blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Slow Slicing by Tony J. Forder – Book Review

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The bestselling author of the compelling DI Bliss crime series is back with another stunning novel.

WHEN DEATH BECOMES THE KINDEST CUT OF ALL

When slices of flesh and body parts are discovered in different areas of the country, DI Bliss and his team are tasked with running the operation. After Bliss realises the victims have been subjected to a specific form of torture, it leads him to a cold case involving the brutal and bloody murder of a woman in London twenty-six years earlier.

As the team discover links between their victims, the murdered woman, and gangland crime, they begin a dangerous investigation into both the past and the present. But Bliss is stumped, unable to decide if the current spate of mutilations are acts of revenge or the result of ageing criminals seeking to hide their despicable actions. Following a leak to the media, Bliss’s reaction may have dire consequences.

With the hunt for the victims at fever point, Bliss uncovers evidence steering him in the direction of one particular individual. The only problem being, his prime suspect is the one person it cannot possibly be. When Bliss orders a sting operation, the astonishing truth is revealed. And that’s when things really start to go wrong…

The stunning DI Bliss series of fast-paced police thrillers will appeal to fans of authors like Michael Connelly, Joy Ellis, Peter James, Robert Bryndza and Angela Marsons. Tony J Forder is also the bestselling author of Degrees of Darkness, Scream Blue Murder and Cold Winter Sun.

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MY REVIEW 

#7 in the DI Bliss series, it can be read as a stand-alone, but you are missing out on a great series,  But then I have read a few and I’m a fan. 

Bliss receives a call from an old colleague, now Superintendent Pete Conway, when a bag of human remains are found…..Bliss was already investigating a similar case. When further body parts are found, Bliss is put in charge of the investigation.

Well, this is a dark and gruesome case for Jimmy Bliss, it’s so well plotted you’re never quite sure where it’s heading, but as the suspense builds the twists keep you guessing. I think this is my favourite in the series…….so far!!

Brilliantly dark and utterly compelling.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Tony J Forder is the author of the bestselling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first six books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, If Fear Wins, The Reach of Shadows, The Death of Justice, and Endless Silent Scream, will be joined on 10 August 2020 by Slow Slicing, and in December by the DI Bliss prequel novella, Bliss Uncovered.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone serial-killer novel. Scream Blue Murder, an action-adventure thriller, was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. The sequel, Cold Winter Sun, was published in November 2018.

In November, Tony will release a new standalone suspense thriller set in California, called Fifteen Coffins.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently editing a new novel, and has also started on Bliss #7, Slow Slicing.

 

Links

 

Website: https://www.tonyjforder.com/

 

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

 

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

 

Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B01N4BPT65

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16166122.Tony_J_Forder

 

Fantastic Fiction: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/f/tony-j-forder/

 

Tony can also be found on Instagram.

 

Book reviews, True Crime

No Angels by Steve Jackson – Book Review


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A little before midnight on May 30, 1997, fourteen-year-old Brandy DuVall waited at a bus stop in the Denver area for a ride back to her grandparents’ home after spending the evening at a friend’s home. She was wearing a bright-red Chicago Bulls jersey bearing the number of her favorite player, Michael Jordan.

It was the shirt, a favorite of the Bloods gang, that attracted the five young gang members in the car that circled the block and came back to where she stood. Why Brandy got in the car that night would remain an unanswered question. Was it voluntary? Was she abducted?

Whatever the answer, the consequence was an unimaginable nightmare of torture, rape and murder at the hands of a vicious Denver street gang, particularly “Pancho,” a violent psychopath, and other members of the Deuce-Seven. The crime, the investigation, the betrayals and deals cut with the devil, and the subsequent court cases, including four murder trials and two death penalty hearings, tore apart families, and affected all who were caught up in the brutal crime and its aftermath.

Now, twenty years after he first wrote about this horrific true crime, New York Times bestselling author Steve Jackson returns with NO ANGELS, a gripping narrative delving into the circumstances that would forever change the fate of Brandy, two previously inseparable brothers, and the mothers who sat on opposite sides of the courtroom and yet shared a common grief.

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MY REVIEW 

Brandaline (Brandy) Rose DuVall was 14 when she died. She had been raped, tortured and stabbed multiple times. Those responsible were members of a street gang in Denver.

This is the true story of an horrific murder, but it’s also the story of the effects this horrific and brutal murder had on Brandy’s family and friends, and the families of the young men responsible. 

