Book reviews, Comedy, Science fiction

Doing Time (The Time Police) by Jodi Taylor – Book Review. @joditaylorbooks @headlinepg @annecater #RandomThingsTours #DoingTime

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Published in Hardback by Headline 17/10/19, £18.99

Introducing The Time Police, the brand-new series by international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor – an irresistible spinoff from the much-loved Chronicles of St Mary’s series. Perfect reading for fans of Doctor Who, Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde.

A long time ago in the future, the secret of time travel became known to all. Everyone seized the opportunity – and the world nearly ended. There will always be idiots who want to change history.

And so, the Time Police were formed. An all-powerful, international organisation tasked with keeping the timeline straight. At all costs.

Their success is legendary, and the Time Wars are over. But now the Time Police must fight to save a very different future – their own.

This is the story of Jane, Luke and Matthew – arguably the worst recruits in Time Police history. Or, very possibly, three young people who might just change everything.

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MY REVIEW 

As a fan of Jodi Taylor’s Chronicles of St Mary’s I’m so excited at this spin off new series by her.

Jane, Luke and Matthew are new recruits at the Time Police…

Jane is quiet but thoughtful and has joined up after smashing her grandmothers seagull.

Luke, arrogant and thoughtless is the son of a very wealthy man and has been forced to join, by his dad,  after the Tannhauser incident !

Matthew, well known to St Mary’s due to a family connection, is very, very quiet and a magnet for bullies at times too.

Together they make up Team 236, ‘the weird team’ and so the fun begins.

Time travel is illegal, so they are tasked with stopping all amateurs and their home made machines, or big business with theirs…..they visit Mr Plimpton to stop lottery fraud, they visit Egypt to prevent a tomb raid and even to Rome….

There’s murder, betrayal and the sometimes brutal old school Time Police slaughter. But can this misfit trio bring the changes needed, to show a little compassion and common sense?

Full of humour with some real laugh out loud moments….I can’t say what as it would spoil a real geek moment, but totally brilliant.

The characters are so very likeable, even the over confident Luke and there’s even a visit to St Mary’s too. A thoroughly entertaining read and I’m already looking forward to see what they get up to next.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

 

https://amzn.to/2J9RKLr

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Jodi Taylor is the internationally bestselling author of the Chronicles of St Mary’s series, the story of a bunch of disaster-prone individuals who investigate major historical events in contemporary time. Do NOT call it time travel!

Born in Bristol and now living in Gloucester (facts both cities vigorously deny), she spent many years with her head somewhere else, much to the dismay of family, teachers and employers, before finally deciding to put all that daydreaming to good use and write a novel. Nearly twenty books later, she still has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up. 

Book reviews

New Release Book Review: The Lost Ones by Anita Frank

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Title: The Lost Onesthe lost ones smallAuthor: Anita Frank

Published: October 21st 2019

Publisher: HQ Fiction – GB

Pages: 434

Genres:  Fiction, Historical

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 5 stars

England, 1917

Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.

Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella – sobbing in the night, little footsteps on the stairs – and as events escalate, she finds herself drawn to the tragic history of the house.

Aided by a wounded war veteran, Stella sets about uncovering Greyswick’s dark and terrible secrets – secrets the dead whisper from the other side…

In the classic tradition of The Woman in Black, Anita Frank weaves a spell-binding debut of family tragedy, loss and redemption.

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Book reviews

Hallowed Ground – Paul Twivy / #GuestPost #BlogTour @rararesources @paultwivy

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This magical story is inspired by the most haunting and least explored country in the world – Namibia – with its foggy Skeleton Coast, buried goldmines, shocking secrets and awe-inspiring sand dunes.

Spread across the face of its deserts are hundreds of miles of ‘fairy circles’ : vast enough to be seen from space.  They grow and die with the same lifespan as humans, yet no-one has been able to explain why or how they appear.

Then one day, three teenagers and their families arrive from different parts of the globe. Helped by bushmen, the buried possessions of a Victorian explorer, and a golden leopard, they solve the mystery of the African Circles. What will be discovered beneath the hallowed ground? And how will it change the future of the planet above it?

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

Sins Of The Fathers by Les Cowan – Book Review. @LionHudson @MidasPR #SinsOfTheFathers #LesCowan #blogtour

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Father Ramon was a priest with a problem. How can a normal healthy young man cope with both the demands of the priesthood and his attraction to women? Appealing to the bishop doesn’t help. Do what you must but make sure I don’t find out, was the astonishing reply. Fifteen years later, Ramon comes out of prison. 

Instead of feeling guilt and remorse, he is now bent on revenge against those who testified against his shocking exploitation of children. Most are easy to find but there is one last piece missing in his puzzle: Andrea has moved to Edinburgh. 

David Hidalgo continues to pastor his church. Nowadays, this includes an English chat group for the many young people leaving Spain and looking for work in Edinburgh, people like Andrea. As Andrea slowly realises her past has terrifyingly become her present, once again David Hidalgo finds himself in the middle of a problem he wasn’t looking for. Can David help halt Ramon’s revenge or will there be further casualties…
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MY REVIEW 

#3 in the David Hidalgo series, but can be read as a stand-alone too.

