Nominated: Debut Novel & Last Laugh Awards at CrimeFest 2022

Shaking Hands With The Devil

'WE ARE ON THIS CASE LIKE A BONER FIDO BLOODHOUND ... AND MY MEN ARE BARKING AT THE LEASH'

BRYAN IS DELIGHTED TO HAVE SIGNED A BOOK DEAL WITH SPELLBOUND BOOKS. ‘AN OLD TIN CAN’ IS THE FIRST IN A NEW SERIES OF BLACK COMEDY CRIME NOVELS SET IN BELFAST DURING THE TROUBLES. WELCOME TO HARRY BURNARD & THE SQUAD. 

PRE-ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE NOW WITH PUBLICATION MAY 30 2024.   LAUNCHES IN WATERSTONES CLIFTON 17 JUNE, CLIFTON LIBRARY 20 JUNE AND THE SECRET BOOKSHELF, CARRICKFERGUS 25 JULY

 

 BRYAN APPEARED ON TWO PANELS AT CRIMEFEST 24 

 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME. IT WAS GREAT TO CHAT TO READERS AND FELLOW AUTHORS

  

BRYAN WAS INTERVIEWED BY BRISTOL 24/7 MAGAZINE ABOUT AN OLD TIN CAN:https://www.bristol247.com/culture/books/bristol-novelist-bryan-j-mason-launches-first-book-in-a-black-comedy-crime-series/ 

HEAR THIS INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD GADZ ON HIS PODCAST, RECORDED AT CRIMEFEST (8’25” – 16’54”)

 https://richardgadz.co.uk/blog/   

SHAKING HANDS WITH THE DEVIL IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE, NARRATED BY BRYAN. AT LAST YOU TOO CAN HEAR THE VOICES IN HIS HEAD!

 

AN OLD TIN CAN

YOU ONLY KNOW WHO YOU ARE AT THE SHARP END

Belfast 1989. The Troubles.

Harry Burnard joins a police force facing threats on every side. His team, ‘The Squad’, a bunch of abandoned oddballs, are only allowed to work criminal cases. But there is no crime. Only terrorism. So, do they really have nothing to do?

When Harry uncovers clues about an apparently random series of sectarian stabbings, he gets caught up in an increasingly complex political landscape. And sets out to find a killer unlike any other.

In this explosive witty novel, where not everyone is who they seem to be, it can be dangerous to know who you are.

Are you a Billy, a Dan, or an Old Tin Can?

In a land where identity is the difference between life and death…it gets bloody complicated. 

 

 30 years since completing the first draft of this hilarious black comedy, was finally published in 2021.  
Clifton Gentle is an ordinary man without very much to distinguish him. Not much, that is, apart from being a serial killer leaving bits of young men scattered over North London. 
Dave Hicks is the flawed detective determined to catch him, but his attempts to capture the man he calls ‘the nutter’ through a combination of hunches, sheer optimism and personal abuse do not go well. All that turns up are yet more body parts. 
In a London dogged by growing sleaze and an IRA bombing campaign, the gruesome murders spur a crazily over-the-top media and merchandising frenzy. 
An increasingly personal feud ends up in a race against time as murderer, detective, a would-be victim, and a deranged copycat killer each try to find out what – or who – they blame for their predicament. 

What do readers say?

Reviews:

‘The author expertly combines comedy with tiptoeing into the sinister underbelly of society…a great read- M Wiltshire, Amazon
‘A cracking good read, funny, clever and a great ending…I look forward to reading Mr Mason’s next book!’ – Mandy M, Amazon
‘A wonderful romp’ – A Ursell, Amazon
‘Full of black humour…pacey and well written with marvellous wit’ – Deb’s Book Reviews
‘Ooh, I liked this. Unusual, for all the right reasons…some truly laugh out loud moments’ – Bobs and Books
‘A satirical tale from a master wit at his quirky, provocative best’ – Crime Fiction Critic
‘If you love crime with a funny, albeit dark, side, give this book a go’ – Beyond the Books
‘I read some odd books at times, and this is right up there…a really cracking read’ – Donna Morfett
‘Had me sniggering a lot and laughing out loud’ – Lynda Checkley
‘Raskalnikov meets Ignatius J Reilly’ – Skybatwig, Amazon
‘High drama with great characterization and wonderful language. I couldn’t put this book down’ – Carolyn, Amazon
‘A ton of wit and intriguing writing that really kept me engaged’ – Jessica Belmont, Goodreads
‘Mason is definitely an author to appreciate…he gives a lot of respect to his craft’ – Natalie ‘Curling up with a coffee and a Kindle’
‘A must for those who like their satire as black as night’ – David Prestidge, Goodreads
‘I was so taken aback at how this author created something so immensely disturbing that was also completely comical’ – Nicola Hancock, Amazon
‘What a fun read…right up my street’ – Deb’s reviews.
"A twisted and twisting tale…Few authors can pull off darkly comic detective fiction like Carl Hiaasen, But Bryan J Mason is one…A great read"
Mike Bullen
Writer and Creator of Cold Feet

Once thought ahead of its time, this outrageous black comedy crime novel is finally available 

Biography

bryan j mason

Like many writers, Bryan J Mason didn’t have an easy path to publication. 
He wrote his first novel in London in the late 1980s, but after it was rejected by publishers, he reluctantly concluded that he was a failed author and gave up on the dream.  However, whenever he read the manuscript he always regretted that it couldn’t be enjoyed by others.
Determined to finally get it read, he redrafted it and…Shaking Hands With The Devil was finally published 30 years later in 2021. 
In the intervening years he has worked as a brush salesman and rent collector, made sound effects for BBC Radio and been a tax inspector and occasional actor. He writes regular theatre reviews for StageTalk Magazine and Bristol 24/7.  See:  https://stagetalkmagazine.com/p/author/masonbryan01gmail-com
He has now been signed with the magical SpellBound Books and the first in a new series of black comedy crime novels set in Belfast during the Troubles is published on May 30 2024.  Next year will see ‘Dead On’, followed by ‘Never a Happy Ending’.  
He lives in Bristol with his wife and has two children in their twenties.

Bryan J Mason is proud to be a member of the Crime Writers Association. 

Launch and Media updates

Thanks to everyone who contributed to my Book Tour in March 2022 hosted by the wonderful Zooloos Book Tours: For wrap up See here 

Q&A with Bantam Book Worm

 Review and Q&A with Els Ebaert – B for Book Review

Launch events took place in BookHaus, Bristol and the Clifton Village branch of Waterstones in Nov 21

BookHaus launch reading:Book Haus Launch read

Waterstones launch intro

BookHaus Launch reading: Dave Hicks

BookHaus reading number 2

Thanks also to Donna Morfett for a fab chat with Little Miss Morfett available on Audible and BBC Radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley for two great interviews including a catch up on 4 March 2023.

Audible Little Miss Morfett 

Staff recommendation in my local Waterstones!

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New novel: An old tin can - published Summer 24