Today I’m on the blog tour for an author I’ve not read before. It’s not often these days I read books with Private Investigators as the main character so it was nice to do something different. Many thanks to damppebbles blog tours for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: Artist Xander Draper is being threatened by a dangerous group. With PI Jordan Jenner’s help, Xander hopes to remain unscathed.
But when Xander is murdered, his body displayed as his final exhibit, Jordan realises the extent of the trouble Xander was in. Now, there are people following Jordan. They know his name, and they want him dead.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s brother Ashley has returned, and he has a secret. As time runs out to solve the murder of the famous artist, Jordan begins to fear his brother may be responsible.
A classic cosy mystery set in the heart of Cardiff.
A perfect read for fans of Agatha Christie.
A murdered artist. A brother with a deadly secret. A group intent on killing. The Art of Murder is the second in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series, a cosy murder mystery set in Wales.
My Review: As I’ve said I’ve not read anything with a private investigator for a while so this was a refreshing change from my usual reads. It was interesting to see things from a professional but non-police perceptive.
It took me a little time to get into this story, simply because the writing style was a bit different but once I got used to it the story flowed really well. I liked the fact that the lead character was gay, it’s something I would like to see more of in crime fiction in the future.
I really liked this story. It flowed really well and although there were a number of characters it was easy to keep track of who was who. There were a few threads to the story which all wove together as the story progressed. There were scenes of action, drama and the investigation work needed to investigate what had happened but there were also scenes involving Jenner and his brother that showed a different side to his character. It’s a solid detective story and a good addition to the genre and one that can also be read as a stand alone.
I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and planning on going back to read the first in the series too.
About the author:
J.S. Strange is an author from Wales, United Kingdom. He writes crime, mystery and horror. His first novels, published in 2016 and 2017, were set in an apocalyptic London. Murder on the Rocks, is the first in a cozy crime mystery series, featuring a leading gay male detective.
Murder on the Rocks was written by Strange for many reasons. One of those reasons was a lack of representation within the crime genre, particularly with detectives and sleuths. Strange created Jordan Jenner, a private investigator, who lives and works in Cardiff. Murder on the Rocks was written with the intention of shining light on Cardiff, and bringing Cardiff, and furthermore, Wales, into the crime genre.
Strange’s previous works, such as ‘Winter Smith: London Burning’, also explored LGBT themes, and featured socialite Winter Smith escaping a zombie apocalypse. ‘London’s Burning’ became an Amazon best-seller in LGBT fiction.
When Strange doesn’t write, he works in television. He also presents a radio show all about the paranormal. He has an enthusiasm for Britney Spears and cats.
Jack can be reached on Twitter: @JackSamStrange
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