#Audio #Review Brass in Pocket (Inspector Drake Mysteries, Book 1) by Stephen Puleston
Author: Stephen Puleston
Narrator: Richard Elfyn
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes
Series: Inspector Drake Mysteries, Book 1
Publisher: Stephen Puleston
Released: Oct. 26, 2018
Genre: Modern Detective
It is the middle of the night….
The road is deserted….
A killer is waiting….
Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer – traffic cones in the shape of a number four. The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages, or is there some hidden meaning in them? Does it all mean more killings are likely?
When a politician is killed, Drake has his answer. And then the killer sends more song lyrics. Now Drake has to face the possibility of more deaths, but with numbers dominating the case, Drake has to face his own rituals and obsessions. Finally, when the killer threatens Drake and his family, he faces his greatest challenge in finding the killer before he strikes again.
I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff, the capital of Wales, provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia.
Richard Elfyn is a hugely experienced and talented actor with film credits including APOSTLE, MARIAH MUNDI AND THE MIDAS BOX, THE KILLER ELITE and THE DARK. TV credits include THE CROWN, KEEPING FAITH, HINTERLAND, EMMERDALE and STELLA and numerous leading regular roles for S4C including political drama BYW CELWYDD. Richard is regularly heard on BBC Radio 4 dramas and is a highly skilled voice over artist. He has re-voiced many Welsh language versions of popular animations including FIREMAN SAM, BEN 10 and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.
The Story – 5
This book starts off with a bang with the brutal murder of two traffic cops and from that moment on I was hooked! Set in Wales we meet Inspector Drake and his team as they try to find the killer, and he starts to take out more people and other officers it is clear this person has a revenge plot against the Welsh Police for some reason.
As the story progresses the killer leaves a number at each death then Drake starts to receive lyrics from songs – what are the connection between the numbers and lyrics? What is the significant of the year 1979 when the song where released?
The characters were very British if I say so, and Drake has his own little OCD quirks that take control when he feeling out of control with the case. I hope this is touched on more in the other books as it seemed to play a big part of Drake’s life.
I love police procedural and even more so when they are set on home soil, reading this British thriller was a refreshing read to the usual american ones I tend to pick up.
The Narration – 5
Richard Elfyn did a wonderful job at bringing this story to life, I loved his voice and the pronunciations of the Welsh worlds and towns. The production was crisp and clear with no background noise or static.
Overall – 5
This was a great start to this series and I love all the characters, the Welsh setting and I absolutely can’t wait to start the next book in the series!
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Stephen Puleston. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Prize: $45 Amazon Gift Card
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