#BlogTour Occam’s Razor (DS Jason Smith 4) by Stewart Giles

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Title: Occam’s Razor (DS Jason Smith #4) by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 6th April 2015

Genre: Police Procedural, Mystery/Thriller

Description:

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people.

DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side. As more people die Smith quickly realises these agents are not who they claim to be. He is forced into the dark world of these phantoms and he finds himself at the mercy of his old nemesis; the man who kidnapped his sister years earlier.

This is a gripping thriller with twists and turns all the way to the stunning ending.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING

York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.

At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Occam’s Razor:

This book was gripping from the first page to the last. The characters are all well written, believable and sympathetic.’ – Mrs Christine H Clark

Superb book left you guessing to the end. Sends you up so many alleys and you still can’t see the outcome.’ – Mike

A well paced story that will have you hooked very quickly and then drag you along for the ride in such a way as to not want to stop reading..’ – Hisboss

Another gripping book by this Author well written lots going on could not put this book down.’ – Kindle Customer

What a good book had you wandering all the time would read his books again I haven’t read his before.’ – Dora Gibbons

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

0.5 – Phobia (5 early Jason Smith cases)

1….-.Smith

2….-.Boomerang

3….-.Ladybird

4….-.Occam’s Razor

5….-.Harlequin

6….-.Selene

7….-.Horseman

8….-.Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

1….-.The Beekeeper

2….-.The Perfect Murder

3….-.The Backpacker

Review:

With all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.” ~ William of Ockham.

From the outset, there seems to be nothing simple about Smith’s latest case! The novel opens with the death of Jimmy Fisher, the up and coming goal keeper of York City football team by a sniper.

Smith quickly finds the gunman’s hideout complete with the weapon, a standard issue rifle from the Russian army. But as he is about to investigate, the case is taken away from him by the shadowy SOCA (the serious crimes agency). More deaths of football players follow but at every turn the SOCA agents block his investigation. What are they trying to hide? Smith will stop at nothing to find out.

Nothing like a bit of DS Smith to get you out of a reading slump! This is the fourth in the Smith series, while I suppose it can be read as a stand alone, I would suggest to read a few of the previous books (You can read my review of the previous book Ladybird here) just because you may miss some of the recurring story lines from the other novels.

Smith certainly has a rollercoaster of a ride in this novel! His investigation is blocked at every turn. He doesn’t know who to trust. Then a he gets a blast from the past and the death of a close friend sends him on a downward spiral.

My only complaint, this is of course just my opinion, was the fact Smith suddenly takes up smoking, out of the blue which bugged me slightly. It’s a filthy habit and I hope he quits in the next book.

Occam’s Razor is a real thrill ride of a novel that honestly you cannot predict what will happen next.

Stewart Giles – Author Bio:

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.SG Author photo (4)

After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is available now.

Links:

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

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#BlogTour #GuestPost Almost An Author by Susan Tarr.

Today I have a guest post by Susan Tarr all about character but first a little bit about the book:

Title: Almost An Author by Susan Tarr

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 18th September 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

When a chance meeting with a local publisher outside a small bookshop results in all three of her manuscripts being signed, Ruby Wright thinks she has it made. Already she sees images of herself wearing dark glasses, being mobbed by fans clamouring for her latest blockbuster…

Little does Ruby know, but her ditsy publisher is a charlatan who has no more idea about publishing than Ruby does. Pretty soon Ruby is broke.
She has no IT experience so depends heavily on her nerdy flatmate, Hunter, whenever her computer fails her. He has enough of his own issues to deal with—he is studying for his final law exams. She bribes him with a dog she found on the side of the road, then Panforte, which chips his tooth, and a couple of Axolotls until he finally gives in and helps her. But Ruby’s life is filled with disaster…

What follows is excitement, disappointment, heartache, love and loss as we follow Ruby’s hilarious struggles to maintain her trust and focus in the ever-shifting publishing industry and in people in general.

