Book reviews, YA fiction

The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island by B J Rowling and D G Lloyd – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Some secrets are best kept hidden… and some are just too magical not to share.

Teenagers, who unexpectedly acquire a vast collection of magical, mystical powers and abilities, find an ancient map. This map leads them on a quest for buried treasure to a mysterious island filled with hidden secrets, booby traps and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. What could possibly go wrong? A lot!  
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MY REVIEW 

This is a YA fiction adventure story, which I found reminiscent of The Goonies. There’s JJ and his friends searching for treasure after finding an old map….

There’s lots of puzzles, clues, booby traps and even a dastardly villain after them. 

The characters are all well rounded and all have their unique personalities, all are misfits, from JJ, Digger the military obsessed to Genius (says it all) and Karli, Aaron and Sandra. All on a fun, exciting adventure. Very entertaining.

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.

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Author Bio: 

 

  1. J. Rowling, a native of England, is an author, screenwriter, producer, actress and cousin of Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling.

 

  1. G. Lloyd is an American-Australian author, screenwriter, producer, actor and script coverage analyst.

 

https://twitter.com/bjrowling

 

https://twitter.com/themisfittribe

 

https://www.facebook.com/BJRowling

 

https://twitter.com/dglloyd66

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Clear My Name by Paula Daly – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Innocent?

When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison. 

Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.

Guilty?

Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.

But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realises that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide…

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.
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MY REVIEW 

Tess works for Innocence UK, a charitable organisation that helps rectify miscarriages of justice, those wrongly convicted.

The charity decides to take on Carrie’s case….the killing of her husbands lover, Ella, but is she innocent?

The story hops between the present and four years ago, showing the events that lead up to the murder.

Tess and her shadow, Avril, review all the case notes, the evidence and interview witnesses…..could DNA evidence be a deciding factor?

Poor Tess, her personal life is a chaotic mess, yes she’s made mistakes in her past but she’s a determined character and committed to her job…..will she find the truth?

I loved this thriller, with believable, likeable and also really unlikeable characters, Pete is just a revolting excuse for a human. All credit to Paula Daly’s incredibly creative, compelling writing with its gasp inducing ending….I honestly read this in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down, I had to know!!!…brilliant.

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. 

You can buy a copy here 

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About Paula Daly:

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Paula Daly is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books have been developed for the new ITV television series, Deep Water, starring Anna Friel. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaulaDalyAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paula-Daly-490968164379299

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clear-My-Name-Paula-Daly/dp/1787632105/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1563271672&sr=8-1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/clear-my-name/paula-daly/9781787632103

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Clear-My-Name-Paula-Daly/9781787630628

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Paula-Daly/Clear-My-Name/23808117

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/clear-my-name,paula-daly-9781787632103

 

Publishing Information:

Published in hardcover and ebook by Bantam Press/Transworld Digital on 8th August 2019.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room.

Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives…

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MY REVIEW 

On Addie’s 10th Birthday, her sister Jessie is supposed to take her for pizza, but she’s late…..so not sleeping, Addie here’s her dad come home, he smells meaty! He has blood on his clothes too….

She later finds out there has been a terrorist attack on the tube…..is this where the blood came from….?

Each year on 7 July a woman goes missing, the police finally link these disappearances, but they have no leads…..yet!

Jessie and Addie find a missing woman’s purse in their father’s room …scared what will happen to them if he leaves, they decide to keep it a secret….so many secrets!

The tale is told from Addie’s perspective, with a few small asides by the Magpie and snippets of real events over the years, the various terror attacks in London which build the atmosphere. 

As the story continues, we see Addie grow from a 10 year old to a young adult, with the Magpie in the background all the time….there is an ever present feeling of menace, like something seen in the corner of your eye, building until the marvellously twisty and surprising ending. Original and compelling, definitely one of my favourites 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 (unbelievably it’s on 99p for Kindle at the moment too)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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PHOEBE LOCKE is the pseudonym of full-time writer Nicci Cloke. She previously worked at the Faber Academy, and hosted London literary salon Speakeasy. Nicci has had two literary novels published by Fourth Estate and Cape, and also writes YA for Hot Key Books. She lives and writes in Cambridgeshire. THE JULY GIRLS follows Phoebe Locke’s debut thriller THE TALL MAN.

