A Verse To Murder

A Verse To Murder❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ A Verse To Murder ❤ Author Tony Bailie – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk When police find Northern Ireland's leading poet with a noose around his neck and his trousers around his ankles they assume it is a case of death by sexual misadventureHowever when Sunday tabloid hac When police find Northern Ireland's leading poet with a noose around his neck and his trousers around his ankles they assume it is a case of death by sexual misadventureHowever when Sunday tabloid hack Barry Crowe looks into the dead poet's background he uncovers blackmail an erotic trio of muses and experimentation with psychedelic drugs he also gets off with a A Verse MOBI :¿ foxy policewoman with a handcuff fetishSex drugs violence and some damn fine poetry combine to make novelist Tony Bailie’s third novel A Verse To Murder a stylish comic and rather kinky read. Slightly curious novella featuring a journalist a police officer and some poets tangled up in a murder plot Dathai Devine a well known Irish poet is found dead in dubious circumstances – apparently by his own hand whilst fulfilling a less than salubrious sexual act and under the influence of narcotics Enter Barry Crowe investigative journalist who pursues Dathai’s sad story En route he meets Dathai’s muses a policewoman with a bondage fetish a drunken fellow poet and lesbians with the same odd tattoo on their inner thigh It’s not long before Barry begins to suspect that there’s to Dathai’s death than initially meets the eyeThis was a difficult read for a whole range of reasons Besides the multiple formatting errors see below A Verse To Murder was like a radio play than a novel – heavily weighted towards dialogue after an often cursory introductory description at the beginning of each chapter This meant there was very little sense of character place or activity The story is supposed to occur in Belfast however it could have been anywhereThe plot was often disjointed for example the book opens with Barry supposedly having a dream I think before the police turn up at his flat and awaken him A Chief Inspector Hamilton then explains Dathai is dead under suspicious circumstances before the narrative inexplicably switches to Barry in conversation with a punk girl Sally “But don’t tell my friends that” she says – why who appears out of nowhere to politely inform Barry she’d recently sold Dathai some mind bending substances Although this meeting occurs chronologically after Barry has been to the scene of the crime it appears that word again in the book before Barry is described as having arrived at the scene of the crime Confused I was and this was only the first chapter This sudden appearance of characters continues throughout For example a policewoman on duty outside Dathai’s house where the body was discovered Barry claims to ‘vaguely recognise’ but within a page or two she is back in his flat and naked Only by chance is she introduced as Dervla with no explanation ever as to where Barry knows her from He also meets a friend Tom Macken himself a faded poet and some sort of female consort of Tom’s again only pages later do we learn her name is MoiraThe story leaps around with little attempt at explaining what happens and why because of the bias to dialogue To a person the characters are flaccid they all walk around in a daze and although Barry seems to have never met most of them before he needs no effort to bend them to his will and they passively tell Barry everything For example one of Dathai’s muses Andrea de Burca is being blackmailed this apparently went on for 15 years without her making any attempt to find out who it was or report it to the police ReallyThis isn’t the only event that defies belief At one point Barry is shot in the head at point blank range and he goes through an odd out of body experience However he somehow gets away with just a graze unfortunately Even the eventual murderer makes barely a credible appearance before being revealed On layout the book was badly formatted with a line break between each and every paragraph I had to force my eye to skip over these which made for uncomfortable reading There were also numbers randomly inserted throughout the text and inexplicable tabs were present that forced sentences onto new lines There were often repetitions of the same word for example“I’m a journalist said Barry “I wanted to interview him”“Yes I know you are a journalist What did you want to interview him about”“Poetry”“Poetry”“That’s right he’s a poet and I wanted to interview him about his poems”Oddest of all were when rather than actual speech the following were incorporated“” or “”I’ve no idea what these are supposed to mean although the characters seemed toI really struggled to see a single redeeming feature about A Verse To Murder Oh yes it was mercifully shortOriginally reviewed for Books Pals book blog May have received a free review copy