No Accident – Robert Crouch
Nothing happens by accident, according to Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. When he ignores a restraining order to investigate the death of Syd Collins in a work accident at Tombstone Adventure Park, he clashes with the owner, playboy millionaire, Miles Birchill, who has his own reasons to block the investigation.
Determined to uncover the truth, Kent casts aside procedure and defies suspension when he becomes convinced that Collins’ death is no accident.
But as Kent rushes to identify the killer and prevent more deaths, he faces even more unpleasant surprises when his professional and private worlds collide with devastating consequences.
Set in and around the beautiful South Downs of East Sussex, No Accident is the first novel in a new series that brings a fresh and irreverent twist to the traditional whodunit.
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At the moment, the (new) paperback version is not yet available – it will be towards the end of August.
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My Thoughts and Review
No accident is centred around Kent Fisher an Environmental Officer who is called to investigate which is proposed to be a straight forward farm machinery accident. As Kent delves deeper into the accident it becomes clear that it is indeed murder. I was fascinated by the way Robert Crouch demonstrated how an seemingly ordinary member of the public could become what is best described as a Private Eye. Kent leaves no stone unturned in his investigation whilst also battling an old adversary in the process, in turn we also find an insight into Kents own family secrets. Kent is a man who has a love for nature, the environment and having the chance to put preservation orders in place.
I read No Accident by Robert Crouch over a couple of days, if I was to be honest with myself and the author, I would put No Accident down as a marmite book in my eyes. I have never read a crime book along these lines and I struggled with the concept of having no real detective to relate to but on the flip side I couldn’t fault the actual storyline or style of writing. Robert has a brought a different concept to a crime story with a touch of humour using an Environmental Health Officer who has issues in his private and professional life.
I definitely think if you love a good Agatha Christie novel then No Accident will be right up your street, I was never a lover of Agatha Christie books so I think I started off on the back foot while reading No accident and may have clouded my own judgement of the novel. I would certainly give No Accident a solid four stars and recommend anyone to give Robert Crouch a try as what one person may not take to another may love……. therefore the Marmite novel.
Thank you to Robert Crouch and Caroline for the opportunity to read and review No Accident.
Robert Crouch Author Info
Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Colombo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.
At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.
Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.
Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.
To discover more, visit http://robertcrouch.co.uk
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