Today I have the pleasure of closing the blog blitz for Andrew Barrett and ‘No Time To Die’. Big thank you, as always, to BloodHoundBooks for allowing me to take part in the blog blitz. Here is my review:
When CSI Eddie Collins finds a dead woman in his house, he thinks life can’t get any worse, until a violent gang ties his hands together and puts a gun to his head. And this time there’s no way out.
Operation Domino is the investigation into gang boss, Slade Crosby, and his connection to an undercover officer’s death. But tampered evidence kills the investigation’s progress, and with Eddie gone, Slade is in the clear.
There’s only one way to get Slade in cuffs, but it won’t be easy…
What does TWG think?
‘No Time To Die’ is the second book in the ‘Eddie Collins’ series. I haven’t read the first book yet, but whilst this instalment read well as a standalone, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I had known a bit more about Eddie’s history. I felt like I was missing out on something, which, to be honest, is totally my fault for not reading the books in order, and not the author’s. Basically, I do recommend starting with book one first.
If you love reading books with a lot of characters, you will certainly be in your element with ‘No Time To Die’. I shan’t lie, I was a little bit overwhelmed to begin with, but it didn’t take me too long to get into the swing of things where each of the characters were concerned. The overall theme of ‘No Time To Die’ was a little bit uncomfortable to read at times, yet I thought Andrew Barrett delivered it absolutely brilliant, keeping everything as relatable as possible without losing any of the sensitivity which the theme needed.
I thoroughly enjoyed the complexity of the novel, especially how the author kept delivering on suspense the more the storyline progressed. Andrew Barrett has such a unique writing style, it wouldn’t surprise me if he could turn an innocent nursery rhyme into something a lot more sinister, having readers ‘reading’ out of the palm of his hands!
Overall I found ‘No Time To Die’ a brilliantly paced, gritty, and jam-packed novel which kept my interest piqued until the very last page.
About the author.
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.