A Walk on the Wild Side
The fourth in the Singhing Detective Series
by M C Dutton
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Pub Date 28 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2022
Detective Jaswinder Singh, a Metropolitan Police Officer, has returned to work from gardening leave. His reputation for solving cases in the most unorthodox of manners has made him many enemies within the police. Unfortunately for them his methods always achieve great results with all his cases being solved.
Sarah, a civilian manager at the police station, enlist Jazz’s confidential help in finding out what is happening with her husband, Derek, who worked in the Police Protection squad and may be being blackmailed. Although he has few friends in the police force as he is considered a rule breaker and a cocky individual, Jazz does have two colleagues that have remained loyal to him despite all that has happened. He also has an informant Mad Pete, who reluctantly comes across with information when pushed by Jazz. It is revealed that Derek is into S&M and belongs to an exclusive S&M club where the blackmail could be happening. Taking advantage of Derek being away Jazz decides to go undercover in the club to see what he can find out.
This alerts MI6 and it would appear that a large undercover operation was about to take place and Derek was under scrutiny as a potential traitor. Now established in the mess and causing chaos for MI6, Jazz is incorporated into their strategy for the operation but told to keep out of the way. This is never going to happen, and the unorthodox, fearless and some would say stupid, Jazz must now take on MI6, an S&M club and a terrorist group each one of them potentially out to kill him.
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I would like to thank Netgalley and Matador Books for a review copy of A Walk on the Wild Side, the fourth novel to feature DS Jaswinder Singh of The Met in Ilford.
Jazz is back from gardening leave, but DCI Radley is still upset with him and puts him to work as a lollipop man. Jazz isn’t happy, but it gives him time to help Sarah, a civilian co-worker who thinks her husband Derek is having an affair and has got involved in S&M. Unbeknown to Jazz and his fellow unauthorised investigators, Boomer and Ash, MI6 is also interested in Derek, so they are quickly co-opted.
I enjoyed A Walk on the Wild Side, which is a fun read with a silly but cleverly done plot. The novel follows Jazz and his cohorts as they hunt down moles and traitors. Obviously, nothing goes to plan and they are amateurs among professionals but it is fun to watch them and their informant, Mad Pete, come out on top with a result despite themselves. There are even a few twists to keep the reader on their toes. I was less enthused by the writing, which could do with an edit as it repeats itself within a few sentences and is constantly reminding us of who or what Jazz’s nicknames refer to, when we got it the first time.
Much of the fun in the novel comes from the relationship between Jazz and Boomer. They are like two overgrown schoolboys with the wit to match. They like fast cars and using the lights and sirens and have a juvenile sense of humour, which still made me laugh. Above all though, they are always ready to have a go and never shirk a challenge even if they don’t like it. There is a softer side to Jazz in this novel when he rescues and homes an abused boy and he might be developing feelings for Amrit, a relative of his landlady.
A Walk on the Wild Side is a fun read. 3.5*
Well I was pleasantly surprised by this book! Its my first book by this author and it wasn't left in a cliffhanger but while everything was answered the ending sort of left at a to be continued?! I'm sure hoping it will! I can't wait for more! This book had a bit of everything! It had suspense, intrigue, action packed, murder, mystery, some great police work and some bumbling idiot type of police work that was very funny! The characters were awesome! I truly enjoyed reading this one! The storyline was very interesting and kept me glued to my Kindle! It really was a funny but still gritty book! I highly recommend reading this book! Its well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me! Thank you for the intro to a new to me author! Can't wait for more!
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