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#CoverReveal : You’re Next by Michael Fowler @caffeinenights #BlogTour organised by @CarolineBookBit

You're Next - Michael Fowler - Book Cover

Welcome to the cover reveal for “You’re Next” by Michael Fowler. Publish date of 9th November 2017.

The Synopsis:

It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes.

But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed.

Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.

Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.

Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green…

Available for Pre-Order from: Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

About the Author:

 Michael Fowler Author Image Following retirement, after thirty-two years as a police officer, working mainly as a detective, Michael returned to the deadly business of murder, as a writer. His past work brought him very close to some nasty characters, including psychopaths, and gruesome cases, and he draws on that experience to craft his novels: There is nothing gentle about Michael’s stories.

His landmark novel Heart of the Demon, published in 2012, introduced Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr. Michael has since written five novels and a novella featuring Kerr. He also released the first DS Scarlett Macey book in 2016. Michael is also the author of a stand-alone crime novella and a true crime thriller.

Michael has another side to his life – a passion for art, and has found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently, his oil paintings can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts.

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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#BlogTour : The Fallen Agent by @olivertidy org: @CarolineBookBit

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The Fallen Agent released on 10th October 2017.  

I am really excited to be part of the blog tour for this book.  My thanks to Caroline  for allowing me a spot.


Jess Albion has recently started a new life on the other side of the world with a new identity. She used to be MI5. Then a job went bad, someone died and she was made an example of in the British courts. But MI5 look after their own. Or they did until rumours of a planned Al Qaeda biological terror attack on London started circulating. Now someone in the British security services is giving agents up in return for information. No price, it seems, is too high to save London from the ultimate threat.

When Jess’s fresh start is compromised she has a choice to make: run and hide and spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder or go looking for the threat and snuff it out. On her own, she’d run, but she has Nick on her side.

The Fallen Agent is a story of love and hate, of loyalty and betrayal, of revenge and callous disregard for human life in the pursuit of satisfaction.

My Thoughts:

Well where to start with this book.  First off I absolutely loved it.  It is a book that I am finding very hard to review without giving away any spoilers.

It starts with a murder, but of the wrong person.  From there the reader is transported to New Zealand, this is the new home of the intended victim.  Jess Albion has been given a new identity and a new life.  It is not one she had ever envisioned for herself, but her past still visits her in her dreams and nightmares.  These dreams soon start to become reality, all she had left behind of her own life comes rocking up and smashing her door down.

With the help of Nathan, her colleague in MI5, they intend to try and discover the truth behind not only the way she had been disgustingly mistreated at MI5, but also how a rumour of a possible biological terrorist on London. This begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse, lies and double crossing for the search for verifiable information on this possible threat.

As I said from the outset, I do not want to give anything away.  It is a deep and well constructed thriller that has action and intrigue from the get go. It has that “edge of your seat” feel to it, with a pace that suits and is maintained throughout, a real page turner to see what will happen next. The characters in this book are a definite mixed bunch,some I really, really liked, then there are some real “slime balls” that I despised, others that I just down and out loathed, and then the odd surprise where I changed my mind about them.  Is it wrong to like a baddy just a little bit ? The plot of the story is quite big for the size of the book, there are a good amount of twists, that keep you guessing and at no point did I feel confused while reading.

If you like espionage, crime, thriller, backstabbing action packed, creative and well written book then you will not go wrong with this.  It ticked so many boxes for me, and it is my hope that other readers will feel the same way.

Author Bio:

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                                                                                         Crime writing author Oliver Tidy has had a life-long love affair with books. He dreams of one day writing something that he could find in a beautifully-jacketed hard-cover or paperback copy on a shelf in a book shop. He’d even be happy with something taking up space in the remainder bin, on a pavement, in the rain, outside The Works.

He found the time and opportunity to finally indulge his writing ambition after moving abroad to teach English as a foreign language to young learners eight years ago.

