Book reviews, Thriller

The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins – Book Review and #Giveaway

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down.

When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..

Tense, absorbing, and insightful, The Kompromat Kill is a gripping thriller leaving

you breathless at the pace of intrigue, cleverly unravelled in a dramatic finale.

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MY REVIEW

Sean is in trouble , he has a price on his head, a ruined career and a certain way of doing things…..his way!

His latest exploit is helping his former employer locate someone and find out just who they are working for…..

He finds out more secrets than expected and his safety is in danger again and again. 

The British Secret Service call on Sean for help on other cases….but are these linked?

Lots of action, espionage, Russians and danger. This is edge of your seat excitement from start to finish….if you like an action packed spy thriller, you’ll love this.

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

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QFSF44F

 US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFSF44F

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second. 

Social Media Links – 

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Book reviews, Womens fiction

The LittleVineyard In Provence by Ruth Kelly – Book Review

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Ava’s marriage has been a lie. For the past five years her husband Mark has been squandering their money on gambling and dodgy deals that have amounted to nothing. Mark has left Ava and their daughter, Sophia, to fend for themselves with a mountain of debt and not as much as an explanation as to where he’s gone or when he’ll be back.

Just when Ava couldn’t feel any lower, she receives the news that her grandfather has passed away. When Ava was a child, she used to spend her summers picking grapes on her grandfather’s vineyard in Provence, before a rift between his daughters tore the family apart. They hadn’t seen each other for years, which is why Ava is shocked to learn her grandfather has left money to her sister, Olivia, but his entire vineyard, Chateau Montrose, to her.

Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, a glass of red with the handsome local waiter Jacques; Ava starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her marriage, to take a chance on a place she fell for as a child – wouldn’t it?

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MY REVIEW 

With a charming cover, this lovely summertime novel is a perfect read.

Ava has a bit of a tough time, with a rather unlikeable husband, Mark and a disrespectful daughter….

Ava then receives a letter, she owes a vineyard !! The excitement and joy was palpable and contagious….so off she goes to France and new adventures. Maybe a bit of distance between her and Mark will help…

But, this isn’t going to be easy, the vineyard and farmhouse are in a state of disrepair, and the gardener and housekeeper are struggling.

There’s a friendship with Jacques, a waiter….but does he have an ulterior motive? Poor Ava…..she’s such a likeable character and deserves a little happiness…

Set in an idyllic location, with great characters and a great story. A perfect beach read.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and 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/2Ss9Ona

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Call Me A Liar by Colette McBeth – Book Review

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You could say it started with vanity. We believed we were special. But the truth is we were simply vulnerable.

One of them is lying. One of them is guilty. No one is safe.

Months after landing their dream job, five brilliant young minds are sent on a remote retreat. But when one of them disappears, they’re forced to question why they were brought here in the first place, and how far they’d go to get what they want.

And for the first time in their lives, they realise too much knowledge can be deadly.

This is the chilling story of what happens when the idealism of youth turns toxic. Can it ever be justified to do bad things for the greater good?

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MY REVIEW 

When Libby sees a poster, advertising ‘Can you crack the code’, her and boyfriend Joe get started, eventually they manage….Will they get a job now?

Libby’s Uncle has told her his business is struggling, so feeling a little responsible, she really needs a job. So when Freetech offer her and Joe a position they jump at the chance…..

They find themselves, using social engineering to gain security information from various sources…..Kyle, the boss confirms the companies are their clients and the intent is to highlight the holes in security …so all above board !

The gang of 5, Libby, Joe, Tess, Will and Asha are then invited to a corporate team building stay, a luxury break…all expenses paid…so off they go, but what is Tess up to? Who is the mysterious Tomaz?….

So when one of them goes missing, they come to realise a little knowledge is a dangerous thing…and their naive, idealistic world comes to a rude awakening…

A contemporary and relevant thriller with its marvellous twists, incredible and well plotted by Colette McBeth…..I can thoroughly recommend 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 book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (and it’s only 99p for Kindle at the Moment too)

https://amzn.to/2JTkgjL

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Colette McBeth is the critically acclaimed author of psychological thrillers Precious Thing, The Life I Left Behind and An Act of Silence. Colette was a BBC TV News television correspondent for ten years, during which time she covered many major crime stories and worked out of Westminster as a political reporter. She lives on the South Coast with her husband and three children.

Twitter @colettemcbeth Facebook /colettemcbethauthor colettemcbeth.co.uk

 

PRAISE FOR COLETTE MCBETH

‘Clever, atmospheric and truly scary. Colette is the real deal’ Marian Keyes

 

‘SLICK AND PACEY’

Renée Knight, author of DISCLAIMER

 

‘A rare thing: gripping but compassionate’

Paula Hawkins

 

‘THRILLING . . . SHIFTS LIKE QUICKSAND UNDER YOUR FEET’

Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID

 

‘Topical, morally ambiguous and with a pace that never lets up, it’s a blistering thriller written with Colette’s usual deftness of touch. Brilliant!’

Tammy Cohen

 

‘Superb. So topical and fast paced’

Michelle Adams

 

‘I loved this book … It combines a furiously twisty plot with utterly believable characters. A winner’

Elly Griffiths

 

‘Good line after great line and a brilliant, totally contemporary setting’

Jane Casey

 

 

Book reviews, Comedy

Base Cowboys by Mark Farrer – Book Review

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BASE COWBOYS is a comic crime trilogy set in the Scottish Borders. It is the sixth laugh-out-loud book in the CULLEN series written by Borders author Mark Farrer and will appeal to readers of Christopher Brookmyre, Carl Hiaasen, Nick Spalding or Tom Sharpe. The book tells the stories of three amoral ne’er-do-wells, their unfortunate and accidental intrusion into Cullen’s life, and the imaginative ways he finds of ensuring (his) justice is done:

 

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The first casualty of adultery is… the tooth!

Barry Sullivan is a sordid dentist who resorts to blackmail to keep his string of married women in line. But now Cullen has toothache – and a very different interpretation of the dental code of practice.

