Blog Tour Review: Brass In Pocket

Hello bookworms !!

How’s everyone doing ?! I’m just barely getting through the week.

Today, I’m a part of a blog tour for “Brass in Pocket” which is the first novel in the inspector drake series. Thanks to Jill Burkinshaw @ Book n All and author Stephen Puleston for a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Stephen Puleston bip

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 3.54/5

Synopsis:  It is the middle of the night …The road is deserted …A killer is waiting …

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer – traffic cones in the shape of a No 4.

The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages or is there some hidden meaning in them?

Does it all mean more killings are likely? When a politician is killed Drake has his answer. And then the killer sends more song lyrics. Now Drake has to face the possibility of more deaths but with numbers dominating the case Drake has to face his own rituals and obsessions.

Finally, when the killer threatens Drake and his family he faces his greatest challenge in finding the killer before he strikes again.

Inspector Drake :

Detective Ian Drake is an inspector in the Wales Police Service and is based in the northern division headquarters near Colwyn Bay on the coast. North Wales is a large area that stretches from the coast to the border with England. It is an area rich in history and great scenery.

Book 0.5: The Devils Kitchen (a prequel novella)

Book 1: Brass in Pocket

Book 2: Worse than Dead

Book 3: Against the Tide

Book 4: Dead on your Feet

Book 5: To be released in March 2018

About the author : author-photo

Stephen Puleston writes mysteries and thrillers.

He has published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE and the fourth, DEAD ON YOUR FEET.

Before turning to crime fiction he had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about his writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on his website

He was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in Theology from London University, he decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by his father on Anglesey. For many years he worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given him valuable raw material for his novels.



Set in North Wales, the story starts with the double murder of 2 traffic officers on a mountain pass. The killer leaves a single clue – traffic cones arranged to form the number ‘4’ and a message to Detective Inspector Ian Drake and his team with the lyrics of verses from the song “Brass in Pocket”.

Although this is the first novel in the Inspector Drake series, if you want a taste of what to expect, you can read “The Devil’s Kitchen”. It is a prequel (to the drake series) novella which introduces us to most of the characters, including Detective Inspector Ian Drake, who clearly has OCD. Drake’s OCD was reminiscent of Adrian Monk (from the TV series ‘Monk’), who was also one of my favourite characters. While the detailed descriptions of Drake’s actions to provide a constant reminder of his OCD can be quite irritating to some, it does provide a realistic insight into OCD. The book also does a good job at portraying mental health in general.

The novel kept me intrigued throughout and maintains a steady pace. It is also filled with cliffhangers at the end of chapters which keeps the reader wanting more. I love good mysteries and while I’ve read plenty of stories with private detectives, it’s been a long while since I last read one with an Inspector and the police procedural. So that was surely refreshing.

The novel is however a bit too realistic in terms of the police procedural and while I appreciate that, it also tends to irritate me when it’s taking the police so long to nab the killer. Overall, the novel was an interesting and enjoyable read, a good start to a series.

MY RATING – 😊😊😊😊


Well that’s my stop on this blog tour, you can also check out the reviews of other bloggers on this blog tour on the dates given below. If you’ve read the Inspector Drake series, let me know your thoughts on it. Also, book 5 is set for release in March 2018. Thanks for reading, everyone !!


Have a wonderful weekend readers !!


3 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: Brass In Pocket

  1. Glad that you enjoyed the book. And for the reminding me of Monk series. I am gonna try to catch it up if I can again.


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