Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the shelves – #Thriller, Donovan: Thief for Hire: The Body on the Underwater Road by Chuck Bowie

Delighted to welcome author Charles (Chuck) Bowie to the Cafe and Bookstore with a separate listing for his romantic books written under the name of Alexa Bowie.  I am going to feature the latest book in the suspense-thriller series Donovan: Thief for Hire: The Body on the Underwater Road.

About the book

Tricia Parker was a woman with a past; one that led to a marriage break-up and the complete severance of ties to her very wealthy ex-husband and daughter. Fifteen years later, Tricia suddenly appears, wanting to talk to her daughter, and a day later, Tricia’s body washes up on an underwater road. The prime suspects are her daughter and ex-husband, who are summering in St. Andrews.

Friends who see their predicament contact Donovan and Beth, who are no strangers to murder, and who have certain skills in solving crimes.

As Donovan begins piecing together the elements of the case, he happens upon an old acquaintance, a particularly nasty art thief who shouldn’t even be in that part of the country.

The Body On The Underwater Road is a story set in two countries. It’s about estranged families, old money, and secrets. And murder.

One of the recent reviews for the book

by MJ LaBeff 5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple crimes, suspects, twists kept me turning pages  Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020

This might be my favorite book in the Donovan: Thief for Hire series! There are more books on the way, but so far I’ve enjoyed going on this adventurous and sometimes dangerous life changing journey with Sean Donovan- a unique character unlike most found in thriller/crime fiction novels. It’s always great when a bad guy has redeemable characteristics and is likable, and Donovan is this and so much more. I’m looking forward to the next book and even if this happens to Donovan (it’ll break my heart), I hope the author pulls him back into a life of crime and that Beth is unwittingly dragged along too.

In this book, Donovan is in the midst of solving two crimes. First there’s mischief around the winery he’s part owner in and then he finds himself face to face with seedy criminal and art thief Palu again while helping his friends from Wisconsin come to the rescue of Nick Parker and his daughter Riley when Nick’s estranged wife is found murdered. Soon secrets about the family come to light, and let’s just say with family like this you don’t need enemies. There is a great cast of suspects that kept me guessing until the end.

I liked being swept from New York’s sandy shores to those in Canada and chapter 3 especially made me smile. On a personal note, I’ve never been to Montauk, New York but dear friends of mine traveled there and brought me back a terrific coffee mug and told me a lot of fun stories about their trip. It kinda felt like I knew the place and people; I’ve been to Toronto and Niagara Falls in Canada which made for such a delightful read.

Bravo author Chuck Bowie! Writing an engaging series is tough work and you’re just getting warmed up. This reader and fan is ready for more Donovan!

Read the reviews: Amazon CA – And: Amazon US  – And: Amazon UK

Also by Chuck Bowie

As Alexa Bowie: Amazon US

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon CA – And: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  Read more reviews: Goodreads –  Website: Chuck Bowie – Facebook: Chuck Bowie – Twitter: @BowieChuck

About Charles (Chuck) Bowie

Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science. He lives on the East Coast of Canada. His writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave, habits he picked up as his family moved nineteen times in his first twenty one years. Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his work.

His writing will often draw upon elements of these experiences to round out his characters and plotlines. Chuck will at times share his thoughts with a brief essay, some of which can be found on his website. Chuck Bowie

His publisher has just received his latest novel , set in Ireland and England, entitled Her Irish Boyfriend, fifth in the international suspense-thriller series: Donovan: Thief For Hire. This follows The Body On The Underwater Road, Steal It All, Three Wrongs and AMACAT. All of his published novels have been paperback best-sellers in New Brunswick. He has just completed and published the first novel in a new cozy mystery series, set in a fictional town in New Brunswick, and is working on the follow-up in this series.

Chuck has recently finished a tenure with the National Board of The Writers’ Union of Canada. He’s a Fellow of the Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts.

Chuck is married, with two sons. He and his wife Lois live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in Canada.


Thanks for joining us today and it would be great if you would share Chuck’s books… thanks Sally.

33 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the shelves – #Thriller, Donovan: Thief for Hire: The Body on the Underwater Road by Chuck Bowie

    • Hi, Debby, The Body on the Underwater Road is #4 in the series, with #5 dropping in time for Christmas. I think a series about a thief4hire who is seeking redemption is a fun concept. I’ve had various readers indicate their preference for each of the novels! Ha! Thanks for your generous comment, and yes, Smorgasbord has been wonderful to me!

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      • Hi, Debby. You ask if the thrillers in my Thief For Hire series can be read as Standalones. Absolutely. However, here’s what I’d like you to know about that: In each book I include some background information about Donovan, so that the plotline story is self-contained. But, if you want to follow the development of a character who is seeking redemption from his less-than-legal past, the series from Book 1 is the way to go. Thanks for expressing an interest in Donovan: Thief4Hire!

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