DEATH PARTS US by ALEX WALTERS

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Its my pleasure to be part of the Blog Blitz alongside some amazing bloggers today for Death Parts Us by Alex Walters published by Bloodhound Books, who without a doubt seem to be finding and dishing out some sensational authors and books.


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Book Description

Twenty years ago, Jackie Galloway was a senior cop with a bad reputation. Then he ended up on the wrong side of the wrong people, and his career was ruined. Sacked and with no pension, he ends up eking out his last days on Scotland’s Black Isle, his mind lost to dementia, supported only by his long-suffering wife, Bridie.

Then Galloway is found dead. The police assume the death to be accidental, until Bridie Galloway reveals that her husband has been receiving apparently threatening letters containing only the phrase: ‘NOT FORGOTTEN. NOT FORGIVEN.’

DI Alec McKay is struggling to come to terms with life without his estranged wife Chrissie, and is living in isolation on the Black Isle. As a junior officer, McKay had been allocated to Galloway’s team and has bad memories of the man and his methods. Now he finds himself investigating Galloway’s death.

But when suspicion falls on him and more police officers are murdered, the pressure is on for McKay to solve the case.

Why would the killer seek revenge twenty years after Galloway left the force?

As McKay fights to link the events of past and present, he realizes that time is rapidly running out…

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My Review

When I first laid eyes on Death Parts Us by Alex Walters, I was drawn to the cover, it is such an eerie scene of the rocks and the sea, it felt as though the sea was actually undulating in front of my eyes drawing into my very soul.

The cover was just the start to Alex’s story….

Death Parts Us the second book in the Alec McKay series, the first being Candles and Roses. I wouldn’t say it was necessary to read as part of the series as Death Parts Us does well as a standalone as it contains enough back story to be able to follow the characters.

The story is centred around the rugged Black Isle, Scotland where its cold, damp but  undeniably beautiful, a perfect setting for a serial killer based police procedural. Ex-police officers are being killed, the finger of suspicion points at one of their own, DI Alec McKay has more questions than answers, why kill them now and who wants them dead, what is the connection. All the clues steadily piece together, with red herrings thrown in to leave you feeling bamboozled, misleading signs which suddenly tear you off in another direction, but throughout it all, just when I thought I had the answers the conclusion blew me out of the water.

McKay is a family man, who’s life is in crisis, a family tragedy and a breakdown in his marriage, now it appears he may lose it all including his career, Alec needs to find the killer and fast. It was funny imagining McKay, his accent, his sarcasm, his undeniable  wit but one thing was for sure was that McKay settled in my mind in a clear and unobstructed manner. I could project him vividly as if I was standing in the pages with him, looking at the crime scenes, feeling it, seeing it, smelling it, being part of it.

When opening the book I didn’t know what to expect, there is always apprehension when starting out with a new author. While reading Death Parts Us I didn’t find it particularly fast paced but I didn’t care, I actually savoured the story, like I was tasting something new with my eyes.

Where are Bloodhound Books finding the authors lately there has been some amazing books come my way and this one is no exception. Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Alex Walters and Sarah Hardy for the invite onto the Blog Blitz Tour to read and review an advanced readers copy of Death Parts Us in exchange for an honest review.

I hope to hear more from Alex Walters in the very near future, a new author who is now firmly on my radar.


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Author Bio

Alex Walters is the author of the DI Alec McKay series set in Scotland’s Black Isle—Candles and Roses and Death Parts Us. He has also written three books set in and around Manchester—Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, which introduced DCI Kenny Murrain. As Michael Walters, he also published three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast, which are currently being reprinted in new reedited Alex Walters editions.  Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and now, alongside his writing, runs a consultancy working mainly in the criminal justice sector with police, prisons and probation.   After many years in Manchester he’s in the process of moving to the Highlands with his wife, occasional sons and too many cats.

Links

Website: www.alexwaltersauthor.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

Twitter: @mikewalters60

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Book Spotlight: BODY IN THE MARSH by NICK LOUTH

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I’m honoured to be part of the Blog Tour for The Body In The Marsh by Nick Louth, highlighting with a Book Spotlight today.


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Title: The Body in the Marsh

Author Name: Nick Louth

Previous Books: Bite, Heartbreaker, Mirror Mirror

Genre: Crime, Police Procedural

Release Date: 25th September 2017

Publisher: Canelo

Book Description

When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard. But he could never imagine what happens next.

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife Liz goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin…

To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?

The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.

Links to Books:

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Author Bio

Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages.

The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. Mirror Mirror, subtitled ‘When evil and beauty collide’ was published in June 2016. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, is being published by Canelo in September 2017.

Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

Author Social Media Links:

Website:  http://www.nicklouth.com/

Twitter: @NickLouthAuthor

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Nick.Louth.Books/

 

 

THE SURROGATE by LOUISE JENSEN

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Book Description

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.

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My Review

Have you ever had the butterfly effect where your stomach flutters with anticipation well The Surrogate by Louise Jenson provides this in bucket loads.

The Surrogate is the third psychological thriller written by Louise Jensen and it certainly doesn’t disappoint, the opening chapter hints at a couple who have been murdered, but who are they and where will it takes us?

The only way is to turn the page and read on……..

The book revolves around Kat a young woman married to Nick who want nothing more than to complete their family, have a baby of their own, but they have been unsuccessful and the options they have left are adoption. Opportunities have arisen for Kat several times to adopt but each time her hearts desire is ripped away when the babies are placed with other families.

The rawness of the heartache shown in Kats insatiable desire to become a mother at any cost, literally drips from the pages.

A miracle seems to befall them when an old friend of Kats appears and offers to be a surrogate for Kat and Nick. at what cost. Kat and Lisa have not spoken in years there are secrets between them, unspoken words, but the lure of being a mother is too much for Kat. The secrets, the lies take their toll and the cracks appear in Kats marriage, Kat becomes paranoid about her husband, his best friend and is Lisa what she appears.

The past is catching up…. 

Louise has played the hand of past and present in the plot magically and it served to intrigue and enthral the more pages I turned, I couldn’t get enough. I had butterflies in my stomach which fluttered and leapt with each page turn, driving me further through the chapters delving deeper into the twists, sending chills through my mind, till the final explosive chapters.

I have no doubts that The Surrogate will be a success, its still fresh in my mind after a few days and I’m still mulling over the OMG moments, you wont see what’s coming fulfilling my thoughts on what is a great book.

Thank you to Bookouture, Louise Jensen and NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Surrogate in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

Louise Jensen is a No. 1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Her debut novel ‘The Sister,’ was published by Bookouture (Hachette) in July 2016 and reached No. 1 in the UK where it stayed for over 5 weeks, and it also hit No. 1 on the Canadian Amazon chart, No.1 in Apple’s iBooks and is listed as a USA Today Bestseller. It was the 6th biggest selling book on Amazon in 2016. Due to The Sister’s phenomenal online success it was also published in paperback by Sphere (Little, Brown Books) and is now available in all good bookshops.

‘The Sister’ is a book about a grieving girl who thought there was nothing as frightening as being alone – she was wrong.

‘The Gift’ Louise’s second book, was published in December and within a week of release gave Louise her second No. 1 in 2016 both in the UK, where it stayed for over a 5 weeks, was No. 1 in  Canada and is also a USA Today Bestseller. In Amazon’s half-year trends report The Gift is reported as the 3rd biggest selling eBook in the UK in 2017.

‘The Gift’ is a book about a perfect daughter and how a secret is eating her family alive…

‘The Surrogate’ is Louise’s third novel and is due for publication on September 27th 2017 and is available to pre-order now.

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you’d kill for it?’ Everything you have, she wants.

To date Louise has sold over 750,00 books and her novels have been sold for translation in sixteen territories. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award.

Louise also writes flash fiction, and features and articles for both magazines and online publications. Louise specialises in writing about mindfulness, chronic pain and mental health.

Author Links:

Louise Jensen Website

Amazon Author Page

Twitter Page

 

 

 

MISSING by CHARLIE GALLAGHER

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As part of the Crazies its my pleasure to be part of the blog tour for Missing by Charlie Gallagher (the Detective who wants to jail Jill’s Crazies ….. Joy Ellis knows she flaunts the rules too). Just kidding Charlie, or am I?


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Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heart-breaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.

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

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My Review

Missing is a phenomenal standalone thriller written by Charlie Gallagher, intense from the very first page, an abduction of a woman and child, the suicidal man who has questions that need answers and central to it all is Sergeant Shaun Carter a police negotiator.

What can this man possibly want from Carter and why does he need answers to the questions, what has the abduction got do with Carter, are there consequences to finding out and who is going to suffer from Carters difficult choices. Carter is a strong character with choices to make, would you go to the same lengths to save your loved ones.

Carter needs help, he turns to George Elms a colleague who has himself crossed the line and doesn’t stand in good stead with his superiors but knows he can access information that Carter can’t obtain. The more people who become involved the harder it is for Carter to stay off the road of destruction.

