The Janssons Tapes Book Review

The Janssons Tapes was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book: The Janssons Tapes

Author: Colin Garrow

Genre: mystery

Rating: 3 stars


When a familiar leggy blonde slides onto the back seat of his cab with the offer of work, taxi-driver and amateur sleuth Terry Bell isn’t keen. However, compared to the tedium of driving a cab all day, the lure of another mystery is too strong to resist, and Terry agrees to help. Tracking down a missing writer and his tape recorder sounds simple enough, but following the clues to a remote village, the case takes a dangerous turn when the man turns up dead. After the police take over, Terry and his sidekick Carol return home to find their flat ransacked—and that’s not the only surprise. Caught between a suspicious detective inspector and the machinations of a mysterious woman, can the wily investigator unravel the mystery before the killer strikes again?

In this murder/mystery series set on England’s northeast coast, The Jansson Tapes is book #3 in the Terry Bell Mystery series.

My review

Another really good book from Colin Garrow. Although this is book three in the Terry Bell series you can read this book as a stand alone. I would recommend reading book one and two to gain more context and have more understanding of the characters and other mysteries.

The Jansson Tapes started like every other Terry Bell mystery and took a dark turn very quickly which really surprised me.

Terry Bell is an average Joe who seems to keep getting himself caught in very dangerous situations. This was a really fun, quick paced read full of humor and I really enjoyed reading this book.

The one complaint I do have about this series is the amount of characters we get introduced to but never learn a lot about them and I felt very confused about many of the characters and what they had to do with the story.

I would recommend this series to beginners or people who want to get into the mystery category because for people who read mysteries on a regular basis may want more than they get from these stories.

About the author

True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.

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