Book reviews, Police procedural, Thriller

The Demons Beneath by WD Jackson-Smart – Book Review

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A detective new to London. A possible serial killer. And a demon?

When a bloody corpse is discovered in a North London park, Detective Inspector Daniel Graves is the man tasked with finding the killer. With no clues and no suspects it seems like a dead end. Then another body turns up and this time it looks like it could be his fault. Has his investigation caused the murderer to strike again? Is he dealing with a serial killer?

As the case gets ever more complicated, a report comes in of another suspicious death but this is nothing like any other Graves has dealt with. All involved are convinced that something supernatural is to blame. A demon. Daniel is no believer but could he be wrong?

With two cases on his shoulders and the truth behind each beyond his grasp, Graves must race against time before both killers, human or otherwise, strike again.

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MY REVIEW 

This is #1 in a new series featuring DI Daniel Graves.

DI Daniel Graves is new to London’s Met Police and is on the Homicide and Serious Crime Command and is called to the body of a man found with a horrific wound. Then the victim’s boss is found murdered too with similarities…..is a serial killer at work? And what is the link to the mysterious Banksy of the tattooing world?

Running alongside this is the story of the Morris family, they are being terrified in their home by something spooky….the children are too frightened to go in their bedroom and things are being moved around…they are contacted by a demonologist, Catherine Delamar. She tells them a demon called Adremelech has made its home there….she can perform an exorcism to clear the house. Creepy stuff.

DI’s Graves and Palmer and Sargeant Harding make a great team and I love the gentle banter between them. Two completely different cases but the writing is so good they work well alongside each other. So many tense moments too that keep you utterly gripped.

Will they find out who is the tattoo killer? And are demons walking this earth?

 

And OMG!!!! That ending…..I really can’t wait for Book #2. Game On!

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/2l5SsAt

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

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

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

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

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdejackson

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

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Demons-Beneath-D-I-Graves-Thriller ebook/dp/B07QHFZGL5/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1568110222&refinements=p_27%3AWD+Jackson-Smart&s=digital-text&sr=1-2&text=WD+Jackson-Smart

Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/Demons-Beneath-D-I-Graves-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07QHFZGL5/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+demons+beneath+wd+jackson-smart&qid=1568110621&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-demons-beneath/wd-jackson-smart/9781527241305

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-demons-beneath-a-british-sleuth,wd-jacksonsmart-9781527241305

 

 

Publishing Information:

Published by Panther Publishing in paperback and ebook formats on 1st June 2019

Book reviews, Police procedural, Thriller

Taken To The Grave by M M Chouinard – Book Review

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In a town full of secrets, the truth won’t stay buried…

When a girl’s body is discovered in a park in the sleepy Massachusetts town of Oakhurst, local detective Jo is shocked to the core. Because the girl is the second innocent victim to turn up dead in three days. And just like the first, a tarot card has been left by the body. The meaning of the card: betrayal.

After uncovering a series of threatening messages targeting the girl, a student at the university, and the first victim, her teacher, Jo thinks she’s locked the killer in her crosshairs. The primary suspect is a volatile ex-military student with an axe to grind for failing grades, and the frightened town is out for his blood. But the next day, a much-loved member of the community is found dead in her home, a tarot card in her mail. There’s no clear motive to link her death to the others, and the message on the card this time is even stranger: domestic bliss.

With a fourth body and card appearing the following day, Jo knows she’s running out of time to crack the code and bring the killer to justice. And the pressure only gets worse with heart-breaking news about Jo’s father forcing her to choose between helping her family heal or the victims’ families get justice. Can Jo find the twisted murderer sending the town into a panic before another life is lost? Or this time, will the dangerous killer find her first?

A completely addictive detective thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. If you love Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Lisa Regan you’ll love Taken to the Grave.

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MY REVIEW

This is #2 in the Jo Fournier series by M M Chouinard, but can very easily be read as a stand-alone.  

Jo is a detective and with her partner, Bill Arnett they are called to a suspicious death at a university. Professor Michael Whorton has been stabbed, a tarot card is found at the scene. They talk to many colleagues and students and find he was not a likeable man, a bully, a philanderer and a sex pest. So many suspects, but one stands out….Greg Crawley. He believes he was victimised by Whorton, his grades deliberately low so he lost his funding, he also has mental health issues.

But, then more bodies are found, all with links to the university and Michael. 

Jo is such a likeable character, well developed and her family problems are so relatable …a father diagnosed with cancer and a sister on ‘the fast train to martyrdom’, all the while she is investigating multiple murders.

A tale of university politics, sexual harassment and a disturbing murderer. The chapters from the killer perspective are disturbing for their lack of emotion, so blasé about taking a life, real goosebumpy moments. A fast paced, gripping thriller, with a twisty plot. Totally compelling. 

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 and unbiased review. 

