When a young woman swaps coats with a prostitute then vanishes, it marks the start of a mystifying case for Leighton Jones.
After traffic officer Leighton is called to an altercation in a used car lot he is confronted by a prostitute rambling on about a girl who stole her coat. He thinks nothing off it. That is until the body of a Jane Doe shows up, matching the prostitute’s description.
What is the link between the fight in the car lot and the dead woman?
Leighton proceeds to gather evidence, which he attempts to pass onto the lead Homicide detective, Slater. However, Slater tells Leighton to back off, and that a suspect has been arrested.
Fearing there is more to the case than he first thought, Leighton is driven to keep digging and soon ends up on the trail of a serial killer.
But Leighton might be out of his depth this time…
Carpenter Road features Leighton Jones who is in the authors other book, The Girl On The Bus. As this is set some years before, it really doesn’t matter if you haven’t yet read it as it easily reads as a stand alone. Saying that, I bet you will end up racing off to buy it after reading this one.
I really took to Leighton when I first encountered him, now having got to know him even better in this book, I actually might be in love with him. Not in a sexual way, he is such a wonderful character. Think of the wonderful David Jason who plays Inspector Frost. He is someone that readers will instantly take to. He has a heart and he cares which I found totally endearing.
Rochelle is another stand out character in this story. A prostitute who Leighton strikes up an unlikely friendship in the hope of catching a serial killer. As hard faced as she might be due to her lively hood, she has a certain likeability that has you wanting to pick her up out of the story and give her a chance at a normal life where danger isn’t on every corner.
Carpenter Road was a captivating and thrilling story that makes for some emotional reading in parts. The author has a knack of writing characters that the readers can fully get behind making this an even more personal read. I loved the authors first book and didn’t think he could top it, well he has well and truly done that and he is definitely vast becoming one of my favourite authors.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.
Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.
More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.
Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.