I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nigel Williams, aka N.C. Williams, a former guest on my blog, in the real world, at the Tenby Book Fair. I was , amongst other things, impressed with his charitable nature – proceeds from (at least some of) his books go to The British Heart Foundation, and they were darn cheap, too. So I got myself a Welsh mystery novel, so that I could hopefully put it on either Welsh Wednesdays or Mystery Mondays. Since I had him on Welsh Wednesdays via a reblog already, I’ve decided to show off his funny book here today.
The book has a rather involved plot about cons and counter cons. I must admit the first few pages were confusing me as to where the plot would be going. I could tell immediately, though, that this would be good fun. The narrative voice and the tone of writing was instantly likeable and entertaining. There is some great humour in this and excellent memorable characters. Some of it is farcial, some of it very dark, tehre’s no shortage of action and plotting with twists and surprises along the way.
Being a fan of Wales and its people, the location was an added bonus, as were the Welsh flavoured characters. Sometimes silly, sometimes highly intelligent, this is a very rewarding read and has me head over to check out the Welsh Gold Series by the same author.
FAKE BAKED was my first attempt at writing a crime comedy about a small-time Cardiff con man dreaming of pulling the ultimate scam. The story was based on the cons of a real hustler called Victor Lustig. Lustig sold the Eifel Tower to Parisian scrap dealers, not once but twice. He somehow managed to convince them the tower was due for demolition at the turn of the last century and got away with it. My protagonist uses the same con by trying to sell the old Severn Bridge.
And here are all the links to find Nigel and his books.
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