 

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 millenium, 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

 

Buy  Links:      

 

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07VSPZGKRSocial

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

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

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2MpSlM0

 

Book reviews, Fantasy, Historical fiction, Thriller

Nexus by Alison Morton – Book Review

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Mid 1970s. Ex-Praetorian Aurelia Mitela is serving as Roma Nova’s interim ambassador in London. Asked by a British colleague to find his missing son, Aurelia thinks it will only be a case of a young man temporarily rebelling. He’s bound to turn up only a little worse for wear.

But a spate of high-level killings pulls Aurelia away into a dangerous pan-European investigation. Badly beaten in Rome as a warning, she discovers the killers have kidnapped her life companion, Miklós, and sent an ultimatum: Back off or he’ll die.

But Aurelia is a Roma Novan and they never give up…

Set between AURELIA and INSURRECTIO in the Aurelia Mitela Roma Nova adventures.

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MY REVIEW 

Set in an alternate world, where the Roman society still exists….with powerful women in charge.

Aurelia, Countess Mitela is in London for a while as an ambassador, when Harry Carter the Assistant Secretary General to the British Foreign Ministry asks her for a favour. His son, Tom, has gone missing again so could she help find him.

She is recalled suddenly due to murders of important men in Europe, but Miklós is staying behind to search for Tom….

At the same time, Her daughter, Marina is being bullied by a girl at school……Linda Casely……sister to John Casely a violent criminal…

Aurelia has compassion but she is also strong and principled, as an ex-soldier she takes no nonsense and will uphold law and order at all costs. 

Will she be able to find Tom? What is the link to John Casely? 

This may be a relatively short novella, but there is no lack of substance to this tension packed thriller with great characters and twisty story. Nice to catch up with Aurelia and Marina is growing up to be just as feisty. Brilliant.

Thank you to Alison Morton, The Author for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

you can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/31vwPJI

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Even before she pulled on her first set of combats, Alison Morton was fascinated by the idea of women soldiers. After six years in a special communications regiment, she left as a captain, having done all sorts of interesting and exciting things she can’t talk about, even now…

The mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) and their creation by the complex, power and value-driven Roman civilisation made her wonder what a modern Roman society would be like if run by strong women. 

Now, she writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with tough heroines, tends a Roman herb garden and drinks wine with her husband.(Courtesy of Goodreads)

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Thriller

Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson -Book Review

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The third book in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Roy & Castells series, featuring true-crime writer Alexis Castells and profiler Emily Roy.

Previous titles in the series, Block 46 and Keeper, have won the Plume d’Argent, Balai de la découverte, Balai d’Or and Prix Marseillais du Polar awards and sold in 19 countries. A French, Swedish and English TV series is in production, adapted by and starring award-winning French actress Alexandra Lamy.

Spain, 1938

The country is wracked by civil war, and as Valencia falls to Franco’s brutal dictatorship, Republican Teresa witnesses the murders of her family. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women’s prison, Teresa gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her.

 

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016

A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Aliénor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre.

Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Aliénor and her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells,

and they soon find themselves on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer, in an investigation that takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco’s rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule…
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MY REVIEW

This is the third book in the Roy and Castells series, but I found it easy to read as a stand alone. I haven’t read the previous two, but after reading Blood Song I am going to remedy that right away.

This has a background of the horrors of Franco’s Spain. The persecution of anyone they believed to be communist, socialists or republicans. The numbers given in the introduction to Johana Gustawsson’s tale are difficult to comprehend. 

Blood Song covers periods and locations from 1930’s Spain to 2016 Sweden, with visits to London too. 

There is someone who has killed members of the Lindbergh family, stabbing them and removing their tongues…….Kerstin, Göran and Louise were Aliénor’s mother, father and sister. Aliénor is a profiler, she has Aspergers and has difficulty with the emotions this tragedy causes and her friend Emily seems to be the only one to understand.

Emily is also a profiler, with her colleague Alexis Castells, a true crime author, and Aliènor, they try to solve these murders…..

But, there have been more killings…..is there a link? How could an IVF clinic be involved?

There are chapters from the 1930’s, where people were taken from their homes, some shot and others imprisoned, brutalised, raped and starved….any children were taken and sent to orphanages…..only to suffer abuse at the hands of priests and nuns…heartbreaking and anger inducing at the same time. 

How are these two timelines linked?

I cannot say much more, as there is no way I would want to spoil any part of this incredible thriller. I’ve not read a thriller like this, it’s so powerful and compelling with a cadence that matches the emotions. Absolutely stunning.

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 (really ! you need to read this!)

 

https://amzn.to/2Asu6Fd

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Born in Marseille, France, and with a degree in Political Science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French and Spanish press and television. Her critically acclaimed Roy & Castells series has won the Plume d’Argent, Balai de la découverte, Balai d’Or and Prix Marseillais du Polar awards, and is now published in nineteen countries. A TV adaptation is currently underway in a French, Swedish and UK co-production. Johana lives in London with her Swedish husband and their three sons. She drew on her own experience of fertility clinics and IVF to write Blood Song and is happy to speak and write pieces about this.

