THE DEAD WHISPER by EMMA CLAPPERTON

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Well that’s us into November and still great books are being published, its so hard to behave and not dive into every Blog Tour but Bloodhound Books just have to dangle that carrot. Today its my spot on the Blog Tour for The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton, thanks go to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound for the invitation.


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Book Synopsis

D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed.

Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier – he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?

For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.

But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?

In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past?

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My Review

The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton is another book in the series featuring Preston & Lang. I shall hold my hands up and admit I have made a grave error in not reading any of Emma’s books in the past, boy have I missed out. So in reading out of sync I shall be rectifying my abysmal blunder and I will read the previous books forth with, please excuse my behaviour Emma.

When I first started reading The Dead Whisper I based my assumptions on the synopsis, thinking it would be a psychological thriller, it is, but with a twisting intrinsic web of paranormal woven through the plot bringing an unprecedented outlook to what would be the usual psychological thriller.

The opening chapter hits full on with a funeral, where we are first introduced to the Hendersons, a well to do family with close bonds, giving us an insight to the inner turmoil death can bring to a family. We swiftly move on in years to the crime scene in which a young lady lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, Preston and Lang are brought in to try and determine if the death was an accidental or murder. As the investigation progresses it seems to be an open and shut case, are there some questions still to be answered, but the case is closed, no apparent foul play.

As The Dead Whisper develops we become acquainted with Sam an actor who has finally hit a pinnacle in his career and started a new relationship, his life couldn’t get any better, or so we are led to believe. Things start to awry, with no rhyme or reason what or who could possibly want to ruin what Sam has actively sought to achieve.

Patrick an associate of Preston and Lang, is a psychic, who assisted in a previous investigation leading to the capture of a serial killer, Lang is dubious of Patricks abilities, he is not quite willing to believe Patrick can communicate with the dead. Before we can catch our breath it seems that Patrick is embroiled in another case but at what cost to his family.

Preston, Lang and Patrick once again join forces, the investigation is not what it seems and the end………….well the answer lies in reading the book.

For a book which gradually builds, moulding itself around the hypothesis of a general psychological thriller it begins to give the illusion of fun house mirrors, where it will bend and warp your thinking, its unconceivable how easy it is to be led up the garden path. Emma had me voraciously eating the words, absorbing the tenacity of the plot to the point my brain felt like alphabet soup, spelling out the clues, trying them, testing them, before I knew it the end had come, it wasn’t my suspect……….. so whodunit??

Thank you to Bloodhound Books and Emma Clapperton for an advanced readers copy of The Dead Whisper in exchange for an honest review. Thank you also to Sarah Hardy for selecting me again to be part of another of your Blog Tours, it been a pleasure.


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Author Bio

Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books. James Herbert is a firm favourite, with The Ghosts of Sleath being one of the books which pushed her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series, featuring Patrick McLaughlin. The books are based in Glasgow and there are plenty of references to the city in her work.

Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. Alongside this she is also studying for a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.

She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.

You can contact Emma via:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmmaLClapperton

Email: http://www.eclapperton550@gmail.com

 

 

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WORMWOOD by LARRY ENMON

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Well its with great pleasure that I bring to you today my review of Wormwood by Larry Enmon as part of the Blog Blitz, hosted by Sarah Hardy and publishers Bloodhound Books.


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Book Synopsis

In Dallas, Texas, Katrina Wallace goes missing. As the mayor’s daughter, her kidnapping triggers mounting political pressure and forces the Chief of Police to put two senior detectives on the case. Rob Soliz and Frank Pierce have done the impossible in the past, but their methods are unconventional.

The only evidence at the scene is a Bible found in the girl’s car and soon Frank and Rob find themselves involved in a disturbing investigation shrouded by Bible prophecy, doomsday cults, and murder.

Is Katrina still alive? And what exactly is Wormwood?

As the trail leads them into the woods of rural East Texas, Frank must deal with his lingering religious doubts and solve the case. His worst fears will be realised when he must discover the ugly truth about Wormwood. But he and Rob will have to get out alive to tell the story…

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My Review

Wormwood by Larry Enmon is a thriller set in the states, Dallas, centring around two detectives Frank and Rob who become the lead investigators into the kidnapping of the Mayors daughter Katrina, but is it all as it seems. Has Katrina just wandered off in a strop or has something sinister occurred. Its down to Frank and Rob to work together, often in an uncharacteristic manner but with results, which the Chief of Police knows they are capable of achieving.

