When a familiar leggy blonde slides onto the back seat of his cab with the offer of work, taxi-driver and amateur sleuth Terry Bell isn’t keen. However, compared to the tedium of driving a cab all day, the lure of another mystery is too strong to resist, and Terry agrees to help. Tracking down a missing writer and his tape recorder sounds simple enough, but following the clues to a remote village, the case takes a dangerous turn when the man turns up dead. After the police take over, Terry and his sidekick Carol return home to find their flat ransacked—and that’s not the only surprise. Caught between a suspicious detective inspector and the machinations of a mysterious woman, can the wily investigator unravel the mystery before the killer strikes again?
In this murder/mystery series set on England’s northeast coast, The Jansson Tapes is book #3 in the Terry Bell Mystery series.
This is the third book in the Terry Bell series, I was kindly gifted all three but thought I would read book 3 first so that I could give you an honest review as to if it could be read as a stand alone and it definitely can.
Terry is a taxi driver and sleuth detective but bar the first chapters where it says he is has a fair you don’t really see that side in this book and so I am assuming that is explored more in the first two books.
The writing style is fluid and easy to get into. I really enjoyed the fast paced plot and good mix of characters and my favourite line by far was, ‘Joe Spud was crazier than a bus full of zombies on a trip to the zoo’.
I will be going back to read the first two in the series and look forward to the next Terry Bell mystery.
Thank you to @colingarrow and @damppebbles for my #gifted copy in exchange for review.
True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.
Website (adults): https://colingarrow.org/
Website (childrens): https://colingarrowbooks.com/
Website (The Watson Letters): https://thewatsonletters.com/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B014Z5DZD4