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Thursday 30 December 2021

‘False Truth’ by C.D. Steele

Published by The Book Guild,
28 April 2021.
ISBN: 978-1-91355173-5 (PB)

Rising star Liam Devlin has gone missing, and his mother hires PI Joe Wilde, a former MI6 agent, to find him. The police have closed the case, ruling it suicide, but Wilde soon finds out that it’s not that straightforward.

This fast-moving PI investigation features a likeable, caring main character in Joe Wilde, backed up by his wise-cracking secretary, Jackie, his MI5 friend Phil, and his technology guru, Mike. The two lines of plot are nicely balanced – the other involves a bomb at a mosque - and neatly tied up in a surprising finish.  

The story is whizzed along by snappy narrative and dialogue, lots of action and short chapters. The football theme and easy-read approach could make it a great first-crime read for teenage boys.

A sparky PI with clever plotting and plenty of action.

Reviewer: Marsali Taylor

C. D. Steele works as an Executive Offer in the Civil Service. He has a degree in Recreation Management and lives in Bangor, County Down. False Truth is his first novel.

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.  

 Click on the title to read a review of her recent book
The Shetland Sea Murders

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