#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…

Links:

You can follow him on Twitter @SteveLiszka and Facebook fb.me/steveliszka76

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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.

Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Joanna-Larum-1472817529658573/

#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!

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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 The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis @JoffeBooks @Books_n_all #policeprocedural #crimefiction

Title: The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 9th March 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Description:

From #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, a mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

The most difficult case of Detective Jackman’s life. Who are the guilty ones and is anyone really innocent?

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons.

DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past.

Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances.

What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle against their most dangerous and deadly adversary. And in a case so close to home can Jackman keep his feelings under control?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the thrilling ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens, whose isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVES
DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS

THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES

Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS

Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS

Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS

Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS

Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS

Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS

Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS

Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
JACKMAN & EVANS

Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON

Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS

Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND

Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES

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Review:

The story starts with DI Rowan Jackman being thrown into an emotional turmoil with the apparent suicide of his sister-in-law Sarah, leaving his older brother and two nephews heart broken.

Not convinced of suicide he begins to dig deeper and he realises that he knows nothing of his sister-in-laws past. Meanwhile DS Marie Evans is tasked with handling the suspicious death of a tramp who looks to have taken his own life too.

Not believing in coincidences, they believe the two cases are linked but how?

So this is the fourth in the Jackman and Evans series and the first I’ve read but it can easily be read as a stand-alone without feeling like you’ve missed anything.

Another clever and absorbing read from Joy Ellis! From page one it had me intrigued, keeping me on tenterhooks throughout.

You see quite an emotional journey for most of the characters, especially Jackman, who is constantly worrying for his family and has the extra pressure of possibly being taken off the case.

I want to commend Joy on the fact she shows how much of a strain working on high pressure suicide/murder cases can be, especially for your mental well being, a fact I feel is sometimes glossed over. It was also the first novel that I’ve read that actually liked a psychologist, in most of the books I’ve read they are treated with disdain and to be ignored.

My standout character in the book is Evans, she’s clever, intuitive and rides a motorbike, nicknamed Harvey, like a badass.

Although at times I did feel the storyline was a little unbelievable, overall I found it immensely engaging.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio: Joy Ellis

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

700,000 books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprenticeJoy+and+the+boys+039+jpg florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

#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:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JimOdyAuthor

Jim Ody’s Spooky Circus Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1372500609494122/

Amazon Author Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Ody/e/B019A6AMSY/

Email: jim.ody@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: @Jim_Ody_Author

Instagram: @jimodyauthor

Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jimodyauthor/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6IWwZ24CeMH_qtlS2o7TCA

#BlogTour #Review The Deal by SC Cunningham @SCCunningham8 @rararesources

Title: The Deal by SC Cunningham

Date Published: 4th July 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal.

Description:

A Paranormal Thriller for those who dare to believe that there is something else out there…

At the age of four, Amy was taken…She survived.

A week later, another little girl was taken…She didn’t.

Angry that a bad man has gotten away with murder, feisty young Amy Fox makes a deal with God. When she dies, if she’s been a good girl, would God let her sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, to get bad people who slip through his fingers?

Her deal and God long forgotten, career girl Amy mysteriously dies. Her lifeless body is found beneath a London underground commuter train.

She awakens in the afterlife to discover an international network of like-minded souls who’ve all made the same deal. A sophisticated MI5-esque justice machine sits in the skies, protecting, righting wrongs, tracking criminals, and working within strict rules of play…all against time.

Each country’s Unit shares intelligence, surveillance, and resources to deactivate dangerous situations. The only evidence they leave behind during their earthly visits is a small white feather sashaying to the ground.

In a chaotic world, powerful adversaries try to close her Unit down. A complex SAS vigilante has been assigned to work as her partner, but with his jealous violent ex-girlfriend on her heels and with her own vendetta to settle, Amy has never worked so hard in her entire earthly life. She has to wonder if making a deal with God was a mistake.

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You can buy you copy here:

USA: https://www.amazon.com/Deal-Fallen-Angel-Book-ebook/dp/B071JVY7NC/

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deal-Fallen-Angel-Book-ebook/dp/B071JVY7NC/
 

Review:

Amy Fox is abducted when she four years old, she makes a deal with God that when she dies she help get the baddies that the police can’t. When she dies at only thirty-two the deal comes into effect and she becomes a Fallen, working with Jack, a mysterious hunk to protect the ‘Erthfolk’ below them.

I have to be honest this is the first time I have read this genre before and wow, this was a lot darker book than I was expecting! Amy and her team deal with the worst of the worst, murderers, paedophiles and rapists to name a few. I want to warn everyone before they jump into this book that there is scenes of child abuse and rape which I found, even as a hardened crime fiction fan, hard to read.

If you put that aside, I really liked Amy. She headstrong, rebellious and a little damaged after her childhood trauma and the chemistry between her and Jack was fantastic. Another one of my favourite characters was Pyke, a computer hacker, and a bit of a sweetheart who’s mission in his afterlife was to punish drug dealing scum.

