THE RED ADMIRALS SECRET By Matt Ross @mattwross @RedDogTweets # TheRedAdmiralsSecret @red_dog_press #bookblogtour

I would like to thank Meggy Rousseau at Red Dog and the rest of the team at Red Dog for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for this book.

Available to purchase as Hardback, Paperback and ebook from 3rd February 2021 direct from or any other good book retailers.


Crime and Mystery, Amateur Detectives, Humorous Dark Comedy.

Language: English

Publisher:Red Dog Press

ISBN 978-1-913331-48-1


A Premier League bad-boy murdered at his newly refurbished home; a teenage corpse uncovered on a construction site; a gunman shoots up the premises of the local gangland boss – all of them projects run by beleaguered builder Mark Poynter. Can he fix it?

Things seem to be on the up for builder, Mark Poynter. Mark’s got himself a nice little earner taking care of the sizeable property portfolio built up from the career earnings of former Premier League bad-boy and local celebrity, Danny Kidd. But when Danny Kidd puts an interested party’s nose out of joint using his star status to Gazump them on a development site – the derelict Admiral Guthrie pub – things turn ugly and incendiary, leaving Mark to deal with the consequences.

Meanwhile local villain, Hamlet, uses his subtle persuasion to dupe Mark into unwittingly help him launder vast sums of dirty cash but when it drags the area to the brink of gang warfare, Mark’s help is needed to try and broker a truce.

At the Admiral Guthrie secrets from the past meet conflicts of the present – will the rising flames reduce Mark’s future to ashes?

“The Red Admiral’s Secret” is the second in the series of darkly comic crime fiction novels featuring the beleaguered builder Mark Poynter, aided and hindered in equal measure by his trusted crew of slackers, idlers and gossips, and the lengths they go to just to earn a living.


The cast of characters are back together in book two of this dark comic series. With business looking better for Mark Poynter or ‘Marky Mark’ to his friends. He is working for ex Premier League football player Danny Kidd and his brother Stuart, who whilst Danny had been playing professional football, Stuart had managed the finances and had done pretty well for them. Now Danny wants to be more involved in the property business, Stuart isn’t quite as keen. But it seems what Danny wants Danny gets. When he sees the Admiral Guthrie pub for sale at auction he decides he wants it, despite finding out someone else has already purchased it, Danny uses his fame and influence to guzump the buyer. Paying over the odds, meaning there isn’t much room for making a profit.

But it seems that Danny has annoyed the wrong people this time. Mark also starts to wonder if he has made a mistake putting all his eggs in one basket. In just doing jobs for Danny. When he is approached by a developer who seems to be offering jobs to everyone local he turns the jobs down, feeling he has plenty of work for himself, Uncle Bern, Disco, and the rest of his motley crew who are such a great set of characters, I’m really enjoying getting to know the characters and their different work ethics.

But when Mark turns up at Danny’s home to find a dead body things start to get more complicated, and work is all put on hold. Mark finds himself back to doing some jobs for the dodgy Hamlet, who he swore he would never work for again, knowing things are never quite how they seem with any jobs done for Hamlet. But he has to pay the bills somehow so when asked to do up two tanning salons Mark agrees to do the work, after all what else can he do. Marks girlfriend Perry is not happy after previous run ins with Hamlet. it’s only later that Mark realises what Hamlet is really up to with his new ventures.

It seems there is also more to the Admiral Guthrie pubs history, more than any of them knew, with ties going back 30 years, along with some very dodgy dealings. Who wants things left as they are? Why? What could possibly be hidden in the old pub?

This is a brilliantly written fast paced read, with something happening all the time never leaving the reader bored. Constantly trying to guess who has ties to what, who wants who dead. With some great memorable characters that are really starting to grow. Mark is still affected deeply by not knowing where his brother Adam is, is he alive? Or is he buried in a pit somewhere? It seems whenever there is some drama to be had Mark finds himself in the thick of it. But his relationship with Perry is going well, and he realises how lucky he is to have her, and her support, could things finally be going in the right direction when it comes to love? Even Hamlet shows a slightly different side at some stage in the story.

I enjoyed book one in this series but I think book 2 is even better a definite 5⭐️ read and I look forward to where things go to next not just for Mark Poynter but the other characters as well. There’s certainly never a dull moment in Marky Marks life. If you haven’t read book one The Death of a Painter I would highly recommend you start with that. However, this book can be read as a stand-alone novel it’s just good to see the characters introduced from the start and see them grow, but that is just how I love to read books, in order. I would like to thank #RedDogPress for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review. Loved it, can’t wait for book 3.


Matthew Ross was born and raised in the Medway Towns, England. He still lives in Kent with his Kiwi wife, his children and a very old cat.

He was immersed in the building industry from a very early age helping out on his father’s sites during school holidays before launching into his own career at 17. He’s worked on projects ranging from the smallest domestic repair to £billion+infrastructure, and probably everything in between.

A lifelong comedy nerd, he ticked off a bucket list ambition and tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Matthew moved into the larger format of novel writing after graduating from the Fabre Academy in London in 2017.

‘Death Of a Painter’ was his first novel and the first in a planned series of stories featuring Mark Poynter and his associates.

Matthew enjoys reading all manner of books – especially crime and mystery; 80’s music, and travelling and can’t wait for the next trip to New Zealand to spend time with family and friends.

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