Impatient for success and an income that would enable him to stay at home all day in his pyjamas he discovered self-publishing. He gave it go. By and large readers have been kind to him. Very kind. Kind enough that two years ago he was able to give up the day job and write full-time. Mostly in his pyjamas.

Oliver Tidy has fourteen books in three series, a couple of stand-alone novels and a couple of short story collections. All available through Amazon (clickable link to Am Author Page). Among his books are The Romney and Marsh Files (British police procedurals set in Dover) and the Booker & Cash novels, a series of private detective tales set in the south of England and published by Bloodhound Books.

Oliver is back living on Romney Marsh in the UK. His home. He still wakes in the night from time to time shouting about seeing his books on a shelf in Waterstones.

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Book details:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1586 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075QHKG8P
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#BookReview : Ghosts and Shadows by H. Max. Hiller


This is the 3rd in “The “Cadillac” Detective” series. It is available to buy now in Hardback, Paperback and Kindle. 


2017 Finalist in the Book Excellence Awards:The oath Detective Cooter “Cadillac” Holland swore to defend his home against foreign and domestic enemies is put to the test when evil men from both sides of the border start a war on the eve of Mardi Gras, an election, and the first Super Bowl in Saints’ history. A shadowy operation has resurrected the blueprints for the classified operation that nearly got Detective Holland killed in Iraq, and now threatens his life again. When Detective Holland’s friends and family are also put at risk, he is forced to call upon the skills and mind-set learned as a Special Forces and Intelligence operative to keep the peace between local heroin dealers and a violent Mexican drug cartel, outsmart a defense contractor, and take on a loose-cannon Federal official out to cover the tracks of a deal gone bad to avert a bloodbath when New Orleans can least afford it.

My Thoughts: 

I will warn you before I even start with my thoughts on this book, I LOVE this series.

This is the 3rd in the series, (4th if you include the prequel), each of these books has a different feel to them.  The previous have a little more content regarding living and social conditions after Hurricane Katrina, but this one does not contain as much.  I assume this is because things are moving forward and people are starting to get back on track with their lives, but I may assume too much here!

Anyway, one of my favourite detectives is back in his not so subtle way.  Cadillac is like the proverbial “bull in a china shop” as he comes across incidents that don’t quite add up.  Also a blast from the past rolls into town, confirming his instincts that something is amiss, but why and what links random events is something that he and his business partner will have to work out.  Cadillac owns part of a restaurant business with his friend Chef Tony, though Cadillac more has more of a silent partner role. They have known each other from their time in Iraq, the skills and techniques learnt there will hopefully keep their family, friends and people of New Orleans safe from the threat of a possible gang war.  He steps on many toes, stopping for nothing and no one to get to the bottom of events.

As I mentioned this has a different feel, the main characters are still there, but this time alongside Cadillac, Tony joins him on the front seat.  Tony has been in and around the previous books, but in this one he really pops out, because of this we are able to get information regarding the time he and Cadillac spent in Iraq, filling in some the details that have previously only been alluded to.

As this one doesn’t include as much social comment regarding Katrina, Hiller has instead incorporated one of his other passions into the story.  That passion is food, now before you think this is an odd inclusion into a crime, mystery, thriller book, think again.  It has been worked in very well and shows the diverse and multicultural aspects of the city’s inhabitants. Also as I have mentioned, Tony is a chef, he and Cadillac run a restaurant, so there is a basis for it being there.

Yes I love this book, as I have all the others each one is unique, with some very memorable characters that have been involved from the start of the series, and have become like old friends.  The pacing for this book is faster and this is due to a time scale factor within the plot, the plot itself has many elements that included drug dealers, corruption, murder and cover-ups.  Hiller’s style of writing keeps them clear, crisp, concise and not at all confusing, I think this is what I like so much, a no-nonsense approach that really makes sense, but also gives you something to think about.

So would I recommend this book ? Oh absolutely.

Do I want to read more by this author ? Most definitely.

