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FACT is stranger than FICTION on the front line... Who’s afraid of the Ginger Bread Man? Why do police like big busts? How can a priest assist in a violent robbery? When does Hitler figure in police negotiations? Why can making mashed potato get you arrested? When do police deploy the banana phone? What happens when you die if CSI don’t like you? Come on patrol with PC FACT is stranger than FICTION on the front line... Who’s afraid of the Ginger Bread Man? Why do police like big busts? How can a priest assist in a violent robbery? When does Hitler figure in police negotiations? Why can making mashed potato get you arrested? When do police deploy the banana phone? What happens when you die if CSI don’t like you? Come on patrol with PC Donoghue and discover the funny, interesting and bizarre side of life on the front line of British policing. Police, Arrests & Suspects is the third fascinating account of a front line police response officer in ‘The True Story of a Front Line Officer’ series. John’s books remain hugely popular today, with over 600 5-star Amazon reviews combined. WARNING: Contains Humour & Traces of Nuts


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FACT is stranger than FICTION on the front line... Who’s afraid of the Ginger Bread Man? Why do police like big busts? How can a priest assist in a violent robbery? When does Hitler figure in police negotiations? Why can making mashed potato get you arrested? When do police deploy the banana phone? What happens when you die if CSI don’t like you? Come on patrol with PC FACT is stranger than FICTION on the front line... Who’s afraid of the Ginger Bread Man? Why do police like big busts? How can a priest assist in a violent robbery? When does Hitler figure in police negotiations? Why can making mashed potato get you arrested? When do police deploy the banana phone? What happens when you die if CSI don’t like you? Come on patrol with PC Donoghue and discover the funny, interesting and bizarre side of life on the front line of British policing. Police, Arrests & Suspects is the third fascinating account of a front line police response officer in ‘The True Story of a Front Line Officer’ series. John’s books remain hugely popular today, with over 600 5-star Amazon reviews combined. WARNING: Contains Humour & Traces of Nuts

30 review for Police, Arrests & Suspects: The True Story of a Front Line Officer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Browne

    “Donoghue, Donoghue, Donoghue…” You’ve gone and done it again. If you’re looking for something to lift your spirits, this author has the ability to tickle your funny bone until it hurts. Looking at the true life of a front line officer, Police, Arrests and Suspects is just as screamingly hilarious as John Donoghue’s other books: Police, Crime & 999, Police, Lies & Alibis and Shakespeare My Butt. I’ve spotted a few tweets and read reviews on this author’s books, where readers have claimed to be c “Donoghue, Donoghue, Donoghue…” You’ve gone and done it again. If you’re looking for something to lift your spirits, this author has the ability to tickle your funny bone until it hurts. Looking at the true life of a front line officer, Police, Arrests and Suspects is just as screamingly hilarious as John Donoghue’s other books: Police, Crime & 999, Police, Lies & Alibis and Shakespeare My Butt. I’ve spotted a few tweets and read reviews on this author’s books, where readers have claimed to be caught in the embarrassing situation of laughing out loud on public transport. Hands up! Guilty. I now have my official local transport looney badge. How Donoghue combines razor sharp wit with subtle delivery and superb timing leaves me in awe. His ability to communicate the less savoury side of everyday policing and the real danger response officers often face, making it obvious that they ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’, only makes the book more compulsive reading. The recognisable traits of certain criminal types are genius. You can feel the despair emanating from the officers and see every roll of the eyes. The characterisation, along with the writing, is simply brilliant. The CBT incident (no spoilers) literally brought tears to my eyes – Ouch! – and the “killed myself in the mirror” line and the image that created will stay with me for a long time. There are many such nuggets of pure gold. I’m smiling as I type. If ever you spot someone laughing uncontrollably on a gloomy, grey day, ask them what they’re reading. I bet it’ll be John Donoghue. If they’re just looking as miserable as sin, recommend them a JD tonic. No, not the amber coloured stuff. In fact go one further, make a kindly donation to the humourless and buy them a John Donoghue book. Uniquely witty, eye-openingly informative and fabulously entertaining, I would highly recommend any one of them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    John Donoghue's work as a front line officer has been serious, but is recounted in such a way as to raise a smile on at least every page. His advice to watch out for the tax man should be heeded! John Donoghue's work as a front line officer has been serious, but is recounted in such a way as to raise a smile on at least every page. His advice to watch out for the tax man should be heeded!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Police, Arrests & Suspects is a work of non fiction about the authors own experiences as a police officer. The author shares with us stories of the more funnier and strangest call outs he has been to, so it actually makes for quite a fun but at times unbelievable read. There is one chapter which he dedicates to, what I can only explain as the most idiotic, 999 calls that they receive. Obviously it really shouldn't be a laughing matter that people are wasting police time as well as tying up phone l Police, Arrests & Suspects is a work of non fiction about the authors own experiences as a police officer. The author shares with us stories of the more funnier and strangest call outs he has been to, so it actually makes for quite a fun but at times unbelievable read. There is one chapter which he dedicates to, what I can only explain as the most idiotic, 999 calls that they receive. Obviously it really shouldn't be a laughing matter that people are wasting police time as well as tying up phone lines with anything but emergencies, but some of the things that people phone up about are just so ridiculous that my jaw dropped open in shock more than a few times. It is really quite worrying that some of the human race are unable to understand the meaning of the word emergency. My favourite story had to be the very first one of the authors experience of pulling over a drink driver. Again it isn't a laughing matter as it is a very serious offence, but the lady who obviously thinks she's above the law was very humorous. I'm sure when she sobered up she will look back on that particular incident with shame and regret, well I would hope so anyway. Police, Arrests & Suspects will give readers the chance to see a side of being a police officer that you won't see in a movie or a crime series on television. Even though most of the stories are of a light hearted nature, there are a couple of more serious ones in there. It certainly made me value what our police officers do even more after reading this book. A very different type of crime book but one I think readers will certainly be entertained by. Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gingercat

