Gumshoe Blues by Paul D. Brazill – Book Review


The adventures of this PI feel like they rolled out of a Tom Waits song — crime with the feel of a shaggy dog story” — K A Laity.

“An original homebrew with a kick. Well worth sampling.” — Mark Ramsden.

Following the breakdown of his marriage, in a booze-addled flash of inspiration, Peter Ord decides to become a private investigator. Dark farce and tragicomedy soon ensue. Peter must tackle many challenging cases, and when he comes under the radar of a local crime lord, he may have bitten off more than he can chew. With sidekicks, like boozy hack, Bryn Laden, failure is not an option – it’s compulsory



This starts with Peter Ord, Private Investigator waking up after a heavy New Years Eve, has a wake up Stella, diazepam and codeine chaser and ready for the day ahead…..grim.

But, this is full of dark humour as Ord takes various cases, drinks constantly and has numerous capers along with an assortment of misfits and na’er do wells…..oh and there’s a dead kangaroo too!!!

Utter madness, with intense imagery, music references and so darkly funny. Thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Blackthorn Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.



Paul D. Brazill is the author of A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton & Roman Dalton- Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland. 

He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. 

He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. 

He edited the best- selling anthology True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste

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