Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

What You Did by Claire McGowan – Book Review

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A vicious assault. A devastating accusation. Who should she trust, her husband or her best friend?

It was supposed to be the perfect reunion: six university friends together again after twenty years. Host Ali finally has the life she always wanted, a career she can be proud of and a wonderful family with her college boyfriend, now husband. But that night her best friend makes an accusation so shocking that nothing will ever be the same again.

When Karen staggers in from the garden, bleeding and traumatised, she claims that she has been assaulted by Ali’s husband, Mike. Ali must make a split-second decision: who should she believe? Her horrified husband, or her best friend? With Mike offering a very different version of events, Ali knows one of them is lying, but which? And why? 

When the ensuing chaos forces her to re-examine the golden era the group shared at university, Ali realises there are darker memories too. Memories that have lain dormant for decades. Memories someone would kill to protect.

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MY REVIEW 

Six college friends have a reunion 25 years later. 

When the alcohol flows they begin to reminisce but then Karen, battered and bruised, says Mike,  married to Ali, raped her……..

Ali’s life starts to unravel…..who does she believe…?

The story jumps between the past and the present to gradually build a picture of what had happened …..just who is telling the truth ?

What follows is a story of lies, denials and betrayals. Where old grievances and prejudices are brought into the open…..I have to say I didn’t really find any of the characters particularly likeable…but I think that’s the point…so you can look at the story objectively and not side with anyone….it deals with tough issues so is not a light read, but is definitely compelling…..

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

About Claire McGowan:

Claire McGowan

Born in Northern Ireland in 1981, Claire McGowan studied in Oxford then lived overseas in France and China. She is the author of standalone thriller The Fall, and the Paula Maguire series, including The Lost, The Dead Ground, The Silent Dead, A Savage Hunger, Blood Tide, and The Killing House. The Paula Maguire series was optioned by the BBC in 2014. A ten-part radio drama written by Claire was broadcast on Radio 4 in early 2019, and as a screenwriter she was selected as the 2017/18 Nickelodeon International Writing Fellow.

Claire set up the Crime Thriller Writing MA at City University, London, and has also taught for the Arvon Foundation, Guardian Masterclasses and at many literary festivals.

As Eva Woods, she has published four women’s fiction novels, including the bestselling How To Be Happy.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/inkstainsclaire

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

Website: https://www.ink-stains.co.uk/

 

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Did-Claire-McGowan/dp/1542007267/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1561547467&sr=8-2

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/What-You-Did-Claire-McGowan/dp/1542091330/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1561547824&sr=8-1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/what-you-did/claire-mcgowan/9781542091336

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/What-You-Did-Claire-McGowan/9781542007269?ref=grid-view&qid=1561548006871&sr=1-2

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Claire-McGowan/What-You-Did/23919655

 

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Last Stage by Louise Voss – Book Review

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At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now she lives incognito in a cottage on the grounds of Minstead House, an old stately home, whilst working in the gift shop. Her past is behind her and she enjoys her new life.

But a series of inexplicable and unsettling incidents have started to happen around her – broken china, vandalised gardens… And when a body is found in the gardens of Minstead House, Meredith realises that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is and who wants to destroy her…

A dark, riveting and chilling psychological thriller, The Final Stage is a study of secrets and obsessions, where innocent acts can have the most terrifying consequences.

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MY REVIEW 

Meredith works in a Shop, it’s attached to a stately home and she loves the isolation and peace…..but there’s a few unsettling things, a break in at the shop, a dead rat and flowers beheaded. Nothing too sinister, but due to an event in her past it’s causing her a lot of stress and paranoia..

After a drunken ‘knee trembler’ with her boss Ralph, she is guilt ridden as he’s the husband of a friend…but when she finds him dead….panic sets in.

She calls her twin brother, Pete, for help……then after another death she begins to fear for her safety……so do the police!

Meredith, now 50, seemed a bit wet, but the more you hear of her and her past your realise she is a bit of a dark horse with reasons for her paranoia….I ended up really liking her character. 

This is a tale of obsession and revenge. An incredibly well plotted thriller with a feeling of menace from the start… and while you have chapters from the past to present and from several perspectives, you are kept guessing right to the nail biting end…I loved every minute.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2xCzy6X

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had eleven novels published – five solo and six co-written with Mark Edwards: a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction – and sold over 350,000 books. Her most recent book, The Old You, was a number one bestseller in eBook. Louise has an MA (Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at http://www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime- writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.

 

PRAISE FOR LOUISE VOSS’S PREVIOUS BOOK THE OLD YOU

‘Top summer read’ Prima Magazine

 

‘The way the plot unfolds, unfolds – and unfolds again – is brilliant. Poignant, clever and terrifically tense’ William Shaw

 

‘A brilliant tale of deception with a twist that took my breath away’ Mark Edwards

 

‘A cracking page-turner’ Marnie Riches

 

‘A twisty, thrilling read’ Sarah Ward

 

‘Completely gripping’ Cass Green ‘Ingenious and twisty!’ Steph Broadribb

 

‘An expert piece of contrivance’ Publisher’s Weekly

 

 ‘I loved the subtlety and style of Louise Voss’s writing… impossible to put down!’

