Locked In by GB Williams

This is the second in the Locked series, it is beneficial to read the previous book for full character information in this read, although can be read as a stand alone for the main storyline. 

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Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.  Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards.  Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.  Can they all escape unharmed?  And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

 Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards. 

Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.

 Can they all escape unharmed? 

And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

My Thoughts

Locked In is the follow on to Locked Up, this can be read as a stand-alone, but you benefit more from reading the first and it is too good to not to.

How’s your luck? On a day off and a simple visit to the bank goes terribly wrong for Adrianne.

You would think her life is hard enough in herprison role, but she is put through the miss as a hostage.

Having enjoyed Locked Up, especially Adri’s role I was waiting for book two and was thoroughly caught up in the action from page one.  I was wondering what scrapes would happen and it would be good, even I underestimated how much.

Williams has thought out the characters roles and personalities, it was so easy to keep track of how was whom. The genders, ages, and evilness was described to perfection. Giving each character their rightful place.

 

Locked In has full on drama and tension from page one, and I could really feel the fear of the hostages emanating from the pages.  A good author can captivate you and keep your interest held not only in the plotlines, but investing in the characters. Williams did this from the off. I highly recommend Locked In for crime readers looking for a gripping read with a different setting.

 

Author Information

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres
including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction. 

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to learn to sleep.

 Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read,always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious

cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

 

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Links

Twitter:       @GailBWilliams

Facebook:  @GBWilliamsCrimeWriter

Blog:           thewriteroute.wordpress.com 

Website:     www.gailbwilliams.co.uk

 

Past Echoes by Graham Smith

It is beneficial to read the previous two books in the boulder series, before reading this book, although it does work as a stand alone you really do need to get to know Boulder from the first. 

 

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Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names. Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John. In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld. Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?

Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.

Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.

In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.

Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?

My Thoughts

We are back with Boulder and he has more personal issues to deal with within Past Echoes, as the title hints at.

Smith gives us one of my favourite opening scenes to a book, with the best descriptions for characters that you need to know, but not name.

Boulder is soon in the thick of action and from chapter one until the end, our testosterone fuelled hero doesn’t have many moments to relax fully.


Alfonse is as ever Boulders reliable side kick, these two have a fantastic partnership and complement each other. I really find Alfonse character gives a good balance to the read, and he makes a great partner for Boulder. 

If you are an adrenaline book junkie, with a hearo that you don’t quite want to admire, then this is the series for you, I do as always recommend reading series in order, even if they can be read as a stand-alone, you get so much more from the back story.

Smith has made Boulder as always so slick, amusing just under all the humour we learn more in depth of Boulders family, but without taking way from his edginess.
He is set a conundrum to complete and we are taken with him on his journey both work wise and personally.

As ever Boulder rights the wrongs in his own unique way.

Paste echoes is an excellent title for this extremely exciting book that is full of game play and I think Boulder, may have enjoyed his inner James Bond moments.

Author Information

Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

 

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

 

2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.

 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

 

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Crossed out By Malcolm Hollingdrake

Best to read these as a series, although can be read as a stand alone, you get more benefit from the personal backgrounds of Bennett and Owen. 

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DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.  Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.  DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.  Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?  Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.

DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.

 Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.

 DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.

 Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?

 Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.

My Thoughts

Wow and Wow again. 

This has all the Hollingdrake traits I love for this series. 
A woven plot that keeps you guessing. 

Bennett and Owen are back and stronger than ever. 

A new character that fits in perfectly. 

Twisted crimes with enough detail, without information overload. 

This series really does go from strength to strength and we find out a bit more about Bennett which is just what was required at this point of the series. 

A faultless read, that I cannot recommend highly enough. 

It works well as a stand alone, but you really do benefit from reading the previous books in this series. 

Not a read to be devoured due to the devious nature and development of the storylines that Hollingdrake has brought us. But one to be savoured and read in as few a sittings as possible. This is one of my favourite three of the series. 

