Canal Pushers by Andy Griffee – Book Review



A Johnson & Wilde Mystery #1

Introducing Jack Johnson and Nina Wilde. A chance meeting on the towpath, and trouble seems to follow …

Jack Johnson, ex-journalist, newly divorced and feeling unmoored, has bought a 64-foot narrowboat with absolutely no idea how to captain it. 

So when an attractive stranger takes pity on his dismal attempts and comes aboard to assist him manoeuvre, Jack is only too happy to make her welcome. But it’s soon apparent that Nina is keeping her own secrets and when they stumble into a murder investigation the past begins to intrude. What’s Nina afraid of? And who is stalking the towpaths?

  • Over 50 Amazon 5* reader reviews: “a real page-turner”, “ immersive setting”, “superbly structured”, “vividly described”, “gripped from the start”, “the dark underbelly of canal life” …
  • Perfect for fans of classic crime with a twist: “A welcome new voice in crime fiction imbued with a real sense of place.” Live And Deadly
  • Andy Griffee is an ex-BBC journalist and producer, and a natural and engaging public speaker with events based around ‘Canal Noir’.
  • Atmospheric setting on the British waterways, and thoroughly researched storylines based on real-life tensions facing the canal boat community.



Set on the Warwickshire canals, Jack Johnson is a journalist and recently divorced from Deb. He’s renting a narrowboat and if he enjoys life on the water he’ll then buy it. An amateur, he arranges for his friend Will to travel with him until he can handle the boat……but Will lets him down.

Frustrated, he’s having a pint and Nina has overheard his conversation and offers to help… he now has a travelling companion.

So the pair set off but when a young homeless man they met is found drowned in the canal the mystery begins. There maybe a serial killer pushing people into the canal and drowning them.

I love the writing style of Andy Griffee, the sense of place is stunning and the descriptions of Jumping Jack Flash and life on the water is just perfect. The relationship between Jack and the quiet but forthright Nina is just a pleasure to read.

With its dark and twisty plot, some seriously chilling chapters from the killers perspective makes this a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.





Andy Griffee is a former BBC journalist and media consultant with a fascination for stories. He began his journalism career at the Bath Evening Chronicle, and then spent twenty-five years at the BBC, culminating in his role as Editorial Director of the redevelopment of Broadcasting House. Andy lives in Worcestershire and, when he isn’t writing, rears rare breed pigs, struggles to keep a 1964 Triumph Spitfire on the road and enjoys hiring narrowboats with his wife..

@andygriffee @andygriffee


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