#BlogTour #Review Locked In by G.B Williams @GailBWilliams @Bloodhoundbook #NewRelease

Title: Locked In by G.B Williams

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 10th February 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards.

Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.

Can they all escape unharmed?

And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

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Review:

It’s set around six months after the end of the last book. Ariadne Teddington had just popped into her local bank when she ends up being held hostage. Unfortunately one of the robbers recognises her as a prison guard and potential threat. Trying to protect her fellow captives she puts her life on the line.

The first book in this series, Locked Up was one of my favourite reads of last year, (you can read my review of it here), so when I found out there was going to be a sequel I jumped at the chance to read it! I would recommend reading Locked Up before you read this, to get a better feel for the characters.

This story was a fast paced, nail biting, with several moments that made me gasp out loud.

The story is told from three points of view, Ariadne, Charlie Bell and DCI Piper who we met briefly in the last book. It nice to get to know DCI Piper a bit better.

Ariadne, just can’t seem to catch a break! She’s caught up in a prison riot now she’s been held hostage. I feel like she attracts trouble like a magnet. She’s still one of my favourite female characters, brave, headstrong and facing down robbers all while wearing a corset.

I have to be honest it took me a little longer to get into this book than the last one. I can’t say why exactly, maybe it’s because I’ve read and seen quite a few hostage situations in books and TV and it’s just become a little cliched to me or the fact I may have been suffering from the dreaded ‘book hangover’.

Also I felt like a lot of the book was just a set up for the next in the series Locked Down but there was a big revelation at the end which makes me excited for the next book.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her Colour Portrait 10debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres
including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world. Then she met a guy. Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious
cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

Links:

Twitter: @GailBWilliams

Facebook: @GBWilliamsCrimeWriter

Blog: thewriteroute.wordpress.com

Website: www.gailbwilliams.co.uk

#BookReview Ballad For A Mad Girl by Vicki Wakefield @text_publishing

Title: Ballad For A Mad Girl by Vicki Wakefield.

Publisher: Text Publishing

Date Published: 29th May 2017

Genre: Young Adult.

Source: NetGalley

Description:

Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She’s a prankster and a risk-taker, and she’s not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe. That night she experiences something she can’t explain.

The funny girl isn’t laughing any more. She’s haunted by voices and visions—but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf.

As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can no longer tell what’s real or imagined—all she knows is the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price.

Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?

I trace the word with my finger. It shimmers. A sharp impact near my ribs knocks me sideways and the pipe seems to buckle and twist. My legs lose grip. Close by, someone is sobbing as if their heart could break.

Review:

On the surface Grace Foley is a risk-taker, a prankster, a troublemaker but in reality she’s struggling. Her dad moved them from the farm she grew up on to a ‘cardboard house’ after the death of her mum, while her friends seem to be moving on without her.

She accepts a challenge to walk across a pipe, something she’s done several times before but something strange happens. Slowly her grip on reality seems to be fading, she’s seeing things, experiencing things she could never have known about and it’s all linked to the mysterious disappearance of Hannah Holt twenty-three years ago.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this book, I’ve been looking for a good spooky story for ages. It’s part mystery, part ghost story, set against the back drop of high school.

At first I was a little confused, I thought it was set in the US, as most YA books seem to be nowadays, but they used words like bloody, pub and they wore school uniforms, it turns out it’s set in Australia which made a welcome change.

Then we have Grace. The whole book is written in the first person, from Grace’s perspective, which usual I’m not a fan of, they are usually slightly whiny, but I thought she was a fantastic character. Okay she’s moody, grumpy and a little self centred but to me she felt like a real teenager and I really liked her.

The book was creepy, atmospheric and very realistic, it even made me feel a little emotional at times. There’s also some wonderful description, one of my favourite is:

He’s got a long line running through the middle of his forehead, as if somebody ironed a perfect crease there.’

And even a harden fan of crime fiction like myself, didn’t see any of the twists in the story coming! I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.

Rating: 5/5

Author Bio:

Vikki Wakefield’s first YA novel, All I Ever Wanted, won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Literary Award for YA Fiction, as did her second novel, Friday Brown, in 2014. Friday Brown was also an Honour Book at the Children’s Book Council of Australia, in 2013, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Awards. Vikki’s third novel, Inbetween Days, was Highly Commended in the 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award, was a 2016 CBCA Honour Book and was shortlisted for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Awards. Vikki lives in the Adelaide foothills with her family.

