Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

The Snow Killer by Ross Greenwood – Book Review

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‘FEAR THE NORTH WIND. BECAUSE NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU SCREAM…’

A family is gunned down in the snow but one of the children survives. Three years on, that child takes revenge and the Snow Killer is born. But then, nothing – no further crimes are committed, and the case goes cold.

Fifty years later, has the urge to kill been reawakened? As murder follows murder, the detective team tasked with solving the crimes struggle with the lack of leads. It’s a race against time and the weather – each time it snows another person dies.

As an exhausted and grizzled DI Barton and his team scrabble to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the killer is hiding in plain sight. Meanwhile, the murders continue…

The first in a new series, Ross Greenwood has written a cracking, crackling crime story with a twist in its tale which will surprise even the most hardened thriller readers. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

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MY REVIEW 

Fifty years ago 3 men shot 4 people…..a father, mother and two children….left for dead in the snow, only 1 survived.

They grow up cared for by Uncle Ronnie, learning the tricks of a thief and poacher, always with thoughts of revenge. When the Uncle dies, they take the name Ronnie and exact their revenge……

Now it’s the present day, it’s snowing and a body has been found…

DI Barton is investigating the murder and things get dark….can he catch the a Snow Killer before any more deaths?

This is an incredibly gripping thriller,  just when you think you know where the tale is going a gasp inducing twist keeps you guessing. Clever plot, fast paced, dark and twisty…..brilliant. 

Thank you to Megan and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Ross Greenwood, an author from Peterborough, has written six crime thrillers. He uses his experience of travelling and working all over the world to create layered believable characters that will capture your imagination. In 2011, Ross decided to take on a new challenge and became a prison officer. He writes murderers, rapists and thieves brilliantly because he worked with them every day for four years

 

Praise for The Snow Killer:

 

‘Move over Rebus and Morse….Explosive plot kept me turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.’ author Richard Burke

 

‘With The Snow Killer, master of the psychological thriller genre Ross Greenwood once again proves his talent for creating engrossing and gritty novels that draw you right in and won’t let go until you’ve reached the shocking ending.’ Caroline Vincent at Bitsaboutbooks blog

 

‘Ross Greenwood doesn’t write clichés. What he has written here is a fast-paced, action-filled puzzle with believable characters that’s spiced with a lot of humour.’ author Kath Middleton

 

WHAT READERS THINK OF THE SNOW KILLER:

‘Absolutely brilliant!!’

‘A crime novel with a social conscience.’

‘ It grabbed me a few pages in and wouldn’t let go’ 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Betrayed by Jake Cross – Book Review

HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY to Jake Cross for BETRAYED

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When Nate wakes up in the woods, he has no idea how he got there. The last thing he remembers is being at home.

And when he spots two people digging a grave his problems multiply.

After escaping from the woods, he goes home to find his house burning and his brother, Peter, dead inside. Now the police are after him for the murder.

Determined to find out who set him up and why, Nate goes on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth. But can he find those responsible and prove his innocence before it’s too late?
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MY REVIEW 

Nathan wakes in the back of a van, naked and hand tied….he hears muffled voices and sees someone digging…..is it a grave?

After a tension packed scramble, he manages to escape and rushes home only to find his house ablaze…..where is his brother Pete….?

Nearly recaptured, his nerves are shot but he manages to get away only to find he has been accused of the murder of his brother and arson.

I can’t say much more for fear of spoiling the plot….but I will say this is a fast paced, nail biter of a thriller. Full of twists and surprises to keep you on edge and turning those pages. Utterly gripping.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books 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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Jake Cross was a seventies child who started writing at a young age. He started with fantasy because there was no research needed for an invented world. 

Early short stories covered probably every genre except dieselpunk-romcom. Although he now writes thrillers, Jake’s reading love is true crime. Other interests are MMA, snooker and driving.  

There are no dieselpunk-romcom novels planned. 

 

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Retriever Of Souls by Lorraine Mace – Book Review

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The first title in a dark and gritty crime series.

Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.
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MY REVIEW 

This is the first in The DI Sterling series from Lorraine Mace.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is a committed police officer to the point where his marriage is over and family life is a mess….

Bodies of prostitutes are being found, mutilated and dumped and he is determined to catch the killer before further women are murdered….

With chapters from the murderers perspective this gives an insight into his religious mania, his state of mind and gruesome details of his kills…

Full of interesting and believable characters with its clever background stories giving them a feeling of reality.

Paolo’s is quite a complex character and his team are great and work well together….will they manage to catch their prey?

I really enjoyed this compelling thriller and will be looking out for the next in the series…and I can thoroughly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a crime thriller.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours 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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Born and raised in South East London, Lorraine lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France before settling on the Costa del Sol in Spain. She lives with her partner in a traditional Spanish village inland from the coast and enjoys sampling the regional dishes and ever-changing tapas in the local bars. Her knowledge of Spanish is expanding. To stop her waistline from doing the same, she runs five times a week.

 

When not working on the D.I. Sterling series of crime novels, Lorraine is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions.

 

A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service.

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52

Website: http://www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

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

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Retriever-Souls-Sterling-Lorraine-Mace/dp/1786156792/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1571907947&sr=8-1

 

Amazon US: 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Retriever-Souls-Sterling-Lorraine-Mace/dp/1786156792/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1571908281&sr=8-1

 

Blackwells: 

 

https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Retriever-of-Souls-by-Lorraine-Mace-author/9781786156792

 

Google Books: 

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=qIxxDwAAQBAJ&rdid=book-qIxxDwAAQBAJ&rdot=1&source=gbs_atb&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_atb

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

From Inside The House by W.D. Jackson-Smart – Book Review

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Two victims. Brutally murdered in their own home. Body parts taken.