 

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Meet Billy – the fastest gun in a vest.

Billy is a geriatric slum landlord desperate to win first prize in a Country & Western gunfight competition. But his trigger-happy birthday celebrations provoke Cullen, and now Billy must pay. Will he meet his High Noon at the Grand Ole Opry or will he go out with a bang? Whatever happens, there’s sure to be fireworks.

 

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There’s trouble brewing…

Tyler is a teenage tearaway with the eyes of a serial killer. But when he decides to rob Big Paul’s local pub, he gets more than he bargained for. Will Tyler lose his bottle, or just get smashed? Cullen thinks he’s seen dead eyes like those before, and now he has a plan: he’s not bitter, he’s just a little twisted.

 

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MY REVIEW 

Base Cowboys is a book containing three novellas, all featuring the cowboy hat wearing Cullen.

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Dirty Barry

This novella is about a dentist called Barry (Beaver), who loves women….too much and is a pest to say the least…

It starts in a cheese store, he’s helping protect Archie from rivals, but ends up injured (this is just hilarious and full of cheese related puns)

“Archie let out a plaintive cry. “My Stinking Bishop!””

Cullen, needs a dentist and finds out the true nature of Barry……but Cullen has his own sense of justice and….goes a bit ‘Marathon Man’ on him….

I love the slapstick humour and it made me laugh out loud at times….the epilogue brings it all together too.

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Bronchial Billy

Billy Gillespie is a slum landlord..

Vincent wants to own the Grand Ole Opry…

Stinky Pete, lives up to his flatulent name…

More hilarity, sex and violence ensues……

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Pale Ale Rider

‘Trust the Soup’

This shows the darker side of ordinary people….a story of a child growing up without a father and ends up being just like him….

It still has the honour but a little more pathos than the previous novella’s in this volume, but still has laugh out loud moments….

“”I’ve slept with a Brazilian!” Tyler boasted. “OMFG!” Tracey shrieked in horror. “How many is a brazillion?””

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

 

About Mark Farrer:

Mark Farrer is the author of six comedy novels and novellas, each set in the Scottish Borders with a distinctive Scottish backdrop – whether salmon farming, textile mills, Rugby Sevens or the Scottish criminal justice system. His books are multi-stranded storylines involving larger-than-life characters, whose plans and incompetence inevitably exceed their wits. All feature an itinerant loner, Cullen, who lives off the grid and finds himself inadvertently drawn into someone’s crazy scheme, only for his own (very individual) sense of right and wrong to be offended. That’s generally when things start to go wronger.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mark_farrer @mark_farrer

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

Website: http://markfarrer.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Farrer/e/B074S4XMGL/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Base-Cowboys-Mark-Farrer-ebook/dp/B07V4744HM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=base+cowboys&qid=1562760339&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Base-Cowboys-Mark-Farrer-ebook/dp/B07V4744HM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=base+cowboys+mark+farrer&qid=1562760430&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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Book reviews, Historical fiction

The Violin Maker’s Daughter by Sharon Maas – Book Review

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When the Nazis march onto the cobbled streets of Colmar on November 1st 1940, Josef, a Jewish violin maker, gathers his wife and daughters closely to him and tells them everything will be alright. 

But one year later, three sharp knocks on the door at midnight turn his seventeen year old daughter Sarah’s world upside down. As the oldest child, Sarah must be the first to leave her family, to make her escape in a perilous journey across France via Paris to Poitiers. And she must hide who she is and take a new name for her own safety. For now, bilingual Sarah is no longer a French Jew but a German girl. 

As she bids farewell to her beloved father and family, Sarah has hope, against all odds, that she will see them again when the war is over. But, travelling through the mountains she finds herself in terrible danger and meets Ralf, a German deserter, who risks his own life to save her. 

Ralf and Sarah continue their journey together, keeping their identities secret at all cost. But when Ralf is captured, will Sarah pay the ultimate price for sharing who she really is?

A gripping and heart-breaking account of love, bravery and sacrifice during the terror of war. A story of standing up for what you believe in; even if it’s going to break your heart. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Ragged Edge of Night. 

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MY REVIEW 

This starts in the town of Colmar in the Alsace, it has been annexed by the Germans, who are ‘relocating’ all Jewish people….

Josef Mayer, his wife Leah and daughters Sarah. Amelie, Therese, Mannion and Sofie, have changed their names to more acceptable names, to keep their heads down and stay at home.

Sarah, the eldest daughter is an apprentice violin maker, she has a talent for it….but then German soldiers come to the shop and demand papers to show their aryan backgrounds, if they can’t supply this…..well the consequences do not bear thinking about…

With the help of a neighbour, Josef decides they have to leave…..first to leave will be Sarah…..

What follows is a tale of Sarah’s journey, the huge amount of people willing to help her get to safety, with danger at every turn….a constant fear..will Sarah survive? Will she finally see the danger she is in?

Set during WWII this is a coming of age drama set amidst the horror of Hitler’s Germany, the persecution of Jewish people and the many many lives saved by the resistance.  Historical fiction at its best….

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

You can buy a copy here ( only £1.99 for Kindle at the moment too)

 

https://amzn.to/2XUQtRP

 

About the author:

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Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1951 and educated in Guyana and England. After leaving school she worked as a staff journalist at the Guyana Graphic and the Sunday Chronicla in Georgetown.

Sharon has always had a great sense of adventure and curiosity about the world we live in, and Guyana could not hold her for long. In 1971 she set off on a year-long backpacking trip around South America. In 1973 she travelled overland to India through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and spent two years in an Ashram in South India.

 

http://www.sharonmaas.com

 

https://twitter.com/sharon_maas

 

https://www.facebook.com/sharonmaasauthor/

 

THE VIOLIN MAKER’S DAUGHTER by Sharon Maas

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Apple Books: https://buff.ly/2JDHCuT

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond – Book Review

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One hot summer, Dee disappeared. Now she’s back…but she’s not the girl you knew.

