When I first started writing about a blind detective people said it wouldn’t work… it was too far-fetched. But I had already fallen in love with the idea of writing a book in which I had to draw on all of the senses, rather than simply rely on visual descriptions. As a result, DI Matt Fisher came into being. Matt is an ex-pro footballer turned detective, who loses his sight as a result of a split-second act of bravery. Now of course Matt can’t work alone and to help him, he has Luna, his lovely guide dog (and beloved companion) and DC Beth Nightingale, who acts as his driver, his eyes when at a crime scene, and sounding board.
It’s fair to say, at the start of the recent book blog tour for Paid in Blood, I was more than a little nervous about what the reviewers would say. I couldn’t help wonder, had I been wrong to back my hunch — would readers really be able to root for a blind detective?
I needn’t have worried. There’s plenty of love for Matt, Luna and Beth. I was overjoyed to read how the reviewers found his disability to be enlightening whilst not impacting on the murder mystery element of the story. The twists and turns left a lot guessing right until the very end, which for some didn’t take too long to reach, having found it a real page turner.
And best of all, it left a lot of reviewers dying to read book 2 in the series (which I’m happy to say, is in progress).
The highlights of the tour can be found on Zooloo’s Book Diary: https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/andthatsawrap-paidinblood-by-shandleyauthor-blogtour-booktour-zooloosbooktours
Why not check it out and see if Paid in Blood might be your kind of read?
Zoe (of Zooloo’s Book Diary) organised the tour and I have to say, she did a fantastic job. I couldn’t be happier. How she managed to get so many reviewers to give their time to read and review my book and post them on a range of social media sites, which they do simply in exchange for a copy of the book, is amazing!