Book reviews, Crime thriller, Finnish Noir

Deep As Death by Katja Ivar – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The second in a three-book series featuring Hella Mauzer, to follow on the success of Evil Things.

 

  • A Nordic Noir of the first-order set in Helsinki in 1953. A dark psychological thriller about ruthless ambition, unrequited love and the lies we tell others and ourselves to avoid facing what has become of our lives.

 

  • A woman author and a female heroine. A misunderstood, flawed, whip-smart detective, now a P.I, fighting against both prejudice and crime. Hella finds herself at the centre of an investigation of multiple murders that threaten to destroy the reputations of the rich and powerful. Ivar has again succeeded in telling an incredibly gripping story with some of the cast of characters that we fell in love with in Evil Things.

 

Hella Mauzer has just been fired by the police and is now a reluctant private investigator. Escaping the mind-numbing routine of shadowing unfaithful spouses, Hella finds herself at the centre of an investigation of multiple murders.

It all begins when a prostitute is found floating upside down in Helsinki Harbour. Not exactly a high priority case for the Helsinki police, so homicide chief Jokela passes the job to his former colleague Hella. It’s beginning to look like a serial killer is at work when another lady of the night narrowly escapes being driven into the harbour, handcuffed to the car by her client. What begins like a taut whodunit turns into something more tantalizing as Hella turns her attention to different suspects, often to the consternation of the fascinating Inspector Mustonen, charismatic, ambitious and trying desperately to live up to the standards of his high-maintenance wife.

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MY REVIEW 

Set in Helsinki in 1953. Hella is a private investigator after being dismissed from the police force.

When a woman’s body is found in the harbour, Hella begins an investigation. The police aren’t interest as the woman was a sex worker. 

When more women either disappear or their bodies are found Hella believes a serial killer is responsible. Hella is also dealing with her messy personal life as she’s having an affair with a married man, who has promised to leave his wife for her, but she’s still waiting and now has other suspicions about him. 

Deep As Death has great characters and a clever, twisty plot. It’s a dark and chilling murder mystery with a real sense of atmosphere, you can almost feel the chill of a cold winter coming off the page. I’ll certainly be looking for more by Katja Ivar.

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

 

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2Zm4yoZ 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Katja Ivar grew up in Russia and the U.S. She travelled the world extensively, from Almaty to Ushuaia, from Karelia to Kyushu, before finally settling in Paris where she lives with her husband and three children. She received a B.A. in Linguistics and a master’s degree in Contemporary History from Sorbonne University. Evil Things was her debut novel. 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Murder mystery, Police procedural

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold. Until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says he recognises the MO. The attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. The prisoner’s always insisted that he was innocent, and now he’s sure he has proof.

 

The killer is still out there.

 

As Will digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the original case in order to reach the truth. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear. And now he needs medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake.

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MY REVIEW 

#10 in the Will Trent Series, it can be read as a stand-alone (but you’ll be missing out on a fantastic series).

Will is called to investigate the murder of a prison inmate after a prison riot….Sara is there to examine the body. Daryl Nesbit, convicted of owning child pornography (and attacking a custody officer) says he has information to trade, he says he was framed by corrupt cops, one of whom was Sara’s murdered husband, Jeffrey.

He also claims he wasn’t responsible for the rape, mutilation and murder of women…..as there have been new murders since his incarceration it couldn’t be him…..is it a copycat?

Told in two timelines, it tells Jeffrey’s story up to Daryl’s arrest, how Lena may not have been the most honest of cops and Jeffrey’s investigation and relationship with Sara. It also tells of Will’s investigation into the new murders and the old case. It is an in depth investigation with so much happening, there’s Will and Sara’s, now troubled, relationship, Faith and her family, and the details of the brutal rapes, mutilations and murder of the women.

I loved The Silent Wife, with its mix of police procedural and the hunt for a serial killer, it tells of violence towards women in many forms, but it’s also a love story. I loved every gripping, chilling minute and it’s my favourite of the series so far….

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

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2NBorDh

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 19 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant Sunday Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her.

The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television and Pieces of Her is soon to be an eight- part Netflix adaptation, directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men), and produced by Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland) and Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies).

Karin is the founder of the Save the Libraries project- a non- profit organisation established to support libraries and library programming.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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 ‘One of the boldest thriller writers working today’ TESS GERRITSEN 

Book reviews, Thriller

The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

In the high mountains of Tibet, rumors are spreading. People whisper of an outbreak, of thousands of dead, of bodies pushed into mass graves. It is some strange new disease … a disease, they say, that can kill in minutes. The Chinese government says the rumors aren’t true, but no one is allowed in or out of Tibet.

At the Pentagon, Admiral James Curtiss is called to an emergency meeting. Satellite images prove that a massive genocide is underway, and an American spy has made a startling discovery. This is no disease. It’s a weapons test. Chinese scientists have developed a way to kill based on a person’s genetic traits. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The success of their new weapon proves that the Chinese are nearing “Replication”—a revolutionary breakthrough that will tip the global balance of power and change the way wars are waged.

Now the US must scramble to catch up before it is too late. Admiral Curtiss gathers the nation’s top scientists, including a promising young graduate student named Eric Hill who just might hold the missing piece to the replication puzzle. Soon Hill and his colleague Jane Hunter are caught up in a deadly game of sabotage as the two nations strive to be the first to reach the coveted goal. But in their headlong race, they create something unexpected … something the world has never seen and something more powerful than they had ever imagined.

With eerie similarities to today’s coronavirus pandemic, The Last Sword Maker is an exciting globe-trotting thriller with unforgettable characters that depicts a haunting vision of the future of warfare.

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MY REVIEW 

#1 in The Course Of The Empire series.

A terrible virus is killing people in Tibet…sounds familiar….except this virus is a weapon. A mix of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and genetics.

The developer has used Tibet as a testing ground.

The Last Sword Maker is a science based thriller, as the US race to find the secret of this new tech from China before the nano-virus teaches itself to replicate and spread as a natural virus does.

There is lots of science throughout, but the author’s writing explains it so well and has made it understandable to the layman without being patronising.

A very clever thriller that’s full of action. A real page turner that’s terrifying as it feels so, so possible.

Thank you to Michelle at FSB Associates for the eARC of The Last Sword Maker. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Brian Nelson is a former Fulbright Scholar who holds degrees in international relations, economics, and creative writing (fiction). His first book, The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup against Chávez and the Making of Modern Venezuela, was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the Economist. His work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor, and the Southern Humanities Review, among others. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two children.

 

Praise for The Last Sword Maker:

“A gripping, frighteningly plausible techno-thriller…Nelson’s intriguing scientific predictions and distinctive near-future setting make this sure to please speculative fiction readers as well as thriller fans.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“A terrifying vision of future warfare in the vein of Tom Clancy’s and Michael Crichton’s novels…A powerhouse near-future thriller with explosive action and exciting science.”—Foreword Reviews

 

“An all-too-plausible examination of how emerging technologies could be weaponized to horrible ends. I don’t recommend reading this one right before bedtime—unless you are prepared to stay up very, very late to finish it.”—Lisa Brackmann, New York Times bestselling author

 

“A head-spinning sci-fi-infused military thriller, with China and the United States putting everything they have into developing the perfect weapon, no matter the cost. ”—Francisco Toro, columnist, Washington Post

 

“The danger is unique, and the treachery vast, in this rapid-paced adventure that delivers in equal doses of amazing, yet possible. An intriguing tale that will leave you thinking. ”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

 

“A compelling thriller…Nelson’s riveting narrative captures the drama of great power competition…This is a terrific debut.”—Patrick Duddy, Duke University, former US Ambassador to Venezuela

 

“An amazing read. The Last Sword Maker has everything”—Moisés Naím, New York Times bestselling author

 

Book reviews, Cover reveal

*COVER REVEAL* for Not The Deaths Imagined by Anne Pettigrew

Welcome to The Bookwormery….I’m pleased to be taking part in this COVER REVEAL for Anne Pettigrew’s novel…….Not The Deaths Imagined….but here’s a little about the book first……

 

PUBLISHERS BLURB  

In a leafy Glasgow suburb, Dr Beth Semple is busy juggling motherhood and full-time GP work in the 90s NHS. But her life becomes even more problematic when she notices some odd deaths in her neighbourhood. Though Beth believes the stories don’t add up, the authorities remain stubbornly unconvinced.

Soon, Beth’s professional reputation is challenged. There follows a chilling campaign of harassment and she finds her professional reputation – and family – are put at risk. 

Is a charming local GP actually a serial killer? Can Beth piece together the jigsaw of perplexing fatalities and perhaps save lives? And as events accelerate towards a dramatic conclusion, will the police intervene in time?

From the author of Not the Life Imagined, this slow-burning tartan noir novel from a Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight author follows Beth on another quest for justice. Reflecting Pettigrew’s own medical expertise, Not The Deaths Imagined re-affirms the benefits of growing up in a loving family and the need for friends in hard times, while offering insight into the twisted development of a psychopathic mind.

 

Nearly there, but first a little about the author…..

 

 

About Anne Pettigrew

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Glasgow-born, 31 years a Greenock GP, graduate of University of Glasgow (Medicine 1974) and Oxford (MSc Medical Anthropology 2004). Worked also in psychiatry, women’s health, and  journalism (Herald, Pulse, Doctor, Channel 4). In retirement took Creative Writing tuition at Glasgow University aiming to pen novels about women doctors (rare in literature except as pathologists or in Mills & Boon). Runner-up in SAW Constable Award 2018, chosen as a 2019 Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight Author – ‘one to watch.’ Member of several writers’ groups and a short story competition winner, she lives in Ayrshire and enjoys good books, good wine, and good company.

 

And here it is, in all its glory………..the cover for Not The Deaths Imagined by Anne Pettigrew

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Social Media

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annepettigrewauthor/

Website: http://www.annepettigrew.co.uk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anne.pettigrew.author/

 

Not The Deaths Imagined

Paperback ISBN:                               978-1-901514-77-3

e-book:                                                978-1-901514-78-0

Ringwood Publishing                    

362pp                                                                   

Publication date Aug 1st 2020

 

Pre-order Links

Ringwood Publishing: https://bit.ly/2B0I0C2

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/31eOqIC

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2B4gMuk

 

Book reviews, Promo

First Lie by A.J. Park – *PROMO* Happy Publication Day

 

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Happy Publication Day 

 
“A. J. Park is a master of suspense who knows how to keep readers hovering tensely over the edges of their seats.”
Sophie Hannah
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“This is a real page-turner. I finished it in one go!”
Martina Cole
A husband and wife cover up a murder. But the lie eats away at the fabric of their relationship and things unravel till they can’t trust anyone – even each other.
“A great thriller that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.” Luca Veste
A freak accident. An impossible choice. But what was the first lie?
When Paul Reeve comes home to find his wife in the bathroom, bloodied and shaking, his survival instinct kicks in.
Alice never meant to kill the intruder. She was at home, alone, and terrified. She doesn’t deserve to be blamed for it. Covering up the murder is their only option.
But the crime eats away at the couple and soon they can’t trust anyone – even one another…
But there is much more at stake than anyone realises – and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade…

 
“Fast-moving, gripping, the ground shifting perpetually beneath your feet as you read… I read it in one sitting.”