As a former priest convicted and imprisoned for sexual offences, Ramon has served his time and if now being released. 

He has plans!

He wants revenge on those he feels are responsible for his incarceration.

David Hidalgo and his fiancé, Gillian Lockhart are running the Southside Church in Edinburgh and planning their wedding. They also help the local Spanish community with language skills. 

When Andrea reads of murders in Spain, she believes she knows who is responsible and that she may be in danger. Who can she tell?  David gets involved, but can he stop the killer before anyone else dies?

This is a crime thriller with faith and the church at its heart. It tells of how some abused a position of trust and innocents were hurt.  Overall, an intriguing murder mystery with some thought provoking moments.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Les Cowan is a crime and thriller novelist from Scotland. He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in English Language and Literature and has worked in the criminal justice system. Currently based in Orkney, Les has lived in Madrid, Edinburgh and Galicia, all of which are locations brought to life in his writing. His previous novels featuring David Hidalgo include Benefit of the Doubt and All That Glitters.

 

Www.worldofhidalgo.com 

Book reviews, Police procedural

Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney – Book Review. @trisha460 @Bookouture #BrokenSouls

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‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life. 

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off. 

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page! 
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MY REVIEW 

#7 in the DI Lottie Parker series by Patricia Gibney, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. (But you are missing out on a great series!)

A woman’s body is found, hanged. She was wearing a wedding dress….but when a second woman’s body is found, after a ‘fall’ from a care home roof, also in a wedding dress the police realise something sinister is going on.

DI Lottie Parker, her home life is the usual chaos, with her three children, an interfering mother and a half brother all in the mix. There’s also her relationship with her colleague Boyd, he’s asked her to marry him and she’s agreed but wants to keep it quiet for now…..

The story felt a little disjointed to me at the beginning, with seemingly unrelated chapters, but I was so wrong. As the tale progresses the darker it gets, with the murders, a missing child and creepy doll maker and the story all comes together in a marvellously twisty plot.

Lottie is her usual, dogged, determined but also insecure self, putting herself in danger with only others welfare in her mind.

Can she find Lily? And can she stop the killer before any more deaths? Oh and the bombshell at the end left me speechless!!! Brilliant and I can’t wait for Book 8.

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

You can buy a copy here:

https://amzn.to/2BoD1ro

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
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Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations. Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.

 

Social Media Links: 

 

http://patriciagibney.com/ 

 @trisha460 

Book reviews, Comedy

Effin Birds by Aaron Reynolds – Book Review. @aaronreynolds @EffinBirds @unbounders @annecater #EffinBirds

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Have you ever looked a bird dead in the eye and wondered what its thinking?

With Effin Birds, the most eagerly anticipated new volume in the nobel avocation of bird identification, you can venture into nature with confidence.

This farcical field guide will help you identify over 200 birds, but most importantly, for the first time in history, it will also help you understand that these birds are thinking.

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MY REVIEW

OH MY, this is one of the funniest, sarcastic and oh so relatable book of nonsense I’ve ever read. 

Full of fowl language and just hilarious. 

This is beautifully illustrated, with vintage illustrations of the birds, even including some stunning Audubon pictures too.

I can see this being used as memes everywhere as so many resonate with life, work and dealing with stupid people….I love it.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials, and a free copy of the ebook. (I also own a copy via sponsorship on Unbound). This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

You can buy a copy here:

 

https://amzn.to/2MPKkOi

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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AARON REYNOLDS is a humourist, professional speaker, and the man behind the @EffinBirds and @swear_trek Twitter accounts.

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Thriller

Savage Children by Peter Boland – Book Review. @PeterBoland19 @BOTBSPublicity #SavageChildren

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FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR IN AMAZON CRIME ACTION & ADVENTURE.

Children are disappearing from London parks. Caught on CCTV, they go in but never come out again…

Days after each disappearance, the distraught parents receive a hand-drawn picture of their child as an angel. A sign they’ll never see them again. The police have no clues or leads. All they have is a nickname for the abductor – the Archangel.

When Savage’s neighbour’s ten-year-old son Callum becomes a victim, he vows to find him, and catch this Archangel. Savage has his headstrong friend Tannaz to help him. This time it’s going to take more than her brilliant computer skills to find the truth. They’ll have to enlist the help of some new friends – and some old enemies.

As more children go missing, Savage realises the Archangel is a formidable adversary. Clever, elusive and terrifying. Savage also has the police on his back, watching his every move. The deeper Savage becomes involved, the more he realises all is not what it seems…

A twisty, chilling, action-packed thriller for fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci.

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MY REVIEW 

#3 in the John Savage series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone, although you are missing out on a great series.

The Archangel is abducting children, drugging them and making them draw a picture of themselves as angels. They then send the picture to the parents!!

When John Savage’s neighbours son goes missing he decides to find the abductor himself.

