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Death of a Painter

(2020)
(The first book in the Mark Poynter series)
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“A chaotic comic caper that’s as funny as it is brutal” – The Sun

DEATH OF A PAINTER: THE FIRST BOOK IN NEW SERIES OF DARKLY COMIC CRIME FICTION NOVELS FEATURING THE BELEAGUERED BUILDER MARK POYNTER, AIDED AND HINDERED IN EQUAL MEASURE BY HIS TRUSTED CREW OF SLACKERS, IDLERS AND GOSSIPS, AND THE LENGTHS THEY GO TO JUST TO EARN A LIVING.

IN THE BUILDING GAME TIME IS MONEY AND MONEY IS EVERYTHING. UNFORTUNATELY FOR MARK POYNTER, HE’S RUN OUT OF MONEY AND HE’S FAST RUNNING OUT OF TIME.

When Mark Poynter discovers a murder on his worksite all of his financial problems suddenly seem a lot closer to home: was this a warning his debts are overdue?
Suspected of being the killer and worried at being the intended victim, the murder only makes Mark’s money problems worse, leading him to turn to the local villain, Hamlet, who has his own unique repayment plan in mind for Mark.
When two more deaths plunge him even further into debt, Mark finds himself faced with a choice – help the police and clear his name or help the villain and clear his debt.
Set in the Medway Towns on the grey margins of criminality, where no job’s too big, no dodge’s too small …

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DEATH OF A PAINTER:

The National Media:
“A chaotic comic caper that’s as funny as it is brutal” – The Sun

The Writing Community:
“The story has everything – excitement, edge of your seat action and a lot of humour. It is fantastically well written, definitely a ‘just one more chapter’ type of book… It is darkly comic and thrilling to the last page... Death of a Painter is a fantastic read from an author who is going places.” - Chris McDonald, author of the D.I. Erika Piper mysteries: A Wash Of Black and Whispers In The Dark

“A rip-roaring blackly comic crime caper that had me turning the pages extra-sharpish” - Rob Parker, author of the Ben Bracken series and Far From the Tree.

“I was humbled, honoured and above all else flabbergasted (in the nicest possible way) to be asked to provide an author quote for ‘Death Of A Painter’ but it’s easy when you’re reading something as funny, dark and touching as this. Enjoy!” - Jonathan Whitelaw, author of Hellcorp and The Man In The Dark.

“Do yourselves a favour and buy this book!” – Evan Baldock, author of Bang, Bang, You’re Dead!

The Book Bloggers:
“Death of a Painter is intelligent, funny when it should be, hilarious when it shouldn’t be, exquisitely easy to read, and it delivers on its promise of a wonderful read.” - Meggy Rousell, Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles
br>“If you want a quick read packed with dark comedic effort, then Death of a Painter is the book for you!” - A Bronx Latina Reads

“The characters, fast pace and twists immediately reminded me of Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels” - Books From Boxes

“Death of a Painter is a cracking debut from Matthew Ross; it's pacey, intriguing and hugely entertaining.” - The Book Magnet

Genre: Mystery

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