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ASSUME NOTHING, BELIEVE NOBODY, CHALLENGE EVERYTHING by Mike Craven


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 08 December 2015

Intruiging title, eh? Invigorating. Sometimes hilarious. I’m not fond of short stories, mostly because there’s not enough time to get beyond the punchline, to learn about the lives of the characters. This collection of six short stories in ASSUME NOTHING, BELIEVE NOBODY, CHALLENGE EVERYTHING by Mike Craven ©2015 exceeded my expectations in most particulars. We come to care deeply about Detective Inspector Avison Fluke’s team of police- men and women. They’re a clever and thoughtful bunch.

I dislike writing which focuses on what something is not, but I find myself here comparing what I discovered to what I presumed. I’d noticed Mike Craven around various crime fiction sites and he writes well, so in a flurry of responses, Mike’s tend to be amongst those I read. Mike is from Cumbria UK and has spent many years in the probation service. His work has been described as "gritty"—facts which would seem to identify work I don’t want to read. How wrong could I be? Turns out, completely!

Mike’s first novel was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association 2013 Debut Dagger Award. Mike’s first novel was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association 2013 Debut Dagger Award. First thing I did when I finished the short stories this morning was to run out and buy myself a copy.


Amendment: Mike's first novel has some very gritty scenes.



ASSUME NOTHING, BELIEVE NOBODY, CHALLENGE EVERYTHING
©2015
by Mike Craven
Published by Caffeine Nights Publishing

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