DYING DAY by STEPHEN EDGER

Dying Day Blog Tour

Well this has certainly a busy week for little ole me, another Blog Blitz courtesy of Bookouture and Noelle Holten, an boy am I excited to be included in reviewing Dying Day by Stephen Edger.


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Book Description

Some mistakes you live with. Others you die for…

When the body of a young woman is found in the boot of an abandoned car near the Southampton Docks, Detective Kate Matthews is ordered to stay well away from the scene.

Exactly a year ago, Amy, a junior detective on Kate’s team, was murdered when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls. Kate never forgave herself for letting the killer slip through her fingers and her team are worried this coincidence might push her over the edge…

When another girl’s body is uncovered days later with similar bruising around the neck, Kate launches an investigation of her own, determined to connect new evidence to the old to catch this monster before more innocent lives are taken…

Mysterious sympathy cards sent to the victims’ families finally lead Kate to the twisted individual from her past. But if she’s found the killer, why does the body count keep rising? 

An absolutely heart-stopping crime thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, James Patterson and M.J. Arlidge. 

Amazon Links:

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My Review

Oh My, Oh My, Oh My, can someone find my heartbeat Stephen Edger sent my heart into overdrive with Dying Day, a whooping 5 star read and so much more. Well I never, I  thought Dead To Me the first in the Detective Kate Matthews series couldn’t  be beaten or equalled, but Dying Day has surpassed my expectations.

There’s a serial killer on the loose preying on young women, it has all the defining hallmarks of Amy’s killer, but can Kate get her boss to listen. After being warned away from the investigation Detective Kate begins to tread a path of self-destruction with her insubordination, to the point she is almost villainous in her attempts to catch her colleague Amy’s murderer.

Detective Kate is pushing all the boundaries, how far can she go.

The character of Kate is hard to comprehend, she is a hard nut to crack, but of all her flaws and inconsistencies she is in a sense growing on me. Kate is like a dog with a bone (excuse the pun) once she has her teeth into something she wont let go and its to hell with everyone else. I think if we were to step back and look at Kate, warts and all I think we would all see a tiny piece of ourselves in there.

Dying Day is a fast-paced thriller which had me turning the pages faster and faster, absorbing the intensity of the plot. I felt like I was on a roller coaster, you know the saying scream if you wanna go faster, that’s how Dying Day made me feel, but as always nearing the end of the book, I try to throw on the skids to prevent it ending, ultimately I know it has to, I want to know.

Thank you to Bookouture, Stephen Edger and Noelle for an advanced readers copy of Dying Day allowing me to read and review for the Blog Blitz.


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Author Bio

Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published eleven novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.

Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry, and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.

Stephen is married, and has two children, and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.

Author Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ AuthorStephenEdger/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ StephenEdger
Website: https://www.stephenedger.com/

 

 

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SNOW LIGHT by DANIELLE ZINN

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Today I am lending a hand to close the Blog Tour for Snow Light by Danielle Zinn, with the help of three other smashing bloggers. Hope you enjoy the Blog Tour!


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Book Description

When Detective Inspector Nathaniel Thomas encounters a man attacking a young woman in a local park, the DI is unable to save her. Out of guilt, Thomas quits his job at Homicide Headquarters and relocates to the tiny village of Turtleville, where he regains control of himself and begins to enjoy life again. However, a year later, all the guilt and shame of the park murder re-emerges when a local hermit, Ethan Wright, is murdered with an unusual weapon and left on display in the centre of the village. For Thomas the situation gets worse when DS Ann Collins, a colleague from his past, appears to help with the case. But things become complicated when the victim’s identity is put into question.

Who is the victim? And why was he murdered? Thomas and Collins will find themselves trying to solve a highly unusual case and both may have more in common than they could have ever imagined.

Available to Buy

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My Review

I never needed to ponder over Snow Light, the synopsis was an attraction straight off when deciding if I would be part of the amazing tour for Danielle, secondly was the cover, who doesn’t love a winters scene, I certainly wasn’t going to pass up on this opportunity. Bloodhound has a knack of finding amazing debut authors, Danielle Zinn is another exceptional discovery.