    

 

‘Loved it as much as THE TALL MAN. Chilling, gripping and unputdownable, with a wonderful protagonist. A must-read this summer’

Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend on THE JULY GIRLS

‘An original take on the serial thriller killer that grips and disturbs, filled with characters who will linger long after “The End”. As a reader I’m so excited that I’ve discovered Phoebe Locke’ Catherine Ryan Howard, author of Distress Signals on THE JULY GIRLS

‘The July Girls is a page-turning, atmospheric thriller about a serial killer, but at the same time a sensitively written coming of age story with a wonderful central character.’

Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl on THE JULY GIRLS

‘Stayed up late last night to finish THE JULY GIRLS, a beautifully written, expertly crafted thriller packed with genuine surprises. I also loved the contemporary London setting and how the book showed the coming of age of the heroine, and the city itself’

Amy Heydenrych, author of Shame on You on THE JULY GIRLS

‘Thrilling, poignant and unpredictable, Phoebe Locke takes this serial killer chiller to a whole new level. I loved the Tall Man, The July Girls is even better.’

Chris Whitaker, author of All The Wicked Girls on THE JULY GIRLS

‘One of the most atmospheric and original thrillers I’ve ever read, THE JULY GIRLS is full of twists and turns, and memorable, realistic characters. I didn’t want it to end. It’s a book I’ll be thinking about for a long time. I can’t wait to read what Phoebe writes next’

Charlotte Duckworth, author of The Rival on THE JULY GIRLS

‘So creepy and chilling. Loved it!’

Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request on THE TALL MAN

‘Genuinely scary contemporary novels are rare but Phoebe Locke’s debut – a taut, complex but brilliantly constructed supernatural thriller – is not one to be read alone at bedtime.’

Metro on THE TALL MAN

‘Creepy and unpredictable’

Woman & Home on THE TALL MAN ‘a gripping chiller’

Good Housekeeping on THE TALL MAN

‘A gripping blend of dark psychological suspense and spine-tingling chills’

I News on THE TALL MAN

Find Phoebe on Twitter on @phoebe_locke

Praise for Phoebe Locke

‘a gripping read and almost impossible to put down’

Jo Jakeman, author of Sticks and Stones on THE JULY GIRLS

‘Beautifully written, not a word out of place, this deserves to be the summer’s breakout hit’

Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle on THE JULY GIRLS

‘An extraordinary novel that gets under your skin from the very first page. Shocking, yet subtle, the menace drips off every page, making it an almost unbearably good read. Such an intricate, absorbing story that more than delivers on its knock-out premise (and boy, is it a knock-out!)’ Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies on THE JULY GIRLS

‘I have just ripped through The July Girls in less than twenty-four hours – what an absolute *corker* of a novel!’

Lisa Hall, author of Tell Me No Lies on THE JULY GIRLS

‘Phoebe Locke has knocked it out of the park once again with THE JULY GIRLS. Atmospheric and beautifully written, it really is stunningly good.’

Cass Green, author of In A Cottage In A Wood on THE JULY GIRLS

Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Last Straw is a thrilling crime novel by Ed Duncan. It is the second book in his Pigeon Blood Red series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone.

It started with a run-of-the-mill carjacking.  An inner-city kid with no priors and no experience with a gun fumbled the ball, and the driver ended up dead.

A teenage girl witnessed the whole thing, and now a target has been placed on her back. The carjacker’s father, a notorious crime boss, is willing to move heaven and earth to prevent her from testifying, even if that means hiring a hitman to kill her.

Richard “Rico” Sanders, the best in the business, was his first choice for the job.  But there was a problem. He was a “killer with a conscience” and a killer with a conscience doesn’t murder teenagers.  The crime boss reluctantly turns to someone who has no such qualms, John D’Angelo. There was bad blood between him and Rico, so knowing that Rico had passed on the job, he eagerly accepted it.

Rico and the girls lawyer, Paul Elliott, form an uneasy alliance to try and protect her from the hitman. As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.