Sera and Dee were the best of friends.

Until the day that Dee and her brother Leo vanished from Sera’s life, during a long hot summer thirty years ago.

Now Sera is an adult, with her own child, five-year-old Katie, and has returned to her childhood home after her husband’s death.

While she grieves, the past haunts Sera at every turn … and then Dee and Leo return to their small Hampshire village, along with Dee’s young daughter.

But Dee is silent and haunted by her demons; no longer the fun-loving girl that Sera loved. And when Sera uncovers the shocking secret that Dee is hiding, it’s clear that the girl she knew is long gone – and that the adult she has grown into might put all of them in danger…

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MY REVIEW 

Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond is a psychological thriller which will make you think……how many of your friends have you lost touch with….do you wonder how some people just seem to drop off the earth? Well this has one reason !!!!

Sera’s husband died and so she decides to return to her hometown, with her daughter. 30 years previously her friend Dee and her brother Leo disappeared, but then they suddenly return with no explanation as to where they have been or why…

I found this to be a twisty thriller,  with so many questions….what was Dee hiding? Why did she seem so different? And why return now?

Dark and full of tension and marvellously descriptive writing, so you can feel the suspense seeping off the pages….brilliant and a perfect summer read.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and 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/2SrGCwU

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Ella Drummond recently signed a two-book deal with Hera Books. Her first psychological thriller, My Last Lie is out now and The Darkest Summer will be out on 18 July 2019 and is available for pre-order.

She lives with her husband on the island of Jersey and you can follow her on Twitter @drummondella1 and Facebook  : https://www.facebook.com/EllaDrummondWrites/ 

Book reviews, Horror, Psychlogical thriller

The Shadow Man by Mark Brownless – Book Review

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Idyllic memories. A perfect childhood. A secret buried for thirty years.

None of us could remember why we drifted apart – we were always so close at school but then… you know. That was thirty years ago, and I hadn’t thought of my school friends in all that time – it was like I’d been made to forget.

And then the dreams started. Dreams that I knew I’d had before. Horrific dreams of fear and fire and death. Dreams of the Shadow Man, a ghostly urban legend who seemed to hang over my home village like an evil spirit. I’d begun to remember, my memories of back then becoming two-dimensional – a lie to mask what really happened – and I knew we’d have to go back. Back to Janey, because she never left.

What did happen to us back then, and do we really want to know? And what about the supernatural horror lurking in the shadows – could we face the Shadow Man again?

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MY REVIEW 

The Shadow Man by Mark Brownless is a psychological horror thriller.

I found this to be a fast paced, gripping, nail biter of a thriller that will keep you on edge from start to finish.

There are some similarities to Stephen King’s, IT, bit without Pennywise but set in Lincolnshire, UK.

A group of young friends experienced some horrific events one summer, but they have since forgotten them…a form of selective amnesia……but then 30 years later the dreams begin.

So, Philippa, Sally, Clara and Katie return to their home village to meet with Jamey, who had never left.

Their memories then start to return and they remember the Shadow Man and the burnings…..

“The Shadow Man comes out at night

The Shadow Man in plain sight

The Shadow Man is gone by dawn

Taking souls for us to mourn”

Has the Shadow Man returned after 30 years?

Can the women put an end to this ? Will they all survive ? Or will The Shadow Man burn some more?

I loved the believable characters, the relationship between the friends and the interaction between them and the banter and insults they trade felt so familiar and real. 

This is an utterly compelling read, the creepy Shadow Man is a thing of nightmares and I’m going to be very wary of looking out of the window at night for a long time!!  !(even without the ‘shrooms). If you like horror and a creepy thriller then you’ll love this. 

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 book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2XSGgW1

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Mark Brownless lives and works in Carmarthen, West Wales.

He has been putting ideas on paper for some years now but only when the idea for THE HAND OF AN ANGEL came to him in the autumn of 2015 did he know he might be able to write a book. Mark likes to write about ordinary people being placed in extraordinary circumstances, is fascinated by unexplained phenomena, and enjoys merging thriller, science fiction and horror. 

Mark’s new novel, The Shadow Man is a terrifying horror thriller imagining what would happen if you found out the memories of your childhood were untrue, and that something sinister was lurking behind the facade of your life. Could you face what had happened back then? Could you face The Shadow Man.

Mark is also fascinated by myths and legends such as those of Robin Hood and King Arthur. This has culminated in the release of his short story series, Locksley, a Robin Hood story.

 

Website : http://www.markbrownless.com/

Twitter : @MarkBrownless

 

The Shadow Man by Mark Brownless

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (21 April 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1093368896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1093368895

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Man-psychological-thriller-devastating/dp/1093368896

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Wicked Girl by I.V Olokita – Book Review

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“Even if a dog goes mad, it will always be a dog.” 

So said a small white sign hung on a wall in Birmingham Mental Institution Ward number 3. It had a black frame, written in a hand they were all well acquainted with. The letters had faded over time. In the end, among all the calligraphy in the frame, one could detect a blurred signature. It was mine. 

John Wilcox is a young idler who loathes people except for young women. His destiny brought him near Birmingham Mental Institution during an earthquake. At that time Wilcox saves Elsie, an eccentric, half-deranged teenager. John pulls out every manipulation at his disposal to convince her that he is the right person to help her recover. Grey, Alessi’s father, goes on a quest for his lost daughter. She, too, like her mother, was trying to escape him. And so, began the tragic story between prey, and it’s supposed predator.

Wicked Girl is a psychological crime fiction, where a sequence of accidents generates cold-blooded, and blood-curdling actions. It is a fascinating combination of romance, tension, and humor, unpredictable to the very end. Presented in a clear, straightforward way, yet its plot is packed with wit, action, and surprises grabbing the reader’s attention all the way to the last word.

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MY REVIEW 

This is quite a hard book to review…it’s clever nuances of language and plot are so attention grabbing…how do you put that visceral emotion into words.

