#FeaturedPost | #BookReview | #The13LivesOfFrankPeppercorn by Ryan Bracha @RyanBracha & Others (May 19th 2017, Abrachadabra Books @AbrachadabraBks)

Thirteen ways to remember the dead. Thirteen histories of a loving husband.

Betty Peppercorn is burning her husband Frank today. Well, she’s burning her property. The corpse she was left with as a reward for loving somebody for better or worse. Frank exists only in her thoughts, anymore.

To her knowledge, Frank had no friends. Betty’s not even sure he existed before they met. It comes as a major surprise, then, when several strange faces appear at the funeral, each of them bringing their own stories of what Frank meant to them.

As the day goes on, it becomes increasingly apparent that Frank was not the man she thought he was.

Thirteen new and established writers collide in this brand new novel-of-stories project from Ryan Bracha, the brains behind Twelve Mad Men, The Switched, and The Dead Man Trilogy. All proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s charities.

Featuring contributions from:

Dominic Adler – The Ninth Circle
Jason Beech – Moorlands
Kevin Berg – Indifference
Paul D. Brazill – A Case of Noir, Guns of Brixton, Kill Me Quick
Robert Cowan – The Search For Ethan, For All is Vanity
Craig Furchtenicht – Dimebag Bandits, Behind the 8 Ball
Shervin Jamali – The Devil’s Lieutenant
Jason Michel – The Death of Three Colours, The Black-Hearted Beat
Allen Miles – This is How You Disappear
Alex Shaw – The Aidan Snow series
Martin Stanley – The Gamblers, Glasgow Grin, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Billingham Forum
Mark Wilson – The dEaDINBURGH series, On The Seventh Day, Ice Cold Alice


Firstly, what did I think?
When I first started reading this I wasn’t sure what to expect. 13 authors all writing parts each – would it make any sense? I had only previously read work by 2 of the author’s so wasn’t really sure this book would be for me BUT I was pleasantly surprised.

I was enthralled by Frank Peppercorn’s life from the very first chapter. I found I couldn’t wait to turn the page to find out what happened next and who I would meet. It kept me guessing the whole way through, there was just no way of knowing where we would be led to next.

It flowed together nicely and if you weren’t aware so many authors were involved you probably wouldn’t even be able to tell.

The stories are all very different but actually all say the same thing….Frank is a nice person who does bad things.

Ryan Bracha approached us here at the blog to read and review his new book – The Thirteen Lives of Frank Peppercorn. Well we love to read so of course we jumped at the chance. It was only after when we were each sent a copy and a note explaining the reasons behind this book that we truly appreciated just what we were being asked to experience.

Ryan asked 12 of his author friends to each send him a themed story about a man named Frank Peppercorn. He then weaved the stories together and added a narrative to make the stories flow into a novel, which it does very nicely.

The thing I found most interesting about this novel was that all of the stories had a very similar theme despite being written by completely different people. It would definitely be in the crime category but as with all good novels there is some romance and humour mixed in.

The best thing about this novel, not just that it is an extremely good read but all the proceeds are being given to Alzheimer’s charities as per the request of the authors involved. So not only will you be getting a different but enjoyable book to read by purchasing the Thirteen Lives of Frank Peppercorn but you will be supporting an extremely good cause at the same time! PLUS THE KINDLE EDITION IS CURRENTLY ONLY 99P. That’s less than one whole pound. BOOM. What are you waiting for 🙂

You can buy THE THIRTEEN LIVES OF FRANK PEPPERCORN from the following booksellers;

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This is probably the most refreshing story I have read in 2016! Mainly because it was something different then what I am used to reading! Written by an author who has not taken himself too seriously and has clearly had fun whilst writing this tale of love, friendship, annoyance and being able to test peoples patience.

We are introduced to our narrator; who to start has no name and he is courting (rather old fashioned I know!) our leading lady Phoebe. Our narrator begins to tell Phoebe about himself, most importantly how he became an Annoyance Officer.

We are introduced to Danny and a name is given to our narrator; Tony (this is not his real name). Danny, seeing that Tony is in a bit of a state (no spoilers here!) offers him the chance to escape his current captivity and recapture his life and have fun while doing it. The catch? There is no catch. Just annoy people. The more you annoy a person and the bigger the rise you receive, the bigger the payout.

The man bankrolling this venture is Fintan. His relationship with Danny is curious and something I wish could have been explored further (maybe a spin-off novella?) as you question how these two men came together. What was there initial purpose? Where did all this money come from? What about their relationships and families? So many questions!!

As Danny and Tony welcome more people into the fold, cracks begin to appear until Tony has to make a decision which will affect both him and Phoebe forever. Tony harbours his own demons from his past and sees Phoebe as his saviour.

This is hands down the funniest book I have read this year, if not ever! Ryan Bracha should be darn well proud of this book. It is well written and funny! As in “a little bit of wee has just popped out” funny! You need to read this.

Pre-order your copy now ready for delivery tomorrow! 
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