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by Blue Baltic Publishing, 6 October 2015. ISBN-978-0-9933680-2-8
Mandy is a private detective and the owner of
Endeavor Investigations, based in Santa Monica.The business is, however, going to the wall, and life in general is not
looking good.He has money worries, a
cat, a stressful relationship with his tenant and no social life.So, when he gets a phone call from a friendly
contact in the Santa Monica Police Department suggesting that he should look at
a murder scene on Ocean Avenue, he can’t help but be interested.The victim is Pedro Garcia-Marquez, a member
of an extremely wealthy family, which has asked that the matter be dealt with
by its own investigator.The story is
that they do not want the local police department to be involved and just one
of the questions Mandy has to consider is why the police chief (with little
time for his ex-employee) has suggested him and, moreover, agreed to give him a
head start in the investigation.
crime scene is not pretty and it gets worse when Mandy discovers something that
the first officers on the scene had missed.As he tries to unravel the mystery of the death, he moves from the
original murder into a world of corrupt policemen, dodgy coroners and a tropical
fish business that is not exactly what it seems to be.
is the author’s first novel and it’s quite a hefty tome so the Golden Age touch
of a three-page list of dramatis personae
and a map of Mandyland may prove helpful!The story unfolds at a good pace with enough twists and turns to keep
the reader’s attention.Will Mandy
is a successful fiction and non-fiction writer and passionate fan of crime
fiction, crime non-fiction and noir films. The Santa Monica Suicide Club is his
first crime novel. In 1998 Jeremy became a full time writer and after long
spells living in Greece, LA and Vancouver. Since 2004 he has divided his time
between West London and the Greek island of Patmos. Jeremy's previous books are Taking Leave
(Radio 5 Book of the Month) and You Don't Have To Be Famous To Have Manic
Depression: An A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health. He also co-produced Emmy Award
winning documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive
Jo Hesslewood. Crime fiction has been my
favourite reading material since as a teenager I first spotted Agatha Christie
on the library bookshelves.For
twenty-five years the commute to and from London provided plenty of reading time.I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my
local crime fiction book club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop .I enjoy attending crime fiction events and
currently organise events for the Margery Allingham Society.