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Three books – one blog tour for Brighton’s No1 Private Detective!
I’ve only read the first one of these books, You Can’t Make Old Friends, so far but have to say I thoroughly enjoyed doing so. The Private Detective is Joe Grabarz and he’s definitely had better times. When someone tells him to get to the beach he wasn’t expecting to find his childhood best friend’s body washed up, surrounded by the police and obviously having been murdered. He just has to find out what happened to him and why. This leads him into confrontations not only with the new police officers, but also with organised crime gangs and in danger of being their next victim!
This is an intriguing crime thriller with a very different hero – Joe Grabarz is a misfit, has struggled to make friends throughout his life and now is down on his luck, again! This story is a great introduction to this quirky character, filling in much of his background and childhood as the story progresses and keeping the clues and hints flowing to ensure the reader really needs to keep turning the pages to discover just why Rory Sweet was murdered. It is an entertaining read which takes the reader on a journey throughout all aspects of Brighton, including the seedier communities. It involves drug dealers, danger, detective work and death in a great start to a new series!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
You Can’t Make Old Friends
Blacklisted by the police. Being sued by a client. And broke. Things can’t get any worse for Brighton’s No.1 Private Detective, Joe Grabarz.
That’s when his best friend’s body washes up on the beach.
Could it really have been ten years? What happened? How could his life have ended like this? He needs answers.
But with the city in the grips of organised crime, and struggling to deal with an influx of legal highs, who cares about just another dead drug dealer?
Joe, that’s who. After all, you can’t make old friends.
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Choose Your Parents Wisely
One missing girl and the whole city goes crazy.
It’s been three days, and now everyone in Brighton is looking for her. There is an army of police searching, her picture is on every front page, and the public can’t get enough of it. Gangs of good citizens are going door to door, turning their neighbours’ houses upside down, but still no one can find her.
For Brighton’s No.1 Private Detective, Joe Grabarz, it brings back too many memories of his first case, another missing girl, when he learnt too many lessons the hard way. No one was going door to door then. No one cared. But her mum and dad weren’t nearly as photogenic, nor quite so saintly.
It’s a lesson Joe learnt long ago that has come back to haunt him: choose your parents wisely.
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It Never Goes Away
From No.1 Private Detective to No.1 Suspect
A cryptic message from an old friend leads Joe Grabarz to an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of the South Downs. But Joe is too late, someone else has got there first: his friend is dead, and all the evidence points to him.
Ten years ago the farmhouse was the scene of three infamous murders when a young boy killed his mother, father, and little sister. Now an adult, he was released from prison with a new identity. Could he be involved? The farmhouse also sits on valuable land, fought over in a struggle between building houses and drilling for shale gas. But could it really be worth killing for? Whatever is going on, Joe knows one thing for sure: his friend’s murder is just a tiny part of it.
To bring the killer to justice Joe must dig up the past, and reckon with his own, because no matter how hard you work, it never goes away.
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Born in Brighton, I went to school in here, worked many jobs here, and have never lived anywhere else. I first started writing at school, where I and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for assemblies, much to the amusement of our fellow pupils. The young ones would cheer (and the old ones would groan) as we stepped up onto the stage, the buzz was tangible. It has been with me ever since.
As an adult I have written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel; and won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. I published my first novel, You Can’t Make Old Friends, in 2016; my second, Choose Your Parents Wisely, in 2017, my third, The Benevolent Dictator, in 2018, and now my fourth, It Never Goes Away, in 2019. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing about writing, books, and film on Medium.
My inspirations as a writer come from a diverse range of storytellers, but I have a particular love for the works of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Joel & Ethan Coen, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Fuller, Ira Levin, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, JRR Tolkien, and many many more books and films beside. If you can’t find me, or I’m not answering my phone, I’m probably at the cinema.
Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the blog tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the first book in this series.