Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Rocco And The Price Of Lies By Adrian Magson and I would like to share an exclusive guest post written by the author and a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Emily from The Dome Press for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – The Dome Press for the review copy.
Genre: Crime Fiction
Release date: 25 04 2019
Price*: Kindle £3.32 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.91 (GBP)
Kindle $4.99 (USD)/ Paperback $11.04 (USD)
Pages: ~ 320
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned about art forgery business.
Description of the book: The anticipated sixth instalment of the bestselling Inspector Lucas Rocco series…
Murder by suicide? Three senior government officials – a judge, a politician, and an ex-police chief – are all dead by their own hands. Inspector Lucas Rocco finds himself once more working for the Interior Ministry: undertaking an investigation meant to avoid a government scandal and ignoring unpalatable truths. He’s soon convinced that a common denominator must be at play… Rocco uncovers top-level fraud, theft and deception. And when he narrowly survives an attempt on his life, he realises that he has nothing to lose by bringing the truth out into the open – whatever the risks.
Guest Post By Adrian Magson: Is it possible to commit murder by suicide?
The thought came to me over breakfast one day, the way these thoughts do, intruding out of nowhere and taking root in my brain when all I wanted to do was enjoy a quiet start to my day.
That was the beginning of Rocco and the Price of Lies – although I didn’t know it at the time. These thoughts take time to build and fester, gaining momentum until I have to get them down on paper. (I know – I need to get out more).
However, it quickly led to me thinking about how a person could be persuaded to end their own life. It would surely have to be something drastic, and something which could lead them to think they had no other option. Would it be fear? Desperation? Shame? Loss of position or status? There could be any number of reasons.
This is what Inspector Rocco has to decide. At first, there’s just one suicide, so there’s no reason to think there’s anything questionable about it. But then there’s a second… and a third – all prominent and wealthy individuals in positions (or past positions) of influence or power.
Thinking how to ‘solve’ this case led me to consider a common denominator, quite apart from their positions of power. What could be one single factor that Rocco has to find in order to find a link… and therefore potentially a cause… and a perpetrator?
Well, it couldn’t be death by social media, not back in the 1960s. The only social media then was in the local café when the trolls might mutter something derogatory about a local farmer having bought himself a brand new tractor; or the wife of a local baker begins disappearing off to the nearest town dressed up to the neufs (my literal translation).
The answer, without giving away any spoilers, is in pictures. Portraits. Rich and powerful people like to show off their wealth, and one way of doing that is to own something special… something nobody else possesses. In this case, the pictures actually exist – two of them in the Louvre, in Paris. But just because men are rich doesn’t mean they’re overly clever or stop to consider that their friends will find out that maybe, just maybe, there’s something questionable about their valued ‘possession’.
If you read the book, I hope you enjoy it.
How this book made me feel: Even though it is a sixth instalment in the Inspector Lucas Rocco series, it was my first encounter with this character, and I was quite impressed with his way of working.
So, this book follows Inspector Rocco in solving three murders of famous and powerful people, where forged paintings, theft and deceit are involved. I really liked multiple perspectives used in this novel, I like the ability to read the thoughts of not only the positive but negative characters as well. I liked Lucas Rocco as a lead character, I think he is an intelligent and good detective.
This book is set in France, and I really enjoyed reading about the French way of police work, it was quite new and refreshing for me. The beginning was a little slow for me, but later it picked up the pace, and all the turns and twists made this book more entertaining. Even though it is part of the series, I think this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, as a first-time reader, I was able to understand what was going on. I think the research for this novel was very well done, and I was able to learn a few new things as well.
I liked the writing style of this book, it was simple and easily understandable, but at the same time, I could feel the French atmosphere in every chapter. The chapters were pretty short, and this book didn’t leave me bored, the pages just flew by. I liked the ending of this book, I think it rounded the story well and left me satisfied with the outcome.
So, to conclude, it was a pleasant mystery book, filled with unique and amusing characters as well as a well-delivered plot. If you like French mystery books, I think you would enjoy this novel as well, if you are looking for something new (like I was), do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank you for your time, 🙂
About the author: Hailed by the Daily Mail as “a classic crime star in the making”, Adrian had written 21 crime and spy thriller books based around:
Gavin & Palmer (investigative reporter Riley Gavin and ex-military policeman Frank Palmer; Harry Tate, ex-soldier and MI5 officer; Inspector Lucas Rocco; Marc Portman (The Watchman); investigators Ruth Gonzales and Andy Vaslik.
Adrian also has hundreds of short stories and articles in national and international magazines to his name, plus a non-fiction work: Write On! – The Writer’s Help Book (Accent Press).
Adrian lives in the Forest of Dean and rumours that he is building a nuclear bunker are unfounded. It’s a bird’s table.
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