Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for The Murky World of Timothy World, the ninth book in Ian McFadyen’s Inspector Carmichael series.
The Murky World of Timothy Wall
When the body of Timothy Wall, a Private Detective, is found in his office, the querulous Inspector Carmichael discovers some surprising revelations and curious contradictions about the dead man. Loved by many and seemingly despised by others in equal measure, Timothy Wall’s whole world seems to be strewn with paradoxes.
This fast-moving whodunnit, based in the North West of England, sees McFadyen’s detective team tackle one of their most taxing cases yet.
Who killed Timothy Wall? Will one of his numerous lovers or ex-partners provide the answer to the conundrum? And what about Tim’s involvement with the brothers Baybutt, the local bookmakers. Do they know more than they are telling?
As Carmichael and his team seek answers to these questions it becomes crystal clear that all was not quite how it seemed in the life of Timothy Wall. This, the nineth book in the Carmichael series, is full of twists, turns and red herrings that will keep the reader guessing right up to the bitter end.
It’s always a pleasure to discover of a new series of British police procedurals/mysteries and I will definitely want to go back and read previous books in this one. Although it is the ninth book, you can certainly read it as a standalone or jump into the whole Inspector Carmichael series from this point.
At the heart of the mystery there is a murder of a private investigator. As Inspector Carmichael and his team quickly discover he was a charmer with few friends and a womaniser whose exes have completely opposite views on him. Could this murder be connected to his colourful private life (a little red notebook will astonish the investigating team) or did it have something to do with one of his cases? rest assured, there are plenty of twists that kept me guessing until the end.
I really enjoyed getting to know the team and the dynamics between the characters. Part of a charm of any good police procedural is how well the ongoing investigation is balanced with the private side, the developments in the life of the recurring characters. At no point did I feel lost or confused- Ian McFadyen does an excellent job of welcoming new readers to this already established world.
The book is written in short, snappy chapters and has a great pace. Considering that good, solid police work isn’t all nail-biting car chases and hostage rescues, but mostly painstakingly following up on every lead, it was great to see how well the author managed to keep the narrative engaging and entertaining.
Overall, I really enjoyed this well-written murder mystery and would love to read more from this author.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, the publisher and the author for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Author Bio –
Ian McFadyen grew up in Lancashire, the setting for the Carmichael series of detective novels. Having studied marketing at Huddersfield University he had a 30-year career in sales and marketing with leading global companies in the electronics industry before switching full-time to writing. He has published eight books in the Carmichael series so far, several of which are available in large print, two have been translated and published in Italian and two in Czech. He lives in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts.
Social Media Links –
Twitter : @ianMcFadyen1
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