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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#BlogTour #Review Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher @JoffeBooks @Gloriouscharlie #NewRelease #PoliceProcedural

Title: Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 24th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural


Description:

Discover a gripping crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive beginning to one of the most surprising endings of the year.
On a lazy Sunday morning Jenny Harris is shaken awake by her panic-stricken boyfriend, Joseph. Their baby daughter lies asleep on her chest. ‘We’ve got to go!’ Joseph screams.
In their hotel room, Jenny hurriedly wraps her tiny baby up. All their belongings are left behind. There’s no time. Joseph’s panic is contagious.
Jenny sprints with her family from the hotel. And it’s clear that they are being chased. Their pursuers are indiscriminate and they are deadly. Her boyfriend falls, caught up in the carnage, but he manages to give her one last message: RUN!’
Detective George Elms is investigating a separate crime: an elderly woman shot in the stomach during a robbery gone wrong. She is left for her dead in her country kitchen where she stood firm against violent thieves.
What’s the link between the two incidents? And who will do anything to silence Jenny forever?
George’s only option is to make ground on both cases. And he must move fast. Because everyone is in deadly danger and time is running out.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

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Review:

Jenny doesn’t understand why her boyfriend wakes her up in a panic, demanding her to run with their daughter, that is until people start shooting at her.

While everyone is out looking for Jenny, newly promoted DI George Elms is dealing with a personal issue, the return of his estranged wife and his daughter. When he is tasked to investigate the shooting of an old woman on an isolated farm his head is not really on his work. Can George pull it together?

This is the fifth book in the series and the first I’ve read by Charlie Gallagher, which is probably not ideal but I can safely say this can be read as a stand-alone without feeling lost or having the previous books spoilt for you.

Wow, Charlie Gallagher just drops you right into the thick of the action which doesn’t let up at all!  I enjoyed the fact it wasn’t overly complicated or had too many characters, a problem I’ve been seeing in crime fiction of late, just a great fast paced thrilling read. Also as Charlie is a real life police officer, it feels really authentic without getting bogged down in detail.

I have to be honest at first I didn’t really warm to George Elms that much. I understand he’s under a lot of pressure after being promoted and from his estranged wife but sometimes I felt like giving him a good smack and telling him to stop behaving so badly. By the end though, he got me on side.

Overall an action packed read and a must for fans of police procedurals.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences. 

LINKS:

Website: https://www.writercharliegallagher.com

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

Twitter: @gloriouscharlie

#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 A Time To Kill by Stephen Puleston @stephenpuleston @Books_n_all #NewRelease #policeprocedural

Title: A Time To Kill by Stephen Puleston

Date Published: 26th February 2018

Genre: Mystery/thriller, Police Procedural.

Book Description:

A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdonia are an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.

A killer hidden in plain sight.

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…

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Review:

DI Ian Drake is not happy when he is asked to investigate the disappearance of Harry Jones, a local antique dealer but that quickly changes when his body is found. As he investigates further Harry Jones is not the upstanding entrepreneur that he looks to be on the surface. A second murder occurs, this time a local lawyer, are the two deaths linked?

This is the fifth Inspector Drake book but can quite easily be read as a standalone without, in my opinion, missing too much. 

This is the type of story that I love. A good dollop of murder with plenty of suspects that keeps me guessing. The victim is also a complicated character, having had multiple affairs, his nickname is Hotpoint because he’s a ladies man (no, I don’t quite why is naming yourself after a washing machine sexy either.) and some dodgy dealings with a few shady characters.

Since the last book I read, Drake seems to be coping a lot better with his OCD issues, he also has a new sergeant, Sara Morgan. I still find it hard to like DI Drake, I find him a little abrasive at times but I feel in this book I felt you got to see his lighter side.

The pacing and tension in this book is nicely done and there was never a dull moment, although with such a large cast of characters I did find myself thinking who was that person again? But that was just a minor complaint.

Overall an intriguing police procedural that will keep you turning page after page.

Rating: 4/5
Author Bio:

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.Author photo
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

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#BlogBlitz #Review I know Where You Live by Pat Young @Bloodhoundbooks @py321_young #NewRelease

Title: I know where you live by Pat Young.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published:Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

Penny believes she’s being watched. Yet no one should know where she lives.

Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe.

At the airport they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair.

Penny, struggling to cope in France, offers Sophie a job and she soon becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is hiding something.

Then Penny’s toddler son, Ethan, is abducted and an international hunt for the child begins.

The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal but the couple refuse. Unknown to the police, Penny and Seth have new identities and are determined to lay low and protect them. But it may be too late for that.

Who has taken Ethan and why?

Are the couple’s true identities linked to the abduction?

And who has been watching them?

To save her son Penny may have to put her own life on the line.

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Review:

I want to thank Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy of I Know Where You Live and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

Penny doesn’t feel safe in Texas, she feels like someone is watching her and her family. When her husband Seth gets offered a job in France, she jumps at the chance. They meet Sophie, an American fluent in French, who isoff to Europe herself to find her long lost father.

Was this meeting by chance or was there a more sinister reason behind it?

Sophie quickly becomes part of the family, becoming au pair to Penny and Seth’s children, Ethan and Angel but disaster strikes when Ethan is abducted.

This is the sequel to Till The Dust Settles, which I didn’t realise before I read it. It can be read as a stand alone but I’d highly recommend reading the first book to get a fuller understanding of the characters. I didn’t myself but it’s now sitting it’s waiting for me on my kindle.

