Blurb: DON’T WORRY, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE AMAZING…
Chris Pringle: simpleton, casualty or local hero?
Propped up by biscuits, benefits and a baffling faith in his plan, he lives in a world where every day is obsessively the same: wedged in his recliner, watching murder mysteries, taking notes. Until the day a serious and peculiar crime stumps the local police – and Chris announces he can solve it.
Accompanied by a loyal crew of chancers, committed to making amends, and pursued by a depressed Detective Inspector, trying to join the dots, Chris heads back to the raves of his past, where a heartbreaking personal tragedy lies abandoned. But what exactly is Chris Pringle looking for? Has he really worked out the way to find it? And what will happen if he does?
Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing is a fresh and original take on the mystery genre, with an extremely memorable cast of characters.
The storyline flicks between the early 90s and the ‘now’, in which the police are attempting to piece together various accounts of a recent murder investigation with the rather rambling and unfocused help of one of the main characters, Stephen ‘Runcie’ Runce.
Most of the story is told from the perspective of our narrator – sidekick, casual drug distributor and hidden heart of gold – Runcie, or from that of the main man himself, Chris ‘Chrissy’ Pringle – would-be detective, whose thought processes baffle even the most logical of grey cells.
The blurb asks us whether Chris is a “simpleton, casualty or local hero”, and the book casually answers, “yes”, offers us a biscuit, then proceeds to show us why it doesn’t matter at all. Therein lies one of the joys of this story: the characters show a total acceptance of each other, no matter what. Runcie, Chris, Julie Dukes and Student all have their quirks, but their commitment to each other is absolute and so compelling that their attitudes even start rubbing off on the local police officers!
Another delight is the 90s rave scene, lovingly brought to life through the bleary but enthusiastic eyes of Runcie and the scrambled sensations vaguely remembered by Chris. Similarly, Chris’ love for TV detectives is not boringly explained to us, but instead we are immersed in it alongside him. To be fair, we would probably struggle to follow his explanation anyway… thank goodness for Mr Runce’s ability to turn chaos into a kind of amused calm!
The main thing to shine through – throughout the murder investigation, the drugged dancing, the tea and biscuits, and the establishing of Chris as neighbourhood detective affiliated to a reluctant (and yet, intrigued) police force – is the bond of loyalty and understanding between the characters, and the kindness they show to each other constantly and unwaveringly. Reading the story of Chris’ first official ‘case’ is like stepping in among tightly-knit friends and being instantly welcomed as one of the gang. Like getting a taste of Runcie’s Republic and how simple it all could be.
This wasn’t the easiest book to get into, due to the chaotic narrative flow and cheery colloquial deluge of Runcie’s thoughts, but once immersed I found myself carried along with this fun, friendly mystery; happy to go with the flow and just see what happened next. I told you their attitudes were infectious!
I will never stop. I’m looking for the lessons you won’t find in the rule book. Because there is no rule book. Apart from my rule book: My Detective Rule Book. Which is a collection of lessons that are not in the rule book – because there is no rule book. I find this hard to explain. I have tried explaining it to Runcie.– Billy Moran, Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing
‘A thousand times. You’ve tried explaining it, a thousand times,’ he has said.
But he’s not a detective. I’m not saying he couldn’t be – we don’t do that, and Hamish Macbeth was an OK detective and he smoked pot – but he might need to cut down.
I’m learning from the best – the rules of the people who break the rules.
‘It would help if I could see this rule book of yours,’ he has also said.
‘You can when it’s finished.’
‘When will that be?’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…
BILLY MORAN IS AN AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION WRITER FOR SHOWS INCLUDING HORRIBLE HISTORIES. HE GREW UP IN THE WEST COUNTRY, WHERE HIS TEENAGE YEARS WERE RUDELY INTERRUPTED BY THE SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE. SINCE THEN HE HAS BEEN EMBRACING MYSTERIES, CRAVING SOLUTIONS AND WRITING LOTS OF LISTS. HE LIVES IN LONDON AND HAS TWO CHILDREN, TWO CATS, ONE FOOTBALL TEAM AND SEVERAL FAVOURITE DETECTIVES. DON’T WORRY, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE AMAZING IS HIS DEBUT NOVEL.
Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing releases on Amazon on 15th September. You can pre-order it here!
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