Charlie you certainly threw a spanner in the works with the plotline. I fairly enjoyed the theme which run throughout the book. There was one hiccup for me personally that by the halfway point I knew what was going on but not the who, not that it was a bad thing, but I would have preferred the reveal to be slightly later in the book. Even though I knew part of it I didn’t know it all which made it more intriguing and exciting, definitely wouldn’t put me off recommending the book or reading more of Charlie’s books.

Think the best way to sum up my experience of reading Missing is WoW, the characters, the plotline and the style of writing blew me away, I hope there will be more to come from Charlie as his books aren’t to be missed. So hurry along and grab a copy you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you Joffe Books, Charlie Gallagher and Jill for the chance to read and review Missing and being part of the blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.


Author Bio

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.

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

 

COLD BLOOD by ROBERT BRYNDZA

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Book Description

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

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My Review

Well I finished Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza last night and I’m still trying to pick my jaw up from the floor and calm the sparks in my brain from the enormity of what I’ve just read. I tried to write my review last night but my mind just wouldn’t settle, so I slept on it hoping my review would become clear. It’s took a bit of time today but finally the buzz has subsided a little to allow my review to be written.

Cold Blood is book five in the series surrounding Detective Erika Foster. Robert has by-passed all the others in the series as far as I’m concerned, this book blows everything out of the water. Anything I thought I knew about the book, felt or read about the book disintegrated in from of my eyes in one foul swoop with the intensity of Cold Blood.

Detective Erika Foster is called to a crime scene where a large suitcase is found on the shore of the Thames, upon opening its discovered a dismembered body of a man is inside. Further to Erika’s investigation its revealed two weeks previously another body had also been dumped in the Thames in an almost identical manner, this time of a young woman……

Is there a link, can Erika stop the serial killer before another life is taken?

While trying to keep on top of work, Erika’s love life takes a tumble and falls apart. I thought she had found a new love but it wasn’t to be, Erika never seems to have it easy, but on the other hand she seems to thrive on complicated in her personal and work life. The most captivating part of Erika’s persona is that she strong willed and quite impulsive, this becomes apparent when she is removed from the investigation but doesn’t let it hold her back she is still determined to capture the people responsible.

Max and Nina are two lovers on a dark path of destruction. Max has psychotic tendencies, I found when Robert wrote about Max’s eyes I could almost see the self destruction in them, sending chills through my body dreading what was coming next but unable to stop reading. Nina comes across as being naïve, she fell for the local bad boy but no amount of torment or terror inflicted on her stopped her from loving Max and becoming part of it all.

Well Cold Blood is a certain five stars, Robert you have managed to turn my brain on its head and set a fire a couldn’t put out because of a damn good book. I would recommend everyone sprint to the computer and grab a copy of Cold Blood, you won’t regret it, I didn’t.

My only problem is I can’t wait too long for the next instalment, I need my fix of Erika!

Thank you to Bookouture, Robert Bryndza and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of Cold Blood to read and review in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

Want to know more about Robert Bryndza and his books, click the links:

Author Page GoodreadsAmazon UK Author Page Author Webpage

@RobertBryndza | Facebook

 

 

 

HER DARK PATH by KEN OGILVIE

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It’s my pleasure to be part of the #BlogTour for Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie, published by Joffe Books.


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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie
16 years ago Rebecca Bradley’s mother was murdered. Rebecca was only eight years old. The killer has never been caught. Growing up, Rebecca vowed that one day she would track him down and make him pay.

Now Rebecca is a young police woman in Ontario. She wants to become a homicide detective. Her first investigation is the cold case of a woman who vanished for 16 days and then was found dead in her own home. The brutal crime shocks the small Canadian town of Conroy.

The puzzling case has uncanny similarities to the murder of Rebecca’s mother. Both victims were found strangled in their own kitchens.

Can Rebecca keep her emotions together as she closes in on a killer with connections to her family and tragic past? And will she finally get justice for her mother?

Discover a new crime writer who will have you gripped till the pulsating end.

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MY REVIEW

Her Dark Path is a debut crime thriller for new author Ken Ogilvie, on first glance into the synopsis I thought wow its right up my street, I’m going to enjoy following the lead character Rebecca Bradley. Ken certainly didn’t disappoint.

After an unassuming but slow burn the book gathered pace and built to an inferno where I was grasping my kindle tighter trying to believe what was unfolding in front of my eyes.

The whole scenario of the book, in my opinion, was focused on Rebecca a young woman whose mother was murdered sixteen years previously when she was aged just eight and her quest to uncover the culprit responsible. Rebecca became a policewoman and progressed up through the ranks to become Acting Detective Constable following a cold case in Conway, which her superior Superintendent Cartwright was unable to solve. The case with its similarities to the death of her mother proves to be the nudge Rebecca needs to demonstrate her ability to become one of the best detectives.

