Untainted Blood By Liz Mistry

This is the third in the series, and can be read as a stand alone, however you benefit from reading the first two books. 

In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election. However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.  Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.  As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.  Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?  DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.

However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.

 Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.

 As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.

 Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?

 DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

Content :- 

Liz Giving us an Insight into her Dark Minds, or her Character's Dark Minds. 

Dark Minds: Getting into the minds of my villains.

People often ask me where I get the ideas for my villains from and to be honest I don’t really know.  I can be enjoying a walk along the canal with my husband and where he sees lovely scenery and nice wildlife, I see body dump sites.  I think it’s probably that I’ve got a very dark mind. I come from a nation of dark minded, dry humoured folk (I’m Scottish) and I embrace that aspect of my character in my writing. 

It’s not that I expect the worst of people, it’s just that I find it very enjoyable to create and mould a baddie into the worst character they can be.  In Untainted Blood, I’ve created a serial killer who enjoys tattooing swastikas on young Asian and Black men.  I had such fun creating this character, although I never spend too much time in their Point of View.  The press label the murderer, The Tattoo Killer, and as is typical create a huge hype around the modus operandi. Of course, this makes my killer very happy. 

I enjoyed exploring the sort of warped mind that would justify their actions to themselves.  This killer is racist and delusional and downright evil and talks themselves into believing that it is right to try to rid the world of no- white people by any means possible. 

As a foil to my killer I also, in Untainted Blood, use Professor Sebastian Carlton who made a brief appearance in Uncoiled Lies.  His suggestions that my killer is motivated by confused sexuality really angers my killer.  It is this sort of thing that intrigues me. What motivates such rage and hatred that would drive people with an outwardly ‘normal’ persona to do such vile things? – I find it fascinating.

My killer spends a lot of time talking to a horse called Tara, using the horse as a sounding block for all the hatred and anger inside.  I chose to write these scenes in the first person and in the present tense to make them more immediate to the reader.  The first person, present tense also served to make a delineation between my normal third person point of view in the past tense. 

Sometimes it was quite difficult to imagine how a racist deranged psychopath would act but by researching the sort of things racists say and do and of course having seen at first-hand (my husband is Indian and we’ve witnessed and experienced a fair amount of racism over our thirty-year marriage) how these people believe they have the right to express insightful viewpoints.  In truth though, quite often I did no more than watch the news to find out what certain international and national politicians were up to and use some of their antics albeit a little exaggerated.

Author Information 

 

As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours.  She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence. 

Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years.  Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children.  They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.

In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.

 

 

Links

Twitter : @LizCrimeWarp   FB @LizMistrybooks email: lizmistryauthor@yahoo.co.uk

Blog: The Crime Warp   Website : liz mistry crime writer

Pay the Penance

This is the final instalment of The Mechanic Trilogy,

I highly recommend reading the previous two books, THOSE THAT REMAIN AND IN YOUR NAME before reading PAY THE PENANCE.

Murder. Corruption. Revenge.  Lucas has been tracking a killer, known as Mechanic, when his world is shattered. Unable to continue his hunt for the murderer he is forced to rely on his friend and colleague Dick Harper. But Harper has a knack for not playing by the rules. He doesn’t disappoint.  Meanwhile Detective Moran is trying to piece her life back together. The police stumble upon new evidence without grasping its significance. She has to divert the investigation if she is to survive.  The police are closer to Mechanic than they realise which puts Moran right in the firing line.  Mechanic, as usual, has other plans and the consequences for Lucas and Harper are terrifying…

Murder. Corruption. Revenge. 

Lucas has been tracking a killer, known as Mechanic, when his world is shattered. Unable to continue his hunt for the murderer he is forced to rely on his friend and colleague Dick Harper. But Harper has a knack for not playing by the rules. He doesn’t disappoint. 

Meanwhile Detective Moran is trying to piece her life back together. The police stumble upon new evidence without grasping its significance. She has to divert the investigation if she is to survive. 

The police are closer to Mechanic than they realise which puts Moran right in the firing line. 

Mechanic, as usual, has other plans and the consequences for Lucas and Harper are terrifying…

My Thoughts

Pay The Penance is the concluding book of The Mechanic Trilogy,

WOW! What a read, I will admit to reading this book in one sitting. I tried to put the book down, but I kept picking it straight back up. So I settled in for the journey. What a roller coaster of a journey it was.

We are taken through the finale with great skill - there were some superb sentences that are dark and sarcastic, and I re-read them due to the clever wording and they made me smile.

