Review for Who Else Is There? by Philip Catshill

Who Else Is There

Who Else Is There? continues the story of policeman Mike Newman from For All Eternity but is not in the same short story format. There were many things I liked about this book but a few things I wasn’t quite so keen on. Mr Catshill is accomplished at producing strong, consistent writing and considering he puts this on his book description ‘Ever since my third stroke, I have been driven by the need to demonstrate just what I can produce from my severely damaged brain. Therefore, I make this contract with you, my potential reader, in that every word you see in my books has been written by me, edited and proofread by me and honed by me to produce my best, and not my best as ‘improved’, ‘altered’, or ‘polished’ by anyone else’ he has done an impressive job of putting out a very tidy, well formatted book. I can’t remember spotting one error in it.

Mike Newman is the same steady, likeable character from the first book but his wife is possibly the coldest hearted, cruelly unpleasant woman ever.  Mike is brutally attacked early on in this story although it is not clear exactly by whom and his injuries are so severe they are life changing.

The identity of the person who attacks Mike is kept from us though at various points we are led to believe it is one person, then another, just as in the actual investigation in the story, which leads to the wrong man being accused with tragic consequences. Of course in the end we do find out like in all good mysteries but not without a fair amount of violence and bloodshed along the way.

I felt there were a few unlikely things that happened in this book and I particularly would have liked there to have been a bit more background into the thought processes of some of the characters. This would have made it more convincing as to why certain events happened as some reactions, such as the initial attack on Mike was extreme and came a little out of the blue but it wasn’t made that clear why.

I am guessing that Catshill’s background is in the police such is his knowledge of the goings on and I imagine the types of office politics you get within the force. At the time this is set, around the 1980’s there seems to be a certain amount of corruption and covering up of shady behaviour by officers which is a little unsettling. But if you like police crime mysteries where you have no more idea who the killer is than the police themselves then this is one for you.

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Philip Catshill can be found on Twitter @PhilipCatshill

About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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2 Responses to Review for Who Else Is There? by Philip Catshill

  1. I’d like to add that I’ve noticed that Philip is, like you, one of those very very kind supportive people, who is always helping other writers in all kinds of ways. Plus he’s an excellent writer, for which reasons I wish him every success in the world.

    • Georgia Rose says:

      Thanks Geoff and you’re quite right Philip is incredibly supportive of other indie authors and very creative himself – I’ve loved his poetry and short stories and I already have the next in this series, Suffer Little Children, on my kindle waiting for me 🙂

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