Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review of A Poison Tree (Time, Blood and Karma Book 3) by John Dolan


"Makes a living by travelling, talking a lot and sometimes writing stuff down. Galericulate author of Everyone Burns, a crime novel set on Koh Samui, Thailand."

John Dolan hails from a small town in the North-East of England. Before turning to writing, his career encompassed law and finance. He has run businesses in Europe, South and Central America, Africa and Asia. He and his wife Fiona currently divide their time between Thailand and the UK.

John maintains a blog, Galericulate - which means 'hidden under a hat' - in which he interviews authors, reviews books, writes about his travels and does the odd bit of creative scribbling. You can read his blog by clicking here

My Review

This is the fourth book I have read by John Dolan, and I absolutely love the way he meshes the first book "Jim Fosse's Expense Claim",in to this series of books. He has melded the two stories together so very cleverly. 

It is also technically the third volume in the series "Time, Blood and Karma" The books follow David Braddock, a complicated and troubled individual that has relocated to Thailand to work as a counsellor and private investigator. The Poison Tree tells of David's life prior to this move. Of the time when he lived and worked in a dim, damp and dismal Leicester, offering an extreme contrast to his exotic lifestyle in Thailand.

Where do I start? This is the best so far, the wordmanship John utilises is amazing, leaving me a very jealous author. His use of words, descriptions of characters and of their developing relationships, is superb. 

This book is instrumental in bringing enlightenment to the reader, by way of fleshing out the bones of the characters that are portrayed in the previous books. This, is in addition to a more in depth analysis of the character Jim Fosse. This is a prequel of sorts, and allows the reader to consider the characters from the first two volumes in more depth, giving us a detailed analysis of each individual. Explaining more fully why certain characters act the way that they do.

This book has plenty of light and shade, taking me from a sad and emotional individual, to giggling at the irreverent behaviour of Auntie Jean when David Braddock visits he in the nursing home she resides in.

Once again I am compelled to give this an utterly well deserved five stars. I can't wait to read what adventures David gets up to in the next book in the series. I am certain that  John will once more  provide David with tumultuous events and relationships in order to keep us reading avidly

You can find John on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and his website

I have another review I am in the process of writing for "Food Chain" by Darkscribe

so once again keep your eyes peeled

See you soon



  1. Couldn't agree more. An excellent book :-)

    1. Thanks Christoph I love all the books that John has penned, can't wait for the net one :)

  2. Excellent review, Scarlett. I loved the book too :)

  3. Thank you Eden, It nice to receive compliments. :) Also nice to chat to you this morning (UK time) on Live from the Morgue :)


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