Wrap Up

#AndThatsAWrap of Shaking Hands With the Devil by Bryan J Mason @BryanJMason #ShakingHandsWithTheDevil #BryanJMason #ZooloosBookTours


In this darkly comic novel, Clifton Gentle is an ordinary man without much to distinguish him. Not much, that is, apart from being a serial killer who is leaving bits of his young male victims scattered around North London

DCI Dave Hicks is the larger than life policeman determined to catch him. His attempts to find ‘the nutter’ through a combination of spoonerisms, personal abuse and a belief that something will turn up don’t go well. All that turns up are yet more body parts.

In a sleazy London dogged by growing squalor and an IRA bombing campaign in the last days of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership, the gruesome murders spur an over-the-top media and merchandising frenzy.

The hunt becomes an increasingly personal one and a race against the clock as Clifton, Dave Hicks, a would-be victim, and a copycat killer each try to uncover what – or who – they hold responsible for their own problems.

Did Hicks solve the crime in 7 days? Did Clifton keep on killing? Let us find out

8th March

Extract at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, “‘Arrest that man,’ barked Dave. ‘On what charge?’ asked the PC, squinting. ‘Taking the piss,’ he replied, climbing gingerly down the ladder. He was really beginning to dislike the nutter.”

Review by Fully Booked 2017, “Shaking Hands With The Devil, will not be for everyone. There are jokes and themes in here which, as they say, push boundaries”

Review by Donna’s Interviews, Reviews and Giveaways (FB), “A really cracking read that I have enjoyed every single page of”

Portable Magic put Bryan in the spotlight as we learn if he always wanted to write, how he constructs his characters, his favourite film and so much more

9th March

Review by dds_book_reviews (IG), “A great read; pacy & written with marvellous wit despite the subject matter. There are some gory descriptions but, to be honest, they are written in such a way that you have a wry smile & imagine the scenes & sound effects!”

Extract at emmabBooks, “Yes, the nutter was still out and about, yet here he was — the greatest detective in the country and what was he doing? Bleeding poncing around, trundling back and forth, fetching and carrying for an old woman when she could quite easily get up and do it herself. ‘Flu,’ she said”

Review by enjoyingbooksagain (IG), “The author did a good job in writing a story about a serial killer of course you expect gore but putting in dark humor it was a truly unique read.”

10th March

Review by Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle, “This was a hugely unique book! It gave me reminders of the Sweetpea series by CJ Skuse (which I love), with it’s dark but humourous take on a serial killer.”

Review by Sharon Beyond the Books, “A book that I would say is a black comedy crime thriller, and I loved every word.”

11th March

Review by Lyndas_bookreviews (IG), “This is a delightful and often funny book which had me sniggering a lot and laughing out loud at times, despite the very dark and gory scenes”

Review by Book Read 2day, “What I liked about author Bryan Masons’ writing is that it starts in full swing of action with the main characters, that are very interesting to read about, and told with humour.”

12th March

Review by murderjowrote (IG), “I knew I’d love this book after the first few pages. Full of wit and dry humour and fascinating descriptions of the macabre, this is a very unique book!”

Review by Pauline Render, “The wit of this writer is visible on every page, so combined with the grisly murders, the drama of will Clifton Gentle evade capture, and the build up of action makes this book a great read. It’s dark, it’s funny, it’s brilliant.”

13th March

b for bookreview put Bryan in the spotlight as we learn when and where he likes to write, who he would like to co-write a book with, how he comes up with the title for his book and so much more

Review by twilight_reader (IG), “The author immediately showed me that he has a way with words. I was so taken aback at how this author created something so immensely disturbing to something that was completely dark and comical.”

14th March

Review by The Word is Out – Alyson’s Reviews (FB), “The ending was superb and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish! 5*”

Review by Jessica Belmont, “The plot is compelling and heads down a path I wasn’t expecting. I loved the surprises and this is one of the many reasons I had trouble putting this down.”

Extract at nikkisreadinglibrary, “Clifton kept Robert for just over a week until the weather suddenly turned for the better and Robert’s body turned for the worse and an unpleasant odour started to fill the flat. It was clear that it would become increasingly awkward to keep him concealed

Review by Bookchatter@cookiebiscuit, “And the ending is worth waiting for as the initial horror has smatterings of a farce, but you’ll have to wait till you get there to find out.”

And that is well and truly a wrap!

Thank you ever so much to everyone who has taken part in the tour!

Shaking Hands with the Devil and available to buy from Amazon UK, Amazon US

Until the next adventure xxx

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