Review of North to South by J.K. Brighton

Review by Sue Brown
I’m a crime/detective/mystery fiend, so when AB Gayle recommended North to South by J.K. Brighton, I was more than willing to forgo my embargo on buying more books (I fail so badly) and spend Sunday evening reading the tale of a Glaswegian detective forced to go down to Brighton by his homophobic boss to investigate the death of his son – the boss, not the detective.
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The male polar by nature is a solitary creature, but to solve this case Polar needs an ally. Who in Brighton can be trusted? Who will work with Polar North when the detective himself isn’t trusted by his colleagues?
Accidental death was the initial conclusion when Prentice Fullerton’s body was found on Brighton beach – a drug overdose being the pathologist’s verdict. His father isn’t convinced, however, and as the man in charge of Greater Glasgow police, Chief Superintendent Fullerton won’t be easily fobbed off. He demands that one of his own detectives is assigned to the case. The out of favour Polar North being the ideal candidate. So DI North travels south to Brighton, and to the backdrop of its annual arts festival, he finds some unlikely allies in Brighton’s gay community

Review:   As I said up top I’m fanatical about crime, and I love Brighton, so reading a whodunnit which combines the two is my idea of reading heaven. I haven’t read J.K. Brighton before but I like his style, light to read but with enough twists and turns to keep me interested til the end, and a main character with an interesting background. Yes, Mr. Brighton, I read until the early hours of Monday morning, which I’m somewhat regretting now, as I’m knackered. My only real niggle is the characters are a tad predictable; the gay guys banding together, the boo-hiss pudgy homophobic cops, the female ‘ball-crusher’ boss who seems extremely easy to manipulate. However, it made for a good read, all the characters are well-rounded and I can forgive the predictability for a good plot that kept me reading late into the night. I highly recommend North to South, and I hope there will be more in the series.