Reviews

  • An ambitious start to a promising crime series.

    Kirkus Review
  • Its rich details and abundant humour shine through. Hughes’ depiction of the world of the London Metropolitan Police Service in the 1960s is incredibly well-researched.

    Kirkus Review
  • An ambitious start to a promising crime series. Its rich details and abundant humour shine through. Hughes depiction of the London Metropolitan Police in the 1960s is incredibly well –researched.”

    Kirkus Review
  • Amazing!!!!Brilliant book. Well written and beautifully told. So many twists and turns in the plot. I couldnt put it down!!! For me, a wonderful and enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next book. Is as good as anything by Ged McManus

    Ged McManus
  • Superb read could not put it down until finished a must read

    Amazon Customer – Five Stars
  • Very good read could not put it down, e w I’ll look for other books by Paul Hughes thank you

    Amazon Customer
  • Great read ……..from beginning to end.
    An author to keep an eye on if his first book is anything to go by!

    Michael Warner
  • I’m a huge fan of suspense thrillers and read them all the time. Unfortunately, after a while many of them start to feel the same, like many authors (especially new ones) are using the same recycled plot over and over again. But I like trying out new authors and thought the premise of “Beginning to End” sounded interesting, and I liked that it was set in the 50’s-60’s, but written today. Also I liked that it was by a British author and with the Scotland Yard setting. But while I fully admit I didn’t have the highest expectations going in…well, consider me blown away! I read “Beginning to End” almost in one sitting (much to my own amazement because this is a very long book!) Paul Hughes is a talented writer, and I was hooked in by the way he weaved so many interesting characters and high-octane storylines together to create a wholly addicting story that I couldn’t put down until the final conclusion. It was fast-paced and with snappy dialogue and descriptive a narrative that stands out from the crowd. Devlin and Spearing are great characters, and it was very unpredictable – especially the ending! I’d love to read more from this author in the future…seems like the ending is leaving open for more. Recommend for mature readers of thriller/suspense due to adult content/themes.

    Marcella Gonzales – Five Stars
  • I found “Beginning to End” by Paul Hughes to be extremely well-written and entertaining. There’s lots of action, great character and plot development, flashes of humour, and some surprisingly emotional moments – and some really awful ones as well. Some characters are on occasion paper-thin, but they’re mostly likable and serve a purpose, and the heroes are easy to root for (for the most part!!) There’s simply not a dull moment to be found here. The world Hughes creates occasionally feels like a composite of familiar elements, but there is enough originality so that I don’t feel like I’ve read it before… For such a long and complex storyline, Hughes is great at breaking down the unfolding plot into manageable chunks so as not to overshadow the suspense element, and as the story unfolds and you put all those pieces together, you can see that there’s more complexity here than you’d initially expect. I appreciated the 60’s British element and thought it added a deeper layer to the believable setting. A fast paced read that I didn’t want to put down, especially towards the end. Hope there will be more soon

    Claire – 4.5 stars
  • Beginning to End” is the first novel I’ve read by Paul Hughes, but I really hope it won’t be the last! I thought it to be very good—excellent writing and a compelling, unpredictable plot set against an intriguing international background. I like the fact that it is a fully-realized crime thriller without all the bloat that can sometimes weigh down an action-packed book like this one. Hughes fills you in as we go without getting bogged down in describing every last thing, but at the same time the detailing in to the police/detective network is quite impressive. The story moves forward and you can’t help but get sucked into Hughes’ strong narrative. And I haven’t even begun to talk about the characters, which were authentic and move the story forward nicely. Devlin and Spearing are the type of leads we like to root for (at least at first!!), and I enjoyed watching their dynamic with the other characters/ develop over the course of the action. Some similar themes and motifs found in typical crime/thriller/suspense lore, but Paul Hughes does a fantastic job of putting his own unique spin on them. The ending is one that will make you want to read more ASAP! Recommend for mature fans of crime/thrillers.

