Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on this Blog tour for THE NOTE by Andrew Barrett
Have you ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no one’s there?
It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I’d listened to that feeling, if I’d thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come.
Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk.
I had no idea who sent it or why they wanted to kill me.
But I was about to find out.
I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI and this is my story.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
To be honest I am not really a lover of short stories, but this is a little beauty. This novella can be read as an anytime read along with the already very successful Eddie Collins series or just as a starter because you will want to read more. I don’t really want to say much about the story itself because it would spoil those Jack-in-a-box moments for you that kept getting me. Yikes such an edgy read, I think that this one even unnerved poor Eddie!
Eddie is a super character very unconventional but with a determination to get not just any collar but to get the right one. He connects with people at ground level but not so much with other CSI and CID that seem to at times come to rather sticky ends if they get too close. He really isn’t a team player and works far better on his own.
Now what you need to know is this story is set in Leeds Yorkshire and Andrew Barrett the author is a real life CSI in this city, lastly he has an absolutely wicked humour that will make you laugh on the same page as the most violent murder. How I love being inside this man’s head, he is rather cool in a gritty Yorkshire man kinda way.
So all I will say about this book now is someone wants Eddie dead, hence The Note, but when he simply makes everyone want to kill him at some point, it isn’t going to be easy to work out who is coming to make it happen. This is a superb little book that can easily be read in one go, not that you could put it down anyway. Brilliant, just darn Brilliant!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.