Blog Tour. The Body in the Boat

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Welcome to The Body in the Boat Blog Tour. Firstly, I would like to thank Imogen from Bonnier Zaffre for inviting me to join the tour. Secondly, I want to thank to the authors for taking time form their busy schedule to share with us their Top Ten Favourite Crime/Mystery TV Shows (click on keep reading to take a look at the list).

Title: The Body in the Boat (Hardcastle & Chaytor Mysteries #3)
Author: A.J. Mackenzie
Published: April 5th 2018
Genre: Mystery & Crime

"Across the still, dark English Channel come the smugglers. But tonight they carry an unusual cargo: a coffin. Several miles inland, a respected banker holds a birthday party for his wife. Within days, one of the guests is found shot dead.

What links this apparently senseless killing to the smugglers lurking in the mists? Why has the local bank been buying and hoarding gold? And who was in the mysterious coffin?

Reverend Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor find themselves drawn into the worlds of high finance and organised crime in this dramatic and dark Georgian mystery.

There may be a few things on this list not many people have heard of, which tells you quite a lot about our age and where we come from! In no particular order, these are the shows we like, and the reasons why.

Spiral. The fabulous French police drama, which seems to get better and better as it goes on. Caroline Proust is absolutely wonderful as the leader of a team of dysfunctional detectives, but all the acting is good, the production is superb and the whole things reeks of authenticity.

Montalbano, including the spin-off Young Montalbano. We were long time fans of Camillieri’s novels, and the television series have absolutely done them justice. Great stories against a stunningly beautiful background. Great food, too. Try not to watch when you are hungry.

The Rockford Files. One that betrays our roots. This long-running series about a private detective in California starring James Garner was regular viewing in our household. Just the right mix of drama, pathos and humour.

The Closer. With crown prosecutor in-laws, this one was always going to work for us. The strong female-led cast and a touch of humour really appealed.

Homicide: Life on the Street. A very fine police drama set in Baltimore, long before The Wire. The series was really made by the excellent characters, very well portrayed by fine actors.

Sherlock. Ah, now we’re back on familiar territory. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman match each other superbly, but we do miss Andrew Scott’s Moriarty. Stole the show on more than a few occasions.

The Avengers. Kind of the opposite of Sherlock. In the early days it was clever, witty and didn’t take itself too seriously. Did it strain the bounds of probability? Yes. Was it meant to? Of course.

Murdoch Mysteries. A series that appeals to the Canadian in both of us. Period crime drama set in Toronto, filmed in some familiar (to us) places. And written and produced by a friend from high school and university.

Life on Mars. This was one of those programmes that sounded a terrible idea on paper, but was brilliantly realised on screen. The chemistry between the two leads was stunning, and there were some great stories too.

Between the Lines. This is one of those shows that perhaps should only have had one series. The first series was brilliant, with Neil Pearson leading a team investigating police corruption, but sailing fairly close to the wind himself. The excellent Siobhan Redmon and Tom Georgeson along with gripping stories made it genuinely tense and exciting.


  1. What a blast from the past to see The Rockford Files on your list. I watched that when I was really young. It was a great show.

  2. Fabulous post! I've never heard of this book before, so thank you for bringing it to my attention. What a pretty cover :)

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles