Book reviews, Police procedural

A Cruel Deception by Kim Booth – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

No one knows this horrifying true crime case better than the detective who cracked it. Kim Booth will take you on an unforgettable journey into lies, deceit, cunning and malice.’ Nick Louth

For Joan and Ted Warner, an innocent and trusting couple, a chance encounter with Barbara Hendry, a cunning con-woman who turned their settled lives into a living nightmare

The Warners were not victims of a remote scam, carried out over the internet by fraudsters from afar. For six years, faking a friendship face-to-face, this plausible woman carried off the impersonation of a member of the nobility fallen on hard times, manipulating the emotions of her victims, deceitfully draining them of every penny they had set aside for their retirement, and plunging them into debt.

Hendrys intention was to slip away, having sucked the Warners dry of all their hard-earned savings. But for some dogged investigative work by a determined detective she would have succeeded- and remained free to prey on other vulnerable victims.

Follow this journey of fraud and depravity in the company of the one man who knows the full story – the British detective who cracked the case and brought Barbara Hendry to justice.

A Cruel Deception is an insightful and gripping work of true crime, which illustrates the depth of wickedness and the possibility that we can all be deceived. 

The author retired from the Lincolnshire Police as Detective Inspector in charge of the Lincolnshire Police Economic Crime Unit. He now provides anti-fraud advice and fraud investigation on a consultancy basis together with assisting authors with police procedural issues and story lines.

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MY REVIEW 

This is a true crime thriller, about the investigation into fraud, the victims were Ted and Joan Warner. They came into contact with a woman called Barbara Hendry, a con woman, who purported to be an estranged member of an aristocratic family and needed money to fight them for what she was ‘due’.

Slowly, she bled the Warner’s dry, taking all their savings….

The story is about how DC Booth tries to convince them Barbara is not who she says she is, and they need to press charges against her.

I enjoyed the police procedural aspect of the tale, and reading the statements of those involved….it just shows how easy it is to be taken in by these totally unscrupulous people, with no morals at all. An interesting and intriguing story, all the more so for being true.

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. 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Prior to joining the police I had numerous jobs, Worked in a chicken factory for next to nothing, In a Bakery, Royal Mail as a Postman, With my dad who was a civil engineer construction roads and sewerage works and finally in a hotel.   Had dealings with the CID and thought “I can do that” and joined the police with the sole intention of being a CID man! Joined Lincolnshire Police in July 1975. 

Walked the streets in uniform for 18 months sorting yobbos out then given a car and latched onto drink drivers for a year then went into the CID at Louth in Lincolnshire for a year or so then Skegness for a summer season. Stayed in the CID for twelve years at various location including regional Crime Squad now National Crime Agency conducting static and mobile surveillance nationally dealing with murders extortions Kidnaps and the like then promoted to Uniform Sergeant for two years then back in the CID in the drug squad for four years as a Detective Sergeant, The next move was Detective Sergeant Special Branch dealing with all terrorist matter including surveillance, regional risk assessments on Economic Key points ie Oil and gas terminals, National Infrastructure Gas Electricity and Water and all Military establishments, threat assessments on high profile individuals such a Judges MP’s and witness protection subjects etc. Worked with the Security Services ie MI5 and MI6 and was a member of Home Office National Anti- Terrorism Exercise Programme setting up terrorist exercises both in the UK and abroad to test response of the local enforcement agencies. Promoted to Detective Inspector within Special Branch with 14 staff.  Stayed there for five years then moved to Uniform Inspector in charge of the Lincolnshire Police Control room 36 staff dealing and resourcing whatever came in authorised to deploy firearms officers to incidents. Two years in there (more than enough!) the moved to be in charge of the Economic and Hi Tech Crime Unit dealing with all frauds , Internet Crime together with the Paedophile Unit and Proceeds of Crime Unit 27 staff, Stayed there for four years, retired on the Friday and started work the following Monday being the Senior Investigating Officer in charge of a $300 million fraud investigation involving 3300 investors worldwide, worked with colleagues in New Zealand, Japan, America, Hong Kong, Bahamas and Canada, The case concluded in 2010 I retired again! Went fitting UPVC windows with a mate. Did that for 9 months, wrote a book on fraud, did some qualifications at Uni then came to work for TUI (Thomson and First Choice)as a Corporate Security Manager investigating fraud within the travel industry, Hobbies- Property restoration, DIY and motor cycling. That’s a quick snap shot!

Three children, eldest son is a Police Officer in Lincolnshire. Middle daughter is a first aid trainer and the MK 3 model daughter is a primary school teacher. Met the wife on the docks at Boston Lincolnshire (where she was working as Policewoman I should add!)

Somethings you didn’t know? 

(1)Whilst engaged in a terrorist incident and working in COBRA under Whitehall fell asleep on the Home Secretary’s bed! It was a 48 hour shift!

(2) Was engaged for two years putting MI5 and MI6 operatives through police interviews to test their legends (cover stories) under pressure, prior to deployment in foreign countries. 

