Happy Release Day! Taste The Dark by Nicola Rose @_NicolaRose_ #BookReview #Vampires #SteamyFiction

Title: Taste The Dark by Nicola Rose.

Date Published: 30th April 2018

Genre: Vampire, supernatural, steamy.

Description:

One reckless girl and two vampire brothers – battling forces of love over lust, and light over dark…

Jess

I killed my parents. I didn’t mean to, I don’t think. I can’t really remember.

I can’t remember much from the years that followed either, other than an endless stream of bad decisions, generally involving alcohol, drugs and bad boys. My new job in a new town signified a turning point – time to sort myself out.

What I hadn’t anticipated was the 6ft package of brooding, inked-up perfection who started stalking me. And don’t even mention the equally hot brother crawling under my skin…

They radiate danger, it flows around them like a seductive spell; and danger is my favourite word.

Zac

I was doing a pretty good job at balancing on the fine line between light and dark, blurring the edges and living in the grey. But then dead vampires started piling up around me and the Bael gave me a ticking countdown to fix it.

Now she’s arrived. Four seconds – the moment I saw her – that’s how long it took to know that she’d simultaneously bring heaven and hell to my door. I don’t even know what she is, but I know I crave her.

Falling for a human girl has left me teetering on the verge of collapse. This could be just the ammo my brother needs to nudge me over the edge and into oblivion.

Taste the Dark is a full-length paranormal romance/urban fantasy, intended for adult audiences. Expect a lot of heat and a little darkness, because romance isn’t always sweet.

Book one in the Elwood Legacy series.
Review:

Jess is a messed up party girl, who travels to South Padre Island to escape her problems and be closer to her best friend Anna but runs into trouble when she comes across vampire Zac Elwood and his twin brother Alex. These tattooed bad boys are everything she is trying to avoid but she’s drawn to danger and can’t help herself.

I love vampires. I have since I discovered Buffy The Vampire Slayer at the age of twelve, but I don’t often read vampire fiction so when I spotted this book on Instagram I thought I’d give this book a read.

If you’re looking for a sweet supernatural romance, this not the book for you. It’s dark, twisted, violent and very steamy, I was actually a little shocked when I first started reading it!

There was not a dull moment in this book. It had thrill, spills and a hint of mystery and magic with a fresh take on steamy romance. Also the vampire in this story are real monsters, which I appreciate, not the slightly watered down version we’ve been getting over the past ten years or so.

Okay it’s going to get a lot of comparisons to other novels/TV series. There’s the love triangle from the Vampire Diaries and it’s got the dark, twisted overtones of True Blood (there’s even a little Twilight vampire trying to ignore the monster inside in there but I’m not going to dwell on that too much).

Nicola has created some really troubled characters who you really root for, like Zac who’s trying to fight the beast inside him or Jess the wild, suicidal, bad girl who wants to change her ways. Then there was some you’d like to give a good slap to, especially Alex, Zac’s twin brother.

I have to also point out here that this is a self published novel and I have to say it is so well written and edited, it could rival a book published by a traditional publisher.

I have to be honest I’m not a fan of bad boys and this book hasn’t really changed my opinion but it came awfully close to converting me to a bad boy lover.

Overall a must for fan of steamy romances and bad boys.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

nicolarose1bVampires, magic, and dark desires…

Nicola Rose is from the UK, where she lives with her husband and two boys. When she’s not writing or reading, she can probably be found walking in the countryside, faffing in Photoshop, and playing board games (with varying degrees of aggression).

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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

#BlogTour #Review Captor by Anita Waller @anitamayw @Bloodhoundbook #NewRelease

Title: Captor by Anita Waller

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 13th February 2018

Genre: Mystery/thriller, psychological thriller

Description:

Liz Chambers is a devoted mother who works for a successful law firm. She has two children, a husband and a blossoming career. But behind closed doors, Liz is harbouring a secret that could destroy her life.

Then the unthinkable happens, and in a frenzied attack her young son is snatched from the home of the nanny charged with looking after him.

As Liz’s life unfolds, it becomes clear that someone is out for revenge.

Desperate to get her baby boy back, Liz must work out who is responsible for his kidnap, and why.

But as the body count begins to mount, Liz’s concern grows for the safety of her child.

Who has taken her baby?

And why is Captor so determined on revenge?

