Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.
Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.
More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary
detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.
Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.
This is the second book that I have read of this author and I am thoroughly impressed.
The characters are strong and personable. Leighton is one of the better characters as he has such a strong personality and isn’t really a person you would expect to toe the line.
The one I really feel bad for is Rochelle who just seems to have a rotten life but still does what she can to make things better for others around her.
The daughter of Leighton, Annie wasn’t a main attraction to this book and she was not really nice in the book to anyone but her friend which put me off her especially as she only seems to look skin deep.
Very strong book definitely one of the best I have read in 2018.