Book reviews, Murder mystery, Police procedural

M For Murder by Keri Beevis – Book Review

Welcome to the Publication Day Party for M For Murder by Keri Beevis.


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Twenty-Six Letters. But only one Killer? 

In 1989 the Alphabet Killer, Professor Rodney Boone, murdered eight students. The victims, ‘A’ to ‘H’, were each found with their surname initial carved into their neck. Victim nine narrowly escaped and the murderer was left to burn to death.

Eight years later and rookie police officer, Rebecca Angell, is thrown headlong into assisting a murder investigation. A body is found floating in the sewer, bearing the initial ‘J’. The investigators are convinced they are dealing with a copycat killer, but Boone’s body was never recovered…

As Angell scrambles to uncover the truth, the body count continues to rise, and it soon becomes apparent that the killer is intent on completing the alphabet…

 

*** This book was previously published as Dead Letter Day ***

What everyone is saying about M for Murder:

“kept me gripped until the end”

“recommend to any fan of detective or crime fiction”

“Excellent storytelling, turns and twists and good mystery”

“Brilliant edge if your seat crime novel couldn’t put it down”

Keri Beevis is also the author of the bestselling psychological thrillers Dying to Tell and Deep Dark Secrets. M for Murder is a gripping crime thriller which will keep you guessing until the very end. It will appeal to fans of authors like Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza and Patricia Gibney

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MY REVIEW 

Rodney Boone was a serial killer, known as the Alphabet Killer due to his habit of carving a letter into his victims skin. When one of his victims escaped he had been stabbed and the house set alight. He died in the fire and the killings stopped.

But now 8 years later, rookie cop, Rebecca Angell and her partner Vic, have found a body in the sewer with the letter J carved into his skin. Is this a copycat?

The FBI turn up to take over the investigation, and Rebecca and Vic are to help. She’s feisty and determined and takes no nonsense from anyone, but will this put her in danger? Can they catch the killer before anyone else dies?

With great characters, some likeable and some just downright creepy, this is a fast paced, twisty whodunnit and is completely unputdownable. 

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to take part in the publication day party,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Keri Beevis wrote her first novel at age twenty, but it was a further twenty years before she was published after winning a contract in the Rethink Press New Novels Competition 2012.

Born in the village of Old Catton, less than a mile from where Anna Sewell was living when she wrote Black Beauty, Keri had a passion for reading and writing from a young age, though her tastes veered more to the macabre.

Today she still lives in Norwich, along with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel), where she writes a comedic lifestyle column for a local magazine. She loves Hitchcock movies, exploring creepy places, and gets extremely competitive in local pub quizzes. She is also a self-confessed klutz.

Keri joined the Bloodhound team in 2019 and her first release with them, the psychological thriller, Dying To Tell, which is set in her beautiful home county of Norfolk, has been her biggest success to date, with over 1200 four and five star ratings on Goodreads.
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Her new novel, Deep Dark Secrets (which was previously published as The Darkness Beneath) was released in January 2020.

Find out more about Keri and her books at www.keribeevis.com or you can follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/allaboutbeev or Twitter at www.twitter.com/keribeevis

Book reviews, Police procedural

Little Doubt by Rachel Lynch – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Some places make their own laws…

When Ella Watson, a woman of wealth and status, is brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight it sends a shockwave through the Lake District community. Later that day, Keira Bradley meets the same fate. But whereas Ella’s murder is a tragedy, Keira’s death on the notorious Beacon Estate is just another statistic in a dangerous place.

DI Kelly Porter has the unenviable job of running simultaneous investigations. Her efforts aren’t helped by a boss driven by protecting his reputation and a housing estate where fear rules and no one dare speak out. Kelly knows the answers can only be found by winning the trust of the residents at Beacon Estate. A task so hard it may be impossible.

Kelly puts everything she has into finding justice for both victims. The only thing she hadn’t anticipated was a traitor in the ranks. When the evidence points to someone in her team, Kelly has to put feelings aside and work the case – no matter where it leads. By the time it is over, nothing in her world will ever be the same…

A dark and gripping police procedural for fans of Patricia Gibney and D. S. Hood.

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MY REVIEW 

#7 in the DI Kelly Porter series by Rachel Lynch, but can also be read as a stand-alone.

This starts with the murder of Ella, a wealthy, middle-class woman, while out for a run.

Then a young woman, from a very different background is stabbed to death on a nearby rundown estate.

Are these two deaths related?

DI Kelly Porter begins her investigation, treating each case with the same determination to find the killers and the truth. Her boss, the truly reprehensible Superintendent Ormond knew Ella and begins interfering with Kelly’s investigation. He wants a quick result, but at what cost?

Kelly is concerned with his methods and feels there is something else going on….just who can she trust?

So well plotted, this is so topical too, with the current prevalence of knife crime it feels very close to home. Kelly is a great character, with her determination and lighter moments with family make her well rounded.

There’s also police corruption, secrets and of course murder in this gripping and tense police procedural. Another great read from Rachel Lynch and I’m already looking forward to Book #8.

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can preorder a copy here : https://amzn.to/2SQHICG

(Available from 5 March)

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

The Last Drop Of Blood by Graham Masterton – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The final thriller in the million-copy-selling Katie Maguire series.

In the driver’s seat of a Jaguar, on a country road, a good man burns.

