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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