Gumshoe Blues Review Round Up

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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!

 

 

Out 17 April 2020: Man of the World by Paul D. Brazill

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I’m very pleased to say that All Due Respect/ Down & Out Books will be publishing Man Of The World, the follow up to my novella Last Year’s Man, in April 2020.

I’ll give you a bit more info about Man Of The World at a later date. In the meantime, here’s the SP on Last Year’s Man:

A troubled, ageing hit man leaves London and returns to his hometown in the north east of England hoping for peace. But the ghosts of his past return to haunt him.

Last Year’s Man is a violent and blackly comic slice of Brit Grit noir.

Praise for LAST YEAR’S MAN:

“Brazill offers a series of amusing episodes filled with breezy banter in this offbeat slice of British noir.” – Publishers Weekly

“It’s all here, everything you’ve come to expect from a Paul D. Brazill caper – the fast pace, the witty banter, the grim humour and the classic tunes – except this time he’s REALLY outdone himself. Unlike the lament in the song the title takes its name from, Paul’s best years are surely still ahead of him.” – Paul Heatley, author of Fatboy

“Paul D. Brazill is the Crown Prince of Noir. That’s my opinion, granted, but I stand by it. For those who require proof, just pick up his latest novel, Last Year’s Man, and it will be clear why I make that statement. All hail the crown prince!” – Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Bitch, Just Like That and others

“Brazill is brilliant, a unique voice which stands out from the crowd.” – Keith Nixon, author of the Solomon Gray books.

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Dee Arr reviews Gumshoe Blues

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Over at Amazon.com, broadcaster Dee Arr gives Gumshoe Blues a HELL of a good FIVE STAR review:

‘Dark, Humorous, Liquor-Drenched: Just a Stroll Through Seatown

Welcome to a place where ethics and loyalty might rely on who bought the last round. Peter Ord is our detective/tour guide, and we are treated to an intimate peek into the swamp that is his life. Bad things happen, and Peter is one of those folks who will be around to clean up.

As long as he gets paid, of course.

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. Two sentences from the first page say so much: “I was lying on a brown tweed sofa and tangled up in a tartan blanket that had seen better days and nights. I was home.”

Gumshoe Blues is a series of vignettes rather than one long case. Peter’s cases are far from ordinary, possibly due to the quirkiness of the people he knows and deals with on a daily basis. Strange cases lead to strange solutions, and the author’s wry comments keep the book funny and constantly moving forward. A character introduced in one spot might have a leading role the next week. Life is constantly moving in Peter’s world, especially when flavored with a heavy dose of noir. Quick fun read, and never a dull moment. Five stars.

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A Few More Top Reviews For Gumshoe Blues

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Well, GUMSHOE BLUES: THE PETER ORD YARNS continues to garner some well tasty reviews.

At THE HAUNTED PEN, David Burnham says:

‘Brazill’s descriptive work shines as he paints a written image of the colorful, memorable characters and places Ord encounters – pubs, bars, strip joints, cemeteries, and caravan sites to list just a few. I believe that in noir the location is just as much a character as the people who live there, and the author knocks it out of the park with his descriptions and dialog.’

You can read the rest of the review here.

At THE NEW THRILLING DETECTIVE WEBSITE, Kevin Burton Smith says:

Liberally laced with black humour, with a spritz of Don Quixote laid on top for good measure, Gumshoe Blues (2019) is some kinda read. Some kinda rough, cheeky, up-yours kinda read, I should add.

Read the rest of the review here.

At CRIME FICTION LOVER, Michael Parker says:

‘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.’

You can read the rest of the review here.

GRAHAM WYND says:

‘The northern setting of Gumshoe Blues offers a laconic pace which suits the humour and makes the stark failures of the impromptu gumshoe Peter Ord a little (dare I say it?) poignant.’

You can read the rest of the review here.

ANDY RAUSCH says:

Brazill is a master at work here, and I for one cannot wait to see what he does next. FIVE STARS. If I could give it more, I would. It’s that good.’

You can read the rest of the review here.

And, if it takes your fancy, you can pick up GUMSHOE BLUES here.

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Recommended Read: GBH by Ted Lewis

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Ted Lewis is probably best known for his 1970 novel Jack’s Return Home and/or its subsequent film versions – Get Carter (1971) starring Michael Caine, Hit Man starring Bernie Casey (1972), and Get Carter (2000) starring Sylvester Stallone.

