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by Silver Wood Books, January 2016. ISBN 978-1-78132-482-0
Detective Inspector Matt Turrell
investigates the suspicious death of a gang leader.We are aware from the beginning of this story
that Jonathan James has been murdered by Kathy Wylde, mother of the man whom
the gang had kicked to death in front of his wife.Matt Turrell and his team in the
Warwickshire Police are quick to check with those connected to the earlier
crime, particularly when another exgang member dies.What is the connection with the first
death?Is this a separate crime?These questions are part of Matt's investigation.
Revenge is a powerful motif in this book.
like the skilful way the author juxtaposes the actions of different characters
to make an exciting whole as the tale unfolds.I felt sympathetic to those caught up in the frightening manifestations
of obsession and violence.Kathy herself
finds, firstly, that she does not feel any satisfaction with what she has done
and, secondly, that her next target seems to be a pleasant young man, whom she
likes.The earlier victim Jonathan was
not a pleasant individual but the story of his background gives food for
thought about his behaviour.
characters here are all vibrant in their own ways from pathetic, mentally
challenged Dave through nasty returned criminal Vinny to obsessive cleaner,
widowed Pam.The police team also show
individual traits as Matt struggles to integrate an injured member back into
his team while trying to establish the causes of the excessive drinking of
another.His background and that of his
wife is filled out too by some events here.
is an exciting story which winds more and more tightly as the climax approaches
leaving the reader gasping for breath!The conclusion is a satisfying one.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
is the second adventure for Matt Turrell, the first one was Urge to Kill
J J Franklin Aka Bren
Littlewoodleft school at fifteen with no qualifications, and a
writing career seemed like an impossible.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 UCLA. 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.