Book reviews, Crime thriller

Closer Than Blood by Paul Grzegorzek – Book Review

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You would do anything for your family. Wouldn’t you?

A gripping crime thriller, perfect for fans of Peter James.

‘Writes with raw, engaging, authenticity’ Peter James

The real nightmare begins when the missing person returns…

Gareth Bell is about to arrest a cocaine dealer on Brighton Marina, when he makes a shocking discovery that turns his world upside down: the dealer is his long-lost brother, Jake, someone he thought had died years ago.

But their reunion is short lived. For Jake is on the run from a cold-blooded killer, whose network reaches all the way into the police force itself. Now that his brother’s life is on the line, Bell has only two choices. Family, or duty?
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MY REVIEW 

Sergeant Gareth Bell is on a surveillance operation, they are watching a drug deal taking place hoping to catch them as the transaction takes place. But, he recognises the drug dealer, as his brother ! All hell breaks out then and ends with his brother, Jake, jumping into the sea. 

He finally catches up with him and finds out he has stolen something from the Russians and they now want him dead. Can Gareth save his brother? 

This is an incredible, action packed thriller, all set in Brighton. Told from Gareth’s perspective, it gives insight into his character. He’s short tempered, prone to act first and think later, but he is also dealing with a broken marriage and his father’s ill health. It feels personal, a journey through just about every emotion while trying to do what’s right.

A well written, gritty, gripping and emotion packed thriller, with plenty of surprises to make this a real page turner. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/3301qQv

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Paul Grzegorzek was born in 1976 and despite the name is Sussex born and (mostly) bred.

Paul writes dark, gritty crime novels inspired by his time as a police officer in his home town of Brighton, giving them a realistic feel that can only come from years of experience pounding the streets.  During his police career, he worked in a number of specialist units, including as a riot medic, method of entry specialist and intelligence officer, where he met and worked with many of the people who became characters in his books.

He has also worked in the private security and defence industries, as well as consulting for various agencies, giving him a unique insight into crime at both street and higher levels.

Born in Shoreham-By-Sea, within spitting distance of Brighton, Paul now lives in Hove with his wife and two sons.

 

Social media links:

 

twitter: @paulglaznost

 

facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/category/Author/Paul-Grzegorzek-173832352713621/

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Desire Card by Lee Matthew Goldberg – Book Review

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Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine.

Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live.

Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

The Desire Card is a taut, fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires.
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MY REVIEW 

Harrison Stockton works for Sanford & Co in Mergers and Acquisitions, he’s also an alcoholic. He is let go by the company in a ‘restructuring ‘. Part of his severance package is The Desire Card…..a perk, whatever you want, but at a price.

So before he goes home, he calls The Desire Card and requests a prostitute, Naelle, with whom he instantly feels a bond with…..but then he collapses and she saves his life, but doctors then tell him he has cirrhosis of the liver and will die without a transplant.

He goes home to his lonely home, his wife is busy with charity work and he no longer feels much of a bond with his children…and his father in law, Jay, detests him…..he doesn’t tell anyone of his illness, but makes a decision to contact an old friend in Mumbai, a Doctor and arranges a black market liver transplant……just as he thinks he’s saved, something changes everything.

So he resorts to The Desire Card…..could they get him a liver? But at what cost?

Non stop panic and fear felt by Harrison in his desperation as he really makes some questionable decisions, yet while his liver is failing he still can’t stop drinking and eating to excess……I found it difficult to have any sympathy for Harrison, he’s emotionally distant, probably due to his difficult childhood, he’s self absorbed and morally bankrupt, but my he didn’t deserve the rollercoaster of disasters that befall him….

Will Harrison get his liver? Will he somehow redeem himself?

A dark look at the black market for organs, the exploitation of the poor and the belief that money can buy you anything if you know the right people and to hell with the consequences. So scary, as it just seems so plausible! Brilliantly fraught and totally believable.

Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com.

 

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Book reviews, Cover reveal

COVER REVEAL for The Last Drop Of Blood by Graham Masterton

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for Graham Masterton’s new novel – The Last Drop Of Blood….

 

But first a little about the book…..

 

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The Last Drop of Blood – Graham Masterton

It started with the judge. He was about to sentence five of Cork’s most notorious criminals. But his body has just turned up, beaten and broken, on an isolated road in his burned-out car. Now four members of a rival gang have been shot, and in retaliation three civilians have been blown up. To Katie’s horror, Cork is becoming a gang battleground like Dublin.

Can Katie save the city? Can she save herself?

 

Nearly There…..but here’s a bit about the author….

GRAHAM MASTERTON trained as a newspaper reporter before beginning a career as an author. After twenty-five years writing horror and thrillers, Graham turned his talent to crimewriting. The first book in the Katie Maguire series, White Bones, was published by Head of Zeus in 2012 and became a top-ten bestseller. The series was inspired by Graham’s five-year stay in County Cork.

 

 

And finally, here’s the STUNNING cover…..
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Book reviews, Cover reveal

COVER REVEAL for Death Of A Mermaid by Lesley Thomson

Welcome to the Cover Reveal of Death Of A Mermaid by Lesley Thomson…..

