#BlogTour #ThirtyOneBones Morgan Cry @MorganCryAuthor @GoJaBrown @polygonbooks @randomttours #randomthingstours

Source: publisher review copy

I was delighted when Anne over at Randomthingstours asked me to take part in the Blog Tour for Thirty One Bones by Morgan Cry. Morgan Cry is better known to most as Scottish Crime Thriller writer, Gordon Brown and as a huge fan of his work, it was a no- brainer when asked to read an early review copy. I can tell you all now, you have something very special to look forward to! And lets just give some special love to that cover! It is perfect!

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

When Daniella Coulstoun’s estranged mother Effie dies in Spain under suspicious circumstances, she feels it’s her duty to fly out for the funeral.

On arrival, Daniella is confronted by a dangerous group of expat misfits who claim that Effie stole huge sums of cash from them in a multi-million property scam. They want the money back and Daniella is on the hook for it.

When a suspicious Spanish detective begins to probe Effie’s death and a London gangster hears about the missing money, Daniella faces threats on every front. With no idea where the cash is and facing a seemingly impossible deadline, she quickly finds herself out of her depth and fighting for survival in a strange and terrifying world.

My thoughts:

Thirty One Bones starts with a bang and just keeps on shooting all the way through. The introduction to Effie Coulstoun, who we know from the blurb, is soon to be dead, gives the reader just a flavour of the subterfuge and dodgy dealings yet to be uncovered.

Daniella Coulstoun feels duty bound to fly out for her mother’s funeral, despite the fact that mother and daughter had been all but estranged over the last twenty years. When her mother’s close friend and dodgy lawyer, George Laidlaw, meets her at the airport it becomes quite clear that Effie was leading a very different life as an ex-pat in Spain than her daughter ever would have imagined. Daniella is caught up in a life very different from the one she left behind and she soon finds herself wondering if she should stay or cut her losses and run. However, she quickly realises running isn’t really an option given the circumstances she finds herself in.

Almost immediately Morgan Cry’s writing transports us to a pub in the Spanish tourist hotspots and you very quickly realise it is not one you should be seeking out; Se Busca is the kind of bar most of have stumbled into at least once in our lives and if we have any sense it’s the kind we quickly make a sharp exit from. It is a bit of a no man’s land, a little haven for the underbelly, it operates its own laws and customs and a “square go” is a whole new way of the clientele sorting out their differences.

Daniella might not have been brought up in the world her mother inhabited but she is certainly no pushover and she can give as good as she gets as she finds herself embroiled in the lives of the motley crew that made up her mother’s clientele and friends. Daniella is a ballsy woman and not afraid to buck the trend when it comes to sorting out and taking over her mother’s business dealings but it seems like she’s upsetting a few of ex pats who have their own ideas and suspect her of being complicit in her mother’s underhand dealings. The sunshine and sangria lifestyle suddenly looks a little less appealing after reading this!

With moments of real dark humour and laugh out loud Scottish humour, Thirty One Bones is also peppered with moments of reflection and regrets over opportunities lost and dreams cast into the wind. Despite the questionable lives and motives of some of the characters it was sometimes difficult not to feel an element of pity for them, stuck in a world of their own making but too afraid to return home and admit their failures. They made for a real bunch of misfits, from failed singers to formula one racers to the twins whose modelling career hit the skids a long while back. None of them seemed to be blessed with very much in the old brain cell department and it becomes clear that Effie was probably the most astute of the lot!

Thirty One Bones is jam packed with tension, contemplation and humour; the sense of place created is fantastic and I really did find myself soaking up some Spanish winter sunshine as I became engrossed in the plot and the characters’ lives. The intrigue and tension just kept building as the group tried to work out just who they could trust; full of engaging, if not always likable characters and a dark humour the pace was perfect and the story line was one you can easily lose yourself in. I very much hope that this is just the beginning of this series as it most definitely left me wanting more!

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Thirty One Bones is available to purchase from:

Waterstones

Amazon UK

About the author:

Gordon has seven crime and thriller books published to date, along with a number of short stories. His latest novel, Highest Lives, published by Strident Publishing, is the fourth in the Craig McIntyre series.

Under a new name, Morgan Cry, Polygon will be publishing Gordon’s new crime thriller, set in Spain. Called ‘Thirty-One Bones’ it will be available in July 2020.

Gordon also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival (see http://www.bloodyscotland.com), is a DJ on local radio (www.pulseonair.co.uk) and runs a strategic planning consultancy. He lives in Scotland and is married with two children.

In a former life Gordon delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business, floated a high tech company on the London Stock Exchange, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.

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