No Angels tells of these gang members’ early lives and how they got drawn in to gang culture.

The excellent writing by Steve Jackson really brings to light just how many people are affected by this violent crime and its aftermath. It gives an emotive depth to a true crime story. 

Thank you to Natalie at Wild Blue Press for an acopy of No Angels. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

blog tour, Book reviews, Non fiction

The Twins Of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor – Book Review

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Eva Mozes Kor has written a very moving and vivid account of an extraordinary and horrific experience. It is an important document showing the strength of the human spirit and the capacity to forgive. She should be commended for having the courage to write about her traumatic childhood, leading to the forgiveness that freed her from hatred and brought her peace. May it inspire others to emulate her.’ – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz.

Within thirty minutes, they were separated. Her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, while Eva and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man who became known as the Angel of Death: Dr. Josef Mengele. They were 10 years old.

 

THE NAZIS SPARED THEIR LIVES BECAUSE THEY WERE TWINS.

 

While twins at Auschwitz were granted the ‘privileges’ of keeping their own clothes and hair, they were also subjected to Mengele’s sadistic medical experiments. They were forced to fight daily for their own survival, and many died as a result of the experiments, or from the disease and hunger rife in the concentration camp.

Publishing for the first time in the UK in the year that marks the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, The Twins of Auschwitz shares the inspirational story of a child’s endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.

Also included is an epilogue on Eva’s incredible recovery and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and worked toward goals of forgiveness, peace, and the elimination of hatred and prejudice in the world.

“This remarkable story is an important entry point in the teaching of Holocaust History and the many issues which emerge from it, not least of all the triumph of the human spirit.” – Richard Freedman, National Director, South African Holocaust Foundation
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MY REVIEW 

Eva was 10 years old when her and her family were taken from their home and sent to the infamous Auschwitz. Her mother, father and two of her sisters did not survive, but Eva and her sister, Miriam did……they were twins and Josef Mengele wanted twins for his experiments…..

The Twins Of Auschwitz is written from Eva’s perspective, the language is simple and uncomplicated and that really makes the events she had to experience all the more horrific and inhuman.

Her experiences are real.

The courage of these young girls is an inspiration and also heartbreaking as no one should have been in this situation at all. What human beings can do to one another…….I have no words for.

This is a tale of survival, to hear the experiences these young girls had to endure is a true horror story, it’s an incredible, inspiring and heart rending tale. 

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/33CbL8i

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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EVA MOZES KOR was a resident of Terre Haute, Indiana. Following her survival of Auschwitz, she became a recognised speaker, both nationally and internationally, on topics related to the Holocaust and social justice. Eva created the CANDLES organisation in 1985 to locate other Mengele twins and found 122 twins across the world. Ten years later, she opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum to educate the public about the historic event she survived. A community leader, champion of human rights, and tireless educator, Eva has been covered in numerous media outlets and is the subject of a documentary, Forgiving Dr. Mengele. She passed away in 2019. 

blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Supernatural

Mime by Chrissey Harrison – Book Review

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There’s a supernatural killer on the loose…

Elliot Cross didn t believe in monsters. At least, not until his brother died at the hands of something unnatural.

Four years later and a string of impossible deaths leave the police baffled. Consumed by a desire to shine a journalistic light on the supernatural world, Elliot sees a chance to make a difference. Enlisting the help of his (only) employee, Samantha, he quickly identifies the culprit, a demonic mime artist whose invisible creations are fatally real.

Way out of his depth, Elliot s only hope is renowned demon hunter Gabriel Cushing. But tracking down Gabriel is only the beginning. The search for a way to end the demon forever will take Elliot and Sam across the country, uncovering lost history, buried secrets, and a few new truths about themselves.

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MY REVIEW 

Elliot is a journalist, he runs Weird News and investigates the odd and unexplained with the help of his assistant, Sam.

Sam has a bit of a thing for Elliot, and so she keeps an eye on him, making sure he eats, sleeps and takes care of himself. Elliot is a damaged man, dealing with the grief and feelings of guilt after the death of his brother.

A recent spate of odd deaths, an invisible bullet, drowning on dry land and more, these come to Elliot and Sam’s attention and so they begin to investigate, but they end up in danger too, as the Mime knows who they are!

Mime is a supernatural horror that’s gripping from start to finish, with creepy gruesome deaths, demons and a portal to Hell, this really is a goosebumpy read. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who loves a dark, supernatural horror.

