirty games they play to evade arrest. But in his toughest case to date Drake is determined to make the guilty pay.

This time, they will have nowhere to hide”


My Review

Inspector Drake is back and this time he is out to obtain justice for the people society has let down.

The body of a young woman is found in her home but that is not where she was killed.  Drake and his team have the difficult task of finding out why she was murdered and who killed her.  As an ex addict (or is she) she has mixed with the underworld of drugs and violence but even so a life has been lost and a young boy motherless so Drake is determined to get answers.  2 other girls go missing while in the care of the state.  Are the 2 cases linked or separate?  Either way Drake will see justice is done.

Drake has struggled with life.  He has serious OCD and has worked to keep it under control but it cost him his marriage.  But now he has Annie and in addition to a very demanding job he is working hard to make the relationship work.  He also has to cope with upcoming changes at work as the superior officer he has developed an effective relationship with moves on Drake has to start again with somebody new.

As the team dive in to the investigation Drake finds that someone is out to scare him off.  As the people who he cares about are put at risk can he unravel the clues before someone gets seriously hurt?

This is a steady paced mystery that gets into the nitty gritty of detective work.  We follow the team in looking for clues where there are very few and round many twists and turns making it a very engaging read that is perfect for police procedural fans.


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

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk

Twitter: @stephenpuleston

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BRASS IN POCKET (Inspector Drake #1) by Stephen Puleston #FreeBook #BargainBook #CrimeFiction #Detective #Mystery @Inspector_Drake

Do you like FREE BOOKS? Do you like Detective Stories? If so I have good news. BRASS IN POCKET book 1 in the brilliant Inspector Drake series is FREE until Monday 28th January.

Brass in Pocket coverBrass in Pocket (Inspector Drake #1) by Stephen Puleston

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It is the middle of the night …The road is deserted …A killer is waiting …

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer – traffic cones in the shape of a No 4.

The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages or is there some hidden meaning in them?

Does it all mean more killings are likely? When a politician is killed Drake has his answer. And then the killer sends more song lyrics. Now Drake has to face the possibility of more deaths but with numbers dominating the case Drake has to face his own rituals and obsessions.

Finally, when the killer threatens Drake and his family he faces his greatest challenge in finding the killer before he strikes again.

Inspector Drake

Detective Ian Drake is an inspector in the Wales Police Service and is based in the northern division headquarters near Colwyn Bay on the coast. North Wales is a large area that stretches from the coast to the border with England. It is an area rich in history and great scenery.

Book 0.5: The Devils Kitchen (a prequel novella)

Book 1: Brass in Pocket

Book 2: Worse than Dead

Book 3: Against the Tide

Book 4: Dead on your Feet

Book 5: A Time to Kill

Book 6 – Written in Blood


What the bloggers thought:

Ginger Book Geek

Every so often I come across a series of books, where I read one and think ‘how the heck have I not read this series before?’  Well the Inspector Drake series is one such series.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Fantastic read. I’ve come to prefer the UK based books as they’re easier to relate to… This is no exception. This was a relaunch and I have been so honoured to be part of the tour.  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

I enjoyed the storyline and was kept gripped by what was coming next. There were plenty of cliffhangers that meant “Just one more chapter”! I also particularly enjoyed the chapters with Drake’s family members.  Read more here


Ali the Dragon Slayer

Hooray, I’m in at the start of a series, book one in the Detective Ian Drake series. If you want a quick taster there is a prequel novella The Devils Kitchen which is currently free on Amazon (download).  Read more here


A Bookish Human

The novel kept me intrigued throughout and maintains a steady pace. It is also filled with cliffhangers at the end of chapters which keeps the reader wanting more.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

The book opens with the death of two dodgy policemen on an isolated road. The killer leaves a number four at the crime scene then sends a message to the baffled police in the form of song lyrics. A second murder occurs with the same M.O. and it’s up to Inspector Drake and his team to stop the killer before they strike again.  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

I know good crime fiction when I see it and Brass in Pocket certainly is. Stephen Puleston’s writing has a certain realism that can only be explained by experience. After reading so many books you begin to recognize the author’s craft and things that make them unique.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

Drake and his team have no clues, no motive. They suspect more murders in the near future.  Read more here

My Review

This is book 1 in the Inspector Drake series although there is a prequel novella, The Devil’s Kitchen that is available free on Amazon.

