Wednesday 3 June 2020

#BlogTour A Price to Pay by Paul Gitsham

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour A Price to Pay by Paul Gitsham.

About the Author
Paul Gitsham started his career as a biologist working in the UK and Canada. After stints as the world’s most over-qualified receptionist and a spell ensuring that international terrorists hadn’t opened a Child's Savings Account at a major UK bank (a job even duller than working reception) he retrained as a Science Teacher. Click here to sign up to Paul Gitsham's newsletter

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About the book
If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned…

It should be an easy solve: a murder in broad daylight with two eyewitnesses. But the victim is the son of a notorious local crime family who has a habit of hitting on other men’s wives; the witnesses are Serbian nationals who speak limited English.

For DCI Warren Jones, this is his most challenging case yet. As the suspects pile up, the victim’s family work to protect their son’s memory by destroying any evidence that could betray his criminal past – or might have led to his killer.

Somehow Warren must uncover the truth about the murder – but there are secrets at the heart of the case more dangerous than anyone could have imagined, and the fallout could tear Warren’s team apart…

The victim isn't exactly a role model when it comes to best behaviour. He is a scoundrel, a small time crook and he likes to bag taken women just for the fun of it. His family is just as disreputable and have long been on the radar of the police. DCI Warren Jones isn't interested in how he led his life - he is just interested in getting justice for a murder victim.

Right from the start there seems to be something off about the witnesses and scene of the crime. Warren can't quite put his finger on it, but he intends to dig until he uncovers whatever the truth may be.

It's a police procedural crime read driven by a determined main character.

I liked the way Gitsham makes one thing in particular very clear when it comes to the victim, their past and the way they lived their life is inconsequential when it comes to solving the crime and bringing the perpetrator to justice. This is very much part of Warren Jones, the way he feels about his duty of care as a police officer, and that drive really fuels the read. As does his very dry humour and the way he knows exactly how to use his best resource - his team.

Overall it's a read that has a mystery vibe to it and simultaneously it's a modern crime read. I think the nature of the crime itself was a smart choice, because it very much reflects the victims and criminals of our era.

Buy A Price to Pay at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 5 Jun. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

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