Snow Light opens with the main character Nathaniel Thomas, suffering flashbacks from an investigation he was previously involved in where he tried to save the life of a young woman, but was unable to do so and the woman in question died. The turmoil swirling through his brain causes him to quit his job in Homicide Headquarters and plant roots in Turtleville, a small village where he hides away and manages to salvage his sense of proprietary and learns to take control of his life again. All this is short-lived when the local hermit is found murdered and put on display in the centre of the village, unconsciously all his dark thoughts about the young woman who died re-emerges, sending him close to the edge. Thomas ends up working with DS Ann Collins, the last person he wanted to work with, DS Ann also has the unenviable position of working the case, can they manage to put there differences aside and solve this investigation.

Snow Light is an easy going book, I literally sat curled up on my settee, coffee in hand and absorbed the plot at a sedate pace, there was no need for the book to roar off at break neck speed, it wouldn’t have suited the style of writing Danielle was portraying.

I can’t believe that this book is a debut, Danielle has an immense talent which is showing through in spades in Snow Light, you would be forgiven for thinking Danielle had written other books. Lets hope there are many more to come and they are as enjoyable too read as Snow Light.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Danielle Zinn and Sarah Hardy for the advanced readers copy of Snow Light. Its been an honour to read Snowlight in exchange for an honest review.


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BioDanielle holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Management from New College Durham and after gaining some work experience in Wales and the USA, she settled down in Frankfurt am Main where she works as a Financial Controller at an IT Consultancy.
Born and raised in a small village in the Ore Mountains/Germany, Danielle was introduced to the world of English literature and writing from an early age on through her mother – an English teacher.

Her passion for sports, especially skiing and fencing, stems from her father’s side. Danielle draws her inspiration for writing from long walks in the country as well as circumnavigating the globe and visiting her friends scattered all over the world.

Mix everything together and you get “Snow Light”, her debut detective thriller combining a stunning wintry setting in the Ore Mountains with unique traditions, some sporty action and lots of suspense.

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THE FIRST ONE TO DIE by VICTORIA JENKINS

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Aaaah to be part of a Bookouture Blog Blitz, who would have thought it, I still can’t believe they let me in, hahaha. I know I’ve taken part previously but I’m so excited to be part of the gang now, I always thought someone would pinch me and the dream would be over, but I’m here with a great bunch of bloggers.

Okay lets get this Blog Blitz for The First One to Die by Victoria Jenkins onto the internet highway, after all its Publication Day.


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Book Description

Four friends. A house full of secrets. And a killer picking them off one by one…

‘She tried to break her fall, twisting desperately, but there was nothing to catch hold of, nothing with which she could stop herself. Her single scream cut through the night air.’

One hot summer night, a young woman falls from a rooftop to her death. Detective Alex King is called to the quiet terraced street.

The victim, Keira North, was twenty, happy and carefree. It seems like an accident, but there’s broken glass on the carpet, and witnesses overheard an argument. Could someone have wanted her dead?

Keira’s friends don’t seem as helpful as Alex would expect and the post-mortem reveals that Keira was hiding a secret: she was five months pregnant. Alex’s team soon finds that all of Keira’s closest friends have secrets that someone might kill to keep.

As Alex realises Keira might be just the first victim on a list, her leads take her a bit too close to home. With her own demons to fight, can Alex catch the killer, before someone else dies?

The First One to Die is a heart-stopping and shocking detective thriller that will have you gripped until the very last page. Perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, Angela Marsons, and Val McDermid.

Amazon Links:
UK: http://amzn.to/2uKLBQu
US: http://amzn.to/2w4XaC6


My Review

The First One To Die is the second in the series following Detectives King & Lane by Victoria Jenkins and what a cracker it is. How many of you love a fantastic cover, well the illustration on the cover of Victoria’s newest release is outstanding, the single dying rose amongst the living is so serene and spine-chilling, you can’t help but open the book and read.

In The First One To Die, the sense of anticipation is foreboding, turning those first couple of pages, then wham your first death. A young student Kiera North falls to her death, was it an accident or foul play, its up to Detectives King & Lane to uncover the truth. Crucial evidence is lost due to the scene being compromised and its a race against time as more deaths occur, what’s the connection between the flatmates, more to the point who wants them dead.

There’s a multitude of characters within the book, some who are downright obnoxious and you could quite easily rip them from the pages without feeling any remorse, but then in balance to this there is some that I thought were strong and meticulous in personality and demeanour. I particularly liked Chloe, even with her past altercations she proved to be strong and resilient in character with a shade contrite, which showed in her relationships at work and personal life. Alec on the other hand is spirited, assertive in her outwardly character but she hides behind a mask of vulnerability a lot of which is due to failed relationships.

