#BlogTour Q&A Murder At Work by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov #Promo #NewRelease

A little extra post this week with a Q&A from Faith Martin answering all those frequently asked questions.  First a little bit about the book.  I haven’t unfortunately had the time to read this book but it looks fantastic!  I’ll be adding it to my mountainous tbr pile….  

Title: Murder At Work by Faith Martin (Hiliary Greene No 11)

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 13th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

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Book Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Hillary will retire in a few weeks. But can her boss get Hillary to change her mind by putting her on a murder investigation?

The victim is found dead with his head bashed in with a piece of wood. Michael Ivers was a gambler and a notorious womaniser. He had few friends and there is a long list of people who might have wanted him dead.

Hillary wants to solve her final case as a police officer and she has just days left to find out who killed him. To add to her problems, her old enemy, ex-Sergeant Frank Ross is back on the scene and is a prime suspect.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER AT WORK is the eleventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION:
A small industrial/business unit on the outskirts of a large market town. It has six units, including a scrap-metal yard, a builders’ yard, a shoe warehouse, a newspaper delivery depot, a garden supplies unit and an auto repair shop. Modern but unattractive, it is a small working community, where everyone knows everyone else, and most workers eat in a small on-site café.

THE DETECTIVE:
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW EXIT.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK

THIS IS NOT HILLARY’S LAST CASE. SHE WILL RETURN TO INVESTIGATE MORE FIENDISH CRIMES.

Books 12-17 coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions by Faith Martin:

Where do you get your ideas from?

It would be nice if ideas came to me in my dreams, then all I’d have to do in the morning is jot them down and hey presto! Alas, this has never yet happened. So, whenever I approach any murder mystery, I start with the basic facts – ie, ‘A’ murders ‘B’ because of ‘C’. I then invent other motives for other characters, chose my murder method, and then add in clues. When you pick up a book as reader, you begin with chapter one and are then, step-by-step, taken further and deeper in the story until you come to the denouement at the end. In other words, you start on the outside of the spider’s web, and work your way to the centre. But as a writer, I start from the central core and work outwards!
What made you decide to write your first book?

I trained as a secretary, but when I was only 19, my parents had a very bad car accident that left them partially disabled. After a few years, it became clear that they needed some long-term help, so I left my secretarial job, and stayed at home as a carer. But I needed something else to do – and since I had always been a creative sort, and had always loved reading books, I decided to try and write one for myself. (As you do!) I started writing romance first, and as MAXINE BARRY was lucky enough to have my first book published by Orion. I then later decided to turn to crime! And now the lovely Jasper Joffe has been kind enough to fight DI Hillary Greene’s corner.
Who do you like to read when you’re not writing a book yourself?

I love reading authors from around the world, and read anything crime-related, except horror (too chicken!) There are some great Scandinavian authors around at the moment (especially in the noir genre), but also some marvellous African and Australian authors. But my very favourites are still golden age authors. At the moment, for instance, I’m reading a Rex Stout novel. But I’ve also ordered from my local library as many copies of the British Library Classic Crime series as I can find. Everyone knows the famous authors, of course, but that era produced some writers who are totally unknown now, but who deserve a renaissance.
What do you like most about being a writer?

There are so many things, it’s hard to put them in any order. I love getting letters from readers, thanking me for a book that they’ve just enjoyed reading, for instance. That always makes my day. And when the postman comes with my complimentary copies from my publisher. There’s something about getting my hands on my newly released novel for the first time that’s absolutely wonderful. And the satisfaction of typing in THE END after months of hard work! What a relief!
What do you most dislike about being a writer?

Not much, to be honest. But being your own boss can sometimes be difficult (you can’t blame the boss when things go wrong, for instance!). And when the sun’s shining, and the dog is looking at you hopefully, it can be hard to knuckle down and finish off that bit in chapter four, when all you really want to do is head out for a ramble in the countryside instead. Also, although it sounds like an old cliché, writing can be a very lonely occupation sometimes. Not just physically – being alone in a room, without work colleagues – but mentally too. When it’s just you and a blank, unhelpful screen, you can sometimes feel as if you’re living on Mars!

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city ofAuthor photo (1) dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 11 books in the series are available now.


Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

#Review If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch @emilykoch #NetGalley

Title: If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

Publisher: Harvill Secker

Date Published: 11th January 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

HOW DO YOU SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

A stunning edge-of-your-seat debut novel with an unforgettable narrator.