#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

#BlogTour #Review A Cold Cold Heart by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @Bloodhoundbook

Title: A Cold Cold Heart by John Nicholl

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 31st January 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

DI Gravel and his daughter Emily are oblivious to the terrible danger she is in when she accepts a job working for the solicitor Charles Turner.

Meanwhile Gravel is on the hunt for a serial killer. And when Emily becomes the killer’s latest obsession, the murderer will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

But as further bodies are discovered, the killer seeks to befriend DI Gravel and misdirect his investigation.

How can you catch a killer who is hiding in plain sight? Can DI Gravel and Emily come away from this case with both their lives in tact?

Sometimes evil wears a suit…

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Review:

I want to thank Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy of A Cold Cold Heart and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

Four women have been found murdered, all with the same colour hair, each wearing an unusual outfit. The killer covers their tracks well, never leaving any evidence behind, the police are baffled.

Emily Gravel has returned home after a bad break up to live with her father, unwittingly becomes the next target for this brutal serial killer.

This book is fast paced, dark and disturbing that kept me hooked chapter after chapter.

From early on in the book we know who the killer is, which worried me as it’s not something I’m a fan of but it really ended up enjoying getting inside the mind of a killer, and what a sicko they are!

I have to be honest, I wasn’t that keen on DI Gravel or Grav at the beginning. He’s grumpy, has a quick temper and seems to treat every woman within his vicinity as his personal tea lady. As the book progresses you get more of an insight into him and how he’s not taking care of his health and his still raw grief after the death of his wife from cancer. I also found his relationship with his daughter Emily and his fellow officer DS Laura Kesey quite endearing.

I will warn you it’s a little gruesome in places and there’s a good dose of swearing, so it’s not for the faint of heart!

However there are a few plot inconsistencies, The big one that stood out to me was the killer nearly has his thumb severed, then there’s no mention of it again, surely he would have had to have an operation of some kind? Also I feel it did make the police look a little dim witted at times, but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall I found this a quick and easy read, a good mix of psychological thriller and police procedural.

Rating: 4/5

Author bio:

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, writes popular dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, fullsizeoutput_8reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire. A Cold Cold Heart, John’s sixth book, is published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018. John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

Links:

Author website

http://www.johnnicholl.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/john.nicholl.988

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13795294.John_Nicholl

Twitter

https://twitter.com/nicholl06

Agent

http://tma-agency.com

#BookReview #BlogTour Killer Lies by Chris Collett @crime_crow @JoffeBooks #Thriller #Mystery

Title: Killer Lies by Chris Collett

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 15th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/thriller. Police Procedural.

Description:

Do you love gripping police procedurals with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Just when DI Tom Mariner seems to be settling down with his new girlfriend . . . everything kicks off.

First, a badly decomposed body of a young woman is found in a Birmingham sewer. The police can’t identify her and dub her “Madeleine.”

Then an important politician and his wife are shot on an isolated road.

And finally, a bomb explosion in the busy city kills 5 people, causing chaos and panic.

Can Detective Mariner and his team get to the bottom of crimes that will come very close to home for his team.
Mariner will need to bend the rules and risk everything to get to the truth. And in a thrilling conclusion, his own life will be at risk.

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the third book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING
Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WRITTEN IN BLOOD.”

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Review:

So this is the third of the DI Tom Mariner series and the second I’ve read but it could easily be read as a stand alone without you missing very much.

The story starts with a farmer finding MP Sir Geoffrey Ryland, his wife and his driver shot to death in a secluded spot, a message; Vengence is mine, daubed in blood on the window of the car. Elsewhere, Mariner set to deliver a speech at the annual Christmas carol service when the world around him explodes, literally.

Suffering from the aftermath of the explosion, Mariner is trying to concentrate on a case involving a young woman found in a sewer but a phone call from an old colleague turns his fragile world upside down and he becomes obsessed with Geoffrey Ryland’s case.

Another fantastic book from Chris Collett, that starts with a heck of a bang!

