Ted Darling is my favourite fictional detective. I know I keep repeating this but it’s true.
There is a massive streak of decency running through these crime fiction novels.
Ted Darling is the detective I’d like to investigate any crime reported by me. I’d like him and his husband Trev to be my next door neighbours. The books are a joy to read, not only are they researched thoroughly, every detail of each procedure is as accurate as any crime fiction novel is ever likely to be. Not only can the reader trust Ted Darling and his team, they can also trust the author not to write a load of unrealistic and badly researched nonsense.
A body is discovered in the fairly well to do apartment of a young disabled girl. The body had been there for some time and was becoming distinctly smelly. The girl hadn’t been aware of the cause of the smell and was trying to cover the smell with bleach and air freshener. The girl remembered stabbing the victim with a kitchen knife but hadn’t been aware of the consequences of her action
With a lack of any kind of parental care – by the way her father is a councillor of the police hating kind – the flat and the girl have been used for all manner of illegal activities. Drug stashes, porn videos and also substantial sums of money put into her account via her parents have been misappropriated into the hands of the ‘cuckoos’ who had more or less moved in on the trusting girl and into her home.
While the evidence of the behaviour of the ‘cuckoos’ is being compiled, the crimes escalate and the body count rises
A really gripping book in the Ted Darling series.
This author continues to gain more and more fans and it’s understandable. The Ted Darling series is now and excellent body of work for the indie author LM Krier
‘Cuckooing is a form of crime in which drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug deal. As of the 2010s, cuckooing is becoming an increasingly common problem in the South of England. The crime is named for the cuckoo‘s practice of taking over other birds’ nests for its young.
About The Author
Retired journalist, freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither writes writes crime fiction, the Ted Darling Crime Series, under the name L M Krier.
The crime books are set in Lesley’s home-town, Stockport, on the edge of Greater Manchester. Books in the series: The First Time Ever, Baby’s Got Blue Eyes, Two Little Boys, When I’m Old and Grey, Shut Up and Drive, Only the Lonely, Wild Thing, Walk On By, Preacher Man, Cry for the Bad Man, Where the Girls Are, Down Down Down and The Cuckoo is a Pretty Bird.
All books are available in eBook and paperback format and the series prequel, The First Time Ever, is now available as an audiobook, read by Christopher Corcoran.
Lesley is a former journalist, working as both a criminal court and coroner’s court reporter. She also worked as a case tracker for the Crown Prosecution Service, and for a firm investigating irregularities in offshore finance. Her other jobs have included owning and running a holiday riding centre and acting as a ‘charity mugger’, lying in wait to sign up shoppers for a wildlife charity.
She secured her first major writing contract at the age of sixteen when she sold a television piece to a Hollywood production company, for what seemed at the time to be a fortune. Her newspaper editor father claimed it was more than he had ever been paid for a single piece of writing.
Her interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening. She lives in the Auvergne region of Central France and holds dual French/British nationality. Her current dogs are two rescued border collies.
Writing as Tottie Limejuice, Lesley has published six books in the Sell the Pig memoir series: Sell the Pig, Is That Billing Lump?, Mother Was It Worth It? Biff the Useless Mention, Angling Bumateurs, and Trot On!
She also writes humorous travelogues as Tottie Limejuice: the Tottie’s Travels series: Hobbit House in Italy, Two Jills and a Tots, and Pride Comes Before a Bedbug. In addition she has produced a humorous look behind the scenes of novel writing, No Girl on this Train, jointly written with Kate Pill.
Lesley also writes children’s fiction, mystery/adventure, as L M Kay: The Dog with the Golden Eyes.
Want to chat with Lesley? You’ll find a We Love Ted Darling group on Facebook, or visit the website teddarlingcrimeseries.uk which has links to all her books.