Now, Savage is retired, drinking tea in his ‘house trousers’….but don’t let that fool you. This ex-SAS soldier is as fit as ever and with Tannaz they use her genius computer skills to find out more.

The police are not exactly helpful and even arrest Savage at one point, they are at a loss. Are these children still alive? Can Savage find Callum?

Savage is flawed, haunted by Jeff Perkins a figment of his PTSD but such a likeable character, Tannaz is fearless and utterly brilliant so now on Book 3, I love these characters. With a great plot, this is a crime thriller with a difference and I can’t wait for the next in the series……

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

You can buy a copy here

 

https://amzn.to/2MOdBZQ

 

Author Bio:

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After studying to be an architect, Pete realised he wasn’t very good at it. He liked designing buildings he just couldn’t make them stand up, which is a bit of a handicap in an industry that likes to keep things upright. So he switched to advertising, writing ads for everything from cruise lines to zombie video games.

After becoming disillusioned with working in ad agencies, he switched to writing novels (or was it because he just wanted to work at home in his pyjamas?). He soon realised there’s no magic formula. You just have to put one word in front of the other (and keep doing that for about a year). It also helps if you can resist the lure of surfing, playing Nintendo Switch with his son, watching America’s Next Top Model with his daughter and drinking beer in a garden chair.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterBolandWriter/

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterBoland19

 

Goodreads Author Page: 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7102414.Peter_Boland

 

Book reviews, Giveaway

The Museum Of Lost Love by Gary Baker – GIVEAWAY @annecater #TheMuseumOfLostLove

The GIVEAWAY link is below

 

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THE MUSEUM OF LOST LOVE

by Gary Barker

In Zagreb is an unusual museum: it displays mementos of broken relationships. Each exhibit describes a unique story of a broken heart, of love gone awry.

When Katia and Goran visit the museum, Goran stumbles upon an exhibit that seems to be addressed to him, from a girl he met in a Sarajevo refugee camp at age fourteen. A reminder of two days spent together while he and his mother and brother waited anxiously for visas to America to escape the war.

Encouraged by Katia, a therapist, to reconnect with his lost past, Goran confronts the youth he lost during the Yugoslav Wars. Similarly Katia, adopted by Americans at one week old after her birth mother was murdered in a gangland killing in Brazil, heads back to Brazil to uncover her own family history.  

Meanwhile Tyler, a military veteran and one of Katia’s patients, attempts to put the Afghan war behind him, and finds love in unexpected circumstances.

Drawing upon his own experiences working in conflict zones, Gary Barker’s powerful novels dive deep into human love and longing. Crossing continents, and set against backdrops of war, deprivation, and violence, The Museum of Lost Love is a soulful testament to the resilience of the human heart.

 

‘Barker writes with a simple, raw honesty that is captivating.’ ― KUWANA HAULSEY, author of The Red Moon and Angel of Harlem

 

‘The emotional heft of The Museum of Lost Love is obvious from the first page and never lets up. The characters breathe, they love, they mourn. They stay with you.’  JENNIFER FOX, Writer/Director/Producer of the award-winning film The Tale 

 

‘Gary Barker writes as beautifully and efficiently as any writer I’ve read―not an unnecessary sentence in the entire book. He is Hemingway without the false macho energy, and The Museum of Lost Love is an extraordinary testament to the enduring power of our pasts.’ RICHARD REYES-GAVILAN, Executive Director, Washington DC Public Libraries

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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GARY BARKER is an author, researcher, and human rights activist. He is founder and director of Promundo, an international organization that works with men and boys in more than 25 countries to achieve gender equality and end violence against women. He has been awarded an Ashoka Fellowship and an Open Society Fellowship for his work in conflict zones. His previous novels include Luisa’s Last Words, Mary of Kivu, and The Afghan Vampires Book Club (co-written with Michael Kaufman). Barker lives in Washington, DC.  https://garytbarker.com/

Critical acclaim for Gary Barker:

‘Partly a satirical broadside against the insanity of war by two writers who have spent years campaigning against violence, The Afghan Vampires Book Club also works as conspiracy thriller, speculative fiction, and full-on descent into hell.’  Herald

 

Book reviews, Finnish Noir, Thriller

Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen – Book Review. @antti_tuomainen @OrendaBooks @annecater #LittleSiberia #Orentober #BlogTour

 

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Fargo meets Nietzsche in this atmospheric, darkly funny thriller by the critically acclaimed author of The Man Who Died and Palm Beach Finland. A huge Finnish bestseller, Little Siberia topped both literary and crime charts in 2018, and has gone on to sell rights in 24 countries.

A man with dark thoughts on his mind is racing along the remote snowy roads of Hurmevaara in Finland, when there is flash in the sky and something crashes into the car. That something turns about to be a highly valuable meteorite. With euro signs lighting up the eyes of the locals, the unexpected treasure is temporarily placed in a neighbourhood museum, under the watchful eye of a priest named Joel.

But Joel has a lot more on his mind than simply protecting the riches that have apparently rained down from heaven. His wife has just revealed that she is pregnant. Unfortunately, Joel has strong reason to think the baby isn’t his.