Sarah Pinborough

 

      

Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Slow Drip by Gary Polisano – Book Review

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When a beautiful and highly intuitive small town police detective is presented with a third related murder, she tries to follow conventional police procedure, while the teenage boy who discovered the body possess clues of his own that may lead directly to the killer, a mysterious figure with seemingly advanced medical knowledge who like to torture his victims in a particular sick manner.

Clues and taunts left by the killer along with the knowledge held by the teenager, cause the three characters to intersect in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

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MY REVIEW

This is a thriller with a supernatural edge….

A serial killer is a schedule to adhere to…abducting, torturing and murdering young women……using their femoral artery to exsanguinate them…..

The Detective. Tina Patterson is studying the little evidence they have, their perpetrator is clearly meticulous and leaving very little forensic evidence behind.

But then we meet Jeff Cronin, who has recently made a psychic connection to one of the victims…..Will he be able to help the police with their investigation?

I found this to be a well plotted thriller with a psychic element and a nicely satisfying end…surprisingly this is Gary Polisano’s debut novel…..an author to watch out for!

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon US

https://www.amazon.com/SLOW-DRiP-First-heart-racing-thrillers-ebook/dp/B07N15Z57Z

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SLOW-DRiP-First-heart-racing-thrillers-ebook/dp/B07N15Z57Z

Google Play

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Author Bio –

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Originally from Los Angeles, California, earning an MBA in Business Management. Now, relocated to Northern Utah, Gary Polisano is a baseball fanatic and avid golfer. He currently works in the medical field of pain/spine management. SLOW DRiP is the FIRST in a murder/mystery series with an overtone of the paranormal.

Social Media Links –

WEBSITE – gpolisano.com

Twitter – @polisanoj

Instagram – garypolisano

LinkedIn – Gary Polisano

Facebook – gary j. Polisano – author

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Book reviews, Womens fiction

Strings Attached by Erin Reinelt – Book Review

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Straight-laced Jean has always done what’s expected of her – by her traditional parents, by her demonic boss, and by her overgrown baby of an ex-boyfriend.

Until now.

Taking her life into her own hands, she decides to do something that takes her out of her comfort zone; a woman heels-over-head, and not head-over-heels, in love. When Jean meets married-but-open pianist Gabriel, she explores all that modern romance has to offer… but can relationships last without entangled hearts being broken?

Jean is about to find out.
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MY REVIEW

This is a fun read…..a modern look at the more free thinking approach to life, sex and relationships.

Jean has a boyfriend, Charlie, a charming, but thoroughly useless POS….when he pees in Jean’s velvet stilettos, she’s had enough…when he drunkenly sets fire to a wedding marquee she finally dumps him….

“On her bad days, which were becoming more frequent, she worried that her only life skill was clearing up clusterfucks left by grown men.”

She decides she’s not a doormat anymore and plans to live life how she wants it to be…… “‘What would you do if you stopped living by other people’s rules?’”

This covers everything from a polyamorous marriage to sex parties and most things in between, marvellously funny, full of sarcastic wit, embarrassing moments, sex and life. A present day tale of female liberation, honest, frank and fun.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Police procedural

Know No Evil by Graeme Hampton – Book Review

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Old crimes don’t stay buried forever…

It’s high summer, and London sizzles in the grip of a heatwave. But when the body of young mother, Leanne Wyatt, is discovered in an East London park, the heat rises to boiling point for D.I. Matthew Denning. Under pressure to solve the case, and fast, he delves into Leanne’s history and finds that she was close to some dangerous individuals – could one of them have taken her life in an angry rage? But when another woman is found dead in similar circumstances, Denning is forced to consider that a killer stalks the capital’s streets.

But when young, ambitious, D.S. Molly Fisher, discovers a horrifying link to these deaths and a killing spree in South London a decade ago –a terrifying summer where young women died at the hands of a psychopath the press dubbed ‘The Bermondsey Ripper’, the case is blown wide open. Anthony Ferguson is serving a life sentence for the crimes, so are these new deaths the result of a copycat killer – or did the police convict the wrong man? Whatever the case, Denning and Fisher need to stop a killer in his tracks – before he sets his sights on them.

The launch of a gripping new crime thriller series featuring D.I. Matthew Denning and Constable Molly Fisher, Know No Evil will utterly engross fans of Ian Rankin, Angela Marsons and L.J. Ross.
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MY REVIEW

DI Matt Denning, recently promoted to the role is at his first murder case. A young woman’s beaten body has been found.

Meanwhile DS Molly Fisher is doing her own investigation and finds links to an old case….The Bermondsey Ripper…..when more bodies are found she decides to approach Denning with her suspicions…and so the partnership begins…

This is told from both Denning and Foster’s perspectives, which gives a unique view of how their minds work, how they each process the same events. Very clever.

As this is the start of the series there is quite a bit of character building, so you get to know their backgrounds and personalities.

“‘He looks like a frigging ad for Hugo Boss.’”

