Spending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn’t her husband.
Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it.
Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case.
No one except Doc.
Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth – but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.
I’d like to thank Fahrenheit Press, Damp Pebbles and Russell Day for including me in the Needle Song blog tour.
Needle song was a dream read for me, I loved Russell’s style of writing, the characters had depth, an edge and dry wit. A winner!
The story was intriguing, it kept me just teetering on the edge of feeling I didn’t really know the whole story and I was hungry to keep reading.
That fact that it was loosely based around a tattoo shop was tantalising as I’m a sucker for the sound of a tattoo gun!
Needle song had a uniqueness about it that I throughly enjoyed, it wasn’t your usual crime fiction book. The police were not the main focus of the investigations, I’ve read a few books like this recently and I must say I’m really enjoying this twist on crime fiction.I’d love to see these characters reappear in a sequel.
Russell is definitely an author I will be keeping my eye on. Roll on book two! Strong 5* review from me.
All About Russell
Russell Day was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, NW10 – a geographic region searching for an alibi. From an early age it was clear the only things he cared about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage he added family life to his list of interests and now lives with his wife and two children. He’s still in London, but has moved south of the river for the milder climate.
Although he only writes crime fiction Russ doesn’t consider his work restricted. ‘As long as there have been people there has been crime, as long as there are people there will be crime.’ That attitude leaves a lot of scope for settings and characters. One of the first short stories he had published, The Second Rat and the Automatic Nun, was a double-cross story set in a world where the church had taken over policing. In his first novel, Needle Song, an amateur detective employs logic, psychology and a loaded pack of tarot cards to investigate a death.
Russ often tells people he seldom smiles due to nerve damage, sustained when his jaw was broken. In fact, this is a total fabrication and his family will tell you he’s has always been a miserable bastard.
Where To Find Russell