Justice Garrett Quinn should have been at a sentencing. He was one of the good ones, fighting for order in a lawless world. In a burned-out car, on the outskirts of Cork, DS Katie Maguire finds what’s left of him.

But this is only the beginning. The judge’s death sparks a gang war fought with bullets and bombs, and civilians are caught in the crossfire. As the city spirals deeper into violence, Ireland’s most fearless detective must find the courage to fight for her hometown one last time.

Katie Maguire is no stranger to sacrifice – but she has lost so much already. Facing new horrors each day, Katie must decide: can she do her duty when she has nothing left to give?

 

Praise for Graham Masterton:

 

‘One of this country’s most exciting crime novelists. If you have not read one, read them all now’ Daily Mail.

‘A tough and gritty thriller with an attractive principal character’ Irish Independent.

‘Graham Masterton is a natural storyteller’ New York Journal of Books.

‘Any fan of mysteries should grab this book’ Irish Examiner.
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MY REVIEW 

#11 in the DS Katie Maguire series. It can be read as a stand-alone but you are missing out on a little background and a great series.

Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is travelling home from Conor’s funeral. When she gets a call. A car has been found alight and there’s a body inside. So she arrives and recognises the victim, due to a unique ring he is wearing, as Judge Quinn. He was the judge about to pass sentence in the murder trial of Donal Haggerty.

Meanwhile, gang leader, Thomas O’Flynn and his henchmen are feuding with the Riordan family, a feud that’s been ongoing for years…..

There’s also the case of the Lee Pusher, a man who pushes people into the river and who has just caused the death of a young woman.

Katie also has to deal with the recent founder of her beloved Conor, the reprehensible Brendan at work and also her relationship with Kyna. All adding to the feeling of stress and tension.

This is a dark and violent tale of the criminal underworld of Ireland, with drugs, shootings, murder and domestic violence…..It’s fast paced, gritting and gripping from start to finish. If you like a dark police procedural, then you’ll love this.

Thank you to Victoria Joss at Head of Zeus for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Graham Masterton trained as a newspaper reporter before beginning a career as an author. After twenty-five years writing horror and thrillers, Graham turned his talent to crime writing. The first book in the Katie Maguire series, White Bones, was published by Head of Zeus in 2012 and became a top-ten bestseller. The series was inspired by Graham’s five-year stay in County Cork. 

 

Follow Graham:

Facebook: @GrahamMasterton

Twitter: @GrahamMasterton

 

Buy links:

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

Kobo: https://bit.ly/32mnm7U

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2BcQl2h

iBooks: https://apple.co/30q4oNy 

Book reviews, Police procedural, Thriller

In Plain Sight by Marion Todd – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A child’s life is at stake. Which of the residents of St Andrews is hiding something – and why?

When a baby girl is snatched from the crowd of spectators at a fun run, the local police have a major investigation on their hands. DI Clare Mackay and her team are in a race against the clock when they learn that the child has a potentially fatal medical condition. 

As Clare investigates she realises this victim wasn’t selected at random. Someone knows who took the baby girl, and why. But will they reveal their secrets before it’s too late?

The second instalment from an exciting new Scottish detective series. Perfect for fans of Alex Gray, Rachel Amphlett and D. K. Hood.

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MY REVIEW 

#2 in the Detective Clare Mackay series, but can also easily be read as a stand-alone.

A very young child has been abducted while her parents were watching a commotion at a charity fun run.

Detective Clare Mackay was about to take part in the run so was on the scene immediately, but no sign of baby Abi.

When they find out Abi has a heart condition and needs regular medication to keep her alive, this becomes a tense race against time.

Can they find Abi before it’s too late?

This is a clever, well plotted police procedural that’s so much more involved. There’s a missing child, a thorough investigation with plenty of possible suspects, office politics, an overly ambitious senior officer and well developed characters. A truly gripping and thoroughly entertaining read. I’m already looking forward to the next in the series….

Thank you to Sophie at Canelo for a free copy of In Plain Sight. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can preorder a copy here( available from 20 February) : 

https://amzn.to/2GPWsMJ

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Marion grew up in the City of Dundee, now home to the magnificent V&A Museum. Always a keen writer, she has had point-of-view pieces published in the Dundee Courier and short stories in My Weekly magazine. She won first prize in the Family Circle Magazine Short Story for Children Competition in 1987.

More recently, Marion has turned her hand to crime fiction and was one of only six commercial fiction writers selected to pitch to an industry panel at XPONorth in Inverness in 2017. In 2018 Marion was long-listed for the Sunstory Award and the Scottish Arts Council Short Story Award. This year she was short-listed for Dundee Rep’s Stripped programme. She is represented by Northbank Talent Management and her debut novel, See Them Run, will be published as an eBook by Canelo on 31 October 2019.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Marion worked as a lecturer, candle-maker and hotel lounge pianist, a job which provided rich material for her novels. When she isn’t writing, Marion can be found tussling with her jungle-like garden and walking in the beautiful Scotish countryside.

Marion lives in North East Fife overlooking the River Tay and is a sometime babysitter for her daughter’s unruly but lovable dog. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

A Wash Of Black by Chris McDonald – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 
 

IT’S NOT LIFE THAT IMITATES ART. IT’S DEATH.

Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead.

The body of a famous actress is found mutilated on an ice rink in Manchester, recreating a scene from a blockbuster film she starred in years ago.