 

Author Information

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone
born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that
point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.
 
 
Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in
Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for
more years than he cares to remember.
 
Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has seven books
now available as well as Only The Dead and Hell's Gate also being available in Audio. 
Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost
his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings
for all three novels.
 
Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern
artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and
certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett,
the main character in his latest novel.
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By David Evans

Intorducing David Evans new series, thank you to Caroline Vincent for having me on the blog tour. 

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The Tendring Series #1   August 1976 and it seems as though the long hot summer will never end. Early morning at Clacton on the north Essex coast, a light aircraft takes off from the airstrip but struggles for height and crashes into the sea. First on the scene, Sergeant Cyril Claydon pulls the pilot’s body from the wreckage. But something else catches his eye. A bulky package wrapped in black plastic is on the passenger seat. Returning to investigate, he makes a grim discovery – another body. And so begins a series of events that puts him and others in danger as he is drawn into the investigation, having to work alongside DI ‘Dick’ Barton, a man with totally alien attitudes. Can they work together?

The Tendring Series #1

 

August 1976 and it seems as though the long hot summer will never end. Early morning at Clacton on the north Essex coast, a light aircraft takes off from the airstrip but struggles for height and crashes into the sea. First on the scene, Sergeant Cyril Claydon pulls the pilot’s body from the wreckage. But something else catches his eye. A bulky package wrapped in black plastic is on the passenger seat. Returning to investigate, he makes a grim discovery – another body. And so begins a series of events that puts him and others in danger as he is drawn into the investigation, having to work alongside DI ‘Dick’ Barton, a man with totally alien attitudes. Can they work together?

Content

Spotlight on the Characters -
the Main Protagonists

 

 Who are your main protagonists?

As with my Wakefield Series, I am comfortable writing for more than one protagonist.

With Disposal, Cyril Claydon is my main character. He’s 49 and a uniformed sergeant with Clacton police on the north Essex coast. He lost his beloved wife, Maureen, to cancer three years earlier (in 1973), at the age of 42. They were unable to have children together. At the beginning of the book, Cyril is contemplating retirement at the end of the year. He enjoys his allotment and the company of Charlie, his elderly Golden Labrador. But would that be enough for him?

Circumstances see him having to work alongside DI John ‘Dick’ Barton who, by his own admission is ‘an obnoxious arrogant tw*t’. Barton is 36, divorced, slightly overweight, smokes, lives in 1 bed flat in central Clacton and has casual relationships with women when he can. He thinks he’s happy with this lifestyle, but is he really?

 The inspiration for your protagonists

For Cyril, in some respects I drew on my recollections of my father who would have been older than him but who was also a mechanic in the RAF during the war.

For Dick Barton I suppose, think of Gene Hunt in Life On Mars!

The creation of your protagonists

I wanted to create two characters who would provide a strong contrast. I wanted a man who was ‘old school’, who did things properly and treated others with respect where he could. The second would be someone who didn’t care who he upset and would be a bit of a misogynist and a hedonist. I was also interested to see what the two of them being forced to work together would throw up.

When I create a character, I very quickly need a name to be able to flesh them out. Cyril came to mind as a name typical of that generation. His backstory quickly formed - he joined the RAF in 1942 at 16 and trained as a mechanic in his squadron. He demobbed in 1946 and, after a variety of jobs, joined Essex Police in 1951, aged 25.

For some strange reason, Barton came to mind as a surname for my DI. Christened John, Dick would have been the obvious nickname choice. He needed to be younger than Cyril and he began to take shape as the man described in the answer to the first question.

About your protagonists’ characters

One of my main aims when writing Disposal was to explore the character arcs of both main protagonists, Cyril and ‘Dick’ Barton, as well as their relationship development. I hope that has come across to the reader.

Do they have any similarities to someone ‘real’? If so, tell us more!

Cyril has some of my father’s traits. He’s a couple of inches taller but has the same thin moustache my dad had. I also never heard any bad language from my dad, ruddy being a favourite mild swear of that generation.

