Brick by Conrad Jones #BlogTour @ConradJones @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror. As the detectives of Liverpool’s Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organised crime family begin to topple, causing shockwaves across the world. 

Why was the teenager attacked?

And will the villains be brought to justice?

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My Thoughts:

Wow, wow, wow, wow ,wow!

I enjoy this authors books so was very much looking forward to reading Brick. What I hadn’t expected was to be so gripped that I didn’t put it back down until I had read the very last page.

My heart was literally in my mouth through out the whole novel. What was happening to Bryn and his family was an absolute nightmare. Having a fourteen year old son myself I totally connected with Bryn and I wanted to take him and his family out of the story and put them somewhere safe. Parts were absolute torture to read and I didn’t know whether I wanted to carry on as I wasn’t sure how the author was going to play everything out or if my emotions could handle it.

The story is one of gangland crimes, drugs, lies, betrayal and the constant fight to stay in power. There are plenty of unlikeable characters in the story and I was waiting with baited breath for karma to come and kick their backsides into touch.

The whole sense of family really comes into play with Bryn and his family. I liked the brotherly love between the three brothers and the bond was really touching. In a way I didn’t want the story to end as I had got attached to the family as well as a couple of other characters and I wanted more. I’m hoping some may pop up in future novels.

Brick is a fast paced read that grabs and holds you right up until the very end. The story line is dark, frightening as well as heart stopping. The author has written a story that takes you right into the heart of the book having you feel a whole array of emotions. Absolutely brilliant and one that every crime lover should read.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Brick is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.

The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury #BlogTour @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers.

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My Thoughts:

This is the first novel I have read by this author and having read this one I will certainly be reading more.

Ben is very much the underdog in the story. After his dad goes missing, it is up to him to save the day. Right from the start you can see what a sensitive soul Ben is and I really didn’t know how he was going to cope going into such a dangerous situation. Though obviously he doesn’t know that at the time.

Maddie to a certain extent felt like Ben’s safety blanket. It’s obvious the pair like each other but having Maddie there by his side, makes Ben that bit more braver and she helps to push him on into discovering what has happened to his dad and the case he was working on.

The cult has to be one of the strangest I’ve ever come across. Reading of the goings on at the farm where the cult is based made the hairs on my arms stand up. It really creeped me out and Ebb especially is one sick and twisted individual but boy does it make for some gripping reading.

The Revelation Room is a highly enjoyable and entertaining read. It has lots of elements going on and I thought it was a great start to a brand new series. Very much look forward to reading more.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Revelation Room is available to purchase from Amazon.

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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 third novel, 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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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Book Description:

Perfect family, perfect house, perfect life; Jane, Madeline and Celeste have it all . . . or do they? They are about to find out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control.

From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband’s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Jane hasn’t lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives – and their own secrets.

But at the start of a new term, an incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, causing a rift between them and other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until the whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful, and the truths blur into lies.

It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder . . .

My Thoughts:

I have to say it took the television show coming out to make me bump this book up my pile. I haven’t watched the show yet but as I really want to, I wanted to read the book first before watching it. All I can say is that I wish I had read it sooner.

I will start with my only niggle about the book. The story is told in chapters where we get to know the characters and their life leading up to events of a murder. At the end of every chapter there are brief comments by different characters. I found this slightly distracting to start with as I wasn’t really aware of some of the characters or hadn’t got used to them so I found it slightly confusing. The further into the story I got though it wasn’t an issue anymore. Other than that though, this really is a fabulous book.

There are quite a few characters in the story so it did take me a little while to get used to who was who but when you do you can really settle into a brilliant reading experience. The main ones for me are Jane, Celeste and Madeline.

