#BlogTour #Review The Tower by Anne-Marie Ormsby @AMOrmsby @rararesources

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Title: The Tower by Anne-Marie Ormsby

Date Published: 10th January 2020

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Genre: Ghost Story/Horror

Description:

Sometimes the dead come back. And sometimes all they want is to hurt you.

When residents on an east London housing estate start dying in gruesome ways, housing manager Ada begins to worry that her past is coming back to haunt her.

Once a powerful medium, able to talk to the dead with amazing ease, she became more comfortable with the afterlife than real life, and with that openness she attracted something dark from the other side. Terrified by the experience she swore she would never communicate with the dead again.

Ten years later at the scene of an apparent suicide, her long closed-down connection to the dead is reopened, and she begins to receive information she shouldn’t know about the victims’ final moments.

Stalked in her dreams and in waking life by an angry male presence, Ada begins to relive the dark days when something from the other side wanted her to end her life.

But as the bodies stack up and the visions intensify, Ada realises that in order to stop more people from dying she has to let the dead back in to find out the truth of what is driving her residents to violent acts – and face up to her own ghosts.

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Review:

I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ada was once a medium. She closed her connection to the dead but after the suicide of one of the residents in a tower block she manages, communications from the dead come back more powerful than ever. One in particular wants nothing more than to harm her and those around her. Can she stop him before he hurts anyone else?

The Tower is a gritty and dark ghostly thriller which I found quite moving at times.

Ada was a flawed and realistic character. She’s had such an unhappy life that I couldn’t help but feel bad for her, and I just wanted her to be happy with DI Harman. Of course it’s never that simple, especially when you’ve got a ghostly stalker like Michael.

Michael was so cruel and diabolical, genuinely one of those characters you’ll love to hate!

I will say this is not the most cheery read, there’s suicide, self harm and mentions of abuse, so if you’re looking for something light hearted you may have to find another book!

The Tower is a haunting and at times poignant read that will stay with you after you’ve finished the last page.

About The Author:

On a warm day in July 1978, a mother was admitted to hospital, awaiting the arrival of image1 (3)her new baby. She was reading Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie and the midwives thought it a gruesome choice for an expectant mother. A story of a long forgotten murder and repressed memories. As it turned out her new baby, Anne-Marie would grow up and find herself drawn to all things macabre, and would one day herself turn out a story of murder and memories lost.

Anne Marie grew up on the Essex coast with her parents and six siblings in a house that was full of books and movies and set the scene for her lifelong love of both.

She began writing short stories when she was still at primary school after reading the book The October Country by Ray Bradbury. He was and still is her favourite author and the reason she decided at age 9 that she too would be a writer someday.

In her teens she continued to write short stories and branched out into poetry, publishing a few in her late teens. In her early twenties she began committing herself to writing a novel and wrote one by the age of 20 that she then put away, fearing it was too weird for publication.

She wrote Purgatory Hotel over several years, but again kept it aside after several rejections from publishers. Luckily for her, she found a home for her twisted tale with Crooked Cat Books.

Her favourite authors include Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King, Denis Lehane and Douglas Coupland. She also takes great inspiration from music and movies, her favourite artists being Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Interpol, David Lynch and David Fincher.

After ten years living in London, Anne-Marie moved to Margate where she lives with her husband and their daughter.

#BlogTour #Review The Slaying In Sydenham by Alice Castle @AliceMCastle @rararesources

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Title: The Slaying in Sydenham by Alice Castle

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Publication Date: 10th December 2019

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

A dangerous move…

Single mum and super sleuth, Beth Haldane, has been set her most daunting task yet by handsome cop boyfriend Inspector Harry York. He wants her to find them a new home – outside Dulwich! Beth can hardly bear the idea, so when a young estate agent turns up dead, she diverts her energies to nailing the killer instead.

As it turns out, more or less everyone in Dulwich who has ever moved house may have a motive. But do some of the richest residents have an even stronger reason to murder the agent than others? What on earth is up with Dr Grover, head of prestigious private school, Wyatt’s? Does Beth’s uber-mummy nemesis, Belinda MacKenzie, have more reason than usual to be swaggering about the village? And who is sending Beth sinister text messages?

Join Beth for her seventh thrilling adventure amid the mean streets of south London, in The Slayings in Sydenham!

You can buy your copy here:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Slayings-Sydenham-London-Murder-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07ZJVR84P 

US – https://www.amazon.com/Slayings-Sydenham-London-Murder-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07ZJVR84P

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Review:

I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

So I’m back with Beth Haldane for the seventh in the London murder mystery series, I can’t quite believe there’s been that many! I would recommend having read a few of the previous books before getting stuck into this book, as there a few recurring storylines that you might miss out on.

Beth and Harry’s relationship is moving to the next level, as he moves into her house. Unable to cope with all of his boxes, Beth reluctantly agrees to look at houses outside her beloved Dulwich. 

She gets a nasty shock at a house in Sydenham when she finds the body of the estate agent. Unable to leave the mystery to her policeman boyfriend Harry York, she starts to investigate. Can Beth figure whodunnit before anyone else gets hurt?

It’s so nice to be back with this series, it’s like catching up with old friends.

Beth is still on top form, procrastinating from the really big issues in her life and concentrating on solving mysteries. I also enjoyed the little bit of tension that builds throughout the novel between Beth and Harry surrounding their moving in together, I felt it added a whole new layer to their relationship.

My only issue with the book was that I felt that the murders sort of got pushed to the side slightly in favour of the other story lines within the book.

The Slayings in Sydenham is a fast paced and fun cosy mystery with likeable characters that you can’t help going back to.

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About The Author: 

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The DailyAlice-Castle-Author-Portrait-600x903 Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks. 

Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim and also hit the number one spot. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, was published in August 2018, with Homicide in Herne Hill following in October 2018. Revenge on the Rye came out in December 2018. The Body in Belair Park will be published on 25th June 2019. Alice is currently working on the seventh London Murder Mystery adventure, The Slayings in Sydenham. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceMCastle

Links to buy books: http://www.MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery http://www.myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich,

 http://myBook.to/CiC

 http://myBook.to/homicideinhernehill 

http://myBook.to/revengeontherye

http://myBook.to/BodyinBelair

Death in Dulwich is now also out as an audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07N1VNMLT/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-140657&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_140657_rh_us

Alice lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.