Book reviews, Cosy mystery, Crime thriller, Political thriller

Not In My Name by Michael Coolwood – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

What if the British people had been given a vote about invading Iraq in 2003. And the referendum split the nation with a 52% to 48% yes vote.

A young activist is beaten to death after an anti-war demonstration. The police say her murder was random.

It wasn’t. More activists will be murdered. The activists only trust each other. Maybe that trust has already been betrayed.

Witty, political and provocative, this New Adult mystery is based on real events, and keeps the reader guessing to the very end.

MY REVIEW 

Not In My Name is a Murder mystery and a political thriller that revolves around the Iraq war in 2003. However, here there has been a referendum so the people can decide (and we all know how the recent Brexit referendum went!)…..

There are clashes between the Yes and No voters and then Cassie is murdered.

Her friend Phoebe learns the police are no longer investigating and when another friend is killed, she begins to look into the deaths herself with the help of Sefu, they find the killer may be close to home. 

This is a clever thriller with the focus on politics and the protest movement (and is based on real events).  Phoebe is a well rounded character and the story is tense and compelling. If you like your political thrillers realistic and biting, then you will love Not In My Name. 

Thank you to Claret Press for an e ARC of Not In My Name. This is my honest and unbiased review.

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

What if the British people had been given a vote about invading Iraq in 2003. And the referendum split the nation with a 52% to 48% yes vote.

A young activist is beaten to death after an anti-war demonstration. The police say her murder was random.

It wasn’t. More activists will be murdered. The activists only trust each other. Maybe that trust has already been betrayed.

Witty, political and provocative, this New Adult mystery is based on real events, and keeps the reader guessing to the very end.

MY REVIEW 

Not In My Name is a Murder mystery and a political thriller that revolves around the Iraq war in 2003. However, here there has been a referendum so the people can decide (and we all know how the recent Brexit referendum went!)…..

There are clashes between the Yes and No voters and then Cassie is murdered.

Her friend Phoebe learns the police are no longer investigating and when another friend is killed, she begins to look into the deaths herself with the help of Sefu, they find the killer may be close to home. 

This is a clever thriller with the focus on politics and the protest movement (and is based on real events).  Phoebe is a well rounded character and the story is tense and compelling. If you like your political thrillers realistic and biting, then you will love Not In My Name. 

Thank you to Claret Press for an e ARC of Not In My Name. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Coolwood writes feminist cosy mysteries. His work is deeply political and his characters are driven by a desire to make the world a better place. This is partly due to a respect for passionate, caring people, and partly because cuts to the health service in the UK have ensured he can barely leave the house due to his swamp of health problems.

Read about his books and ongoing crises at

coolwoodbooks.coms.

Michael Coolwood writes feminist cosy mysteries. His work is deeply political and his characters are driven by a desire to make the world a better place. This is partly due to a respect for passionate, caring people, and partly because cuts to the health service in the UK have ensured he can barely leave the house due to his swamp of health problems.

Read about his books and ongoing crises at

coolwoodbooks.coms.

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Foreign Girls by Sergio Olguín – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

When two European backpackers are found murdered after attending a high society party in northern Argentina, sacrificial offerings left near the bodies point to their involvement in a Macumba rite.

But for their friend Veronica Rosenthal, a courageous investigative journalist with a proclivity for sexual adventure, the story smacks of a cover-up. Sure enough, Veronica’s determination to get justice for the ‘foreign girls’ quickly reveals a political dimension to the murder and leads her into very dangerous territory, bringing her face to face with old enemies, as well as new ones.

MY REVIEW 

Veronica is an investigative journalist, she is travelling through north Argentin. One night in a bar she meets two young women, they get chatting and agree to go to a party together. After a bit of a falling out Veronica leaves.

But, she then finds out the two women were murdered that night, in what looks like a ritual killing.

So, Veronica begins an investigation.

The Foreign Girls is a fast paced and gripping thriller, it really has a sense of time and place and tells of power, corruption and femicide. There is also a feeling of menace round every corner. It has a tight, clever plot and a great character in Veronica. Compelling from the very start.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Author and the Translator

Sergio Olguín was born in Buenos Aires in 1967 and was a journalist before turning to fiction. Olguín has won a number of awards, among others the Premio Tusquets 2009 for his novel Oscura monótona sangre (“Dark Monotonous Blood“) His books have been translated into German, French and Italian.

