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The Devil's Brew: A Charlie Bars Thriller: Volume 2 (The Charlie Bars Thriller Series)


The Devil's Brew: A Charlie Bars Thriller: Volume 2 (The Charlie Bars Thriller Series)

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    Available in PDF Format | The Devil's Brew: A Charlie Bars Thriller: Volume 2 (The Charlie Bars Thriller Series).pdf | English
    Benedict J Jones(Author)
Take a break, they said. Get out in the fresh air, they said. Get away from it all, they said. They have a lot to answer for. The follow up to Pennies for Charon sees Charlie Bars caught up in dark doings in the bleak Northumbrian countryside; horse mutilation, deadly obsession, dog fighting, a family of maniacs, and a family in danger. The city can be dangerous but the countryside is murder…

Benedict J Jones is a writer of crime, horror and western fiction from south east London. His work has appeared in magazines such as One Eye Grey, Pen Pusher, Out of the Gutter and Encounters, on a variety of websites including Big Pulp and Shotgun Honey and in anthologies from Dark Minds Press, Crystal Lake Publishing, Full Dark City Press and Dog Horn Publishing. Ben has published two other titles with Crime Wave Press: the short story collection Skewered and Other London Cruelties, introducing Charlie Bars and the first full length Charlie Bars thriller Pennies for Charon.

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  • PDF | 196 pages
  • Benedict J Jones(Author)
  • Crime Wave Press (6 April 2017)
  • English
  • 3
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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  • By R on 19 November 2016

    Charlie Bars returns to action with plenty on his mind. Transposing the action to the countryside is a masterstroke as city boy Charlie is taken firmly out of his comfort zone. The pacing is top notch, the action scenes frenetic, and the characters vividly realised. Can't wait to see where Charlie is taken next by Benedict J Jones.

  • By FL on 6 June 2017

    I’m never really sure where I am going once I start reading a book by Benedict J Jones. However it doesn’t take too long to realise it’s going somewhere good; riveting; possibly gruesome; crass at times; funny and witty. Just when I was wondering if Charlie should be killed off I found myself hoping he lives to invite us into more stories. The Devil’s Brew starts off with the reader wondering how on earth will Charlie Bars fit into this story. I’m not sure how I feel about Charlie having emotions and being human and possibly falling in love. But once you hit half way there is no chance you will put this book down. And that is a fact since I stayed up until 1am finishing it last night. This book is exciting and has the reader truly trying to guess the next step of all the characters. And in true Jones fashion the ending leaves you thinking Oh My God; how did I not see that. Buy this book. Shut out the world and treat yourself to a very good read!

  • By robert clarke on 27 February 2017

    A truly brilliant entry into the dark and brutal world of Charlie Bars, the author paints as masterpiece of scenarios and twists, giving the reader the perspective of actually seeing what they are reading..If you have never read a Charlie Bars novel, i challenge you to give this book a go...A true guilty pleasure..A character i hope carries on and on for years to come

  • By Toonarmymagpies1957 on 24 April 2017

    Just finished reading The Devil's Brew. A great read, really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

  • By TomLeins on 11 April 2017

    The Devil’s Brew, Benedict J. Jones’ follow-up to Pennies for Charon, sees ex-con-turned-private investigator Charlie ‘Bars’ Constantinou retreat to the Northumbrian countryside in an effort to put some space between him and London – where so much bad blood has already been spilled. Befitting a man with his chequered past, Charlie finds himself plunged headlong into the affairs of a local family, whose horses are being mutilated by unknown assailants. Little does he realise, the culprits are the Thirlwells, a rural clan to whom savagery is a way of life. With personal redemption on his mind, Charlie wades into the dispute, and ends up embroiled in a vicious game of wits with a deadly set of opponents…The Devil’s Brew is a well-judged, self-assured follow-up, which simultaneously consolidates Charlie Bars’ credentials and demonstrates that the character can function away from his usual South London stomping ground. The British private eye novel is a notoriously awkward beast, and while The Devil’s Brew doesn’t follow a typical PI narrative, it drops Charlie into an unpleasantly gripping situation without missing a beat. To Jones’ credit, Charlie Bars already feels like character who can be readily redeployed in leftfield scenarios, not one that will be hamstrung by well-worn genre tropes.Get Carter, Straw Dogs and The Wicker Man have all been – accurately – cited as influences on The Devil’s Brew, while other, more recent, cinematic touchstones that come to mind include the likes of Dead Man’s Shoes (rustic vengeance) and Eden Lake (feral youth). The violent, extended climax is nerve shreddingly accomplished, and the book left me sweaty-palmed as the central conflict spiralled out of control. Tense, atmospheric and aggressively compelling, The Devil’s Brew is a top-drawer slab of contemporary Brit-crime.

  • By Stephanie Jane on 24 January 2017

    Reading The Devil's Brew was a real lesson for me in not judging a book by its cover! The horror-style story I expected from the dark cloaked hare image was certainly not the gripping thriller that I actually encountered although there are some pretty gruesome moments. This is not a book for the squeamish!The Devil's Brew is the second in the Charlie Bars thriller series. Having not read the first one wasn't in any way a problem as I easily caught up with enough backstory and this novel has a standalone plot. Charlie is an ex-con turned Private Investigator and cuts a thoroughly believable figure. I liked that his language and instincts consistently reflected his persona, especially as most of The Devil's Brew is written in his first person narration. Jones has done a great job with all his characters and settings. Even his female characters are true people with justified roles and strong reasons for their actions, not just murder victims and ornamentation as in many other action thrillers. I got a real sense of small town Northumberland, one of my favourite counties, and loved how its ancient history swirls around the tale.Action is what drives Charlie and our story so this book rarely takes a second for breath! Jones keeps up an exhilarating pace while always giving enough detail that I knew what was going on, where, why and how. It's a difficult balancing act for an author to achieve. I was so impressed with The Devil's Brew that on the strength of this novel, have now added the first Charlie Bars thriller, Pennies For Charon, to my wishlist!

  • By vincent jones on 16 May 2017

    Jones follows up his very good 'Pennies for Charon' with an even better novel.Charlie Bars [the main character] this time is cast in a fish out of water situation.The South East detective finds himself in deepest Northumberland in the middle of dark deeds.The characters have meat on them and their surrounding are also covered well.Jones controls the action scenes and keeps the pace moving. There is a code of honour Charlie follows to a thrilling end.A must read for noir fans.

  • By Tony Knighton on 7 January 2017

    I’d been waiting to see what Charlie Bars would be up to, following his last outing in Pennies for Charon. His latest, The Devil’s Brew, doesn’t disappoint; it finds Charlie away from London, off in the sticks, looking for much needed R&R. Mister Jones sees to it that Charlie doesn’t get much.Jones writes action well, and there’s plenty of it in this story. Great fun. I can’t wait for his next.

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