Each chapter began with a brief snippet from Rebecca’s diary as she forges her path through life after her mothers death. Each of the diary entries describes a piece of invaluable insight into the woman Rebecca has become, from her progression through the police academy, her misplaced relationship with her former tutor and now present day boss Cartwright, also her fragile affinity with her father.

Another worthwhile character in Her Dark Path whom I loved reading about was Hound, he seemed a quiet but gentle giant of a man almost magical in some ways. I couldn’t put my finger on why I thought there was a lot more to Hound, we didn’t know a lot about him, he was quite distant when talking about his own family. Hopefully when Ken writes the next in the series (fingers crossed) then we will learn more about Rebecca and Hound, I certainly look forward to it if that’s the case.

Rebecca befriends the townsfolk of Conway eventually who initially did anything they could to detract from offering any assistance with closing the case involving the murder of Angela McBride. Who holds the key to the murder and what conspiracies lie within Conway a town of secrets and lies, turning the pages reveals more and more deception but can Rebecca identify the truth…..

If I could describe this book in one word I would but its just impossible.

Her Dark Path wets yours passion for crime, giving you a taster, an insight for what’s to come, but before you know it your literally salivating turning the pages craving answers. If you like a slow burn which bursts into an inferno of lies, questionable business dealings, blackmail and murder, then Her dark Path is right up your alley.

I would like to thank Joffe Books, Ken Ogilvie and Jill Burkinshaw for the opportunity to read and review an advanced readers copy of Her Dark Path in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

I began my fiction writing as a novice, but I had extensive writing experience in technical and policy areas, and I was a ferocious editor of staff reports at Pollution Probe. Novel writing would come naturally to me, or so I thought (incorrectly). I wrote half of a really crappy science-fiction book, and then struggled over whether to continue. But I’m not a quitter, so I shelved that book for the time being, took a deep breath, and hit the reset button.

I’m currently an independent environmental policy consultant, working from home in Toronto, Canada, although I’m on the road a lot. Recent consulting contracts of mine include preparing a case study designed to be used by the Said Business School, University of Oxford, on the province of Alberta’s recent transition towards being a climate policy leader in Canada, and I’ve done research and ran workshops on the creation of a new Canadian Energy Information Organization. I serve on the Boards of Directors for two leading environmental and energy organizations – the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, and Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). And when spare time and suitable opponents permit, I play the odd game of chess, which was a passion of mine in younger days.

 

 

THE SECRETS YOU KEEP by KATE WHITE

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Its my pleasure to be included in the BlogTour for The Secrets You Keep by Kate White.


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The​ ​Secrets​ ​You​ ​Keep

By​ ​Kate​ ​White

ebook​ ​|​ ​Release​ ​Date:​ ​11th​ ​September​ ​2017

Special​ ​launch​ ​price​ ​of​ ​£1.99

ISBN​ ​9781911591986

Book Synopsis

You’ve​ ​lost​ ​your​ ​memory.​ ​A​ ​woman​ ​has​ ​been​ ​murdered.​ ​Your​ ​husband is​ ​keeping​ ​secrets.​ ​How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​know​ ​who​ ​to​ ​trust?

Months​ ​after​ ​a​ ​being​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​a​ ​terrible​ ​car​ ​crash,​​ ​Bryn​ ​Harper​ ​​is​ ​physically​ ​healed​ ​but​ ​her emotional​ ​scars​ ​remain​ ​raw.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​no​ ​memory​ ​of​ ​the​ ​accident​ ​and​ ​is​ ​plagued​ ​with​ ​bad dreams.

When​ ​Bryn​ ​and​ ​her​ ​husband,​ ​​Guy​,​ ​host​ ​a​ ​dinner​ ​party​ ​Bryn​ ​swears​ ​money​ ​has​ ​been​ ​stolen while​ ​Guy​ ​seems​ ​unfazed.​ ​Bryn​ ​confronts​ ​the​ ​caterer​ ​that​ ​night​ ​and​ ​is​ ​horrified​ ​to​ ​discover​ ​the woman’s​ ​brutally​ ​slain​ ​body​ ​the​ ​next​ ​day.

