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Black Rose: A Midsummer Night's Chutzpah (Larkin's Barkin Book 1)

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Published January 30th 2021
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Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Here it is.

Black Rose is Pete Adams’ eighth book, and the first in the Larkin’s Barkin’ series of darkly comic crime novels. Set during the summer of 1966, the story follows the mysterious Irish detective, DI Padraig (Paddy to his friends) Casey who has been parachuted into the East End of London to deal with a plethora of troublesome gangsters.

The story contains all the usual suspects: bent coppers, tough matriarchs, tarts w
Steph Warren
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

I’ve read some of Pete Adams books before, specifically the Kind Hearts and Martinets series, and so am familiar with his genius at pick ‘n’ mixing elements from different genres to very powerful affect. Those who haven’t read anything from this author before, prise your mind wide open and prepare for it to be blown!

Black Rose takes a simple story of rival gangs and the police offic
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 reasons why you should read this book.

Let's be honest: That's how we like it.

1. The title: 'Black Rose' already sounds like a dark combination of old mysteries, a touch of romance and straight willpower. The subtitle adds a pinch of cheekiness and outrage. These ingredients well stirred gives you exactly what it announces: a ride on a dialogue-driven and fast-paced emotional roller-coaster that makes you first disbelieve your eyes and secondly reread the sentences you thought of having unders
Angel White (Certified_Book_Nerd)
I enjoy reading crime fiction set in different countries. It took me a little bit to get used to the dialogue but once I did this flowed really well and I really enjoyed it.

Chas Larkin is a great character and I equally loved Roisin "The Black Rose". It was heartbreaking to read about Chas' abuse by his mother. When Roisin steps in as his protector and these two start causing havoc between the rival gangs it's beautiful, chaotic fun.

If you're looking for something a little different, check this
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
CW/TW: physical and sexual abuse

This is a gritty detective story and can be tough to read at times. It tells a tale of crime families in England and the power, abuse, and scandal that goes along with them.

I was given the opportunity to read this book with the request for an honest review. I personally didn't care for this book. It was too dark and gritty for me. That being said, if you like detective novels and that gritty darkness, I think you will love this book. There are really interesting a
Julie Porter
May 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Sue Bavey
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Black Rose is the first book in Pete Adams’ latest series: Larkin’s Barkin‘. It is set in the seedy East End of London in the 1960s in a world full of gang violence, prostitution, extortion, casual racism and general unseemliness, and reminded me very much of Guy Ritchie’s movies in terms of its setting, characters, language and themes. This is the world that spawned the Kray twins and the 1963 Great Train Robbery.

Amidst all of this unpleasantness there is an undercurrent of dark humour, which I
M.J. Mallon
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of Black Rose in exchange for an honest review, which I give freely without bias. Many thanks to the author for the copy.

This is my introduction to the writing talents of Pete Adams and I was not disappointed. Initial impression, this is different and in a good way. The build up to the story, with a preface, foreward and then the initial chapter sparked a great deal of interest. I loved the idea of the grotty crumpet, being a good luck charm for the gang members, best ex
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pete Adams, fresh from the enjoyable Kind Hearts and Martinets and DaDa Detective Agency series, has turned his attention to the London of the mid 60’s. In this new environment, Adams has created two families at war for generations, but who own pubs next to each other and are both nervously watching a new family try to establish dominance on their patch. We meet a new police officer, DCI Casey, who appears in the local nick with his eyes on a potential local tie to the IRA and at the heart of it ...more
Amisha Bahl Chawla
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing

The instinct that defacto guides us every step of the day and way.

What lengths would you go to survive? What all would you be willing to do?

Black Rose: A Midsummer Night’s Chutzpah by Pete Adams set in the 1960’s is a story of gangsters and IRA bombings on one front but on a deeper level is about a little boy trying to survive, trying to feel safe.
“He didn’t ask for much, just to be safe. It was how he survived.”

Chaz Larkin, born to one of two rival gangs in East End, London, is a teena
Amy Shannon
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very intriguing and compelling read!

Adams pens an interesting take on thriller stories, by adding humor to it. Black Rose: A Midsummer Night’s Chutzpah is a very enjoyable story. I haven't read anything from this author before, and I really enjoyed it. The characters were witty and raw, and sometimes intense, but there is a great balance of wit, sarcasm, and the thrilling tone of violence and corruption. Set in the 1960s in London, the story is a unique and intriguing story, that brings a clash
Graham Sillars
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book Review - Black Rose by Pete Adams.

