Today is my stop on the blog tour for Ice Lake by John A. Lenahan and I get to share my review with you all!
About the book:
…WHERE EVERYBODY LIES. AND SOME PEOPLE KILL…
An electrifying debut crime novel and the first in a new series featuring psychologist Harry Cull. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and Peter May.
AN ABANDONDED BODY
Deep in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the body of a man is found – shot three times, dumped under the trees where the local kids will find him.
A HAUNTED PSYCHOLOGIST
Psychologist Harry Cull, tormented by his past, arrives in the picturesque town of Ice Lake to help with the murder investigation. There he unravels a web of lies and deceit that leads to the dark heart of a community torn apart by fracking, drugs and murder.
A DESPERATE KILLER
It’s not long before the second corpse turns up, this time a lawyer left for dead in the forest, and Harry finds himself on the trail of a twisted killer – who will do anything to keep the town’s darkest secrets buried.
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About the author:
John Lenahan came to Britain from his native Philadelphia for a short trip and has never quite made it back.
John originally grabbed the headlines as the first person in 85 years to be expelled from the Magic Circle. The 3-card trick he exposed on How Do They Do That? is no more than a gambling con, but John took the rap and enjoyed the publicity.
2004 saw him starring in a new primetime BBC1 show, Secrets of Magic. His own BBC2 series, Stuff The White Rabbit, achieved record ratings for the slot. Other TV credits include presenting the travelogue Open Road, playing the voice of the toaster in Red Dwarf, and guest appearances on everything from TFI Friday to Celebrity Squares. He also fronted HoaxBusters, an ITV network show lifting the lid on scams and hoaxes.
John has performed onstage all over the world, from Beijing and Dubai to Dublin. He has toured alongside Jack Dee, Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry and Michael Ball.
Besides all this, Lenahan is one of the most successful corporate entertainers in the country. Apart from his show-stealing cabaret, he has made kitchens appear, taught Bank of England staff to juggle, read thousands of minds and levitated a 20-pound Toblerone bar. He was the first person on record to perform magic live over the Internet, for BT.
John has been described by The Guardian as ‘the mascot of a magical renaissance’ – and by Jackie Collins as ‘extremely good looking’.
John Lenahan lives in Cricklewood, London. In a world dominated by awards, he is proud to have once been voted Time Out Street Magician of the Year.
John’s novels: Shadowmagic , The Prince of Hazel & Oak and Sons of Macha are now avalable in one omnibus -The Shadowmagic Trilogy – published by Harper Collins and is out in paperback iBook, Nook and Kindle formats.
The Magic Circle has finally recognised their mistake and reinstated John.
Ice Lake is the first book in the Harry Cull series by John A Lenehan, and its a very solid start to a promising series. I flew through this one as I was gripped early on!
When the body of a man is found at a well known hang-out spot, Harry Cull gets a call to come and investigate. Cull carries out polygraph tests, and is pretty adept at picking out those who lie, but in Ice Lake is seems everyone has something to hide and Harry has his work cut out for him from the get go!
The deceased was shot, and it looks like it was by someone he knew. When Harry arrives at the tranquil Ice Lake, he quickly realises that all is not as peaceful as one would be led to believe. In this town, there is so much bubbling under the surface with its residents that it becomes and increasingly dangerous place to be.
There is more than just murder here too, although the rising body count tries to keep Harry from finding out any more, there are quite a few themes running alongside the crime aspect. The author has done a great job in layering the mystery in Ice Lake. I found myself wondering what was really going on more than once during the course of the book.
Excellent characterisation coupled with a quick and pacy narrative make Ice Lake an engrossing and thrilling read. This is a very accomplished novel packed with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader thoroughly engaged. I look forward to reading more from John A Lenehan.
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