 

But first a little about the book….

 

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Freddy left her childhood home in Newhaven twenty-two years ago and swore never to return. But now her parents are dead, and she’s back in her hometown to help her brothers manage the family fishmonger. Nothing here has changed: the stink of fish coming up from the marshes; the shopping trolleys half-buried by muddy tides; the neighbours sniffing for a new piece of gossip.

It’s not what Freddy would have chosen, but at least while she’s here she’ll get to see her childhood best friends, Toni and Pauline. At school, the three of them were inseparable. The teachers called them the Mermaids for their obsession with the sea, and with each other.

Then Pauline goes missing, and Freddy must decide. Go back to her new life, or stay and find her friend?

 

Nearly there….here’s a little about the Author…

Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and grew up in London. She went to Holland Park Comprehensive and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. Lesley combines writing with teaching creative writing. She lives in Lewes with her partner.

 

And here’s the Cover in all its glory ……
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Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Final Reckoning by Margaret James – Book Review

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The Final Reckoning

A dark and twisty thriller by Margaret James 

What if you had to return to the place that made you fall apart?

When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager, she witnessed the aftermath of the violent murder of her lover’s father. The killer was never found.

Traumatised by what she saw, Lindsay had no choice but to leave her home village of Hartley Cross and its close-knit community behind.

Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that haunt her still. But will confronting the past finally allow Lindsay to heal, or will her return to Hartley Cross unearth dangerous secrets and put the people she has come to care about most at risk?

 

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MY REVIEW

This is the story of Lindsay and a horrific event she witnessed 7 years before. This had left her traumatised at the time and now she has returned to the area, after the death of her mother, all those memories and emotions come flooding back.

What really happened to her boyfriend’s father? 

A tale of rumour, secrets and life in a small community. It has a darker side and enough intrigue and twists to make this a real page turner.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Margaret James has been a member of the RNA for 22 years. She has written thirteen published novels, many short stories, and she also teaches creative writing for the London School of Journalism. Margaret’s first novel was A Touch of Earth, a family saga set in Herefordshire where she was born and grew up, and her most recent is The Penny Bangle, set in Dorset and published by Robert Hale. But her personal favourite among her novels is Elegy for a Queen, published by Solidus, a small independent which has a varied and fascinating list. Margaret now lives in Devon, which she loves. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

The Final Reckoning was published in ebook format by Ruby Fiction and in audio by Soundings on 22 January 2019. It is available on all major platforms including:

 

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Final-Reckoning-compelling-thriller-winter-ebook/dp/B07KFH2GYD/ref=sr_1_8 keywords=the+final+reckoning&qid=1564952238&s=gateway&sr=8-8

 

 

Kobo UK: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-final-reckoning-15

 

The price of the ebook varies: average is £1.99. 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, LGBTQ

Crazy For You by T.S. Hunter – Book Review

 

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THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE NEVER RUNS SMOOTH

It’s 1987, and Soho is in the grip of another hot summer. While working part-time in The Red Lion, Joe finds himself agreeing to help a notorious gangster search for her missing girlfriend.

Antonia The Gecko Lagorio is daughter to the ruthless but ageing gang boss, Tony The Lizard Lagorio. When her girlfriend, Charlotte Fenwick, goes missing, Antonia turns to Joe for help, believing her to have been kidnapped by a rival gang.

Charlotte Fenwick is daughter to multi-millionaire, Charles Fenwick—who also happens to be one of Freddie Gillespie’s bigger clients. Keen to keep any hint of a scandal out of the public eye, Charles Fenwick had already asked Freddie to recruit Russell and Joe to help him find his daughter discreetly.

With both of them on the case, Joe and Russell find themselves trying to stop a turf war between the two rival gangs while uncovering all manner of dark secrets about the missing heiress and her troubled life.

Meanwhile Freddie Gillespie has a run in with an old foe that could see him lose both his job and his relationship with Russell.
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MY REVIEW 

Book 4 in the Soho Noir series by TS Hunter, but can easily be read as a stand-alone, but you will be missing out on a fantastic series.

In this tale, a young heiress, Charlotte goes missing, her father receives a ransom note …so where is she? Who has taken her?

Charlotte’s girlfriend, Antonia, approaches Joe Stone, to ask for his help finding Charlotte. Antonia is daughter to the gangster ‘The Lizard’….is this a turf war?

So, Joe and his friend and working partner, Russell start looking into the case, with a little help from Russell’s boyfriend Freddie. 

Meanwhile, Russell’s nemesis, Detective Skinner is trying to cause trouble between Russell and Freddie…

Can Joe and Russell find Charlotte before any harm befalls her? 

While this is only a relatively short novella there is no shortage of action in this cosy mystery. A marvellously twisty plot, with tension, fun and a little love too. Brilliant.