Jane is the single mother of Ziggy who has moved into the area for another fresh start. She is very much a plain Jane and doesn’t fit in with the other mothers of the school where Ziggy has just started. I was quite surprised that Madeline after meeting her, takes her under her wing. Madeline is a fabulous character and the story line to do with her teenager daughter had me howling with laughter. She certainly brings a sense of humour to the story. Celeste, I have to admit I wasn’t to sure of. She instantly reminded me of a Barbie doll from the description of being stunning, perfect figure and always immaculately turned out. She really grew on me though as her life is nothing like the perfect life I had imagined she would have.

This is very much a story of appearances, secrets, friendships and lies. I love how the story is centered around these three women and their personal lives. It really makes for such a fun and entertaining read. At times I forgot that there was a murder to look forward to as I was so wrapped up in their world. It was fun trying to work out who was going to be murdered as well as who the murderer could possible be. All I can say is that it was a total shock when all is revealed.

Big Little Lies is an extremely addictive read and one I highly recommend.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Big Little Lies is available to purchase from Amazon.

 

***Bombshell Books Announcement***

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Bombshell Books are back!

After launching with the hilarious The Queen of Blogging, Bombshell Books are back with two new authors and three fabulous novels.

Therese Loreskar returns with her sequel to The Queen of Blogging – The Queen of New Beginnings

Therese Loreskar started her career in 2010 self-publishing her first novel, which quickly became a critically acclaimed best-seller.

In 2014 she was signed by a Swedish publishing house before being signed by Bombshell in the summer of 2016. Her novel, The Queen of Blogging, received overwhelming feedback and the book was referred to as a modern Bridget Jones.

Therese has since had four bestselling children’s books.
Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people is her biggest trait.

Therese lives in the countryside on the west coast of Sweden. She has a big and busy household with her husband, two children, deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.

When she is not busy writing stories she enjoys nature, people, history, redecorating the house without permission and all other kinds of creativity.

The Queen of New Beginnings will be published on August 10th this year.

Guardian book prize shortlisted author, Suzie Tullett, signs with Bombshell Books

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.

Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs. You can find Suzie on Twitter: @SuzieTullett or you can visit her website: suzietullett.com

Her heart-warming romantic comedy, The Trouble with Words, will be published on July 29th this year.

Debut author, Callie Langridge, joins Bombshell Books

Caroline was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.

Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the late ‘90s. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for social history and currently works in marketing for a national historical institution, promoting projects and running events.

On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to take her A levels and gained A’s in English Literature and Language, and Film Studies – not bad when working full time – and this spurred her on to take the first of many creative writing course. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London.

Caroline lives in London with her long-term partner and an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities.

Her beautifully written and heart-wrenching debut novel, A Time to Change, will be published on September 24th this year.

Bombshell Books is an imprint of Bloodhound Books. Bombshell publishes brilliant women’s fiction and is on the look out for new authors. We want stories that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. For more information visit our website – http://www.bombshellbooks.com

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Body Breaker – A DI Avison Fluke novel by Mike Craven #BlogTour @MWCravenUK @caffeinenights

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Book Description:

Investigating a severed hand found on the 3rd green of a Cumbrian golf course was not how Detective Inspector Avison Fluke had planned to spend his Saturday. So when a secretive unit from London swoop in quoting national security, he’s secretly pleased.

But trouble is never far away. A young woman arrives at his lakeside cabin with a cryptic message: a code known to only a handful of people and it forces Fluke back into the investigation he’s just been barred from.

In a case that will change his life forever, Fluke immerses himself in a world of new age travellers,corrupt cops and domestic extremists. Before long he’s alienated his entire team, made a pact with the devil and been arrested under the terrorism act.

But Fluke is only getting started. A voice has called out to him from beyond the grave and he has no intention of ignoring it.

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My Thoughts:

Body Breaker is the second novel in the DI Avison Fluke series. The author gives you enough background in this book so that it isn’t essential to have read Born In A Burial Gown which is the first before reading this. As it’s a cracker of a novel though, I suggest you read both.