Mariner is still a bit of a headstrong loner, who refuses to let anyone into his inner world, not even his partner Anna, torturing himself over things he can’t control. I still like him even though he frustrates me so much! I kept thinking just talk to someone, tell them what’s going on, but of course he never does! Also he and Anna are considering having children, I’d love to see him as a dad!

There’s also a huge revelation about Mariner in the book, but I’m not going to spoil it for you, you’ll just have to read it and see.

There’s lots of conspiracy theories, about dodgy policemen and drug dealers even the government gets accused of covering up Geoffrey Ryland’s murder. It was so cleverly plotted I genuinely had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed.

My attention did waver a little in the middle, but it quickly pulled me back in and built to a tension packed, satisfying ending.

Overall an explosive read that will keep you guessing until the end.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). Graduating inChris Collett - author pic Liverpool, Chris has since taught children and adults with varying degrees of learning disability, including autism. She is now a university lecturer, with two grown up children, and lives in Birmingham; DI Tom Mariner’s ‘patch’. She has published short stories, teaches creative and crime writing and is a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

The first five DI Tom Mariner books will be released in revised editions by Joffe Books in 2017/2018.

Author Links:
Website: www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477

#Review Murder in the Meadows by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks #mystery #Detectives

Title: Murder in the Meadows by Faith Martin

Publisher: Joffe Books.

Date published: 8th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/thriller.

Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery  with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Wayne Sutton is found dead by a stream in a beautiful meadow. His head has been bashed in and a red paper heart left on his body. The handsome young artist had a reputation as a ladies’ man.

DI Hillary Greene discovers that there were many wealthy married women buying his paintings and taking ‘private’ art lesson from him.

It appears that several of them might have wanted him dead.

Hillary also has a new detective sergeant, Gemma Fordham. Seemingly efficient and pleasant, she harbours a secret agenda.

Can Hillary get to the bottom of a complex case involving jealousy, love, and cold-blooded murder?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.

MURDER IN THE MEADOW is the seventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
The pretty iron stone village of Deddington. Not far from the market town of Banbury (noted for its famous Banbury Cross of the nursery rhyme “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, to see a fine lady upon a white horse, with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes.”) It has an attractive and unusual church, antique shop and hotel, and several pubs known locally for their cuisine. Although not a tourist spot as such, it is a picturesque spot. Water meadows, such as the one where the body is found, are a feature of valleys in the area, and regularly flood in the winter time, adding nutrients to the soil, making them especially lovely in the spring and summer, when they can flower quite spectacularly.

THE DETECTIVES
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.


DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “BESIDE A NARROW STREAM.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
Books 8-11 coming soon!

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Review:

So this is the seventh in the Hillary Greene series. I have to admit apart from this one I’ve only read the first book in the series Murder on the Oxford Canal (you can read my review here.), I thought I would have missed a good chunk of the storyline but I was pleasantly surprised that I hadn’t really and was able to pick up the story straight away.

The book opens with two young boys finding the body of known Lothario and artist Wayne Sutton in a meadow. There’s no shortage of suspects, including clingy lovers, rival artists and jealous husbands. To complicate matters Hillary has a new DS, Gemma Fordham, who on paper seems perfect but she can sense the DS has motive for moving to her team.

Hillary is still as feisty as ever. She’s still living on a canal boat but is now in a relationship with Mike Regis, a fellow officer in the Vice squad but her boss DCI Danvers also has an eye on her. Gemma Fordham makes an interesting addition to Hillary’s team, weirdly I like her even though she’s seems a bit dodgy.

This was a really enjoyable read. Well written, fast paced with lots of suspects and a good dollop of red herrings.

I am definitely going to have to pick up the books I have missed.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different penAuthor photo (1) names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the first eleven of the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! And the first of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL. MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY, MURDER OF THE BRIDE, MURDER IN THE VILLAGE, MURDER IN THE FAMILY and MURDER AT HOME are available now. Books 8-11 coming soon!

Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

#Review Bad To The Bone by @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook

Title: Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 29th April 2017

Description:

A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.

A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.

As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in the woods.

As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.

When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.

Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost?

And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?

 

Review:

A skeleton of a woman is unearthed in a forest, DI James ‘Jimmy’ Bliss and DC Penny Chandler are called into to investigate. With the help of the ‘bone lady’ they set out who the young woman was and why she was killed.

