Saturday, 13 February 2016

My Review of Dead on Demand by Sean Campbell and Daniel Campbell

This book is the first of the DCI Morton series. I've already read and enjoyed the third: Ten Guilty Men.
See my review here.

The book description for Dead on Demand 

explains that Edwin Murphy is a career oriented person who puts more into his work than he puts into his family. Then life changes for Edwin when his wife files for divorce. He's on the brink of losing his home, his job and his little girl so Edwin comes up with a plan to eliminate his wife and regain his former lifestyle.

The police are baffled 

when bodies begin to appear all over London with no apparent connection between them. Inspector David Morton must think outside the box as he investigates the deadly web of deceit behind the murders.

I really liked the character of DCI Morton 

who is a straight-talking, old-school detective on the verge of early retirement. Morton doesn't want to stop work but his wife and senior colleagues think he's at the end of the road when he is unexpectedly injured. However, Morton is having none of this and more than proves his worth as the novel progresses.

The construction of the plot 

is based in the dark web about which there is sufficient information to create the plot without becoming overly geeky. The complex intricacies of the plotting keeps the reader engaged throughout. Most of the time the audience is one step in front of DCI Morton and in possession of more facts than he is. This provides a whole extra level of involvement and suspense wondering how Morton is going to catch up and get to a satisfactory conclusion.

There are some interesting aspects to the case 

which the authors explore through references to the criminal justice system which seems very authentic and adds to the credibility of the plot. It would be very easy to give something away and spoil the plot so I'll just say that Dead on Demand is a page turning, gripping, detective thriller mystery and well worth reading.

As I acquired Dead on Demand as a free download 

from the Amazon Kindle Store and enjoyed reading it so much, it was extremely good value for money! Cleaver Square is the other DCI Morton novel and it's definitely going on my Waiting To Be Read list.

Click here for Sean Campbell's author page and links to all the DCI Morton novels.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

WWW Wednesday #8

Welcome to WWW Wednesday once again!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading

 and revived by Taking on a World of Words.

Currently Reading

I'm well into 
Dead on Demand (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 1)
by Sean Campbell et al. 

I'm about a quarter way through
by Kurt Vonnegut 

I'm still slowly making my way through
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism 
by Naomi Klein 

Recently Finished Reading

On the Road 
by Jack Kerouac
It's been a struggle which is not to say that the book isn't stunningly brilliant. I found the mysogyny, although reflective of the era when the book was written, heavy going. Some of the descriptive writing particularly in the Mexico sequence is marvellous: the sounds, smells and atmosphere of the tropical night are so evocative. I've never been to the jungle but the writing was so real, I felt like I was there. The free-and-easy life-style, the intimate friendships, the impetuousness, the booze-and drugs culture, the casual sex, the poverty and the unexpected generosities, all combine to present a vivid and very human story. Kerouac's urgent, direct style drives the narrative forward from one crisis to the next and the effect is breathtaking. I'm glad I made the effort to read On The Road: it deserves its reputation. I don't know if it's on the books you must read before you die list but if it isn't, it should be.

I've also recently finished:
The Mysterious Disappearance of Mr Spearman: a cosy crime novella 
by Jenny Worstall 

Read my review here.

After enjoying re-reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, I decided to re-read A Little Princess as well. Read more here. It was just as good as it was last time I read it. One of my favourites!
A Little Princess 
by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Planning To Read Next

None too sure what I'm reading next. Need to finish the ones I've got on the go at the moment.
I've downloaded a couple more from Frances Hodgson Burnett's list of titles that I never read as a child. I've really enjoyed the BBC Andrew Davies adaptation of War and Peace. So much so that I've ordered the DVD. I'm wondering if I should have another go at reading it. Maybe the visuals from the adaptation would help me to keep going with it. Not sure. It hasn't worked for Middlemarch or Little Dorritt - both of which I loved as TV adaptations but still can't get into as a reader. What do you think? Does a good TV adaptation help you get into a book you've found heavy going?