The main protagonist lives on a narrowboat, which means that C&RT hate him already.
British crime author Pat McDonald lives in a rural part of the Midlands, Englandshire.
C&RT remain ambivalent about Pat. Well, they would if anyone there could spell ambivalent.
I made this mistake once before. I published a post about the delicious delights of the small seaside town of Mablethorpe, in Lincolnshire, and Pat promptly came out with a book set in a small seaside town. Echoes of Doubt.
She writes a lot of books does our Pat.
In Echoes you can just about feel the cold winter-wind-blown sand creeping up around your feet as you read.
Pat’s hobbies are needlework, baking, gardening and killing people. Pat’s favourite colours are gamboge, glaucous, amaranth, obsidian and beige. Pat’s favourite food is pie, chips and marrowfat peas. Pat used to drive a souped-up Mini Cooper with blacked-out windows, but after an incident involving the cash payroll of a Nottingham based Toffee Manufactury, six Police motorcycles, four Police interceptors, two Police helicopters and a successfully-deployed “stinger” Pat’s driving licence was revoked.
Pat has to date received no fewer than one hundred and twenty-three proposals of marriage from ex-Presidents and deposed Kings of Nigeria, and has turned them all down flat. Some of them weren’t even so fussed about marriage, they just wanted her bank details in order to send her millions in Swiss francs.
Pat’s Publisher’s page about her (and the books) may be found here – PatMcDonald.
All of Pat’s books may be found at Amazon United States of ‘Merica
Please to kindly note that I am not the gentleman on the cover, slowly dragging his axe back along the towpath.
Mother taught me to never drag my axe on the ground; it damages the blade.
I call my axe ‘Eugene’. Always have (and thus also inspired a certain song lyric).
My god, but I’m inspirational. Can’t see it myself, never have, but you can’t deny the evidence of two published books and a whole new branch of English case-law referring to the wearing of below-the-belt clothing while navigating in a narrowboat.
You’ll want the blurb of course – the book blurb, not the case-law blurb, which is in any case more accurately referred to as Lord Chief Justice Admiral Sir Hangem-Hie’s Sentencing Summation.
The Day After is Book 4 in the Blue Woods mystery series, featuring Hugo Bott.
What happened to Hugo Bott after thirty years as a beat officer? Nobody really knows because they didn’t see him leave when he retired. The quaint cottage where he lived was rented out, and he just disappeared.
Superintendent Luc Wariner is the newly assigned divisional commander of a quiet subdivision, that is, until the discovery of the brutal murders of Major Edward Barrington-Marsh and his wife, Cecily, in Upper Postle. He sends for his old friend and major crime unit colleague, Detective Inspector Aidey Carter, to investigate the murders and his suspicions regarding his CID unit.
When sightings are made early on the morning of the murders of a tall quiet stranger with a military gait visiting the village store at Postle, Luc and Aidey are reminded of Hugo Bott, their old colleague. Could he have finally found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, for first time in his life?
It is, after all, The Day After . . .The Day After, by Pat McDonald – British crime author.
Between you, me, and the murder weapon it’s a spiffing good read – and as of writing this post I’m only up to page 262 of 491! The weather’s lousy here at the moment, and I can testify to the factoid that there’s little to beat sitting on yer own narrowboat, sipping fortified cocoa, reading a book partly set on a narrowboat and/or around the canals of England, while the wind howls and the rain lashes down.
Damn it, they’re all chuffing great reads – McDonald (as she was referred to during her happy school years at Cheltenham Ladies College and, latterly, Bolton & County High-Security Borstal) weaves a tidy tale.
If this one gets you hooked then why not try out one or all of her other books too?
As any of the more long-suffering of you may know (or not) I am working on a narrowboat-related book myself – ruddy typical of Pat to beat me to the finish line!
So there you have it, now do please scootez-vous off and get it. 😉
Smoke on the water, axes on the towpath. Hutson’s on his boat and all’s well with the world.
Curry and the rest of the book this evening, methinks. What say you?
Ian H., Cardinal Wolsey, and Hugo Bott. Oh yes – and wotsername – Pat McDonald.