Sunday 3 April 2016
A Barrow Boy's Cadenza - Pete Adams
A Barrow Boy's Cadenza is a crime novel with a difference and with one of the most eccentric protagonists I think I've ever met.
When we first meet DCI Jack "Jane" Austin he's hungover in bed and concerned about what his partner Mandy is doing with his tutu which was part of his previous night outs outfit. Fast approaching 60, with only one good eye and varicose veins amongst other issues, he's not your usual type of hero but he is one that will definitely intrigue you.
When Jack heads off to the harbour to investigate rumours of dead dogs being thrown into the water the last thing he expects is to get shot but it's when two murders occur, one, the head of Armed Forces and the other head of a City of London bank that the pace really starts to pick up.
This is the third novel in the Kind Hearts and Martinets Trilogy but this can be read as a standalone. I found this to be a wonderful mix of crime, whodunit, thriller with a healthy sprinkling of humour and romance which to me is a highly unusual combination. Pete Adams has written a novel which is like a breath of fresh air within the crime writing genre, with larger than life characters combining cleverly with humour and a plot that will keep you guessing. If you're looking for an original crime thriller then this could be just the book for you.
With kind thanks to author Pete Adams for the signed review copy.