The differences between Frank and Rob as characters are built upon as the book progresses, more of an insight into Franks unique ability is revealed but its something he keeps well hidden from others. I liked the two detectives but not so keen on other characters, some of them were quite slap worthy, you know that point where you want to wring someone’s scrawny little neck because they are grating on your nerves. I wont tell you who they are but I will say once you read Wormwood you may well understand.

Larry delves into religious themes pertaining to doomsday cults and murder, unbelievably Larry has written this with ease, the research is evident in the picture Larry paints with words.

I preliminary thought when I opened up Wormwood that it may not be for me, but Larry managed to alleviate my fears once I delved further into the book, I found Wormwood to be a slow burner, before exploding into an inferno of gratifying thrills.

I would like to thank Larry Enmon author of Wormwood for an advanced readers copy to read and review, thank also go to Sarah Hardy for entrusting me to be part of the Blog Blitz and the publishers Bloodhound Books.


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Author Bio

Larry Enmon retired from the U.S. Secret Service and started writing. During his career he acted as liaison between the USSS and FBI, working in the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  He received special training from the FBI and CIA in weapons of mass destruction.

For relaxation, and to get away from the city, he likes spending time at his ranch in rural Eastern Texas. With 200+ acres, private shooting range, a 2 ½ acre pond, and miles of woodland trails to explore on four-wheelers and RTV’s, it’s the perfect getaway.

He swims four miles a week, holds a Divemaster rating with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate.  He is married with two children and lives in Tarrant County, TX.

Links:

Twitter: @LarryEnmon

Instagram: @larryenmon

Website: http://www.larry-enmon.com

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

 

NO BODIES by ROBERT CROUCH

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Today its my pleasure to close off the Blog Tour for No Bodies by Robert Crouch, hopefully I can follow the previous bloggers with an amazing review. Thank you to Robert Crouch and Caroline for the opportunity to be part of the tour, hopefully it won’t disappoint.

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No Bodies by Robert crouch is the second book in the Kent Fisher Mystery Series, a follow up from No Accident. Robert has put a different spin on the usual Detective characters, in that Kent Fisher is an environmental officer with no police background.
Synopsis
No motive. No connection.
Why would environmental health officer, Kent Fisher, show any interest in finding Daphne Witherington, the missing wife of a longstanding family friend?
The police believe she ran off with Colin Miller, a rather dubious caterer, and Kent has problems of his own when a young girl who visits his animal sanctuary is rushed to hospital.
When enquiries into Colin Miller reveal a second missing wife, Kent picks up a trail that went cold over a year ago. But he’s struggling to find a connection between the women, even when he discovers a third missing wife.
Is there a killer on the loose in Downland?
With no motive, no connection and no bodies, Kent may never uncover the truth.
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My Review

No Bodies by Robert Crouch, is a different read, I would recommend reading No Accident the first in the series beforehand due to a shortness of backstory in No Bodies, don’t get me wrong it could be read as a standalone but you would be missing out on the full effect of the character of Kent Fisher.
Kent Fisher an ordinary man, an environmental officer, (yip you read that right) not the usual Detective led book, ends up being entrusted by Colonel Witherington to find his missing wife Daphne, hopefully alive or to bring her murderer to justice. Upon searching Kent finds that Daphne isn’t the only woman to have gone missing, another two wives have vanished. Progressing through his investigation he discovers links to the women, can Kent bring justice to light for these women.
While Kent is an amateur investigator, a sleuth like Agatha Christie, his one true love is the animal sanctuary where he spends his time working. The sanctuary has problems there has been a case of E.coli, a young girl has contracted the infection and he could well be implicated in the investigation.
There are many hidden depths to No Bodies, the plot is intriguing in how Robert manages to run more than one plotline simultaneously, some parallel, some cross-over, each one bringing another spin to the plot, making No Bodies a book which will be hard for any reader to put down.
Thank you to Robert Crouch and Caroline for the advanced readers copy and the opportunity to be involved in the Blog Tour for No Bodies, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope many others do also.

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Author Bio
Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.
At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.
Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.
Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.
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Twitter: @robertcrouchuk