DI Erika Piper, having only recently returned to work after suffering a near-fatal attack herself, finds she must once again prove her worth as the hunt for the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer’ intensifies.

But when another body is found and, this time, the killer issues a personal threat, Erika must do more than put aside her demons to crack the case, or suffer the deadly consequences.

If you like Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Cara Hunter, you will love this.
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MY REVIEW

DI Erika Piper has just returned to work after removing from an injury at work that had nearly killed her. Straight away her first case is a murder.

Anna Symons, an actor, has been murdered and her mutilated body left on an ice rink, in a pose nearly identical to that in one of her movies. A page from a book has also been left at the scene.

“In his head, this isn’t murder, it’s art” 

Soon after, a second murder is committed, just as violent. The two victims are linked but just who would want them dead?

With many suspects and a twisty plot, this really keeps you guessing. It’s a fast paced thriller with a strong and yet vulnerable too, character in Erika, this will keep you on tenterhooks from start to the breathless ending. An incredible debut thriller from Chris McDonald and I’m hoping there will be more in the series.

Thank you to Dylan at Red Dog Press for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Buy Links:

Either here at Amazon     https://amzn.to/2GMSnZK    or you can can also buy the paperback and hardback editions direct from Red Dog on http://www.reddpgpress.co.uk/shop 

Also available in all Libraries and Bookstores – Independent or otherwise!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure, before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime.

He’s a fan of 5-a-side football, has an eclectic taste in music ranging from Damien Rice to Slayer and loves dogs.

 

 

Twitter handles:

@RedDogTweets

@cmacwritescrime

 

Instagram handles:

@red_dog_press

@macreviewsbooks

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/reddogassociates

 

 

 

 

Rafflecopter Giveaway:

 

Details: The prize is a signed Hardback edition of A Wash of Black, along with a Go Away I’m Reading Tote Bag and a Luxury Bookmark. 

The giveaway runs from 28th Jan to 11th Feb, and we (Red Dog Press) will announce the randomly chosen winner on the evening of the 11th Feb (GMT) 

Routes to entry are all on the giveaway link, but basically, sign up to Red Dog Press Reader’s Club (which also gets you discounts in our store, a free eBook, and latest news from us), following us on twitter. Entrants who tweet our promo tweet get two bonus entries.

 

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Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Her Daughter’s Cry by M.M. Chouinard – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Someone wants her dead, and she can’t remember why.

Zoe is a wife and a mother. Or so she’s been told. Ask her for more than that and she couldn’t tell you. The blow to her head wiped her memory clean.

Zoe knows the blood on her shirt isn’t just her own. After she was found stumbling out of the woods, the police ran tests. They say it belongs to her missing daughter.

Zoe is trying to piece together what her daughter’s face looks like, but all she can conjure up is a white-hot panic. A fear that her child is in desperate need of her help.

When a man claiming to be her husband turns up looking for her, she knows she can’t trust him. Until she gets her memories back, she can’t trust anyone. Not the stranger, not the police investigating, not even herself…

A completely addictive thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of The Silent Patient, Lisa Regan and Gregg Olsen.

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MY REVIEW 

#3 in the Detective Jo Fournier series but can easily be read as a stand-alone. But you will be missing out on a fantastic series…(I know because I’ve read the previous two).

This starts with a woman being found covered in blood. She’d been running through the woods, but from what?

Due to some unknown trauma, the woman has no memory of events or even her own name.

Jo and her colleague, Bob, are investigating the case. Just whose blood is all over the woman’s clothes if it’s not all her own?

The woman takes the name Zoe and is sent to a secure hospital for her recovery and safety. But then one night she disappears….

Can Jo find out Zoe’s true identity and just what traumatised her so much?

Jo is a great character, independent and pretty tough, but has her own personal problems to deal with too….and even a potential romance. 

A clever, twisty plot to keep you guessing from start to finish. Completely engrossing and I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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. 

 

Buy  Links:      

 

Amazon: https://geni.us/B081RQX56RSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/338xC3h

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

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2s7LSfW

 

Readers are loving Her Daughter’s Cry:

 

“Just WOW!! The twists I just didn’t see coming… The story was crazy SO CRAZY!!! That if you think you can guess what is going to happen you will be sadly mistaken!! The characters in this one were great… I loved every second of it.” Crossroad Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“Wow. This book gripped me from the very first page until the very last page. I just couldn’t put it down and when I had to put it down I couldn’t wait to pick it up again! I would most definitely recommend this book to lovers of thrillers!” Goodreads Reviewer

 

“GREAT story… a must-read… A “”stay up and finish book””. MM Chouinard has created another fantastic thriller!… A fabulous read! Looking forward to the next.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“I am now off to read the previous book, which means my ironing will have to wait!” NetGalley Reviewer

 

“This book is a must-read… Very gripping.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“The writing is fantastic… easy to follow and hard to put down.” Ludwig’s Thrillers

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millennium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them. She’s currently at work on her seventh novel.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.mmchouinard.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/m_m_chouinard

 

Audiobook, Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields – Audiobook Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The first in a nail-shredding new crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be gripped from start to finish.

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.

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MY REVIEW 

#1 in a new series that features DI Luc Callanach. He’d been born in Scotland but spent much of his life in France, so is seen as a bit of an outsider….the accent doesn’t help.

He’s brusque at times but a committed and determined detective.

He starts work on a murder case. Elaine had been abducted and her body found burned, and now another woman has gone missing. Abducted from her home.