Yes I am a big fan, and would recommend to readers who like crime and mystery genres, that also has social and cultural elements incorporated into the story. It does read well as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading the previous books, including the prequel to get the bigger picture.  It will be time well spent. Don’t just take my word for it, go buy one of his book and you will see for yourself, I have included the Amazon links below.

Again a huge thank you to the author for bringing these books to my attention.  My views expressed are my own.


Book Details:

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: NEMO Publishing (28 Dec. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1635877628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1635877625


Links to Purchase the books in the series:

Blowback (prequel): Amazon UKAmazon US

The Blue Garou #1: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Can’t Stop the Funk #2: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Ghosts and Shadows #3: Amazon UK  | Amazon US

About the Author:

13459894 My relationship with New Orleans began with a job cooking in a cafe on Bourbon Street at the age of seventeen. My foodservice resume now includes many of New Orleans’ iconic music and dining destinations. I no longer reside in New Orleans full time but I keep to the expat creed of “Be a New Orleanian wherever you are.”
A devoted reader of detective and crime novels, I have worked as a chef on a boat traveling the inland waterways since Hurricane Katrina and began thinking up stories about a detective living in post-Katrina New Orleans, which I now write in my spare time.
My life is divided between working on the water and preserving a Victorian-era home in Hannibal, Missouri that I share with my wife and our rescue pets, which include a neurotic wolfhound/terrier mix and too many cats.

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#BlogBlitz : Degrees of Darkness by @TonyJForder published by@BloodhoundBook

I would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for this opportunity to take part in the blog blitz for this amazing book. “Degrees of Darkness” by Tony J Forder.


Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.

Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.

When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.

In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.

But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?

My thoughts:

I was hooked on this book pretty quickly, literally a few pages and there I was, Hooked! It was as I read about a killer being in the house of the victim. What unfolds after that is a brutal psychological game of cat and mouse between an ex-cop and the killer.

Frank is the ex-cop and it is his own daughter that is the latest missing victim, his son is one of the murdered victims, along Frank’s ex-wife.  This killer is very clever at leaving no evidence for the police to go on,  due to this he is able to taunt Frank and the police, feeding titbits of information on his own terms.  The media have taken up the story and this just adds to fuel the game the killer plays.

This book is simply brilliant from start to finish.  I loved everything about it, from the memorable, unique and identifiable characters to the wonderfully deep, twisted and well thought-out plot. The characters I could almost imagine off the pages, some I loathed some I really liked.  The pacing fits this story perfectly, keeping the pressure on the reader to read and not pause, at times the pace slows at the more descriptive sections, it was almost as if these were breathing stops and I was given a chance to arrange my thoughts.

Yes this is a psychological thriller and it fits perfectly into this genre.  The plot is very well laid out and leads you through the story to a satisfactory ending.  There was no point in the story that I had any idea of identities until the author allowed me to know, there were a couple of red herrings, that made my heart sink when I came across them, I was so glad I was wrong.  Also added into this murder and abduction story, is the story of the killer and his history, experiences, ideologies and outlook on life, it gives the reader a glimpse into a the mind of the killer.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who like their psychological thrillers to be dark and sinister, with layers of plots.  If this is you …..Get this book, you will not be disappointed.

My thoughts here are my own and are unbiased.

Author Bio:


On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in spring. It is the first in a series.

Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.

Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.

The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.

During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”

Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.

Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.

As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.

This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017.

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#BookReview | The Weight of Shadows by @KarlHolton | Q&A by @Lindahill50hill




A gripping crime thriller mystery with twists from the beginning to end.

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.
A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.
The two need each other.
But they have no idea how much.