 

Book reviews, Historical fiction, Thriller

A Shadow On The Lens by Sam Hurcom – Book Review

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The Postmaster looked over my shoulder. As I turned to look I saw a flicker of movement from across the street. I felt unseen eyes peer at me.

He walked away without another word. I watched as he climbed onto his bicycle and sped away down the street. I turned back and looked over my shoulder.

Someone had been watching us.

  1. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland – her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help.

As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl – the face of Betsan Tilny.

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MY REVIEW 

Betsan Tilney has been murdered and her body burnt. Due to the local villagers superstitions, her body is being kept in an abandoned church. They feel the Death is the result of the demon, Calon Fawr.

Thomas Bexley, a forensic photographer is sent to document the evidence, but he is unwell with a fever and starts to see things …including a shape over the body in one of his photographs …or is it just a flaw?

He visits Bethan’s mother and while unwell he is certain she told him, “Do not look for her with your eyes”….

Will Thomas find the killer, or is there something even darker walking in the village?

This is a creepy, gothic supernatural mystery in the vein of Poe and Lovecraft, there are even rats scratching in the ceiling….if like a historical, supernatural mystery 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/2AjpWiL

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Sam Hurcom was born in Dinas Powys, South Wales in 1991. He studied Philosophy at Cardiff University, attaining both an undergraduate and master’s degree. He has since had several short stories published, and has written and illustrated a number of children’s books. Sam currently lives in the village he was raised in, close to the woodlands that have always inspired his writing. 

 

A SHADOW ON THE LENS is Sam’s debut novel.

(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Police procedural, Thriller

The Death Of Justice by Tony J Forder – Book Review

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To keep a secret hidden you must bury the truth

One night. Two shootings. Two victims.

When DI Bliss arrives at the scene of the second murder, he recognises the same three-shot pattern as the first. But there is one major difference: the second victim has been decapitated, the head nowhere to be found. When a second headless corpse is discovered the following day, Bliss and his team realise the killer is on a spree – and he’s not done yet. 

After Bliss links the killings and forms a task force with officers from Lincolnshire, they uncover further disturbing news: the murders are not the first in the series – there are four more headless victims, and the Lincolnshire team believe they know why. Not only that, they are also convinced that more potential victims are on the killer’s list. 

In a race against time to save further loss of life, Bliss constantly finds himself one step behind and chasing shadows. In order to flush out the hired assassin, he and his team have no choice but to put their own lives at risk. But will everyone survive?

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MY REVIEW 

This is Book #5 in the DI Bliss series. 

When Kelly Gibson’s body is found, shot three times, DI Bliss and his team are called in to investigate. Kelly was a colleague from the communications suite…

We again meet DI Bliss, DI Mia Short, DS Chandler, DS Bishop and DC Ansari, as the investigation starts, another murder takes place…..again 3 shots, but the head is missing!

As more murders are committed, the team are in a race against time with a Killer always seemingly one step ahead…but how? Is there a leak on the team?

This is a brutal case with links at an old case……but why has it taken so long for this retribution?

Another gripping thriller from Tony J Forder, with a compelling plot that also shows the vulnerable side of the characters. Brilliant.

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. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler from the Major Crimes unit in Peterborough. The first four books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, If Fear Wins, and The Reach of Shadows, will soon be joined by The Death of Justice, which will be published on 9 September 2019.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone serial-killer novel. Another book that was written as a stand-alone was Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. Before it had even been published, Tony had decided to write a sequel, and Cold Winter Sun was published in November 2018.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently working on a new novel, and has also begun writing Bliss #6.

 

Links

Website: https://www.tonyjforder.com/

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

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

Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B01N4BPT65

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16166122.Tony_J_Forder

 

Book reviews, Family drama, Thriller

The Boxer Boys by Nick Rippington – Book Review

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Some Family feuds just won’t go away… For 40 years the Dolans and the Marshalls have lived side by side on the same rundown housing estate in east London.

While teens Gary Marshall and Arnie Dolan forge a close friendship, fighting constant battles to survive both on the streets and closer to home, the relationship between their parents is complicated and, at times, toxic. Gradually family secrets emerge which have their roots in the early 80s… and Gary and Arnie realise their entire upbringing was built on lies.  
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MY REVIEW 

 

This is a box set of three novels by Nick Rippington. 

First: 

 

CROSSING THE WHITEWASH

Gary Marshall and Arnie Dolan have been friends since they were 13 years old, and had named themselves the Boxer Boys.

Gary had dreams of being a professional footballer, but after a night out, a series of events put an end to his dream.

This tells of their lives to the present day, their friendship, the laughs and their criminal and sometimes violent activities.

As they grow up, lives change, but then the past catches up with Gareth.

A thriller full of humour, sport and action.

 

SPARK OUT (prequel)

This is set in the 1980’s , the politics, music and the Falklands War.

