I’m on my second week of nights, so I’m hoping that when this publishes, I’ll be asleep. Or if not asleep, just waking up well rested and raring to go.
Fat chance Fingers crossed. Anyway, this week’s BotW returns to a familiar face to regular readers – yup, it’s another Fahrenheit Press book. In fact I had to go back through the archives to make sure I hadn’t already talked about Christy Kennedy, aside from the brief mention in last week’s Half-Term Reading* because The Ballad of Sean and Wilko is the fourth in the 10-book series.
In the Ballad of Sean and Wilko we rejoin Christy Kennedy as he investigates the murder of the frontman of a 70s band who is found dead in his locked dressing room mid-show. Kennedy has to pick his way through a tangle of complicated relationships – professional and personal – to try and figure out what happened. Then another body turns up, in another locked room.
Christy Kennedy is a Northern Irish detective with a fondness for the Beatles and a soft spot for a local journalist called ann rea (no capital letters – like kd lang). He has a methodical approach to solving mysteries and you know as much as he knows (most of the time). There’s a collection of supporting characters who are interesting in their own right and who never feel like fillers. And late 1990s Camden is a character in itself, painted with love and affection
Paul Charles started writing the Christy Kennedy series nearly 20 years ago and they have aged well. The music may be on CD or vinyl and there may not be many mobile phones, or much talk of the internet but because it was written at the time it all feels perfectly natural. Charles has worked in the music industry and boy does it show. I’ve learned so much about the mechanics of the industry from these books – particularly this one – but it’s all worn very lightly so you only realise later how many facts are packed in there.
Anyway, to summarise: good murder, great setting, excellent detective. What more could you want. The Ballad of Sean and Wilko is available on Kindle for the bargain price of £1.99. I got my copy as part of my Fahrenheit Book Club subscription which I have banged on about enough already.
Now I’m off back to bed. I can only hope this post makes sense. My brain is not a very coherant place right now.
*Which I’m obviously now regretting because it’s making me sound repetitive and I hate that. But I did like it best out of last week’s books so sod it, and let it be a lesson to me to plan better in future.