BANKING ON MURDER – The Parker Sisters Mysteries – Book 1 by J.D. WHITELAW

Thank you to Red Dog Press for including Ally’s Book Reviews in the blog tour. It’s been a delight to read this book – and I would go as far as to say it’s absolutely my favourite book of the year – read on to see why. Ally

The official blurb…

Martha Parker runs a small private detective agency in Glasgow with her two sisters, Helen and Geri. They specialise in catching cheating partners and those playing away from home. 

The Parkers are hired by the reclusive wife of a wealthy banker she suspects is breaking their vows, but when he shows up murdered, it’s up to Martha, Helen and Geri to prove the wife’s innocence in their most dangerous case yet.

My review

This book is like a breath of fresh air, just what the world needs right now.

The main characters are a sister trio whose personalities are depicted through their sibling banter that is just, well, class! Before I discuss the plot, this book could be about watching paint dry and it would still be a fabulous read. The sisters Martha, Helen and Geri are so endearing that they are the book.

They run a sibling private detective firm specialising in infidelity related cases. This case at once raises niggling doubts when they are paid £20k by a crazed wife who has clearly lost the plot following her husband’s betrayal. Martha, is the sensible older sister, Helen the academic, and Geri the psychology student who is not as ditzy as is first made out. Together they are a hilarious, dynamic, genius family of private investigators. The best part is that the prose is not convoluted, the wit flows naturally and it feels as if you (the reader) are there with them as part of the investigation.

This is a very clever writing method as you cannot help but be drawn into this family dynamic. The sisterly nit picking, the sisterly nagging and snide remarks and the sisterly loyalty and love is first class and caused me to smile at every turn of the page.

However, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a comedy family saga. The investigation is a classic who dunnit, clever and intriguing. A police procedural it is not but the DCI leading the police investigation clashes with the Parker Sisters at every turn, but, they are determined to prove the wife’s innocence and get to the bottom of this case before the DCI does, even if it means breaking some rules.

Overall, this is an incredibly well written book which has everything – great characters, great plot, perfect pace, a satisfying ending and the emotional breadth and depth that makes it the perfect antidote to 2020! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Buy the book

Make sure you get your hands on this book – order it directly from Red Dog Press here, or get the Kindle version here.

About the author

J.D. Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between.

He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC. Banking on Murder is the first of three Parker sister novels. They follow his hugely successful HellCorp series. His debut in 2015 was the critically acclaimed Morbid Relations.

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