The Hard Way by Duncan Brockwell

Thank you to Zoe O’Farrell of ZooloosBookTours for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. I received an ebook to review. The decision to take part was my own and this review forms my honest opinion.


When intruders enter a radio station and kill a famed presenter it sets in motion a chain of events that will push the Metropolitan Police to their limits.
Officers Hayes and Miller are on the trail of a suspect and when Eric Helsey is detained, the police realise they have arrested the wrong man.
As the case grows more complicated with each revelation, and the body count rises, they find themselves investigating a series of crimes all of which may be linked.
But what ties the murder of the radio host with a Turkish casino owner and the killing of two employees at a valve factory?
Hayes and Miller find themselves in a race against time to get to the truth before more people are hurt…


If I’m perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from The Hard Way. At the very beginning the preoccupation of one of the female detectives with a male colleague, especially at a time of near peril, really annoyed me, as did her attitude toward her partner; an assumption that her partner ‘fancied’ said colleague when speaking against him was the stuff of playgrounds and not befitting the strong, independent female characters I was hoping for.

However, I’m very happy to say that this gripe melted away quite early on and the characters of Hayes and Miller developed way, way beyond my first impression to the point that by the end I was truly hoping that this is not the last we see (read) of them.

The Hard Way has been a thoroughly entertaining read. Dark, fast paced brutal, though not overly gory (thankfully!) the cosy crime plot I thought I was getting grew legs and became something far more interesting, evolving at last into a wonderfully cinematic-style finale.

As is always the way with these books, it’s hard to write anything of too much depth regarding the plot/characters for fear of giving something away…but I’ll give it a go! The Hard Way features a large cast of characters, but despite this I never felt lost with who was who. They are slotted into the narrative very well, and all serve a necessary purpose, I think there was only once where I had to flick back a few pages to remind myself who someone was. The plot itself was very compelling, and whilst I had an inkling of what was going on, I certainly didn’t predict the wild turns along the way, all which served the novel brilliantly well and ramped up the tension and the sense of impending peril as things boiled over at last.

Stylistically engaging and easy to read, The Hard Way has kept me thoroughly hooked. I’m putting it out there that I’ll be first in line for another Hayes/Miller installment! The question is….will there be another!?

The Hard Way is out now and available in ebook and paperback via Amazon

About the Author

Duncan Brockwell is a full-time dental technician from West Sussex. Having completed his course at Lambeth College in 2018, he started writing in his spare time. An avid gardener and part-time mixologist, he loves nothing more than relaxing at home with his wife, Beks and pure white rescue cat, Milly. 

Since Duncan started writing in 2018, he has written thirteen novels, nine of which have been, or are in the process of being published. Unlike a lot of authors, Duncan feels he is a hobby writer, toiling away on his purple couch in front of the TV in the evenings and weekends. He wants nothing more than for readers to enjoy his various offerings, ranging from romantic comedy (under pseudonym Katie Simpkins) to hardcore blood and guts horror and everything in between (Under either DC Brockwell or Duncan Brockwell).

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Facebook: DC Brockwell Author
Instagram: @dcbrockwell
Twitter: @dcbrockwell1

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