The story begins with the murder of 2 traffic policemen.  Inspector Ian Drake is called to the scene and so begins a race to unravel the cryptic clues before more people die.

As the book progresses we learn a lot about Ian and his struggle with OCD.  It brings a human perspective to the book as his issues with cleanliness cause him problems with other members of his team.

The story moves along at a decent pace as the reader becomes more intrigued as the case develops and more people die.  What is the link and who is the murderer is something that is a closely guarded secret until we are almost at the end of the book.  I was as flumoxed as the team trying to work out the who and why and then WOW I didn’t see THAT coming.

This is a well written, gripping book that will have the reader turning page after page.  I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Definitely worth the 5 stars.


Author photoAUTHOR BIO:

I write mysteries and thrillers.

I have published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE and the fourth, DEAD ON YOUR FEET.

Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

I was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in Theology from London University I decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by my father on Anglesey. For many years I worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given me valuable raw material for my novels.

I still live and work in North Wales where the Inspector Drake novels are set.

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

twitter @stephenpuleston
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephenpulestoncrimewriter/

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Written in Blood (Inspector Drake #6) by Stephen Puleston

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all the wonderful Bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for Written in Blood.  Your help is very much appreciated.  You are all BRILLIANT and we can’t thank you enough. x

What the Bloggers think of Written in Blood

Ginger Book Geek

This has to be my favourite book of the series so far.  The story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout.  The crimes are gruesome in nature and will certainly stay in my mind for a long time to come.  I found reading ‘Written In Blood’ to be extremely addictive.   Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a highly suspenseful crime fiction with many twists and turns. Not everyone tells the truth … not everyone is who they say they are … and there are many suspects to look at a little more closely.  Read more here

 

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I liked this book and Drake’s team, they may seem like a misfit bunch, but they work well together and they work hard to find the killer. There is more than one murder and all of the victims are connected. If you are a fan of police procedural and suspense, I would highly recommend this book.  Read more here

Akamatra

The suspense is thick and there are many nice twists in this story. I loved the fact that you can’t really “make” the murderer from the suspects and that this was a nice read that didn’t need any knowledge of the previous books in the series. However, now that I’ve read this one I want to read all other books with Inspector Drake!  Read more here

Beth in a Box

Written in Blood is a great book from Stephen Puleston.  Like all good crime fiction, it kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out more.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

These books are getting better and better as we move through the cases and I look forward to each new book with delight.  Read more here

 

Turn The Page

Another fantastic installment of Inspector Drake, highly recommend this, well written and easy to read. Being book six, I think they should be read in order to get full effect, however there is a standalone story, so can be read by anyone and everyone!!!  Read more here

 

Black Books Blog

Overall this is a brilliant read, and if you haven’t done so already I would recommend purchasing this one along with all the others.  Read more here

J.V. Baptie

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Mystery Thriller Week 


Written in Blood (Inspector Drake Book 6) by Stephen Puleston

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A savage murder…
When Inspector Drake is called to the holiday home of eminent barrister and recently appointed judge, Nicholas Wixley, he is faced with a grizzly sight. Wixley’s body has been badly mutilated and staged to resemble a scene from the feared serial murderer – The Alphabet Killer. The only problem is, the perpetrator for those murders is already behind bars…

A copycat killer on the loose?
Drake and the team embark on a frantic investigation to identify the copycat killer and warn other potential victims – all of whom Drake suspects are linked to the previous Alphabet case. But when a friend of Wixley’s is found murdered on his yacht, Drake begins to suspect the copycat link is a red herring to throw them off the scent…

A murderer who must be caught!
And when another murder takes place, Drake begins to question everything he knows about this case and his possible suspects. Now with his own reputation and the integrity of the Wales Police Service on the line Drake cannot afford to make any more mistakes.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Another Good Killing by Stephen Puleston #inspectormarco #detectivebook #crimefiction #policeprocedural @inspector_marco

THANK YOU to all the amazing bloggers on the Blog Tour for ANOTHER GOOD KILLING your help, as always, is very much appreciated.  Thank you very much.  Stephen & Jill.

