So Mistah Ellington, ‘JT’ to his family and friends is back on the trail again after a long logical break and so it seems has this blogger!
I’ve been busy with life and work so books seem to have taken a back-seat of late so when I was invited to read Restless Coffins by M.P.Wright, to attend the London launch and to blog again, I picked up my digital pencil, so to speak, and here we are on the last but hopefully not least of the Restless Coffins blog tour.
I had missed JT and his exciting adventures and this one is the best so far – they all say that don’t they? Well this one is not to be missed. Five Stars!
The Plot – no spoilers!
The Prologue In the prologue we start with a flashback to Joseph’s childhood in Bim.
He and his sister are going fishing at the beach a fair walk from their home and on their way back they discover something they’d rather not have found.
We then flash forward to JTs present – as usual – 1960s Bristol where racism is still rife as in the rest of the UK. JT receives a telegram – remember those – from his cousin somewhere the other side of the Atlantic ocean containing tragic news which he needs to return to get closure. This stirs him into action and a bloody journey through New York – Harlem and then onto New Orleans with a female companion he finds has an association with his cousin. But if I went on more…….I’d be spoiling the thrills and spills of the book wouldn’t I?
As a slight side-track – during the summer last year I read a book by Raymond Chandler that was later made into a film with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. I’d seen the film a number of times and every line of dialogue spoken by the hero of the story rang in my ears of Bogie saying those lines! Well this is where I come back to the JT book.
A famous – look him up on that movie and TV database – Ben Onwukwe has done the audio books of these stories and he was invited to the launch to read from the book. He read the prologue and brought the Bajan dialect to life in front of us. I heard his voice in all the words as I read. I would also suggest you get the audio book too, to experience this in more dimensions.
The narrative from MP Wright draws you in; I felt as with other books part of the journey, part of the stress and in the settings so wonderfully described by MP Wright. A great story teller and a very clever man.
Again another ***** from me and thanks to Mark and Black & White for allowing me to be part of this book launch and the pleasure of the read!
ps now I need to go an mop up some of the blood and hide the bodies left behind in the mayhem