Today I am taking part in the blog tour for this book which is the 4th Danny Bird book, although I would say it can definitely be read as a stand alone. Many thanks to Farenheit Press and damppebbles blog tours for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: A woman is found dead in a London street – the evidence suggests she plummeted to her death from a nearby tower block – but did she fall or was she pushed? And why does she have Danny Bird’s name written on the back of her hand?
So begins this 4th magnificent outing for Danny and the gang from The Marq.
In the frame for a murder he didn’t commit, London’s self-proclaimed Sherlock Homo has no choice but to don his metaphorical deerstalker one more time to prove his innocence and uncover the truth about the tragic death of Cathy Byrne.
With the indomitably louche Lady Caz by his side, Danny plunges headlong into a complex investigation while at the same time trying to be a dutiful son to his increasingly secretive parents, and still find the time to juggle his frustratingly moribund love-life.
Fahrenheit Press: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_death_of_an_angel.html
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Angel-Danny-Bird-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07PBCCJMG/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=death+of+an+angel&qid=1559826196&s=gateway&sr=8-2
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Angel-Danny-Bird-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07PBCCJMG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=death+of+an+angel+derek+farrell&qid=1559826671&s=gateway&sr=8-1
My Review: As I’ve already mentioned, this is the first of the Danny Bird books that I’ve read but I was drawn in by the blurb and the cover, how stunning and unique is this cover! This is not the first book recently where I’ve not been sure how to write a review of it and hopefully it won’t be the last as this means I’m trying new books which is something I wanted to do through blogging and blog tours. Because it’s not the first book with Danny and Caz in it we get thrown into the story and the characters lives with no preamble or introductions (though there are enough explanations dotted through the story to aid understanding) and are expected to leap into the chaos and confusion that appears to be Danny’s life, by way of a prologue first. Done correctly, which this one is, prologues are great and this one definitely gets you gripped by the story immediately while also wondering at the same time just what you’ve let yourself in for, something I suspect people who know Danny wonder, probably at least once an hour.
Having said the above I did actually like Danny, despite his less than discreet efforts to to find out what happened to Cathy Byrne, why she had his name on her hand and what his parents are hiding from him. In the course of his investigation we find out about the layer of corruption and greed that exists in many places, including cities like London. The story doesn’t shy away from the truth about how people are viewed and treated by those with lots of money who simply don’t care about people they see as inferior to themselves. I used to be a cleaner, like Cathy is, and I’m well aware of the invisibility that exists for people in these jobs, you are seen but not seen and most affluent people would never notice if one day someone else came in your place. Although I don’t have experience of the other situations in the book, I know enough from news reports and my own general life experience to realise that this is probably happening to someone, somewhere right now.
This is what makes this book work, in my opinion, the fact that it has characters that are unusual and a bit over the top (in a good way) and doesn’t shy away from dealing with things affecting people who will likely have little choice or say in the matter. However, in covering situations like the one Cathy is dealing with, it doesn’t do it in a way which comes across as a school lesson but weaves it in with a mystery and adventure full of wrong turns and red herrings. In doing this you get carried away in the story but also learn something at the same time. I love films that can do this and I’m thrilled to find an author who can do this too.
I’m not sure if what I’ve written gets across my feelings about the book but I genuinely enjoyed it, the characters, good and bad, are all well-written and I felt as if I had been dropped into the story and was experiencing everything alongside Danny. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster, didn’t know which way I was going next and was enjoying it so much that I didn’t care. I loved the ending, it was done in a very Agatha Christie like way which I enjoyed as I always like seeing the reactions of others involved when they realise who did it and why. There are many layers to this story but they all weave in and around each other and as you read you can see them connecting or coming together and get drawn in even further as you don’t want to put the book down. In a way I’m glad I read book 4 first because I already know there are 3 other books out there for me to enjoy while I wait, hopefully, for a fifth.
About the author:
Derek Farrell is the author of the Danny Bird Mysteries, ‘Death of a Diva,’ ‘Death of a Nobody’ ‘Death of a Devil,’ and ‘Death of an Angel.’
He was educated in Dublin, and, whilst waiting to become a writer of fabulous crime novels has passed his time being a burger dresser, bank cashier, David Bowie’s paperboy, and an Investment Banker in New York’s World Trade Centre (a bit like The Wolf of Wall Street, only with fewer hookers and more midgets, since you ask).
He is married and divides his time between London, West Sussex and Dublin.
Derek loves to hear from his readers, and can be contacted via Twitter: @derekifarrell or at his sparkly new website Derekfarrell.co.uk
His books can be purchased as paperbacks or ebooks direct from the publisher Fahrenheit Press at: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_fahrenheit.html
Or from Amazon:
Death of a Diva
Death of a Nobody
Death of a Devil
Death of an Angel
Death of a Diva is also available as a deluxe edition Hardback limited to only 50 Copies worldwide. Purchase it here.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Derek-Farrell/e/B06XJ9C6XB/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1