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Western Approaches by Graham Hurley
  

Western Approaches

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

January 2013 Book of the Month.

After killing off DI Faraday, Graham Hurley starts a new crime series with DS Jimmy Suttle who moves to the West Country for a quieter life after work in Portsmouth was destroying his life. Dreams, however, rarely match the reality of the situation and he is soon in charge of an increasingly complex and frustrating murder case that has him questioning why he moved in the first place... This is definitely a new series to follow right from the first book.

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Western Approaches a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Scroll down to read their reviews.

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Synopsis

Western Approaches by Graham Hurley

D/S Jimmy Suttle has finally tired of the relentless struggle against the rising tide of urban crime in Portsmouth. Surely a job in Major Crimes in the West Country will offer some respite? He finds a remote cottage nestled in a fold of Dartmoor and, with his wife and two-year-old daughter, heads West for what he is sure will be a saner existence. How wrong could he be? Soon he is investigating the murder of a long-distance rower in the small town of Exmouth. The man rowed in the same 5-man boat as a man who, two years before, dodged a murder charge when his wife went missing during a cross atlantic rowing challange. There had been tensions between the two. Has a killer killed again? As the job takes over, Lizzie, Suttle's wife, is increasingly unhappy about the move. Trying to juggle family life with her own new job on a local paper, isolated in a lonely cottage with a demanding toddler and struggling to make new friends, Lizzie thought the whole point of the move was that she and Suttle could at least see more of each other. As his marriage frays at the edges and his first investigation becomes mired Suttle begins to feel the hills around their cottage crowding in, the wind over the moors above ever chillier, the waters ever greyer. He really has reached land's end...

Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Western Approaches. You can read their reviews below.

Lindsey Whittle - I enjoyed this book tremendously; murder mystery, police procedural, West Country travelogue...The investigation into the murder unfolds believably, and the drawing together of all the different strands of the story happens satisfyingly as the pace increases. Click here to read the full review.

Ray Orgill - this truly intriguing and fast moving story of a policeman recently moved to the west country for a quiet life...This is a genuine "I-couldn't-put-it-down book". Click here to read the full review.

Barry Griffiths - Hurley's new novel does not disappoint, it's well written and absorbing, all the way through...The stories are beautifully woven together, with fascinating characters and plenty of dead ends to keep the grey matter busy. Click here to read the full review.

Gill Wilmott - The main storyline of the possible murder was interesting and I’m sure was accurate in terms of police procedure, offshore rowing, the geography etc. It was well written and easy to read. Click here to read the full review.

Anne Vaughan - The pace was lively and the ending was quite unexpected. Click here to read the full review.

Nicola Cooper - An enjoyable read! it kept me guessing throughout and interested Recommended! Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Graham Hurley

Graham Hurley is an award-winning TV documentary maker who now writes full time. He lived in Portsmouth for 20 years. He is married and has grown up children. He now lives in Exmouth, Devon.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on JOE FARADAY...

The investigations of a Portsmouth cop and a fascinating look into crime on the British coast. If you like Ian Rankin’s Rebus, this should be your next step. NO LOVELIER DEATH is the 9th book in the Faraday series.

A Q & A with Graham Hurley

Who’s your favourite author?
The Alan Furst of The Polish Officer and The World at Night.

Where do you live? And why?
Portsmouth. Because so many people ask me why.

What’s the greatest influence on your writing?
Lin Rowden.

What is your philosophy for life?
Check the tide tables and watch for eddies.

Have you had any formal tuition in creative writing? If so, where and what? Did you find it useful?
BA/MA Cambridge University (English – no help at all). No formal tuition in creative writing except a pathological nosiness and a fascination with story. Profound doubts about collective literary endeavour. Why? Because, in the end, writing is a solitary business.

Did you always want to be an author? If not, what did you originally want to be and when and why did you change your mind?
Yes. And like most authors, I’m not sure why. But – emphatically – yes.

Who do you most admire and why?
My mum (seriously). Because she’s never failed to make the very best of an occasionally dodgy hand. Huge fortitude.

What jobs did you have before you started writing?
Ice cream salesman, deckchair attendant, lifeguard, prep school teacher (scripture and cricket), Radio Victory reporter, TV promotion scriptwriter, TV researcher, TV documentary director/producer, Oz TV cop series writer.

If your house was burning down what would you save?
Lin Rowden, the cats, a framed photo of the Otter estuary, me.

What do you do when you are not writing? How do you relax? What are your hobbies?
Sailing, cycling, nosing around, tussling with French, dreaming of the day Tony Blair resigns.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th December 2012

Author

Graham Hurley

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
368 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781409131526

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