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Published by Earth Tiger, May 2013. ISBN:
This is a psychological thriller which carries you along with its sense
of urgency. The events start slowly and separately but soon
accelerate and begin to converge. We have Detective Inspector Matt
Turrell who returns from his honeymoon to deal with an incomprehensible murder
in which the young female victim is dressed as a child. We are privy from
the beginning to some of the murderer's thoughts which explain to some extent
the psychological basis for his actions.
Detective Inspector Turrell's
new wife, Eppie, must settle into a new life while her husband is totally
preoccupied by the mounting number of deaths. The characters of the other
members of the police team and of those on the periphery of the deaths are
beautifully delineated so that the reader's concern for the victims is
strengthened especially when their insight into the murderer's thoughts shows
the possible dangers to those characters. The setting of the area around
Stratford-upon-Avon gives an impression of that area's history.
There is a thrilling climax
which ratchets up the tension to high levels. All in all an enjoyable
------ Reviewer: Jennifer S Palmer
This is a first book with more
planned to feature DI Matt Turrell.
J J Franklinleft school at fifteen with no qualifications, so a
writing career seemed like an impossible dream for JJ Franklin, aka Bren
Littlewood.Then a powerful Los Angeles
earthquake thrust her towards that dream. Thankful that she had survived, Bren
decided to pursue her dream and enrolled in part time script writing courses at
Originating from England,
Bren has had many jobs over the years. In Toronto, she worked at the Police
Headquarters, training as a keypunch operator. This skill enabled her to work
at MGM in Culver City, and she remembers the thrill of seeing Charlton Heston
and Sammy Davis, Junior, whilst working there. Returning home to England,
Bren’s first job was as a receptionist at the Hilton Hotel in
Stratford-upon-Avon, before she applied for nurse training. She eventually
gained a second qualification as a mental health nurse. Becoming a sister on
the community directed her toward training in counselling, leading to a MA in
Counselling from Warwick University. Bren believes it is this psychological
background that informs her work.Her
first success as a writer was in writing murder mystery scripts for her own
company. The Company provided murder mystery dinners and weekends all over the
UK, even performing, on one occasion, on the Orient Express. Bren also co-wrote
a murder mystery boxed game. Then Bren decided to renew her love of script and
enrolled in a MA in Television writing at De Montfort University. From this
experience, she wrote for the BBC, before writing her first novel, Urge to
Kill, a psychological thriller. The novel is the first in a series and features
British Detective Inspector Matt Turrell. She decided to write under her maiden
name of Franklin, adding the initials of her Mom and Dad. Bren lives in Stratford-upon-Avon with her
cat, Ziggi, who rules the house.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but
occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.