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/31otpcR

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author of supernatural thrillers and other spec genre fiction.

What can you expect from my books? Monsters, magic, action and adventure, and fragile human characters trying to muddle through as best they can. They make mistakes and bad choices sometimes, and they have to learn to recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and turn to their friends and loved ones for help and support.

My debut novel, “Mime”, released June 2020. Working on this book has been an epic 10 year journey learning how to be a writer. Although Mime was my first project, it has routinely been on the back burner while I worked on other projects. You can discover the published ones in the books section of my website, and novelette “The Star Coin Prophecy” is available as a free download for subscribers.

Subscribe to my newsletter for free bonus content: https://bit.ly/3d3ar0k

 

FIND ME:

Website: http://chrisseyharrison.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/chrisseywrites

Facebook: http://facebook.com/authorchrisseyharrison

 

I’m a science geek, gamer, fan of sci-fi and fantasy, and wearer of many hats. Metaphorical hats, that is, not so much real hats. At the moment I mostly wear my writer hat, my designer and my crafter hat. I also used to wear my film maker hat when producing movies with my amazing colleagues over at The Great Escape.

 

I live in Clevedon in a creaky old Victorian terrace with my partner and my 17 year-old goldfish Ambition. One day I will own a cat… one day.

Book reviews, Children’s fiction

The Story Of Babushka by Catherine Flores – Book Review

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Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers. But there is a hurdle to overcome before all of the bodies can reunite and return to the forest.

 

WHAT IS A BABUSHKA?

The Babushka doll, also known as a “Matryoshka” or “Russian Nesting Doll”, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolize Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women. 

This is the story of one very special doll, with five bodies that together make the Babushka: There was the outermost body, Antonia. She was pure beauty and everyone who saw her raved about her good looks. Beneath that body of beauty hid the second body, Loretta, who was richly adorned. She wore gold ornaments, and her robe was decorated with many different gems that glittered like the ocean on a sunny day. Hidden within the rich body was Paula the body that held all the talents. Whatever Paula did, she was sure to succeed. She knew how to work and always did so with joy and determination. Under the shell of the talented body was Viola, the body of wisdom. Viola knew a lot about the world and learned very quickly. She was always full of brilliant ideas and had clever solutions for every problem. The last body, the innermost and smallest of all, was Mary, the embodiment of love. Mary had a compassionate heart and was very helpful. She had the special ability to dry tears and mend broken hearts. All these bodies together formed the beautiful Babushka.

Reading this book, your child will learn about:

 

– The value of friendship and love.

– That financial wealth alone cannot make someone happy.

– Not to judge outer appearance.

– To recognize their value and much more

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MY REVIEW 

The Story of Babushka is the tale of Babushka who sends her 5 inner dolls out into the world. Each has a distinct trait, there’s beauty, wealth, talent, wisdom and love. They are each looking for their place in the world.

This beautifully illustrated book really shows how each person is made of many layers and not just one characteristic.

A middle grade story with a simple yet important message…..you are a complex being and all the more beautiful as a result. A truly delightful read.

Thank you to Catherine Flores for an eARC of The Story Of Babushka. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/39YlW8e 

Interactive website at http://www.thestoryofbabushka.com

Book reviews, Contemporary fiction, Family drama

Everyone Dies Famous by Len Joy – Book Review


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As a tornado threatens their town, a stubborn old man who has lost his son teams up with a troubled young soldier to deliver a jukebox to the wealthy developer having an affair with the soldier’s wife.

It’s July 2003 and the small town of Maple Springs, Missouri is suffering through a month-long drought. Dancer Stonemason, a long-forgotten hometown hero still grieving over the death of his oldest son, is moving into town to live with his more dependable younger son. He hires Wayne Mesirow, an Iraq war veteran, to help him liquidate his late son’s business.

The heat wave breaks and the skies darken. Dancer tries to settle an old score while Wyne discovers the true cost of his wife’s indifference and turns his thoughts to revenge. When the tornado hits Maple Springs, only one of the men will make it out alive.

“Everyone Dies Famous” is a story from the heartland about the uncommon lives of everyday people – the choices they make, how they live their lives, and how they die.

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MY REVIEW 

Everyone Dies Famous is the story of Dancer Stonemason, he is grieving the death of his son Clayton and is a bit distant with his other son.

A tornado is heading for the small town of Maple Spring, unknown to the inhabitants.

