I'm delighted to be one of today's stops on the blog blitz for The Note, a novella by Andrew Barrett.
This was my first encounter with Eddie Collins and what an encounter it was!
Eddie is a CSI and he's been sent to a pub car park where a man's body has been found. It's late, it's dark and the car park is full of drunken onlookers but he can't seem to shake the feeling that someone is watching him. Maybe the killer is amongst the crowd, admiring their handiwork.
When he finally gets back to the office someone has left him a note. . . . . well to be more precise - a death threat.
What follows is tense and atmospheric and I'm glad I wasn't reading it late at night!
In a way I'm pleased that this was my first meeting with Eddie. Being written in the first person gave me a great insight into his sarcastic, but very humorous character and I'm really looking forward to getting to know him better by adding all of the Eddie Collins books to my TBR.
Even if you're not a fan of short stories I would urge you to give this one a go as it genuinely doesn't read like other short stories. The writing is superb, the characters are true to life and the story is gripping - what more can you want from a book?
Do you like your crime thrillers to have a forensic element that adds to the realism? Do you like your lead character to be someone intense and unafraid to take on authority?
Andrew writes precisely that kind of crime thriller, and has done since 1996, about the same time he became a CSI in Yorkshire.
He doesn’t write formulaic fiction; each story is hand-crafted to give you a unique flavour of what CSIs encounter in real life – and as a practising CSI, he should know what it’s like out there. His thrillers live inside the police domain, but predominantly feature CSIs (or SOCOs as they used to known).
Here’s your chance to walk alongside SOCO Roger Conniston and CSI Eddie Collins as they do battle with the criminals that you lock your doors to keep out, fighting those whose crimes make you shudder.
This is as real as it gets without getting your hands bloody.
Find out more about him on his website where you can sign up for his newsletter and claim your free starter library.
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With kind thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books and author Andrew Barrett for my review copy.