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Review:

I’m so happy to be sharing my review on the release day of Captor, I want to thank Bloodhound Books for my ARC copy of this fabulous book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

At the beginning of the story we see Liz going back to work and having the issues every working mother does leaving her baby with someone who isn’t them, but it starts to become much more sinister. Someone called ‘the captor’ has her in their sights and won’t stop until she has nothing left.

At first this story a bit of a hard read for me, I have a son myself and it is one of my worst fears, (actually I think it’s every parents worst fear), that something should happen to him but I got pulled in by the interesting characters. I went on a real rollercoaster of emotions, hoping that Liz would find her son.

There is so much more this book and I don’t want to reveal too much as I feel it might spoil other people’s enjoyment of this great story. I will say, to me, it started off a little slowly, building up to a tense, drama packed read. I was literally biting my nails by the end.

My only real complaints were I kind of figured out who ‘the captor’ quite early on.  I also at found Liz a little bit hard to like at times and her older son Dan, who’s about sixteen, a little too perfect and well behaved, but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall a tense read and be prepared to have the tissues at the ready!

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.

She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.

In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisherimage1 (1) went into liquidation.

As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.

Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.

Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.

34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.

Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.

While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books launched Strategy, on 10 August, 2017.

So where next? Her new book, launching February 2018 and titled Captor, is a psychological thriller.


In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed and they provided it.

Her genre is murder – necessary murder.

Links:

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=anita+waller

Facebook page: @anitawaller2015

Website: www.anitamayw.wixsite.com/anitawaller

Twitter: @anitamayw

Beautiful:

www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B014RCH5WM/

Angel:

www.amazon.co.uk/Angel-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B01DR4USZC/

34 Days:

www.amazon.co.uk/34-Days-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B01IP6YE0M/

Winterscroft:

www.amazon.co.uk/Winterscroft-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B06XMY3JD3/

Strategy:

www.amazon.co.uk/Strategy-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B0748MRBT2/

#BookReview #BlogBlitz The Camera Lies by A.B. Morgan @AliMorgan2304 @Bloodhoundbook

Title: The Camera Lies by A.B. Morgan

Publisher: Bloodhound Books.

Date Published: 3rd February 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Konrad Neale is a television presenter. His waning career has been given a new lease of life since he took on a series of hard-hitting documentaries that investigate miscarriages of justice.

Matthew Hawley has been convicted of the brutal murder of his wealthy attractive wife Helena. However, he has no memory of the events and insists he is not responsible for willingly killing her.

When Konrad interviews Matthew in prison, he explores the details of the murder and the possible motives behind it. But all is not as it seems.

Did Matthew murder his wife?

Soon the search is on to identify who else might be involved in the murder of Helena and Konrad is about to learn that sometimes the camera lies.

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Review:

Konrad Neal presenter of true crime series, The Truth Behind The Lies, begins investigating the murder of Helena Chawston-Hawley by her husband Matthew. He has no memory of killing her and claims they were blissfully married and had no motive to kill her.

Konrad and his team begin digging around, uncovering evidence of Helena’s mysterious sister but soon he begins receiving messages threatening him and his family, somebody who doesn’t want the truth to come out.

This is the second book I’ve read by this author this year, you can read my review of the other novel, Divine Poison, here.

This is one of most unusual crime novels I’ve read this year. It’s told as if your behind the scenes on a documentary TV show, watching through the research/interview/editing process but it’s not as dry or boring as you would imagine it. I could actually see this being turned into an excellent TV series.

There’s as a little of that unreliable narrator from Matthew Hawley.  Do you really believe his story? How could he have no memory of murdering his wife? As the story goes on it’s revealed that Helena is not the smart successful woman that everyone believes she is and has a much darker side that makes you question Matthew’s innocence.

Now I have to be honest I didn’t find Konrad all that likeable, a bit full of himself to be honest, but he’s one of those characters that is so interesting that he holds your attention. I did also feel a bit sorry for him a little being trapped in a loveless marriage and in love with someone else.

It’s quite difficult as with most mystery/thriller to give a complete review without revealing any spoilers but I did find certain aspects of the plot a little unbelievable. I also felt that there was a little lack of character description, the only person I could picture clearly was Konrad’s friend Annette.

