Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Needle Song by Russell Day.

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Spending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn’t her husband.

Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it.

Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case.

No one except Doc.

Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth – but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.


I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.

Every  book has a unique story to tell, it’s very own song to sing. If the song is loud enough and sweet enough, it will lodge itself within you. Needle Song had me within a few pages singing along, addicted to the words and the story they had to tell. It’s not a fast paced pop song, more  like a sweet languid celebration of story telling at it’s best.

The characterisation is wonderful, from the perfect partnership between Doc and Yakky and a host of supporting characters all of whom rise off the page to greet you when you start to read. The best thing about this book for me had to be the partnership of these two main characters. They are my new favourite crime solving duo. The chemistry between them is perfect, one who enjoys the challenge of proving his friends innocence and the other his less than enthusiastic partner. If course crime fighting teams are common place, but occasionally a new one stands out and that is the case with Needle Song.

The writing is unrushed and allows you to relax  into the story. By the end it has me feeling like I was amongst old friends. It envelopes you and time outside of it’s pages seemed to pass without notice. I liked how the writing felt indulgent, no rushing, just allowing the story to unravel over time.

I was immersed in this story as I say in the shade of my garden to the late night tranquillity of my bed. If you like books character driven with a touch of soul within it’s pages, this is the book for you.

You can purchase Needle Song from Amazon

About the author.

Russell Day

Russell Day was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, NW10 – a geographic region searching for an alibi. From an early age it was clear the only things he cared about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage he added family life to his list of interests and now lives with his wife and two children. He’s still in London, but has moved south of the river for the milder climate.

Although he only writes crime fiction Russ doesn’t consider his work restricted. ‘As long as there have been people there has been crime, as long as there are people there will be crime.’ That attitude leaves a lot of scope for settings and characters. One of the first short stories he had published, The Second Rat and the Automatic Nun, was a double-cross story set in a world where the church had taken over policing. In his first novel, Needle Song, an amateur detective employs logic, psychology and a loaded pack of tarot cards to investigate a death.

Russ often tells people he seldom smiles due to nerve damage, sustained when his jaw was broken. In fact, this is a total fabrication and his family will tell you he’s has always been a miserable bastard.

The author can be followed on Twitter

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