Guest Post – About The Character:

Ruby Wright:

In part, or in main, Ruby is me. Her name is a family name and why would she not be a writer with a name like Ruby Wright? Most of my main book characters are me, at a much younger age, of course, or my daughter, who is just the right mix of age and personality. Who else could they be if I want to get into their hearts and minds, and show how they really think and operate? Of course, there are parts of Ruby I am not altogether thrilled with, but we all have flaws. Ruby has hers.

I wrote her story from a series of diaries, and added an element of fiction to make it worth reading. Other authors have also contributed their stories, so basically it is the journey of many young or naive writers out there who just want to give it their all.

And life is not always about landing on our feet. No, it’s not. But with the right friends around you, you can do anything you set your heart to.

Ruby did.

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About The Author:

Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.Author photo (3)

She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family.
Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.

Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”

#BlogTour #Review The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey @rararesources @LyndaStacey @RubyFiction

Happy Publication Day to Lynda Stacey! I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and I’ll be sharing my thoughts in a moment but first a little about the book…

The Fake Date

Title: The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey

Publisher: Ruby Fiction

Date Published: 18th September 2018

Genre: Romantic Suspense.

Description:

Nine hours and eleven minutes…

That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead.

She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly.

Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill?

Whoever it is, they will pay … all she has to do first is survive..!

Purchase Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fake-Date-gripping-thriller-that-ebook/dp/B07FM915Q2/

Review:

The story opens with journalist Ella Hope, beaten, clinging on to life after a brutal attack. She can’t remember how she got there or why but is convinced it’s Rick Greaves who attacked her. She been investigating him after the supposed accidental deaths of his two wives. She’s so convinced he’s guilty but when it comes to trial everything falls apart, it forces her further into her shell.

Another ‘accident’ befalls a romantic conquest of Rick’s but it brings up a lot of questions for Ella. If Rick isn’t guilty of attacking her or the other women, then who is?

So on the cover of this book it says it’s a psychological thriller but, this is a pet peeve of mine lately, I feel it has been mislabelled. I personally think it’s romance with a side of murder mystery but don’t get that little bit of negativity wrong I still really enjoyed The Fake Date.

I really felt for Ella, the formerly fierce journalist who seemed to go the extra mile for her stories but after the attack. She’s a shell of her former self, jumping at the slightest thing especially when it comes to men. Being the other side of story has also opened her eyes to her fellow reporters and just what they will do to get a story which makes her hate them.

Then in walks Will Taylor, a journalist with a heart of gold and a tragic past (who also happens to be Ella’s neighbour) who tries to convince her that not all reporters are bad by digging into her case and putting himself in danger.

It’s told mostly from Ella and Will’s perspective but there’s also some bits where we get an insight into the killers mind too which I loved. These were sort of tacked onto the end of some of the chapters but I think they may have been better as their own chapters but I don’t know whether this has been changed in the final published novel.

I did manage to guess who did it but I do enjoy following the clues and being right, (that sounded a little more big headed than I intended!). I also liked the fact the romance aspect of the story wasn’t too cheesy, which can be a danger with this type of novel.

The Fake Date mixes the brutal with the sweetness of romance to create an emotional and captivating story.

Rating: 4/5

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Author Bio –

Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,

Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories ofL (1) copy 2 psychological / romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter @Lyndastacey

Website: www.Lyndastacey.co.uk


#BookReview Lost Innocence by M.A Comley @Melcom1

Title: Lost Innocence (DI Sally Parker #5) by M.A Comley

Publication Date: 15th September 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Description:

A chance encount

Leads to devastating consequences.

The statistics for missing children are staggering and emotionally hard to deal with even for the hardest of detectives.

DI Sally Parker and her cold case team need to have their wits about them when two very different cases land on her desk.

Can she solve the mystery of where the bodies are buried?

Past experience tells her that cold cases have a tendency to unearth surprising secrets.

The emotions of the families involved are raw during the course of the investigations but nothing can prepare them for the surprising outcome each case delivers.

