Thank you to Matador books for my copy and to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for my place on the tour
It is 1976 and Mikey, eight-years-old and street-wise beyond his years, is looking forward to a summer of freedom, roaming the creeks and the mud-flats of Canvey Island. But violent emotions are rumbling beneath the surface, about to destroy all that he thought he knew.
When Mikey’s neighbours, the Freemans, win a great deal of money, the old couple become the targets of a criminal act that leaves Peggy Freeman dead and her husband, Bert thirsting for revenge. Believing that young Mikey’s family is responsible, Bert devises a highly unusual but devastatingly effective form of reprisal. But where does the guilt really lie, and will there be punishment or redemption?
Told from Mikey’s viewpoint with light touches of humour, A Patient Man is a gripping crime novel peopled with believable characters who are drawn inexorably in to a story that explores the effects of greed, money and the human need for retribution.
For a book that is only 195 pages this took me a surprisingly long time to read , probably because I wanted to savour every word. It’s descriptive charm of a time and place captures you from the start.
The author has really evoked what it was like growing up in the 70’s with nosy neighbours twitching behind curtains and kids getting up to mischief .
It showed the workings of a small community and how “a butterfly effect” can totally change the course of history.
Narrated by Mikey both as an adult and a young boy, he is from a family that are classed as “common as muck” and not in keeping with the rest of the community. They are the type of people you wouldn’t want as neighbours but were a joy to read. You will warm to Mikey, neglected and a bit of a scallywag, this is definitely a coming of age story as well as a crime novel.
Personally Mrs B was my favourite, we all know one of these and I’m pretty sure most neighbourhoods have one.
If you want a crime novel with a difference this is one I would really recommend.
About the author
S. Lynn Scott began her adult life determined to take the theatrical world by storm. The theatrical world, it turned out, wasn’t quite so keen to embrace her as she had expected it would be, and so, nothing daunted, she successfully turned her undoubted talents to Terpsichorean entertainment in dark, exotic places. There she learned that a jewelled bra and a very large feathered fan are no substitutes for a good book and a cheese and Branston Pickle sandwich. Her further youthful adventures are, mercifully, lost in the mists of time and she now lives with suitable decorum in Leicestershire where she writes, insists on directing others who are better at acting than she is, dreams of working for the RSC and then writes some more. “Elizabeth, William…and Me” is her first published novel. There are others waiting nervously in the wings.
Website : http://www.slynnscott.com/
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