Today I am so thrilled to be opening the blog tour for The Penny Black by Rob Parker. This was released on the 1st of September published by Endeavour Media.
The Penny Black by Rob Parker
Release Date: 1st of September
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 252 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Endeavour Media
I’m dead, for all intents and purposes. Nobody knows I’m alive…
Ben Bracken is on the run for his life. Keeping a low profile from the agencies seeking to silence him, he finds refuge in the quiet town of Horning. Working in a boat yard and lodging with an older couple, Eric and Dot, Ben uses this time to plan. He needs to escape, and realising his only chance will reveal his whereabouts to some unsavoury characters, he plans every detail. Little does he know, even that won’t be enough…
Just before he walks away, murder strikes the quiet town. Ben cannot leave until he is sure that he has not brought any further trouble to the townsfolk. Will he be able to exact revenge? One thing is certain, there is a lot more going on in the town of Horning than meets the eye…
The Penny Black is action packed from beginning to end, keeping you guessing right the way through.
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The Penny Black, the third instalment in the Ben Bracken series is one hell of a read! I don’t normally read a series without starting with the first book let alone starting on the third, but I was immediately drawn to the story after reading the blurb and when I was asked if I would like to review this, I jumped at the chance. It was definitely a no brainer for me as it ticked all the boxes in what I love in a crime thriller.
Clearly when I read the opening sentence of the blurb I knew that I was going in blind, without having read what was obviously a massive event in the second book. However, I had no trouble in following along and Rob quickly set my mind at ease with a brief summary of previous events at the start. This got me up to speed before taking me on a wild ride full of action and suspense.
Rob has created an extremely well plotted and put together story which is set in Horning, a village in the English county of Norfolk. The story opens with a prologue that chills you to the bone. From there the reader is reacquainted (or in my case acquainted) with Ben Bracken as he tries to lay low without drawing too much attention to himself given he is meant to be dead! He fills his days working in a boat yard and lodges with a lovely elderly couple as he plans his next move. But when there is a murder, it doesn’t take long for Ben to become embroiled and entangled in it, and at the risk of exposing himself, he soon uncovers that there is more to this quaint little village than meets the eye.
I was worried that by not reading the first and second instalments that I wouldn’t connect with Ben, but I did right from the get go and my fears were quickly washed away. I would even go as far to say he is now one of my favourite characters of all time and I will definitely be going back and reading the other books to gain more insight into him. I feel that he is definitely not without flaws, but who is? There is just something about him that tells me even though he is a bit rough around the edges, he has a big heart and his loyalty knows no bounds.
I really enjoyed Rob’s writing style. His has a quirky way of describing things and I loved this particular sentence that he uses to describe a bin as “overflowing upwards in an ambitious Jenga of waste”. These little gems are scattered throughout which made for even more of an enjoyable read. I also like how he expertly builds the tension and suspense which in multiple cases had my heart racing and was I kept on the edge of my seat speeding through the pages to see how it was all going to unfold, which was done with a jaw dropping cliffhanger! All up, The Penny Black is an enjoyable thrilling read which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to Endeavour Media and Rob Parker for the advanced copy of The Penny Black which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The Penny Black Blog Tour
Make sure you follow the blog tour along the way and see what these other fabulous blogger also thought of The Penny Black
Special thank-you to Heather Groves from Endeavour Media for the spot on this blog tour and for introducing me to Rob’s work.
Till Morning Is Nigh: Ben Bracken Book 4
After visiting Rob’s website, I was excited to see that there will a fourth instalment coming this year! This is what Rob had to say about it.
Till Morning Is Nigh
Bracken will be back again at Christmas 2019, with another series instalment in TILL MORNING IS NIGH. That’s right, two Ben Bracken novels are coming in 2019.
TILL MORNING IS NIGH sees Bracken return to Manchester with a poisoned chalice, faced with resolving a high-profile kidnapping under the twinkling fairy lights of the holiday season.
I’ve had a blast putting these together, and can’t wait to unleash them on readers this year. Speaking of my readers, thanks so much to all of you – for reading and reviewing, for supporting and sharing the news and updates, thank you all so much. Eternally grateful – and huge thanks as always to Endeavour Media, the entire team there, and my agent Linda Langton.
Cheers all, and, as Samuel L Jackson famously said in JURASSIC PARK, ‘hold onto your butts’.
Can’t wait to read this one!
About Rob Parker
Book-writing, movie-watching, sport-obsessing, wife-spoiling, daughter-wrangling, son-of-a-gun. Always smiling. Always writing. Plenty of both in the tank.
Robert Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Manchester, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken books A Wanted Man and Morte Point, and the standalone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs.
He writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK – while boxing regularly for charity. Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, he spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, story-telling, creative-writing and how good old fashioned hard work tends to help good things happen.
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