GBH was Lewis’ final novel – published in 1980- and it’s pretty damned fantastic. The book’s title is an abbreviation of ‘grievous bodily harm’, a term used in English criminal law to describe a particularly violent form of physical assault. GBH is the story of the decline of London gangster and pornographer George Fowler, and it is cleverly told in two alternating time periods. The earlier period is set in London and is titled The Smoke. The later period is set in an off-season seaside down and is titled The Sea.

GBH has the lot – great characters, sharp dialogue, richly descriptive prose, a cold clammy atmosphere, a powerful sense of time and place, and a cruel, dark humour. It really is a cracking read and is well-deserved of its classic status.

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A Few More Top Reviews for Gumshoe Blues

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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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Updates! A new interview, a few reviews and a Portrait …

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Bits and bobs have been going recently, so I’ll give you a brief update, if you’re that way inclined …

I have an interview with Tony Eames up at NFReads

‘What is/are the real-life story(ies) behind your book(s)?

I draw a lot from real-life: actual incidents, people, names. My most recent publication, Gumshoe Blues, is about a private eye called Peter Ord. He’s named after one of my friends from my hometown of Hartlepool, and a lot of the scrapes he’s involved in are based on things that have happened to me or my friends – or friends of friends. Usually the most absurd things, as I’ve no interest in reading about the mundane and can’t imagine that anyone else does either.’

You can read the rest here.

GUMSHOE BLUES has been picking up some more than decent reviews …

Blogger MERMAID IN THESE JEANS said:

‘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.’

Over at Amazon.co.uk, DANNY FARNHAM said:

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. I’ll definitely read more by this author..’

And Dr J said:

‘I recently had the chance to read Gumshoe Blues by Paul Brazill. It was a lyrical and engaging example of detective fiction.’

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A  CONSUMER was a regular feature in the New Musical Express back in the ’70s and‘80s where musicians listed favourite books, films etc. I always enjoyed it, so I thought I’d rip off the idea and revive it for PUNK NOIR MAGAZINE.

I recently did one myself.

You can read it here.

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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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A Short Interview and A Few Tasty Reviews

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cropped-gazeta-wb-43.jpgOver at Unlawful Acts, Indie Crime Mastermind David Nemeth takes a look at Last Year’s Man and says:

‘“Last Year’s Man” is a one-sitting book, so grab a pint or two or maybe some whiskey, sit back and enjoy.’

Read the rest here.

Over at Amazon.com, Kevin McNamara also reviews Last Year’s Man and says:

‘Mr. Brazill is a master in this genre. A story about an aging hitman set both in London and Seatown. With a broad cast of characters, this book has action, wit and suspense. Highly recommended.’

Jack Strange reviews A Case Of Noir over at Goodreads and says:

‘The whole is greater than the sum of the parts – although the parts are so good you’ll savour them individually, as you work your way through them.’

Meanwhile, over at Near To The Knuckle, I say a few words about my forthcoming short story collection, Small Time Crimes.

NTTK: Thieves, killers and cannibals – the stories in your latest collection, Small Time Crimes, are brutal and dark. But they are also, at times, comic, and that fun factor really grips. What’s the trick to getting readers to laugh about crime and murder?’

Check it out!

Kill Me Quick is BACK TO LIFE!

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My seaside noir KILL ME QUICK has been rebooted and suited by the folks at Fahrenheit 13 and Farhrenheit Press, and you can pick it up at a discount price if you buy it direct from the publishers.

The eBook is less than a quid and the paperback is less than a fiver!

Can’t fall off!

Get the eBook here and the paperback here.

Or you can grab it from the Amazons, if you’re that way inclined.

‘We’re all lying in the gutter, but some of us are staring at the spaces between the stars… 

Seatown may not have a lot going for it – apart from the Roy Orbison lookalikes and Super Seventies Special every Thursday night, of course – but it is at least the place Mark Hammonds calls home. And after a decade away, it’s the place he returns to when he has nowhere else to go.

From dead bikers to dodgy drug deals, from one downbeat bar to another, from strippers to gangsters and back again: the luckless former musician bounces from one misdeed to the next along with a litany of old acquaintances, almost as though he never left. And if only he can shake off everybody who wants to kill, maim or otherwise hurt him, maybe he could even think about staying.

After all, there’s no place like home, eh?

