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‘Blue Wicked’ by Alan Jones


Eddie looked around at the crime scene. As usual, it looked nothing like those on the cop shows he’d seen on TV. No photographer, no blue and white police tape or flashing blue lights; just him and his little black case.

A small crowd of onlookers surrounded him and to be fair, they gave him a little room to work, but that may have been because of the smell …..

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To have included any more lines from the book, would have been to set too much of a scene and given away potential spoilers!

I am guessing that there is a body involved in this crime scene, perhaps one which has been there for some time!!

If the rest of the story is written in the same vein, then I am hoping for a gritty, no holds barred, murder story!


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As this was a review request, I received a complimentary Kindle download of the book directly from the author, Alan Jones.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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    • Hi Lorraine,

      I too, find it almost impossible to turn away a crime fiction story, unless it is just that bit too cozy, although if I am in the right mood, the cozies are equally acceptable.

      I really can’t afford to keep adding books to my list – but who can resist 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you had an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas Day.

  • It certainly gets off to a good start and sounds like one I would enjoy. It’s been awhile since I read a good crime story.

    No books here at the moment. I’m catching up on some literary magazines I’ve let pile up (The Oxford American). Besides, my OCD doesn’t allow me to be in the midst of a book at the end of the year. 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      A work colleague once defined me as having OCD to the point of being obsessive (she put it a lot more bluntly than that actually, but not in words I would care to repeat or write down!), however I would never get too stressed at being in mid book at the end of the year! Now, mess with my bookshelves, or in fact any other cupboard in the house, at your own peril. I know where every item is kept and woe betide if something gets moved or put away in the wrong place!

      I have to say that I have never bought a magazine for myself in my life, not since I read my last teenage comic! Given the amount of advertising they generally attract, at least UK publications seem to, they really are just a waste of money, although I do have to say that The Oxford American does seem reasonably price in comparison.

      I have just finished author Alan Jones’s first novel ‘The Cabinetmaker’ and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I am hoping for more of the same gritty action in ‘Blue Wicked’

      Thanks for the visit and I hope that your Christmas Day was peaceful and happy.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I agree, the cover is simple, yet so effective. especially with three such strong colours working together. It definitely evokes feelings of a strong, gritty and potentially violent storyline, without having to read a word – no cozies here this week 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I do hope that your Christmas Day was peaceful and contented.

  • The opening definitely piqued my interest. I’m curious about Eddie’s role. Is he a coroner? His little black case would seem to indicate that he is. I’ve enjoyed Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta stories, told from the medical examiner’s point of view, and this sounds like it could be similar.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Your thoughts are always appreciated.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

    • Hi Sandra,

      The book’s blurb states that Eddie is an investigator, who joins forces with a young female detective to solve the case, so I don’t know that he is actually a coroner or anyone in police authority. In fact, after reading a couple of the reviews on Goodreads, I think I may be jumping to far too many early conclusions after reading those first few lines!

      One thing is for sure, with the story being set in Glasgow, violence, bad language and plenty of gritty action, are sure to be on the agenda.

      I also enjoy Patricia Cornwell’s writing.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment this week, I always appreciate it

    • Hi Jo,

      I am definitely a sucker for a good crime fiction book and the storyline has to be pretty dire for me to pass up a review opportunity.

      Early ratings and reviews for ‘Blue Wicked’, have been very positive, so I am looking forward to getting started on it 🙂

      I hope that yours was a happy and peaceful Christmas and thanks for stopping by.

    • HI Nyze,

      ‘Blue Wicked’ is author Alan Jones second crime fiction novel and given the quality of writing and storyline in his debut novel ‘The Cabinetmaker’ which I have just finished reading, I predict there will be more great stories in the pipeline!

      Thanks for stopping by and have agood weekend 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      Those opening lines certainly conjure up a mental picture, don’t they? However, don’t be fooled like I was! A body is definitely involved, but not as you imagine – at least, not yet 🙂

      I am only a few pages into reading ‘Blue Wicked’, but loving it so far!

      Wishing you a very Happy New Year,

    • Hi Nikki,

      I do seem to have had a great run of excellent books lately, most from my favourite genres of suspense / thriller and murder / mystery. I have only just started reading ‘Blue Wicked’, but already know that I am going to enjoy it, although whether it is as good or better than author Alan Jones’s first book ‘The Cabinetmaker’, remains to be seen.

      It is great to hear from you again and I sincerely hope that you have now passed through the worst of times these last few weeks have thrown at you and can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

      I do hope that your Christmas was as enjoyable as it could have been and above all, peaceful.

      Wishing you and yours all the very best for the New Year


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