#BlogTour #Review Bring Them Home by D.S. Butler @ds_butler

Title: Bring Them Home by D.S. Butler

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Date Published: 11th October 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

A perfect village. A perfect crime.

When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert—and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.

DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eighteen months ago, when a young woman vanished without a trace. She’s no nearer to the truth of what happened to Amy Fisher, but with two children missing now too, the stakes have never been higher. As she looks to the past for clues, she must confront her own haunting loss, a nightmare she is determined to spare other families.

Hart soon realises that nothing in this close-knit Lincolnshire community is what it seems. Pursuing the investigation with personal vengeance, she finds herself in conflict with her scrupulous new boss, but playing by the rules will have to wait. Because while there’s no shortage of suspects, the missing girls are running out of time…

Characters:

DS Karen Hart is the lead character, a woman who has struggled through a recent personal tragedy. She is a strong woman, who can be a little obstinate at times. DI Scott Morgan is her mysterious new boss, who seems as though he has something to hide. Karen wants to get on with the job, but can she put her trust in an officer who is so distant and secretive about his past.

Setting

Heighington, Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire is an evocative setting for a mystery series. The wide-open farmland, quiet country lanes and tight-knit communities can hide a wealth of secrets.

Review:

Ten year old Emily Dean and her best friend Sian Gibson disappear from their primary school in Heighington. DS Hart and her team are tasked to investigate but she is already on alert as nineteen year old Amy Fisher disappeared from a nearby farm, owned by Nigel Palmer, eighteen months previously.

Hart is sure that the two crimes are linked and that the Palmer family are involved but her boss DI Scott Morgan is not convinced. Is she seeing links where there are none, just like after the accident when she lost her family?

This is the first in the DS Hart series and the first book I’ve read by DS Butler. It was a well written police procedural with a good cast of characters and plenty of suspects which captures the shear terror of a child going missing.

DS Hart is an interesting character. She relies on her gut and really goes beyond the call of duty to help victims. Throughout the book she really struggles to keep it together and rein in her temper which considering she lost her family, including her young daughter I found understandable. Then we have DI Scott who is a bit of a mystery, relying on evidence, seems a little cold and remote too. I’m hoping in the next book we get to really dig into his character a bit more.

There’s also the junior members of the team, DC Rick Cooper and Sophie Jones. Sophie is the more junior of the two but is very ambitious and has a tendency to where her emotions on her sleeve. Then there’s Rick who’s a self confessed ladies man and a bit of a charmer but he has a secret that he doesn’t want anyone to know. They both play off each nicely and their competitiveness added a nice bit of conflict.

I have to be honest while I did enjoy the book, I just didn’t quite get that urgency to find out the who, what and why behind the crime which I usually get with this type of novel. Of course that is probably down to me as I read a book recently with a fairly similar storyline.

Overall Bring Them Home is a solid start to a series that I look forward to reading more of and a must for fans of police procedurals.

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About the author:

Born in Kent, D. S. Butler grew up as an avid reader with a love for crime fiction and mysteries. She has worked as a scientific officer in a hospital pathology laboratory and as a researchDS Butler scientist.

After obtaining a PhD in biochemistry, she worked at the University of Oxford for four years before moving to the Middle East. While living in Bahrain, she wrote her first novel and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She now lives in Lincolnshire with her husband.

Other Books by DS Butler:

DS Karen Hart Series:

1.) Bring Them Home

2.) Where Secrets Lie

DS Jack Mackinnon books:

1.) Deadly Obsession

2.) Deadly Motive

3.) Deadly Revenge

4.) Deadly Justice

5.) Deadly Ritual

6.) Deadly Payback

7.) Deadly Game

Dani Oakley Books

  1. East End Trouble
  2. East End Diamond
  3. East End Retribution

Harper Grant Mystery Series (written as Danica Britton)

1.) A Witchy Business

2.) A Witchy Mystery

3.) A Witchy Christmas

4.) A Witchy Valentine

5.) Harper Grant and the Poisoned Pumpkin Pie.

Bring Them Home Links:

GB: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BDDKN2F

US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07BDDKN2F

NZ: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/aw/d/B07BDDKN2F


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#BlogTour #Review Harlequin (DS Jason Smith 5) by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @books_n_all

Title: Harlequin (DS Jason Smith #5) by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 5th September 2015

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series. 

