Friday, 5 July 2019

The Anglesey Murders by Conrad Jones - Blog Tour Review

DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.
In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West? Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM…
My Review
Wow just wow! This was such an excellent read! From the very first page to the last I was gripped. Conrad Jones is a superb writer and this story had so many layers to it.
The characters featured were so well written and had a lot of depth to them. My favourite was definitely DI Alan Williams and I admit I might have a bit of a bookish crush on him! He is a clever and intuitive investigator. Alan is also quite sarcastic, which is a character trait I for one am very fond of. The relationship he has with his three sons was so entertaining to read about. One of my favourite interactions in the book was this one -
'I see. This is an emergency,' Alan said. 'The presence of police officers in town has sent a shockwave through Holyhead's underworld. Crime will grind to a halt and my sons can't buy cannabis. Someone call the cops.' The boys looked at him stone-faced. 'Hold on a minute, I am a cop. Panic over.'
This is a snippet of one of my favourit conversations that Alan has, I think it highlights Alan's character and sarcasm so well, as well as showing the kind of relationship he has with his sons.
There are so many layers to the story as I said. I especially enjoyed the gangland element that was included and I felt it really gave something extra to the story. There are also some chilling parts told from the killers point of view.
A part that I found so fascinating were the references to the serial killer Peter Moore and how it was woven so effortlessly into the plot. I was so eager to find out what was going on and whether it was a copycat killer or something else entirely.
Conrad Jones has written an excellent book and The Anglesey Murders is without a doubt finding it's way onto my top 10 reads of 2019. It is an absolute must-read and I highly recommend it.
Author Bio
Conrad Jones a 52-year-old Author, living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 20th novel, The Journey, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.


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