It was great to catch up with Fluke again as well as Towler who I have to admit is becoming a personal favourite of mine. Fluke still hasn’t been driven out of his fabulous log cabin which will have most readers envious of this home in a wonderful setting. He is having to try and juggle his work with his personal life. He is very set in his ways and is finding it a big adjustment sharing his home with someone.

Towler, what can I say, he is just brilliant. He never fails to put a grin on my face. As usual Fluke as to keep an extra eye on him to make sure he doesn’t step out of line and don’t think anyone else would be able to handle him the way Fluke does.

The story gets off to a great start with a body part being found. From that point on I was well and truly hooked. The author weaves the story in such a way that has the reader frantically turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.

Body Breakers is a great follow on in what is already an intelligent and gripping crime series. With an ending that will have readers begging for more, this really is a must read for crime fans.

My thanks to the author and Noelle Holten for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Body Breakers is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:

Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army as soon as he was sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years (that’s an army gunsmith to you and I), he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army, and after a brief flirtation with close protection and bodyguarding, decided on a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing full-time, and now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.

 

Mike’s first DI Avison Fluke novel, Born in a Burial Gown, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award and was published on 11th June 2015 by Caffeine Nights. Also available is his award winning collection of short stories featuring Fluke and his colleagues from the Cumbrian Force Major Incident Team, Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything. Body Breaker, the hotly anticipated follow up to Born in a Burial Gown, is out on May 25th.

 

In March 2017, Mike signed a two book contract with the Little, Brown imprint, Constable, for his new series starring the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe, an expert in serial killers and seemingly motiveless crimes. The first Poe book – as yet untitled – will be published in hardback in spring 2018.
 
Between leaving the army and securing his first publishing deal, Mike found time to keep a pet crocodile, breed snakes, get married, and buy a springer spaniel named Bracken. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne, where he tries to leave the house as little as possible. Mike is also one third of Crime Ink-Corporated, a trio of northern writers who take writing out for the community and host events such as England’s first Noir at the Bar.
 
Mike’s first DI Avison Fluke novel, Born in a Burial Gown, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. He is a member of both the Crime Writers’ Association and the International Thriller Writers’ Association.

 

Links:

Website: http://www.mikecraven.co.uk/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13574494.Mike_Craven

Author Profile on Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/mike-craven

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MWCravenUK/status/786952463148548097

The Toy Breaker by Roy Chester

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Book Description:

A GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER WITH A STUNNING ENDING

Dr Hannah Nightingale faces a race against time to stop the evil serial killer known as the Toybreaker

Someone is snatching small children from their beds in the middle of the night. They leave a sinister calling card behind: a broken handmade puppet on the child’s pillow. The press nickname the kidnapper the Toybreaker. In a desperate move, Superintendent David Mallory calls in criminal profiler Dr Hannah Nightingale to help with an investigation that is going nowhere.

More children disappear and the city of Garton is on the edge of panic. A very dark mind is at work, but why does the Toybreaker suddenly change his method, adding a lock of hair to the crime scene. When a prime suspect escapes, the police appear to have reached another dead end. Will the Toybreaker be stopped before more families are destroyed?

My Thoughts:

I have to say the cover and the description for this book really drew me in and I knew I had to read it for myself.

The start of the story starts of with a young man and his son which had me hooked right from that point. I was desperate to know what part they played in this story and what happens to them. I was not disappointed.

I love criminal profiler themes in books. For anyone who is fascinated with murderers and crimes, it’s great to be able to see how their minds work so I for one loved Hannah’s character in this book. Her work is quite crucial in the discovery of the Toybreaker which I think David Mallory and Gary Falcon ends up being grateful for.

The Toy Breaker is without a doubt a dark and twisted read. I absolutely loved the story line and certainly did not see what was coming. At only 235 pages for the kindle edition, I devoured this book in a matter of hours and am looking forward to reading more in the series.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Toybreaker is available to purchase from Amazon.

The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles #BlogTour #Extract

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Book Description:

A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden.  The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives.

Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the murderer to justice.

A crime mystery with a streak of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the underbelly of a sleepy Cornish village.

