Broken Branches by M. Jonathon Lee

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‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.


My Review

Broken Branches by M. Jonathon Lee, a plotline with a hint of the past, a bite of the present with an accumulation of twists which will make your head spin, the curse will play havoc with your mind.

Do you believe it, can it happen, can you break it?

Broken Branches covers several themes, obsession, mental health, family breakdowns and loss, Lee has portrayed these issues with a great deal of insight and compassion keeping true to each subject without being over zealous.

Ian Jenkins is a family man married to Rachel with a young son Harry, they have returned to Ian’s family home, the home which holds supressed memories and untold stories, the yard with the tree casting shadows, doubt and a sinister secret. Ian delves into the history of his family searching for answers, alienating his wife in the process, unable to hold his family together he believes his only hope is to break the curse but at what cost.

Broken Branches is dark psychological thriller which is a compelling read, a slow paced book which builds with each turn of the page, each chapter builds a picture, slotting the pieces of the puzzle together. I would certainly recommend reading Broken Branches, a good book which is different from the norm, a simmering plot with a heart wrenching end.

Thank you to a M. Jonathon Lee and a great new publishing house ‘Hideaway Falls’ for the opportunity to read and review Broken Branches in exchange for an honest review. I hope to hear more from Lee and Hideaway Falls.

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Dying Art by Malcolm Hollingdrake

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Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world.

Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, where there is money to be made, violence and murder are never far away.

Working their way through a maze of galleries, museums and the internet, Bennett’s team struggles to make sense of the evidence.

Can Bennett tell the difference between what is real and what is fake?

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My Review

Art Is Not What You See, But What You Make Others See.

Edgar Degas

What can I say, Malcolm has produced another fantastic read in Dying Art, the fifth in the DCI Bennett series. Malcolm, somehow has the “Art” of surprising us with the carefully selected scenarios, the fact that Dying Art is centred around the Art World makes it a highly acclaimed read in my view due to the research and history Malcolm has invested in the book. Could you determine what was an actual original historically correct work of art?

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DCI Bennett has been on leave due to the death of a colleague in the last book Game Point, Cyril feels broken and the guilt is overwhelming at times, but he is trying to come to terms with the loss. When Cyril is eventually signed off sick leave he is thrust into the dark and murky world of Art Forgers. From the start the crime of what is seemingly a hit and run of a young woman, quickly becomes evident that it is murder but why, what are the connections, more murders follow and the art world is under scrutiny over forgeries. DCI Bennett and his team must follow the Art to find the forgers and the people responsible for murder.

There is no other way to describe Malcolm’s new book Dying Art except for downright awesome, I was intrigued and compelled by the plotline to savour every moment of what was happening, in the Art World and also Bennetts life. Malcolm I was thoroughly drained with journey you took me on, but it as a OMG type of exhaustion, I can’t thank Malcolm enough for Dying Art, a very enthralling read.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Malcolm Hollingdrake and Sarah Hardy for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of Dying Art, in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

 You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has four books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.

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Dead Jealous by Helen Durrant

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DEAD JEALOUS by Helen H. Durrant

A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon.

She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.

Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?
And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling her the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD JEALOUS is book seven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking  but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS

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My Review

Lately I’ve been dipping my toes into new waters, sampling new authors which previously I hadn’t heard of or was uncertain if their books were what I would typically read. Helen Durrant is one of these authors I had not previously experienced, I’m so glad Joffe Books offered this opportunity to review Dead Jealous, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Dead Jealous is the seventh book in the series following Calladine & Bayliss, in this instalment they find themselves investigating three crimes a cold-case of an abducted child seventeen years previous, the brutal death of a sixteen year old teenage girl and the murder of the local loan shark.

