Today I’m part of the blog tour for the first Inspector Drake novel, “Brass in Pocket”.
About the book:
It is the middle of the night …The road is deserted …A killer is waiting …
Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer – traffic cones in the shape of a No 4.
The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages or is there some hidden meaning in them?
Does it all mean more killings are likely? When a politician is killed Drake has his answer. And then the killer sends more song lyrics. Now Drake has to face the possibility of more deaths but with numbers dominating the case Drake has to face his own rituals and obsessions.
Finally, when the killer threatens Drake and his family he faces his greatest challenge in finding the killer before he strikes again.
Detective Ian Drake is an inspector in the Wales Police Service and is based in the northern division headquarters near Colwyn Bay on the coast. North Wales is a large area that stretches from the coast to the border with England. It is an area rich in history and great scenery.
Book 0.5: The Devils Kitchen (a prequel novella)
Book 1: Brass in Pocket
Book 2: Worse than Dead
Book 3: Against the Tide
Book 4: Dead on your Feet
Book 5: coming soon
*Thanks to Jill Burkinshaw for the free copy in exchange for an honest review*
The book opens with 2 traffic officers on patrol followed by a mysterious person. They receive a call to go to the Crimea mountain pass, where the killer strikes using crossbows. The only clue he leaves is setting traffic cones out in the number 4.
When he returns to base, Inspector Drake and his team receive some song lyrics from “Brass in Pocket”. Then there’s another murder, this time of a politician, with the number 3, and more song lyrics.
What is the connection? And are there more murders to come? Can Inspector Drake find the killer before he gets to number 1?
Whilst this is the first novel in the Inspector Drake series, there is a prequel novel which I have also read and reviewed on Goodreads here
I enjoyed the storyline and was kept gripped by what was coming next. There were plenty of cliffhangers that meant “Just one more chapter”! I also particularly enjoyed the chapters with Drake’s family members.
Unfortunately, I still don’t like Drake as a character. He clearly has OCD, and whilst I felt sorry for him, his obsessions really irritated me. There’s only so many times you can read about a character obsessing over a certain task before it starts to become annoying!
Overall, a good story, and some likeable characters, but Drake was a bit too much, and pulled my rating down to 3*.
I write mysteries and thrillers.
I have published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE and the fourth, DEAD ON YOUR FEET.
Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website.
I was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in Theology from London University I decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by my father on Anglesey. For many years I worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given me valuable raw material for my novels.
I still live and work in North Wales where the Inspector Drake novels are set.