A few of my eBooks are ON SALE at the moment, so grab ’em while they’re hot, if you fancy!
I have a guest blog over at the splendid Carry On Blogging!
‘It’s been said that the British like eccentrics and I think it’s certainly true that we have a predisposition towards the odd, the awkward – especially where our entertainers are concerned. Britain has had its share of slick matinée idols of course, but there was always something a bit rough around the edges about the likes of Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Sean Connery.’
Read the rest here, if you’re that way inclined, and check out the rest of the blog.
Over at Goodreads, ace Brit Grit writer Martin Stanley says:
‘Fast moving, funny, crime caper with Brazill’s usual abundance of wordplay, in-jokes, and crooks looking to get one-over on each other. It is a mix of the Quentin Tarantino multi-character McGuffin (in this case, of a Nazi ring) and a Carry-On film. It never takes itself seriously and is all the more entertaining for it. Highly recommended.’
Over at Amazon.com, e.hobart says Too Many Crooks is a ‘Fast paced, very funny caper novella.’
Over at GOODREADS, LIZ says:
‘Down and out in London and Warsaw
Paul D Brazill doesn’t miss a step in this story. Dive bars, drunks, and dangerous criminals abound in a most entertaining way.’
‘Hilarious tale with neo-nazis, gangsters, ne’er-do-wells, and bikers set in London and Warsaw.’
Too Many Crooks is a blackly comic Brit Grit romp from the author of Guns Of Brixton and Kill Me Quick!
When high-class fence Leslie Hawkins meets Peter Rhatigan in a sleazy London pub, he offers her the chance to get her hands on the Totenkopfring, a legendary piece of World War Two memorabilia. However, after a violent encounter with a member of a biker gang, things soon spiral wildly and dangerously out of control. Meanwhile in Poland, Dr Anna Nowak finds an amnesiac Englishman half-dead in the snow…
Too Many Crooks by Paul D, Brazill is a fast-moving and action-packed cocktail of bodies, bullets and death-black comedy.
And she says:
‘it’s tremendous fun. From the punning title to the madcap action of the final scene, it hurtles from drunken encounter to heist to blagging and back again, against a backdrop of the sleazier parts of Warsaw and London.’
The best thing about The Book Depository for many of us is that you can get paperback books at discount prices and with FREE delivery worldwide. And a few of mine are cheap there at the moment, if you’re that way inclined..
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m Paul D. Brazill and I’ve shockingly made it to 55.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Hartlepool, England and live in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
.Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well, 3 of my novellas are now only 99p. They are: Too Many Crooks, Big City Blues, and A Case Of Noir. They are all published by Near To The Knuckle. I have a short story collection coming out in the next few weeks. It’s called Small Time Crimes.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Apart from a rubbish screenplay in the ‘90s, I started writing in 2008 when I discovered flash fiction.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Only when someone tells me I am one.
Over at Amazon.com, Christopher Davis says:
‘Too Many Crooks was the longest story that I’ve read from this author and man…what a story. I think that anyone who can write of Iron Maiden and Makers Mark in the same story will find a fan in me. A recommended quick crime read. I’ll be looking into more from this writer.’
Over at Amazon.co.uk , he says:
By MARK HEWITT on 3 May 2017
There aren’t many better ways of spending a couple of hour’s reading-time than in the company of one of Brazill’s books…… mystery, cultural references, action, violence, enough boozing to sink a battleship, memorable characters and a genius for situational comedy
Over at SOLARCIDE I’m interviewed by NATHAN PETTIGREW and talk about TOO MANY CROOKS, London, boozing and more.
Pubs and alcohol are main characters in your work. When an idea for a story comes to you, does it already start in that setting? Are your characters already there having drinks when they are first conceived?
Ah. Well, as someone who has spent far too much of his life in pubs it seems a natural setting. It’s not a great stretch. Also, when people go to pubs they usually talk- or they did before WiFi Hotspots- and they usually talk rubbish, which can be pretty funny. I like to think I write absurdist fiction and most people in pubs are absurd or say something absurd at some part of the night.
TOM LIENS has a new feature at his blog where writers talk about their influences. I plump for TONY HANCOCK.
Tony Hancock – the easiest comedian for charades – and I share the same birthday, May 12th. Whether or not we share the same death day remains to be seen, of course, and let’s just hope we can put that little fact-finding mission on hold for a while, eh?
And Tom also gives TOO MANY CROOKS a tidy review.
If you can imagine a Guy Ritchie film re-cast with Carry On actors, you will come close to understanding this book’s offbeat charm!