Seat 97 by Tony Bassett

Exciting & Gripping

Seat 97 by Tony Bassett is a marvellous contemporary murder thriller that captured my attention from the start.

Tony Bassett has cleverly constructed and well executed a complex plotline that intrigues the reader from the start.

All the characters are well drawn with likable leading ones and some very menacing criminals.

The story is set in London. The reader travels from posh mansions to the seedy, violent underworld of the belly of London criminals. We witness ruthless gangland bosses, grieving widows and the relentless search for the truth.

A newspaper reported teams up with the local police as he gains access and knowledge in places they fail to. Between them, they are determined to crack the case, solve the murders and see justice served.

Seat 97 is a fast paced, complex and exciting thriller that totally engaged me. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think Seat 97 would make a marvellous movie – any producers out there, please take note.

I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


SEAT 97: wrong place, wrong time: the mystery of a very public murder

A man who had it coming, or mistaken identity?

People are finding their seats for a soul concert when a shot rings out. David Barron crumples to the floor. Next to him, journalist Nick Colton and his wife, Greta, step in to help.

The assassin quickly escapes from the building. Realising this might be the scoop of his life, Nick rushes after him.
Although the man evades him – perhaps a good thing, seeing as he is holding a gun – Nick is determined to find the killer. Despite the misgivings of the police.

So who was David Barron and why was he shot? Why was he holding the lethal ticket for Seat 97?

Can you work out the mystery?

This is a totally gripping standalone crime mystery set in London that will keep you guessing.

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Author Bio

Tony Bassett, a former Fleet Street journalist, has had seven crime novels published so far.

This latest book, Seat 97, introduces Nick Colton, a journalist who is swept up into a murder investigation. It is a standalone novel which may possibly lead to a series. The book is published by London-based independent publishers The Book Folks, who specialise in crime fiction.

Tony is best known for his Midlands series of crime novels featuring DCI Gavin Roscoe and DS Sunita Roy (Murder On Oxford Lane, The Crossbow Stalker, Murder Of A Doctor and Out For Revenge, all published by the Book Folks).

He first developed a love of writing at the age of nine when he and a friend produced a magazine called the Globe at their junior school in Sevenoaks, Kent. When he reached his teenage years, growing up in Tunbridge Wells, his local vicar staged one of his plays, about Naboth’s Vineyard.

At Hull University, Tony was named student journalist of the year in 1971 in a competition run by Time-Life magazine and went onto become a national newspaper journalist, mainly working for the Sunday People in both its newsroom and investigations department.

His very first book to be published, the crime novel Smile Of The Stowaway, was released in December 2018. It concerns a Kent couple who harbour a stowaway and then battle to clear his name when he is charged with murder.

Then, in March 2020, the spy novel The Lazarus Charter, was released. It involves foreign agents operating in the UK. The book has kindly been endorsed by Marina Litvinenko, widow of the murdered Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, and by Stan and Caroline Sturgess, parents of the innocent mother-of-three poisoned with novichok in Salisbury in 2018.

Tony has five grown-up children. He is a Life Member of the National Union of Journalists. He lives in South-East London with his partner Lin.

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2 thoughts on “Seat 97 by Tony Bassett

  1. Tony Bassett writes: Thank you much for your glowing review, Julia. I’m glad you enjoyed Seat 97. For the moment, I don’t have plans for another book featuring the journalist Nick Colton, although a sequel may materialise some time in the future. I’m currently working on the next two books in my Midlands crime series. Best wishes, Tony Bassett

    • Good to hear, there may be a sequel 🙂 I am glad you are writing more Midlands based crime series 🙂 I love those books too 🙂 As a Black Country wench who moved to Solihull as a ten year old, I love hearing of familiar locations. Keep on writing Tony, as I want to keep on reading! All the best Julia.

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