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

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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.