Alex Marwood

 
Available as a paperback, ebook and audio book.

Links:
Waterstones Paperback:  http://tidd.ly/553cdf07

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KNl4rt

 

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Coming For You by Deborah Rogers – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A brutal crime. A traumatised mind. A victim no one believes…

Amelia Kellaway is hiding a secret. Still deeply traumatized by a kidnapping incident she suffered three years ago, Amelia is struggling to cope with a crippling anxiety disorder where she compulsively checks her locks and doors. She’s also experiencing frightening blackouts that strike at random. The root cause of her anxiety is her unshakable belief that her previous attacker, Rex Hawkins, is stalking her. She’s been to the authorities but they’ve dismissed her concerns as the paranoid delusions of a traumatized mind.

But are Amelia’s fears really unfounded? Could Rex Hawkins still be out there, waiting for her to drop her guard and make a mistake? Or is Amelia slipping deeper into neurosis and at risk of losing her mind?

Another gripping tale of psychological suspense from Deborah Rogers, Coming for You is a terrifying portrayal of a young woman on the brink, with shades of Hitchcock and Gillian Flynn.

If you like tense, gritty psychological suspense thrillers, you’ll love book 2 in the Amelia Kellaway series from exciting new crime writer Deborah Rogers.

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MY REVIEW 

Amelia is a lawyer by day, she’s good at her job, but inside she’s falling apart. She’s recovered from her physical injuries after being kidnapped, raped and her eventual escape that has left her with half a foot, but psychologically she’s desperate. She’s obsessive about security, taking a different journey home every day and compulsively checking her apartment is locked over and over……

She is convinced her attacker, Rex Hawkins,  is still looking for her.

Ethan, a Detective, tries to convince Amelia she is safe, that Hawkins can’t hurt her anymore…as they grow close she starts to believe him……

Oh my nerves…..this is an incredibly tense tale, as you see Amelia struggle with her day to day life, her slipping deeper into fear and the effect this has on her….

Was she right to be so scared, or is she really losing her mind?

Coming For You has a quite slow pace as you get to know Amelia, but the tension builds as you turn the pages and it made me check the windows were closed that night for sure. I loved every fear filled minute and I can recommend this to anyone who loves a psychological thriller.

Thank you to Deborah for an eARC of Coming For You. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2YYRAxo

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Deborah Rogers is a psychological thriller and suspense author. Her gripping debut psychological suspense novel, The Devil’s Wire, received rave reviews as a ‘dark and twisted page turner’. Since then, Deborah has been developing the new Amelia Kellaway series. Book one in the series, Left for Dead, is a tightly woven tale about a young woman who is kidnapped and taken deep into the wilderness. 

In 2020, Deborah’s all-new publications will include Coming for You (#2 Amelia Kellaway series) and Speak for Me (#3 Amelia Kellaway series). She’s also publishing a new standalone novel, Into Thin Air, a mystery about a woman who goes missing on vacation in Istanbul. 

Audiobook, Book reviews, Contemporary fiction

Bad Love by Maame Blue – Audiobook Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Bad Love tells the story of Ekuah Danquah, a London-born Ghanaian who is 18 years old when she falls in love for the first time. As both narrator and protagonist now in her 30s, she delves into her memories of angst and confusion that dismantled her experience of that first, impactful romantic relationship. It meets none of her rigid expectations and instead shines a light on other significant relationships in her life, especially the marriage of her parents, something she had long considered an unhappy pairing.

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MY REVIEW 

The story is told by Ekuah, she’s now 30 and recalling her past when her boyfriend, Dee just dropped out of her life, leaving her heartbroken. She wonders if Dee ever cared for her, he never even referred to himself as her boyfriend over the 18 months they were together, passionate yes, but always distant. Can she move on and find love ?

This is a well paced tale about relationships good and bad,  the beauty of the spoken word,  about finding yourself and the perceptions of what love really is. I loved the details of Ekuah’s experiences of her travels overseas too.

Beautifully narrated by Vivienne Acheampong, she really brings Ekuah and the other characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed Bad Love from start to finish.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of the Audiobook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Available from Audible.co.uk and is 8hrs 16mins long.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Maame Blue is a Ghanaian Londoner, writer. As well as co-hosting Headscarves and Carry-ons-a podcast about black girls living abroad-she regularly runs social media campaigns for http://www.bmeprpros.co.uk and blogs at http://www.maamebluewrites.com. In 2018 she won the Africa Writes x AFREADA flash fiction competition for her story Black Sky. She has since been published in AFREADA, Afribuku, and Memoir Magazine; with stories forthcoming in Storm Cellar Quarterly and Litro Magazine.

 

About Vivienne Acheampong

Vivienne Acheampong is an actress and comedian, best known for featuring in Death in Paradise (2011), The Trap (2015) and Turn Up Charlie (2019).

 

About Audible

Among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson and Jesse Eisenberg. Audible Studios has won a Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and has also been recognised with the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. Audible invented and commercialised the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. On Average, Audible members listen to Audible content for 2 hours a day. In 2018, Audible customers downloaded nearly 3 billion hours of content.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Final Verdict by Sally Rigby – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The judge has spoken……everyone must die.