Out of the blue DI Bliss receives a call from a retired colleague DI Weller wanting to meet up but before they meet Weller ends up in a car crash. When a second officer turns up dead Bliss believes there could be a link between these death and the skeletal remains.

So this is the first Bliss and Chandler book, I’m reading this in preparation for the next book, The Scent Of Guilt, which comes out February.

There was never a dull moment in this book! I had everything, murder, nail biting car chases, death threats, even a little romance…I don’t think the author could have squeezed any more action into it.

DI Bliss has a tragic past, his wife was murdered before he moved to Peterborough, and is still under a cloud after a previous murder investigation went sideways. He’s also battling an unknown health condition. He seems like his own worst enemy and a bit of a loner but he’s a good policeman and I found myself liking him. I liked DC Chandler too, she’s loyal and ambitious but also seems to genuinely care about Bliss (as a friend of course).

My only issue, and it’s exceptionally minor, was I would have liked a bit more about DC Chandler’s story/background. I know her daughter was kidnapped by her ex and taken to another country but it was only touched upon briefly, I just wanted to know more!

After reading this book I can’t wait to read the next one.

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.TJF05

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.

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

#Review The Stone Arch Secret by @kddowdall @shanannigans81

Title: The Stone Arch Secret by KD Dowdall

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller/ Romance

Publication Date:January 2018

Description:

Twenty-eight-year-old cultural anthropologist, Lilly Allaire, receives a phone call telling her that Dax is dead. The cause of death is unknown.

At the age of fourteen, best friends, Lilly and Dax, experience a traumatic incident. After the incident, Dax is institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital with total memory loss. For Dax, his memory loss is an act of self-preservation. Lilly still suffers a blocked memory of that day and has frequent nightmares.

Lilly decides to go back to Salmon Brook, her home town, to find out the truth about the mysterious incident that left Dax in a catatonic state. Lilly has a chance meeting with a former high school classmate, Noah Hawthorne.

Noah remembers Lilly as his high school secret crush and offers to help her. Together, they try to unravel the mysterious incident that plagues Lilly’s dreams and turns them into nightmares.

However, Noah has a secret of his own, a dangerous secret, that will put Lilly in harm’s way.

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Review:

Lilly Allaire returns to her home town after her best friend Dax dies. He’d been confined to a mental health hospital unable to speak as he and Lilly witnessed something terrible as teenagers but Lilly has no memory of this events.

After his death he leaves her a note, forcing her to confront her worst fears and revisit to Salmon Brook forest. On returning Lily meets former classmate Noah Hawthorne who offers to help her.

The story started off with plenty of mystery and intrigue, what had Lilly and Dax seen all those years ago and what was in Dax’s note? Unfortunately the villain (I won’t tell you who but they made my skin crawl) was revealed a little too early for my liking and the romantic elements of the story took over.

I liked the character of Noah, he’d gone from being an awkward skinny kid to a bit of a dish, and a sweetheart to boot. At times I got a little frustrated with Lilly though, she’s meant to be a smart anthropologist but she makes some dumb decisions!

There unfortunately was a few issues with the story. The dialogue seemed a little too formal and unnatural. There was a lot of repetition of the same phrases, Indian summer is the one that springs to mind. The timeline was also a little wonky in places and the story a bit rushed especially near the end.

Rating: 3/5

About the Author

K. D. Dowdall, PhD, MSN, RN was born in New England and spent her elementary-grade KD Dowdallschool years in Granby, Connecticut. She graduated from FAU with a master’s degree in Clinical Research Nursing and has a PhD in clinical nutrition. K. D. is also a lover of ballet, jazz, ballroom dance, contemporary dance, and has had her own dance studio.  She has written songs, poetry, short stories, and now several fiction novels; a children’s fantasy adventure story, a historical mystery/murder with a dash romance and a third fiction novel almost complete;  a mystery thriller with romance. All are standalone novels.  Her next book is a series.

Along the way, it was her good fortune to live in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England. Each culture she experienced reinforced her belief that all cultures are rich in storytelling to explain their human hopes, dreams, struggles, and life experiences, often in magical fantasy presentations. K. D. still dances, loves swimming, scuba diving, and theatre.

https://karendowdall.com/

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