Can Sally solve the cases before a distraught family member of one of the victims is laid to rest?

Review:

The story follows DI Sally Parker as she digs into two cases, one a serial killer who refuses to give up the locations of his young female victims and the other is a skeleton of a young boy found buried underneath a garden shed.

I was lucky enough to win an arc copy of Lost Innocence via Facebook. Shamefully this is actually the first M.A Comley book I have read but it won’t be the last! This is the fifth book in the DI Sally Parker series and while I did feel I missed a bit of the character’s story, the author did give a bit of background, so I can safely say it can be read as a stand alone.

Lost Innocence covers the heart breaking subject of child deaths/disappearances and bullying, showing what sort of emotional toil it takes on families and the police who have to investigate such horrific crimes.

I liked Sally Parker, she’s hard working, determined but has trouble leaving her work at the office. She was also a victim of abuse from her ex husband which makes her fight even harder for the victims of crimes. Jack Blackman, her partner, did irk me a bit, second guessing her orders and generally being a bit of a pain but it came from a good place and he genuinely seems to care about Sally (in a non romantic way of course!).

My only complaint is I didn’t really get much of a sense of the setting, which I think is Norfolk (don’t quote me on that one!), an area I’m not familiar with so I would have like learned a bit more about it.

Overall Lost Innocence may be a short book but it packs a hell of an emotional punch and I’d recommend it to fans of Faith Martin.

Rating: 3.5/5

About The Author:

New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, iBooks top 5 bestselling and #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. Over one million copies sold world wide. I am a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that’s when I turned my hobby into a career.

When I’m not writing crime novels I’m either reading them or going on long walks with my rescue Labrador, Dex.

I hope you enjoy reading my books, especially the Justice series, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice, Hostile Justice, Tortured Justice, Rough Justice, Dubious Justice, Calculated Justice, Twisted Justice, Prime Justice, Heroic Justice. There are several novellas and short stories in the series too.

My other successful series are: The DI Sally Parker thriller series, which includes WRONG PLACE, NO HIDING PLACE and COLD CASE

The DI Kayli Bright Trilogy – The Missing Children, Killer on the Run and Hidden Agenda.

The Hero series, TORN APART, END RESULT, IN PLAIN SIGHT and DOUBLE JEOPARDY(published by Bloodhound Books)

I have three books in the Intention series, Sole Intention, Grave Intention and Devious Intention.

I’ve also written a couple of standalone novels – EVIL IN DISGUISE and FOREVER WATCHING YOU.

As well as co-authoring The Caller with Tara Lyons.

And Clever Deception, Tragic Deception and Sinful Deception co-authored by fellow NY Times bestselling author Linda S Prather.

If you’d like to keep up to date with new releases you can find me on Facebook by following this link http://smarturl.it/sps7jh or sign up for my newsletter http://www.hyperurl.co/su1xnt

If you fancy a lighter read, why not try one of my romances: A Time to Heal, and A Time for Change–Based on a TRUE story. I also have a selection of short stories and novelettes available which I know you’ll enjoy.

You can find out more about me at the following blogs.

http://melcomley.blogspot.com

http://melcomleyromances.blogspot.com

#BlogTour #Review In The Silence by M.R. Mackenzie @Bloodhoundbook @landofwhimsy #DebutNovel

Title: In The Silence by M.R Mackenzie

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 10th September 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…

Anna, a criminology lecturer, returns to Glasgow from Rome during the coldest winter in memory. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew. Tragedy strikes later that night when Anna discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.

Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.

When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.

As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.

But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?

Review:

Dr Anna Scavolini has lived in Rome for the last ten years but is drawn by home to Glasgow by her friend Zoe for her birthday. Unpleasant memories begin to surface, especially when she comes across her former crush Andrew Foley at Zoe’s birthday party.

After an awkward conversation, Andrew disappears until she finds him later bleeding in a local park. Anna is soon drawn into the police investigation as their only real witness, but she feels like she can’t trust the police.

