Published: 28/11/2015
ISBN: 9781784624545
Format: Paperback

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The Comic-Con Killer
by Gareth Wiles

Joe Durvance was the biggest TV star of the 1980s, but now he’s a nobody. When he can’t even get a role in panto, he decides to accept an offer to appear at a low-key sci-fi convention. What he doesn’t reckon on is being murdered onstage during his Q&A session by a masked latex-clad cosplayer, with no end of suspects including crazy fans, rival convention organisers and even his own son.

Joe’s wife Janette is half his age and wasn’t even born when his show The Constellation Cowboys was on TV. With her husband dead, she doesn’t waste any time in shacking up with her stepson Antoine. As their passion intensifies, and dark secrets from the past begin to creep out of the woodwork, who will be left alive as the killer rampages through all the suspects?

Now it’s up to Inspector Nicola Williams to stop the maniac, but she has her own demons to fight. The love of her life is dead, her superintendent has quit and things are getting steamy with a male officer half her age. Luckily she has the help of Joe Durvance’s super-fan Justin Bates, an eccentric sci-fi obsessive who feels right at home in the murky world of comic-cons and Z-list celebrities...

Gareth’s latest offering The Comic-Con Killer brings together comedy and crime, weaving in elements of spoof.

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This book both disgusted me and intrigued me. I loved it, I hated it, it was...everything all at once! I must admit, I scratched my head all the way through as to killed Joe Durvance, and I didn't see the ending coming at all. Excellent plot twist. Gareth manages to make the disturbing elements of life both funny yet traumatic at the same time.

The characters are diverse and very unique in their personalities. Each one very human in their depictions, even down to bodily functions. It's a little much, but it's true to life in that respect. I did find myself laughing at times. I also felt my stomach churning at times. Sometimes both happened simultaneously which made for an interesting evening.
It leaves you guessing all the way through who the killer might be, and just when you think you might be onto someone, chances are you were least I was anyway.

If you like dark humour, a healthy dose of cynicism, and a true who-done-it mystery, definitely buy this book.

by N. Gosney


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