Happy Hump Day All! Super excited to be part of the blog blitz for this series with a fresh approach to the police procedural🚨
Thank you so much to Emma for the invitation and to Simon hall for his fantastic book!🚔
The TV Detective by Simon Hall
Dan Groves is a television reporter newly assigned to the crime beat and not at all happy about it.
Dan knows next nothing about police work or how to report on it so when he persuades Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen to allow him to shadow a high-profile murder inquiry it seems like the perfect solution though it soon becomes clear some members of the police force have no intention of playing nice with the new boy.
With his first case Dan is dropped in at the deep-end. A man is killed in a lay-by with a blast through the heart from a shotgun. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies there are almost too many suspects for the police to eliminate.
As tensions rise between Dan and the police he comes close to being thrown off the case until the detectives realize that far from being a liability, Dan might actually be the key to tempting the murderer into a trap.
The TV Detective is the first book in a classic crime series from Simon Hall, who until recently was the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area.
4 Lights Camera Action Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
And entertaining start to this series… Author Simon Hall is an ex TV reporter for the BBC, so I really appreciated the fact that his main character Dan is a TV reporter…. added some credibility to everything for me….
Dan is a television reporter who gets moved (not sure if this was promoted or demoted) to the crime beat…. his first time out is to a murder investigation… when Dan arrives he realizes he is a little late to the party… so he decides his best bet is to shadow detective Adam Breen…. The relationship between Dan and Adam was absolutely my favorite part of this book… enjoyed the friendship and the back-and-forth between these two…
Dan comes up with a plan to use the TV media to trap the killer… they go along with his plan, but will it work? The BBC must be much more involved with their cases then American TV reporters… because these TV reporters I watch on the morning news are not out hunting killers (thankfully)…. I found this a fresh approach to the police procedural…
Recommend two fans of the police procedural, a good start to this series!
About Simon Hall:
Simon Hall is an author and journalist.
He has been a broadcaster for twenty five years, mostly as a BBC Television and Radio News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.
His books – the tvdetective series – are about a television reporter who covers crimes and gets so involved in the cases he helps the police to solve them. Seven have been published.
Simon has also contributed articles and short stories to a range of newspapers and magazines, written plays, and even a pantomime.
Alongside his novels and stories, Simon is a tutor in media skills and creative writing, teaching at popular Writers’ Summer Schools such as Swanwick and Winchester, on cruise ships and overseas.
Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter, including the now notorious story of What to do when you really need a dead otter.
Now 49 years old, he began a broadcasting career as a DJ on the radio and in nightclubs, then moved into radio and TV news. He worked in Europe, London, Ireland, and the south west of England, before settling in Cambridge.
Simon is married to Jess, Director of Libraries at the University of Cambridge, and has an adopted daughter, Niamh. She’s an army officer, which makes her father both very proud and very nervous.
Simon lectures on careers in the media at Cambridge University, and in schools and colleges. Amongst his proudest achievements, he includes the number of young people he has helped into jobs in broadcasting, and aspiring writers into publication.
As for his likes, Simon lists beer – he judges at real ale festivals – cycling the countryside, solving cryptic crosswords, composing curious Tweets (find him @thetvdetective ) and studying pop lyrics.
For more on Simon, see his website – www.thetvdetective.com
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