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Extract:

“I’m going to see to the bees ,” Alice said, changing the subject. “It’s getting cooler outside, so they ought to be quite sluggish.” She was right. The bees were slowly getting ready to turn in for the night. Six boxes were stacked on top of each other under the shade of an old oak tree. Alice slid the lid off the top box and carefully removed one of the beeswax sheets. She held it up to the sun to examine it more closely. The bees clung to the sheet, barely moving. Tiny dots of honey had appeared in the combs. The bees were already busy with their next batch. “Everything seems fine.” She put the sheet back. “I still don’t understand why the honey tastes different.” The garden certainly looked magnificent. The roses against the fence were in full bloom. Red, pink and white flowers hung from thick stems. Bumblebees clumsily bashed into the flowers. The rainwater from the previous evening’s storm had settled on the inside of the petals. “Your hollyhocks are doing beautifully.” Milly came up and ran her fingers over the leaves. “The bees love them. I think those and the roses give the honey its special flavour.” They were just about to go back in when Alice spotted something catching the sun beneath the clump of hollyhocks. It appeared to be metallic. She bent down to get a better look. “What’s that?” Milly had spotted it too. She crouched down next to her friend. “I don’t know. It looks like a ring. It’s half-buried in the soil. I wonder how it got there.” She tried to pick it up but it wouldn’t budge. She took a shovel and jabbed down on it. With one blow, the finger was severed from the hand. Alice picked it up. There was a wedding ring on the finger. And though one gold band looks much like another, the finger it was still attached to, was unmistakeable. The tip of it was missing, just like her husband Stanley’s. Alice gasped and dropped the finger. Milly had fainted. She was lying on the grass, stone-cold unconscious.

 

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Alice stood by the sink and took the finger out of her pocket. It was dirty , rigid and had a blue tinge. Where it had been severed, it was treacle black. She took some butter and rubbed it around the ring. After a few twists, it came loose and dropped into the sink with a metallic ping. Alice ran some water into the sink, cleaned the soil off and examined it carefully. “S.” and “A.” and “14.6.75” were engraved on the inside of the ring. Stanley and Alice, 14 June 1975. Definitely that ring, then. She was wearing one just like it. She thought back to her wedding day, that Saturday morning in the tiny registry office in Plymouth. It had been just the four of them: Alice, Stanley, Milly and Dennis Albarn, Stanley’s good-for-nothing best man. Best man? Alice shook her head. Dennis Albarn had been the worst thing that had ever happened to Stanley. Dennis had been Stanley’s wingman during all the womanising. And she’d put up with it for thirty years. Thirty years of waiting at home, wondering if her husband would come back this time. And finally, ten years ago, Stanley had gone and not come back. Until now. She put the ring on the draining-board and threw the severed finger into the jackdaw’s cage. The bird sniffed it suspiciously and then started to peck at it. Alice began writing the labels for the honey jars. Seven pounds a jar. No, let’s make it ten. Tourists would pay that for organic honey. That would make the total £ 840. Enough to see her through the rest of the month. She might even have enough left over to buy the huge television set she had her eye on. Her old television was tiny and her eyes weren’t getting any younger. The one she wanted was in a second-hand shop in Trotterdown. By the time she had finished writing and gluing on the labels, it was starting to get dark. The wind had picked up, and the feathers on the tray of eggs were moving in the breeze from the kitchen window. The jackdaw cawed. It was time for his supper. She opened a fresh tin of dog food and scraped a few chunks onto the bottom of the cage. The finger lay there, stripped to the bone. Alice picked up what was left of it and dropped it down the sink. She ran the garbage disposal system, which growled noisily, and it was gone.

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Author Bio
After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/BEEKEEPER-gripping-crime-mystery-twist-ebook/dp/B072FKXNC8/ UK

https://www.amazon.com/BEEKEEPER-gripping-crime-mystery-twist-ebook/dp/B072FKXNC8/ USA