Damage Limitation (DI White Mysteries, #2) by Jack Everett and David Coles


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

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Barking Rain Press)

The past comes back to haunt Detective Inspector Stewart White again and again in a deadly game of cat-and-mice. Picking up the trail where it left off in Damaged Goods, this riveting crime thriller starts with a bang and never lets up.

At the top of White’s most-wanted list this time around is a maniacal magician who leaves his victims in locked, sealed rooms with no way in or out. But it seems that the magician has fled the country… yet copycat murders are popping up all over Leeds. So who is really behind these murders — and what does it have to do with the arrest that earned him a promotion?

Two years ago, White apprehended a ruthless Midlands underworld drug lord and racketeer, Leroy “King” Richards. The King swore he would get even with White, and now he’s escaped from prison. Is he out planning his vengeance — and what could that possibly have to do with the surprise appearance of the sister of Robert Cleghorn, the crazed CIA operative he watched drown?

With nothing up his sleeves, and more than his career at stake, will D.I. White’s deductive mojo get it all sorted in time?


Genre(s):  Mystery & Crime, Suspense

Series:  DI White Mysteries, #2

Length:  212 pages (my estimate – please forgive me if I’m wrong)



Stewart White spoke up. “Sorry, just thinking. The scenario you just described sounds familiar. Very like the crime scene that turned out to be his downfall, the one that convicted him of murdering his wife.

My Opinion

This story reconnects you with Stewart White, DI in Leeds, UK. He is smart and has his very own way of solving his cases. Some bad guys are on the loose, similarities to an old case complicate matters even further. I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Damage Limitation, Jack Everett and David Coles once again present us with an intriguing story, expertly weaving the bad guys’ and the good guys’ plotlines. This book is expertly elaborated, has an excellent flow, focuses on the stories of DI Stewart White, Leroy Richards and another person, disclosing more and more information about its protagonists and their interactions 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 case of the bad guys, 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 Damage Limitation. It is a fast and thrilling read. This second book in the DI White Mysteries series is as convincing and thrilling as the first one. DI Stewart White is an awesome character, portrayed three-dimensional.

A brilliant book to read again. Highly recommended

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

Twitter David:  https://twitter.com/DaveBColes

Amazon:  David Coles

Pre-Order Link:

Available for pre-order:

Free 4-chapter preview:


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

My question for you cinephiles:
If Damage Limitation 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

Review – Damaged Goods


Blog Tour – My Writing Process

Dear Friends and Readers,

my friend David Coles invited me to take part in this blog tour. David is one of three amazing authors over at http://archimedespresseuk.blogspot.co.uk/. Check out their awesome books and learn more about Adele Abbot, David Coles, and Jack Everett.

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What am I working on?

There is a general blog (this one! https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/) where I present miscellaneous topics – mostly, yet not exclusively – about writing. There are book reviews, the so-called ’10 Statements’, newly introduced interviews, and other topics as polls and general musings.

On my short stories blog (http://inasmallcompass.wordpress.com/), I monthly present 2–3 of my short stories and flash fiction as well as some selected stories by fellow writers.

The main novel I am working on consists of episodes in the life of four friends. The episodes are sometimes mystery, sometimes urban fantasy. They all end with the foursome having a common meal and – the recipe. The first seven chapters are done, about five more to come. My first inspiration for this work was Joan Aiken and her stories about the Armitage family. My second inspiration was a dream for the first episode. I am using a Scrivener test version for this work in progress. The day for making the decision of buying a full version (or not) is approaching. I am grateful for every piece of advice, my friends.  🙂

The second work in progress is an urban fantasy novel. The now adult Danny Wilde (from my short story Only You) writes his memoir about his life as a superhero. Progress is easier, as it is just one story. This WIP might actually be completed at the same time as the already mentioned one.

My third project is also based on one of my short stories: The Hawk at the Harbour – one of my readers suggested this – and I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you!