There was also some tremendous villains that I guarantee will turn your stomach.

I found the whole concept of the story immensely interesting. I would love to think that there was some supernatural police force out there dishing out karma to bullies and bad guys and watching over the most vulnerable in our society.

I did feel that it could have been edited a bit more, especially some of the dialogue. One that sticks out is in the first chapters where Amy is having a conversation with her friend Sal and it went on a little too long, going over the same things. I also felt that story could have ended a bit earlier, as I think that it would have lead nicely into a second book but that of course is just my opinion.

Overall a good start a series and I’m looking forward to see what happens next.

Rating: 3/5

About S C Cunningham:

Author of The Penance List, Unfinished Business and The Deal, Siobhan C Cunningham (S C Cunningham) creates Paranormal Romance and Psychological Crime Thrillers with a skilled mix The Deal - Siobhan C Cunninghamof fuelled tension, dark humour, and pulsating sex scenes. Having worked in the industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterwards, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Deal, the first in The Fallen Angel series. Twenty years later Cunningham crossed paths with a violent serial attacker, sowing the seed for her mind-bending thriller, The David Trilogy; The Penance List, Unfinished Business, For My Sins.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports, celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).

Her first novel, The Penance List has been adapted to film screenplay.

She is the proud mother to contemporary Artist Scarlett Raven and owned by three dogs.

Social Media Links –

Website – http://www.sccunningham.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/SCCunningham8

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/sccunningham8/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/siobhancunningham8/

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/sccunningham/

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+SCCunninghamAuthor

Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/S-C-Cunningham/e/B002L3ZC2U/

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#BlogBlitz #Review The Hunt For Dingo by PJ Nash @PJNash2 @Bloodhoundbook #NewRelease

Title: The Hunt For Dingo by PJ Nash.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books.

Date Published: 7th March 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

A fast paced serial killer thriller.

In the arid expanses of Australia’s red deserts, a killer is preying on British female backpackers. Dubbed ‘The Dingo’ by the media, he stalks his prey then disappears without a trace.

In a bid to catch the man responsible, the local police call on the talents of Melbourne’s finest, ex British cop, Lawrence James and leading criminal psychologist Jesse Sandersen.

Meanwhile, James has unfinished business with Melbourne crime kingpin, Cyrus Bain, a gangster who will do whatever it takes to stay out of jail.

When another young girl disappears, it is a race against time to catch the killer.

Can James bring The Dingo to justice?

Will he escape with his life intact?

In their hunt for the murderer, James and Sandersen unearth some disturbing secrets that many would rather remain buried.

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Review:

Today I’m one of the bloggers closing out the blog blitz for The Hunt For Dingo by PJ Nash.  I want to thank Bloodhound books for my advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

It’s been five years since the Dingo has been active but suddenly the body of young British tourist is found and the case hots up again. Lawrence James and Jesse Sandersen are called in to help with the case.

Jesse Sandersen is top of her field in psychology but is seen by a lot of law enforcement as trying to explain away bad guys behaviour by blaming their childhood etc, which doesn’t make her popular. She is forced to team up with Lawrence James, a misplaced British policeman. He had to leave Britain after a case went bad, he ended up in Australia and comes across Cyrus Bain, a nasty piece of work, who after almost killing Lawrence puts a bounty on his head. He deals with all that and has to find a sadistic murderer like the Dingo.

This book is full to the brim with action. There’s plane crashes, explosions, kidnapping and murder all crammed into this story. It has short chapters and an easy writing style that makes it a quick read.

I love the fact it was set in Australia, which is rapidly becoming my second favourite setting outside the UK. It had a nice use of Aussie lingo and the it’s set against the backdrop of the outback, which too me seems like a scary and desolate place and I feel is really captured within the pages of this book.

If I had some critique it would be at times it felt a little rushed, and there were a few too many viewpoints for my taste. Also I felt there were a couple of small plot holes but then again there was so much going on in the story, I may have missed a few details.

I hope in the next book there is a bit more from Sandersen’s perspective as she intrigues me as a character.

Overall an action packed read and a good start to a series.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

P.J Nash was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, the birthplace of George Eliot and Shakespeare, respectively. Not surprisingly he decided he’d like to be a writer too.P.J+Nash

After studying history and working in PR for a few years, he was running a second hand bookshop, when wanderlust and destiny in the form of his future wife took him to Prague.

During his time behind the counter in the shop and travelling on trams between English lessons he wrote his first crime novel, The Hunt for the Dingo featuring maverick British expat cop, Lawrence James and his hunt for a serial killer in Australia. On his return to the UK, he drew on his Bohemian adventures to write his second crime novel featuring Lawrence James and his co-investigator, Dr Jessie Sandersen. He currently lives on a narrowboat with his wife Clare and grumpy cat, Lulu.

In his past life P.J. Nash was a Special Constable for the Warkwickshire police.

Nash is also a member of the CWA and International Thriller Writers.

Links:

www.facebook.com/pjnash.501

Twitter: @PJNash2