Thank you to Red Dog Press for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/crazy-for-you

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Claiming to be at least half-Welsh, T.S. Hunter lived in South Wales for much of his latter teens, moving to London as soon as confidence and finances allowed. He never looked back. He has variously been a teacher, a cocktail waiter, a podium dancer and a removal man, but his passion for writing has been the only constant. He’s a confident and engaging speaker and guest, who is as passionate about writing and storytelling as he is about promoting mainstream LGBT fiction. He now lives with his husband in the country, and is active on social media as @TSHunter5.

 

 
https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/crazy-for-you

Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Love Detective: Next Level by Angela Dyson – Book Review

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Angela Dyson returns with another hilarious, heart-warming and hijinks-packed mystery,  on the heels of her successful debut, The Love Detective comes more misadventures and murder with Clarry Pennhaligan and her creator, author Angela Dyson.

Note to self: 

Do not screw this up. 

When Clarry Pennhaligan, rookie private detective and unlikely heroine, takes on her second case, she is determined to master the art of smart. All she has been asked to do is to infiltrate a group of women who share a rather unusual way of spending their spare time. 

Shouldn’t be too demanding, she thinks, nothing to it. But, after her first clumsy steps reveal secrets that may best be kept hidden, her investigation gains momentum and events take a bizarre and sinister turn. Out of her depth and working above her paygrade, Clarry soon faces a very real danger. 

Things just got Next Level.

“The role of amateur detective has always appealed to me,” Angela Dyson explains. “The artless inexperienced meddler asking questions, stirring things up and getting in to a whole heap of trouble. But I’d never be brave enough to do it myself.”

Apart from the twists and turns of her crime caper, Angela has made sure to include some important messages to young and old. As she explains, “Twenty-six year old, Clarry Pennhaligan, is a modern heroine. She’s a generously proportioned size 14. She’s Body Positive and reflects the New Activism: Accept yourself …just as you are. Accept others…..just as they are.”

And then there’s her side-kick, the glamorous septuagenarian Flan. “I love Flan! She’s gloriously outspoken, and with a huge appetite for life. The inter-generational aspect of the novel sends a powerful message: We can do anything we want, no matter what our age
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MY REVIEW

Clarry Pennhaligan is a waitress, she’s also an amateur sleuth.

One of her colleagues, has a friend who needs help….and she will pay! So obviously Clarry takes the job. 

Vanessa’s well to do mother, wants Clarry to snoop on a group of women, she feels are the ‘wrong’ people for her daughter to associate with…..it might damage the 21 year olds marriage prospects!!!!

So, Clarry finds a way to befriend Vanessa, and gets invited to a secret meeting …Blessed Be!  A group of witches, raising money for a wellness centre …but is there something more sinister going on?

This just fizzes along, it’s beautifully light, descriptive writing really gives a sense of the events, while also dealing with the darker side of the story.

I love Clarry and her sense of humour. She feels like a real person, with her inner thoughts, her healthy body image and appetite to match.  Another great character is Flan, Clarry’s friend, a 70 year old woman who exudes glamour, fun and sheer enjoyment of life. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series….

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

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/31UEoJe

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Cobalt Sky by Keith Dixon – Book Review

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Edward Ransome is one of England’s most famous artists – rich, a friend to celebrities and known for his devotion to his craft for almost fifty years.Then someone steals his favourite painting – the painting that set Ransome on course to fame and fortune but was never sold and rarely seen.

Sam Dyke is hired to find the painting, and the thief, but quickly discovers that the loss of the painting is only one of the many losses suffered by Ransome, and his family. What’s more, whoever stole the painting is keen to keep it a secret, and committing murder to do so is not out of the question. 

Soon Dyke finds he has more than a simple burglary on his hands – it’s a case that spans generations and includes more than one ordinary crime.The Cobalt Sky is a subtle but exciting exploration of the ways in which families can hurt each other over time … without even trying.

From the two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE Award in the private eye/noir category, for The Bleak and The Innocent Dead.

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MY REVIEW 

#10 in the Sam Dyke series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Sam Dyke, a private investigator is hired by Charles Ransome to find out who stole one of his father’s paintings and replaced it with a forgery.

Edward Ransome, or ER as he is known, is the artist. The painting, No 1, holds an emotional link for him. This is the painting that started his career, but more than that, it has memories for him.

The Ransomes are not a likeable family, monied, privileged and selfish, but who really wants to hurt them? And Why?

I feel this is unique in that with cast of characters that is really quite small, so much is happening. There is murder, art theft, violence and intrigue but also the story of a broken family and how the cold, lack of showing any real emotion has affected them all. Very well plotted with a few surprises along the way. Gripping from start to finish.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He’s been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE First in Category award for Private Eye/Noir novel, he’s the author of nine full-length books and one short-story in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing. His new series of Paul Storey Thrillers began in 2016 and there are now three books in the series.

Learn more about Keith by following him on Twitter @keithyd6, by reading his blog at http://www.cwconfidential.blogspot.com/or connect with him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SamDykeInvestigations/

You can find out more from his website at http://www.keithdixonnovels.com/

 

Paperback: 317 pages

  • Publisher: Semiologic Ltd; Pocket Size ed. edition (3 Sept. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2490675087
  • ISBN-13: 978-2490675081

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cobalt-Sky-Sam-Dyke-Investigations/dp/2490675087

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Book reviews, Cover reveal

COVER REVEAL for One Dark, Two Light by Ruth Mancini

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for the new thriller:

One Dark, Two Light by Ruth Mancini

First a little about the book….