The circus comes to town and children start to disappear.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is persuaded to return to work after three weeks of a marijuana induced haze. Forced to endure the leadership of a new DI, the fulsome Bryony Brownhill, Smith is faced with the most difficult investigation of his colourful career.

When the children who vanished are found murdered in various parts of the city, all clues lead to the circus grounds, but Smith and his team are met with a sinister silence everywhere they turn. Smith digs deeper and discovers the cause of this silence; the chain of events that led up to the vile murders that have shattered the hearts of the people of York. 

This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with an ending that you won’t expect.

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:

Excellent and truly chilling murder mystery.’ – Maggie May

Another compelling detective thriller in the DS Jason Smith series.’ – Kindle Customer

A great writer and a great cast of characters inhabit these books. Well worth the time taken to read them.’Amazon Customer

What a fantastic book as the ending was not expected. This book is very hard to put down, really good storyline’Helen Green

What a great book had to keep reading it could not put it down I would look forward to read some more.’Peter Goulding

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

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


Review:

Jason Smith has been off work for three weeks after the events in the previous book, Occam’s Razor but is drawn back by the kidnapping of a young boy from his house under the watchful eyes of his parents. When his body turns up and yet another child goes missing, the clues lead to the circus but the people there refuse to talk. Can Smith get to the bottom of the case?

So I’m carrying on my binge read of the Smith series with the fifth one, Harlequin, (you can read my review of the previous book Occam’s Razor here) and I would highly recommend to read a couple of the previous books just because you may miss out on a bit of the story.

Can I just take a moment to just say how creepy the cover of Harlequin is? I’m so glad now I’ve finished it, it will no longer be glaring at me from my kindle!

Like all the Smith books, there’s plenty of action packed into it’s pages and never a dull moment. This one stands out a little from the rest as I found it a little disturbing and after reading it, I’ll probably never look at clowns the same way again (a bit like when I watched IT earlier in the year).

Have you ever read a book that you just want to give the character a good shake? I feel that way about Jason Smith. In some ways he’s matured, like not arguing for the sake of it but in other ways he’s still the same self destructive person he always was. Like smoking marijuana on duty, I don’t care if he’s a great detective, I wouldn’t want anyone who was high as a kite being anywhere near a murder case!

I enjoyed the new edition of DI Bryonny Brownhill after the promotion of Smith’s friend and long time supporter DI Chalmers. She’s tough as nails and seems to be trying to rein in his behaviour, which is a bit like trying to herd cats to me, but it makes an interesting dynamic within the book.

Harlequin is a fast paced police procedural, that may at time bend the rules of believability but is a really entertaining read.

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About The Author:

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

Links:
Website:
www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

#BlogTour #Review Before I Trust You by Daisy White @DEWhiteAuthor @JoffeBooks

Title: Before I Trust You by Daisy White.

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 5th October 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.

Rita Stonehill runs in front of the horses on a sunny day at Brighton racecourse. Why did she kill herself and is there more to it than meets the eye?

Ruby Baker is shocked to witness this dramatic event. Rita’s brother thinks she was murdered, but there’s no evidence to suggest that.

It seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide, but as a sordid love triangle emerges, is there more to it than that?

Ruby plunges into the glamorous world of horse racing to discover the truth. This is her most dangerous case yet and Rita’s death strikes very close to home for Ruby.
And then Ruby’s best friend Mary experiences a very shocking event . . .

Discover a gripping new mystery writer today. Great for fans of Agatha Christie or LJ Ross.

This is the third book in a mystery series set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.

RUBY BAKER SERIES
Book 1: BEFORE I LEFT
Book 2: BEFORE I FOUND YOU
Book 3: BEFORE I TRUST YOU

Review:

So I’ve travelled back in time to 1965 for the latest in the Ruby Baker series! This time Ruby is asked to investigate the death of a girl called Rita Stonehill, who everyone thinks committed suicide by throwing herself into the path of a horse. But as Ruby digs further into the case, a prize winning race horse gets stolen, is there more to Rita’s death than she first believed?

Daisy White is actually one of the first Joffe authors I ever read after discovering them last year, which I have to thank Jill Burkinshaw for! It’s so nice to an author grow and the minor concerns I brought up in my review of Before I Left (you can see my review here) have been addressed to create an intriguing and thrilling whodunnit.

This is the third in the series but can be easily read as a stand-alone but I’d recommend reading the first two for those people who want a better understanding of the characters and overall story arcs.