There are enough twists to keep you guessing in this solid, engrossing and well plotted police procedural …thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2XAXUgE

Book reviews, Dystopian fiction, YA fiction

Jacob’s Ladder by Charlie Pike – Book Review

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We have heard your call

You no longer need to fear.

You will receive five messages, of which this is the first.

The last message will inform you of the time and place of your salvation.

 

Two hundred years from now, the earth is dying, scorched by powerful flares from the sun. A series of messages from an alien civilization sent to humanity over two centuries promise rescue to those strong enough to survive on their planet.

Initiate Leon is a member of the True Path warrior culture and preparing for his Rising. But when his test comes – to kill in cold blood – he cannot do it. To redeem himself, he must journey to find the earth’s fifth and final message from the Saviours, with the help of his resourceful servant, Martha.

Out in the wild, Leon discovers alarming changes in his body – he can drink water through his skin, and has poison barbs buried deep in his flesh. Martha reveals to him the secret that the True Path have kept from him all this time: Jacob’s Ladder, an adaptation for life on the alien planet, has lain dormant in his genes and is now being activated. He is part alien and part human, and he is in grave danger from those who wish to take what is in his body.

An ambitious YA novel for fans of Patrick Ness, Rick Yancey and James Dashner.

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MY REVIEW

Leon is ready for his Rising, he has trained for this all his life……he meets his bind and is shocked it’s a woman…surely he is worth more than this? It will be too easy to hunt and slit her throat with Stella! ……won’t it?

His bind is sent and he and his ‘crew’ are on the hunt, but she escapes when Old Sally, the acid rain, hits……

They eventually find her, wounded but she pricks Leon’s neck with something, before all hell breaks out and the only survivors are Leon and his divvy (slave) Martha….

What follows is a journey, a perilous one to say the least and the relationship between Martha, or Ulya as she has said her real name is, and Leon….will they hear the final message from Thule……or is everything Leon believes about to come crashing around his newly changed body…?

While this is a YA novel, it’s not a light read….there’s brutality to women, slavery and general cruelty, oh and worm brood!! A clever and well plotted tale of a dystopian world…..dark and moody with the underlying desperation of hope…

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jacobs-Ladder-Prepare-Born-Anew/dp/1788490401

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Charlie Pike
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Charlie Pike started his writing career when he lived in Turkey, teaching English to adults and children. When he returned to Ireland he worked as an advertising copywriter and freelance journalist, writing feature articles for Irish newspapers, until an opportunity came along to work for an Internet start-up. In 2003 he formed his own web company, Usable Design. He met his wife, Birgit, in Turkey and they now live in County Wicklow. They have two children. Charlie is a graduate of Trinity College.

His debut YA science fiction novel, Jacob’s Ladder, was published in spring 2019.

 

Jacob’s Ladder by Charlie Pike

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The O’Brien Press (1 April 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1788490401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1788490405

 

Book reviews, Thriller

The Wreck Of The Margherita by Bill Todd – Book Review

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The Wreck of the Margherita (Danny Lancaster Book #1)

The shipwreck is on the TV news and Danny Lancaster is pretty sure anything washed ashore is fair game. When he and his friends go beachcombing they find an Aladdin’s cave among the mangled, storm-lashed cargo containers. But they uncover more than they bargained for. The discovery draws Danny into a network of gangsters and corrupt politicians. A lap dancer goes missing, Ambrose and Everard are plotting and crime boss Big Eddie Archer wants a word. Then Danny remembers one bloody day in Afghanistan and calls in a debt from his old platoon commander to track down a secret factory. And once Danny gets angry, that’s it. His training is all about speed and ferocity behind enemy lines. The fuse is lit for a bonfire night confrontation. That’s when the real storm breaks. People start to die.

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MY REVIEW

Danny Lancaster is a Private Investigator, new to the role, he’s also a cab driver to make sure he has an income while he gets established….

There are quite a few characters, which don’t seem to be linked, but as the story grows the connections become clear.

It all revolves around some ‘salvage’ from a wreck…..but this was not what they expected and it soon becomes much more complex and dangerous …

Danny Lancaster is a man’s man, attractive, charming and quite a hit with women (there’s a fair few sexy scenes here too)….

This is an engaging thriller, with a complex plot to keep you guessing right to the end when it all comes together in a satisfying end.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bill is a journalist and travel writer who has visited more than 40 countries from the white wastes of Arctic Finland to the ancient deserts of Namibia. He loves a good wilderness. He received the Ed Lacy travel award in 2007.

Bill has written six crime thrillers featuring soldier-turned-investigator Danny Lancaster and was startled and delighted to be voted one of the 100 best crime authors in the WH Smith readers’ poll in 2015. He’s also written three short factual military histories. He lives to write although keyboard time has been cut lately with the arrival of grandson Theo.

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/williamjtodd

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

Website: http://www.billtodd.co.uk/

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

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bill-Todd/e/B008SA121U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

Purchase Links:

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Book reviews

The Closer I Get by Paul Burston – Book Review

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Tom is a successful author, but for the first time in his life, he has writer’s block. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her sick father and her social media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world collapses, whilst Tom is free to live his life again, and to concentrate on writing.

