Self published (7 May 2018)
Source: ARC review copy
Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for No Remorse. My thanks to Caroline Vincent of Bits About Books for the tour invite and for the ARC to review. Before my review, here’s what the book is about.
| About the Book |
An old man dead. Dementia or murder? Threats won’t stop Kent Fisher from finding out.
At luxury retirement home, Nightingales, appearance matters more than the truth. But what is the truth? Was Anthony Trimble killed as he predicted? If so, who wanted him out of the way, and why?
Kent puzzles over the only clue Trimble left him. Do the numbers come from a takeaway menu or are they a mysterious code that could reveal his darkest secret?
As Kent digs deep, people start dying.
Will Kent win the race to discover the truth, or become the next victim?
Inspired by Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton, Robert Crouch brings a fresh voice and a new twist to the traditional murder mystery.
| My Thoughts |
“They’re killing me. They know who I am but they’ll never learn my secret”
Having been on the previous blog tour for No Bodies (book no. 2 in this series – reviewed here), and when invited to take part in a tour for the next book in the series, I couldn’t say no – I enjoyed the previous story about amateur sleuth Kent Fisher and was keen to see what his next adventure would be.
In his latest outing, Kent’s Food and Safety team have been merged with Pollution Control. They are not immune to budget cuts and staff shortages and with his colleague Gemma moving departments, Kent and his team are struggling. Not the best time for him to get involved with a possible murder then. This time he has a care home in his sights. Nightingales is a very expensive care home and Kent’s initial involvement comes when he takes his terrier Columbo to the home for Pets as Therapy sessions. He meets an elderly resident, 87 year old Anthony Trimble who passes on a troubling message. Shortly afterwards Trimble is dead.
Kent’s interest in Trimble and Nightingales is piqued when he feels he is being led a dance by the formidable care home manager Miss Rudolf. Kent suspects that the home are swindling their residents out of their financial assets however his requests to view information and inspection records are rebuffed. Miss Rudolf seems to be all seeing and all knowing and Kent is convinced he is being followed.
Kent’s love life is as complicated as ever, with both Gemma and Louise Watson, a receptionist at Nightingales vying for his attention. Louise is useful to him for information but is his heart really with Gemma – despite her forthcoming marriage to someone else? This book has confirmed my feelings about Gemma. I really do not like her and I would be quite pleased to see her out of the picture.
No Remorse is a well written mystery that intrigues and entertains. There are a lot of characters involved and I have to admit to occasionally becoming slightly confused as to their connection but all did become clear eventually (I think!). No Remorse is the third in the series so there is a continuation from previous books with regard to the characters although you could possibly read this as a standalone as some background information is provided.
The author’s experience of his former occupation in environmental health together with his detailed descriptions of the book’s setting in the South Downs gives a feeling of authenticity. I have no idea whether the road numbers or landmarks are fictionalised for the purposes of the story but nevertheless it felt convincing.
One thing that I particularly enjoy about this series is the humour. If you’re looking for a light hearted and entertaining mystery with deaths and danger aplenty then check out this series. I don’t know if there will be a further book in this series, but I do hope so!
| Author Bio |
With more baggage than an airport carousel, amateur detective, Kent Fisher, should appeal to readers looking for an alternative to the usual crime procedural and private detective novels.
Robert Crouch blends his extensive experience as an environmental health officer with inspiration from Sue Grafton, Agatha Christie and Peter James to offer a fresh interpretation of the traditional murder mystery novel.
If you’re partial to a baffling whodunit with a complex twisting plot, engaging characters and a unique amateur detective, the Kent Fisher mysteries may be just what you’re looking for.
Now writing full time, Robert lives with his wife and their West Highland white terrier in Eastbourne. Together they enjoy reading, running and roaming the South Downs and beautiful countryside of the UK.
For monthly updates, offers and insights, you can sign up to the Kent Fisher Reader Group at http://robertcrouch.co.uk.