Times Like These by Stephen Puleston #GuestReview @Booksnall2020 @stephenpuleston @Inspector_Marco

Book Description:

A grotesque killing. A killer without mercy and out for revenge. Can Inspector Marco
capture the madman before he exacts his final act of vengeance?
The death of Frank Armsby is no ordinary hit and run especially when his links to
organised crime suggest a gangland killing. But two failed prosecutions of Armsby for
rape and a recent case where the charges were dropped paint a different picture.
When a man is brutally killed in a sadistic attack nothing immediately suggests that
both deaths are connected. Detective Inspector Marco is convinced that one killer is
at work despite the pressure from his superiors to believe otherwise.
Once an executive in the TV world is found dead in his luxury apartment Marco and
another body turns up brutally mutilated Marco is more determined than ever that a
single killer is at work.
When he finally determines the culprit a kidnapping has taken place and Marco has a
race against time before the victim is killed.

Lena’s Review:

TIMES LIKE THESE presents a ghastly discovery in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Early
information may not inspire speedy motivation. This is followed by a grisly monstrous find. Both are
very different, but horrendous. Is there a connection…? More atrocities follow! Hair-raising
suspense waiting for what unspeakable savagery is next. What is behind the macabre mystery in
Cardiff? Can this abhorrent, reprehensible conundrum be solved before there’s another grim,
devastating occurrence?

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

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