Mo Dolan, is a really nasty piece of work and really wants to be a big time gangster type. Violent and brutal. Will his son end up the same?

Lots of descriptive writing the political atmosphere of the time and about the horrors of the Falklands War. A thriller with a political edge.

 

DYING SECONDS(sequel)

Again the story revolves around the violent Dolan crime family. 

Gareth, who used to be Gary is working for a welsh newspaper as a sports journalist after moving on from his earlier way of life. But then his father is murdered, his old friend Arnie Dolan has been arrested. Is he responsible or was some one else responsible? And why?

Again, set with a backdrop of politics (Brexit) and sports with the murder mystery too in a totally engrossing read.

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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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NICK RIPPINGTON is one of the victims of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal you never hear about. 

As the newspaper’s Welsh Sports Editor, he was made redundant with two days notice when Rupert Murdoch closed down Europe’s biggest-selling tabloid in 2011. 

On holiday at the time, Nick was never allowed back into the building, investigators sealed off the area with crime scene tape and seized his computer, which contained all the secrets to his Fantasy Football selections.

Handed the contents of his desk in a black bin bag in a murky car park, deep throat style, Nick was at a crossroads – married just two years earlier and with a wife and 9-month-old baby to support. Options were limited but self-publishing was booming. Having hit on an idea for a UK gangland thriller taking place against the backdrop of the Rugby World Cup, in 2015 he produced Crossing The Whitewash.

The book was praised by many, received an honourable mention in the genre category of the Writers’ Digest self-published eBook awards and more than 25 five-star reviews on both sides of the pond. 

Almost two years after Crossing The Whitewash came the second in the Boxer Boys series, a prequel called Spark Out, which was released in paperback on July 1 and for Kindle on July 10, 2017. The book received an award for best cover of 2017 with the Chill With A Book website, along with a readers award, before receiving the IndieBRAG medallion from a prestigious site covering Independent writers and publishers throughout the world.

The third book in the Boxer Boys series Dying Seconds, a sequel to Crossing the Whitewash, was released in December 2018.

Married to Liz, Nick is now a full-time back bench designer on the Daily Star sports desk and has two daughters – Jemma, 36, and Olivia, 8. A Bristolian at heart, he lives near Ilford, Essex. In the past he has worked for the Sunday Mirror, Wales on Sunday and Media Wales in Cardiff as an executive editor.

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

Twitter: @nickripp

Goodreads Author Page:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14194075.Nick_Rippington

 

Blog: On the website – Say Hello to My Little Friends

 

Website: http://www.theripperfile.com

 

Amazon Author Page in the UK: 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nick-Rippington/e/B0135YST78

 

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Thriller

A River Of Bodies by Kevin Doyle – Book Review

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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, Thriller

Stasiland by Rolf Richardson – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

After a messy divorce, Ed Blake is trying to forget the past by spending the summer driving around Europe in his silver Porsche. He gets no further than a small town on the river Elbe when he is arrested for a crime he did not commit. 

Although in what is now a united Germany, this is the former Communist East, once ruled by the feared secret police, the Stasi. This is Stasiland. The past has not gone away, Germany’s political tectonic plates are shifting, maybe heading for the sort of chaos last seen in the 1930s. Ed finds himself pulled into a whirlpool of violence as right-wing extremism starts to shake the foundations of Europe. 

This is a novel about the here and now. What happened to Ed Blake could happen to you.

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MY REVIEW 

Set mainly in East Germany, this is the tale of Ed Blake. He’s a businessman of a certain age, and looking for a bit of a break from the rat race and see some of the world…..

But then he discovers a body on a cruise ship and become involved in the investigation….as the suspect!!

What follows is a thriller which describes the politics and dangers of a world after the Berlin Wall came down. 

I found Ed to be a likeable character, with his humour and humble manner as he describes a time of political turmoil and how a foreigner is treated with suspicion!

While not an intense thriller, there is some danger and it has a lot of details of the political atmosphere of the time and the various journeys Ed makes.  An intriguing, interesting 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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ROLF RICHARDSON is a mongrel English/Norwegian who loves to travel, starting with service in the RAF, flying Britain’s first jet fighter, the Meteor; thereafter 25 years as a British Airways pilot on Argonauts, Britannias, VC10s and 747s. 

He then became a roaming photographer, visiting around 110 countries, with over 15,000 photos now sold. He has worked his passage on cruise ships by giving lectures. Taken 3 months to drive round Australia. 

A few years ago he set out to put his experiences to further use by writing a series of ‘Easy Read’ books: thrillers with a dash of history, romance and humour.

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The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time. 

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MY REVIEW 

24 year old Rowan Caine works for Little Nippers, a nursery in London. One day browsing she sees an advert for an incredibly well paid, live in nanny vacancy, working for the Elincourt family.

Bill and Sandra are architects who love in a remote area of Scotland….this is an opportunity too good to miss. So Rowan applies, her stunning CV should hopefully be enough…..

