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Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns

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“The adventures of this PI feel like they rolled out of a Tom Waits song — crime with the feel of a shaggy dog story” — K A Laity.

“An original homebrew with a kick. Well worth sampling.” — Mark Ramsden.

Following the breakdown of his marriage, in a booze-addled flash of inspiration, Peter Ord decides to become a private investigator. Dark farce and tragicomedy soon ensue. P
Kindle Edition, 1st, 101 pages
Published August 30th 2019 by Close to the Bone
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Dee Arr
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: detective, noir
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Welcome to a place where ethics and loyalty might rely on who bought the last round. Peter Ord is our detective/tour guide, and we are treated to an intimate peek into the swamp that is his life. Bad things happen, and Peter is one of those folks who will be around to clean up.

As long as he gets paid, of course.

Author Paul D. Brazill’s crime noir novel is a collage of characters that roll in and out of the pages. He paints with a bru
Christi M
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written with a voice and style so strong that it was as if the narrator in my head was from a 1940’s noir film set in New York. However, it wasn’t too long before I realized the voice narrating the story in my head needed to change accents because it is actually set in Seatown, England featuring a main character who has most definitely seen better days.

Gumshoe Blues is a set of four stories featuring Peter Ord, a private investigator who clearly works for people on the shady side of eth
Graham Wynd
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is always reason to rejoice when a new Brazill book hits the streets. The northern setting of Gumshoe Blues offers a laconic pace which suits the humour and makes the stark failures of the impromptu gumshoe Peter Ord a little (dare I say it?) poignant. As Vic & Bob can tell you, Northern doesn’t always travel well down to the sunny climes. Their loss, because there’s much amusement here along with the noir-flavoured escapades. The adventures of this PI ‘feel like they rolled out of a Tom W ...more
R. Wesley
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns is a gritty, intense, humorous, and mesmerizing tale about a private investigator who works in a corrupt port town. As a relative novice to the genre, I did not expect such a fast paced, richly imaginative plot, as well as an emphasis on creating a detailed world, with complex and realistic characters. Paul Brazill takes great care to describe each character in detail, with occasional endearing traits, and frequent personality flaws, woven together within the l ...more
Warren Stalley
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns by Paul D Brazill comprises of the following four short stories – Gumshoe Blues, Mr Kiss And Tell, Who Killed Skippy? and The Lady And The Gimp. The book follows the shambling adventures of cut price private eye Peter Ord who lurches in and around Seatown, a rain soaked coastal town in the bleak North East of England. The most impressive thing about these stories are the classic one liners and dazzling word play that author Mr Brazill expertly weaves throughout ...more
Isobel Blackthorn
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a corker of a volume this is! Four stories, one a novelette in length, all told from the perspective of washed-up, hard-boiled private investigator and former English teacher Peter Ord. The opening scene of 'Gumshoe Blues' find Peter waking up on New Year's Day after a night of binge drinking. I can hear U2 playing in the background, I can smell the fetid air in the grotty room. The sleaze continues on into pubs and Velvettes, a nightclub for 'gentlemen'. We soon meet the  supporting cast o ...more
Susan Hampson
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This isn’t a long book but clear a couple of hours of ‘you’ time because it really deserves all your attention. Paul Brazill is a master of one-liner dry humour beauties that constantly roll from each page. His descriptions of people are unique, the like of which you have never heard before but it brings each character to life in its own memorable way. Yes, Paul Brazill, you are a genius in my eyes and I want everyone to read your books.
When Peter Ord decides to become a PI it is on a wing and a
Lel Budge
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This starts with Peter Ord, Private Investigator waking up after a heavy New Years Eve, has a wake up Stella, diazepam and codeine chaser and ready for the day ahead…..grim.

But, this is full of dark humour as Ord takes various cases, drinks constantly and has numerous capers along with an assortment of misfits and na’er do wells…..oh and there’s a dead kangaroo too!!!

Utter madness, with intense imagery, music references and so darkly funny. Thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Blackthorn Tours f
Paul Matts
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paul D Brazill has produced another collection of gritty, gutter-laden and immensley colourful characters, led by the main man himself. Plots develop and musical references abound. Really enjoyable stuff.
Peter Ord's life came to a situation where, for better, for worse, or for some other result between the two, he became a private investigator.
The 'seaside town they forgot to close down' (get the musical reference..?) setting starts proceedings nicely and reeks of seedy atmosphere. No spoilers
David Burnham
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first encounter with the work of Paul D. Brazill was courtesy of the Close to the Bone Publishing website with a short story entitled “The Last Shot”and I enjoyed what I read. I’m a huge fan of this style of dark pulp/noir writing, so it was a no-brainer for me to click on the ad for the author’s latest work “Gumshoe Blues” and pre-order a copy for my tablet. Once loaded and opened, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. The pages oozed with rich, multi-layered plot progression and detail. Read m ...more
B F Jones
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
GumShoe Blues is Brit Grit and self-proclaimed “screwball noir” author Paul D Brazill’s latest novelette, completed with a few short stories shedding light on some of the characters and events. The result is dark, witty, farcical and thoroughly entertaining.

