News, reviews, and Small Town Blues

All Due Respect, Bristol Noir, Darren Sant, Gumshoe Blues, Last Year's Man, Man Of The World, Paul D Brazill, Peter Ord, Seatown

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Over at the All Due Respect blog, I talk about small town noir and Man Of The World.

SMALL TOWN BLUES is here.

At Bristol Noir, I have a new short story called IN THE COLD, COLD NIGHT.

Episode 2 of Darren Sant’s Tiny Tales podcast has my yarn THE TUT, and Episode 3 has Peter Ord‘s song GUMSHOE BLUES.

MAN OF THE WORLD is out now and has picked up a couple of very tasty reviews.

K A Laity:

5.0 out of 5 stars From laid-back humour to grievous bodily harm!

Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2020

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It’s always good news to hear that Mr B has a new book out. I even got my grubby mitts on an advanced copy so read ’em and weep, folks — I already have! Read it, that is. And ordered the paperback, too.

I missed Seatown! It’s great to be back there. Tommy Bennett is back: he was Last Year’s Man but now he’s even more lethal. He’d really rather retire. He’s almost making peace with the ghosts that haunt him. But the old life pulls him back in every time. And as we all know, the dead don’t always stay dead.

The story turns on a dime from laid-back humour to grievous bodily harm. One minute you’re chuckling as dim-witted low-lifes argue about pop music, then in Chandler-esque fashion a man walks through a door with a gun — and probably dressed as a nun to boot. Brazill makes it all look easy — John Le Mesurier easy. The pace seldom slackens for more than a few pages then we’re off and running again, or rather Tommy is, and he’s left a body or two behind him and a few lively ones chasing him.

True to its title, we start in Seatown but soon we’re off to the Big Smoke and then even further afield. Familiar names pop up: some from his other yarns and beware, crime writing friends of Brazill are likely to wind up dead. All the flourishes you expect from his stories are there: small time crooks improbably questioning the quality of Jane Austen novels, enough song references to fill a day-long radio show, lyrical twists, and you never know what’s lurking behind that closed door though it’s bound to be memorable (I’m still snorting at one of the truly bizarre reveals).

There is more pink than you’d expect in a noir novella.

And I’ll tell you a secret: when he thinks you’re not paying attention Brazill throws in a few lines of absolute poetry. It may seem like finding antique doubloons in busker’s hat full of pennies, but it’s just the thing for those of us lying in the gutter, gazing up at the stars.’

Sonia Kilvington:
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2020

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E. Hobart:
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2020

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Gumshoe Blues Review Round Up

BRIT GRIT, Close To the Bone, Gumshoe Blues, Paul D Brazill, Peter Ord, Reviews, seaside noir, Seatown

 

gumshoe bluesIn the wake of the book blog tour organised by BLACKTHORN BOOK TOURS, Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns has garnered a hell of a lot of positive reviews – mostly 4 and 5 stars. A few more reviews have also have also popped up over at Goodreads and at Amazon.

So, I thought I’d try to do a review round up and hope I haven’t missed any.

And thanks very much to all involved. You are appreciated!

Rough Justice, Crime Fiction Lover –

‘Humour is ever present, often dark, unsophisticated and absurd. The result is a very kind of British noir, as if Jim Thompson had written his stories of doomed losers on the back of bawdy seaside postcards.’

Stephanie Jane, Literary Flits –

‘I love Brazill’s dry humour and scathing turns of phrase which contrast well with his eye for an absurd situation. All of his characters have a ring of authenticity to them with even people who only put in the briefest of appearances being utterly believable.’

Ross Jeffery –

‘The result is dark, witty, farcical and thoroughly entertaining.’

Kevin McNamara –

‘Filled with colorful characters and Mr. Brazill’s wonderful wit.’

Terry (TBC) –

‘northern grit & grim & honestly funny’

Christi M –

‘Overall, fans of gritty noir stories will enjoy this book. Characters are quirky and memorable and it doesn’t hurt that it comes with a good dose of dark humor. Also want to give props to the author for all the extremely well-thought out characters. It must have been incredibly fun to create all their backstories.’

