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Murder Unexpected by Anita Waller – Book Review. #blogtour #bookreview

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Book blurb:

Kat and Mouse are back.

Church Deacon Kat and her friend Beth, known as Mouse, have started a private investigation business in the sleepy village of Eyam.

Kat, whose estranged criminal husband, Leon, is on the run, has a lot on her plate running the new business whilst heavily pregnant.

When a widow asks the sleuths for help, Kat and Mouse find themselves searching for the birth mother of the widow’s husband. But when it becomes clear that the widow isn’t telling the whole truth, Kat and Mouse are drawn into a deadly chase where nothing is what it seems.

Meanwhile, Kat’s husband has come back to Eyam and has Kat in his sights.

Can Kat and Mouse solve the case and escape the dangerous Leon?

This time they might just be out of their depth…

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MY REVIEW 

Murder Unexpected is the second in the Kat and Mouse murder mystery series, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, some of the background to the relationships between Nan, Kat and Mouse would be clearer if you’d read the previous novel (but not much as it’s pretty clear how close they all are, a real family).

I adored the characters of Kat and Mouse and Nan is so great, just don’t swear around her !

Leon, Kat’s murderous ex-husband makes an appearance and I did think this is where the story was going, but there is so much more. The women’s PI business, Connection is thriving and their new client a recently widowed woman takes their investigation into a riveting, violent and sometimes emotional direction. There are crimes, various deaths, some violent and some very sad and moving. Murder Unexpected is an immensely enjoyable novel, with strong female characters and some real emotional twists and turns right to the very end. A credit to the very clever writing by Anita Waller. I loved it and can thoroughly recommend it. 

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for a free advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own, honest and unbiased. 

You can buy a copy here (from Amazon)

About the Author :

 

 

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Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.

She has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.

In total she has written seven psychological thrillers and one supernatural novel, and uses the areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as her preferred locations in her books. Sheffield features prominently.

And now Anita is working on her first series, the Kat and Mouse trilogy, set in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Eyam. The first in the series, Murder Undeniable, launched 10 December 2018, and the second in the series, Murder Unexpected, launches 11 February 2019.

The trilogy has now been promoted to a quartet following the success of the first book; she is currently working on book three, Murder Unearthed. Book four doesn’t have a title, a plot, a first sentence… but she remains convinced it will have!

She is now seventy-three years of age, happily writing most days and would dearly love to plan a novel, but has accepted that isn’t the way of her mind. Every novel starts with a sentence and she waits to see where that sentence will take her, and her characters.

In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed, and they provided it.

Her genre is murder – necessary murder.

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Out Of The Silence by Owen Mullen – Book Review #blogtour #OutOfTheSilence

Out of the Silence by Owen Mullen

 

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Book Blurb:

Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him to Pakistan, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.

When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowing tale that began in a dusty settlement in rural Punjab, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.

Seven years later in the city of Lahore, members of a prominent family are being brutally murdered one by one. The only clue is a hand-carved wooden bangle left at the scene of each crime.

As the list of suspects grows and the tension mounts, Ralph realises the answers might be closer to home than he ever thought possible.

Solving the mystery will put him back on top but at what cost?

Only when the smoke clears will the killing stop and honour be satisfied…

 

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

This story is set in Lahore, Pakistan and starts with a young woman being admitted to a hospital after being the subject of an acid attack. While she can, she tells her story to Doctor Simone Jasnin and so the tale begins and we travel back to 1986…

It tells of Afra, a young girl in love with Jameel, a village boy, but her mother arranges her marriage to another man for the dowry.

Jameel leaves the village alone to make a life with his Great Uncle in Lahore, Afra’s life is one of brutality and slavery as is the case for many women in that area. Dr Jasnin and the reporter, Ralph Buchanan, try to highlight the dreadful treatment of women and help where they can.

Without giving away too much, this is one of the most gripping, heartbreaking and morbidly satisfying books I’ve read for a long while. 

It is, at its heart, a love story, tragic and moving, but also covers the abuse of women in Pakistan that appears to be the accepted norm, and a tale of retribution and revenge. The author, Owen Mullen’s excellent writing will make you angry at the injustices but then cry at the sheer heart rending emotion. I know this is a cliche, but I really could not put this down and read it in one (quite long) sitting. 

Books are my escape and relaxation and my reviews are my honest opinion. If it’s tripe, I’ll say so and alternately if it’s excellent I may gush a bit. Many books are a good read, but are a bit forgettable, others, however, touch your soul a little and stay with you bringing a little magic to life, this is one of those books. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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  in exchange for my honest review. 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.

Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where In Harm’s Way and the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’ were created and written. His latest novel Out Of The Silence is a truly compelling thriller set in Pakistan.

 

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The Reach of Shadows by Tony J Forder – Book Review. #blogtour

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Book Blurb:

Recovering from injuries sustained in a road collision, DI Bliss is taken directly from hospital to a fresh crime scene and ordered to investigate the vicious stabbing and murder of Jade Coleman.

When Bliss realises the victim had reported being stalked, and that two of his own team had been drafted in to take her statement, he is given the unenviable task of interviewing both of his detectives.

Increasingly it appears that the stalker may be their killer. However, several other people soon become part of the team’s suspect list.