    Many thanks to the author, John Donoghue, for providing a review copy of Police, Arrests & Suspects. This is a non-fiction book reciting some of the author’s own experiences as a police officer and, particularly, focusing on some of the funnier and/or stranger situations he has found himself in. The book is split into 17 chapters, each with eye-catching titles and each chapter containing its own standalone story. I took my Kindle to work and limited myself to one chapter a day during my lunch hour Many thanks to the author, John Donoghue, for providing a review copy of Police, Arrests & Suspects. This is a non-fiction book reciting some of the author’s own experiences as a police officer and, particularly, focusing on some of the funnier and/or stranger situations he has found himself in. The book is split into 17 chapters, each with eye-catching titles and each chapter containing its own standalone story. I took my Kindle to work and limited myself to one chapter a day during my lunch hour – a great interlude during a busy working day. It’s difficult to pick a favourite story, however I think mine was either the drunk driver from the first chapter or possibly the drug bust in chapter 14. Whilst being an upbeat and amusing book, there are a few more serious tales such as the child neglect in chapter 2 and the shocking time wasters in chapter 12 for whom the word ‘emergency’ obviously has a different meaning when making the decision to call 999! The book does at times border on the ridiculous, however it is great fun and a thoroughly engaging read. I found myself laughing out loud on occasions, whilst simultaneously feeling slightly guilty as some of the situations probably aren’t really a laughing matter. The author certainly knows how to tell a tale, seeing the humour in most situations. Police, Arrests & Suspects give the reader a glimpse into the (sometimes bizarre) life of a police officer through a light-hearted selection of stories. The prose has an easy flow and a friendly/chummy style, which left me feeling as though the author is telling the reader a few tales over a beer in his local. Overall, a humorous and very entertaining read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Gauthier

    Another fun read from PC Donoghue! He invites the reader along for a ride to meet some of the unique characters he has dealt with in his law enforcement career thus far and his descriptions of many of the situations in which he finds himself made me laugh out loud. Along with many incidents that have one giggling, there are one or two that remind the reader just how much danger police officers face every time they go to work. So pour yourself a cuppa, get comfortable and let PC Donoghue give you Another fun read from PC Donoghue! He invites the reader along for a ride to meet some of the unique characters he has dealt with in his law enforcement career thus far and his descriptions of many of the situations in which he finds himself made me laugh out loud. Along with many incidents that have one giggling, there are one or two that remind the reader just how much danger police officers face every time they go to work. So pour yourself a cuppa, get comfortable and let PC Donoghue give you a reason (or two) to laugh!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Ever wondered just what it is that police officers do? Read this book and find out. At times funny and sometimes frightening. Scary clown twins anyone? This book will show you that police officers deal with almost anything. Well worth reading and encouraging others to read too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    Another excellent read from John Donoghue. Chapter One will crack you up. If you like his other books then this is a must. John told me today that he's already started work on a new book too :) Another excellent read from John Donoghue. Chapter One will crack you up. If you like his other books then this is a must. John told me today that he's already started work on a new book too :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Smith

