blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

A Ruined Girl by Kate Simants – Book Review


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Two boys loved her. But which one killed her?

Two years ago, teenagers Rob and Paige broke into the house of Paige’s school counsellor and stole only a necklace, but traumatised their victims in the process. No one knows why. And Paige hasn’t been seen since that night. Having spent her life in children’s homes and the foster system, no one cared enough to look for her.

Now Rob is out of prison, and probation officer Wren Reynolds has been tasked with his rehabilitation. But Wren has her own reasons for taking on Rob as a client. Convinced that Rob knows what happened to Paige, and hiding a lifetime of secrets from her heavily pregnant wife, Wren’s obsession with finding a missing girl may tear her family apart..

MY REVIEW 

Set over two timelines, the past and the present. Here in the present, Wren is a probation officer working on a rehab program for newly released offenders. She’s helping Rob, who had committed a robbery with Paige. Rob was caught and convicted and Paige disappeared. 

As the story jumps to the past, you learn more about Rob, Paige and Rob’s brother, Luke. It deals with some dark moments as you hear of their backgrounds.

Wren begins to look into Paige’s disappearance…

This is a compelling psychological thriller with family drama at its heart. It’s dark, twisty and a thoroughly engrossing read.

Thank you to Rachel at Viper Books for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of A Ruined Girl. This is my honest and unbiased review.

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller

Deadline By Geoff Major – Book Review




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Adam Ferranti was drinking away his waking hours, getting by in a regional newspaper in the North of England. An award-winning journalist, he moved to England to escape the media glare that followed his spectacular fall from grace at The Washington Post; only to be thrust back in it when a mysterious serial killer decides to make him his confidante.

DS Stephanie Walker is a successful member of the West Yorkshire Police force. Whilst she is tough and results-driven at work, with a fearsome reputation on the streets, she hides the domestic abuse she suffers at home.

She finds Ferranti exceptionally difficult to deal with, but he’s her only chance to stay close to what the elusive killer is planning next. Ferranti reluctantly complies with the Police, even though he is fighting his own personal demons, but when his best friend is murdered by the killer, it suddenly gets personal. And suddenly, no-one is quite who they seemed to be

MY REVIEW 

DS Stephanie Walker works for the West Yorkshire Police, she’s strong, determined and known for her toughness on the streets. But she’s also the victim of domestic violence, but hides this from her colleagues as she feels she can’t show any weakness in this male dominated world.

Adam Ferranti is a journalist, he’s in contact with someone who seems to have inside information relating to a serial killer and his victims…eventually he takes the information to the police when someone he knows dies.

That’s all I can really say about the plot for fear of spoiling it…..but oh my god……!

This is dark, gruesome and twisty with a truly gasp inducing ending…..just wow.

If you like an involved, intense and dark thriller…you are going to love Deadline.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Deadline.. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Available from 1 September 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

A long time ago, Geoff Major had an idea for a story, whilst walking his girls to primary school. Two years ago, he decided he had the time and patience to try to write the story down. His wife was wholly supportive, so he turned from full-time to part-time for four months and now – 23 years after that idea first popped into his head – it has been published.

As a self-employed business consultant for 18 years and a fundraising adventurer for 10 years (including ski-trekking 50 miles, over 6 days and 6 nights, to the geographic North Pole), he now works for a debt charity whilst plotting his next three books

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GradusPrimus

Blog: https://lets-start-at-the-very-beginning.blogspot.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/primusgradus/

blog tour, Book reviews, Murder mystery

Killing The Story by Joan Livingston – Book Review



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Killing the Story

An accidental death that was no accident…

For the record, Estelle Crane, the gutsy editor of The Observer newspaper, died after a hard fall on ice. But years later, her son discovers a cryptic note hinting her death might not have been an accident after all.

Was Estelle pursuing a big story that put her life in danger?

That’s what Isabel Long — along with her 93-year-old mother, Maria, her ‘Watson’ — agrees to investigate in Dillard, a town whose best days are in the past.

A former journalist, Isabel follows leads and interviews sources, new and familiar. She quickly finds a formidable threat in Police Chief James Hawthorne, who makes it clear Isabel is not welcome in his town — and who warns her against poking her nose into Estelle’s death.

