#BlogTour The Burning Men by Steve Parker @JoffeBooks @mrparkerspen

Title: The Burning Men by Steve Parker

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 3rd December 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A MAN IS BURNT AT THE STAKE IN A LONDON PARK. HIS SMOULDERING CORPSE IS A MESSAGE OF THE MOST VIOLENT KIND.

The man burnt alive is Davey Caine. He is the heir to the criminal empire created by his father, William ‘Billy’ Caine. Billy is a notorious and violent gangster with total control of South East London. But he’s not the man he used to be and the sharks smell blood in the water.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks must find the killer before Billy extracts his own brand of justice. They find themselves drawn ever deeper into London’s underworld.

The streets explode into violence and the body count rises. Men are shot and burned alive in a tit-for-tat power struggle between rival gangs.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks find themselves trying to control men of extreme viciousness. Men who have no fear of the law and its consequences and who are unafraid to kill anyone who stands in their way — including police detectives.

Paterson is stunned when he’s offered the chance to stop the conflict dead in its tracks. If he ignores it, the mayhem continues. If he takes it, there will be a price to pay.

What he doesn’t know is that the price will come with hidden and devastating consequences.

ON THE STREETS OF LONDON, A SIMMERING GANG WAR IS ABOUT TO ERUPT WITH PATERSON AND CLOCKS CAUGHT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.

This is the third in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Martina Cole.

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.

Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.

DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON
Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS
Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN
Book 3: THE BURNING MEN

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Review:

So this is the third in the Paterson and Clocks series while it could be read as a stand alone, it does refer to the previous books so I’d personally start with the first if you don’t want any spoilers (you can read my review of Their Last Words here).

Paterson and Clocks are called to a crime scene where a man has been cuffed to a pole and burnt alive. They quick find out that he is no other than David Caine who’s father Billy Caine is a notorious gangster.

As their investigation progresses they find themselves blocked at every turn by Serious and Organised crimes who claim that they will put their undercover operatives in danger.

Billy wants revenge for his son but can Paterson and Clocks stop him before it turns into a full scale gang war on the streets of London.

This a real gritty and gruesome novel! So much is pack into It’s pages, brutal and bonkers gangsters, kidnapping and stomach churning murder!

As I said in my first review, Steve Parker really puts his police experience into his writing and gives a lot more of the procedural side of things than most authors to give it that realistic feel.

To me Clocks is his same old self in this novel, dishing out his own brand of pitch black humour and mouthing off to anyone and everyone. The only thing that has changed for me is his relationship with Paterson, which has become what looks more like a friendship with some grudging respect on either side. Paterson on the other hand is a broken man, self medicating and burying his problems which I feel are going to come to the surface soon!

To me the second half of the book turned into a bit gangland drama, which I have to be honest I’m not really a fan of and would have preferred a bit more focus on the police procedural side but of course that’s just my opinion.

I would recommend The Burning Man to anyone who loves a good gritty gangland thriller mixed with a police procedural. The ending leaves it open for another book, I’m interested to see where the story is heading.

About The Author:

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years Steve Parker author photobefore I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

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#BlogTour #Review Keep Her Close by Erik Therme @bookouture @ErikTherme

Title: Keep Her Close by Erik Therme

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 5th December 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…

Then:
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.
She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.
What kind of person would abandon their daughter?

Now:
Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family.
But her real father has sent her a letter.

And now Ally is missing.

A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll.

Review:

The book starts with a really heartbreaking scene. A young married couple Holly and Dan find a little girl, obviously neglected and abused in nothing but a dirty dress all alone in a parking lot. She has a little cardboard sign Free to a good home. A dead woman they assume is her mother is found not far away.

Fast forward fifteen years and the little girl that they christened Ally is now a happy eighteen year old, that is until a letter shows up claiming to be from her real father. Unable to stop her curiosity, Ally goes to meet him but now she’s missing.

I found this book quite a quick and easy read with plenty of suspense and mystery, that preys on every parents’ nightmare, a child going missing.

A stand out character was Dan. He works hard to help support Ally, even though Holly and her new husband earn so much more than him. He also has a tendency to lose his temper with often disastrous consequences. He’s very overprotective of Ally even though she’s not his biological daughter and will stop at nothing to find her.

To me, Ally came across as a little spoilt but she has a child-like sense of the world and gullibility that makes you forgive that.

I have to be honest for the most of the book I believed it could happen in real life but the ending was a little out there for me but it was still enjoyable.