The translator Miranda France is the author of two acclaimed volumes of travel writing: Don Quixote’s Delusions and Bad Times in Buenos Aires. She has also written the novels Hill Farm and The Day Before the Fire and translated much Latin American fiction, including Claudia Piñeiro’s novels for Bitter Lemon Press.

blog tour, Book reviews, Fantasy

Holes In The Veil by Beth Overmyer – Book Review

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Having killed his lifelong enemy, Aidan Ingledark finds himself in possession of a map to the Questing Goblet, one of the Goblets Immortal that gives the drinker luck beyond measure. Meraude seeks this Goblet to wipe out magic- kind. Aidan and his traveling companion are determined to find it first but they must battle through illusion and doubt.

Jinn’s a Sightful seeking the Summoner. She wants to kill her mother, but her foresight ends in darkness. Can she enlist Aidan’s help and change her fate?un

The threat of Meraude and her dominion are imminent in this sequel to The Goblets Immortal.

MY REVIEW 

Holes In The Veil is a fantasy tale, set in a new world of magic, friends and enemies.

Here, Aidan has teamed up with Jinn and Quick and they have a map showing where to find the Questing Goblet. But they are not the only ones looking for it as Meraude wants it too.

Something is following Aidan and his friends!

With its well developed characters, a tension packed plot and fantastic world building this is a marvellous adventure of magic and fantasy. I’m already looking forward to book 3.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Beth Overmyer is the author of several works of genre fiction, the middle grade novella In a Pickle being among them. Fueled by tea, loved by cats everywhere, she balances her home life with writing novels and leading a creative writing group at her local library.

blog tour, Book reviews, scandi noir

The Last Snow by Stina Jackson – Book Review

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Early spring has its icy grip on Ödesmark, a small village in northernmost Sweden, abandoned by many of its inhabitants. But Liv Björnlund never left. She lives in a derelict house together with her teenage son, Simon, and her ageing father, Vidar. They make for a peculiar family, and Liv knows that they are cause for gossip among their few remaining neighbours.

Just why has Liv stayed by her domineering father’s side all these years? And is it true that Vidar is sitting on a small fortune? His questionable business decisions have made him many enemies over the years, and in Ödesmark everyone knows everyone, and no one ever forgets.

Now someone wants back what is rightfully theirs. And they will stop at nothing to get it, no matter who stands in their way…

MY REVIEW 

The Last Snow is set in a remote part of Sweden, Ödesmark. Here, Liv and her son, Simon live with her father, Vidar. They are a close family, but there is an underlying tension in how they act around each other.

There are some flashbacks to Liv’s younger days as she grew up and this gives a little background into the family and the suspicions the other inhabitants of Ödesmark have of them.

Some in the village believe Vidar has money hidden in the house and so they set out to find it…..then there is a death.

The Last Snow is a beautifully written, slow burn of a thriller wIth a simmering tension that’s palpable at times,  it’s also about dysfunctional families and the claustrophobia of living in a small village. Wonderfully descriptive, chilling and so atmospheric. ScandiNoir at its best.

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 Last Snow.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3anhm5i

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Stina Jackson was born in 1983 and raised in Skellefteå, northern Sweden. In 2006 she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and small dog. Her debut novel, The Silver Road, was an international bestseller and won The Best Swedish Crime Novel Award in 2018. The Last Snow is her second novel.

blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Noir, Thriller

Deity by Matt Wesolowski – Book Review

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When pop megastar Zach Crystal dies in a fire at his remote mansion, his mysterious demise rips open the bitter divide between those who adored his music and his endless charity work, and those who viewed him as a despicable predator, who manipulated and abused young and vulnerable girls.

Online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the accusations of sexual abuse and murder that were levelled at Crystal before he died. But as Scott begins to ask questions and rakes over old graves, some startling inconsistencies emerge. Was the fire at Crystal’s remote home really an accident? Why was he never officially charged? Are reports of a haunting really true?

Dark, chillingly topical and deeply thought-provoking, Deity is both an explosive, spine-chilling thriller and a startling look at how heroes can fall from grace and why we are willing to turn a blind eye to even the most heinous of crimes…y

MY REVIEW 

Deity is #5 in the fantastic Six Stories series and it can be read as a stand-alone (as can the previous 4)

Scott King is the master of the podcast and here he has a new case to discuss. He interviews six different people to get a picture of events.

Here the tale is about charismatic superstar, Zach Crystal. He had disappeared from his isolated forest property for a year, then he comes back as suddenly as he disappeared….he announces a new album, but then there is devastating fire at Crystal Forest and his remains are found in the ruin.

Then the rumours start, the young girls who were invited to party at the estate, the accidents and deaths, but the fans still worship him. None of these rumours could possibly be true, they know him……don’t they?