The descriptions of the abduction and the ‘procedures’ the victim is put through are truly horrific. I cannot imagine the fear and pain she endures, but the excellent reading by Robin Laing, really brings it to life. You can feel the tension.

Can Luc and his colleague DI Ava Turner find the killer before anyone else dies?

If you like your thrillers on the dark side, then you’ll love this. Great characters, a wonderfully dark plot, perfectly read by Robin Laing. An atmospheric and nerve wracking thriller. Perfect.

Thank you to Sanjana at Avon Books for the opportunity to take part in this audio book blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the audiobook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

You can read a copy at Audiobooks.com

 

https://www.audiobooks.co.uk/audiobook/perfect-remains/408105

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Other You by J.S. Monroe – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.

At least she has Rob. Young, rich, handsome and successful, Rob runs a tech company on the idyllic Cornish coast. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health. When she’s with him, in his luxury modernist house, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.

Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew. And knows, with absolute certainty, that the man before her has been replaced by an impostor.

Is Rob who he says he is? Or is it all in Kate’s damaged mind?

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MY REVIEW 

Kate was a super recogniser until a car accident robbed her of this ability.

She had recently broken up with boyfriend Jake, and meets Rob while recovering in hospital. Rob was caring, attentive and looks after her while she slowly starts to recover.

But, then one day, Kate looks at Rob and feels it’s not him, that someone has taken his place…..his doppelgänger. Rob had previously told her of his fear a doppelgänger would steal his soul if he met him a second time.

Is this all in her mind? Has the accident caused more damage than she thought? Or is something more sinister going on?

Wow, what a nail biter of a thriller…..part police procedural and part psychological thriller. I can’t say much about the plot for fear of spoiling it, but I found this to be so gripping and I really couldn’t put it down, a couple of late nights resulted as I just had to know…

With each chapter bring more revelations and twists, it kept me on tenterhooks from start to finish. Great characters, believable and twisty plot make this a compelling read. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to Vicky Joss at Head of Zeus books for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here : https://amzn.to/2szKTpj

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, 

and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-

time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.

 

Buy links:

 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2B5lxA9

iBooks: https://apple.co/3286CkM

Kobo: https://bit.ly/35nDd8h

GooglePlay: https://bit.ly/2OAI0x7

 

Follow J.S. Monroe:

Twitter: @JSThrillers

Facebook: @JSMonroeFindMe

 

Follow Head of Zeus:

Twitter: @HoZ_Books

Facebook: @headofzeus

Instagram: @headofzeus

Website: http://www.headofzeus.com 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Firewatching by Russ Thomas -Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A COLD CASE THAT BURNS, A CITY ABOUT TO IGNITE

Fans of Adrian McKinty, Ian Rankin, Sharon Bolton and Broadchurch will love Firewatching, a compulsive, breathless and twisty thriller with an incredible lead detective at its heart.

 

ONE FALSE MOVE

Someone is setting fire to Sheffield. It starts with small things – dustbins and abandoned sheds so people don’t notice at first. But the calling card is there if you look for it.

 

WILL IGNITE

Soon the fires spread to offices, homes, people. The Firewatcher’s followers are growing and they have one particular blaze in mind – one that the police would do well to pay attention to.

 

THE CITY

But DS Adam Tyler is distracted by a case, one that he is unknowingly connected to. And if he can’t discover the link between the fires and himself, he will burn – along with the entire city.

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MY REVIEW 

Set in Sheffield, DS Adam Tyler is working on the Cold Case Review Unit, and when a body is found bricked up in a wall, and the house had later been set on fire…. And so the investigation begins.

The victim is George Cartwright who had gone missing years before. 

Adam has a one night stand with a young man, Oscar, but he turns out to be the son of the dead man…..is this a coincidence? 

There’s also an elderly couple who live next door to the burned house, Lily and Edna. Edna is suffering with cancer and Lily seems very distracted and has memory problems…..they are also Oscar’s ‘aunts’.

Someone is also setting fires, burning bus stops, scout huts and more, adding random posts about the fires on social media…

I love this book. It’s so involved, with a large cast of interlinked characters and so well plotted it keeps you completely engrossed from start to finish as more and more of the story unfolds. There’s murder, arson, missing wives, abuse and even a potential  romance.

Adam is a great character, dealing with casual and not so casual homophobia in his own way…and dogged in his determination to find the perpetrators of crime. PC Rabbini is the same, she’s just starting out but she’s thorough and just as determined as Adam. I’d love to read more of this team….even Doggett. A truly scorching thriller.

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 preorder a copy here: (out 20 Feb): https://amzn.to/2Rmr5yg

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Russ Thomas was born in Essex, raised in Berkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He grew up in the 80s reading anything he could get from the library, writing stories, watching large amounts of television, playing videogames, and largely avoiding the great outdoors. He spent five years trying to master playing the electronic organ and another five trying to learn Spanish. It didn’t take him too long to realise that he’d be better off sticking to the writing.

After a few ‘proper’ jobs (among them: pot-washer, optician’s receptionist, supermarket warehouse operative, call-centre telephonist and storage salesman) he discovered the joys of bookselling, where he could talk to people about books all day.

His debut novel Firewatching is the first book in the DS Adam Tyler series.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural, Thriller

You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

LIES. AMBITION. FAMILY.

It’s a dark, smog-choked new Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.

Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.

Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all …

In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.

