Damaged Goods (DI White Mysteries, #1) by Jack Everett & David Coles


The authors sent me an advanced reading copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Amazon)

Newly promoted Detective Inspector Stewart White starts off his career in Leeds with a seemingly random assortment of crimes. A rest area murder. A pub brawl. A missing person.

As the deadly crime spree escalates, White receives a chilling call from a Florida sheriff. A psychotic Special Forces veteran, Robert Cleghorn, has murdered his brother, assumed his identity—and is believed to be looking for his brother’s vacationing wife in England.

Expertly trained to eliminate potential threats to his mission while covering his tracks, Cleghorn quickly proves to be just as elusive as his sister-in-law. Can D.I. White and his newly assigned police team find Stephanie Cleghorn before Robert does?

Genre(s):  Mystery

Series:  DI White Mysteries, #1

Length:  218 pages


“Call him Sherlock, down there,” Flowers smiled as he said it.

“What was that?” Grimes looked up.

“He’s got a nickname in the West Midlands. They call him Sherlock.” – “Do they? Well what’s the vote on this one?”

Grimes was the only dissenter.

My Opinion

This story introduces you to Stewart White, new DI in Leeds, UK. He is smart and has his very own way of solving his cases. Some seemingly random crimes can be linked to Robert Cleghorn, a psychotic American veteran. I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Damaged Goods, Jack Everett and David Coles once again present us with an intriguing story, expertly weaving the bad guy’s and the good guy’s plotlines. This book is expertly elaborated, has an excellent flow, focuses on the stories of DI Stewart White and Robert Cleghorn, disclosing more and more information about its protagonists on the way. Jack Everett and David Coles do not describe their characters’ looks in too much detail, their personalities are more important – you can imagine them pretty well. The characters are believable; in Robert Cleghorn’s case, this is rather chilling. I was a close observer, following the protagonists and the events, even sharing their feelings. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a very good time reading Damaged Goods. It is a fast and thrilling read.

A book to read again.

About the authors

JACK EVERETT is the co-author of The Diamond Seekers and Damaged Goods for Barking Rain Press, along with David Coles. Jack Everett has been a lover of historical novels since childhood when an uncle loaned him a copy of Frank Yerby’s The Foxes of Harrow. This, coupled with a love of Fantasy and Sci/Fi, have shaped today’s writer. Jack has been a Youth Leader, a Training Adviser and a Royal Air Force Dog Instructor in his time and counts among his hobbies: wood turning, cue making, painting landscapes and writing, with writing being more of a passion. He has written for magazines and co-written several novels with David Coles including a WWII story, thrillers and a tribute story celebrating the author Jack Vance. He hopes to live to be two hundred and visit the outposts on Mars.
DAVID COLES is the co-author of The Diamond Seekers and Damaged Goods for Barking Rain Press, along with Jack Everett. David Coles began writing fantasy and science fiction rather longer ago than he likes to remember. He is also the co-author of a number of fantasy and science fiction stories with Jack Everett, including Fantocine, Merlin’s Kin and the forthcoming medieval mystery, Death and Taxes. A founding member of the international Historical Novel Society, Mr. Coles is proud to have attended workshops run by U.K. writers Terry Pratchett and David Gemmel. Mr. Coles lives with his wife in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, where his only pet is a laptop. In order to support his writing habit, he has been forced into menial day-jobs: designing and writing computer software ranging from industrial control to web-site feeds for U.K. companies and banks and even lecturing at Further Education Colleges. He has also had several electronics projects featured in the amateur press.

Connect with the Authors:

Website Jack:  www.jackleverett.me.uk

Twitter Jack:  https://twitter.com/jack_59

Amazon:  Jack Everett

Website David:  www.davidbcoles.co.uk

Amazon:  David Coles

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Damaged Goods?  Or – if you did not yet read Damaged Goods – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Damaged Goods was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

More about Jack Everett and David Coles

10 Statements – Jack Everett

10 Statements – David Coles

Interview – David Coles

Review – The Diamond Seekers

Review – 1/1:Jihad-Britain


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