Post Script: The Murder Bag – Tony Parsons

The Murder Bag

Tony Parsons

Random House UK, Cornerstone

ISBN: 9781448185726



The gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this.


Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable.


Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London’s West End Central, 27 Savile Row.


Soon he is following the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the internet and all the way to the corridors of power.


As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer’s reach getting closer to everything – and everyone – he loves.


Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life …


My View:

The prologue provided an exciting and suspenseful hook that indicated to the reader the style and pace of things to come- excellent!

This is a ripping reading!


It was only extreme discipline that allowed me to read this novel in two sittings – I so wanted to do an “all-nighter” and finish this in one go – but that would not have been fair on my other half who was sleeping whilst I had the light on racing through the pages and the deaths. I think I deserve a medal for being so thoughtful 🙂


This is an extraordinary debut work of crime fiction – fast paced, character driven and scenes so well portrayed I had no trouble visualising with my mind’s eyes. And this work of crime fiction had something quite extra ordinary – I wonderful depiction of love and loss and the effect of this loss on a family…I found the new Wolfe family dynamics charming and heart-warming. I loved the simple conversations between father and daughter; what was said out loud and what was thought, and everyday situations that honoured the relationship. And I loved the puppy that connected this family and provided many moments of love and humour.


I look forward to the next book in this series and getting to know this family and the protagonist more.






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14 thoughts on “Post Script: The Murder Bag – Tony Parsons

  1. This is a new-to-me author, Carol. Interesting! I’m glad you found it such a terrific debut. It’s also good to hear that it’s character-driven. Usually when I hear that there are several bodies, brutal deaths and a fast pace I wonder about that. Glad to hear this one also develops the characters.

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