Of course, that’s after Isabel has discovered the chief’s questionable policing and a troubled history with Estelle that goes way back.

Killing the story means dropping it because there aren’t enough facts to back it up. But Isabel won’t make that mistake. She’ll see this one through to the very end.

Can she uncover the plot that led to Estelle’s murder?

Killing the Story is the fourth in the popular Isabel Long Mystery Series.

MY REVIEW 

Killing The Story is #4 in the Isabel Long mystery series, but it can be read as a stand-alone too.

Private Investigator Isabel Long is investigating the death of Estelle, a newspaper editor. It may not have been an accident!

She begins looking in the events surrounding the death and ends up in danger herself…..

As ever, Isabel is dogged in her determination to find the truth, despite the threats…….she will not kill this story.

Isabel is a well developed and likeable character, strong and certainly determined. This is a twisty murder mystery and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Killing The Story. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08BDL9KKR

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BDL9KKR

Author Bio –

Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Killing the Story, published by Darkstroke Books, is the fourth in her Isabel Long Mystery Series, featuring a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. solving cold cases in rural New England. 

She draws upon her own experience as a longtime journalist in Massachusetts and New Mexico to create Isabel Long, a sassy, savvy widow who uses the skills she acquired in the business to solve what appears to be impossible cases. She also relies on her deep knowledge of rural Western Massachusetts, where she lives, to create realistic characters and settings — from country bars (where Isabel works part-time) to a general store’s backroom where gossipy old men meet.

She credits her mother, Algerina — the inspiration for Maria, Isabel Long’s ‘Watson’ — for instilling inher a love of reading and the power of the written word. 

Social Media Links – 

Website: http://www.joanlivingston.net.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoanLivingstonAuthor/

Twitter: @ joanlivingston

Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/JoanLivingston_Author

Goodreads: http://www.Goodreads.com/Joan_Livingston

blog tour, Book reviews, Historical fiction, Mental Health

Escaping The Whale by Ruth Rotkowitz – Book Review



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To everyone who knows her, 28-year-old Marcia Gold leads the perfect life. A good job as a high school guidance counselor specializing in helping pregnant teens as well as a handsome, successful boyfriend, she seems to have it all in 1980 Brooklyn, New York.

However, beneath the shiny surface lurks another reality. Frightening and debilitating panic attacks, which she keeps secret, torment her. As a child of Jewish Holocaust survivors, she knows that her family’s traumas have become her own. In addition, the Iranian hostage situation dominating the news compounds her inner terror.

A series of crises force Marcia to a breaking point. Desperate to free herself from her inner prison, she concocts a plan to be reborn as a new person. Unfortunately, her plan creates its own problems. Can she find another path out of her psychic pain, one that will lead her to true normalcy?

 MY REVIEW 

Set in the 1980’s, Marcia sees the Iran Hostage crisis unfold on TV….adding to her own tensions and anxieties. Marcia is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and struggles with her mental health as being constantly bombarded with news events at home and overseas. She is such a great character, I really felt for her.

Escaping The Whale is an emotion packed and incredibly moving tale of inherited trauma, life and finding your identity. It’s beautifully written with light touches of humour too. This would be a perfect read for a book club as there are so many parts just calling for discussion. 

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Escaping The Whale. This is my honest and unbiased review.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Ruth Rotkowitz is a second-generation child – the daughter of Holocaust survivors from Austria. This has informed much of her research and writing. She has published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in a variety of anthologies and literary journals, and was a staff writer and member of the editorial board of the (now-defunct) Woman’s Newspaper of Princeton, winning awards for many of her feature articles. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English and has taught English on both the college and high school levels. She currently leads book talks in the Phoenix, Arizona area, where she lives with her husband.

blog tour, Book reviews, Murder mystery, Thriller

Innocent by Erin Kinsley – Book Review




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A MURDER TEARS A SMALL TOWN APART. BUT WHO DID IT?

‘Brilliant, compelling, heart-wrenching writing.’ Peter James

The pretty market town of Sterndale is a close-knit community where everyone thinks they know everyone else. But at a lavish summer wedding a local celebrity is discovered slumped in the gardens, the victim of a violent assault that leads to a murder investigation.

