#BlogBlitz : The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681 #PublicationDay #BookReview

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I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts for the 2nd in the “D.S Bliss” series.  “The Scent of Guilt” by Tony J Forder is published by Bloodhound Books and available to purchase from today in eBook format from Amazon UK.  My thoughts on the 1st in the series “Bad To The Bone” HERE. My thanks to Tony and Sarah Hardy, for my copy of the book and my spot on the tour.

Synopsis:

Looking for an unmissable crime thriller?

Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation. 

Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in

London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims. 

Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation.  Could the same man be responsible?

Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.

But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past… 

Also available in the DI Bliss Series: Bad to the Bone

Tony J. Forder is the acclaimed author of Degrees of Darkness and Scream Blue Murder. The stunning DI Bliss series are fast-paced police thrillers which will appeal to fans of authors like Michael Connely, Joy Ellis, Faith Martin, Robert Bryndza and Angela Marsons. 

My Thoughts:

The 2nd in the D.S Bliss series sees the story 12 years on from the first book Bad To The Bone.  D.S Jimmy Bliss makes a return to his old stomping ground and his old job.  With the investigation of a strange and brutal murder, Bliss and his team investigate.  D.C Penny Chandler makes a return to Peterborough.   The case she is working on, while  on secondment in London may have a link to her old mentors case.

This can be read as a stand alone, but it definitely helps if you have read the first to get a feel for the history and backstories.  I read this book straight off the back of Bad To The Bone so it was still fresh in my head.  There is a time difference of 12 years between the two stories, my reading difference was 12 hours so it did take me a while to get into this one. Once I got my head around this time difference I was off and running.

There are a few old faces, but also some new ones as you would expect.  This has a different feel, it is more darker, sinister and more intricate.  It has several plots running through it that twists together that has the investigators trying to work out the why’s and the who’s.  I do admit to having an inkling as to who the “who” was, but never completely convinced I was right.  The story had some surprising twists and went down routes I didn’t expect therefore keeping my interest right the way through. I liked the dynamic of Bliss and Chandler in the first book, and was pleased to see a return of that in this one. Bliss is investigating a much darker feeling story than the last one, and with Chandler being on secondment to a sex crimes department, you know this is going to be more sinister.  So be warned!

This is a book I would definitely recommend to readers who like police procedural crime, murder, mystery and thriller books.  Dark, brutal and sinister that will have you avidly turning the pages.

About the Author:

22365495_499399223774817_4544080396425244912_nTony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

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#BookReview : Bad To The Bone by Tony J Forder @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook

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I am bringing you the first in the “DI Bliss” series,”Bad to The Bone” by Tony J Forder.  This is available in paperback and eBook format, published by Bloodhound Books April 2017.  BUYING LINK

Synopsis:

Looking for an unmissable crime thriller?

A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.

A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.

As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in the woods.

As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.

When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.

Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost? 

And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?

My Thoughts:

This is set in and around Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK.  DI Bliss and DC Chandler are called to investigate a jumble of bones that have been unearthed.  A local bone expert is called to give initial thoughts and they discover that this is not the first time that these remains have been buried.

I have read a couple of Tony’s books and one thing I find is the addition of important extra observational details, these add a good amount of believable and realistic feel to the story. The characters of Bliss and Chandler are really likeable, they both have great backstories, though not your usual stereotypical ones.  Tony has given them a great working dynamic with a mentor and student aspect to them, also giving them their own support system for each other.  The fast pace of the plot starts off quite simply, but by the end you realise that this is not a simple story.  It is complex with twists, turns, red herrings and scenarios I really didn’t expect to come across.  I love it when this happens! Given the complexity of the story, Tony keeps it all under control and kept my attention from the very first page to the very last one. There are several other characters in the story, some of these are more like extras. They have their roles to play but he does not go into too much extra detail with them, this meant it was easier to follow as I didn’t get to caught up with the minor players.

