I had noticed on Twitter that bookbloggers were talking about a crime book that was based in Glasgow, this was where my interest started. Then when Author Owen Mullen approached me and asked me if I would like to read and review his book ‘Games People Play’ – a Charlie Cameron crime story, I was very happy to do so. ‘Games People Play’ is the first in the Charlie Cameron series.
Games People Play is published today – 19th January 2017, so if you like the sound of it, you can order it now from the links at the bottom of this post.
The Author has a second book out too called ‘Old Friends and New Enemies‘, which also sounds excellent. For today, I will tell you my thoughts on ‘Games People Play’
On a warm summer’s evening thirteen month old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland, taken while her parents are yards away. Three days later, the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.
Against his better judgement Charlie gets involved in a case he would be better off without. But when a child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews, the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer out there whose work has gone undetected for decades. Baby Lily may be the latest victim of a madman.
For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go. His demons won’t let him.The stunning first novel featuring Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron. Games People Play will have the reader guessing to the very last page.
Published 19th January 2017 by BloodHound Books.
I loved that this book was set in all the places I know so well. The language too, was so familiar, its strange how you can almost tell from the way the Author writes where they are from. Of course brilliantly, the Author was writing what he knows as the main character Charlie Cameron, Private Investigator lives and works in Glasgow.
It is a nice idea that Charlie is a private investigator rather than the usual police / lawyer crime books that I enjoy, it was a different touch right from the start. We find out more about Charlie and his past as the book goes on. There are reasons why he shouldn’t have taken on this case, but he does anyway. I really wanted Charlie to succeed in he case he was working on, despite everything being against him.
There is a brilliant twist at the end of the book, which I didn’t see coming at all. When I thought back through the story that I had just read, you could see how Author Owen Mullen weaved the story perfectly so that we wouldn’t guess the twist, but it makes sense when you read it and it all adds up. There is a real mix of good and bad human traits within this book, but the strap line ‘evil is never far away’ is very apt. I was glad that Charlie was likeable as there would have been too much negative behaviour otherwise.
This is a really great crime thriller which was made even better for me as it was based in Glasgow and surrounding areas. I now look forward to reading the next in the Charlie Cameron PI series ‘Old Friends and New Enemies’, which is also out now.
About the Author Owen Mullen:
When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.