The Killing Rock by Robert Daws #coverreveal

Good Morning to you all!! And welcome along for a fabulous cover reveal courtesy of Matthew at Urbane Publications , ahead of the release date of 7th June 2018.  It is my pleasure to bring you the stunning cover reveal for the 3rd book of the Sullivan and Broderick Investigations series by Robert Daws.

So, without further ado, here is your first look at THE KILLING ROCK

PUB DATE:  7TH June 2018, paperback and ebook

ISBN: 978-1-911583134

PRICE: £8.99

THE BLURB

The mummified remains of a woman’s body have been discovered at a demolition site on the Eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar. A family are massacred in the grounds of a millionaire’s mansion near Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol.

The Royal Gibraltar Police Force and their Spanish counterparts in Marbella, begin their separate investigations.

Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan and Chief Inspector Gus Broderick soon find themselves at the centre of a gruesome, dangerous and elusive murder investigation. Their nightmarish quest to stop more killings, leads them to the ghosts of murders past and a very real threat to their own lives in the present.

Beneath the heat of the Mediterranean sun, Sullivan and Broderick are on the murder trail once again.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Daws is a British theatre and television actor best known for his roles in long running tv series such as the award winning Outside Edge, Jeeves and Wooster, Roger,Roger, The Royal, Rock and Chips, Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Sword of Honour, Take A Girl Like You and most recently, as Dr Thomas Choake in Poldark. His most recent theatre work includes Michael Frayn’s Alarms and Excursions, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes and Yes Prime Minister in London’s West End.

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@RobertDaws

If you haven’t read  The Poisoned Rock and The Rock in this series, then I highly recommend you hunt them down, and it gives you plenty of time to read them before The Killing Rock gets released!

The Poisoned Rock by Robert Daws – book review

THE BLURB

With only five weeks to go before the end of her secondment to the Royal Gibraltar Police Force, D.S. Tamara Sullivan is enjoying life on the Rock. With one murder investigation successfully under their belts, Sullivan and her commanding officer, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick, settle down to regular police work under the sunny Mediterranean skies.

In London, the British Government has declassified a large number of top secret files regarding British Military Intelligence operations during World War Two. One file, concerning espionage operations on Gibraltar, has been smuggled out of the U.K. to Spain. It contains information that will draw Sullivan and Broderick into the dark and treacherous world of wartime Gibraltar. A place where saboteurs and espionage plots abounded. Where double and triple agents from Britain, Germany and Spain were at war in a treacherous and deadly game of undercover operations.

As the summer heat reaches its zenith in Gibraltar Town, a film crew has arrived on the Rock to shoot a movie about one of the most enigmatic and legendary spies of the war years – ‘The Queen of Diamonds’. Starring Hollywood A-lister Julia Novacs and produced by local born film maker, Gabriel Isolde, it is the talk of the Rock.

It is only a matter of time before past and present collide and a dangerous battle begins to conceal the truth about the Rock’s poisonous wartime history. Detectives Sullivan and Broderick become caught in a tangled web of intrigue and murder that will once again test their skills and working relationship to the very limit. 

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MY REVIEW

Book 2 in the Sullivan and Broderick Crime Series, and just as good, if not better, than the first The Rock which I raced through!  Saying that, this can be read as a standalone but you do get more out of it if you have read book 1!

We follow on in Gibraltar where Tamara Sullivan is still serving in the police force there after being sent over from London.  And this time they are investigating a mysterious crime centred around a big Hollywood movie that is being filmed there but not all are happy with the choice of topic being portrayed in the film and will go to extraordinary lengths to get their viewpoint across.

We get a great glimpse at the role Gibraltar played in World War Two and how secrets always come back to haunt some and impact those living now.  

Once again there is a great pace with the writing and storyline and it is a very stylish book, with fascinating little sub plots and great interaction between the detectives once more.  

Another really great read and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series!!

The Rock by Robert Daws – book review

THE BLURB

The Rock. Gibraltar. 1966.

In a fading colonial house overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar, the dead body of a beautiful woman lays dripping in blood. The steel handle of a knife protrudes from her chest, its sharpened tip buried deep within her heart.

The Rock. Present day.

Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan arrives on The Rock on a three-month secondment from the London Metropolitan Police Service. Her reasons for being here are not happy ones and she braces herself for a tedious and wasteful twelve weeks in the sun.

After all, murders are rare on the small, prosperous and sun-kissed sovereignty of Gibraltar and catching murderers is what Sullivan does best.

It is a talent she shares with her new boss, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick of the Royal Gibraltar Police Force. He’s an old-fashioned cop who regards his new colleague with mild disdain.

But when a young police constable is found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment, Sullivan and Broderick begin to unravel a dark and dangerous secret that will test their skills and working relationship to the limit.

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MY REVIEW

I received this book yesterday morning as part of the Urbane Publications Book Club, and thought I’d give the first couple of chapters a go to see if I’d enjoy it – 150 pages later I’d finished it and had thoroughly enjoyed this sharp, crime novella and am itching to start on book two of the series – The Poisoned Rock!

Set on Gibraltar, we follow Tamara Sullivan who is a detective sent over from London for 3 months and we get a glimpse of what went wrong in London, and how she is thrown straight into the deep end with intriguing cases of what appear to be suicides and they  affect those very closely in the police department. The team she is working with all have great interaction with each other and that really adds to the books appeal.

This book had a great pace about it and also fantastic touches of humour that you could understand that those in the police force need on a daily basis to see them through some of the tougher sights that they witness.  I also enjoyed the way the threads tied in well without being forced or feeling too manufactured.  There was genuine mystery and intrigue trying to work out where the story would end up and I loved the twists and turns!  

Another touch I liked was the imprint of fingerprints on each page! Really added to the enjoyment of reading!

So I made the right decision in picking up this book and love how sometimes something that you don’t expect to grab you does!!  Will definitely be reading The Poisoned Rock next!!