John, a 30+ year old man, who still acts like a much younger man, and one of his young girlfriends are caught up in an earthquake, Nicole dies, but John helps the search for survivors…

This is where he saves, Elsie, a damaged, abused, slightly deranged, teenager. But John is a loser he has nothing…..what can he offer anyone? He’s a pervert to say the least and his thoughts can be hard to read at times….will he help Elsie? 

While this is a short, fast read, it really packs a lot in…..Part crime, part psychological thriller but completely gripping.

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

 

About I.V. Olokita:

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I.V. Olokita has been providing medical care most of his life, specializing in management of medical aid to disaster areas all over the world. He also has a BA degree in logistics, and an MA degree in emergency and disaster situations management. He volunteers to rescue missions in disaster areas all over the world. I. V. Olokita is a happily married father of two adolescents and a foster father of five cats and two dogs. 

Olokita’s first book (in Hebrew), Ten Simple Rules, was published in 2014. It won an Israeli literary prize, and immediately made an online bestseller. The following year, another book by Olokita, The Executioner From The Silent Valley, made a local bestseller in Israel. In May 2016, his third novel, Wicked Girl, was published, to great success, and is now presented in English. Olokita’s books are characterized by direct writing, twists and turns, requiring the reader to delve into and maintain vigilance from the beginning of the book to its surprising end.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OlokitaI

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iv.books/

Website: http://wickedgirl-olokita.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iv.olokita/

 

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Girl-Psychological-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07RKNHGX4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=wicked+girl+i.v.+olokita&qid=1562576980&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Amazon US: 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Girl-Psychological-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07RKNHGX4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WPY0Y38713IC&keywords=wicked+girl+iv+olokita&qid=1562577378&s=gateway&sprefix=wicked+girl+i%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-1

 

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Wicked-Girl-I-V-Olokita/9781093571264

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen – Book Review

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A mother’s job is to keep her children safe.

Tess has always tried to be a good mother. Of course, there are things she wishes she’d done differently, but doesn’t everyone feel that way?

Then Emma, her youngest, is attacked on her way home from a party, plunging them into a living nightmare which only gets worse when the man responsible is set free

But what if she fails?

So when Tess sees the attacker in the street near their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to protect her daughter at any cost, might she end up putting her family in even greater danger?

There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to make it right . . .

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MY REVIEW 

Tessa’s 16 year old daughter, Emma,  was attacked one night on her way home, a man had grabbed her from behind and tried to drag her away, thumping her on the head at the same time……luckily a woman saw what was happening and confronted the man and he ran off…..Frances took Emma home to Tessa and was a witness for the police….

There is a police lineup but both Emma and Frances could not pick out the man for definite, but one man matches the description and Tessa becomes certain it was him. 

She starts to ‘stalk’ him on social media, even sending anonymous messages to him, saying she knows what he’s done….but in her fraught state of mind she makes a mistake and sends a message while logged into her genuine account….now he knows who she is…she just wants to protect her daughter….

Her beloved dog Dotty, is taken…….and she receives a message, just a whimpering!..Frances is there to offer support to them both….she knows just when she’s needed…!

Has Tessa made a mistake? Will the attacker find them? And is it who they think it is?

This is a marvellously twisted tale, with several possible suspects that will keep you turning those pages……there’s violence, tragedy, friendships, lies….and betrayal in this very clever psychological thriller….brilliant.

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 book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2O0PKtH

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir including:The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else’s Wedding.

Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing and When She Was Bad.

She lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog.

Chat with her on Twitter @MsTamarCohen

 

Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2147 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857524631
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (18 July 2019)

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Untitled-2-Tammy-Cohen-ebook/dp/B06XWLZDLT

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Woman At Number 19 by J.A. Baker – Book Review

 

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PUBLISHERS BLURB  

Esther lost her husband, Julian, and her children, Harriet and Dexter, in a car accident and is struggling with her grief.   

Her only friend is Amy, a young lady who lives close by and visits Esther to keep her company. 

Esther’s sister, Charlotte, also visits from time to time but Esther despises her. She believes that Charlotte had an affair with Julian and was planning to run off with him and the children on the same journey that killed her family and left Charlotte seriously injured. 

From her window, Esther watches her new neighbour and becomes concerned about the erratic and abusive behaviour she displays towards her husband and children.

Spurred on by her own loneliness and a need to make amends for not being able to save her own children, Esther takes it upon herself to watch the woman who lives at number 19 and keep a record of her cruelty with a mind to reporting it to the authorities. 

When unexplainable incidents begin to happen in Esther’s house, she begins to fear for her safety and as more and more strangers appear in her life uninvited, she becomes bewildered and disorientated.

Meanwhile, over at number 19, the woman’s behaviour is becoming more explosive and unpredictable. 

As Esther starts to lose her grip on reality, her world begins to unravel, leaving her wondering – just who is this strange woman at number 19 and why is Esther so obsessed with her?

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MY REVIEW

Oh my tattered and broken heart…….what a read!

Esther is a lonely, 45 year old woman. She lives alone after the death of her husband Julian, and her two children, Dexter and Harriet. Her grief has destroyed her, it’s broken her.

Amy, a young women, visits Esther and does little chores for her, but mainly has a cup of tea and a chat. She’s the only brightness in Esther’s world. She’s a nurse and is excited about her forthcoming wedding.

Esther is watching her neighbour across the street, the woman is cruel to her children, so she starts keeping notes…she needs the evidence before she speaks to the authorities….

Esther gets a visit from her sister Charlotte, she can’t understand why she would bother….it’s all her fault, having an affair with Julian, and was in the car with Julian, taking the children away from her when the tragic accident happened…..

Soon after the visit, Esther’s world starts to get confused, things are moved in the house, pictures torn to pieces….who is doing this? But then she sees her husband, her dead husband in the house at number 19…..and her world comes crashing down!!

This is an utterly gripping read, I honestly read this in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down…..it’s so tragic to see Esther falling apart…..will she get the help she clearly needs…..or is there more trauma to come?……I was left with goosebumps. Stunning.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and 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/2JOJ8cl

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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J.A. BAKER was born and brought up in North East England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.