Opening scene is the cold-blooded death of Flora found in the boot of an abandoned car, she has lain a week and nobody has noticed or reported her missing, her mother and friends don’t seem to be concerned, what are they hiding. A jar of ashes wrapped in a pink blanket with a hairclip is handed to the police , after being discovered during house renovations, could this be Jessica the missing toddler from Leesdon Park an investigation which never yielded clues or witnesses, a case that still haunts Calladine, will there finally now be closure. Has the local loan shark went too far, pushed a customer over the edge, his volatile nature has been his downfall, paying the ultimate penalty…..his death with no interest accrued.

I couldn’t believe how well Helen intertwined each scenario, it was effortless and gelled well together, thoroughly enjoyed trying to unravel the twists, the lies and connecting the dots with Calladine and Bayliss to try and discover the truth.

Calladine and Bayliss are a well oiled team within the unit, they have all suffered in the past, the way Helen interspersed personal and work life proved effortless and added to the depth of the storyline, allowing the feeling of really knowing the characters. I certainly felt empathy with Bayliss, where she felt her husband showed more interest in his work than family relations, leaving her feeling that her work wasn’t important either, causing rifts in her family life. What Helen portrayed could have been anyone’s life, even my own at times, which proved to show the characters in a more realistic light.

I couldn’t commend Helen highly enough on Dead Jealous, it certainly was a book that I couldn’t put down except for when the inevitable life things get in the way, like having to work. Even though I had to get on with daily life, the urge to get back to Dead Jealous was always there, the short chapters, the fantastic storylines, the characters, I became absorbed in the pages and wanted to know more quicker.

I have had the pleasure of having a taste of what Helen can conjure up at a recent author event, I like to pose a question with three objects and Helen was kind enough to write a short story in response, I thank Helen very much for humouring me on this occasion with my weird questions. Funnily enough I like to try it with all authors I come across at all author events I attend and its much appreciated.

A definite 5 star read and I would highly recommend reading, Helen Durrant is an author with a wicked flair in her thought process in producing a storyline which is rational and clear-sighted.

Thank you to Joffe Books, Helen Durrant and Booksnall Jill Burkinshaw for the opportunity to read and review an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

HELEN H. DURRANT

OVER 450,00 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

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End Game by Charlie Gallagher

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END GAME by Charlie Gallagher

THERE’S A COP KILLER ON THE LOOSE AND ONLY GEORGE ELMS CAN TAKE HIM DOWN.

Do you love gripping crime fiction? Then try this book by a best-selling author now. It’s a breathtakingly tense crime thriller that you won’t want to put down.

Detective George Elms is out of prison, and the police force that put him there is in chaos. Now they want him back to lead the hunt for vicious cop killer Kane Forley. Only George can put together a team that will bring this criminal to justice. But perhaps his superiors are using George as bait, and they have some very dark secrets to hide.

But this is personal, and things spin out of control fast. Soon George will face one last race against time to save everyone who is close to him. And who can he trust to help him?

One of the tensest, most authentic police thrillers you will read this year. Full of twists and turns, you won’t want to put this down until the shocking conclusion.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CHARLIE GALLAGHER’S BOOKS

“I was hooked from page 1.” Maggie

“Probably the best police procedural books I have read, and I have read a lot.” W. Collins

“Charlie Gallagher is a police detective which means police procedures are spot on. His cast of characters are believable.” Elizabeth Burns

“Explosive from the opening chapter. Excellent storyline.” Sarah

“It’s one of the most exciting, fast-paced crime novels that I’ve read” GreatStuff


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.

THE SETTING
Langthorne, typical of many smaller seaside towns dotted around the UK’s coastline. Once a thriving tourist destination, where the affluent built grand seafront houses, it has suffered a hard fall from grace. Unemployment has blighted the area and so has crime.

THE DETECTIVES
George Elms joined the police pretty much straight out of school and now in his mid-thirties, he’s been getting in the faces of criminals for over fifteen years. Well known and respected on both sides of the line, he was responsible for running a team working the crimes that come out of one of the county’s most notorious housing estates. He is married to Sarah and they have a little girl.