As​ ​the​ ​case​ ​is​ ​investigated,​ ​Bryn​ ​is​ ​dragged​ ​into​ ​a​ ​fresh​ ​nightmare​ ​and​ ​learns​ ​that​ ​Guy​ ​is keeping​ ​things​ ​from​ ​her.​ ​Another​ ​murder​ ​occurs​ ​and​ ​Bryn​ ​realises​ ​the​ ​danger​ ​is​ ​getting​ ​ever closer​ ​to​ ​home.​ ​How​ ​well​ ​does​ ​Bryn​ ​really​ ​know​ ​the​ ​man​ ​she​ ​loves?

For​ ​fans​ ​of​ ​psychological​ ​suspense​ ​and​ ​compulsive​ ​mysteries,​ ​don’t​ ​miss​ ​this​ ​tense​ ​and page-turning​ ​novel.​ ​​Before I Go To Sleep meets The Husband’s Secret.

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My Review

This is my first time I’ve read any books by the author Kate White, what’s better than to kick it off with her newest release The Secrets You Keep a standalone psychological thriller centred around Bryn Harper.

Bryn is haunted in her dreams by a missing time frame in her life where she was involved in a car accident and a good friend died. Do the nightmares mean anything, what can they possibly be trying to steer Bryn towards, all she can do is hope the pieces will fit together and reveal what happened that night. What is her husband Guy hiding is he the reason Bryn can’t remember.

Bryn and Guy host a dinner party for a small group of friends, during that evening a sum of money is stolen and Bryn confronts the caterers, before she knows what’s happened the catering chef is brutally murdered in a frenzied attack, the police are looking to Bryn for answers are they suspecting her as the killer. Before long another murder is committed, this one a lot closer to home, how is Guy involved, Bryn starts to dig into their life, how much does she really know about her husband.

I enjoyed what Kate was trying to achieve with the storyline, I thinks some pieces could have been condensed as not to have been too repetitive but overall Kate did keep me focused on the story. There was plenty of tangled webs and everyone was lying so it seemed, the plot was thick with deceit but some I felt had no bearing on the actual scenario but this didn’t stop me finishing the book.

I believe that The Secrets You Keep will be painted as a love it or loathe it book, a pot of marmite, I am neither I will sit on the fence. I will try other Kate White book as I can’t give up on an author without trying other pieces of work written, this just might not have been the one for me, but I’ll be damned if I will slate an author over it.

Thank you to Canelo, Kate White and Ellie for the opportunity to read and review an advanced readers copy of The Secrets You Keep in return for an honest review. I would like to wish Kate good luck and I hope to read more of your work in the near future.

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Author Bio​

Kate​ ​White​ ​is​ ​the​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times​ ​bestselling​ ​author​ ​of​ ​twelve​ ​works​ ​of​ ​fiction:​ ​seven​ ​Bailey Weggins​ ​mysteries​ ​and​ ​five​ ​stand-alone​ ​psychological​ ​thrillers,​ ​including​ ​most​ ​recently,​ ​The Secrets​ ​You​ ​Keep.​ ​For​ ​fourteen​ ​years​ ​she​ ​was​ ​the​ ​editor-in-chief​ ​of​ ​Cosmopolitan magazine,​ ​and​ ​though​ ​she​ ​loved​ ​the​ ​job​ ​(and​ ​the​ ​Cosmo​ ​beauty​ ​closet!),​ ​she​ ​decided​ ​to leave​ ​in​ ​late​ ​2013​ ​to​ ​concentrate​ ​on​ ​being​ ​a​ ​full-time​ ​author​ ​and​ ​speaker.

Author Contact Links:

Twitter – @katemwhite 

Website- http://www.katewhite.com/

 

 

 


 

 

THE MISSING GIRLS by CAROL E.WYER

The missing girls

Book Description

One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

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My Review

The day has come I am sitting in front of the computer waiting on the announcement on Twitter from Bookouture. My heart is racing, waiting, anticipating. Finally, what I long for has arrived, The Missing Girls by Carol E. Wyer, is on NetGalley. I have joined the many others in the stampeded, praying the Bookouture Gods will descend with The Missing Girls to my inbox …………….. My prayers have been answered, with baited breath I opened my kindle and begin……

The Missing Girls by Carol E. Wyer is the third instalment in the DI Robyn Carter series and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. I would like to point out that this book can be read as a standalone, but would be better read as part of the series to help you better understand DI Robyn Carter. Carol just gets better and better with every book written, I’m in need of more of DI Carter and very soon.

The Missing Girls opens with a dramatic scene which wallops you between the eyes, your eyes get bigger the more you read, surely this can’t be happening. Amber has awoken in a darkened room, disorientated and alone, or is she. I can feel every emotion Amber is going through, fear, apprehension, impending doom and what ‘Deadly Intent’ has her capturer planned (sorry Carol a tiny plug for Sheryl Browne, please forgive me).