She has an interest in local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but especially enjoys psychological thrillers.

J.A. Baker has four grown-up children and a grandchild and lives in a village near Darlington with her husband and madcap dog.

Her first book, Undercurrent was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and went straight into the Top 100. Since then she has had five other books released, three of which also made it into the Amazon Top 100 rankings.

The Woman at Number 19 is her 7th novel.

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Girl In The Grave by Helen Phifer – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB  

At least they’d found her. Once the site was processed and the girl’s body removed, they’d be able to identify her so that her family could give her the burial she deserved. This innocent girl was far too young to be lying in a grave, crushed under the weight of someone else’s coffin…

When the body of a teenage girl is found hidden inside a stranger’s grave in a small-town cemetery in the Lake District, an urgent call is made to Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams. One look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since an attempt on her own life…

Beth doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence that the victim was found the same day a threatening gift was left on the doorstep of her secluded home. Her instincts are telling her that it’s a trap, that she should run for safety. But she knows she’s the only one with the expertise to help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career.

The tiny traces of material Beth finds beneath the victim’s fingernails is the break in the case the team need to chase down this twisted killer. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into the line of fire once again.

With Beth’s own life on the line, the investigation is already cracking under the pressure. Then another local girl goes missing… Can Beth stay alive long enough to catch the killer before he claims his next victim?

An absolutely gripping new crime thriller that will grab fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons from the very first page and leave them gasping for breath by the last.

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MY REVIEW 

During a ‘routine’ exhumation, a body is found buried under the coffin…..Dr Beth Adams is called in as the forensic pathologist and it’s found to be murder…..but who is the young woman ?

When Annie Potts goes missing, they are concerned it could be the same person that’s taken her…..so DS Josh Walker starts the hunt.

In the meantime, someone is watching Beth.

Due to a violent attack in her past, she is taking self defence classes and has upgraded the security in her lakeside home…..still paranoid, she finds it hard to relax and only Josh knows why….as he had reached her just in time and saved her……all Beth wants is her life back…

But just who is sending her letters? And who is leaving her little ‘presents’ at her home?

This is an easy read, it just flows so well.  A mix of CSI pathology, police procedural and fear……will Josh be able to save Beth again?…..

There’s so much tension in this fast paced thriller it will keep you on tenterhooks right to the very end…….

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

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07QQ34JBXSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Phxl95

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2IE3SEY

Googleplay: http://ow.ly/APUL30osVA4

 

Author Bio:

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Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own. 

 

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Helenphifer1

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/helenphifer

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/helenphifer1

Website:     https://www.helenphifer.com

 

Book reviews, Dystopian fiction, Horror, post-apocalyptic, Science fiction, Thriller

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.
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MY REVIEW

This is my first read of a novel by Chuck Wendig and it’s definitely not going to be my last…..

The Wanderers is an epic journey of a band of people, the flock and the shepherds…..trying both to survive and keep the sleepwalkers safe….

Safe from what ? 

White Mask…..a fungal infection that slowly invades a person, giving symptoms of a cold, but as it grows it reaches the brain causing dementia and madness…..where did this disease come from?

There is Stover, a white supremacist who is violent and a vile man, he uses torture, rape and fear to keep control. He believes the walkers are the reason for this illness and so plans to kill them all…..I found this all too real, just listen to the news coming out of America these days…..the hatred is there coming right from the top.

Matthew, a man of god, gets drawn in by the charisma of Stover, until he realises the truth, but it’s too late and he is imprisoned by him…..he does have a change of heart, but can he do the right thing??? 

Then there’s the CDC\EIS group, all doctors and scientists trying to find out how this illness works, is there a cure? How are the walkers surviving with no food, rest or seemingly any consciousness other than a desire to keep moving….woe betide you try and stop them !!

There are incredibly well written characters that you will truly become invested in, willing them on, suffering their fears and doubts, the little successes and those awful moments of failure.

Yes, there will be comparisons to Stephen King’s, The Stand, there is a ‘plague’, and two distinct groups of people but that’s where the comparison ends. (There is a mention of The Stand in the Book too)….In my view, this is even better…

It’s unique and ultimately scary, as it’s so believable. The fear of AI taking over, just look at the fake news bots!!…..Black Swan the all seeing, statistic driven computer programme is terrifying ….

Will the walkers awake? Will humanity survive? What will happen to Benji, Shana, Sadie, Arav, Matthew, Pete, Landry and of course Black Swan?

At 780 pages, this is not a light read, but it is totally and utterly compelling. I loved every single minute of this beautifully harrowing tale. A modern classic and a must read.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and 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/2lfDyHD

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.

He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, and their feature film HiM is in development with producer Ted Hope.

He’s written too much. He should probably stop. Give him a wide berth, as he might be drunk and untrustworthy. He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with a wonderful wife and two very stupid dogs. He is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

You can find him at his website, terribleminds.com.(Courtesy of Goodreads)

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Book reviews, Thriller

White Scorpion by Rob Sinclair – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Rule number one for an agent of the secretive JIA is to follow orders, no matter what. 

But James Ryker has never cared much for rules. He only wants to do what is right.

Assigned to join of crew of elite security personnel in Chabon, Africa, Ryker’s mission objective is clouded by politics and obfuscation, and he knows only that to protect British interests in the region, he is to infiltrate the close protection team of the government of Chabon, a country with a dark and violent past.

Arriving in Chabon’s crumbling capital, Kilpassa, Ryker finds a country on the brink of civil war. A growing civilian rebellion threatens peace, with claims of atrocities committed by both sides, including the frail government run by enigmatic President Benyu – a former military general who took control of the country in a violent coup. 

Drawn into Benyu’s inner circle, it soon becomes clear to Ryker that in Chabon, the lines between good and bad, and right and wrong, are nearly impossible to identify. 

