Fixed Odds by William McIntyre : An honest review
Wow it’s been quite a while hasn’t it? I’ll explain my hiatus in another post, but I simply had to tell you about a book. A book that I read in two nights. Yes you heard right. Two nights. I will remind you I have two jobs and three children, so it might give you a sense of how unputdownable Fixed Odds really is. So welcome to my little pit stop at the end of the #fixedodds blog tour! On with the important bits:
- Title: Fixed Odds
- Author: William McIntyre
- Publisher: Sandstone Press
- Date of publication: 4 July 2019
- Format: physical proof copy also available on Kindle
- Source: publisher
- Number of pages: 290
In the Beginning
George ‘Genghis’ McCann has stolen – and lost – a priceless masterpiece. Snooker champion Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman is charged with betting fraud. With a second baby on the way, and promises of great rewards if he wins Bowman’s case and recovers the painting, defence lawyer Robbie Munro has never been so tempted to fix the odds in his favour.
This is the latest novel in the Robbie Munroe series. It’s certainly a refershing read, I’m normally getting ready to read any old horror on my holidays as escapism from the three lovelies is a vital part of my holiday evenings. This provided not only extremely well fleshed out characterisations, but also comedic moments. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be drawn into the novel so quickly, as it’s not my usual genre.
A courtroom thriller isn’t exactly doing the field research in CSI either (which is what kept me watching for eight whole seasons!) Having sat slaving away with my shorthand in many a courtroom, I can tell you a few things, most court cases are very disinteresting, not in the public interest and have no persona filled barristers to fuel the dark wry humour which is totally abundant in this novel from the first sentence. It is in fact the drama and tension of the darkest dramatic pages in the novel, coupled with the whit which kept me turning page after page until two in the morning.
Don’t get me wrong there are times in this book where you fear for Robbie’s blood. It’s like every gangster and criminal in his square mile and his grandad are baying for a piece of his flesh. I think because the character is so endearing, believable and down to earth you find yourself semi-cheerleading for the good guy!
Robbie is a well thought out character, and having not read the four previous instalments in the Robbie Munroe series didn’t dampen my read of this novel whatsoever. He is made entirely believable by an author who writes from experience ofcourse.
WILLIAM MCINTYRE is a partner in Scotland’s oldest law firm Russel & Aitken, specialising in criminal defence. He has been instructed in many interesting and high-profile cases over the years and now turns fact into fiction with his Robbie Munroe legal thrillers. He is married with four son.
Reading the novel has left me with quite an urgency to read the rest of the series though. Be warned, you’ll get hooked!
I would like to thank the folks at SandStone Press for gifting me a copy of the novel (and a wee bit of cholcolate!). For other reviews in this blog tour please check out the dates below:
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