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‘This is a debut to be reckoned with.’ GuardianReview:

Alex has been in a coma for almost two years after a climbing accident or that’s what everybody thinks. He is actually aware of everything going on around him, unable to communicate, he can only listen. But as strange things start to happen to his girlfriend, he realises that his accident may not have been an accident after all, did someone try to kill him and why?

This is an immensely clever book. Alex is suffering from locked in syndrome, a condition which means your aware of everything around you but unable to do anything about it. When I was a kid I used to have these episodes where I’d wake up, but be unable to move or open my eyes, the sensation only lasted for about a minute but it was truly horrific (thankfully I grew out of it) and to be in that state permanently, *shudders*. Anyway as he is unable to see properly, the author uses sounds, smells and his memories to communicate the story.

If you’re looking for an action packed book, this probably isn’t for you. In fact it takes until about half way through to really get into the mystery aspect of the story, which for me was the weakest part. It was the characters that really made this book. They are so well done and life like, even though the author doesn’t give away much description, I could still picture them.

Overall this has to be one of the most original psychological thrillers I’ve read this year, it’s emotional, compelling but I will say it is a little bit of a slow burner.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Emily Koch is an award-winning journalist and writer living in the UK. Her debut novel – If I Die Before I Wake – will be published in 2018 by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

You can find out more about her and her work at http://www.emilykoch.co.uk

Twitter: @emilykoch

#Review My Sweet Friend by HA Leuschel @HALeuschel

Title: My Sweet Friend by HA Leuschel

Publication Date:December 6, 2017

Genre:Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction

Description:

A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

Review:

So a couple of months ago I did a spotlight for this book and was given a copy, now I have finally gotten round to reading it. This is the second book I’ve read by this author, you can read my review of the first, Manipulated Lives, here.

This book centres around the relationship between Rosie, a sweet and naive young woman and Alexa, a glamorous new recruit at her office. Rosie is quickly drawn into Alexa’s world, and they become friends but is she too good to be true?

I devoured this novella in one sitting. It’s set in both Paris and Biarritz (a seaside town) in France and is told from both Alexa and Rosie’s perspectives. At the beginning you feel like there’s something off but you’re not quite sure what, the author skilfully gives you bits of information as you go along making it a really compelling read.

The author created really believable characters, so much so that Alexa really reminded me of a friend I used to know! I really felt for Rosie, she has so much going on in her life then Alexa comes along and she thinks she’s someone she can really rely on but it turns out not to be the case.

My only complaint is I wanted to read more!

Overall a compelling read that really gets into the mind of the characters.

Rating: 4.5/5

About the Author:

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism &Photo - Helene edited Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches yoga.

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#BlogTour #Review She’s Bad News by Elle Spellman @rararesources @capesandcorsets

Title: She’s Bad News by Elle Spellman.

Date Published: 29th November 2017

Genre: New Adult/Women’s Fiction

Description:

What would you do if you woke up with super powers?

For Bella Brown, life hasn’t gone according to plan. She’s almost thirty, still living in her uneventful hometown, and her dreams of becoming an investigative reporter have fallen by the wayside.

That is, until she wakes up one morning to find she’s been gifted with some amazing new abilities. What’s a girl to do with heightened senses, super speed and the ability to lift a truck one-handed? Bella quickly discovers that her new powers can easily help her land front-page leads at local newspaper The Hartleybourne Gazette.

Soon Bella’s out every night chasing down local criminals for stories, while keeping her powers a secret from everyone besides flatmate Chloe. But when a burglary-gone-wrong accidentally turns her into the mysterious Hartleybourne Heroine, Bella finds herself on the front page for the wrong reasons. Her secret becomes harder to keep as she tries to track down the source of her powers, and especially when crime reporter Matt Gilmore is intent on unmasking the town’s new vigilante…

Suddenly, having an extraordinary life is far more dangerous than she ever imagined.

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US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0784ZKW1Y

Review:

Bella Brown dreams of nothing more than being a top investigative journalist but it hasn’t quite worked out for her. She back in her home town of Hartleybourne working for the local paper rehashing recipes and advertising for the Better Self column while having every idea she pitches shot down by her boss Layla.

Then suddenly after trying a diet pill she’s gifted with super powers that she begins to use to help the people of Hartleybourne and land herself the front page scoop.

But where did these powers come from and why?

The superhero fan in me really enjoyed reading this book! It’s light-hearted, funny and full of action and little bit of romance.

