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By: Mark Carnelley

The Time Detective - Book 1 - Discovery

Pages: 161 Ratings: 4.5
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Marshall Bellows is a present day crime fighter and Allan Besley his alter ego in 1956 (after the discovery of a wormhole during the chase of a sick, perverted serial killer). Can Marshall/Allan survive this double life in two times, two seemingly different worlds and two loves or will one the worlds pull him in deeper, where he finds it harder and harder to leave? This first book, Discovery, begins the fight for Marshall in both worlds. A man with strong convictions with no qualms about “getting his hands dirty” if that is what’s required. Is he judge, jury and executioner? Strange and desperate times require certain measures and Marshall is the man for the job, in both times.

The author is a 57-year-old, first-time author, retired in December 2014 after 12 years working in security. He started work in 1976, beginning a career in IT that ended in 1991. Further work stints included as a truck driver and cable TV/telephony installer until 2002.

He has been married for 33 years and has five children and one grandchild. Retirement has given him the time to pursue his long-time dream of writing and becoming a published author.

Customer Reviews
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  • Lana Anderson

    I had a preconceived concept in my mind before I started this book. I thought I was up for a cute Sherlock Holmes type mystery but very quickly realised I was wrong. The opening view into the sick and twisted mind of the serial killer had me engrossed. While half of me wanted to know everything, the other half was quite naturally repulsed by his acts. Considering my normal genre is gothic horror, shocking me is near impossible to do and a bit of blood and guts is nothing to me. But I found this book goes past the simple blood and guts type horror/thriller and brings you into the mind of the killer himself. As you read about how he became so horribly twisted, you actually begin to feel for him as much as you do for his victims. The story switches from the point of view of the serial killer and then to the detective, giving you both sides of the story. Though I have to say the horror part of me, definitely favoured the killers point of view and I looked forward to his parts more and more wondering how he would keep his secret.

    A very enjoyable read with some good unseen twists and I can’t wait to see what will happen in his next book.

    Definite 5 star rating.

  • Miriam Smith

    "The Time Detective - Book 1 - Discovery" by Mark Carnelley is a quite a disturbing serial killer book with an ingenious storyline involving time travel, that although looks like it may be suitable for younger readers it is most definitely an adult read, due to the violent and sexual content.
    The story follows Marshall Bellows, a Police Officer here in the present who, during the chase for a sick, serial killer discovers a wormhole that allows him to travel back into 1956, where he takes on the persona of Allan Besley. He is a crime fighter in two times, two different worlds.
    Although an open mind is needed for this story I did find it hugely entertaining, however, some readers may find the level of violence towards the young girls distressing so if easily offended then this book may not be for you. I do like my serial killers to be sick and twisted and enjoyed how the story crossed over into the two different timelines.
    Marshall Bellows/Allan Beasley is a brilliant character and a superb police officer and the way the author has created a unique and well plotted story has resulted in an excellently written, entertaining and compelling crime novel that's well worth a read!
    4 stars

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