As I ploughed my way through, the twists came thick and fast, snapping my neck as the plot intensifies. At times I was caught out, a twist would creep up on me that I didn’t see coming, causing me to snatch my breath and re-think where Victoria was leading me.

I’m not going to pour every piece of detail about The First One To Die into my review, I want to leave a huge big bite of the book for you to discover and enjoy.

Thank you to Victoria Jenkins and Bookouture for an advanced readers copy of The First To Die the read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Many thanks go to Noelle Holten for the opportunity to be part of the Blog Blitz today.


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Author Bio:
Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband in South Wales, where she writes crime fiction and teaches English. The Girls in the Water is her debut novel, the first featuring Detective Inspector Alex King and Detective Constable Chloe Lane. The second book in the series will be published in late 2017.

Author Social
Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriajenkinswriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicwritescrime

 

 

THE PUPPET MASTER by ABIGAIL OSBORNE

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Today I would like to welcome The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne into the world of psychological thrillers, and a big thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.

I’m thrilled to be part of the Blog Blitz opening The Puppet Master today, in good company joining in with a fantastic bunch of book bloggers.


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Book Synopsis

Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.

Unbeknown to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems.

Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played?

One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.

Available to Buy

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My Review

The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne is a superb psychological thriller which could compete easily with the big boys in the book charts. An intense but sometimes harrowing tale of Billie’s escape from a dark past which always seems to rest on the fringes of her life.

Billie has ostracised herself from society, living in fear and isolation, believing that if she doesn’t integrate with people she can’t be hurt and no-one would know what happened in her past. Life changes and Billie’s guard is let down when she meets Adam, a journalist, but has Adam the best intentions for Billie or is there an ulterior motive. As I continued to read I discovered that Adam was gaining feelings for Billie, but he was trying to contain them, he wanted answers, the truth and he was going to get it by any means necessary.

Puppet-master (noun)

a person, group, or country that covertly controls another

The Puppet Master deceived me slightly into believing Billie was a mild, meek and woeful woman, but in reality she is actually strong, it took a profound amount of courage for Billie to escape her tumultuous past. The Puppet Master may be pulling the strings, manipulating from the side-lines but its only a matter of time until past and present collide.

Manipulate (verb)

control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly or unscrupulously

I was amazed at how well the book flowed between the two characters Billie and Adam, the transition between the past and the present, adapting their lives and slowly unfolding the drama. I loved how I was guided through some very heart-wrenching scenarios, a lot of which are still taboo to talk about. The descriptions although distressing were accurate and not sensationalised, which helped to understand grief, suicide, abuse and bullying from the perspective of each character, the author and in ways our own understanding.

Caught off guard on several occasions, I felt The Puppet Master gnawing through the dark recesses of my brain, wanting to take control. Slowly exuding an exceptional feeling of calmness. The Puppet Master was controlling my thoughts, determining the pace, sensing my imagination, delving deep into my world and dominating my every waking moment.

The Puppet Master took over my world until the last turn of the page, several days on, the book is still stalking the confines of my mind.

Thank you to Abigail Osborne and Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of The Puppet Master to read in exchange for an honest review. Thanks also to Sarah Hardy for letting me loose on another Blog Blitz, won’t be long before we do it all over again I’m sure.


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Author Bio

Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree and also met her husband. She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led to her creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time. ‘The Puppet Master’ is Abigail’s debut novel and has unleashed a passion for writing. When not writing or reading Abigail is usually playing her violin or hiding from her much too energetic cats. She also works as a Needs Assessor for disabled university students in the West Midlands.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abigailosborneauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Abigail_Author?lang=en-gb
Webpage: http://abigailosborne.co.uk/

 

 

 

SCREAM BLUE MURDER by TONY J. FORDER

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Well I’ll be damned, its my birthday today and I also have the privilege to be part of the Blog Blitz Tour for Scream Blue Murder by Tony J. Forder, published by Bloodhound Books. Wow Sarah Hardy thanks for the invite to participate, a great book and a fantastic day, how can it possibly get any better.


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Book Synopsis

Mike Lynch is going through hard times. But things get much worse when he witnesses a murder in a lay-by. Snatching the victim’s car in order to get away, Mike soon makes a shocking discovery – the victim’s young daughter and her nanny are hiding in the rear footwell. This is when the real trouble begins.

Mike wants to go to the police, but the nanny, Melissa, wants to delay until the daughter, Charlie, is somewhere safe. Mike agrees to this request before finding out the seriousness of the situation, and just how much danger they are really in.