But things aren’t adding up. For Tom is also addicted to his

online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he’s powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.

A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological thriller, The Closer I Get is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk on the other side of a screen…

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MY REVIEW

Tom Hunter is a successful author, he meets Evie at a book signing and she believes they have an instant rapport…….

She follows him on Twitter, he follows her…..this must mean they are kindred spirts…mustn’t it?

But, it gets out of hand, Evie gets abusive with homophobic and threatening tweets when Tom doesn’t respond to her and eventually, at his wits end, he reports this online harassment as a hate crime to the police. There’s a court case and Evie is found guilty…..Evie is put under a ‘restraining ‘ order, no further contact is allowed…..is this the end of the matter?……

Told from both Tom and Evie’s perspectives you get to see how each of their minds work, how they are interpreting each interaction, until the stresses on each of them become unbearable …both of them are quite self absorbed and your sympathies will jump from one to the other and back again as the story unfolds…

A story of obsession, social media and stalking. Evie is tension personified, the way her mind sees things is truly disturbing…..but is this due to her childhood? Or something else?

Tom and Evie both have discrepancies in their stories, just who is telling the truth?

A timely tale showing how people seek validation for their lives online from strangers, with the lines between reality and fantasy in the soft focus of a snapchat filter….just how far does this seep into real life ? So relevant with the prevalence of harassment, abuse and so called trolling we see online every day….

Original, thought provoking and very scary as it so believable….from start to the incredible, gasp inducing ending……utterly compelling and a must read !

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here

https://amzn.to/2XvFeKv

 

AUTHOR BIO

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Paul Burston is the author of five novels and the editor of two short story collections. His most recent novel The Black Path, was a WHSmith bestseller. His first novel, Shameless, was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award. His third novel, Lovers & Losers was shortlisted for a Stonewall Award. His fourth, The Gay Divorcee, was optioned for television. He was a founding editor of Attitude magazine and has written for many publications including Guardian, Independent, Time Out, The Times and Sunday Times. In March 2016, he was featured in the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List 2016, celebrating “33 visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world”. He is the founder and host of London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon Polari and founder and chair of The Polari First Book Prize for new writing and the newly announced Polari Prize.

 

PUBLICATION DATE: 11 JULY 2019 | PAPERBACK ORIGINAL | £8.99 | ORENDA BOOKS

PRAISE FOR THE CLOSER I GET

‘A terrifying portrayal of the online world and the blurred lines into real life, the characters are top notch, the writing sublime, and the storyline chillingly plausible. This is dark twisty fiction at its very best’

Susi Holliday, author of The Lingering

 

‘The kind of book you read in one breathless gulp’

Cass Green, author of Don’t You Cry

 

Book reviews

Suspended Hearts by Heather Fowler – Book Review

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This is a book of short stories in the magical realism ‘genre ‘.

The stories are all very different, but all relate to women and their hearts and a search for love…..some packed full of humour and others at will break your own heart…I’m sure there is at least one story in this collection that will touch a nerve with your and your own emotions.

Heather Fowler writes in a near poetic style that has a rhythm of its own….so utterly evocative you will feel every moment. A unique masterpiece.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Book reviews, Court room drama, Crime thriller

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre – Book Review

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George ‘Genghis’ McCann has stolen – and lost – a priceless masterpiece. Snooker champion Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman is charged with betting fraud. With a second baby on the way, and promises of great rewards if he wins Bowman’s case and recovers the painting, defence lawyer Robbie Munro has never been so tempted to fix the odds in his favour.

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MY REVIEW

This is #5 in the Robbie Munro series, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone.

It starts with a dog….

Robbie is defending George ‘Genghis’ McCann on a burglary charge….where he took a box of items from a house instead of a dog !!….but there is so much more to this story….

With a betting fraud and bribery case, Robbie is in the middle juggling his cases and home life in this humour filled, twisty thriller, a mix of investigation and courtroom drama ( reminded me of Law and Order )…..Robbie Munro is a bit sloppy but his mind is constantly working (Columbo?) so don’t underestimate him…he’s a good man and an endearing character in this wonderfully entertaining read…..

My thanks to Ceris at Sandstone Press for a free ecopy of the Book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

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Author bio:

William McIntyre is a partner in Scotland’s oldest law firm Russel + Aitken, specialising in criminal defence. He has been instructed in many interesting and high-profile cases over the years and now turns fact into fiction with his Robbie Munro legal thrillers. He is married with four sons.

Book reviews, scandi noir

Storytellers by Bjørn Larssen – Book Review and #giveaway

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In March 1920 Icelandic days are short and cold, but the nights are long. For most, on those nights, funny, sad, and dramatic stories are told around the fire. But there is nothing dramatic about Gunnar, a hermit blacksmith who barely manages to make ends meet. He knows nobody will remember him – they already don’t. All he wants is peace, the company of his animals, and a steady supply of his medication. Sometimes he wonders what it would feel like to have a story of his own. He’s about to find out.