This is the final book of the Langthorne series.
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
BOOK 4: END GAME

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My Review

This has been my first dance with Charlie Gallagher and it certainly won’t be my last, End Game is the last in the series of the Langthorne Police Series, which I think is a shame as there is certainly a possibility for the series to advance further. I will be looking to read the first three books as soon as possible as to not feel that I missed something, therefore it would be recommended to read the series in order.

George Elms has spent the last two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, on acquittal George returns to his position in the police force to assist in capturing the cop killer Kane Forley. How far will the investigation go and what consequences will George and his family suffer. Why is Kane so intent on taking everything George has and more. The investigation tests George’s boundaries, how far will he go to apprehend Kane and who will he take down with him.

End Game moves at a swift pace, there is a definite plotline which is fairly easily to follow, even with no knowledge of the characters. I managed to pick up snippets of backstory which helped piece parts together and helped me to understand who the main characters were and how they ticked. I empathised with George and the situation he found himself in it was a tragic circumstance where he found the best place for himself was prison to the detriment of his family and friends who knew him. I also found George to be quite a gentle soul with a rough exterior which drew me into liking him.

End Game is a book which will drag you from beginning to end, unravelling the web of lies until the dramatic conclusion, leaving you asking the inevitable question of Why?

Thank you to Joffe Books, Charlie Gallagher and Jill Burkinshaw for the opportunity to read and review an advanced readers copy of End Game, in exchange for an honest review.

 

Buried On The Fens by Joy Ellis

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BURIED ON THE FENS by Joy Ellis

A SKELETON IS UNEARTHED FROM A SHALLOW GRAVE IN THE CHURCHYARD. BUT THIS WAS NOT AN OFFICIAL BURIAL. THE VICTIM WAS MURDERED DECADES AGO.

At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they’ve got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth.

Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late seventies and eighties a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close-knit population.

When more women from The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop the killing.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.

THE DETECTIVE
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.

HER PARTNER
DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has a daughter and an ex-wife who wants his attention.

THE SETTING
The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS

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My Review

What is they say?……………. Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover, There Is Never a Truer Saying.

I’m ashamed to say I certainly have been a culprit in doing this with books, in the case of Buried On The Fens I was given the opportunity to read and review so I thought what the heck, I’ve nothing to lose, I am so glad I took a chance.                                                        OMG I am unashamedly ecstatic, I thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of the investigation and red herrings in Buried On The Fens.

There is a skeleton found in the church graveyard, there’s something strange about the position of the skeleton and the injuries don’t match with the historical evidence. Not long after there is another discovery, high end business woman Madeleine Prospero is found dead after a malicious attack. Nikki Galena is troubled by both deaths, secrets are being buried, nobody wants to talk for fear of retribution. Is there a connection, the rollercoaster ride of the investigation brings about a dramatic ‘didn’t see that coming’ conclusion.

Joy has written an easy flowing book, which I could easily chill out and sit comfortably to read, there were no struggles in comprehending the storyline or the narrative.

Thank you to Joffe Books, Joy Ellis and Booksnall Jill Burkinshaw for the opportunity to read Buried On The Fens, I have no qualms recommending this book or any other by Joy Ellis.

A 5 star recommended read.


Author Bio

Joy Ellis photo 2Joy Ellis grew up in Kent but moved to London when she won an apprenticeship with the prestigious Mayfair flower shop, Constance Spry Ltd. 
Many years later, having run her own florist shop in Weybridge, Ellis took part in a writer’s workshop in Greece and was encouraged by her tutor, Sue Townsend to begin writing seriously. She now lives in the Lincolnshire Fens with her partner Jacqueline and their Springer spaniels, Woody and Alfie.

 

 

No Exit by Taylor Adams

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NO EXIT BY TAYLOR ADAMS

ONE OF THE TENSEST, MOST GRIPPING THRILLERS YOU WILL EVER READ. FROM TAYLOR ADAMS, UK AND US BEST-SELLING AUTHOR.

