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Tuesday 28 August 2018

‘The Steampunk Murder’ by Ian McFadyen.

Published by Book Guild Publishing Ltd,
28 June 2018.

DCI Carmichael is called to a murder at Southport – a Steampunk personality has been found on the beach, run through with his own sword.

This traditional Police Procedural  follows DCI Carmichael and his team, feisty Rachel and macho Wilson, as they investigate the people around the dead man: his big-businessman father; his father’s girlfriend, who runs the local bar; his hero-worshipping fellow Steampunk friend; and his two ex-girlfriends, one still keen, and one bearing a grudge. To say nothing of his employees, who stand to profit by his death.

DCI Carmichael is an amiable boss, and a family man. The investigation moves briskly along, and the corpses multiply nicely.

A cosy PP with bizarre deaths, a multiplication of suspects, and a satisfyingly surprising ending.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Photo by Harry Atkinson
Ian McFadyen is the author of the Carmichael series of Murder Mystery novels, set in rural Lancashire. With five books published to date, McFadyen has built up a strong following and is particularly well supported by library borrowers – being positioned in the top 10% of most loaned authors in the last two years. Favourably mentioned alongside Wilkie Collins and Colin Dexter, McFadyen’s titles – Little White Lies , Lillia’s Diary, Frozen to Death, Deadly Secrets and Killing Time, are all available in paperback and on kindle. His first four books are available in large print and Deadly Secrets is also available in Italian.

                              Ian is also on Twitter @IanMcFadyen1

Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.  Marsali also does a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.

Click on the title to read a review of her recent book Death in Shetland Waters

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