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The Order of Things: the story so far

The latest Jimmy Suttle - The Order of Things - was published before Christmas.  Here's a taste of reader reaction to date...


Norah Rothwell ( sent a message using the contact form


Loved your Joe Faraday books and have just read the first Jimmy Suttle which
I love just as much if not more. I know I'm late starting on them but now I
can read a few one after the other. Thank you for hours of enjoyment. And
hope you have a happy Christmas.

Alan Wright ( sent a message using the contact form at

Dear Graham,

I lived in Portchester during the war as a very young lad before returning to
Scotland in 1949. I have lived in Sydney Australia since 1969 and a couple of
years ago discovered the Faraday series which obviously brought back a host
of memories of my childhood in and around Portsmouth;school in Cosham and
being taken to Fratton Park by my Dad; what great days they were - Play up
Pompey!I still support the team from here.

I have just read the first Jimmy Suttle book - 'Western Approaches' and
despite the demise of Joe Faraday, nothing has been lost in the plot and
storyline. Please continue the Suttle series for as long as it takes.

Best regards,

Alan Wright

I've been reading crime fiction for a long time now and maybe due to a surge in popularity of the genre there seems to be a race to the bottom going on: ever more ludicrous plots involving unbelievable coincidences; a cranking up of the body count; weirder and nastier psychopaths at every turn; in-your-face pretence of police procedure; bad sex; bad prose; and then there's Tony Parsons. Even the latest Rebus book is a self- congratulatory exercise in onanism.

But then there are a few beacons of excellence remaining, and one of those that shines bright is Graham Hurley.
This is the fourth in the Jimmy Suttle series that follows on from the excellent Faraday/Winter novels, and like the previous books Mr Hurley not only writes a gripping detective story but also shines a light on some of our pressing and important issues. It's not so much a detective story but more a book about life that attached itself to a crime novel.
Previously we've had Mental health and it's appalling treatment in this country; the problems facing returning war veterans; Britain's colonial past. This time we get a run through euthanasia, global warming and the ability of man to destroy our planet interwoven with a gripping plot.
We get the usual well thought out story; great characters; fabulous, funny and moving dialogue and a grasp of policing that is without equal in this country. Enough to satisfy any true fan of the genre. But we get so much more . Not a polemic, but a straight-to-the cutting point about issues that affect us all and put forward in a way that worms into your brain better than a thousand dry academic texts .
If you love literature and have an interest in our complicated screwed up world , I urge you to buy this book .

Bruce Lawson


Noel Kearns ( sent a message using the contact form at

Hi Graham
There needs to be a precursor to the subject above.
When Joe died, I felt bereft; no more Paul, no more Bazza.I wondered whether
you had run out of 'juice' for writing. What was I to do without your
wonderful weaving of stories, allied to the procedurals.
How wrong one can be.
I have loved the 4 books, reading them loosely in pairs, just finished The
Order of Things today.
And, with good friends in Whimple I like the area being bought to life. last
spring I spent a long weekend using the Avocet line, and going off on daily
walks, using a book given to me as a present - Tarka Line Walks. I based
myself in Exmouth, (and included a match at Sandy Park). On the day of the
match I walked the zig zag walk to Orcombe Point and completed the circular
walk via Sandy Bay.
I So enjoy the whole area being brought to life by you. I could find myself
living in Exmouth in another life.
So, Jimmy and Lizzie continue, self evident from the end of book 4, thanks.
Can't wait of course. Oh, and I could fancy the pants off Lizzie, you make
her 'real'.

Look forward to book 5, I hope Lizzie comes back 'whole'.

Noel Kearns

Maddy Johnson ( sent a message using the contact form at

I've just finished reading Thr Order of Things, having abandoned everything
else to finish the book! I was gripped hroughout. I really enjoyed the
Faraday novels, but the Suttle ones are even better.

I can't wait for the next book, as you left the reader hanging with regard to
Lizzie, a sure away to ensure that the next novel is eagerly anticipated. I
was shocked that Suttle left it so long before rescuing Lizzie, and found it
hard to believe that he could have been so dispassionate as to allow her
house to be set on fire and her life to be put in such peril.

Congratulations on writing such a brilliant novel. When can we spect the next

Maddy Johnson


5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant series

ByJustineon 8 January 2016

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Graham Hurley must be one of the most underrated writers around. Hardly anyone seems to have heard of him yet every one of the Faraday and Winter books was outstanding and gripped from beginning to end. The sequel featuring Jimmy Suttle is going the same way. Much more than police procedurals, these are whole slices of life onto which the plots are grafted. You see and feel and hear what is going on, as if on the screen, every character is fully developed, dialogue is superb and the impression stays long after the books are finished. The backdrop to each book is always topical and addressed seriously. Personally I found the final Faraday book to be the most memorable, the description of his death and the aftermath haunting and believable, almost as if this is a close friend who had died. The Suttle series is different-Jimmy, Lizzie, Oona are younger and their concerns are at a different stage of life, yet Hurley gets convincingly into their skins and shows us the world through their eyes. To appreciate this book fully it is recommended to start at the beginning of the Suttle series with Western Approaches. Then I guarantee you'll be hooked and will want to go back to the Pompey series! Graham Hurley maintains an extremely high standard and shows no signs of flagging in this latest book, which is satisfyingly long, rich and complex.The relationship development between the main characters alone is worth reading the story for, but with the crime, plot and environmental back story, the overall effect is one of a highly accomplished writer at the peak of his prowess. These are books just begging for TV adaptation, though the quality of the writing demands they be read first. Brilliant.