Woohoo! It is my stop on Owen Mullen’s DELANEY: And So It Began blog tour! Huge thanks to the ever so awesome Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound books for asking me to take part and providing me with an ARC of this book!
About The Book
PI Vincent Delaney thought he was done with the NOPD until a string of seemingly unrelated child murders brings an unexpected invitation from the FBI, and his old boss.
A serial killer is roaming the South, preying on children appearing in pageants, and the police want him to go undercover using his own family. Accepting would mean lying to people he loves and maybe even putting them in harm’s way.
In Baton Rouge, a violent criminal has escaped and is seeking revenge for the brother Delaney shot dead. But Delaney isn’t going anywhere. He has unfinished business. Meanwhile, north of the French Quarter, shopkeepers are being extorted and ask for Delaney’s help. Extortion is a matter for the police.
But what do you do when those responsible are the police? Delaney has his work cut out and he’ll be lucky if he makes it out of this alive…
Owen Mullen is a The Mcllvanney Prize long listed Novelist
My Rating: 4/5
Set in New Orleans the reader is faced with loss, guilt, greed, deception, organised crime, power, control, corruption, revenge, regrets, righting wrongs and difficult decisions – so readers, the question is: In or out?
This book can be described as a PI-focused crime thriller that has an interesting plot with three complex strands that keeps the reader turning the pages. Delaney: And So It Began is cleverly narrated in first person POV with flashbacks to seven years before interwoven throughout. The flashbacks give the reader a well rounded backstory to Delaney’s present situation. Tension and suspense are carefully balanced to just the right level and emotions run high as we race with Delaney to bring the culprits to justice.
I felt this novel was very character driven and have to say that PI Vincent Delaney captured my interest immediately! Ex-police, in a relationship and with a fabulous dog named Lowell – I was immediately drawn to Delaney and wanted him to succeed. I adored his conversations with Lowell, his decency, sense of humour, a man who assumes nothing and challenges everything but who can sometimes be a bit of a fool when it comes to his career vs personal relationships. Yeah – he was a likeable and relateable character.
There are a few other characters from the dark side I really want to talk about, but I am too afraid that I might reveal a spoiler, so what I will say is this: they had that sinister air that could easily be masked when needed, some were far darker and disturbed than others – guilt and greed could easily make decent indivduals turn and power fuelled a hunger that easily led to destruction for others. Was that cryptic enough for you? ?
My amateur detective skills were on fire with this book as I figured out a few twists before they were revealed ?️♀️ however, I wasn’t disappointed at that. In fact, because I was so drawn into the story, I oddly felt like I was working alongside Delaney to end the madness that plagued New Orleans! The descriptions were vivid and had me picturing the pageants as they played out, the streets of New Orleans and the darker side of The Big Easy. Love that!
Would I recommend this book? A mighty big hell yeah on that front! Gritty, thrilling, plausible and with a storyline that leaves the reader with an excited anticipation of what might happen next, Delaney: And So It Began really is worth a read. So once again my fellow bookworms, are you In or Out? ?
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