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Lady J’s Bookish Nook

This is my third book by Stephen Puleston and I am totally loving the Inspector Marco series. I like him more and more as a character with each book. The author sure knows how to write a good police procedural…this is another great example.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

I really liked all the added twists to this book, and the fact that so many people are hiding something makes it all the more intriguing.  Read more here

 

Donna’s Book Blog

I have read a few books by this author now and one thing I can always relay on is a well planned out story, that is well written with some fantastic, believable characters – and this one was no different!  Read more here

 

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As with all this author’s books, it is a well written crime thriller. The crimes are believable and thoroughly thought out. Marco is a great series character. I like how his personal life is blended with his professional life. Read more here

 

Ginger Book Geek

‘Another Good Killing’ is extremely well written.  I was hooked on the book from the moment I opened the front cover so to speak.  The author certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start.  There were more twists and turns in this book than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ cover.    Read more here

 

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

This is a well-written story with believable characters and enough excitement to keep the reader entertained. I must admit to enjoying this one more than the first one and I’m hoping that this upward trend continues with the third novel.  Read more here

 

Books from Dusk till Dawn

Stephen Puleston really sets a cracking scene for the reader with his books. The crimes are intriguing to say the least and the main character Marco is always pushed to the brink. I don’t see Marco as a weak character though. It in many respects it gives him focus to keep him occupied but he has to deal with issues one at a time, seeming like he at times doesn’t care.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

The action starts from the beginning and doesn’t stop until the end.  I found this book hard to put down as i compulsively wanted to keep reading.  Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

Another Good Killing was another great read by Stephen Puleston, It was fast paced, with twists and suspense throughout. The way that Detective Marco figures out each case is unique and his instincts are generally always on. He gets that “gut feeling” when something feels off or not quite right, and when he investigates further or looks as the facts again he can generally find a clue that will help him.  Read more here


Another-Good-Killing - coverAnother Good Killing (Inspector Marco #2)

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Does any man deserve to die?

When a well-connected and wealthy banker is found dead in his luxury car in the middle of Cardiff, the motive for the crime seems clear. The killer even left a note telling the world the man deserved to die, simply for his greed.
But despite the obvious clues, seasoned detective, John Marco has his doubts that this was just a disgruntled employee. The killing was too clean, the crime scene too perfect. Marco also has a gut feeling that the family of the victim are hiding something…

And when another business executive is murdered, Marco’s fears come true – there is now a serial killer to catch. An online video points to a violent anarchist group, determined to make the bankers pay for their perceived sins. But Marco doubts a ragtag bunch of anarchists would be granted breathing space in the world of the sophisticated uber rich.

As the case progresses and Marco starts piecing together the clues, things take a dramatic twist when a member of Marco’s team is kidnapped. Now the killer has made things personal and Marco faces a race against time to bring the murder to justice – before it’s too late…

BLOG TOUR: Another Good Killing by Stephen Puleston #inspectormarco #anothergoodkilling #bookreview #blogtour #policeprocedural #detectivebook @inspector_marco

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for ANOTHER GOOD KILLING by Stephen Puleston.  This is Book 2 in the brilliant Inspector Marco series. The series just gets better and better I simply couldnt put this book down I was gripped from the very beginning.

Another-Good-Killing - coverAnother Good Killing (Inspector Marco #2)

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Does any man deserve to die?

