Needle Song by Russell Day
About The Book
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.
Do you remember when on April I shared with you the book cover of Needle Song by Russell Day? I have the pleasure to be part of the blog tour of the book, and let me say that the book has surpassed my expectations!
Forget what you know about mystery books, because Russell Day has another idea about how the sleuth detectives search for the truth; because searching for clues is overrated and reading the Tarot Cards would be a much more fun and interesting way to discover the truth, don’t you think?
Doc and his apprentice Yakky, are quite an exceptional pair, they don’t like laws or follow them, but at the same time they have their own “brotherhood” rules that even if sometime could be quite extravagant made this book an original and refreshing book. Expect some tattoos, motorbikes and some dissonant words, but you can imagine that Doc is not our typical detective…
What I liked most about the story was the characters, because the story is told by Yakky and he explains which are the motives to try to help his friend to solve a murder. His perspective of the story is refreshing and shows us the relation between him and Doc, sometimes difficult, they have a connection difficult to explain but that there’s always there.
Be prepared for a few references to the “Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie”, that it had some resemblances with the whodunnit mystery and addictive too!
This had been an exceptional read and I can’t wait to read another adventure of these two detectives!
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.