A great read that I found more enjoyable as I lived in Peterborough about 20 years ago, this is where the research and extra details become such an important part of any book, for me it reminded me of the area I knew.  I also liked the way Tony has given Bliss a love of music, various song titles crop up through this book, I am assuming that some aspects of the author have made an appearance here. I also now have George Thorogood’s song stuck in my head with the title of this book 🎶 😁

A book I definitely recommend to readers of police procedural crime, thriller, murder and mystery.  I am looking forward to The Scent of Guilt, Book 2 in the series very soon.

About the Author:

Bloodhound-Author-Meet-89Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The second book in the series will be released in 2018, with a third currently in progress.

On 19 September 2017, Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

On 8 November, Bloodhound Books will publish Tony’s new fast-paced action thriller, Scream Blue Murder. This is the first novel in an intended series, and has received praise from both Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. 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. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

Tony is signed to Bloodhound Books for a minimum of four books, but believes there is much more to come.

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#BookReview : Valentine’s Day at The Cafe at the End of the Pier by Helen Rolfe @HJRolfe @orionbooks

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I have a novella by Helen Rolfe to share with you today.  “Valentine’s Day at The Cafe at the End of the Pier” is the first in a series of up coming stories published by Orion Books.  It is available to purchase in eBook format.  Click HERE for Amazon UK link. At the time of writing this book is currently #free

Synopsis:

Searching for love? You’ll find it at The Café at the End of the Pier…

When Jo’s beloved grandparents ask for her help in running their little café at the end of the pier in Salthaven-on-Sea she jumps at the chance.

The café is a hub for many people: the single dad who brings his little boy in on a Saturday morning; the lady who sits alone and stares out to sea; the woman who pops in after her morning run.

Jo soon realises that each of her customers is looking for love – and she knows just the way to find it for them. She goes about setting each of them up on blind dates – each date is held in the café, with a special menu she has designed for the occasion.

But Jo has never found love herself. She always held her grandparents’ marriage up as her ideal and she hasn’t found anything close to that. But could it be that love is right under her nose…?

My Thoughts:

Jo is given the chance to leave her job and relocate to help out in a cafe run by her grandparents, Molly and Arthur. With Valentine’s Day looming on the horizon Jo learns the story of her Grandparents’ engagement.
This novella is the “perfect lunch time read”. It is a beautifully told little story, it has charm and warms the heart in a lovely way. For being a novella it made an impact, enough for me to pre-order the next two books in this series.
A definite recommended read from me, it’s perfectly charming and totally yummy. I have the next two books in the series on pre-order and I am looking forward to see what happens next.

About the Author:

CATLKB - authorpic1Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she studied writing and journalism and began writing for women’s health and fitness magazines. She also volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases. Helen began writing fiction in 2011 and hasn’t missed the I.T. world one little bit, although the I.T. skills have come in handy of course, especially when it comes to creating and maintaining a website.

After fourteen years of living in Australia, Helen returned to the UK and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their children.

To learn more about Helen and her writing, find her at: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website

The following books in the series are available for pre-order on Amazon UK.

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#BookReview: Hardened Hearts : #anthology with @tbraun_author

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I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts for “Hardened Hearts” a book of 17 short stories with a foreward by James Newman and the book is edited by Eddie Generous.  My thanks to Theresa Braun for asking me to read a copy of this book. It is available in paperback and also eBook and can be purchased from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US 

Synopsis:

17 stories of difficult love, broken hearts, lost hope, and discarded truths. Love brings pain, vulnerability, and demands of revenge. Hardened Hearts spills the sum of darkness and light concerning the measures of love; including works from Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), Tom Deady, author of Haven (Winner of the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel), Gwendolyn Kiste, author of And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe and Pretty Marys All in a Row, and many more.
Hardened Hearts dips from speculative, horror, science fiction, fantasy, into literary and then out of the classifiable and into the waters of unpinned genres, but pure entertainment nonetheless.

My thoughts:

I am going to give a brief few lines about each story.