 

Praise:

 

“This Chicago set thriller is a pacy read, written with an edge and style… For me, this is even better than the first in the Pigeon-Blood Red series and it does work well as a stand-alone… Ed Duncan’s series will sweep up fans as it goes along.” – Crime Thriller Hound

 

“The Last Straw is a Hugely Satisfying Crime Novel by Ed Duncan.” – Best Thrillers

 

“With danger looming in every chapter, The Last Straw is an action-packed and nerve-racking read. Duncan skillfully draws the reader into a complex web of characters… A few key twists within the storyline keep the reader intrigued in this fast-paced thriller…The Last Straw is an outstanding crime thriller…” – 5 Stars, Red City Review

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MY REVIEW 

This is #2  in The Pigeon-Blood Red series, but I found it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

It starts with two seemingly unrelated stories, Jean has been beaten by a ‘client’ and boyfriend Rico is not pleased…..at all!

Meanwhile, Paul, a lawyer, is working on a case of carjacking, where a young man, Jeffrey, had shot the car owner. The witness, a young woman is walking with Paul and her father, when her father is shot and killed…..who was the target? And is Sandy next?

It turns out Rico and Paul know each other, not friends but acquaintances that had been involved in a shooting before…..who is looking out for who here?

Rico is a violent man for hire…..he has one rule, he doesn’t hurt kids….but he does have a set of morals, while these are still violent he is a bit of an anti-hero.

With some great characters, twists and secrets, this is a compelling and engaging read… I can recommend it for anyone who loves an edgy thriller.

Thank you to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the third installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red series. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

 

Readers can connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Art Of Murder by Rebecca Muddiman – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

How do you catch a killer who thinks murder is art?

Michael Fisher sees himself as an artist rather than a killer and poses his victims to resemble famous paintings.

Detective Nick Kelly is called to attend the latest crime scene and finds himself at the centre of a media storm. But while the rest of the police department feels under pressure, Nick relishes the attention.

Karen Kelly, Nick’s soon to be ex-wife, watches in horror as this brutal game of cat and mouse plays out. But Karen has secrets of her own.

And when another body is found, Nick is disturbed to discover he knows the victim and things start to get a little too close to home.
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MY REVIEW 

Detective Nick Kelly loves being the centre of attention, his personal life is a mess, his marriage has broken down due to his constant cheating, not that he wants anyone to know it’s his fault !

Karen, his wife, is angry, lonely and worried she’ll lose her home when they divorce. So one evening, when Nick’s parents want to take her out for her birthday, she has had enough of playing to Nick’s tune and goes out alone to a bar…here she meets Michael, he’s seem’s kind but she doesn’t want an awkward situation, so she leaves by the back door….what she doesn’t know is that Michael has her in mind for his final project….

Michael is a serial killer, who murders women and then leaves them in poses to represent famous works of art……he just wants his art to be acknowledged and appreciated !!!

This is an utterly compelling thriller, all the characters are devoid of any redeeming features but the writing is so good you just have to keep reading to find out how this is going to end…..Will Michael finish his work, Will Nick’s narcissism get the better of him finally? Will Karen survive?….Twisty brilliance from start to finish.

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 (it’s only 99p for Kindle at the moment too 30/7/19)

 

https://amzn.to/2YnRLnR

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published six crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, Murder in Slow Motion, No Place Like Home, and The Art of Murder. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.

Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

 

 

https://rebeccamuddiman.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/RebeccaMuddiman

https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamuddimanwriter

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Nothing To Hide by James Oswald -Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland’s foremost crime writers. 

‘THE NEW IAN RANKIN’ Daily Record 

‘OSWALD’S WRITING IS A CLASS ABOVE’ Express

Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . .

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks.

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice.

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . .(Courtesy of Goodreads)

‘CRIME FICTION’S NEXT BIG THING’ Sunday Telegraph 

‘A WONDERFUL, FAST-PACED THRILLER’ Michael Wood

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MY REVIEW

This is the second book in James Oswald’s series featuring DC Constance Fairchild.

Con is suspended, while awaiting the trial of Roger DeVilliers, a paedophile, and the corrupt detective Bailey.

She is being harassed by the media, with paparazzi camped on her doorstep and she is known as the ‘posh’ cop.  Returning home after a break in Scotland, she finds the mutilated body of a young man, he’s still breathing…so she is back in the thick of it again.

Poor Con is still the pariah to other cops, so she sent back to Scotland to do a little investigation there, away from the press.  DC Karen Eve, is helping and they form a slightly fragile friendship. We also meet the marvellous character, Rose, who I have to admit is one of my favourites…..with her air of mystery and glamour…I’d love to read more about her. ( I have read other of James Oswald’s novels that also feature Madam Rose…).