My writing motto in brief:  There is always room for improvement.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

As every writer has her/his own perception of life, every writer’s work is unique. I play with my writing – as do the other writers. I take on new challenges, leave my comfort zone and – grow as a writer. I am inspired by dreams, events, everything – as are the other writers. I listen to what my readers comment and I learn – as do the other writers. Each writer’s style may seem unique. What makes us really unique in the end – are our readers and their perception of how and what we write.

Why do I write what I write?

I write because I enjoy it. I love reading all kinds of genres, especially mysteries and thrillers. Reading and writing are inseparable, as many of you may be aware of by now: I am a fanatic reader. As a writer I realised very soon that I like to mix urban fantasy and mystery. This combination is fascinating and inspiring. I also write because I want to make the readers happy, to lead them places where they can also let their imagination flow. I also like to challenge myself: from generally writing in third person, I now also like writing in first person. I even started participating in Flash! Friday fiction.

How does my writing process work?

Image courtesy of luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My process is quite different for my current projects. They all have only one thing in common: My little black notebook.

For my general blog I use a file for scheduling, keynotes and connections. For my short stories blog, I use my little black notebook, electronic newspapers, agent coincidence, and the comments of my readers. For the novels I use (separate!) mind-maps and sticky (computer) notes to keep track of the characters, their developments and the scenes. In addition, I compare the achievements and handle this like a typical lessons learned process.

As my time is limited due to a full-time job and my family, I cannot work on my projects more than two hours a day. Therefore it may take longer, sure; yet it is worth every minute.


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This blog tour is continued next weekend by two great writers:

Ali Isaac, Irish author, blog:  http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/

Ali is a great writer and blogger. Her ’10 statements’ will be published within the next days. Moreover, I just started reading Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of Eirean. A review will follow.  🙂

C. S. Boyack, American author, blog:  http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

Craig is a great writer. His ‘10 statements‘ are already published. I started reading Wild Concept, Panama is one of my next reads. Reviews will follow.  🙂


Manchester and York Impressions – March 2014


In the afternoon we headed to Frankfurt/Main. Due to the usual commuters and lorries, it took us nearly two hours to get there. Luckily we reached the airport with enough time to spare to grab a bite before check-in. Boarding started twenty minutes late as we had to wait for a stand-by crew.

We arrived at Manchester airport after 10 pm, decided to take a cab to get to the Days hotel. Check-in was quick, and I got a charger for my smart-phone without fuzz – I really appreciate this uncomplicated service. Thank you very much, dear Days Hotel Manchester staff – we had a great time at your place!

Days Hotel Manchester


Incredible timepiece in the hotel lobby:


Whitworth Gardens / Sackville Gardens

The Beacon of Hope


The Tree of Life


It must be spring…


Alan Mathison Turing Memorial – I am an IT nerd, remember?  😉


2014-03-06, Birthday lunch at wagamama – you might remember the seaweed salad…  🙂
My very special thanks to the manager – she will remember what it’s all about.


Printworks – impressions



Help! They shrunk my husband!  😀




We had a Brahma (smooth – perfect for Wolfgang) and a Brooklyns (darker, not black and pretty spicy – perfect for me)…

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2014-03-07, York

Inside the train station



The ‘Spinner’ (will be featured in an upcoming short story)

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The Flying Scotsman


After two hours as serious museum visitors interested in everything railway, we met the author David Coles and his wife Jan at the restaurant – to talk books, writing, reading, blogging, reviewing, jobs, an interview, Jack Everett, his partner in writing, York, etc. We had a great time with you, Jan and David – we would love to meet you again and chat.

When we parted, I was given a signed copy of Postponing Armageddon by Adele Abbot.


After our meeting, we strolled through York, and even had a little trip on the river Ouse.


World’s largest Gothic minster north of the Alps


River Ouse







This was a nice trip on the ‘Captain James Cook’… And the captain did a great job on our Ouse tour!


At the Yorkshire Terrier, we had a ‘Yorkshire Terrier’ (smooth – perfect for Wolfgang) and a ‘Ghost Ale’ (darker and spicy – perfect for me)



Burgers at Wilde’s Wine Bar (I even had a veggie burger – it was delicious!)


