Monday, 25 June 2018
The Note- Andrew Barrett- 5*
A short story written in the first person by CSI Eddie Collins. Eddie is the sort of bloke who calls a spade a shovel- a no-nonsense down to earth, take him as you find him kind of chap. In this book we learn of his thoughts on life and others around him - and then he gets a note which makes him think about every move and who and how.
From the word go this is brilliantly written draws you in and makes you smile. Sentences like “ He looked like a bad drawing of Officer Dibble” makes those of us who remember “Top Cat” grin from ear to ear. Eddie quickly becomes a friend, someone who you listen to and understand-someone to trust. A tale of a nightmare, a situation gone wrong. Suspense interspersed with humour. Even if you don’t normally “do” short stories, grab yourself a coffee, pull up a chair and enjoy “The Note”. Not only is it better value than the coffee, but it will leave you with a smile and a thought that is with you long after the caffeine has left - and will give you much more of a buzz. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Love Eddie!
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Have you ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no one’s there?
It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I’d listened to that feeling, if I’d thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come.
Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk.
I had no idea who sent it or why they wanted to kill me.
But I was about to find out.
I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI and this is my story.
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.
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