A drugs bust uncovers a trunk in a storage unit, upon opening the trunk a body is discovered, its apparent its a young girl but who is she……. While investigating who the girl is another goes missing, are they linked and how, DI Carter and her team pull out all the stops to try and solve the murder. It’s a race against time are they dealing with a serial killer..

The personality and characteristics between each of the characters portrayed in The Missing Girls are very believable, I felt as though I knew them, like they were my long time friends. Carol made me feel at home with them, as part of a elite group which I held the key to as I read, they were fully immersed in my imagination and I had entered there world collaborating with them during the investigation.

I love the interaction between Carter and Shearer but is it too much to hope that at some point Carol will write a thriller where they will work together, go on Carol a special investigation, I can see it now. I shall wait and see what Carol manages to conjure up, it may be a special with Carter and Shearer or a standalone with Ross, ooooh that would be good too!

If you fancy a dark and compelling read which will send your brain into overdrive, leave you with an itch you can’t scratch, well The Missing Girls by Carol E. Wyer is the heart-stopping thriller that’s a must read just for you.

There was only one thing that disappointed me was the realisation that the book was coming to an end. I tried to stop it, sparks flew as I skidded to a halt, it couldn’t end, I wanted to know, I needed to know, I teetered on the edge of this cliff-hanger, fingernails gripping tightly, what’s coming next………..Carol can’t you tell us?

Thank you to Bookouture, Carol E. Wyer and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of The Missing Girls in exchange for an honest review.


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Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping best-seller, Little Girl Lost.
Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.
Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.

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DEADLY INTENT by SHERYL BROWNE

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DEADLY INTENT by SHERYL BROWNE

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Series: A DI Matthew Adams Thriller – Book #3 (can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: September 6 2017
Publisher: Death by Choc Lit
18+ (some violence and language)

What if you and your family were at the mercy of a psychopath/a man with no conscience?

Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.

Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence.

Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?

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Daniel’s eyes flickered away from Charlie for a second. ‘Come on, baby, come out,’ he said to the daughter, who was standing hesitantly on the top step. ‘It’s safe now.’

‘Yeah, come on, baby,’ Charlie mimicked. ‘Come and join the party.’
Charlie stepped sideways, allowing the girl to exit, her eyes like a terrified Bambi’s and shaking as much as Danny boy, poor cow. Must be hereditary.

‘Give me a shout if you fancy another quick shag, sweetheart,’ Charlie called as she stepped onto the towpath.

A tic went at the side of Daniel’s mouth. He walked calmly over to Charlie and smiled, which had Charlie momentarily flummoxed, then pulled back the gun and rammed it hard into his stomach.

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Matthew flinched as Charlie doubled up. ‘Ouch,’ he said under his breath. ‘Okay, Daniel,’ he said carefully. ‘I know how you must be feeling but you need to let him go now. He’ll get what’s—’

‘You have no fucking idea how I feel,’ Daniel shouted, glancing quickly at Jo. ‘The only way that bastard goes anywhere is feet first.’ He raked a hand angrily though his hair.

‘Got that, Charlie? Now, get down on your knees.’

Charlie looked up, astonished. ‘You must be joking. I ain’t—’

‘Do I look as if I’m joking?’ Daniel asked, his eyes burning with hatred.

‘For fuck’s sake,’ Charlie uttered, turning to Matthew, his hands nursing his stomach.

‘On your knees, Charlie,’ Daniel repeated. ‘Now!’

Matthew dearly wished he could turn a blind eye as Roberts blinked at him beseechingly, and scared witless, satisfyingly. Unfortunately, as much as he would relish seeing the abusive piece of scum get a taste of his own, he couldn’t.

‘You need to drop the gun, Daniel,’ he said, moving cautiously towards the boat. ‘Leave him to me and get your wife and child—’

‘Don’t,’ Daniel warned, his eyes and the gun still fixed on Roberts. ‘Back off.’
Matthew hesitated, uncertain. God knows, the man had every reason to … But was Conner actually going to shoot Roberts?

‘I can’t do that, Daniel.’ Matthew stepped closer. ‘You know I can’t.’

‘Stay!’ Daniel shouted, swinging the gun around, then fast back to Charlie. ‘And you,’ he grated, ‘down on your knees, while you still can.’ He aimed the gun lower, which had Charlie dropping to his knees, fast.

‘Get them out of here,’ Matthew shouted, indicating Jo and Kayla over his shoulder. Roberts had pushed Conner right over the edge. He bloody well was going to shoot him. Christ, hadn’t this family already been through enough?

