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'There’s murder on the dance floor in this poptastic page-turner!'
Jeff Maysh, Loaded
The manufactured music industry is about to get a wake-up call from a creative new killer. He’s got a Top 10 Hit List and he’s dead set on purging the charts of pop star wannabes, celebrity-seeking chancers, and TV talent show losers…
Come and meet Hardy, a cynical music magazine journalist, and Sophie, a pretty pop photographer. While boozing and bonding over music, they accidentally jump from hit parade to hit list when they get drawn into a Hitman’s plot to systematically murder his Top 10 most-hated pop artists.
No pop star wannabe is safe; boy bands who sing ballads, pretty vacant girl bands, R&B divas, three-piece rock clones, posh boys posing as punks and TV talent show twits… they could all be next on the Top 10 Hit List.
Hardy and Sophie become inseparable as their hunt for a big exclusive takes them undercover and across the UK. But their adventure rapidly spirals out of control when they become targets themselves, and this Hitman won’t stop until he’s reached No.1.
A wickedly entertaining debut novel from an exciting new author, TOP 10 HITS will tickle your funny parts, warm your heart and put a naughty smile on your face.
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'I couldn't put it down!'
‘TOP 10 HITS is a quirky narrative of life through music journalist Hardy's eyes – his amusing penchant for taking the piss out of the bands he interviews, his likeable laid-back style, and his silly sense of humour makes his observations about the people and places he encounters immensely entertaining. As a Bristol lass I particularly liked the atmospheric descriptions of grungy pubs and haunts in Bristol and Bath. The comic slant is contrast against the gritty backdrop of a brutal killer, intent on creatively cleansing the charts of bland manufactured pop music, which means the novel is amusing and cosy one minute then really quite shocking the next. Overall, it’s very exciting – I couldn't put it down!
The whole premise of the novel, its cynicism with today's vacuous, talentless charts, stayed with me long after I'd finished reading and switched the radio back on.’
'A talented writer with a sick sense of humour'
‘Who doesn't want to knock off a few modern pop sensations!? Peter Travers is a talented writer with a sick sense of humour.'
'Very compelling and enjoyable'
‘A fresh, fast-paced, action-packed thriller. A very compelling and enjoyable read! Brilliant.’
'Made me laugh out loud'
‘With so much musical dross out there, either in reality show drivel, or manufactured rubbish; it is refreshing to read a book that has a subject matter mirroring what most people think. The lead characters Hardy and Sophie are so brilliantly written they feel like your best mates, the killer so genuine screwed up and yet quite human and rational in his decision making. Set in the backdrop of Bath and London the story builds pace and tension, and at times I wanted to shout at the page! ‘he is in the other room!’. Parts of the book made me laugh out loud, not many books can do that, it’s as though the writer understands what makes people laugh.
The killings are suitably fantastic in their craziness going from one extreme to another, however the real victim is Sadie I cannot help but feel for her the most. Read it and you will see my point.
If you want to read a book that's bang up to date, exciting, and a genuine page turner then give this a go, this author is very gifted and clearly flying without wings! (Sorry about that!).’
'As good as any Richard & Judy Book Club read!'
‘I challenge anyone to read this book and have the ability to put it down. Once you start reading it'll trap you in. TOP 10 HITS is easily as good as any Richard & Judy Book Club read that I've been guilty of perusing!’
Dr Tom Crandon
'We've all fantasised about bumping off the cast of X-Factor, right?'
‘I really enjoyed TOP 10 HITS – it's a real page-turner and I couldn't put it down. The characters were all very three-dimensional, I swear I've met some of them stalking round the office where I work. I was very impressed by the ingenious ways Peter Travers came up with to kill people off. I was raised watching Taggart and always loved interesting deaths so I particularly liked the Abbey Road recording booth method. Anyone with a bone of musical taste in their body will love this book: after all, we've all fantasised about bumping off the entire cast of X-Factor, right?'
'This is a must-read book'
‘As someone who enjoys the singing on most 'talent' shows every bit as much as a poke in the ear with a sharp stick, this book proved the perfect antidote. Instead of grinding my teeth while those around me were glued to the latest round of TV's X Factor, I escaped to the spare room and the dark, dangerous yet sometimes hilarious world of TOP 10 HITS, where a fiendishly psychotic hitman aims to put an end to pop pap. I found the book deeply shocking, mostly because I've never before developed an open admiration for a monstrously cold-blooded killer but, ultimately, it's just a perfectly justifiable case of Sympathy for the Devil (written, of course, by Jagger and Richards rather than some formulaic and faceless song-writing committee and their computer). If you like good music and gruesome murder on a grand scale, this is a must-read book.’
'If you like Nick Hornby and Ben Elton you’ll love Peter Travers'
'A really enjoyable page-turner. It kept me up late as I couldn't put it down. Loved it. If you like Nick Hornby, Ben Elton, Mike Gayle and Louise Wener you will love Peter Travers, he slots right in there with them all!'
'Lots of clever twists'
'TOP 10 HITS is a great book – I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s really well written with lots of clever twists all the way to the end. It easily stands up against other top fiction books I’ve read recently.'
'Laughed out loud lots'
'Really enjoyed it, made me laugh out loud lots of times!'
'Excellent from start to finish'
'An excellent, pacey read from start to finish, with each hit getting more and more macabre. I'm definitely looking forward to the second book from Peter Travers.'
'An impressive first novel that would make a hit movie'
'A riotous page turner that'll have anyone who enjoys a pint or ten licking their lips as the action unfolds. Your sense of right and wrong gets truly tested throughout, as one minute you're rooting for the hero and the next you're cheering on the killer! An impressive first novel full of fresh ideas that would make this a hit movie...'