I really enjoyed the setting of the racecourse and the whole racing scene, it was so realistically done with great attention to detail, especially the opening scenes of the book, I could almost picture myself there in the crowd.

Ruby is the same headstrong, modern girl who has problems keeping her nose out of trouble that I loved from the first novel. She’s facing a few personal changes in this book. Firstly, her friend Mary is announces she’s going to get married, her and daughter Summer are about to move out of their little flat. Secondly, her relationship with reporter Kenny seems to be hotting up and add to that she hears from her mother for the first time in years! There’s a little surprise at the end that I can’t wait to see how Ruby deals with it in the next book!

Also I gave my name to one of the characters, keep your eyes peeled for girl by the name Lorna!

Before I Left is a thrilling whodunnit which combines historical details with a puzzling mystery and that will keep you gripped from the first page.

Don’t just take my word for it on this fabulous book! You can check out the rest of the blog tour here:

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About The Author:

Hi I’m Daisy White – mum, entrepreneur, and writer. I started off self-publishing, then signed YA series to two fabulous US publishers.

I’ve always wanted to write crime but none of my initial manuscripts were anywhere near goodDaisy+White+author photo enough to show the world!

In 2016 I rewrote an earlier idea and entered it into the UK International Novel Writing Competition. It was long-listed and that gave me the confidence I needed to submit to publishers.

My second novel for Joffe Books, and book two in the Ruby Baker Seaside Mysteries, ‘Before I Found You’, was published in Feb 2018 and became an immediate Amazon bestseller.

My first story for younger children will be published in an anthology for Patchwork Raven later this year. I’m also finishing off a standalone thriller, which I’m really excited about!

Writing is an obsession, and a passion, and I am extremely lucky to have been able to develop my dream into a business. I enjoy sharing my journey, and the knowledge I have gained along the way. I also love to meet other writers, readers and business owners.

Social Media:

Website: https://daisywhiteauthor.co.uk

Twitter: @DEWhiteAuthor

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

#BlogTour #Promo #Excerpt The Finest Supermarket In Kabul by Ele Pawelski @Eleinthecity @RRBookTours1

Today I’m bringing you and extract from The Finest Supermarket In Kabul as part of the blog tour. There is also a giveaway at the bottom of this post to win a copy of the book and $20 worth of Amazon vouchers (North America only). First a little about the book:

Title: The Finest Supermarket In Kabul by Ele Pawelski

Publication Date: 30th October 2017

Genre: Novella/ Terrorism/ Inspired by True Events

Description:

Kabul, Afghanistan January 28, 2011.

Merza, a freshly minted Parliamentarian receives ominous threats after he wins his seat. Alec, an American journalist, flies from Kandahar without his editor’s permission to chronicle daily life in the capital. Elyssa, a Canadian human rights lawyer in Kabul to train female magistrates, is distracted by unwanted attention from a male justice. On this grey, wintry Friday, all three are embroiled in a dramatic and savage bombing. Inspired by true events and places, The Finest Supermarket in Kabul follows Merza, Alec and Elyssa as their idealistic and visionary hopes for Afghanistan are deeply challenged in the aftermath.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34714921-the-finest-supermarket-in-kabul?ac=1&from_search=true

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Excerpt:

I’ve been in Kabul for just under twenty-four hours. I flew in yesterday from Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, after a heated argument with my editor earlier in the week during which I suggested a temporary reassignment to Kabul. Eric demanded I stay in the south for another three-week stint embedded with a US platoon. According to him, my stories from the US outpost were gripping and getting positive reactions from readers. Certainly, the embed was riveting – my first time moving around with US platoons – and gave me stories I couldn’t otherwise have written: intense firefights on a patrol, the evacuation of a wounded soldier, discussions about post-traumatic stress disorder, and fortifying against ambushes. But after three months of only covering action on the front line, I felt my outlook had started to skew by living and breathing the life of an American soldier. The longer I stayed in Helmand, the harder it was becoming to be okay with just telling one side of the story, as opposed to the broader picture. It was when I began saying “T-Ban” instead of Taliban that I knew I needed to get out. Meanwhile, Eric kept insisting that front-line coverage was our best news feature and refused to accept my other ideas, no matter how vigorously I pushed.

