8 Feb 2024

{ROY & ROSCOE # 5} HEIR TO MURDER.


HEIR TO MURDER BY TONY BASSETT. 

Genre ... Crime fiction

Publication Date ... 4th December 2023

Standalone fifth book in the Detectives Roy and Roscoe crime fiction series

Estimated Page Count ... 290

Purchase Link ... https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CPFNJNQJ


When a neighbour from hell comes to a sticky end, a plucky cop refuses to accept the obvious.


Miles Kenworth loves to play his rock music at a deafening volume. The other residents of his apartment block are not so keen.

One day, after hearing a commotion, Miles’ next-door neighbour discovers his body lying in a pool of blood.
Standing next to the corpse is Jake, the man who lives upstairs.

It should be an open and shut case for DS Sunita Roy. But with Jake vehemently protesting his innocence, she decides to dig deeper.

Most of the residents wanted Miles shut up for good. But was it really Jake who flipped, or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Whilst this is the fifth book in the Roy & Roscoe series, it is not the first time I have encountered the detectives who I first came across way back in March 2022 when I read and reviewed the author's Murder On Oxford Lane {the first book in the series} on A Blog Tour here on Pen and Paper.

A character I really enjoyed in the previous book, again DS Sunita Roy did not disappoint with her skill set really came to the fore when, many suspects on, the case saw the detectives travel to Spain in what was probably my favourite aspect of the story.

What I'd describe as more of a traditional whodunit with its fair share of red herrings than your typical police procedural ... though don't get me wrong there are aspects of this to the story just as, though I don't particularly see this myself, some readers argue there are also the aspects of a cozy novel. 

Despite what to my mind was the occasional unrealistic dialogue letting the book down, again this was a well paced read in which, despite my many theories as to just who 'did it', I was kept guessing as to who the murderer was. 


I am a semi-retired journalist who was born in West Kent. While growing up, I spent hours reading and writing, and, from an early age, nursed an ambition to become first a journalist and then novelist. My theory was that, in order to write novels, one had to have life experiences to colour one’s writing and one could obtain those experiences through journalism.


I was fortunate enough to be named Time-Life Magazine Student Journalist of the Year in 1971 in a competition organised by the National Union of Students. At the time, I was editing the student newspaper at Hull University, where I gained a BA Honours degree in History and Political Studies.

After six years working on provincial newspapers in Sidcup, Worcester and Cardiff, I became a freelance journalist in London. For 24 years, I was a reporter on the staff of the Sunday People (now part of Reach plc, formerly Trinity Mirror). Over the years, I sold tens of thousands of stories to the national newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Star, Daily Telegraph and London Evening Standard. I helped cover the Jeremy Thorpe trial at the Old Bailey for the Evening Standard. I broke the news in a Sun newspaper exclusive in April 1989 that Bill Wyman, the Rolling Stones guitarist aged 52, was to marry 18-year-old Mandy Smith. I bought 200 blank MOT forms to expose a trade in fake certificates.

My speciality was tracking people down. For instance, I found evidence about Rod Stewart’s secret love child Sarah Streeter by tracing a retired adoption agent through a library ticket. On one occasion, I took an escaped gangster back to prison. Some of my stories can be read on my website (see below); others are generally available online. For thirty years, I was also employed as a birth and marriage researcher mainly for the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, Sunday People and The Sun.

I have a grown-up son and four grown-up daughters who all live in South Wales.

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1 Feb 2024

I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU.


I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU BY ELAINE ROBERTSON NORTH. 

Genre ... Thriller

Tour Dates ... 27th January - 5th February 2024

Publication Date ... 25th January 2024

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count ... 315

Potential Trigger Warning ... There are references to domestic violence and someone does get shot

Esther grew up with a violent criminal father and suffered the loss of her mother at just fourteen.

When her brother, Matt, turns up after another long unexplained absence he falls for Esther’s friend, Abi. Two months into their relationship, Abi is dead and Matt is missing.


​Now Esther must do everything she can to find Matt but doing so means opening herself up to a past she has worked hard to escape.


Esther knows she has no choice and must act quickly.


​Matt’s life could depend on it.


Phew! Thank goodness I'm not one of those readers who, if not gripped by whatever number of pages it might be, gives up on a book.


Yes, I found I've been Waiting For You a bit of a slow burner ... in its defence this is largely due to the intricacy of characters like Esther whose struggles {both past and present} added a delicious complexity to not just her but the plot as a whole even if this did mean the formative chapters in particular took some getting my head around. 