Barton, on the other hand is an amalgam of various characters I’ve come across over the years.

What do you like most about your protagonists?

I like Cyril because he is a straight forward compassionate man who treats those he has to deal with in a fair and proper manner. Barton, on the other hand, can be cutting and as non-PC as you could get in 1976. He can say and do things others might want to but wouldn’t dare.

What do you dislike about your protagonists?

With Cyril, possibly the fact he smokes a pipe. In Barton’s case, he needs to buy some deodorant, even allowing for the fact he’s having to cope with the long hot summer of 1976!

Would you and your protagonists be friends in ‘real’ life?

I think we would. I think Cyril would be an extremely interesting man to converse with. And Barton would be good company in the pub.

What’s next?

There is a follow-up underway set in the following year, 1977.

Author Information

David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, set primarily in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK. But now, whilst the Wakefield Series awaits the next instalment, David Evans has written Disposal, the first in the Tendring Series, a completely new detective series set in north Essex in the 1970s

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Finding Myself By Victoria J Brown

thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to the blog blitz of Finding Myself, by Victoria J Brown Published by Bombshell Books

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Kat’s life has become a blur of dirty nappies and sleepless nights. She has moved into the flat above the salon she owns, alone and without Max the father of her children. To make matters worse, Max has revealed he plans to remarry. Constantly on edge, her babies are taking up all of her time and Max is never around to help. Diagnosed with post-natal depression, Kat feels more alone than ever. Will Kat be able to manage alone? Can she find hope and rebuild her life? Finding Myself is a novel about searching for the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Kat’s life has become a blur of dirty nappies and sleepless nights. She has moved into the flat above the salon she owns, alone and without Max the father of her children.

To make matters worse, Max has revealed he plans to remarry.

Constantly on edge, her babies are taking up all of her time and Max is never around to help.

Diagnosed with post-natal depression, Kat feels more alone than ever.

Will Kat be able to manage alone? Can she find hope and rebuild her life?

Finding Myself is a novel about searching for the light at the end of the tunnel. 

My Thoughts 

I have enjoyed reading Kat's journey so far and really have been looking forward to seeing where she was going next. Hoping it would be less traumatic. 

Kat definitely has so much to consider, with the babies, battling post - natal depression, and being there for her sister. I began to wonder if she had enough strength to get through these issues, let alone all else that was going on around her. She really had her plate full. 

I have found the series enticing to read and although I do find Kat selfless in one way, she is also self absorbed, but that is due to circumstances out of her control and reflecting on issues. 

I do feel she has grown up so much through this book and found answers to questions and feelings she possibly hadn't considered previously. 

Victoria has written a modern day women's fiction read, this finale has been my favourite of the three. Being able to build on the last two books...and...seeing Kat finding herself. 

I am sure the future will always have chaos and turmoil, but Kat is stronger to deal with these. 


A delight to read with emotionally well written scenes from various characters that I have enjoyed getting to know. 

Author Information

Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’

Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.

In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her       fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.

After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.

Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.

Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.

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Links

If you’re interested in finding out more about Victoria, her inspirational blog and shop you can visit www.victoria-brown.com, plus you can follow her on:

FB: www.facebook.com/vicjbrown/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/victoriajbrown

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriaj.brown/

Pintrest: https://uk.pinterest.com/victoriajbrown/

 

 

The Other Mother By J A Baker

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me on the blog blitz for The Other Mother By JA Baker published by Bloodhound Books

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Three troubled women. One deadly secret.  Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered.  Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.  All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.  But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?  As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights...

Three troubled women. One deadly secret. 

Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered. 

Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem. 

All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame. 

But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago? 

As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights...

My Thoughts

I am loving the new covers that Bloodhound are bringing out with their new releases. I just want to go find out what the girl is thinking about, or needing help with. 

Having devoured Judith's last two books I was excited to see she had a new psychological thriller coming out. 