Firstly I would like to thank the lovely folk at Blackthorn Book Tours for sending me a copy of this rip roaring ride of a book with the request for an open and honest review.

This is a well written and highly engaging detective novel. Full of gangsters, family rivalry, secrets, violence, overbearing matriarchs and lashings of dark humour throughout.

It is the first book in a new series by the author. It is set in 1960s London. Two families, The Saints and Th
Carly Rheilan
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Black Rose: A Midsummer Night’s Chutzpah, is a glorious mix of gritty realism, surreal humour, historical social commentary, and much else beside. Read it as a thriller – it’s fun, it’s racy, it’s full of action. Read it as study in gang warfare, beautifully observed from the inside, complete with the local slang that can often mystify (google "cockney rhyming slang" before you start!) Read it – no, REREAD it (you will want to) - as an unexpected study in what loneliness and brutality can do to ...more
Jeanette Ford
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by this author I’ve read to date. It won’t be the last. I was totally captivated by the author’s skill, the characters, especially Chas, the subtle humour in what is actually a very serious story. So captivated was I with Chas that at one point near the beginning of the book, I almost stopped reading because I was hurting so much for the boy. But I read on, and was glad I did, for Chas triumphed. The situation between the Saints and the Larkins was brilliantly portrayed; t ...more
Brian Porter
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Has the Wow! factor

I really enjoyed Black Rose. Having read previous books by this author, I expected something similar to his previous works but I was wrong.
Black Rose stands alone as, an excellent page turner that had me gripped from the first pages right through to the end.
What appears at first to be a story of inter-gang warfare, between two East End of London crime families soon morphs into something far more mysterious and potentially threatening to the safety of the realm. I hate spoilers
Lizzie Chantree
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've read another series by this author and this one is very different, but still has the author's skill in slapping you in the face with his writing. The characters are so vibrant that they almost jump off of the page. I'm not usually a fan of books containing too much violence, but Pete Adams has a way of grappling humour and serious issues and wrapping them brilliantly between the pages. Black rose has lucky charms (a half eaten crumpet), high stakes with territorial family wars between rival ...more
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book kept my attention from the first page to the last.

Black Rose is set the East End of London during the 1960s, the story follows rival gangs the Saints and the Larkins who have been at war for generations and just happen to own pubs next to each other. Both are put out when a new family the O' Neils try to establish dominance on their patch.

What starts out as a story of inter-gang warfare turns into so much with so many amazing characters, my favourite character being Chas Larkin but I do
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ha ha ha!
I raced through this book, not understanding half the language or references or anything but romping along through it twist after twist, left hook, jab jab jab, straight right, sneaky uppercut to the chin, until the final twisty punch aimed just between the eyes - but fortunately I'm better at boxing than I am at london slang, so I weaved out the way just before it landed, and then rolled around on the floor laughing at the Chutzpah of it. Not the chutzpah of the leading character, tho
moony | micodaniel
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Dee Groocock
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of rival gangs in the East End of London, involving The Saints, Larkins and O’Neills.
The characters were really interesting and I loved the relationship between Casey and Nadia and also Flora and Wendy.

The book is full of drama and plenty of twists and turns to keep you going. The plot is really good and I enjoyed the authors style of writing. This is my first book by this author and it won’t be my last. I would highly recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book from the
Shaun Griffiths
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An excellent novel, full of bone dry wit and sarcasm, set in '60 East End of London. There's gang warfare, crooked Coppers and corrupt institutions that we seemed to take for granted in the 60's. But in amongst the literary wit, there is an undercurrent of seriousness running through a plot that throws a light on the IRA terror campaign on the UK mainland. This is truly an engrossing novel that kept me up late at night. Happy to recommend. ...more
Allison Valentine
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I do love a gangster novel especially if it's set in the 1960's .
Rival families the Saints and the Larkins are true rivals on east end turf.
Thrown in the mix is a new DI Brendon Casey from Ireland with an unknown Irish O'Neill's family all hell is about to break loose in the east end.
Who can you trust and who can you love?
This is a explosive novel that will keep your heart racing
Stuart  Field
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant read from this awesome author. a well-told tale with laughs and brilliant characters. this is possibly one of my favourites so far, but time will tell. a masterpiece and a must for any crime novel lover.
Hannah Jane (inkdrinkerhana)
You can read my FULL NON-SPOILER review at my site: ...more
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