As the police search for answers, suspicion and paranoia build – and the lives of the locals are turned upside down. Secrets that lurk beneath the pristine façade of Sterndale come to light as detectives close in on the truth…

A gripping and moving thriller with the emotional drama of series like BROADCHURCH and LIAR this is the perfect read for fans of Cara Hunter, Heidi Perks and Claire Douglas.

Praise for Erin Kinsley’s first novel Found,

BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice and Sunday Times Crime Club Pick:

‘An unputdownable thriller.’

Elly Griffiths

‘Sensitive and moving…but with a core of pure tension’

Sunday Times

‘One of those rare finds – a page turner that is equally remarkable for the beauty of the writing. It will suck you in and take you on a journey’

Jo Spain

‘Gripping…once started, impossible to put down!’

Minette Walters

MY REVIEW 

Innocent is a clever, character led thriller, set in a small town, Sterndale.

During a wedding a celebrity, Tristan, is assaulted and later dies. DI Gavin Muir, DS Weld and DS Golding begin their investigation.

We then find out about the lives and secrets of the residents of Sterndale, as they search for the killer it appears not everyone is who they seem to be….

The excellent writing by Erin Kinsley really captures the almost claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. The twisty plot builds a slow tension and is gripping 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 ARC of Innocent. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Erin Kinsley is a full-time writer. She grew up inYorkshire and currently lives in East Anglia.

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, humour

Road Kill: The Duchess Of Frisian Tun by Pete Adams – Book Review


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Cataclysmic events have occurred in the decorous upper middle class enclave within Southsea, Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.

But what were the circumstances that contributed to this violent clash involving a Sherman tank and a bazooka? The strange occurrence is Investigated by Lord Everard Pimple, a naive, upper class twit who not only inadvertently opens a can of worms, but has an introduction into the world of womanly wiles.

Everard’s life is about to blow up like an atom bomb… he just doesn’t know it yet. But after the dust settles, will he still be standing?

MY REVIEW 

#1 in the DaDa Detective Agency series.

I am so pleased that Jack (Jane) and Mandy Austin are back albeit now retired from working in the police force, but again they are thrown into the action. Here are Sherman tanks, bazooka’s ( or is it a rocket launcher?) and danger…..obviously.

Jack has a certain way with words, his malacopperisms that sometimes only Mandy understands. Girl Grey anyone?

The story has a narrator too, who speaks to the reader and the characters which has some fun moments.

Full of fantastic characters such as Pimple, Crumpet, Lovebody and of course The Banana Boys……Dave Lilicrap or Shitlegs as he is known just makes me laugh every time.

Road Kill does have its serious moments, but oh my it’s laugh out loud funny too. Well done Mr Adams. I’m already looking forward to Book 2.

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of Road Kill. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Pete Adams is an architect with a practice in Portsmouth, UK, and from there he has, over forty years, designed and built buildings across England and Wales. Pete took up writing after listening to a radio interview of the writer Michael Connolly whilst driving home from Leeds. A passionate reader, the notion of writing his own novel was compelling, but he had always been told you must have a mind map for the book; Jeez, he could never get that.

Et Voila, Connolly responding to a question, said he never can plan a book, and starts with an idea for chapter one and looks forward to seeing where it would lead. Job done, and that evening Pete started writing and the series, Kind Hearts and Martinets, was on the starting blocks. That was some eight years ago, and hardly a day has passed where Pete has not worked on his writing, and currently, is halfway through his tenth book, has a growing number of short stories, one, critically acclaimed and published by Bloodhound, and has written and illustrated a series of historical nonsense stories called, Whopping Tales.

Pete describes himself as an inveterate daydreamer, and escapes into those dreams by writing crime thrillers with a thoughtful dash of social commentary. He has a writing style shaped by his formative years on an estate that re-housed London families after WWII, and his books have been likened to the writing of Tom Sharpe; his most cherished review, “made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think”.