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MY REVIEW

You Beneath Your Skin is a crime thriller set in New Delhi. Anjali is mum to her autistic so , she’s also having an affair with a police officer who is investigating some really nasty, gruesome and violent crimes. Mainly against women, with rape, murder and disfigurement by acid attacks.

This is a police procedural with a difference, it highlights the brutality woman suffer, the accepted, casual misogyny in their daily lives. The huge gap between the rich and poor and how the wealthy exploit just about everything around us it seems. There is also the corruption, which helps stop these crimes being fully investigated at times.  But, It also tells of love, family, self sacrifice and accepting the differences between us. 

It’s a difficult read at times, due to the subject matter, but it’s written with such grace and hope, which makes it an unforgettable read. This will stay with me for a long time. If you like a thought provoking and heartfelt thriller, then this is a must read.

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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Damyanti supports Project WHY, a programme that provides quality education to underprivileged children in New Delhi. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the USA, UK and Asia. She also helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. 

Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency.

Damyanti’s reading journey started at the age of 3, and the obsession continues. Her most precious memories of her childhood are of summers spent reading books of all sizes, for all ages. Her favorite authors form a never-ending list that features names like Truman Capote, Kate Atkinson, Lionel Shriver, Margaret Atwood, Anton Chekov, Tana French, Jodi Picoult, Jo Nesbø, Amy Hempel, Toni Morisson, Gustave Flaubert, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Even as a child, she has always been intrigued by the lives behind the faces, the contrasts between appearances and reality. Most of her stories happen at a point of crisis in a character’s life because it is then that the layers peel away and the real person emerges. She’s been a reader of true crime, and books like ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote inspired her to write crime stories — narratives that would document the unravelling of characters, their relationships, and the society they are part of.

Apart from being a novelist, Damyanti is a blogger, animal-lover and a spiritualist. Though she loves dogs, her travel schedule doesn’t permit her one. She contents herself with keeping fish and is able to take care of them enough for them not to die on her watch. Except once, when someone happened to turn off the oxygen pump. There will be a story about it someday.

Damyanti enjoys working out of busy cafes and food courts, as that helps her focus. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book or baking up a storm.

Her ambition has always been to live in a home with more books than anything else, and she continues to work towards that

 

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/

Twitter @damyantig

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Noir, Police procedural, Thriller

When The Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Published by Point Blank 9 January 2020 Hardback £14.99

‘When The Dead Come Calling confirms what many of us already knew: Helen Sedgwick is one of Scotland’s finest contemporary storytellers.’ CLAIRE ASKEW, author of All the Hidden Truths

‘By combining up-to-the-minute themes, well-tuned dialogue and warm and witty details of everyday life with a deep, impressionistic sense of dread, Sedgwick produces a mystery as addictive as it is anxiety-inducing.’ MOLLY FLATT, author of The Charmed Life of Alex Moore

A murder investigation unearths the brutal history of a village where long buried secrets threaten a small community

When psychotherapist Alexis Cosse is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead, the local police force set out to investigate. It’s not long before they uncover a maelstrom of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

But there’s worse to come. Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband Fergus, DI Georgie Strachan soon realizes that something very bad is lurking just below the surface. Meanwhile someone – or something – is hiding in the strange, haunted cave beneath the cliffs.

When The Dead Come Calling is a tense, atmospheric thriller which grips to the very last page.

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MY REVIEW 

When the publishers say this is atmospheric, believe me they are not kidding.

Set in a small village community, a body is found at a children’s playground. Dr Alexis Cosse, a psychotherapist, has been stabbed and left for dead. But who would kill him in such a small community?

Georgie is a police officer and with her colleagues Trish and Simon, they try to find out what happened. But, Simon was in love with Alexis, so there is a conflict here.

It seems everyone in this community has something to hide, a brutal father that beats his son, racist attacks on Pami, the local storekeeper, homophobia and now murder.

There are chapters told from the perspective of someone or something in a cave too, which give this a creepy feel. From the very start there’s a feeling of oppression, as though there’s someone watching just out of sight. Does someone know about the murders or will the community protect itself and keep it’s dark secrets hidden??

Great characters, beautifully descriptive and a truly menacing, almost stifling atmosphere, utterly compelling.

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/2RdFg8I

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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HELEN SEDGWICK is the author of The Comet Seekers, selected as a best book of 2016 by the Herald, and The Growing Season, shortlisted for the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year in 2018. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Before she became an author, she was a research physicist with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University. She now lives and writes in the Scottish Highlands.

http://www.helensedgwick.com/ @helensedgwick @PtBlankBks

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Loot & I’m With The Band (Cases 5&6) by B.L. Faulkner – Book Review

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Two cases from the files DCS Palmer and the Metropolitan Police Serial Murder squad. 

Case 5 

‘Loot’ sends the team on the trail of stolen WW2 Nazi gold that seems to be the reason for two murders. 

But where has it come from and how much is there? 

Soon the body count rises as an old gangland adversary from Palmer’s past emerges together with some feisty women and an English MP all prepared to kill for the prize. 

Everybody is playing cat and mouse with the gold changing hands with every twist and turn of the story that takes Palmer out of London to Gloucester and then to Brighton for an explosive finale. 

 

Case 6. 

 

‘I’m With The Band’ features 70’s rock band Revolution are still very big and packing out the major venues today but their original members seem to be dying in suspicious circumstances. 

