Dan Groves is a television reporter newly assigned to the crime beat and not at all happy about it.
Dan knows next nothing about police work or how to report on it so when he persuades Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen to allow him to shadow a high-profile murder inquiry it seems like the perfect solution though it soon becomes clear some members of the police force have no intention of playing nice with the new boy.
With his first case Dan is dropped in at the deep-end. A man is killed in a lay-by with a blast through the heart from a shotgun. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies there are almost too many suspects for the police to eliminate.
As tensions rise between Dan and the police he comes close to being thrown off the case until the detectives realise that far from being a liability, Dan might actually be the key to tempting the murderer into a trap.
The TV Detective is the first book in a classic crime series from Simon Hall, who until recently was the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area.
I’d like to thank Emma Walton of Damp Pebbles and Simon Hall for including me in this blog tour.
Since becoming a regular blogger my love for crime/thriller reads has increased immensely. This is mainly because I’ve had the privilege to review such amazing books in this genre.
The TV Detective is one of these amazing books. I particularly loved it because it’s not your usual Detective/police officer crime book. Dan, the main character is a journalist. A journalist that reports on environmental issues, he loves walking in the countryside, staying in quaint villages and being a voice for the like of fishermen and people who care about the environment. A stark contrast to the harsh reality of crime reporting!
So when Dan’s job role changes to crime reporting it’s a slight shock to the system! Dan is given the role of shadowing Detective chief inspector Adam Breen. Rather than sinking as he and the rest of the police force predict, he’s actually a natural and becomes a major part of the team.
The banter between Dan and Adam is comedy gold and it was great to see their partnership develop. Add in the murder enquiry this makes for a fab, never a dull moment read.
There are seven books in The TV Detective series, I’m definitely going to be downloading the other six for my Summer hols!
All About Simon
About Simon Hall:
Simon Hall is an author and journalist.
He has been a broadcaster for twenty five years, mostly as a BBC Television and Radio News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.
His books – the tvdetective series – are about a television reporter who covers crimes and gets so involved in the cases he helps the police to solve them. Seven have been published.
Simon has also contributed articles and short stories to a range of newspapers and magazines, written plays, and even a pantomime.
Alongside his novels and stories, Simon is a tutor in media skills and creative writing, teaching at popular Writers’ Summer Schools such as Swanwick and Winchester, on cruise ships and overseas.
Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter, including the now notorious story of What to do when you really need a dead otter.
Now 49 years old, he began a broadcasting career as a DJ on the radio and in nightclubs, then moved into radio and TV news. He worked in Europe, London, Ireland, and the south west of England, before settling in Cambridge.
Simon is married to Jess, Director of Libraries at the University of Cambridge, and has an adopted daughter, Niamh. She’s an army officer, which makes her father both very proud and very nervous.
Simon lectures on careers in the media at Cambridge University, and in schools and colleges. Amongst his proudest achievements, he includes the number of young people he has helped into jobs in broadcasting, and aspiring writers into publication.
As for his likes, Simon lists beer – he judges at real ale festivals – cycling the countryside, solving cryptic crosswords, composing curious Tweets (find him @thetvdetective ) and studying pop lyrics.
Where To Find Simon