Meanwhile Con is also dealing with her brothers impending wedding and meets her mother, who is now part of The Church of the coming light and the disturbing Reverend Dr Masters…..

When further bodies turn up, also mutilated, Con finds herself in danger in a claustrophobic drama….

Can they find out the link between the victims, and why they are being so horrifically mutilated? 

I really like Con, she’s strong, independent and certainly feisty and dogged in her determination to find the truth. I’ll certainly be looking out for the next in the series.

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free, this is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. AS COLD AS THE GRAVE is the ninth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.

 

James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.

 

Book reviews, Horror

The Brotherhood Of The Dragon by Phil Hore – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Strange things are happening at Stamford House. 

“It was not that Mr Fortey was particularly loved, but that he died in such a horrible way, and in the presence of almost the entire household. We must have been only a few feet away, yet no one heard or saw anything. If it could happen to a strapping veteran like the footman, it could happen to any of us.”

Phil Hore’s debut novel crackles with thrills and chills as two unlikely allies join forces with two of history’s greatest writers, Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker, to save England from the ancient Brotherhood of the Dragon and the horrible secret they protect.
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MY REVIEW 

Amun is investigating the missing young man, Jerome De Gois, he pretends to have been attacked, suffering amnesia, so the Stamford family offer him their home while he recuperates.

But there are further deaths, all exsanguinated …just who or what is the murderer ?

This is a tale of vampires and other ‘monsters’, with many battles against them and the Knights of the Brotherhood of the Dragon. 

I love the sarcastic humour of Amun, the expressive Vulk and the use of factual names, Abberline, Stoker, Doyle and even Churchill. With the references to Jack The Ripper, Dracula – Vlad Tepes and even a hound it appealed to the geek in me. A clever, entertaining gothic horror thriller…I love it and will be looking out for the further adventures of Amun and Vulk.

My thanks to Henry Roi At Odyssey Books for a free copy of the ebook as I may not have come across this marvellous book otherwise. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

A Predator And A Psychopath by Jay Kerk – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

“The plot is graphic and unapologetic….a novel for those who really have the stomach,” Readers’ Favorite. 

After Jason is committed to a mental institution, he begins to uncover things he never knew before or things his mind shut out to protect him. Under the care of the facility’s doctors, he finds himself questioning what’s real and what’s not. What is the truth? What happened to him? Is his mind playing tricks on him? 

Wait a minute, what happened to his wife, Lisa? Where is Lea? Why can’t he remember what happened?

Meanwhile, Jerry is dangerous and unpredictable. He envisions a world where boundaries are broken down and he is free to enforce his narcissistic belief that he has a divine mission. Technology allows him the freedom to use his position of trust to play with people’s lives.

An explosive ending that is anything but expected, forgive yourself for shuddering throughout and after you close the book

Drawing inspiration from real cases, and with well-researched, realistic characters, A Predator and A Psychopath is not for the soft-hearted.
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MY REVIEW

This starts with Jason, he’s in a psychiatric hospital after an event he cannot remember. Gradually, with the help of Dr Thompson he starts to cope with the knowledge his daughter Lea had been shot by her mother, his wife, Lisa. Lisa was also killed….was it Jason?

The story then jumps to Jerry, and this is the most unpleasant part of the story. He is a sexual predator, with a liking for underage girls. He also manages to install cameras in student housing and spies and follows them constantly. There is a lot of graphic sex in this part that made for difficult and uncomfortable reading….not for anyone with a gentle disposition and I have to admit to skipping some of this. 

However, the story is very clever and has a twisty plot…. how are Jason and Jerry linked? Who killed Lea and Lisa? Where is Jason’s missing son, Matthew? Can Jerry be stopped ?

Thank you to Jay Kerk and NetGalley for a copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Book reviews, Thriller

Appetite For Risk by Jack Leavers – Book Review

 

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A fast-paced action thriller inspired by real events in the aftermath of the Iraq War. 

With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way. 

In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed. 

As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq. 

Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?

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MY REVIEW

This is a fast-paced action thriller which is inspired by real events in and after the Iraq War.

Saddam Hussein has been deposed and the country needs rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce, lover of danger and adventure sees an opportunity here, with a struggling business, maybe this is his chance…..

So he heads to Baghdad to reap the spoils of the rebuilding of this country, but then all hell breaks out, with the insurgents battling to take over. Will John be able to survive the bloodshed or get caught up in the various operations by U.K. and US governments against the growing Al-Qaeda….?

