When intruders enter a radio station and kill a famed presenter it sets in motion a chain of events that will push the Metropolitan Police to their limits.
Officers Hayes and Miller are on the trail of a suspect and when Eric Helsey is detained, the police realise they have arrested the wrong man.
As the case grows more complicated with each revelation, and the body count rises, they find themselves investigating a series of crimes all of which may be linked.
But what ties the murder of the radio host with a Turkish casino owner and the killing of two employees at a valve factory?
Hayes and Miller find themselves in a race against time to get to the truth before more people are hurt…
I’m delighted to take part in this blog tour organised by Zooloo’s Book Diary (see here). I chose to receive and review a digital copy as part of this tour. In no way has this impacted the following review. The Hard Way by Duncan Brockwell was published yesterday, April 19th by Bloodhound Books.
I was hooked from the opening chapter. Actually hooked. I mean being present for a murder (or three) immediately, really gets your attention and draws you in. In fact over the course of the book, you are witness to several more! We have no idea who is responsible or why or how they’re all connected. The entire book is told in the third person with different chapters focusing on different perspectives of the story. It’s a great way to write as it just builds the mystery and keeps the story moving at different levels throughout. I could barely put it down and was holding my breath most of the time.
The characters are full of life. I love that our leading investigators are women with intelligence and have been written so well with realistic backgrounds. Even our side characters and bad guys have a level of depth and backstory which adds to tale.
This was my first time reading Duncan Brockwell’s work and I most definitely will be returning. This is a stand alone crime thriller that has left me wanting more. Netflix, Amazon, HBO I’m looking at you there, this would make a great movie.
I can definitely give this a 5/5 on my Goodreads scale. You can purchase this as an ebook* or paperbook*. Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Diary for including me as part of this tour. I chose to receive and review an eARC as part of this tour. The review above is my unbiased honest opinion.
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About Duncan Brockwell
Duncan Brockwell is a full-time dental technician from West Sussex. Having completed his course at Lambeth College in 2018, he started writing in his spare time. An avid gardener and part-time mixologist, he loves nothing more than relaxing at home with his wife, Beks and pure white rescue cat, Milly.
Since Duncan started writing in 2018, he has written thirteen novels, nine of which have been, or are in the process of being published. Unlike a lot of authors, Duncan feels he is a hobby writer, toiling away on his purple couch in front of the TV in the evenings and weekends. He wants nothing more than for readers to enjoy his various offerings, ranging from romantic comedy (under pseudonym Katie Simpkins) to hardcore blood and guts horror and everything in between (Under either DC Brockwell or Duncan Brockwell).