Sigurd – a man with a plan, a broken ankle, and shocking amounts of money – won’t talk about himself, but is happy to tell a story that just might get Gunnar killed. The blacksmith’s other “friends” are just as eager to write him into stories of their own – from Brynhildur who wants to fix Gunnar, then marry him, his doctor who is on the precipice of calling for an intervention, The Conservative Women of Iceland who want to rehabilitate Gunnar’s “heathen ways” – even the wretched elf has plans for the blacksmith.

As his defenses begin to crumble, Gunnar decides that perhaps his life is due for a change – on his own terms. But can he avoid the endings others have in mind for him, and forge his own?

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MY REVIEW

Gunnar is a blacksmith, he lives on his own and that’s how he likes it….

Then, he rescues an injured climber, Sigurd, and takes him into his home to recover….to keep them entertained, Sigurd tells a story of a remote town, it’s residents and their lives…Gunner is a little enthralled by it……but just wait for the twists !!

This is not a book to rush through, it’s a story to enjoy, a little hygge…with some shocking twists..

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Links:

UK –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Storytellers-Bj%C3%B8rn-Larssen-ebook/dp/B07P8Z74CC

US – https://www.amazon.com/Storytellers-Bj%C3%B8rn-Larssen-ebook/dp/B07P8Z74CC

 

Author Bio –

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Bjørn Larssen was made in Poland. He is mostly located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one. Since then his short stories and essays were published in Rita Baum

Art Magazine, Writer Unboxed, Inaczej Magazine), Edurada.pl, Homiki.pl, and Holandia Expat Magazine. He is a member of Alliance of Independent Authors and Writer Unboxed.

Bjørn has a Master of Science degree in mathematics, worked as a graphic designer, a model, and a blacksmith. He used to speak eight languages (currently down to two and a half). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland, even though he hates being cold. He has only met an elf once. So far.

Social Media Links –

http://www.twitter.com/bjornlarssen

www.facebook.com/bjornlarssenwriter

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Grave Intent by A.M. Peacock – Book Review

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Robert Norris. An eighteen-year old petty criminal is brutally tortured and left in a farmer’s field to die.  

DCI Jack Lambert, and his team, think they have it all figured out. It’s a robbery gone wrong. Suspicion immediately falls on the man who called it in.

What Jack doesn’t realise is that this is just the beginning.

An escaped prisoner, an attempted hit, and a seemingly unending trail of violence and retribution follows.  

As the mystery unfolds, Jack begins to suspect the existence of a secret, but powerful, syndicate operating on the very edges of the North East’s criminal underworld.

With the situation spiralling out of control, Jack finds himself at a crossroads—one which could lead him back into the kind of life he has spent a career running away from.

Time is running out and this case might not only cost Lambert his job, but also his life…

“From its very first gut-wrenching chapter I was completely hooked on ‘Open Grave’. This book signals the emergence of a brand new, north-east, crime-writing talent to watch out for. A.M Peacock is absolutely the real deal and Jack Lambert is a fascinating creation, destined for a big following. I can’t wait for the next one!”  Howard Linskey

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MY REVIEW

#2 in the DCI Jack Lambert series, but can quite easily be read as a stand-alone.

From the tension filled first chapter this grabs your attention and does not let go…

Robert Norris was trying to break in to a farmers home, expecting it to be empty, but it wasn’t, Gus was home with a shot gun…..so Robert runs, is then bitten by a dog, stabbed with a pitchfork and has his head smashed with a rock….was it Gus or someone else?

With more murders, DCI Jack Lambert has his work cut out…..his new relationship with Ryan suffers and he’s back drinking and his old boss Dorian, the gangster is blighting his life again…..he’s a mess….but work always comes first! Just who is behind these deaths and is Jack next on the list?

This is a police procedural thriller with a breakneck pace, full of twists to keep you on your toes….with great characters to keep you entertained along the way….another stunning read by A.M Peacock….and I’m already looking forward to the next in this addictive series….

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (it’s only 99p for the Kindle At the moment too)

https://amzn.to/2JcNGu8

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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A.M. Peacock grew up in the North East of England before leaving to study for a degree in music technology at the University of Hull. A subsequent return to his hometown of South Shields saw him spend seven years as a teacher in a local college before changing careers to become a trade union official.  

Having always been an avid reader, he took to writing after being encouraged to do so by his PGCE tutor. He has since gone on to produce a number of short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions, as well as producing articles for both the local press and a university magazine.  

A.M. Peacock’s debut novel, Open Grave, featuring DCI Jack Lambert, was published in September 2018. Grave Intent is the second in this series, with more to come!

Away from writing, A.M. Peacock enjoys watching films, playing guitar and can often be found pavement pounding in preparation for the odd half marathon.  

A.M. Peacock can be found on Twitter at  @ampeacockwriter.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Divorce by Victoria Jenkins – Book Review

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They seemed like any other couple.

Josh and Lydia Green. A doctor, and a stay-at-home mother. They met at a party, which led to a dinner, which led to a happy and comfortable life together. They married young, and had children earlier than planned.

Their marriage seemed like any other marriage

They have their moments, of course – who doesn’t? With Josh working longer hours in the hospital, and Lydia feeling increasingly isolated at home, the strain is starting to show. They don’t talk as much as they used to.