I am also including a link to a blogger who posted a wonderful Q & A, please follow this link to read more, it is a really good post.   @Lindahill50hill 

My thoughts:
As you begin this book you soon realise it set at a fast pace, in fact it is perfect for this action packed crime thriller.
Danny Benedict is a police officer who does not mice his words and is part of an investigation into an international crime gang, with the main focus of the story being set in London.  D.I Wallace is soon to work alongside Benedict as a series of crimes take place and they find themselves working in their very unique styles, she has a very similar trait as Benedict himself.
Because this is an international crime ring they have to use the services of the very humorous, efficient and ruthless Pip.  She has access to various intelligence agencies, I will not divulge any more information about her at this time, as she may hurt me!   Needless to say she is an amazing asset to this team, as is the duo of Ray and Paddy, they have their own skill set and contacts into this very shady criminal world, and their involvment in the story is crucial.
If you want a book with action, adventure, crime and thrills, that is well written and executed, then this is the book for you.  There is a huge amount of detail and a vast array of characters.  It kept me on the edge of my seat from the very first paragraphs right through to its finale and conclusion.  The main focus is on the investigation, we learn a little about the characters and their past histories as this investigation unfolds.  There is just the right amount of information given about their past lives, but not too much that it detracts from the story.
The plots within the story have been worked together very well and at no point did I get confused.  Also with the large cast of characters there was no confusion, the main ones have been very well described and most of them I absolutely loved.   The dynamics between them are wonderful and they have been well developed. I really could go on and on about this book, but I really do not want to give anything away.
I can honestly say I loved this book from start to beginning.  My only problem is the fact that I have finished it and really want to read the next installment NOW!
I would highly recommend this book to people who like their crime and thriller books to be fast paced, action packed and well written.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Karl for bringing this book to my attention.  My thoughts expressed here are my own, they are honest and unbiased.
About the Author:
Karl Holton is a brand new self publishing author. His first book, The Weight of Shadows, is available now as an ebook on Amazon. The paperback will be out soon. This is the first book in a crime thriller mystery series, with twists from beginning to end. Karl previously worked in financial markets for over thirty years, before deciding that he had to write. He couldn’t leave this dream any longer. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two children.
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Book Details:
  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Thuja Publishing (26 July 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0995785503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0995785502
This book is now available to buy from Amazon on Kindle or Paperback, and is also available on Kindle Unlimited.
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#BlogTour : Locked Up by @GailBWilliams @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681 : #BookReview

I am pleased to share my thoughts for this book as part of the blog tour.
 My Thoughts:
Well this is a book that hit hard.  I expected to find anything involving being imprisoned to be so, but I don’t think I was quite prepared for the story that followed.
This is a hard-hitting book and is not for the squeamish, especially towards the end.  It charts various plots and underhand dealings within the prison system. For inmate and ex-cop Charlie,  and also prison officer Teddington, things become dangerous, especially when you cannot trust anyone.
When an inmate is murdered and the official line is given that it was suicide, you know there is something amiss.  This is the main plot of the story, but then there are so many other subplots and twists interwoven into this , adding a greater depth.  There are some very heartbreaking and powerful scenes that have been twisted around a very deviously that keeps you guessing.  Some things I worked out as I read, but on the whole, most of the plots were unexpected.
This book has some great characters, they have been well-developed and are definitely memorable, with varied traits in their characters.  There are a few characters that I really did not like, by the end of the book some I changed my opinion on some.  The pacing really is good for this story, it changes and fits precisely where needed.
I really would recommend this book to readers who like hard, gritty Crime & Thriller genres.  There are sections towards the end of the book that are violent so please be aware.  I did read this book in a day and found it quite addictive.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me onto the Book Tour and my copy of this book.  My opinions here are my own, they are honest and unbiased.

Locked Up blurb
A prison officer and a convicted killer must work together to solve a brutal murder and expose conspiracy inside a prison.
Ariadne Teddington is surrounded by people who lie but that is to be expected when you work in prison where every man claims to be innocent.
Charlie Bell, an ex Detective, now finds himself in that prison serving time formurder after having taken the law into his own hands.
When a fellow inmate is killed Charlie is asked to investigate the case from theinside. Soon Charlie finds himself working with Ariande but she is a guard, he is an inmate and some lines should never be crossed…
Can two people on different sides of the law come together to solve the case?
And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?