This is written in the first person and I felt it reads a little like a biography, which lent this action packed thriller a sense of realism and tension. Set in London and Iraq it gives background to both cultures, good and bad….an immersive and gripping read. 

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. 

 

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Book reviews, Historical fiction

American Dreams by Kenneth Bromberg – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

In 1904 Czarist Russia, Max, a four-year-old Jewish boy, witnesses his mother’s rape and murder by Russian soldiers. After the boy’s father extracts terrible revenge, father and son escape to New York and settle on the Lower East Side, a teeming melting pot of recent immigrants.

Max meets a young Polish girl, Sophie, and the two children become inseparable playmates. By the time they are teenagers, Max excels at both school and sports, Sophie has become a stunningly beautiful young woman, and friendship has grown into love. Their plans are shattered when Sophie is forced to marry a local crime boss and once again, Max must simply watch as the most important person in his life is taken from him. In response, he begins a ruthless and violent climb to the top of the New York underworld.

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MY REVIEW 

This is a tale of family, of immigration to America, the land of opportunity ….good and bad…

Max is just a small child, when Czarist Russians come to his village, and his mother hides him in a closet, but he hears her rape and murder…..

His father who had been secretly farming, (it was against the law for the Jewish), returns and kills the drunken soldiers and manages to escape with Max…finally reaching America.

Jonathan, is the son of a member of the IRA, who is to be hanged and tells Jonathan to leave for America, to make a new life.

Max and Jonathan’s meet in their journey building their new lives…..can their dreams come true?

There’s also Sophie, forced to marry a much older man, a crime boss, due to her father owing him money…..can she fulfil her dream of being an actress?

This is an epic family saga, with an organised crime element. Max is ruthless in his pursuit of power…will they all survive? An intriguing tale of family, loss, love, violence  and power over generations….

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/2MkysFl

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Kenneth Bromberg grew up in the beach cities of Southern California with a passion for tennis, American history, and literature. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, after which he worked for several years as a bartender. He eventually returned to UCLA to pursue an MBA and become a certified public accountant.

After retiring from accounting, Kenneth fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a novelist. His first work, American Dreams, is based upon stories told by his grandmother who immigrated to New York from a small Jewish village near Kiev in the first years of the 20th century. If you like Mario Puzo’s The Godfather and Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy, you will love this debut novel.

He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife of forty years.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Someone Else’s Baby by Ruby Speechley – Book Review

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She gave away her children. Now she wants them back.

Charlotte Morgan knows how it feels to desperately want a baby. As a child, seeing her mum devastated by losing her longed-for babies, Charlotte wished another woman could give her mother what she so craved.

Now Charlotte’s a mum herself, and knowing how much love her daughter, Alice, brings into her life, she vows to help others achieve their dreams of becoming a parent.

When she meets Malcolm and Brenda on a surrogacy website, it seems that she has found the perfect couple. In their late forties, they’ve spent their life building a successful business and travelling the world, but there’s just one thing missing – a child of their own. 

When Charlotte falls pregnant with twins, the pair are overjoyed. And while Charlotte’s heart breaks as she hands them over, her reward is knowing how much happiness the two tiny babies are going to bring into their life.

But are Malcolm and Brenda all they seem? As secrets become unravelled, Charlotte is forced to face that she has handed her babies over to virtual strangers. And when Malcolm and Brenda disappear without a trace, Charlotte is plunged into a frantic search for the babies she carried – before it’s too late…

A gripping psychological thriller with a heart stopping ending – readers of The Wife Between Us, Rachel Abbott and C.L Taylor will not want to put this down…  

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MY REVIEW 

Charlotte had seen the heartbreak her mother had gone though at being unable to have a second child, so she decides to become a surrogate….and husband Steve agrees….they could use the money!

They meet Malcolm and Brenda and start the process…Charlotte gets pregnant with twins and the ‘parents’ are over the moon, but something niggles at Charlotte, Malcolm’s temper and Brenda’s tears, but she’s soon convinced all will be ok…but are Malcolm and Brenda to be trusted ?

Is Charlotte too trusting and just how important is the money? Will she get her babies back?