But they have a secret like no other.

Not every wife is as scared as Lydia.

Not every husband is hiding as much as Josh.

Not everything you think about them is true.

And this book contains a twist like no other…

The Divorce is an absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller which will have you hooked until the final incredible twist. Perfect for everyone who loved Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.

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MY REVIEW

This is a subtle, clever thriller about how we each see different meanings in the same things….

Karen is a psychologist and her clients, Josh and Lydia come to her to seek help with their marital issues…..this interaction between Karen and her clients is the bulk of the story, it also brings her own memories to the fore…how memories as a child may not have the same interpretation as an adult…

As Josh and Lydia’s sessions progress, more and more about their lives and their issues are discussed, reminding Karen of her own marriages, the abuse she endured and a tragedy….is this a coincidence or is there more to Josh and Lydia? Much more!

A quick read with a touch of a thriller and a twist you won’t see coming..

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my in honest, unbiased review.

 

Buy links:

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07QS3GPJDSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2VaK4iW

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2UDqLQ8

Googleplay: http://ow.ly/UQC430osfMb

 

About the Author

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Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband and daughter in South Wales, where her series of crime novels featuring Detectives King and Lane is based. Her debut novel The Girls in the Water is an Amazon UK top 30 bestseller, and top 5 bestseller in the Amazon US chart.

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery

Murder Unearthed by Anita Waller – Book Review

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When DI Tessa Marsden is called to a road traffic accident, she is disturbed by the crime scene she must investigate. She now has a double murder to contend with; two dead girls from the same village.

Realising the murders aren’t linked, Marsden summons the help of the Connection Investigation Agency, run by Kat, a church Deacon, Beth, (known affectionately as Mouse), a computer expert, and Doris, Beth’s feisty grandmother.

When it is discovered that one of the murdered girls was pregnant the case takes an unexpected turn.

Can DI Marsden, with the input of Kat and Mouse, solve the case before another body appears?

Meanwhile, the agency has been asked to track down the long lost son of Ewan Barker. Will Kat, Mouse and Doris find him and reunite him with his father?

This might just be their toughest investigation yet…
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MY REVIEW

This is Book #3 in the Kat and Mouse series by Anita Waller, it can be read as a stand-alone, but you will miss out a little on the back stories and just the joy of reading books 1 and 2.

Doris (Nan) has now moved out of Kat’s into a cottage of her own, but they are still together most of the time and their Private Detective agency, Connection is thriving.

The story revolves around two missing girls, a man who had crashed and died with a shovel, mud and a single women’s boot in his car……two bodies are soon found but are these deaths linked?

DI Tessa Marsden again asks Kat, Mouse and Nan if they can help….and so the investigation begins…

They are also helping Ewan Barker trace his son……he seems to be getting on well with Nan……!

I love the relationship between Nan, Kat and Mouse, three strong women who help and support each other and run a successful and sometimes dangerous business.

A clever and well plotted story, with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. Another wonderful cosy thriller from Anita Waller…..

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here

https://amzn.to/2Yw0MHZ

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Anita was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and has lived all her life there. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 21 years. Anita and Dave have been married almost 49 years!

She wrote Beautiful in 1985 and had it accepted for publication. They were the contract stage when the publishing house went into liquidation.

Like many another book it ended up in the loft until two years ago when she resurrected it, retyped all 100,000 words (it was orginally written on an Amstrad 8256 and all she had was a hard copy!) and sent it off to Bloodhound Books.

She is now retired from my life of being a Patchwork Tutor and HGV driver’s wife and concentrates on patchwork for the pleasure of it and writing. She started writing at around the age of 8 – she clearly remembers writing ‘novels’ at that age which were actually short stories split into chapters!

Anita’s genre is murder – but murder with a good reason behind it!

 

Book reviews, Womens fiction

The Red Word by Sarah Henstra – Book Review

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The Red Word asks a bold question: what if women weren’t content to wait for the next assault to take action? What if they got tired of the his-word-against-hers stalemates? Set against the sex wars of the 1990s and the birth of third-wave feminism, the result is a smart, dark, take-no-prisoners look at the extremes to which ideology can go.

As her sophomore year begins, Karen enters into the back-to-school revelry—particularly at a fraternity called GBC. When she wakes up one morning on the lawn of Raghurst, a house of radical feminists, she gets a crash course in the state of feminist activism on campus.

GBC is notorious, she learns, nicknamed “Gang Bang Central” and a prominent contributor to a list of date rapists compiled by female students. Despite continuing to party there and dating one of the brothers, Karen is equally seduced by the intellectual stimulation and indomitable spirit of the Raghurst women, who surprise her by wanting her as a housemate and recruiting her into the upper-level class of a charismatic feminist mythology scholar they all adore. As Karen finds herself caught between two increasingly polarized camps, ringleader housemate Dyann believes she has hit on the perfect way to expose and bring down the fraternity as a symbol of rape culture—but the war between the houses will exact a terrible price.

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MY REVIEW

Well where do I start?….

This is not an easy read but it’s totally mesmerising…..it’s about behaviour, about what is acceptable and what’s not……but just who makes that decision?