This is the second book I’ve read within a month that contains sensitive subject of child abduction. It shows how much something this harrowing, can create a strain on even the strongest of relationships and even turns the most mild mannered of people, like Seth, into an almost completely different person.

The characters in this book are very believable. I loved Angel, Penny and Seth’s bouncy six year old, she was so well done and actually sounds like a child not an adult, which happens occasionally when authors try do child characters.

But sometimes throughout the book I felt like the actions of certain people were a little unbelievable. I mean like the mysterious Miss L, would someone really follow someone all the way to France from America? Also a lot of the story hinged on the characters not being honest with each other, which was a little frustrating.

Overall the story has a nice pace with short chapters and well drawn characters even if the plot seemed a little unbelievable at times.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

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

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

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

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

Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from
Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.

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

Links:

Twitter – @py321_young

#BlogTour #Review Murder In The Garden by Faith Martin @Joffebooks @NovCato

Title: Murder In The Garden by Faith Martin

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 22nd February 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.

Edward Philpott is found bludgeoned with his own spade in the garden of the home he shared with his daughter Rachel and his two grandchildren. Hillary’s only lead is a rival at the village flower show who used to argue with the victim about the size of his vegetables. But what dark secrets from the past and present does this village hold?

Hillary has returned to work after the slaying of her boss and is determined to track down his murderer. His pregnant widow is even more determined to get revenge, but will she go too far?

Can Hillary cope with two complex investigations full of extreme emotions, one of which is very close to home?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely heart-stopping conclusion.

MURDER IN THE GARDEN is the ninth 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 traditional and world-famous English country cottage garden. A beautiful and ornamental front garden, with a back garden given over to growing fruit and vegetables. Surrounded by hedges and an ancient wall, in summer it would be full of bees, birdsong, wildlife, and colourful flowers, complete with greenhouse, shed, compost bins and lawns.

THE DETECTIVE
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. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ACROSS THE NARROW BLUE LINE.”

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
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN

Books 10-11 coming soon!

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Review:

Edward Philpott is found bludgeoned to death in his beautiful garden. The man seems to have no enemies, apart from a rival gardener. The case has Hillary and her team stumped. With the arrival of a former enemy, Hillary is under more pressure than ever to close this case but she is not working at her best. Will she solve the case?

This series I have to say keeps getting better and better! I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk these last couple of weeks, reading but not really enjoying things but this book knocked that right out of me. I was hooked from the first page. In an ideal world I would have just sat and read it from beginning to end in one sitting but unfortunately, eating, sleeping and generally taking care of my family got in the way.

I will say if you haven’t read the previous book, Murder In The Mansion before reading this one, you really should. I personally didn’t and OMG did I get such a shock at the beginning! I’m not going to tell you what happens but I think you should read the synopsis first.

I feel really sorry for Hillary. She’s not herself and with the hiring of new superintendent Brian Vane, an old enemy of hers, it doesn’t seem to be looking up for her. On a positive note, she may well be seeing the back of DS Frank Ross, a constant thorn in her side.

There is never a dull moment in this book, it was emotional, tense and gripping. I can’t wait to see what Faith does with this series next!

Rating: 5/5

Author Bio:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of Author photo (1)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! The first 9 books in the series are available now. Books 10-11 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.

#BlogBlitz #Review The Scent Of Guilt by Tony J Forder @Bloodhoundbook @TonyJForder

Title: The Scent Of Guilt by Tony J Forder

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 17th February 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation.

Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims.

Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation. Could the same man be responsible?

Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.

But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past…

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This is the second in the Bliss and Chandler series, but can easily be read as a stand alone without missing much. I would recommend reading the first Bad To The Bone just because it is such a good book, you can read my review of it here.

This book is set twelve years after the first, with DI Bliss accepting a job back in Peterborough. He is thrown in the deep end with a triple murder case, much to his superior’s annoyance. His former partner, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and is working down in London for the sexual crimes division. She’s sent back to Peterborough to investigate a series of rapes but she notices the timing of the cases seems to link with Bliss’s case. Are they connected?

It is nice to be reading another book by Tony J Forder, I’ve read a couple by him now and he doesn’t disappoint! Another engrossing police procedural that builds to a heart pounding ending.

Now a little warning, this book takes on the particularly difficult subject of rape, but I feel the author and handles it with care and consideration which I appreciate.

Even though twelve year have passed Bliss still has the same issue with authority and ability to beat himself up for things he can’t control. Chandler is still hard working, intelligent officer from the first book and the only person who can make Bliss see sense (most of the time anyway). I love the two them working together, and I don’t know whether it’s just me but I think they’d make a good couple too.

My only issue is the fact they go to America. Yes, LA was a nice change from Peterborough but in the age of a cash strapped police force, it seems a bit unbelievable that they would send two officers in the middle of a serious investigation to the US. I mean couldn’t they have posted the files over? Did an interview via Skype? Although that probably would have been a lot less interesting.

Overall a fantastic read and I’ve heard there may even be a third in the pipeline, I hope so!

Rating: 4/5
Author Bio:

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.22365495_499399223774817_4544080396425244912_n

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. 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. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-J-Forder/e/B01N4BPT65/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490529612&sr=8-1-spell
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyjforder/?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TonyJForder?lang=en-gb

#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/

#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 #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