Liverpool- David Jackson: A Tapping at My Door

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Today I am pleased to welcome David Jackson to my blog to talk about Liverpool, the city where his new novel is set.

Day Three: Liverpool – A Characterful city

While reading I was struck by the love for Liverpool which seemed to pour out the book. I actually felt that the city was a character in its own right. Was there a purposeful effort to show Liverpool in its best light or does a natural enthusiasm shine through?

I think it happens naturally. Like any city, Liverpool has its rough areas, its pockets of deprivation and decay. But it’s a city with a heart that many others don’t always seem to possess. And if you ever get bored of the culture, the history, the music and the football, then there is always the people. You will never go short of someone to talk to in Liverpool.
Do you have favourite parts of the city where you like to visit or spend time?

The area around Hope Street is my usual haunt. Here you’ll find the city’s two cathedrals, the Everyman theatre, the Philharmonic Hall, lots of restaurants, and numerous great pubs.
What do you think the international perception of Liverpool is? Is it defined by its Favourite Sons, its football, on tragedy or past successes? And to take that a step further – if you think the international perception is perhaps not how you would wish the city to be viewed then how would you ‘sell’ the city?

To be honest, it’s not so much the international perception I worry about as the national one. Tourists flock here in huge numbers because of the Beatles, the waterfront, the music, the football, and so on. But within Britain itself I think there is still a substantial fraction of the population that regards Liverpool as the home of thieves, drug-dealers and various other undesirables – an opinion largely fuelled by the press and other media. It is only when people visit that they discover what a wonderful, welcoming city it is.

Thanks David for taking the time to answer some questions. You can read my review here

A Tapping At My Door by David Jackson

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A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.

As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.

And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.

Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first instalment of David Jackson’s new Nathan Cody series

My Review:

David Jackson’s previous novels were set in New York, I’ve read the first but have them all. And it was very good. This new series featuring Nathan Cody is set much close to home in my favourite UK city, Liverpool. I like to read a novel set somewhere that I am familiar with. When Cody first appeared I could picture exactly where he was and was laughing when he chased his prey through the shopping area. I could also picture another scene very clearly, but this wasn’t one that made me smile. It takes part in one of the more eerie parts of the city.

At times it’s quite intimidating, not just the parts that involved the killings but also when the police had to go into areas where they weren’t welcome, and it was very believable. But there is also some humour at times, especially Cody’s reaction to some that he deals with.
It’s one of the few novels that I have read where I felt some empathy towards the killer and revulsion towards a victim. I can’t really say more, to do so would be too much of a spoiler but if you have read it you will probably know what I mean.
Often when I’m reading I picture which actors should appear in lead roles if is ever televised. This is a novel that would definitely make great TV and I’m absolutely certain on who I would pick to play Stella. She would be perfect for the role.
It’s a fantastic novel, the first in a new series that has huge potential.

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received, the e book version also arrived on my kindle this morning.

Time to Die

imageI’ve always felt very uncomfortable with any form of fortune telling so was uneasy straightaway with Time to Die. Tarot Cards worry me more than any of them and they play a huge part in this novel. The Tarot Card reader Bert, is and has always been a loner. Unwanted as a child and also as an adult he is very unlikeable and very convincing in all of his prophecies. Jennifer and Will start to investigate him when a series of suspicious deaths, including that of the future wife of an old schoolfriend appear to be connected to him.
Jennifer is settled in to her position in her unit, apart from Will they all have their own talents within the paranormal. She is however frightened by the number of ravens that seem to be everywhere she goes. The ravens have always been regarded with suspicion in Haven. She is also upset about the unwelcome reappearance of her father.
I didn’t find it as spooky as the first in the series but I did prefer to read it in daylight. The combined detective/ supernatural storyline works very well and I was forever ‘just reading another chapter’. I hope that there will be more books in this series especially if the storyline that was hinted at in the final chapter is the subject of the next book.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy via netgalley.