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Book Description

A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdonia are an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.

A killer hidden in plain sight.

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…

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I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.

I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

My Review

A time to kill is the fifth in the D.I. Drake series set in Wales. I’m coming to this book as a newbie not having read any of them before.  I found the book to be very well written and descriptive.  From the first page I was hooked in and wanted to know why Harry Drake was heading to the Quarryman’s Hospital, it felt very bleak and mysterious.

D.I. Ian Drake is an interesting protagonist and for me quite a likable lead detective. I was worried when I started reading the book that he would be clichéd when he opened up about his estranged wife but that was soon put to ease as the novel progressed. This novel is very fast paced and at the same time easy to read and there is a lot of action throughout.

Even though I haven’t read the other books in the series I didn’t feel lost and I think the author did a good job of conveying the setting and I liked reading the Welsh location names and I felt the author has a similar style to Ian Rankin which worked well for me.

I could see myself reading more in this series in the future.

(Four Stars) – A Solid Read.