When a killer starts murdering lawyers in a prestigious law firm, and every lead takes them to a dead end, Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker finds herself grappling for a motive.

What links these deaths, and why use a lethal injection?

Alongside forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, they close in on the killer, while all the time trying to not let their personal lives get in the way of the investigation.

For fans of Rachel Abbott, Mark Dawson and M A Comley, Final Verdict is the sixth in the Cavendish & Walker series. A fast paced murder mystery which will keep you guessing.

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MY REVIEW 

#6 in the Cavendish and Walker series, but can also be read as a stand-alone.

A member of a law firm has died of a suspected heart attack, but this was found to have been caused by an injection of potassium chloride, so the investigation begins.

DCI Whitney Walker and her team search for suspects and helped as always by George Cavendish, a forensic psychologist.

Both women are also dealing with difficult circumstances in their personal lives too. Whitney’s mum has dementia and is now being tested for possible breast cancer, while George’s boyfriend has just proposed and she’s in a dilemma and her ex is now her boss.

When another member of the law firm is murdered in the same way, it becomes a race to find the killer before anyone else dies.

Final Verdict is a well paced, gripping thriller with great, well developed characters who are likeable and some not likeable. A clever plot too that keeps you hooked from start to finish.

Thank you to Emma of damppebbles blog tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Final Verdict. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/2NeEHKh

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Sally Rigby was born in Northampton, in the UK. She has always had the travel bug, and after living in both Manchester and London, eventually moved overseas. From 2001 she has lived with her family in New Zealand (apart from five years in Australia), which she considers to be the most beautiful place in the world. After writing young adult fiction for many years, under a pen name, Sally decided to move into crime fiction. Her Cavendish & Walker series brings together two headstrong, and very different, women – DCI Whitney Walker, and forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish. Sally has a background in education, and has always loved crime fiction books, films and TV programmes. She has a particular fascination with the psychology of serial killers.

 

Check out her website for a FREE prequel story….. http://www.sallyrigby.com

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SallyRigby4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Sally-Rigby- 131414630527848/posts/?ref=page_internal

 

Website: https://sallyrigby.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sally.rigby.author/ 

Book reviews, Thriller

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room.

Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives…

 

 

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MY REVIEW 

On Addie’s 10th Birthday, her sister Jessie is supposed to take her for pizza, but she’s late…..so not sleeping, Addie here’s her dad come home, he smells meaty! He has blood on his clothes too….

She later finds out there has been a terrorist attack on the tube…..is this where the blood came from….?

Each year on 7 July a woman goes missing, the police finally link these disappearances, but they have no leads…..yet!

Jessie and Addie find a missing woman’s purse in their father’s room …scared what will happen to them if he leaves, they decide to keep it a secret….so many secrets!

The tale is told from Addie’s perspective, with a few small asides by the Magpie and snippets of real events over the years, the various terror attacks in London which build the atmosphere. 

As the story continues, we see Addie grow from a 10 year old to a young adult, with the Magpie in the background all the time….there is an ever present feeling of menace, like something seen in the corner of your eye, building until the marvellously twisty and surprising ending. Original and compelling, definitely one of my favourites this year.

Thank you to Antonia at Headline for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour. This is my honest, unbiased review.

The paperback is published on 25 June…  https://amzn.to/2V269z6

Book reviews, Domestic noir, Family drama

The Man Behind Closed Doors by Maria Frankland – Book Review

 

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

What could be so bad that a six-year-old stops talking?

Domestic violence isn’t only perpetrated by men. Ask Paul Jackson who is on remand, accused of stabbing his wife, Michelle. As he reveals his reality behind their troubled marriage, it seems that only his six-year-old knows what really happened. 

But she’s trapped in her own world of silence.

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MY REVIEW 

The Man Behind Closed Doors starts with Paul calling the emergency services as his wife, Michelle has been stabbed…..

 

He is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

 

While in jail, he thinks about his life and marriage to Michelle and the story is told through flashbacks to the past. We hear of her jealousy and paranoia, her mood swings and violence when she’s been drinking, which is often. Michelle has her own issues she is dealing with but takes it out on Paul……all the while their young daughter Emily is in the middle.

This is a tale of domestic abuse, of controlling behaviour and it’s original as here the woman is the perpetrator of the abuse. You really never know what goes on behind closed doors! It deals with violence, guilt, love and self harm and all the emotional baggage in between. It’s also about the stabbing, the investigation and the courtroom drama. I found this to be a very emotional read, at times I was not sure who deserved my sympathy…..a thoughtful and engrossing read.

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

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/310256n

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Maria Frankland’s life began at 40 when she escaped an unhappy marriage and began making a living from her own writing and becoming a teacher of creative writing.

The rich tapestry of life with all its turbulent times has enabled her to pour experience, angst and lessons learned into the writing of her novels and poetry.

She recognises that the darkest places can exist within family relationships and this is reflected in the domestic thrillers she writes.

She is a ‘born ‘n’ bred’ Yorkshirewoman, a mother of two and has recently found her own ‘happy ever after’ after marrying again.

Still in her forties, she is now going to dedicate the rest of her working life to writing books and inspiring other writers to also achieve their dreams too!

 

Twitter @writermaria_f http://www.mariastephenson.com/ 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural, post-apocalyptic

All Fall Down by M.J. Arlidge – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

“You have one hour to live.”

