First up today I’m on the blog tour for Smile of the Stowaway by Tony Bassett….an excellent crime thriller based in my home county!
A married couple, a stranger from far away and a murder that rocks their lives. Desperate to reach England, a bedraggled immigrant clings precariously beneath a couple’s motor home as they cross the Channel. Once holidaymakers Bob and Anne overcome their shock at his discovery and their initial reservations, they welcome the friendly stranger into their home in defiance of the law. But their trust is stretched to the limit when the police accuse the smiling twenty-three-year-old of a gruesome murder. Could this man from six thousand miles away be guilty? Or is the real killer still out there? Former national newspaper journalist Tony Bassett tells how Anne turns detective, battling against a mountain of circumstantial evidence and police bungling to discover the truth. This gripping first novel concerning a death in a remote Kentish country cottage is packed with mystery, suspense and occasional touches of humour.
Bob and Anne have just returned from their cycling holiday in Europe, but when they pull up outside their home a man appears from underneath their motor home! After their initial concerns they let Yusef into their home and he ends up staying as a lodger. But then a few things happen that start to raise their suspicions….
Although Yusef proves to be innocent, a man is then murdered. A man that Yusef had threatened to kill……He’s arrested but despite what they know Anne and Bob are convinced that Yusef is innocent. Anne becomes an amateur super sleuth, determined to help Yusef, prove his innocence and free him….but will she be successful? Did he do it or is there really someone else still out there?
First of all, I LOVE that this is set in Kent…..I love a novel where you can literally see the places because you know them. It felt like this was actually happening just up the road from me!
I fell in love with Yusef – he’s SUCH a nice man! But because he’s an immigrant people’s perception of him are regularly biased – yet he is so kind and would do anything for anyone. I really loved his relationship with Fiesta the cat too! Bob and Anne are so kind – going out of their way to help their new friend, and Anne was definitely brave to put herself in some of the situations!
I was surprised at how well the police took to Anne interfering in their investigation! I’m pretty sure if someone was investigating in real life, and breaking into homes the police wouldn’t let them get away so lightly! But Anne does do a fantastic job of uncovering evidence that the police hadn’t even looked at.
Overall I really enjoyed this. The story had me sucked in and I just wanted to keep turning the pages to see whether Yusef really had done it, or whether he would be freed. There were a few points where I found the writing a bit awkward – although it was more in relation to when people were speaking….for example, rather than ‘didn’t’ which is how most of us speak, it was ‘did not’. Not a major thing, but I feel it would have made it a little bit easier to read. BUT that shouldn’t put you off……this is brilliant, and you’ll love it! Definitely recommended by me!
about the author
Tony Bassett, who was born in West Kent, grew up wanting to be a writer from the age of nine when he edited a school magazine. After attending Hull University where he won a `Time-Life’ magazine student journalism award, he spent six years working as a journalist in Sidcup, Worcester and Cardiff before moving to Fleet Street. Tony spent 37 years working for the national press, mainly for the `Sunday People’ where he worked both for the newsdesk and the investigations department. He helped cover the Jeremy Thorpe trial for the `Evening Standard’, broke the news in the `Sun’ of Bill Wyman’s plans to marry Mandy Smith and found evidence for the `Sunday People’ of Rod Stewart’s secret love child. On one occasion, while working for `The People’, he took an escaped gangster back to prison. His first book, `Smile Of The Stowaway’, is one of four crime novels Tony has written over the past three years. He has five grown-up children and eleven grandchildren. He lives in South East London with his partner, Lin.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on the tour, and to Tony and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Have a wonderful Sunday!