So I travelled to Kabul of my own accord to regain some perspective. I figure I’ll hold out an olive branch to Eric later, a magazine-length piece about how local ex-combatants are using the continuing conflict to their advantage. From fellow journalists, I’ve heard about former warlords, their identities and deeds well known, who’ve built massive houses painted in vivid carnival colours in the centre of Kabul and are living the high life, seemingly without repercussion. Interviews with a few of them, along with regular ex-Taliban fighters who got away from the fray, will form the story’s core; here and there, I’ll filter in views from ordinary people. I’m pretty sure Eric will go for an article with a military focus, even if it’s set in Kabul. Plus, he and I go way back, having both started out at the Chicago Tribune after studying at Columbia College Chicago fifteen years ago. If things go completely awry, I’ll hightail it back to Helmand.

I had my initial foray into Afghanistan’s real world yesterday morning. As I entered the plane bound for Kabul, I saw rows and rows of Pashtun men with long beards and turbans or woolen, round-topped hats with thick edging. My heart skipped a beat, as Pashtuns were the ethnic group that had birthed the Taliban, and I wondered if any were Taliban fighters. No one here would protect me from danger, and my visit wasn’t even sanctioned by my boss.

A familiar blast of adrenaline rushes through me.

Jakob stamps out his cigarette and leaps up while I gather my coat and Tish’s things under my arm. We race for the door. Ahead, I see Ben still on his phone but can’t hear him. As news of the explosion circulates, the room’s noise level surges and nervous energy grips the space.

We pick Tish up at the entrance and rush through the security gates, easily retrieving our various IDs and my passport as Ben advises that he’s called for a taxi to pick us up and that Masood, his interpreter, will meet us there.

After three minutes of energetic conversation about what we’ll find at the Finest, the four of us pile into the black Toyota Corolla that has pulled up. Sitting on the raised middle seat in the back, I have to duck my head to glimpse the street scene outside. It looks calm and oddly sedate considering what we know has just happened. Fortunately, traffic is far less jammed than on our morning’s walk over from the Safi.

We’re silent; our initial eagerness to cover this story has given way to an unpleasant realization that we will soon be confronting the bomb’s aftermath of chaos, destruction and injury. Jakob has already explained that the Finest is a convenience store that stocks expensive Western products like Nutella and peanut butter, so almost no Afghans ever shop there. An expat target, then, I ponder.

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

Quattro Books: http://quattrobooks.ca/books/the-finest-supermarket-in-kabul/

Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/Finest-Supermarket-Kabul-Ele-Pawelski/dp/1988254434/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538136779&sr=8-1&keywords=the+finest+supermarket+in+Kabul

Amazon CA:

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Amazon UK:

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Barnes & Noble:

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Indigo:

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About the Author:

Ele Pawelski has lived in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Bosnia, Kenya, Uzbekistan and Kosovo.Author Pic (4) She has climbed in the Himalayas, walked the Camino and hiked in Newfoundland. Now living in urban Toronto with her husband, she’s always planning for her next travel adventure. Her stories have appeared in magazines, journals and newspapers. The Finest Supermarket in Kabul is her first novella.

Ele Pawelski: http://quattrobooks.ca/authors/ele-pawelski/

Twitter: @Eleinthecity

Check Out The Rest Of The Blog Tour Here:

Oct. 1st

Reads & Reels (Review) http://www.readsandreels.com

Cup of Toast (Interview) https://cupoftoast.co.uk

The Reading Mermaid (Excerpt) https://tamarathereadingmermaid.weebly.com/

Oct. 2nd

Loving Life Every Day (Excerpt) https://lauramorningstar.com

The Bookworm Drinketh (Excerpt) http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/

Tranquil Dreams (Review) http://klling.wordpress.com

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Excerpt) https://touchmyspinebookreviews.com

Oct. 3rd

The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

Valerie’s Musings (Excerpt) http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

Oct. 4th

The Genre Minx (Excerpt) http://www.thegenreminx.com/

Just 4 My Books (Review) http://www.just4mybooks.wordpress.com

Oct. 5th

Bri’s Book Nook (Excerpt) http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

On the Shelf Reviews (Excerpt) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com

Jessica Rachow (Review) https://Jessicarachow.wordpress.com

My Baby, My Books, and I (Review) https://mybabymybooksandi.wordpress.com

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#BlogTour #Review Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner

Title: Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner

Publisher: HQ Digital

Date Published: 1st October 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller.

Description:

Will they ever learn the truth?

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .

A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Shari Lapena and Lisa Jewell.

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40169201-lies-between-us

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

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Review:

This is three stories woven into one. We have Miller who’s story starts off back in 1984 and we follow this disturbed young boy with his obsessions and jealousies.