She is invited to Scotland for an interview and when she arrives, she realises how much she wants this position….the house is Victorian on the outside and almost futuristic on the inside…with the ever present Happy.

As she leaves, young Maddie whispers to warn her not to take the job, the ghosts wouldn’t like it…!

Rowan is offered the job, leaves her life in London and joins the Elincourt family….only for Bill and Sandra to leave on a works trip, so Rowan is left with Maddie, Ellie and Petra and of course Happy…the house automation, surveillance system. Oh and Jack the handyman…

What follows is a creepy tale, told from Rowan’s perspective and her letters to her solicitor……you see she has been accused of murdering one of the girls!! 

With the creepy house, footsteps in the attic, a poison garden and secrets, this is an incredibly intense, tension packed gothic thriller…..with a completely gasp inducing ending…..I loved it.

Thank you to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read this for free. this is my honest and unbiased review.

 

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Chameleon by Michael K Foster – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

It was meant to be a harmless adventure…or so he thought.  

When a ten-year-old boy playing hooky from school sees a young woman’s body hanging from a tree, a man at the scene gives chase. 

Still recovering from near fatal injuries, Jack Mason is sent to investigate. He knows the boy’s life is in danger, but that’s the least of his worries. There’s a much darker side to this investigation, and one that threatens to change many people’s lives. 

What really happened in the woods that day? What dark secrets was the dead woman hiding? 

And who, or what, is Chameleon?
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MY REVIEW 

This is #4 in the DCI Jack Mason series by Michael K Foster, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone.

Jack is committed to his job, he doesn’t shirk the tough parts and gets his hands dirty along with the rest of his team and so is well respected.

In this tale. A young boy of 10, sees a woman hanging and it’s not a suicide…he was seen and he is now in danger… so Jack Mason and his team are to protect the witness.

This is one of the Chameleon’s murders….can they keep their witness safe?

This has everything, the Russian Mafia, a hitman, poisons, murder and even money laundering. It really is non stop action with some great characters in a gripping, nail biting thriller.

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/2M3f7s

Don’t miss out on the rest of the series:

 

The Wharf Butcher (Book 1)

Satan’s Beckoning (Book 2)

The Suitcase Man (Book 3)

Chameleon (Book 4)

Author Bio:

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Michael K Foster has been writing crime thriller novels since 2006, all of them based in and around the North East of England. His bestselling debut novel, ‘The Wharf Butcher,’ was released in 2015 and offers a unique insight into this rugged landscape. He has now written four full-length novels featuring the hard-hitting DCI Jack Mason and local criminal profiler David Carlisle. His latest book in the series, ‘Chameleon,’ is scheduled for release in June 2019. 

Michael was born in Plymouth, England. After ten years’ service in the British Army, he moved to Newcastle where he gained a master’s degree. A former Magistrate, he now writes full time and lives with his family in County Durham.

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Appetite For Risk by Jack Leavers – Book Review

 

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A fast-paced action thriller inspired by real events in the aftermath of the Iraq War. 

With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way. 

In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed. 

As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq. 

Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?

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MY REVIEW

This is a fast-paced action thriller which is inspired by real events in and after the Iraq War.

Saddam Hussein has been deposed and the country needs rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce, lover of danger and adventure sees an opportunity here, with a struggling business, maybe this is his chance…..

So he heads to Baghdad to reap the spoils of the rebuilding of this country, but then all hell breaks out, with the insurgents battling to take over. Will John be able to survive the bloodshed or get caught up in the various operations by U.K. and US governments against the growing Al-Qaeda….?

This is written in the first person and I felt it reads a little like a biography, which lent this action packed thriller a sense of realism and tension. Set in London and Iraq it gives background to both cultures, good and bad….an immersive and gripping read. 

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. 

 

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Book reviews, Thriller

The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins – Book Review and #Giveaway

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They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down.

When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..

Tense, absorbing, and insightful, The Kompromat Kill is a gripping thriller leaving

you breathless at the pace of intrigue, cleverly unravelled in a dramatic finale.

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MY REVIEW

Sean is in trouble , he has a price on his head, a ruined career and a certain way of doing things…..his way!

His latest exploit is helping his former employer locate someone and find out just who they are working for…..

He finds out more secrets than expected and his safety is in danger again and again. 

The British Secret Service call on Sean for help on other cases….but are these linked?

Lots of action, espionage, Russians and danger. This is edge of your seat excitement from start to finish….if you like an action packed spy thriller, you’ll love this.

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

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QFSF44F

 US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFSF44F

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second. 

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Book reviews, Dystopian fiction, Horror, post-apocalyptic, Science fiction, Thriller

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.
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MY REVIEW

This is my first read of a novel by Chuck Wendig and it’s definitely not going to be my last…..

The Wanderers is an epic journey of a band of people, the flock and the shepherds…..trying both to survive and keep the sleepwalkers safe….

Safe from what ? 

White Mask…..a fungal infection that slowly invades a person, giving symptoms of a cold, but as it grows it reaches the brain causing dementia and madness…..where did this disease come from?