Pete lives in Southsea with his partner, and Charlie the star-struck Border terrier, the children having flown the coop, and has 3 beautiful granddaughters who will play with him so long as he promises not to be silly.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peteadams8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pete.adams.9256

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2XDyNrp

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3kslSTh

Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and digital formats by Next Chapter Publishing on 19th August 2020

blog tour, Book reviews, Family drama, Murder mystery

The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao – Book Review

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She would kill for her family

Gwendolyn and Estella have always been as close as sisters can be. Growing up in Jakarta in a wealthy, eminent, and sometimes deceitful family, they’ve relied on only each other for support. But now Gwendolyn is lying in a coma, the sole survivor of Estella’s poisoning of their whole clan.

As Gwendolyn struggles to regain consciousness, she desperately retraces her memories, trying to uncover the moment that led to this brutal act.

Journeying from the luxurious world of the rich and powerful in Indonesia to the spectacular shows of Paris Fashion Week, from the sunny coasts of California to the melting pot of Melbourne’s university scene, The Majesties is a haunting and deeply suspenseful novel about the dark secrets that can build a family empire – and also bring it crashing down.

‘Fresh, sharp, and thrilling… A darkly gorgeous read you won’t soon forget’ Tanen Jones, author of The Better Liar

‘The Majesties, although it rolls out easily, troubles deeply, haunting and even chilling its reader well beyond the final page’

New York Journal of Books

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MY REVIEW 

The Majesties is the story of a family. Of their money, power and also corruption. 

It is told by Gwendolyn (Doll) who is lying in a hospital bed, in a coma. She’s the only survivor of a mass poisoning that her sister, Estella (Stell) was responsible for.

As she struggles to wake up, she is reliving her memories to try to find out why Stell would do such a thing.

Doll and Stell were sisters, they were very close until Stell married Leonard. They had been born into a very wealthy family and lived a life of luxury and power. But, there is something rotten at the heart of it all.

As Doll remembers, her rose tinted glasses are ripped away as she begins to see the family’s true colours. Stell has made her see the darkness, the secrets that their wealth has been built on, and kept.

This is not a fast paced story, but is slow, immersive and beautifully written and had me gripped from start to finish. It’s not a thriller in the usual sense, but there is a tension throughout, as you wonder why Estella would kill her whole family.

It is full of luxury and opulence, but also domestic violence, murder and secrets.

Doll also runs a business, Bagatelle, where she creates living jewellery, made from living insects and butterflies that are controlled by a fungal parasite ( think zombie ant but beautiful). Just a creepy thought!!

This is a tale of family and love, but also incredible wealth, power and corruption and the lengths taken to keep it. It’s heartbreaking at times too.

If you like a family drama, with a dark edge then you are going to love The Majesties. Just a fantastic read that’s going to stay with me.

Thank you to Poppy at Pushkin Press for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and a copy of The Majesties. This is my honest and unbiased review.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Tiffany Tsao is a writer and literary translator. She is the author of the Oddfits fantasy series; The Majesties is her debut adult novel. Her translations from Indonesian to English include Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s poetry collection Sergius Seeks Bacchus, Dee Lestari’s novel Paper Boats, and Laksmi Pamuntjak’s The Birdwoman’s Palate. Her translations of Norman’s poetry have won the English PEN Presents and English PEN Translates awards. Born in the US and of Chinese-Indonesian descent, Tiffany spent her formative years in Singapore and Indonesia before moving to the US for university. She now lives in Sydney with her spouse and two children

blog tour, Book reviews, Classic style whodunnit, Murder mystery

Vintage Crime : From The Crime Writers Association – Book Review

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Vintage Crimes will be a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members’ work over the years. The book will gather stories from the mid- 1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers. The first CWA anthology, Butcher’s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert, and Josephine Bell. The anthology has been edited by Martin Edwards since 1996, and has yielded many award- winning and nominated stories in the UK and overseas.

This new edition includes an array of incredible and award-winning authors: Robert Barnard, Simon Brett, Liza Cody, Mat Coward, John Dickson Carr, Marjorie Eccles, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Anthea Fraser, Celia Fremlin, Frances Fyfield, Michael Gilbert, Paula Gosling, Lesley Grant-Adamson, HRF Keating, Bill Knox, Peter Lovesey, Mick Herron, Michael Z. Lewin, Susan Moody, Julian Symons and Andrew Taylor.