 

Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth… That someone is watching, waiting, working to take your life in one hour.

 

But why?

 

The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is A case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims.

With no motive, no leads, no clues – nothing but pure fear – an hour can last a lifetime…

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MY REVIEW 

All Fall Down starts with a phone call….

Justin takes the call, but the caller says “You Have One Hour To Live”….he’s rattled but heads home in a chauffeur driven car. As he starts to relax he notices his driver has missed the turn.

Justin’s body is later found….he’d been strangled.

When another call is received things begin to get dark.

Helen Grace and her team begin the investigation, there are links to a group of friends captured and tortured years before. They had managed to escape, but one of them had died at the hands of the man who held them captive. 

It becomes a race against time to find why these people are being targeted and to stop a killer before anyone else dies.

All the while, Helen is dealing with a messy personal life with a reckless colleague, and heavily pregnant Charlie is adamant she will stay and help with the investigation.

I love the relationships between the characters, good and bad, and the marvellously twisty plot keeps you guessing. Another brilliant, dark thriller from M.J. Arlidge and I’m already waiting for book 10…

Thank you to Tracy of Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of All Fall Down. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Purchase linkhttps://amzn.to/37Jiltz 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Monstrous Souls by Rebecca Kelly – Book Review

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What if you knew the truth but couldn’t remember?

Over a decade ago, Heidi was the victim of a brutal attack that left her hospitalised, her younger sister missing, and her best friend dead. But Heidi doesn’t remember any of that. She’s lived her life since then with little memory of her friends and family and no recollection of the crime.

Now, it’s all starting to come back.

As Heidi begins retracing the events that lead to the assault, she is forced to confront the pain and guilt she’s long kept buried. But Heidi isn’t the only one digging up the past, and the closer she gets to remembering the truth, the more danger she’s in.

When the truth is worse than fiction, is the past worth reliving?

An addictive thriller about a case gone cold and the dangers lurking on our doorsteps, Monstrous Souls will have you gripped to the very end.

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MY REVIEW 

In 2001 Heidi and her friend Nina had been attacked, only Heidi survived and her younger sister, Anna went missing.

Heidi’s injuries were severe but she recovered except she had lost all memories of that time.

Detective Denise Gilzeen had kept in contact with Heidi and now 15 years later her memory is starting to return. As a result of information she had given to Denise, the case is reopened.

Will they find who killed Nina? And what happened to Anna and other missing girls?

Monstrous Souls is an utterly gripping read, it’s dark, gritty and full of emotion. There are great characters, some likeable and some truly reprehensible and evil. The subject matter is horrific but Rebecca Kelly tells you all you need to know without being graphic or gratuitous. It’s full of an incredible tension and is a tale of horrific events, tragedy, guilt and is anger inducing at times too. A dark thriller that you really cannot put down. 

Thank you to Peyton at Agora Books for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Monstrous Souls. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Preorder link : https://amzn.to/2N9JhZY

Ebook from 25 June and paperback 23 July 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rebecca Kelly was brought up with books but denied the pleasure of a television. Although she hated this at the time, she now considers it to have contributed to a life-long passion for reading and writing.

After a misspent education, Rebecca had a variety of jobs. She’s spent the last years raising her children but has lately returned to her first love – writing.

Rebecca lives in the UK with her husband and youngest son and an over-enthusiastic black Labrador, who gives her writing tips. 

Book reviews

Val McDermid’s highly anticipated 2020 ‘New Blood’ showcase is announced today

 
I’m delighted to share Val McDermid’s highly anticipated 2020 ‘New Blood’ showcase, which is announced today:

Jessica Moor (Keeper)

Deepa Anappara (Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line)

Elizabeth Kay (Seven Lies)

Trevor Wood (The Man on the Street).

T his year, Deepa Anappara has been selected for her part coming-of-age, part detective mystery Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, a heart-breaking and thought-provoking social commentary of modern India’s slums that has been recognised for the Women’s Prize. Elizabeth Kay is on the list for her explosive Seven Lies, taking domestic noir to a whole new level in a deliciously dark blurring of truth and lies, and Jessica Moore is recognised for her brutal and beautiful Keeper, the addictive literary thriller that has had everyone talking. Concluding this year’s New Blood contingent is Trevor Wood and his debut The Man on the Street, a gritty thriller set on the streets of Newcastle.

This annual curation from the ‘queen of crime’ of the hottest debut voices taking the crime and thriller by storm helps readers find new favourites, and gives a platform to new writers, with alumni including Clare Mackintosh, SJ Watson and Stuart MacBride. 

Val McDermid said: “I know exactly what I’m looking for on my quest: fresh and distinctive voices, a well-told, convincing story and the almost indefinable sense that these authors all have much more to say. Deepa, Elizabeth, Jessica and Trevor tick all of these boxes and more, and if this year’s debuts share a theme, it is the irresistible and devastating way in which crime fiction shines a light on our times: homelessness, domestic violence, child trafficking and mental health are all dissected with an unflinching gaze.”

 

Val’s event with these rising stars is traditionally the highlight of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, part of Harrogate International Festivals’ year round programme of events, and as this year’s festival was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the showcase will be streamed on the festival’s HIF Player on what would have been the legendary weekender, Saturday 25 July 2020.