Robert B –

‘This book engrossed me so much that I finished it in two sessions. I highly recommend it’

Isobel Blackthorn –

‘Told masterfully with tremendous wit and realism in taut, punchy prose, Gumshoe Blues contributes a work of considerable merit to the noir crime stable.’

Susan Hampson –

‘Paul Brazill is a master of one-liner dry-humour beauties that constantly roll from each page. His descriptions of people are unique, the like of which you have never heard before but it brings each character to life in its own memorable way. Yes, Paul Brazill, you are a genius in my eyes and I want everyone to read your books.’

Paul Matts –

‘Paul D Brazill has produced another collection of gritty, gutter-laden and immensely colourful characters, led by the main man himself. Plots develop and musical references abound. Really enjoyable stuff.’

Julie Porter –

‘Brazill transports the genre to England where he not only pays tribute to the hard boiled detectives but updates the genre to give it a postmodern Millennial sensibility making the hard edges even harder, the cynical detective even more self-aware, and filling it with pop culture references and technology to amuse modern Readers.’

David Burnham –

‘The pages oozed with rich, multi-layered plot progression and detail.’

Amit Verma –

‘Not a long boring, uselessly burdened thriller book, but short Quirky and interesting stuff you are going to like.’

Amy Shannon –

‘Brazill writes very well and knows how to keep the balance between dark and light, as well as humoristic satire and farce.’

Lel Budge –

‘Utter madness, with intense imagery, music references and so darkly funny. Thoroughly entertaining.’

Haley Belinda –

‘Paul Brazill is a very entertaining writer whose work flows and produces quite a lot of laughs as well. I love the dry sense of humour that flows through the book.’

Ruth Ann Garcia –

‘Great and fast read.’

Simon Maltman –

‘Hard boiled and humorous in equal measures.’

Danny Farham –

‘The author never lets the book get too dark, as it is peppered with razor sharp wit and one-liners that had me giggling like a schoolgirl.’

Kimberly-

‘I give props to the author for his fantastic descriptions of the setting, as well as those secondary characters.’

Graham Wynd-

‘crime with the feel of a shaggy dog story, complete with running jokes.’

Dee Arr-

‘Author Paul D. Brazill’s crime noir novel is a collage of characters that roll in and out of the pages. He paints with a brush loaded with dark humor, and his descriptions are what power the book.’

Nick Gerrard-

‘Crisp, raw-to-the-bone prose.

Andy Rausch –

‘Brazill is a writer’s writer’

Hector Duarte Jr

‘Punchy fun’

Ray Douglas –

‘A gritty tale full of twists and turns, dark places and dark humour.’

JW-

‘Gumshoe Blues is a clever, humorous piece of work and in Peter Ord you have an endearing if perpetually hapless central figure who you can’t help finding yourself rooting for.’

Warren Stalley –

‘The most impressive thing about these stories are the classic one liners and dazzling word play that author Mr Brazill expertly weaves throughout the narrative.’

You can grab GUMSHOE BLUS here, if you fancy it!

 

 

A Few More Top Reviews for Gumshoe Blues

Alan Savage, BRIT GRIT, Gumshoe Blues, Hector Duarte Jr, Kevin McNamara, Paul D Brazill, Peter Ord, Reviews, seaside noir, Seatown, Warren Stalley

GUMSHOE BLUES: THE PETER ORD YARNS continues to get the thumbs up from readers.

Over at Goodreads, Kevin McNamara says:

Another fast read from Paul Brazill, this book is about Seatown PI Peter Ord. Filled with colorful characters and Mr. Brazill’s wonderful wit, these are stories from a seedy town and a new PI who will do just about anything to make a buck. Well written and shows a side of life most of us never see. Looking forward to the next Paul Brazill treasure.

