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Blood on the Cowley Road

 

Blood on the Cowley Road by Peter Tickler• Hardcover: 224 pages

• Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (28 Nov 2008)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0709087179
• ISBN-13: 978-0709087175
• Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3 cm

 

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Reviews

 

Debut novel tells of 'real' Oxford, by Thom Airs, Oxford Mail

A new murder mystery set on the streets of Oxford shows the 'real city' rarely explored by Morse and Lewis, according to its author.

 

Blood on the Cowley Road is Peter Tickler's debut novel and its first edition has already sold out after it was officially launched in Headington on Saturday.
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Tale of murder, foul deeds and Oxford United, by Jen Pawsey, Daily information

I can't resist a detective story, particularly when it's set right on Daily Info's front doorstep. Thus it was with glee I dived into Peter Tickler's debut novel, Blood on the Cowley Road. Most of the action takes place around Grandpont, Iffley village, Kassam Stadium and the High, and it's so well-rooted in this location that I couldn't quite believe the site of some of the most critical action didn't really exist.

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A walk on Oxford's dark side, by Maggie Hartford

By day, 55-year-old Peter Tickler is a quiet churchgoer and computer programmer. But by night, he enters the wrong side of town – the drab side streets of Cowley and the bohemian quarter of East Oxford, populated by the homeless, mentally ill and "creative" art students, where dead bodies float along the Thames.

 

After he finishes his day job at the Potato Council in Cowley, he returns home to conjure up the fictional world of Det Insp Susan Holden, a sleuth who battles with sexism and a mountain of personal problems as well as a mounting pile of bodies. Read the review in full >


Published in the club programme for the game against Ebbsfleet,
by Chris Williams

Oxford is alive with serial killers. Whether it be recent movie The Oxford Murders or the adventures of grumpy old Morse, it seems the Quads and Cloisters of the university run red with academic blood.

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Your Comments

 

Jen Pawsey, Daily Information

“Most of the action takes place around Grandpont, Iffley village, Kassam Stadium and the High, and it's so well-rooted in this location that I couldn't quite believe the site of some of the most critical action didn't really exist. Blood on the Cowley Road takes its place neatly in the canon of detective fiction, and I look forward to the sequels, that is if there are any residents left in East Oxford”

 

Chris Williams, Oxford United F.C.

“Peter’s novel is a fantastic read. It’s refreshing to read an Oxford book which tells a gripping story from the Town point of view.”

 

Andy Saxton, Perth, Australia

“I have to tell you I thought it was an absolutely marvelous read from start to finish!“

 

Susan Green, Burnley

“Right up there with the very best”

 

Margaret Skinner, Edinburgh

"I am really enjoying your book, what a wonderful writer you are, I can visualise myself walking through the book with you as you tell the story … highly recommend your book.”

 

Greg Lovett, Oxford

'I read this on the basis of a very kind review in The Oxford Times, and I wasn't disappointed. A great Oxford crime novel, the first of many I hope. Only criticism - it needed better proofreading - there are one or two jarring typos from time to time. But that's a really minor thing - really enjoyed it overall. '

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Photo courtesy the Oxford Mail & Oxford Times © 2008

 

Peter has lived and worked in Oxford for nearly 30 years, and before that he was a University student, reading classics at Keble College.

 

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Oxford Times © 2008