Overall there a few plot issues but it’s still a unique and interesting psychological thriller.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Alison Morgan started writing a couple of years ago to address that niggling question: could she write a book? The answer was a simple yes. She’s had to retire from the NHS a little earlier thanunnamed planned, but has discovered a new passion. Writing. Her debut novel, A Justifiable Madness, was published by Bloodhound Books in September 2017 attracting great reviews for its refreshing premise and dark humour. With two further novels being published at the beginning of 2018, it seems Alison has a promising future as an author. Divine Poison is the second novel to feature Monica Morris, a mental health nurse, as the main protagonist in this crime mystery, but there are no plans for a series. Alison’s third suspense novel, The Camera Lies, steps away from the field of nursing and into the world of real crime documentary films.

Alison lives with her husband Andy and their dog Sadie, in a small village north of Bedford. She’s not the type to let life get in the way of adventure and so, always up for the next challenge, she decided to have a proper midlife crisis and learn to ride a motorbike. In August she passed, first time. Her husband was impressed until she swung her leg over his prized Triumph and roared off with a big grin on her face. ‘Research for the next book,’ she cried. The fourth book is under construction and does indeed feature motorbikes.

Links:

Alison Morgan: writes under the name AB Morgan

www.abmorgan.co.uk

Email: alison@abmorgan.co.uk

Facebook: @ABMorganwriter

Twitter: @AliMorgan2304

#Review Cargo by J.C. Macek III @Bloodhoundbook @Kneumsi

Title: Cargo by J.C Macek III

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Released: 9th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/thriller.

Description:

Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.

But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.

Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.

Why has Peterson been targeted?

Who are those responsible for his kidnap?

And will Peterson make out of the container alive?

Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.

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Review:

Anthony Peterson wakes up inside a metal shipping container, with no memory of how he got there. He receives a phone call telling him that they have his wife Susan and want 10 million dollars in exchange for their safe release.

This book opens with a bang! You’re thrown right into the story, wondering who and why businessman Anthony Peterson has been kidnapped. As the story progresses it’s revealed that he’s not the upstanding citizen that he claims to be, in fact in my opinion he’s a nasty piece of work. His associate Tom, whom he’s using to amass the 10 million dollars for his release, is not much better, in fact at times I thought he was a little insane!

It’s quite an engrossing read, action packed and a little violent, but it also it brings up questions about how you live your life. What I mean is, if you’re greedy and treat everyone around you badly, like Anthony, who is going to help you when you need it the most?

The story has been adapted from a screenplay and unfortunately at times you can tell. There were some things that may work for a film, like Anthony listening to things on the end of a phone, that just don’t work for a book. There was a lack of atmosphere too, I mean being trapped in such a small space, (okay not quite a coffin but still), would be quite claustrophobic but I didn’t really feel that in the story. I also felt an injection of Tom’s point of view would have made it a bit more absorbing.

Overall an intense read perfect for action movie fans.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

He began writing at a very young age and launched his professional writing career after graduating from Louisiana State University with a BA in English Literature.download

His first noteworthy professional writing was in the world of entertainment journalism. He became a movie, TV, book and music reviewer which soon expanded to film history columns and celebrity interviews. Over the years, J.C. has become known in his professional life for interviewing bands such as The Cult, Judas Priest, Faith No More, The Zombies, Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Queens of the Stone Age’s Nick Oliveri and KMFDM.

After writing literally thousands of articles, columns, reviews and interviews for multiple print and online magazines, J.C. published his first novel Seven Days to Die: A Jake Slater Mystery in 2016. He followed this success in 2017 with a collection of short stories and novellas entitled The Pretty Good and Pretty Representative Stories of J.C. Maçek III. This collection continues the hardboiled detective saga of Jake Slater with the new novella The Pestilence of Spring: A Jake Slater Mystery.

J.C. is also an actor, musician, director and film producer. His most recent film is [Cargo], produced by J.C. and written and directed by James Dylan. As producer, J.C. also took the commission to write the novelization to[Cargo] which will be published by Bloodhound Books in early 2018.

J.C. lives in Southern California with his wife, daughters and a veritable zoo full of pets. He is currently working on more Jake Slater crime novels starting with the thriller Hard Core and is looking to expand the mythos of [Cargo].

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/JakeSlaterMystery

https://twitter.com/kneumsi

https://www.amazon.com/J.C.-Macek-III/e/B07111NTNF

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15259619.J_C_Macek_III

http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/jc-maek-iii

#BlogTour Degrees of Darkness by @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook

Title: Degrees of Darkness by Tony J Forder.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Bloodhound books

Synopsis:

Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.

Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.

When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.

In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.

But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?

Review:

I want to thank Bloodhound books for an advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

Frank Rodgers used to be a policeman until he quit and became a debt collector. His is pulled back into police work when his ex-wife and son are brutally murdered and his daughter goes missing. But she is not the first. Frank wants to make sure she is the last.

I have not read a more aptly named book this year. Degrees of Darkness is indeed a very dark book. It covers a lot of distressing subjects like murder, kidnapping and child abuse. It’s not for the faint of heart!

The serial killer in this book is one of the creepiest and most disturbing I have read for a while but I found it utterly fascinating.

As for the story, it really builds to a nail biting ending, you hope and pray that Frank gets his daughter back.

My only complaint was that it featured taxidermy, which featured in a book I read earlier this year, and frankly is one of those subjects that makes me a little queasy. (I know I read a lot about murder, I don’t quite know why taxidermy effects me so much).

Overall, a well written and fascinating book, and one I’d recommend to fans of Chris Carter.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in spring. It is the first in a series.
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Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.

Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.

The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.

During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”

Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.

Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.

As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.

This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017.

Links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-J-Forder/e/B01N4BPT65/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490529612&sr=8-1-spell

https://www.facebook.com/tonyjforder/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/TonyJForder?lang=en-gb

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#BookReview The Couple Next Door by @sharilapena

Title: The Couple next door by Shari Lapena

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis:

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

 

Review:

So I got given this book as a present for my birthday and I started reading it because I’ve been reading so many ARC’s and ebooks that I haven’t read a physical book in about a month!

It’s a mother and father’s worst nightmare, your baby going missing in the middle of the night and as a mother myself the thought terrifies me (my son is nearly a teenager but the thought of him going missing…it doesn’t bear thinking about).

Anyway the story is told from three perspectives, the mother Anne, the father Marco and Detective Rasbach. It’s so seamless the way it moves from one view to another but each character was so well thought out I never found myself wondering who’s viewpoint it was.

My favourite character had to be Anne. She is on the edge, both physically and mentally, she has a condition where she blacks out and can’t remember what she’s done. Did she murder her own baby? Did her husband cover it up?

The only thing I would say, that on occasions it was quite painful to read her downward spiral mentally.

I have mentioned this before and I will mention it again, I don’t do spoilers, which makes it quite hard to review a book like this. All I can say is when I thought it was going in one direction or getting a little predictable, there’d be a twist to made me want to carry on reading it.

As for the ending, it was a typical happy ever after kind of thing, it was a bit ambiguous really, but I loved it. All I can say was the bad guys get what they deserve!

Rating: 5/5

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#BlogTour Untainted Blood by @LizCrimeWarp @Bloodhoundbook

Untainted Blood by Liz Mistry

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.

However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.

Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.

As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.

Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?

DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

Review:

First off I would like to thank Bloodhound books for my advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for arranging this blog tour.

As I write this review racism is at the forefront of my mind, with the attack in Charlottesville and a fellow bookstagrammer (If you’ve never heard of it, it basically someone who take pictures of books and posts them on Instagram) was subject to some vile abuse for speaking out against racists. I makes me sick that in this day and age that it still is going. (I shall climb down from my soapbox now and carry on with this review).

Set in a post Brexit Bradford racism is definitely the main theme of this book. Asian/black men are being kidnapped and tortured, the Nazi insignia (I couldn’t remember what it was called and I’m certainly not googling it), tattooed on them. Hate group and wannabe political party Albion First, headed up by Graeme Weston and his manager Michael Hogg, are prime suspects.

This is my first introduction to DI Angus ‘Gus’ McGuire (with his team) and his pathologist dad Dr Fergus McGuire. I have not read the first two books, Unquiet Souls and Uncoiled lies but I don’t think it’s really necessary to enjoy this book (although I may be adding them to my tbr pile after reading this book!). 

Liz Mistry created some absolutely vile, but exceptionally believable, characters, Graeme Weston and Michael Hogg, that made Nigel Farage and UKIP look like fluffy bunnies. I have genuinely never wanted to see fictional characters strung up from the nearest lamppost so much!

I will also applaud Liz for the array of diverse characters from in her book that I feel reflects modern Britain.  

