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Published by Severn House,
December 2013. ISBN: 978-0-7278-8355-1
Jack Colby runs a repair business
for classic cars from his home in Kent and he is also employed by the
police when they need an expert regarding classic car crime. Jack is helping to
investigate the theft of the Porsche belonging to Mike Nelson, once a motor
racing icon and now manager of Old Herne's aviation and car club, situated at a
disused Second World War Air Base. Jack always attends Swoosh, the annual
celebration of veteran aircraft and cars, but this year he is determined to use
the event to probe the mystery of the missing car. He is dismayed to hear that
Old Herne's is due to close and this will be the last Swoosh. Under Mike's
management Old Herne's has sunk deeply into debt and its owner, Arthur Howell,
an American billionaire and former fighter pilot, is no longer willing to
finance Old Herne's, despite his affection for the base where he crash-landed
in the Second World War and his enduring love for Mike's late mother, Miranda
Pryde, a popular wartime singer.
At Swoosh, the rivalry
and mutual dislike between the Nelson and Howell families hampers Jack's
attempts to discover any clues about the stolen Porsche. During a tribute act
to Miranda by her grandson, Jason Pryde, a brutal murder takes place. Despite
his protests that he is not a Private Investigator, Jack is employed to
discover the truth behind this death and soon finds himself treading on very
dangerous ground and in danger of falling foul of a vicious, local crime boss.
Classic in the Pits is, at its heart, the
story of two very dysfunctional families and their complex, torturous
relationship. The relationships are so complex that I wished Jack Colby had
written himself a list or family tree, which would have helped to establish the
different generations and their relationship to each other. However, certain
characters did stand out above the crowd from the moment they appeared and
these characters engaged the reader's interest; most notably the enigmatic
singer, Jason Pryde. The details of the cars are beautifully interwoven into
the narrative and described with such loving detail it seems as though they are
active players in the investigation, each with their individual character.
Classic in the Pits is the fifth in the
series featuring Jack Colby, Car Detective, and the series characters are well
established and have warm and lively interactions. It is an engaging story,
with an interesting plot and dramatic conclusion.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Amy Myers worked as a director in a London publishing firm, before realising her
dream to become a writer. Her first series featured detective, August Didier, a
half French, half English master chef in late Victorian and Edwardian times.
She is currently writing a series with her American husband James Myers,
featuring Jack Colby, car detective. Classic in the Pits, is the
fifth in the series, its successor, Classic Cashes In, will follow later
this year.Amy also writes historical novels
and suspense under the name Harriet Hudson.
Carol Westronis a successful short story
writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly
Dames.Her crime novels are set both in
contemporary and Victorian times.The
Terminal Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was
published July 2013