Or so their manager thinks and he contacts Palmer’s number two with his fears. 

Palmer is not convinced until a nasty happening at Baker Street tube station underlines what the manager was afraid of. 

But who would want the band members dead? 

With a forty year career behind them it could be any one of thousands of past or present contacts. But this killer is confident, so confident he takes on Palmer via social network and tells him ‘catch me if you can’. 

But Palmer’s second in command DS Gheeta Singh was brought into his team because of her computer skills and is a match for the killer in cyber space. 

With just one original band member left alive the threat is real and Palmer must get to the killer before the killer gets to the member. 

The finale is an explosive one at a major Rock concert at the NEC. 

Both cases move along at the usual fast pace and with the usual ending twist that Faulkner does so well.

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MY REVIEW

As the publisher’s blurb says a lot about the plots, there’s not much more to say about that part.

But, here goes. 

DCS Palmer and his DS Gheeta Singh are such a great partnership. Palmer is old school, with lots of links and memories of older crime families and events, while Gheeta is a tech whizz and uses her skills to help.

Together they search for answers and solve the various crimes, from WW2 gold, a body dumped on a building site to a rock band members being murdered one by one. With mentions of real life crime events, cub as Brinks Mat, that really gives these tales a sense of reality.

Fast paced and twisty with some explosive moments too. Great characters and clever inventive plots make these novels gripping and thoroughly entertaining.

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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Barry Faulkner was born into a family of South London petty criminals who ran with the Richardson’s Crime Gang in the 60’s-90’s. Being the youngest his mother, a top fashion model, was determined he would not follow in the criminal footsteps of the rest of the family and enrolled him into the Morely Academy of Dramatic Art to pursue a career in acting. Sadly young Faulkner was asked to leave after three months when no acting ability had surfaced. He went onto become an advertising copywriter with the English branch of the US Agency Erwin Wasey Ruffraf and Ryan where he got lucky with some scripts he sent to the BBC TV and became a scriptwriter and editor for them and several ITV companies. During this time the DCS Palmer plots were amassed in various notebooks and three years ago Faulkner finally found time to write and publish them. His early insight into the criminal world of his family has added authenticity to the characters and plots that makes them credible and the pace keeps the reader glued to the end. His signature end twist will always surprise you. Check out his top rated crime blog at geezers2016.wordpress.com

Book reviews, Police procedural

The Other Woman by Jane Issac – Book Review


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The grieving widow. The other woman. Which one is which?

When Cameron Swift is shot and killed outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer. Her role is to support the family –and investigate them.

Monika, Cameron’s partner and mother of two sons, had to be prised off his lifeless body after she discovered him. She has no idea why anyone would target Cameron. Beth can understand Monika’s confusion. To everyone in their affluent community, 

Monika and her family seemed just like any other. But then Beth gets a call.

Sara is on holiday with her daughters when she sees the news. She calls the police in the UK, outraged that no one has contacted her to let her know or offer support. 

After all, she and Cameron had been together for the last seven years…

Until Cameron died, Monika and Sara had no idea each other existed.

As the case unfolds, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets. Especially the dead…

Previously published as After He’s Gone.

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MY REVIEW 

#1 in the D.C. Beth Chamberlain series.

When a man, Cameron Swift, is shot and killed outside his home, the investigation begins.

As more details about Swift emerge, more than one family’s lives are affected.

Family Liaison Officer, DC Beth Chamberlain is supporting Swift’s family, while also investigating the shooting, who Cameron Swift really was and just who wanted him dead.

This is an intriguing police procedural and Beth is a refreshing change from the usual moody, slightly damaged detectives usually found. She’s normal, intelligent and determined woman with a life outside the police force. I found this to be thoroughly entertaining and I’ll be looking out for more in the series.

Thank you to Vicky at Aria Fiction for the opportunity to take part in 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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Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter, and dog, Bollo. Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. 

You can reach her via her website at http://www.janeisaac.co.uk Sign up to her book club at http://eepurl.com/1a2uT for book recommendations and details of new releases, events and giveaways.

 

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Family drama, Police procedural

Blood Family by Graeme Hampton – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

All families have secrets… some are deadly.

When D.I. Matthew Denning is called in to investigate a house fire in a North London street, he never anticipated the horrors that awaited him. As Denning and D.S. Molly Fisher search the wreckage, the bodies of the Galloway family – Brian and Ellie, son Simon, daughter Amber and 9-year-old grandson Caleb – are discovered in the smouldering house.

All evidence points to a tragic accident… until Matthew and Molly discover that the family was dead before the fire, murdered in their home by a faceless psychopath. What started as a routine investigation swiftly turns into a murder investigation, with Denning and Fisher hunting a killer who has wiped out three generations with a shotgun.

But as the case deepens, Denning and Fisher discover that the Galloways were no ordinary family. Like all families, they harbour secrets – but unlike others, their secrets were so deadly, someone is willing to spill blood to keep them hidden…

An utterly gripping detective novel set in London, Blood Family will thrill fans of Angela Marsons, Mark Billingham and Robert Bryndza.

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MY REVIEW

This is #2 in the DI Denning/DS Fisher series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

After a house fire, five bodies are found, all from the same family. But when it’s discovered they had all been shot before the fire, a murder investigation begins.

Were the Galloway family as honest and law abiding as they seemed to be or was there something else going on?