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New Year’s Eve, London.

Outside the Hope & Glory pub, a man has been left to die. A victim of extraordinary violence, he will never walk or speak again. He remains in hospital for months, until criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman walks onto his ward.

Sarah barely recognises the man she once worked with – he was honourable and kind – what was he involved in? Who wanted him dead? But in her race to uncover the truth, Sarah comes to realise there are two men in her life that she never really knew at all…

From one of crime fiction’s most compelling voices, One Dark, Two Light is where the personal and criminal collide, as Sarah works to bring dark secrets into the light.

 

Now a little about the Author: 

 

About the author:

 

Ruth Mancini is a criminal defence lawyer, author and freelance writer. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.

Follow Ruth:  

Twitter: @RuthMancini1

Facebook: @ruth.mancini.author

 

Here is the stunning cover in all its GLORY……

 

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Buy Links:

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Book reviews, Cover reveal

COVER REVEAL for The Final Trail by AA Abbott

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for the new novel by A A Abbott :

One Dark, Two Light

but first a little about the book…..


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Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.

To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page turner.  

The FINAL TRAIL is a perfect read for those who like a fast-paced crime thriller combined with suspense, humour and plot twists.  It’s ideal to take away on holiday and provides a great read during the autumn/winter nights.

The FINAL TRAIL will be available to order from Amazon in e-book, paperback and  dyslexia-friendly format from Monday 28th October 2019.

 

Website:  https://aaabbott.co.uk/    Twitter: @AAAbbottstories

 

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Here’s the striking cover in all its glory 

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Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2BJmoHg

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

All His Pretty Girls by Charly Cox – Book

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Detective Alyssa Wyatt is hunting a serial killer.

She doesn’t know that he’s hunting her.

A woman is found naked, badly beaten and barely alive in the New Mexico mountains. The shocking discovery plunges Albuquerque Detective Alyssa Wyatt into a case that will test her to the limit.

It appears that Callie McCormick is the latest plaything of a shadowy psychopath that leaves a long shadow on the streets of New Mexico – an individual linked to a string of deaths but leaving no evidence.

But when Alyssa makes a breakthrough that just might reveal the killer, she unknowingly puts herself in the crosshairs of a brutal maniac – one with an old score to settle.

Because the killer knows Alyssa very well, even if she doesn’t know him. And he’s determined that she’ll know his name – even if he has to extract his deadly revenge on her and everything she loves.

The launch of a dark, gripping, completely unputdownable crime thriller series, All His Pretty Girl Introduces Albuquerque detective Alyssa Wyatt. Fans of Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Angela Marsons will be utterly engrossed.  

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MY REVIEW 

This is the first novel to feature Detective Alyssa Wyatt.

Someone is abducting women, torturing them and then killing them…….they all have a similar look. 

Alyssa and her partner Cord are beginning the investigation and things get dark and dangerous for Alyssa and her family…..

Meanwhile, Alyssa is still struggling with an event from her childhood, that has left her with a feeling of guilt and this case is bringing that to the fore….

I can’t say much more as I would really hate to spoil any part of this twisty thriller. It’s so immersive and has some real heart in the mouth moments too, all credit to Charly Cox’s creative writing. It flows so easily, with a fast pace and really is unputdownable. 

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Born in the South, raised in the Midwest, Charly now resides in the Southwest in the Land of Enchantment where she enjoys eating copious amounts of green chile and other spicy foods. When she’s not reading, writing, or plotting sinister evils with her antagonists, she enjoys doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, hanging out with her husband and her spoiled Siberian Husky, visiting her son in Arizona, and traveling, preferably to places surrounded by sun, sand, and warm uncrowded beaches.

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19490745.Charly_Cox

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Deadly Silence by OMJ Ryan – Book Review

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Some sins can never be forgiven.

DI Jane Phillips was a star detective driven by a relentless quest for justice. But then she stepped outside the law. 

Now, demoted and suffering with PTSD, she finds herself facing the deadliest threat of her career — a serial killer who is preying on vulnerable women, murdering them in a shocking and bizarre ritual. 

A master of deception, he selects his victims at random. Or so it seems. But as Phillips investigates, she begins to see a method in the killer’s madness. Perhaps these victims aren’t random at all…  

As the pressure mounts, can Phillips find the link between these ritual murders before the killer strikes again — or will her dogged determination to solve the case bring his deadly silence to her door?
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MY REVIEW

Jane Philips is a DI, demoted as a result of events at a previous case. Her boss, Fraser Brown really hates her and makes it very clear, luckily for her the feeling is reciprocated.

Her team are investigating the murder of a woman, found suffocated by a plastic bag…..but when further murders are committed, all in the same way….they have a serial killer to find. Jane, committed to her job, puts the truth before anything else and ends up in danger, the killer is watching! 