Author bio:

Gail Wiliams

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels, she started writing the Locked Series in 2014, and has been working to polish and perfect since – not to mention – sell.
GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a feature writer and comic book reviewer on Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction. 
With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to learn to sleep.
Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

Twitter:   @GailBWilliams

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#BookReview : The Doll House by @Phoebe_A_Morgan : @HQDigitalUK

The Doll House
Expected Publication Date: 14th September 2017
 My Thoughts:
This is a story from the perspective of three characters, Ashley, Corinne and the mystery person.  The start of this story is a slow steady setting out of the lives of three main characters.  Ashley and Corinne are sisters and the mystery person is just that; a mystery, you are not given any details of identification, or any clues as to their part in the story for that matter.  Each chapter flits between the three characters and also Dominic, Corinne’s boyfriend.
We are led through the present day lives of the sisters, Ashley married to James, with three children, the youngest of which is incapable of sleeping for more than an hour,  leaving Ashley exhausted.  Corinne and Dominic are undergoing fertility treatment for the fourth time.  The third character’s story is told from years before and is peppered through the other chapters up to present day, it is a life that is dysfunctional, sad and lonely.
As the story progresses forward things start to happen and the pacing of it changes.  You suddenly begin to see plots within plots, and these have been very cleverly concealed within the story.  As these start to make themselves known, this is when you are really taken into the story, only then do you start to see the bigger picture.  The characters have been very well-developed, they are memorable, unique and easily recognisable. The author has very cleverly worked a very good plot throughout, only revealing her intentions for the outcome when absolutely necessary.
I read this book in two sittings, if I didn’t have to go to work I would have read it in one sitting.  This is a book for readers who like deep, twisted, manipulative and addictive psychological thrillers.
I would like to take the opportunity of thanking NetGalley and HQ Digital for my copy of this book.  My opinions are my own and are honest and unbiased.
Book Synopsis:

You never know who’s watching…

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

Book Details:
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1444 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital (14 Sept. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
About The Author:
Phoebe Morgan
Phoebe Morgan is an author and editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan. The Doll House is her debut novel.


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#BookReview | 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter @LibbyCPT @AvonBooksUK

cover99 Red Balloons


A great debut book, full of suspense, lies, revenge and hope.

The song 99 Red Balloons links unknown characters to each other in this story, it is a song that reminds them of certain people, and at certain times in their lives. The story alternates mainly between Maggie and Stephanie as well as an unknown voices from a child, a man and a woman.  After a child is abducted, we are told of the events that occur after by Maggie and Stephanie.  Missing person reports circulate in newspapers, on television and on the internet, it opens old wounds for one particular family.

This is a very well written story with some really good dialogue scenes, I could actually hear the voices as I read.  The characters have been well developed and on the whole are memorable.  I did get a little confused in the beginning with the “unknown voices” chapters, as I had no idea who they were and they caught me a little unawares.  But as the author progressed with the story, it then becomes obvious to the reader, why these have been left nameless.  This is a definite stories with in stories book, the author has done a really good job of keeping them separate until absolutely necessary, she kept me guessing throughout.  These sub stories have given this book a really good depth and, it’s not until the author starts to pull the threads of the story together, do you then actually start to realise how deep and well thought out this story is.  I had jumped to conclusions early on, and was completely wrong on most of my them.  It is really nice to be blindsided as a reader, again it is down the ability of the author to lure you down one route of thought, when actually they have been distracting you.

This is a great start for this author on her debut novel, and this is an author I will be keeping an out for in the future. It is a book I would recommend to readers of a reasonably intense Thriller / Suspense genres.  Even though there are aspects of kidnap involved, it has not been done in a shocking or over the top way. The author has focused her writing on that of the family left waiting for news.  I would also recommend this to Reading Groups, there are many aspects of this story that would make for great group discussion points.

I would like to take this time to express my thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for my eARC of this book.  My thoughts are my own and are honest and unbiased.





