Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

Deliver us From Evil by Conrad Jones – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Detective Braddick is summoned to a horrendous crime scene, where it appears a double murder has taken place. The victims’ bodies are missing and the police have no clue as to their identities or who killed them.

As the investigation snowballs, the potential body count rises and the Major Investigation Team have little to go on until DNA evidence is examined.

There appears to be no motive for the dreadful murders until an ancient script is found daubed on the walls of a nearby property. As the clues are unravelled, Braddick and his team realise they are dealing with something they have never experienced before. Because this time they’re tracking evil itself…

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MY REVIEW 

This is number 4 in the Braddick series of books by Conrad Jones, but is easily read as a stand-alone.

Detective Superintendent Braddick and his Detective Sergeant,  Laurel Stewart are called to a block of flats after an anonymous call about a woman entering a flat but not coming out again. When a PC had arrived the smell meant something untoward had possibly happened, so the detectives were called…..here the horror begins…..

They find part of a body……in a pan on the stove…..!

“‘No problem,’ Braddick said. The smell of cooked human was strong. “

The flats involved are owned by Victoria Theresa May……with a tenant listed as Fabienne…..one of the most disturbing characters I’ve come across for a long while…and her acolytes. The bodies begin to mount up…..is this a serial killer at work  or something even more unspeakable?

In the story there is the trafficking of young women, satanism, corruption, murder, cannibalism and depravity in this fast paced, tension filled thriller.  There are plenty of twists and surprises to keep you on tenterhooks from start to finish, some tragedy too in this wonderfully dark, so very very dark, read with great believable and likeable (well most of them..) characters…..an absolute credit to Conrad Jones writing, with mentions of current affairs….Brexit.!….that gives this a sense of realism too. I wouldn’t read this at nighttime, just the thought gives me goosebumps….but I’ll still be looking out for the next in the series that’s for sure….

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

PURCHASE LINKS

UK

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USA

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Conrad Jones is a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. He spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which he classes as his home. He worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working his way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

On March 20th 1993 he was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day he was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. He began to read anything crime related that he could get his hands on and links this experience with the desire to write books on the subject.

He signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The Alec Ramsey series is now 7 books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. Conrad has also written The Soft Target series, which has received critical acclaim.

Book reviews, Thriller

The Plastic Seed by Maisie Porter – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Two schemes uncoil—and, very quickly, begin to unravel—on the same day in the Australian town of West Glassport…

Jean Hima isn’t happy with the way her life has been going. First, her husband leaves her. Then, she loses her job as a midwife at the local hospital, over the easily-fixed misplacement of a baby or two…

Now, Jean is sure a snooty real estate agent is blocking her efforts to find a rental in a nice part of town.

Given possession of a batch of incriminating photographs, who wouldn’t begin thinking about a little life-restorative blackmail?

Written in three acts and covering a quarter of a century, The Plastic Seed is an environmental thriller that explores the hypocrisy of some aspects of the philosophy of wellness. This novella is part satire of the human potential movement, and sincere testimony to the ability of humans to face facts when given no choice.

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MY REVIEW 

4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Plastic Seed is a novella by Maisie Porter. It is set out in three parts, the beginning, 5 and 20 years later.

The story is told from the perspectives of each character, Jean, an alcoholic midwife…..who mixed up a couple of babies….but that could happen to anyone couldn’t it?

Amy, her daughter, who begins by sneaking out at night to meet a boyfriend,  but, eventually ends up in jail for drug dealing….

Carlana, a woman who seems confused most of the time, becomes a health and well-being seminar and lifestyles advocate, who used to neglect herself and her dog….

And, Evan …..a rather strange, controlling man, who is Carlana’s husband and recycling fanatic.

Jean cannot accept the troubles in her life are her own doing and that Carlana is responsible….it’s all her fault and she wants revenge. Carlana, however,  wants a new life and is plotting a way to leave her husband…..

Jean’s exploits are a little bizarre, such as climbing in the boot of Carlana’s car….she does seem a little frazzled!

Will Jean carry out her blackmail threat? will this end in violence ?…….or will they all come to their senses?

There is also a very clever, almost social documentary feel to this in how we are destroying the planet, and that everyone wants to be a social media guru…..the how to live, eat and be happy with less materialism accounts became so popular, the government ban them as consumer sales dropped. So unless you are a licensed health and well-being practitioner it’s illegal to offer advice! So these licences are very sought after.

I really enjoyed this satirical view of the continuous promotion of well-being….what we should think, eat and do….plus the inability of some to accept the facts that are staring them in the face and take responsibility for their own actions. Fun, whacky, part thriller,  part sci-fi and at times just odd, but never dull…..

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  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Purchase Links

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Author Bio

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Maisie Porter works as a professional photographer in Australia, with wide experience covering weddings, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. No Reception is Maisie’s first novel.

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