Troubador Friday the Sixteenth

Released: 28/08/2021

ISBN: 9781800463905

eISBN: 9781800466104

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Friday the Sixteenth


He stumbled across a web of lies. His conscience wouldn't let him walk away.

Andrew Packford, newly established as an antiques dealer, is enjoying life very much. He has a career that suits his laid back nature, a passion for antiques and business is booming.

Then, as is often the case, fate comes calling. While restoring an item of furniture he finds an old newspaper article together with a photograph of four people. Two men two women. He has no idea just how much these four strangers will change his life.

One of them kills people.

One of them turns a blind eye.

The other two might just be Andrew’s salvation.

The discovery opens a Pandora’s box and while a lesser man might have walked away, that is not his way. If he didn’t stand up for what he thought was right who would? Friday the Sixteenth is a gripping read with a memorable character at its heart.

Promoting Crime Fiction

Outstanding book for a new author. I read many books and like to think I know what constitutes a good read. I could not put this book down. Well constructed with brilliant story and twists. Flows well and Author has done his homework. Up there with the best.

by Ian Hobbs

Read this book and found it quite compelling several twists and turns some unexpected. But throughly enjoyable Read.

by Rod Harpham

This is a great story but the real appeal for me was the writing style. The author has a way of painting such a clear picture of characters, contexts, relationships and even household objects - it is very vivid and evocative.

Original review:

by NetGalley review

Didn't know what to expect from this book
But wasn't disappointed
Thought the writing was good
And the storyline draws you in and you want justice for the people that suffer
Really liked idea of the antique shop
Great characters, look forward to reading more about them.

Original review:

by NetGalley review

This is a terrific debut from Peter Coombs. All the characters are well drawn and as the story unfolds we get to know them really well. The well constructed plot is a web of intrigue that becomes untangled to a satisfying conclusion. I hope there is another Andrew Packford thriller!

by Jim Furman

This is a novel about learning to do the right thing. It is a morality tale for modern times. It is profound and gripping and full of vividly drawn characters, tackling difficult subject matters with insightful observation and compelling skill. It is also a reflection on the state of Britain today. In my opinion it is the best novel of its kind since J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy.
A stunning debut.

Original review:

by NetGalley review

A very enjoyable read written by a very insightful author who manages to bring the characters to life on the page. I hope we hear more Andy Packford in the very near future.

by Tricia

Peter Coombs

Friday the sixteenth is my first novel. Although the story is complete fiction when my young grandson read it, he said, "This sounds like you Grandpa". But it is fiction.

I left school at fifteen because I didn't like it and I wanted to make my own way in the world. But my first work experience was at thirteen caddying at a local golf course. Even then I met some very 'interesting' people playing golf.

My first proper job was an office boy for a specialised contractor in the building industry. I stayed with it and nine years later I was running high value contracts with a large workforce, that's when I knew I didn't like that either.

Since those early days I've run my own transport business, drifted into becoming an antiques dealer, while selling my motorbike I realised there was more money to be made as a motorbike dealer so for a few years that's how I made my living. As a youngster I had always wanted to be a climber so when I turned fifty, I started and found that I loved it and I was quite good. So, I qualified and worked as a freelance instructor. Towards the end of my working life, I worked in TV and films as an extra.

I have too many interests to list but cycling, motorbikes and generally fiddling around with anything mechanical takes up most of my time.

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