Audiobook, blog tour, Book reviews, True Crime

No Ceremony For The Dead by Shane Dunphy – Audiobook Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

‘I know I has special needs. So does Stanley and Francis and Billy and Josh. People don’t listen to us, ’cause they thinks we’re thick in our heads.’

Charlie works at St Patrick’s residential home, where the walls are so thick no one can hear you cry. He’s asking child protection expert Shane Dunphy for help, before someone gets murdered. Charlie tells him of mistreatment, brutality and random cruelty, and now Maisie, his girlfriend, a resident at the home, has gone missing. When Shane finds out what has happened to Maisie, he knows he’s uncovered a world of trouble.

Shane works his connections and, together with the ingenuity of the care home residents, attempts to subvert and infiltrate the system and bring the guilty to justice.

MY REVIEW 

No Ceremony For The Dead is #3 in the Stories from the Margins series.

It tells of Shane Dunphy’s real experiences as a child protection expert in Ireland. 

This is the story of St Patrick’s residential home. A home to care and protect vulnerable adults with complex needs. 

When young Charlie tells Shane of abuse at the home, he knows he needs to look into it further.

This is not an easy listen at times due to the subject matter, the systematic abuse of the vulnerable by people in positions of trust, it’s harrowing and anger inducing and is still being kept quiet…..an utterly compelling listen.

Shane narrates his story himself, with occasional looks at historic crimes and even folk tales which give a real sense of place. I have listened to the two previous books in this series and this is a great addition to the series. A heartbreaking look into the dark past of Ireland’s care of the vulnerable. 

Thank you to Ben at Midas PR for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an audio copy of No Ceremony For The Dead.

Available exclusively at Audible.co.uk

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Evil Impulse by Leigh Russell – Book Review

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Living with her colleague and long time love interest, Detective Inspector Ian Peterson, it seems that Geraldine Steel has finally found happiness. But life is never that simple.

As a psychopath starts killing random women on the streets of York, Geraldine is abducted by a drugs syndicate who have been threatening her sister. Geraldine has everything to fight for, and her life is on the line…

MY REVIEW 

Evil Impulse is #15 in the Geraldine Steel series and finally Geraldine and Ian are a couple….but only they know.

As always there’s a spanner in the works….

Here, York police are investigating a spate of women being murdered, all the while Geraldine is dealing with her sister and her problems,

This is a police procedural with a strong central character in Geraldine Steel, she’s committed to her job, but also to her family and personal life, so you get crime fiction and a family drama. It’s well paced with marvellously well rounded characters and a clever plot that make this another thriller of a read from Leigh Russell. 

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Evil Impulse.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3py90wK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi, Class Murder, Death Rope, Rogue Killer, Deathly Affair and Deadly Revenge. The series has sold over a million copies worldwide. Cut Short was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association (CWA) John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes with Stop Dead and Murder Ring selected as finalists for The People’s Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award judging panel and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.

blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse – Book Review

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An imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when she receives an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does her brother, Isaac.

And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

But no-one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they’re all in…

MY REVIEW 

Set in the Swiss Alps, Elin and her boyfriend Will are staying in the newly opened and luxury hotel, Le Sommet. Isolated, this hotel has been converted from an old sanatorium. It has an eerie feel to it which sets Elin on edge.

Elin’s brother Issac works there and has just got engaged to Laure. Then one night Laure goes missing. Issac is frantic but Elin believes he knows more than he is saying due to events in their past.

Then a body is found.

Now in the midst of a snowstorm and an avalanche has blocked the road, the police are unable to reach them and so Elin, a police officer in the UK begins an investigation. All the while dealing with PTSD and problems of her own,

This really is a chilling, psychological thriller with a sense of tension and foreboding from the very start. The descriptions of the hotel alone give it a real sense of an almost claustrophobic menace and the cold seems to seep off the very pages.

The characters are well rounded and engaging, with its twisty, clever plot this really is unputdownable. Any fan of psychological thrillers is going to love this, a definite must read. Just brilliant and I loved every minute.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of The Sanatorium.

PREORDER HERE :  https://amzn.to/3iO4kAB

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of household brands. After moving to Switzerland in her twenties, she spent every spare moment exploring the mountains and still has a home in the Swiss Alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her novel. Sarah has always been drawn to the dark and creepy – remote spaces and abandoned places – so when she read an article in a local Swiss magazine about the history of sanatoriums in the area, she knew she’d found the spark of the idea for her debut novel, The Sanatorium. Her short fiction has been published in a wide variety of magazines and has been shortlisted for several prizes.

blog tour, Book reviews, Historical fiction

Crow Court by Andy Charman – Book Review

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Spring, 1840. In the Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster, a young choirboy drowns himself. Soon after, the choirmaster—a belligerent man with a vicious reputation—is found murdered, in a discovery tainted as much by relief as it is by suspicion. The gaze of the magistrates falls on four local men, whose decisions will reverberate through the community for years to come.