Who exactly was the man he saw murdered? And who is the man he saw pulling the trigger?

In a situation where nothing is what it seems, Mike will have to fight for his life to protect a woman and a child he doesn’t know. And when the death count rises, he will discover what kind of man he really is.

Available to Buy

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My Review

Well I’m ticked pink to have had a chance to read Scream Blue Murder, a riveting read that spirals out of this world and back again, a perfect cryptic plot that will have your head spinning.

Scream Blue Murder by Tony J. Forder an adrenaline packed thriller with a prologue which will blow you away. As we follow the path of Mike Lynch, a man who is down on his luck, driving back from a failed interview Mike stumbles across a gangland shooting, execution style, but is it all as it seems. Escaping the horrifying scene, Mike discovers Melissa and Charlie hiding in the car, now he’s not on his own, escaping for their lives Mike has baggage he must protect.

Following the plot I couldn’t believe how many times I was dragged through the scenes kicking and screaming, hiding my eyes, peering through my fingers, not knowing who was involved, so many fingers pointed in different directions. Wow I loved it.

Mike has a hidden character, who is Mike? I found Mike to be downtrodden and dejected to begin with, but with Melissa’s and Charlie’s safety in hands a certain roughness in his character develops as the book progresses. Mike is certainly one for the girlies out there, a very likeable, engaging and a tiny bit moody soul, a fantastically charming hero which I think we would all quite happily allow to save us.

Tony J. Forder has written a complex plot which will delve deep into the darkest corners of your mind, stuffed full of tension seizing every thought process and sending ripples of electric thrills through your imagination.

Thanks go to Tony J. Forder and Bloodhound Books for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Cheers Sarah Hardy for another cracking book to review and my spot on the Blog Blitz.


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Author Bio

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The second book in the series will be released in 2018, with a third currently in progress.

On 19 September 2017, Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

On 8 November, Bloodhound Books will publish Tony’s new fast-paced action thriller, Scream Blue Murder. This is the first novel in an intended series, and has received praise from both Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

Tony is signed to Bloodhound Books for a minimum of four books, but believes there is much more to come.

Author Links:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony- J-Forder/e/B01N4BPT65/ref=sr_n tt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490529612&s r=8-1-spell

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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?

Available to Buy

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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

 

 

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…

Available to Buy

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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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MURDER GAME by CAROLINE MITCHELL

Murder game

Book Synopsis

To catch a killer, you must first think like one…

A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.

In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die.

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.

But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team becomes. Is he really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining her up to be his next victim?

Available to Buy

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My Review

Well I never, a massive five stars for Murder Game by Caroline MItchell, in fact if I could possibly score higher I would but Goodreads, Amazon and all the others don’t have a blown away button.

Murder Game is the third in the series following Detective Ruby Preston another rung higher on the ladder, how is Caroline going to top this one, every one in the series is advancing at an almighty rate of knots, I’m in awe of how Caroline manages it.

DS Ruby Preston finds herself and her team embroiled in an investigation surrounding a copy-cat serial killer who appears to have information relating to an incarcerated murderer Mason Gatley “The Lonely Hearts Killer”. The playground for the killer is centred around the Dark Web, an exclusive dating website labelled Debauchery, a den of iniquity where clients are given a free pass to fulfil there fantasy, without repercussions.

The killer is playing a game with three steps, three photographs, Alive,Tortured, Dead. Can Ruby stop them, can she assemble the clues, build the picture and capture the killer before more women die.

Caroline has created a character in Ruth that gives the feeling that she is a living, breathing entity not just in my imagination, she is strong-willed, full of voracious tenacity with a spirit second to none but with the inevitable faults we all possess. I enjoyed reading more about Cathy and Nathan, the two most important people in Ruth’s life I hope in the next instalment Caroline will give us more of the uniqueness of Ruth’s family and maybe something more.

If I was to look at the dynamics of the whole book, I would honesty portray the book as written with fluidity, shown in the small but important attention to detail, which brought the book to life not just in my imagination. The plot sealed the deal, so to speak, I followed the trail of bread crumbs, picked them up, examined the clues, puzzled over them, had a eureka moment, then got my knickers in a twist, cause I was so wrong…….. Bravo Caroline, you know how to create a diversion and play merry hell with Murder Game.