Deity is about the shield celebrity gives to those in its limelight and how that light of adulation blinds those who worship it. How fans believe he can’t have done those things he’s famous!. He wouldn’t have don’t that, I know him,  he’s a kind man, look what he does for charity…….sound familiar? 

Matt Wesolowski really is the master of a dark thriller. Deity is so well written with the tension slowly building chapter by chapter, drawing you along by a hand that won’t let go. It’s dark, haunting, thought provoking and utterly brilliant from start to finish. 

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

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/2LRd9xj

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- and US-based anthologies, such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller. Changeling, the third book in the series, was published in 2019 and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His fourth book, Beast, won the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Independent Voice Book of the Year award in 2020.

blog tour, Book reviews, Horror

The Children God Forgot by Graham Masterton – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Forsake the living. Forget the dead. Fear the children… The brand new chilling page-turner from the master of horror.

A TERRIFYING BIRTH

A young woman is rushed to the hospital with stabbing pains in her stomach. The chief surgeon delivers a living child with the face of an angel and the body of a tentacled monster. The doctors are unanimous that the baby must die.

AN ESCAPE FROM THE DARK

Engineer Gemma is plunged into darkness in a tunnel beneath London. Before she escapes, a strange green light illuminates a cluster of ghostly figures. Gemma is certain they were children.

A SUPERNATURAL THREAT

DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel, of Tooting Police, have investigated the occult before – but nothing as strange and horrible as what they must confront in the city sewers. Down here in the dark, where the dead come back to life, witchcraft is the only force strong enough to save you…

MY REVIEW

The Children God Forgot starts with a woman in pain. It turns out she is pregnant, even though she insists that’s impossible. The doctor decides this baby must be born for the safety of the mother and child due to its deformity.

When the baby is delivered, it is a monster with a cherubic face. It then disappears from the baby unit.

Meanwhile, Gemma is working in the sewers with colleagues, she sees what seems to be a small child in the midst of a fat berg……and things get dark and creepy.

DS Pardoe and DS Patel begin an investigation into recent events and what they find is the thing of nightmares.

This is a true, classic horror story with enough creepy moments to keep even a hardened horror fan happy. Yes, the way women are portrayed is a bit off putting at times, very heavy breasts and pouting lips, the police are homophobic and there is some casual racism too….it feels as if it’s set in the 70’s in that way. But overall this is a classic style horror story with dark sewers and creepy baby things and will certainly rattle your nerves.

Thank you to Vicky at Head of Zeus for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Children God Forgot. This is my honest and unbiased review.

About the author

Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946, and at the age of 17 he joined his localnewspaper as a junior reporter. He was appointed deputy editor of Mayfair at the age of 21, and at24 he became executive editor of Penthouse. After leaving Penthouse, he wrote The Manitou, a horror novel that became his first bestseller and was adapted into a film starring Tony Curtis.

Graham spent twenty-five years as one of the world’s bestselling horror authors before he turned his talent to crime writing. Inspired by the five years in which he and his late wife lived in Cork, he created a series of novels featuring Katie Maguire, the first female superintendent in the Irish police force. The first book in the Katie Maguire series, White Bones, was published by Head of Zeus in 2012 and became a top-ten bestseller. Graham continues to write thrillers and horror novels alongside the Katie Maguire crime series, which has now sold over a million copies worldwide.

Follow Graham:

Facebook: @GrahamMasterton

Twitter: @GrahamMasterton

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Nordic noir, Police procedural

Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger & Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Oslo, New Year’s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion and the city is put on terrorist alert.

Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Semplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier … and never found.

Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia’s disappearance is not all that it seems…

The second in the hard-boiled and furiously compelling Blix & Ramm series, created by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst, two of the biggest names in Nordic Noir.

MY REVIEW 

Smoke Screen is #2 in the series featuring Blix and Ramm, but can also be read as a stand-alone.

Emma Ramm is a crime reporter, she attends the New Years Eve firework display when there’s a large explosion.

One of the victims was the mother of Patricia, who had gone missing 10 years earlier. This case had been one of Alexander Blix’s…..and one that still bothers him.

Who caused the explosion and why?

As the investigation begins more questions are raised than answers.

This mix of police procedural and fast paced thriller has you hooked from the very start. With great characters and a twisty plot, all set against a beautifully atmospheric Norway, this is Nordic Noir at its very best. Utterly compelling from start to finish. 

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

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2YBZ2ii

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense. Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer. Death Deserved was Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller. They are currently working on the third book in the Blix & Ramm series.