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Close Quarters by Angus McAllister

SYNOPSIS

Walter Bain is the self-appointed dictator of the tenement at 13 Oldberry Road in Glasgow’s cosmopolitan west end. For years, Walter has striven to impose his family values – stairs must be regularly washed, noise kept down, and wheelie bins moved back and forth at the correct times.

When Walter is found murdered, there are plenty of suspects among his ungrateful neighbours. Comic book dealer Billy Briggs is estranged from his daughter, with his business in ruins, and Tony Miller is jobless and facing eviction, all because of Walter. Henrietta Quayle, bullied and belittled by the dead man, conceals a murderous obsession beneath her timid exterior. And alcoholic solicitor Gus Mackinnon has even more reason to hate Walter than anyone else.

As Close Quarters takes a look back over the years at the various turbulent relationships between Walter and his neighbours, one thing becomes clear: although only one may be the murderer, none of them will mourn his passing.

Close Quarters is primarily a comedy and will particularly appeal to Scottish readers, as it satirises the traditional and sentimental view of Glasgow’s tenement life by placing it in a modern setting. The book will also appeal to readers of crime fiction.

MOMO’s REVIEW                   

This is a difficult book to write a review for, whilst I enjoyed the book and would recommend it as one to read, it is certainly not an easy book to categorise.  

The synopsis describes it as a comedy – hmmmm I would not use that term although there are certainly some parts that I found humour in but with the murder scene at the start it had a suspense throught the story trying to work out who had been involved. It is not a murder mystery so don’t be surprised if you think you know the culprit by the middle of the book, keep reading as it is worth it. 

The author has cleverly captured ‘life in a common close’ in a busy Scottish city centre. Anyone who has lived in a common close will get it immediately – and there you will find some of the humour – but if you have never lived in a flat then it is a lesson on the complications that can bring!   I grew up living in a close just like this in the centre of Edinburgh and many years later find myself in a smaller, quieter close in a smaller town in the central belt.  Both times there have been characters just like in this book and thats what makes life in a close so interesting.

There are sections of the book I felt were a bit long-winded and irrelevant but then they would fit into the story later on and therefore it was needed…. maybe its just a longer book that I am currently used to reading and thats what made the difference.

I do rate this author and have another of his novels on my shelf to be read and would certainly not hesitate to pick up another next time I see one.

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BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Close Quarters
  • AUTHOR: Angus McAllister
  • PUBLISHER: Troubador Publishing
  • PUBLICATION DATE:  26 April 2017
  • LENGTH: 505 pages
  • ASIN: B072P3JJV9
  • ISBN-10: 1788036689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1788036689

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angus McAllister worked as a solicitor and university professor, and is now retired. For many years he wrote academic books and articles, as well as fiction. 
Angus McAllister online:  Facebook, Goodreads

 

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Happy Publication Day Owen Mullen

I have read and reviewed this brilliant new release by Owen Mullen.

In Harms Way is a riveting domestic thriller set in Glasgow. The story is a brilliant white knuckle read and if you have not read any of his other work I would urge you to go read the three books currently available in the Charlie Cameron series – each one better than the last.

What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?  

What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?

What if you were abducted in broad daylight?

What if you were held captive in a cellar?

What would you do?

Mackenzie Crawford screamed.

 

What if your wife admitted she had a lover? 

What if she went out without saying where she was going?

What if you discovered she’d left?

What would you do?

Derek Crawford fell apart. 

 

What if a troubled woman disappeared?

What if her brother begged you to help?

What if there was no evidence of a crime?

What would you do?

In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes puts the case to the top of his list.

 

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Review

Read my review of In Harms Way here

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About the Author

View my Author Interview from earlier this month with Owen Mullen by clicking here.

You can connect with Owen Mullen on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and view him reading from his novels on YouTube.  He is published by Bloodhound Books and more details can be found on Amazon and Goodreads.

If the mood strikes you, please email Owen at  enquiries@owenmullen.com where is he always interested to know what you think of his work!

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In Harms Way by Owen Mullen

The first thing to say is that whilst Owen Mullen’s latest release with Bloodhound Books – In Harms Way – is set in Glasgow, it is not part of the Charlie Cameron series.  He is making us wait a little longer for that!

 

 Synopsis

 What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?

 What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?

What if you were abducted in broad daylight?

What if you were held captive in a cellar?

What would you do?

Mackenzie Crawford screamed.

What if your wife admitted she had a lover? 

What if she went out without saying where she was going?

What if you discovered she’d left?

What would you do?

Derek Crawford fell apart. 

What if a troubled woman disappeared?

What if her brother begged you to help?

What if there was no evidence of a crime?

What would you do?

In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes puts the case to the top of his list.

 MoMoBookDiary Review                   

I highly recommend, Scottish author, Owen Mullen. In my opinion you are guaranteed a gripping Scottish noir from this author which will have you captivated from the first page to the very last.

In Harms Way is a riveting domestic thriller set in Glasgow. The story focuses on the family dynamic when faced with Mackenzie’s unexpected disappearance. The author cleverly introduces each character’s depth to show how the family deals with the situation and the secrets and misunderstandings come to light – it keeps the pages turning.

Owen Mullen writes a brilliant stand-alone white knuckle read and if you have not read any of his other work I would urge you to go read the Charlie Cameron series – each one better than the last.

Thank you to Net Galley and Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read and review this five star intriguing nail-biting read.

AUTHOR: Owen Mullen
BOOK TITLE: In Harms Way
PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16 October 2018
OBTAINED: NetGalley

REVIEW PUBLISHED:

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GoodReads

Amazon (on publication day)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick.
Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where both the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’ were created. His latest novel In Harm’s Way is a  psychological thriller set in Scotland.