Publisher: Lightning Books
E Book pub: 7th June 21
Paperback pub: Today 5th August 2021
It’s my stop on the blog tour today for Abi Silver’s new Burton and Lamb story The Midas Game.
I’m absolutely delighted to share with you my review of this new novel, today, on it’s paperback publication day!
Many thanks to the publishers Lightning Books and to Amber Choudhary of Midaspr (appropriatly!), for my advance copy.
When eminent psychiatrist Dr Liz Sullivan is found dead in her bed, suspicion falls on local gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds. Did he target her because of her anti-gaming views and the work she undertook to expose the dangers of playing online games? And what was her connection with Valiant, an independent game manufacturer about to hit the big time, and its volatile boss?
Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once more to defend JD when no one else is on his side. But just because he makes a living killing people on screen doesn’t mean he’d do it in real life. Or does it?
Another thought-provoking courtroom drama from the acclaimed author of the Burton & Lamb series.
The Midas Game is the 5th book in the Burton and Lamb Thrillers Series and my 2nd, as I have also read and enjoyed The Pinocchio Brief. Each book can be read as a stand alone and read in any order.
These engaging and informative court room thriller/mystery novels all have a wonderful cast of characters and an of the moment, up to date tech interest to their story lines and this 5th book was no different.
In this new story we meet gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds, as Constance first meets him to interview him, after he has been held in custardy in connection with the death of a neighbour of his Dr Liz Sullivan.
With evidence linking him to the scene and Dr Sullivan’s long time work looking at gaming addiction the police consider him a prime suspect but as Constance begins her investigation she is sure there is much more to this than the police seem to want to consider.
Once again she teams up with Judith and as they set up their case to defend JD in the court hearing we also read chapters about a young game developer called Luke, who works at a small but determined company called Valiant as he introduces his new idea to his boss Eric.
Once again Abi Silver writes an enjoyable and believable court room mystery which kept me guessing till the end, with some brilliantly thought out twists and red herrings. This book covers the topic of on-line gaming, gaming addiction and the gaming industry as a whole, which I found very interesting. You do not need to be a gamer or indeed have knowledge of gaming to enjoy this book, but as a mother of two, now grown, boys I found the factual elements of the industries and potential problems gaming can have very thought provoking and I felt it was extremely well researched.
With social media sites like You Tube and Twitch becoming ever more popular and gamers having a celebrity like status to their followers, it is indeed an important and interesting topic but the author makes it very readable, as she incorporates it into this easy to follow and engaging novel. I was gripped right from the very start as we follow Constance as she gathers information, unearthing more and more details on the work of the victim.
I will definitely read more books in this series and even as I have already mentioned, these stories can be read as standalones, after reading two books now, I really want to feel more for the main two characters and the connection they have with each other, so will go back to book 2 and I can’t wait to find out more.
Many thanks to Amber, Midas pr and Lightning Books for my advance copy of the book and invite onto the blog tour, which continues until August 19th, so do check out the other posts and reviews.
The Midas game is released in paperback today!