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Murder on the Gatwick Express by [Pipes, Alan, Pipes, Alan (Fred)]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Vernier Press, Brighton (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBWQ1GC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At the end, after it's all over, in a postscript the author claims that this was written within a month as a NaNoWriMo [sic!] project. If that is true, then all power to his elbow, for it's something of a tour de force, combining four main narrative strands and successfully intertwining them. In the end, though, all turns out right for all the protagonists: the (reluctant or criminalized) whores turn into successful businesswomen, the murderous thug escapes to be murderous another day, the lovers meant for each other see their mistakes and come together, the petty criminal has an epiphany and saves a local listed building, and so on. Amid all this, the initially promising detective duo gets rather lost, and that strand rather peters out, submerged by all the other wonderful things happening to everyone else. But, to be honest, I don't think I could have written this in thirty days, so good on you, Alan (Fred) Pipes. BTW: NaNoWriMo really exists: it's short for National Novel Writing Month, and you can find it on Google, so there! Any others in the PIPE(s)line?
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Alan (Fred) Pipes first novel better not be his last, I enjoyed it from 1% to 100% (on my Kindle). The protagonists are very believable and celebrate the ups and downs of their life in an amusing and cleverly written format. Better written than Peter James with a deviously twisting plot.
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Reasonable plot, seemed in need of editing, could have been a lot shorter. Well-formatted for Kindle, and good spelling and grammar, generally workmanlike. I found myself skipping the remembered sequences of the protagonist's salad days, and a few other bits that started dragging, but this might have just been because I was reading while travelling. It sometimes felt as though the author was trying to give the character a bit more depth, and was a bit clunky. I'd read something else by the same author, and think he could improve a lot fairly easily.
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Eddy is writing a novel. Each day for 30 days he has to write 1000 words. No need to fix typos grammar or even wild inconsistencies - this is just an exercise in creative writing volume. That other stuff can wait until the second draft. So out flow the words - flashbacks to the sixties, working as a cleaner on the trains, recycling rubbish, murders one and two, human trafficking, missing sisters, suburban brothel sex, occupy movement on the green and then in an old cinema, riots...

That second draft might be worth reading. Unfortunately this is the first draft.
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As I said in the title, this was an enjoyable book. It was fast paced and fun. I enjoyed the writing style. It's in small chapters because of the way it was written but for once I didn't find that distracting. It's one of the things that I hate about James Patterson's books. Overall an enjoyable read.
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There's not a great deal that needs to be done to turn MURDER ON THE GATWICK EXPRESS into an excellent neo-noir. It's premise and title caught my attention and the first third of the book is incredibly tight. More should be made of the train death, it's called 'Murder' so play it that way for suspense. Also there's not enough made of the novel Eddy is writing, it should be made bigger or dropped but it's interesting and as the protagonist uses it to channel memories perhaps he could use it to work out theories. There's some excellent English noir out there at the moment, Thom Fell's ACCEPTABLE IN THE EIGHTIES being a prime example. An impressive example of NaNoWriMo. All that separates Pipes' novel is another draft.
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This was a great quick lighthearted read with lots of plot twists, comedic action and some nicely observed description.

Particularly enjoyed the 60s sections and hope the author has plans to do more with that era.
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In 'Murder on the Gatwick Express' multi-talented writer, artist, cartoonist, webmaster, cyclist, and stilt-walking performance artist Alan Fred Pipes has plundered his backstory to produce a laugh-a-minute rollercoaster of a novel. More plot twists than the Littlehampton Wild Mouse folks. I enjoyed it very much, but then I'm in it. Do him a favour and buy a copy - he's a penniless ex-circus performer these days, who needs a helping hand. (Some of the above might not be entirely true. The bit about it being funny - did I say that? - is absolutely true however.)
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