As someone whose life has not worked out in the way I’d hoped, I completely identified with Bella. She’s sweet, funny and down to earth which made me really root for her and hope that she gets everything that she wants. As a superhero, she like a chunkier version of black widow with a bum bag (The use of the bum bag had me in absolute stitches and reminded me of the nineties I used to have a bright pink one.)

The storyline is pure escapism, a little bit over the top and silly but enjoyable right to the end. I also hope there’s a sequel, I want more!

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

She's Bad News - Author Photo ESElle Spellman is a writer and comic book geek living in Bristol, UK. She’s been writing since a very young age, spending her childhood afternoons penning stories about fictional adventures, and illustrating them too.

Now, Elle tends to write contemporary fiction with kick-ass heroines and a little bit of magic. She’s Bad Newsis her debut novel, and she’s just finished working on her second. Her other interests include running, wine, red lipstick, the paranormal, and all things Batman.Social Media Links –

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#BlogTour Q&A with Chauncey Rogers @ChaunceyRogers @shanannigans81

Today I’m excited to be hosting a Q&A with Chauncey Rogers for his latest book Happily. First here’s little bit about the book and the author:

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Description:

If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn’t, make it. Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and survive to tell the tale.Add Happily on GoodReads
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About The Author:

Chauncey Rogers - OptionalChauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.Q&A:

Welcome Chauncey!

Thank you Lorna for letting the tour drop by your lovely blog! It’s a privilege to be here.

Can you tell us a bit about Happily and the inspiration behind it?

Sure! Happily is yet another Cinderella story, only this time, it isn’t about Cinderella at all. Rather, it’s the story of Laure, a nobody and a thief, who decides to take advantage of the royal family’s hunt for a missing princess for her own personal gain. And while other girls just tried to fit a glass slipper, Laure goes the extra mile to pull off her deception.

I’ve always enjoyed the story of Cinderella, but also thought that quite a few of the plot points in it were a bit odd. Why couldn’t the prince recognize the girl he loved? Why didn’t the shoe fit on anybody else’s foot? So when my three-year-old daughter asked me to write a story for her, I thought I’d take a crack at Cinderella, since Cinderella was her undisputed favorite princess. While I didn’t write my story for a three-year-old reader, I hope that my daughter will have a fun time with it once she’s a bit older.

What is your favourite genre/author to read?

I jump around in genres quite a bit, but some of my favorites are scifi and fantasy, biographies, and military histories. I try to pick up something outside those genres fairly regularly, though, so that my reading doesn’t start to feel stale. As for a favorite author? I think I’d have to say Brandon Sanderson. His books have always been pretty solid with me. Not all of them are amazing, but they’ve all at least been good, and some have been magnificent.

What is your favourite genre to write?

Hmmm… I’m not sure if I’m experienced enough yet to decide on something like that! I did feel like writing horror was easier than writing Happily, but I think I felt more emotionally connected with Happily than I did with my two previous novels. Not really a straight answer, is it? I suppose I’ll just say that my favorite genre is whichever one I’m working in.

What is a typical writing day for you?

I like to write in the mornings. The writing part of my brain seems to work better in the morning, the editing part in the evening. I usually have my writing planned out – what scenes I’ll be working through–so I just sit down and go. I’ll take a break for lunch, and maybe another break or two to stretch my legs, get some fresh air, help wrangle kids, or have a snack. Sometimes I write while walking on a treadmill, if I feel like I’m slowing down. I write 2,000 words each day, though, and try and have them be good, too. Sometimes I’m done fast, sometimes it takes longer, but that’s usually how it goes.

Tell us something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I cry very easily when I laugh, or when I feel very happy. I’ll almost always cry when I share one of the Disney classic movies with my kids for the first time. I’m not sure why I have such overactive tear glands, but I’m okay with it now. Besides, I hear it’s good for you.

What are you currently working on?

Well, trying to get Happily well on its way and out the door has been pretty consuming, to be honest. But for writing projects, I’ve been contemplating either editing or rewriting a novel I wrote last year, a space-fantasy called Angela of the Stars. There are other projects, too. Secret projects…. 😉 


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Happy Book Birthday! Deity’s Soul mate by @KernerAngelina @shanannigans81

Happy book birthday to Deity’s Soulmate! I’m thrilled to celebrate the first year of this whimsical fantasy!