Fast forward to 2015, John is a has the perfect life, a bestselling author, married to Jules, they have a daughter Bonnie and another child on the way. Disaster strikes when Bonnie is kidnapped and they receive disturbing messages sent to their loved ones.

2016 – we met Maisie, an intensive care nurse who carries her own secret while caring for the most vulnerable patients at the hospital. A man is brought in a coma, after being attacked, she finds herself wanting to know more and why does his wife look so scared?

How are these three stories linked?

So this is the debut psychological thriller from fellow blogger Ronnie Turner. I really found it a tense and gripping read with some very emotional scenes.

The characters are really well drawn and realistic, I can tell a lot of effort has gone into making them as fully rounded as possible with their own histories and flaws. My favourite character has to be Maisie, she’s just been through so much and carrying so much guilt. Miller also held a fascination for me too, he’s just so disturbed, the term ‘born evil’ applies directly to him.

I will warn you it does contain some emotional subject matter, including stillbirths but I feel Ronnie has handled these with care and compassion.

At the beginning so people may find the different perspectives and timelines a little confusing but I urge you to stick with it, this is one of these novels that your patience will be rewarded.

Whilst I enjoyed the story overall, I was left with a few unanswered questions. I also felt that Miller, at times felt older and I kept having to remind myself he was a child, but of course those are just minor things.

Lies Between Us is an intricate psychological thriller with believable characters and a memorable ending. I am very much looking forward to what Ronnie Turner does next!

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About The Author:

Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, sheAuthor Photo 2 (1) discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.

Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.

Find her on:

Twitter: @Ronnie_Turner

Facebook: @RonnieTurnerAuthor

Instagram: @ronnieturner8702

Website: www.ronnieturner.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RonnieTurner

#BlogTour Burning Secrets by Ruth Sutton @ruthsutton @fahrenheitpress #damppebblesblogtours

Title: Burning Secrets by Ruth Sutton

Publisher: Fahrenheit Press

Date Published: 19th July 2018

Genre: Police Procedural, Mystery/Thriller

Description:

It’s the spring of 2001 and Foot & Mouth disease is raging across Cumbria.

Twelve-year-old Helen Heslop is forced to leave her family farm and move in with relatives in a nearby town because the strict quarantine means she can’t travel back and forth to school in case she inadvertently helps spread the disease.

As the authorities and the local farming communities try desperately to contain the outbreak, tensions run high and everyone’s emotions are close to the surface.

And then Helen disappears.

The police search expands all over the northwest coast where farms are barricaded and farming families have been plunged into chaos – not least the Hislop family, where potentially explosive fault lines are exposed.

Under the strain tensions build inside the police team too, where local DC Maureen Pritchard is caught between old school DI Bell and new broom DS Anna Penrose.

Will Helen survive? And can life for the Heslop family ever be the same, once burning secrets are discovered and old scores settled?

You Can Get Your Copy Here:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burning-Secrets-Ruth-Sutton-ebook/dp/B07F1GD8VX/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535918224&sr=1-2&keywords=burning+secrets

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Burning-Secrets-Ruth-Sutton-ebook/dp/B07F1GD8VX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535918289&sr=8-1&keywords=burning+secrets+ruth

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/burning-secrets/ruth-sutton/9780992931438

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Review:

Twelve-year-old Helen Heslop disappears on her way home from school. There’s no ransom demand and as time goes on the more worried they are especially as she has asthma but has forgotten her inhaler.

DC Maureen Pritchard has been on the force for twenty years and her local knowledge is second to none but she has been passed over for promotion by DS Anna Penrose, an outsider who used to be in the army’s police service. To top that off their boss DI Bell doesn’t like the fact that there are now two women on his team. They both believe that there’s something the family aren’t telling them and they must put aside their difference to find the little girl.

Burning Secrets is a gripping police procedural that had me biting my nails on several occasions. It is set back in 2001 at the height of the Foot and Mouth epidemic where thousands of cows were slaughtered. It created a rather bleak and desolate backdrop for the story, adding to the tension, showing the devastating effect on both farmers and the landscape, the burning pyres of animals and vans that were leaking fluids gave it a particularly visceral feel.