40 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR MONSTER LOVER – Gwendolyn Kiste: The loner of the group is dragged along to a party.  She accepts a drink from a man she knows is married, she knows she shouldn’t. There are lots of things she shouldn’t do but does. The man is likened to that of a wolf, he is the hunter, she the prey.
IT BREAKS MY HEART TO WATCH YOU ROT – Somer CanonL: Love does not last forever.  It lasts until the last breath.
WHAT IS LOVE? – Calvin Demmer: He is a lightening bird, a rare creature that feeds on blood.  He is controlled by witch doctors and can take human form.
HEIRLOOM – Theresa Braun: Rachel has an antique mirror, an heirloom. She is with a client when the mirror moves, this plus the strange dreams she has been having and also the unsettling client gives a dark and unsettling read.
THE RECLUSE – John Boden: He is besotted with his co-worker Emily.  He thought she was “the one”.

DOG TIRED – Eddie Generous: Prince and Cassandra are driving, desperate to stay awake.  They cannot allow themselves to fall asleep.  There are beast in the shadows, they carry an infection.
THE PINK BALLOON – Tom Deady: Grace wants to go to the fair, Dad has been busy, is tired and grumpy.  Mum takes her instead.  Walking around is unsettling for mum, be better if her husband was with her.  Grace sees a balloon seller, clowns and stalls.  He should have gone with them.
IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO – J.L. Knight: He still has her breath, it has been captured in the balloons she blew up.

CONSUMED – Madhvi RamaniHe is a married lawn mower sales man, she is recently divorced.  They meet at conferences, trade shows and have elicit meetings.  He is in over his head, out of his depth and then there are the lies.

BURNING SAMANTHA – Scott Hallam: She is Samantha, not Sam.  Ready to attend the Spring Dance with Andrew.  This is a night of change, missed and now lost opportunities.
CLASS OF 2000 – Robert Dean: Didn’t plan on murder today.  Didn’t mean to murder Alex at all.  But he was a bully and a low life, pushed things too far.
LEARNING TO LOVE – Jennifer Williams: Falling in love too fast and too often leaves scars.  Love hurts.
BROTHERS – Leo X. Robertson: Growing up is part of life.  There are mistakes and regrets.  Going over old memories, visiting diaries exploring the past.  This is the longest story, it is diary entries from a group of teenagers, who they are and what they did.
PORCELAIN SKIN – Laura Blackwell: Ruth is sent a music box, it belonged to an old friend who died 13 years ago.  She still misses her.
THE HEART OF THE ORCHARD – Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi: When Melissa father dies the farm has to be sold.  It goes to neighbours and Melissa is able to live in their guest house.  She still grows peaches when an old man comes to her with some advice to improve them.
MEETING THE PARENTS – Sarah L. Johnson: She is trying to describe her boyfriend in a letter to her parents.  It is better if they know some things before they actually meet him.
MATCHMAKER – Meg Elison: Getting over a break up is never easy, especially when you ex can be seen on a dating app with a new hairstyle and smiling.

Back to My Thoughts:

These stories are a really good mix.  There are supernatural, modern, occult, folktale-ish, modern and creepy but all have elements of love in them in all it’s various guises.

This is a great book for dipping in and out of, pick a story, read it, maybe read another….or get completely engrossed and read in pretty much one sitting, it wasn’t the plan !

They range from a couple of pages in length to several, but they all make their point and are interesting and intriguing.

This is a book I would recommend to readers who like the dark side of love, short stories with twists and thorns.

Many thanks to Theresa Braun, one of the authors, for sending a copy of this book.  My thoughts are my own and unbiased.

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#PromoPost & #BookNews : The Betrayal by Anne Allen @AnneAllen21 @rararesources

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This is another book I have not time to read for the blog tour, but have it on my wish list to read in the future.  The Betrayal is Book 6 in The Guernsey Novels by Anne Allle.  My thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for a spot to help share the word of this book.  Purchase link for this book CLICK HERE

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A Triple Celebration and a Price Reduction!