When a well-connected and wealthy banker is found dead in his luxury car in the middle of Cardiff, the motive for the crime seems clear. The killer even left a note telling the world the man deserved to die, simply for his greed.
But despite the obvious clues, seasoned detective, John Marco has his doubts that this was just a disgruntled employee. The killing was too clean, the crime scene too perfect. Marco also has a gut feeling that the family of the victim are hiding something…

And when another business executive is murdered, Marco’s fears come true – there is now a serial killer to catch. An online video points to a violent anarchist group, determined to make the bankers pay for their perceived sins. But Marco doubts a ragtag bunch of anarchists would be granted breathing space in the world of the sophisticated uber rich.

As the case progresses and Marco starts piecing together the clues, things take a dramatic twist when a member of Marco’s team is kidnapped. Now the killer has made things personal and Marco faces a race against time to bring the murder to justice – before it’s too late…


My Review

I have to admit I am really getting to love these Marco books I hope Stephen has more planned.

In the previous books Marco gives the impression of being a bit like a spoiled child.  That changes in this book when he is forced to wake up and smell the coffee and he realises that he can cope with the struggles life throws at him without a bottle.

The story begins with a man being found dead in his car.  Investigations uncover a lot of issues.  Dolman is a banker hated by a group of people.  The relationship with his wife has disintegrated and he was in the process of making changes that didn’t go down well with his sons.  So a long list of possible suspects but all seem to have alibis or little in the way of motive.  Then there is the murder weapon, a Stiletto blade is a feminine type of weapon but would a woman have the strength to murder so quickly and cleanly?

There is a lot going on in the book as we follow the team unravelling strands and making little progress.  All through the book there is the suspense that keeps the adrenaline pumping and the pages turning.  Personal issues also make an appearance and that just adds to the suspense.  Twist and turns around every corner and the unlikeable Hobbs waiting in the wings to take over if Marco fails.

WOW this was a real page-turner the series is upping its game with every book and I cant wait to read the next in the series.

5 big shiny stars from me

5 Golden stars


Stephen Puleston author photoAuthor Bio

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

Links

Website: www.stephenpuleston.co.uk

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/stephenpuleston

Twitter:  @inspector_marco

Blog Tour Wrap Up: SPEECHLESS by Stephen Puleston #InspectorMarco #Speechless #BookReview #CrimeFiction #BookReview @Inspector_Marco #PoliceProcedural #Bookstagram

Stephen and I  would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the amazing #bloggers on the #BlogTour for SPEECHLESS.  We really appreciate your help in promoting this book you are AWESOME.

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Lady J’s Bookish Nook

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

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

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

 

Donna’s Book Blog

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

 

Turn the Page Blog

Things that I enjoyed about this book was the plot line, sounds obvious, but it was well developed and believable.  Read more here

 

Ginger Book Geek

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

 

Books from Dusk till Dawn

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

 

Black Books Blog

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

 

Linda Strong Book Reviews

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

 

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

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

 

Mystery Thriller Week


Speechless-coverSpeechless (Inspector Marco #1) by Stephen Puleston

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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.


Stephen Puleston author photoAuthor Bio

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.

Links

Website:   www.stephenpuleston.co.uk
Twitter:    @Inspector_Marco
Facebook:   Stephen Puleston Crime Writer

BLOG TOUR: Speechless (Inspector Marco #1) by Stephen Puleston #inspectormarco #policeprocedural #crimebook #Speechless #detectivebook @Inspector_Marco

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for SPEECHLESS by Stephen Puleston. This is book 1 in the Inspector Marco series and is a gripping police procedural thriller with plenty of twists and turns to maintain reader interest.

 

Speechless-coverSpeechless (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.


My Review

This is book 1 in the Inspector Marco series but there is  a prequel novella: Dead Smart, that you may want to read first.

Marco is a recovering alcoholic and his work colleagues and family are concerned about his ability to cope with a complex multi-murder case without falling off the wagon.  Add to that emotional issues involving his estranged son and relationship problems with Trish and we know we are in for a roller coaster of a ride through many issues and problems.

We begin with a drowned  man who has had his tongue amputated.  More tongues turn up but are they human?