Like shards of ice dripping through my veins, Caroline Mitchell has induced a euphoric spine-chilling read in Murder Game. Thank you to Bookouture, Caroline Mitchell and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of Murder Game to read in exchange for an honest review.


caroline mitchell

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.

Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.

Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.

Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.

Author Links

Webpage: http://carolinemitchellauthor.com/

Twitter: @Caroline_writes

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3076677.Caroline_Mit

pinterest: www.pinterest.com/Writeparanormal

 

 

BROKEN BONES by ANGELA MARSONS

Broken Bones

BROKEN BONES by Angela Marsons
(Book 7 Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series)
Published by Bookouture on 3rd November 2017.
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Its with great pleasure to be part of the Blog Blitz with other fellow Bloggers presenting an Exclusive Extract from Angela Marsons new book Broken Bones available to pre-order now, publication date 3rd of November by Bookouture.

So if you fancy a wee sweetener of what’s in store from the fantastic Angela Marsons, lets get the show on the road, have a sneak peak at the prologue and see what maybe in store for Detective Kim Stone……

PROLOGUE
Black Country: Christmas Day

Lauren Goddard sat on the roof of the thirteen-storey block of flats. The winter sun shone a grid onto her bare feet dangling over the edge. The cold breeze nipped at her wiggling toes.

The protective grate had been erected some years ago after a father of seven had thrown himself over. By the time she was eleven she had stolen a pair of wire cutters from the pound shop and fashioned herself an access point to the narrow ledge that was her place of reflection. From this vantage point she could look to the beauty of the Clent Hills in the distance, block out the dank, grubby reality of below.
Hollytree was the place you were sent if Hell was having a spring clean. Problem families from the entire West Midlands were evicted from other estates and housed in Hollytree. It was displacement capital. Communities around the borough breathed sighs of relief as families were evicted. No one cared where they went. It was enough that they were gone and one more ingredient was added to the melting pot.

There was a clear perimeter around the estate over which the police rarely crossed. It was a place where the rapists, child molesters, thieves and ASBO families were put together in one major arena. And then guarded by police from the outside.

But today a peace settled around the estate, giving the illusion that the normal activities of robbing, raping and molesting were on pause because it was Christmas Day. That was bollocks. It was all still going on but to the backdrop of the Queen’s Speech.

Her mother was still slurring her way around the cheerless flat with a glass of gin in her hand. Her one concession to the event was the line of tinsel wrapped haphazardly around her neck as she stumbled from the living room to the kitchen for a refill.

Lauren didn’t expect a present or a card any more. She had once mentioned the excitement of her friends. How they had enjoyed presents, laughter, a roast dinner, a chocolate-filled stocking.

Her mother had laughed and asked if that was the kind of Christmas she wanted.

Lauren had innocently nodded yes.

The woman had clicked the television to the Hallmark Channel and told her to ‘fill her boots’.

Christmas meant nothing to Lauren. But at least she had this. Her one piece of Heaven. Always her safe place. Her escape.

She had disappeared unnoticed up here when she was seven years old and her mother had been falling all over the flat pissed as a fart.

How lucky was she to have been the only one of the four kids her mother had been allowed to keep?

She had escaped up here when her mother’s drinking partner, Roddy, had started pawing at her groin and slobbering into her hair. Her mother had pulled him off, angrily, shouting something about ruining her retirement plan.
She hadn’t understood it when she was nine years old but she had come to understand it now.

She had cried up here on her sixteenth birthday when her mother had introduced her to the family business and to their pimp, Kai Lord.

She’d been up here two months earlier when he had finally found her.

And she’d been up here when she’d told him to fuck right off.

She didn’t want to be saved. It was too late.

Sixteen years of age and already it was too damn late.

Many times she had fantasised about how it would feel to lurch forward onto the wind. She had envisioned herself floating to and fro, gently making the journey like a stray pigeon feather all the way to the ground. Had imagined the feeling of weightlessness of both her body and her mind.

Lauren took a deep breath and exhaled. In just a few minutes it would be time to go to work. Heavy rain, sleet, snow, Christmas – nothing kept the punters away. Trade might be slow but it would still be there. It always was.

She didn’t hear the roof door open or the footsteps that slowly strode towards her.

She didn’t see the hand that pushed her forward.

She only saw the ground as it hurtled towards her.

Wow what an extract, want more, need to read more, here’s a wee reminder of where Angela Marsons Broken Bones is available to order:

Broken Bones by Angela Marsons, out on 3rd November 2017
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