Afterwards we headed back to Manchester.


Public transport in Manchester is pretty awesome







And this is for our friend  Markus – the third O’Shea’s Pub for our collection – this time in Manchester:



As you can see, this was a great birthday trip – without snow, this time…  🙂


Interview – David Coles



Dear readers,

a little while ago – on 2013-10-05 – I introduced British author David Coles to you by providing his 10 Statements (10 Statements – David Coles). On Friday, 2014-03-07, my husband and I had the great pleasure to meet him and his wife Jan at the National Railway Museum in York for a short interview.

David, you and your partner in writing, Jack Everett, have written awesome books for different genres. What is your favourite genre?

My favourite genre is definitely fantasy and science fiction, perhaps favouring fantasy slightly more. Like Jack, we grew up when UK libraries were stocking f&sf from Victor Gollancz – we didn’t know each other then, of course but we both used to wander round the shelves looking at all the yellow jackets: VG’s trade mark.

Researching for a story – do you enjoy it that much that you are already inspired for another book?

I enjoy researching, I think Jack finds it less enjoyable but in both cases, it can lead to another book. Since Jack is often the initiator of a particular book, my research goes on at the same time as writing, thank goodness for the Internet and Google maps.

How do you and Jack split your work on a book?

This has changed over the years. At the start of our partnership, we used to write alternate chapters and try to leave the hero in big trouble so the other had to get him/her out of it before continuing in the same way. Nowadays, Jack has graduated to thrillers at which he is better at coming up with ideas; so now, I follow along behind checking facts as I go and adding further ideas to the plot. A case in point is our forthcoming DI White novel: “Damaged Souls” (ms has just gone to the publishers last week) where I added a full preliminary chapter following the villain’s service in the Bosnian conflict and setting the scene for his subsequent activities in the UK.

What about post-processing – how much time does it normally take?

Post-processing, I assume you refer to editing and polishing; takes some months. Jack & I will read and polish the manuscript twice, sometimes more and then divide it into separate chapters to be dealt with by our editor at the publishers – Barking Rain Press. Ti Locke is an editorial director and fantastic editor and I count her very much as a friend. She queries words or phrases not used in America: … parked on the verge – no such thing: parked on the roadside grass. Just one example of how a common language separates our two countries. She also suggests connections or possibilities we haven’t noticed. That process takes at least 6 weeks: two checks through the manuscript with each chapter being returned each time with the queries and a final check once the manuscript is ready for printing and eBook conversion. Turning the edited work into print-ready copy is no small task either and must take its turn in the queue.

What is your next project – would you like to provide a little teaser?

We’re contemplating a fourth outing for our DI White – a more light-hearted Agatha Christie type of thing and just possibly, a third sf volume in the “Arcady” series, though not with Gyle Meredon this time (as far as we know). Adele has already started a second in the “Amaranthines” series; she wants to write 3 or 4 books, each one narrated by a different character; this one by ‘Uncle Max’ is set at the turn of the 12th century in Rome – now there’s a job and a half of research.

Preview – Prologue

Amaranthines series - preview:  Prologue

Amaranthines series – preview: Prologue


Thank you very much for these amazing insights, David!


Dear readers,

for more information on David Coles, Jack Everett, Adele Abbot, and their works, please refer to the following related articles. Further reviews are upcoming, among others Postponing Armageddon by Adele Abbot.

Related articles:

Review – 1/1: Jihad-Britain

Review – The Diamond Seekers

10 Statements – Jack Everett

10 Statements – David Coles





Upcoming – March 10 – 14




Dear readers,


this week you will read about

–  10 Statements by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

–  my travel to Manchester and York

–  my meeting with author David Coles

–  book review – Dark Indiscretions by Shakuita Johnson

–  quotes  (if you would like to see three quotes with a certain topic and/or by a certain person – please let me know – either via comment or the contact form)

It’s good to be back!

Have a great day!  🙂