Gravy Train

Gravy Train❮Reading❯ ➻ Gravy Train Author Tess Makovesky – Bluevapours.co.uk Crime pays So barmaid Sandra thinks when she overhears details of a betting scam and wins herself and fat husband Mike eighty thousand pounds But they've reckoned without mugger Lenny lying in wait ou Crime pays So barmaid Sandra thinks when she overhears details of a betting scam and wins herself and fat husband Mike eighty thousand pounds But they've reckoned without mugger Lenny lying in wait outside the betting shop door And he's reckoned without a top notch car thief his own devious boss a fellow gang member with a grudge and Sandra's unpleasant almost Uncle George Chaos ensues as a whole bunch of disparate and desperate characters chase the bag of money around Birmingham's back streets Plenty of them help themselves to the cash but none of them are good at hanging onto it As they hurtle towards a frantic showdown on the banks of the local canal will any of them see their ill gotten gains again Or will their precious Gravy Train come shuddering to a halt Advance Praise for Gravy Train Tess Makovesky's Gravy Train is a terrifically entertaining raucous and rough 'n' tumble Brit Grit crime caper that will leave you breathless Paul D Brazill author of Last Year's Man A Case of Noir and Guns of Brixton Gravy Train is my kind of crime fiction Real people real stakes real fun Jay Stringer author of Ways to Die in Glasgow and How to Kill Friends and Implicate Peoplei.

Liverpool lass Tess is now settled in the far north of England where she roams the fells with a brolly dreaming up new stories and startling the occasional sheepTess writes a distinctive brand of British comédie noir and her short stories have darkened the pages of various anthologies and magazines including Shotgun Honey Pulp Metal Magazine Drag Noir Fox Spirit Rogue Near to the Knuc.

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  • Paperback
  • 284 pages
  • Gravy Train
  • Tess Makovesky
  • 14 January 2016
  • 9781643960067

12 thoughts on “Gravy Train

  1. Dee Arr says:

    The story revolves around money a whole pile of it money that was never anybody’s not really but as the story unwinds everyone feels that the money is theirs The author dives headfirst into the individual reasons and thoughts and we are provided deep characterizations as a result The story is as gritty as the world Ms Maravesky’s characters live in and the plot drives us from chapter to chapterNot as dark as some of the crime noir fiction available but certainly strong enough to live in the same neighborhood All the characters have their uirks and faults as well as the ualities that draw us to them I enjoyed this book Four and a half stars rounded to five for this outstanding effort

  2. Jason Beech says:

    I received an ARC of this book for a honest review Tess Makovesky has written some really offbeat stories and here she's written a fantastic crime caper about a bag of money in a conspicuous blue bag chased by the desperate landlady of a rundown Brummie pub her pervert step uncle one of the city's main gangsters and his minions and a car thief
It has a dash of Snatch a pinch of The Italian Job some kitchen sink drama and a little The Long Good Friday
But it's all Tess Makovesky She has some great turns of phrase some of her characters pull off a well timed cuss and the whole thing rattles off at great speed
The book will make you laugh out loud while building enough dread through strong opinionated characters to make your stomach hurt
Really entertaining read


  3. Col says:

    SynopsisblurbCrime pays So barmaid Sandra thinks when she overhears details of a betting scam and wins herself and fat husband Mike eighty thousand pounds But they’ve reckoned without mugger Lenny lying in wait outside the betting shop door And he’s reckoned without a top notch car thief his own devious boss a fellow gang member with a grudge and Sandra’s unpleasant almost Uncle George Chaos ensues as a whole bunch of disparate—and desperate—characters chase the bag of money around Birmingham’s back streets Plenty of them help themselves to the cash but none of them are good at hanging onto it As they hurtle towards a frantic showdown on the banks of the local canal will any of them see their ill gotten gains again Or will their precious gravy train come shuddering to a halt Praise for GRAVY TRAIN “Tess Makovesky’s Gravy Train is a terrifically entertaining raucous and rough ’n’ tumble Brit Grit crime caper that will leave you breathless” —Paul D Brazill author of Last Year’s Man A Case of Noir and Guns of Brixton My takeSome fast paced fun and frolics as a bunch of Brummie low lives chase around the city determined to get their hands on a holdall full of cashI do have a soft spot for criminal types in my reading I'd far rather spend time in the company of some ne'er do wells on the look out for a score than a bunch of ordinary Joes confirming to society's norms and expectations Makovesky characters deliver big timeto mention just a fewSandra the disaffected pub landlord a dreamer and a schemerMike her corpulent poker playing husband interested in his next bacon butty than £80k of wongauncle George major league criminal and major league creep and sex pestLenny an ex con muggerVernon Ball crimelord ruthless and greedy but not at the top of the treeTodd fearfully grassing on his boss while still fondly remembering sexual encounters with his police handler and ex girlfriend Inspector CharltonJustine cum Danny a car thief with a skill set and regrets over Fred her exEach of them with their own limitations and motivations each of them fully realisedOur plot not necessarily in the correct order a dingy pub an overheard conversation a plan a betting scam executed and a bag full of readies a mugging and short lived dreams of a better life shattered a skilled car thief steps in an unhappy crime boss an undercover informant an ambitious police officer a perverted step uncle with a fearsome reputation arrives to save the day our hapless mugger again a dodgy garage owner a shaky marriage or two discontent dodgy photos and blackmail the canal a brothel fire a dead prostitute a showdown and an aftermath with loads besides Collisions comedy and collusion decisions dreams and delusionEnjoyable and entertaining interspersed with some darker undertones eg the death of a loose lipped girl It also casts a light on an ordinary couple drifting along scraping by taking each other for granted one oblivious the other dreaming of a different life a better life convinced that happiness is something that only money can buyOne slight niggle I was a tad uncertain about the big bet and the big pay out I'm not totally convinced that it would fly It wasn't enough to bump me out of an otherwise exciting caper My first time reading Tess Makovesky but not my last4 from 5Tess Makovesky's novella Raise the Blade sits on the TBR pileRead in January 2019Published 2018Page count 252Source purchasedFormat paperbackhttpscol2910blogspotcom201901

  4. Kerry says:

    Gravy Train has been a highly entertaining crime thriller full of dodgy character's who don't care who gets hurt as long as they get what they wantSandra is an instantly likeable character A forty something hard working pub landlady who dreams of a better life in a posher pub in a nicer area I can't say I blame her given the number of customers who refer to her as Grandma I'm forty something and would not be impressed in the slightestOne rowdy night in the pub Sandra overhears customers discussing details of a betting scam and she suddenly sees that better life she dreams of becoming of a reality Having talked her initially reluctant husband Mike into placing a bet they collect their £80000 winnings only to be mugged as they leave the betting shop I mean how gutted would you be They might have gained the money in a less than honest way but even so I would be crying so I could totally feel Sandra's painFrom this point on the money generates a lot of interest amongst many people who seem to think they have the right to help themselves to other people's property but none of them seem to be able to hold on to itGreed dominates this story There's absolutely no loyalty It is uite violent in parts but also uite amusing in others I love how Mr Ball is 'affectionately' known as BollockFace LOLMost of the characters throughout this book are extremely unlikeable but fascinating in their own ways I did feel sorry for Sandra Her desperation poured off the pages bless her I'd rather be poor than do what she does in the hope of seeing her money again though A brilliantly written compelling read which I will happily recommend to allhttpschataboutbookswordpresscom

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