For this week only, until 18th February, the price of books 2-6 of The Guernsey Novels is only £1.99/$2.99, with book 1, ‘Dangerous Waters, remaining at 99p/99c

This is in celebration of Anne Allen’s birthday, the 6th anniversary of the publication of ‘Dangerous Waters’ and the recent publication of book 6, ‘The Betrayal’.

Synopsis:

Treachery and theft lead to death – and love

  1. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…
  2. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.
  3. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.
  4. Nigel and his twin Fiona buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…

Searching for the true owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest? 

Who betrayed Leo?

Who knew about the stolen Renoir?

And are they prepared to kill – again?

About the Author:

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Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.

Social Media Links – Website:  Facebook: Twitter

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#BlogBlitz : Andorra Pett & the Oort cloud Cafe by Richard Dee @RichardDockett1 @rararesources

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I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on this fun cosy mystery book “Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe” by Richard Dee. This is available in paperback and eBook format.  My thanks to Richard and also Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book.

Synopsis:

Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!
She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.
Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skullduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

My Thoughts:

Andorra and Cyril, (Andi & Cy) decide to relocate to a mining station.  The station is responsible for mining the rocks that make up the rings of Saturn, it has the basics on site that the inhabitants need.  Andi and Cy take over the abandoned “ucky Strike Cafe” (the ‘L’ fell off ).  It’s when they start checking round the premises that they realise it holds a secret, too late to back out now as their customers are arriving.

Oh this is a wonderful cosy mystery.  Andi and Cy have a brilliant dynamic and the author has explored and developed this really well, they are my far my favourite characters.  The others that you meet along the way are in themselves quirky and fun but also there is an underlying feeling of who can be trusted.  Many of them have a secret or two and are not completely honest when confronted about their involvement.  Richard has given really good description of the station, going as far as to explain how it works.  It has a farm, observatory, diner, shops, but he has gone into a bit more detail how the mining and the farm work in unison.  This is not over the top technical detail, but enough that I could follow what he meant.  These sections of the story are a great reminder of the setting and it helps to reinforce that feeling.  The plot was one that had me guessing right through, there are things that caught me by surprise with the red herrings and blind alleys that Richard has expertly lead this reader down.  It has a great amateur sleuthing feel to it with a grand exposing finale that I love.

Described as ‘Agatha Raisin in space’ story, after reading I am in agreement with this statement.  This is a great cosy mystery read with surprising twists, a fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I had a smile on my face when I had finished, a ‘feel good’ read.  This is a book I would highly recommend to other readers.

About the Author:

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A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

He can be found  Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter 

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#BlogBlitz : Locked In by GB Willaims @GailBWilliams @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681 #BookReview

GB Williams - Locked In_cover_high resI am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on “Locked In” by GB Williams.  This is the 2nd in the “Locked Trilogy” and is available in eBook format.  It is published by Bloodhound Books and you can BUY HERE

Synopsis:

Do you love gripping and hard-boiled crime thrillers? Then try GB Williams’ unmissable Locked In.

Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day.  Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards. 

Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.

Can they all escape unharmed?

And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

What readers are saying: 

“Great book. Brilliant storyline and excellent main character” Stephanie C, Reviewer

“Loved the idea of this book, it is so plausible and could happen to anyone”  Angie T, Reviewer

My Thoughts:

It is great to be back reading about Ari and some of the other characters from the previous book, and this one is a little different from the first.  I would definitely recommend reading Locked Up as it gives invaluable insight into the characters and sets up a base for this story to continue from.  Ariadne is having a bad day, it gets worse.  Charlie’s day is not going according to plan either and Piper is just hoping he will still have a job at the end of what is going to be a very long day for all concerned.