(3) Investigated 23 murders including two serial murderers, nine extortions and Kidnaps involving Sainburys, Imperial Tobacco and Mars and investigated and detected the only murder by postal IED (improvised Explosive Device) in the UK to date and a drugs related “contract killing”    

4) As a Uniformed Inspector in the force control room covering Lincolnshire was authorised to deploy firearms officers to incidents but was considered not to be psychologically suitable to hold a Police Firearms permit to possess a firearm! Been a standing joke for years!!! 

After retirement for the third time decided to write a few book of my experiences including a crime fiction loosely based on previous events (W.I.P.)

 

And the rest as they say is history!

Book reviews, Children’s fiction

Toletis by Rafa Ruiz – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The trees are disappearing and the adults don’t care. Toletis, his dog Amenophis and friends Claudia and Tutan are on a mission to turn their little valley town, set deep in the mountains, lusciously green again. The odds are stacked against them. Can they succeed …with some very unusual help? A deep appreciation for nature, art, language, music, friendship, family, the passing of time, old age, loneliness, and the importance of sitting still and reflecting on life, pervade this exquisite story. A must read for 7 to 107 year olds.

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MY REVIEW 

Toletis is a young boy with an absolute, all encompassing love of nature. He notices the trees are disappearing, some due to a fire, other due to logging and building a road. So, he and his friends, Claudia and Tutan decide to plant their apple pips to grow more trees.

The adults keep putting obstacles in their way, but the find the perfect spot and soon the magic happens. We meet the treenie-weenies, the souls of the lost trees and the determined thrushes too.

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. It shows the love of nature and what we are doing to destroy it…..it also shows how we could easily repair the damage with love and consideration.

I love the way it shows how we could show our children (and ourselves) a different outlook to life, away from smartphones and TV….just being outside in nature with quiet thoughts and the beauty that surrounds us,  if only you take the time to look. Stunning and perfect for any age.

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/31Rwpgx

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rafa Ruiz is a journalist and author who has a staunch commitment to culture, art and the environment. He spent 25 years at Spanish newspaper El País and is a partner-founder of the Press Association for Environmental Information (APIA). He has written numerous children’s books, and he codirects the Mad is Mad art gallery in Madrid which gives space to up-and-coming artists. He is one of the partner-founders of the Press Association for Environmental Information (APIA).

 

All social media in Spanish unfortunately:

Twitter: @rafaruiz

his art gallery: @mad_is_mad

 

TOLETIS : by Rafa Ruiz; Illustrated by Elena Hormiga, Translated from Spanish by Ben Dawlatly – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKKBLSO5h4A

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Elena Hormiga is an illustrator with a sense of humour. She studied and worked as an engineer and later turned to illustration.

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Ben Dawlatly took an MA in Hispanic Studies and Translation Theory at UCL. He translates both technical and literary texts. However, his real calling is in fiction and poetry.

 

Praise for Toletis

 

‘A book full of respect for the creativity and open hearts of children… Innocence, freedom and an unspoken sense of safety ooze off the pages… an uplifting, funny and delightful collection of stories ‘ PLAYING BY THE BOOK (UK blog)

‘Our ‘always on’ generation would do themselves a favor by looking out of their own windows and seeing the beauty that Toletis has found.  MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE MONDAY (US blog)

 

‘I love this book for honouring our thoughtful boys.’ WORLDKITLIT (UK blog)

‘Is an absolute must read for both children and adults… A book that is surely destined to become a classic.’ OUTSIDEINWORLD (UK blog)

 

‘If you believe that the best hope we have for a safe, peaceful planet is to teach children to love the environment and one another, then I recommend that you read Toletis with the children in your life.’ GREENWORLD (GREENPEACE MAGAZINE)

 

 

 

Toletis: For Ages Seven to 107 | Green World

https://greenworld.org.uk/article/toletis-ages-seven-107

 

Toletis Review (Rafa Ruiz) (Book) » Inspire Create Educate

https://inspirecreateeducate.co.uk/reviews/toletis-review-rafa-ruiz-book/

 

 

Sadly these teacher videos are in Spanish but the book has been used to teach creative writing in many schools in Spain.

 

Toletis visto por la superclase – YouTube 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnBcVZ1XF7w

 

figuras literarias en Toletis 1 on Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/151243895

 

Toletis is a positive role model for boys

Toletis is a quiet, sensitive and caring boy who isn’t afraid to show his emotions. His character is a perfect antidote to the expectations of a “typical” boy: loud, boisterous and destructive. This is definitely a book for parents who reject the saying “boys will be boys”.

 

The ‘big’ real life stuff

One of the things I love most about Toletis is that it touches on big real life events such as the death of a family member in a wholesome and loving way. Sad events in the book are neither taboo nor overly sad; they are expertly touched upon in a way that is both matter-of-fact and empathetic.

 

Toletis encourages a love of nature

It’s easy to be drawn in by the immersive storytelling and beautiful illustrations. Toletis spends much of the book exploring the hills and valleys around his home, foraging, planting trees and doing all of the things every child should. The book gives just enough detail – the smells, the sounds of the hills are so clear you’re almost there yourself.

Toletis has a good sense of justice

Toletis has a good sense of justice. When trees are cut down to put a wide road through the town, he hatches a plan to stop it. He knows what is wrong in the world and isn’t afraid to step up and change it.