This is a police procedural but also a family drama, with all its secrets, lies and tension. There are also plenty of background details of Denning and Fisher’s lives and family outside of the police force, which really helps build such likeable, well rounded characters.

I found this to be fast paced and utterly gripping, with plenty to keep you guessing from start to finish. Thoroughly entertaining.

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

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2QxYdDM

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Graeme Hampton was born in Paisley, and grew up in Stirling. After leaving school, he trained as a stage manager and worked in London for a number of years. He returned to Scotland in his late twenties to study for a BA in English Literature at Stirling University. His first novel, Know No Evil, was published in 2019 by Hera Books. His next book, Blood Family, will be published in January 2020.

He lives in Hastings, East Sussex.

Twitter: @GHam001

Instagram: graeme_hampton

Website: http://www.graemehampton.com

 

Book reviews, Historical fiction, Police procedural, Thriller

Stasi Winter by David Young – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

In 1978 East Germany, nothing is at it seems. The state’s power is absolute, history is re-written, and the ‘truth’ is whatever the Stasi say it is.

So when a woman’s murder is officially labelled ‘accidental death’, Major Karin Müller of the People’s Police is faced with a dilemma. To solve the crime, she must disregard the official version of events. But defying the Stasi means putting her own life – and the lives of her young family – in danger.

As the worst winter in living memory holds Germany in its freeze, Müller must untangle a web of state secrets and make a choice: between truth and lies, justice and injustice, and, ultimately, life and death.

Stunningly authentic and brimming with moral ambiguity, Stasi Winter is the thrilling new novel from the award-winning author of Stasi Child.

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MY REVIEW 

This is #5 in the series featuring Karin Müller, it can be read as a stand-alone but I feel you will be missing out on an amazing series.

Set in East Germany in 1979 and Karin Müller had retired but is brought back to work when a woman’s body is found. The state want this recorded as an accidental death, but Karin is determined to find the truth.

This is historical fiction at its best, a murder mystery, police procedural and politics. Full of adventure this is an immensely gripping read, so atmospheric you’ll feel the chill of winter.

Great characters and so much tension in a clever and engrossing plot to rival Robert Ludlum et al. 

Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

David Young was born near Hull and – after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree – studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic specialising in Modern History. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van were followed by a career in journalism with provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and the BBC’s international newsrooms where he led news teams for the World Service radio and World TV.

David was a student on the inaugural Crime Thriller MA at City University – winning the course prize in 2014 for his debut novel Stasi Child – and now writes full-time in his garden shed. In his spare time, he’s a keen supporter of Hull City AFC.

Stasi Child is the first of three books in the Oberleutnant Karin Müller series – set in 1970s communist East Germany – bought by the UK arm of Swedish publisher Bonnier by former Quercus CEO Mark Smith. It reached the top 5 bestsellers on Amazon Kindle, was number one bestseller in Amazon’s Historical Fiction chart, and has been optioned for TV by Euston Films (Minder, The Sweeney etc). Translation rights have so far been sold to France.

 

Book reviews, Fantasy, Police procedural, YA fiction

The Moon Eater by I.M. Bones – Book Review


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Modern-day London.

The city of dark streets and mysterious happenings…And also the home of the half-werewolf assassin, Gold. If anything goes bump in the night, then it would definitely be this sugar obsessed, mask-wearing, hitman. 

He has a flare for the occult and an ear for classical music, but by day, the mortals know him as that ‘sweet young baker that makes those fantastic cupcakes!

Enter Curtis Walker, a detective investigating a string of strange murders, and the last person to believe that anything otherworldly is going on… but could this phantom killer have anything to do with his sister’s untimely death?

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MY REVIEW 

This is a YA dark fantasy and is #1 in the Gold series.

Gold is a half-werewolf. He was the son of a King until his werewolf tendencies made it obvious his father was not the King.

So, he became the King’s assassin.

He lives in the mortal world as Silas, a baker of fine cupcakes, a young, timid man who in reality is anything but!

Responsible for the death of a police detective, he now has her brother, Curtis on his trail. The Moon Eater is also looking for Gold, but why?

Can Curtis link the Moon Eater and Gold? Will he be able to catch Gold before anymore gruesome deaths and avenge his sister?

I loved this. It’s a dark, gruesome and completely engrossing tale. There’s plenty of background and history of the demon world, magic and the occult, with creatures, monsters and demons. I enjoyed the world building element, which helps build the atmosphere. Gold is narcissistic, sarcastic and I’d love to know more of his story. Curtis is damaged and grieving which makes him reckless at times and I wonder how far he will go to catch Gold.

Dark, tense and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Ben at Cameron Publicity & Marketing for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2FfCWIx

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

I.M. Bones grew up in the bleak Moors of the Peak District, an area full of local legends of vengeful witches and howling beasts. She now lives in Cambridgeshire. ‘Bones’ has been her actual nickname since she was very young, The Moon Eater is her first book.

 

More information can be found at http://www.imbones.com

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Death At Eden’s End By Jo Allen – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A brand new DCI Jude Satterthwaite crime mystery from the best selling Jo Allen.

When one-hundred-year-old Violet Ross is found dead at Eden’s End, a luxury care home hidden in a secluded nook of the Lake District’s Eden Valley it’s tragic, of course, but not unexpected. Except for the instantly recognisable look in her lifeless eyes… that of pure terror.

