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#BlogTour : No Bodies by @robertcrouchuk : tour org by @CarolineBookBit

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It is my pleasure to be on the blog tour for “No Bodies” by Robert Crouch.  I would like to thank Caroline at Bits About Books  and Robert for allowing me a spot.  This is the 2nd in the “Kent Fisher Mystery Series” of books.  It is available as a paperback and as an eBook.  It is Independently Published.

Synopsis:

No motive. No connection.

Why would environmental health officer, Kent Fisher, show any interest in finding Daphne Witherington, the missing wife of a longstanding family friend?

The police believe she ran off with Colin Miller, a rather dubious caterer, and Kent has problems of his own when a young girl who visits his animal sanctuary is rushed to hospital.

When enquiries into Colin Miller reveal a second missing wife, Kent picks up a trail that went cold over a year ago. But he’s struggling to find a connection between the women, even when he discovers a third missing wife.

Is there a killer on the loose in Downland?

With no motive, no connection and no bodies, Kent may never uncover the truth.

My Thoughts:

When I first agreed to be part of the blog tour for this book  I was aware it was the second in a series.  Now I am kicking myself for not reading the first.  I will now never have the full experience of reading the first book, as some of the plots and outcomes follow through to the second one. Though this book did read as a stand alone very well , I urge anyone reading this post to download No Accident on their kindle, I honestly believe it will be time well spent.

It did take me a few chapters to get going with this, and to understand the characters as they have already been established in the 1st book, No Accidents (hint, hint), but once I got going I found an extremely addictive and intriguing story, a story that I could have dived straight into if, yes you guessed it, I had read the first book (I am still annoyed with myself about this).  So, Kent Fisher is an EHO (Environmental Health Officer) and is asked by a local counsellor, Colonel Witherington to look into the disappearance of his wife Daphne.  If you are wondering why the Colonel would ask this, it becomes evident if you read the first book (can you see a theme forming here?).  Kent and his co-worker and friend Gemma Dean, do as requested.  They combine their secret investigation into Daphne as well as doing their routine jobs.  What they discover as they are checking out fast food outlets, food providers and the like, are more puzzles and questions than there are answers, and much more than they originally bargained for.  Tempers are frayed and a past incident has never fully been resolved.

This book has so many plots and sub stories running along side each other, with the author putting many interesting and varied angles into this story, they kept me gripped from start to finish, and did not want to put it down at all.  The characters of Kent and Gemma have been very well developed, you realise that they have been friends for quite a while as the dynamics between them work very well.  There are some other really great characters that cover a range of personalities that gives a real enjoyment to the reader.

Robert has used a lot of his own knowledge from his days as working as an EHO, and has included procedures and protocols, all twisted around the plots to provide his own slant on this crime / mystery story.  It almost had a classic mystery feel to it at times, and it wasn’t until I read the author bio that I saw why.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like crime / mystery .  Also please read the first book as I am sure it will add to the reading of this story, it will give you a better understanding into the dynamics, characters and and previous story lines.  Though as a stand alone this one did read very well, but took me a few chapters to get a going, but once I did there was no stopping.

 

Author Bio:

Robert Crouch Author Image  Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.

At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.

Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.

Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.

Links:

Author Website | Facebook Page | Twitter

Book Details and Links:

  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (17 Oct. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1549844121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1549844126

To buy “No Bodies” from Amazon UK

To buy “No Accident” the first on the series from Amazon UK

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#BookReview : Behind the Lie by Amanda James @akjames61 : @HQDigitalUK

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This book was published 21st April 2017 by HQ Digital and is available as an eBook.

Synopsis:

Who can you trust, when you can’t trust yourself?

Holly West has turned her life around. She’s found a successful and loving husband in Simon and is expecting twins. She is definitely a woman who has taken back control of her future.

Until she gives birth, only for one twin to survive. Holly can’t let it go.