Overall Keep Her Close is a solid psychological thriller that will tug on those heart strings as well as keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Author Bio:

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met DarthErik Therme (author photo) Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: www.eriktherme.com 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ErikTherme

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#BlogTour #Review The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross @tyrannopaulus @rararesources

Today I’m excited to bring you my review of The Lights of Time and a fantastic giveaway to win a signed copy of the novel and a kindle (UK only. See bottom of post for more details). First a little about the book:

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Title: The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross

Date Published: 27th November 2018

Genre: Middle Grade Science Fiction

Description:

Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.

As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.

But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?

Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.

Purchase Link

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Review:

Engella has been on the run from Hunters since she was eight years old, travelling through space and time. The only thing she wants is to find her parents, the only clue is a cryptic message left by her father.

After a particularly close call Engella ends up on the Isle of Skye in Scotland back in 1998. See meets a woman by the name of Annys who offers her a safe place for the night.

After another close call she and Annys find themselves on the run. Who is this woman and how does she know so much?

Now there was a little confusion on what category this book was, is it Middle Grade or Young Adult? For me it was definitely within the Middle Grade age range which I have to be honest I don’t usually read this type of book but I’m glad I took a chance on it!

What a rip roaring Sci-fi adventure this was! Not only do you travel through time but across the world from Scotland to the US even to Asia!

I really could see this being turned into a children’s animated adventure series or film.

Engella and Annys are a really good, strong female characters, something I always felt was missing in fiction I read as a child. Engella has been through so much but she’s still got a kind heart and tries her best to help people. I liked the little mystery surrounding Annys but boy when you find out who she really is…well you’ll just have to read it to find out yourself!

I also liked Eric, a teenager obsessed with the paranormal who sees lights in the sky, which he thinks are aliens but instead accidentally stumbles across Engella and the Hunters.

The Sci-fi aspect was well done, new technology was explained well without being over complicated or confusing even for someone like me who never really got the hang of science at school.

I did feel there were a few plot holes but with a character travelling through time, it’s probably quite hard to keep track of everything.

Overall The Lights of Time is a fast paced, fun, sci-fi adventure perfect for science fiction lovers of all ages.

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About The Author –

Paul Ian Cross is a multi-award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.

Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in sciencePaul Ian Cross communication; presenting science to non-scientists. He enjoys his science career but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He likes introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest; allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!

Paul’s nephew Hayden influenced his decision to become a writer. He loved seeing Hayden’s reaction when his sister Michelle first read one of Paul’s stories to him!

In his spare time, Paul likes to visit new and exciting places. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye.

Paul’s debut picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, won second prize in the ‘Picture Books 5 and Younger’ category at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2017. The book trailer also won first place in the ‘book trailer’ category at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards later that year.

Paul’s second book, Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons, won an honourable mention in both the ‘Picture Books 6 and Over’ and ‘Health’ categories at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018.

And that brings us to now… Paul is currently working on several new books. Paul’s debut upper middle grade novel will be published in 2018. The Lights of Time is the first novel in a brand-new series: The Chronicles of Engella Rhys.

Paul hopes you enjoy reading his stories as much as he enjoyed writing them!

Social Media Links –

http://www.pauliancross.com/

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https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pauliancross/

https://www.youtube.com/pauliancrossauthor

https://twitter.com/tyrannopaulus

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#BlogTour #Review The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes @Bookouture @samhayes

Title: The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 22nd November 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.

But Ella has never been married… 

Absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.

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Review:

Work, home, sleep. That has been Ella’s routine for ten years until she’s cycling home one day from work and is hit by a van. She wakes up in hospital dazed and confused with a broken arm and leg. A friendly nurse reassures her that her husband Jacob will be back soon.

Ella is sure that she had never been married. Who is this man and what does he want from her?

So this is the first psychological thriller I’ve read by Samantha Hayes and I can safely say it won’t be my last! I love her writing style, it so intense in all the right places I couldn’t sleep until I finished it.

I have to be honest I’ve been struggling to write this review because this is one of these books I don’t want to say too much, just because I don’t want to give away any spoilers or ruin the book for you but I’ll try my best!

The book is told from the perspectives of Ella and Liam, interspersed with chapters from ten years previously when Ella was a student at Durham university. Ella has managed to isolate herself, rebuffing invites from her work colleagues, even the sweet Liam. We know very early on something traumatic has happened to her. Something she’d been keeping a secret for ten years but what could be so bad that a promising young student with the world at her feet would hide herself away?

I enjoyed the fact that the characters were so realistic, I really cared what happened to them even if I did feel like screaming at them ‘what are you doing?’ occasionally. 

