Troubador The Winder

Released: 28/11/2020

ISBN: 9781800460584

eISBN: 9781800467873

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Winder


A watched clock never moves

The church clock in this unassuming South Midlands village has stopped, and for good reason. The old man who wound it up lay lead in the tower, decapitated.

Dr. Jackson (Jacko), a local historian, becomes drawn in to the police enquiry, but not before there are more unexplained deaths, including one at the home of a local MP. Then the vicar vanishes into thin air.

Is there a common thread? Why are the Intelligence Services involved. And why is there hushed talk of cannibalism in the police enquiry?

Growing tensions within the police enquiry make matters worse. Jacko wished he’d never taken the job, especially after an attempt on his life. He knew too much, which is ironic as he had no idea what it was he was supposed to know. Drifting unwittingly into a network of serious crime, can Jacko put together the pieces before the killer strikes again?

The death of a Church clock winder gives just cause for consternation. When more deaths follow a local historian, Dr Jackson, becomes involved in the police enquiries. Is there a link between the fatalities? Enjoyable mystery with a colourful cast and laced with a dry humour.

by NetGalley review

The Winder is a mind boggling, complex crime caper, that left me screaming for more.

It follows the suspicious death of a pensioner, and leads into a series of sinister events which had me gripped from start to finish.

John Hunter has done an amazing job of drip feeding information throughout the story that kept me interested. My head was in a spin by the conclusion of the book!

The lead character, Jacko, is both funny and intelligent. The contrast between Jacko and Police Detective Flett couldn't be funnier. And that's what I loved most about this book - the humour. Yes it is a crime novel, but it is laced with some very memorable funny moments throughout.

A must read for lovers of crime fiction.

by NetGalley review

Complexes and solidly build this book was a delightful time of reading in this trouble era. I recommend it!

by NetGalley review

This is a fairly complex story with interesting characters that is mostly engaging, and has pretty good pacing. It's not a light read, but a good one. Recommended for fans of crime stories.

by NetGalley review

John Hunter

A former University Professor, the author has written over a dozen books on archaeology, forensics and landscape history underpinned by a vast operational experience in murder search and recovery investigations with UK police forces. Recognised internationally as a forensic archaeologist he has worked in Russia, Iraq, the Falklands and in the mass graves of the former Yugoslavia as well as featuring in several TV documentaries.

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