Troubador Whatever It Takes

Released: 28/01/2021

ISBN: 9781800461857

eISBN: 9781800468580

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Whatever It Takes


DCI Jane Birchfield is facing a series of personal challenges: a rocky relationship with her partner, her mum hardly talks to her; and her boss and mentor is critically ill, which means she is having to cover his post as well as her own. Then she has to take charge of the toughest of murder investigations. 

Young Jamie Castleton is found dead, seemingly frozen in position at a computer in a grubby internet cafe in the Manchester suburb of Ashbridge. Enquiries reveal he was a self employed tech consultant and a computer expert, so what was he doing in there? His mother is convinced he was up to no good, and the cafe manager is soon under suspicion for trying to hide Jamie’s browser history.  

But the more Jane and her increasingly enthusiastic team dig under the surface, the more the evidence points to one of Manchester's biggest companies, Greaves, and its super-wealthy boss, Graeme Hargreaves. This leads Jane into a sordid underworld, and a surprise twist in the investigation forces her to face up to an event in her own past, that she has kept buried for 25 years. 

Slowly, but surely, the net tightens around the suspects, but can she stay objective, and can she keep herself, her team, and her relationship, together, and bring the killer to justice? For Jane it has become a personal crusade, but in this race against time there is far more at stake than she ever imagined.

Every Reason, Whatever It Takes, and Retribution, are available at the usual outlets.

The next in the series, Beneath the Surface, will be published in 2022.
I also have a collection of short stories, set where I live, on the Isle of Wight. It's called Postcards From The Island.
And I have had several plays published, and performed at theatres across the South of England.

Isle of Wight County Press

Whatever It Takes is a cleverly constructed crime novel with a strong female lead character. DCI Jane Birchfield tries to juggle her successful career, in what is still a male dominated profession, with that of a home life with a partner who feels he always takes second place.
The crime develops from what is thought initially to be a murder following a local online betting scam to something much more sordid and international.
This second novel by Heaton Wilson is on a par with crime fiction by more established authors of the genre. Due to strong descriptive language, the characters are realistic and brought to life with the reader feeling they know them well.
An excellent read and highly recommended.

by Shani Watts

Thoroughly enjoyed this book once I started it I couldn’t put it down
Waiting eagerly for next book

by Michael steed

Loved it. This character is a human being with the flaws, challenges and angst that come with it. The story itself was fast paced but not so complex as to get in the way of that flow. Highly recommended for people who like the Nikki Galena character created by Joy Ellis.

by NetGalley review

A recommendation from the local Isle of Wight newspaper led me to Heaton Wilson, an author I had not previously encountered. As a fan of crime fiction I was keen to discover what a local writer had to offer. I was delighted to find that he writes a well considered story with believable and interesting characters. I enjoyed the continued pace of the book that held me until the end with constant progress both from the crime angle and that of the personal lives of some of the characters. The story itself begins with a young man found dead at an internet cafe, apparently frozen in position as he worked at a computer. A murder investigation is soon launched. Who wanted him dead and why? The answers gradually reveal themselves and along with a few red herrings the crime is solved. I liked the way the story was told from an investigation point of view as opposed to a ‘whodunnit’. It was more realistic but never boring. I also liked the supportive nature of the entire police team. So many stories have an aggressive leader with downtrodden staff which becomes all rather predictable, so again this book made a pleasant change to have staff members appreciated and motivated. A well written story and I will be delighted to read more from this author.

by NetGalley review

I absolutely love discovering new authors and Heaton Wilson is certainly a new author for me. I read the synopsis for ‘Whatever It Takes’ and it certainly sounded like the sort of crime book I particularly enjoy reading. I couldn’t wait to start reading so I dived straight in. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Whatever It Takes’ but more about that in a bit.
The synopsis for ‘Whatever It Takes’ was enough to grab my attention and draw me into this compelling story. Within the first five minutes of reading this book I knew that I wouldn’t be able to put the book down for any length of time. The book wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story and I had to keep reading to see if the lead detective, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Birchfield, managed to crack the case as it were and if she managed to juggle everything that she has on her plate. The pages turned over increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out what happened steadily grew and grew. I found ‘Whatever It Takes’ to be an unputdownable, page turner of a read, which certainly kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
‘Whatever It Takes’ is extremely well written and then some. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout. Reading ‘Whatever It Takes’ felt like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way. I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s thanks to Heaton’s very vivid and realistic storytelling. I found ‘Whatever It Takes’ to be a well plotted and well written book and the true definition of an unputdownable page turner.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Whatever It Takes’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Heaton’s work in the future.

by NetGalley review

Heaton Wilson

I have always been a writer - from being a teenager scribbling poems and song lyrics in an exercise book, to earning a living as a journalist and comms consultant, then on to writing plays, and now - finally! - writing novels and short stories.

My first crime fiction novel featured DCI Jane Birchfield and her team. It's called Every Reason and I liked her so much I decided to turn it into a series.

Whatever It Takes and Retribution have also been published, and the fourth, Beneath the Surface is - hopefully - out soon!

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