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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The TV Detective by Simon Hall (@simonhallnews) @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles

TV Detective
It’s the fifth and final day of the blog blitz for ‘The Tv Detective’, and I will be reviewing the book as part of my stop on the blitz. Thank you to Damppebbles for the blog blitz invite and the ARC.

The TV Detective cover
Dan Groves is a television reporter newly assigned to the crime beat and not at all happy about it. Dan knows next nothing about police work or how to report on it so when he persuades Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen to allow him to shadow a high-profile murder inquiry it seems like the perfect solution though it soon becomes clear some members of the police force have no intention of playing nice with the new boy.
With his first case Dan is dropped in at the deep-end. A man is killed in a lay-by with a blast through the heart from a shotgun. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies there are almost too many suspects for the police to eliminate.

As tensions rise between Dan and the police he comes close to being thrown off the case until the detectives realise that far from being a liability, Dan might actually be the key to tempting the murderer into a trap.

The TV Detective is the first book in a classic crime series from Simon Hall, who until recently was the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area.

What does TWG think?

I have to say that the title of this book, ‘The TV Detective’, made my curiosity grow something rotten. I mean, how can someone be a TV detective? Is it simply a person sitting at home watching their TV, attempting to become a detective on their own half priced sofa from DFS? If the latter was the case, I wanted to know why I hadn’t been called up – we have all watched ‘The Bill’, we have had our training!

Of course I was wrong, it wasn’t about the latter at all. The book was about a TV reporter who had been given the chance to shadow police officers as they attempt to get to the bottom of a murder investigation. Suddenly my education from watching ‘The Bill’ didn’t seem to be enough…

If you’re new to the whole police procedural/crime genre, then this book would be the perfect starting point as the language and broken down movements were simplified enough for anyone to follow without getting confused. On the other hand, if you’re used to a more robust, twister type of crime/police procedural novel, then whilst ‘The TV Detective’ was a decent enough read, I found that the storyline didn’t have enough ‘ooooomph’ but too many explanations. Whilst it was incredibly interesting to follow an investigation as a newbie, it made the storyline appear very slow with a slight ‘teaching’ edge to it.

The investigation itself was intriguing and a tough nut to crack. The fact that a TV reporter was going in to see how it was done, was also intriguing and very cleverly written. However, the stuff in between padded out the story without giving me the all important hook, and keeping me that way.

There were moments where I smiled due to the authors clever writing for Detective Breen – wit and sarcasm make for excellent reading, especially when you’re supposed to be in serious mode! There were also moments where I thought how brilliant the storyline was. For me personally, there were a few times where I thought ‘oh’.

That said, Simon Hall is an exceptionally clever author, and his story was written in a very detailed and thought out manner. I don’t doubt for a second that this man knows what he is talking about, because he clearly does. ‘The TV Detective’ kept me entertained, with the last couple of chapters giving me that all important grit.

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About the author.

Simon Hall is an author and journalist.
He has been a broadcaster for twenty five years, mostly as a BBC Television and Radio News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.
His books – the tvdetective series – are about a television reporter who covers crimes and gets so involved in the cases he helps the police to solve them. Seven have been published. Simon has also contributed articles and short stories to a range of newspapers and magazines, written plays, and even a pantomime.

Alongside his novels and stories, Simon is a tutor in media skills and creative writing, teaching at popular Writers’ Summer Schools such as Swanwick and Winchester, on cruise ships and overseas. Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter, including the now notorious story of What to do when you really need a dead otter.
Now 49 years old, he began a broadcasting career as a DJ on the radio and in nightclubs, then moved into radio and TV news. He worked in Europe, London, Ireland, and the south west of England, before settling in Cambridge.
Simon is married to Jess, Director of Libraries at the University of Cambridge, and has an adopted daughter, Niamh. She’s an army officer, which makes her father both very proud and very nervous.

Simon lectures on careers in the media at Cambridge University, and in schools and colleges. Amongst his proudest achievements, he includes the number of young people he has helped into jobs in broadcasting, and aspiring writers into publication.
As for his likes, Simon lists beer – he judges at real ale festivals – cycling the countryside, solving cryptic crosswords, composing curious Tweets (find him @thetvdetective ) and studying pop lyrics.

For more on Simon, see his website –

Simon’s Social Media:

Twitter // Amazon Author Page // Website

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