Audiobook, Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields – Audiobook Review

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The first in a nail-shredding new crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be gripped from start to finish.

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.

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MY REVIEW 

#1 in a new series that features DI Luc Callanach. He’d been born in Scotland but spent much of his life in France, so is seen as a bit of an outsider….the accent doesn’t help.

He’s brusque at times but a committed and determined detective.

He starts work on a murder case. Elaine had been abducted and her body found burned, and now another woman has gone missing. Abducted from her home.

The descriptions of the abduction and the ‘procedures’ the victim is put through are truly horrific. I cannot imagine the fear and pain she endures, but the excellent reading by Robin Laing, really brings it to life. You can feel the tension.

Can Luc and his colleague DI Ava Turner find the killer before anyone else dies?

If you like your thrillers on the dark side, then you’ll love this. Great characters, a wonderfully dark plot, perfectly read by Robin Laing. An atmospheric and nerve wracking thriller. Perfect.

Thank you to Sanjana at Avon Books for the opportunity to take part in this audio book blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the audiobook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

You can read a copy at Audiobooks.com

 

https://www.audiobooks.co.uk/audiobook/perfect-remains/408105

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Damaged by Dan Scottow – Book Review

Welcome to the Publication Day Party for Damaged by Dan Scottow.

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Do you believe everything you’re told? 

Journalist Emily Blake is sent back to her hometown to investigate the disappearance of a young girl called Becky Clarke. Emily takes the assignment willingly as the case echoes the disappearance of her childhood friend, Alice Abbott, twenty-five years earlier. 

Returning to the village, Emily renews old acquaintances and rivalries. She reconnects with her estranged brother Adam, who has never quite recovered from tragic events from their past.

While she looks into the disappearance of Becky Clarke, Emily revisits Alice’s case but not everyone welcomes her investigation.  

As lies that have been told for twenty-five years surrounding Alice’s disappearance begin to unravel, Emily is drawn deeper into the mystery. 

 What happened to Alice? 

Will Becky ever be found? 

And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?
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MY REVIEW 

With an amazing shocking start, I was hooked from the off.

Alice had gone missing as a child, 25 years ago. Her best friend, Emily is back in her childhood home, now a journalist and looking into Alice’s disappearance.

Another child has gone missing. Is there a link to Alice’s case? Who in the town has secrets they are desperate to keep?

This is an incredibly tense tale, it keeps you on tenterhooks with its gritting, twisty plot. The ending will certainly leave your heart racing. A stunning debut psychological thriller from Dan Scottow.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books 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/3aqB26q

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Dan grew up in Hertfordshire before moving to London in his early twenties.  After more than ten years living there, he decided enough was enough, and packed his bags for Scotland in search of a more peaceful life. 

Dan works as a graphic designer, but dreams of the day he can give it up and write full time. 

 Besides writing, he enjoys painting, watching a good scary film, travelling the world, good food, long walks on the beach with his dogs, and of course, reading a great book.

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

I Could Be You by Sheila Bugler – Book Review

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A life has been taken. But whose life is it?

On a stifling hot day, former journalist Dee Doran finds the crumpled body of her friend at the roadside. Katie and her little boy, Jake, have been a light in Dee’s otherwise desolate life – now a woman is dead and a child is missing.

Katie has been keeping secrets for a long time. Years earlier, she fell for the wrong person. But he was in love with someone else; who he couldn’t have but couldn’t keep away from. When jealousy and desire spilled over into murder Katie hid the truth, and has been pretending ever since.

As Dee assists the police with their enquiries she’s compelled to investigate too. She realises Katie wasn’t who she claimed to be. Lies are catching up. Stories are unravelling. Revenge is demanded and someone must pay the price. The question is: who?

Don’t miss this explosive crime thriller perfect for fans for Alex Marwood and Fiona Barton.

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MY REVIEW 

Dee Doran finds the body of her neighbour and friend, Katie Hope. A victim of a hit and run…..but where is her 2 year old son, Jake?

Dee, a retired journalist, uses her skills to try and find out what happened and to find little Jake.

What she finds out is that Katie, her friend, had secrets. She was not the person she thought she was.