Holly’s world is in a tailspin and suddenly she can’t trust herself or anyone else. No one believes her, not her husband or her best friend. Because she thinks she knows the truth…her son is still alive and she won’t stop until she finds him.

My Thoughts:

Well what a book, I do admit to falling for the synopsis, and it did it’s job and did not disappoint.  We meet Holly and Simon West, husband and wife and expecting twins.  But they only take their daughter Iona home, their son, who was to be called Ruan, didn’t survive. Holly has had a troubled past, and when she starts to think and then believe Ruan is actually alive her husband and her best friend Demi start to believe her past is not quite her past and believe she is suffering from depression, well some people try to be supportive.

There are a quite a few characters in the story that have known Holly and Simon before they were married, and they have different opinions that are expressed throughout, this gives a really good background to the characters and the dynamics between them.  The plot was good, but I do admit to being correct on a few thoughts as I was reading, but to be perfectly honest that really didn’t matter as I was more interested in how Holly dealt with the situations as they arose.  It was Holly on her journey that was intriguing me as well as my being a witness as she transformed from a self doubting, beholden to her husband type of woman, to a strong, resilient woman who is willing to put her family first regardless of the risk.  There were also a few things I didn’t expect and and a couple of great twists.  It was all told at a good pace that kept me frantically reading until the last page.

This is a book that would appeal to readers of contemporary fiction as well as general fiction, who like an element of mystery and thriller with a little dash of romance.  I will definitely be reading more by this author.

I would like to thank Mandy James for accepting my request via NetGalley to read and share my thoughts on her book.  My thoughts are my own and are unbiased.

About the Author:

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Amanda James (aka Mandy) was born in Sheffield and now lives in Bristol with her husband and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, singing, and spending lots of time with her grandson. She also admits to spending far too much time chatting on Twitter and Facebook! Amanda recently left her teaching role to follow her ambition to live her life doing what she most enjoys—writing.

Follow Mandy on Facebook | Blogspot | Twitter

Book Details:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 775 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital (21 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English

Purchase from Amazon UK

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#BookReview : Fools and Mortals by @BernardCornwell : published by @HarperCollins

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“Fools and Mortals” by Bernard Cornwell. Published by Harper Collins. Publication date 19th October 2017.

Synopsis:

A dramatic new departure for international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, FOOLS AND MORTALS takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era, long one of his favourite periods of British history.

Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry – and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory – propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.

Showcasing his renowned storyteller’s skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue.

My thoughts:

Set in Elizabethan England, at a time when static playhouses are still in their infancy, as the days of players touring the country will gradually decline.  The story focuses on one playhouse and it’s players known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.  It is here where the reader in introduced to Richard, a small time actor who has followed his estranged brother to London.  His brother is the script writer William Shakespeare and scripts are becoming a valuable commodity.  Because the audiences are now going to the playhouse then there is a need for more plays.  It is at this time that William is creating A Midsummer Nights’ Dream and also Romeo and Juliet.

Richard is where the focus of this story lies, we are told why and how he decided to follow his older brother to London as well as his experiences of acting, living and social conditions  This is at a time when the playhouses are being targeted by the Pursuivants, who have the belief that what they the players do is all a lie, cheat and are generally considered to be rogues and criminals, luckily for us Queen Elizabeth and other notable aristocracy of the time were big supporters and so we have access to theatres today.

This is a really good read with a lot of historical research.  Cornwell is well-known for his historical fiction books, they tend to be more battle based.  This is a shift away from that style, this is has a real different feel to his previous works.  It is lighter and entertaining, but still shows the huge amount of research as his other books.  There are many characters to get to know, but once that is done the story becomes very addictive and a page turner.

Cromwell has included a very interesting “Historical Notes” addition at the end of the book, here he discusses the origins of the playhouse as well as the historical figure he has used in the story.

If like me you like historical fiction genres, then this is a book I would recommend.  It has a great cast of characters, that will lead the reader through jealous rivalries, romance, betrayal as well as having some great historical content.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Harper Collins for my eARC copy of this book.  My views expressed are my own and are unbiased.