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one their parked cars.

There is no cell reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the travellers is the kidnapper.

Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat.

Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins or Stephen King.

Who is the little girl? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

TAYLOR is the author of Eyeshot and OUR LAST NIGHT

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My Review

No Exit is one nail-biter of a thriller, Taylor Adams has a written a superbly intense read which will leave you wanting more.

Darby Thorne is a student returning home for Christmas due to her mothers illness. Darby becomes stranded due to heavy snowstorms taking refuge at a rest stop where she finds herself not alone, four strangers keep her company. Whilst out looking for cell reception the most unimaginable event occurs, Darby discovers a small girl trapped in a van with no means of escape. Did she imagine it, was her mind playing tricks?

Who does she trust? No help for miles, can Darby rescue the little girl?

The characters in No Exit have been portrayed with a vivid realism from Taylor. I could sense the different characteristics and the emotions of each individual as if I was there with them, trapped in that desolate, snowbound rest stop. Trudging through the snow, the flakes whipping off my face, the chill in my fingers and toes, I am there with Darby.

No Exit is a very engaging book certainly not easy to put down, I even took my kindle to work just so I could read it between my clients.

Thank you Taylor for allowing the darkness of No Exit to seep through my veins and send shivers down my spine, an amazingly tense read.


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Author Bio

Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His work has been selected by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his movie reviews have appeared  KAYU-TV’s Fox Life Blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington State with his girlfriend Jaclyn and there Chihuahua, Cat and Python. EYESHOT  is Adams’ debut novel. Film and audio rights have been sold.

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The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney

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The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’

One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

Could this be the same girl?

When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.

Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim?


My Book Review

The Stolen Girls is the second in the series surrounding Detective Inspector Lottie Parker by Patricia Gibney.

DI Lottie returns to work after several months off dealing with the aftermath of a previous murder case, which left her and her family fractured. Almost in an instant Lottie is thrown back into a new criminal case where the body count rises and the search to find the killer widens. The book spans between Ragmullin and Kosovo, what is the connection, Lottie needs to piece it together, trying to get ahead of the killer.

Lottie is still very much flying on a wing and a prayer, or by the seat of her pants, she is disorganised, flawed but with a big heart, a very likeable character who is a working mum with a career drive. Lottie can be quite curt with her subordinates when they step out of line, but I think this is another part of Lottie which is character defining.

Patricia has written The Stolen girls with some hard-hitting topics, sex trafficking, rape, self-harm. I can’t fault the subject matters as Patricia has written it well without over indulging, just presenting enough to keep it real.

I can’t believe how much I was drawn into this book, Patricia has written another unputdownable police procedural which is fast-paced and a page-turner of epic proportions. I can honestly say I’m still going over the book in my head days after reading it. I would recommend reading The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls, but they could also be read as a stand-alone, there is enough back story and information in The Stolen girls to make it possible.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Patricia Gibney for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Patricia Gibney

My name is Patricia Gibney and I’m from Mullingar, County Westmeath. Right in the heart of Ireland. Surrounded by lakes, Mullingar is damp and wet most of the year but when the sun shines it is a little piece of heaven on earth. I’ve lived here all my life. I’m widowed, seven years in May, but was married to Aidan since 1982. I’ve three children who keep me sane, or maybe keep the madness at bay, just a little bit! I say that because I am an artist and a writer. I started writing, for therapy, when Aidan died.

I secured an agent in January 2016 and she is fighting my corner in an effort to get my debut novel published.

Three years ago, I decided to get serious about it. I joined The Irish Writers Centre. Started doing courses. I love reading crime thrillers so it was obvious to me to start writing in the crime genre. And let me tell you, it is not easy. A crime novel needs to be tightly plotted and plotting is the bane of my life. I prefer to write straight off the top of my head. Oh, Oh. Feels good when writing but then comes the editing. I lost 20,000 words in the process. But at least I am proud to say I got it done.

