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Review Request: The Sparrow Conundrum by Bill Kirton

I think Bill promises a page turner here with The Sparrow Conundrum. Read the blurb. If you're interested in reviewing this book, please leave your name and email address in the comments section so that Bill can send you a copy. Happy Reading!


Chris Machin may think he’s just a teacher but the bottom feeders in Aberdeen squabbling over North Sea oil and gas contracts prefer to use his code-name – The Sparrow. When his garden explodes, he takes flight, unleashing various forms of Scottish mayhem.

More complications are added by his ex girl friend and a sociopathic policeman whose hobbies are violence, making arrests and, best of all, combining the two. Several murders later, two wrestlers, a road trip to Inverness, a fishing trawler, a Russian factory ship, and some fragments of a postman complete the enigma of…

… The Sparrow Conundrum.

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19 comments:

  1. I love to review books and loved this post. Thanks for passing along great authors. jackiepaulson8@gmail.com

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  2. Thanks, Jackie. A copy's on its way.

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  3. Just wanna say, you are awesome Kate for doing this. What a great opportunity to read new books and discover authors! You rock, girl!

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  4. I'd be interested in reviewing this book. allisonmoyer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Hello!

    Just one question, is the "The Sparrow Conundrum" available in paper format, please?

    Thank you
    Patricia

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  6. I'd be happy to review it. It sounds very interesting =) rinadurron@yahoo.com

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  7. @Cherie = Thank you, sis! I'm always happy to help!

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  8. Alison and Sibella, let me know which eformat you prefer and I'll be glad to send a copy - bill@bill-kirton.co.uk.

    Patricia. It's in paperback in the US but not yet in the UK.

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  9. I would love to review this! I am actually in South Korea.

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  10. Thanks Jen, if you let me know the e-format you prefer, I'll send you a copy. The email address is bill@bill-kirton.co.uk.

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  11. Any possibility I can still get a copy for review?
    allizabeth88@aol.com

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  12. Well, folks, I sent out copies but since then there's been that sagebrush silence. Which is a pity because The Sparrow Conundrum came first in the 'Humor' category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards.

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  13. Hello, Bill -

    If by 'sagebrush silence' means you have not heard from anyone, or seen a review, I know myself that sometimes life happens, and reading and reviewing get pushed out of the line of vision. I cannot speak, nor defend, any of the above mentioned reviewers, I just know what can happen to me.

    Personally family issues and personal health, took me out of commission for approx two month - end of August to October. Books were the last thing on my mind.

    If you are still looking to add reviewers to your list, I am still willing to throw my name in the name. I had not corrected you earlier, but I do not live in the U.K. - I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada - which is about one hour north of Buffalo, New York. If that makes a difference for shipping.

    But, to be honest, my leadtime list right now is two months - with the hope to make that shorter. I have not been taking on additional books over the last couple weeks. I want to get 'my act together', as they say.

    It is up to you. If you want to check out my Bolg, here is the link:

    https://thejoyofthewrittenword.wordpress.com/

    Think it over, if you decide to go with me, email me at:

    madley (AT) cogeco (DOT) ca

    Sincerely,
    Patricia
    P.S. If the link to my blog is not working, I do apologize. I have been having sporadic issues this week, and WordPress is working on a fix.

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  14. Hi Patricia.

    Thanks for the quick reply. From the start, though, I must quickly say that my 'sagebrush silence' was in no way meant to be critical of those who'd offered to review my book. I do lots of reviewing myself for different sites and I agree with you - sometimes writing a review comes low on the list of priorities life throws at me.

    No, what prompted my comment was the fact that I'd just got news of receiving two of the National Literature Awards and, since this book won one of them, I was as excited as a kid at this time of year and logged on everywhere it had been mentioned to spread the word. I hope acting like a kid at my advanced age is excusable.

    I won't add to your backlog with Sparrow because I have another, more conventional crime novel coming out soon, so my promotional focus will be switching to that one. But thank you for the offer. I do appreciate it.

    Best wishes,

    Bill

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  15. Hi, Bill

    One thing cyberspace has taught me is to be sure I know what I am saying - be sure before it goes into cyberspace, never to be retrieved again.... My first thought on 'sagebrush silence' was a dry spell, which is what I personally feel that I have been in, since my silence began a few months ago. Even though I am back writing reviews, I still feel regretful for the number of writers I have still to write their review for. I feel my sagebrush silence in some way continues.

    BUT..... in case my definition of 'sagebrush silence' was in any way incorrect, I explored the web for definitions of any kind. Coming up dry, (no pun intended), I thought, ok, it must be what it sounds like...... hahaha.... what do I know?!

    I do apologize for any insult I may have inflicted on you. By your response you seem to be an understanding person. So..... what does sagebrush silence mean? I'm still not sure!

    If you need reviwers in the future, please remember my name and email. I would be honoured.

    Sincerely,
    Patricia

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  16. Hi Patricia,

    I know from bitter experience what you mean about double and triple checking text before you post it.

    I'm no expert on this particular expression, but I took it to mean that cliché shot from old (and even new) Western movies which shows sagebrush rolling across the sands or through town with just the sound of the wind. The intention, I think, was to stress emptiness, barrenness, etc. It's become a different type of cliché now and it's quite often used (over here, at least), when a TV comedian makes a joke, is greeted with silence, and they cut to the same shot.

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  17. Thank you, Bill. That is really interesting.

    Patricia

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  18. I am interested in reviewing this book.It seems really interesting.

    My Email Address: moonlightskies1@gmail.com

    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. Hi Angie. Sorry to be responding so late but, despite having sent out all the promised copies, no reviews have yet appeared and so I'd rather forgotten to check. My apologies. I'll get a copy to you asap.

      Bill

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