Book Details:

  • ISBN: 9780007504114
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 19/10/2017
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 384

Links:

Author Website

Harper Collins UK

Purchase from :  Harper CollinsAmazon UK   | Amazon US

About the Author:

1227 Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up the ladder to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland, then editor of Thames News. In 1979, his life changed when he fell in love with an American.

Judy couldn’t live here, so I gave up my job and moved to the US. I couldn’t get a green card, and for 18 months the only thing I could do was write novels. The result was his first book about 19th century hero, Richard Sharpe, Sharpe’s Eagle.

Today he has 20 Sharpe adventures behind him, plus a series about the American Civil War, the Starbuck novels; an enormously successful trilogy about King Arthur, The Warlord Chronicles; the Hundred Years War set Grail Quest series; and his current series about King Alfred.

Bernard Cornwell owns houses in Cape Cod and Florida and two boats. Every year he takes two months off from his writing and spends most of his time on his 24 foot Cornish crabber, Royalist.

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#BookReview : Far From the Turquoise Room by Kate Rigby : Book won in giveaway by @NeverlandBT

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This book was published 3rd November 2011 and is available in paperback or eBook. I have had this book sat on my TBR mountain for a little while, I was fortunate to win it as part of a giveaway competition run by NeverlandBT in July of this year.

 

Synopsis:

Told from both daughter and father’s perspectives, Far Cry From The Turquoise Room is a coming-of-age, riches-to-rags tale of loss, resilience, and self-discovery. It is also about the passage of childhood into puberty.

My Thoughts:

It is told from the perspective of father and daughter.  The father, Hassan, is a successful business man, his daughter is Leila, is the youngest of two daughters.  Now at this point I really do not want to give anything away, so I apologise for my vagueness. But, a tragedy befalls the family, this story charts the way that Leila and her father deal with it, how the family dynamics have changed, also for Leila growing up and becoming a teenager.  At times it is heartbreaking, emotional and also annoying, I will explain that it is a good annoying, this is because of the decisions that the characters take.  There is a good range of emotions that run through this story and the characters have chances to make different decisions, but due to their stubbornness, they don’t.

I thought the characters were well written and the author has managed to keep the inflections of Hassan’s speech, he is Iranian. The idea of the story I found to be very good and it was a very compelling read.  As I made my way through this book I was desperate to get to the end, in a good way, so I could discover the outcomes, but at the same time didn’t want it to end.  It was a simple, addictive but very well written story line.

I would happily recommend this book to readers of contemporary fiction.  I also think it would make a great choice for Book Clubs / Groups, there are a range of themes in the book that would make for some very interesting talking discussions.

 

About the Author: 

71cb1R6JS5L._SY200_ Kate Rigby has been writing for over thirty years. She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so decided to write about it in ‘Little Guide To Unhip’. However she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007) and is now available on Kindle. She has had other short stories published and shortlisted and has put together a collection of these in ‘Tales By Kindlelight’. She has many other fiction titles on Kindle and is planning to get her previously published titles back into paperback as well as previously unpublished titles.

Details about Kate’s work can be found at her Website
Or her occasional blogs can be found Here.

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#BlogTour : The Second Son by Andy Blackman

The Second Son CoverThe Second Son published by Clink Street Publishing on 5th October 2017.

I would like to thank  Rachel Gilbey for allowing me a spot on the tour for this amazing book.

Synopsis:

As the second son of the Duke of Hampshire, Grenville St John Hampton isn’t likely to inherit his family’s title or estate, leaving him pondering an empty, aimless future. During the summer break from university, he impulsively decides to go backpacking with one of his oldest friends, Johnathan; their destination is Belize.

One sultry night on the Central American coastline, Grenville and Johnathan meet Tom. A game of darts takes a vicious turn. Realising he has nothing to look forward to back at home, Grenville decides to stay on in Belize with Tom, in pursuit of adventure. Together, the new friends establish an import business, and for the rst time in his life, Grenville has a sense of purpose.