    Still laughing Highly recommended for those who like hearing about police work and also enjoy a good belly laugh. Donoghue does it again!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    A highly amusing anecdotal account of life as a long suffering front line police officer recommended for anybody with a sense of humour. Probably a good choice of book for anybody considering joining the force in that they might then consider a career in IT, accountancy, sales - well anything else instead really. For those of a sensitive nature it's worth mentioning that there are one or two smutty jokes along the way and maybe it's a wee bit sexist at times (does that make it not quite PC I won A highly amusing anecdotal account of life as a long suffering front line police officer recommended for anybody with a sense of humour. Probably a good choice of book for anybody considering joining the force in that they might then consider a career in IT, accountancy, sales - well anything else instead really. For those of a sensitive nature it's worth mentioning that there are one or two smutty jokes along the way and maybe it's a wee bit sexist at times (does that make it not quite PC I wonder??). Police, Arrests and Suspects is very readable and will make you laugh and cringe at the same time, in fact given some of the tragic characters if you didnt laugh you'd cry. At the same it's quite informative and I look forward to reading Donoghue's next book...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A very readable, funny account of a British front-line police officer. Donoghue tells the tales of some of his more memorable 'customers', with a humour that, while not exactly subtle, will definitely make you laugh. The cynic in me may question the veracity of some of the tales, and I certainly find it hard to believe that he comes up with his quips and one-liners on the spot, rather than when writing them down, but it is a light, fun, easy read for anyone who has ever slowed down to watch the A very readable, funny account of a British front-line police officer. Donoghue tells the tales of some of his more memorable 'customers', with a humour that, while not exactly subtle, will definitely make you laugh. The cynic in me may question the veracity of some of the tales, and I certainly find it hard to believe that he comes up with his quips and one-liners on the spot, rather than when writing them down, but it is a light, fun, easy read for anyone who has ever slowed down to watch the police deal with some less than savoury members of the public and thought "I wish I could eavesdrop!". This book gives you the insider view of some (mostly lighthearted) cases.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alexios Gatzoyas

    Second Instalment Equally Funny As The First One Having enjoyed John Donoghue's first book, I came into the second one with high expectations. This book doesn't disappoint at all! Equally witty; equally funny; Donoghue's dry humour and dry commentary on his police escapades and hilarious encounters are all solidly established at the centre of this book. highly recommend this if you are up for some lighthearted yet insightful look into the trials and tribulations of a police officer's life on the Second Instalment Equally Funny As The First One Having enjoyed John Donoghue's first book, I came into the second one with high expectations. This book doesn't disappoint at all! Equally witty; equally funny; Donoghue's dry humour and dry commentary on his police escapades and hilarious encounters are all solidly established at the centre of this book. highly recommend this if you are up for some lighthearted yet insightful look into the trials and tribulations of a police officer's life on the beat.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Seadaz

    This book was full of short police stories, written with wit and banter. The story about the twins I had the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Loved the story about the drug bust towards the end of the story. I have another one of John’s books to read now. I follow this author on twitter and he has great sense of humour. Would recommend his books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Edwards

    Yet another Great read by John Donoghue. It will make you LYAO! A Great insight as to what our officers go through everyday (it's not all doom n gloom). If you haven't read any of Johns books your missing out on a good laugh with some of the things he's gone through during his daily duty. I can only say now if you have a weak Bladder there WILL be Oops moments Believe Me! Yet another Great read by John Donoghue. It will make you LYAO! A Great insight as to what our officers go through everyday (it's not all doom n gloom). If you haven't read any of Johns books your missing out on a good laugh with some of the things he's gone through during his daily duty. I can only say now if you have a weak Bladder there WILL be Oops moments Believe Me!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    Another good telling of the real life experiences of this police officer. Much the same as the previous two, although with more seriousness, follow John Donoghue in his non stop battle of wit and crime. Thought provoking, humorous and sarcastic, what more could we need to finish this series off?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Denise vittoria walsh

  16. 5 out of 5

    nicola craven

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dvdlcs

  18. 5 out of 5

    richard jones

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian Dogtired

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie Millard

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mick Champion

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert Kirk

  23. 4 out of 5

    MR R J WARRAN

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mr.Brian Hibbert

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tom Forsyth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie White

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fatima Sarder

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Joanne Shannon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsey Tolland

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