Baker sets the scene in a subtle way. Taking us through the eyes of the three protagonists and how their lives were, and are now. 

I did find it took me a few chapters to settle in, as we hear from Child A, Child B and the women they are now, the chapters are given to us in headers, and easy to keep track. It did take me until 30% to really get comfortable with the storylines, although I was engrossed in the setting up of plots. 

I have mentioned before that I do love an unreliable narrator, so I was delighted to find that I was thrown with my opinions throughout this read. 

The points of view from the protagonists were easy to identify and I found them interesting on their own as well as how they interacted with each other, when the time came how they related to each other. 

Baker lulls you in to an intriguing start, then slowly, slowly lays the tracks...then like a scratch you can't itch, you find the characters have got under your skin and you are involved with the who, what and how...Baker, clearly knows how to cast a line and then it hooks  you in. gathering momentum  nearer the finishing line you get. 

A psychological thriller that when you finish you realise what a clever, clever read it is. Full of twists, suspense and intrigue, just the ingredients you need in a gripping psychological thriller. 

Author Information

Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.

After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.

J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

 

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You're Next By Michael Fowler

Thank you to Caroline Vincent for inviting me to the blog tour of You're Next published by Caffeine Nights. 

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It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes. But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed. Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall. Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill. Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green…

It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes.

But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed.

Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.

Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.

Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green…

My Thoughts

This is a follow on book, but can be read as a stand alone. 

This in some ways is quite a frustrating read, that James Green got off with "technicalities"... 

It then follows on with some gritty reading as we follow Scarlett after the trial of James green. she is a likable and engaging character, I really enjoyed reading the book from her point of view, and while working to the best of her ability with the minimum support in her ideas of James Green. She didn't always get what was required from management, but did from her team.

This is a difficult book to review as the plot evolves around what happens between James and Scarlett, and am wary of giving spoilers. 

A tension fuelled read, that is thoroughly gripping and engaging, I was immersed in the plotlines and found myself turning just one more page, okay, clicking the screen to flick to the next scene. There were a few shock moments and I didn't guess all the plotlines, which is always a bonus. 

An extremely great read to curl up with, and I look forward to reading more from this author and hopefully learn more about Scarlett in future reads. After reading the Author Information, you can tell he has great ideas and pulls on his resources from working in the Police Force. 

Author Information

Following retirement, after thirty-two years as a police officer, working mainly as a detective, Michael returned to the deadly business of murder, as a writer. His past work brought him very close to some nasty characters, including psychopaths, and gruesome cases, and he draws on that experience to craft his novels: There is nothing gentle about Michael’s stories.

His landmark novel Heart of the Demon, published in 2012, introduced Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr. Michael has since written five novels and a novella featuring Kerr.  He also released the first DS Scarlett Macey book in 2016. Michael is also the author of a stand-alone crime novella and a true crime thriller.

Michael has another side to his life – a passion for art, and has found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently, his oil paintings can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts.  

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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The Liars Promise By Mark Tilbury

Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound books for the invitation to be on Mark Tilbury's The Liars Promise Blog Tour. 

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How does a mother protect her child from the unknown? During a visit to a local theatre, four-year-old Chloe Hollis becomes hysterical. But her mother, Mel, doesn’t realise that this is just the beginning of the nightmare. In the coming weeks, Chloe talks of The Tall Man - Of death. At her wits end, Mel confides in Charles Honeywell, the headmaster at the school where she works. But what Mel doesn’t know is that Charles is linked to what is happening to her daughter. Will Mel learn the terrible truth? And can she overcome her own tragic past and save her daughter before it’s too late? The Liar’s Promise is a story of past lives and future torment.

How does a mother protect her child from the unknown?

During a visit to a local theatre, four-year-old Chloe Hollis becomes hysterical. But her mother, Mel, doesn’t realise that this is just the beginning of the nightmare. In the coming weeks, Chloe talks of The Tall Man - Of death.

