Today’s book review, of a crime novel, is brought to you by crime author Paul Gitsham.
After the Silence: Inspector Rykel Book 1 (Amsterdam Quartet)
The opening salvo in what promises to be a thrilling new series.
Jake Woodhouse’ s first novel in the Amsterdam – based Inspector Rykel quartet introduces the reader to a new setting rarely seen in English – language crime fiction. Recent years have demonstrated a hunger amongst English speakers for stories set outside the UK or America and this wintry, Dutch tale perfectly captures the synthesis of the familiar and the exotic that has made Scandi-noir so popular, whilst introducing readers to a different landscape to the increasingly familiar Sweden and Norway. I’ve personally not come across any Dutch – based fiction before and Woodhouse – a Brit who has spent time living in Holland – sprinkles enough Dutch language and Amsterdam details to keep the prose interesting, without being cumbersome.
The murder tale itself is well told, with plenty of twists and the culprit is kept well hidden. The book is the first in a quartet and Woodhouse has filled it with strongly written characters who have enough foibles and back story to sustain them over several more novels, but has been patient enough not to tell us everything in one go. I am confident that we will learn all about Inspector Rykel’s complex history in the fullness of time and Woodhouse teases just enough to build a sense of anticipation, rather than frustration.
The story climaxes with a satisfactory conclusion with enough hanging threads for him to pick – up in the next books.
Thank you, Paul. It sounds like a great book.
Paul Gitsham started his career as a biologist, working in such exotic locales as Manchester and Toronto. After stints as the world’s most over-qualified receptionist and a spell making sure that international terrorists and other ne’er do wells hadn’t opened a Junior Savings Account at a major UK bank (a job even less exciting than being a receptionist) he retrained as a Science Teacher. He now spends his time passing on his bad habits and sloppy lab-skills to the next generation of enquiring minds.
Paul has always wanted to be a writer and his final report on leaving primary school predicted he’d be the next Roald Dahl! For the sake of balance it should be pointed out that it also said “he’ll never get anywhere in life if his handwriting doesn’t improve”. Twenty five years later and his handwriting is worse than ever but millions of children around the world love him.*
Paul writes the DCI Warren Jones series of novels, modern British police procedurals, set in North Hertfordshire. The first two in the series, The Last Straw and No Smoke Without Fire, were Amazon best-sellers. The third in the series, Silent as the Grave, was released in 2015, alongside an exclusive short story, Blood is Thicker Than Water. You can find out more about Paul at his website www.paulgitsham.com. He also spends more time than he should on twitter @DCIjoneswriter #DCIWarrenJones and Facebook www.facebook.com/dcijones. *This is a lie – just ask any of the students he has taught.
Links to Paul’s Books:
- The Last Straw: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Straw-Warren-Jones-Novel-ebook/dp/B00IPKD2WK
- No Smoke Without Fire: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Smoke-Without-Warren-Jones-Novel-ebook/dp/B00L5GV2N2
- Silent as the Grave: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Grave-DCI-Warren-Jones-ebook/dp/B00ULOOOIY
- Blood is Thicker Than Water: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Thicker-Water-Warren-Jones-ebook/dp/B00URUBS6S
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