Another victim turns up, someone she also went to school with. He gives her a strange message which leads to an incident in the past.

Anna doesn’t know who to trust and with her rapidly declining mental state, she’s putting herself in more danger than she knows.

So this is the author’s debut novel and wow what a way to start! It’s an intense and gripping read which kept me guessing until the ending with some very good red herrings.

I do enjoyed a story that a member of the public puts on their detective hat and digs into a mystery! (I think secretly a lot of us would like to do that ourselves.) Anna is not all that likeable, I feel she’s a little self absorbed and standoffish but when you find out her family history, the trauma she’s been through and her mental health issues, I warmed to her a little more.

The wintery setting of Glasgow and the use of the Scottish dialect added a little bit more authenticity to the story and although there were a few words I had to look up, I still really enjoyed reading it.

In The Silence deals with quite a lot of sensitive issues, including sexual assault and how the victims of such crimes are treated, mental health and toxic masculinity. I think the author deals with them well and in a delicate manner but at times I did feel like I was being preached to a little, because I have seen over the years how bad it is for victims of sexual assault and how horribly the court system treats them.

Also while I enjoyed the ending I did feel there was a few unanswered questions but that’s me just being a little fussy.

In The Silence is a powerful yet thoughtful mystery that raises a few moral questions along the way.

Rating: 4/5

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Author Bio:

M. R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University M.+R.+Mackenzie+and has a PhD in Film Studies. In 2016, he contributed a chapter on the Italian giallo film to Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion.

In addition to writing, he works as an independent Blu-ray/DVD producer and has overseen releases of films by a number of acclaimed directors, among them Dario Argento, Joe Dante and Seijun Suzuki.

When he’s not doing any of the above, he works in a library, which tests his sanity and keeps him in touch with the great unwashed.

In The Silence is his first novel.

Links:

Website: http://www.michaelmackenzie.scot

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MRMackenzieAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/landofwhimsy/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m.r.mackenzie/

#BlogTour #Review The Siren And The Specter by Jonathan Janz @JonathanJanz #RandomThingsTours

Title: The Siren And The Specter by Jonathan Janz

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Date Published: 6th September 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

When David Caine, a celebrated sceptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different.

Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow.

And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.

You can pick up your copy here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Siren-Specter-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/1787580059/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533818999&sr=8-1&keywords=the+siren+and+the+specter

Review:

When famous writer and sceptic David Caine is invited by his old Chris and his wife Katherine to stay in America’s most haunted house, the Alexander House, he leaps at the chance and the opportunity to write his next book on it. His idol John Weir was last seen at the house, a man also famous for debunking ghosts and demons and he’s desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to him.

When David arrives he soon meets the neighbours Honey and Michael Shelby and their foul mouthed son Mike Jr and sweet daughter Ivy. Something is not quite right about them, in fact there something not quite right about the whole place.

Eerie things start to happen, voice singing in the night time, the temperature dropping for no apparent reason, the feeling of someone or something watching him which makes him even more determined to prove there is no ghosts within the house.

But David has his own ghosts to battle with in the form of his ex girlfriend Anna who committed suicide twenty years earlier. As he starts to explore the surrounding area he finds it’s very familiar, in fact he used to visit there with Anna years ago. Is it just a coincidence or is there something more? Will he get to the bottom of the mystery or will he lose his life in the process?

If like me you’re a bit of a wuss when it comes to anything scary, do not read this book at night time! I made the mistake of doing just that and spent half the night trembling under my covers.

I can honestly say there was never a dull moment in the story. The Siren and The Specter is packed with murder, mystery and the macabre and I found myself, even though I was terrified, wanting to read on. Jonathan Janz has a fantastic writing style that gripped me from the very beginning with it’s fantastically flawed characters and unnerving setting.

At first I didn’t like David that much. He’s a bit of a womaniser who always thinks he’s right and frankly a little bit pompous but as the story goes on you find out more his history which made me understand him a little bit more. Also the fact that he goes ghost hunting when he seems to be terrified of actually meeting a real ghost amused me no end.

