When to run with random ideas…

Not that I'd do this to a book... source: http://flic.kr/p/de5dUt

Not that I’d do this to a book…
source: http://flic.kr/p/de5dUt

I was percolating ideas for my two novels around in my head while driving this weekend and happily, I had some great ideas. I created some new characters/beings for my world that I’d previously had no freaking idea even existed, but now that I’ve come up with them, I can’t imagine the world without them. So, while I was puzzling my way through these new ideas, I happened to be king hit with a rather dark and sinister idea for a crime/thriller murder mystery story. I haven’t read a lot of crime/thriller in my reading history, but I’ve read a few of varying degree of gruesome. To date I’ve not read anything like this. I don’t even want to know why I thought this up, it’s rather dark and evil.


When do you chase this idea down? Do I write it up somewhere and leave it for later or do I grasp it now with both hands and trudge, no matter how begrudgingly, into the deep sinister depths of this murder mystery idea?

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When blood-soaked hands are a good thing…

This made me laugh entirely too much! Source: www.quickmeme.com

This made me laugh entirely too much!
Source: http://www.quickmeme.com

No, I haven’t been on a killing spree (although my trainer asked me this morning if I’d been to Melbourne recently as he nodded to the news coverage of the recent double murder down that way) I don’t think I look like a killer!

I am of course!

But only when referring to that time when a writer must kill off a character in their work.

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Deadly Motive: Wickedly good crime fiction

Deadly Motive



DEADLY MOTIVE, the first book in an exciting new detective series…

The poison
It was a vicious, calculated murder using the deadly toxin aconite.

The victim
Rich and powerful, John Weston had plenty of enemies, but DS Mackinnon and the Major Investigation Team have to find out who hated him enough to subject him to such an excruciating death.

The suspects
Even when the source of the poison has been tracked down to a laboratory at the University of Oxford, the deadly threat remains. The staff and students at the university all seem to have something to hide.

The arrest
After an arrest is made, his colleagues believe the case is all but closed but Mackinnon’s nightmare is only just beginning.

Ease of reading:

383 pages. This was easy to read, taking me 6 days in total, but given I spent three of those days not reading at all due to all the christmas stuff, it really was only 3 days.

Where to buy it:

Amazon for kindle for $2.99 or in paperback for $13.99

Smashwords for $2.99


Deadly motive is a fast-paced and twisting crime thriller. The Mystery is thoroughly thought out and is not obvious. This takes a brilliant writer to produce this level of suspense without letting the cat out of the bag in advance.

I liked the characters, DS Mackinnon (Jack) and DC Brown (Charlotte) were realistic and believable. They had their flaws and they worked with them, instead of being Hollywood-ised. This was a nice change. The down side to this was that I wanted to know more about their personal lives. You were provided with some aspects of their lives outside of work, but I felt it was too restricted. I wanted to know more. I did, however, love the involvement of Charlotte’s Nan, that is a soft spot for me at the moment and it made my connection to Charlotte that much stronger.

There were some unanswered questions in this book, but not to do with the main plot, more to do with the personal aspects we were introduced to. This annoyed me more than anything else, because I wanted to know how things worked out for them.

Now, I understand that some of these questions I have may be answered in the recently released Deadly Obsession, but I haven’t read that, even though in chronological order I should have. Oh well… That will be the next of Butler’s books I read for sure!

The science aspect of the story was well researched and was interesting. It felt relevant to the story, without going overboard and into too much nerd-speak. This also, is hard to do, and I think Butler did it well.

If you’re looking for a punchy crime book to read, give Deadly Motive a try, you might be surprised how much you enjoy it!

*Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*