There is Stover, a white supremacist who is violent and a vile man, he uses torture, rape and fear to keep control. He believes the walkers are the reason for this illness and so plans to kill them all…..I found this all too real, just listen to the news coming out of America these days…..the hatred is there coming right from the top.

Matthew, a man of god, gets drawn in by the charisma of Stover, until he realises the truth, but it’s too late and he is imprisoned by him…..he does have a change of heart, but can he do the right thing??? 

Then there’s the CDC\EIS group, all doctors and scientists trying to find out how this illness works, is there a cure? How are the walkers surviving with no food, rest or seemingly any consciousness other than a desire to keep moving….woe betide you try and stop them !!

There are incredibly well written characters that you will truly become invested in, willing them on, suffering their fears and doubts, the little successes and those awful moments of failure.

Yes, there will be comparisons to Stephen King’s, The Stand, there is a ‘plague’, and two distinct groups of people but that’s where the comparison ends. (There is a mention of The Stand in the Book too)….In my view, this is even better…

It’s unique and ultimately scary, as it’s so believable. The fear of AI taking over, just look at the fake news bots!!…..Black Swan the all seeing, statistic driven computer programme is terrifying ….

Will the walkers awake? Will humanity survive? What will happen to Benji, Shana, Sadie, Arav, Matthew, Pete, Landry and of course Black Swan?

At 780 pages, this is not a light read, but it is totally and utterly compelling. I loved every single minute of this beautifully harrowing tale. A modern classic and a must read.

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 book.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2lfDyHD

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.

He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, and their feature film HiM is in development with producer Ted Hope.

He’s written too much. He should probably stop. Give him a wide berth, as he might be drunk and untrustworthy. He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with a wonderful wife and two very stupid dogs. He is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

You can find him at his website, terribleminds.com.(Courtesy of Goodreads)

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Book reviews, Thriller

White Scorpion by Rob Sinclair – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Rule number one for an agent of the secretive JIA is to follow orders, no matter what. 

But James Ryker has never cared much for rules. He only wants to do what is right.

Assigned to join of crew of elite security personnel in Chabon, Africa, Ryker’s mission objective is clouded by politics and obfuscation, and he knows only that to protect British interests in the region, he is to infiltrate the close protection team of the government of Chabon, a country with a dark and violent past.

Arriving in Chabon’s crumbling capital, Kilpassa, Ryker finds a country on the brink of civil war. A growing civilian rebellion threatens peace, with claims of atrocities committed by both sides, including the frail government run by enigmatic President Benyu – a former military general who took control of the country in a violent coup. 

Drawn into Benyu’s inner circle, it soon becomes clear to Ryker that in Chabon, the lines between good and bad, and right and wrong, are nearly impossible to identify. 

With a crisis of epic proportions unfolding before his eyes, Ryker knows one thing for sure: with or without the backing of his superiors, he must take drastic action, and quickly, or risk putting millions of innocent lives in danger.

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MY REVIEW 

This is #5 in the Ryker series, but feel it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Well this is action packed right from the very first chapter to the end.

James Ryker and his team are in Africa to take Muampa, as he is handed over all hell breaks out…..it’s an ambush that ends in the slaughter of his team and captive….just who has betrayed them?

The story then jumps back three weeks, so you can find out just how they gout 8nto the situation…..

Muampa is in charge of a rebel army, he’s brutal using torture and murder to gain information…..if he wins power in elections, then the UK government could lose £billions in revenue…..

What follows is a tale of power and betrayal with a touch of politics….just who can Ryker trust…..? How can he survive this time? 

If you like an action packed thriller in the vein of Jason Bourne or Strikeback you’ll love this.

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/2jT3EQp

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

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Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy, James Ryker and Sleeper series of thrillers. His books have sold over 900,000 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.

 

 

Book reviews, Thriller

The Fragility Of Bodies by Sergio Olguín – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

 

  • The first in a series of novels by Olguín starring the journalist Veronica Rosenthal. It is set in Buenos-Aires and has been made into a TV series currently showing in Argentina.

 

  • Veronica is a successful young journalist, beautiful, unmarried, with a healthy appetite for bourbon and men. She is a fascinating and complicated heroine, driven by a sense of justice but also by lust and ambition.

 

  • Sensual and terse, the novel is also fiercely critical of a system that tolerates the powerful and wealthy of Buenos Aires putting the lives of young boys at risk for their entertainment.

 

When she hears about the suicide of a local train driver who has jumped off the roof of a block of flats, leaving a suicide note confessing to four mortal ‘accidents’ on the train tracks, she decides to investigate. For the police the case is closed (suicide is suicide), for Veronica it is the beginning of a journey that takes her into an unfamiliar world of grinding poverty, junkie infested neighborhoods, and train drivers on commuter lines haunted by the memory of bodies hit at speed by their locomotives in the middle of the night.

