The Man In The Wall by Emma Ångström @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

Alva is a sad and lonely child. With her father locked up in prison, she moves with her mother and two older sisters to an apartment building in town. She does not like her new home. Her room is small and her sisters continue to exclude Alva from their games.  

Soon a bizarre murder takes place in the building. A husband discovers his wife dead in the hall of their apartment, two weeks after she disappeared from their home.

Where had the body been hidden for two weeks? And how could the perpetrator get in and out of the apartment?

As more disturbing things start to take place, Alva is drawn into a sick and twisted game by a killer who is hiding in plain sight. But Alva is just a child and has no idea just how deadly her new friend might be… 

The Man in the Wall is a thrilling and stylish Scandinavian thriller.

 

My Thoughts:

I have to say I absolutely loved the look and sound of this book. The cover promises something dark and it certainly was.

The two main characters are W and Alva. Alva is an adorable but sad and lonely child. She misses her dad terribly even though she doesn’t actually know what he’s done (or the reader for that matter) and she is angry and resents her mum for the changes in her life. I wanted to reach out and give her a big cuddle. She also misses her dead grandma and feels she has no one to talk to.

W is such a strange character. If I’m honest, I’m not sure whether I was supposed to like him or not, but I did. He lives with in the walls of the apartment building and is extremely lonely and desperate for company but he worries that people wouldn’t understand him and see him as some sort of freak.

Over all I absolutely loved this book. The author grabbed me with the intriguing story line and appealing characters. I personally would have liked more background to W as there wasn’t as much as I would have liked and the ending didn’t quite complete the story for me. I think there is definitely more scope for another book of which I sincerely hope there is.

The Man In The Wall is an enthralling read that you won’t want to put down. A great debut from a very promising author.

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

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Man In The Wall is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:
 

Emma Ångström is an author and architect. She has a Master’s degree in architecture from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm and from Parsons in New York. Besides her writing she currently works as head of communications at an architectural firm in Stockholm, Sweden.

She was born in 1982 in Västerås, Sweden, and started her writing career as a journalist at the age of 17. Since then, she has also worked as a lighting designer, and written non-fiction books about lighting design and architecture.

Ångström made her debut in 2009 with the novel AND ALL IS DISTORTED (Och allt är förvridet). In 2016 THE MAN IN THE WALL was released, a remarkable and nerve-wracking thriller with a ”monster” it is hard not to feel certain sympathy with. Condensed writing shaping characters of real flesh and blood, a steady hand’s brushwork forming each piece of the portrait’s originality to a whole, stylistically assured.

Links:

My website: www.emmaangstrom.se

Murder In The Village by Faith Martin #BlogTour @JoffeBooks

I am delighted today to be the next stop on the Murder In The Village by Faith Martin blog tour. Murder In The Village is out now and available to purchase from Amazon. 

For my stop I have a guest post by the author introducing the main character in the series. Enjoy!

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Book Description:MURDER IN THE VILLAGE is the fourth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION
The picturesque village of Lower Heyford, set in North Oxfordshire’s Cherwell Valley, nestles close to the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Farming country, the village has been in existence in one form or another for over a thousand years, providing a natural ‘ford’ for oxen over the river since medieval times. A mix of thatched and old stone and slate cottages, it is home to local families and rich ‘incomers’ alike. It’s proximity by train to both London and Birmingham make it a very desirable place to live indeed, and both the Oxford canal and the river Cherwell run close to it, making it haven for walkers, boaters and wildlife.

THE DETECTIVES

DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “BY A NARROW MAJORITY.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
MORE COMING SOON!

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Guest Post:

INTRODUCING DI HILLARY GREENE:

 

I was lucky enough to discover Agatha Christie in my early teens, and through her, many of the other wonderful authors of the ‘golden age’ of crime writing.  And I still love reading (and writing) the ‘classic’ whodunit, and all the elements that comprise them.  The requisite 4-6 suspects, the locked-room puzzle, the charming country setting and the very satisfactory grand reveal at the end, when the amateur sleuth reveals his or her cleverly thought-out solution to the crime.  So when I began to write crime, as JOYCE CATO, I naturally began with this genre.

 

However, the likes of DI Rebus, Jane Tennyson, and Inspector Banks were also being published, and were also proving to be very popular with the reading public.  So when my – now sadly late – agent advised me to try my hand at writing police procedural novels as well, I was certainly willing to give it a go.  But not without a certain amount of trepidation, mind you.   And the main cause of my concern was a certain character called Chief Inspector Morse!

 

Having been born in the city of Oxford, and having lived in the surrounding area all my life, when it came to choosing the setting for my proposed new series of novels, there was only one obvious choice.  I simply didn’t know anywhere else!  But with the wonderful Colin Dexter’s creation already being held in such high regard and affection, how, I wondered, could my own fictional creation ever hope compete?  How could I, as a novelist, take on such a master?