It soon becomes clear that this case is causing ripples through several countries as more pieces to the jigsaw are uncovered but none of them seem to fit together.  With another Inspector lurking in the background hoping to steal the case when Marco slips up the pressure is on.

This is a steadily moving novel that keeps the reader interested as the team collect and manage to fit together the many clues.

I found this a very good read and I am looking forward to further books in the series.


Stephen Puleston author photoAuthor Bio

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.

Links
Website:   www.stephenpuleston.co.uk
Twitter:    @Inspector_Marco
Facebook:   Stephen Puleston Crime Writer

BLOG TOUR Wrap Up: Dead Smart by Stephen Puleston #InspectorMarco #DeadSmart #BookReview #CrimeFiction #BookReview @Inspector_Marco #PoliceProcedural #Bookstagram

Stephen and I  would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the amazing #bloggers on the #BlogTour for DEAD SMART.  We really appreciate your help in promoting this book you are all GREAT.

Thank you 5


What the Bloggers and Readers are saying:

Lady J’s Bookish Nook

I totally enjoyed this prequel novella introducing readers to Inspector John Marco. It was a great crime police procedural focusing on the criminal investigation.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Although this was only a novella (a short novel) it worked just as well as a full length book.  The story started with a bang and the book maintained the pace throughout.  I became hooked on reading this book from the moment I picked up my Kindle and began to read.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

The mystery and who-dun-it is good. Lots of suspects make it harder to guess the identity of the bad guy. The suspense wanes here and there, but the story premise is good.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

Starting at the beginning in a new to me series of books! Not sure what to say apart from a fantastic introduction! I’m not always a fan of short stories, however I feel this sets the bar and cannot wait to read the rest of the books!   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Book Reviews

I really enjoyed reading this book, especially as the author shows how reduced budgets for the police forces means that some aspects of what used to be police work are having to go by the board – there just isn’t the money or the manpower to investigate everything. A very enjoyable, fast-paced read and I look forward to reading many more by this author.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

The characters in this book were great, they are well developed and I loved their interaction.  The plot was well paced and it left me guessing up to the end.  Twists to keep me wondering where the plot was going and a genuinely interesting book to read!  Read more here

Black Books Blog

There are so many things linking the case that it is really hard to figure out which is the real motive and which are red herrings, which makes it even harder to work out who actually commited it as you can’t rule anyone out until near the very end.  Read more here

Books from Dusk till Dawn

Although this is a prequel novella it is my first Inspector Marco book and what a cracking introduction to this man and his side kick DS Boyd Pierce it was. No hanging round but straight into a gruesome scene which was a little too much for some. Eddie Westford had met his untimely end outside Cardiff City Football ground and it definitely wasn’t by accident.  Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

This is a fast-paced story that brings the reader through a tough murder case. A man is found dead outside the stadium after a football game. His murder is investigated by Inspector Marco. He is a detective who wants to solve the case, but with a deadline looming over him he feels the pressure.  Read more here


Dead-Smart-cover.pngDead Smart: A prequel novella (Inspector John Marco Mysteries) 

Available from: Amazon

Nobody can hide from the truth …

Eddie Westford is found dead outside the Cardiff City Football ground. His throat has been cut in a cold-blooded attack. Inspector Marco discovers photographs of Westford sitting in various luxury cars and Westford’s connections with the organised hooligan gangs of Cardiff points to a connection with hardened criminals.
Evidence suggesting Westford is a suspect in a drug related inquiry means that Marco faces having to transfer the investigation to another officer. But Marco’s gut instinct believes that Westford’s death may be connected to some powerful people in Cardiff and he resists the attempts from his senior officer to have the murder case allocated to another officer.

Marco embarks on a final last minute attempt to prove his theory with disastrous consequences before he finally identifies Westford’s killer.



Stephen Puleston author photoAuthor Bio

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

Links

Website: www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/
Twitter:@Inspector_Marco
Facebook:www.facebook.com/stephenpulestoncrimewriter

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