Lucas and HARPER ARE NOT FINISHED WITH the Mechanic who has bruised this pair and battered them physically and emotionally. they want and end. WIll they get it?

There are quite a few elements of the storylines that needed tying up and Ashman delivers this without cutting corner or compromising the plot.

I was yet again mesmerised in to the fascinating personality that is The Mechanic, and getting deeper into there mind, which is a dangerous place to stay for too long... and I really felt for the character without condoning the devilish crimes/gut wrenching tortures they delve in to.  

Ashman has delivered another creatively brilliant novel to the readers. it is an extremely alluring read with repulsive crimes, but is too enthralling to put down.
An exceptional conclusion to an amazing trilogy that kept giving in more than one way. These three books drew me in and kept me captivated and that as a reader is what you are looking for.

I am looking forward to what Ashman can deliver after this, and am sure it will be as intricate, stunning and dark! This is truly a trilogy not to be missed, and I shall be revisiting them again... 

Author Information

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the resul

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.

Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name  –  13 July

Pay The Penance        –  8 August

Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

 

Links

Twitter tag : @RobAshmanAuthor

Facebook author page : Rob Ashman Author

 

Website link www.robashman.com

Deadly Friendship By Tara Lyons

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the request to join the Blog Tour, and to Sarah Hardy for organising. 

Who can you really trust?  Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse. When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises. Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders? Then, when a person from Hamilton's past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends? London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

Who can you really trust? 

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.

When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.

Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?

Then, when a person from Hamilton's past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?

London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

My Thoughts

We are catching up with DI Hamilton in the third instalment of this series by Tara Lyons, book one being In The Shadows and Book 2 No Safe Home. This can be read as a stand alone, but to get the full back story of Hamilton, I suggest reading them in order.

Having read and enjoyed Tara's previous books in the series, I was honoured to be invited on to   the blog tour for Deadly Friendship, and I am just loving the cover!

For me this has an edgier and more claustrophobic feel to the writing and plot lines, a group of friends tied together with a secret. from the outset I got a chill that didn't let up until the last few words...

Hamilton also has links with a past friend and we find out what impact this has on Hamilton as the story unfolds and how they come to terms with their own issues.

The storylines wove exceptionally well together and with the friendships from the Uni friends and the bonds they had then and now, had such a realism that came across superbly, and I was left wondering if it wasn't for the secrets they held within their group, would they be friends now?

I was left with working out the conundrums I was reading and found myself entangled within the lies and subterfuge. A very engrossing read, with poingent points of how friendships can either feed us or starve us from the life we should be living, which leaves you with a sense of unease.

 

Author Information

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara's debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she's not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son. 

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In Your Name (Mechanic Book 2) By Rob Ashman

Those That Remain (Mechanic Book 1) published by Bloodhound Books on 22.6.17 I highly recommend you read this, before In Your Name.

Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart. Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted. But was the letter really sent by Mechanic? Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control. When Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn. Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself. Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic? Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?  

Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.

Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.

But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?

Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control.

When Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.

Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?

Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?  

My Thoughts

Thank goodness I didn't have long to wait to read the second instalment of The Mechanic Series.
if you liked Those That Remain, this is meatier, grittier and spine tingling alarming.


We catch up with Lucas and The Mechanic, but in different circumstances and The Mechanic is unleashing chaos and bloodshed wherever the trail leads.

I absolutely loved this and found it difficult to put the book down. The plot lines are at times stomach churning, but not overly so. Well maybe they are for you, but to tell the story they are sublime. You are so caught up with Lucas and where The Mechanic leads, he follows.

In this book, there is a greater insight into The Mechanic leaving you with a feeling of understanding the character even if you don't condone it. This is one of the characters you aren't supposed to like, but for various reasons you do.

Rob has excelled himself within the pages of In Your Name, an absolutely cracking and enthralling read, with the book setting in Vegas it was perfectly placed for the crimes and brought an added dimension to the sleaze and retribution.

The writing style is dark, delicious and perfection.

Bring on Book 3, Publication Date 8th August 2017

Author Information Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.   Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.   It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.   When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing. Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017. Those That Remain  –  22 June In Your Name  –  13 July Pay The Penance        –  8 August Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.  

Author Information

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

 

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

 

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

 

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.

Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name  –  13 July

Pay The Penance        –  8 August

Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

 

Links

Twitter tag : @RobAshmanAuthor

Facebook author page : Rob Ashman Author

Website link www.robashman.com