#BlogTour #Review He Will Kill You (Maddie Ives 2) by Charlie Gallagher @gloriouscharlie @JoffeBooks

Title: He Will Kill You (Maddie Ives 2) by Charlie Gallagher

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 15th March 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLIE GALLAGHER.

MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR.

Grace Hughes is effectively a prisoner in her own home. Tortured and controlled by her horrifically violent partner, she dreams of freedom, of safety — even happiness.

CAN MADDIE GET HER SAFE?

IF SHE DOESN’T, HE WILL KILL HER.

Detective Maddie Ives now works with a team specialising in getting abused women to safety. She tells Grace to keep a diary, to write everything down so it forms part of the compelling evidence needed to send her abuser to prison.

But Maddie also faces a car bomber who threatens to strike again. DI Harry Blaker returns from injury. Can he and Maddie stop the bomber, find a killer and get Grace safe — whether she helps herself or not?

GRACE’S TIME IS RUNNING OUT. SHE MUST RUN OR DIE.

HE WILL KILL YOU: The new unputdownable thriller from Charlie Gallagher. Maddie Ives’ toughest case yet.

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER

MADDIE IVES
HE IS WATCHING YOU
HE WILL KILL YOU

LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN
HER LAST BREATH
RUTHLESS

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Review:

This is the second in the Maddie Ives series, while it can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading the first book, He’s watching you (you can read my review here) just to get a better understanding of the characters.

I honestly spent the majority of the time reading he will kill you feeling like my heart was going to burst out of my chest!

Whew, this was a tough read! Charlie Gallagher warns you before starting reading this book that it contains scenes of domestic violence taken from his experiences as a police officer but I wasn’t quite prepared for the emotional effect it would have on me!

Grace who is being abused by her boyfriend is such a good character. She shows how abusers exert their control, bully and attack a victims self esteem to make it feel like it’s impossible to the leave but she’s trying her hardest to break free, and keeping a diary to make sure that no-one else will suffer from the abuse she did.

I have to be honest, I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first one, it felt a little more chaotic with the bombs going off and everything. I also had the same issue as I had with the first book, in the fact the beginning contains multiple different storylines which don’t at first seem to relate to each other and at times I got a little confused keeping track of but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall He will kill you is a gripping and realistic novel that will have an emotional impact on you.

Author Bio:

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

LINKS

Website: https://www.writercharliegallagher.com

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

Twitter: @gloriouscharlie

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#BlogTour #Review The Greenway by Jane Adams @JoffeBooks

Title: The Greenway by Jane Adams

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 12th March 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

DISCOVER ONE OF THE MOST BREATHTAKING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS YOU WILL READ THIS YEAR

Compellingly told and rich with psychological insight.” Independent

Nail-biting stuff.” Ms London

An assured first novel, with a strong cast and a plot which twists and turns without a glitch.” Yorkshire Evening Post

Adams has a distinctive voice, which I predict will be heard by the majority of mystery fans.”

Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award and for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award.

AUGUST 1975: Cassie Maltham’s life changes forever one scorching day. She and her twelve-year-old cousin Suzie take a shortcut through the Greenway, an ancient pathway steeped in Norfolk legend. Somewhere along this path Suzie simply vanishes . . .

TWENTY YEARS LATER: Cassie is still tormented by nightmares, parts of her memory completely erased. With her husband Fergus and friends Anna and Simon, she returns to Norfolk, determined to confront her fears and solve a mystery that won’t let her rest.

Then another young girl goes missing at the entrance to the Greenway, and Cassie is pushed once more into the darkest recesses of her mind.

John Tynan, the retired detective who’d been in charge of Suzie’s case, is still haunted by her disappearance. He offers his help to Detective Inspector Mike Croft who is leading the increasingly frantic search for the missing child.

Has evil returned? And what really happened all those years ago and who can be believed?

Perfect for fans of Nualla Ellwood, Kl Slater, Gillian Flynn, and Lucy Clarke.

ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS YOU WILL READ THIS YEAR, FULL OF ASTONISHING TWISTS.

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Review:

Cassie is haunted by the disappearance of her cousin Susie, twenty years previously, and unable to remember what happened that day. In a bid to exorcise the ghosts of her past her husband Fergus takes her back to The Greenway.