In this small town, everyone knows each other’s business, they remember your past, your mistakes and failures and they don’t let Dancer forget. But it’s also the tale of kindness, family, tragedy and redemption. It paints a picture of life in a small town with great characters and all their quirks. Beautifully written and full of emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you to Anna at FSB Associates for an eARC of Everyone Dies Famous. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/2Pq24RW

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

His first novel, AMERICAN PAST TIME was published in 2014. KIRKUS praised it as a “darkly nostalgic study of an American family through good times and bad, engagingly set against major events from the ‘50s to the ‘70s as issues of race simmer in the background…expertly written and well-crafted.”

His second novel, BETTER DAYS (2018) was described by FOREWORD Reviews as “a bighearted, wry, and tender novel that focuses on love and loyalty.” KIRKUS called it “a character-rich skillfully plotted Midwestern drama.”

 

AMERICAN PAST TIME and BETTER DAYS were awarded the Gold and Silver Medals respectively in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Award Contest.

Today, Len is a nationally ranked triathlete and competes internationally representing the United States as part of TEAM USA.

His three kids (a son and two daughters) have grown up and moved away, although the daughters return frequently to Evanston to do their laundry and get legal advice from their mother.

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blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Dance With The Reaper by Wes Markin – Book Review

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How do you stop a perfect killer?

After the terrible events of the past year, DCI Yorke’s team are on the verge of finding peace. But after a terrifying act of violence shatters their equilibrium, they are forced to dance with a skilled assassin who knows no equal.

After it becomes clear that this hitman is connected to the most shadowy of criminal organisations, Yorke is forced to dive into his own past, and face a future in which he is either alone, or dead.

Can Yorke and those he holds dearest survive the Reaper? Or will this be one dance too many?

“An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers. Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction, and I can’t wait to see more of Detective Yorke.” – Bestselling Crime Author Stephen Booth

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MY REVIEW 

Dance With The Reaper is #5 in the series featuring DCI Yorke series, it can be read as a stand-alone but it has a few references to previous novels in the series so you may miss a little continuity.

Here, DCI Michael Yorke is back in the thick of a new case….a sadistic hired killer is torturing his victims before he kills them…..can Yorke catch The Reaper before anyone else dies?

If you like a thriller on the dark side, you’ll love this. It’s dark, disturbing and macabre and as Yorke races against time to catch a killer, your heart races along with him. Fast paced and utterly unputdownable.

Thank you to Caroline at CazVin Books for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eCopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.
Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/2Prenxj

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.

Having finished the fifth instalment in the DCI Yorke series, Dance with the Reaper, Wes is now working on the sixth instalment of DCI Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

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blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Her Husband’s Grave by P L Kane – Book Review

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A hint of gold glistened in the sand. It was a watch, no doubt about it. A watch… attached to a body.
Criminal psychologist Robyn Adams is at breaking point after her last case resulted in an attempt on her own life. But as she sits in the car about to head home, her phone rings. It’s Robyn’s cousin, Vicky Carter, who she hasn’t seen or heard from in years.
Vicky’s voice cracks down the phone. Her husband, Simon, has been found buried on Golden Sands beach. Desperate to help and determined not to let her last case get the better of her, Robyn returns to the coastal village where she spent summers with Vicky as a child.
Robyn knows that she has let Vicky down in the past and is set on making up for lost time. Throwing herself into the case, she combs through evidence, intent on discovering a lead that will help the local police.
But there is clearly someone who wants Robyn gone. She is convinced someone is watching her and when she begins to receive threatening notes, Robyn knows that she could be risking her life…
But Robyn won’t leave again – she owes it to Vicky to stay.
In this brilliant thriller, Paul’s ability to bring together a captivating plot and compelling characters shines through, pulling you in so deep, you won’t want to come up for air.