The story follows its detective anti-hero Peter Ord on his numerous missions. “Ordy”, as the unsavoury characters he rubs shoulders with call him, is a former English teacher, freshly divorced and above all a piss-head. When he finds himself
Julie Porter
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Tess Makovesky
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A rollicking and wonderfully warped meander through the seamy underbelly of a fictional northern town in the company of dodgy PI Peter Ord and a battalion of supporting characters who range from goofy to downright menacing but are always entertaining. It's sleazy, but it's also tremendous fun! ...more
Martin Stanley
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable comedy crime caper from the talented pen of Paul Brazill. Lots of wordplay, lots of double entendres and lots of witty dialogue and characters. I think I'd really like to see Mr Brazill put Seatown's denizens into a novel length work. He definitely has the talent and the chops for it. But until he does, we readers will have to make do with these shorter (but still sweet) tales. Recommended. ...more
Stephanie Jane
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Gumshoe Blues is a collection of four linked tales, the eponymous novella length Gumshoe Blues followed by three short stories Mr Kiss And Tell, Who Killed Skippy? and The Lady And The Gimp. In each our worn down private investigator attempts to rake in enough assignments to at least cover his bar tab - with the occasional Pot Noodle thrown in for sustenance - without getting on the wrong side of any of the local crime bosses and gangland hoo
Amit Verma
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
.It is a short crime novel based on Seatown private investigator, Peter Ord.
He was a teacher who dropped out to be a private eye.
Stories are small and decorated by intelligent descriptions if scenes and situations. There are innovative takes on common events, like wobbly finger.

Characters are multiple with story line changing for better at every page end.
Narrative is enjoyable, without
complexities and events invariably return to bars and there is a lot of booz.

He frequently uses metaphors compa
Amy Shannon
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unique, to say the least

Brazill pens a dark yet satiric story in Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns. It's a very interesting story surrounding Peter, who is a PI. I enjoyed reading this story, and was very taken in by the story and how it was told. Brazill writes very well, and knows how to keep the balance between dark and light, as well as humoristic satire and farce. It is a unique story, that is told very well. I like Brazill's writing style, and that kept this reader interested. I look forw
Danny Farham
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of pulp and noir novels, so I was extremely excited to read Gumshoe Blues, set in my native North East England! The stories set throughout the grimy estates and bars are incredibly moody and realistic. I was immediately hooked.

The author never lets the book get too dark, as it is peppered with razor sharp wit and one-liners that had me giggling like a schoolgirl. I'll definitely read more by this author.
Haley Belinda
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Book Review- Gumshoe Blues by Paul Brazill The main character in this book is name Peter Ord. Peter is a private detective working in his home town. Although there are several scenarios, they characters are all known to the main character and so the story unfolds. Paul Brazill is a very entertaining writer whose work flows and produces quite a lot of laughs as well. I love the dry sense of humour that flows through the book. All in all an enjoyable read.
Ruth  Garcia
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brazill was a new author I discovered to be well versed, have engaging characters, and a story line that enters a world you want to seep into. There was some fun and witty things in this book, he's a skilled author. A PI, Peter Ord enters a world he didn't quite expect and enlists the help of his sidekick to navigate it all. Great and fast read. ...more
Kevin McNamara
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seatown PI

Another fast read from Paul Brazill, this book about Seatown PI Peter Ord. Filled with colorful characters and Mr. Brazill’s wonderful wit, these are stories from a seedy town and a new PI who will do just about anything to make a buck. Well written and shows a side of life most of us never see. Looking forward to the next Paul Brazill treasure.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter Ord what can I say. Talk about northern grit & grim & honestly funny parts.
A great story that constantly carries on page by page.
It might not be a crazy mile a minute but it definitely kept me hooked.
Well worth a trip & read.
Simon Maltman
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A satisfying collection featuring vivid characters from a murky seaside underworld. Hard boiled and humorous in equal measures.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Paul D. Brazill brings us a seedy high school teacher turned sleuth in Gumshoe Blues. The sarcasm can crack a whip in this short novel.

I must admit that I am a little bit in love with Ordy. He is as full of dung as he is booze. That is what makes him so magnetic. I didn’t laugh once through the whole story, but I did snort quite unladylike. Ordy has that effect on people, I suppose.

The sheer number of characters in this book is overwhelming at times, but they all belong there. I can’t put my fin
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Paul D. Brazill is the author of A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton & Roman Dalton- Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland.

He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene.

He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, alongside the

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