Troubador Crooked

Released: 28/08/2020

ISBN: 9781838595036

Format: Paperback

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Honest Criminality


Ashia ‘Ash’ Cox isn’t your average teenager. She’s a sixteen-year-old con artist headed for greatness – until celebrity criminal Harry Holmes destroys the family and life she loves.

Taking matters into her own hands, Ash links up with Esther Crook – a legendary con who has her own motivations against Holmes and his associates. After a little persuasion, Esther puts together a new crew using Ash as ‘the insider’. The crew feel the heat of the criminals on one side and the encroaching crime agencies on the other, but as the heist unfurls, who is really doing the conning and who is pulling the strings?

With plot twists aplenty, Crooked raises the stakes in crime fiction as the plot equally surprises – and cons – the reader.

Brecon and Radnor Express

This is an amazing book! Full of twists and turns with a few surprises thrown in! Definitely a page turner and I couldn’t put it down! Bron is definitely going to turn heads in the book world! A thrilling read from start to finish!

by Rhian Lewis

I love the characters in this book - from the community of con artists, with their own language and social structure and rules to the villains oily motivations. The dialogue is snappy and reminiscent to old movies from years ago. It has pretty much everything you could want, great characters, good story, suspense, morality, a little bit of romance, surprises... what more could you ask for?

by Sam

I couldn’t put this book down! Its a good story with multiple cons going on at the same time, making you wonder who to trust. A real page turner

by Sarah

A sleek crime book which is tightly plotted but has some great twists and turns. I loved it !

by Rhiannon Huntingdon

Okay will admit I’m not much of a reader so I’m quite willing to say I’ve really enjoyed this book

by Tomas

Thoroughly enjoyed this read. Plenty of twists and turns to suit this new mum!

by Abigail Henson

Finally finished this book! Thoroughly enjoyed it must say - you find that you want to root for these people who are criminals. A bit of an eye-opener to say the least.

by Lewis

You want twists ?
You want suspense?
You want to understand a con artist ?
Then this is the book for you ... Honest Criminality is about a sixteen year old Ash ... get to know how her life turns and twists with her con artist team you will not be disappointed, love how Bronwen has kept old style villains , loved reading every word ! Looking forward to the next book

by Victoria Jones

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of unexpected twists and turns right until the end. Great characters who I have no doubt that some of them will be conning us all again in the future.

by Rachel Hughes

"Boasting a powerful cast of complex female characters that will stretch a reader’s idea of morality and the lines of the law, Crooked by Bronwen John is a bold and unforgettable thrill. With flashes of YA informality and easy reading, but also offering up nuanced ideas about art, criminality, human development, and ethics, this swirling heist novel is both unpredictable and highly polished. There is the occasional tendency to over-explain the significance of a plot point, or an interaction, but these subtle flaws don’t undercut the impact of the story, nor the unique perspective of this book’s feisty and fearless protagonist."

by Self-Publishing Review

Bronwen John

Bronwen John was born in Dyffryn Cellwen, South Wales. She attended Llangatwg Comprehensive before completing an English & Creative Writing Degree in University of Wales, Trinity St David . Her literary works include mostly poetry.

Always writing. Always daydreaming. The perfect life for Bronwen John

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