Bliss also finds himself being questioned about his own past, and has to battle to defend himself whilst continuing to investigate the murder.

Soon more questions arise.

Why would anybody target Jade Coleman?

Why are the team unable to identify the victim’s close female friend?

And why did Jade recently leave her job without any explanation?

With his work cut out, and his team under pressure, can Bliss solve the case before more victims show up?

Or will the shadows of his own past reach out and drag him under before he can succeed?

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MY REVIEW

Set in Peterborough, UK, DI James ‘Jimmy’ Bliss and his partner, DS Penny Chandler are investigating the murder of Jade Coleman, she was found at home, stabbed several times. But, she had previously reported a stalker and been interviewed by two detectives but no further action was taken. 

Then Bliss, get hit by a car after chasing a ‘prowler’ at his home…is this linked to the investigation, to anti-nuclear activists or something more personal…..all will become clear! 

I love Tony J Forder’s writing, he has a couple of storylines running alongside each other, it’s easy to follow though, some job related and some personal, and it’s great to see the lives behind the officers, they are human after all with a life outside the job. All though I’m not sure Bliss is human though….I mean who eats CREAM CHEESE AND PEANUT BUTTER sandwiches, that’s just wrong !!

The story is intense and really keeps you guessing, a gripping, heart thumping read. I can thoroughly recommend it. (And it’s only 99p at the moment for the Kindle)…

 

While this is number 4 in the DI Bliss series, it’s can be read as a stand-alone novel

 

 

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About the author:

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed, internationally best-selling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first three books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, and If Fear Wins, are now joined by The Reach of Shadows, published in January 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 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.

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East of England by Eamonn Griffin – Book Review

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By Eamonn Griffin

Published by Unbound Digital

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Dan Matlock is out of jail. He’s got a choice. Stay or leave. Go back to where it all went wrong, or simply get out of the county. Disappear. Start again as someone else.

But it’s not as simple as that.

There’s the matter of the man he killed. It wasn’t murder, but even so. You tell that to the family. Especially when that family is the Mintons, who own half that’s profitable and two-thirds of what’s crooked between the Wolds and the coast. And who could have got to Matlock as easy as you like in prison, but who haven’t touched him. Not yet.

And like Matlock found out in prison, there’s no getting away from yourself, so what would the point be in not facing up to other people?

It’s time to go home.

East of England blends a rural take on the noir thriller with a fascination with the British industrialised countryside that lies east of the Wolds, between the Humber and the Wash. Unlit byways rather than the neon-bright and rain-slicked city. A world of caravan parks, slot machines, and low-rise battery farms.

The flatlands of the east coast; decaying market towns and run-down resorts, and the distant throb of offshore windfarms. Where the smell you’re trying to get out of your clothes is the cigarette taint of old phone boxes and bus shelters, and where redemption, like life, is either hard-earned or fought for, one way or another

MY REVIEW

Dan Matlock, released from prison after two years is expecting his father, Joe to pick him up, but he’s not there. So he steals a car and makes his way home….

Dan is not a nice man, he’s back into ‘working’ for Big Chris almost immediately as her debt collector, he’s also choosing other targets for his thieving, to let certain factions, namely the Mintons and Corrigans that he’s back.

So begins a tale of violence and various dodgy dealings, with such descriptive writing you feel you could find your way round the area with no problem. You can almost smell the seedy, seaside, Skeg, and rural Lincolnshire with its menacing darkness that’s just out of eyesight, something you might catch out of the corner of your eye beyond the bright lights and noise of ‘fun’.

Eamonn Griffin has created a realistic, believable character in Dan Matlock, Lincolnshire’s very own ‘Jack Reacher’…you may not like him much, but you will still be on his side, and hoping for the best with the tension building to a bloody, violent end, with some surprises that I didn’t see coming at all. Brilliant read and I can thoroughly recommend it. 

Thank you to The Pigeonhole, Unbound Digital and Eamonn Griffin for the opportunity to read this.

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To Love and Be Wise – Book Review

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This is the fourth in Josephine Tey’s series of novels featuring Inspector Grant. In To Love and Be Wise he is sent to a small English village, Salcott St Mary to investigate the disappearance of a young man, Leslie Searle.

Searle was an incredibly beautiful man who was an in vogue photographer from America. Famous for his photos of actors and actresses, including Hollywood stars.

He had visited Salcott St Mart as he said he had known a man, now dead, who was a friend of one of the villagers and as a result he was accepted by the villagers and was even invited to be a guest in one of the country homes, where he became quite at home,

He decides to collaborate up with a local writer and radio personality, to write a book about the river that runs through the village. He will take the photos and the writer the writing, obviously… They plan to take a canoe along the river and camp beside it each night, but shortly after they begin their adventure, Leslie Searle disappears.

There are no signs of foul play and no body. Had he been murdered and thrown into the river, did he accidentally or purposely fall into the river and drown? ? They drag the river repeatedly but find no body and no evidence. But a young boy whose fishing on the river fishing brings up a shoe that is identified as Searle’s.

Inspector Grant continues his investigation but is making no headway. He’s just about given up and begins pursuing other cases, when he has a brainwave that helps him to see what might have happened and why.

The mystery is complicated and touches on psychology and gender identity with great characters and a plot that leaves you guessing right to the end.