At Amazon.com, Hector Duarte Jr says:

Paul Brazill always brings the goods with characters you won’t forget thrown into situations they’d love to hit the rewind button on. Peter Ord navigates us through the boozy, blue collar streets of Seatown, spinning yarns best read with a tall pint and pork pie at hand. Two pints up for Gumshoe Blues.’

And at Amazon.co.uk,  Warren Stalley says:

Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns by Paul D Brazill comprises of the following four short stories – Gumshoe Blues, Mr Kiss And Tell, Who Killed Skippy? and The Lady And The Gimp. The book follows the shambling adventures of cut price private eye Peter Ord who lurches in and around Seatown, a rain soaked coastal town in the bleak North East of England. The most impressive thing about these stories are the classic one liners and dazzling word play that author Mr Brazill expertly weaves throughout the narrative. Despite the grim and grey environment there’s a black gallows humour that makes this book a real pleasure to read. If you haven’t read anything before by Paul D Brazill then I suggest Gumshoe Blues is an excellent place to start. Enjoy.

and Alan Savage says:

Paul D. Brazill is a writer in an over-crowded genre of misfit detectives and their misadventures, but Paul has cornered a niche all of his own. I’d call it knock-about northern Brit Grit, the details can be as ultra-violent as a Tarantino vintage classic, but there is always a salty port-town humour about his writings. He gets better and better and I think he should get his books off to some tv production company because his stories would make great fast-paced dirty drama – destined for cult status surely?

All of which is very nice indeed!

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A Couple of Top Reviews for Gumshoe Blues

Beth Fine, BRIT GRIT, Close To the Bone, Gumshoe Blues, Mark Slade, Paul D Brazill, Peter Ord, Reviews

Over at Amazon.com, Mark Slade and Beth Fine have given GUMSHOE BLUES 5 STAR REVIEWS, which is very nice indeed.

Mark Slade says:

One of my favorite crime writers is back and doesnt disappoint! My man, Paul Brazill spins some great crime tales!

and Beth Fine says:

Paul Brazill succeeds with Gumshoe Blues by keeping his story focused on his main protagonist, Peter Ord, after developing his character through a series of witty encounters and flashbacks. His supporting characters move the plot forward, and frequently provide comic relief to lighten the mood, preventing the book from feeling too dark or tragic. This book engrossed me so much that I finished it in two sessions. I highly recommend it.

Check ’em out here, if you’re that way inclined.

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Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns is OUT NOW!

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GUMSHOE BLUES: THE PETER ORD YARNS was published by CLOSE TO THE BONE yesterday, and it’s already picked up a couple of more than decent reviews.

Over at THE DARK TIMES, Elgin Bleeker says:

‘Funny and noir are two words not frequently linked. But Paul D. Brazill, master of the comic crime novel and short story, pulls it off. His writing has you laughing while it leads you down a dark alley and punches you in the gut.’

And at Amazon, Robert B. Wesley II, M.D. says:

5.0 out of 5 stars Great world building with meticulous detail, clever plot, and well developed characters.

And there’s more:

“…dark, witty, farcical and thoroughly entertaining.” — Barbara F. Jones @ StorGy Books

“The adventures of this PI feel like they rolled out of a Tom Waits song — crime with the feel of a shaggy dog story” — K A Laity.

“An original homebrew with a kick. Well worth sampling.” — Mark Ramsden.

Here’s the blurb:

‘Following the breakdown of his marriage, in a booze-addled flash of inspiration, Peter Ord decides to become a private investigator. Dark farce and tragicomedy soon ensue. Peter must tackle many challenging cases, and when he comes under the radar of a local crime lord, he may have bitten off more than he can chew. With sidekicks, like boozy hack, Bryn Laden, failure is not an option – it’s compulsory.’

You can grab GUMSHOE BLUES: THE PETER ORD YARNS HERE, if you’re that way inclined.

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Gumshoe Blues is reviewed at STORGY MAGAZINE

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Over at STORGY MAGAZINE, Barbara F. Jones takes an early look at GUMSHOE BLUES – which will be published by CLOSE TO THE BONE  at the end of the month.