This is a fast paced and tension packed psychological thriller that deals with the emotive subject of surrogacy in a sympathetic and non-judgmental way.  If you like a thriller with an emotion packed plot then you love this…

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/2MiYXv4

 

Author Bio:

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Ruby Speechley, graduated from Sheffield Hallam university in 2009, with an MA in Creative Writing.  She is a Faber Academy alumna and prolific writer whose work has been longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction prize, the Exeter Novel Prize, the Caledonian Novel Award, the Bath Novel Award and has won the Retreat West First Chapter Competition. 

Ruby is a mum of three, lives in Bedfordshire and was born in Lisbon, Portugal at the time of the first earthquake there in 200 years! Her debut novel, Someone Else’s Baby is published by Hera Books on 25 July 2019.

Twitter: @rubyspeechley

Facebook: Ruby Speechley Author

Instagram: rubyjtspeechley

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Hidden Wife by Amanda Reynolds – Book Review

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A BRILLIANT NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMA, FROM THE EBOOK-BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CLOSE TO ME AND LYING TO YOU

WHAT HAPPENED TO JULIA BLAKE?

She was young and beautiful, married to a famous author. They were celebrating their anniversary at their stunning country estate. So why did Julia Blake walk out of her perfect life, apparently leaving no trace?

Seren, a junior reporter for the local paper, can’t believe her luck when she lands an exclusive with Julia’s husband, Max. But as Seren spends more time at the couple’s remote mansion, probing ever deeper into the case, dark questions await.

What was Julia really like, behind closed doors? Was her marriage to this brooding, secretive man as perfect as it seemed? And did she really mean to disappear that night – or was she murdered?

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MY REVIEW 

Julia Blake has it all, she beautiful, glamourous and married to a famous author, Max…the perfect couple.

But then on their 10th anniversary, Julia disappears…..all suspicions point to Max.

Nine months later, a local reporter, Seren writes a piece about missing family (her brothers missing)..Max reads this and thinks it’s time to speak to the press himself, to tell his side….does this secretive, moody man know more than he is letting on? 

Was this a perfect marriage or was this just the public facade….who really knows what goes on behind the closed doors? But did it lead to murder?

 A very cleverly plotted thriller, with realistic characters and all their flaws that builds to an unsettling, twisty mystery that will keep you guessing.

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/2Yry3HC

 

Praise for Amanda Reynolds…

 

‘This dizzying novel keeps you on your toes’ The Sun

‘Gripping and twisty’

 

Laura Marshall, Author of Friend Request

 

‘Compulsively readable and beautifully told’ Kate Hamer, Author of The Girl in the Red Coat

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Amanda Reynolds lives in the Cotswolds with her family where she writes full-time. Her debut novel, Close To Me, is a #1 e-book best- seller. The Hidden Wife is her third book.

Follow Amanda on Twitter: @AmandaReynoldsJ amandareynoldsauthor.com

Photo credit: David Churchill Photography

For publicity enquiries please contact Publicity Manager, Alara Delfosse: Alara.Delfosse@headline.co.uk

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Life Ruins by Danuta Kot – Book Review

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How can you save someone else… when you can’t even save yourself?

A body, briefly glimpsed at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft, vanishes when the police investigate. Jared, recovering from an almost fatal injury and addicted to painkillers, knows he saw something terrible in that mine… but he has no evidence, and fears he’s losing his grip on reality.

A girl is attacked so savagely she can’t be identified, and dumped late at night in an isolated campground. She’s alive, but only just. Becca, tossed out of university and just let go from her dead-end job, is certain she knows who the victim is. But no one will believe her, and she can hardly even trust herself.

Kay, recently widowed and coming to terms with life on her own, suddenly finds herself forced to get involved. For years she and her husband fostered difficult children – including Becca, whom trouble follows like a stray puppy. And now Becca seems to be in the worst trouble of her life.

And then Jared and Becca meet. Becca, strong-minded and fiercely independent, is confident they can figure out what’s going on. She pulls Kay into the mix, knowing they’ll need all the help they can get… because the police don’t believe them. And more girls are vanishing.

Separately, Kay, Becca and Jared believe their lives have hit rock bottom. But drawn together under extraordinary circumstances, they’ll discover the strength to fight back… and ultimately rebuild their lives from the ruins.

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MY REVIEW 

Kay is foster mum to Becca. Becca works in a cafe at a drop in centre for the homeless, she hates it, loser in an overall !! But the youngsters trust her and she is good with them…..but when her past comes back to haunt her….just who wants her out of the way?

