Thank You very much to the publisher – SpellBound Books for the review copy.
Genre: Police procedural.
Release date: 16 08 2020
Price*: Kindle £1.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.21 (GBP)
Kindle $2.74 (USD)/ Paperback $9.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 204
My rating: It was ok.
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What I learned from this book: It is visible that it is written by a man. 😀
Description of the book: Introducing Detective Ray Logue. A renegade, hard living & damaged cop. Full of Irish charm & the best detective in Port Ard.
Detective Ray Logue has become something of a maverick in Jim Mulcahy’s police department, having never quite got over the death of his wife 12 years earlier.
Now a hard-drinking loner and occasional loose cannon, Logue is a thorn in Mulcahy’s side, who occasionally crosses the fine line of taking the law into his own hands to see justice served.
As the body count starts to rise, Logue suspects he may have stumbled into a dangerous web of lies and cover-ups, stretching from his own department all the way to the very top of the political spectrum.
From the law-enforcers to the law-makers, from respectable businessmen to Russian mobsters – a sinister hand is exercising an iron grip across the whole social order and it will destroy anyone who dares get in its way.
How this book made me feel: The blurb of this book intrigued me, I wanted to know more about Ray Logue. He is an interesting bloke indeed.
The protagonist in this book is inspector Ray Logue, a very typical Irishman. He likes very large amounts of booze, to banter with his mates and to prove himself right from time to time. 😀 The characters are quite interesting and I enjoyed their interactions with each other. I liked that we had a chance to find out not only about the case but about the character’s personal lives as well.
The narrative of this book had me hooked, I really wanted to find out why Anna Pawalowski was killed, she just did not fit in for some reason. 🙂 I really enjoyed the little discoveries and twists, as well as the main idea of this book, but there were some discrepancies that did not make sense to me. The topics discussed in this book were the criminal world, drugs, romance, murders, etc.
The writing style was the main thing that needs improvement. It is very simplistic, way too detailed and lacks creativity. I did enjoy the setting of this novel, Ireland is a beautiful island and the author managed to convey this to the reader quite well. The chapters are pretty short, and this novel is quite a quick read. The ending of this book was filled with action and quite cinematic, I really liked how this book was concluded. 🙂
So, to conclude, I quite liked Ray Logue and his colleagues, and I really enjoyed the journey in finding out the murders. I think that the suspense was quite well kept. However, the writing style and general delivery of this book need improvement, and I hope that other books in the series will be better delivered. The book is currently free for Kindle Unlimited users, so if you are looking for a quick read, do give it a go. 🙂
Thank You for Your time. ❤
About the author: Kevin McManus is an award winning writer from Western Ireland. He is an active member of the CWA (The international Crime Writers Association). In 2016 the author was awarded the Leonard Trophy for his writing and in 2017 and 2018 Under the Red Winter Sky and New Blood were voted the best Crime Novels of the year out of 2000 nominated books.
In April 2021 SpellBound books published “Death Rains Down” the first in a series of crime novels by the author featuring the Irish Detective, Ray Logue. Spellbound published the second book in the Ray Logue series “Nine Lives” in July 2021.
In Autumn 2020, Kevin McManus published his first poetry anthology entitled, Spirits in the Forest. In Spring 2021, Kevin McManus published his second poetry selection, “Songs of Better days”. In November 2021, Dark Edge Press will publish “The Whole of the Moon” a novel by Kevin McManus which is set in Ireland in the late 1980s.
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