I’m thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for the fab Vile City by Jennifer Lee Thomson today! Thank you to Kate and Noelle for inviting me and for my copy! Here we go with the all-important bookish bits.
Author : Jennifer Lee Thomson
Pages : 288
Publisher : Caffeine Nights
Publication date : May 11th, 2017
DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic, his boss thinks he’s in the Army and the paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot. The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.
Three women have gone missing in the city he’s fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round pain in the backside, Catriona Hastie.
Shelley Craig’s the Grabber’s latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre. And she’ll do anything to make it home.
Handling this baffling case is stressful enough without Waddell’s pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, starting to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.
When Shelley and her boyfriend take a shortcut through the Glasgow city centre, things quickly go wrong as she’s taken. Shelley marks the third missing woman in the city. Who’s taking these women and why?
Vile City is the first instalment in a brand-new series that carries the intriguing title “Detective in a Coma”. You would think someone in a coma wouldn’t be able to contribute much to a story but in this case, you’d be wrong and it’s brilliantly done.
DI Duncan Waddell inched his way into my heart from the first moment I met him. I warmed to him and his delicious sense of humour and sarcasm immediately. Since his partner is in a coma, he’s forced to work with DC McKeith and they make a very unlikely team. McKeith is tall and all limbs and despite some moments of clarity, he constantly gets on Waddell’s nerves. But basically, the biggest mark against McKeith is that he’s just not Stevie.
This case and investigation was really interesting, well written and had me hooked from the start. There are some excellent twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all when various threads started to connect. Jennifer Lee Thomson has come up with an engrossing, gripping and multi-layered plot, realistically highlighting the dark and disturbing world of modern slavery. Yet she also manages to effortlessly combine the depravity in certain scenes with a healthy dose of humour and to my surprise, I often found myself chuckling.
To be honest, I need a new series like a hole in the head but I’ll gladly make space for this one and I can’t wait to read book 2!
Vile City is available now!
Jennifer Lee Thomson is an award-winning crime writer who has been scribbling away all her life. She also writes non-fiction as Jennifer Thomson and fiction as Jenny Thomson.
This is her first book as Jennifer Lee Thomson in tribute to her late father who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Books 2 and 3 in the series are already written and she’s working on book 4.
Jennifer is an animal rights and human rights advocate and has a rescue dog.
She also writes the Crime File series of books as Jenny Thomson. Book 1, 2 and 3, are out now. They are in order, Hell to Pay, Throwaways and Don’t Come For Me and feature tough rape survivor Nancy Kerr and her ex-Special Forces boyfriend who fight crime together.
In her spare time, she plans how to survive the zombie apocalypse.
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