The Hard Way by Duncan Brockwell

Today I pass the blog back to Mandie who is sharing her thoughts on The Hard Way, the new novel from Duncan Brockwell. Our thanks to Zoe Lee O’Farrell for including us in the tour. Here’s what the book is all about:

Source: Advance Reader Copy

About the Book

When intruders enter a radio station and kill a famed presenter it sets in motion a chain of events that will push the Metropolitan Police to their limits.

Officers Hayes and Miller are on the trail of a suspect and when Eric Helsey is detained, thepolice realise they have arrested the wrong man.

As the case grows more complicated with each revelation, and the body count rises, they find themselves investigating a series of crimes all of which may be linked.

But what ties the murder of the radio host with a Turkish casino owner and the killing of two employees at a valve company?

Hayes and Miller have their work cut out and find themselves in a race against time to get to the truth before more people are hurt.

Mandie’s Thoughts

The Hard Way is the first book that I have read by Duncan Brockwell and he certainly knows how to start with a bang. When 3 people are killed in a local radio station DI Amanda Hayes and DS Rachel Miller look like they are going to have their work cut out for them trying to determine who the main target was and who was actually responsible. Digging into the lives of the victims doesn’t seem to help the investigations but as more murders take place, they eventually determine who the principal target was, but the motive still eludes them.

Out of the two main characters I think I took to DS Miller more, but this is probably due to the fact you got to see some of her life outside the investigation as she became closer to one of the officers in the armed response unit sometimes giving you a little respite from the increasing body count. Her relationship with DI Hayes is one of mutual respect and real friendship with DI Hayes teasing her colleague about her personal life and they certainly need to have each other’s back if they want to solve this case. I also liked Miller’s boyfriend Luke. On the surface he came across as a bit of a jack the lad with the other members in his team but away from them he is a little unsure of himself but really cares for those he is close to. When his loyalties are tested though he struggled with what was expected of him even when it puts him in danger.

This is certainly a fast-paced book that has quite a few twists and turns that will keep you guessing as to who is responsible and why and who the investigating officers can actually trust. The various threads in the book may seem a little confusing to begin with however they all come together well and help keep the reader engaged with the story. With a dramatic ending you have to wonder what next for Hayes and Miller and just how much this investigation will impact their lives both personal and professional going forward.

About the Author

Duncan Brockwell is a full-time dental technician from West Sussex. Having completed his course at Lambeth College in 2018, he started writing in his spare time. An avid gardener and part-time mixologist, he loves nothing more than relaxing at home with his wife, Beks and pure white rescue cat, Milly. 

Since Duncan started writing in 2018, he has written thirteen novels, nine of which have been, or are in the process of being published. Unlike a lot of authors, Duncan feels he is a hobby writer, toiling away on his purple couch in front of the TV in the evenings and weekends. He wants nothing more than for readers to enjoy his various offerings, ranging from romantic comedy (under pseudonym Katie Simpkins) to hardcore blood and guts horror and everything in between (Under either DC Brockwell or Duncan Brockwell).

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