THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY AND OLD FRIENDS NEW ENEMIES by OWEN MULLEN

Games People Play (Charlie Cameron, #1)

 

On a warm summer’s evening thirteen month old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland, taken while her parents are yards away. Three days later, the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.
Against his better judgement Charlie gets involved in a case he would be better off without. But when a child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews, the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer out there whose work has gone undetected for decades. Baby Lily may be the latest victim of a madman.
For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go. His demons won’t let him.

The stunning first novel featuring Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron. Games People Play will have the reader guessing to the very last page.

 

MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Owen Mullen sucks the air out of your lungs in the opening pages of his novel and the standard of his writing that he has set here simply continues throughout the book. This is the first book in a series revolving around Charlie Cameron (well I know there is a second anyway) a Private Investigator specialising in missing person cases. Charlie puts conscience before money knowing all too well the consequences of failing.
There is a main story throughout the book with different threads intermingled, some violent, some harrowing but all riveting. The characters are quite a mixed bunch, all memorable in their own right. I particularly enjoyed the brilliant descriptions of Glasgow somewhere I have never visited but would love to. It will be Owen Mullen I refer back to for decent hotel recommendations, so eat your heart out Trip Advisor.
A brilliant debut novel that I would highly recommend.

 

Old Friends and New Enemies (Charlie Cameron, #2)

 

The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for. But it wasn’t a stranger. Ian Selkirk had been stabbed through the heart and dumped in the loch.
Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival as Charlie goes up against a notorious Glasgow gangster. Jimmy Rafferty is ruthless. Even his own family are terrified of him. He wants to use Charlie to get something for him. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.
Only one problem.
Charlie doesn’t know where it is.

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

 

Owen Mullen looks like he is going to develop this into quite a cracking little series. The first novel, The Games People Play, was excellent and this book simply carries on and gives the central characters more depth and colour. A tragic find for Charlie in the mortuary, awakens feelings from his past and a need to know what has happened to a friend he couldn’t help.

There is such a chill with Owen Mullen’s books that make me feel that this is happening somewhere in Glasgow now. It scares me silly and makes me want to read more all at the same time. I read with just one eye open about the violent methods gangs use to extract information from victims, whether they knew an answer or not, and I wanted more! The characters in the books have a real feel too as home, work and recreation are blended and crossed with each other, so all in all it creates very balanced novels. I particularly like Patrick. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

I became a writer by accident…my wife and I had built a villa on Crete where we intended to spend a lot of time. After spending 3 months ‘living the dream’ I realised I needed  to find a purpose. Shortly after that I woke one morning and said to my wife ‘Christine I am going to write a book.’ And I did. The next step was to find an agent and then a publisher. It had taken me 4 months to write the book…it took 2 years to find an agent. As with many authors, this didn’t prove fruitful so the search went on for a new agent. Within weeks I found one…but although he was hugely enthusiastic it didn’t work out. By this time I had written 6 books, 4 of them crime thrillers, and was becoming very disillusioned. Several people had suggested self publishing but, because I knew the marketing challenges I resisted. My experience with agent number 3 was the final push I needed to self publish, whatever the challenges. And now here I am with 2 books on Amazon.
The Charlie Cameron Glasgow PI series is proving very popular, so I am concentrating on this for a while…number 3 is in the pipeline and looking good. Beyond that I am also working on a London gangster trilogy which I am very excited about.
SO LOOKING FORWARD TO READING OWEN MULLEN’S NEXT NOVEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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