Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Six Feet Under’ by Colin Garrow organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I hope that you will check out both the author and the book, as well as the rest of the blogs involved in the tour.
*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review.’*
A murder victim, a deserted airfield, a sinister project. Can Terry untangle the mystery before someone else dies?
Asked to investigate the death of a building contractor, taxi-driver and amateur sleuth Terry Bell thinks the dead man’s widow may be wasting her money. But when the trail leads to an old airfield and a brace of brutal thugs, he begins to wonder what they’re trying to hide. Tracking down one of the builder’s former workmates, Terry finds him unwilling to answer questions. When the man is beaten up, the canny cabbie gets a visit from his favourite detective inspector. But DI Charis Brown and her latest sidekick seem determined not to get involved. Until the man is attacked again…
In this murder/mystery series set on England’s northeast coast, Six Feet Under is book #4 in the Terry Bell Mystery series.
This is my first venture into the Terry Bell Mysteries, but it won’t be my last, as this was an enjoyable read with a memorable cast of characters that really brought the book to life.
It did take a little while to build up the mystery aspect of the story. However, this was more than made up for by the characters from the start, and once it got going there was more than enough twists and turns, and sense of danger to have made the wait worth it.
Terry was a fantastic main character, with a great deal of personality and someone who breaks the mould of what you would typically expect of the ‘detective’ character in a mystery series. I liked how down to earth he was, and the elements and experience that comes from the fact that he’s a regular guy who drives a cab, doesn’t have the extensive education but instead brings a different kind of intelligence and a dogged determination to his efforts. Even better, is that he shares the limelight, he is willing to ask for help, to work with partners and to appreciate the assistance rather than being a ‘lone wolf’. I particularly enjoyed his relationship and partnership with Carol, because they complement one another beautifully in all aspects of their lives, and she is by no means overshadowed or left behind, standing equally beside him.
The balance between them and their involvement and the dangers that they find themselves facing, and the work of DI Charis was well done, and she was another character that I liked. I could feel her frustration and worry about having to do her job and worry about the pair. I will say that Garrow has a talent for writing very believable and relatable characters, that live and breathe on each page, especially when combined with the language – and it was great to see the Geordie dialect bleeding into the story, and adding another dimension to the setting.
This was a short, entertaining book with tons of character that I would highly recommend, and I will be checking out the rest of the series.
About the Author:
True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.
Six Feet Under (Terry Bell Mysteries #4) – Colin Garrow – **** (4/5 Stars)
If you’ve read it or read in the future, please feel free to shout at me about this fantastic book.