Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on the Blog Tour for ANOTHER GOOD KILLING by Stephen Puleston
A body is found in an Aston Martin… A rich family with something to hide?… Another case for Detective John Marco
The body of a well-connected wealthy banker is found in his luxury car in the middle of Cardiff with a message from the killer telling the world the man deserves to die. Was it a disgruntled former customer or business enemy? Once a video is posted on the internet from an anarchist group John Marco has his first possible suspect.
But another business executive, connected to the banker, is killed and another message left with the body. Marco has to find what links all the deaths together? All the evidence points to an anarchist group. But is John Marco right to have his doubts?
And in the middle of the investigation Marco’s son is rushed into hospital challenging everything that Marco knows about himself. And when Marco’s team is threatened he has a race against time to find the perpetrator.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Detective John Marco is really pushed to the limits in this second book in the series. Not only is he facing a solving a murder case that is feeling more like a set up, with neon lights and arrows displaying this way, as it is too easy but also on a more personal level he is in crisis because his son is in a coma. Oh Lordy, it pulls him emotionally like a stretch Armstrong and I just hoped that he wouldn’t snap and return to old ways and hit the bottle to escape it all.
Stephen Puleston really sets a cracking scene for the reader with his books. The crimes are intriguing to say the least and the main character Marco is always pushed to the brink. I don’t see Marco as a weak character though. It in many respects it gives him focus to keep him occupied but he has to deal with issues one at a time, seeming like he at times doesn’t care.
Marco isn’t about getting cases under his belt, he is about doing the right thing. When a wealthy business man is murdered, in a specific manner and including a note from the killer, it is as if the killer is directing the way the investigation should go. The reaction from the family isn’t really what Marco was expecting. When a second murder occurs, with a similar message attached to the body, the case becomes even more puzzling. Then is gets personal and the tempo really hots up.
This is making a super series. I really like the pairing of Inspector Marco and DS Lydia Flint. I do like a book that makes me use my own brain cells not just read about a case as it unfolds with others solving it. Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE.
My second detective is Inspector Marco who comes from an Italian/Welsh background and he lives in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The first Inspector Marco novel SPEECHLESS has been published on Amazon and the second and third in the series will be published in 2015.
Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/
I was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in Theology from London University I decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by my father on Anglesey. For many years I worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given me valuable raw material for my novels.