But back in England all is not well. The sudden death of his brother leaves Grenville with an unexpected – and now unwanted – inheritance, with new consequences and responsibilities. He will return to claim the family’s seat with a dark secret in tow.

Andy Blackman is the author of For the Love of Grace (published by Clink Street, 2016).

My Thoughts:

Occasionally you come across a book that exceeds all expectations, The Second Son is one of them.  The synopsis is alluring and at the same time vague and almost understated, it gives the basic details but what is told within the covers is quite an amazing story.

The main protagonist is Grenville St. Louis Hampton, second son of the Duke and Duchess of Hampshire.  He has a more carefree nature with no expectations piled on him, unlike his brother Stephen who will carry the mantle of family tradition.  This burden of a future title is Stephen’s, and he does not carry it well, he does not see the point of Greville and mostly ignores him.  Grenville follows the family tradition of schools that have always been attended by the family, but takes a gap year with best friend Jonathan and they visit Belize.  There they meet Tom, he becomes their saviour and when Jonathan returns homewithout his friend, Tom becomes Grenville’s mentor.  Tom teaches him about his import business as well as more practical survival skills, and his business is not completely above-board.  After spending a few years in Belize, Grenville is to go home, his brother killed in a car accident and so the title of successor falls to Grenville.

Grenville still wants to help Tom with his business, so the two form a sort of business plan that they will set up in the UK, this gives Grenville something useful, practical to do as well also helping his friend. When he returns to the UK he has his work cut out for him, not only dealing with the estate but also setting up a business.  This he does not do alone , he calls on two old school friends, Jonathan and also Hugo, they begin a journey, and what a journey it is.

When I began this book I was not really that taken with Grenville, I cannot put my finger on what exactly it was, but as his character grew and changed I started to warm to him and actually ended up really liking him.  The characters in this book are really well-developed, the bad guys are real sleazy, lowlife slime balls that I instantly loathed, the good guys, yes you guessed it, I really liked them, even when they have their shady moments.  The characters, their surroundings and the dialogue are very appropriate and are well worked.

The plot, well… I am keeping sch-tum on this one, it is impressive and is absolutely nothing like I expected.  Even now as I write this review (24 hours after reading) I still feel a little lost and really want to read more, yes I am suffering from “book hangover”, so my order for to Amazon for a copy of “For the Love of Grace” is now on its way.   For The Love Of Grace deals with Tom and his mother, and how Tom ends up in Belize.  I have read The Second Son without reading For The Love Of Grace, and I found that it works well as a stand alone, but curiosity of Tom and Grace’s story has intrigued me.  So because of this I would suggest reading both.

This is a book that I would recommend to readers of contemporary fiction who like mystery, intrigue and is very well written.

Book Details: 

About the Author:

After serving in the British Army for over twenty-five years in the Parachute Regiment, Andy Blackman today lives in Bedworth, Warwickshire and works within in the IT sector. In his spare time he can be found visiting his three daughters and grandchildren. His previous novel, For the Love of Grace, was published in 2016.

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#BlogTour : Fatal Masquerade by @vivwrites #BookReview

 

 

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Fatal Masquerade published 4th October 2017

Synopsis:

Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Masked danger…

Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!

But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…

This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth in the “Lady Alkmene Mystery” series of books.  I have read the first one “A Proposal to Die For”, so was interested to see what, if anything had changed or been carried through from the first one, as well as the more important on going character developments.

Alkmene is on her first visit to Hargrove Eastate with her relatively new friend, Denise Hargrove.  She is the daughter of the landowner but does not get on with his second wife, her step mother, Cecily.  Not getting on is an understatement, at times their relationship boarders on vicious. There is to be a masked ball at the estate, a large elaborate and lavish event that Alkmene is looking forward to.  The chance to get away from London and the investigations she is spending more time on.  She is surprised to see that Jake is also there, this is not the sort of event he would be socially invited to, so why was he there ? Then the inevitable happens, a murder!

