01 March 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Devil's In The Detail by Matthew S. Wilson

The Devil's In The Detail by Matthew S. Wilson book cover
* From author for review *

David Shepherd wakes in a prison cell, with vague recollections of his cab fare turning ugly the previous night.  He soon learns with a shock, that he isn't in a London Police Station for questioning, he is in fact in Purgatory, having been killed the previous night and is now awaiting trial for his life.

Olivia is an Angel and also his Defence Attorney, and David will soon give testimony in the Court of Saint Peter; the outcome a sentence to one of the 10 rings of Hell or entrance through the Pearly Gates.

The prosecutor drives the case, selecting a specific time period in David's life and then building his argument against him breaking one of the Ten Commandments.  In this way, the reader gets to know the protagonist - David Shepherd - well, in a series of flashbacks.

The Devil's In The Detail has it all really, action, suspense, pop culture references (I particularly enjoyed the music references while other readers will enjoy the sport in the background) and a nice surprise at the end.

At times funny, and at times painfully real and moving, The Devil's In The Detail is thought provoking regardless of your religious beliefs or thoughts about life after death.

I commend this Melbourne based author on his successful debut novel, and give it 4 stars.

My rating = ****

For your chance to WIN a signed copy of The Devil's In The Detail by Matthew S. Wilson, leave a comment below and tell me your favourite book or movie with the word 'devil' or 'angel' in the title.  Entries close midnight Friday 15th March 2013, and winners will be drawn using www.random.org  

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I met with author Matthew S. Wilson yesterday where he answered some questions about his novel and his writing.  Click here to read his interview.
Good luck in the competition everyone and Happy Reading!

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  1. I'd have to say Angelfall (Susan Ee) though Christopher Moore's "The Stupidest Angel" is also a favourite.

    (So mean of you, to make me choose!)

    I look forward to reading this one, thanks Trace!

  2. For me, Angels and Demons the book. Good thriller. Can't think of any cook books with either name in the title!
    Naomi A

  3. (I think I entered in the wrong place.)

    I did enjoy THE DEVIL IN WINTER by Lisa Kleypas.

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  4. I agree Naomi, Angels and Demons is a great book, I loved it! Haven't heard of the two you mentioned Selwyn, so will have to check them out, but thanks, you are also in the draw!

    Thanks for your entry too Mary, and your additional entry for subscribing via email.

    Good luck and keep them coming!

  5. Just signed up for email too, thanks!


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