No Bodies by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk @CarolineBookBit #blogtour

** advanced copy received **

It is my absolute pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for No Bodies by Robert Crouch today. Many thanks to Robert and Caroline Vincent for the opportunity and the advanced copy.

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Author : Robert Crouch
Title : No Bodies
Series : Kent Fisher Mysteries #2
Pages : 298
Publisher : n/a
Publication date : October 19, 2017

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Why would environmental health officer, Kent Fisher, show any interest in finding Daphne Witherington, the missing wife of a longstanding family friend? The police believe she ran off with Colin Miller, a rather dubious caterer, and Kent has problems of his own when a young girl who visits his animal sanctuary is rushed to hospital.

When enquiries into Colin Miller reveal a second missing wife, Kent picks up a trail that went cold over a year ago. But he’s struggling to find a connection between the women, even when he discovers a third missing wife.

Is there a killer on the loose in Downland? With no motive, no connection and no bodies, Kent may never uncover the truth.

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No Bodies is the second book in the Kent Fisher Mysteries series and if you’ve not yet read the first one, you most definitely should as events carry over and relationships have already been established. Missing out on those things may influence your reading experience. Just so you know. I truly enjoyed No Accident when I read it a while ago, but I must say that I found this one to be so much better!

Not a lot of time has passed since events in the previous book and the consequences are evident from the start. Kent’s stepmother has moved in with him after the death of her husband, his job continues to be in jeopardy, his (non-existent) love life is a mess and now people seem to think he’s some kind of super sleuth. On top of that, things take a personal turn when Kent’s beloved sanctuary is threatened due to a little girl being admitted to hospital with a case of E-Coli.

Colonel Witherington asks Kent for help in locating his missing wife. Daphne disappeared almost a year ago. The Colonel thinks she must be dead but the police think she ran off with a lover. When it becomes clear another woman went missing around the same time, Kent becomes involved in another investigation. But with no bodies, no motive and no connection between the women, can Kent solve this mystery?

No Bodies has a brilliantly executed, multi-layered and intriguing plot which had me hooked from start to finish as I found myself trying to figure out the pieces of the puzzle. This series makes such a nice change from the crime fiction I normally read. It’s not all guts and gore. In fact, there’s very little of it. Think more cosy mystery, inspired by Columbo (incidentally also the name of Kent’s dog) or Agatha Christie.

Kent is an incredibly likeable character with a delicious sense of, sometimes quite dark, humour and he makes a fabulous main character. Since Kent is an Environmental Health Officer, the things he can or can’t do are limited and his determination to get to the truth keeps getting him into trouble. He doesn’t really have much authority, carries no weapons and relies purely on his wit. It’s a breath of fresh air to solve a mystery alongside a character that isn’t your typical chain-smoking and utterly flawed detective.

I thoroughly enjoyed this change of pace and if you enjoy your cosy mysteries, I have no doubt you will like the Kent Fisher Mysteries! I look forward to seeing more of Kent soon!

No Bodies is available now!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

abouttheauthor

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.
Or find Robert on Twitter or Facebook.

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No Accident by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk @CarolineBookBit #blogtour

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!

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Author : Robert Crouch
Title : No Accident
Series : The Kent Fisher Mysteries #1
Pages : 294
Publisher : n/a
Publication date : July 24, 2017

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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.

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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!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

abouttheauthor

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

You can also get in touch with Robert via Twitter or his Facebook page

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