I have to be honest I read quite a lot of psychological thrillers and the ending didn’t totally shock or surprise me but the author certainly did keep me on my toes! There were also certain aspects of the story line that I didn’t find all that believable but that of course is just my opinion.

The Liars Wife is a taut thriller with plenty of intrigue, nail biting scenes and a heart pounding ending.

About The Author:

Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and tookNEW Samantha Hayes author photo jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’ 

The Liar’s Wife is out now!

To find out more, visit her website www.samanthahayes.co.uk
Or connect with Samantha on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor
And she’s on Twitter @samhayes

#BlogTour #Review From The Dark by K.A Richardson @Bloodhoundbook @kerryann77

Title: From The Dark by K.A. Richardson

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 21st November 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

Antonia Baillie is a true Romani gypsy – she has the gift of foresight and uses this to help people.

When the ghosts of the past come calling, can she put her own fears aside and work with the police to help find who is torturing and killing young men?

Detective Sergeant Mark McKay has never had a need to solve a case using a psychic. He doesn’t believe in it – pure and simple.

But when Antonia tells him the name of a young man and gives him details specific to the case, he can’t help but change his view when a body matching what she says, is found in the vaults deep under the city.

Mark and Antonia race against a spree of monstrous crimes, long-standing grudges and the perils of the darkness in the vaults under Edinburgh to try and find a sadistic killer before time runs out.

Can they stop him before he strikes again?

Will they discover who is responsible?

And can they do it without becoming victims themselves?

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Review:

THIS BOOK CONTAINS SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE, VIOLENCE AND TORTURE.

Sorry to everyone reading this for start my review with shouty capital letters, it just I saw a one star review on Amazon of a book I read not that long ago that irked me. The reviewer was complaining that it was too gruesome and generally yuck which is fair enough that’s her opinion but if she read any of the reviews most people had pointed out it was a little on the violent side, so I thought if my review had a big warning sign that in future that reviewer might see it and stop from giving a book an unnecessarily negative review. (Rant over now I promise).

This is the fifth in the Forensic files series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone (you can read my review of the previous book Under The Woods here).

Antonia (Toni) Baille receives a vision of the death of a young man called Aaron, she feels the need to report it to the police. As fate would have it the officer sent to take her statement is DS Mark McKay, an old friend and crush from high school.

Mark is sceptical of her vision but soon changes his mind after a body turns up in tunnels that run underneath the city of Edinburgh.

Can Mark and Toni stop this sadistic killer before they strike again?

I’m always on the look out for something a bit different when it comes to police procedurals and From The Dark certainly is that, combining forensic facts with the otherworldliness of premonitions and visions. Of course as it’s one of K.A Richardson’s novel there’s also a bit of romance coupled with a good dollop of violence too!

Toni is definitely an unusual character. A Romani gypsy who ran away from the community when she was sixteen, now she works at the Writer’s museum in Edinburgh (which now I know is a real place, I want to go!) while trying to handle her visions.

Mark on the other hand follow his father and siblings into the police force. He’s tortured by a case that got thrown out of court on a technicality and is determined to see justice through. He also has a twin sister called Alice who I absolutely loved.

Now I have to be honest if you’re a little sceptical of psychic phenomena, auras and such things this may not be the book for you as a lot of the storyline is based around it. Also the killer is revealed a little early for my liking but of course that’s just my opinion.

From The Dark combines spiritualism, romance and the brutality of murder to create a compelling mystery.

About The Author:
KA Richardson is a crime writer based in North East England. She has worked for the police for around 8 years, both as a CSI (crime scene investigator) and also in alternate roles involvingdownload dealing with people in heightened states of emotion. She spends a lot of time in coffee shops, both writing and people watching. She began focussing on writing as a career in 2011 when she competed her MA Creative Writing, and focuses primarily on the crime/police procedural genre. 

K.A. Richardson’s Social Media Links:
Website: www.kerryannrichardson.com
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/KerryAnn77 @kerryann77
Facebook:
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Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/K.A.-Richardson/e/B01D58WOV6

#BlogTour #Review The Enigma by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @Books_n_all #NewRelease

Title: The Enigma by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 12th November 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

The Enigma (DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #1) by Stewart Giles

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new detective series featuring the detectives from both the series’ we know and love.

In Trotterdown, Cornwall a boat, The Enigma washes in to the harbour. The skipper is dead, and Harriet Taylor is brought in to investigate. But one dead body is not the only crime the team have to deal with.

Meanwhile, further up the coast in Whitby a boat washes up on the rocks just outside the harbour. Everyone on board is dead. Whitby Police are out of their depth, so DS Jason Smith is called in to help.