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MY REVIEW
Robyn Adams is a clinical psychologist, she’s on a break recovering from events during her last case. She receives a call from her cousin, Vicky. Her husband has just been found dead.
So, Robyn rushes to the area to help Vicky and find out what had happened to Simon.
But, it’s not that easy as she begins to investigate she receives threatening notes…now her life is in danger. But why?
Can she find out who killed Simon before it’s too late?
Her Husband’s Grave is a twisty, intense psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page….utterly gripping.
Thank you to P L Kane and HQ Digital for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Her Husband’s Grave. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3k8SvF5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

P.L. KANE is the pseudonym of a #1 bestselling and award-winning author and editor, who has had over a hundred books published in the fields of SF, YA and Horror/Dark Fantasy. In terms of crime fiction, previous books include the novel Her Last Secret, the collection Nailbiters and the anthology Exit Wounds, which contains stories by the likes of Lee Child, Dean Koontz, Val McDermid and Dennis Lehane. Kane has been a guest at many events and conventions, and has had work optioned and adapted for film and television (including by Lions Gate/NBC, for primetime US network TV). Several of Kane’s stories have been turned into short movies and Loose Canon Films/Hydra Films have just adapted ‘Men of the Cloth’ into a feature, The Colour of Madness. Kane’s audio drama work for places such as Bafflegab and Spiteful Puppet/ITV features the acting talents of people like Tom Meeten (The Ghoul), Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who/Shetland), Alice Lowe (Prevenge) and Ian Ogilvy (Return of the Saint). Visit http://www.plkane.com for more details.

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller

Snatched From Home by Graham Smith – Book Review

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Middle-class parents Victoria and Nicholas Foulkes are distraught when their children are kidnapped against Nicholas’ gambling debts. Penniless and desperate the couple turn to crime as a way to raise the ransom. 

Hot on their heels is recently bereaved DI Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team. Evans is fighting against enforced retirement and his replacement – DI John Campbell – is foisted upon him along with other cases. If he must leave the police then he wants one last big case before he goes. 

In a race against time Victoria and Nicholas must evade the police while continuing to add to the ransom fund. If they don’t pay up on time the kidnappers have threatened to amputate their children’s limbs with an oxy-acetylene torch. 

Can they save their children before time runs out?

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MY REVIEW 

Victoria and Nicholas’ two children have been abducted by a ruthless gang, they are demanding the repayment of Nicholas’ gambling debts within a week……or the children will suffer.

But even after selling their possessions they do not have enough….so with no other option they turn to crime…..they need money fast.

Meantime, DI Harry Evans is due to retire, much to the relief of the senior officers in charge….he’s as un-pc as they come and doesn’t always stick to the rules or the law for that matter to catch the criminals. His humour brings a lighter note to this tense tale though.

Harry is working on his last case, a spate of robberies and thefts…..this eventually leads him to Victoria and Nicholas and he learns of their kidnapped children, but he has a plan to rescue them…..will he manage in time?

This is a fast paced, heart pounding thriller that keeps you on your toes. With great characters and a twisty, nerve wracking plot to keep you hooked from the very start. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a copy of Snatched From Home. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

 

Audiobook, blog tour, Book reviews, Murder mystery, Science fiction

Clockwork Sherlock by Ian W. Sainsbury – Audiobook Review

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A thrilling new adventure featuring literature’s favourite detective like you’ve never seen him before. The first in a series, Clockwork Sherlock follows ex-soldier Captain Jo Barnes. The mysterious VR detective singles her out as his own Dr Watson, but he’s about to find out she’s no fawning sidekick. 

When tech giant Robert Fairfield is found dead of a suspected drug overdose, fingers are pointed at the two women who stood most to gain from his death: his fiancée and leader of the New Ludds, Greta Blackstone, and Beth Fairchild, Robert’s ambitious daughter. But when Beth is found dead and the evidence shows she was killed before her father, the suspect is obvious. To everyone, that is, except Sherlock Holmes. 

Using futuristic tech and good, old-fashioned sleuthing, Captain Barnes and the famed detective set out to find the killer. With rooftop pursuits, gangland bosses and plenty of action – this listen is sure to appeal to fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Paul Cornell and Jim Butcher.

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MY REVIEW 

Jo  Barnes an ex-soldier wakes to find herself in a room she doesn’t know, it’s Victorian in style, an old slipper is on the mantelpiece and bullet holes in the wall. Oh and she has a moustache!

Then the famously fictitious Sherlock Holmes speaks to her. Jo quickly realises she is in a VR world, she has heard of this new tech and the ‘clockwork’ sherlock and believed it to be an aid to solving crimes, she wasn’t aware how real Sherlock seems. But why is she here?

Well, a tech creator has been found dead of an overdose, but there are suspicions this was not a suicide and there are two suspects. But when one of these two are murdered, Sherlock has already deduced the killer. With Jo’s help they set out to prove it.

