Kings And Queens by Terry Tyler

I know Terry Tyler is a good writer as I've already read What It Takes (review here) and Nine Lives (review here) but with Kings and Queens she goes to a whole new level. I haven't enjoyed reading a "family business" saga so much since I read B. T. Bradford's The Woman of Substance.

Kings and Queens is a really well written family saga based on the fortunes of a property development company. Lanchester Estates is inherited in the 1970s by young, charismatic Harry Lanchester on the death of his father. The story recounts the ups and downs of Harry's business life along with the ups and downs of his love life.

Each chapter shifts the viewpoint to a different character although Harry's life-long friend Will Brandon returns to narrate more of the story from time to time. This structure works very well and the strongly developed characters, crisp and lively dialogue and highly engaging plot provide the reader with an excellent "can't -put-it-down" novel.

However, Kings and Queens has a twist because Terry Tyler has cleverly mirrored the story of Tudor King Henry the Eighth and his six wives in the development of her novel. This is not in any way an historical novel but everyone who knows the story of "divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived" will enjoy the parallels explored here. In addition the contemporary characters reflect what we know from history and historical fiction about Henry, his wives and other significant Tudor personalities.

The events in Kings and Queens often track the events in the historical saga although the author hasn't over-worked this and she allows contemporary realities to take precedence where necessary. But it's a nice puzzle to try and work out the historical references.

At the end of the book is information about a sequel. Yes, please! I can't wait to find out what happens to the next generation of Lanchesters. I read Kings and Queens with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and have already downloaded the sequel, Last Child. Watch this space!

More details of Kings and Queens and all Terry Tyler's other books on her Amazon Author Page.

Ten Guilty Men (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 3) by Sean Campbell

Ten Guilty Men 
(A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 3) 
by Sean Campbell

Published 31 August 2015

Book Description from the Amazon book page:

"An anonymous tip leads DCI Morton to a detached house in Richmond where he finds the body of Ellis DeLange, celebrity photographer and socialite extraordinaire. 

Morton must investigate the details of Ellis' private life while keeping the baying mob of journalists out front away from the investigation, dealing with Ellis' highly secretive celebrity friends and trying to answer the one question that keeps on nagging at him: who called in the anonymous tip? 

The investigation takes a bizarre turn when a key witness reveals she saw a man fleeing from the crime scene in the dead of night - without any clothes on."

My Review

This was the first DCI Morton book I've read and I thought it was great.

The characters are realistic and convincing and a few pages in I found this was a book I had to keep on reading.

The plot is a tricky one for Morton and his team to solve and just when you think you've worked it out some new development occurs which knocks your theory out.

There is plenty of procedural and legal detail which helps to ground the book which combined with the high-life lived by the victim and the main suspects results in a really engaging read.

The deceased is just as much a character in the story as all the living and the dramatic title keeps you guessing right to the end.

Highly recommended.

Definitely going to read the earlier DCI Morton books.

Further details of all DCI Morton books on the author's Amazon page.

Field of Lies (Detective Inspector Doug Taylor Book 2) by John Pye

Field of Lies 
(Detective Inspector Doug Taylor Book 2) 
by John Pye

Published 11 May 2015

Book Description from Amazon book page:

Suicide seems the obvious cause of a local man’s death, but Detective Constable Geoff Deakin is not so sure. He locks horns over the issue with his boss, career obsessed Detective Inspector Robin Preston and soon finds himself battling to hold onto his detective’s badge. 

Puzzling links are uncovered to an age old secret and to a missing girl. Deakin is taken out of the game before he uncovers a fraction of the dreadful facts. 

Deakin’s friend and former boss, DI Doug Taylor, in his usual impetuous form, bulldozes straight in, eager to unravel a growing mystery and an awful tragedy. His hot-headed actions soon land him in very deep water. A planned romantic winter break with girlfriend WDC Kim Harding is turned into an illegal search for answers. 

The truth lies much deeper than anyone could have imagined and is far more sickening than the worst nightmare could ever conjure."

My Review 

I enjoyed John Pye's previous novel, Cathedral of Lies, and enjoyed reading his second book even more.

DI Taylor and his team develop as even stronger characters and the plot is gripping and page turning.

The police procedural and forensic detail is excellent and gives the book depth and reality. The plot develops skilfully with many unexpected twists and turns.

The introduction of another strong female character, the mysterious Blonde, is an unexpected and effective addition to the story enhancing both the plot and the characterisation.

There is a very satisfying ending where all loose ends are convincingly tied up. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable read and the third DI Taylor is on my list of books to read whenever in the future it appears.

Further details of Field of Lies and John Pye's other books on his website.

Read my review of Cathedral of Lies here.

This is John Pye's brilliant new book trailer: