#Review of the intriguing story -Echo Rock by Robert Daws @RobertDaws @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction

Echo Rock
By Robert Daws
Rated: 5 stars *****

This is exciting. Echo Rock (formally known as Tunnel Vision), has been revamped and is looking pretty good in a compelling sense. It is also a FREE E-book, Available From Today from the HobeckBooks website (see below for the link and more details). This short story of a captivating sinister mystery as readers are invited to enter the tunnel of a Rock Ghost Story. It is thanks to Rebecca and Adrian at Hobeck Books for agreeing to pass the story onto me in advance to review.


The Rock. A Girl. Is she real or merely a tunnel vision?
The Summer heat on the Rock of Gibraltar is intense, but deep within its dark interior, a chill horror awaits DS Tamara Sullivan. As a murder detective, Sullivan is used to the grisly truth of death as it is presents itself in all its grim glory. This time, death appears to her in an unexpected guise. Can she come to terms with the possible fact that life – of a kind – survives its mortal bonds? Does the mind play tricks or are there really echoes of life after death? If you do not believe now, you soon will.


Robert Daws Echo Rock

Full of suspense and mystery, the tunnel in this marvellous short story is one that will enthrall as it encapsulates you until the end. There’s a lot packed in within just 26 pages to keep anyone guessing what mysteries are held within the Dudley Ward Tunnel, Gibraltar.

Readers are taken to Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan’s account of the events of 15th and 16th September 2015. It’s an interesting way of telling what happened on these dates and it works well.
The story starts in the seemingly innocent, picturesque surroundings of the Gibraltar, where there is a real sense of where Sullivan went to within the island. The writing of the character DS Sullivan gives a marvelous insight to the character and her strong personality, traits and more… For those who have encountered her in the novels and those who have yet to discover them. Do take note that this is a completely stand-alone short story.

From a relaxed pace at the very beginning that would lull anyone into a false sense of security, the pace notches up somewhat as the intensity of the atmosphere builds and builds as does the intrigue about what is there, and all is certainly not normal  within the tunnel… An investigation is mounted to try to discover who or what it was within the there and all turns even more mysterious, intense and ghostly. It is far from your average journey…

The ending is up there with one of the most lovely, tender endings I’ve certainly read.
All in all this short story is one I highly recommend. The growing pace and atmosphere is incredibly well structured and the plot is enjoyable and written very well.
Look out for this FREE offer of Echo Rock when you subscribe to  www.hobeck.net    . It won’t disappoint!

About The Author

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Robert Daws

His first crime novella, The Rock, made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times.
The second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, The Poisoned Rock.
The third – Killing Rock is due to be published 14th July
The standalone short story is due to be published 22nd June.

As an actor, Robert Daws has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott, Outside Edge, Roger Roger, Sword of Honour, Take A Girl Like You, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Rock and Chips, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Poldark.

His recent work for the stage includes the national tours of Ten Times Table, Alarms and Excursions, Blackbird. In the The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property,  Yes, Prime Minister and Summoned by Betjeman.

His many BBC radio performances include Arthur Lowe in Dear Arthur, Love John, Ronnie Barker in Goodnight from Him and Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson (available on Audible now… also reviewed on the blog).

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Robert Daws: 
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Instagram @RobertDawsOfficial

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The Broderick and Sullivan Murder Mystery Series 
By Robert Daws

Sun, sea, island life, scenery and murder….

There is more than just lovely scenery in Gibraltar. Meet the police team –  Broderick and Sullivan, as they take readers on a journey of intrigue, mystery and murder…

Find out why Tamara Sullivan was seconded to Gibraltar, the many crimes that need solving and what secrets the island holds, within these compelling, twisty tales.

Discover a link to the reviews at the bottom of this article, for reviews of the first 2 books – The Rock and Poisoned Rock. Then watch out for reviews of Killing Rock and Echo Rock.

There are exciting things afoot! Robert Daws has now partnered up with the publishing company – Hobeck Books, who are publishing The Sullivan and Broderick Murder Mystery series, set in Gibraltar. He has fabulous new cover art and is writing more of this series.

It is with thanks to Rebecca Collins and Adrian Hobart at Hobeck Books, that I am currently working on a review for the book – Killing Rock and soon will be also reading and reviewing Echo Rock.

The book – Killing Rock will be available soon to pre-order and Echo Tunnel – a short story –   will be available for free as an E-book soon.

To whet your appetite for what’s to come, here are those covers, reflecting Gibraltar and the sinister, murderous goings on…. I have also included cover art for The Rock and Poisoned Rock.

Look out in the coming days for my reviews of Killing Rock and Echo Rock…..

See a slideshow below and  here is the link to the reviews – The Rock Reviews
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Hobeck:  Website  www.hobeck.net   Twitter: @HobeckBooks Instagram: @hobeckbooks 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hobeckbooks10

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Killing Rock
By Robert Daws
Rating: 5 Stars *****

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I am absolutely honoured to be reviewing for the Morecambe and Vice blog tour. Thanks to Sarah Hardy who had noticed I had attended the Morecambe and Vice Festival last year and for inviting me to join the Morecambe and Vice blog tour. I am also looking forward to attending the festival this year too. I am very pleased to be able to review for Robert Daws and his book Killing Rock.

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About the Author


Robert Daws PicRobert trained at RADA.

His many television credits include: Dr Gordon Ormerod in eight series of The Royal, Sam Mountjoy in three series of John Sullivan’s Roger Roger and Tuppy Glossop in four series of Jeeves and Wooster. Also, Roger Dervish in the award- winning Outside Edge. (Nominated Best Actor-British Comedy Awards) Most recently he played Ernie Raynor in the Only Fools and Horses prequel trilogy, Rock and Chips and made guest appearances in New Tricks and Doc Martin. He has also played Jack Whitehall’s father Michael in Little Cracker – Daddy’s Little Princess for Sky and Will Tudor-Bass in Holby. He also plays the town curmudgeon, Dr. Thomas Choake in the BBC’s hugely successful Poldark – currently filming series four – and has recently completed filming Father Brown, Death In Paradise, a return to Midsomer Murders and the films An Unkind Word and Swimming With Men. He also plays ‘Shank’ Shankovitz in Sky’s new comedy series, Sick Note.

Other leading roles include hospital manager Simon Eastman in Casualty, Major Hound in Channel Four’s Sword of Honour, Dick Thompson in the BBC’s Take A Girl Like You, Simon Snell in You Can Choose Your Friends, Oscar Beatty in The Mystery of Men plus countless guest performances in programmes such as Midsomer MurdersThe Missing PostmanThe BillGame Set and MatchLovejoyBirds of a FeatherPie in the SkyThe Paul Merton ShowLovejoyEmbassyThe Dirty Dozen et al and so on. One of his personal favourites was to be a guest on the last ever episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, for which he played the Last Post on a trumpet. His own one.

Films include Prof. Philip Chessman in the supernatural thriller The Unfolding – recently selected for a Leicester Square premiere as part of FrightFest. The new British comedy, Swimming With Men, directed by Oliver Parker. Arthur’s DykeLand of the BlindAccording to ColinThe Great Escape Two and Richard Ordinary.

Recent theatre work includes Michael Frayn’s  Alarms and Excursions and Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s hit comedy, How The Other Half Loves, playing Frank Foster. Dr John Watson in The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at the Duchess Theatre, and Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property at the Trafalgar Studios and Jim Hacker in Yes Prime Minister at the same theatre. Also Charles Pooter in Diary Of A Nobody at the Theatre Royal, Northampton and the National Tour of Blackbird by David Harrower, for which Robert was nominated for Best Actor in the Manchester Evening News Drama Awards. He also played the frantic taxi driving bigamist, John Smith, in Ray Cooney’s hit comedy farce Caught in the Net, at the Vaudeville Theatre. Robert regularly performs Summoned by Betjeman by Christopher Matthew, in which he portrays the late Poet Laureate and ‘Teddy bear to the nation’, John Betjeman. He is currently playing P.G. Wodehouse in William Humble’s Wodehouse In Wonderland as a performed reading for literary festivals. It will also be produced as a full theatre production in 2019.

