Books by Paul Charles

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LOUIS BLOOM by Paul Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Once again, it's hard to resist a hero who realizes, 'He just had a habit of opening his mouth and not knowing what was going to come out.'"
A welcome return for Brendy McCusker, the rent-a-cop who used to work for the Ulster Constabulary, and DI Lily O'Carroll, who still does. Read full book review >
ST ERNAN'S BLUES by Paul Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Charles (Down on Cyprus Avenue, 2014, etc.) makes Starrett's third case leisurely, literate, ingenious, improbable, and as old-fashioned as the idea that priests are pillars of private morality."
Murder comes to a Donegal home for priests about whom the Irish Catholic Church has decided that, as one of them says, "it wasn't working for us elsewhere." Read full book review >
DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE by Paul Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Unevenly paced but continuously absorbing, with a nice rapport between the hero and heroine even though they clearly aren't destined to share a romantic relationship."
The creator of DI Christy Kennedy (A Pleasure to Do Death with You, 2012, etc.) auditions a new police hero who isn't really a police officer at all.
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THE BEST BEATLES BOOK EVER by Paul Charles
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2013

"Really, it wasn't that simple, though the book is often that awkward."
A short book that adds little to the exhaustive analyses of the band, this exists for two reasons: first, to share a fan's passion for the music; second, because publication coincides with "the 50th anniversary of the release of their first album, 'Please Please Me.' " Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2012

"Charles (The Beautiful Sound of Silence, 2008, etc.) serves up his usual pleasant concoction at his usual leisurely pace."
One murder leads to another and DI Kennedy goes trans-Atlantic in his 10th appearance. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIFUL SOUND OF SILENCE by Paul Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"As in many of Christy's cases (Sweetwater, 2006, etc.), it's all too easy to spot the villain in this one, which is low-key to the point of inertia."
Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy muses on life, love and murder suspects. Read full book review >
THE HISSING OF THE SILENT LONELY ROOM by Paul Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2002

"There's a good bit on the current music scene here, but it's mostly a digressive, ingratiating investigation by one of England's milder-mannered inspectors (The Ballad of Sean and Wilko, 2000, etc.)."
Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy, handsome stalwart of the Camden Town CID, has two love lives to untangle: his own on-again/off-again relationship with journalist ann rea (so trendy she disdains capital letters); and the ins and romantic outs of pop singer/songwriter Esther Bluewood, who was busy having an affair with a fan and getting ready to divorce her husband just before she—or someone unkindly—stuck her head into the oven on a jaunty yellow towel and she succumbed to the gas. Read full book review >
THE BALLAD OF SEAN AND WILKO by Paul Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"But a second locked-room killing signals the more satisfying reunion of up-to-the-minute DI Christy Kennedy (Fountain of Sorrow, 1999, etc.) with the ghosts of such genre icons as Clayton Rawson and John Dickson Carr."
The reunion of '70s icons Wilko Robertson (the Scottish singer with the voice) and Sean Green (the Irish songwriter without one) is spoiled when Wilko's body is found inside his locked dressing room during the opening gig of their comeback tour. Read full book review >
LAST BOAT TO CAMDEN TOWN by Paul Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 1998

"Though no threat to his idol Inspector Morse, Christy is an appealingly unpretentious hero fit to while away a quiet couple of hours."
paper 1-899344-30-6 Inspector Christy Kennedy, of the Camden CID, continues his run as the kindest, gentlest copper in Do-Not's Bloodlines series. Read full book review >
I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS by Paul Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1997

"But the main attraction—inside dirt on the music industry—isn't likely to shock most American readers."
A fire at the home of Peter O'Browne, wunderkind of Camden Town Records, piques the interest of his neighbor, Inspector Christy Kennedy, even before O'Browne is reported missing—and turns up dead. Read full book review >