With a crisis of epic proportions unfolding before his eyes, Ryker knows one thing for sure: with or without the backing of his superiors, he must take drastic action, and quickly, or risk putting millions of innocent lives in danger.

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MY REVIEW 

This is #5 in the Ryker series, but feel it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Well this is action packed right from the very first chapter to the end.

James Ryker and his team are in Africa to take Muampa, as he is handed over all hell breaks out…..it’s an ambush that ends in the slaughter of his team and captive….just who has betrayed them?

The story then jumps back three weeks, so you can find out just how they gout 8nto the situation…..

Muampa is in charge of a rebel army, he’s brutal using torture and murder to gain information…..if he wins power in elections, then the UK government could lose £billions in revenue…..

What follows is a tale of power and betrayal with a touch of politics….just who can Ryker trust…..? How can he survive this time? 

If you like an action packed thriller in the vein of Jason Bourne or Strikeback you’ll love this.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and 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/2jT3EQp

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

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Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy, James Ryker and Sleeper series of thrillers. His books have sold over 900,000 copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn. 

Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time. 

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.

 

 

Book reviews, Historical fiction

The Awakening Aten by Aidan K Morrissey – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Awakening Aten envelops the reader in an Egypt of whispers and fears, of webs within webs, deceit upon deceit. Its themes of murder, intrigue, political and religious conflict, corruption, tomb robbing, war and executions are set against a background of fundamental ideological change.  

Ancient Egypt is seen through the eyes of two families; one royal, the other commoner. Yuya, whose tomb is in the Valley of the Kings, is a foreigner who rises from slavery to become Regent to an infant Pharaoh and thus, the most powerful man in the world’s wealthiest empire. His children and descendants will remain at the very heart of the country’s destiny. Kha is a tomb painter and builder who experiences both the despair of imprisonment and the horror of war. As Overseer of the King’s Works he restores the Great Sphinx, and inscribes the ‘Dream Stela’ placed between its paws, still visible today. Through tragic and deathly events his family and that of Yuya become entwined.  

This is the fictional tale of real people, whose possessions and artefacts can be seen in museums throughout the world. It gives a voice to those people, inspired by their personal items, buried with them 3,000 years ago. 

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MY REVIEW 

Partly based on factual elements of Egyptian history.

The story revolves around three men who escape jail, are then given positions by the King of Egypt and become rich and powerful….

There  are a lot of characters and it does take quite a while to get these in your head and let the story flow, but once you do you become immersed in the politics, and the culture of the gods, with murder, lies and even tomb robbing….

A character driven epic with beautifully descriptive writing that brings this ancient world to life.

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 book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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I am of Irish heritage and was the first member of my immediate family to be born outside of Ireland. My professional life has caused me to travel the world. I am now looking forward to settling in the North East of England, to concentrate on writing.

A graduate in Law from Leicester University, after working for some years in a commercial environment, I qualified as a Solicitor in 1981.

My career developed in an unusual way and I have lived and worked at various times in Italy, Brazil, the United States, India and Germany.

I have always had a love and fascination for history. A holiday in Egypt sparked a particular passion for Ancient Egypt, especially the latter part of the 18th Dynasty. A history, which Pharaoh Horemeb (Djeser-Kheperu-Ra circa 1319-1292 BCE) tried to destroy and which only came to light following the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

‘The Awakening Aten’ is the culmination of many years of research.

I have built up a substantial collection of academic books and novels on Ancient Egypt, its customs, traditions and daily life. I am fortunate to have been able to visit all of the major museums containing artefacts from Egypt throughout the world, as well as spending months in Egypt itself studying the funereal valleys and other sites. All of this supplemented by internet research.

This novel is the first in a planned five book series, looking at the fictional lives of real people through a period of major political and religious change, spanning approximately 130 years.

My hobbies are reading, which I enjoy as much as I do writing, and taking bracing walks along the North East Coast and in the Northumberland Hills.

Website: http://www.aidenkmorrisey-author.com/

Twitter @AidanKMorrissey

 

Paperback: 448 pages

  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing (21 May 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1789018757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1789018752

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Aten-Aidan-K-Morrissey/dp/1789018757

 

Book reviews, Horror

The Butcher by Nathan Burrows – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

She thought it was pork. She was wrong.

 

The first time hapless food inspector Emily Underwood meets butcher Frank Pinch, he’s not got much at all in his display counters. But what he does have is a rather unusual plan to restock his shelves. The next time they bump into each other, he’s won an award for his sausages but is running out of meat.

Can Frank keep up production of his unusually tasty sausages? Will Emily discover the source of Frank’s award-winning meat? And what will happen the next time she tries to inspect his butcher’s shop?

Book 1 in the Rub-a-Dub-Dub trilogy, this deliciously British dark comedy will change the way you look at sausages forever.

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MY REVIEW 

 

This is dark humour at its darkest…

Frank is a butcher, his brother Tim is a pig farmer. Due to a shortage of pigs – Brexit related – there’s a shortage of pork.

Emily is a newbie Health Inspector and her bumbling mishaps with ‘eccentric’ food producers are cringeworthy and funny…

There is then an accident on Tim’s farm, and all of a sudden the supply of ‘pork’ improves and Frank’s customers are loving the new sausages!!!!

This will make you laugh and then feel quite ill at times……not sure I’ll be able to eat sausages ever again !

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

 

 

About Nathan Burrows:

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Nathan Burrows is a writer based in Norfolk in the United Kingdom. His debut novel, a legal thriller called ‘Blind Justice’, was published in March 2018.

He’s also the author of a dark comedy trilogy set in Norfolk. The first in the series is ‘The Butcher’, a deliciously funny story about – amongst other things – sausages. The second in the series is ‘The Baker’, which features Norfolk’s most useless cult. And finally, ‘The Candlestick Maker’ is about a fitness instructor with a difference.

The next book to be released will be ‘Man Down’, a return to more traditional thrillers. It’s a military story set in Afghanistan which will be released in the Autumn, 2019. Also releasing later in the year is ‘Finding Milly’, which explores just how far a man will go to find his missing daughter.