As Joel tries to fend off repeated and bungled attempts to steal the meteorite, he must also come to terms with his own situation, and discover who the father of the baby really is.

Transporting the reader to the culture, landscape and mores of northern Finland, Little Siberia is both a dark crime thriller and a hilarious, blacker-than-black comedy about faith and disbelief, love and death, and what to do when bolts from the blue – both literal and figurative – turn your life upside down.

 

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MY REVIEW 

Joel is a priest, an ex soldier and husband to Krista.

A meteorite lands in the small village, and as it’s so rare it is worth a million euros. So it is being kept in the local war museum for security reasons.

Joel, is also a security guard and the night shift at the museum, when there’s a break in…..but after assaulting him, they only get away with an old grenade, with disastrous consequences…

Will they try again?

Pastor Joel has issues, his wife is pregnant….he cannot father children due to a war wound, so who is the father? Russians want the meteorite and a daily visitor to the church wants to discuss the end of the world..every day..

This is full of dark humour, death, betrayals and even an elk….it did remind me of Fargo in that accidental deaths seem to follow Joel. This tale of life in a small Finnish village, a meteorite and its mix of characters is a gripping thriller with its touches of humour and absolutely brilliant. I loved it.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.
You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2qiWKqx

AUTHOR BIO

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Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died (2017) became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. Palm Beach Finland (2018) was an immense success, with The Times calling Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’.

    

 

Book reviews, War fiction

The Women At Hitler’s Table by Rosella Postorino – Book Review. @Netgalley #TheWomenAtHitlersTable


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A disturbing, powerful and beautifully written novel based on shockingly real events’ Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The International Bestseller

Inspired by the powerful true story of Margot Wölk, this is a heartbreaking and gripping historical novel for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Beekeeper of Aleppo

East Prussia, 1943. Hitler hides away in the Wolfsshanze – his hidden headquarters. The tide is turning in the war and his enemies circle ever closer.

Ten women are chosen.

Ten women to taste his food and protect him from poison

Twenty-six-year-old Rosa has lost everything to this war. Her parents are dead. Her husband is fighting on the front line. Alone and scared, she faces the SS with nothing but the knowledge every bite might be her last.

Caught on the wrong side of history, how far is Rosa willing to go to survive?

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MY REVIEW 

In Germany during WWII, Hitler was afraid someone would try to poison his food to kill him. So, a group of 10 women are ‘recruited’ to be food tasters. They eat the same meals as Hitler, only one hour before, they are watched to see if any thing untoward happens…..

This is the tale of those women, based on the memories of a woman that was actually there, was one of these tasters. It is their stories, of their lives, families and the effects this war had on them all. 

Well written and incredibly thought provoking – just how far would you go to keep those close to you safe, to save your own life?

Thank you to the publishers, the author and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review. 

Book reviews, Comedy, Police procedural

Ghost and Ragman Roll by Pete Adams – Book Review. @Peteadams8 @NextChapterPB @damppebbles #GhostAndRagmanRoll

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His French honeymoon continually interrupted by a series of misdeeds, DCI Jack Austin returns to Portsmouth to find the missing link.

When an ambitious new detective infringes on his territory – and his ego – Austin resorts to illogically effective tactics to protect those that matter most. 

With a corpulent gangster gone missing and a banker murdered in Paris, can Austin reveal the perpetrator and bring him to justice?

 

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MY REVIEW

This is #4 in the Kind Hearts and Martinets series by Pete Adams. It can be read as a stand-alone but you are missing out on a lot of fun and mayhem if you haven’t read the other 3.

DCI Jack Austin or Jane as he is known to friends and foe alike, is on his honeymoon in France. He’s finally married Mandy (Detective Superintendent Amanda Bruce).

They are approached by various men of different agencies with tales of murder, conspiracies and of course spooks. From the murder of a banker, to the abduction of a hotel manager….how are these linked?

With Jack’s madcap humour, his habit of mixing up words and frequently speaking his thoughts out loud there are many laughs, but underneath is a social and political commentary…

Will Jack get through a case without being shot this time?

As always a thoroughly entertaining police procedural that makes you think. 

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Pete Adams is an architect with a practice in Portsmouth, UK, and from there he has, over forty years, designed and built buildings across England and Wales. Pete took up writing after listening to a radio interview of the writer Michael Connolly whilst driving home from Leeds. A passionate reader, the notion of writing his own novel was compelling, but he had always been told you must have a mind map for the book; Jeez, he could never get that.

Et Voila, Connolly responding to a question, said he never can plan a book, and starts with an idea for chapter one and looks forward to seeing where it would lead. Job done, and that evening Pete started writing and the series, Kind Hearts and Martinets, was on the starting blocks. That was some eight years ago, and hardly a day has passed where Pete has not worked on his writing, and currently, is halfway through his tenth book, has a growing number of short stories, one, critically acclaimed and published by Bloodhound, and has written and illustrated a series of historical nonsense stories called, Whopping Tales.