A regular contributor on radio as actor and broadcaster, Robert has read biographies of both P.G Wodehouse and John Betjeman for Radio 4 and co-created the long running radio series, with writer Brian B Thompson, Trueman and Riley, in which he plays D.I Trueman. He also played Prof. David Poll in the comedy series Higher by Joyce Bryant and Arthur Lowe in Roy Smiles, Dear Arthur, Love John. Also, Goodnight From Him, in which he plays Ronnnie Barker in the story of the Two Ronnies and Arthur Box-Bender in Sword of Honour by Evelyn Waugh, adapted into six parts by Jeremy Front. Most recently he has recorded Incredible Women by Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front and The Erpingham Camp by Joe Orton, the BBC’s anniversary tribute to the playwrite. He has also happily recorded audios for Dr Who and Torchwood for Big Finish.

His first crime novella, The Rock, was published in 2012 and made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times.

His second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, The Poisoned Rock, was published in Sept 2016. His third in the series, Killing Rock, will be available in 2019. His ghost story, Tunnel Vision – also set in Gibraltar, recently became an Amazon No 1 bestseller.

Robert has three children, Ben, Betsy and May and is married to the actress Amy Robbins.

Killing Rock cover


Hollywood, 1968

A chance encounter on the Sunset Strip leads to a teenage obsession.

Costa de la Luz, 2006

A lone woman walks ten kilometers to the sea. Her life is in danger and she must escape.

The Rock of Gibraltar, The present.

D.S. Ttamara Sullivan is about to start a month’s break from police work and begin a holiday in Spain. When she returns to the Rock, she will take up a full time position with the Royal Gibraltar Police. She’s been involved in two major murder investigations in as many months. But murder brings her back to Gibraltar sooner thhan she things, and her main suspect is someone close to her. Someone far too close for comfort.

Killing Rock…

Is Sillivan and Broderick’s most frightening case to date. Testing their trust in the truth and throwing their proessional and personal relationships into a spiral of peril.


Robert Daws has successfully written another great novel that balances crime, setting and characterisation very well. I have a feeling that if I ever get a chance to visit Gibraltar I will be able to instantly recognise the places he describes, to the finer directional detail. The fact that this book still has an excellent pace for its genre is within the skill of the writing. The book acts, like the previous 2 as both stand-alone and as part of the series. It is complete within itself and there is enough detail within this one for anyone who has not read the previous two books – The Rock and Poisonous Rock ( which I also reviewed earlier in the year and will re-publish), to grasp an understanding of the characters and the relationship between them all and why Tamara Sullivan is in Gibraltar.

The book begins in 1969, California with Donna and Von in a club. I have read the previous books by Robert Daws and he is very good at setting the background and scene. With the background set, the book quickly moves to Spain, 2006 before chapter 1 takes readers to Gibraltar in the present day, where readers of his previous books will be reunited by Broderick and Sullivan, or introduced to them if you have not yet met them.

It doesn’t take long for there to be a murder case to solve and before long it is discovered there, somewhere in the Costas in Spain, is perhaps a serial killer. This isn’t just about solving a case however, the characters have emotions and lives to lead too within this story too, outwith their work. Robert Daws is very good at is creating atmosphere, and giving his characters feelings, and in reminding readers they are not just police officers. The characters are believable and it is fascinating to see further insight into how they have developed in their working relationships.

The story takes some dark turns and characters, especially Max, are taken to the darkest of places. There are ghosts of the past in this story and the case plunges readers into a very intriguing investigation. The story has depth to it and the historical time-lining all has purpose to the present day events. This is not to say the book jumps about a lot. About half-way through or so, readers are taken back to 1969, but this works very well in giving even greater insight of what was happening in this period.

When there is an investigation going on with a main character, it is even more compelling to read further to see what happens next as these are characters that are easy to care about.

The book has an excellent conclusion. I do enjoy Robert Daws writing and his passion for Gibraltar, which really shows. I highly recommend this book and indeed the entire series so far.

I thank Sarah Hardy for inviting me and I thank Robert Daws for sending a signed book and postcard.

Please note that this is an unbiased review                                                                                                       

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