Do men decide what is acceptable? Do women? Or is it culture?

“If I get drunk I become rapeable. If I take my clothes off I become rapeable. If I leave your room at night when your passed out I become rapeable”

Karen is at Uni in the US, she’s enjoying the Uni life to the full, but one morning she wakes up in a garden after a drunken night at a frat party.  She’s at the house that had advertised for a housemate and she’d intended applying but had wanted to make a good first impression, but here she is grass stained and hungover….

After a weird interview, she is accepted into a fiercely feminist house….and she’s a little in awe but wants to be the same…..she is conflicted though.

What follows is a story, while set in the 1990’s is so relevant today … the question of consent, can a woman under the influence of alcohol or drugs give consent? or is it that a man will take advantage of the situation for their own ends? It’s also about the ‘rape culture’….the ‘She was asking for it dressing like that’ statement…

In this tale, I wonder if the feminists take things too far to make a point, but then the despicable behaviour by the frat boys is accepted as the norm by society …so how else can these behaviours be changed?

An incredibly thought provoking tale, that reminded me of Fay Weldon’s books a little. This is going to stay with me for a long time …for me this is a must read and a favourite for 2019….

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2XoMKLV

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sarah Henstra is a writer and professor of English literature at Ryerson University, where she specialises in 20th Century British Fiction. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

The Red Word is her debut adult fiction novel.

 

PRAISE

“An aesthetically arresting interrogation of rape culture on campus…Timely and brilliant.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A compulsive and perfectly formed novel reminiscent of The Secret History.” –New Statesman

“The Red Word will get you fuming, laughing, cheering, and most of all, thinking.” –Cosmopolitan

“A timely, telling look at rape culture on campus, Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word boldly goes to the places where memoir can’t but fiction can — and gives way to one hell of a realistic narrative.” –Pop Sugar

“The Red Word examines rape culture on college campuses with a precision and gentleness that few novels have achieved. . . While The Red Word is entertaining, it’s also a sobering reminder of the horrors inflicted on women, trans, and nonbinary people on college campuses.” —Bitch

“The smartest, most provocative novel I’ve read in a long time. Sarah Henstra dives headlong into some murky, turbulent waters — gender politics, campus sexual assault, complicity, moral responsibility — and emerges with a book that’s as shocking as it is essential.” – Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and Nine Inches

“The Red Word is set in the 1990s but speaks directly to the present feminist moment. Sarah Henstra takes us into two worlds: that of Women’s Studies classes and lesbian pagan rituals, and of frat boys and S&M theme parties. As I watched Karen struggle with politics, power, and her own culpability in the fallout of I could not put this book down.” — Darcey Steinke, author of Suicide Blonde and Sister Golden Hair

 

Winner the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction

“The Red Word echoes Donna Tartt’s The Secret History –

but there is nothing derivative about Henstra’s tale.

The Red Word is a beautifully written, gripping take on the battle between the sexes”

The Financial Times

 

THE RED WORD

SARAH HENSTRA

 

Published by Tramp Press in trade paperback, 21st March 2018, £12.99

 

The Red Word captures beautifully the feverish binarism of campus politics and the headlong rush of youth toward new friends, lovers and life-altering ideas.

With strains of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, Alison Lurie’s Truth and Consequences and Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons, Sarah Henstra’s debut novel arrives on the wings of furies.

Consent.

Rape culture.

The male gaze.

Sex-positivity.

 

About Tramp Press

Tramp Press is an independent publisher based in Dublin; recent successes include Notes to Self by Emilie Pine, Sara Baume (Spill Simmer Falter Wither, A Line Made By Walking) and Mike McCormack (Solar Bones). More information can be found at http://www.tramppress.com/

@TrampPress  ​ tramppress

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Anglesey Murders by Conrad Jones – Book Review

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DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.

In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West? Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM…

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MY REVIEW

I have to admit to being a fan of Conrad Jones writing and was looking forward to reading this……I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

It was the first time he’d killed and it felt good”

DI Alan Williams and his, DS Kim Davies investigate murders committed over a short time in North Wales. ( my son went to Uni in Bangor so I know a little of the area).

There is organised crime to deal with, drugs, guns etc and the Welsh Drug Squaf and the NCA…all while trying to solve these murders….are they by the same person or by several?

A marvellously twisty tale, with many characters and suspects to keep this tale racing along. I loved the grim atmosphere, with its stormy weather and dark seas, add the disturbing mind of the murderer, which makes this chilling thriller so gripping …I loved it.

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

You can buy a copy here (only 99p for Kindle at the moment too)

https://amzn.to/2FQFwFA

Author Bio:

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Conrad Jones a 52-year-old Author, living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.  

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 20th novel, The Journey, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.    

 

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

For fans of BA Paris and Laura Marshall comes the much-anticipated sequel to SWEET LITTLE LIES, the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition winner.

When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, there’s not much she can do. Joseph claims that Rachel has been threatening him, but can’t – or won’t – give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as a marriage on the rocks, Cat forgets about it. Until Joseph is arrested for murder. But it’s not his wife that he’s killed . . .

