Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

31 Oct
Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

I would like to thank Author Olly Jarvis for gifting me a copy of this book. After speaking to Olly about his book, I had a feeling I would be hooked and was looking forward to diving right in. This is an Author with a wealth of knowledge that makes this book so gripping and really dragged me right into the story. I absolutely loved it.

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Death by Dangerous is a compelling legal thriller set in Manchester and Bradford.

John Anderson is one of the North West’s most dedicated and successful prosecution barristers. His career is going from strength to strength and he is on the verge of becoming Queen’s Counsel. But the life he once knew suddenly comes crashing down following a fatal road traffic accident…

“They’re saying it was your fault. Someone died.”

Recovering from his injuries, he has no memory of the collision. Was he responsible for the death of a child? Who was his female passenger? Facing charges of causing death by dangerous driving, the professional and personal life he once knew now lies in tatters. Depressed and taking refuge in alcohol, Anderson refuses, in the face of so many unanswered questions, to accept his guilt. He becomes convinced that the gangster he was prosecuting at the time of the crash is in some way involved.

The mystery deepens as his search for the truth draws him into Manchester’s sordid criminal underworld. Shunned by his former colleagues, Anderson finds help from an unlikely source, enabling him to confront his prejudices and re-evaluate his past life. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery and, ultimately, the path for his own redemption.

Anderson knows that defeat means deliverance to a prison full of violent criminals he has prosecuted over the years. He now has to find the strength to fight the most important trial of his life.


My Thoughts:

Let me tell you straight off, I absolutely loved this book. It is amazing, thrilling, gripping and just simply fantastic. What a talented, knowledgeable Author. 

Each chapter of this book brought intrigue and interest. You can tell by reading this that the Author has a wealth of knowledge of legal issues. It is written in a way that was totally understandable to me as a lay person, but also from the character’s professional view point that made it so believable that I was drawn into the world of John Anderson, his family, friends and his enemies. Throughout the book we see how relationships change, develop and how confusing this would all be for the main character John. Who does he trust? Who is out to help him? And who is out to destroy him? This book is so cleverly written. I just can’t rave enough about it.

The first page of this book seems to be almost separate from the main story, and its only towards the end that the pieces all come so nicely and clearly together. I was left guessing throughout the book about what the outcome was going to be. I like a book that is not at all predictable, and this one certainly isn’t.

One of the reasons this book appealed to me before I started it, was that it is based in Manchester and surrounding areas. A lot of the thriller books I have read are based in America and it was nice to read about a place I am familiar with. The book even mentions Gregs the bakers. 🙂

I would say from the second chapter of this book, I started to tell my family how amazing the book is. (I also raved on Twitter, you might have seen). I think now, my Mum and Husband might be wanting to borrow this book……. I want it back though!!!!  ♥  I definitely recommend this book to you all, its got intrigue, twists, excitement, and I loved the cleverness of the legal tale.

Olly Jarvis has now been added to my list of favourite Authors, and he is very close to the top!!

Author Details and Links:

Paperback, 300 pages

Published July 28th 2015 by Troubador Publishing Ltd





Have you read this book? Do you want to? Let me know your thoughts? As always, I’d love to hear from you?

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16 responses to “Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

  1. florence

    October 31, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Wow, what a great review – I will be going to buy it next week.. I love mysteries and am intrigued by the fact that the author keeps you guessing throughout the book also intrigued by the way the first page of the book seems separate and comes together at the end. And not only that, I was born in Manchester so most definitely a reason to buy the book.

    • chocolatepages

      November 1, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Thank you for the lovely comment Florence. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. You can see if you recognise any places in the book. Let me know what you think of it.

  2. occupation:(m)other

    October 31, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Fantastic review! Definitely makes me want to read it, and I’m not actually a huge crime fan. I also think there would be appeal for me of it being set in Manchester – as you say a lot of crime is based in America. Visiting from #weekendblogshare

    • chocolatepages

      November 1, 2015 at 10:37 am

      That’s great to hear. I love to write reviews that makes others want to read the book. If you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Caroline

    November 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Great review, I don’t often read thrillers but you have tempted me to try it. #SundayStars

    • chocolatepages

      November 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      That’s great to hear. It’s certainly a great thriller to start with. Hope you love it.


    November 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

    This book would never have been one I picked up – I’m not tooo into crime books – but the fact it’s set in Manchester and West Yorkshire, when I’ve lived in both, would make it so interesting for me to read. I LOVE that it features Greggs, that’s too funny! A brilliant review, thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS and hope you link up again next week 🙂 Mim x

    • chocolatepages

      November 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks for your comments, it was really nice to hear them mention Gregs, I never quite ‘get’ the American places they mention in other books. I will definitely be linking up again, I found some good blogs to read from there too. Amanda. x

  5. Katie

    November 7, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Crime thrillers are never usually my thing but being as this one is based in the UK I would probably be more inclined to pick it up. Great review, thanks for linking it up to #sundaystars

    • chocolatepages

      November 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

      It certainly made it better for me that it was UK based. Thanks for dropping by.

  6. A Moment with Franca

    November 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I’m not really into crime thriller books so it won’t be a book that I would’ve picked to read. Although your review is fantastic and now I fancy reading it!! 😉 As the other mentioned, it is always a plus that is a UK based book. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m so happy that you have linked up with us for the first time. I hope you like the linky and that you found other interesting blogs and posts to read!! Hope you join me again! 🙂 xx

    • chocolatepages

      November 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you for your nice comments and for hosting the linky I will certainly be back to share my posts and also to find other great posts to read. Thank you.

  7. Fictionophile

    July 24, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Have added this title to my TBR on your recommendation.

    • chocolatepages

      July 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

      I am glad, thank you very much. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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