Wednesday 26 December 2018


A couple from British author Tess Makovesky this week.

Makovesky's two books are set in Birmingham, somewhere I'd like to read about a bit more in my crime fiction.

To date I've only enjoyed her shorter work with has appeared over the web at various haunts and in more than a few anthologies.

A few links below - check them out.....

Enjoy the Trip at Shotgun Honey
Troubled Waters at Pulp Metal Magazine
The Red Umbrella at Spelk Fiction
The Drop at Out of the Gutter online
Art Attack at Near to the Knuckle

Tess Makovesky's website is here

Raise the Blade (2016)

Like a spider wrapping flies...
When psychopath Duncan leaves a trail of duct-tape-wrapped bodies scattered across the suburbs of Birmingham, there’s nothing to link the victims except his own name and address, carefully placed on each new corpse.Six very different people follow his clues, each convinced they can use Duncan to further their own selfish or naïve ends. Is there a reason Duncan’s driven to target these particular individuals, or does their very nature contribute to their fate?Will any of them be strong enough to break the cycle and escape a painful death? Or will Duncan reel them in and rearrange them to his own insane ideal?

"Raise the Blade is a gloriously gruesome read, riven with the very blackest of humour. And I loved it.”Ian Ayris, author of ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘April Skies’.

Gravy Train (2018)

Crime pays. So barmaid Sandra thinks when she overhears details of a betting scam and wins herself and fat husband Mike eighty thousand pounds. But they’ve reckoned without mugger Lenny, lying in wait outside the betting shop door. And he’s reckoned without a top-notch car thief, his own devious boss, a fellow gang-member with a grudge, and Sandra’s unpleasant almost-Uncle George.

Chaos ensues as a whole bunch of disparate—and desperate—characters chase the bag of money around Birmingham’s back streets. Plenty of them help themselves to the cash, but none of them are good at hanging onto it. As they hurtle towards a frantic showdown on the banks of the local canal, will any of them see their ill-gotten gains again? Or will their precious gravy train come shuddering to a halt?

Praise for GRAVY TRAIN:

“Tess Makovesky’s Gravy Train is a terrifically entertaining, raucous and rough ’n’ tumble Brit Grit crime caper that will leave you breathless.” —Paul D. Brazill, author of Last Year’s Man, A Case of Noir, and Guns of Brixton


  1. "Gravy Train" sounds better of the two, though, of course, never judge a book by its cover or blurb.

    1. I hope to read both fairly soon, Prashant. I'll offer an onformed decision then.

  2. Glad to see you feature Tess, Col. She's got talent, and her work is appealing.

    1. Margot, I'm happy to hear you make encouraging sounds about her work.

  3. Makovesky is one of those authors I keep meaning to try. I even subscribe to her blog!

  4. These do sound like your kind of stories, Col. Definitely worth a try for me too.

    1. Good - another convert (hopefully). I'm planning on getting to at least one of these in January - but you know how my plans have a way of working out!