At her wits end, Mel confides in Charles Honeywell, the headmaster at the school where she works. But what Mel doesn’t know is that Charles is linked to what is happening to her daughter.

Will Mel learn the terrible truth? And can she overcome her own tragic past and save her daughter before it’s too late?

The Liar’s Promise is a story of past lives and future torment.

My Thoughts

The Baddie has come to town and is tormenting Chloe, but how and why? She is only a small child. 

I love intense thrillers where you don't know what path you are being led down, or whether you should follow. 

The Tall Man, is one creepy, disturbed individual and has a method in his madness and madness in his methods. 

This creeped me out big time, and I don't scare easy with reads. I wouldn't advise reading this alone in the dark...or actually, no I really wouldn't. 
Mark has yet again blown my mind with his unique way of storytelling. 

There are so many elements of this book that shouldn't work and in the hands of another author, I doubt it would have, it would have been a step too far, but Mark nails it. 

It is sick, twisted, engaging, spine chillingly brilliant. It is as poetic as it is horrific, and as horrific as parts are it is a spell binding read. 

If I was reading this in paperback I would be turning the pages so carefully so the devilish characters could not escape and jump out at me. 

Having read Mark's The Abattoir of Dreams, and his series, I was especially excited to read this,

It is a phenomenal read, and an author that deserves success and high acclaim. Brilliant thank you Tilbury you are one #sickoauthor, but please do not stop. Genius. 

Author Information

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised. 

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused. 

He's always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have his fourth novel, The Liar's Promise, along with The Abattoir of Dreams, published, and The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused re-launched, by Bloodhound Books.

When he's not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, 
and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria. 

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A Matter of Love and Death By Caron Albright

Thank you to Sarah Hardy and @bombshellbooks for having me on the #blogtour for #amatterofloveanddeath :@CarmenRadtke1

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Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances' life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it's thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.  If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears - it was a very bad line, after all...  She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack's no angel - prohibition is in force, and what's a nightclub without champagne? But he's a good man, and when Frances' earlier fears resurface she knows that he's the person to confide in. Frances and Jack's hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death...

Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances' life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it's thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.

 If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears - it was a very bad line, after all...

 She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack's no angel - prohibition is in force, and what's a nightclub without champagne? But he's a good man, and when Frances' earlier fears resurface she knows that he's the person to confide in.

Frances and Jack's hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death...

My Thoughts

France's really does find herself in a conundrum, over hearing a partial conversation as she woks in the phone exchange, but she doesn't know who to turn to or what to do with this information, as it is too vague to act upon. 

The story is set in Adelaide, and is beautifully written giving us an insight in tot he difficulties of the times, I did feel for France's predicament. She has a quiet life, and comes across older than her years while she is working and trying to help her mum at home to keep there heads above the water. 

I was soon wrapped up in Frances home and work life, Caron Albright has a real flair for making not only the characters realistic, but transporting you to a time and place that felt slower paced, with a taste of danger and lurking within this historical crime fiction is a love story. 

Sal, who is France's non related Uncle, he was the perfect character to balance France's life from being too dour, and bridged the gap perfectly between her work and social life. 

The introduction of Jack was perfectly timed, and he is her knight in shining armour, without being too shiny and just the right side of being a hero. 

A very enjoyable read, where you can curl up and lose yourself in a time gone by. 

Author Information  

Caron Albright fell in love with books as soon as she could read and never grew out of it. With one foot firmly planted in Fictionland ever since, she is moving from one adventure to the next (strictly on the paper of course).

 She loves capers with feisty heroines, dashing heroes with a dangerous edge and thrilling locations and would gladly explore the world for the sake of research - preferably while tap-dancing, with a champagne glass in her hand.

 Instead she spends her time in front of her keyboard, sipping herbal tea.

 When she feels the need for a change, she switches to coffee and writing crime novels under the name Carmen Radtke.