Deity’s Soulmate

Publication Date:April 3rd, 2017

Genre:Fantasy/ Mythology/ Young Adult

Description:

From author Angelina Kerner (Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted) comes an all-new fantasy series about Gardenia, a daughter of Athena, and her 100 years of coursework on how to create whole new worlds and subjects of her own.

A sheltered school child in a realm of condescending gods and goddesses, Gardenia goes to Earth on a dare to witness the unsavory side of mankind for herself. Believing she can do better, she undertakes the formation of an entire galaxy, but without permission from Zeus.

Zeus disciplines her by assigning an epic 13-fold creational lesson destined to take her a century to complete. But he is taken aback once more when she makes an odd choice. She vows to fulfil this knowledge quest by tracking down a lost race of dragons, and discovering the secrets they’ve kept since time began.

Searching the universe to meet even one dragon may be a fool’s errand, but that’s the least of her worries. For ancient wartime resentments linger between the nations of dragons and deities, and some dragons would attack Gardenia on sight!

Yet she ventures out undaunted, learning unexpected things about nomadic life, tender love, and mortal peril along the way. The biggest surprise of all, though, goes by the name of Ri. Ri may be the man of her dreams, the voice in her head, the dragon she’s seeking, or all these things and more…

Meanwhile, the Fates brew sordid plans of their own and Hera jealously sets traps and trials for Gardenia at every chance. What’s a young goddess to do? Flight or fight?

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To celebrate the anniversary of Deity’s Soulmate, the author is giving away 3 digital copies of her latest book Follow the Snowflakes!

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About the Author:

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been aAngelina Kerner dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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#BlogBlitz #Review Dead Watch by Steve Liszka @Bloodhoundbook @SteveLiszka #NewRelease

Title: Dead Watch by Steve Liszka

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 28th March 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Life for the firefighters of Red Watch, East Brighton, is already complicated due to the imminent closure of their fire station. But this is soon to be the least of their worries.

When the team stumble upon a car in a ditch, they discover the driver is dead and a bag containing five hundred thousand pounds in cash. Before anyone arrives, the crew decide to take money, believing it to be a victimless crime.

When they later learn that the driver was killed by a bullet wound to the head their world is turned upside down.

Then a stranger appears at the station claiming the money belongs to him.

Soon the firefighters are drawn into a dangerous underworld and find themselves at the mercy of violent criminals.

But is this stranger who he claims to be?

And can Red Watch escape with the money and their lives in tact?

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Review:

A group of firefighters stumble across a dead man in car along with a pile of money. They assume that the driver is dead, it’s not going to make a difference if they take it but they were wrong.

I am always on the lookout for a different kind of thriller and I have to be honest I’ve never read one with firefighters as the main protagonists before! The story follows the Red Watch, Jo, Wesley, Jimmy, Bodhi, Harrison, Dylan and Lenny. I have a little soft spot for Wesley, at the beginning he’s not well liked and not all that commanding, even though he’s meant to be the boss, but as it goes along he becomes more of the leader that the group needs.

I found the book vivid, gritty and the characters really realistic. I enjoyed the sense of camaraderie and that dark sense of humour that comes across between the characters. There’s also some great action, some of which I found a little terrifying as anything being on fire scares the living daylights out of me.

But, whilst I appreciate the attention to detail that the author puts into the book, he is a real life firefighter after all, I felt that at times the details distracted me from the story and lessened the tension a bit. Also there were quite a few characters to keep track of and I have to be honest the only reason I remembered all of their names is because I wrote them down.

Overall a realistic story and perfect if you’re looking for something a bit different in a thriller.

Rating: 3/5

About the Author:

Steve has been an operational firefighter for the past seventeen years and it was his job that led to him writing his latest novel Dead Watch. He is based at Preston Circus Fire Station in Steve+LiszkaBrighton, one of the busiest in the South East. Originally from Swansea, Steve now lives in Worthing with his wife Angela and children, Buddy and Sylvie.

Steve has always been an active sports person, competing in rugby, amateur boxing, rock climbing and many other pursuits. For the past ten years, he has run his own old-school outdoor fitness classes using kettlebells, tyres, sledgehammers and various other instruments of torture.

Steve’s first novel This Machine Kills was released in 2012. It is a violent dystopian tale where the country is run by a businessman who wants to build walls around his cities to protect the residents from the poor people outside. As if that would ever happen…

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#Review Bia’s War by Joanna Larum #HistoricalFiction #WWI

Title: Bia’s War by Joanna Larum

Date Published: 7th August 2014

Publisher: Self Published

Genre: Historical Fiction

Description:

Who is Simon? Why does this frail old lady search for him by night, wandering the streets in her nightdress, unable to remember who she is and where she lives.
Her tale, told to her granddaughter when she is in possession of her wits, paints a picture of dark and dastardly events on the home front during the First World War.

