Tuesday 18 December 2018



They say revenge is a dish best served cold but some like it hot.

Double-crossed and with her reputation as a master criminal compromised,
Violet Winters means to fight fire with fire.

She doesn't play by other people’s rules, or any rules so hell's fury is about to rain down.

Furious, fearless and fighting mad she is ready to risk her life to save her name.

"Fast-paced, funny, and fiercely entertaining."
Fergus McNeill

My second outing in Adam Maxwell's Kilchester in the company of Violet Winters and her gang of villains and another enjoyable caper.

Violet has been ripped off, getting paid for her talents with some funny money, by Kilchester king-pin Elias Croft. With a reputation to protect, payback is an obligation, particularly as Croft with cops on the payroll considers himself untouchable.

A plan, a nightclub, some props, a fire, a mute giant as a capable assistant, some distractions, two cops - one bent, one not, a confrontation, some violence, more funny money, complications and a close run escape.

Probably not a spoiler to confirm that Violet and the gang live to fight another day - not that the gang with the exception of Violet and Katie did too much fighting. With the exception of some minor involvement from Lucas, Barry and Zoe it's the Violet and Katie show all the way.

Plenty of humour, pacey, clever, well-plotted, entertaining characters and not over-long. My kind of book.

I look forward to the next outing for the gang and also seeing our honest cop, Zachary Roach again.

4 from 5

The first Kilchester caper - The Dali Deception was enjoyed previously. As was some of Adam Maxwell's short stories in Dial M for Monkey

Read in December, 2018
Published - 2018
Page count - 144
Source - review copy from author
Format - paperback


  1. This does sound interesting, Col. And a caper novel can work well. I especially like that this one's got wit, too. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I still haven't gotten around to digging out The Dali Deception -- shame on me. This new one sounds lotsa fun too. As I think you know, I'm partial to Funny Crime when it's done right.

    1. See how you go with the first Squire, you could do a lot worse!

  3. Probably a welcome change to read about two gutsy female protagonists who mean business.

  4. Col – This sounds like a good one. I’ll have to catch up with these books.

  5. Sounds good, like the idea of the rough and tough female lead.

    1. Again, not over-long if you do give it a go.