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MY REVIEW 

This is a collection of short stories by members of The Crime Writers Association, past and present.

Each of the tales are unique, but all have a vintage feel. (Some are vintage!).

This is a great book to be able to dip in and out of, when you have a spare half hour or so.

Lots of murders, mysteries and general mayhem, very entertaining throughout. Anyone who enjoys classic and vintage crime stories will love this.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Vintage Crime. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE EDITOR 

 

Martin Edwards (editor) is the author of eighteen novels, including the Lake District Mysteries, and the Harry Devlin series. His ground-breaking genre study The Golden Age of Murder has won the Edgar, Agatha, and H.R.F. Keating awards. He has edited twenty eight crime anthologies, has won the CWA Short Story Dagger and

the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, and is series consultant for the British Library’s Crime Classics. 

blog tour, Book reviews, Mystery, Supernatural

Sight Unseen by Sandra Ireland – Book Review

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  1. Alie Gowdie marries Richard Webster during a turbulent time in Scotland’s history. Charles I is about to lose his head, and little does Alie know that she too will meet a grisly end within the year.
  2. Sarah Sutherland is struggling to cope with the demands of her day job, caring for her elderly father and keeping tabs on her backpacking daughter. She wanted to be an archaeologist, but now in her forties, she is divorced, alone, and there seems to be no respite, no glimmer of excitement on the horizon. However, she does have a special affinity with the Kilgour Witch, Alie Gowdie, who lived in Sarah’s cottage until her execution in 1648, and Sarah likes nothing better than to retreat into a world of sorcery, spells and religious fanaticism. Her stories delight tourists as she leads them along the cobbled streets of her home town, but what really lies behind the tale of Alie Gowdie, the Kilgour Witch? Can Sarah uncover the truth in order to right a centuries-old wrong? And what else might modern-day Kilgour be hiding, just out of sight?

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MY REVIEW 

Sight Unseen is #1 in the Sarah Sutherland series.

Sarah has a dull job, she’s also caring for her father and she’s lonely.

But she has an escape, she loves the local witch tours where she gets to dress up and share the history and her stories with others. . She is intrigued by one witch in particular and who she feels she has an affinity with, Alie, so she starts investigating her story.

This is a mystery tale with a supernatural edge. It’s a slow burn as you learn more about Sarah and Alie, the traumatic life of a woman accused of witchcraft in the past. It slowly builds to a real cliffhanger of an ending too. A clever mix of history and mystery.

Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Group for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Sight Unseen. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Sandra Ireland was awarded a Carnegie-Cameron scholarship to study for an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, graduating with a distinction in 2014. Her work has appeared in various publications and women’s magazines. She is the author of Beneath the Skin (2016), Bone Deep (2018) and The Unmaking of Ellie Rook (2019). She lives in Carnoustie, Scotland.

 

 

Purchase Link: 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sight-Unseen-Sarah-Sutherland-Thriller/dp/184697528X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=sandra+Ireland+sight+unseen&qid=1592154528&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr 

blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Science fiction

The Apocalypse Strain by Jason Parent – Book Review

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A multi-national research team, led by a medical genomics expert suffering from MS, study an ancient pandoravirus at a remote Siberian research facility. Called “Molli” by the research team, the organic substance reveals some unique but troublesome characteristics, qualities that, in the wrong hands, could lead to human extinction.

The researchers soon learn that even in the right hands, Molli is a force too dangerous to escape their compound. But the virus has a mind of its own, and it wants out.

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MY REVIEW 

The Apocalypse Strain is an action packed horror story, set in the near future.

A training exercise to the frozen tundra of Siberia, to train astronauts for a planned mission to Mar, let’s loose a virus. Like all viruses, this one wants to spread and evolve. It has an intelligence that’s plain scary…….who will survive?

If you have seen the X-Files episode Ice, you’ll find some similarities, the cold landscape, the tension and paranoia affecting those involved, but that’s where any similarities end.