Pete describes himself as an inveterate daydreamer, and escapes into those dreams by writing crime thrillers with a thoughtful dash of social commentary. He has a writing style shaped by his formative years on an estate that re-housed London families after WWII, and his books have been likened to the writing of Tom Sharpe; his most cherished review, “made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think”.

Pete lives in Southsea with his partner, and Charlie the star-struck Border terrier, the children having flown the coop, and has 3 beautiful granddaughters who will play with him so long as he promises not to be silly.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peteadams8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pete.adams.9256

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Ragman-Roll-Spectre-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07RSYDC32/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570027489&sr=8-1

Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Ragman-Roll-Spectre-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07RSYDC32/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ghost+and+ragman+roll&qid=1570027733&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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Book reviews, Comedy, Family drama

XYZ by William Knight – Book Review. @_William_Knight #XYZ #LoveBooksTours

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From a former Guardian and BBC writer, and author of The Donated, comes a hilarious story of mid-life crisis, family, technology, and coping with the modern workplace.

Jack Cooper is a depressed, analogue throwback; a cynical, alcoholic Gen-Xer whose glory days are behind him. He’s unemployed, his marriage has broken down, he’s addicted to internet hook-ups, and is deeply ashamed of his son Geronimo, who lives life dressed as a bear.

When Jack’s daughter engineers a job for him at totally-lit tech firm Sweet, he’s confronted by a Millennial and Zoomer culture he can’t relate to. He loathes every detail – every IM, gif and emoji – apart from Freya, twenty years his junior and addicted to broadcasting her life on social media.

Can Jack evolve to fit in at Sweet, or will he remain a dinosaur stuck in the 1980s? And will he halt his slide into loneliness and repair his family relationships?  
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MY REVIEW 

Jack is a software engineer, he’s 55, old school.  He has a new job at Sweet, a tech company full of bright young things….all emojis and a language he barely understands.

His marriage has fallen apart, he lives in a small flat….his daughter Em is his only real contact. She’s pregnant and this really makes Jack think about life. 

He also has a son, he’s a furry, and lives his life as a bear called Geronimo….Jack has had trouble accepting his sons choice but after meeting Vasi, he has a change of heart and wants to mend his relationship. 

The company has a turnaround and needs old dinosaur Jack’s input…the emoji’s have to go!

This is full of humour but also about acceptance, love and family. A fun, entertaining read.

Thank you to Love Books Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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William Knight has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times and the BBC, among many other publishers. He is a journalist and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand.

A graduate engineer, he’s chased a varying career starting in acting, progressing to music, enjoyed a brief flirtation with handbag design, and was eventually wired into technology in 1989.

By 2003 his non-fiction was being regularly published in Computing newspaper in the UK, and he has since written about the many successes and failings of high-technology

The Donated (formerly, Generation), his first novel, was conceived from a New Scientist article in 2001 and was ten years in development. Subsequent novels, XYZ, Foretold, The Fractured, will be available, he says, “Sometime in the future. Hopefully not as long as ten years.”  

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Book reviews, Dystopian fiction, post-apocalyptic

Maxine Unleashes Doomsday by Nick Kolakowski – Book Review. @nkolakowski #MaxineUnleashesDoomsday


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The United States has collapsed. Bandits stalk the highways, preying on the weak and unaware.

In order to transport goods between heavily fortified cities, companies hire convoy escorts. Maxine is the best of these new road warriors: tough, smart, and unbelievably fast. But she also has a secret: She’s the niece of New York’s most notorious outlaw, a man hunted by what’s left of the nation’s law enforcement.

Maxine wants to live a normal, upstanding life. But a bad incident on the road leaves her mauled, penniless…and fired. If she wants to survive, she’s going to need to embrace her outlaw roots—and carry off the biggest heist that the post-apocalypse has ever seen. It’s a journey that will take her through obstacle after obstacle to the edge of death itself—and beyond.

Maxine Unleashes Doomsday smashes the gritty frenzy of Mad Max: Fury Road with the top-notch suspense of a crime saga like Heat. It’s a brutal thriller that offers a terrifying glimpse of our future.

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MY REVIEW 

This is the tale of the history of Maxine’s life, taken from old records after the world has been practically destroyed in the Collapse. Global warming and rising sea levels have flooded large areas of the US. Food is scarce, towns are dead and people are scratching a living the best way they can. Various clans control areas and are constantly battling each other for control.

Maxine lives in a poor area, her mother is an addict. So Maxine looks after everything including her younger brother, Brad. She also has an uncle, The Preacher, a well known criminal. She has an agreement with him, that she will finish college before she joins him in his ‘activities’….

But, she decides to do a job of her own…..she gets hurt and her friend becomes paralysed…warned off, she ends up in a job in a convoy…which is how goods are transported….in a heavily armed convoy….

Maxine, is a chaos magnet and obviously things go wrong…she loses an arm and finds out she has cancer…she needs drugs to help and so a big raid is planned and she meets PIG, an AI computer…..will she be cured? Why is her life so interesting to the future world?