So begins the chronicle of Crow Court, unravelling over fourteen delicately interwoven episodes, the town of Wimborne their backdrop: a young gentleman and his groom run off to join the army; a sleepwalking cordwainer wakes on his wife’s grave; desperate farmhands emigrate. We meet the composer with writer’s block; the smuggler; a troupe of actors down from London; and old Art Pugh, whose impoverished life has made him hard to amuse.

Meanwhile, justice waits…

MY REVIEW 

Crow Court is set in 1840’s Wimborne, Dorset. A choirboy has taken his own life by jumping into the local river.

Then the abusive choirmaster is murdered. This small community feels justice has been done, but the effects ripple through for a long time.

The four men who found the man’s body have suspicion fall on them, some believe they were responsible.

So, the story begins.

This is told in fourteen chapters, each one a separate tale involving different members of the community. It builds such a sense of time and place….you feel you know the area and the people of Wimborne.

You get to know these people, their lives, loves and struggles as the effects of these deaths trickle through everyone.

This is a beautifully written, almost poetic piece of historical fiction with a love of Dorset clearly coming through. A stunning and compelling read.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of Crow Court.

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/367hnrK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Andy Charman was born in Dorset and grew up near Wimborne Minster, where Crow Court is set. His short stories have appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Pangea and Cadenza. Crow Court is his first novel, which he worked on at the Arvon course at The Hurst in Shropshire in 2018. Andy lives in Surrey and is available for interview, comment and events.

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller

Danger by Robin Nye – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Danger’ is a riveting, fast-paced thriller that ranges from the leafy countryside of Kent to the windswept shores of the Black Sea and to the dramatic coastline of Cornwall. At its heart, ‘Danger’ is a compelling story depicting the hopelessness, desolation and suffering of those caught up in people-trafficking across Europe. A guest goes missing from a five-star country hotel, sparking an investigation which leads DI Sarah Hunter and DS Ted Selitto of Kent Police to the discovery that young girls are being trafficked from Eastern Europe to the UK for exploitation in the sex industry. As the body count rises, Hunter and Selitto find themselves caught up in a ferocious war between gangs of and ruthless traffickers, each vying for supremacy in this sordid world. But will Hunter and Selitto be able to identify the mastermind who controls the UK operation before he can be silenced forever?

MY REVIEW 

When a hotel guest goes missing, Di Sarah Hunter and DS Ted Selitto begin the investigation. From a simple missing person this turns into a delve into people trafficking where young girls and women are moved from Europe to the UK to be put to ‘work’ in the sex industry.

Can Hunter and Selitto find the person who controls this despicable trade before someone else does?

Danger is a dark, gritty thriller which takes a look into this seedy, dangerous world. It’s not always an easy read, but there’s no sensationalism, just a thoughtful look at the effect this ‘industry’ has on the girls and women, their suffering and sheer despair at the hands of these trafficking gangs.

A fast paced, gripping and thought provoking thriller. I hope to read more of Hunter and Selitto in the future.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Danger.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robin Nye has had a life-long interest in writing. ‘Danger’ is his first full-length novel. Leading a busy life in the commercial and voluntary sectors, he has plotted numerous stories over the years when travelling the world but has never had the time to write in earnest until now. He’s already well advanced with his follow-up Hunter and Selitto novel.

blog tour, Book reviews, Historical fiction

The Shape Of Darkness by Laura Purcell – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Wicked deeds require the cover of darkness…

A struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead – and to try and identify their killers – in this beguiling new tale from Laura Purcell.

Silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another…

Desperately seeking an answer, Agnes approaches Pearl, a child spirit medium lodging in Bath with her older half-sister and her ailing father, hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died, they might reveal who killed them. But Agnes and Pearl quickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put back…

What secrets lie hidden in the darkness?

MY REVIEW 

Set in Bath in the 19th century and Agnes lives with her aged mother and nephew. She just about manages to support her family by being a silhouette artist.

But then her customers begin dying soon after she visits them, she believes someone is trying to ruin her and her business by murdering them. But who and why?

So, Agnes visits a medium to try and contact the victims and find out who the killer is…..things then get dark and creepy.