As events come to pass Alkemene and her social status comes into play as she can talk more freely to guests, or should I say potential suspects.  Jake Dubois sudden appearance is ideal for Alkmene to bounce ideas and thoughts off as the duo are once again in the thick of it.  In this book, Lady Alkmene takes more a front seat, leading lady role as far as the investigative side of the plot is concerned.

I do think that Alkmene has grown a little stronger and more confident, she has lost some of her naivety but still manages to rush headlong into situations without thinking things through.  This is a book I really enjoyed reading, the thing that makes it work for me is the 1920’s  old style mystery feel it has.  There are quite a lot of different events that have been cleverly twisted together to make for some really good mystery.  Once again Vivian has created some very interesting characters who you will love, like and loathe.  Again touching on the social class differences of the time, she has managed to find the right balance that was still a prominent aspect of the time.

I would recommend this book to readers who like a slower, gentler paced mystery, that is well written, with good plots and several twists. A cosy, deductive mystery with a female sleuth.

 

About the Author:

Vivian Conroy discovered Agatha Christie at 13 and quickly devoured all Poirot and Miss Marple stories. Over time Lord Peter Wimsey and Brother Cadfael joined her favorite sleuths. Even more fun than reading was thinking up her own fog-filled alleys, missing heirs and priceless artifacts. So Vivian created feisty Lady Alkmene and enigmatic reporter Jake Dubois sleuthing in 1920s London and the countryside, first appearing in A PROPOSAL TO DIE FOR (published by Carina UK/Harper Collins).

For the latest #LadyAlkmene, with a dash of dogs and chocolate.

Follow Vivian on Twitter 

Book details:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1188 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital (4 Oct. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English

Amazon Book Links for the series:

A Proposal to Die for  | Diamonds of Death  | Deadly Treasures |Fatal Masquerade

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

For more on Oliver Tidy and his books, check out his website: https://olivertidy.com/

Or follow him on:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/olivertidy
FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oliver-Tidy-467297426793288/

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
  • Amazon Link

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#BookReview : The White House Files by Sara Cobb : @writesarawrite

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This book is available now on kindle.

Synopsis:

She’ll do anything to unearth the secrets.
They’ll stop at nothing to silence her.

Smithsonian archeologist, Roslin Williams gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to excavate the areas where The White House once stood. When she uncovers an Air Force One plane containing human remains and a mysterious briefcase, she’s determined to dig up any information on the airplane and the secrets behind it.

However, the dangerous powers behind this age-old scandal have plans of their own. Keeping facts buried is their number one priority and Roslin is getting in their way. With an assassin closing in, to silence her once and for all, Roslin teams up with Special Agent Mark Appleton to unravel this ancient conspiracy. But with time running out, will they unearth the truth before they’re the next buried fatalities?

My Thoughts:

This book is set hundreds of years in the future, the main protagonist Rosalin Williams is part of an archaeological dig in what is thought to be the grounds of the White House.  It is during this dig that the discovery of Air Force One is made.  It is all witnessed via a “live news-feed” across the country and also by a mysterious, generations old secret organisation.  The realisation that Roslin has unearthed something that could expose and threaten their existence is too much for them to allow her to continue.  When they go after Roslin to stop her discovering what is contained within the plane, they find she is not to be intimidated, also that she will risk much to get to the bottom of her discovery.

This was quite an interesting read.  Yes, it is set in the future, but does not have loads of futuristic, gadget tech terminology in it.  It is set hundreds of years in the future, but at times you forget that and easily think that it is only decades and not ceturies, mainly due to this lack of terminology, for me it made the story flow easier, without tripping and stumbling over terms that could confuse.

The characters are recognisable and drew a range of emotional reactions as I read, the main one is Roslin, she is a reasonably strong character, stubborn and principled and, though she does take a while to warm up to Mark Appleton, their partnership does work well.  The plot, though basic, is quite light, has a good pace to it and keeps the story flowing and interesting.  It kept me occupied to read it in almost one sitting, and intrigued me enough to keep turning the pages.