I love this book, from its clever little pop culture references, Heisenberg Blue, SkyNet, sick sticks and droogs, (which appeal to the geek in me), to the dystopian world building. Maxine is a strong, intelligent female character, flawed but determined and likeable. A compelling, imaginative, brutal dystopian read and I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to the author, Nick Kolakowski, for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (well preorder as publishing 4 Nov)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Nick Kolakowski’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Washington City Paper, Playboy, LOST magazine, Trader Monthly, WebMD, and eWeek, among other venues. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

 

Book reviews, Womens fiction

The Birthday House by Jill Treseder – Book Review. @Jill_Treseder @SilverWoodBooks @annecater #TheBirthdayHouse

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The year is 1955, the location picturesque Devon.

In a house by the River Dart, schoolgirl Josephine Kennedy posts invitations to her twelfth birthday party – a party that never takes place.

Horrific violence is committed that night in the family home, leaving all of its occupants dead. 

Based on a disturbing real-life crime, this compelling story explores Josephine’s fate through the prism of friends and family – the victims and survivors who unwittingly influenced the events that led up to the tragedy.

Josephine’s best friend, Susan, is haunted by the secrets of the birthday house. Can she ever find a way of making peace with the past? 

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MY REVIEW

Set in Dartmouth, this novella tells the story of Susan. Her best friend Jo, was killed when they were 12 years old and this tells how Susan has tried to come to terms with this over many years.

Told from various perspectives, including Susan, Jo and her parents, and in 1954-55 to 2018. 

Jo was killed by her father, he’d also killed her mother and then himself. He had been a moody man but had loved his family. What drove him to such an awful event?

Susan had been told they died in a car crash, to protect her from the truth. But this caused her problems throughout her life as she didn’t really trust anyone to tell the truth. 

A beautifully written tale of friendship, betrayal, loss and grief that lasts a lifetime. It is full of emotion, and tells of letting go and hope. This will stay with me for a long time. 

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I started writing in a red shiny exercise book when I was seven years old. But in that time and place it was an ‘invalid’ activity, was overlooked, but never went away. It was many years before I felt able to call myself ‘writer’.

But there came a day when the phrase ‘I am a writer’ no longer sounded pretentious, but legitimate, and even necessary. Was it because I had a writing room instead of the corner of a landing? Or because I spent more time writing? Or because I’d got better at it? Or because I get miserable and bad-tempered if I don’t write? Probably a combination of all of the above.

Writing is my third career. The first was as a social worker with children and families, a job I loved, but left because I could no longer cope with the system.

This led to a freelance career as an independent management consultant, helping people to handle emotions in the work context. I worked in the IT industry, in companies large and small, as well as public organisations. Later I became involved in research projects concerned with the multi-disciplinary approach to social problems such as child abuse. So, in a sense, I had come full-circle.

All these experiences feed into the process of writing fiction, while my non-fiction book ‘The Wise Woman Within’ resulted indirectly from the consultancy work and my subsequent PhD thesis,‘Bridging Incommensurable Paradigms’, which is available from the School of Management at the University of Bath.

I live in Devon and visit Cornwall frequently and these land and seascapes are powerful influences which demand a presence in my writing.

Writers’ groups and workshops are a further invaluable source of inspiration and support and I attend various groups locally and sign up for creative courses in stunning locations whenever I can. I try doing writing practice at home but there is no substitute for the focus and discipline achieved among others in a group.

I have written some short stories and recently signed up for a short story writing course to explore this genre in more depth.

I live with my husband in South Devon and enjoy being involved in a lively local community.

 

Twitter @Jill_Treseder

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Book reviews

To Keep You Safe by Kate Bradley – Book Review. @kate_bradley @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #ToKeepYouSafe

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You don’t know who they are. You don’t know why they’re hunting her. But you know she’s in danger.

What do you do?

When teacher Jenni Wales sees 15-year-old Destiny’s black eye, she’s immediately worried. Destiny isn’t your average student: she’s smart, genius IQ smart, and she’s in care. But concern turns to fear when Jenni witnesses an attempt to abduct Destiny from school.

Who are these men and what can Destiny know to make them hunt her?

With those around her not taking the threat seriously, Jenni does the only thing she can think of to keep Destiny safe: she takes her.

Keep reading. Keep guessing. To Keep You Safe is the nail-biting suspense debut of 2020
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MY REVIEW 

Jenni is a 40 year old maths teacher in Hastings. She’s an ex- soldier and a competitor in Ironman competitions. She also has a mental health condition in that she cannot identify or describe emotions….

One day she notices one of her pupils, Destiny has a black eye. She knows she should show concern and so approaches the young girl, just as she receives a phone call. Destiny is so scared she wets herself and Jenni knows she has to do something to help……and so this incredible story begins.

This is a tale of many aspects, with characters damaged by their lives and circumstances, there’s PTSD, grief and guilt,

Destiny is a child taken into the care system, with a drug addicted mother and problems of her own,

When Destiny is almost abducted by men in a white van, Jenny’s instincts take over and she saves her and as Destiny wants to go to Hull. Off they go…but what is real? And who is telling the truth?