The Inspiration Behind Bia’s War:

The lady on the front cover is actually my Nana Lymer in 1919, my maternal grandmother. My mother was the 17th of 18 children. My Grandad Sam was married twice as was Nana Lymer. Sam had 14 children to his first wife and 4 to my nana, although nana Lymer didn’t have any children to her first husband. I often wondered why not. Doing family history research I found out that my nana’s first husband died in 1917 and that he had been a soldier in France, although he died at home (presumably from wounds) Nana then married Sam, two years later. I wanted a reason why her first marriage was childless and the whole story dropped into my head one day. I changed her first husband’s name but kept the names of Sam’s children.

Review:

I was offered a free copy of this book by the lovely Joanna Larum in exchange for an honest review.

Bia Lymer is found wandering during the night looking for someone called Simon. Concerned for her health, her granddaughter Victoria offers to sit with her. Nana Lymer begins to tell her a story of her young life in Middlesbrough during the first world war.

Well this is not usually the type of book I read but I’m fascinated by the First World War, as didn’t learn that much about it in school like I did with WWII.

The story has two narratives, Bia’s recollections from the war and the 1970’s when she’s an old lady talking to her granddaughter Victoria. Having the story told to me by felt a bit like when I was little and my mum used to read me stories, which I enjoyed.

Nana had some fantastic sayings too. One in particular that stands out was, a lazy wind, it’s doesn’t go round you, it goes straight through you instead.

I loved Victoria, she really develops through the story, becomes stronger to stand up to her overbearing and rather nasty mother (also called Bia, a little confusing but lots of fathers name their sons after themselves so why can’t mothers do the same too?).

I also admired Bia, he husband goes off to war leaving her with no means of support. She manages to open her own shop, and with a lot of hard work and help from good friends she makes it a success. But not everybody is happy with this and faces a lot of opposition, even from her own husband!

This is a very emotional story, which had me teary eyed in places, especially when you find out who Simon is and what happened to him (I won’t spoil that for you, you’ll just have to find out for yourself). The only thing that I would have loved was instead of being told the story by Bia, maybe have actually gone back to that era, seen it up close, if that makes any sense.

It is a fairly long book (just over five hundred pages!) but if you love strong female characters and an emotionally engaging story this book is for you.

Rating: 3/5

You can buy your copy here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bias-War-Joanna-Larum-ebook/dp/B00KQRA82W/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1521996119&sr=1-4About the Author:

When I was a little girl my big sister used to read me stories, but she always stopped reading out loud when the story got interesting and I was left hanging waiting for the end of the stories. Ijo went to school to learn to read and when I could read, I left, thinking I could learn everything else from books (and finish all the stories!). Unfortunately, my mother didn’t agree and took me back!

I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was 8 years old and I started straight away, but I was always too scared to show anyone what I had written. It took me nearly 40 years before I dared show anyone my stories!

I worked in the Library Service for 25 years but had to take early retirement after an accident at work. That was when I started to write and I brought out Bia’s War on Amazon in 2014. Since then, I have self-published 5 more books, all set in my own corner of England during WW1.

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#BlogTour #Review Murder by Fire by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @NovCato @Books_n_all

Title: Murder By Fire by Faith Martin.

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 20th March 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural.

Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

David Merchant’s body is found in a bonfire in his back garden. David was a publisher and devout Christian. Who would want to kill this seemingly very decent man?

DI Hillary Greene faces one of her most puzzling cases as she struggles to find anyone with a strong motive to kill the pious publisher.

Them, as Hillary unearths greedy business partners and an estranged son, her focus is diverted when a new team member is targeted by a vicious gang.

Hillary’s under massive pressure and will she finally crack? And if she does, where will she go from here?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely heart-stopping conclusion.

MURDER BY FIRE is the tenth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
Kidlington itself, the home of Thames Valley Police HQ. Almost regarded as a suburb of Oxford, there is some debate in Kidlington whether it is a town or a village! If it’s a village, it’s a very large one, with supermarkets, garages, plenty of pubs and a small shopping centre. It sits on a plain that was once devoted to farming, with several small satellite villages around it, such as Hampton Poyle and Yarnton. It also has a small airport, once known as Oxford Airport, but recently renamed to include London in the title!

