Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

PUBLICATION DAY PARTY Expiry Date by Alex Walters – Book Review. @mikewalters60 @Bloodhoundbook #ExpiryDate

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A family day out turns sour for DI McKay when he stumbles across an unidentified corpse. The day becomes darker still when his brother-in-law goes missing and is eventually found dead, the result of a seemingly accidental fall.

Meanwhile, DCI Helena Grant has a disastrous on-line date with a pompous senior manager of a local hotel chain. Her initial amusement turns to unease at his disturbing behavior.  And, as she arrives home, she receives a threatening texts from someone who has clearly been watching her.

When a further body is found at the edge of the Cromarty Firth, McKay and Grant finally begin to piece together a story that involves violence, people trafficking and the darkest family secrets. And the more McKay learns, the more he realises that some of those secrets lie very close to home…

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MY REVIEW 

Expiry Date is #4 in the Alec McKay series but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

This begins with a family day out for Alec McKay, his sister Fiona and their partners. Kevin wanders off, and the other three come across a body…..but where is Kevin?

Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Helena Grant is on a date, and it’s not going too well. Helena leaves after the date, but feels uneasy and she later gets threatening texts…

There is also the story of Jana, a woman trafficked to Scotland and is working in a hotel….other women are not as lucky.

Are these cases linked? DI Alec Mckay is about to find out.

As the story progresses the clever plot all comes together in this gripping crime thriller. It is well paced and the characters are all well developed and realistic. While DI Alec McKay is a typical cop with issues, this doesn’t detract from the story in any way. I found this twisty thriller thoroughly engaging and I’ll be look8ng out for the next in the series.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Winterman is Alex Walters’s first historical crime novel. He is the author of Candles and Roses, Death Parts Us and Their Final Act, all featuring DI Alec McKay and set in and around the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. He has also written five books set in and around Manchester – Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, Dark Corners and Snow Fallen, featuring DCI Kenny Murrain – and three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast.  Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and as a consultant working mainly in the criminal justice sector. He now runs the Solus Or Writing Retreat in the Black Isle with his wife, occasional sons and some cats.

 

Website – http://www.alexwaltersauthor.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MikeWalters60 @mikewalters60

 

Book reviews, Icelandic noir, Thriller

Cage by Lilja Sigurdardóttir – Book Review. @lilja1972 @OrendaBooks @annecater #IcelandicNoir #Cage #Orentober. #blogtour

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A masterful conclusion to the award-winning, critically acclaimed Reykjavík Noir trilogy, as drug-smuggling, financial crime, political intrigue, love, murder and betrayal come together.

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence for financial misconduct ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.

As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed. Ruthless entrepreneur Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting in his own home. And at the same time, a deadly threat to Sonja and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive…

The lives of these characters are about to collide in a shocking crescendo, until the winner takes it all…
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MY REVIEW 

This is #3 in the series, set in Iceland and while it can be read as a stand-alone, it may take a little while to catch up on the overall tale.

This starts with Agla struggling to come to terms with the prospect of being released from prison, back into the outside world.

A visitor then offers her a job, to use her connections to the aluminium industry as there seems to be something untoward happening with the supply. Maria, an investigative journalist is helping.

Ingimar, is worried about Agla’s release, Why? He also has a son, Anton who is in love with Júlía, but there’s a shadow that could affect this, so he has a plan. Will this work or cause more problems?

Sonja, is still trying to keep herself and Tómas safe….can she finally be free?

I found this to be a marvellously twisty tale with an utterly gripping plot and full of emotion. The stunning, breathtaking ending will cause tears!  Brilliant.

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/2pIrGj

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, including Snare and Trap, the first two books in the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

 

PRAISE FOR LILJA SIGURDARDOTTIR

 

‘A tense thriller with a highly unusual plot and interesting characters’ Marcel Berlins, The Times ‘Tense, edgy and delivering more than a few unexpected twists and turns’ Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick

 

‘This is a searing portrait of the less salubrious parts of the Icelandic psyche as we as a riveting thriller’ Sunday Express

 

    

Book reviews, Comedy, Domestic noir

The Introvert Confounds Innocence by Michael Paul Michaud – Book Review. @MichaelPMichaud @BOTBSPublicity #TheIntrovertConfoundsInnocence

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

THE INTROVERT CONFOUNDS INNOCENCE continues the story of the eponymous anti-hero introduced in THE INTROVERT.

With his life disrupted by an unscrupulous work colleague and a bully at his son Toby’s school, things go from bad to worse when his neighbor’s abusive boyfriend goes missing, plunging the introvert into the center of a murder investigation.