Naomi Lockhart was a young PA who worked for Rachel’s sister-in-law, Kirstie Connor. She was found dead after a party that Kirstie hosted that was also attended by Rachel and Joseph and evidence links Joseph to her murder.

 

Complications:

 

  1. Joseph’s defence is that his wife is setting him up.
  2. Rachel is outraged at her husband’s arrest and insists that he is innocent.
  3. The evidence against Joseph might not be beyond reasonable doubt.

 

The truth is never simple. Who would you believe?
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MY REVIEW

#2 book featuring Cat Kinsella, but while you miss the background to the Maryanne story it’s easy to read as a stand-alone.

DC Cat Kinsella is picking up her coffee from The Grindhouse, and the flirty barista, chases after her, he wants a quick chat. He asks for advice on his wife, said she’s acting oddly and threatening him, saying she will make him pay…..he won’t elaborate any further so Cat tells him it could be Controlling and Coercive behaviour and to speak to his local police station……she then forgets it, but gets her coffee elsewhere from then on…

Then the body of Naomi Lockhart is found and when interviewing friends and family, they find Joseph, the flirty Barista….is a prime suspect.

He says his wife is setting him up……she says he didn’t do it…just who did kill Naomi?

This is told in Cat’s voice, her humour and personality shine through with all its flaws and personal life issues alongside her determination as a detective. The working relationship she has with Parnell feels so true to life, with its banter and emotions…all credit to Caz Frear’s creative writing…..

It’s not a fast paced read, but there are plenty of twists and turns, with Cat’s internal thoughts adding to the investigation, to make this a compelling page-turner…..

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (and it’s only 99p for Kindle at the moment too)

https://amzn.to/2YnusHn

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Caz Frear grew up in Coventry, England, and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the second finally came true. She has a degree in History & Politics, and when she’s not agonizing over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at Arsenal football matches or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about. Sweet Little Lies is her first novel. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach – Book Review

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Samantha stumbled out of the party and on to a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home…

Seven years after Samantha’s disappearance, on what would have been her thirty-fifth birthday, her best friend Diane is shocked to find a letter addressed to Samantha on her doorstep.

Opening the envelope, Diane pulls out a birthday card and a finger nail painted in dusky pink nail polish. The same shade Samantha always wore. The same shade she was wearing the night she went missing.

When police analyse the nail, they don’t get the result they expected. Instead of linking them to Samantha, the nail belongs to another woman, Jade Ashmore. And Jade was murdered the night before the envelope was delivered….

THE COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE NEW CRIME THRILLER FROM BEST SELLING AUTHOR CARLA KOVACH – if you love Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love The Liar’s House. Gripping from the first page – you won’t be able to put it down.

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MY REVIEW

The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach is the fourth book in this series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

DI Gina Harte is still haunted by her past with an abusive husband that had ended with his death….

Now investigating the death of Jade Ashworth, she is brought face to face with her horrendous brother in law……and for a while she is afraid and stressed out to say the least.

They find their victim had been a participant in wife swapping parties and so their suspect pool just grew……in this rather seedy lifestyle that seemed mainly men coercing their partners to take part…..

What is the link to the missing Samantha…..?

The story really grabs you with both hands and will not let go…..I loved they way the killer’s identity was kept under wraps until the final couple of chapters…….so many despicable people to choose from……..creepy, violent and downright nasty…..full of suspense right to the end….brilliant.

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

Purchase Links:      

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07QCNN7VXSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Z2SKX0

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2IjtqFv

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2Wo1la7

 

Author Bio:

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Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Final Hour, has been published by Bookouture. It is the second in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

Author Social Media Links:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CKovachAuthor

Website: https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/

 

Book reviews, Womens fiction

The Fifty at 5pm Collections by Morgen Bailey – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

This collection comprises five volumes of fifty stories written from a variety of prompts and published on Morgen’s blog: http://www.morgenbailey.wordpress.com, where

you can still read the list of prompts – a story a day for nearly a year.

In this book there are stories of revenge, luck and misfortune, sharp edges, sticky red hands, no faded circle of skin, family heirlooms, Chelsea buns, and alien hums.

We meet a generous aunt, men in uniform, a fan of Hawaiian shirts, untidy teenagers, characters looking to improve themselves, a young girl with wings, a modern-day Cleopatra, and a curious fortune teller.

These stories all go to show what can be done with a prompt, a few hours, and a colourful imagination.
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MY REVIEW

Each of these 250 short stories are the result of Morgen Bailey’s a-prompt-a-day. Some are only a few lines long and others a couple of paragraphs or a little more, but all can be read in a few minutes.

There’s all sorts here, from stories of children, humour …(I loved the Adam Ant) thrillers and so much more.. all are very different and just shows the astounding creativity of Morgen …perfect to dip into while having a coffee and,  I think, a great way to maybe spark an idea.

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

Author Bio:

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Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address morgen@morgenbailey.com.

 

LINKS

 

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tutor = http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/courses

blogger = https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com

speaker = https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writer-for-hire/speaking-at-your-event

Twitter = http://twitter.com/morgenwriteruk

Facebook = http://facebook.com/morgenwriteruk