Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Carpenter Road by N M Brown.

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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…
Review
I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
Having loved The Girl on the Bus, I was excited to be offered the opportunity to review the pre-sequel Carpenter Road, set ten years before. It is I am glad to say, as great a read and I welcomed the chance to spend time once again with Leighton Jones, who is a generous and caring lead character. He makes this series of books a delight to read.
Carpenter Road is not just a great thriller, it has a heart to it based around one man’s intrinsic need to help others, even those society has rejected. He cares and believes in justice and any book containing Leighton Jones, would be for me a must read. I adore him and wish sometimes I could walk into the pages of the book and give him a big Welsh cwtch. It is for a thriller, a surprisingly emotional read and made me tear up in places. Few thrillers I can think of have ever done this to me, so it makes Carpenter Road that bit more special.
Don’t panic if you thinking it doesn’t have the traditional elements of a thriller, because oh boy does it. There are plenty of twists and turns and I was well and truly led down the wrong garden path and had to take a step backwards on a number of occasions. I don’t hold with the theory that a modern thriller must be all wham, bam, wallop, but it does traditionally need twists and turns, preferably ones that you don’t see coming and this novel had that. Just imagine me sat in front of my kindle with a look of shock on my face and that sums up Carpenter Road.
I do hope there are more outings featuring Leighton, because I miss him already.
You can purchase Carpenter Road from Amazon
About the author
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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.

You can follow the author on TwitterFacebook and his website.

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