Overall an interesting book that has a prequel or first book feel to it, and I would be interested to read another if there is a follow on book. I think this would appeal to readers who prefer a more lighter futuristic read, with non of the geeky futuristic terminology in. A good book for an entertaining lazy afternoon read.

Book Details:

  • File Size: 2134 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0745XFGH7

Purchase on: Amazon UK | Amazon US

 

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Books · Crime / Mystery · Crime/Thriller · Fiction · Reading · Review

#BookReview : Ghosts and Shadows by H. Max. Hiller

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

Synopsis:

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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Books · Crime / Mystery · Historical Fiction · Review

#BookReview : #RivalsOfTheRepublic by @afreisenbruch : @Duckbooks

 

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Rivals of the Republic” by Annelise Freisenbruch was published by Duckworth Overlook  on 20th October 2016.

Synopsis:

The body of a Vestal Virgin is dragged out of the River Tiber. A senator bleeds to death in his bath. As the authorities turn a blind eye, Hortensia, daughter of the capital s most celebrated orator, feels compelled to investigate a trail of murders that lead to the dark heart of Rome. Flying in the face of her husband’s and father s attempts to protect her, rebelling against the constraints imposed upon her sex, she is drawn ever deeper into the corrupt underworld that lurks in the shadows cast by the city s all-powerful elite. When fires begin to rage in the slums and other key witnesses are silenced, only one man can save Hortensia from becoming the next victim of a conspiracy to destroy the Republic: Lucrio, the damaged ex-gladiator to whom she already owes her life. But will the secrets of his own tragic past threaten to subsume them both…

My Thoughts:

This is set in Rome, 70BC, its main protagonist is Hortensia, daughter of a notable and renowned lawyer Hortentsius.  She has her fathers tenacity, skills and understanding of law and the Roman legal system.  She discovers a devious plan that if successful will send shock waves throughout Rome, she will call on the help of an ex gladiator to delve into this murky world of back stabbing, underhandedness that is called politics.  It soon becomes obvious that Hortensia is not your average Roman, but a strong-willed individual with strong moral ideals.

This book took a couple of chapters to get into before I really got the feel for it.  There are quite a few characters, with some similar sounding names, as well as getting into the story, but as I started to get a handle on this I was then able to really enjoy it. Once in full flow, it became obvious that the author really knows and loves her subject, her knowledge of law, society, status and history.  I really liked the characters of Hortensia and Lucrio, as well as the dodgy Petro.  As mentioned previously there are a lot of characters, and they have a varied range of traits and characteristics that make them memorable as the story progresses.  Also in this book is a handy lists at the beginning of who’s who, and what their role is.

The author mentions at the end of the book that she has used many actual historical figures and accounts of events, she has then woven her story around this.  The story revolves around a murder / mystery, but it much more than that.  What made it more enjoyable for me was the historical content such as people, places, habits, customs, social class and structure and the differences between people.  I would recommend this book to people who like historical fiction and murder mystery genres.

 

About the Author:

61vS1gZArgL._UX250_Annelise Freisenbruch was born in Bermuda in 1977. After moving to the UK with her family, she studied Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and was awarded a PhD in 2004. She is the author of The First Ladies of Rome (Jonathan Cape), a highly-acclaimed history of Rome’s empresses, which was published in the US as Caesars’ Wives: Sex, Power and Politics in the Roman Empire (Free Press) and has been translated into eight languages. Her first novel Rivals of the Republic – which previously appeared Amazon e-book Blood in the Tiber – was published by The Overlook Press (US) and Duckworth (UK) in 2016. She lives with her partner in Dorset where she teaches Latin.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (10 Aug. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715652206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715652206

Links:

Follow Annelise on Twitter  | Visit her Website

Follow Duckworth on Twitter | Visit the Website

Buy the book from Duckworth | Amazon UK

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