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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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    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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    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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    Another great short story with Eddie Collins.

    I just love his sarcasm and wit. Andrew Barrett is a CSI in real life. It reflects in his books and makes them awesome.
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    Great read

    This short but packed novella kept me on the edge of my seat... I was enjoying reading this complex and a bit horror story that even it is darkish it simply force you to read more...I was just sad that it ended very fast and I can't wait to read the next Eddie Collins book
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