Fans of Burnham-On-Sea author Damien Boyd’s novels gathered for a book signing in the town center on Saturday June 11 at the launch of his latest publication.
A long line of customers waited outside the GW Hurley bookshop on Burnham’s high street to buy copies of the new novel.
Damien then said: “A big thank you to Monika and the Hurleys team for organizing the event and to the people of Burnham for their continued support!”
In Carnival Blues, the new book in the hit DI Nick Dixon Crime series, the Somerset carnival season takes center stage.
Damien adds: “I hope I have managed to capture something of the unique atmosphere of carnival, both for those who are lucky enough to experience it and for those who have not yet had the pleasure.
The popular crime thriller series follows the exploits of Nick Dixon, now Chief Inspector of Police for Avon & Somerset, based at Express Park Police Centre, Bridgwater.
He says, “Crack aficionados will notice that I have taken several liberties with current practice and procedure. Needless to say, I did this in hopes of creating an entertaining mystery, but I’m reliably informed that squibbing is now so tightly regulated that the events depicted in Carnival Blues simply wouldn’t be possible these days. . Health and safety is paramount and rightly so. »
“In fact, I’m so confident that I’ve accepted the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Squibbing Officer’s kind invitation to try it myself. I can’t wait!”
Damien adds: “Chief Inspector Nick Dixon arrives late for the Bridgwater Winter Carnival. He came to see the squibbing, the traditional fireworks display that dramatically closes the city’s November festivities. But when Avalon Carnival Club president Richard Webb’s firecracker is ignited, it explodes, engulfing him in flames.
“Dixon knows he just witnessed a killer make a very public statement. And he can’t help but think that’s just the beginning.
“With his suspicions confirmed at Burnham-on-Sea carnival forty-eight hours later, the race is on to find the killer before the next event in a nearby town.”
“Can Dixon stop the killings before more lives are lost?” And can he do it with the police professional standards investigators blowing down his neck? »
Carnival Blues will officially be released on Tuesday the 14the June and will be available in ebook, paperback and audio formats.
Damien’s series starring DI Nick Dixon has sold over three million copies worldwide and has been translated into several different languages. Damien produces stories based on his own experience of twenty-five years in the legal profession, including a stint with the Crown Prosecution Service.
Her debut novel, As the Crow Flies, was published in April 2013 and became an international Kindle #1 bestseller. The sequels, Head in the Sand, followed by Kickback, Swansong, Dead Level and Death Sentence all received critical acclaim, with Head or Tails earning #1 Kindle bestseller status in the UK and Australia.
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