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I was very excited to be accepted onto the blog tour for Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent. It’s been a while (for me anyway!) to have found the time to sit down with a good book. I’ve been very busy preparing for baby girl’s first Christmas!
So Late Whitsun is the first book in a new series featuring private detective Charlie Woolf. It’s set in Brighton in the 1930’s.
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 …
Oh I do love a good mystery. Late Whitsun hasn’t let me down. Full of atmosphere, intrigue and suspense, it really is a unputdownable book! The character of Charlie Woolf has been well thought out and it does make the book that little bit more special. He is such a loveable character and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for him in the next books.
Late Whitsun will keep you guessing. The plot is cleverly twisted and you don’t know where it will take you next. Jasper Kent is a fantastic writer to dream up this plot and to take the reader on the most amazing journey through 1930’s Brighton. I myself have never been to Brighton but can totally imagine being there through this book. The descriptions are excellent.
This book makes one hell of a great read. All you need for a crime/mystery story to read on a Winter’s evening.
From my point of view it deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
Across the blog tour we are running a giveaway for you to have the chance of winning 1 of 2 signed copies of Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent. To enter please fill in the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!
*I was given a copy of Late Whitsun in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post does contain affiliate links which means I receive a little back if you choose to buy. The winners of the giveaway will be contacted by @emmamitchellfpr