Jane is a likeable character, likeable and a strong woman with a sense of humour but takes no nonsense either. With a great team, even new recruit Entwistle soon settles in. The victims have links to each other and the local church, but who would want them dead ?

What follows is a race against time to stop the killer before anymore deaths….it has a dark and twisty plot which has you hooked from the very first page.  It’s very clever writing that makes you feel empathy for a killer, yes the crimes were heinous but they had been a victim themselves too. I’ll never look at Winnie the Pooh pyjamas in the same way again……..Utterly compelling.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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http://www.inkubatorbooks.com/omj-ryan-author-page

Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OMJRYAN1 @OMJRYAN1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OMJ-Ryan-2449880305025779/

Website: https://www.omjryan.com/

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

 

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Silence-gripping-thriller-Detective-ebook/dp/B07Z2R84T9/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=deadly+silence&qid=1571140575&sr=8-5

 

Amazon US: 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Silence-gripping-thriller-Detective-ebook/dp/B07Z2R84T9/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=deadly+silence+OMJ+Ryan&qid=1571140710&sr=8-1

 

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Publishing Information:

Published in ebook format by Inkubator Books on 27th October 2019.

Book reviews, Feminist, Science fiction

The Future Of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Future of Another Timeline is a dark thriller from Annalee Newitz, the founding editor of io9, about the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love. In a modern-day United States that’s just a step away from our own, time travel is possible. But a secret war is brewing over access to history.

Tess is a geologist desperately trying to change the past.

Beth is a teenage riot grrl who has witnessed a murder that will forever shape her future.

Across the timeline, a group of men are trying to destroy time travel. If they succeed, only a small elite will have the power to shape the past, present, and future.

A final confrontation is coming. Our only hope lies with an unlikely group of allies, their lives separated by centuries, battling for a world where anyone can change the future.
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MY REVIEW 

The Future Of Another Timeline, a sci-fi novel about time travel? Oh no it’s so much more than that.

Someone is travelling back in time, in ancient time machines, to edit the timeline to eradicate women’s rights, including their reproductive right to abortions etc. The Daughters of Harriet, a feminist group are intent of stopping this one mans plan. (It’s a worry that even now In this present day, a room of middle aged men sit and make decisions on women’s reproductive rights!)

The story centres around Tess, a traveller, who wants to help fix things, including her own past. What happened in those heady punk days of 1992?

She travels back and meets a wonderfully diverse group of feminist activists fighting the misogyny…..Will they succeed?  Will Tess get back to her own timeline?

This is a tale of relationships, friends and love and loss, with some time travel too. As in real life, a small change can have a much bigger impact than expected. It has violence, love and a lot of emotions too. It’s sharp, clever, feminist, queer, inclusive, totally amazing and utterly compelling. I loved every minute of it.

My thanks to Orbit Books for a free copy of this marvellous book. This is my honest and unbiased review.
You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2qLX8xL

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Annalee Newitz is an American journalist who covers the cultural impact of science and technology. They received a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley, and in 1997 published the widely cited book, White Trash: Race and Class in America. From 2004–2005 they were a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They write for many periodicals from ‘Popular Science’ to ‘Wired,’ and from 1999 to 2008 wrote a syndicated weekly column called ‘Techsploitation.’ They co-founded ‘other’ magazine in 2002, which was published triannually until 2007. Since 2008, they are editor-in-chief of ‘io9,’ a Gawker-owned science fiction blog, which was named in 2010 by The Times as one of the top science blogs on the internet.(Courtesy of Goodreads)

 

Book reviews, Fantasy, Science fiction

Entanglement by Andrew J Thomas – Book Review


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Five friends, four mysteries, three deaths, two road trips and a secret that will change the world…

David’s fiancée worries when he drops out of contact. MI5 panics when a secret airbase vanishes. Liz doesn’t understand when her research subjects go missing. Nigel is confused when he finds an ordinary house brick floating in thin air. And a woman spends her life shifting between parallel worlds. But how can all these things be connected? And why are cakes so important? 

Entanglement is a warm, funny, and original tale about friendship, loss and coping when you’re out of your depth. It also invites readers to ask, “What if?” What if you hadn’t answered that voicemail? And what if chicken pies were illegal in Finland?

If you love Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet you are in the right place. Entanglement is an inventive book of big ideas filled with humanity and humour.

Entanglement takes its title from both the complex nature of human relationships and the term Quantum Entanglement which is key to current theories of parallel universes. It’s about all of that.
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MY REVIEW

This is a quirky, fun tale of part Sci-fi and part fantasy. 

A secret ‘weather research’ facility disappears in a green flash….moles disappeared from their homes and a brick can’t decide whether it’s there or not, and TC has moved through different realities….

How are these events linked ? Five people, all linked may have the answer ?

