Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek & Dave Philpott #BookReview #BlogTour

A collection of hilarious letters to iconic pop and rock stars with fantastic in-on-the-joke replies from the artists themselves: Eurythmics, Heaven 17, Deep Purple, Devo, Dr. Hook and many, many more…

For more than a decade, Derek Philpott and his son, Dave, have been writing deliberately deranged letters to pop stars from the 1960s to the 90s to take issue with the lyrics of some of their best-known songs. They miss the point as often as they hit it.

But then, to their great surprise, the pop stars started writing back... 

Dear Mr Pop Star contains 100 of Derek and Dave's greatest hits, including correspondence with Katrina and the Waves, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, The Housemartins, Suzi Quatro, Devo, Deep Purple, Nik Kershaw, T’Pau, Human League, Eurythmics, Wang Chung, EMF, Mott the Hoople, Heaven 17, Jesus Jones, Johnny Hates Jazz, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chesney Hawkes and many, many more.

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Dear Mr Pop Star toda…

The Hunt For The Dingo by P.J. Nash #BookReview #BlogBlitz



A fast paced serial killer thriller 
In the arid expanses of Australia’s red deserts, a killer is preying on British female backpackers. Dubbed 'The Dingo' by the media, he stalks his prey then disappears without a trace.  
In a bid to catch the man responsible, the local police call on the talents of Melbourne's finest, ex British cop, Lawrence James and leading criminal psychologist Jesse Sandersen.  
Meanwhile, James has unfinished business with Melbourne crime kingpin, Cyrus Bain, a gangster who will do whatever it takes to stay out of jail.
When another young girl disappears, it is a race against time to catch the killer.  
Can James bring The Dingo to justice?  
Will he escape with his life intact?  
In their hunt for the murderer, James and Sandersen unearth some disturbing secrets that many would rather remain buried.

It's my pleasure to be on the blog blitz for The Hunt For The Dingo by P.J. Nash today. Many thanks to the author, Bloodhound Books and Sarah Hardy for inviting me and for my copy of the ebook.
The Hunt For The Dingo is described as a fast paced serial killer thriller. It is certainly that but it's also a complex tale that cleverly weaves the various storylines together. Meanwhile, the dry Australian sense of humour and the vivid descriptions of the environment add an authentic sense of place to proceedings.
Lawrence James is the police officer tasked with catching a serial killer termed, 'The Dingo.' Originally from Britain, he moved to Australia for a fresh start after being blamed for the failure of a high profile case. His move to Australia hasn't been entirely smooth sailing, he was shot on a raid to capture gang leader, Cyrus Bain. Bain is now awaiting trial but James cannot rest easy, a price is on his head and he is forced to live in a safe house with round the clock cover to protect him. His expertise means he's required however, and so he takes a trip to the Northern Territory where before long he's not only facing a race against time to discover who the vicious serial killer is, he's also facing threats on his own life in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
The Hunt For The Dingo introduces a large cast of characters; Lawrence James' fellow officers,  criminal psychologist, Jesse Sandersen, cynical journalist, Adrian Marsh and Fiona Hawkins, news anchor for Oceania News all play a part in this intricate thriller. The narrative switches between the two storylines as the race to stop the serial killer takes the investigation to England, and Cyrus Bain's long reach into the criminal underworld continues even when he's behind bars. As the criminals in the book takes great pleasure from their horrific acts of violence, this is a dark, uncompromising look at the darker recesses of society. It doesn't feel cynical however, the brutality is never glorified and the reasons for a person's descent into depravity are sensitively explored. There are hints to the killer's identity throughout the book as the perspective occasionally switches to them but this isn't really a novel about the big reveal; it's really about the painstaking investigation to find them and as such it's a fascinating, gripping, even sometimes humorous read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Lawrence James and Jesse Sandersen will return in the second book in the series, Dark Angel in Spring 2018, I'm very much looking forward to reading it.

The Hunt For The Dingo is published by Bloodhound Books and can be purchased here.Don't forget to check out the other blogs taking part in this blog blitz, details are below.



About the Author

P.J Nash was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, the birthplace of George Eliot and Shakespeare, respectively. Not surprisingly he decided he’d like to be a writer too. 
After studying history and working in PR for a few years, he was running a second hand bookshop, when wanderlust and destiny in the form of his future wife took him to Prague.
During his time behind the counter in the shop and travelling on trams between English lessons he wrote his first crime novel, The Hunt for the Dingo featuring maverick British expat cop , Lawrence James and and his hunt for a serial killer in Australia. On his return to the UK, he drew on his Bohemian adventures to write his second crime novel featuring Lawrence James and his co-investigator, Dr Jessie Sandersen.  He currently lives on a narrowboat with his wife Clare and grumpy cat, Lulu.
In his past life P.J. Nash was a Special Constable for the Warkwickshire police.
Nash is also a member of the CWA and International Thriller Writers.

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