DCI Jude Satterthwaite heads up the investigation, but as the death’s start to mount up it’s clear that he, and DS Ashleigh O’Halloran need to uncover a long-buried secret before the killer strikes again…

The second in the unmissable, Lake District-set, DCI Jude Satterthwaite series.
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MY REVIEW

#2 In The DCI Jude Sattherthwaite series, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone.

Set in beautiful Cumbria and when Violet, a resident at Eden’s End Care Home, is found dead it’s believed to be natural causes. But someone says it was murder and so an autopsy is completed and this confirms this was not a natural death.

Who would want to kill a 100 year old, defenceless woman? But when more bodies turn up the investigation begins.

This is a murder mystery with a police procedural edge. I really enjoyed how Violet’s story is told, going back to her life and love during WW2. Does her death have something to do with her past?

With plenty of suspects, great characters and a clever, twisty plot to keep any fan of a good murder mystery happy. Thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Vicky at Aria Fiction for the opportunity to take part in 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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Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University. After a career in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read – crime. Now living in Edinburgh, she spends as much time as possible in the English Lakes. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats. 

 

Follow Jo:

Twitter: @JoAllenAuthor

Facebook: @JoAllenAuthor

 

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Book reviews, Police procedural, Thriller

Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell – Book Review

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Four dead bodies.

But who is guilty in this deadly web of secrecy and lies?

When a homeless man is murdered, Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel is disturbed by the coldblooded nature of the crime. With the discovery of a second victim, the police hunt for a killer whose motive is as elusive as he is dangerous.

In an investigation plagued by police scepticism, Geraldine is relentless in her pursuit of the truth. Drawn into the lives of three people caught in a toxic web of love and deceit, Geraldine learns there is more to this case than she had imagined..

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MY REVIEW 

#13 In the Geraldine Steel series and can easily be read as a stand-alone. 

Geraldine is a Detective Sergeant in York and is investigating the death of a homeless man. At first the general consensus is why bother, it’s just a homeless man, but she is determined to treat this the same as any case. It’s a relevant topic, as in people’s attitudes to the many homeless on the streets these days and sometimes empathy seems a long forgotten thing.

However, when a second homeless man is found dead this becomes a serious case.

I can’t say any more about the plot as I would hate to spoil it, but I can say I think this is the best in the series so far. There’s a real sense of wrong in the chapters from a killers perspective, the unease is palpable. So well plotted, with strong female characters and Geraldine with her instinct for the truth and her dogged determination is a favourite. Twisty, dark and compelling. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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/2RIUapq

 

PRAISE FOR LEIGH RUSSELL 

‘Brilliant and chilling, Leigh Russell delivers a cracker of a read!’ -Martina Cole ‘Unmissable’ – Lee Child

‘A brilliant talent in the thriller field… you’re just plain going to love DI Geraldine Steel’ – Jeffery Deaver

‘Taut and compelling’- Peter James

‘Leigh Russell has become one of the most impressively dependable purveyors of the English police procedural’ – Times

‘A million readers can’t be wrong!’ – Howard Linskey

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Leigh Russellis the author of the Ian Peterson series (Cold Sacrifice, Race to DeathandBlood Axe) and the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series:Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi,Class Murder, Death RopeandRogue Killer.The series has sold over a million copies worldwide.Cut Shortwas shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association (CWA), John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes withStop DeadandMurder Ringselected as finalists for The People’s Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award judging panel and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Sound Of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell – Book Review

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Some murder cases you can’t forget. 

No matter how hard you try.

The body of a woman has been found on a pristine New Zealand beach – over a decade after she was murdered.

Detective Matt Buchanan of the Auckland Police is certain it carries all the hallmarks of an unsolved crime he investigated 12 years ago: when Samantha Coates walked out one day and never came home.

Re-opening the case, Buchanan begins to piece the terrible crimes together, setting into motion a chain of events that will force him to the darkest corners of society – and back into his deepest obsession…
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MY REVIEW 

In 1995, rookie cop, Matt Buchanan sees his colleague, Gabby, die after being shot.

Jumping to 2011, Matt is now an experienced detective investigating a murder after a young woman’s remains are found. It brings back memories of a case he worked on many years before of a missing young woman, Sam, but it’s not her,

This is the story of Matt’s experiences, the horrific crimes he’s investigated, rape, child abuse, murder and many more violent crimes against women. The courts seem to be ineffectual at putting those responsible behind bars and he wonders if it’s all worth the effort, he feels useless and depressed. He puts on a positive front for his daughter’s sake, but he’s a mess.

As this continues, Matt starts to believe some of these cases could be linked and something truly evil is going on. 

Can Matt finally solve these crimes? Will he be able to recover?

This is a unique read. A story of the effects of seeing traumatic, violent events on those who deal with them day in and day out. It’s dark, brutal and haunting, one that is going to stay with me for a long time. 

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.

You can buy a copy here:    https://amzn.to/2OuWgal

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Nathan Blackwell was raised on Auckland’s North Shore and attended Westlake Boys’ High School before commencing a ten-year career in the New Zealand Police. Seven of those years were spent as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch, where he was exposed to human nature at its strongest and bravest, but also at its most depraved and horrific. He investigated a wide range of cases including drug manufacture, child abuse, corruption, serious violence, rape and murder. Because some of his work was conducted covertly, Nathan chooses to hide his true identity 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Nothing To Hide by James Oswald – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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 . . .

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

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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.

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 ecopy of the book. This is my honest, 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.

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