D.I. Graves is back on the case to face his toughest challenge yet. A case with no motive and no suspect, nothing at all that could explain why someone would kill innocent people in such a way.

Then the next victims are discovered. Another pair of bodies. New body parts taken. Again in their own home.

Someone is breaking into houses across the city at night, leaving horror in their wake. It seems to Graves that this could be two serial killers, working together. But how are they choosing their victims? Is any house in London a target? Is anyone safe

To make matters worse, a journalist is threatening to cause more harm than good with her obsessive push in covering the story to further her career, and someone is targeting Graves personally, seeking revenge against him in relation to an old case.

Can Graves keep himself safe long enough to stop the serial killers before they strike again?

 

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MY REVIEW 

#2 in the DI Daniel Graves series, it can be read as a stand-alone, but if you haven’t read #1 you are missing out on the start of a great series…

DI Graves and his partner, DI Charlie Palmer are called to a murder scene….nothing like they have seen before in its brutality.

But then, a second couple are murdered and the similarities suggest the same killer or killers….they have taken body parts too.

Daniel is still trying to come to terms with the death of Jenny and her killer is still taunting him….(from book #1).

With a high profile case, the press are everywhere and one journalist, Kelly, will do anything to get an exclusive, even putting herself in extreme danger. 

This is a dark and twisted tale, what the killers do with the body parts is particularly horrific. I can’t say much more about the plot for fear of spoiling it, but it has a bit of everything, even touching on mental health issues, with Daniel’s panic attacks…..there’s murder, fear, family and someone is still out there! Compelling and utterly brilliant. I’m looking forward to the next in the series already….

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours 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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WD Jackson-Smart, 35, is a London-based horror and crime fiction author who has been writing crime and horror fiction since 2011. His novel Red Light was self published on Amazon and charted in the top twenty best selling Suspense / Thriller Kindle books on release. 

His horror short story, What’s Yours Is Mine, was shortlisted for the Horror For Good anthology.

His first crime thriller Slasher, about a serial killer targeting slasher movie actresses in Hollywood, is out now, and he has launched a brand new crime series set in London and starring D.I. Graves. The Demons Beneath is the first in the series, and the sequel From Inside The House was published on July 1st 2019.

As well as his passion for horror and crime thrillers in all forms, WD Jackson-Smart also loves art and design, having studied Fine Art and Art History in Leeds and Toronto and working as a graphic designer for the majority of his career.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdejackson

Website: https://www.wdjacksonauthor.co.uk/

 

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inside-House-Thriller-British-Hardboiled-ebook/dp/B07QFBGJ9R/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1571859152&refinements=p_27%3AWD+Jackson-Smart&s=digital-text&sr=1-2&text=WD+Jackson-Smart

 

Amazon US: 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Inside-House-Thriller-British-Hardboiled-ebook/dp/B07QFBGJ9R/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=from+inside+the+house+wd+jackson-smart&qid=1571859372&sr=8-1

 

Waterstones: 

 

https://www.waterstones.com/book/from-inside-the-house/w-d-jackson-smart/9781527243378

 

Foyles: 

 

https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/from-inside-the-house-a-di-graves-har,wd-jacksonsmart-9781527243378

 

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

Closer Than Blood by Paul Grzegorzek – Book Review

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You would do anything for your family. Wouldn’t you?

A gripping crime thriller, perfect for fans of Peter James.

‘Writes with raw, engaging, authenticity’ Peter James

The real nightmare begins when the missing person returns…

Gareth Bell is about to arrest a cocaine dealer on Brighton Marina, when he makes a shocking discovery that turns his world upside down: the dealer is his long-lost brother, Jake, someone he thought had died years ago.

But their reunion is short lived. For Jake is on the run from a cold-blooded killer, whose network reaches all the way into the police force itself. Now that his brother’s life is on the line, Bell has only two choices. Family, or duty?
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MY REVIEW 

Sergeant Gareth Bell is on a surveillance operation, they are watching a drug deal taking place hoping to catch them as the transaction takes place. But, he recognises the drug dealer, as his brother ! All hell breaks out then and ends with his brother, Jake, jumping into the sea. 

He finally catches up with him and finds out he has stolen something from the Russians and they now want him dead. Can Gareth save his brother? 

This is an incredible, action packed thriller, all set in Brighton. Told from Gareth’s perspective, it gives insight into his character. He’s short tempered, prone to act first and think later, but he is also dealing with a broken marriage and his father’s ill health. It feels personal, a journey through just about every emotion while trying to do what’s right.

A well written, gritty, gripping and emotion packed thriller, with plenty of surprises to make this a real page turner. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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. 

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/3301qQv

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Paul Grzegorzek was born in 1976 and despite the name is Sussex born and (mostly) bred.

Paul writes dark, gritty crime novels inspired by his time as a police officer in his home town of Brighton, giving them a realistic feel that can only come from years of experience pounding the streets.  During his police career, he worked in a number of specialist units, including as a riot medic, method of entry specialist and intelligence officer, where he met and worked with many of the people who became characters in his books.

He has also worked in the private security and defence industries, as well as consulting for various agencies, giving him a unique insight into crime at both street and higher levels.

Born in Shoreham-By-Sea, within spitting distance of Brighton, Paul now lives in Hove with his wife and two sons.