Make it past the first 75/100 pages though and, oh my giddy aunt!. Talk about twists and turns, you are in for quite a roller-coaster ride of a read as slowly but surely the author reels you into a thriller that ultimately did not disappoint. 




Elaine spent twenty-five years working in marketing and communications in the media and entertainment industries. This included seven years marketing national newspapers, running the publicity campaign for three Red Nose Days and a number of years working in entertainment PR. She held senior communications roles at Capital Radio and UKTV, and latterly, she was the MD of a small marketing agency. It was all fast and furious and a fantastically rich source of material.

Having harboured a desire to write for many years, Elaine finally made this her focus once she’d hung up her corporate hat, publishing her first book, I Can’t Tell You Why in 2019. Her second book, Bring Me To Life, followed in 2022.

Today Elaine lives in North London with her husband and their two sons. When she’s not writing, she can be found looking harassed on the school run, on the side lines of her sons’ football matches, or singing her heart out with her local branch of Popchoir.

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27 Jan 2024

EYE SPY.



EYE SPY BY TESSA BUCKLEY. 

Genre ... MG Children’s detective story (ages 9-12 years)

Publication Date ... 2014

Standalone First book in the Eye Spy series

Estimated Page Count ... 160

Purchase from Amazon ... - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eye-Spy-Tessa-Buckley/dp/1785890190


Over the course of ten days, the lives of thirteen-year-old Alex Macintyre and his twin sister Donna will change forever.

When Alex and Donna set up Eye Spy Investigations and start looking for a valuable missing dog, they soon have an interesting assortment of suspects. There is the mysterious man in the fur hat; a gang of bikers who hang out at the Starship Café; and Crazy Kath, the bag lady, who may know more than she’s letting on.

But as they struggle to make sense of the evidence, the twins begin to uncover an even bigger mystery in their own family. As events spiral out of control, can Alex resolve a family crisis, save Donna from imminent danger, and return the missing dog to its rightful owner?


A 'middle grade' novel, read with two of my little bookworms aged ten and twelve.


After a lukewarm reception to the cover and the fact that it took a while to get into the story all three of us agreed that this was a good read with interesting characters.


For myself, taken back to the child detective novels of my childhood and in particular Enid Blyton's Famous Five, I really enjoyed main characters, twins Alex and Donna as did my two fellow readers who, not dissimilar in age, were excited at the thought of starting their own detective agency - one of the sure signs of a good book in my eyes is when readers are thus inspired, thankfully there was no mention of them wanting to learn how to play Poker or turn the school boiler room into a gambling den.


The father however, well, a reclusive would be inventor who locked himself away in a disused railway carriage at the bottom of the garden, my two young readers instantly thought of the father in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and were disappointed and, yes, shocked {the youngest one actually cried} when he turned out not to be quite the loving father they had expected and hit one of the twins. For myself, whilst not convinced by the need of 'trigger' warnings on books, I admit to being a little surprised that there was no warning of this. I'm just as pleased I was reading the book with the bookworms and was able to discuss this aspect of the story with them.


A detective mystery combined with a family drama, there are several threads to Eye Spy {some of them featuring some fairly deep social issues}. The twelve year old and I followed the book without difficulty, the ten year old, hmm, not so easily; both boys agreeing that they'd have been equally happy if the book had only comprised the mystery of the missing dog and not 'all the other stuff'. 


A good read though perhaps better suited to the older end of the recommended age range of nine to thirteen years/the more emotionally mature reader. With two out of three of us eager to see what case next awaits the teenage detectives, its largely a 👍 from us.



Tessa Buckley was an inveterate scribbler as a child, and spent much of her time writing and illustrating stories. After spending fifteen years working for architects and interior designers. She took up writing again when her young daughter complained that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read.

This led, in 2014, to the publication of  Eye Spy, the first in a series of detective stories for 9-12 year olds, designed to encourage reluctant readers. The second book in the series, Haunted, was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017.  She lives with her husband and a large white cat called Pippa in a town on the Thames estuary, which inspired the seaside setting for the novels. She also writes about family history, which has been her passion for many years.

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With thanks to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for organising a paper copy. One of several bloggers participating in the Blog Tour of this book, agree or disagree with me, all opinions are my own; no financial compensation was asked for nor given; threats of violence towards my favourite teddy bear went unheeded as did promises of chocolate.




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