This is full of tension, action and some really gruesome moments too. A fast paced dark and creepy tale that any fan of horror and sci-fi will love. Thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Apocalypse Strain. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2DW3YYp

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Jason is an author of horror, thrillers, and science fiction, though his novels tend to blur the boundaries between genres. From his award-winning first horror/mystery novel, What Hides Within, to his widely applauded supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, Jason’s work has earned him praise from both critics and avid readers alike.

In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Rhode Island.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge… as a civil litigator. When he wanted a change, he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field…sorta. But that’s another story.

When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, and travel to any place that will let him enter. And read and write, of course – he does that too sometimes.

Please visit the author on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJasonParent, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AuthorJasParent, or at his website, for information regarding upcoming events or releases, or if you have any questions or comments for him.

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

blog tour, Book reviews, Family drama, Mystery

The Last To Know by Jo Furniss – Book Review

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A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting and emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of All the Little Children.

American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.

Then there are the unwelcoming villagers, who only whisper the name Kynaston—like some dreadful secret, a curse. Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.

When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.

As Ellie works to separate rumor from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?

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MY REVIEW 

Rose, her husband Dylan and their young son, Aled are moving to Dylan’s childhood home in an English village.

Rose and Dylan met while they were journalists in Africa and Rose is already finding it hard to be excited about the move.

Then there is Ellie, a local police sergeant, who is investigating the human remains found in an archaeological dig.

Village rumours run riot and the mystery of Dylan’s father’s whereabouts rears its head again too.

The Last To Know is part family drama and part mystery, it also deals with the emotive subject of dementia (a truly horrific and heartbreaking condition), as well as village life and how a rumour can cause terrible damage.

There are well developed characters, a thoughtful and deliberate pace with beautifully descriptive writing. Definitely a book to take your time over and enjoy.

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 Last To Know. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/30OiMkw 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.

As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.

Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.

Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or through her website: http://www.jofurniss.com/

 

blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Final Cut by SJ Watson – Book Review

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SJ Watson writes : 

In writing Final Cut I wanted to move away slightly from the entirely domestic, urban and claustrophobic feel of Before I Go To Sleep and open the story world a little. I’m returning to my preoccupations of memory, narrative and identity, though bringing a fresh spin and new maturity to them.

The story follows a young ambitious documentary filmmaker whose first film was lauded and her second less so, and who is struggling with her third film. She hits on the idea of making a film about life in a small, northern village and is persuaded, against her better judgement and for reasons unknown, to film in Blackwood Bay. 

Once there she discovers a town shrouded in mystery and full of secrets, that threaten to engulf and ultimately destroy her. She has to dig deep to save herself, as well as the lives of others.

In researching the book, I was drawn to the idea of the way we document our lives now, on Instagram and Twitter etc., and the downsides of that, as well as the darkness that can hide in plain sight and the abuses that people can visit on their fellow humans. The sad fact is I had to tone down some of the horrific atrocities I read about, or else the book would’ve been too dark, even for me.

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MY REVIEW 

Alex is a filmmaker, she has a new project and arrives in Blackwood Bay, a place she didn’t want to go.

It’s here she begins a search to find out what really happened to the missing girls. What she finds brings back memories long hidden. Just who in this quiet village wants the secrets kept buried?

I can’t say much more for fear of spoiling this marvellously dark and twisty plot, but I can say it’s so packed with tension it will give you the chills.

SJ Watson builds a taut psychological thriller with great descriptive writing,  I felt I knew Blackwood Bay (really reminds me of Robin Hoods Bay) and the almost claustrophobic atmosphere of a small community with its secrets and darkness. Just brilliant and I loved it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of Final Cut. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2XOnk8E

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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SJ. Watson’s first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, became a phenomenal international success and has now sold over 6,000,000 copies world- wide. It won the Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. The film of the book, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and directed by Rowan Joffe, was released in September 2014. S. J. Watson’s second novel, Second Life, a psychological thriller, was published to acclaim in 2015. S. J. Watson was born in the Midlands and now lives in London. 

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Slow Slicing by Tony J. Forder – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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.

 

blog tour, Book reviews, Non fiction

The Twins Of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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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PUBLISHERS BLURB 
 

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.

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Dance With The Reaper by Wes Markin – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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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PUBLISHERS BLURB
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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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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.