 

Social media links:

 

twitter: @paulglaznost

 

facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/category/Author/Paul-Grzegorzek-173832352713621/

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Desire Card by Lee Matthew Goldberg – Book Review

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Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine.

Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live.

Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

The Desire Card is a taut, fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires.
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MY REVIEW 

Harrison Stockton works for Sanford & Co in Mergers and Acquisitions, he’s also an alcoholic. He is let go by the company in a ‘restructuring ‘. Part of his severance package is The Desire Card…..a perk, whatever you want, but at a price.

So before he goes home, he calls The Desire Card and requests a prostitute, Naelle, with whom he instantly feels a bond with…..but then he collapses and she saves his life, but doctors then tell him he has cirrhosis of the liver and will die without a transplant.

He goes home to his lonely home, his wife is busy with charity work and he no longer feels much of a bond with his children…and his father in law, Jay, detests him…..he doesn’t tell anyone of his illness, but makes a decision to contact an old friend in Mumbai, a Doctor and arranges a black market liver transplant……just as he thinks he’s saved, something changes everything.

So he resorts to The Desire Card…..could they get him a liver? But at what cost?

Non stop panic and fear felt by Harrison in his desperation as he really makes some questionable decisions, yet while his liver is failing he still can’t stop drinking and eating to excess……I found it difficult to have any sympathy for Harrison, he’s emotionally distant, probably due to his difficult childhood, he’s self absorbed and morally bankrupt, but my he didn’t deserve the rollercoaster of disasters that befall him….

Will Harrison get his liver? Will he somehow redeem himself?

A dark look at the black market for organs, the exploitation of the poor and the belief that money can buy you anything if you know the right people and to hell with the consequences. So scary, as it just seems so plausible! Brilliantly fraught and totally believable.

Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com.

 

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Final Reckoning by Margaret James – Book Review

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The Final Reckoning

A dark and twisty thriller by Margaret James 

What if you had to return to the place that made you fall apart?

When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager, she witnessed the aftermath of the violent murder of her lover’s father. The killer was never found.

Traumatised by what she saw, Lindsay had no choice but to leave her home village of Hartley Cross and its close-knit community behind.

Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that haunt her still. But will confronting the past finally allow Lindsay to heal, or will her return to Hartley Cross unearth dangerous secrets and put the people she has come to care about most at risk?

 

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MY REVIEW

This is the story of Lindsay and a horrific event she witnessed 7 years before. This had left her traumatised at the time and now she has returned to the area, after the death of her mother, all those memories and emotions come flooding back.

What really happened to her boyfriend’s father? 

A tale of rumour, secrets and life in a small community. It has a darker side and enough intrigue and twists to make this a real page turner.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Margaret James has been a member of the RNA for 22 years. She has written thirteen published novels, many short stories, and she also teaches creative writing for the London School of Journalism. Margaret’s first novel was A Touch of Earth, a family saga set in Herefordshire where she was born and grew up, and her most recent is The Penny Bangle, set in Dorset and published by Robert Hale. But her personal favourite among her novels is Elegy for a Queen, published by Solidus, a small independent which has a varied and fascinating list. Margaret now lives in Devon, which she loves. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

The Final Reckoning was published in ebook format by Ruby Fiction and in audio by Soundings on 22 January 2019. It is available on all major platforms including:

 

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Final-Reckoning-compelling-thriller-winter-ebook/dp/B07KFH2GYD/ref=sr_1_8 keywords=the+final+reckoning&qid=1564952238&s=gateway&sr=8-8

 

 

Kobo UK: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-final-reckoning-15

 

The price of the ebook varies: average is £1.99. 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Love Detective: Next Level by Angela Dyson – Book Review

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Angela Dyson returns with another hilarious, heart-warming and hijinks-packed mystery,  on the heels of her successful debut, The Love Detective comes more misadventures and murder with Clarry Pennhaligan and her creator, author Angela Dyson.

Note to self: 

Do not screw this up. 

When Clarry Pennhaligan, rookie private detective and unlikely heroine, takes on her second case, she is determined to master the art of smart. All she has been asked to do is to infiltrate a group of women who share a rather unusual way of spending their spare time. 

Shouldn’t be too demanding, she thinks, nothing to it. But, after her first clumsy steps reveal secrets that may best be kept hidden, her investigation gains momentum and events take a bizarre and sinister turn. Out of her depth and working above her paygrade, Clarry soon faces a very real danger. 

Things just got Next Level.

“The role of amateur detective has always appealed to me,” Angela Dyson explains. “The artless inexperienced meddler asking questions, stirring things up and getting in to a whole heap of trouble. But I’d never be brave enough to do it myself.”

Apart from the twists and turns of her crime caper, Angela has made sure to include some important messages to young and old. As she explains, “Twenty-six year old, Clarry Pennhaligan, is a modern heroine. She’s a generously proportioned size 14. She’s Body Positive and reflects the New Activism: Accept yourself …just as you are. Accept others…..just as they are.”

And then there’s her side-kick, the glamorous septuagenarian Flan. “I love Flan! She’s gloriously outspoken, and with a huge appetite for life. The inter-generational aspect of the novel sends a powerful message: We can do anything we want, no matter what our age
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MY REVIEW

Clarry Pennhaligan is a waitress, she’s also an amateur sleuth.

One of her colleagues, has a friend who needs help….and she will pay! So obviously Clarry takes the job. 

Vanessa’s well to do mother, wants Clarry to snoop on a group of women, she feels are the ‘wrong’ people for her daughter to associate with…..it might damage the 21 year olds marriage prospects!!!!

So, Clarry finds a way to befriend Vanessa, and gets invited to a secret meeting …Blessed Be!  A group of witches, raising money for a wellness centre …but is there something more sinister going on?

This just fizzes along, it’s beautifully light, descriptive writing really gives a sense of the events, while also dealing with the darker side of the story.

I love Clarry and her sense of humour. She feels like a real person, with her inner thoughts, her healthy body image and appetite to match.  Another great character is Flan, Clarry’s friend, a 70 year old woman who exudes glamour, fun and sheer enjoyment of life. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series….

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

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/31UEoJe

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Cobalt Sky by Keith Dixon – Book Review

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Edward Ransome is one of England’s most famous artists – rich, a friend to celebrities and known for his devotion to his craft for almost fifty years.Then someone steals his favourite painting – the painting that set Ransome on course to fame and fortune but was never sold and rarely seen.

Sam Dyke is hired to find the painting, and the thief, but quickly discovers that the loss of the painting is only one of the many losses suffered by Ransome, and his family. What’s more, whoever stole the painting is keen to keep it a secret, and committing murder to do so is not out of the question. 

Soon Dyke finds he has more than a simple burglary on his hands – it’s a case that spans generations and includes more than one ordinary crime.The Cobalt Sky is a subtle but exciting exploration of the ways in which families can hurt each other over time … without even trying.

From the two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE Award in the private eye/noir category, for The Bleak and The Innocent Dead.

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MY REVIEW 

#10 in the Sam Dyke series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Sam Dyke, a private investigator is hired by Charles Ransome to find out who stole one of his father’s paintings and replaced it with a forgery.

Edward Ransome, or ER as he is known, is the artist. The painting, No 1, holds an emotional link for him. This is the painting that started his career, but more than that, it has memories for him.

The Ransomes are not a likeable family, monied, privileged and selfish, but who really wants to hurt them? And Why?

I feel this is unique in that with cast of characters that is really quite small, so much is happening. There is murder, art theft, violence and intrigue but also the story of a broken family and how the cold, lack of showing any real emotion has affected them all. Very well plotted with a few surprises along the way. Gripping from start to finish.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He’s been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE First in Category award for Private Eye/Noir novel, he’s the author of nine full-length books and one short-story in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing. His new series of Paul Storey Thrillers began in 2016 and there are now three books in the series.

Learn more about Keith by following him on Twitter @keithyd6, by reading his blog at http://www.cwconfidential.blogspot.com/or connect with him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SamDykeInvestigations/

You can find out more from his website at http://www.keithdixonnovels.com/

 

Paperback: 317 pages

  • Publisher: Semiologic Ltd; Pocket Size ed. edition (3 Sept. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2490675087
  • ISBN-13: 978-2490675081

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cobalt-Sky-Sam-Dyke-Investigations/dp/2490675087

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

All His Pretty Girls by Charly Cox – Book

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Detective Alyssa Wyatt is hunting a serial killer.

She doesn’t know that he’s hunting her.

A woman is found naked, badly beaten and barely alive in the New Mexico mountains. The shocking discovery plunges Albuquerque Detective Alyssa Wyatt into a case that will test her to the limit.

It appears that Callie McCormick is the latest plaything of a shadowy psychopath that leaves a long shadow on the streets of New Mexico – an individual linked to a string of deaths but leaving no evidence.

But when Alyssa makes a breakthrough that just might reveal the killer, she unknowingly puts herself in the crosshairs of a brutal maniac – one with an old score to settle.

Because the killer knows Alyssa very well, even if she doesn’t know him. And he’s determined that she’ll know his name – even if he has to extract his deadly revenge on her and everything she loves.

The launch of a dark, gripping, completely unputdownable crime thriller series, All His Pretty Girl Introduces Albuquerque detective Alyssa Wyatt. Fans of Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Angela Marsons will be utterly engrossed.  

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MY REVIEW 

This is the first novel to feature Detective Alyssa Wyatt.

Someone is abducting women, torturing them and then killing them…….they all have a similar look. 

Alyssa and her partner Cord are beginning the investigation and things get dark and dangerous for Alyssa and her family…..

Meanwhile, Alyssa is still struggling with an event from her childhood, that has left her with a feeling of guilt and this case is bringing that to the fore….

I can’t say much more as I would really hate to spoil any part of this twisty thriller. It’s so immersive and has some real heart in the mouth moments too, all credit to Charly Cox’s creative writing. It flows so easily, with a fast pace and really is unputdownable. 

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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Born in the South, raised in the Midwest, Charly now resides in the Southwest in the Land of Enchantment where she enjoys eating copious amounts of green chile and other spicy foods. When she’s not reading, writing, or plotting sinister evils with her antagonists, she enjoys doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, hanging out with her husband and her spoiled Siberian Husky, visiting her son in Arizona, and traveling, preferably to places surrounded by sun, sand, and warm uncrowded beaches.

 

Twitter

 

https://www.facebook.com/charlycoxauthor/

 

https://www.clcox-author.com/

 

https://www.amazon.com/Charly-Cox/e/B07WGQN19Q

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19490745.Charly_Cox

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Deadly Silence by OMJ Ryan – Book Review

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Some sins can never be forgiven.

DI Jane Phillips was a star detective driven by a relentless quest for justice. But then she stepped outside the law. 

Now, demoted and suffering with PTSD, she finds herself facing the deadliest threat of her career — a serial killer who is preying on vulnerable women, murdering them in a shocking and bizarre ritual. 

A master of deception, he selects his victims at random. Or so it seems. But as Phillips investigates, she begins to see a method in the killer’s madness. Perhaps these victims aren’t random at all…  

As the pressure mounts, can Phillips find the link between these ritual murders before the killer strikes again — or will her dogged determination to solve the case bring his deadly silence to her door?
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MY REVIEW

Jane Philips is a DI, demoted as a result of events at a previous case. Her boss, Fraser Brown really hates her and makes it very clear, luckily for her the feeling is reciprocated.

Her team are investigating the murder of a woman, found suffocated by a plastic bag…..but when further murders are committed, all in the same way….they have a serial killer to find. Jane, committed to her job, puts the truth before anything else and ends up in danger, the killer is watching! 

Jane is a likeable character, likeable and a strong woman with a sense of humour but takes no nonsense either. With a great team, even new recruit Entwistle soon settles in. The victims have links to each other and the local church, but who would want them dead ?

What follows is a race against time to stop the killer before anymore deaths….it has a dark and twisty plot which has you hooked from the very first page.  It’s very clever writing that makes you feel empathy for a killer, yes the crimes were heinous but they had been a victim themselves too. I’ll never look at Winnie the Pooh pyjamas in the same way again……..Utterly compelling.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours 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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http://www.inkubatorbooks.com/omj-ryan-author-page

Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OMJRYAN1 @OMJRYAN1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OMJ-Ryan-2449880305025779/

Website: https://www.omjryan.com/

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

 

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Silence-gripping-thriller-Detective-ebook/dp/B07Z2R84T9/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=deadly+silence&qid=1571140575&sr=8-5

 

Amazon US: 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Silence-gripping-thriller-Detective-ebook/dp/B07Z2R84T9/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=deadly+silence+OMJ+Ryan&qid=1571140710&sr=8-1

 

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Publishing Information:

Published in ebook format by Inkubator Books on 27th October 2019.

Book reviews, Classic Fiction, Crime thriller

Shamus Dust by Janet Roger – Book Review


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London, 1947. A hard-nosed American detective with a hard-boiled mystery to solve.

It’s Christmastime 1947, in the City of London’s square mile of high finance. A seeming vice killing spooks a City councilor into hiring Newman, an expatriate American shamus, to keep his name out of a murder. Newman’s private inquiries split two different ways.

One takes him to the rackets, to the police murder investigation, and to the City’s own grandees. The second takes him into the ruins left behind by the blitz, to make sense of what he’s finding out about his own client. 

In a square mile where money interests hold all the aces, Louis the hotel barber is his sage: Choices you make, Mr. Newman, are not such a complicated thing…

 

“Elegant and spare but still cloaks itself in a terrific atmosphere. I liked the backstreet whores and the tipster barbers; the gold-leaf dining rooms and the tenement bedrooms. A grey-skied, British ‘Big Sleep’.” ATLANTIC BOOKS

If you love Chandler and the golden-age detectives, you will enjoy this hard-boiled thriller set in the financial heart of London in the early days of the cold war. An American detective has to be tough if he cannot carry a gun.

Captures the period and London locations perfectly. They were under the cloud of the A-bomb, but dammit they knew how to dress.

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MY REVIEW

Set in London, 1947. This is a murder mystery in a classic, noir style. A proper whodunnit very reminiscent of Sam Spade et al.

In this tale there have been several murders and PI Newman is tasked with finding the killer. But the story is so much more than just that, there’s a vice ring, corruption at every turn, more murders and even an archeological discovery which could put paid to plans, by a wealthy cabal, to rebuild a damaged London.

Beautifully written and highly descriptive, it is so atmospheric you can almost smell the smoky air……a book to take your time over and savour. 

Thank you to Ben at Cameron Publicity & Marketing for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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JANET ROGER: Lumberjack. Head of special education. Head of software testing in the City. Owner of a tech startup. Bought out by a FTSE 100 Company. Crime writer.

Shamus Dust is available for pre-order now on Amazon and will be available at all good outlets in ebook and paperback upon publication. Find out more at: janetroger.com

 

 

 

Comedy, Crime thriller

Merde And Mandarins (Kind Hearts And Martinets #5) by Pete Adams – Book Review

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A Defence Secretary shooting. The collapse of the Home Office Secretary. London’s high-ranking civil servants are being targeted, and DCI Jack Austin is drawn out of retirement. 

When his wife is kidnapped, inept savant DCI Austin leads the rescue mission while trying to solve the recent mystery, and discover the motives of the master conspirator.

Racing towards the chaotic conclusion, can he find solace in a welcome retirement, and uncover the supreme Machiavellian plot?

 

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MY REVIEW

Number 5 in the Kind Hearts And Martinets series.

Jack Austin and Mandy are married, he’s retired and enjoying life in their madcap way.

However, the Banana boys, Keef, Jeremy and Brains, would be gangsters and so hilariously dumb. They are working for a serious criminal who has a plan to kidnap Jack’s beloved wife, Mandy……things are going to get messy.

With senior civil servants, the mandarins, being targeted, the plan being to destabilise the government…but why?

When Mandy is kidnapped, Jack comes out of retirement!

This has its serious moments in a clever, twisty plot, it is utterly hilarious- the randomness of Jack’s habit of mixing up his words and his nicknames for everyone really will have you laughing out loud.

Will Jack and Mandy finally retire? I hope not as I love this odd, mismatched couple and their bizarre, madcap lives.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours 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 Pete Adams:

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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.

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Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peteadams8

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

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Merde-Mandarins-Kind-Hearts-Martinets/dp/1686656793/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1571128530&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Merde-Mandarins-Kind-Hearts-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07S9BJ6L4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=merde+and+mandarins&qid=1571128910&sr=8-1

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Merde-Mandarins-Pete-Adams/9781686656798?ref=grid-view&qid=1566372440893&sr=1-21 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Her Last Whisper by Jennifer Chase – Book Review

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Katie focuses her mind, trying to keep another anxiety attack at bay. The victim’s long brown hair is slick and wet, her body rigid in the grass. She looks more like a mannequin than the woman Katie had spoken with only yesterday, the woman she had promised to protect…

When a cold, naked body is discovered by a couple on a jog through the lush woodlands of Pine Valley, California, new recruit Detective Katie Scott is stunned to discover the victim is Amanda Payton – a much-loved local nurse and the woman at the heart of an unsolved case she’s been investigating whilst getting a grip on her crippling PTSD.

Weeks earlier, Amanda had run, battered and bruised, out into the headlights of a passing patrol car. She claimed to have just escaped a kidnapping, but with no strong evidence, the case went cold. The Pine Valley police made a fatal mistake… 

Katie is certain the marks on Amanda’s wrists complete a pattern of women being taken, held captive and then showing up dead in remote locations around Pine Valley – and she won’t let someone die on her watch again.

But then a beautiful office worker with a link to the hospital where Amanda worked goes missing. With only days before the next body is due to show up, can Katie make amends for her past by saving this innocent life?

Totally gripping crime fiction for fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh. Nothing will prepare you for this nail-biting roller-coaster ride…  
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MY REVIEW 

This is the second in the Detective Katie Scott series, while it can easily be read as a stand-alone you are missing out on a great series.

Katie is starting her first day of her new job, leading the cold case unit. She starts reviewing cases and one catches her eye….a kidnapping and assault case. Amanda had been taken, kept for about a week but escaped…but no one was ever arrested. All Amanda had said when she was found was ‘I told the truth’…

So, Katie begins her investigation, speaks to Amanda, who is then murdered….and there have been others! Can she find the kidnapper in time, will she allow her relationship to actually get going? With her life in turmoil, her PTSD is always in the background but she is determined to find the truth and obviously Cisco, her dog, is there to help too.

This is a totally gripping, dark, scary police procedural with great characters and a well defined, twisty plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for Book 3….

Thank you to Bookouture 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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Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.  

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Sins Of The Fathers by Les Cowan – Book Review. @LionHudson @MidasPR #SinsOfTheFathers #LesCowan #blogtour

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Father Ramon was a priest with a problem. How can a normal healthy young man cope with both the demands of the priesthood and his attraction to women? Appealing to the bishop doesn’t help. Do what you must but make sure I don’t find out, was the astonishing reply. Fifteen years later, Ramon comes out of prison. 

Instead of feeling guilt and remorse, he is now bent on revenge against those who testified against his shocking exploitation of children. Most are easy to find but there is one last piece missing in his puzzle: Andrea has moved to Edinburgh. 

David Hidalgo continues to pastor his church. Nowadays, this includes an English chat group for the many young people leaving Spain and looking for work in Edinburgh, people like Andrea. As Andrea slowly realises her past has terrifyingly become her present, once again David Hidalgo finds himself in the middle of a problem he wasn’t looking for. Can David help halt Ramon’s revenge or will there be further casualties…
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MY REVIEW 

#3 in the David Hidalgo series, but can be read as a stand-alone too.

As a former priest convicted and imprisoned for sexual offences, Ramon has served his time and if now being released. 

He has plans!

He wants revenge on those he feels are responsible for his incarceration.

David Hidalgo and his fiancé, Gillian Lockhart are running the Southside Church in Edinburgh and planning their wedding. They also help the local Spanish community with language skills. 

When Andrea reads of murders in Spain, she believes she knows who is responsible and that she may be in danger. Who can she tell?  David gets involved, but can he stop the killer before anyone else dies?

This is a crime thriller with faith and the church at its heart. It tells of how some abused a position of trust and innocents were hurt.  Overall, an intriguing murder mystery with some thought provoking moments.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Les Cowan is a crime and thriller novelist from Scotland. He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in English Language and Literature and has worked in the criminal justice system. Currently based in Orkney, Les has lived in Madrid, Edinburgh and Galicia, all of which are locations brought to life in his writing. His previous novels featuring David Hidalgo include Benefit of the Doubt and All That Glitters.

 

Www.worldofhidalgo.com 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Thriller

Savage Children by Peter Boland – Book Review. @PeterBoland19 @BOTBSPublicity #SavageChildren

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FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR IN AMAZON CRIME ACTION & ADVENTURE.

Children are disappearing from London parks. Caught on CCTV, they go in but never come out again…

Days after each disappearance, the distraught parents receive a hand-drawn picture of their child as an angel. A sign they’ll never see them again. The police have no clues or leads. All they have is a nickname for the abductor – the Archangel.

When Savage’s neighbour’s ten-year-old son Callum becomes a victim, he vows to find him, and catch this Archangel. Savage has his headstrong friend Tannaz to help him. This time it’s going to take more than her brilliant computer skills to find the truth. They’ll have to enlist the help of some new friends – and some old enemies.

As more children go missing, Savage realises the Archangel is a formidable adversary. Clever, elusive and terrifying. Savage also has the police on his back, watching his every move. The deeper Savage becomes involved, the more he realises all is not what it seems…

A twisty, chilling, action-packed thriller for fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci.

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MY REVIEW 

#3 in the John Savage series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone, although you are missing out on a great series.

The Archangel is abducting children, drugging them and making them draw a picture of themselves as angels. They then send the picture to the parents!!

When John Savage’s neighbours son goes missing he decides to find the abductor himself.

Now, Savage is retired, drinking tea in his ‘house trousers’….but don’t let that fool you. This ex-SAS soldier is as fit as ever and with Tannaz they use her genius computer skills to find out more.

The police are not exactly helpful and even arrest Savage at one point, they are at a loss. Are these children still alive? Can Savage find Callum?

Savage is flawed, haunted by Jeff Perkins a figment of his PTSD but such a likeable character, Tannaz is fearless and utterly brilliant so now on Book 3, I love these characters. With a great plot, this is a crime thriller with a difference and I can’t wait for the next in the series……

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. 

 

You can buy a copy here

 

https://amzn.to/2MOdBZQ

 

Author Bio:

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After studying to be an architect, Pete realised he wasn’t very good at it. He liked designing buildings he just couldn’t make them stand up, which is a bit of a handicap in an industry that likes to keep things upright. So he switched to advertising, writing ads for everything from cruise lines to zombie video games.

After becoming disillusioned with working in ad agencies, he switched to writing novels (or was it because he just wanted to work at home in his pyjamas?). He soon realised there’s no magic formula. You just have to put one word in front of the other (and keep doing that for about a year). It also helps if you can resist the lure of surfing, playing Nintendo Switch with his son, watching America’s Next Top Model with his daughter and drinking beer in a garden chair.

 

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

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterBoland19

 

Goodreads Author Page: 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7102414.Peter_Boland

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Reckless Girl by Emma Tallon – Book Review. @Emmaesj @bookouture #RecklessGirl

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Fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jessie Keane will be hooked by Reckless Girl.

She’s back and this time she has a score to settle.

Anna Davis and Freddie Tyler are finally getting their lives back on track when an unexpected face turns up on Freddie’s doorstep. Someone from the past. And she delivers a blow that will tear their lives apart.

Reeling from the news, Anna throws herself into her work. Her clubs are doing well and she’s opening a new business venture with best friend, Tanya. But she’s worried that her relationship with Freddie could be about to fall apart.

Freddie’s got big problems with the business. A new gang is in town, and they’re muscling in on Tyler turf and need to be dealt with. Plus, he’s still being closely watched by a Met detective determined to bring him down.

As Freddie plots to take out his rivals, tensions between him and Anna grow. Could this spell the end of their relationship? And will the rogue detective finally get the chance to arrest Freddie – burning the empire he’s built from scratch to the ground?

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MY REVIEW 

#5 in the Anna and Freddie series. Yes it can be read as a stand-alone, but you are missing out on the backstory of these incredible characters.

Well life seems to have settled down for Anna and Freddie, but we know that’s not going to last long. Soon things start to go awry…..

Anna is slowly coming to terms with the loss of their baby, and now Freddie has a new gang appear, who are intending on taking over his many criminal businesses. It’s taken him a long time to build his reputation and he has no intention of losing it.

As usual, Anna and her friend, Tanya are starting yet another new business and keeping an eye on all their comings and goings is a determined detective.

Anna and Freddie are not the most honest or law abiding citizens, but it’s the relationships they hold that make the story so compelling. Will their relationship survive the new revelations? Will the police finally catch up with Freddie? A completely engaging crime thriller.

Thank you to Bookouture 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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Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

Social Media Links:

For more information on Emma or to join her mailing list, please go to: http://www.emmatallon.com or alternatively, follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/emmatallonofficial or on Twitter: @EmmaEsj

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

PUBLICATION DAY PARTY Expiry Date by Alex Walters – Book Review. @mikewalters60 @Bloodhoundbook #ExpiryDate

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A family day out turns sour for DI McKay when he stumbles across an unidentified corpse. The day becomes darker still when his brother-in-law goes missing and is eventually found dead, the result of a seemingly accidental fall.

Meanwhile, DCI Helena Grant has a disastrous on-line date with a pompous senior manager of a local hotel chain. Her initial amusement turns to unease at his disturbing behavior.  And, as she arrives home, she receives a threatening texts from someone who has clearly been watching her.

When a further body is found at the edge of the Cromarty Firth, McKay and Grant finally begin to piece together a story that involves violence, people trafficking and the darkest family secrets. And the more McKay learns, the more he realises that some of those secrets lie very close to home…

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MY REVIEW 

Expiry Date is #4 in the Alec McKay series but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

This begins with a family day out for Alec McKay, his sister Fiona and their partners. Kevin wanders off, and the other three come across a body…..but where is Kevin?

Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Helena Grant is on a date, and it’s not going too well. Helena leaves after the date, but feels uneasy and she later gets threatening texts…

There is also the story of Jana, a woman trafficked to Scotland and is working in a hotel….other women are not as lucky.

Are these cases linked? DI Alec Mckay is about to find out.

As the story progresses the clever plot all comes together in this gripping crime thriller. It is well paced and the characters are all well developed and realistic. While DI Alec McKay is a typical cop with issues, this doesn’t detract from the story in any way. I found this twisty thriller thoroughly engaging and I’ll be look8ng out for the next in the series.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Winterman is Alex Walters’s first historical crime novel. He is the author of Candles and Roses, Death Parts Us and Their Final Act, all featuring DI Alec McKay and set in and around the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. He has also written five books set in and around Manchester – Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, Dark Corners and Snow Fallen, featuring DCI Kenny Murrain – and three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast.  Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and as a consultant working mainly in the criminal justice sector. He now runs the Solus Or Writing Retreat in the Black Isle with his wife, occasional sons and some cats.

