Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on this Blog Tour for Carpenter Road by N.M. Brown
When a young woman swaps coats with a prostitute then vanishes, it marks the start of a mystifying case for Leighton Jones.
After traffic officer Leighton is called to an altercation in a used car lot he is confronted by a prostitute rambling on about a girl who stole her coat. He thinks nothing off it. That is until the body of a Jane Doe shows up, matching the prostitute’s description.
What is the link between the fight in the car lot and the dead woman?
Leighton proceeds to gather evidence, which he attempts to pass onto the lead Homicide detective, Slater. However, Slater tells Leighton to back off, and that a suspect has been arrested.
Fearing there is more to the case than he first thought, Leighton is driven to keep digging and soon ends up on the trail of a serial killer.
But Leighton might be out of his depth this time…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I loved this author’s first novel, The Girl on the Bus and so I was delighted to find out that Leighton Jones was back in action. In fact way back by ten years to the time when he was a traffic cop and still employed by the police department. So I thought can this possibly live up to the first book, which was a belter and well it definitely did that. This one made me cry!
Jones is one of the real good guys who just digs a little more deeper and cares a little too much. So when a hooker, that most cops wouldn’t give the time of day to, really kicks up a fuss about a young woman from a restaurant that she believes stole her coat, he listens. This leads to a murdered Jane Doe where a serial killer is already leaving his stamp of ownership on other girls that ‘decent people’ wouldn’t notice or care about going missing.
What a cracking fast paced story this is but what I also like is the everyday life stuff that is still running in the background for these characters. Oh boy if I could give Oscars out for the most unlikable pair of detectives going I know where the award would go. A couple of them just get under your skin. I also loved that the story centred round a small group of people, when a story is so bloody good you just don’t need the fluffed up extras. This is pure entertainment from the start to the end page. A super finale which totally got to me! Sheer brilliance.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.
Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.
More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.
Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.