Firstly I wish to thank Crime Book Junkie Noelle Holten for Inviting me on this Blog Tour for BODY BREAKER by MIKE CRAVEN
From Debut Dagger Shortlisted Novelist Mike Craven
Investigating a severed hand found on the 3rd green of a Cumbrian golf course was not how Detective Inspector Avison Fluke had planned to spend his Saturday. So when a secretive unit from London swoop in quoting national security, he’s secretly pleased.
But trouble is never far away. A young woman arrives at his lakeside cabin with a cryptic message: a code known to only a handful of people and it forces Fluke back into the investigation he’s just been barred from.
In a case that will change his life forever, Fluke immerses himself in a world of new age travellers, corrupt cops and domestic extremists. Before long he’s alienated his entire team, made a pact with the devil and been arrested under the terrorism act.
But Fluke is only getting started. A voice has called out to him from beyond the grave and he has no intention of ignoring it.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
You know when you read about a character for the first time and you know that you are going to click, well that is how my first encounter with DI Avison Fluke was in this book. Yes I know this is the second book in the series and at times, when I was reading, I just got those twinges of wishing I had read the first book, but just because I wanted to know more about his past, not because it spoilt this book in any way.
Now I love a book with a bit of gruesome, gangish, psycho sort of story, which is provided superbly, but throw in humour too and wow you have got me. Well DI Fluke and his partner DS Towler bounce off each other like a pair of rubber balls against a wall. But the special connection they have goes way beyond that both having served in special forces. It does mean that not a lot really gets under their skin but there is also that dark side, especially with Towler, that raises its head and oh my when it does you can sit back for quite a spectacular show.
When the body parts of a man are discovered on a Cumbrian Golf Course Fluke is happy to pass the case over to a secretive unit from London that arrive within the bat of an eye lid to take it over. Well that is until his past comes hurtling into the present. Fluke is then on a mission and will deal with the Devil to found out the truth.
I must say do give yourself a clear few hours to read this because you just won’t put it down. This isn’t a bam bam bam story, this is investigating at its finest, when Fluke feels he is onto something he will go against everyone, including his own team, when his instincts kick in. There are times when turning a blind eye to crime is less devastating than actually intervening.
Mike Craven’s writing is very addictive, he is definitely my new guilty pleasure.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army as soon as he was sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years (that’s an army gunsmith to you and I), he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army, and after a brief flirtation with close protection and bodyguarding, decided on a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing full-time, and now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.
Mike’s first DI Avison Fluke novel, Born in a Burial Gown, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award and was published on 11th June 2015 by Caffeine Nights. Also available is his award winning collection of short stories featuring Fluke and his colleagues from the Cumbrian Force Major Incident Team, Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything. Body Breaker, the hotly anticipated follow up to Born in a Burial Gown, is out on May 25th.
In March 2017, Mike signed a two book contract with the Little, Brown imprint, Constable, for his new series starring the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe, an expert in serial killers and seemingly motiveless crimes. The first Poe book – as yet untitled – will be published in hardback in spring 2018.
Between leaving the army and securing his first publishing deal, Mike found time to keep a pet crocodile, breed snakes, get married, and buy a springer spaniel named Bracken. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne, where he tries to leave the house as little as possible. Mike is also one third of Crime Ink-Corporated, a trio of northern writers who take writing out for the community and host events such as England’s first Noir at the Bar.