Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Speechless, by Stephen Puleston. I have the final stop on this intriguing story of murder and sex trafficking. DI Marco will have to work hard on this case and his life will be in danger while trying to find the murder.


The body of a young Pole working in Cardiff is pulled from the River Taff. His tongue has been amputated in some sort of ritual.

More murders in the Polish community take Inspector John Marco and his team into the East European immigrant community and the murky world of people trafficking.

But what is it that links all the deaths together?

When the evidence points to one of the city’s criminal and the involvement of a gangster from Poland Marco faces the challenge of gathering evidence from a close knit and secretive community.

And why do the Polish Secret Service seem to be interested?

When Marco finds himself entangled emotionally its impossible for him to think clearly. In search of an answer Marco travels to Poland only to find himself implicated in a murder and hoping he can avoid another.

Racing back to Cardiff he hopes he has enough to unravel the case and arrest the perpetrators.



I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

Stephen Puleston author photo

My Review:

The intrigue and deception in this story kept me turning the pages. DI Marco works overtime to find the murder in this story and to save the Poles in his community. He doesn’t care who was murdered, his job is to find the murder and put them behind bars, he has no prejudices against the murder or the victims. His only goal is to find the bad guy and make them pay for their crimes.

I love DI Marco and enjoy reading these stories. It’s kind of funny, when I was reading this story, I felt as if I was listening to the detective in the old Dragnet series from the 60’s and 70’s. Some of the dialogue and writing made me think of it. I liked it and found it to be an interesting way of reading the story. I find DI Marco and Boyd to be a great team and like how Marco knows when he is doing something he should not be and Boyd will mention it to him, but he is always respectful in his approach to Marco. You can feel the respect between the two men and that is why they work so well together.

I look forward to reading more of the DI Marco stories in the near future. I kept waiting for trouble to be in store for Terry. The same as I did for Dead Smart. It seems he gets put into some very dangerous situations, but he still does it. I give this story a 4 star review and highly recommend it to anyone who likes detective or crime stories.

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