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Taking Care of Business by J. D. De Roeck

Information about the Book

Title: Taking Care of Business

Author: J. D. De Roeck

Release Date: 3rd July 2018

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Format: Paperback

My Review:

This is an intriguing crime thriller with a dash of romance to add to the mix. It relates events that happened at different times, moving from one time and location to another in the initial chapters and starting in St Petersburg, Russia, back in 2011. This time slipping is used effectively to enable the reader to understand some of the background information to the events and characters. The “hero” of the story is Paul Smith who travels from England to attend a sales conference in Nice, an area he is already familiar with after holidaying there for several years and exploring the area with his wife. This visit she’ll not be joining him and he thinks he’ll have time to rethink their relationship which is breaking down. However, being a gentleman and trying to help someone places him right in the centre of dramatic, life threatening scenarios as two Russian families seek control of a huge conglomerate and international crime syndicates go to war.

The story has a comparatively slow, steady, start but then accelerates considerably as Paul has to constantly reevaluate his basic life tenets if he is to survive, developing into an action packed, thrilling page turner. With kidnapping, rescues, blackmail, murder, lies and deception, Paul will need determination and resilience to keep himself and those he cares for safe. Being involved in such desperate situations has Paul looking at his life and options with new insights, making new contacts and developing new relationships. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat as the story unfolds but there are also humorous comments to keep you smiling. It is an adventurous, dangerous escape, with ‘James Bond’ style encounters of every kind. Paul certainly won’t be the same, ever again if he manages to survive this!

I’ll just warn you that the story does end on a cliffhanger, though most aspects are resolved. I have to hope that means there’ll be a sequel to continue the story in the not too distant future – I’m keeping my fingers figuratively crossed that there will be and soon!

I requested and was given a copy of this book which I chose to read and honestly review.


When Paul Smith travels to the south of France for a sales conference, events conspire to drag him into a world of kidnappings, blackmail and murder.

Following a violent incident, Paul instinctively offers refuge to a girl he believes to be a vulnerable lost soul in a desperate situation, only to find that all is not as it appears. Unwittingly, he finds himself caught between competing international crime syndicates as they go to war, and two powerful Russian families as they fight for control of a vast Russian conglomerate.

What begins as a routine business trip to Nice, turns into a journey of self-discovery that takes him to some of the most glamorous locations on the Cote d’Azur. Paul is compelled to confront each new escalating threat in turn, while his neatly ordered world spirals relentlessly out of control.

As events unfold, he is forced to challenge everything he thought he knew about himself, before finally embracing the danger and brutal violence he encounters along the way.

Can Paul get to the truth, and does he have what it takes to keep those he cares about safe, and himself alive?

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An Excerpt to whet your appetite!

Chapter 11

Paul awoke suddenly. He wasn’t sure at first what caused him to stir, but something was wrong. There was a loud bang from the bedroom lobby and he heard a female voice. He was disorientated, and he couldn’t be sure if what he was hearing was real or imagined.

There were a few seconds of silence followed by the same sound again. There was no mistaking it this time. The bang wasn’t so loud on this occasion; it seemed further away per­haps, and then he heard the female voice again. No words were spoken, just a muffled cry followed by a groan. No discernible words, just sounds.

Paul couldn’t be sure. Was someone in trouble or was it something else? Whatever was happening, it was playing out in the lobby of room 733, in his bedroom or perhaps in the corridor just outside. Paul was momentarily torn. Did he switch the lights on or just shout out? What the hell is going on?

More cries – more of a whimper this time – and then silence once again.

Paul tried to shake the sleep from his mind and assim­ilate what was happening. There was limited evidence of anything sinister taking place but, for reasons he couldn’t yet fathom, he felt a deepening sense of foreboding. He heard the sound again and felt the hairs on the back of his neck rise.

Something was very wrong, and he couldn’t just hope it went away or convince himself it was nothing to do with him. It was happening and he couldn’t just ignore it. More cries. This time they were more urgent. He was certain it was panic he could hear; there could be no doubt about it.

A man’s voice broke his malaise. It was suppressed, as if trying not to be heard, but there was no disguising the ferocity of the outburst.



Author Information

Residing in the East Midlands, J. D. de Roeck is a career hotelier and company directory. He loves travel and regularly visits the South of France, Nice, Monaco and Cannes. Taking Care of Business is his first novel. The inspiration for this novel came from one of his many trips abroad.




Tour Schedule:


Monday 9th July           Nayu’s Reading Corner

Tuesday 10th July        Rambling Mads

Wednesday 11th July   French Village Diaries

Thursday 12th July       Donna’s Book Blog

Friday 13th July             Splashes into Books

Saturday 14th July       Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

Sunday 15th July          Celticlady’s Reviews


Many thanks to Faye at Authoright for providing materials for this post and organising the tour. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book.




One comment on “Taking Care of Business by J. D. De Roeck

  1. carhicks
    July 13, 2018

    Nice review Elaine.


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