Increasingly hounded by a meddlesome detective, and with his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
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MY REVIEW 

The Introvert, our unnamed protagonist is now living with Donna and his 4 year old son, Toby and of course his dog Molly. 

He’s got a subscription to a child psychology magazine that is helping him to try and make sense of children’s minds, but he also uses it when thinking of people and how they behave, or how he thinks they behave. The introvert, thinks a lot!

He and Donna have a neighbour, Hayley who has a dog called Mr Muggles. When he sees her being rough with the dog, his thoughts turn dark…..he really is strong on animal rights.

When Hayley’s boyfriend abuses her, and comes to the introverts home to wait for her to come home….there is an altercation and some cleaning up to do….

When Josh is reported missing, an English detective begins investigating, with an odd accent and way of speaking, confusing the introvert at times. Is he under suspicion?

With young Toby being bullied at school, the introverts thoughts begin to get dark ….but can he resist making Timmy red and open? 

This is a dark, bizarre and humorous tale,  that will make you cringe but laugh at the same time….totally unique and I can’t wait to find out what happens next….

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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I am an American-Canadian citizen, a criminal prosecutor, and author of BILLY TABBS (& THE GLORIOUS DARROW) (bitingduckpress) and THE INTROVERT series (Black Opal Books). I have a B.A. in English from McMaster University, an Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from McMaster University, a J.D. from The University of Western Ontario (with an international exchange completed at Washington & Lee). I have won awards for both my community service and my work as a criminal prosecutor. I am a member of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers. I also strive to maintain a strong social media author presence, including at facebook.com/michaelpaulmichaud, and have made regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Canada Talks. I am an unabashed and unapologetic zealot of Twin Peaks. Literary influences are primarily Orwell, Dickens, Vonnegut, Dostoevsky.

 

I was inspired to write The Introvert after reading Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky) and The Stranger (Camus). It has been likened to Dexter and American Psycho meeting Office Space and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I also consider it the most unorthodox of animals rights books. Every dog lover should read them.

 

Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/MichaelPaulMichaud/

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Goodreads page for The Introvert:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32808811-the-introvert

Goodreads page for The Introvert Confounds Innocence: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44490433-the-introvert-confounds-innocence 

Book reviews

The Umbrella Men by Keith Carter – Book Review. @keithcarter88 @NeemTreePress @annecater #TheUmbrellaMen

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A witty and acerbic novel for our times about corporate greed, the hubris of bankers, contradictions of the clean energy economy and their unintended consequences on everyday people. Finance, environmentalism, rare-earth mining and human frailties collide in a complex of flawed motives. We follow Peter Mount, the self-made Chief Executive of a London-based rare-earth mining company as he and his business are buffeted by crisis-torn Royal Bank of Scotland and by his own actions, real and imagined.

Meanwhile in Oregon, Amy Tate and her group of local environmental activists do their contradictory part to undermine a component of the green economy, unwittingly super-charged by the Chinese state. The repercussions of events in pristine Oregon are felt in the corporate and financial corridors of New York and London with drastic consequences. This is a deeply involving novel about the current workings of capitalism, miscommunication, causes and unexpected effects, love and survival.

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MY REVIEW 

This is a novel with a difference….it’s the tale of people, greed and consequences.

Peter is the CEO of a small mining company, his wife Ivy spends money they do not have, all based on his shares in the company….

“Oddly, considering her soft left wing views, Ivy was an enthusiastic, free spending, brand-name snob”

There’s, Amy used to work for an investment bank, but seeing what money does to people, left and moved to a cabin in Oregon.

Hoxie, is a Yale educated, Native American man, living on a reservation and a trustee of a conservation society.

There’s a mix of different backgrounds, economic and political and in the locations of London, New York and Oregon.

While this is fiction, it does give a lot of details about the financial markets, mining for rare minerals and the effect both of these had on the world economy and the crash of 2008. A story of easy credit, money and sheer greed with the impact this had on people from all backgrounds, which we are still feeling the effects of now. Written with a sharp wit, an interesting and thought provoking read.

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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Born in Scotland, he read Economics at Cambridge, taking a First in 1981 when he was elected a Scholar. He worked as an investment banker before going straight and running a small pharmaceutical company. 

Now a writer and business consultant he enjoys travel, politics and economics, reading and writing, languages, music and meals with family and friends. Keith suffered a spinal cord injury in March 2018 and since rides a wheelchair.