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I’m really pleased to be joining in with another book tour today. This is Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent, the first Charlie Woolf mystery book.
Brighton, 1938 …
Charlie ‘Big Bad’ Woolf thought it would be easy money, and there’s precious little of that for a private detective in a seaside town. It was just a trip up to London to hand over an envelope – a favour for his old partner, Alan O’Connor. But Woolf couldn’t resist taking a peek inside.
The pictures were unadulterated smut; a man and a girl in a hotel room. Blackmail, pure and simple – right up O’Connor’s street. Woolf was happy to be rid of them, handing them over to a masked man in a London park.
When he gets home, O’Connor’s waiting for him, which is a surprise. The bigger surprise is that he’s dead; a bullet through the eye. Woolf is the prime suspect, but when he discovers that the man in the photographs is a German diplomat and the blackmail is being run by MI5, things get more complicated.
It seems obvious who killed O’Connor, but Woolf soon realizes that he’s the only one who cares. With war looming, the good of the country counts for more than the arrest of a murderer. If he’s to see the killer caught, Charlie Woolf must prove that the crime has little to do with the world of espionage …
Late Whitsun introduces us to Charlie Woolf, an artist / PI who finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation that he has to investigate himself. It is a brilliantly written mystery that kept me reading and kept me guessing right through it. The story is full of suspense, plot twists and false leads and I didn’t figure out who it was until just before the end. Each character is really believable and adds something to the story. I love Charlie’s character and I can’t wait to read more of his adventures.
Late Whitsun is easy to get into and a great page-turning mystery that I couldn’t put down!
I’m giving Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent 4/5 stars
You can get Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent and find it on Goodreads here.