It soon becomes clear the cases are connected and the teams from York and Trotterdown settle down to work with each other.

This is a unique story with twist, turns and shocks all the way through making it an adrenaline pumping read you will not be able to put down.

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DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

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.

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DS JASON SMITH SERIES

Book 0.5    –       Phobia

Book 1       –       Smith

Book 2       –       Boomerang

Book 3       –       Ladybird

Book 4       –       Occam’s Razor

Book 5       –       Harlequin

Book 6       –       Selene

Book 7       –       Horsemen

Book 8       –       Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1       –       The Beekeeper

Book 2       –       The Perfect Murder

Book 3       –       The Backpacker

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Review:

Today I’m very excited to be kicking off the blog tour for the first book featuring both DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor. A big thanks to Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Stewart Giles for providing me with a copy of The Enigma.

In the town of Trotterdown in Cornwall, it’s the height of the summer holidays which is bringing tourist making the quiet town a hell of a lot busier. A boat called The Enigma washes up in the harbour with not one but four bodies inside. They have been mutilated but not only that one of the passengers is missing. DC Harriet Taylor and her team investigate this puzzling case.

A second boat washes up in similar circumstances in Whitby near York and DS Smith is asked to investigate. It soon becomes clear that the two cases are linked leading back to Edinburgh and Smith and Taylor join forces to solve the case.

So for anyone who has not read any of Stewart Giles’ books before, you needn’t worry this can be read as a stand-alone as the author gives plenty of background on each character so you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything.

What a thrilling adventure The Enigma is! I was hooked from the very beginning with plenty of twists and turns to keep me turning those pages!

I have enjoyed both of the separate series and I have to be honest I was a little wary, how is the author going to get both detectives together? I mean York and Cornwall are not exactly near each other but it’s done in a way that doesn’t seem too forced or contrived.

Each detective has to face the demons in their past. Harriet has to go back to Edinburgh a place that holds a lot of bad memories for her and Smith has to battle an old foe who is responsible for nearly every bad thing that has happened in his life.

What I also liked was there were familiar faces in both York and Trotterdown plus a few new characters including the intriguing new head of pathology, Dr Kenny Bean who I hope will make an appearance in the next book.

It is little grisly in places which I personally don’t mind but I always like to warn people just in case!

Overall The Enigma is a fast paced and fascinating mystery that you won’t want to put down.

About The Author:

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. After AnnSG Author photo (4) 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 now available.

Links:

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

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

#BlogTour #Review Unspoken Truths by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp @Bloodhoundbook

Title: Unspoken Truths by Liz Mistry

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 29th October 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits.

First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web – how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?

Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.

Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer? Never before has Gus faced such a demanding test.

Review:

So this is the fifth in the DI Gus McGuire series I would highly recommend you read the previous book Uncommon Cruelty (you can read my review here) because there were huge revelations at the end of the previous book, the fall out carrying over to this one.

Wow I genuinely think this is the most thrilling book in the series so far! There is so much packed into this book! Train crashes, torture, espionage and one of the worst snow storms in British history. Add to that, the fact I’m still reeling from the last book with the loss of one of Gus’s team and the arrest and incarceration of DS Alice Cooper on charges of corruption.

Before I carry on, I will warn those who prefer their crime a little on the lighter side, this may not be the book for you, it’s dark and unflinchingly brutal at times but personally I couldn’t put it down.

Poor Alice really has a rough ride in this book, being threatened, attacked and even Gus losing his faith in her, will she ever clear her name? The only person who shows any faith in her is Compo, the techie geek of Gus’s team who we find out a bit more about and really comes into his own as a character, I feel anyway, as he dives into the dark web to save his friend.

Gus doesn’t fare much better though, not only is he feeling increasingly guilty over Alice, issues from his past crop up in the form of his ex wife Gabriella, who’s brother Daniel goes missing after his fiancée his found dead.

The inclusion of the Beast from the East gave the book that extra air of authenticity which I’ve come to expect from Liz Mistry’s books, creating this almost desolate and dangerous landscape, adding to the tension of the novel.

Unspoken Truths is a brilliant piece of crime fiction which is unflinchingly brutal at times with so many twists and turns that will have you gripped from beginning to end.

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About The Author:

Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is liz mistrygritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in. She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK. She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016. She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.

She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences.

She is contactable on:

Facebook: @LizMistrybooks

Email: LizMistryAuthor@yahoo.com

Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp

Blog: https://thecrimewarp.blogspot.co.uk/

Website: https://lizmistrycrimewriter.wordpress.com/