Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Cosy Knave and Where the Sun Don't Shine

Whilst I'm posting about newly published books. The Cosy Knave has just been published by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen and I recently received an electronic review copy of Where the Sun Don't Shine by Alex Metcalf. Kind of sound like polar opposites - cozy versus hardboiled. Take your pick. Here are some details.

The Cosy Knave by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen

A humorous cosy mystery, set in Yorkshire 2010.

The vicious attacks begin when the prodigal son of Knavesborough, Mark Baldwin, returns to the sleepy village after forty years in Argentina, fully equipped with fame, fortune and effeminate butler.

Small wonder that the spiteful nosey parker Rose Walnut-Whip is stabbed, but how could the murderer get away with shattering the perfect, English tearoom idyll in front of twenty villagers?

Constable Archibald Penrose is in dire need of assistance as his superior, DI Mars-Wrigley, is preoccupied with England´s chances in the football world cup. Penrose´s enthusiastic fiancée, the mint-new librarian Rhapsody Gershwin, is more than willing to help as she sees this as Penrose´s route to promotion (and a welcome raise).

As she is the vicar´s daughter, Rhapsody´s treasure trove of local knowledge may come in handy, and to be perfectly honest, the young sleuth may also be a tad curious.

And of course the crimes do not stop here. A dangerous criminal is on the loose in Yorkshire. Can the young couple stop the perpetrator in time?

Where the Sun Don't Shine by Alex Metcalf

A missing girl.
A lost father.
Murder. Mayhem. Tattoos.
Just another day at Venice beach.

Where The Sun Don't Shine is the story of Marley, a once successful Hollywood player who's tumbled so far down the ladder of success that he’s got almost nothing left. Just a one room apartment on Venice Beach and a fragile relationship with his 16 year old daughter.

Marley’s at the end of his rope when he gets a phone call from an old producing partner who wants to throw Marley some work. Which sounds great until Marley realizes that the “work” is tracking down a missing actress. An actress who may or may not be dead. Every instinct Marley has tells him to walk away. But the lure of easy money is the single thing that everyone in Hollywood has in common.

Marley finds himself thrust into the back alleys of the film industry. Into a nexus of porn, kidnapping, studio politics and the dream-dead denizens of modern Hollywood. Struggling to do the right thing, and to be a father to his daughter, Marley soon finds that everything is at stake: His future, his daughter, even his life…


Anonymous said...

I can recommend The Cosy Knave...

Dorte H said...

Well, I can only recommend The Cosy Knave if you really WANT a cosy story ;)

Somehow I didn´t think of you as the target group of this one, but thanks a lot for the mention. If I ever get to the ending of "Crystal Nights", my current work in progress, I´ll be very happy to offer you a copy.