Welcome to my stop on the Locked Up Blog Tour, I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you all today.
When you’re a policeman behind bars, prison can be murder
A prison officer and a convicted killer must work together to solve a brutal murder and expose conspiracy inside a prison.
Ariadne Teddington is surrounded by people who lie, but that is to be expected when you work in a prison where every man claims to be innocent.
Charlie Bell, an ex Detective, now finds himself in that prison serving time for murder, having taken the law into his own hands.
When a fellow inmate is killed Charlie is asked to investigate the case from the inside. Soon Charlie finds himself working with Ariadne but she is a guard, he is an inmate, and some lines should never be crossed…
Can two people on different sides of the law come together to solve the case?
And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?
As soon as I read the tagline for this book, I knew it would be one I would be reading – an ex-police officer behind bars, my mind went crazy with all the possibilities. In the opening pages, I found I quickly disliked Bell and Teddington, and I was worried, how was I going to get into this plot if I don’t like the two main protagonists!? I really need to stop worrying, and trust in this genre I love, because I grew to love both characters. And when I reflect back, I see it actually made sense to dislike them in the beginning – Bell is a ‘con’, Teddington is a prison officer, someone has just been brutally murdered, of course they’re going to be on edge, not sure who they can trust.
This novel features an interesting subplot, and it was this that grabbed my full attention and began my switch from disliking to liking the main protagonists. While part of the subplot is a separate story, it does connect to the main plot and this just added to the overall complexity of the novel. I must apologise to Williams because I seriously underestimated this book! This novel grabbed my full attention and had me reading it well in to the early AM. You have characters to root for, characters to dislike, you don’t know who you can trust – would you put your trust in a convict, after all, everyone’s innocent, right!?
There were so many moments, throughout my read, when I just didn’t know what direction this plot was going, who was guilty, who was an innocent bystander. And, isn’t that what we look for in a mystery book – a good mystery!? One that we’re hard-pressed to solve, if we can solve it all.
The more complex this plot got, the deeper the conspiracy went, and the more my enjoyment levels rose. Have you ever watched ‘Wentworth Prison’, this novel reminded me of that, except the inmates are male. If you love a good prison mystery, then I highly recommend you give this book a read.
*My thanks to Bloodhound Books for providing me with a digital copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
About the Author:
After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels, she started writing the Locked Series in 2014, and has been working to polish and perfect since – not to mention – sell.
GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a feature writer and comic book reviewer on www.warpedfactor.com. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.
With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to learn to sleep.
Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world. Then she met a guy. Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).
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