Another child goes missing, who looks exactly like Suzie. Is it just a coincidence or something else? DI Mike Croft is tasked to investigate.

Having struggled with reading for the last couple of days it was nice to dive into a quick and easy read like this.

The Greenway is a creepy and haunting read with a storyline that really grabbed me from the very beginning.

I love a bit of the otherworldly stuff and I liked the way that folklore, like fairy hills and superstitions, were combined into the storyline giving that extra bit of atmosphere in the book.

I was expecting a psychological thriller but I felt it turned out to be more of a police procedural, which I’m not really annoyed about because Joffe do them so well, it’s just not what I was expecting.

I have to be honest, while the ending was a bit of a surprise, it fell a little flat for me. Also I love a book that highlights mental health but I felt like Cassie’s diagnosis of schizophrenia was more of plot device to explain away her odd behaviour and strange dreams more than anything else.

Overall The Greenway is a quick and atmospheric read with some good twists and turns and a touch of the supernatural.

About The Author:

Why do I write?

Like most writers, it’s a kind of compulsion. The stories are there and I have to try and grab hold of them and pin them onto the page. Most of the time, I enjoy the process; sometimes, I’d rather be doing just about anything else, up to and including the ironing – and I hate ironing.Jane-Adams author photo

I started writing when my youngest child went to school. I was incredibly lucky and my first novel, The Greenway, was picked up by Macmillan in 1994 and published in 1995.

I currently write two series; Naomi Blake and Rina Martin. Rina was a character I’d had in mind for years before committing her to paper. An elderly, ex thespian who had played the part of a popular TV detective, she had retired to the seaside and bought a boarding house for other ex performers. Rina’s feisty, no nonsense character is, I suppose, based on the rather powerful and opinionated ladies I grew up surrounded by – mother, teachers in the all girls school I attended, aunts and pseudo aunts, all of whom had opinions about everything and made sure these were unstintingly shared.

Naomi Blake, on the other hand, was the brainchild of my late agent, Bob Tanner at International Scripts. ‘You should write a blind detective,’ he said ‘ and she needs a big, black guidedog, called Napoleon’.

I thought it was a daft idea, and told him so. I just couldn’t see how to do it. But, like a lot of seemingly daft ideas, this one wormed its was into my brain and I realised he was right. It could work and so, the Naomi Blake series came into being.

I have always written in other genres too, short stories in the SF, Fantasy and Gothic Horror genre, and am working on longer projects when time allows. I also teach Creative Writing and have had the great privileged of being a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at three different universities.

#Review Freefall by Jessica Barry @vintagebooks @PenguinRHUK

Title: Freefall by Jessica Barry

Date Published: 28th February 2019

Publisher: Vintage

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison.

The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now she must run, not only to escape the dark secrets in her past, but to outwit the man who is stalking her every move.

On the other side of the country, Allison’s mother is desperate for news of her daughter, who is missing, presumed dead. Maggie refuses to accept that she could have lost her only child and sets out to discover the truth.

Mother and daughter must fight – for survival and to find their way through a dark web of lies and back to one another, before it’s too late…

Heart-stopping and addictive, FREEFALL is a stunning thriller that explores the deep and complex bond between mothers and daughters.

Review:

This is quite a difficult book to review because I think you need to go into with as little information as possible, just so you can get the most out of the story.

The story is told from two viewpoints, Alison and her mum Maggie. They were both very realistic characters, both strong in their own way.

Maggie is struggling without her husband, now she thinks she’s lost her daughter who she hasn’t spoken to in two years.

Alison, after struggling to make ends meet for a long time, thinks when Ben proposes that it’ll be the last of her worries but after miraculously surviving a plane crash has to battle her way down a mountain while someone is hunting her.

While this is an interesting book, with good characters and plenty of twists and turns, I wouldn’t say it blew me away. What’s annoying is I can’t give you a definitive reason why, I think you’ll just have to read it yourself and decide.

Freefall a terrifying and taut thriller with well rounded characters that will to keep you entertained until the end.

About The Author:

Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who has lived and worked in London forfreefall jb the past fifteen years. Freefall, her debut thriller, has sold in more than seventeen territories around the world and has also secured a major Hollywood film deal.