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Book reviews, Contemporary fiction, Novella

If Cats Could Talk Would They Cry? by Anatoli Scholz – Book Review

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One morning Julie wakes up to find herself transformed into a cat. Around her nothing else seems to have changed, her little Parisian studio apartment still smelling of last night’s opened bottle of Bourgogne. The world is still turning. Julie stretches and yawns and decides to take a moment to relax in her new skin. That’s when the knocks on her door begin. They come one at a time, some from her present, some from her past. Friends, family, they all confront the new feline, who has to slowly understand that this new perspective may not allow her to deal with her past as she had done before. She has to decide whether to confront it or escape it all, the city, and any remaining part of her humanity. 

A modern “Metamorphosis” that speaks to the themes of our time: isolation, identity and desperation for connection.

An entertaining novella with a philosophical outlook, If Cats Could Talk… Would They Cry introduces Julie Galles. An introvert in an extrovert’s world, Julia is stuck in a rut, until the day she wakes up as a cat. Can a feline perspective help her to reconnect with humanity?

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MY REVIEW 

One morning Julie wakes up and finds she is now a cat….a little ginger cat with white paws.

There’s no real sense of panic as she settles for a doze…..

Her friend arrives and after a brief faint, she calls Julie’s mother and they take a trip to the park. Here they meet Julie’s sister and park warden, Patrice, as they try to work out how and why Julie is now a cat.

This is a charming read, it’s a short novella but full of gentle philosophy. What it is to be human, what our lives mean to us and how we perceive those close to us.

Lovely illustrations throughout too. A gentle, thought provoking read.

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

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/2YapTCA 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Anatoli Scholz was born in Moscow and raised in the US, Germany and Ireland. He has never lived in one place for more than two years and he speaks seven languages. He currently lives in Spain; before that he lived in Paris, in the very road where this book is set. This is his third book.

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Perfect Lie by Claire Sheldon – Book Review


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What is ‘perfect’ trying to hide?

Jen Garner tries her best to be ‘wife and mother of the year’. She helps organise school plays and accompanies her husband to company dinners, all with a big smile on her face.

But Jen has started to receive strange gifts in the post … first flowers, then a sympathy card.

It could just be a joke; that’s what she tells herself. But then the final ‘gift’ arrives, and Jen has to question why somebody is so intent on shattering her life into pieces …

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MY REVIEW 

Jen has a happy, settled life with her husband and two children, but when she starts to receive odd gifts, flowers and cards anonymously she is worried and scared, someone knows her secret. One day she just walks away and disappears.

Her husband is distraught and reports her missing and the investigation begins. DI Chris Jackson starts the enquiry and uncovers, murders, drugs and so much more…..

I really can’t say much more about the story for fear of spoiling the marvellously twisty and original plot. Perfect Lie is well written with a pace that slowly builds the tale and the tension. Great characters and in depth details of the police, their procedures and the areas of Nottingham and Long Eaton. It’s hard to believe this is Claire Sheldon’s debut novel. I was hooked right from the beginning and loved every minute. A thoroughly engrossing and entertaining read.

Thank you to Claire for an eARC of Perfect Lie. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/3d9tKUC 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Claire lives in Nottingham with her family, a cat called Whiskers and a dog called Podrick.

She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and as a result of the disease had to reduce her hours working in insurance for an Insolvency Insurer. This spare time enabled her to study a creative writing course which inspired her to write her debut, Perfect Lie.

When Claire isn’t working she enjoys reading crime novels and listening to music – the band Jimmy Eat World is her biggest muse! Claire is also an avid reader and book blogger. The inspiration for her novels comes from the hours spent watching The Bill with her grandparents and auntie; then later, Spooks and other detective programmes like Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders.

Book reviews, Murder mystery

River Rats by Andy Griffee – Book Review

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Jack Johnson has a talent for trouble – wherever he goes on his narrowboat, it seems to follow him. Moored up on the River Avon in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Bath, he’s working at the local paper when a prominent magistrate and heritage campaigner is attacked and drowned.

Could it be a serial killer copying the Canal Pusher? Or a biker gang who swore revenge on the magistrate? Against his wishes, Jack is pulled into the investigation by his ambitious editor who wants the scoop.

Jack and his friend, Nina Wilde, have also been drawn into another struggle. The moorings of a small settled boating community sit alongside a huge former industrial site that property developers want to fill with luxury housing. Nearby residents are enlisted to petition against the boat people, and as the campaign spirals out of control, lives are threatened. Who is helping their enemies?

Another gripping tale of corruption and intrigue from the riverbank, full of dark waters and deadly secrets.

Both Canal Pushers (Book 1 in the Johnson & Wilde series) and River Rats are based on real-life crimes across the canal network.

Andy Griffee is an experienced journalist, and available to write features and articles on request.
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MY REVIEW 

Book 2 of the Johnson and Wilde mystery series.

Jack Johnson has now bought Jumping Jack Flash and has settled into life on the canal. He has a new job at a local paper and Nina has settled in Salisbury but regularly returns to visit.

Jack’s neighbours are being offered large sums of money for their moorings by a property developer. When they refuse, a campaign against the river dwellers is raised and things start to get nasty.

When someone is found drowned in the canal, it’s believed to be a copycat of the Canal Pusher, but Jack feels something more sinister is going on and he and Nina are again drawn into a mystery.

Full of tension and action this is a tale of corruption and greed. There are great characters with their very different problems and I love the relationship between Jack and Nina….oh and Eddie obviously. Dark, twisty and utterly gripping from start to finish. Brilliant.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Andy Griffee is a former BBC journalist and media consultant with a fascination for stories. He began his journalism career at the Bath Evening Chronicle, and then spent twenty-five years at the BBC, culminating in his role as Editorial Director of the redevelopment of Broadcasting House. Andy lives in Worcestershire and, when he isn’t writing, rears rare breed pigs, struggles to keep a 1964 Triumph Spitfire on the road and enjoys hiring narrowboats with his wife..

