Monday, 10 June 2019

#BlogTour Murder on the Rocks by J.S. Strange


Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Murder on the Rocks by J.S. Strange. It's a cosy mystery with a fierce main character.
About the Author
J.S. Strange is an author from Wales, United Kingdom. He writes crime, mystery and horror. His first novels, published in 2016 and 2017, were set in an apocalyptic London. Murder on the Rocks, is the first in a cozy crime mystery series, featuring a leading gay male detective.

Murder on the Rocks was written by Strange for many reasons. One of those reasons was a lack of representation within the crime genre, particularly with detectives and sleuths. Strange created Jordan Jenner, a private investigator, who lives and works in Cardiff. Murder on the Rocks was written with the intention of shining light on Cardiff, and bringing Cardiff, and furthermore, Wales, into the crime genre.

Strange's previous works, such as 'Winter Smith: London Burning', also explored LGBT themes, and featured socialite Winter Smith escaping a zombie apocalypse. 'London's Burning' became an Amazon best-seller in LGBT fiction.

When Strange doesn't write, he works in television. He also presents a radio show all about the paranormal. He has an enthusiasm for Britney Spears and cats.

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Buy Murder on the Rocks


About the book
When PI Jordan Jenner returns to work following the death of his mother, his first case involves a murdered writer...

James Fairview has been killed. As a member of a prestigious writing group hosted by bestselling author Joseph Gordon in the heart of Cardiff, Jordan not only has to cope with solving the mystery, but also deal with press attention.

As Jordan investigates, he discovers his mother's death may not have been so simple. And when another writer is murdered, Jordan realises the killer could strike again...

A murdered writer, a mysterious death, and a group with jealousy at its heart, this is Jenner's toughest case yet.

A cosy murder mystery with a gay male detective, Murder on the Rocks is the first in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series. If you're a fan of classic whodunits you will love this!

A perfect read for those looking for Welsh crime fiction.

Review
Jordan Jenner is called in to help investigate the death of a writer, a man taking part in a writing retreat hosted by a well-known and successful author. A group full of secrets and envy, what could possibly go wrong?

Jordan comes off as entitled, superior and privileged at times, which is particularly evident in the beginning with Mark and how he thinks he should be treated and adhered to. Then there is the issue that he has a wee bit of a loose mouth when it comes to cases he is working on.

One of his redeemable characteristics is the fact he talks to his cat Oscar and loves him dearly. It softens the sharper edges of Jordan. The more humane side and vulnerable side pops out now and again to say hi.

It's a cosy mystery with a fierce main character. Jordan Jenner follows the clues until the very bitter end. He wants to find solutions and achieve closure. This is especially the case when it comes to his mother. When his father throws the word 'murder' into the arena, which forces Jordan to take a closer look at his mother's death.

Although this is also marketed as a LGBT mystery, Strange ensures that the sexuality of his main character doesn't overshadow the crime element, which is exactly the right balance. Why? Because his sexuality should be and is irrelevant. There absolutely needs to be more diversity in fiction and a more diversified representation. This can happen without using tropes and stereotypes, which this author does well.

Buy Murder on the Rocks at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in paperback and ebook format by Panther Publishing on 1st March 2019. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Waterstones.

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