 

#BlogTour #Review Winterman by Alex Walters @Bloodhoundbook @mikewalters60

Title: Winterman by Alex Walters

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 26th February 2019

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Historical

Description:

DI Ivan Winterman is a man with a troubled past. The Blitz has left his young son dead and his wife seriously injured. He has made enemies in high places and, with his career going nowhere, he returns to his home town in East Anglia, seeking to rebuild his life in a country gripped by post-war austerity and the coldest winter on record.

As the first snow begins to fall, a drunken ex-clergyman stumbles on the semi-mummified body of a small child concealed in a ruined cottage. Days later, a second similar child’s body is found in a Fenland dyke. Both bodies have been dead for several years, preserved in the Fens, the cause of death unknown.

Winterman, supported by a small team of assorted misfits, finds himself leading the investigation, uncovering a web of connections and secrets in the small rural community.  When a further murder victim is discovered, Winterman discovers that the secrets are darker and the threat far more immediate than he’d ever envisaged.

And, as the snow finally begins to thaw over the Fens, Winterman realises that his worst nightmares are about to come true…

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The shadow of war is still looming over Britain, people are trying to get their lives together and grieve for their dead. When ex clergyman Reverend Fisher stumbles across the mummified body of a small child, long buried secrets emerge with deadly consequences…

So I’ve read a couple of Alex Walters police procedurals now, so I was intrigued when I read the blurb and found out that this one while still a police procedural, it’s set back in the 1940’s.

Winterman is an interesting character. He tried to do the right thing but ended getting sent to a small police station to keep him out of trouble. He’s tortured by dreams of his son who died and is not sure who in the police force he can trust.

I also liked Mary, she’s such a strong character. She works for the police part time to trying to support her mother and twins after her husband died in a training accident during the war.

In school I wasn’t really taught a lot about post World War Two Britain, about how rationing was still going on, food was scarce, the country was practically bankrupt…how imagine we’re going to be after Brexit. Alex Walters really manages to convey what it must have felt like at the time, while people were free of the oppression of war, they were still scarred from it.

My only issue was the pace at times was little slow and the use of the Americanism slacks instead of trousers got on my nerves a bit but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall Winterman is an engaging and interesting historical mystery that conveys the sense of time and place and you can really lose yourself in.

About The Author:

Winterman is Alex Walters’s first historical crime novel. He is the author of Candles and Roses,

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Death Parts Us and Their Final Act, all featuring DI Alec McKay and set in and around the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. He has also written five books set in and around Manchester – Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, Dark Corners and Snow Fallen, featuring DCI Kenny Murrain – and three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow WalkerThe Adversary and The Outcast.  Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and as a consultant working mainly in the criminal justice sector. He now runs the Solus Or Writing Retreat in the Black Isle with his wife, occasional sons and some cats.

Website – www.alexwaltersauthor.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MikeWalters60 @mikewalters60

Happy Publication Day! She Saw What He Did by Lynda Renham @lyndarenham #Review #NewRelease

Happy Publication day to Lynda Renham and her new mystery/thriller She Saw What She Did! A huge thank you to the author herself who provided me with a copy of the book x

Title: She Saw What He Did by Lynda Renham

Date Published: 1st February 2019

Publisher: Raucous Publishing

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Abby Miller thought she had the perfect family; a good looking, loving husband and a beautiful daughter. Her life was complete. The shock discovery that her husband, Jared had been having an affair rocked her world. So when Jared suggested a short break to the Cannard Islands, to heal their fractured marriage, Abby agreed. An idyllic holiday turns into a nightmare when Abby witnesses something terrible. Suddenly her life and the life of her daughter are in serious danger and no one seems able to help them.

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Kindle price: 99p / 99c

Review:

So this is my Lynda Renham novel and it certainly won’t be my last!

Abby and Jared Miller go on holiday in a last ditch attempt to fix their marriage, after Jared’s affair. The end up stranded on an uninhabited island after Abby witnesses a murder.

After they are rescued the police don’t believe their story but Abby can’t shake the feeling that she and her family are in danger…

There is so much packed into this intriguing novel, smuggling, kidnap, assassination attempts, blackmail and of course murder.

The book is told from several perspectives, Abby who is desperately trying to fix her marriage, Ellen a police officer on an island where nothing much seems to happen and the mysterious Sparrow, a smuggler who’s gotten in too deep with some shady people.