Aided by a train driver informant, a junkie in rehab and two street kids willing to risk everything for a can of Coke, she uncovers a group of men involved in betting on working-class youngsters convinced to play Russian roulette by standing in front of fast-coming trains to see who endures the longest.

With bodies of children crushed under tons of steel, those of adults yielding to relentless desire, the resolution of the investigation reveals the deep bonds which unite desire and death.

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MY REVIEW 

 

Veronica is a journalist for a popular magazine, she’s talented and has an eye for a story. When she hears of a child’s death on the railway and the train driver is traumatised, she feels this could be interesting from a human emotion side, but she soon finds there is so much more to the story….

Poor young boys, are drawn to a local football team, the coach Rivero offers them a chance to make some money, a game he says. This evil man sets two boys a game of chicken, against a train, the last one to jump off the tracks is the winner!! Oh and men gamble on this……

The train drivers on the routes, are on tenterhooks their whole shift, just waiting to see someone on the tracks and to hear the crunch of bone……

Veronica finds out about this and is determined to make it end, but puts herself and anyone close to her in real danger…….can she stop this barbarity??

I really love the way this is written, Veronica is a strong, single woman who pees, has periods and enjoys sex her way….not often you read of the real parts of life in this way..

Set in Buenos Aires, It also shows the dark side of life, the exploitation of those in poverty, the young and desperate….a fascinating and utterly engaging read. I’ve been very lucky to read some excellent novels recently but this is one of the best I’ve read this year….

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/2jOSP1O

The Author and the Translator

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Sergio Olguín was born in Buenos Aires in 1967 and was a journalist before turning to fiction. Olguín has won a number of awards, among others the Premio Tusquets 2009 for his novel Oscura monótona sangre (“Dark Monotonous Blood“) His books have been translated into German, French and Italian. The Fragility of Bodies is his first novel to be translated into English.

The translator Miranda France is the author of two acclaimed volumes of travel writing: Don Quixote’s Delusions and Bad Times in Buenos Aires. She has also written the novels Hill Farm and The Day Before the Fire and translated much Latin American fiction, including Claudia Piñeiro’s novels for Bitter Lemon Press.

www.bitterlemonpress.com

 

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Crime writer Joseph Knox’s work has been hailed as gritty as MacBride, as noir as Connelly, as well written as Rankin, yet rendered very much with his own voice.

‘A crime fiction masterpiece’ – Metro ‘Razor sharp’ – Lee Child

‘A powerhouse of noir’ – Val McDermid

 

These are thrillers set in the dark urban sprawl of a city in Northern England, an examination of the underbelly of society, those on the outside, some by design, others by misfortune. Detective Aidan Waits lurches through this landscape in search of answers, encountering trouble around each corner he turns.

As a series of rolling blackouts plunge the city into darkness, Detective Aidan Waits sits on an abandoned hospital ward, watching a mass murderer slowly die.Transferred from his usual night shift duties and onto protective custody, he has just one job…

To extract the location of Martin Wick’s final victim before the notorious mass murderer passes away.

Wick has spent over a decade in prison, in near-total silence, having confessed to an unspeakable crime that shocked the nation and earned him the nickname of The Sleepwalker.

But when a daring premeditated attack leaves one police officer dead and another one fighting for his life, Wick’s whispered last words will send Waits on a journey into the heart of darkness…

Manipulated by a reticent psychopath from his past, and under investigation from his new partner, Detec- tive Constable Naomi Black,Waits realises too late that a remorseless contract killer is at work.

Can Aidan Waits solve his last case before fleeing justice?

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MY REVIEW 

Martin Wick jailed for killing the Moore family, is dying of lung cancer. DC Aiden Waits, along with DS Peter (Sutty) Sutclife are babysitting him on the hope of a death bed confession, where is Lizzie Moore’s body?

But, one night, the armed officer guarding the room has his throat cut, a Molotov cocktail is thrown into Wick’s room, killing him and seriously injuring Sutty…..where was Aiden? Chasing a soap sucking junkie with a tattooed face that’s where…..why was she there? 

This is one of the most incredibly well plotted thrillers I’ve ever read !!!

Aiden is a troubled man to say the least, ex-drug addict, depressed and suicidal….with enemies everywhere, including the successful ‘businessman‘ Zain Carver, senior police officers and a firearms officer…to name a few..

There’s murder, blackmail, violence and many many suspects in this dark and gritty tale, but it flows brilliantly into a twisty thriller that tears along at breakneck speed from the start to the nerve wracking ending…..an absolutely stunning read, by that I mean I am left truly stunned and I’m going to have to read it again……amazing writing by by Joseph Knox…..I loved every minute….

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

 

you can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2lgxoXH

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. There he worked at head office Waterstones selecting the crime thrillers and classics for focus attention across the company.

 

Now writing full time, he runs, writes and reads compulsively.

 

His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller. The Sleepwalker is the third book in the DC Aidan Waits series.