Told in the present day and flashbacks to the past, this is a gripping, twisty thriller that has you hooked for the very start. 

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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

I grew up in a small town in the west of Ireland. After studying Psychology at University College Galway, I left Ireland and worked in Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Argentina and London before finally settling in Easbourne, where I now live with my husband, Sean, and our two children.

When not writing fiction, I provide a range of writing services to aspiring authors. I also run free writing workshops on this site. I am a regular contributor to the online writing magazine, Words With Jam.(courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Fantasy

Wizard Ring by Clare Blanchard – Book Review

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I knew nothing about the alchemist John Dee until one winter’s night in Prague when I met the ghost of a barber.

My name is Sylvia. I was just a burnt-out teacher with a subversive sense of humour. Then my mother gave me a magic ring made in the Prague workshop of John Dee.

I’ve never been the same since.

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MY REVIEW 

Sylvia is given a ring by her mother. It had been made in Prague and purportedly, has the power to influence those around it, not always in a positive way.

A story of magic and history. There’s plenty of historical facts relating to Prague and the story often jumps back to old events and moments. This helps build the atmosphere and the complex plot.

It is a beautifully descriptive, magical read that will have you engrossed. Does the ring have real power? Well you’ll have to read this to find out….maybe! 

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 Clare Blanchard:

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Originally from the North Yorkshire coast in England, Clare Blanchard spent half her lifetime in Czechia in Central Europe, where her books are mainly set. Inspired by noir fiction, her settings are often like another character in the plot. She writes crime mysteries and dark urban fantasy with a historical twist.

 Clare loves beautiful landscapes and architecture, cross-country skiing, the wine of South Moravia, and of course Czech beer. When she’s not being literary she knits funky socks.

http://www.clareblanchard.com        

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Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wizard-Ring-darkness-light-Wizards-ebook/dp/B07X1B9DZW/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=clare+blanchard&qid=1578949804&s=books&sr=1-3

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Wizard-Ring-darkness-light-Wizards-ebook/dp/B07X1B9DZW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=wizard+ring+claire+blanchard&qid=1578950178&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wizard-ring-clare-blanchard/1132543853

 

 

Publishing Information:

Published in ebook format on 24th August 2019. 

Book reviews, Family drama, Thriller

A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

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After an unexpected death, three generations of women take over the family funeral-home and PI businesses in the first book of a brilliant, page-turning and darkly funny new series. 

The Skelfs are a well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators. When patriarch Jim dies, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events.

Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another women, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend Mel has vanished from university, and the simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker than any of them could have imagined.

As the women struggle to come to terms with their grief, and the demands of the business threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past emerge, which change everything… It’s a compelling and tense thriller and a darkly funny, warm portrait of a family in turmoil.

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MY REVIEW 

Set in Edinburgh, this starts with a funeral pyre in the garden, just as Jim wanted it, melting feet aside!

It is the story of three women, Dorothy, Jim’s widow, Jenny, their daughter and Hannah, their granddaughter. All grieving, but carrying on with their family business, the Skelf funeral directors and private investigators.

When Hannah and her girlfriend, Indy’s flatmate goes missing she is determined to find out what has happened. Did she really know her friend? And what she finds will be devastating……

Meanwhile, Dorothy finds out her husband has kept secrets from her, namely a missing employee and regular monthly payments to an unknown account. So she and her friend, a police officer, try to find out more. Oh and an old man who thinks his carer is stealing from him..

And Jenny, is investigating a potential cheating husband for a client. 

Can they find the answers they want and need? 

I love this book, it’s full of secrets and a dark humour that makes you laugh and cringe at the same time…there’s love, family, empathy and a spot of gravedigging too. The Skelf’s are just so well developed characters, strong and very likeable, the 70 year old drummer, Dorothy,  shows age is no barrier and man, can she wield a shovel! 

A tense thriller, but also tells of a family dealing with grief…..heart pounding and heartwarming too. This is a read in one sitting novel and I’m already waiting for the next in this new series. 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 ecopy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/377uWpj

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Doug Johnstone is the author of ten novels, most recently Breakers (2018), which has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. 

Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions – including a funeral home – and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. 

Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player- manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh.