Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Irony In The Soul by Pete Adams – Book Review

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Recuperating from his past mission, disturbed but driven D.I. Jack Austin returns to work amid a personality clash with a retired colonel – who happens to be his new Chief Constable. 

When the Constable is kidnapped – and returned in pieces – DI Austin’s hapless hunt for the culprit begins. He investigates a string of cryptic murders including a beheaded minister, a drowned woman in a Hijab, and a band of terrorists with explosives.

Meanwhile, Austin battles a grievous inner conflict. Will he thwart the perpetrator, or become a conspirator himself?

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MY REVIEW

This is Book 2 in the Kind Hearts and Martinets series featuring DCI Jack Austin.

The story revolves around a domestic terrorist plot to cause civil unrest and political upheaval…..and some rather gruesome murders.

So Jack ( Mr Malacopperism himself) and his team investigate in their unique style. Jack is just recovering after being shot while solving a previous case, and recently back at work. He is such a character, slowly coming to terms with the death of his wife 3 years ago, PTSD and a new romance with Mandy. He really is a crisis magnet!

This is a serious thriller, but full of humour and tomfoolery from Jack, his nicknames for everyone are non stop and he tends to vocalise his thoughts which gets him into awkward moments. A fun thriller with a dark edge. Can’t wait for the next in the series.

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. 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://amzn.to/32LwiDR

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

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

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

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

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peteadams8

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

 

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Irony-Soul-Nobody-Listens-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07RKSZFDW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=irony+in+the+soul+pete+adams&qid=1567504752&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Irony-Soul-Nobody-Listens-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07RKSZFDW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=irony+in+the+soul+pete+adams&qid=1567505144&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Irony-Soul-Pete-Adams/9781076813374?ref=grid-view&qid=1567505170007&sr=1-1

 

Google Books: 

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=tdQUxwEACAAJ&dq=irony+in+the+soul+pete+adams&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiUzIz2s7TkAhWPXsAKHTlGCKYQ6AEIKjAA

 

Publishing Information:

Published by Next Chapter Publishing in ebook and paperback formats on 28th June 2019.

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Quiet Ones by Theresa Talbot – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

If only someone had listened…

When the supposed suicide of famous Scottish football coach Harry Nugent hits the headlines, the tabloids are filled with tributes to a charitable pillar of the community that gave so much back to sport and to those less fortunate.

But something isn’t right. Normally celebrities are queuing up to claim to have had a very special relationship with the deceased, but investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neil is getting the distinct impression that people are trying to distance themselves from Harry.

Oonagh’s investigation leads her to uncover a heartbreakingly haunting cover-up that chills her to the core… and places her in mortal danger from those willing to protect their sadistic and dark secrets at any cost…

Perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, Angela Marsons and Cara Hunter
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MY REVIEW 

“I want you to tell me what it’s like to die “

Harry Nugent is found, by his wife, hanging from a bannister….all looking like suicide, until they find his tongue has been cut off and stuffed back in his mouth.

A police investigation begins with DI Alec Davies and his team and rumours start to circulate that Harry may not have been the person the public believed him to be.

Journalist, Oonagh O’Neill sees a colleague writing the obituary and thinks there may be more to this story and so she starts her own investigation……but then two more bodies are found, with similar mutilations!!  As Oonagh gets closer to the answers, she is in danger herself….can the guilty be brought to justice finally?

This is a difficult read at times due to the subject matter. It deals with the abuse of young boys by a well respected football coach…..(something that has been in the news quite recently)….and that it was kept quiet by others around him. 

This tale by Theresa Talbot is written showing sensitivity and compassion for the victims, and while it is a tough subject this brilliant thriller is a compelling read. 

Thank you to Aria Fiction 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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Theresa Talbot is a freelance writer, journalist and radio presenter, perhaps best known as the voice of Traffic and Travel on BBC Radio Scotland and as the host of The Beechgrove Potting Shed. Prior to working with the BBC she was with Radio Clyde and the AA Roadwatch team. Theresa worked in various roles before entering the media as an assistant in children’s homes, a Pepsi Challenge girl and a library assistant. She ended up at the BBC because of an eavesdropped conversation on a no.66 bus in Glasgow. Her passions include rescuing chickens, gardening, music and yoga.

 

Follow Theresa: 

Facebook: @TheresaTalbotBooks

Twitter: @Theresa_Talbot

 

Buy links:

 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Tqo8Ns

 

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2Z0KtCq

 

iBooks: https://apple.co/2Mdbzod

 

Google Play: https://bit.ly/33y0Aez

 

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Bloodline by Pamela Murray – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

When a young boy discovers a man’s body lying in a doorway, DI Burton and DS Fielding are called to the scene.

Believing the man was homeless, the police are shocked to discover the true identity of the victim; a Detective Constable from London who was working undercover.

But when the DNA from the victim is linked to a cold case Burton and Fielding find themselves looking into another unsolved murder.

And as the case unfolds, the detectives are faced with unpicking through a web of lies and deceit. But can they solve the murders before any more blood is spilt?

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MY REVIEW 

The second novel by Pamela Murray to feature DI Burton.

When a homeless man is found dead, DI Burton and his partner DS Fielding begin the investigation. But after the pathologist completes his investigation, they find out the man wasn’t homeless, but an undercover cop, Alan Blackburn.

So, DS Fielding and DC Summers decide to go undercover to continue DC Blackburn’s and investigate a dubious organisation that employs the homeless.

DI Burton and the team investigate the murder. This leads to another murder case from 30 years ago…..can they find the link and solve both cases

A gritty, tense and utterly gripping thriller.

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/32B4FgA

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Pamela Murray is from the North East of England, and has spent most of her life living in Boldon. She began writing at an early age when she and her school friend used to write stories for one another. The writing continued on and off over the years, but was only recently reignited when the same school friend introduced her to the local writers group she was in.

Pamela had intended to enter Journalism after leaving school but found herself going to work in a Public Library instead, and has always had more than a passing interest in books and literature.

When not writing, Pamela is passionate about Cinema and her three grandchildren. She has also appeared as a Supporting Artiste in two episodes of the hit TV crime series “Vera”.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Endgame by Daniel Cole – Book Review

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A locked room. A dead body. A secret that went to the grave.

When retired police officer Finlay Shaw is found dead in a locked room, everyone thinks it’s suicide. But disgraced detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes isn’t so sure.

Together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and private detective Edmunds, Wolf’s team begin to dig into Shaw’s early days on the beat. Was Shaw as innocent as he seemed? Or is there more to his past than he’d ever let on?

But not everyone wants Wolf back – and as his investigation draws him ever deeper into police corruption, it will not only be his career on the line – but the lives of those he holds closest as well..

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MY REVIEW 

This is the third of the Ragdoll trilogy and while this can be read as a stand-alone, but it would really be useful for the background story to have read the previous novels. 

This is a locked room mystery. Finley Shaw, a retired police officer is found dead in a sealed room..a single shot to the head. This is first classed as a suicide, but is it?

Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes arrives at his friend Shaw’s home to take a look for himself…..and is arrested. He comes to an arrangement with the Commissioner, in return for information about the wanted drug Lord, Dubois, he will work this ‘suspicious’ death of his friend as his last case.

The story revolves around Wolf, DCI Emily Baxter, who he has a history with, and the Police Commissioner Christian Bellamy. With flashbacks to 1979 to find answers as to who would kill Fin..and why!

If you enjoy a crime thriller, with humour, twists, immensely likeable characters and a clever, imaginative plot, then you’ll love this.

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/2HUW6VY

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

At 33 years old, Daniel Cole has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and most recently for the RNLI, driven by an intrinsic need to save people or perhaps just a guilty conscience about the number of characters he kills off in his writing.

He has received a three-book publishing and television deal for his debut crime series which publishers and producers describe as “pulse-racing” and “exceptional”. 

Daniel currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing book two in the Nathan Wolfe series instead.

Ragdoll is his first novel. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Historical fiction

Code 17 by Francis Booth – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Code 17 by Francis Booth

Code 17 was originally a musical idea.

Ten years ago I made an album that paid homage to the theme music of 1960s British TV spy series like The Man from UNCLE, The Baron and Department S, and to films like Modesty Blaise and The Ipcress File. The music on the album was from an imaginary TV series called Code 17, featuring the glamorous art dealer/spy Lady Laura Summers. She was imagined as a cross between Sharron Macready of The Champions, Emma Peel of The Avengers and Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward of Thunderbirds, though none of these women was the lead character in their own show.

Ten years later I thought I could make a novel out of Code 17 and Lady Laura – a fast-paced, female-led thriller set in the art world of Swinging 1967 London. I kept to the format of a twelve-episode TV series and tried to imagine each chapter as a self-contained thirty minute episode, split into short, cinematic scenes; I imagined our heroine getting into deep water in every episode but always getting out of it before the credits rolled.

I hope you can imagine it that way too.

You can hear the music at https://www.mixcloud.com/planckmusic/code-17/

And watch the promotional video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfZsXqxch5I

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MY REVIEW 

Lady Laurencia Artemisia Claudia Summer or Lady Laura as she prefers, is an upper class art dealer……she is also a dealer in art forged by her friend Muffie…

Lady Laura is also gay, she is to marry Jonny, to keep up appearances, but on the wedding day, he is shot and with his dying breath he says ‘Code 17’….

Code 17 turns out to be a clandestine group of wealthy, powerful men who right wrongs their own way….

Lady Laura believes a woman to have shot Jonty, confirmed by her father as he tells her of the secretive Code 17…she wants revenge for Jonty and decides to find out more herself.

What follows is a romp through 1967….with its pop art, money and fashion. It’s a fast paced adventure in the vein of the Avengers….bowler hats and swords,there’s even a catsuit…. Lady Laura reminded me distinctively of Joanna Lumley’s Purdy…..

Lots of twists, with references to art and literature too. Great characters and a fun 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. This is my honest, unbiased review

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Francis Booth’s novels are all available as eBooks and paperbacks on Amazon. They include:

  • The Watchers series of Young Adult fantasy novels: The Charlotte Strain and The January Legacy;
  • The Nevermore novel sequence Nevermore, Evermore, Gone Before and Nothing More, a series of dark revenge tragedies;
  • Code 17, a fast-paced, female-led thriller set in the art world of Swinging Sixties London.

Francis is also the author of several academic books on modern literature and culture, also available on Amazon:

  • Amongst Those Left: the British Experimental Novel 1940-1960 (to be published by Dalkey Archive Press);
  • Everybody I Can Think of Ever: Meetings That Made the Avant-Garde;
  • Girls in Bloom: Coming of Age in the Mid Twentieth Century Woman’s Novel;
  • Text Acts: Twentieth Century Literary Eroticism;
  • Comrades in Art: Revolutionary Art in America 1926-1938.

As a translator, Francis Booth has published English versions of the Marionette Plays of Maurice Maeterlinck and produced libretti adapted from Akutagawa, Strindberg and early Sanskrit and Buddhist texts, several of which have been set to music and recorded.

Francis also produces music under the name Tektonix, all of which is on YouTube and at mixcloud.com/planckmusic. He is currently at work on Code 17.1, the sequel to Code 17.

 

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Essence Of Evil by Rob Sinclair – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

He’s your attacker.

He’s a murderer.

He’s your twin. 

When D.I Dani Stephens returns to work after the attack that almost ended her life, she’s quickly plunged into a horrific new case, as dead bodies are discovered on the streets of Birmingham.

But with no link between the victims, Dani has to get inside a killer’s mind – so turns to the murderer she knows best. Her own twin brother…

But what makes a psychopath? Can understanding her twin help her find a murderer who leaves no trace? As the circle closes on Dani, the clock is ticking and she needs a breakthrough – before she becomes the latest victim.

A heart-stopping crime thriller that fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham won’t be able to put down.

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MY REVIEW 

DI Dani Stephens is back at work after a 2 year absence. Her twin brother, Ben had killed others and attempted to murder her too. After a traumatic brain injury and extensive rehab, she is now back……but is she ready?

Immediately thrown into a murder case, Dani feels there is more to this than a random murder and a serial killer may be at work. Her bosses disagree and after a person of interest dies, she is suspended while an internal investigation is completed. But she can’t let it go…..when a young student goes missing, she knows she is right and carries on her own investigation, putting herself In danger.

Dani is damaged, she’s afraid, frustrated and angry, partly due to her brain injury but is her feeling of paranoia justified? Will Jason stick around to support her, even though she keeps pushing him away?

Great, realistic characters, with some real surprising moments in this incredibly well plotted crime thriller, that’s so engrossing it really is unputdownable…. If you like a dark twisty thriller, you’ll love this.

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 (well pre-order it)

 

https://amzn.to/314fyHt

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series and James Ryker series of espionage thrillers. His books have sold over half a million copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn. 

Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.

 

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Court room drama, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Degrees Of Guilt by HS Chandler – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

‘Timely, anger-inducing and very powerful – it’s excellent’ Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

 

Maria is on trial for attempted murder. 

She has confessed to the crime and admits that she wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide Maria’s fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.
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MY REVIEW 

Maria calls the police to tell them she’s just killed her husband, Edward. She’s so shocked to find he’s still alive and she’s been arrested for attempted murder.

This then becomes a courtroom drama, as we learn about each of the jurors, especially Lottie and Cameron. They slowly begin with a flirtatious after court drink, but this soon becomes a bit more…..But Lottie wants it to end, she has a son and husband to think of….Cameron is quite determined to carry on. 

All the while the trial is in full swing as we hear of Maria’s life, and the coercive control exerted by her husband…..this is sometimes hard to read, as it’s such an insidious behaviour that happens behind closed doors and can be almost invisible to those outside. Maria had managed to talk to a support line, where Ruth became her confidant, but she refuses to let her give evidence at the trial…..

Was Maria justified in her actions? 

I found this to be a compelling read, about the difficult subjects of coercive control and self harm, but in a realistic and sensitive manner, I did wonder how the seemingly two separate sides of the story would come together, the trial and the jurors deliberations, but I needn’t have worried as it worked so well.  It reminded me a little of 12 Angry Men. An emotive and breathtaking thriller…..I loved it.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers 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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A former barrister, HS Chandler is a pseudonym for bestselling crime author Helen Fields, who practised for thirteen years in both family and criminal law. Having extensively prosecuted and defended, she is an avid believer in the right to a fair trial, and in the invaluable role that juries play in the British legal system. Helen was born in Hampshire and now lives in the US.

@HSCinkpen

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

A Litter Of Bones by J D Kirk – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

‘A breath of fresh air in the crime fiction genre.’ – L.J. Ross

‘Gripping. Atmospheric. Chilling. A superb debut.’ – Adam Croft

 

Was the biggest case of his career the worst mistake he ever made?

Ten years ago, DCI Jack Logan stopped the serial child-killer dubbed ‘Mister Whisper,’ earning himself a commendation, a drinking problem, and a broken marriage in the process.

Now, he spends his days working in Glasgow’s Major Investigations Team, and his nights reliving the horrors of what he saw.

And what he did.

When another child disappears a hundred miles north in the Highlands, Jack is sent to lead the investigation and bring the boy home.

But as similarities between the two cases grow, could it be that Jack caught the wrong man all those years ago?

And, if so, is the real Mister Whisper about to claim his fourth victim?

A Litter of Bones is the explosive debut crime thriller novel from JD Kirk, an exciting new voice in Scottish crime fiction. Perfect for fans of L.J. Ross, Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, and Stuart Macbride.

‘A phenomenal novel.’ – M.A. Comley  
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MY REVIEW 

This is #1 in the DCI Jack Logan series set in the Scottish Highlands.

A young boy, Connor has gone missing…..his parents receive a note and a teddy bear…..due to similarities to a case from 10 years ago, DCI Logan is sent to investigate. 

He is to work with a small local team and together they hope to find the missing boy.

Logan is still obsessed with the Whisper Man Case, The child murderer is locked up in prison, but won’t speak about his last victim…..Logan visits and asks regularly, but Petrie was injured in a fall at his arrest, and has suffered a degree of brain damage..

Who has taken Connor? Is this a copycat? 

This is a thriller that grabs you with both hands…..it is one of the most gripping police/crime thrillers I’ve read and a cliche I know, but I really couldn’t put it down and raced through it in one sitting….

There’s so much happening…..a great team of detectives, with their banter, determination, tea and a tunnocks wafer….. There’s some really dark moments too the chapters from a captive boys perspective are heartbreaking and have a palpable tension. A clever, dark and twisty thriller and 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.

 

Author Bio:

 

JD Kirk lives in the wilds of Scotland, where he spends his days making stuff up and writing it down. He lives with his wife, two children, one dog, and – if his daughter has anything to do with it – a cat in the very near future.

Having been writing in various genres for over a decade, JD turned his attention to crime fiction in May 2019, and hasn’t looked back. A Litter of Bones is his first crime novel, and the first of his hundred-plus books that his wife could bring herself to read.

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jdkirkbooks 

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19106689.JD_Kirk

Website: http://www.jdkirk.com

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Thriller

A River Of Bodies by Kevin Doyle – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

In this sequel to his impressive debut novel To Keep A Bird Singing, Kevin Doyle delves further into the murky world of the powerful Donnelly family and their association with the Catholic church and the security forces. 

The clock is ticking as Noelie and his friends try to uncover the network of corruption and deception that the family have used to protect themselves and their operations. 

But Albert Donnelly is onto Noelie and there’s nothing he won’t do to stop him.

Edgy, dark and sharp, Kevin Doyle’s A River of Bodies is a cracking political thriller – restless, brilliantly plotted and topical.
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MY REVIEW

A River of Bodies is the second of the Solidarity Books trilogy by Kevin Doyle. 

Set in Ireland this is about uncovering the perpetrators of child abuse with links to industrial schools, the clergy, the Garda and even Special Branch.

Noelie’s friend Hannah had been murdered, as has his nephew, Shane. All linked to the investigation into Albert Donnelly and his family farm, which appears to be the centre of the abuse ring from the 60’s, and features in a nasty home movie.

Noelie, Black Gary, Meabh, Katrina and Martin are trying to find the truth, but it puts them all in danger……will they all survive? And will they get nearer to getting justice for the victims….?

This group of friends are just normal people, not gung ho action figures and this gives such believability to the tale.

This is a dark, edgy and gripping read with an underlying feeling of menace …and really sets the scene for Book 3…… 

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. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://amzn.to/2kohF8

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Kevin Doyle is from Cork and works as a writer and creative writing teacher. He has been published in many literary journals, including Stinging Fly, The Cork Review, Southwords and The Cúirt Journal. He is the winner of a string of awards, including the Tipperary Short Story Award (1998) – first; Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year – shortlist; Hennessy Literary Awards (2011) – shortlist; Seán Ó Faoláin Prize (2013) – runner-up; Michael McLaverty Short Story Award (2016) – winner. In 2018, he published his first novel, To Keep A Bird Singing. He lives in Cork.

 

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Alphabet Murders by Lars Schütz – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

FOR THIS KILLER, IT’S A GAME OF A B C 

Criminal profilers Jan Grall and Rabea Wyler are assigned the gruesome case of a man found murdered in a wildlife park. Later, two more bodies are found, both brutally mutilated, and authorities soon realise that the victims are linked by the letters of the alphabet tattooed on their skin. 

Then the killer strikes again and Grall and Wyler receive a mysterious package containing a blood-encrusted scrap of skin marked with a letter. And when Grall’s hotel room is marked with a Z, the race is on to find out who this vicious killer is. Before it’s too late . . . 

A tense and exciting serial killer thriller by debut author, Lars Schutz.

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MY REVIEW 

This starts with someone being tortured with a tattoo gun….and then the story really begins with the finding of two bodies, both gruesome deaths and they have been tattooed …one with an A, the other a B…..then a 3rd is found …disembowelled and tattooed with a C…..

All the murders have been committed in such a short time …clearly planned, but what and who links them all?

Jan Grall and his assistant, Rabea Wyler begin their investigation, as profilers can they discover the killer’s identity and stop any more deaths?

With believable, likeable characters that have their own personal issues and with a twisty, gruesome plot this is a dark, gripping and utterly compelling thriller. It’s hard to believe this is Lars Schütz debut, I will certainly be looking out for more by this author. 

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, Crime thriller, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Her Silent Cry by Lisa Regan – Book Review

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Round and round she goes, blonde pigtails flying, her high-pitched giggle catching on the wind. But as the ride slows to a stop, her seat is suddenly empty. Little Lucy is gone…

When seven-year-old Lucy Ross is snatched from the carousel in Denton city park, Detective Josie Quinn joins the frantic search. She’s the one who finds Lucy’s sparkly butterfly backpack abandoned by the ticket booth, a note with a devastating message stuffed inside: answer your phone, or your sweet little darling will die…

The next day, Lucy’s parents are filled with hope when they pick up a call which they think is from their babysitter – but instead it’s a chilling male voice on the line. Josie races to the babysitter’s small apartment only to find her lifeless body in a tangle of sheets on her bed.

Josie is faced with the most high-stakes case of her career as each new phone call from someone connected to the family ends with the shocking discovery of another body. This twisted killer wants revenge, and he won’t stop until the Ross family are in pieces…

Something is telling Josie that Lucy’s parents aren’t giving her the whole truth, but digging deeper into their lives will force her to confront a life-changing secret of her own. Does Josie have what it takes to crack this case? She has no choice if she’s going to bring Lucy home alive…

An absolutely unputdownable new crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Readers who love Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and Rachel Caine will be hooked until the final, jaw-dropping page.

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MY REVIEW 

Lucy Ross, the butterfly obsessed little girl has gone missing…last seen on the carousel with her mum….how could she just disappear?

Detective Josie Quinn was there herself…..but didn’t see anything untoward….

But then a note is found…..Lucy has been kidnapped.

Then they receive a call from the nanny’s phone …with demands …but where is the Nanny?

There are murders, threats and so much tension it’s palpable at times….will they find out who the killer is? Will they manage to find Lucy before it’s too late?

A clever plot, great characters, Josie Quinn is so likeable, and enough tension and twists to keep you on tenterhooks throughout….a brilliant read.

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/B07SW5H9QKSocial

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

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

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2X3t8fn

 

Author Bio:

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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: http://www.lisaregan.com

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Regan-189735444395923/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan

WEBSITE: http://www.lisaregan.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

A Killing Fire by Faye Snowden – Book Review

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The first time Raven Burns saw her father kill, the victim was her mother. Afterwards, Floyd “FIRE” Burns set the house on fire, making Raven watch as the flames slithered across the yard like some unknowable language. Then he took her on a multi-state killing spree. She could’ve told or killed him in his sleep. But there were his constant whispers, his wet lips close to her ear saying that little girls who told were sent to hell, and their mothers were called down from heaven to take care of them.

By the time he is executed, Raven has become a cop with the sole purpose of putting men like him away. But she can’t escape Floyd’s terrorizing voice in her head, somehow guiding her steps while reminding her of the horrors he had forced her to witness. And she can’t escape the questions that continue to haunt her: Did witnessing make her complicit? Had the same evil that lived in her father taken residence in her soul?

The town of Byrd’s Landing, Louisiana appears to have made up its mind. The community accepts that Raven had nothing to do with Floyd’s crimes. But when Raven shoots a teenager who points, what turns out to be, an unloaded weapon at her, stories about Floyd resurface. The whispers begin. No voice is louder than wealthy socialite Hazel Westcott. When Westcott turns up dead in the backyard of her Big Bayou Lake estate, the doubting voices reach a deafening crescendo, and the ghosts of her past rise up to greet her. To catch Westcott’s killer, Raven must come to terms once and for all with who she is. And who she is not.

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

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MY REVIEW

Raven Burns is a Detective in the Byrds Landing Police Department, She is also the daughter of an executed serial killer. Floyd ‘Fire’ Burns.

She is called to a body of a young woman, no immediate sign of foul play, but the investigation begins….while searching young Hazel’s room, Raven finds something that brings back memories of her father……a peacock feather.

As the investigation progresses, there are more deaths and those close to Raven are in danger…..just who is trying to set her up? And why?

Set in Louisiana, with great characters and an intense plot, this is a dark and gripping crime thriller that keeps you hooked from start to finish.

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/2YOHYIb

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Faye Snowden is the author of three published mysteries with Kensington— Spiral of Guilt (1999), The Savior (2003, 2004) and Fatal Justice (2005, 2006). She has published short stories and poems in various literary journals and small presses including The African American Review, Calliope, Red Ochre Lit, Bay Area Poets Coalition and Occam’s Razor. A new book, A Killing Fire (Flame Tree Press) will make its debut in August, 2019.

Although born in San Fernando, California, she was uprooted while young to a place where supposedly people had swamps in their backyards and alligators for pets. She didn’t have any pet alligators in Shreveport, Louisiana, but an amazing, resourceful single mother raised the family of six in a shotgun house. And she had a cat named Blue.

At eighteen, Faye left Louisiana to join the Navy. The Navy gave her an opportunity to spend some time living in Naples, Italy and on both US coasts—Washington, DC and northern California. After the Navy, she went to work as an information technology professional in various industries while on her way to a masters in English literature.

Aside from her publications, she also managed two boys, a husband, five dogs and three writing fellowships following those years. Today, Faye works and writes from her home in Northern California. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Classic Fiction, Crime thriller

The Decoy by Florrie Palmer – Book Review

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In the rural English village of Heronsford, Eliza and Jay Armstrong live in the farmhouse Eliza was brought up in. Her now elderly mother lives in a small converted barn close by.

Surrounded by friends, the Armstrongs appear to have an idyllic life. But when two members of their social group die in suspicious circumstances, a cloud falls over the village. 

Are the deaths linked? And were they really accidents? 

One of the villagers believes they have the answers and is prepared to risk everything to get to the truth…

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MY REVIEW 

In the idyllic village of Heronsford, friends, family and neighbours regularly meet up for weekly socialising and the local pub…

There’s, Eliza and husband Jay and mum Annie, Actress Francesca, wealthy Bob and Stella, Kate and Hamish and Louise and Patrick.

One day Louise’ body is found in their pool and it’s thought possible suicide. Then Stella’s little dog is found dead in a pond….along with petty vandalism the villages takes a sinister turn and everyone is on edge…then another body is found …just  who wants these women dead and why?

This is not a fast paced read, but a slow burn, with a sense of tension cleverly building right up to the heartbreaking end. A classic english whodunnit.

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. 

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

https://amzn.to/2KIA9tK

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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One of the first British female singer-songwriters, Florrie’s songs have been recorded by many including Abba blonde Agnetha Faltskog, Manfred Mann, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Elaine Paige and Sheena Easton. Her biggest hits were recorded by Sheena Easton who hit the number one spot in America for 6 weeks with 9-5 (Morning Train) resulting in a platinum record followed by a number 12 with When He Shines.

In 1994, Florrie wrote a comic novel based on her experiences in the music business called Never Final Till it’s Vinyl.

The Decoy is her first venture into crime fiction. She is currently writing her second. Having lived in various English counties as well as the so

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

The Fifth Grave by Rob Jones – Book Review

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A stunning new crime thriller from #1 bestselling author Rob Jones.

Poised to return to work after a long bereavement leave, Detective Chief Inspector Jacob is called away from the sanctuary of his home to attend the grim discovery of human remains over a quarter of a century old. Found deep in woodland with its own grim history, they give little up, but he is soon confronted with local gossip of hauntings and witches.

The mystery deepens when a second person is murdered in the same woods, and Jacob soon realises he is hunting a killer who will stop at nothing to keep the darkest of secrets buried in the past. Working alongside Dr Sophie Anderson, a criminal psychologist with her own damaged past, they close the net until tragedy strikes again in this gripping romantic suspense thriller.

Set in the wild and beautiful Wiltshire Downs, The Fifth Grave is a fast-paced whodunit with a dash of humour and romance and a killer twist.  

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MY REVIEW 

DCI Jacob is back at work after time off due to a tragedy, his fiancé died in a fire that was intended to kill him…..he still has nightmares..

A woman’s body is found in the four sisters coppice by a metal detectorist…..who is she? And do the case begins…..

There are more deaths and Jacob and his team are determined to find the killer….he even brings Dr Sophie Anderson, a criminal psychologist and FBI trained profiler on the case. She has her own nightmares about The Ferryman who had almost killed her before his incarceration…..is there a budding romance here with Jacob?

This is a really engrossing thriller, a solid police procedural with a dark, occult edge. The descriptive writing builds an atmosphere of creepy menace and fully rounded, believable characters, with all their foibles and troubles. Slowly building tension from start to finish…..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 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/2YhYSyN

Author Bio:

Rob Jones is the internationally bestselling author of seventeen archaeological adventure novels, including thirteen in the Joe Hawke series. Originally from England, today he lives in Australia with his wife and three children.

 

Twitter: @AuthorRobJones

 

https://www.facebook.com/RobJonesNovels/

Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan – Book Review

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The Last Straw is a thrilling crime novel by Ed Duncan. It is the second book in his Pigeon Blood Red series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone.

It started with a run-of-the-mill carjacking.  An inner-city kid with no priors and no experience with a gun fumbled the ball, and the driver ended up dead.

A teenage girl witnessed the whole thing, and now a target has been placed on her back. The carjacker’s father, a notorious crime boss, is willing to move heaven and earth to prevent her from testifying, even if that means hiring a hitman to kill her.

Richard “Rico” Sanders, the best in the business, was his first choice for the job.  But there was a problem. He was a “killer with a conscience” and a killer with a conscience doesn’t murder teenagers.  The crime boss reluctantly turns to someone who has no such qualms, John D’Angelo. There was bad blood between him and Rico, so knowing that Rico had passed on the job, he eagerly accepted it.

Rico and the girls lawyer, Paul Elliott, form an uneasy alliance to try and protect her from the hitman. As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.

 

Praise:

 

“This Chicago set thriller is a pacy read, written with an edge and style… For me, this is even better than the first in the Pigeon-Blood Red series and it does work well as a stand-alone… Ed Duncan’s series will sweep up fans as it goes along.” – Crime Thriller Hound

 

“The Last Straw is a Hugely Satisfying Crime Novel by Ed Duncan.” – Best Thrillers

 

“With danger looming in every chapter, The Last Straw is an action-packed and nerve-racking read. Duncan skillfully draws the reader into a complex web of characters… A few key twists within the storyline keep the reader intrigued in this fast-paced thriller…The Last Straw is an outstanding crime thriller…” – 5 Stars, Red City Review

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MY REVIEW 

This is #2  in The Pigeon-Blood Red series, but I found it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

It starts with two seemingly unrelated stories, Jean has been beaten by a ‘client’ and boyfriend Rico is not pleased…..at all!

Meanwhile, Paul, a lawyer, is working on a case of carjacking, where a young man, Jeffrey, had shot the car owner. The witness, a young woman is walking with Paul and her father, when her father is shot and killed…..who was the target? And is Sandy next?

It turns out Rico and Paul know each other, not friends but acquaintances that had been involved in a shooting before…..who is looking out for who here?

Rico is a violent man for hire…..he has one rule, he doesn’t hurt kids….but he does have a set of morals, while these are still violent he is a bit of an anti-hero.

With some great characters, twists and secrets, this is a compelling and engaging read… I can recommend it for anyone who loves an edgy thriller.

Thank you to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the third installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red series. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

 

Readers can connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Art Of Murder by Rebecca Muddiman – Book Review

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How do you catch a killer who thinks murder is art?

Michael Fisher sees himself as an artist rather than a killer and poses his victims to resemble famous paintings.

Detective Nick Kelly is called to attend the latest crime scene and finds himself at the centre of a media storm. But while the rest of the police department feels under pressure, Nick relishes the attention.

Karen Kelly, Nick’s soon to be ex-wife, watches in horror as this brutal game of cat and mouse plays out. But Karen has secrets of her own.

And when another body is found, Nick is disturbed to discover he knows the victim and things start to get a little too close to home.
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MY REVIEW 

Detective Nick Kelly loves being the centre of attention, his personal life is a mess, his marriage has broken down due to his constant cheating, not that he wants anyone to know it’s his fault !

Karen, his wife, is angry, lonely and worried she’ll lose her home when they divorce. So one evening, when Nick’s parents want to take her out for her birthday, she has had enough of playing to Nick’s tune and goes out alone to a bar…here she meets Michael, he’s seem’s kind but she doesn’t want an awkward situation, so she leaves by the back door….what she doesn’t know is that Michael has her in mind for his final project….

Michael is a serial killer, who murders women and then leaves them in poses to represent famous works of art……he just wants his art to be acknowledged and appreciated !!!

This is an utterly compelling thriller, all the characters are devoid of any redeeming features but the writing is so good you just have to keep reading to find out how this is going to end…..Will Michael finish his work, Will Nick’s narcissism get the better of him finally? Will Karen survive?….Twisty brilliance from start to finish.

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 Kindle at the moment too 30/7/19)

 

https://amzn.to/2YnRLnR

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published six crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, Murder in Slow Motion, No Place Like Home, and The Art of Murder. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.

Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

 

 

https://rebeccamuddiman.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/RebeccaMuddiman

https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamuddimanwriter

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Nothing To Hide by James Oswald -Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland’s foremost crime writers. 

‘THE NEW IAN RANKIN’ Daily Record 

‘OSWALD’S WRITING IS A CLASS ABOVE’ Express

Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . .

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks.

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice.

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . .(Courtesy of Goodreads)

‘CRIME FICTION’S NEXT BIG THING’ Sunday Telegraph 

‘A WONDERFUL, FAST-PACED THRILLER’ Michael Wood

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MY REVIEW

This is the second book in James Oswald’s series featuring DC Constance Fairchild.

Con is suspended, while awaiting the trial of Roger DeVilliers, a paedophile, and the corrupt detective Bailey.

She is being harassed by the media, with paparazzi camped on her doorstep and she is known as the ‘posh’ cop.  Returning home after a break in Scotland, she finds the mutilated body of a young man, he’s still breathing…so she is back in the thick of it again.

Poor Con is still the pariah to other cops, so she sent back to Scotland to do a little investigation there, away from the press.  DC Karen Eve, is helping and they form a slightly fragile friendship. We also meet the marvellous character, Rose, who I have to admit is one of my favourites…..with her air of mystery and glamour…I’d love to read more about her. ( I have read other of James Oswald’s novels that also feature Madam Rose…).

Meanwhile Con is also dealing with her brothers impending wedding and meets her mother, who is now part of The Church of the coming light and the disturbing Reverend Dr Masters…..

When further bodies turn up, also mutilated, Con finds herself in danger in a claustrophobic drama….

Can they find out the link between the victims, and why they are being so horrifically mutilated? 

I really like Con, she’s strong, independent and certainly feisty and dogged in her determination to find the truth. I’ll certainly be looking out for the next in the series.

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free, this is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. AS COLD AS THE GRAVE is the ninth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.

 

James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Life Ruins by Danuta Kot – Book Review

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How can you save someone else… when you can’t even save yourself?

A body, briefly glimpsed at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft, vanishes when the police investigate. Jared, recovering from an almost fatal injury and addicted to painkillers, knows he saw something terrible in that mine… but he has no evidence, and fears he’s losing his grip on reality.

A girl is attacked so savagely she can’t be identified, and dumped late at night in an isolated campground. She’s alive, but only just. Becca, tossed out of university and just let go from her dead-end job, is certain she knows who the victim is. But no one will believe her, and she can hardly even trust herself.

Kay, recently widowed and coming to terms with life on her own, suddenly finds herself forced to get involved. For years she and her husband fostered difficult children – including Becca, whom trouble follows like a stray puppy. And now Becca seems to be in the worst trouble of her life.

And then Jared and Becca meet. Becca, strong-minded and fiercely independent, is confident they can figure out what’s going on. She pulls Kay into the mix, knowing they’ll need all the help they can get… because the police don’t believe them. And more girls are vanishing.

Separately, Kay, Becca and Jared believe their lives have hit rock bottom. But drawn together under extraordinary circumstances, they’ll discover the strength to fight back… and ultimately rebuild their lives from the ruins.

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MY REVIEW 

Kay is foster mum to Becca. Becca works in a cafe at a drop in centre for the homeless, she hates it, loser in an overall !! But the youngsters trust her and she is good with them…..but when her past comes back to haunt her….just who wants her out of the way?

Jared, recovering from a 50 metre fall, in constant pain and addicted to pain pills, still has the craving for the danger of climbing, caving and tunnels…….when he visits a disused railway tunnel and nearly gets stuck, he panics, especially when he sees a face and flowers……at first he thinks it’s just a lack of oxygen….but soon realises there may be a body down there….

Circumstances bring Jared and Becca together as they try to find out where Paige is…..but this puts them and Kay in danger…..

The police don’t believe Becca, due to her previous troubles, and Jared is a bit questionable in their eyes….can they find the truth and survive?

Powerful and thought provoking. It highlights the problems faced by the homeless and the members of society on the fringe……how their previous issues colour the way they are treated……sometimes when you cry wolf….there really is a wolf!! I was hooked from start to finish….brilliant.

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/2Oj2sUQ

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Danuta Kot grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She has previously written under the names, Danuta Reah and Carla Banks. Danuta was also a former chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals, and has appeared on radio and television.

 

Praise for Life Ruins

 

‘A powerful, thought-provoking story, which perfectly evokes the bleak Yorkshire land- scape. Danuta’s crystal clear writing, whip-smart plotting and great characterisation make the book a vital read for any crime fan’ – Kate Rhodes, author of Hell Bay

 

‘Life Ruins has all the elements I love in a novel – complex characters, an insidious underlying menace, and haunting landscapes. This dark story will suck you in from the first page’ – Stephen Booth, author of Fall Down Dead

 

‘Explores real issues, from the perspective of real, damaged people, and told with a real warmth and understanding. Danuta Kot raises the bar for all crime writers’ – Mi-

chael Jecks, author of Pilgrim’s War

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Found by Erin Kinsley – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

One child is safe… But how long until another is taken?

A gripping, heart-wrenching and beautifully written thriller about the unexpected return of a missing child, combining the suspense of Cara Hunter’s Close to Home with the searing emotion of TV dramas such as Broadchurch.

When 11 year old Evan vanishes without trace, his parents are plunged into their worst nightmare – especially as the police, under massive pressure, have no answers.

But months later Evan is unexpectedly found, frightened and refusing to speak. His loving family realise life will never be the same again.

DI Naylor knows that unless those who took Evan are caught, other children are in danger. And with Evan silent, she must race against time to find those responsible…

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MY REVIEW 

Evan is running a little late, he missed his bus, but it’s only a short wait at the bus stop for the next……but Evan disappears.

His mum and dad, Claire and Matt are distraught….where is Evan?

8 months later, a car is abandoned at a petrol station, it’s occupants run…..but a banging in the boot turns out to be Evan…he’s not talking, hiding himself away in his room….what has happened to this poor boy…?

Then another child goes missing, can Evan help?

Will the police be able to find those responsible ? 

This is an incredible, gripping thriller with a strong police procedural too. So well plotted and emotion packed. The characters are rounded and fully developed…Jack and Dora are adorable, perfect grandparents……their gentleness help Evan relax…..I don’t think a thriller has ever brought me to tears like this has…a stunning, compelling 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/30MYOE2

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Erin Kinsley is a full-time writer. She grew up in Yorkshire and currently lives in East Anglia. Now writing under a pseudonym, her previous books were published by Bloomsbury. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot prize amongst other awards, her writing has received glowing reviews across the national press.

 

 

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Wicked Girl by I.V Olokita – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

“Even if a dog goes mad, it will always be a dog.” 

So said a small white sign hung on a wall in Birmingham Mental Institution Ward number 3. It had a black frame, written in a hand they were all well acquainted with. The letters had faded over time. In the end, among all the calligraphy in the frame, one could detect a blurred signature. It was mine. 

John Wilcox is a young idler who loathes people except for young women. His destiny brought him near Birmingham Mental Institution during an earthquake. At that time Wilcox saves Elsie, an eccentric, half-deranged teenager. John pulls out every manipulation at his disposal to convince her that he is the right person to help her recover. Grey, Alessi’s father, goes on a quest for his lost daughter. She, too, like her mother, was trying to escape him. And so, began the tragic story between prey, and it’s supposed predator.

Wicked Girl is a psychological crime fiction, where a sequence of accidents generates cold-blooded, and blood-curdling actions. It is a fascinating combination of romance, tension, and humor, unpredictable to the very end. Presented in a clear, straightforward way, yet its plot is packed with wit, action, and surprises grabbing the reader’s attention all the way to the last word.

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MY REVIEW 

This is quite a hard book to review…it’s clever nuances of language and plot are so attention grabbing…how do you put that visceral emotion into words.

John, a 30+ year old man, who still acts like a much younger man, and one of his young girlfriends are caught up in an earthquake, Nicole dies, but John helps the search for survivors…

This is where he saves, Elsie, a damaged, abused, slightly deranged, teenager. But John is a loser he has nothing…..what can he offer anyone? He’s a pervert to say the least and his thoughts can be hard to read at times….will he help Elsie? 

While this is a short, fast read, it really packs a lot in…..Part crime, part psychological thriller but completely gripping.

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 I.V. Olokita:

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I.V. Olokita has been providing medical care most of his life, specializing in management of medical aid to disaster areas all over the world. He also has a BA degree in logistics, and an MA degree in emergency and disaster situations management. He volunteers to rescue missions in disaster areas all over the world. I. V. Olokita is a happily married father of two adolescents and a foster father of five cats and two dogs. 

Olokita’s first book (in Hebrew), Ten Simple Rules, was published in 2014. It won an Israeli literary prize, and immediately made an online bestseller. The following year, another book by Olokita, The Executioner From The Silent Valley, made a local bestseller in Israel. In May 2016, his third novel, Wicked Girl, was published, to great success, and is now presented in English. Olokita’s books are characterized by direct writing, twists and turns, requiring the reader to delve into and maintain vigilance from the beginning of the book to its surprising end.

 

 

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Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Girl-Psychological-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07RKNHGX4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=wicked+girl+i.v.+olokita&qid=1562576980&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Amazon US: 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Girl-Psychological-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07RKNHGX4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WPY0Y38713IC&keywords=wicked+girl+iv+olokita&qid=1562577378&s=gateway&sprefix=wicked+girl+i%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-1

 

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Wicked-Girl-I-V-Olokita/9781093571264

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