There’s death, people trafficking, secrets and lies and damaged people. With some incredible twists, this is an utterly compelling thriller.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Comedy, Thriller

Dead Clown Blues by R. Daniel Lester – Book Review. @RDanielLester @ShotgunHoney #DeadClownBlues


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Carnegie Fitch, once-upon-a-time drifter and now half-assed private eye, has a sharp tongue, a cheap suit and dog-bite marks on his fedora. Yes, that’s just how he rolls through the downtown streets of Vancouver, BC, Canada, aka Terminal City, circa 1957, a land of neon signs, 24-hour diners and slumming socialites. 

Fitch gets the case of a lifetime when he gets caught up in the death of a janitor with a checkered past as a circus performer and a stash of ill-gotten gains. And since nothing attracts the moths quite like the glow of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, he will cross paths with a series of lowlifes and nut jobs, including a gang of criminal clowns, a femme fatale with beaucoup daddy issues and an off-kilter circus elephant named Mary with a taste for human fear. 

See, Fitch has always dreamed of the big score, the buried treasure, the duffel bag full of cash. Because that’s fat city, the place to be. Easy money. The good life, where the whisky flows like water and you never get a bill. But what if nothing is as it seems and chasing the dream means getting knocked silly not once but twice and ending up in a hospital bed, pissing blood after being repeatedly kidney punched by a psycho clown with no moral compass? 

And what if that’s not the worst that will happen? 

What if Fitch is forced to dig through his past to sort out who he is and why he is and just what the hell he wants out of this loopy thing called “life” anyway. 

Well, then Fitch’d have a serious case of the Dead Clown Blues.

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MY REVIEW

Carnegie Fitch is a Private Eye…he has an office, even if the phone isn’t connected.

One night he offers the janitor, Jim, a whisky….after 3, Jim is drunk, he steals the rest of the bottle and off he crawls. 

Later, Fitch hears, Jim had left his office, stole a car, drove through a circus big top and crashed into a lake and drowned. At his funeral Fitch sees a group of mourners in black suits and full face clown make up……..

The Dead Clowns want the money …what money you ask? The money Jim was said to have….but if he didn’t have it, the clowns don’t have it….so who does?

This is pulp fiction at its best, there’s violence, drama and dark humour and even a femme fatale….great fun and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to R.Daniel Lester for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review. 

Book reviews, Family drama, Thriller

The Last Wife by Nicola Marsh – Book Review. @NicolaMarsh @Bookouture #TheLastWife

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Trusting his family was her first mistake.

All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties her mother-in-law threw, but with Grayson’s arm around her waist she tried her best to be a Parker.

 Everything changed when Grayson disappeared.

Until one morning, Grayson leaves the house for work and never comes home. Left to raise Shelley alone, Ria is forced to turn to her husband’s family, to let her intimidating mother-in-law into her life, allow her to babysit Shelley, and accept her financial support. She tries to ignore the feeling that her sisters-in-law never thought she was good enough. They say they have no idea what happened to Grayson, and she tries very hard to believe them.

But Ria is about to learn that every Parker wife has secrets.

And protecting her daughter might come at a terrible price…

Utterly compelling, The Last Wife is an emotionally-charged novel about what one woman will do to survive. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Kerry Fisher and The Other Woman.

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MY REVIEW 

Ria is a journalist and just as she’s finishing work, she receives an email. From the sender’s name, it brings back horrible memories of a similar email 5 years ago that ended her marriage.

This email has compromising pictures and information about her in-laws….the fabulously wealthy and powerful Parker family. Who would want this information out in the open? And Why?

What follows is a soap opera of money, secrets, lies, murder and corporate dodgy dealings.

This is so entertaining, well written and twisty with likeable and equally unlikeable characters. So, it’s time to suspend reality and enjoy the sheer escapism of The Last Wife….brilliant. 

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

 

Author Bio:

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USA TODAY bestselling & multi-award winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction with a twist!

She has published 68 books with Harlequin, Amazon and indie, and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

She currently writes women’s fiction/rural romance for Harper Collins Australia Mira imprint, emotional domestic suspense for Bookouture and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY, Romantic Book of the Year. 

Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for an ARRA award.

Her women’s fiction novel SAVING SARA with Lake Union hit the #1 kindle romance spot on Amazon UK.

Her young adult fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won a National Readers’ Choice Award for Best YA novel.

She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards. 

A physiotherapist for 13 years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two dashing young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team, and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

 

 

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Website: https://www.nicolamarsh.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicolaMarsh

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMarshAuthor/ 

Book reviews, Science fiction

Chasing Solace by Karl Drinkwater – Book Review. @KarlDrinkwater #ChasingSolace

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The legendary Lost Ships exist, and they harbour nightmarish horrors. Opal knows. She barely survived her first encounter with one.

Despite escaping, she failed to find what she was looking for: her lost sister. Now Opal must board a second derelict Lost Ship to seek answers, and it’s even more monstrous, a sickening place of death and decay. To make things worse, the military government wants her, dead or alive. Considering their reputation, dead may be better.

To find her sister, Opal will risk everything: her life, her blood, her sanity. There’s always a price to pay. Armed with her wits, an experimental armoured suit, and an amazing AI companion, she might just stand a chance.

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MY REVIEW 

#2 in the Solace series by Karl Drinkwater. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I feel you are missing out if you haven’t read Lost Solace….

This starts with Opal and Athene (the AI on board the ship, previously called Clarissa, but she changed her own name to Athene…a warrior and wise) they are about to infiltrate a base on Exidris 3 to steal or fabricate supplies.

It seems relatively isolated, so while waiting for Athene to fabricate items, she has a nosy around the security feeds….what she finds is surgery being performed on people by robotic surgeons. These subjects are those who failed the purity tests and they find out that nobody leaves the facility…..Opal wants to save them…..Can she? 

When their mission is complete, they are finally on their journey to find the second Lost ship….still searching for Opal’s sister Clarissa.

They find the ship and Opal gets suited up and off she goes….and things get horrific.

The ship is a food production ship, they grow Chattel….animals for food, with less bone and more meat and something else is roaming the dark. When Opal finds something sticky and web like, my heart skipped at beat….not spiders!!!

No, not spiders exactly, but a mix of insect, arachnid and crustacean….a thing of nightmares..

There’s also an assassin. It’s never easy is it? Then she meets the Oracles!!

This is non-stop action, with a strong Ripley-esq female character and her relationship with the AI Athene, a real friendship and they rely on each other. Gruesome, fun and emotional too. Will Opal find Clarissa? Will she be what she expects? …..

Brilliantly immersive and entertaining. I can’t wait for #3 in the series.

Thank you to Karl Drinkwater for the opportunity to read this for free.This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Horror

Rose by Rami Ungar – Book Review @BlackthornTours @RamiUngarWriter #Rose

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Rose Taggert awakens in a greenhouse with no clear memory of the past two years and, to her horror, finds her body transformed into an unrecognizable form.

Paris Kuyper has convinced Rose that they are lovers and as Paris could not bear for her to die, he has used an ancient and dark magic to save her from certain death.

But the dark magic Paris has used comes at a price. A price which a terrible demon is determined to extract from Rose.

As Rose struggles to understand what is happening to her, she must navigate Paris’s lies and secrets; secrets that Paris will do anything to protect.

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MY REVIEW 

Rose wakes up in a greenhouse, laying on a table surrounded by roses that die as she watches. She notices her skin is green, she has tentacles growing from her neck and rosebuds from her scalp……is this real?

Paris comforts her, tells her he saved her from dying….he’s her boyfriend after all…..isn’t he?

Will Rose save her sister? Will she ever be normal again?

This is a tale of dark, forest magic…..with some really dark moments. It also highlights abusive controlling and obsessive behaviour as well as the psychological damage caused by bullying. Part fantasy, part drama but all horror. 

Thank you to Blackthorn Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

Reckless Girl by Emma Tallon – Book Review. @Emmaesj @bookouture #RecklessGirl

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Fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jessie Keane will be hooked by Reckless Girl.

She’s back and this time she has a score to settle.

Anna Davis and Freddie Tyler are finally getting their lives back on track when an unexpected face turns up on Freddie’s doorstep. Someone from the past. And she delivers a blow that will tear their lives apart.

Reeling from the news, Anna throws herself into her work. Her clubs are doing well and she’s opening a new business venture with best friend, Tanya. But she’s worried that her relationship with Freddie could be about to fall apart.

Freddie’s got big problems with the business. A new gang is in town, and they’re muscling in on Tyler turf and need to be dealt with. Plus, he’s still being closely watched by a Met detective determined to bring him down.

As Freddie plots to take out his rivals, tensions between him and Anna grow. Could this spell the end of their relationship? And will the rogue detective finally get the chance to arrest Freddie – burning the empire he’s built from scratch to the ground?

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MY REVIEW 

#5 in the Anna and Freddie series. Yes it can be read as a stand-alone, but you are missing out on the backstory of these incredible characters.

Well life seems to have settled down for Anna and Freddie, but we know that’s not going to last long. Soon things start to go awry…..

Anna is slowly coming to terms with the loss of their baby, and now Freddie has a new gang appear, who are intending on taking over his many criminal businesses. It’s taken him a long time to build his reputation and he has no intention of losing it.

As usual, Anna and her friend, Tanya are starting yet another new business and keeping an eye on all their comings and goings is a determined detective.

Anna and Freddie are not the most honest or law abiding citizens, but it’s the relationships they hold that make the story so compelling. Will their relationship survive the new revelations? Will the police finally catch up with Freddie? A completely engaging crime thriller.

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

Social Media Links:

For more information on Emma or to join her mailing list, please go to: http://www.emmatallon.com or alternatively, follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/emmatallonofficial or on Twitter: @EmmaEsj