 

Website – http://www.alexwaltersauthor.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MikeWalters60 @mikewalters60

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

The Silence Of Severance by Wes Markin – Book Review. @markinwes @cazvinbooks @TheSilenceOfSeverance

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Your wedding day should be the most unforgettable day of your life. And this is one wedding that will never be forgotten.

When a police officer’s wedding day ends in brutality and chaos, DCI Michael Yorke is pulled away from his own wedding and into the bloodiest chain of events Wiltshire has ever seen.

As a heatwave tightens its grip on Salisbury, Yorke and his team face a race against time to find the most sinister and intelligent adversary they have ever faced. Christian Severance. But as the team chase Severance into the shadows of a dark past, Yorke’s own history starts to drag itself into the present. 

Can they stop Christian Severance before he achieves the unthinkable? And will Yorke survive the revelations that claw at him from the darkness?

 

 

The DCI Yorke Series:

#1 One Last Prayer for the Rays ​: bit.ly/OneLastPrayerfortheRays​ 

#2 The Repenting Serpent​​: bit.ly/RepentingSerpent

#3 The Silence of Severance​​: bit.ly/SilenceofSeverance

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MY REVIEW 

This is #3 in the DCI Michael Yorke series, I found it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

I was hooked right from the start . A police officers wedding end is a bloody, chaotic mess… and DCI Michael Yorke is called in to investigate.

A suspect is identified as Christian Severance and so the chase begins. As the murders and mutilations continue the tension builds! Can they stop him before he carries out his plan? 

This is not a book you can leave as you really do need to know what’s going to happen next in this nail biting thriller. With lots of twists this is dark and utterly compelling.

Thank you to Caroline Vincent and Bits about Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

 

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 third instalment in the DCI Yorke series, ‘The Silence of Severance’, Wes is now working on the fourth 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.

Wes Markin on Social Media

Twitter​​​twitter.com/MarkinWes

Facebook Author Page​www.facebook.com/WesMarkinAuthor

Goodreads Author Page​bit.ly/GRtoWesMarkin

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

Dark Retribution: Smitty’s Calling Card by BR Stateham – Book Review. @BlackthornTours @brstateham #DarkRetribution

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

Smitty’s a hit man. A hit man who, sometimes, becomes a dark angel for those select few who are in desperate need. This time a cop needs his help in saving his sister-in-law. A madman is stalking ladies of the night and slaughtering them. No one knows who the madman might be. No clues are left behind. No witnesses are left alive. The police are baffled.

But one cop knows what to do. Sometimes, in defeating Evil, you occasionally have to flirt with the devil. Sometimes, only a killer can find a killer.

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MY REVIEW

Someone is roaming the city killing prostitutes and mutilating their bodies….a new Jack the Ripper?

Artie, a cop, knows they are no where near catching the killer, they have nothing at all. So in desperation, he contacts a man known as Smitty, a security consultant/private investigator and rumours are that he’s a hitman too! Can he help?

‘A killer to catch a killer’

Smitty has the police files and starts his own investigation, working through suspects and identifying possible next victims. Can he find the killer before anyone else dies?

This is a clever, dark and disturbing thriller, a protagonist with almost superhuman stealth and a marvellously twisty plot. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Isobel Blackthorn for a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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B.R. Stateham is a fourteen-year-old boy trapped in a seventy-year-old body.  But his enthusiasm and boyish delight in anything mysterious and/or unknown continue.

Writing novels, especially detectives, is just the avenue of escape which keeps the author’s mind sharp and inquisitive.  He’s published a ton of short stories in online magazines like Crooked, Darkest Before the Dawn, Abandoned Towers, Pulp Metal Magazine, Suspense Magazine, Spinetingler Magazine, Near to The Knuckle, A Twist of Noir, Angie’s Diary, Power Burn Flash, and Eastern Standard Crime.  He writes both detective/mysteries, as well as science-fiction and fantasy.

In 2008 the first book in the series featuring homicide detectives Turner Hahn and Frank Morales came out, called Murderous Passions.

Also, in 2008 he self-published a fantasy novel entitled, Roland of the High Crags: Evil Arises. 

In 2009 he created a character named Smitty.  So far twenty-eight short stories and two novellas have been written about this dark eyed, unusually complex hit man.

In 2012 Untreed Reads published book two of the Turner Hahn/Frank Morales series A Taste of Old Revenge.

In 2015 NumberThirteen Press published a Smitty novella entitled, A Killing Kiss.

In 2017 a British indie publisher, Endeavour Media, re-issued A Taste of Old Revenge, and soon followed by a second Turner Hahn/Frank Morales novel entitled, There Are No Innocents.

In 2018 Endeavour Media published a third novel of mine, the first in a 1st Century Roman detective series, entitled While the Emperor Slept.

Also in 2018, NumberThirteen Press merged with another famous British indie, Fahrenheit Press. Soon afterwards, Fahrenheit Press re-issued an old novel of mine entitled, Death of a Young Lieutenant.

Now, after all of this apparent success, you would think Fame and Fortune would have sailed into my harbor, making me the delight of the hard-core genre world. Ah but contraire, mon ami! Fame and Fortune are two devious little wraths who pick and chooses the poor souls they wish to bedevil. I remain in complete anonymity and am just as bereft of fortune as I have always been. And apparently will continue to be for a long time to come.  

B.R. Stateham has a blog called, In the Dark Mind of B.R. Stateham – http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com

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