Jared, recovering from a 50 metre fall, in constant pain and addicted to pain pills, still has the craving for the danger of climbing, caving and tunnels…….when he visits a disused railway tunnel and nearly gets stuck, he panics, especially when he sees a face and flowers……at first he thinks it’s just a lack of oxygen….but soon realises there may be a body down there….

Circumstances bring Jared and Becca together as they try to find out where Paige is…..but this puts them and Kay in danger…..

The police don’t believe Becca, due to her previous troubles, and Jared is a bit questionable in their eyes….can they find the truth and survive?

Powerful and thought provoking. It highlights the problems faced by the homeless and the members of society on the fringe……how their previous issues colour the way they are treated……sometimes when you cry wolf….there really is a wolf!! I was hooked from start to finish….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/2Oj2sUQ

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Danuta Kot grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She has previously written under the names, Danuta Reah and Carla Banks. Danuta was also a former chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals, and has appeared on radio and television.

 

Praise for Life Ruins

 

‘A powerful, thought-provoking story, which perfectly evokes the bleak Yorkshire land- scape. Danuta’s crystal clear writing, whip-smart plotting and great characterisation make the book a vital read for any crime fan’ – Kate Rhodes, author of Hell Bay

 

‘Life Ruins has all the elements I love in a novel – complex characters, an insidious underlying menace, and haunting landscapes. This dark story will suck you in from the first page’ – Stephen Booth, author of Fall Down Dead

 

‘Explores real issues, from the perspective of real, damaged people, and told with a real warmth and understanding. Danuta Kot raises the bar for all crime writers’ – Mi-

chael Jecks, author of Pilgrim’s War

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Found by Erin Kinsley – Book Review

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One child is safe… But how long until another is taken?

A gripping, heart-wrenching and beautifully written thriller about the unexpected return of a missing child, combining the suspense of Cara Hunter’s Close to Home with the searing emotion of TV dramas such as Broadchurch.

When 11 year old Evan vanishes without trace, his parents are plunged into their worst nightmare – especially as the police, under massive pressure, have no answers.

But months later Evan is unexpectedly found, frightened and refusing to speak. His loving family realise life will never be the same again.

DI Naylor knows that unless those who took Evan are caught, other children are in danger. And with Evan silent, she must race against time to find those responsible…

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MY REVIEW 

Evan is running a little late, he missed his bus, but it’s only a short wait at the bus stop for the next……but Evan disappears.

His mum and dad, Claire and Matt are distraught….where is Evan?

8 months later, a car is abandoned at a petrol station, it’s occupants run…..but a banging in the boot turns out to be Evan…he’s not talking, hiding himself away in his room….what has happened to this poor boy…?

Then another child goes missing, can Evan help?

Will the police be able to find those responsible ? 

This is an incredible, gripping thriller with a strong police procedural too. So well plotted and emotion packed. The characters are rounded and fully developed…Jack and Dora are adorable, perfect grandparents……their gentleness help Evan relax…..I don’t think a thriller has ever brought me to tears like this has…a stunning, compelling read.

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/30MYOE2

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Erin Kinsley is a full-time writer. She grew up in Yorkshire and currently lives in East Anglia. Now writing under a pseudonym, her previous books were published by Bloomsbury. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot prize amongst other awards, her writing has received glowing reviews across the national press.

 

 

 

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Looker by Laura Sims – Book Review

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The Professor lives in Brooklyn; her partner Nathan left her when she couldn’t have a baby. All she has now is her dead-end teaching job, her ramshackle apartment, and Nathan’s old moggy, Cat. Who she doesn’t even like.

The Actress lives a few doors down. She’s famous and beautiful, with auburn hair, perfect skin, a lovely smile. She’s got children – a baby, even. And a husband who seems to adore her. She leaves her windows open, even at night.

There’s no harm, the Professor thinks, in looking in through the illuminated glass at that shiny, happy family, fantasizing about them, drawing ever closer to the actress herself. Or is there?

TV rights acquired by Entertainment One – former The Newsroom star Emily Mortimer to produce and star

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MY REVIEW 

This story is told from the perspective of the Professor, her attempts to get pregnant have failed, her husband, Nathan has left her and she only has Cat to keep her company, and she doesn’t really like Cat. Poor Cat !

