Book #3 of the JP Kinkaid Chronicles
by Deborah Grabien (See more about the Author)
For Blacklight guitarist JP Kinkaid and his wife Bree, their London honeymoon should be idyllic:
relaxation, music, taking care of a little personal business. However, their peaceful honeymoon
gets sidetracked when legendary director Sir Cedric Parmeley enters his 25-year-old rockumentary
into competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and asks Blacklight to perform a free concert to
But the film Parmeley screens the night before the Festival opens is not the film the band approved. Something in that ninety minutes of altered footage poses a mortal danger to the remaining members of an old hate group.
The leader of that group is a revenant from Homicide Lieutenant Patrick Ormand’s past. And Ormand will stop at nothing to take him down—even if it means putting Blacklight in the crosshairs of a sniper’s scope on the red carpet at Cannes.
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Reviews for London Calling
Speaking as both a writer and a musician, I almost always avoid novels about writers and musicians like the latest flu virus. But Deborah Grabien’s latest entry in her series of mysteries centering around the world and the members of an English rock band not only keeps up her usually classy standard, but elevates it a notch. This one’s a genuine thriller, at once scarily suspenseful and filled with remarkable insights into both musicians and their fans. Her narrative style never falters, and neither does her precise understanding of the costs and trade-offs of the touring life. And her narrator—the aging, MS-plagued guitarist J.P. Kinkaid—remains as good and painfully honest company as ever. It’s best (though not absolutely necessary, by any means) to start at the beginning of the series, with Rock And Roll Never Forgets—but at all events, don’t miss this one!
– Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and Mirror Kingdoms
Ms. Grabien has done it again with the latest installment in the Kinkaid Chronicles. Truthfully I’d enjoy reading about JP, Bree and the Blacklight clan without benefit of the murder mystery! The backstage and behind the scenes access is always fascinating and authentic and I’ve come to love the characters. They’re like real people... people I know and care about. When you add the author’s engaging story telling, full of cool twists and revelations... here’s me hungrily awaiting number four.
– Mark Karan, recording artist and lead guitarist for
Jemimah Puddleduck and Bob Weir and Ratdog
Apart from giving us firsthand detail without being maudlin or off-putting on what it’s like to live with multiple sclerosis, Grabien writes JP Kinkaid’s fears, regrets, observations, revelations, and deep affections as though she is channeling him...If you wanted to pick up London Calling — the third and my favorite in a favorite series so far — and read it first, you can. It won’t matter, because once you’re hooked on one, you’ll want to read all the others, anyway.
– Harlot’s Sauce Radio Book Reviews
Praise for the Kinkaid Chronicles
Book 1 - Rock and Roll Never Forgets:
While illustrating the behind-the-scenes business of a rock band in this series opener, Grabien offers a window into the life and health of a person with multiple sclerosis. Even better, the author shows the humanity, team work, and loyalty that keep a supermusical phenomenon together. For all mystery readers who love rock’n’roll.
– Library Journal (starred review)
Grabien lets JP tell this story in the first person, and his voice is an engaging one. Rock and Roll Never Forgets is promising and entertaining—and fascinating for its look at life backstage.
– Richmond Times-Dispatch
A rollercoaster ride of sold-out concerts, drug rehab and enduring love.
– Publishers Weekly
A deft mystery nicely integrated with a fascinating backstage look at a rock star’s life.
– Kirkus Reviews
Here’s your all-access pass to a full-tilt, fun read!
– Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author of And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
and founder of the Rock Bottom Remainders
Book 2 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps:
From spirited discussions of blues-based rock to inspired moments of band camaraderie, this is definitely a mystery that will also appeal to rock fans.
– Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
JP’s perky narration and his love for Bree keep the pages turning.
– Publishers Weekly
A brilliant marriage of backstage skullduggery and suspense that draws you right in. Rock On, JP!
– Julian Dawson, recording artist and author of the upcoming
and on piano... Nicky Hopkins - The Extraordinary Life
of Rock’s Greatest Session Man
It’s the rare music-inspired crime novel that nails both the passion of music and the deft characterization and tight plotting required by a solid mystery, but in her second JP Kinkaid Mystery, the author has managed something quite rare in the genre: She’s created rock musicians who are credible human beings and not randy, coke-snorting cartoons.
– Kevin Burton Smith, Mystery Scene Magazine
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