A lot of this book is set during a bank robbery and Gail has done a great job of engaging  and keeping my focus as the story unfolds.  She has some very clever observations from Ari, as well as her thoughts that slowly builds up the sense of tension and suspense.  At the same time Piper is dealing with his team and running an investigation with some higher ranks putting their tuppence worth in.  Teasing little snippets are given as the story builds, but to be honest I was pretty hooked from the first page and Gail did a wonderful job of keeping me engaged right the way through the book.

As with her previous book, you do get a sense that the author has done the research for this.  It has a good believable and realistic feel to it.  The plot has, in my opinion, been very well-developed and had me turning the pages eager to find out what was next.  The characters range from those you will love and those that are pompous, annoying or just plain nasty.  The pace of the story gradually builds as the story flows to a grand finale style conclusion.

This is a book that I would definitely recommend to readers who like a good crime, mystery, thriller.  As I suggested before it is better to read Locked Up first, it will give a better understanding to the characters.

Read my thoughts on Locked Up HERE  To Buy Locked Up Here

About the Author:

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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 www.warpedfactor.com. 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).

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#BlogTour : #BlueNight by Simone Buchholz @ohneKlippo with @FwdTranslations @Orendabooks @annecater

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I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on “Blue Night” by Simone Buchholz and translated by Rachel Ward.  Published by Orenda Books and available for purchase from Amazon UK.  I would like to thank Anne Cater  and Orenda Books for my spot on this tour.

Synopsis:

After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital, Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived…

My Thoughts:

Set in Hamburg, Germany.  A man is found brutally beaten and it is the job of Chastity Riley to find out the details of this mysterious man.  He is not willing to give much about himself, he is Joe and has said he underestimated his attackers. To get more information from him, Riley will have to gain his trust and do her own digging to discover more.

This is a gritty German Noir read, told from the perspective of Riley, we are led through her daily routines, meet her friends and colleagues. In between her chapters are diary like entries of other characters, these range from maybe a sentence to several paragraphs in length. At first this caught me unawares, but as the story progress they make sense and give the links and insights that you would not have got from Riley alone.  They are the personal snippets from the lives all given at a similar time in the past. I also noticed while reading this book, there is a lot of time drinking, it did make me wonder how some of these people function.

The pacing, well took me a few chapters while I got used to the names and places, the characters and their relationships to each other, but then I sped through it, one sitting in front of the fire on a cold February evening…it was bliss.

The plot weaves its way around the criminal drug trade, a notorious gang lord and the importation of a new deadly and viscous drug.  It also has great insights into the past of the characters, how they came to be in Hamburg and why.

Overall a book I rally enjoyed, read in one sitting back this up.  Some interesting characters and good plot.  This is a book I would definitely recommend to readers of gritty, hard-hitting crime with its feet rooted in German Noir.  A great read.

About the Author:

Simone Buchholz PictureSimone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner-up for the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

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#BookReview : The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements @KL_Clements @headlinepg @NetGalley

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Today I have a ghost story set on the eerie Yorkshire Moors.  The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements is available in various formats from Amazon UK.  My thanks to NetGalley and Headline Publishing Group for my copy of this book.

Synopsis:

An eerie and compelling ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. For fans of The Witchfinder’s Sister or The Silent Companions, this gothic tale will weave its way into your imagination and chill you to the bone.

‘Spine-tingling… the scariest ghost story I have read in a long time’ Barbara Erskine

‘Brooding and full of creeping menace’ Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions 

‘Like something from Emily Bronte’s nightmares’ Andrew Taylor, author of The Ashes of London

Maybe you’ve heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there’s something up here, something evil.

Mercy Booth isn’t afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But, beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father’s study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakeable sense that someone is watching.

When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can’t see it yet.

My Thoughts:

Set in the 17th century on the eerie Yorkshire Moors. Meet Mercy, she lives with her father Bartram Booth and Agnes in Scarcross Hall.  They are in the heart of the sheep community and part of a close-knit of herders, shepherds and locals. But when a stranger appears looking for work, is it coincidence that things take on a turn that boarders on creepy maybe even supernatural.