I liked Maureen, I felt her frustrations as she passed over for promotion, again and again. She’s a really instinctive copper, relying on gut instincts which usually turn out to be right. I also warmed to Anna through the book. She’s really in a tough spot, she’s an outsider and a woman to boot who a lot of people believe is just there to show how progressive the force are putting women in more senior positions. She’s the opposite to Maureen, as she wants evidence rather than intuition, and they play off against one another quite well. Then there’s DI Bell, who puts the Bell in bell end and that’s all I’m going to say on that one.

My only complaint was the ending was quite as satisfying as I’d hoped but I’m not going to say too much more on that for fear of spoilers.

Overall Burning Secrets is vivid drama, full of secrets and suspense that will keep you turning those pages.

About Ruth Sutton:

Ruth is a very independent person, which – like many things – is good up to a point, but can getruth sutton tricky sometimes. She lives in a very beautiful place, but it’s a long way to a cinema, or a big supermarket, and if the time comes when she can’t or doesn’t want to drive, she’ll have to move as there’s no public transport. She qualifies for a bus pass, but there aren’t any buses. Her daughter and her family live quite close by, and she loves to see her two grandchildren. After decades on her own, she has a partner whom she loves. They each have their own house, 40 minutes apart, and this life style suits them both. Ruth wrote her first novel after she was 60.

In addition, Ruth has self-published a trilogy entitled Between the Mountains and the Sea; A Good Liar tells the story of Jessie who risks career and independence with a love affair, whilst her secret past draws ever closer. Forgiven is set among the coal mines and fells of the Cumberland coast. Jessie’s struggle for happiness continues. Fallout features the nuclear disaster at Windscale, which brings a compelling stranger into Jessie’s world.

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#BlogTour #GuestPost #ShortStory One Perfect Witness by Pat Young @Bloodhoundbook @py321_young

Today I’m excited to have an exclusive short story Easy Pickins by Pat Young to celebrate the launch of her last book, One Perfect Witness but first a little about the book:

Title: One Perfect Witness by Pat Young

Publisher: Bloodhound books

Date Published: 1st October 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

On a remote Scottish hillside, three paths meet. On each path, a boy, one carrying a gun.

When their paths cross, a shot is fired and a boy dies.

That leaves two – one killer and one perfect witness.

This killer will stop at nothing to make sure the witness says nothing. Difficult for most people, even for someone who’s been guarding a secret of his own for five years.

What if the witness decides he’s been silent too long? Sometimes even the unspeakable must be spoken, if we can find the words.

B L O G B L I T Z (2) (4)

Short Story: Easy Pickins

‘Hottie alert. End of the bar.’

Eva scanned the array of bottles on the gantry as if trying to decide what to drink. A tall, dark-haired man was leaning against the wall, apparently engrossed in the music.

‘Just what I need to complete this trip. A George Clooney look-alike.’  

‘Hey, Mum, I saw him first.’

‘He’s too old for you.’ Eva turned to have another look, openly this time, and found the stranger staring right at her, a smile lifting the corner of his mouth. She looked away but not before her blush betrayed her, the price she always paid for her English Rose complexion.

‘Do you think it’s him?’ whispered her daughter.

Although she’d been wondering the same thing, Eva replied, ‘Now, what would George Clooney be doing in Biloxi, Mississippi?’

‘Same as us?’

‘I doubt Gorgeous George comes to Biloxi when he wants to see the beach or play roulette. Monte Carlo, maybe.’

‘Well, here’s your chance to find out. He’s coming over. Act cool.’

‘Hi ladies, where y’all from?’

Here we go again, thought Eva, as she and Lauren answered in unison, ‘Scotland.’

‘Scotland? Ya don’t say? I love Scotland.’

‘Have you been?’

‘No, but I heard tell it’s real beautiful.’

Eva gave Lauren a look that said, your turn.

‘Well, it is when the rain stays off.’ That’s ma girl.

‘What brings you ladies all the way to Biloxi, Mississippi?’

‘We’re on a road trip.’

‘Oh yeah? What y’all driving?’

‘A Mustang convertible. And we know it’s cheesy, so please don’t laugh,’ said Eva.

‘Now, why would I laugh? There’s nothing cheesy about two beautiful sisters driving an open top car.’

Eva grimaced. She’d heard the sisters line before. Any minute now, he’d offer them a drink and make a move on Lauren.

‘Can I get you ladies a cocktail?’

A tiny movement of her eyes was enough to check that Lauren was up for some fun. ‘That’s very kind of you. I’ll have a whisky sours, thank you.’

