Monday, April 24, 2023

Review: Horse to Water by Peter Bailey

 Genre: Mystery/Thriller


“A man who can’t forget, a cop who thinks corners are there to be cut and a bomb.

The smart money thinks the bomb was revenge for a bungled police operation and gives DCI Taplin the last job he ever wanted, finding out who tried to blow up the cop who stabbed him in the back. What he wanted was a nice simple case so he could forget the past, what he got was a nightmare that will drive him to the edge of sanity.

As more bombs explode across London, Taplin must fight a harrowing battle against disappointed and furious colleagues to reveal the devious plans of a brilliant but dangerous mind.”


The author of multiple books, Peter Bailey lives in England.


Although this book has a police detective, DCI David Taplin, as the main character and a story that is ultimately a detective mystery with Taplin looking for the person who committed a series of crimes, it isn’t what I’d call a typical detective mystery.

The typical core story is there, but with lots of atypical parts to it. A couple of those qualities are the initial victim is a policeman who has an interesting history with DCI Taplin and based on who that victim is, a lot of people assume they know the motive for the crime.

Then there is Taplin himself, who we find out is a person who is not quite the person he presents to the world with some unusual qualities that sometimes helps him as a detective, and sometimes hinders his ability to do his job. As he chases after the culprit and he along with the reader think they know where things are headed, the story keeps taking unexpected turns, right to the end where Taplin gets one final surprise.

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Some adult language. Since the author lives in England spelling and word usage use UK conventions.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words

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