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In The Mood... For Murder

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Liverpool in 1946, post war and swinging…
The Rialto theatre is a hotbed of the Big Band Swing scene, with bands playing most nights to full crowds of youngsters looking to forget the drudgery of everyday life, rations and the ruins of the blitz.
The Downswing Seven are The Rialto’s house band who are in the need of a new singer, much to the annoyance of George Hogg, the d
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Dammaged Comics
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Barbara Beswick
I liked the look of this book. Looked promising, - 1946, Big Band Sound, 'In The Mood' title, aw makes me think of my Dad. Glenn Miller was his fave and I still can't hear Moonlight Serenade without feeling tearful... So, good start - onwards! The sailors who made a brief appearance at the beginning was surely another good 'omen' as yet another link to my Dad. Sadly however, this posse of motley mariners, were, like the rest of the characters, - wrong'uns! Bit of an enigma to me this book soon b ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was attracted by the promise of the great cover and blurb of this book. In truth, I was expecting a different kind of book to the one I read, something somehow upbeat and cheery with a cosy kind of murder at its heart. I was attracted to by the era.

It has all the right elements. Dance, the setting of The Rialto Theatre in Liverpool, swing music, the internal issues of a band: The Downswing Seven, who are auditioning for a new lead singer. They don't want George the drummer - despite his talent
Karen Peterman
In The Mood For Murder is set in Liverpool in 1946 where the Rialto is the place to go. The Downswing 7 are the house band and George the drummer is the villain of the story. I am afraid that I didn’t like this book at all - it didn’t feel like it was set in 1946 - and the characters were all unlikable.

It’s a violent tale of fights, drug dealing and unpleasantness. I was surprised that there were coke (cocaine) dealers in 1946 but I am sure the author will have checked. The plot itself isn’t bad
Joanne Barrell
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really one for horror/murder stories but I really enjoyed this. Of the 3 stories I've read by this author this was my favourite and I enjoyed the not so traditional unhappy ending! (No spoilers). I thought it was clearly well researched and loved that I was familiar with the local references! You really got to know the characters and were rooting for them all the way through. Overall, I can't wait for the next one 😊 ...more
Sue Purbrick
This tale was set in the swinging 40s in Liverpool and the authors certainly captured some of that era. While I felt compelled to finish the book, to see what would happen, I really struggled with the verbose writing style, clichés and hyperbole. I’m sure the two authors had great fun writing this – making the protagonist, George Hogg, as exaggeratedly awful as possible, and piling on the murders from about halfway through. It was unfortunately all just a little too unbelievable for me.
Becky Smith
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever been so torn about characters throughout a book, sometimes I liked them, others I hated them. They each have their own little pieces of humanity and relatability that pop up. An entertaining read, the first half sets the scene nicely for the second, during which I struggled to put the book down. ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry but I didn't enjoy this book at all. It was supposed to be set in the 1940's but the descriptions and atmosphere seemed all wrong for that time period, it didn't hold my attention and I wasn't interested in the characters or the storyline. Thank you for the opportunity to read the ARC ...more
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
This is my second book by Dave, and since I loved The Twelve so much…..I was intrigued to see if this would have me as gripped as the last one…and IT DID!

The story is set in the 1940’s in Liverpool and is based around the house band of The Rialto – The Downswing Seven. Their front man is getting old and needs to retire so they’re looking for someone new….much to the indignation of the drummer, George Hogg. He has an amazing voice – he knows it and the band know it but they won’t let him have the
Ian Rooney
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

fact or fiction ? This book is a little bit of both and superbly written.
For those of a certain age, who sat listening wide eyed to their parents or grandparents regaling stories about the dance halls and clubs they frequented in this time and their experiences of the blitz in wartime this book is like reliving those memories.
For those of a younger generation this gives you a great insight into life in this era.
The historical journey accompanied by the excellent storyline and some extremely p
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went into this one a little unsure as I'm not usually one for set in the past type fiction, but I like McCluskey's writing style so jumped in anyway. Boy am I glad I did! The local references were spot on & the main character George is the kind of guy you love to hate. The whole story was very engaging & had an unexpected ending. I'd recommend this book for sure... you won't be disappointed ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! Lots of twistaband turns and the attention to detail is wonderful. I dont usually read this genre, but it's won me over ...more
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