She says it’s

A thoroughly enjoyable read. Brazill’s vivid imagery doubled with his noir-yet-comical style make it impossible to put down.

Read the rest of this cracking review here.

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I’m Interviewed at Dr J Reads.

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‘I recently had the chance to read Gumshoe Blues by Paul Brazill. It was a lyrical and engaging example of detective fiction. Here is an interview with the author:

1.     Please tell us about your work.

My books include Last Year’s Man, Guns Of Brixton, Too Many Crooks, A Case Of Noir, and Kill Me Quick. I like to think of them as black comedies, though not everyone shares my sense of humour, I’m sure! Someone described me as a Brit Grit P.G. Wodehouse, which is far too flattering but a great compliment.’

Read the rest here

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Pre – order Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns

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“The adventures of this PI feel like they rolled out of a Tom Waits song — crime with the feel of a shaggy dog story” — K A Laity.
“An original homebrew with a kick. Well worth sampling.” — Mark Ramsden.
Following the breakdown of his marriage, in a booze-addled flash of inspiration, Peter Ord decides to become a private investigator. Dark farce and tragicomedy soon ensue. Peter must tackle many challenging cases, and when he comes under the radar of a local crime lord, he may have bitten off more than he can chew. With sidekicks, like boozy hack, Bryn Laden, failure is not an option – it’s compulsory.

GUMSHOE BLUES will be available at the end of August but you can pre-order the eBook now, if you fancy, from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk etc

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Cold London Blues Around The World

Caffeine Nights, Cold London Blues, Hartlepool, K A Laity, Michael Haskins, Paul D Brazill, Peter Ord, Ronnie Burke, Vic Godard

20160816_201507Cold London Blues with me (and my other books) here in Poland.

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Ronnie Burke in the Boro.

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Jeff Munday in London.

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Micheal Haskins in Florida.

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Peter Ord in Hartlepool.

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Marky Hewitt in Hartlepool.

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Denise Sparowhawk in Hartlepool.

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K A Laity in Dundee.

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Mark Hammonds in the Boro.

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Vic Godard in Surrey.

Grace Of My Heart by Allison Anders.

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One of the things I did during my brief jaunt to The Big Apple in 2001 was to walk from Times Square- where I was staying – and down Broadway to place my hand on the Brill Building. And I did. It was a hot summers day and I burnt my hand.

It’s a fantastic looking building, of course, but that wasn’t the reason for my pilgrimage.

You see, not a lot of people know this- not even Michael Caine – but once upon a time, I wanted to be a songwriter. Indeed, after the band Oceans 11 split up in the mid ‘80s, guitarist Peter Ord and I decided to write songs together. Like Bacharach and David. Goffin and King, Fagan and Becker. But, of course, nothing came of it.

In the 1960s the Brill Building, though, was a hit factory that  housed some great songwriters. Including the ones that I mentioned above plus Paul Simon, Laura Nyro and more.

And Allison Anders’  wonderful  Grace Of My Heart is the story of that era, that great period of musical creativity. Well, it’s a fictional amalgam of a couple of people’s stories-mainly Carole King, I think – and it’s a gem.

Music is by Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Burt Bacharach and others and it’s a smashing story, very well told, with fine performances from Ileana Douglas, John Turturro, Matt Dillon and others.

SWEENEY! BY HALCYON DAYS

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I was in the band Halcyon Days  from 1981 to 1982. The band was Richard Sanderson (guitar/vocal), me (bass),Peter Ord (guitar) and Ronnie Burke (drums).
 

As Richard says:
‘One of the odder unfinished projects was “Sweeney!” from which these three tracks came. Influenced by the 70’s cop show of the time, we conspired to play some new incidental music for the series.“Gunman” features me on piano, and “Conflict in Underground Car Park” features the only recorded example of Braz playing the (inside of) a piano.’

How can you resist that?