Earlier in the week I took part in the blog tour for ‘Irony in the Soul’ by Pete Adams with a spotlight post. You can see that post here:-
I now have my review of this book and would like to thank both Emma Welton of Damppebbles Blog Tours and the author for my review copy. For ease of reference here is the book blurb again.
Recuperating from his past mission, disturbed but driven D.I. Jack Austin returns to work amid a personality clash with a retired colonel – who happens to be his new Chief Constable.
When the Constable is kidnapped – and returned in pieces – DI Austin’s hapless hunt for the culprit begins. He investigates a string of cryptic murders including a beheaded minister, a drowned woman in a Hijab, and a band of terrorists with explosives.
Meanwhile, Austin battles a grievous inner conflict. Will he thwart the perpetrator, or become a conspirator himself?
The first book in the Kind Hearts and Martinets series, ‘Cause and Effect’, left me wondering what was going to happen next. I really couldn’t wait to read ‘Irony in the Soul’. Pete Adams has definitely penned a winner, no doubt about that.
There was more of the same in this book and much more besides. I found myself looking forward to catching up with DCI Jack Austin again. The author is so descriptive, and I could actually picture Jack in his deckchair as well as in other positions.
Amongst the seriousness there was lots of hilarity which I guess was needed, especially when investigating the latest murders. Thank goodness for Jack Austin I say. He had so much of an effect on people that his humour started to rub off on others. The storyline itself and the cases the police found themselves involved in were actually quite complicated.
In ‘Cause and Effect’, DCI Jack Austin started dating Detective Superintendent Amanda Bruce and it was really lovely to see how their relationship developed in this book. Their love for each other made them behave like teenagers again but it was all good.
There is definitely a lot more to Jack Austin than meets the eye. People could easily think that he is just a joker, but he is actually a very deep person with a lot going on in his mind.
I enjoyed meeting the other characters again too, especially Amanda, Jo-Jums, Nobby, Frankie and Connie. I do like how the author has included gay characters in this series and how open they are with each other.
‘Irony in the Soul’ isn’t a book that can be read as a standalone. You really do need to read the series from the start to get the full benefit of it as the storyline is ongoing.
Pete Adams has a brilliant mind and an extremely vivid imagination. He has created such a wonderful and unique series. I would say there is no other writer like him out there. I hope to read much more by this author. I am just so thankful that there are three more books in this series.
Google Books: https://bit.ly/2kiaZcp