I am most delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Fixed Odds by William McIntyre. My most favourite genre at the moment is legal thrillers, when I saw that this was a legal thriller based in Scotland, I knew it was a book for me.
Thank you to Ceris at Sandstone Press for my early copy of the book and for organising this blog tour. They must know my weak spots as I got sent special chocolate with the book! Delicious. * Those who really know me, will know why I had the book open on this particular page!
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.
Publisher: Sandstone Press
Date of publication: 4 July 2019
Robbie Munro is a defence lawyer and main character of this book and previous books. This is the first book I have read starring Robbie Munro. It is great to read as a standalone, though if I had found this author earlier, I would have read the previous books first. ( because it is so good).
Robbie is unlike any other defence lawyer I have read about before. He is funny and makes time for his family! Most other defence lawyers I have read about don’t have time for any of that. But Robbie’s firm is suffering. Not enough business and with a wife, a daughter and another child on the way, Robbie needs.to find more work. Maybe this legal aid marlarky is just not cutting it.
The legal aid storylines with the “criminals” he defends was excellent. This was my favourite part of the book as you really got a taste of Scotland, how people talk, survive and some of the many problems surrounding us.
“Not a hunner an’ fifty quid, A hunner an’ fifty skoobies “
Robbie feels like his luck is in when he gets handed a professional snooker player to defend. Its not a legal aid case and could be big bucks …. but can he win? I know nothing about snooker, but this didn’t matter. I loved the legal mind of Robbie. Though he doesn’t seem to be overly hard working or giving his clients needs deep thoughts. The way he works was amusing. Whether or not this works for his clients, I can’t say. For that would be a spoiler! But read yourself to find out.
The surrounding characters in the book are great. Robbie’ s Wife and daughter are brilliant and I took plenty of amusement from them and their relationship with Robbie.
I went into this book with hopes of legal thrills and some talk of Scotland. I got way more. The dark Scottish humour that I know came across brilliantly. There was even a mention of my town in the book. 🤗. The legal talk was accurate and explained well enough so that American readers would understand the difference between the two legal ways, but we aren’t bombarded with any legal jargon.
The storyline was a mixture of a legal defence plot, unsavoury Scottish characters and this was all stirred up with dark Scottish humour and great characters.
My only regret is that I didn’t find William McIntyre’s books earlier! But on the bright side, I have plenty of Robbie Munro catch up to do. And I am hopeful that this Author will bring me more tales of Scottish legal defence and dark humour.
There are some amazing bloggers with fab reviews of this book on this tour, be sure to support them and read their reviews to. If you aren’t convinced by my review, you will be by theirs.
About the Author:
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 Munro legal thrillers. He is married with four sons.
Authors website: bestdefence.biz