While the barman fixed their drinks, their companion introduced himself then proceeded to tell them about being invited to a ‘haggis supper’ at the home of a Scottish friend. Eva bit down on her lip. She didn’t mean to be unkind, but when he went on to tell them about the awesome toast to Robert Brown, it was just too much. She snorted with laughter and Lauren joined in.

‘Did I say something funny?’

Eva was speechless with mirth.

‘Sorry about my mother. She gets a bit giggly by the second drink.’

‘Your mother? Get outta here.’ Reaching inside his jacket, he took out a pair of horn- rimmed glasses and peered through them. ‘Shoot, you look wonderful, ma’am, if you don’t mind me saying so.’

‘Is this the southern charm we’ve heard so much about?’

‘No ma’am. Just an honest guy giving you his opinion,’ he said with a smile so disarming it made her heart flip.

As if he had suddenly remembered his manners, ‘George’ removed the glasses with his left hand and held out his right in greeting. ‘I’m Kyle. Pleased to meet you both. Welcome to the United States. Thank y’all for visiting.’

As they got ready for bed, Lauren was teasing, ‘He really fancies you, Mum. I actually feel a wee bit jealous.’

‘Aye, right,’ said Eva, although she was secretly delighted that Kyle had paid her so much attention. ‘He was pleasant company, I suppose, and he did buy all the drinks.’

‘Yes, he was very generous, and charming. And can you believe he lives near New Orleans? Maybe we’ll bump into him again.’

‘New Orleans is a big place, Lauren. And don’t forget St Patrick’s Day this weekend. Bourbon Street will be mobbed. Right, who’s doing the blog tonight, you or me?’

‘You do it, Mum. It was your idea, after all. I’m tired, and too drunk to write anything that makes sense.’

‘Didn’t you see the warning look I gave you when you accepted that third cocktail?’

‘I did, but I was having too much fun to pay any attention. Night-night.’

Eva took her iPad out of the safe and opened their blog. She had been writing it for the last few months, keeping her friends up to date. They all knew how important this trip was; a way for Lauren and her to put the horrors of the last two years behind them. Knowing she was making everyone green with envy, Eva had posted links to each hotel, and had been astonished to find that a growing number of people around the world seemed to be interested in their road trip adventures. She imagined the envious look on her friends’ faces when they read tonight’s update.

No luck at the roulette tables but we did meet a George Clooney lookalike. Lauren says he fancies me. I should be so lucky, eh, girls? Off to Louisiana in the morning. Next stop, New Orleans. Got a full schedule planned. We’ll take the streetcar into town, pick up a Po’ Boy sandwich for lunch, then hitch a ride along the Mississippi on a Steamboat. Hoping to make the eight o’ clock show at Preservation Hall so Lauren can hear some traditional jazz. Then these gals will hit Bourbon Street. Look out, Nawlins, here we come!

As they filed out past sepia photos of musicians and tattered posters that read like a Who’s Who of jazz music, Lauren said, ‘I can’t believe we’re really here, Mum. Imagine, Preservation Hall. Did you hate it?’

‘Had more fun with toothache, if I’m honest, but it’s not about me. Now, let’s see if we can find a bar with a Cajun band and grab ourselves a Hurricane. Listening to jazz is thirsty work.’

Eva had taken only a sip of her cocktail when she felt strong fingers grasp her wrist and pull her on to the dance floor. She was about to protest when she recognised the smile.

‘How’s this for a coincidence?’ shouted Kyle above the music. When the song finished, he gestured towards Lauren, who was surrounded by men at the bar. ‘Let’s go rescue your daughter.’

Over drinks they told Kyle of their plans for a swamp tour the next day and how they planned to head back to Texas so Lauren could go horse riding and buy some cowboy boots. These were the last items to be ticked off their wish list.

‘Do y’all have a reservation for that horseback riding, or someplace special y’all want to go?’

‘Not really,’ said Lauren, ‘we found a place on the Internet that looks good and it’s handy for the airport. But it does mean we’ll have to leave New Orleans a day early, which is a pity.’

‘Well, ladies, I do believe I can be of some assistance. Why don’t y’all come and ride at my place? I have a little ranch just outside of town. Y’all can take your pick of my horses and ride out for miles.’

‘Not me,’ said Eva.

‘Mum’s terrified of horses, but I would love to come, if that’s okay? What do you think, Mum?’

‘I think that’s very kind of Kyle. But Lauren, let’s talk about it before we go changing our plans.’