 

@andygriffee @andygriffee

 

Book reviews, Murder mystery

Canal Pushers by Andy Griffee – Book Review

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CANAL PUSHERS

A Johnson & Wilde Mystery #1

Introducing Jack Johnson and Nina Wilde. A chance meeting on the towpath, and trouble seems to follow …

Jack Johnson, ex-journalist, newly divorced and feeling unmoored, has bought a 64-foot narrowboat with absolutely no idea how to captain it. 

So when an attractive stranger takes pity on his dismal attempts and comes aboard to assist him manoeuvre, Jack is only too happy to make her welcome. But it’s soon apparent that Nina is keeping her own secrets and when they stumble into a murder investigation the past begins to intrude. What’s Nina afraid of? And who is stalking the towpaths?

  • Over 50 Amazon 5* reader reviews: “a real page-turner”, “ immersive setting”, “superbly structured”, “vividly described”, “gripped from the start”, “the dark underbelly of canal life” …
  • Perfect for fans of classic crime with a twist: “A welcome new voice in crime fiction imbued with a real sense of place.” Live And Deadly
  • Andy Griffee is an ex-BBC journalist and producer, and a natural and engaging public speaker with events based around ‘Canal Noir’.
  • Atmospheric setting on the British waterways, and thoroughly researched storylines based on real-life tensions facing the canal boat community.

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MY REVIEW 

Set on the Warwickshire canals, Jack Johnson is a journalist and recently divorced from Deb. He’s renting a narrowboat and if he enjoys life on the water he’ll then buy it. An amateur, he arranges for his friend Will to travel with him until he can handle the boat……but Will lets him down.

Frustrated, he’s having a pint and Nina has overheard his conversation and offers to help…..so he now has a travelling companion.

So the pair set off but when a young homeless man they met is found drowned in the canal the mystery begins. There maybe a serial killer pushing people into the canal and drowning them.

I love the writing style of Andy Griffee, the sense of place is stunning and the descriptions of Jumping Jack Flash and life on the water is just perfect. The relationship between Jack and the quiet but forthright Nina is just a pleasure to read.

With its dark and twisty plot, some seriously chilling chapters from the killers perspective makes this a thoroughly entertaining read 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 an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Andy Griffee is a former BBC journalist and media consultant with a fascination for stories. He began his journalism career at the Bath Evening Chronicle, and then spent twenty-five years at the BBC, culminating in his role as Editorial Director of the redevelopment of Broadcasting House. Andy lives in Worcestershire and, when he isn’t writing, rears rare breed pigs, struggles to keep a 1964 Triumph Spitfire on the road and enjoys hiring narrowboats with his wife..

@andygriffee @andygriffee

 

Audiobook, Book reviews, Domestic noir

Little Whispers by K.L. Slater – Audiobook Review

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You shared a secret with the wrong person.  

Janey Markham is thrilled to be moving with her family to Buckingham Crescent, the smartest address in a desirable suburban town. 

Worried she’ll be excluded by the glossy local mothers, Janey is thrilled when she meets Tanya, the kind of woman she has always looked up to. Tanya takes Janey under her wing and her teenage daughter, Angel, is amazing with Janey’s little boy. As Janey and Tanya grow closer, Janey feels she can finally leave her troubled past behind.  

But then everything changes…. 

In a weak moment over a bottle of wine, Janey finds herself telling Tanya her most shocking secret. Why wouldn’t she trust her new friend?  

The following day, Janey sees Angel, with a man old enough to be her father, pushing someone into a car. The next day a body is found, and police appeal for witnesses – and share a picture of the same car…. 

When Janey tells Tanya she is going to the police, Tanya turns threatening. She’ll stop at nothing to defend Angel, even if her daughter is guilty. If Janey says anything, Tanya will make sure that her dark secret gets out. Janey faces an impossible choice. Stay quiet about what she saw that terrible day or speak up and destroy the family she has worked so hard to protect…

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MY REVIEW 

The first half of Little Whispers is about Janey’s life. A new home, her husband has a new job which will ease their financial worries and their young son, Roman is starting a new school. But Janey has a secret….

She becomes friends with one of the other mums, Tanya and after a little wine tells her the secret.

But, Janey’s  husband seems to be changing, he’s a bit moody and his behaviour seems a bit odd too.

Then Janey sees someone being forced into a car by Tanya’s daughter and an older man. When a body is discovered she speaks to Tanya, but she threatens to tell Janey’s secret to everyone if she goes to the police.

Will Janey go to the police with what she’d seen and risk her family falling apart?

This has a slow pace as it builds the background to Janey’s life and family. She’s a bit insecure and has always tried to fit in, but there’s the secret and a few twists to make this an entertaining, engaging tale. Beautifully read by Lucy Price-Lewis who, for me, brought this to life.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, to listen to the audiobook and for the promotional material. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Available from Audible.co.uk

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of twelve psychological crime thrillers. THE APARTMENT, will be published in -April 2020 by Thomas and Mercer and is now available for pre-order. 

Kim’s titles are also published by Bookouture, Audible and are available in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband.(Courtesy of Goodreads). 