Nathan’s a keen reader as well as a writer. He occasionally runs marathons, has a Norwich City football club season ticket, and is the proud part-owner of a Daschund puppy called Bertie. 

For more information, visit http://www.nathanburrows.com

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NathanBurrowsUK

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

Website: https://nathanburrows.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nathan-Burrows/e/B079KS96CQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FCVB791/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Butcher-Rub-Dub-Dub-Book-ebook/dp/B07FCVB791/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+butcher+nathan+burrows&qid=1561548847&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Butcher.html?id=fpnZuQEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-butcher-14

 

 

Publishing Information:

Published in ebook, audio and paperback formats in July 2018

 

Extra Information:

The Butcher is available to download in ebook format for only 99p/99c for a limited time.

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Book reviews, Thriller

The Fragility Of Bodies by Sergio Olguín – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

 

  • The first in a series of novels by Olguín starring the journalist Veronica Rosenthal. It is set in Buenos-Aires and has been made into a TV series currently showing in Argentina.

 

  • Veronica is a successful young journalist, beautiful, unmarried, with a healthy appetite for bourbon and men. She is a fascinating and complicated heroine, driven by a sense of justice but also by lust and ambition.

 

  • Sensual and terse, the novel is also fiercely critical of a system that tolerates the powerful and wealthy of Buenos Aires putting the lives of young boys at risk for their entertainment.

 

When she hears about the suicide of a local train driver who has jumped off the roof of a block of flats, leaving a suicide note confessing to four mortal ‘accidents’ on the train tracks, she decides to investigate. For the police the case is closed (suicide is suicide), for Veronica it is the beginning of a journey that takes her into an unfamiliar world of grinding poverty, junkie infested neighborhoods, and train drivers on commuter lines haunted by the memory of bodies hit at speed by their locomotives in the middle of the night.

Aided by a train driver informant, a junkie in rehab and two street kids willing to risk everything for a can of Coke, she uncovers a group of men involved in betting on working-class youngsters convinced to play Russian roulette by standing in front of fast-coming trains to see who endures the longest.

With bodies of children crushed under tons of steel, those of adults yielding to relentless desire, the resolution of the investigation reveals the deep bonds which unite desire and death.

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MY REVIEW 

 

Veronica is a journalist for a popular magazine, she’s talented and has an eye for a story. When she hears of a child’s death on the railway and the train driver is traumatised, she feels this could be interesting from a human emotion side, but she soon finds there is so much more to the story….

Poor young boys, are drawn to a local football team, the coach Rivero offers them a chance to make some money, a game he says. This evil man sets two boys a game of chicken, against a train, the last one to jump off the tracks is the winner!! Oh and men gamble on this……

The train drivers on the routes, are on tenterhooks their whole shift, just waiting to see someone on the tracks and to hear the crunch of bone……

Veronica finds out about this and is determined to make it end, but puts herself and anyone close to her in real danger…….can she stop this barbarity??

I really love the way this is written, Veronica is a strong, single woman who pees, has periods and enjoys sex her way….not often you read of the real parts of life in this way..

Set in Buenos Aires, It also shows the dark side of life, the exploitation of those in poverty, the young and desperate….a fascinating and utterly engaging read. I’ve been very lucky to read some excellent novels recently but this is one of the best I’ve read this year….

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 book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

https://amzn.to/2jOSP1O

The Author and the Translator

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Sergio Olguín was born in Buenos Aires in 1967 and was a journalist before turning to fiction. Olguín has won a number of awards, among others the Premio Tusquets 2009 for his novel Oscura monótona sangre (“Dark Monotonous Blood“) His books have been translated into German, French and Italian. The Fragility of Bodies is his first novel to be translated into English.

The translator Miranda France is the author of two acclaimed volumes of travel writing: Don Quixote’s Delusions and Bad Times in Buenos Aires. She has also written the novels Hill Farm and The Day Before the Fire and translated much Latin American fiction, including Claudia Piñeiro’s novels for Bitter Lemon Press.

www.bitterlemonpress.com

 

Published by BITTER LEMON PRESS•

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Crime writer Joseph Knox’s work has been hailed as gritty as MacBride, as noir as Connelly, as well written as Rankin, yet rendered very much with his own voice.

‘A crime fiction masterpiece’ – Metro ‘Razor sharp’ – Lee Child

‘A powerhouse of noir’ – Val McDermid

 

These are thrillers set in the dark urban sprawl of a city in Northern England, an examination of the underbelly of society, those on the outside, some by design, others by misfortune. Detective Aidan Waits lurches through this landscape in search of answers, encountering trouble around each corner he turns.

As a series of rolling blackouts plunge the city into darkness, Detective Aidan Waits sits on an abandoned hospital ward, watching a mass murderer slowly die.Transferred from his usual night shift duties and onto protective custody, he has just one job…

To extract the location of Martin Wick’s final victim before the notorious mass murderer passes away.

Wick has spent over a decade in prison, in near-total silence, having confessed to an unspeakable crime that shocked the nation and earned him the nickname of The Sleepwalker.

But when a daring premeditated attack leaves one police officer dead and another one fighting for his life, Wick’s whispered last words will send Waits on a journey into the heart of darkness…

Manipulated by a reticent psychopath from his past, and under investigation from his new partner, Detec- tive Constable Naomi Black,Waits realises too late that a remorseless contract killer is at work.

Can Aidan Waits solve his last case before fleeing justice?

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MY REVIEW 

Martin Wick jailed for killing the Moore family, is dying of lung cancer. DC Aiden Waits, along with DS Peter (Sutty) Sutclife are babysitting him on the hope of a death bed confession, where is Lizzie Moore’s body?

But, one night, the armed officer guarding the room has his throat cut, a Molotov cocktail is thrown into Wick’s room, killing him and seriously injuring Sutty…..where was Aiden? Chasing a soap sucking junkie with a tattooed face that’s where…..why was she there? 