This is a marvellously dark gothic Murder mystery set against a poverty stricken Bath, it has enough chilling atmosphere to give you goosebumps. A clever plot and wonderful characters bring this to creepy life. Gripping, moody and I loved every spooky minute.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour and an eARC of The Shape Of Darkness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Her first novel for Raven Books, The Silent Companions, was a Radio 2 and Zoe Ball ITV Book Club pick and was the winner of the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, while her subsequent books – The Corset and Bone China – established Laura as the queen of the sophisticated, and spooky, page-turner.

laurapurcell.com |@spookypurcell

blog tour, Book reviews, Contemporary fiction, Family drama

There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F. Ross – Book Review

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Danny Garvey was a sixteen-year old footballing prodigy. Professional clubs clamoured to sign him, and a glittering future beckoned. And yet, his early promise remained unfulfilled, and Danny is back home in the tiny village of Barshaw to manage the struggling junior team he once played for. What’s more, he’s hiding a secret about a tragic night, thirteen years earlier, that changed the course of several lives. There’s only one Danny Garvey, they once chanted … and that’s the problem.

A story of irrational hopes and fevered dreams – of unstoppable passion and unflinching commitment in the face of defeat – There’s Only One Danny Garvey is, above all, an unforgettable tale about finding hope and redemption in the most unexpected of places.

MY REVIEW

16 year old Danny Garvey had a promising career as a professional footballer ahead of him….but it ended too soon.

Years later he is drawn back to his small home village of Barshaw, to manage the struggling junior team…..he’s right back where he started.

This is a tale with the passion for football clearly evident, but that’s not all it is!.

It tells of violence, abuse, of poverty but also love, hopes, dreams and dark secrets too.

Narrated with the inner voice of Danny, who remembers events seemingly different to those around him, especially his big brother, Raymond.

Told in the Scottish dialect (it doesn’t take long to get used to it) it has a sense of tension, that somethings not quite right. The dark humour brings a little relief to this story of family, of life, loss and love, of football, a damaged man and a crime drama too. This is so beautifully written these fantastic characters bring a dark, gritty tale to an edgy life, they draw you in and break your heart. Utterly, utterly brilliant.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of There’s Only One Danny Garvey.

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/3nZFDlF

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

German Portraiture David F. Ross, architect and bookwriter from glasgow, scotland. shooting at the lovelace hotel in munich, may 24. 2018.

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His debut novel The Last Days of Discowas shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and received exceptional critical acclaim, as did the other two books in the Disco Days Trilogy: The Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespasand The Man Who Loved Islands. David lives in Ayrshire.

Audiobook, Spotlight

*AUDIOBOOK SPOTLIGHT* for The Far Wild by Alex Knight

Welcome to The Bookwormery, today I have a SPOTLIGHT for the Audiobook of The Far Wild by Alex Knight…..

I am a big fan of audiobooks and listen to them regularly, this fantasy thriller sounds great.

Here is the publisher’s blurb:

The Far Wild

by Alex Knight and narrated by Peter Kenny, Stephanie Lane) and  Carlyss Peer and is available from Audible.co.uk.

An expedition gone awry.

Suni Koudounas is enamored with the wonders — and dangers — of the Far Wild. As a naturalist’s apprentice, she’s studied every book and expedition report about the miraculous wilderness. But when her mentor goes missing on expedition, Suni sets aside the Far Wild of ink and paper to venture after him into the primordial jungle.

A missing skyship.

As the empire’s most beloved adventurer — or most successful raconteur — Senesio Suleiman Nicolaou doesn’t want much. Wealth beyond measure, fame beyond reason, and a small kingdom somewhere warm should be about enough. When news of the rescue mission reaches him, Senesio knows there’s no better opportunity to add to his living legend.

The most dangerous wilderness known to man. 

With unexpected enemies above and monstrous predators in the jungles below, it’s up to Suni, Senesio, and their companions to uncover the truth of what’s happening in the Far Wild. It’s a revelation that will shake the empire to its core and reshape the lives of all involved — assuming, of course, they don’t all get eaten first.

This thrilling start to Alex Knight’s new fantasy series is perfect for fans of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Nicholas Eames’s Kings of the Wyld.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex Knight is filling good books with bad jokes one sentence at a time.

As an author of LitRPG and Fantasy his work includes the Nova Online Trilogy and the forthcoming fantasy thriller The Far Wild. 

As an aspiring twin he’s not making much progress, but remains determined.

In the past Alex has worked as everything from a dish washer at Busch Gardens to the Communications Coordinator at the Florida Attractions Association. After deciding he didn’t like stability or predictable paychecks he made the jump to being a freelance writer. Soon that turned into ghostwriting romance novellas, then ghostwriting full-blown science fiction novels, and finally, writing his own novels.

Alex grew up a sunbaked, outdoorsy Floridian and has lived in several places around the world. These days he’s on the gulf coast of Texas, in a bayou outside Houston.

When Alex isn’t writing, he’s likely clawing his way through champion rank in Rocket league, hiking, or plotting his triumphant return to Florida.

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Historical fiction

The Art Of Dying by Ambrose Parry – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A gripping historical novel of medicine & murder from bestselling author 

Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman, 

set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh

Edinburgh, 1849. Hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. And a campaign seeks to paint Dr James Simpson, pioneer of medical chloroform, as a murderer.