I am now writing the second novel in the series, featuring Lottie Parker and a host of credible characters. They are all part of my extended family, you know the kind – people you love one minute and want to kill the next!

So join me on this journey and lets see where it leads us.

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The Fatal Coin by Lucienne Boyce

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Series: A Dan Foster Mystery

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16 May 2017

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In the winter of 1794 Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster is assigned to guard a Royal Mail coach. The mission ends in tragedy when a young constable is shot dead by a highwayman calling himself Colonel Pepper. Dan is determined to bring Pepper to justice, but the trail runs cold.

Four months later Dan is sent to Staffordshire to recover a recently excavated hoard of Roman gold which has gone missing. Here he unexpectedly encounters Colonel Pepper again. The hunt is back on, and this time Dan will risk his life to bring down Pepper and his gang.

The Fatal Coin is a prequel to Bloodie Bones, the first Dan Foster Mystery, which was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.

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“Dan dragged himself to the injured man, leaned over him, tried to see how much blood there was. A lot.

‘Wilkinson, stay awake. Stay with me.’

Dan struggled to loosen the rope at his wrists until the skin was raw and bleeding. He and the naval lieutenant shuffled back-to-back and tried to unpick each other’s knots. Then they tried sawing the ropes on the rim of one of the mail coach’s wheels. At the end of an hour they had made little progress.

Release came when a carrier wagon full of seamen on their way back to their ships plodded along the road. But by then, Wilkinson was dead.”

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The Fatal Coin by Lucienne Boyce, a short stand-alone novella for historical crime genre fans. This is my first brush with Lucienne Boyce, I have not had the pleasure of reading any of her books before, but I’m glad to have had the opportunity. To be honest, historical crime genre is not something I would immediately run to as being a must read but with reading this novella by Lucienne, I certainly will look in the future.

The Fatal Coin tells the story of Dan Foster, a Bow Street Runner who crosses paths with Colonel Pepper a highwayman who’s intention is to steal a recently unearthed hoard of Roman Gold in Staffordshire. Dan is contracted to find the Roman Gold and Pepper, its an opportunity to bring justice to fruition for the death of Wilkinson. Dan is a complex character, where layers are slowly peeled back to glimpse parts of his life. I warmed to Dan, his character felt firm but fair, a diamond but a bit rough round the edges, Dan is a well rounded and blended character who you can’t help but believe in.

For a short piece of written work Lucienne manages to bring the book to life, no over indulgence of history, descriptions of historical features, the prison, the vicarage and surrounding rural Staffordshire everything felt tangible, I had a real sense of being part of the story, as if I was there, feeling it, seeing it.

Thank you for the opportunity to read and review The Fatal Coin by Lucienne Boyce.



ABOUT LUCIENNE BOYCE

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Lucienne Boyce is a historical novelist and women’s suffrage historian. Her first historical novel, To The Fair Land (SilverWood Books) an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South Seas, was published in 2012. Her second novel, Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery (SilverWood Books, 2015) is the first of the Dan Foster Mysteries and follows the fortunes of a Bow Street Runner who is also an amateur pugilist. Bloodie Bones was winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016, and was also a semi-finalist for the M M Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016.

In 2013, Lucienne published The Bristol Suffragettes (SilverWood Books), a history of the suffragette movement in Bristol and the west country. She regularly gives talks and leads walks about women’s suffrage.

Lucienne is on the steering committee of the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network, and is also a member of the Society of Authors and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She is a regular presenter on the Silver Sound show for BCfm Radio, a Bristol community radio station.

Lucienne is working on the third Dan Foster Mystery, and a biography of a married couple who were involved in the suffragette, socialist and pacifist movements. She was born in Wolverhampton and now lives in Bristol.

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