 

About Audible

 

Among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson and Jesse Eisenberg. Audible Studios has won a Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and has also been recognised with the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. Audible invented and commercialised the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. On average, Audible members listen to Audible content for 2 hours a day. In 2018, Audible customers downloaded nearly 3 billion hours of content

 

Book reviews, Extract, Thriller

No One Will Hear Your Screams by Thomas O’Callaghan – * EXCERPT*

Here’s an excerpt from the suspense thriller No One Will Hear Your Screams by Thomas O’Callaghan ( my review will follow in a day or so)….

 

Excerpted from No One Will Hear Your Screams. Copyright © 2020 by Thomas

 

O’Callaghan. All rights reserved. Published by WildBlue Press.

Pearsol opened the mortuary cooler and pulled out the stainless steel tray supporting the victim. “Lieutenant, meet Jane Doe,” he said sliding the woman’s bloated body under Driscoll’s gaze. “Harbor Patrol fished her out of the muck.  I’d say she was a feast for the gulls for a day. Maybe two.”
“What’s that smell?  Paint thinner?”
“Phenol.”  
“She was doused in phenol?”
“Injected.”
Driscoll’s eyes narrowed.
“The complete autopsy will fill in the blanks, but I’d bet my pension I already know what killed her.  The who, and the why, I’ll leave to you.”  Pearsol handed the preliminary lab report to Driscoll.  It identifies a mixture of substances inside her vascular system.  
“Phenol, formaldehyde and Chloride of Zinc?”  Driscoll looked perplexed. 
“The same Chloride of Zinc they put in dry cell batteries?” 
Pearsol nodded. “There’s three more.”
“Myrrh, aloe and cassia,” Driscoll read aloud.  “That’s a strange mix.”  He glanced at Pearsol, who nodded.  “Says here you drained 851 milliliters from her circulatory system.  What’s that?  About two pints?”
“Just under.”
“A body contains five to six quarts of blood.  So the rest of this mixture?”
“Still in her.”     
Using his finger, Driscoll pushed back a lock of the victim’s hair. “What could you have done to warrant this?” he whispered, eyes on the corpse.
 
“Right now the unofficial cause of death is phenol poisoning by arterial injection.  Familiar with the German word, ‘abgespritzt’, Lieutenant?”
“No.”
“Abgespritzt was a method of genocide favored by the Nazis in the early 1940s.  Hitler’s henchmen delivered instantaneous death by injecting 15 milliliters of phenol directly into the heart.”
“What kind of syringe injects six quarts?”  
“More than likely he used a centrifugal pump.  And he knew what he was doing.” Pearsol pointed to the side of the victim’s neck, where a semi- translucent latex adhesive covered a two inch stretch of rippled flesh between the carotid artery and the jugular vein.  “An extreme method of murder, Lieutenant.  He arterially embalmed her.”
Driscoll winced.               
“There’s more.”  The M.E. produced a transparent evidence bag containing a locket.  It was an inch in diameter and featured Saint Vitalis of Gaza; his name etched in a half circle below his likeness.  “I found it under her tongue.  Someone apparently placed it there before suturing the tongue to the floor of her mouth.”
“What’s that about?” Driscoll wondered aloud.
“Good question.  I’m not familiar with that saint.  You?”
“She‘s the patron saint of prostitutes.”
“Well, there’s a lead.  Oh, and there’s one other bit of information you’re sure to find intriguing.  The myrrh, aloe, and cassia injected with the embalming fluid were once embalming solutions on their own.  Sort of.”
“Sort of?”
“They were the purifying fragrances applied to the linens that wrapped the crucified Christ before he was laid in his tomb.”

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About the Author:
Thomas O’Callaghan’s work has been translated for publication in Germany, Slovakia, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China, and Italy. As an internationally acclaimed author, Mr. O’Callaghan is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers associations. A native of New York City and a graduate of Richmond College, Mr. O’Callaghan resides with his lovely wife, Eileen, a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful Belle Harbor, New York. 
His debut novel BONE THIEF introduces NYPD Homicide Commander Lieutenant John W. Driscoll. THE SCREAMING ROOM is the second in the John Driscoll series. The third book in the series, NO ONE WILL HEAR YOUR SCREAMS, is now available from WildBlue Press. For more information, please visit https://thomasocallaghan.com

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Book reviews, Contemporary fiction

The Truants by Kate Weinberg – Book Review

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 People disappear when they most want to be seen.

Jess Walker, middle child of a middle-class family, has perfected the art of vanishing in plain sight. But when she arrives at a concrete university campus under flat, grey, East Anglian skies, her world flares with colour.

Drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule breakers – led by their maverick teacher, Lorna Clay – Jess begins to experiment with a new version of herself. But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken as they share secrets, lovers and finally a tragedy. Soon Jess is thrown up against the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?
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MY REVIEW

The Truants is told from Jess’s perspective, as the quiet, grey mouse arrives at university, meets her literary idol, Lorna Clay and she begins to reinvent herself. 

This is a coming of age drama as Jess finds her way and builds friendships, but it’s also a tale of obsession and it’s consequences. There’s sex, drugs, alcohol all part of  the life at university, but at what cost?

I love how the characters interacted and Jess’s inner thoughts brought an emotional edge to the story. Beautifully written with a slightly oppressive atmosphere, it reminded me of Fay Welton’s novels and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

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

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2YpVL59

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Kate Weinberg was born and lives in London. She studied English at Oxford and creative writing in East Anglia. She has worked as a slush pile reader, a bookshop assistant, a journalist and a ghost writer. The Truants is her first novel.