Poetic Justice by B. L. Faulkner #BookReview #BSAPublications #DCSPalmer&SeriousMurderSquad3 #KindleUnlimited #5*

A series of murders of minor celebrities leads Palmer and the team to a Drama School and an incident that happened many years ago.

The killer’s clue left at each scene is a line from a poem. Can Palmer piece the clues together before the next murder?

The trail leads him into the world of publishing and children’s drama colleges with all its bullying and shattered egos until a twist at the end ties it all neatly together.

A Truly Delightful Series!

This series continues to delight and entertain!

Poetic Justice is the perfect title for a novel focused on murders where the victim’s body is found with words from a poem. As the murder squad gets involved, they have three different deaths to deal with – all with the same modus operandi, but none of them giving sufficient clues to make their job easy.

On their third outing, DCS Palmer and DS Singh find themselves on the trail of a serial killer – one who leaves each of their victims with a line from a traditional poem. Palmer isn’t the usual kind of detective; he has a dislike for authority which often leads him into hot water. Surely, the main object of any enquiry should be to nab the culprit and put a stop to their shenanigans? With the assistance of Geeta Singh, that’s exactly how he spends his days – and then he goes home to the redoubtable Mrs P. and her friendship with his nemesis, flamboyant neighbour Benji who seems to irritate Palmer just by existing – bringing some light relief and humour to the serious business of murder. Well written, as always, this is a wonderful addition to this series making me ponder on who the protagonist is while quietly chuckling. Highly entertaining, and a series I’m very happy to recommend. 5*.

I download this book via Kindle Unlimited’ this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime mystery

Faulkner was born into an extended family of petty criminals in Herne Hill, South London, his father, uncle, elder brothers and cousins ran with the notorious Richardson crime gang in the 70s-90s, and at this point we must point out that he did not follow in that family tradition although the characters he met and their escapades he witnessed have added a certain authenticity to his books. He attended the first ever comprehensive school in the UK, William Penn in Peckham and East Dulwich, where he attained no academic qualifications other than GCE ‘O’ level in Art and English and a Prefect’s badge (though some say he stole all three!) 
His mother was a fashion model and was determined that her youngest son would not follow the family career path, she had great theatrical aspirations for young Faulkner and pushed him into auditioning for the Morley Academy of Dramatic Art at the Elephant and Castle, where he was accepted but only lasted three months before being asked to leave as no visible talent had surfaced. Mind you, during his time at the Academy he was called to audition for the National Youth Theatre by Trevor Nunn – fifty years later, he’s still waiting for the call back! After several sales jobs and sending advertising ideas to various agencies he was taken on as a copywriter with the major US advertising agency Erwin Wasey Ruthrauff & Ryan in Paddington during which time he got lucky with some light entertainment scripts sent to the BBC and Independent Television and became a script editor and writer on a freelance basis. He worked on most of the LE shows of the 1980-90s and as personal writer to Bob Monkhouse, Tom O’Connor and others. During that period, while living out of a suitcase in UK hotels for a lot of the time, he filled many notebooks with DCS Palmer case plots and in 2017 he finally found time to start putting them in order and into book form. 14 are finished and self published so far, with number 15 on the drawing board. To take a break from Palmer he moved into the ‘thriller’ genre with a series featuring International Private Eye Ben Nevis and his lady partner Alison Gold, known as The Gold Digger. Three are out and number 4 on its way.

Faulkner is a popular speaker and often to be found on Crime Panels at UK Literary Festivals which he embraces and supports wholeheartedly. Before the pandemic he was on Bristol Crime Fest indie panel; HULF Lit Fest and numerous Women’s Institute and other social clubs where he gives an illustrated talk on the big heists in the UK from 1930 to the present day and the ‘geezers watt dun ‘em.’

He has recently been seen on screen giving input in the Channel 5 Narcos UK series, Episode 2 The London Gangs and his DCS Palmer book ‘I’m With The Band’ has been serialised in 16 parts by BBC Radio Bristol. He has been a subject of many radio interviews including Corinium Radio’s Writer’s Room programme, Manchester FM’s Hannah Kate Book show, Hawkesbury Upton Lit. Festival ‘Best of British’ panel, Evesham Festival of Words Crime Panel, in the USA the Howard Lovy nationwide interview and Bristol Crime Fest Indie Crime Author Panel amongst others

As a crime writer Faulkner is quite particular about ‘getting it right’ and as well as his own Facebook page he publishes a page called ‘UK Crime Readers and Writers Page’ which has lots of information about the forensic crime detection methods, police procedurals and other facts of use to both reader and writer of crime and detective books.

Faulkner now lives in the glorious Forest of Dean with his wife and three dogs.

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