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#BookReview | The Word Is Murder by @AnthonyHorowitz

cover109632-mediumDate of Publication: 24th August 2017


I don’t think I have ever read a book in the style that this one has been written. The narrator of the story is Mr. Horowitz himself.  To start, the reader is introduced to Diana Cowper, she is making plans for her own funeral, six hours later she is dead.  Then I got a little confused, what I appeared to be reading was like a C.V of the achievements of the author, this however was the lead up to the main story.

So the main story concerns Horowitz and ex police officer Detective Hawthorne.  He has approached Horowitz to write a true crime book for him, it will entail Horowitz shadowing Hawthorne as he is investigating a bizarre and intriguing murder.  This is where the book shows its unique quirkiness. As the case unfolds everything is recorded by Horowitz, to be later used in the book.  It is during this time that we get a glimpse into the mind of a writer doing research, he is given all he needs for the book by Hawthorne.  Horowitz sees clues where there are none, and Horowitz effectively guides the reader through red herrings, just as he is in the book.  Hawthorne has a tenacity through HIS investigation, he is a stickler for detail and therefore will allow not artistic license.  Because of this everything is relevant and is not flowery or padded out.

I absolutely adored the character of Hawthorne.  He is a loner, he is annoying, does not give any personal details away, he is a character I still know little about.  But what he lacks in details is made up for by the way Horowitz has developed quite a complex character, giving away odd little traits and habits.  Even though Hawthorne has his own hunches and ideas, we are never given any glimpse from this charcter as to who the culprit is.  For Horowitz, hispart in the story,  apart from telling of his past, present and future projects and the name dropping of films, shows, actors etc, was his ability to lay himself open to being wrong and the often barbed comments from Hawthorne, they happened often, and I do admit to sniggering a few times.  Even when Horowitz thinks he has an idea, Hawthorne just blows holes in them and knocks them aside.  Before I got to the actual unveiling of the murderer, I still had no idea who it was.  It is left to Hawthorne to explain how, when and why everything happened the way it did, very much in the way Agatha Christie would have done in her books.

This is a blend of fact and fiction that has been warped and twisted into a very addictive read. It hooked me from the very beginning and did not let go, there are stories within stories, facts, details, characters, mis-direction and false leads throughout, but it is very well put together so that it all makes sense and flows well and at a very good pace. I have found this story to be so difficult to review because I really don’t want to give anything away, if you have read this book, then you will know exactly what I mean.  If you have not read this book, then go get yourself a copy, right now.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my copy of this book.  My thoughts are my own and are unbiased and honest.


SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER MURDER? Buried secrets, murder and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz’s page-turning new detective series. If you enjoyed BBC’s Sherlock, you’ll LOVE The Word is Murder!

“A very clever and inventive mystery” (Bookbag)
“A perfect detective novel in a unique style complete with an excellent twist!” (Life Has a Funny Way of Sneaking Up On You)
‘With its unorthodox protagonist, clever plotting, brilliantly imperfect characters, and escalating sense of urgency and intrigue, THE WORD IS MURDER is an instant crime classic that will keep you reading as fast as you can… one of the best and most compulsively readable mysteries of the year. Hugely satisfying on every level.” (Written by Sime)

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she’s arranged her own funeral.

A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own.

A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control.

What do they have in common?

Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz’s page-turning new thriller.


Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and The Power of Five series. He has enjoyed huge success as a writer for both children and adults, most recently with the latest adventure in the Alex Rider series, Russian Roulette and the highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk. His latest novel, Moriarty, is also set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and was published in October 2014. Anthony was also chosen by the Ian Fleming estate to write the new James Bond novel which will be published next year. Anthony has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, and the Red House Children’s Book Award. In 2014 Anthony was awarded an OBE for Services to Literature. He has also created and written many major television series, including Injustice, Collision and the award-winning Foyle’s War.
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#BookReview : The Last Nazi by @AndrewTurpin


The buried contents of a Nazi train. An aging SS murderer. And the wartime secrets of a US presidential candidate’s family, hidden for seven decades.