This is one of the most incredibly well plotted thrillers I’ve ever read !!!

Aiden is a troubled man to say the least, ex-drug addict, depressed and suicidal….with enemies everywhere, including the successful ‘businessman‘ Zain Carver, senior police officers and a firearms officer…to name a few..

There’s murder, blackmail, violence and many many suspects in this dark and gritty tale, but it flows brilliantly into a twisty thriller that tears along at breakneck speed from the start to the nerve wracking ending…..an absolutely stunning read, by that I mean I am left truly stunned and I’m going to have to read it again……amazing writing by by Joseph Knox…..I loved every minute….

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 book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

 

you can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2lgxoXH

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. There he worked at head office Waterstones selecting the crime thrillers and classics for focus attention across the company.

 

Now writing full time, he runs, writes and reads compulsively.

 

His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller. The Sleepwalker is the third book in the DC Aidan Waits series.

 

Joseph is available for events and interviews – for further information and review copies, please contact Alison Barrow abarrow@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk | 020 8231 6654

  

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Godlefe’s Cuckoo by Bill Todd – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Godlefe’s Cuckoo (book 6)

Danny Lancaster has been missing since the fishing boat exploded. Police are closing their inquiry but Wanda Lovejoy continues her campaign to find the truth.

An evil man kept alive by machines nurses a corrosive hate. As drugs and disease pull his dying mind apart he throws his crime empire into a scorched earth quest to find one man. If Danny Lancaster isn’t dead he soon will be.
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MY REVIEW 

Danny Lancaster is missing, after an explosion on a boat, he is presumed dead…..

The Police have closed the investigation because of lack of progress and a low budget…

But the marvellous Wanda will not give up her search to find out what happened and why.

Others also want to know, they want to make sure Danny is really dead ! If he isn’t, he soon will be !

Evil Russians, violence and many twists and turns …Another brilliant tale by Bill Todd…great characters and a truly thrilling, breathtaking plot. 

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 

Bill is a journalist and travel writer who has visited more than 40 countries from the white wastes of Arctic Finland to the ancient deserts of Namibia. He loves a good wilderness. He received the Ed Lacy travel award in 2007.

Bill has written six crime thrillers featuring soldier-turned-investigator Danny Lancaster and was startled and delighted to be voted one of the 100 best crime authors in the WH Smith readers’ poll in 2015. He’s also written three short factual military histories. He lives to write although keyboard time has been cut lately with the arrival of grandson Theo. 

 

Social Media:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/williamjtodd

 

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

 

Website: http://www.billtodd.co.uk/

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Book reviews, Police procedural, Thriller

Fear In The Lakes by Graham Smith – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A case with no leads.

A victim with no enemies.

A killer with no conscience…

When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.

But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.

But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?

Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?

Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…

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MY REVIEW 

This is the third in the Beth Young series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

 

“They have to be crippled with life-changing injuries.”

 

Laura Sinclair returns home to find her husband James’ unconscious and badly beaten …the doctors find all bones from his knees and elbows Dow, have been smashed, plus ribs broken …life changing injuries…just who would torture a gentle man?

DC Beth Young is part of the investigating team, when two more bodies are found they hunt to find a link…

Finding weirdly coded emails on James’ computer, they realise there is something more going on….Beth manages to work out the code and finds two people are messaging each other……by why code? As the investigation progresses they find out more and it involves The Sculptor ! Can they find ‘Babes’ in time?

The chapters from the Sculptor’s perspective are particularly chilling for its lack of emotion….

This is a solid procedural, with well rounded and mainly likeable characters …apart from McKay, he’s just a horrible excuse for a man …they all have relatable problems and a life outside of work. I really felt for Thompson and his family….Beth,  with her analytical brain, is dogged in her determination to find the killer, putting herself in danger as a result.

I found this to be well plotted with a fantastic twist, totally gripping from start to finish…

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

 

Buy Links :

 

https://geni.us/B07RFRDCT7Social

 

Author Bio:

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Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novels with Bookouture are set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

 

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972

WEBSITE: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446655.Graham_Smith?from_search=true

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking, as the body is found in the garden of her childhood home. The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the Dorset island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

But one thing rings true…

You can’t bury the truth forever.
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MY REVIEW 

This starts with eleven year old Stella and her family leaving her beloved home on the isolated Evergreen Island. It’s dark and stormy, but her father insists they leave. Stella is heartbroken, leaving her best friend Jill…

Her sister, Bonnie is glad to be leaving, she felt she didn’t belong, especially after meeting Iona.

The girls also have a brother, Danny, who’s a quiet boy and just wants to be by himself…..others on the island think he’s a bit odd.

The story jumps to 2018, with Stella, now in her thirties and a family counsellor. Her parents split up, her mother then died, Danny just walked out re has been no contact since and Bonnie is an alcoholic……just what went happened on that island to mess them all up so much?

Watching the news one evening, Stella recognises their old home, a body has been found buried in the garden……is it someone they know?

Stella returns to the island, she feels she has come home at last….but she is determined to find out why they had to leave so suddenly, but what secrets will she find when delving into the past?

A stunning tale of secrets and lies that may break what’s left of the family…..should some secrets remain buried? An intriguing and atmospheric read.

My thanks to Rachel Kennedy, Publicity Manager, Arrow & Century, for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Heidi Parks’ debut novel Now You SeemHer twice reached the Sunday Times bestseller list, first in hardback in July 2018 at No.9 and again at No.6 in paperback in March 2019 where it was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for Spring 2019. Now You See Her has sold over 120,000 copies across formats to date and it has reached a staggering 200 five star reviews on Amazon from readers. It has also been optioned for TV from the production company behind BBC One’s The Minaturist and Channel 4’s National Treasure.

Heidi Perks worked as a marketing director for a financial director before leaving to become a full-time mother and writer, She is a graduate of the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative Online Novel Writing Course (the only creative writing school run by a literary agency). Follow Heidi on Twitter @HeidiPerksBooks and join in the conversation with #ComeBackForMe.