‘Daniel …’ Warning himself to tread carefully, empathising with the man more than he could possibly know, Matthew tried again. ‘You can’t take the law into your own hands.’ He stopped and waited, wondering whether Daniel, who was now swaying on his feet, could even hear him. ‘You have to do this the legal way. Please, give me the gun, Daniel.’

‘Can’t.’ Daniel closed one eye.
Matthew took a breath and stepped closer. ‘Why can’t you, Daniel?’ he asked quietly.

‘Three, two, one,’ Daniel replied, nonsensically.

‘Right.’ Matthew was scared for him now. If he used that gun with police marksmen aiming right at him … ‘Which means what, exactly, Daniel?’

Daniel shrugged. ‘Bang.’ He concentrated his aim.

‘Fuck,’ said Charlie, turning a pale shade of white. ‘Don’t, Danny,’ he pleaded.
Daniel cocked the gun.

‘Look, I didn’t touch your daughter—’

‘Shut the fuck up!’ Daniel yelled.

‘I didn’t. I swear I didn’t.’ Perspiration broke out on Charlie’s forehead. ‘Danny, please. I’m sorry. Okay? I—’

‘The name’s Daniel, not Danny. Not fucking Danny boy. Daniel! Got it?’

‘Yeah,’ Charlie nodded quickly. ‘Daniel. Whatever. Just put the gun down.’
Daniel continued to stare at him.

‘Shit. This is nuts.’ Charlie looked desperately to Matthew. ‘Do something! Don’t let them go!’ He nodded past him, to where the man’s wife and daughter weren’t being persuaded to leave. ‘He won’t do anything in front of them.’

That’s probably the first, and might well be the last, time you’ve said anything sensible in your entire life, you piece of shit. Matthew looked him over derisively. Conner cared about his family. They’d endured too much to go through any more. He must know it.

Matthew drew in a breath and then took a gamble. ‘Okay, Daniel. Fine. Do it,’ he said.
Charlie gawked.

‘Go ahead. Blow his brains all over the boat if it will make you feel better.’ Matthew paused for an instant. ‘And leave your wife wondering why you did it in front of your daughter. Whether to visit you in prison, when you didn’t care enough about her, or Kayla, not to.’

Daniel tightened his grip on the gun.

His hands were shaking, Matthew noticed. Shaking badly.

‘I have kids of my own, Daniel,’ he said softly, taking another careful step towards him.
Daniel’s shoulders stiffened.

‘I know you lost your little girl, Daniel.’ Seeing Daniel reel on his feet, Matthew pushed on and prayed. He needed to get through to him. Had to.

‘You think I can’t know how you feel, but … I lost my little girl too, Daniel,’ he confided, though it almost choked him to say it. ‘I do know at least some of how you feel.’

Still Daniel didn’t move, but Matthew saw a swallow slide down his throat.

‘That bastard has piled pain on top of pain, hasn’t he?’ Matthew kept going, touching raw nerves, he was well aware of that, but what other choice did he have? ‘Persecuted Kayla and Joanne? Taunted them. Touched them, Daniel?’

Daniel’s jaw tightened.

‘Dared you to do anything about it, so he could revel in his pathetic power and beat you senseless? I know him,’ Matthew said forcefully. ‘He’ll get what’s coming to him. But you have to stop this. Now, Daniel. For the sake of your wife and daughter. Show them you care enough not to put them through this.’

‘Jesus!’ Daniel leaned to wipe his perspiring face against his shoulder. ‘Of course I care!’ he raged frustrated, and obviously confused. ‘But he’ll get out, won’t he?’

A sharp cough rattled his chest.

‘Jo and my kids are my life. Jo and Kayla … Were my … I …’ Trailing off, Daniel closed his eyes.

And lowered the gun.

‘Hah.’ Charlie levered himself to his feet. ‘No bottle. Knew it. I’ll catch up with you when I’m out, Danny boy.’ He smirked, as Matthew climbed on board. ‘Keep that pretty wife of yours warm for me, won’t you?’

Daniel brought the gun back up sharp. ‘Say your fucking prayers, freak,’ he hissed.

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MY REVIEW 

Deadly Intent by Sheryl Browne is the third instalment in the DI Matthew Adams series, Sheryl doesn’t disappoint I sank my teeth into the book, my eyes were mesmerised as I voraciously turned the pages with ‘Deadly Intent’.