 

Joseph is available for events and interviews – for further information and review copies, please contact Alison Barrow abarrow@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk | 020 8231 6654

  

Book reviews, Police procedural, Thriller

Fear In The Lakes by Graham Smith – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A case with no leads.

A victim with no enemies.

A killer with no conscience…

When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.

But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.

But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?

Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?

Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…

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MY REVIEW 

This is the third in the Beth Young series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

 

“They have to be crippled with life-changing injuries.”

 

Laura Sinclair returns home to find her husband James’ unconscious and badly beaten …the doctors find all bones from his knees and elbows Dow, have been smashed, plus ribs broken …life changing injuries…just who would torture a gentle man?

DC Beth Young is part of the investigating team, when two more bodies are found they hunt to find a link…

Finding weirdly coded emails on James’ computer, they realise there is something more going on….Beth manages to work out the code and finds two people are messaging each other……by why code? As the investigation progresses they find out more and it involves The Sculptor ! Can they find ‘Babes’ in time?

The chapters from the Sculptor’s perspective are particularly chilling for its lack of emotion….

This is a solid procedural, with well rounded and mainly likeable characters …apart from McKay, he’s just a horrible excuse for a man …they all have relatable problems and a life outside of work. I really felt for Thompson and his family….Beth,  with her analytical brain, is dogged in her determination to find the killer, putting herself in danger as a result.

I found this to be well plotted with a fantastic twist, totally gripping from start to finish…

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 :

 

https://geni.us/B07RFRDCT7Social

 

Author Bio:

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Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novels with Bookouture are set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

 

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972

WEBSITE: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446655.Graham_Smith?from_search=true

 

Book reviews, Thriller

The Wreck Of The Margherita by Bill Todd – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

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

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

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MY REVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

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

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/williamjtodd

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

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

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

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

 

Purchase Links:

The Wreck of the Margherita (FREE download): https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007OVUG6Q/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Death Squad: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0085V9HL4/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2

Rough Diamond: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DK7F6I6/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

Rock Hard: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GXDU5DA/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4

Gargoyle Pixie Dog: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B010T2CHK4/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6

Godlefe’s Cuckoo: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B079Z7Z4MW/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

 

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Book reviews, Thriller

One Way Out by A.A. Dhand – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

The much-anticipated new Harry Virdee thriller from rising star A.A Dhand….

Bradford is Dhand’s city – he grew up there, studied there. He knows these streets as well as anyone.  Tensely paced and characteristically meticulously plotted, One Way Out takes you into the dark heart of a city under siege..

A bomb detonates in Bradford’s City Park.

When the alert sounds, DC I Harry Virdee has just enough time to get his son and his mother to safety before the bomb blows. But this is merely a stunt.

The worst is yet to come.

A new and aggressive nationalist group, the Patriots, have hidden a second device under one of the city’s one hundred and five mosques. In exchange for the safe release of those at Friday prayers, the Patriots want custody of the leaders of radical Islamist group Almukhtareen – the chosen ones.

The government does not negotiate with terrorists. Even when thousands of lives are at risk.

There is only one way out.

But Harry’s wife is in one of those mosques. Left with no choice, Harry must find the Almukhtareen, to offer the Patriots his own deal.

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MY REVIEW

This is #4 in the Harry Virdee series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Harry is enjoying his annual leave, by spending time with his mother and young son Aaron on a day out to City Park, Bradford……his wife is at Friday prayers in a nearby mosque……but then there’s a security alert and people need to leave the area….

There’s panic as people run to leave….Harry knows the area, so takes his mother and son to a nearby building that he knows has a cellar…..but his so worried about his wife, Saima…….then there’s an explosion! He is then called back to work….

A group calling themselves The Patriots are demanding the arrest of 4 extremists…..or they will detonate another bomb…..its in one of the 105 mosques in the city……but which one?

They also demand that if anyone leaves a mosque, they will detonate the bomb!

Harry has a lot to deal with, the family issues (his father disowned him for marrying a Muslim woman – this was heartbreaking), his wife is trapped in a mosque and he has been asked to find the 4 extremists…..will he sacrifice the 4 to save a thousand?…..

This is an incredibly tense thriller, all the more so as in the current world climate it feels all too plausible…..the thought that these events are controlled by politicians is very very scary….absolutely stunning writing by AA Dhand…

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/2NuSy1I

 

Praise for A.A Dhand:

‘Outstanding, relentless, multi-layered… A crime debut to relish’ LEE CHILD

‘A SCORCHING story of a city divided…announces the arrival of a formidable crime writer’ DAILY MAIL

‘The blood count is high but the novel deserves attention for its sheer inventiveness & unbridled energy’ THE TIMES

‘A tense slice of neo-noir’ OBSERVER

‘One of the most multi-layered policemen to have appeared in recent years’ – MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Delves deep into the dark side of Bradford, exploring a city riven by racial tensions.’ – SUNDAY EXPRESS

 

About the author:

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A.A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked in London and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and begin writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels.