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BLOOD MONTH (NOTTING HILL MYSTERIES) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew McAllister
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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‘Blood Month’, the first novel of ‘Notting Hill Mysteries’, an intended trilogy, sets a tone of high bleak humour in a style of low urban noir.

It’s bloody November in Notting Hill ...
There are murders, apparently random, but connected by a thread that bothers DCI Lucy Fox. She wants results, right or wrong, from her new investigation team. Under the police radar, the Larter family in Portobello Road is tearing itself apart in a fight for status and control of their criminal empire while negotiating with the rival Whitmarsh mob in Little Venice to take over and develop property along the Grand Union Canal.
Declan Larter, boss of the Barracudas, is losing control of the gang of gofers, feral teens in training, who hang out skateboarding by the canal. He doesn’t see DV, the most charismatic but the most dangerous of the murderous hoodies, coming at him. Neither does Nick Durie, a tenant of the house in Stanhope Road where DV finds an ambiguous sanctuary with middle-aged, alcoholic Caroline Muirhead.
The nightmare for Nick is about to begin with a mugging on a November night and a murder that attracts him to Lucy Fox who has more secrets than a fatal affair with Nick to hide from her own team. In the inevitable crash, no-one is saved: there are only survivors.
Along the canal, it’s November and it’s killing time …

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Atrium Editions; 1 edition (2 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A1AIC6I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matthew McAllister was born in 1968, at Deal. He attended the local grammar school and took an MBA at London University. He was quickly headhunted to work for a firm of City accountants, until, in 1995, he began working for a small but prestigious Swiss bank. In 2010, he was made redundant during the global financial crisis.
Exasperated and angry at being forced into retirement in early middle age, he decided to reinvent himself as a writer, and give himself a year to write a novel. 'Blood Month' is that novel, inspired by the complex ethnic and class-based social life along London's Portobello Road where he lives with a ferocious Parson Jack Russell terrier called Lugg (named after a character invented by the crime novelist Margery Allingham). He married in 1997 and divorced in 2005. There are no children by the marriage.
His recreations are squash and swimming at a local gym, and jogging along the local canal with his dog. He is a member of an exclusive Champagne Club in London and drives a Chrysler Cruiser De Luxe.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, but never less than gripping 31 Dec 2012
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McAllister does for London what Ian Rankin did for Edinburgh, and with an uncanny feel for the urban underbelly. Great feeling for low-life characters and wonderfully black humour. Let's hope the other two books in the promised trilogy turn out as chillingly good as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking stuff| 11 Dec 2012
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Intriguing, enormously readable and weirdly authentic, particularly in the low-life sections, and, at times, quite chilling as well. I found the use of the demotic inventive and entertaining - dialogue that begged to be listened to as well as read. DV was brilliantly done, and I'm looking forward to having more of him - definite Ripley potential there. It would also work very well on TV, and is much better and more gripping than many of the things that are televised.

Charles Lambert, novelist, short story writer, author of Any Human Face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Highsmith Eat Your Heart Out! 5 Dec 2012
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Luckily, "Blood Month" is the first crime/detective novel in a series of three. It is the most compelling and entertaining thriller I've read since Patricia Highsmith's series about the murderer Tom Ripley. "Blood Month's" 'hero' DV is the 21st century's version of Ripley but even more psychotic! The novel is wildly humorous and well written, with an original plot. Even the female detective, the 'Senior Investigating officer' Lucy Fox and her murder squad are one-offs. The murders are unpredictable and for gore freaks, unusual and delicious. I simply couldn't put this book down and can't wait to see what happens next in the following two book instalments. Thank you 'Matthew McAllister.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read...... 2 Feb 2013
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I really enjoyed this book, particularly the sudden upshift of pace at the end. Looking forward to the next one!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Crime Novel to Guarantee Shocks and Surprises 6 Dec 2012
By Frances Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Luckily, "Blood Month" is the first crime/detective novel in a series of three. It is the most compelling and entertaining thriller I've read since Patricia Highsmith's series about the murderer Tom Ripley. "Blood Month's" 'hero' DV is the 21st century's version of Ripley but even more psychotic! The novel is wildly humorous and well written, with an original plot. Even the female detective, the 'Senior Investigating officer' Lucy Fox and her murder squad are one-offs. The murders are unpredictable and for gore freaks, unusual and delicious. I simply couldn't put this book down and can't wait to see what happens next in the following two book instalments. Thank you 'Matthew McAllister.'
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