 

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The Silver Wolf By Rob Sinclair

Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on to the blog blitz. 

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Ryker wants blood, and one way or another he’ll get it... Still tormented by the disappearance of his wife, ex-intelligence agent James Ryker sets out on a personal mission of revenge, prepared to go to any lengths in search of the truth. The trail takes him from the crystal waters of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, back to a place he thought he would never set foot again - his country of birth, England. But there he discovers more than even he bargained for. Stumbling across a terrorist attack targeted against his old employers - the secretive Joint Intelligence Agency -the faint clues to many events in his recent past are all seemingly linked to one mysterious character; The Silver Wolf. But just who is the Silver Wolf, and why is he hell bent on punishing not just Ryker, but his closest allies at the JIA too? Has Ryker finally met his match? The Silver Wolf is a globe-trotting thriller that sees James Ryker at his hard-nosed best as he fights the ghosts of his past. As skilled as Jason Bourne, as no-nonsense as Jack Reacher, James Ryker delivers in another heart-pounding thriller.

Ryker wants blood, and one way or another he’ll get it...

Still tormented by the disappearance of his wife, ex-intelligence agent James Ryker sets out on a personal mission of revenge, prepared to go to any lengths in search of the truth.

The trail takes him from the crystal waters of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, back to a place he thought he would never set foot again - his country of birth, England. But there he discovers more than even he bargained for. Stumbling across a terrorist attack targeted against his old employers - the secretive Joint Intelligence Agency -the faint clues to many events in his recent past are all seemingly linked to one mysterious character; The Silver Wolf.

But just who is the Silver Wolf, and why is he hell bent on punishing not just Ryker, but his closest allies at the JIA too?

Has Ryker finally met his match?

The Silver Wolf is a globe-trotting thriller that sees James Ryker at his hard-nosed best as he fights the ghosts of his past. As skilled as Jason Bourne, as no-nonsense as Jack Reacher, James Ryker delivers in another heart-pounding thriller.

My Thoughts

The covers in the is trilogy have been striking, and I do suggest as it is a trilogy, not a series to read them in order. 

A high adrenaline read with revenge at the core of Ryker's actions. 

The Silver Wolf, is a master in disguise, and this book takes us on journeys across the lands and is fuelled with great threads and pace that are easy to follow, but intense in nature. 

Sinclair has given us an amazing trilogy with this set of Ryker books, making t he main character hard core, not flawless and human enough to believe in and want to fight his battles with him, although in my case - from the safety of being a reader.

Ryker is such an engaging  challenging character, but just vulnerable enough. 

All the way through I was unsure what the outcome would be. With the build up to the finale, it is a gritty read with an enthralling ending. 
A trilogy I will be recommending for a long time after reading. One I am hoping will be on the screen! 

Author Information 

Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series and James Ryker series of espionage thrillers. His books have sold over half a million copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob's work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn. 


Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.

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The Puppet Master By Abigail Osborne

Thank you to Sarah Hardy, and Bloodhound Books for squeezing me in on the Blog Blitz. 

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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.

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.

My Thoughts

I was first introduced to this novel through Blogger Joanne Robertson from My Chestnut Reading Tree, she did a feature on Abigail, and the book was at the time free to download, I found the premise of the story intriguing. I like to try new authors, especially self published ones. 

I was so pleased when Bloodhound picked it up, and with some editing, new cover, but keeping the storyline the same it is improved and even tenser than before. I have fully read both editions. 

Deception is the key to this novel, with the puppet master pulling the strings of the players. 

Abbie has written a story that kept me on my toes, my heart in my mouth, and gut squirming just to add to the tension. Especially the more I read on. It was difficult to believe that this was a debut novel. 

The book is set in three parts, with considerable thought to the way the story unfolds. 

We see Billie and Adam, who they are individually and as they grow together in a new relationship. However they both have a past that they aren't fully revealing to each other, but their emotions are taking them on a journey neither expected. 

