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Blog Tour – ‘Late Whitsun’ by Jasper Kent

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I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour. ‘Late Whitsun’ was published on the 13th October 2016 and it is the first book in the Charlie Woolf series. Read on for my review.

This story is set in Brighton, 1938. Charlie ‘Big Bad’ Woolf thought the errand he was being sent on would be simple enough, plus it would earn him some decent money. He’d also be doing his old partner, Alan O’Connor a favour. So off he goes to London to hand over the envelope he’s been given. But curiosity gets the better of Woolf and he can’t resist taking a look at the contents of the envelope. What he sees is quite shocking. It looks like a case of blackmail. Woolf can’t wait to get rid of the envelope.

When he arrives home he gets a very nasty surprise. O’Connor is dead and it seems that Woolf is the main suspect. Things are about to get very complicated indeed. Who really killed O’Connor?

I really like the way the story opened and I had the feeling that this would be a good read. In the first chapter the reader is introduced to Charlie Woolf, a private investigator who isn’t getting very much in the way of work. I enjoyed reading about his drawings. He certainly was artistic and his talent came in very useful during the investigation into O’Connor’s murder.

Charlie was very smart and I liked him from the start. It took me a bit of time to work out how his mind ticked. I would never have guessed who the murderer was and I was a bit shocked. Things really weren’t as simple as they seemed and that’s what made ‘Late Whitsun’ so good. There were a number of characters, some of them very unsavoury.

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to discover yet another author. I really like reading books set in the past, plus I like reading about places. I’ve never been to Brighton so learning a bit about it was interesting.

The next two books in the series sound just as good. I am looking forward to following Charlie and his future investigations.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

About Jasper Kent

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Jasper Kent was born in Worcestershire in 1968, studied Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and now lives in Hove. TWELVE, the opening book of his historical horror series THE DANILOV QUINTET was one of the bestselling debuts of the year. As well as writing novels, Jasper works as a freelance software consultant. He has also written several plays and musicals.

In addition to other projects, Jasper is planning two more Charlie Woolf novels: THE STALACTITE MAN and TO MUDDY DEATH.

To find out more, visit www.jasperkent.com.

 

‘Late Whitsun’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Late-Whitsun-1-Charlie-Woolf/dp/1537739573/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481386375&sr=1-1&keywords=late+whitsun

 

‘The Liar’s Chair’ by Rebecca Whitney

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‘The Liar’s Chair’ is Rebecca Whitney’s debut novel.  It was published on the 15th January 2015 by Mantle.  I was kindly sent a proof copy to review.

This story is set in and around Brighton.  Rachel and David appear to have a good solid marriage.  They’ve got everything; a successful business, a big house, nice cars.  What more could they possibly want?  However, things are not as they seem.  David likes to be in control of everything including his wife.

Unknown to David, Rachel has been having a fling with someone else and drinking heavily.  One Saturday morning on the way home and still under the influence of alcohol, Rachel hits a man with her car causing instant death.  She doesn’t know what to do and is terrified so she confesses to David about what she has done.  David destroys all evidence of the accident and insists that they carry on as normal.  But Rachel finds it impossible to do that and can’t switch off at all leading to her behaviour becoming increasingly self-destructive, which doesn’t please David at all.  Will Rachel be able to sort herself out?  That’s for you to find out.

I was looking forward to reading ‘The Liar’s Chair’ as I like a good psychological thriller, especially one where the author has really got into her characters minds.  I thought Rebecca Whitney did an excellent job of this with Rachel.

I found that I couldn’t warm to any of the characters.  None of them were particularly likeable.  I did feel a little bit sorry for Rachel even though what she did was wrong.  David was a nasty character and the way he treated Rachel was appalling.

There are three parts to this book.  I like the way the chapters have been set out, giving you a good insight into Rachel’s past which explains a few things.

‘The Liar’s Chair’ is a sombre, shocking and bold story.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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