“Gritty, fast-paced and hilarious. The dialogue is full of sharp one liners and insightful asides, and the characters are all larger than life. An absurd story told with such finesse that even the most over-the-top scenes feel real. My guess is you’ll read it in one sitting.” – SW Lauden (author of Bad Citizen Corporation andCrosswise)

“Dark and delicious… With ‘Kill Me Quick!’ the author has provided yet another delicious plate of cool cynicism, peppered with spicy dialogue and an inky black-humour sauce. Paul D. Brazill’s Seatown backdrop is luridly drawn; the characters are a blend of hopeless, scary and hilarious, while the verbal exchanges are as sharp and dry as glass of Northumberland moonshine on the rocks. The gritty darkness of the north-east has never been so much fun. Fabulous.” – Dominic Milne (author of Act of Contrition)

“Fahrenheit 13 have done an excellent job in assembling top quality novellas in this series and Paul Brazill’s offering is no exception. They say home is where the heart is….if you’re a character in a novella by Paul D. Brazill that heart will probably soon be removed and by a gangster with vicious intent! As always with this author’s stories it’s entertaining, witty and always a fun read. A great crime caper that is a steal at the price. Five stars.” – Darren Sant (author of Dark Voices and various Radgepacket tales from the legendary Byker Books)

“A smart and insane ride through the underbelly of crime. Told with his characteristic punch, this is as gritty and as hard boiled as it gets and Brazill is a master at it. By turn humorous and captivating this will keep you guessing. A Noir novel textured with local culture and razor sharp dialogue. Highly Recommended.” – Richard Godwin (author of Wrong Crowd and Confessions of a Hitman)

“This novella is a crazy crime jukebox that takes in everything from crooners to croakers without missing a beat…. Get it. If you have anything like a sense of humour and a heart as black as the inside of a body bag, you’ll love it. Besides, best corpse disposal trick ever.” – Graham Wynd (author of Extricate and Satan’s Sorority)

“The story winds tight as Hammond’s life unravels. Brazill uses his trademark wordplay and humour to add extra layers to the experience and manages to draw out laughs from the most uncomfortable situations. There’s also a vast soundtrack…. If I were to select a song to sum up this novella, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll would be my pick and, if they’re elements you enjoy in your noir, this is the book for you. Terrific fun.” – Nigel Bird (author of Southsiders and Dirty Old Town & Other Stories)

“An oddball crime book with pitch black humor and wordplay while the out of luck lowlifes run from one unlucky event to the next. Everything is delivered with that dry kind of understatement only the Brits have mastered… where even the strangest situations are funny even they are not funny at all.” – Miranda (booklikes.com)’

Last Year’s Man is REVEALED!

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Over at COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY, Colman Keane reveals the cover of my forthcoming publication, LAST YEAR’S MAN.

Last Year’s Man by Paul D. Brazill will by published by All Due Respect on 22 June 2018.

A troubled, ageing hit man leaves London and returns to his hometown in the north east of England hoping for peace. But the ghosts of his past return to haunt him. Last Year’s Man is a violent and blackly comic slice of Brit Grit noir.

“Brazill offers a series of amusing episodes filled with breezy banter in this offbeat slice of British noir.”- Publishers Weekly.

“Brazill is brilliant, a unique voice which stands out from the crowd” – Keith Nixon, author of the Solomon Gray books.

“It’s all here, everything you’ve come to expect from a Paul D. Brazill caper—the fast pace, the witty banter, the grim humour and the classic tunes—except this time he’s REALLY outdone himself. Unlike the lament in the song the title takes its name from, Paul’s best years are surely still ahead of him.” — Paul Heatley, author of Fatboy.

“Paul D. Brazill is the Crown Prince of Noir. That’s my opinion, granted, but I stand by it. For those who require proof, just pick up his latest novel, Last Year’s Man, and it will be clear why I make that statement. All hail the crown prince!” — Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Bitch, Just Like That and others.

Martin Stanley picks Kill Me Quick! as one of his Top Five Reads of 2017

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Martin gives an end of year report regarding his own wrting and picks five fave reads from 2017, one of which is Kill Me Quick!

Kill Me Quick by Paul D. Brazill: You can always rely on Paul Brazill for a nifty turn of phrase, a superb one-liner, or a nice piece of description. He also delivers cool plots and memorable characters and Kill Me Quick is no exception. When an ageing two-hit wonder musician gets his hand busted in London, he returns home to a seedy town on the northeast coast (basically Hartlepool in everything but name) and gets caught up in all manner of nefarious hijinks. It’s short tale with plenty of meat on its bones and more entertainment per page than many writers in an entire book. If you haven’t read Brazill yet then what the hell are you waiting for. A cracking comic thriller from a master of the form.’

Read the rest here.