A rocking good story that hits all the right notes.


This is a well-conceived story which has direction and raises some thought-provoking questions on life itself. The majority of characters in the book are convincing and you get to know them in a way which helps to paint a picture of that era, from the smoky bars and phone boxes with their unique aroma, to venues which in some cases are regrettably long gone.


This is a debut novel by Bournemouth author Steve Couch and I have to say I was very impressed with it… my final comment is back to the book itself; I will not spoil the surprise, but whoever came up with the idea of the tribute band name and the name of that final album, I offer my congratulations: genius!

Brian Case
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A great debut novel that gradually pulls you in through musical references and intrigue until you are holding your breath to find the outcome for Dave. He becomes someone you find egotistical and frustrating yet loveable and admirable at times as well. Rather like some of the real musicians out there… a really good read all round.

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Good story that gets funnier and more unputdownable as it progresses.

I thought I would like this, then enjoyed it more than I expected. Preferred this over Nick Hornby, and I don’t think it’s entirely down to being forgetful of Fever Pitch plot line over the years.

With the related Spotify Playlists and copious discussion questions, I thought this made a full well-rounded offering. The best things, IMHO: the concept of the novel, the plotline, the extended final major scene (can’t say more – spoiler) which borders on ironic and farcical, yet without being silly: great ending.

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I loved this! I've not enjoyed a story of this genre this much since I read Nick Hornby over 20 years ago.

When I heard about it, I was intrigued by the idea behind this story. It did not fail to deliver. I couldn't put it down.

It's funny, unique and engaging. Most of all I loved the characters; the mark of a good story for me is when I care about the characters and want the best for them. The author nailed this!

Alex Oehring
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Dead Man Singing will make you want to cry and laugh in equal amounts, as Dave Masters tries to relaunch his career amusingly after his faked death, a position fraught with danger. The reader will find themselves engrossed in this story that leaves them guessing the outcome until the last pages. Great book - great storyline!

Matt Shine

A thoroughly enjoyable read. You find yourself drawn into the intrigue and becoming invested in Dave more and more as the book goes on. The sign of a good character, I was at times cross, frustrated and fed up with him and yet ultimately wanting him to find his peace. An entertaining read for the hidden musician/fame seeker in all of us

Elizabeth Dodd
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Fabulous concept of a story and well thought out narrative. The factual knowledge surrounding the fictional story gives it real gravity and realism. All the characters resonate in some way and the story takes you on a fantastic rollercoaster of an adventure that twists and turns without the obvious results. Loved it!!

Ben Goodridge
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Didn't know what to expect with this after receiving as a gift but absolutely loved it! Brilliant plot concept, great characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked. A must read!

S. Reid
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Clever and immersive in rock music history of the 60s and 70s, while set in the 90s. A successful musician facing the decline of his career ends up faking his own death. Plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing with an ultimately surprising ending.

Sue Em
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The characters seemed real and well thought out. The plot wound its way from apparent familiarity, to twists and turns which were unexpected and often hilarious or tragic by turn. In many ways, the ideal read! A master class in writing style and in reader engagement. I enjoyed every page and may read it again and find out even more.

Mark Whiting
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