Determined to clear Simpson’s name, his protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher must plunge into Edinburgh’s deadliest streets and find out who or what is behind the deaths. Soon they discover that the cause of the deaths has evaded detection purely because it is so unthinkable.

MY REVIEW 

The Art of Dying is the sequel to The Way Of All Flesh, it can be read as a stand-alone too, but I feel you miss out on the background to Will and Sarah.

Again set in Victorian Edinburgh, Will has returned from Europe, after gaining medical experience, and he is now a qualified medic. He becomes an assistant to Dr Simpson and Sarah, now married to another doctor, still has dreams of becoming a doctor herself, something unheard of at that time.

When people begin dying of an unknown illness, Sarah is the first to believe something darker is causing these deaths. She convinces Will and together they delve deeper and begin to hunt for a killer.

The Art Of Dying is historical crime fiction at its very best, superbly written and full of wonderfully atmospheric descriptions you really get a sense of time and place. It has a dark, twisty plot and well rounded, likeable characters that all add up to a thoroughly compelling read. Just brilliant.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of The Art Of Dying.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ambrose Parry is a pseudonym for a collaboration between Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman. The couple are married and live in Scotland. Chris Brookmyre is the international bestselling and multi-award-winning author of over twenty novels. Dr Marisa Haetzman is a consultant anaesthetist of twenty years’ experience, whose research for her Master’s degree in the History of Medicine uncovered the material upon which this series, which began with The Way of All Flesh, is based. The Way of All Flesh was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year and longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

The Art of Dying is the second book in the series.

@ambroseparry

blog tour, Book reviews, Spy thriller, Thriller

Primal Calling by Barry Eisenberg – Book Review

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While rummaging through the attic, high school senior Jack Davies is surprised to find his never-before-seen birth certificate, revealing a startling fact that changes his life. The story his mother told about his birth, he discovers, is a lie. 

Jack becomes obsessed with discovering the true identity of his father, forcing him to face and conquer obstacles – kidnapping, death threats, and a powerful family secret – most 20-year-olds would never even dream they would encounter. Faced with unanswered questions and confounding obstacles at every turn, Jack finds himself deeply enmeshed in an intricate world of national security and international intrigue. 

Relationships are tested as his every move is tracked by a group of mysterious people. Who are they? Whose side are they on? Who can he trust? And, most importantly, who will he ultimately become?

MY REVIEW 

Primal Calling is the tale of Jake and his search for his birth father, but that’s not all.

Jake hadn’t known who his father was until he accidentally finds his birth certificate. So, he decides to find him.

But, as he begins his search his attempts are flagged and things get dark and dangerous. Who was his father and who else is searching for a man who seemingly doesn’t exist?

Primal Calling is part family drama and part spy thriller. It’s well paced, full of tension and is an engrossing and compelling read.

Thank you to Michelle at FSB associates for an eARC of Primal Calling.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barry Eisenberg is the author of Primal Calling, his debut novel. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, among others. An associate professor of health care management in the School for Graduate Studies at the State University of New York Empire State College, he is also a health care management consultant and a former hospital administrator. An avid bicycle rider, Eisenberg lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy.

blog tour, Book reviews, Domestic noir, Family drama, Psychlogical thriller

The Push by Ashley Audrain – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

‘The women in this family, we’re different . . .’ 

Blythe Connor doesn’t want history to repeat itself.

Violet is her first child and she will give her daughter all the love she deserves. All the love that her own mother withheld.

But firstborns are never easy. And Violet is demanding and fretful. She never smiles. Soon Blythe believes she can do no right – that something’s very wrong. Either with her daughter, or herself.

Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining it. But Violet’s different with him. And he can’t understand what Blythe suffered as a child. No one can.

Blythe wants to be a good mother. But what if that’s not enough for Violet? Or her marriage? What if she can’t see the darkness coming?

Mother and daughter. Angel or monster?

We don’t get to choose our inheritance – or who we are . . .

The Push is an addictive, gripping and compulsive read that asks what happens when women are not believed – and what if motherhood isn’t everything you hoped for but everything you always feared?

MY REVIEW 

Blythe worries about being a good mother to her new baby girl, Violet. Her own experiences at the abusive hands of her mother cloud her thoughts. 

Blythe does her best with Violet, but the little baby is difficult. Violet seems to only be difficult with Blythe and she begins to think there is something wrong. As time passes her thoughts deepen, but her husband doesn’t believe her.

When Blythe becomes pregnant again her fears grow……

The Push is a family drama that deals with the preconceived ideas of motherhood. It tells of a darker side to being a mother, the doubts and fears, and a troubled relationship between mother and daughter. 

This is an utterly compelling psychological thriller that is thought provoking and heartbreaking at times. A haunting thriller that will stay with me for a long time.

Thank you to Olivia at Penguin Books for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of The Push.