The only warning I will is there are scenes of child neglect and talk of abuse which people may find a little upsetting (I know I did).

The Siren And The Specter is a twisted and creepy that I recommend to fans of haunted house mysteries and ghostly tales.

I’m actually looking forward to reading more of Jonathan Janz’s books even though this one scared the living daylights out of me!

Rating: 4/5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories.Jonathan Janz

His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal.

His novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year.

Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children.

You can sign up for his newsletter (http://jonathanjanz.us12.list-manage….), and you can follow him on

Twitter @JonathanJanz

Instagram @jonathan.janz

#BlogTour #Review #Overkill by Vanda Symon @OrendaBooks @vandasymon #NewZealandNoir #RandomThingsTours

Title: Overkill by Vanda Symon

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 30th June 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide. But all is not what it seems.
Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura, soon discovers the death was no suicide and has to face the realisation that there is a killer in town.

To complicate the situation, the murdered woman was the wife of her former lover. When Sam finds herself on the list of suspects and suspended from duty, she must cast aside her personal feelings and take matters into her own hands.

To find the murderer … and clear her name.

A taut, atmospheric and page-turning thriller, Overkill marks the start of an unputdownable and unforgettable series from one of New Zealand’s finest crime writers.

Review:

I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour and Orenda Books for my advanced copy of this fab book.

Constable Sam Shephard is the sole police officer in the town of Mataura so when a young mum Gabriella Knowes goes missing it’s up to her to find out what happened to her. One problem, the woman is the wife of her former boyfriend Lockie, a man who she still has feelings for.

When Gabriella’s body is found at the side of the river, dead from an apparent suicide, something doesn’t feel right to Sam. She soon finds evidence that Gabriella has been murdered and has to call in the police from the neighbouring town of Gore who quickly mark her as a suspect.

Sam stumbles upon a catastrophic conspiracy that will put her life in danger. Will she catch the killer and clear her name?

I found this to be a really quick read, gripping me from the very beginning. I devoured the three hundred or so pages in two sittings, which for me is super fast!

I loved Sam. She got a bit of a temper and can be a little sarcastic at times but she makes up for that by having a good heart. She puts aside her feelings, even though Lockie moved on so quickly after they broke up, to try and solve the case. The relationship between her and her best friend Maggie was also a joy to read. Maggie is straight talking and can always be counted on to bring Sam back down to Earth.

You really get a feel of New Zealand from the wildlife to the unusually named trees and plants. There’s a nice smattering of local lingo and words native to New Zealand which give it that authentic feel. Even the local food gets a look in. There’s something called a Toffee pop which gets mentioned a fair bit and is Sam’s favourite biscuit, I don’t know what they are but I’d really like to try one!

While I did find the reasons behind the murder a little far fetched, the ending has left me wanting more!

Overkill is perfect if you’re looking for a fast paced crime novel with a unique setting and a strong female lead.

Rating: 4.5/5

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About The Author:

Vanda Symon is the best-selling author of four Detective Sam Shephard crime fiction novels, published in New Zealand, including Overkill (Penguin, 2007), The Ringmaster (Penguin, 2008), Containment (Penguin, 2009), Bound (Penguin, 2011), and the stand-alone psychological thriller The Faceless (Penguin, 2012). She is a three-time finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel. Her books have also been published in Germany.

Vanda is the producer and host of Write On, a monthly radio show on matters literary on Otago Access Radio, and she also reviews books for National Radio. She is very involved in the New Zealand writing community, having been chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors, and is currently the Chair of Copyright Licensing New Zealand. Vanda also has participated in celebrity debates, acted as speaker, reader or chair in literary events and festivals in New Zealand and Australia, and toured with The New Zealand Book Council’s Words on Wheels.

Vanda has a professional background as a pharmacist and has recently completed a PhD in science communication, examining the communication of science through crime fiction.