Clockwork Sherlock has the soul of the original Conan Doyle’s tales, but with modern and futuristic tech. It has the famous sleuthing but Jo’s Dr Watson brings a modern edge. With lots of puzzles and action this clever, well plotted tale is Beautifully read by Shvorne Marks and perfect for any fan of Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed every minute.

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

 

An Audible Original and only available from Audible

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Ian W Sainsbury is a musician, composer, writer, comedian and puppet wrangler (yes, that’s a real job). Obviously, he doesn’t know what to do when he grows up and – now that he’s in his forties – he’s resigned to the fact that he probably never will.

 

His first novel was published in 2016. 

blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Resident by David Jackson – Book Review

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Thomas Brogan is a serial killer, and he has nowhere left to hide. At least until he finds an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he discovers that he can access three other houses through the attic space, the real fun begins. Because the one thing that Brogan enjoys even more than killing, is playing games with his victims. And his new neighbours have more than enough dark secrets to make this game his best one yet..

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MY REVIEW 

The Resident is the terrifying and so, so creepy tale of Thomas Brogan, a serial killer in the UK.

Brogan is on the run after his latest kills, the police now know who he is, so he takes refuge in an abandoned terraced house. As he discusses everything with his inner voice, his constant companion, he decides to look in the loft.

He finds, to his absolute joy, the four terraced houses share the loft space!

He watches the residents of the houses as he gets to learn their secrets…..he also waits till some leave the house so he can enter their homes, eat, shower and rummage through their possessions……he has a game to play…….who will he choose?


Will it be the elderly Elsie, deaf, ill and confused?

Will it be Janice and Brian, the bickering couple?

Will it be Collette and Martyn, both with secrets?

 

As Brogan secretly watches them all the tension builds…..

 

The Resident is terrifying……and disturbing….and creepy.  It races by as you watch and wonder what Brogan will do next….(glancing at the loft door wondering whether to put bolts on it….just to make sure……! the loft hatch in my home is in my bedroom and that really didn’t help me sleep!!!).

While Brogan is undoubtedly evil, you do feel sorry for him at times too, all credit to David Jackson’s clever writing. It’s dark, terrifying and utterly gripping from start to finish. I loved every minute.

Thank you to Rachel for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Resident. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link..https://amzn.to/33hsuNT

 

Book reviews, Mystery

Gaijin by Sarah Z. Sleeper – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Japanese word gaijin means “unwelcome foreigner.” It’s not profanity, but is sometimes a slur directed at non-Japanese people in Japan. My novel is called Gaijin…

Lucy is a budding journalist at Northwestern University and she’s obsessed with an exotic new student, Owen Ota, who becomes her lover and her sensei. When he disappears without explanation, she’s devastated and sets out to find him. On her three-month quest across Japan she finds only snippets of the elegant culture Owen had described. Instead she faces anti-U.S. protests, menacing street thugs and sexist treatment, and she winds up at the base of Mt. Fuji, in the terrifying Suicide Forest. Will she ever find Owen? Will she be driven back to the U.S.? Gaijin is a coming-of-age story about a woman who solves a heartbreaking mystery that alters the trajectory of her life.

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MY REVIEW 

Lucy meets a Japanese student, Owen Ota while studying journalism. Their relationship grows until one day, Owen just disappears.

So, Lucy is determined to find him and travels to Japan. She finds a job in Okinawa and begins her search.

It’s here she finds the real Japan and its culture but she is a gaijin, a foreigner.

Gaijin is a beautifully written tale of cultural and racial differences, but it’s also about acceptance and history (sometimes brutal) it also tells of violence and protests against the US too. In Japan, Lucy grows, she finds who she really is. It’s full of emotion and stunning descriptions of Japan itself. A thoughtful and thought provoking read.

Thank you to Anna at FSB Associates for an eARC of Gaijin. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Sarah Z. Sleeper is an ex-journalist with an MFA in creative writing. Gaijin is her first novel. Her short story, “A Few Innocuous Lines,” won an award from Writer’s Digest. Her non-fiction essay, “On Getting Vivian,” was published in The Shanghai Literary Review. Her poetry was published in A Year in Ink, San Diego Poetry Annual and Painters & Poets, and exhibited at the Bellarmine Museum. In the recent past she was an editor at New Rivers Press, and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Mason’s Road. She completed her MFA at Fairfield University in 2012. Prior to that she had a twenty-five-year career as a business writer and technology reporter and won three journalism awards and a fellowship at the National Press Foundation