Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for No Accident by Robert Crouch! Thanks to Caroline for the opportunity to join and my ebook copy!
Author : Robert Crouch
Title : No Accident
Series : The Kent Fisher Mysteries #1
Pages : 294
Publisher : n/a
Publication date : July 24, 2017
Nothing happens by accident, according to Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. When he ignores a restraining order to investigate the death of Syd Collins in a work accident at Tombstone Adventure Park, he clashes with the owner, playboy millionaire, Miles Birchill, who has his own reasons to block the investigation.
Determined to uncover the truth, Kent casts aside procedure and defies suspension when he becomes convinced that Collins’ death is no accident.
But as Kent rushes to identify the killer and prevent more deaths, he faces even more unpleasant surprises when his professional and private worlds collide with devastating consequences.
Sydney Collins’ body is found in the middle of a field, the apparent victim of a brutal attack by tractor. But Sydney had no business being in that field and certainly not early in the morning, wearing a tie.
Enter Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer who needs to determine how this accident happened and who’s responsible. Kent was introduced to Columbo at the age of 16 and ever since, he’s always wanted to solve a murder. Could this be his opportunity? Or is he seeing things that aren’t there? Could Sydney’s death really just be an unfortunate accident?
Kent finds resistance from various corners during his investigation. There’s his boss, who does everything by the book. There’s the local celebrity and playboy millionaire, Miles Birchill, who clearly has something to hide. And then there’s Kent’s father, a government minister, who would really prefer it if Kent dropped his investigation. But why? Three words : can of worms.
It’s hard not to like Kent. He’s tenacious, determined and not afraid to break the rules. He also has a delightful sense of gallows humour and a lovely level of sarcasm that I always appreciate. He’s conscious of the environment, determined to protect it, fight the powers that be to do the same and his daytime job pays the bills for his animal sanctuary in an area of the South Downs he absolutely adores.
This is quite a complicated plot and it involves a lot of players. It’s up to Kent and his colleague Gemma to unravel the various threads of secrets, lies and deceit. Some of which will affect Kent in ways he couldn’t possibly have imagined. With a few twists and turns, this was an entertaining and enjoyable mystery and I can honestly say I’ve never before read a story where the investigator is an environmental health officer. So if you’re looking for something akin to a police procedural but with a bit of a difference, this could be right up your alley!
No Accident is available now!
Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.
At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.
Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.
Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.
To discover more, visit http://robertcrouch.co.uk