I love this book, it’s full of great characters, gentle humour, weird events and ultimately a tale of friendship, fate and a rather heartwarming love story. With moles, bricks and lots of little pop culture references that appeal to the geek in me I read this in one sitting. Totally original and utterly absorbing. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to Cameron Publicity & Marketing for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://amzn.to/2p1YPH3

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Andrew J Thomas was born in Bristol, England and after university, embarked on an office-based career which ultimately enabled him to travel the world. Having written as a hobby all his life, he gave up his day job to write Entanglement. Whilst writing the book his mother had a major stroke, and as well as finishing the novel, he now had the additional goal of getting a copy to her while there was still time. Happily, he succeeded. He’s written two other novels and seventeen short stories (as yet unpublished) and lives in a thatched cottage in rural Worcestershire.

 

Entanglement is available for pre-order now on Amazon and will be available at all good outlets in ebook, paperback and hardback upon publication. Find out more at: https://andrewjthomas.net/

 

Book reviews, Classic Fiction, Crime thriller

Shamus Dust by Janet Roger – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

London, 1947. A hard-nosed American detective with a hard-boiled mystery to solve.

It’s Christmastime 1947, in the City of London’s square mile of high finance. A seeming vice killing spooks a City councilor into hiring Newman, an expatriate American shamus, to keep his name out of a murder. Newman’s private inquiries split two different ways.

One takes him to the rackets, to the police murder investigation, and to the City’s own grandees. The second takes him into the ruins left behind by the blitz, to make sense of what he’s finding out about his own client. 

In a square mile where money interests hold all the aces, Louis the hotel barber is his sage: Choices you make, Mr. Newman, are not such a complicated thing…

 

“Elegant and spare but still cloaks itself in a terrific atmosphere. I liked the backstreet whores and the tipster barbers; the gold-leaf dining rooms and the tenement bedrooms. A grey-skied, British ‘Big Sleep’.” ATLANTIC BOOKS

If you love Chandler and the golden-age detectives, you will enjoy this hard-boiled thriller set in the financial heart of London in the early days of the cold war. An American detective has to be tough if he cannot carry a gun.

Captures the period and London locations perfectly. They were under the cloud of the A-bomb, but dammit they knew how to dress.

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MY REVIEW

Set in London, 1947. This is a murder mystery in a classic, noir style. A proper whodunnit very reminiscent of Sam Spade et al.

In this tale there have been several murders and PI Newman is tasked with finding the killer. But the story is so much more than just that, there’s a vice ring, corruption at every turn, more murders and even an archeological discovery which could put paid to plans, by a wealthy cabal, to rebuild a damaged London.

Beautifully written and highly descriptive, it is so atmospheric you can almost smell the smoky air……a book to take your time over and savour. 

Thank you to Ben at Cameron Publicity & Marketing for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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JANET ROGER: Lumberjack. Head of special education. Head of software testing in the City. Owner of a tech startup. Bought out by a FTSE 100 Company. Crime writer.

Shamus Dust is available for pre-order now on Amazon and will be available at all good outlets in ebook and paperback upon publication. Find out more at: janetroger.com

 

 

 

Comedy, Crime thriller

Merde And Mandarins (Kind Hearts And Martinets #5) by Pete Adams – Book Review

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A Defence Secretary shooting. The collapse of the Home Office Secretary. London’s high-ranking civil servants are being targeted, and DCI Jack Austin is drawn out of retirement. 

When his wife is kidnapped, inept savant DCI Austin leads the rescue mission while trying to solve the recent mystery, and discover the motives of the master conspirator.

Racing towards the chaotic conclusion, can he find solace in a welcome retirement, and uncover the supreme Machiavellian plot?

 

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MY REVIEW

Number 5 in the Kind Hearts And Martinets series.

Jack Austin and Mandy are married, he’s retired and enjoying life in their madcap way.

However, the Banana boys, Keef, Jeremy and Brains, would be gangsters and so hilariously dumb. They are working for a serious criminal who has a plan to kidnap Jack’s beloved wife, Mandy……things are going to get messy.

With senior civil servants, the mandarins, being targeted, the plan being to destabilise the government…but why?

When Mandy is kidnapped, Jack comes out of retirement!

This has its serious moments in a clever, twisty plot, it is utterly hilarious- the randomness of Jack’s habit of mixing up his words and his nicknames for everyone really will have you laughing out loud.

Will Jack and Mandy finally retire? I hope not as I love this odd, mismatched couple and their bizarre, madcap lives.

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 Pete Adams:

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

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

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

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

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Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peteadams8

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

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Merde-Mandarins-Kind-Hearts-Martinets/dp/1686656793/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1571128530&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Merde-Mandarins-Kind-Hearts-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07S9BJ6L4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=merde+and+mandarins&qid=1571128910&sr=8-1

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Merde-Mandarins-Pete-Adams/9781686656798?ref=grid-view&qid=1566372440893&sr=1-21 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Her Last Whisper by Jennifer Chase – Book Review

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Katie focuses her mind, trying to keep another anxiety attack at bay. The victim’s long brown hair is slick and wet, her body rigid in the grass. She looks more like a mannequin than the woman Katie had spoken with only yesterday, the woman she had promised to protect…

When a cold, naked body is discovered by a couple on a jog through the lush woodlands of Pine Valley, California, new recruit Detective Katie Scott is stunned to discover the victim is Amanda Payton – a much-loved local nurse and the woman at the heart of an unsolved case she’s been investigating whilst getting a grip on her crippling PTSD.