    Cory – 4.5 stars
  • Beginning to End” by Paul Hughes grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the very end (pun intended). It is rare to find a book that keeps my attention all the way through, but this one did. I was totally caught up in the whirlwind of events, and loved the behind the scenes action of the investigation into “The Fox”… which reveals so many unexpected results!! Nothing lights my fire more than deception and unpredictable twists…and “Beginning to End” did not disappoint! If I had only one minor problem was that it was a tad hard to follow at some parts because it almost seemed too fast paced, lots of dialog and I wasn’t sure who was talking when and I got a bit confused because there are a LOT of characters. But it was well crafted with some ingenious villains (no spoilers) and tangents that all came together to make an explosive ending – and I literally could not put down my Kindle during the last 30% or so. Recommend to fans of the suspense/thriller genre…heck, for anyone who just enjoys a great, intelligently-written, heart-pounding read! Suitable for mature readers.

    Jena – 4 Stars
  • “Beginning to End” is a great piece of action/crime/ suspense/ thriller fiction no one should miss reading if they are looking for an adventurous, entertaining read that has high stakes and an incredibly unpredictable plot. If you’re looking for a work lacking in cliché then I must say that you might have a bone to pick with this, as there were many ‘familiar’ elements that made me almost feel at times that I had read it before (I haven’t). But I believe the author’s job is not to be completely original (for is there such a thing as true originality, especially in the police and crime game?) here but rather to tell a powerful story with interesting characters that stays with you. For I believe that the true future for the genre lies not in becoming ‘newer’ but rather by taking old heroic tales and telling them better. This is done nicely here and I am impressed with the way that Paul Hughes can tell a story in his own way with characters that we love, or love to hate. I looked forward to my reading time each evening and was sad when it was over. Hope he has other books in this series soon

    Cale
  • wow, what did I just read? Almost non-stop drama and a fast moving plot kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The writing and plot development was excellent, although the editing/proofing could use some improvement. Really enjoyed the mix of fascinating characters infused with a compelling storyline – makes it feel that much more authentic and believable because the details were spot on. You can tell Hughes is well-versed in this arena (I even feel like I learned something about the inner workings of New Scotland Yard and MI5). I was really impressed with Hughes’s writing style—his dramatic and strong word choice works well in this genre, and it seems like he’s done his homework. Quite long, but lots of fun and with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. There is some shocking violence and sexual situations – but nothing horribly offensive. One of the most scandalously fun cast of characters I’ve read about in a while, and I hope this is just the beginning of the adventures of Detective Sergeant Devlin in New Scotland Yard. Definitely think Paul Hughes is an author to watch for in the future, and recommend for fans of Suspense/Action/Thrillers

    Layla – 4 Stars
  • “Beginning to End” by Paul Hughes is fast-paced, high-stakes thriller with exciting twists and turns that keep you in suspense for hours! In a way this is modeled after a classic crime-thriller, but it really impressed me by its originality in many areas and terrific detailing and a substantial (an unpredictable) plot. It was easy to read, not overly complicated, just a great story written without dragging things out… It’s one of the those books you pick up and just finish before you realized it’s over, like eating comfort food, the simplicity, yet action packed pages and witty dialogue and unpredictable twists were great. I enjoyed the descriptive world building, and really felt transported to another time and place, if only for some brief moments as it does have its darker side. We never feel ‘safe’ as we are reading as the threat of danger is always near, but that’s what kept me so hooked. When I was finished I closed my Kindle and smiled, for it was a good read…. I’ll want read the other books from Paul Hughes for sure.

    Stacy – 5 Stars
  • This was the first book I’ve read by this author Paul Hughes, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of every other thriller/crime book out there, but instead like a new niche of action and suspense that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). Devlin were great, and I also really liked Spearing (yes, I know…). But they were interesting characters that kept me hooked. It was fast paced and creepy and shocking at times, and could use better proofreading (and formatting) but overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered an emotional win in the end. Recommend.

    Laura – 5 Stars