She becomes obsessed with The Actress, her neighbour with the perfect life, beautiful and glamourous. She imagines situations where they would meet, laugh and become friends…..all the while watching, walking past her house and building a collection of momentos….

As her mind gradually unravels, she becomes angry at everyone and everything….

This is an utterly compelling tale, disturbing and heartbreaking at the same time….it shows how some people use others’ lives as a measure of their own, leading to dissatisfaction and feelings of inadequacy, especially when at a low point. 

Unsettling, disturbing and I felt like a voyeur myself, watching this drama unfold. Thought provoking and magnificent…

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/2SA5UsF

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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 Laura Sims is the author of four books of poetry, and LOOKER is her debut novel. She lives in Brooklyn.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Riverflow by Alison Layland – Book Review

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After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn in to the frontline protests.

During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncle’s death? As the river rises under torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.

 

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MY REVIEW 

This is a clever psychological thriller with a slowly building sense of suspense and tension…..

Bede and Elin are grieving after a recent death in the family….so they decide to move to a lovely rural setting but then there’s mention of beginning fracking in the area….so they join the local protests…

This gently tells of the threat of fracking on the environment and corporate greed to give this a relevant feel. There’s also the family issues and an old diary,  which are really the central part of this story…

Beautifully descriptive of the rural setting and the watery theme with well developed characters and shows family secrets and their sometimes shocking consequences…a compelling read.

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. 

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About Alison Layland:

Alison Layland is a writer and translator. Raised in Newark and Bradford, she now lives on the Wales/Shropshire border. She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University and translates from German, French and Welsh into English. Her published translations include a number of bestselling novels.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonLayland

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

Website: http://www.alayland.uk/

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/dp/1909983977/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=riverflow&qid=1562847625&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/dp/1909983977/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1562847916&sr=8-1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/riverflow/alison-layland/9781909983977

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/riverflow,alison-layland-9781909983977?term=riverflow+ali

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Alison-Layland/Riverflow/23619095

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/9781909983977

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Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and ebook formats by Honno Press on 20th June 2019.

Book reviews, Horror

They Kill by Tim Waggoner – Book Review

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What are you willing to do, what are you willing to become, to save someone you love?

Sierra Sowell’s dead brother Jeffrey is resurrected by a mysterious man known only as Corliss. Corliss also transforms four people in Sierra’s life into inhuman monsters determined to kill her. Sierra and Jeffrey’s boyfriend Marc work to discover the reason for her brother’s return to life while struggling to survive attacks by this monstrous quartet.

Corliss gives Sierra a chance to make Jeffrey’s resurrection permanent – if she makes a dreadful bargain. Can she do what it will take to save her brother, no matter how much blood is shed along the way?

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MY REVIEW 

Jeffrey Sowell was involved in a car accident, orchestrated by the man in the black suit……his head crushed and spine snapped…..dead instantly.

 But Corliss, the man I the black suit….brings him back to life and sends him a year ahead…..but why?

Sierra, Jeffrey’s Sister, is still grieving the loss of her brother…..but then she sees him…!

This reminded me a little of Stephen King’s Needful Things, with a touch of the dark man from The Stand, but this is something marvellously different…..

Angry people get angrier, alcoholics get meaner and the creepy get so much creepier…..

Randal and his chucks is horrific….a smiley faced horror..

Stuart and his upgrade is a thing of nightmares….and the vagina dentata…..oh dear god!

Can Sierra fix this? Can she save her brother? But at what cost?

This is gory, unsettling and definitely strange and I loved every minute. It’s what a horror story should be and has reignited my love for the genre. 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/2Gr0jjt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Tim Waggoner’s first novel came out in 2001, and since then he’s published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. His novels include Like Death, considered a modern classic in the genre, and thepopular Nekropolis series of urban fantasy novels. He’s written tie-in fiction for Supernatural, Grimm, The X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Transformers, among others, and he’s written novelizations for films such as Kingsman: the Golden Circle and Resident Evil: the Final Chapter. 

His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Workshop of Horror, and Where Nightmares Come From.

In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. His fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year, and in 2016, the Horror Writers Association honored him with the Mentor of the Year Award. In addition to writing, he’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

Book reviews, Thriller

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

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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. Thank you also to The Pigeonhole.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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https://www.facebook.com/thefailsafethrillers/

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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.

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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