‘Why don’t I give you my card?’ said Kyle. ‘I have nothing planned for the day after tomorrow. If y’all want to come by and visit, I’ll be delighted. What size boots do you wear, young lady?’

Lauren told him and added that it would be great if she could borrow some, and maybe try a western saddle.’

‘Hang on, Lauren,’ Eva cautioned. ‘We haven’t decided yet. But Kyle, it’s been a real pleasure meeting you.’

By the time she got round to writing her blog, Lauren had convinced her.  

Slight change of plan. Heading out to ‘George Clooney’s’ ranch on Friday so Lauren can go horse-riding. She’s very excited about riding western style, whatever that means! Bourbon Street was fun but very crowded and very tiring. Maybe I’m getting too old for this travelling lark.

‘How was the swamp tour, ladies? Y’all see any gators?’

‘Yes, we did,’ said Eva, ‘Far too many for my liking, not to mention snakes, but Lauren loved it.’

Lauren did not react. All her attention was focused on Phantom, a huge, black Arab who was staring back at her with eyes like brown velvet.

‘He likes you,’ said Kyle, ‘and he doesn’t take to everyone. He’s a mean ole boy. You sure you can handle him?’

‘I’ve been riding since I was seven, on some pretty feisty horses. We’ll be okay, won’t we, Phantom?’

‘Well, stay in the paddock till you get acquainted and then you can head out as far as you like. It’s all my land.’

When Lauren had gone, Kyle invited Eva to join him on a swing chair in the shade. He poured her a glass of cool punch which she had finished before she thought to ask what was in it.

‘A little splash of rum. Enjoy.’

‘This is heavenly. I could stay here for ever. Lauren would sell her soul to be able to ride out on a horse like that every day. She won’t want to go home after this, you know.’

‘That’s what I’m countin on.’ He leaned in and kissed her. It had been such a long time since anyone had shown her such tenderness, she thought she would melt. ‘Do you think fate brought us together?’ she murmured, trying not to worry about what he’d just said.

‘No. Your blog did that. I’ve been trackin you on this little road trip of yours. Y’all were easy pickins.’

You knew we’d be in Biloxi?’

I wanted to see if you’d turn up, and be as cute as your profiles.’ As he spoke, Kyle’s hand snaked its way up her leg. ‘And you are, both of you.’

Eva pushed him away, but he was too strong and too determined. He covered her mouth with his own, a rough parody of a kiss. Eva turned her face away and cursed her own stupidity.

What are you playing at, Kyle?’ she asked, trying to keep her voice steady.

You and Lauren have to stay here with me,’ he said. ‘We’ll have a great life together.’

We already have a great life,’ Eva protested, convinced he was mad. As he moved in for another kiss, she warned, ‘Do that again and I’ll scream.’

Go ahead, little lady. There’s no one to hear. Phantom will have taken Lauren miles away by now.’ He grabbed her shoulders, trying to pin her arms by her sides.

Eva was not the type to give in without a fight. Gathering all her strength, she shut her eyes tight and shoved him hard. When he rolled off her she opened her eyes, expecting to see his face, angry or apologetic.

Instead she saw Lauren.

‘Mum, you okay?’

Eva nodded.

‘Let’s get out of here, before he comes to.’

‘What did you do?’

Lauren brandished a syringe. ‘A smidgen of horse tranquilliser. Not enough to do him any harm.’ She grimaced. ‘Still, I wouldn’t want to be here when he wakes up.’

‘What made you come back?’

‘I’d a bad feeling about leaving you alone with him. Don’t you think it was suspicious he’d given all his staff the day off?’

‘Maybe.’

‘I had to make sure you were okay. When I saw you fighting him off, I ran back to the stable. I’d spotted the drugs earlier, when I was nosying around.’

‘So all those years at Vet school weren’t a waste of money after all?’

‘Oh Mum, I’m glad you can laugh.’

‘Hey, it won’t be funny when Kyle comes round. Look, he’s stirring. Let’s get going.’  

They ran to their car and took off in a spray of gravel. As they raced down the highway Lauren said, ‘Oops, I’m still wearing his brand new boots.’

Eva smiled. ‘Keep them. Payback.’

Author Bio:

Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often download (1)goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.

Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.

Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.

Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.

Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July

2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.

Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skilfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.

One Perfect Witness, Pat’s third novel to be published, tells a completely new story. If, like Pat, you’re fascinated by what happens when someone disappears, you’ll enjoy this book of secrets, lies and deception.

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