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Book Review – Too Many Heroes

Where can a wanted man hide in a country full of returned war heroes?
It’s 1952 and Frank Danby has been looking over his shoulder for the last ten years, forced to lead an itinerant life, getting work wherever he can while trying to keep one step ahead of the police.
Returning to London, he finds a job in an East End pub, where he becomes entangled with Grace, the young and beautiful wife of the landlord. Then the law comes knocking. Facing a justice system prejudiced against him, Frank must find a way to escape the gallows.
Too Many Heroes is a gripping period thriller, exploring love, belonging and betrayal in a country still recovering from WW2. A must for fans of the post-war novels of Philip Kerr, Kate Atkinson and Sara Sheridan

About the author: Jan Turk Petrie lives in the UK.
She is the author of the fast paced Nordic thriller series: the Eldísvík novels. All three of these gripping novels are set in 2068 in a fictional city state just below the artic circle.

‘Until The Ice Cracks’ – the first of the trilogy was published in July 2018.
Volume Two – ‘No God for a Warrior’ was published in November 2018
The third and final volume – ‘Within Each Other’s Shadow’ was published in April 2019

‘Too Many Heroes’ a stand-alone thriller set in England in 1952 was published in August 2019.

A former English teacher with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire, Jan has also written numerous, prize-winning short stories.

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My Review

4/5 stars

The story starts with a war time prologue, during which Frank is a rear gunner in a plane that has just been hit. He encourages his crewmates to bail out and save themselves, but they decline.

Chapter one moves onto the early 1950’s, and Frank is moving from job to job, sending money home as often as he can. He gets a job in the Eight Bells Public House while the owner’s wife, Grace, is away in Brighton visiting her mother.  When Grace returns, Frank expects to lose his job, but instead he is kept on by the landlord, Dennis.

Dennis has his fingers in a few pies, not to mention enjoys gambling. So, having Frank around gives him more time to indulge his “hobbies”. It also allows Frank and Grace to get to know each other better …a lot better!

When Dennis gets attacked one night, and is later murdered, it’s clear he hasn’ t been hanging out with a good crowd. At the same time, Frank is kidnapped for a few hours, just long enough to not give him an alibi for Dennis’s murder.

Frank is the main suspect now in the murder, and former locals warn Grace that there are people who want her out of the pub at any price. Frank has to hide, leaving Grace to deal with her husband’s funeral with her best friend, Dot, to help.

Is their romance over? Will Frank be caught and hanged for Dennis’s murder as the slimy, moustachioed detective claims?

The book is a slow-burner, and it takes quite some time before the prologue actually makes any sense – or at least it did to me. The story is categorised as a crime thriller, and while there are elements that relate to the criminal goings-on in London at that time, and that Frank is a deserter (a crime by itself), it’s not a typical crime thriller, more of a romance with a criminal thread running through it. The characters are believable and, despite the slow pace, it’s an easy read with a surprising ending.

I received a copy from Netgalley and this review is wholly my own.

PS – I just love the cover!

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Audiobook Tour ‘n’ Review – All Lies (The Lies Mystery Series #1)

Lies by Andrew Cunningham

Author: Andrew Cunningham

Narrator: Greg Hernandez

Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

Series: Lies, Book 1

Released: Dec. 22, 2017

Publisher: Andrew Cunningham

Genre: Mystery, Modern Detective

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Synopsis

“I come from a long line of idiots.”

Those were the last words his father uttered before dying, and from what he knew of his family tree and the unfortunate end that came to so many of his ancestors, Del Honeycutt couldn’t disagree. What he didn’t know was that his family held dark secrets – secrets that were about to come crashing down upon him.

A seemingly innocent date gone tragically wrong plunges Del into a web of murder, lies, greed, and a hidden fortune dating back to a crime committed 85 years earlier by his great-grandfather. Accompanied by Sabrina, the sister of Del’s brutally murdered date, a violent journey of discovery and fear begins. Pursued by vicious killers intent on eliminating anyone with knowledge of the 85-year-old crime, their only hope of survival is to find the reason behind the original crime and why, decades later, someone is still willing to kill to keep it hidden. But Sabrina is concealing a monstrous lie of her own. Is she who she says she is?

By the author of the Amazon best-selling thriller, Wisdom Spring.

I’m the author of novels in several genres, including, mystery, thriller, and post-apocalyptic science fiction. Under the name A.R. Cunningham, I’ve also written the Arthur MacArthur series of mysteries for children.

I was born in England, but have spent most of my life living in the U.S.—including 25 years on Cape Cod before moving to Florida. A former interpreter for the deaf and long-time independent bookseller, I’ve been a full-time freelance writer and copy editor for many years. A 4th-degree Master Black belt in Tang Soo Do, I finally retired from active training when my body said, “Enough already! Why are you doing this to yourself?” I’m married, with two grown children and two awesome grandsons. My wife and I spend as much time traveling as we can, and are especially fond of cruising the Caribbean.

​I have been gratified by the response to my books. When I published Eden Rising back in the spring of 2013, I had no idea what to expect. When I sold my first few copies, I was excited beyond belief that someone was willing to take a chance on it. Numerous books and thousands of copies later, I am still humbled by the emails I get from readers telling me that my books kept them up late into the night.

In October of 2014, Wisdom Spring made me an official Amazon Bestselling author, a thrill I never thought would happen. But it still comes down to being able to bring a few hours of escape to a reader. That’s what it’s all about for me.

I hope you will try my books. Please feel free to email me with your comments.

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Narrating audiobooks is highly gratifying. I immerse myself into an author’s story in order to bring it to life for the listener. I’ve enjoyed working with Andrew Cunningham for several years. His books are filled with rich characters, and the stories keep me turning the pages.

I also work as a background actor in movies and TV shows.

For more than 20 years, I worked as a radio news reporter and news writer. I spent half of my broadcasting career at ABC News Radio in the Washington, D.C., bureau. I covered all the federal agencies as well as Congress and the White House. I reported on a wide range of stories during my career, including financial and entertainment industry news.

For nearly 24 years, I worked as a federal government spokesman at three separate agencies—National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Mint and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

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A very enjoyable story with lots going on, so much so that the story held my interest from start to end.
Delmore (Del) Honeycutt is merely going through the motions when an online date changes his life. Not in the way you might imagine though. He didn’t click with Izzy Worth and found her questions about his grandfather most puzzling, especially when he had no answers for her.
So, imagine his surprise when he is asked by police to prove his whereabouts when Izzy is found dead.
Nothing is the same after that, as he is shot at, robbed, threatened all within a few days.
Spurred on by his neighbours and mother, he gives up his boring job and takes times to explore the ideas churning in his mind since Izzy’s questions. What did his grandfather have to do with what was happening to him now?
Cue the mystery author sister of Izzy (with her own troubled back story), an art heist from the 1930s, a treasure hunt and lots of interested parties eager to block him by any means necessary.

Great narration: Del’s inner thoughts come through with the perfect amount of sarcasm, and there’s no confusion as to who’s speaking when it comes to dialogue ( even when the scenes include multiple characters).

Recommended to mystery fans who enjoy a tangled web of clues all held together by strong protagonists.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Greg Hernandez. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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