Happy Sunday everyone! I’m thrilled to be closing the blog tour for Matthew Ross’ debut Death Of A Painter.
Big thanks to Chris McDonald and Sean Coleman of Red Dog Press for inviting me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of Death Of A Painter.
IN THE BUILDING GAME, TIME IS MONEY AND MONEY IS EVERYTHING. UNFORTUNATELY FOR MARK POYNTER, HE’S RUN OUT OF MONEY AND HE’S FAST RUNNING OUT OF TIME.
When Mark Poynter discovers a murder on his worksite all of his financial problems suddenly seem a lot closer to home: was this a warning his debts are overdue?
Suspected of being the killer and worried at being the intended victim, the murder only makes Mark’s money problems worse, leading him to turn to the local villain, Hamlet, who has his own unique repayment plan in mind for Mark.
When two more deaths plunge him even further into debt, Mark finds himself faced with a choice – help the police and clear his name or help the villain and clear his debt.
Set in the Medway Towns on the grey margins of criminality, where no job’s too big, no dodge’s too small … Death Of A Painter is the first in a new series of darkly comic crime fiction novels featuring the beleaguered builder Mark Poynter, aided and hindered in equal measure by his trusted crew of slackers, idlers and gossips, and the lengths they go to just to earn a living.
What Did I Think?
#PoorPoorMarkyMark. That is actually said with genuine sympathy. He’s just found his best mate dead, he’s prime suspect according to a detective with tunnel vision and trying to pick up the pieces for his mate’s widow. And then step by step, people he knows are targeted…. and he is the man at the centre… but why??!
I really warmed to Mark as a character. I could picture him as the cheeky electrician I’ve called to look at some faulty wiring or a dodgy fuse box. And oh my the sparks between him and Perry!! Is this a match made in heaven or will this pair remain platonic… I know which I want to happen!!
But then there is the dark and overbearing world owned by Hamlet. The go-to dodgy guy who everyone owes and he owns. Hamlet is not a guy to be messed with but I saw a glimmer of something else….
I really enjoyed this dark humorous crime read. Ross has encapsulated the workman community (or what I envisage it to be like) to a T. I was baffled as to who killed Tommy which is a good thing! I’m looking forward to reading Ross’ next escapade for Mr Poynter!
Who Is Matthew Ross?
Matthew Ross was born and raised in the Medway Towns, England. He still lives in Kent with his Kiwi wife, his children and a very old cat.
He was immersed in the building industry from a very early age helping out on his father’s sites during school holidays before launching into his own career at 17. He’s worked on projects ranging from the smallest domestic repair to £billion+ infrastructure, and probably everything in between.
A lifelong comedy nerd, he ticked off a bucket-list ambition and tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Whilst being an experience probably best forgotten (for both him and audiences alike) it ignited a love for writing, leading to various commissions including for material broadcast on BBC Radio 4 comedy shows.
Matthew moved into the longer format of novel writing after graduating from the Faber Academy in London in 2017.
Death Of A Painter is his first novel and the first in a planned series of stories featuring Mark Poynter and his associates.
Matthew enjoys reading all manner of books – especially crime and mystery; 80s music; and travelling and can’t wait for the next trip to New Zealand to spend time with family and friends.
You can follow Matthew on Twitter @mattwross and visit his website for more information.