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Today I am absolutely thrilled to welcome you to The Quiet Knitter for another Celebrating Indie Publishing! The book in the spotlight today is Ed’s Dead, a wonderfully dark and thrilling crime read from one of the wittiest and skilled authors Scotland has to offer.


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Book Description:

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“A high-octane read.” – Maxim Jakubowski 

Meet Jen. She works in a bookshop and likes the odd glass of Prosecco… oh, and she’s about to be branded The Most Dangerous Woman in Scotland.

Jen Carter is a failed writer with a rubbish boyfriend, Ed. That is until she accidentally kills him one night. Now that Ed’s dead, she has to decide what to do with his body, his drugs and a big pile of cash. And, more pressingly, how to escape the hitman who’s been sent to recover Ed’s stash. Soon Jen’s on the run from criminals, corrupt police officers and the prying eyes of the media. Who can she trust? And how can she convince them that the trail of corpses left in her wake are just accidental deaths?

A modern noir that proves, once and for all, the female of the species really is more deadly than the male.

My Thoughts & Review:

Russel D. McLean is an author that I’ve had on my radar for a while, but never quite got round to reading, a fact that I am so glad that has been changed now.

Jen Carter is really having a tough time, her relationship with boyfriend Ed is toxic, she no longer wants to be in a relationship with him and somehow ends up killing him one night. If that wasn’t complication enough, she then has a body to dispose of and the unexpected bounty of cash and drugs, oh, and evade the hitman sent to collect the debt owed by Ed. Things are a mess around Jen, and just as she thinks life is calming down, bodies start to mount up around her.

With a pace that doesn’t let up, this is a brisk and caustic read. The colourful characters make this such a cracking read, the humour and subtle wit that are woven throughout the dialogue really grab the reader, making this a book you do not want to put down. There were moments reading this that I found myself thinking things couldn’t possibly get worse for Jen, things couldn’t possibly get more murky and then McLean swiftly leads the reader on a merry wander down a dark alley, littered with danger and corruption.
The descriptive quality of the writing makes this an incredibly immersive read, you cannot help but be able to envision the settings in this book.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it’s dark, it’s witty and it’s a cracking read!

You can buy your copy of Ed’s Dead via Amazon UK

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