9.11.16

Wordy Wednesday with Malcolm Parnell

Welcome to Wordy Wednesday, it's been a while. This week I have a new writer  and a new book to introduce as part of a blog tour. For many years Malcolm Parnell was a paramedic going out on calls and saving lives. He is now a first aid trainer for Brown’s Health & Safety, but it is his passion for painting that led him to write his first novel ‘A Brush With Death!’ He is married to Marion with two grown up children. He now divides his time between the family, writing, painting,
teaching painting and he is still in the glow of Leicester City winning the Premiership. (I don't know what this means - I suspect it's football related, we shall move on)

It's always good to know your author so let's find out a little bit about Malcolm...

What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you?
The Island of Adventure – Enid Blyton

Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?
1984 (if you read it now you may be confused as to whether it's fiction...)

What are you currently reading?
The Various Haunts of Men – Susan Hill

Who would be at your dream dinner party (alive, dead or fictional)?
Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Agatha Christie - Wow what a great evening that would be.

Where are you happiest?
In a restaurant surrounded by family and friends.

Who would you like to star in the film of your life?
Bill Nighy

Describe your best ever holiday.
Mediterranean cruise

What do you think is the best thing about social media?
People sharing good ideas and offering support.
And the worst...?!
People sharing drivel (I have to say one man's drivel is another man's interesting tiny fact though, I think mindless hate is the absolute worst)
Follow Malcolm on twitter here.

Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie?
Sometimes tell a little white lie (I'll remember this if you say you like this blog post Malcolm!)

Why did you choose your genre?
I love mysteries and I love humour so I tried to combine the two

If you had to write in a different genre, which would you choose?
Children’s adventure

And now more about...A Brush with Death (I always read that in the video voice over guy's voice, with scary music in the background)


Malcolm writes in a similar way to Agatha Christie, sharing her gentle approach to setting out a story of mystery, the book is set in the south of England on the Dorset coast. With the feeling of salt air as you turn the pages you will try and fathom exactly who is trying to kill Harry Chase – and just as
importantly, why?  So the book is not a whodunnit so much as a whowilldoit and a whywillthrydoit.

Harry is a nobody. A nice guy with an interest in the ladies even if sometimes the ladies don’t have any interest in him. It’s certainly not a jealous husband after him, but someone is definitely trying to
cause Harry some harm. On a week long painting holiday with a group of fellow artists the question is will Harry find out who is trying to cause him harm before they get to him for good?

Who is trying to kill artist Harry Chase and why?

Harry Chase, a semi-professional artist and full-time nobody, has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Bewildered by the end of his relationship he withdraws into his paintings.

An attempt is then made on his life. Dismissing it as a freak accident he organises a weeks painting holiday with a group of amateur painters. During the holiday several members of the group al-
so have close encounters with death and further attempts are made on Harry.

He has no idea why anyone should wish him harm but as the holiday progresses he begins to take a closer look at his fellow artists and wonders if they are all that they seem.

Maybe one of them is a killer.


Sounds like a perfect fireside read and a great Christmas gift.

Grab your own copy in ebook form from Amazon

And join in the discussion at Goodreads

Follow this book on its blog tour.


A Brush with death is published by 3P Publishing Ltd - follow them on twitter for other new releases.