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  • Barrett delivers. Again!

    Andrew Barrett is one of the most consistent authors I know. Every book is rich in detail with well crafted characters and plot lines. This latest novella is no exception. I received a copy through the author's ARC scheme but this no way detracts or influences my review of a book from one of my alltime favourite authors. Andrew builds the suspense well, to the point where I had to remind myself to breathe, and uses clever methods to tell this story from different viewpoints to tell the full story. As is so typical of Andrew's books. you become Eddie Collins as you read, seeing the world through his eyes, feeling the cold Yorkshire rain, experiencing everything our favourite CSI experiences. The Lock is graphic, imaginative. and brilliantly written. Truly breathtaking.

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  • Eddie Colins is in Trouble.

    A new book by Andrew Barrett. From my earlier posts, you may remember Andrew’s protagonist is Eddie Collins, a CSI who’s a bit of a loner and. may I say, a bit of a moaner? Eddie is at a scene of a suspected abduction of a 15-year-old schoolboy when he is called to investigate a sudden death. Grumbling at being disturbed, Eddie goes to the house of an elderly gentleman, where he finds what appears to be a natural death. Albert Crabtree apparently was well named – he was a crabby old guy. A twin brother who shares the house with Albert hasn’t been seen for several months and the carer is concerned about his whereabouts. Eddie comes to the conclusion that is was a natural death; the old man was 82 after all and he doesn’t look particularly healthy, deadly white skin and ribs sticking out through his clothes. The only thing strange that Eddie finds is the key clutched in the dead man’s hand. While he waits for the “body snatchers” to arrive and remove the body, Eddie fills in time by looking around the house. It is fairly substantial, sitting in an acre of land and he thinks it may well have been a vicarage at some time. He takes the key from the dead man’s hand and decides to pass some more time by finding the lock to which it belongs. So begins probably the worst few hours of Eddie’s life. He is aided in his search for the door and the sounds emanating from somewhere in the empty house, by PC John Scattergood a humourless individual who doesn’t want to be involved. What he finds when he discovers the door to which the key does belong and opens the door, is way beyond anything he has seen before. Two old bachelors, murder, mayhem, torture and betrayal, abound in this short novel. Sit down with your tea, coffee or a gin and tonic and settle down to read it in one sitting. It’s a gripping tale, well told and it will keep you involved with Eddie, John and the Crabtree brothers to the very end. I was given an advanced copy of the book by the author. It will be published and available on all your usual reading platforms on 21st January and is currently available to pre-order on Kobo. And to keep up to date with Andrew Barrett and Eddie Collins, go to Andrew’s website. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but my recommendation comes with a warning. Don’t read this book just before going to bed. It may well keep you awake all night.

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  • An edge-of-your-seat read

    This book commanded your attention immediately and never let go. I was hanging on every word all through the book. It was a little different as it was focused on Eddie, not his team and with no office politics. It was a gripping read with more twists and turns than I thought possible. Rather creepy too — an old house, hidden doors, a mysterious noise … and of course I was reading it at night! The descriptions were so vivid, I felt as though I was walking alongside Eddie (okay, cowering behind him) from start to finish. This book was more horror than police procedural, which is what the longer novels are, but our Eddie’s attitude injected enough humour that I enjoyed it despite not normally being a fan of the horror genre.

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  • thriller

    I highly recommend this book. It certainly isn't a cellar that I would want to go into. The book is short sharp and scary and should be read in one sitting if possible.

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  • Sensational Book

    Sensational story, I loved it. It’s not very often that I can say that a book has me on the edge of my seat, but this one definitely did. I’ve really enjoyed everyone of Andrew Barrett’s stories, and this one is no exception. The characters are great, and the plots are always captivating and clever. You can’t help but like Eddie Collins, he’s far from perfect and he gets himself into all sorts of situations. CSI Eddie Collins can’t believe he’s been called out to the death of an old man who had died in his home. Sure, it may have been sudden, but he did look to be in his 80’s, and not a healthy 80 at that. Of course, Eddie is stuck at the house for hours while he waits for someone to come and collect the body, although he does have the Police Officer John Scattergood to keep him company. So, John and Eddie spend their time looking around the big house. You get the feeling they would have been better off waiting in the car. Hands down this is a great story, and well worth a read. 5/5 Star Rating.

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