At the beginning of the book you’re dropped right into the story, with two murders having already taken place and a third happening in quick succession. I did feel like I’d missed something at first but as the book went along it really pulled me into the action.  I feel like I’m not doing the complexity of the plot justice, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

What slightly put me off this book was racist language, mainly from the killer’s perspective.  I found it a little hard to read.  I also figured out the killer by about half way through but there was lots of misdirection that at times I did doubt myself.

But overall a really good book, which although the story started a little slow, it really hooked me by the end and I could put it down!

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog1 (2) tours. She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.

Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years. Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children. They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.

In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.

Links:

Twitter : @LizCrimeWarp

FB @LizMistrybooks

email: lizmistryauthor@yahoo.co.uk

Blog: The Crime Warp

Website : liz mistry crime writer
 

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On The Shelf Reviews: Blog Tour; Before I Left by Daisy White.

Genre: Mystery/thriller.

Description:

A LONG HOT SUMMER, A CITY BY THE SEA, AND A SERIAL KILLER ON THE LOOSE.

Nineteen-year-old runaway Ruby Baker and pregnant best friend Mary escape domestic violence in London to find a new home in Brighton. They join a glitzy set of party girls, who are hell-bent on enjoying themselves in the new freedom of the 1960s.

But their new life soon comes under threat. Someone is watching Ruby. A tall stranger who Ruby keeps spotting in the shadows.  This man may have followed them from London. And Ruby fears her dark secret will be exposed.

Then a murder at a local beauty spot brings danger for the party-loving set, and the first murder is followed by a second. Rumours of occult sacrifices spread across town

In a breathtaking conclusion, Ruby faces a race against time to save someone very close to her, and her new life may be destroyed and her secrets exposed.

Discover a gripping new writer today. Great for fans of Lisa Jewell, Angela Marsons, or LJ Ross.

 

Review:

Ruby is running away from an abusive stepdad, her pregnant friend Mary, an abusive husband. They swap Croydon for the bright lights of Brighton, thinking nobody would find them there. But somebody is watching them, breaking into their flat leaving gifts and threatening phone calls. Then young women like themselves start turning up dead.

It’s a short book, only twenty three chapters with an array of interesting characters. I really did end up caring what happened to both Ruby, Mary and her baby. But, I’m just nit picking here, I didn’t think it was a psychological thriller. Well, to be more specific it started out as a psychological thriller, with the whole Ruby feels like she’s being watched and nobody takes her seriously thing,  but ended up being a good old murder mystery. I’m not saying that is a bad thing because I love a good mystery but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Another point is I still have no idea what year it was meant to be set. From the blurb it says the ‘sixties’ but the that was a whole ten year period and as someone who’s entire knowledge of the era comes from watching ‘Carry On’ films and listening to The Beatles I really would have like a bit more scene setting.

Overall an interesting book but I personally would have stuck with the murder mystery aspect of it and got rid of the stalker/psychological part but that, of course, is just my opinion.

Rating: 3/5

 

Links

http://daisywhiteauthor.co.uk/press/

www.joffebooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=daisywhiteauthor

 

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On the Shelf Review: Blog Tour Maggie James, The Second Captive.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Book Description:

Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when she is abducted. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent on her captor for food, clothes and her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred towards her imprisoner changes to compassion.

But Beth cannot forget that her abductor is also a killer. And she has evidence to prove it…

Then Beth escapes

Can Beth escape from the prison that she has found herself in?

And is there a relationship between love and fear?

 

On the Shelf Review:

I received an advanced copy of this book via the publisher Bloodhound Books.

This is quite a slow burn psychological thriller that really gets inside the minds of both the victim, Beth and her abductor, Dominic. But I have to admit I got quite frustrated with this book. It started off so strong, with Beth escaping from her prison and finding her way home. We then find out about her seduction by the handsome and charming Dominic Perdue, then imprisonment and his subsequent manipulation, turning Beth into his ‘perfect’ companion.

But then I hit the middle and the story started to lag a little.

I don’t think this was helped by the switch in perspectives. The first half was Beth and Dominic and the second half was Ursula (Beth’s mother) and Beth. I would have loved to see a few chapters with Dominic’s view in the second half, see how he was reacting to Beth’s freedom.

It all culminated in an ending, (including a chapter were Ursula actually confronts Dominic), which while it tied up loose ends, it still fell a bit flat.

Rating: 3/5

 

Author Bio:

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.6142Per829L._UX250_

 Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

Links:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjamesfiction

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/828751.Maggie_James

Blog: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com/blog

Website: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com

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