Weeks earlier, Amanda had run, battered and bruised, out into the headlights of a passing patrol car. She claimed to have just escaped a kidnapping, but with no strong evidence, the case went cold. The Pine Valley police made a fatal mistake… 

Katie is certain the marks on Amanda’s wrists complete a pattern of women being taken, held captive and then showing up dead in remote locations around Pine Valley – and she won’t let someone die on her watch again.

But then a beautiful office worker with a link to the hospital where Amanda worked goes missing. With only days before the next body is due to show up, can Katie make amends for her past by saving this innocent life?

Totally gripping crime fiction for fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh. Nothing will prepare you for this nail-biting roller-coaster ride…  
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MY REVIEW 

This is the second in the Detective Katie Scott series, while it can easily be read as a stand-alone you are missing out on a great series.

Katie is starting her first day of her new job, leading the cold case unit. She starts reviewing cases and one catches her eye….a kidnapping and assault case. Amanda had been taken, kept for about a week but escaped…but no one was ever arrested. All Amanda had said when she was found was ‘I told the truth’…

So, Katie begins her investigation, speaks to Amanda, who is then murdered….and there have been others! Can she find the kidnapper in time, will she allow her relationship to actually get going? With her life in turmoil, her PTSD is always in the background but she is determined to find the truth and obviously Cisco, her dog, is there to help too.

This is a totally gripping, dark, scary police procedural with great characters and a well defined, twisty plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for Book 3….

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.  

Book reviews, YA fiction

Hallowed Ground by Paul Twivy – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Hallowed Ground: The Mystery of the African Fairy Circles

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

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

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

This is a YA novel, set in Namibia.

The tale centres around the Namibian myth of the fairy circles. A clever mix of old myth and present day life and issues. It tells some of the history of Namibia, it’s culture, landscape and doesn’t shy from the brutal side either.

The protagonists are teenagers who want to solve the mystery of the fairy circles and with the help of a local bushman and some Victorian art ifs ts they mystery begins. Can they solve the mystery? What will the consequences be for the world if they do?

An interesting, well paced read about young people and their desire to save this planet. Thought provoking.

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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

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Paul Twivy studied English at Oxford University and became one of the most famous British admen. 

He has written comedy and drama for the stage and radio. He edited the bestseller Change the World for a Fiver. He is married with five children. He was inspired to write Hallowed Ground by his first-hand experiences of the extraordinary landscapes and culture of Namibia.

 

https://twitter.com/paultwivy

 

http://www.thefairycircles.com and https://hallowedground.co.uk

 

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hallowed-Ground-mystery-African-Circles-ebook/dp/B07YDY9LF2/

Com – https://www.amazon.com/Hallowed-Ground-mystery-African-Circles-ebook/dp/B07YDY9LF2/

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Book reviews

The Art Of Sherlock Holmes – USA Edition by Phil Growick – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Art of Sherlock Holmes-USA Edition 1 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written before our first volume, The Art of Sherlock Holmes-West Palm Beach, there had never been a volume where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists.

In this first USA edition, thirteen world-class artists who live and create in the United States have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable.  Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story.

The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. So we hope you’ll appreciate each creation for what it is: an inimitable interpretation of a truly unique Holmes story.

For those of you who get lost in abstract art, our abstract artists have provided an explanation of what their art means in relation to the story they’ve interpreted.

The Art of Sherlock Holmes books are curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.
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MY REVIEW

What a stunning book…..

I’ve always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and I love these new stories of Sherlock and Dr Watson.

Each of the stories are written in the style of Conan Doyle with a fresh feel but still have the heart and soul of Sherlock and are accompanied by truly wonderful artwork.

At the beginning of each story is an introduction to the author and to the artist, whose art illustrates the tales in such a unique style.

This Is a real coffee table book, one to have on display to enjoy the art and the stories together……a must for any fan of Sherlock Holmes and his adventures.

My thanks to Caroline Vincent at Bits About Books for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my free ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

Here’s a link to details of the book, artwork and offers: 

 

https://mailchi.mp/mxpublishing.com/artofsherlock

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Phil Growick ran one of the world’s leading executive search firms in the advertising industry. Phil’s network in the creative world is unparalleled which is perfect for artist acquisition. Now living in West Palm, Phil is heavily involved in the local art community and as a two-time Sherlock Holmes novelist came up with the concept of combining two of his passions – art and Holmes.

“You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make a delicious Holmes meal of mystery: inimitable interpretations of truly unique Holmes stories.”