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW POINT OF VIEW.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE

Books 11-17 coming soon!

BLOG TOUR - Murder by Fire

Review:

I want to thank Joffe Books for my advanced copy of this book and Jill Burkinshaw for organising this blog tour.

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already on book ten in the Hillary Greene series! I would recommend that you read at least a few of the other books in this series before reading this one, just to get a better understanding of the characters and setting.

The book opens with quite a grisly murder with a body being found on a bonfire in the victims own back garden. David Merchant is a publisher and devout Christian who seems to rub people up the wrong way but who would hate him enough to murder him?

Meanwhile, Hillary is still dealing with her boss Brian Vane who is still hell bent on making her life a misery. Added on top of that she has cope with a new team member, DC Mark Chang. Her other DC Keith Barrington seems to be having a crisis, does he want to stay in the police force or not?

Sometimes it’s nice to dip back into a series like this, like putting on a pair of comfy slippers. I know the characters, I know the setting and I know I’m going to enjoy it.

It is a fast paced, easy read that leaves you wanting more.

Yes there’s a few issues. I felt this was more of a novella than a full length novel and I didn’t think it had the usual amount of intrigue that I’ve come to expect from Faith’s novels but that of course is just my opinion. Also there was a good smattering of Americanisms, which is one of my top no-nos for British novels.

At the end of the book Hillary is also dealing with her own crisis which leads nicely into the next book which I’m looking forward to.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city ofAuthor photo (1) dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 10 books in the series are available now.
Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

#BlogTour #Review Beneath The Whispers by Jim Ody @Jim_Ody_Author

Title: Beneath The Whispers by Jim Ody

Publisher: Crazy Ink

Date Published: 8th March 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:
Genevieve Deboise is too good for Scott Dean. He’s always known that. It isn’t a shock to learn she is cheating on him.

What is a surprise is bumping into his childhood sweetheart in the woods where he’d planned to take solace in his heartbreak and bruised ego.
But running into Mary-Ann Jennings isn’t exactly the fairy tale it might seem.

Instead, his first love needs his help finding a USB stick that has fallen into the wrong hands. Now in the cellar of Genevieve’s new lover, Scotty must confront his feelings for both women in order to retrieve the missing USB stick.

On a quest to confront his past and locate Mary-Ann’s property, he journeys through the whispers that have always surrounded him.

Love will make you do crazy things.

But is it enough to get beneath the whispers?

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Review:

Scott is wallowing in self pity after he found out his girlfriend was cheating on him, drinking and watching John Cusack movies to try and numb the pain. A chance encounter with his first love Mary-Ann, brings up a lot of buried memories. She asks him to retrieve a USB stick, which has fallen into the hands of Guy, the man who his girlfriend cheated on him with.

Can he do it?

This is a quick read at just nineteen chapters perfect for a long commute or if you’ve got a long wait ahead of you.

In the beginning there is quite a bit of backstory, so it starts a little slowly but after the first few chapters you get to nitty-gritty of the story.

There was an interesting cast of characters too. I have a little soft spot for Freddie, who is sex obsessed thirteen year old with a very weird relationship with his step-mother. Although as the mother of a teenage boy, I am glad my son is nothing like him!

I didn’t much like Scott. I found him incredibly self centred and a little annoying to me but he was so realistic. As it was written in the first person I felt like he was talking to me throughout the story.

I have to be honest while the ending made sense and I did enjoy it, it left me with a few unanswered questions. Also I felt like some of the more minor characters, e.g. his ex-girlfriend Genevieve, could have done with a little bit more fleshing out but of course that’s just my opinion.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

Jim was first published in an English School Textbook in 1987. He won a competition to draw a dog-walking machine. Having won an art competition the year before, he felt that at the age ofAuthor Photo (2) eleven he had peaked and consequently retired from the world of art.

For 10 years Jim wrote for a number of websites reviewing and interviewing bands in his own unique way, as well as contributing dark poems and comedic features.

He writes dark psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written three novels released through Zombie Cupcake Press and has also contributed to several anthologies. Coming soon is his psychological/mystery ‘Beneath The Whispers’ released by Crazy Ink. He also has short stories appearing in the following anthologies ‘War Paint’, ‘Crazy Fools’, ‘AWOL A.I.’ and ‘The End?’

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife and three beautiful children in Swindon, Wiltshire.
Author Links:

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Email: jim.ody@hotmail.co.uk

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