My favourite character was Ellen. She’s bored and desperately wants to do some proper police work but a failed transfer to the mainland means she’s stuck on the island. She’s the only person who believes Abby’s story and much to the chagrin of the other officers on the island, sets out to investigate.

I have to be honest, while there were plenty of twists and turns within the story, I did find it a little predictable in places, but of course that’s just my opinion.

I’d recommend She Saw What He Did to anyone who love character driven stories with strong female leads and a good dose of thrilling action.

About The Author:

Lynda Renham is author to many popular romantic comedy and gripping psychological thrillerlynda2 novels. She lives in Oxford, UK. She has appeared on BBC radio discussion programs and is a prolific blogger, Twitter and when not writing can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook. Lynda lives in Oxfordshire with her second husband and two cats. Her web page: www.renham.co.uk and Twitter: @lyndarenham

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#BlogTour #Review Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach @CKovachAuthor @bookouture

Title: Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 17th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Description:

THE UNPUTDOWNABLE NEW THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE NEXT GIRL

She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

AN ABSOLUTELY HEART-STOPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM CARLA KOVACH – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, Her Pretty Bones will have you hooked.


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Review:

So this is the third in the DI Gina Harte series, having not read the previous books, I personally thought it worked fine as a stand alone, although the author does allude to the previous book during the course of this one.

This is quite a gritty police procedural that grabs you from that very first chapter. I also liked the fact even there wasn’t a huge amount of suspects, I was still kept guessing until the end.

Gina Harte is still suffering from anxiety from her previous case, not eating properly or taking care of herself. Add to that a rather fractious relationship with her daughter, right as this case comes along about young women, she really struggles to keep her emotions under control!

My only issue is the pacing was a little slower than I would have liked but of course that’s just my opinion.

I’d recommend this to lovers of police procedurals or anyone who enjoys twisty and puzzling mysteries. I can’t wait to read more from Carla Kovach!

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About The Author:

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers carla kovachBeneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Final Hour, has been published by Bookouture. It is the second in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

Author Social Media Links:

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#BlogTour #Review The Birthday Mystery by Faith Martin @FaithMartin_Nov @JoffeBooks

Title: The Birthday Mystery by Faith Martin

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 11th December 2018

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “BIRTHDAYS CAN BE MURDER” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is catering the twenty-first birthday party of a pair of posh twins, Alicia and Justin.

But when she arrives at their parent’s country house, she is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder?

Then just after midnight everyone gathers for a champagne toast. But one of the guests falls down dead.

The police are baffled and there is a whole party full of suspects. But when it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn’t going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect.

Jenny Starling won’t stop until the murderer is found.

This is the first of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

JENNY STARLING

In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

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Review:

Jenny Starling is a famous, or should I say infamous, travelling cook. She’s invited to The Beeches, a beautiful country house, to cater the 21st birthday of twin Alicia and Justin Greer but before she arrives the body of young gardener Jimmy Speight is found dead in a pond in the grounds of the house.

It’s ruled an accident but Jenny has her doubts especially as one of the guest falls down dead and another is taken ill during the birthday party.

Warned not to meddle by the police Jenny can’t resist snooping but can she figure out who the killer is before anyone else gets hurt?

So this is the first in a new series by Faith Martin (her of DI Hillary Greene fame) but unlike her other novels this is a little more of a classic cosy mystery focusing on an amateur sleuth.

The Birthday Mystery is a novel you can really get your teeth into, with a tasty mystery and sumptuous sounding food which made me feel very hungry while I was reading it!

The setting is also a little nod to the likes of Agatha Christie with a large country house complete with a resident cook, gardener and even a butler. It’s even near a small village where everybody knows everybody else’s business!

I feel like Jenny Starling is one of those Marmite characters, you’ll either love her or hate her. She’s an impressive and intimidating figure at six foot one and doesn’t suffer fools or militant vegetarians! Her dad is also a famous chef and her mum an eco warrior who is constantly getting arrested. I’d love to see a guest appearance from them in the future novels, I think they sound hilarious!

I did unfortunately figure out who the killer was quite quickly. Also I know this is an updated version of the original book but I felt there could have been a bit more done to bring it to the here and now as aspect of the story felt a little old fashioned and dated.

Overall The Birthday mystery a good cosy whodunnit that I’d recommend for those who love classic style mysteries.

About The Author:

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the universityAuthor Photo (4) city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.