#BlogTour #Review Last Request by Liz Mistry @LizMistryAuthor @HQstories

Title: Last Request by Liz Mistry

Publisher: HQ

Date Published: 16th October 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

‘You only have one shot at this. Your message to someone you love. What is your last request?’

When human remains are discovered under Bradford’s derelict Odeon car park, DS Nikita Parekh and her team are immediately called to the scene.

Distracted by keeping her young nephew out of trouble, Nikki is relieved when the investigation is transferred to the Cold Case Unit, and she can finally focus on her family.

But after the identity of the victim is revealed, she’s soon drawn back into the case. The dead man is a direct link to her painful past.

As the body count begins to rise, Nikki must do everything she can to stop the killer in their tracks before anyone else gets hurt – even if it means digging up secrets she had long kept hidden…

For readers of Angela Marsons and Helen H. Durrant comes a gritty new crime series featuring bold, brave and ferocious D.S. Nikki Parekh.

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Review:

I love Liz Mistry’s Gus McGuire series so I knew I had to give this new detective Nikki Parekh a go!

When a skeleton is dug up under a car park, it brings up some uncomfortable secrets from Nikki’s past. As the body count rises, Nikki must put her own issues aside to find the killer.

Last Request is a gritty and hard hitting police procedural with a diverse cast of characters.

As always with Liz Mistry’s books, her attention to detail and ability to make believable characters really comes across in this novel. 

Nikki is a complex and multifaceted character. A single mum with three kids, by two different dads, dual heritage and Hindu to boot. She’s quite an abrasive person at the beginning of the novel, I personally didn’t find her all that likeable, but as the story goes on and we get to know her and her painful past, I warmed to her.

As it’s the first in the series, we’re getting to know the characters, which I felt dragged the pace a little in the first part of the book but it does pick up in the second half. 

Last Request is a good start to series and I’m interested to see where the story will head next!

About the Author:

Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she Liz+Mistry_upscaled_image_x4moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.

Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.

In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.

Social Media links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizMistrybooks/ @LizMistrybooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LizMistryAuthor @LizMistryAuthor

Website : https://www.lizmistry.com/

#BlogTour #Review Unseen Evil by Liz Mistry @BOTBSPublicity @LizMistryAuthor

Title: Unseen Evil by Liz Mistry

Date Published: 2nd September 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

New Release from best-selling author Liz Mistry is number 6 in her D.I. Gus McGuire series.

Social Media can be the death of you …

The Snapchat
A twisted killer comes to the attention of DI Gus McGuire and his team when a teenager receives a Snapchat image of his murdered friend.

The Killer
As the killer becomes bolder, using social media to publicise the murders, Gus fears there may be more than one murderer targeting young people.

The Stalker
Meanwhile, Gus comes under threat from a stalker who is not afraid to get up close and personal.

Can Gus protect his loved ones and catch the killer before another Snap is received?

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Review:

I really enjoy Liz Mistry’s Gus McGuire books so when Sarah at Books On The Bright Side Publicity offered me a spot on the blog tour I jumped at the chance.

Another tough case for Gus McGuire and his team, with a tech savvy killer who uses social media to broadcast the kills of their teenage victims and a stalker that is getting a little too personal for Gus’ liking.

Unseen Evil is gritty and hard hitting police procedural that really gets to grips with modern policing in an era where everything is broadcast on social media for anyone to see.

What makes Liz’s books so compelling is the fact the characters seem so real. The teenagers sound and act like real teenagers. All of her characters are realistically flawed. I do have to say I have a soft spot for Gus, even though he can be a bit selfish bugger sometimes.

I will say I sort of guessed who the mastermind behind the crimes was fairly early on but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the novel at all.

Unseen Evil is such a binge worthy novel that once I picked it up I just didn’t want to put it down! I’m eagerly awaiting the next in this series.

Author Bio:

Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husbandLiz+Mistry_upscaled_image_x4 (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.

Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.

In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.

Social Media links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizMistrybooks/ @LizMistrybooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LizMistryAuthor @LizMistryAuthor

Website : https://www.lizmistry.com/

#GuestPost Unspoken Truths, Mental Health and Me by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp @Bloodhoundbook

So I was lucky enough to review Unspoken Truths a couple of weeks back (you can read my review here) but today I’m bringing you an exclusive guest post from the lovely author herself on mental health. First a little about the book:

Title: Unspoken Truths by Liz Mistry

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 29th October 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder.

In Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus will be pushed to his physical and psychological limits.

First a train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle carrying drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley.

But when Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal.

As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the reason behind the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets his team loose on the Dark Web but how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?

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

Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer?

Never before has Gus faced a test as demanding as this….

Guest Post: Unspoken Truths, Mental Health and Me.

I make no secret of my own battles with mental ill health and my ongoing struggles to maintain good health. And it is for this reason that, in my writing I always try to highlight some areas of Mental health.

Mental Health is a very non – specific way to discuss the myriad of conditions out there. There are as diverse a range of Mental health conditions out there as there are physical conditions and no one size fits all.

In Unspoken Truths I got to thinking about the Mental Health of various characters in the novel. Statistics show that many rough sleepers also suffer from a range of mental health issues and with the emphasis in Unspoken Truths being on the extreme weather conditions caused by The Beast from the East, I was keen to highlight some of the issues faced by people suffering from schizophrenia with no access to their meds. Alongside the two rough sleepers found outside The Fort, I wanted to give a nod to the initiative of having Mental health nurses on call to assist the Police in providing the right sort of care for people they come across. This means that instead of spending a night in the cells, frightened and without help geared to their needs, people with mental health disorders will get the help they need.

Likewise, I wanted to highlight how Bradford’s many communities came together in this crisis situation to care for the less fortunate. Community is a powerful and beautiful thing that should always be praised when it does great work.

My character, Alice Cooper, is particularly loved by readers. She is gutsy, strong and charismatic (she’s all the things I wish I was.) However, in Unspoken Truths a series of extreme events take place which really tests Alice’s mental resilience. As a result of various traumas, Alice begins to suffer from depersonalisation – that lack of ability to connect with her surroundings, the people around her and the circumstances in which she finds herself. This sort of mental trauma leads to physical symptoms which are frightening and set in motion a vicious cycle of being unable to ground yourself or lift yourself from extreme apathy.  I hope that the things I put Alice through and her responses to it will help to highlight these issues.

My main man Gus struggles to battle his demons. He has come a long way since Unquiet Souls, but still continues to battle to keep his head above water. He has adopted many strategies to help his mental health. The most obvious is his absolute dedication to the job – Gus can only feel well if he is policing. This is a reflection of myself – I can only feel well when I am writing – In effect my job helps to keep me sane too. Gus also has other things in his life to help his mental health. His little dog Bingo raises his mood and h physical exercise through jogging is a must for Gus. So, in Unspoken Truths, poor Gus is really struggling as the weather conditions make it impossible for him to self -medicate by jogging.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little bit about Unspoken Truths, Mental Health, and Me.

Love from

Liz Mistry


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

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

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

Liz’s Social Media Links:

Facebook: @LizMistrybooks

Email: LizMistryAuthor@yahoo.com

Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp

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

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

 

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

Title: Unspoken Truths by Liz Mistry

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 29th October 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

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

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

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

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

Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About The Author:

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

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

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

She is contactable on:

Facebook: @LizMistrybooks

Email: LizMistryAuthor@yahoo.com

Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp

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

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