Sheryl doesn’t concentrate on DI Adams but centres upon the Connor family who have also lost a child due to tragic circumstances. Daniel is lost unable to express his feelings and blames himself for his daughters death, Jo has immersed herself in an alcohol fuelled stupor to blot out the pain and Kayla has virtually been left to her own devices, becoming an unruly teenager hell bent on gaining the attention of Charlie Roberts the local drug dealing low-life. Family life takes a turn for the worse, how much more can a family take and will they survive?

Sheryl unfolds the story at a steady pace, reeling you in little by little, leaving you gasping for breath wondering how can a person be so sadistic and vile, who can survive treatment of utter distain at the hands of another, I fought to keep my emotions in check over Charlie Roberts, he made my blood turn cold at his heartless nature and several times I wanted to grab him, tear him from the pages and save everyone from his torturous ways.

I can safely say I would give Sheryl a full five stars for Deadly Intent, I became so embroiled in the plot that time flew, the more I turned the pages the bigger my eyes became, the shock and awe of such a harrowing ordeal left me breathless but unable to stop reading.

I would like to thank Choc Lit, Sheryl Browne and Debbie for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour for Deadly Intent in exchange for an honest review.


ABOUT SHERYL BROWNE

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Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
Recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.

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RUBIES IN THE ROSES by VIVIAN CONROY

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Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.

Guinevere Evans has a dream summer job: cataloguing books at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. With her perky dachshund Dolly by her side she explores the island’s colourful history, tries fabulous local food and sees the gorgeous sunsets.

But when an old friend of her employer drops in, claiming a rare bejewelled wedding goblet is hidden in the castle gardens, strange events start to take place: several people turn up claiming they have a right to the elusive goblet, and a dead body is found on the beach.

An unfortunate accident, or does this death relate to the struggle for ownership of the goblet? Is there even a goblet?

Guinevere and Dolly dig in and discover plenty of motives to lie, steal and yes, maybe even kill. Can they prove what really happened to the victim and what became of the precious rubies that are at the heart of the mystery?

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My Review

Well Rubies In The Roses by Vivian Conroy is a different read for me, I’m a blood, guts and gore type of girl, so when given the opportunity to read and review Rubies In The Roses I thought okay no serial killers how different can it be. Oh its different, but a wrap yourself up in a warm blanket type of different, a nice cosy gentle murder mystery.

Rubies In The Roses is the second book in the series of the Cornish Castle Mystery starring Guinevere and Dolly the Dachshund, the first being Death Plays A Part, the second book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series.

Guinevere is on a working holiday on the island of Cornisea, with her faithful hound Dolly, where she is cataloguing a library for Lord Bolingbrooke a reclusive man who generally doesn’t entertain guests, until the day Gregory Wadencourt appears at his door. Wadencourt is a historian with an interest in ancient artefacts, in particular a wedding goblet called The Roses and Stars which is adorned with jewels thought to be hidden on Lord Bolingbroke’s castle grounds. Wadencourt plans to be the first to claim the goblet but he is not alone in the pursuit to find the hidden artefact.

The plotline portrays like a treasure hunt where everyone is trying to win the ultimate prize, following the clues to gain knowledge of where the goblet is hidden. Meanwhile a body is found in the water under the pier rocking the islanders sense of security wondering who could have committed such a crime, Guinevere and Dolly partner up on their quest to solve the murder mystery.

Dolly is a pup like any other but I love how she anticipates when Guinevere is in peril and manages to steer her away from certain harm. Its funny while reading the book I literally wanted to scoop Dolly out of the book and have her sitting beside me while we followed the mystery.

Rubies In The Roses is true easy going whodunit mystery which mellows out the mind, there is no tension like there would be in a crime thriller but a nice gentle jaunt through the book producing a nice warm and snuggly feel that makes you smile,

I would certainly recommend Rubies In The Roses for a relaxing read, not too taxing that you have to stop for breath, but a definite pull up a chair, grab a blanket an ‘coorie doon’, chill out with Guinevere and Dolly while they take you on a journey to solve a cosy mystery.

Thanks to HQ Digital and Vivian Conroy for the opportunity to read and review Rubies In The Roses in exchange for an honest review.


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Vivian Conroy discovered Agatha Christie at 13 and quickly devoured all Poirot and Miss Marple stories. Over time Lord Peter Wimsey and Brother Cadfael joined her favourite sleuths. Even more fun than reading was thinking up her own fog-filled alleys, missing heirs and priceless artefacts. So Vivian created feisty Lady Alkmene and enigmatic reporter Jake Dubois sleuthing in 1920s London and the countryside, first appearing in A PROPOSAL TO DIE FOR (published by Carina UK/Harper Collins).

For the latest #LadyAlkmene, with a dash of dogs and chocolate, follow Vivian on Twitter via @VivWrites