Murder, Tattoos, Bikes, Voodoo and a Miss Marple Appreciation Society..
Welcome to the Blog Tour for Needle Song by Russell Day, many thanks to Emma and Fahrenheit Press for having me kick off this tour.
Well damn what can I say, this book came into my life at the perfect time. The day I started reading Needle Song I got 2 new tattoos done and seeing the buzz of the needle being described as a song gave me great comfort while I zoned out to its tune.
Now let’s move onto the fact that this book is like someone got a hold of Agatha Christie and gave her a love of Ink and Bikes! What a ride, this story didn’t zoom through but kept a nice pace. Guys you know by now I love a good murder mystery, I didn’t know what to expect with Needle Song and on first impressions perhaps something a little rougher so I was surprised and delighted to find it to be a fantastic murder mystery.
“Spending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn’t her husband.
Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short-lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it.
Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case.
No one except Doc.
Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth – but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.”
I loved Doc and Yakky, the tattoo artist and his apprentice like a modern-day Sherlock and Watson, oh I would dearly love to go on more adventures with them. A great read if you’re looking for something that stands out from your standard crime thriller.
About The Author
Russell Day was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, NW10 – a geographic region searching for an alibi. From an early age it was clear the only things he cared about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage he added family life to his list of interests and now lives with his wife and two children. He’s still in London, but has moved south of the river for the milder climate.
Although he only writes crime fiction Russ doesn’t consider his work restricted. ‘As long as there have been people there has been crime, as long as there are people there will be crime.’ That attitude leaves a lot of scope for settings and characters. One of the first short stories he had published, The Second Rat and the Automatic Nun, was a double-cross story set in a world where the church had taken over policing. In his first novel, Needle Song, an amateur detective employs logic, psychology and a loaded pack of tarot cards to investigate a death.
Russ often tells people he seldom smiles due to nerve damage, sustained when his jaw was broken. In fact, this is a total fabrication and his family will tell you he’s has always been a miserable bastard.
I hope you enjoyed this review of Needle Song please make sure to check out the rest of the tour stops in the coming days you can keep up on twitter just follow #NeedleSongBook and you can keep up with Russell himself on his Twitter.
Please note as with all of my reviews all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.