We get to know why Billie is how she is, in the second part of the book, it gave us a great insight in to the characters and how they grew to be who they were. 

Then there is the puppet master to take in to consideration! The full scale of the damage the puppet master has left in their wake is designed to make you feel helpless, sickened and increasingly frustrated as you read on. This is one of the most manipulative characters I have read in a long while. 

This is a fantastic debut novel, that took me on an emotional roller coaster of a journey, like a scab I could not leave it alone. I kept on reading, the beginning part had me intrigued in wanting to find out Billie's past, what made Adam dislike Bille so much.

Part two, left me feeling saddened, there are difficult subject matters to get your head round, but as difficult a read as this is, it is too compelling and twisted to miss out on. 

Part three gives us the conclusion, but is it the outcome that we want? 

There were heart in the mouth moments, and I really felt for Billie and hoped the outcome would be positive, must read if you want to find out. 


A story to stay which will stay with me for a long while, for an array of reasons. I really am looking forward to what Osborne brings us next. 

Author Information

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.

 

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Snow Light By Danielle Zinn

thank you to Sarah Hardy, and Bloodhound Books for an advanced copy so I could be on the Blog Blitz of Snow Light,

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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.


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.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Snow Light, from the setting to the baffling crime set up. 

It is being published perfectly for a winter read, as it is set beautifully in the back drop setting in Turtleville. 

Nathaniel was such a fabulous character to get to know. With his background story to how he lives his life. 

As the book is set in a village there is a slight feeling of being in a fish bowl and wondering who done it, which I did not guess at all. For a change, I was quite happy to read and let the story evolve and the killer be revealed as I was totally immersed in the unfolding mystery.

A very classy, clever read with a wonderful setting, and traditions explained with ease and fitting in with the story.

A perfect crime winter read, that will leave you wondering on this conundrum right to the end.   

 

 

Author Information

Danielle 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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Scream Blue Murder By Tony J Forder

Thank you To Sarah Hardy, and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Blitz for Scream Blue Murder

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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. 

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. 

My Thoughts 

Having read Tony's previous books I naively thought I knew what to expect. 

This is an author to look out for, as he can turn his pen to different genre styles within the Crime Fiction Umbrella. 

This is an extremely well written, action packed book. With great opening scenes to set up the plots. 

Melissa and Charlie bring a clever characterisation to the story. I really felt for the predicament they innocently found themselves in, being caught up within the grimness, Melissa does a fabulous job trying to keep Charlie safe and calm. 

Mike is a fascinating protagonist, and I loved getting to know him the more I read on, he really grew on me, and I enjoyed that he wasn't a jolly bloke, would you be in his situation? 

As the drama unfolds you are taken on a twisted journey. 

This is a dark story, that evolves in to a monster of a crime read, I was thoroughly engrossed in the way the story evolved, it is a thriller with a unique difference, that should be shouted about.

If you like an engaging thriller of a read this is definitely one for you.

Author Information

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.

 

 

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Wormwood By Larry Enmon

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for organizing the blitz for Wormwood, and to Bloodhound Books for the Advance copy.

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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...

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...

My Thoughts

A dynamic duo we find in Rob and Frank, I absolutely loved the chemistry between these two characters, they really did bring the story to life. They had an interesting back story, and banter...they really were a highlight, while still being professional. 

Wormwood, is dark, devilish and brilliant. I thought the concept from page one to the last was clever, and really immersed myself in Katrina's situation. 

Finding out about Wormwood and what it entailed, was extremely interesting. 

Katrina finds herself in a dilemma with little hope. I loved reading about her devious ways to escape. She has had a fantastic life, up until this point, but does she have the strength to leave her captivity? It isn't going to be as easy as she first thought....

A brilliantly written novel, with  storylines that keep you hooked all the way through.

An excellent read which kept me on tender hooks, I do love getting to know the twisted minds of characters especially if they are linked with religion and or cults. It is simply fascinating. 

Author Information

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

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