Simon in Charge (Nigel Cartwright, #2) by Alan Brindley




My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

As the manager of a Walsall supermarket Simon Williams is in his element. He does what he wants, when he wants and how he wants.

The problem is not everybody appreciates his style of management….

Approx 2300 words


Genre(s):  Short Story

Series:  Nigel Cartwright, #2

Length:  12 pages (estimated)

Release Date:  2015-06-19



“I’m the manager”.

Simon Williams liked to remind people of this fact.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Simon Williams, the manager of a supermarket.

With Simon in Charge, Alan Brindley has created a thoughtful story with a hint of humour. The story comprises only a few characters, Simon being described with sufficient depth. The other characters do not require the same depth as they easily support the story the way they are. I had a good time reading Simon in Charge – it is an enjoyable read, being thought-provoking and humorous at the same time. I was drawn into the story, the invisible spy close by. The story has a good flow and some nice turns.

This is for you if you like short stories, like a touch of psychology and a hint of humour.

The second book in a series – I will have to get hold of the first instalment as soon as possible!  🙂


In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Predictable with some twists
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV Third person


About the author

Alan was born in Walsall, West Midlands but has also lived in Sheffield, Dudley and Wolverhampton. He currently lives in Rugby Warwickshire. He began writing at an early age and would often spend hours writing stories and songs. Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Susan Townsend were early inspirations and Alan would often attempt to imitate their work as a child. After reading a number of Simon Kernick stories in his 20’s Alan began to consider taking up serious writing. 

In his spare time Alan loves spending time with his wife and daughter and is a WWE and Doctor Who fan as well as a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers.


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Amazon (US):  buy link


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 Simon in Charge?  Or – if you did not yet read Simon in Charge – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂




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