You can find Phil Growick here:

Blog: https://holmesandwatsonandi.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilGrowick  

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/thesecretjournalofdrwatson

Instagram: www.instagram.com/philgrowick/

 

 

Here’s a bit of information about each story, author and the relevant artist

 

The Art of Sherlock Holmes – USA 1

 

  1. The Vampire of The Lyceum

Artist    ​Alex Arshanky

Authors ​Charles Veley and Anna Elliott

Conan Doyle Estate Link – https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/16-the-vampire-of-the-lyceum

 

  1. The Adventure of the Pharoh’s Tablet

Artist      ​Aaron Schwartz

Author   ​Robert Perret

Conan Doyle Estate:

https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/17-the-adventure-of-the-pharoh-s-tablet

 

  1. The Adventure of The Missing Link

Artist       ​ Bruce Helander

Author     ​David Marcum​​​​​

Conan Doyle Estate – https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/18-the-adventure-of-the-missing-link

 

  1. The Case of the Cuneiform Suicide Note

Artists ​Jeffrey and Michael Bisaillion

Author​​ Mark Mower

 

  1. The Adventure of The Gypsy Girl

Artist ​​Niz

Author​​ Tony Reynolds 

 

  1. The Adventure of The Inn On The Marsh

Artist ​​Rafael Glückstern Gardos

Author ​Denis Smith

 

  1. Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Tainted Cannister

Artist ​​Angela Fegan

Author​​Tom Turley

 

  1. The Mystery of The Scarab Earrings

Artist ​​Jhina Alvarado

Author​​Thomas Fortenberry

 

  1. The Adventure of Vittoria, The Circus Belle

Artist ​​Andrea Perez Bessin

Author​​Tracy Revels

 

  1. The Woman Returns

Artist ​​Christina Major

Author​​Richard Paolinelli

 

  1. Vigor The Hammersmith Wonder

Artist ​​Diego Perez

Author​​Mike Hogan

 

  1. The Ghost of Dorset House

Artist ​​Krystal Sutton

Author​​Tim Symonds

 

  1. Sherlock Holmes and A Brush With Death

Artist ​​Alexander Yulish

Author​​Dick Gillman

 

MX Publishing 

MX is the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories is the world’s largest new Sherlock stories collection with twelve bestselling volumes in the last four years – with three more volumes due in May 2019. Over 100 authors have taken part in the anthology including NY Times best sellers Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye and Bonnie MacBird.

 

The collection raises money for the Stepping Stones School ( a school for children with learning disabilities) at Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home which carries the Estate’s Conan Doyle Seal. The collection has overwhelming support from leading Sherlockians worldwide. MX are in a perfect position to bring the best in Holmes fiction and the Sherlock fan base to the project.

MX’ other project is the Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Twinned with Stepping Stones, Happy Life has saved the lives of over 600 abandoned babies in the last two decades. The project has expanded to include a school and paediatric hospital.

 

MX Publishing on Social Media:

Website:  http://mxpublishing.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mxpublishing

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MXPublishing/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mxpublishing/

Instagram – The Art of Sherlock Holmes: http://www.instagram.com/artofsherlock/

 

Book Info

‘The Art of Sherlock Holmes’ is available at Amazon: 

UK: http://bit.ly/ArtofSherlockHolmesUSA1 

US: http://bit.ly/ArtofSherlockHolmesUSA1-US

 

Book reviews, Thriller

Ghoster by Jason Arnopp – Book Review. @JasonArnopp @OrbitBooks @SpecHorizons @gambit589 @Tr4cyF3nt0n #Ghoster

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Jason Arnopp – author of acclaimed cult hit The Last Days of Jack Sparks – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . . 

Kate Collins has been ghosted.

She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.

Except for his mobile phone.

Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his calls, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.

That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognize. Scratch marks on the walls that she can’t explain. And the growing feeling that she’s being watched.

Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realizes just how little she really knows about the man she loves.

For more from Jason Arnopp, check out:

The Last Days of Jack Sparks

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MY REVIEW

Kate Collins first sees Scott on Tinder, she super-likes him but gets no response. However, on a detox weekend, after the Great Rondolpho Trauma, she meets him again ( coincidence?)and a romance begins. Just after 4 weeks later, Scott asks her to move in with him….

So, Kate agrees to move her life from Leeds to Brighton, but then Scott stops responding to her texts…..has she been ghosted?

This is a read in one sitting novel that’s utterly gripping. Part thriller, part ghost story and a cautionary tale of the dangers of social media and addiction to the dopamine high of likes and ‘validation’. With touches of humour and some geeky movie references this is a fun, yet dark and twisty thriller. A perfect Halloween read.

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

You can buy a copy here:

 

https://amzn.to/366hceC

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Jason Arnopp is the author of the upcoming chiller-thriller novel Ghoster, The Last Days Of Jack Sparks (Orbit Books) and the co-author of Inside Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Arnopp wrote the Lionsgate horror feature film Stormhouse, the New Line Cinema novel Friday The 13th: Hate-Kill-Repeat, various official Doctor Who works of fiction (including the BBC audiobook Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion) and script-edited the 2012 Peter Mullan film The Man Inside. 

Arnopp has also written 2012’s Beast In The Basement, a horror novella available at Amazon, and experimental ghost story A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home.

He is the author of non-fiction ebook How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else. He is on Twitter here, and is represented by literary agent Oli Munson at The AM Heath Agency. He is also represented for film and TV by Lawrence Mattis at Circle Of Confusion. (Courtesy of Goodreads)