Cyprus Kiss by Murray Bailey – Book Review

Cyprus Kiss by Murray Bailey – Book Review

Cyprus Kiss Murray by Bailey

Cyprus Kiss
Ash Carter Near East Crime-Thriller Book One

Author – Murray Bailey
Publisher – Heritage Books
Pages – 372
Released – 24th July 2021
ISBN-13 – 979-8742522911
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 5 Stars
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Help Me! Those were the words on the back of a woman’s photograph. And yet she vanished six months ago. It’s 1948 and military investigator Ash Carter has arrived in Cyprus. A gang has been operating for two years, leaving a mark known to police as the kiss of death. Is this something to do with them? And why ask him for help?

After a murder, Carter begins to realize this is personal. In a race against time, Carter must work out the connection between the gang, the missing woman and the murder, before it’s too late.

Review by Linda

Cyprus Kiss is an amazing thriller set on the island of Cyprus in the late 1940s. Military investigator Ash Carter, our protagonist, has just been posted there from Palestine to help Captain Bill Wolfe with some undercover work.

Whilst the pair are waiting for instructions, Carter receives a photo of a young woman with “help me!” written on the back. At a loose end, he decides to look into it but it isn’t as easy as he thought it would be, and ends up in some very sticky situations.

I loved all the details of what Cyprus was like back in the 1940s, including the cultures, the people, and also the gangs that had formed there. The storyline was well-written with good use of descriptive language. The plot was so utterly thrilling, it kept me guessing the whole way through. This is a definite page-turner.

Cyprus Kiss had everything I wanted within it, including murder, mystery, and love. The characters came across realistic and I adored the setting. It also contained plenty of twists and just when I thought I had it all worked out, another was thrown in, brilliant!

I highly recommend this novel and I now look forward to reading author Murray Bailey’s next book in the series, The Killing Crew which is released next year. Well done Murray Bailey for writing such a tremendous thriller.

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Author Info

Murray Bailey

Murray Bailey was always interested in writing and, at an early age, had articles published in newspapers, including the Times. Despite studying Physics and Mathematics and pursuing a very different career, he also edited a magazine for a year as well as a batch of technical books.

After 10 years of scribbling, in 2016 his first published novel was I Dare You. He went on to demonstrate his passion for ancient Egypt and puzzles in his novel Map of the Dead. However the Singapore series featuring the ex-military policeman Ash Carter was a labour of love and based on his first unpublished story that eventually became Singapore 52.

Born in Greater Manchester, England, he gradually moved south to reach the beautiful Dorset coast where he lives with his wife and family. Having young children and an all-consuming passion such as writing doesn’t leave much free time, but when he does take a break, he enjoys running, cycling, kayaking and building sandcastles with his children.

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6 Responses

  1. Robin Loves Reading says:

    I love the plot and also the timeline. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jo Linsdell says:

    Cyprus Kiss sounds like my kind of read. Great review.

  3. You lucky duck – this sounds intense and engrossing – I love books like this!

  4. Thank you Robin. I’m glad to hear that you love the plot.

  5. Thanks Jo. Glad to hear it is your kind of read.

  6. Thanks DJ, I think you should give it a read.