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Jubilee (A DI Traynor Investigation Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M A Tierney
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Charlotte Reynolds is dead. Her life taken by someone. Someone who has killed before. Someone Detective Inspector Michael Traynor failed to catch ten years earlier.
Traynor is determined not to make the same mistakes again, but it's not that easy. £35,000 stuffed in a hold-all suggests that the victim may not be as innocent as she first seems, and as the shadow of a far-right group moves closer and closer, the detective struggles to stop his private life colliding head first into the case.

Can he solve the ten year old puzzle before it consumes him and everyone he cares about?


Set in Preston, Lancashire, Jubilee is the 1st book in the DI Traynor series.

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M.A. Tierney lives in Lancashire with his wife and daughter. His novel, Jubilee, is the first book in the DI Michael Traynor series.
He has just entered the world of blogging. http://ditraynor.wordpress.com/

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read!! 17 Jun. 2013
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I was born in Preston and lived and worked most of my life there - including several spells working there during a 32 year police career - and I bought this book when, like a previous reviewer, I saw an item about the author in the Lancashire Evening Post (LEP). I don't buy many books about UK police because they are often so `wide of the mark' that I quickly lose interest - but I wanted to support a Preston based author. It is not perfect, I naturally have some criticisms about police procedure (but not as many as I had expected!) eg a Detective Inspector or above would invariably be 'boss' to his team, not 'sir' - and especially not in a public place; an unmarked police car would not be allowed to take part in a high speed chase. There are also some 'typos' and a couple of `Americanisms' - but the police procedure was far better than most and much better than I had expected.

At first I found the writing style a little too descriptive for my taste (eg. On first page: `the River Ribble cut through the verdant Lancashire fields, like a snake stalking its unknowing prey.') but the Author continues developing his style throughout the novel and from midway onwards he really has it `cracked' and I couldn't put it down. Apart from these very minor points I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next in the series.

Everyone will have different opinions and others may not enjoy as much as I did but I give this the full 5 stars. I make my 'star ratings' based on awarding one star for a 'yes' to each of the following questions: 1. Did I enjoy the novel? 2. Did it hold my attention throughout? 3. Did I get to know the characters and care what happened to them? 4. Was I sorry that the novel finished - did I want to read more? and 5. Would I buy another novel from this author? The answer to each of those is 'yes' and consequently this book deserves my 5 stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth investigating 5 April 2013
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Firstly let me nail my colours to the incident room mast and state that crime fiction is not usually my genre of choice, but that being said, I enjoyed this book. M.A. Tierney is a natural storyteller, his characters are convincingly drawn, the locations and action are economically described, the cultural backdrop is efficiently depicted and there are moments of cutting social observation. In places it is satisfyingly witty, and there is a cool cutting edge to the narrative that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The plot sustained my interest and rewarded me with incidents that were genuinely surprising. Tierney is not afraid to incorporate public and private themes and does so with enough skill to make them integral to the unfolding investigation of the crime.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprises in store 29 Sept. 2013
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There is a fair amount of gritty realism in this book, set in the North West of England, it doesn't shy away from examining the less attractive parts of the city, nor is it too coy to mention the problems the area has had in recent history. They are in fact part of the foundation the story is built on. The police here are dealing with low to medium level criminality and trying to maintain a city safe for everyone when a body is found which seems to indicate a return to the days of fear and uncertainty of a decade ago for its citizens. There is a feeling of reality as the police struggle to find good leads, whilst endeavouring to keep the details from leaking, to prevent unwarranted worry amongst the populace, and to prevent the killer from finding out how much or how little the police know. That last fact proves vital in the end. Mid-level crime suddenly brushes up against the worst kinds of crime and brings a whole new perspective to the investigation and although the police have their minds firmly set on one suspect is there more to this than meets the eye?
There are plenty of surprises in store for both police and reader here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid 3.5* 8 May 2014
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is quite a good read but it was easy to put it down and pick it again so it wasn't really engrossing. It could also have benefited from some editing as it didn't flow seamlessly - I felt some of the timing's in Michael's life didn't fit and there are some spelling/grammatical errors which proof reading after spellcheck would have fixed. The plot itself was quite interesting and just what I like to read - the police hunt for a serial killer. Michael is a good character - compassionate and caring but tough when necessary. All in all this is not a bad read and an easy way to spend a few hours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a download 29 May 2013
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I downloaded this book after seeing an article about it in the LEP and also wanting to support an author from my local area. Am I glad that I did! I found the book really enthralling and captivating. I could identify with the locations but even so would have enjoyed this book. It's well worth a download and I just hope there are more to follow featuring the main character Michael Traynor!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A northern Morse? 1 May 2013
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This is a cracking read with plenty of local detail and a cast of main characters that put me in mind of Dexter's Morse novels. Knowing the city I could easily connect with the events and places. I am looking forward to seeing how the lead characters develop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars - Highly recommend Jubilee! 15 Jun. 2013
By Sian
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I would highly recommend Jubilee. This book is beautifully written, adding a depth to situations and feelings with visual and emotional commentary. A well crafted and relate-able protagonist that guides the reader through an exciting story with plenty of twists, turns and a little bit of dark humour. I never felt like there was a moment wasted in this book, so it's a surprise that this is M A Tierney's first novel: it is clear that he has a natural talent for story telling based on this thrilling story. Looking forward to book number 2!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it
Published 11 days ago by Annemarie Tierney
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Could not put this down kept me wanting more
Published 2 months ago by deborah hebdon
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
Enjoyable and believable from beginning to end. A joy to discover another police investigation story set in a known city. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leithgal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good read
Published 3 months ago by Jean Levett
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the read, although the ending went very quickly.
Published 5 months ago by The Rat
2.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars - too padded out
This was an ok. read, but I found it far too padded out. There were anecdotes about
previous, unconnected crimes; about minor character's upbringing; about past... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Good detective story
This was a clever tale, with various twists in the plot. D I Traynor is a believable detective and the other characters have depth. There is also some humour to lighten the story. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent - will look out for more
Published 12 months ago by HOWARD PENNINGTON
3.0 out of 5 stars jubilee
this book was ok, first time i have read this author, story line was good a bit long winded one page used the word had multiple times which was off putting.
Published 14 months ago by gloriar
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you don't live in Preston...
Even if you don't live in Preston, read this book! It's well written, and keeps the reader's interest all the way through to the end. Read more
Published 14 months ago by avid reader
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