Friday, 11 May 2018

Stench- AB Morgan 5*
Anna is an investigative journalist and reporter. She is currently tailing a family whom she
has seen kidnapping and abusing their employees. The family have a reputation for being
aggressive and violent and she has reported them to the police numerous time to the point
that they are rather fed up of her. The thing is that Anna lives in her own world since her
husband was killed in action in Afghanistan. She hears his voice and responds to it,despite
having had numerous treatments in the four years since he was killed. Rory is the
neighbour of the troublesome family and meets Anna when she signs up to do a motorbike
course with his company. He is worried about her and when she goes missing, puts himself
out to try and find her. A body is found under the floor of his cottage. This is a cleverly
thought out plot, one that starts with the discovery and then quickly goes back to how
it got there. Rory is a likeable character and you can;t help but feel for Anna.
This is a well researched novel and A.B Morgan’s background shows with the skill of
putting mental health issues down on paper in a character. This is a real change from
a normal crime book as there are no detectives in the mix, nor private investigators,
just friends and colleagues doing what they think is right. A wonderful refreshing,
clever read.
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Stench Blurb

Rory Norton didn’t always make his living as a motorbike instructor and he went to great lengths to 
leave his past life behind, to start again.

He thought he had succeeded, until the body of a missing woman is discovered under the floor of his
 cottage. Only then do the guilt and shame of his wife’s mysterious, untimely death and the accusations
 about his connection to the missing woman combine to break him.

The question is not how the missing woman died but why, and who is responsible?

Sometimes the truth stinks.

Bio: A B Morgan: (The tartan is Welsh: Morgan)

Married to an overgrown child with a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan
lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life
crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing
beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an
engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.
Alison worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental
health services, at the front line. She eventually became the manager of a
countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of
psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical
fault, which forced her to sit down for more than five minutes and her career
juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis
but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came
tumbling out.
Her first two novels, A Justifiable Madness and Divine Poison, were inspired by
her career as a psychiatric nurse and her fascination with the extremes of
human behaviour. Then she stepped sideways and wrote a gritty psychological
thriller, The Camera Lies. All published by Bloodhound Books, Alison’s novel
s have received excellent reviews and inspired many an interesting debate.
Above all, they are entertaining reads and, despite dark subjects, will raise
a smile.


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