The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

I have been a big fan of Tony Parsons ever since his first novel, Man and Boy, so was looking forward to getting to grips with his latest offering, The Murder Bag. I was especially pleased to see that it’s Parsons’ first crime novel. As regular readers of my book reviews will know, I love a good Jo Nesbo crime novel.

The Murder Bag was my third crime novel in a row – I’d gone from Scandinavian (The Son) to American (Gone Girl), to British. I love a bit of variety in what I read, but I most say I do like a British story, with British language and culture. I like to recognise the place names and be able to picture them in reality as well as in my imagination.

So can Tony Parsons write a crime novel?

Of course he can!

It’s an easier read (in all senses of the word ‘easier’) than some crime novels and I raced through it. The story had me gripped and the characters were believable and likeable. There was no Oriental/ Asian connection as there is in so many of Parsons’ novels, but the main character, DC Max Wolfe, is still a single dad, as most of Parsons’ characters are.

There are twists and turns and it keeps you guessing. Although I did manage to guess a few bits right (go, me!).

This is an enjoyable page-turner, which focuses as much on human relationships as it does on murder and gore. I would definitely recommend it.

As a character, Max Wolfe could run and run. He doesn’t need to be limited to this one story. As it happens, days after I finished reading the book, I saw that the sequel, The Slaughter Man, was out in hardback. So, sadly, it’ll be a fair few months until I read that one, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.

The Murder Bag, Tony Parsons, Book review


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I don’t tend to like crime novels too much when they’re not an easy read. This looks like it might be though!! Will have to tell my brother as he loves stuff like this.

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    • I think you would probably find this an easy read. It’s not ridiculously far-fetched like some crime novels either. I bet your brother would love it! 🙂

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    • It’s definitely worth a read! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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