The descriptions given of the contrasts that can be experienced on the moors have been vividly told, they paint a beautiful and bleak image.  She has explored the deeply rooted sense of community. But when uncertainty mixed with fear is in the air then self-preservation is utmost priority, woe betide anyone getting on the wrong side of community spirit. Fear is something that lurks in the minds of some, makes them think of things from the past, it creeps into the heads and when things go missing, noises are heard and items are moved the feeling that something more is going on.

The plot itself is a good suspense filled one, it paints the bleak, rugged and dangerous moors as a backdrop for a more intense feeling.  I was never quite sure who or what was the cause, but by the end I felt quite satisfied that my questions and thoughts had been answered.  Mercy is a hard but likeable character, the epitomizes the strength required to work, a woman in a man’s world, doing a man’s job, just as good as any man as well.  She is a powerful character, and there were times that she did have more of a feminine side.

I thought this was a great read, it has the eerie suspense of evil that chitters away in the background, occasionally raising its head to remind you of its presence. It is atmospheric and has a beautiful description of the moors and surrounding areas.  This is a book I would definitely recommend to readers of historical fiction, suspense and in my opinion only a hint of horror.

About the Author:

81NpCsnHasL._SY200_  Katherine Clements is a critically acclaimed historical novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, The Crimson Ribbon, was published in 2014 and her second, The Silvered Heart, in 2015. Both works are set in the seventeenth century and centre on the events and aftermath of English Civil War. Her work has been compared to the likes of Sarah Waters and Daphne du Maurier. Her third novel, The Coffin Path, will be published in February 2018.

Katherine is editor of Historia, the online magazine of the Historical Writers’ Association, and is a member of the HWA committee. She writes for various blogs and websites and particularly enjoys reviewing historical drama on film and TV. She is based in Manchester where she is currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Manchester University, and is working on her next novel.

Visit Katherine online at http://www.katherineclements.co.uk or find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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#BookReview : The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert @mimi_albert @penguinrandom @NetGalley #PublicationDay

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I am so delighted to be bringing you my thoughts on “The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert, it is due for publication today and available in various formats.  Published by Penguin it can be purchased from Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .

My Thoughts:

When you think of fairy tales it is often woods, wolves, castles, princes and princesses with a happy ever after.  The Hazel Wood is nothing like that, it contains fairy tales but they are darker with an underlying feeling of dread to them.  The reclusive and mysterious author Althea Prosperine published her only novel Tales of the Hinterland.  Her granddaughter Ella has never met Althea, never read the book, but is aware of it.  In fact not many have met Althea or even have a copy of the book.  Ella and her mum Alice have to move around a lot, they keep their heads down, always try to keep ahead of the bad luck that seems to shadow them.  This story is how Ella and the reader learns about The Hazel Wood, the book and the bad luck.

This is a brilliantly woven story using the basic premise of a fairy tales.  Twisting them into a dark and brooding journey for the reader.  As we follow Ella and Alice there are things that are seen out of the corner of an eye that gives feeling of the supernatural that have mysterious darker undertones, shadows that linger, people that don’t quite fit in, this all adds to a feeling of tense suspense.  As the story unfolds there are several twists that I didn’t expect, they are clever and make this an extremely addictive read. There are several characters in this story and they are easily remembered and play their parts well, they have good backstories, and while I didn’t like all the characters I found them intriguing.

Once I started this story I could not put it down, the descriptions give a vivid and imaginative picture.  I loved the style of the writing, at times it had the fairy tale feel you would expect, but also a darker much more intense feel that was far removed from fairy tales.  I would like to see follow on from this book as there were several characters that I would like to know more about, and some that left me with questions. But overall it has been beautifully put together and is one I would absolutely recommend.

So if you like a dark and twisty fantasy read that has some roots in magical fairy tales then this is a book for you.  It is a young adult read, that an older adult loved.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for my eARC of this wonderful book, my thoughts are my own and are unbiased.

About the Author:

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