Thank you to Meggy at Red Dog Press for the invite to join the blog tour. Thank you J D Whitelaw and Red Dog Press for a digital review copy, my thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift.
Martha Parker runs a small private detective agency in Glasgow with her two sisters, Helen and Geri. They specialise in catching cheating partners and those playing away from home.
The Parkers are hired by the reclusive wife of a wealthy banker she suspects is breaking their vows, but when he shows up murdered, it’s up to Martha, Helen and Geri to prove the wife’s innocence in their most dangerous case yet.
This book was just what I needed for a dark and dreary December day in the middle of a global pandemic and I’m thrilled to see that this is the first of three books about the Parker sisters.
Martha, Helen and Geri are great characters, each very different but always fiercely protective of their sisters. We don’t get a huge back story for any of them, but enough to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Reflecting on the book, the majority of the main characters are female, from the women in the murder victim’s life to the senior police officer to the Parker sisters.
The sisters have been paid a large amount of cash to find out if Gordon Coulthard was cheating on his wife. However is this cash enough to deal with a hot tempered Tracey, a jealous Estelle and a dead body? This is a no spoiler review, so you will need to buy or borrow a copy of the book.
The story may be a little far fetched for readers who need everything to be done by the book. However, this reader thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, the mayhem and the murder investigation. I look forward to meeting the Parker sisters again in the future.
Publication date: December 3rd 2020
J.D. Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC. Banking on Murder is the first of three Parker sister novels. They follow his hugely successful HellCorp series. His debut in 2015 was the critically acclaimed Morbid Relations