Published: 01/03/2012
ISBN: 9781780880624
eISBN: 9781780889740
Format: Paperback/eBook

“Ian Simpson is a real find. Murder on Page One is a beautifully crafted, gripping piece of crime fiction that holds the attention from page one until the very end. This book will certainly be welcomed by the very many readers who enjoy the twists and turns of a first-class plot.”
Alexander McCall Smith, author

"This well crafted, pacey, humerous whodunit from ex-judge Ian Simpson is an highly enjoyable read."
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Since retiring from a law career which included sitting as a judge in High Court murder trials, Ian Simpson has been writing crime fiction. In 2008 one of his books was shortlisted for the Debut Dagge... read more

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Murder on Page One
by Ian Simpson

The body lay on the floor, as warm as the blood that seeped through the plush Wilton carpet or trickled down the white walls. Glassy-eyed, brain-dead, finished, Lorraine McNeill’s high-achieving life was over. Her black skirt had bunched up round her hips, revealing long, shapely legs – legs to die for. Like a butcher arranging the shop window, the killer lifted a slender ankle and put underneath it a sheet of plain A4 paper. One character had been typed at the foot: the numeral 1. ‘Well, you wanted a murder on page one,’ the killer whispered, then left to be absorbed into the anonymous crowd.

A serial killer is targeting London literary agents... Led by the old-fashioned and slobbish ‘Inspector No’ and aided by crime author Lavinia Lenehan, DS Flick Fortune and DC Bagawath Chandavarkar (‘Baggo’) narrow down their suspects, all entrants in the Debut Dagger crime writing competition.

As the detectives work through their bizarre list of wannabe authors, literary agents continue to meet grisly ends. Sinister Russians and a Polish prostitute muddy the waters. As Baggo, who has fallen for one of the suspects, is left behind in London, he makes progress on his own. The other characters have gathered at a writers’ retreat in Pitlochry. The body count continues to rise as the story reaches its climax at an historic beauty spot, The Soldier’s Leap...

Ian Simpson is inspired by a number of authors, including PG Wodehouse, John Mortimer and William Boyd. His writing style is comparable to Christopher Brookmyre. Murder on Page One is a pacey whodunit with a dash of humour that will appeal to crime fiction fans.

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Lovereading,, March 2012

This is a cracking read. It's pacy with great characters & the author definitely has a sense of humour. I like the interaction { or not! } between Inspector No & his colleagues.

by Avid Reader

Brilliant read, brilliant first novel - more please!

I loved this book. Was totally intriguing from start to finish. Very original and very well written. The characters were fascinating with their quirks, human foibles and humour. It became more and more of a 'page turner' as time went on till eventually I just could not put it down - couldn't wait to discover the latest twist in the story and eventually the 'answer.' I really hope that there is more in the pipeline from Ian Simpson - I will be at the head of the queue for the next one. A new discovery and talent in the world of crime writing and one who deserves to quickly become better known.

by Parkers

Really enjoyed the story, the characterisations and the geography. Kept me on my toes from start to end. An excellent first novel - can't wait for the next one!

by John C

Great debut! A gripping tale that kept me guessing throughout. Its many characters are all well portrayed and the plot is intriguing. I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to the next outing of Inspector No and his colleagues.

by Semaphore

Splendid. A crime writer who can really write, it is difficult to comprehend that this is a first novel. The story keeps you going, lots of twists and turns along the way. There is lots of humour and tongue in cheek asides. I look forward to more of the same - I am sure there is a series somewhere in here.

by Artist

Loved this book, kept me guessing until the satisfying end. I don't read many thrillers but Murder on Page one thoroughly entertained me & had a warm social heart as a bonus. Liked Inspector No -liked " Felicity" better. Look forward to Ian Simpson's next book.

by Jaybee

A great read. Would highly recommend it. Kept me guessing till the end. Can't wait for the next installment.

by Carolinemcd

Superb. An outstanding book, with enough twists & turns to keep me interested & intrigued. One of the best crime novels I've read in a long time. I shall look forward to the next one.

by Readalot

I have just finished Murder on Page One and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was humorous, to-the-point, well written and engaging. Here's hoping there are more Inspector No books in the pipelines as I grew to like him and his colleagues and am curious as to what future holds for them as I'm certain that they have a few more crimes to solve!

by Chantal

Good, with more to follow - I hope!

I have had the priviledge of beating Ian at golf, but I certainly could not beat him at crime writing! I am now an avid crime novel reader and this is as good as it gets - and it's his first effort! I am always looking for new authors, what a find!

by ellacrew

Debut novelist former Sheriff Ian Simpson appears to have taken the advice of a managing editor and opens the book placing murder on page one. There then follows six further murders of literary agents by various gruesome means until all, including the culprit, is revealed at a writer's retreat deep in the highlands. While the number of murders become a bit repetitive, this remains an enjoyable, witty, page turner brought to life by the well drawn, believable characters in particular that of DS Flick Fortune and her colleagues and their dialogue and occasional tensions between them, as they trawl through the unpublished manuscripts of unpublished authors. Give it a shot!

by Journal of the Law Socety of Scotland

I enjoyed this book, especially the variety and depth of the characters. The story was excellent with lots of plot and intrigue to keep the reader in suspense until the end. I hope Ian doesn't mind me pointing out one or two weaknesses. I found most of the description very entertaining but he could do with a second or third pair of eyes to help eliminate some clunky sentence structure. Also, with so many characters making an appearance, it was too easy to loose track of the minor ones. Finally the ending felt rushed with so many plot lines to resolve. I think Baggo and Flick are great characters. More of them in the future please.



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