When war crimes investigator and ex-CIA officer Joe Johnson learns of a link between the contents of a Nazi train, stashed away by Hitler’s Third Reich in 1944, and the financing for a Republican hopeful’s  2012 campaign, he’s more than intrigued.

Can Johnson evade the high level intelligence and criminal networks combining against him across three continents, uncover the truth, and win justice?


This is an action packed, fast paced, intriguing book of deception, deceit, conspiracy.  It spans several continents and events that started in 1944 several decades later come to light in 2011.

The story begins with Daniel and Jacob Kudrow, they are prisoners of Gross-Rosen concentration camp.  When the reader first meets them they are in a collapsed tunnel, but along with other prisoners and guards they are able to use side tunnels to get out.  The tunnels are used for storage, several wooden crates have been stored there, it will take over 60 years for the contents to be revealed.  Now in 2011 the reader is brought to the main characters.  Joe Johnson, a widower with two children, he is of Polish decent.  He teams up with Fiona Heppenstall a political journalist with “Inside Track”.  They are both attending a campaign rally by David Kudrow. His brother Nathaniel has something to tell both Joe and Fiona, but they never find out what that actually was.  With her journalistic interests piqued, Fiona cannot let go the feeling that something is amiss, she enrolls Joe in to help her find the story.  They both have a background in war crimes, giving lectures and help bring down those involved in the atrocities.  What they unearth with this investigation. There are secrets that have been hidden for decades, they will close certain chapters in the lives of  some, bring some form justice to the lives of some and open the flood barriers in lives of others.

I really enjoyed this book.  The thing that soon became obvious as I read, was the attention to detail.  The historical aspect has been very well researched and executed, within a very action packed and fast paced story.  There are certain things from the living conditions of prisoners in concentration camps that are not pleasant reading, and they shouldn’t be, and I felt the author used enough information to keep the story flowing.  He has not got bogged down with too much historical information, instead he has found a good balance that is essential to a certain sub-plots of the story.  The same balance has been found with the political aspects of the story as well, enough to be helpful but not overly done.  I think what I am trying to say is that, there is a lot of sub plots within the main story, therefore a lot of detail, but at no point do you lose the rhythm or the main points of the story.  All these aspects have been very well and cleverly intertwined to give the reader a great reading experience.  It incorporates scandal, war crimes, Nazism, corruption and revenge. The characters have been very well-developed, they are strong and well described.  I thought all the charcters mentioned were easily identifiable and memorable.

I would definitely recommend to readers who like action and adventure, thriller, crime and mystery genres.

As I read past the story I was really pleased to discover that this is the first in a series of books featuring Joe Johnson, and I for one cannot wait to read more.  Thoroughly enjoyed this one, and can’t wait for the next, and the next, and the next!

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Andrew Turpin for a copy of this e-book.  My review and thoughts about this book are honest and unbiased.



It has taken Andrew more than five decades to finally get around to combining his love of writing and his passion for reading good thrillers – and get down to penning a first novel.

Now, that first book, The Last Nazi, is very near to being published, and he has a second, The Old Bridge, in the advanced stages of editing.

The themes behind these thrillers also pull together some of Andrew’s other interests, particularly history, world news, and travel, exploring the ways in which human behaviors deep into the past continue to impact on modern society, politics and business.

 The Last Nazi draws strongly on these themes and is the first in a planned series of thrillers featuring the protagonist, Joe Johnson, an ex-CIA officer and former US Nazi hunter with the Office of Special Investigations. Johnson, a relentless seeker after truth and justice, has a passion for investigating unsolved war crimes in different parts of the world and is an occasional lecturer on the subject.

Andrew studied history at Loughborough University and worked for many years as a business and financial journalist before becoming a corporate and financial communications adviser with several large energy companies, specializing in media relations.

He originally came from Grantham, Lincolnshire, and lives with his family in St. Albans in Hertfordshire.


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