[Blog Tour] A Brush With Death by Malcolm Parnell

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A Brush With Death

By Malcolm Parnell

If Agatha Christie were alive today she would be proud of ‘A Brush With Death’ by first time novelist, Malcolm Parnell. Not only does it share much her gentle approach to setting out a story of mystery, but the book is also set in the south of England on the Dorset coast. With the feeling of salt air as you turn the pages you will try and fathom exactly who is trying to kill Harry Chase – and just as importantly, why?

Harry is a nobody. A nice guy with an interest in the ladies even if sometimes the ladies don’t have any interest in him. It’s certainly not a jealous husband after him, but someone is definitely trying to cause Harry some harm. On a week long painting holiday with a group of fellow artists the question is will Harry find out who is trying to cause him harm before they get to him for good?

Who is trying to kill artist Harry Chase and why?

Harry Chase, a semi-professional artist and full-time nobody has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Bewildered by the end of this relationship he withdraws into his painting. An attempt is then made on his life. Dismissing it as a freak accident he organises a painting holiday on the south coast of England with a group of amateur artists. During the holiday several members of the group also have close encounters with death and further attempts are also made on Harry. He has no idea why anyone should wish him harm, but as the holiday progresses he begins to take a closer look at his fellow artists and wonders if they are all that they seem. Maybe one of them is a killer!

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For many years Malcolm Parnell was a paramedic going out on calls and saving lives. He is now a first aid trainer for Brown’s Health &
Safety, but it is his passion for painting that led him to write his first novel ‘A Brush With Death!’ He is married to Marion with two grown up
children. He now divides his time between the family, writing, painting,teaching painting and he is still in the glow of Leicester City winning
the Premiership.

Author Q&A

  1. What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you?
    • The Island of Adventure – Enid Blyton
  2. Who is your favourite literary character?
    • Matthew Shardlake Created by CJ Sansom
  3. Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?
    • 1984
  4. If you could only take one book with you on a desert island, which would it be?
    • The False Inspector Dew – Peter Lovesey
  5. What are you currently reading?
    • The Various Haunts of Men – Susan Hill
  6. Who would be at your dream dinner party (alive, dead or fictional)?
    • Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Agatha Christie
  7. What’s the best advice you have ever received?
    • Anyone who ever accomplished anything, did not know how they were going to do it. They only knew they were going to do it. Bob Proctor
  8. What’s the worst advice you have ever received?
    • Know your place, expect nothing else. My Mother
  9. Who is your hero or heroine (real or fictional)?
    • Bob Proctor. Motivational speaker
  10. Where are you happiest?
    • In a restaurant surrounded by family and friends.
  11. Who would you like to star in the film of your life?
    • Bill Nighy
  12. Describe your best ever holiday.
    • Mediterranean cruise
  13. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? (easy, tiger!)
    • Behind the scenes at a TV or film production
  14. If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing?
    • Sitting in a street café in the south of France eating a scones and fresh cream
  15. What do you think is the best thing about social media?
    • People sharing good ideas and offering support.
  16. And the worst…?!
    • People sharing drivel
  17. What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in?
    • A good book
  18. Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie?
    • Sometimes tell a little white lie
  19. What’s your signature dish?
    • A Sunday roast
  20. Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why?
    • No idea
  21. Which book character do you wish you had written?
    • Matthew Shardlake
  22. Why did you write a book?
    • To fulfil an ambition and to entertain
  23. Why did you choose your genre?
    • I love mysteries and I love humour so I tried to combine the two
  24. If you had to write in a different genre, which would you choose?
    • Children’s adventure
  25. What’s the worst thing about writing a book?
    • Staring at a blank page
  26. What’s the best thing about writing a book?
    • Seeing the finished published product
  27. If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?
    • Me with a million pounds


I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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