 

The answer, of course, was – don’t even try!  So when I sat down and put my thinking cap on, I decided to create someone as far removed from Morse as possible.  So, a woman detective then – and as a female myself, this wasn’t a hard decision!  And since Morse and the city of Oxford are so synonymous, it seemed wise to leave Oxford (mostly) to the great man, and content myself with the other areas that comprise the Thames Valley.  After all, the district offered market towns and villages galore where my new DI could find murder victims.  And since Morse worked more or less alone with only Lewis to help him, I would put DI Greene in charge of a small (and rather dysfunctional!) team.  Lastly, since Morse worked out of Oxford itself, I would have my own DI report to Kidlington HQ.  


And from this starting point, I then gradually began to get to know my new DI.   I wanted to make her interesting, but not unbelievable.  So I gave her a recently deceased husband, who had been something of a bad ‘un  (to say the least) and who had left her in somewhat tricky circumstances.  So when the reader meets her, she has been reduced to living on a relative’s canal boat, and is being pestered by the officers who are investigating her husband’s past criminal activities.   I wanted Hillary to be intelligent (so gave her a good education) but not closely connected to the university (Morse territory.)   I also wanted her to have gained experience by coming up through the ranks.  This would make her both savvy and also popular with the rank-and file, who would regard her as ‘their kind of copper’.   She had to be tough, but not hard-bitten, and have no illusions about her workplace and job, whilst being fiercely loyal to her team.   Most of all, I wanted her to the kind of copper you would want investigating the case if ever you were unjustly accused of murder!

 

And when I finally created my first file, and typed in the magical (and terrifying) words CHAPTER ONE, I knew that I wanted her to have a sense of humour that would see her through the darkest of times.

 

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Author Bio:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the first eleven of the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! And the first of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL is available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

#NewRelease #Giveaway Lost Connections by Jim Ody @Jim_Ody_Author @EJBookPromos

I’m delighted to be part of the blog blitz for Lost Connections by Jim Ody which is out today. You can find out more about the book, author as well as a giveaway below.

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Book Description:

What would you do if the most important person to you had been kidnapped?

One minute your daughter is there, and the next she has been bundled into a van right under your nose. They want something of your father’s. You don’t know what that is, and your father mysteriously disappeared over 7 years ago. Going to the police is not an option. And the answers will slowly appear in the most unlikely of places.

As single-parent Eddie’s world falls apart, an unlikely alliance forms between friends and neighbours who put their differences aside to help get his daughter, Daisy, back. As the mystery unfolds a huge secret is uncovered that not only will affect Eddie and his family, but the whole of mankind.

Only the truth will set his daughter free…

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Author Bio:

Jim was first published in an English School Textbook in 1987. He won a competition to

draw a dog-walking machine. Having won an art competition the year before, he felt that at

the age of eleven he had peaked and consequently retired from art.

For 10 years Jim wrote for a number of websites reviewing and interviewing bands in his

own unique way, as well as contributing dark poems and comedic features.

Jim likes to write psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming. He

also favours stories packed with wit.

He has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing

he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his

long-suffering wife and three beautiful children in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Social Media Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JimOdyAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jim_Ody_Author

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jimodyauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14766029.Jim_Ody

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Ody/e/B019A6AMSY

The Silver Wolf by Rob Sinclair #BlogTour @Bloodhoundbook @RSinclairAuthor

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Book Description:

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.

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My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of the James Ryker series and after how The Black Hornet finished, which is the second book in the series, I have been dying to catch back up with Ryker to see what happens next.

It is definitely best to read these books in order. Especially as Ryker is on a revenge mission to find out who is behind his wife’s disappearance.

The story takes us to different locations. It’s definitely like a James Bond movie where some parts are set in London and then we are taken to other exotic and fabulous locations where most of us will probably never travel to. It certainly has everything you would expect from a brilliant spy thriller and more.

I have to admit to reading some of this from behind my hands. There are some pretty gruesome parts where I wanted to unsee what I had just read, even Ryker is shocked in one bit which if he is shocked when he is used to seeing horrific things in his line of work then there was no hope for me. Even though it shocked me, it also thrilled me and I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough.

The Silver Wolf is an exciting and thrilling read that sent my heart racing. If a gripping story line with bags of action isn’t enough to tempt you then believe me when I say The Silver Wolf himself will. It was more than worth reading for him alone, which is saying something as I love James Ryker but then there’s nothing better than an exceptional baddie either. An absolute must read for fans of the series.

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.

The Silver Wolf is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:
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 Keepers by Sacha De Black @sacha_black

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Book Description:

Eden’s life is balanced…
…until her soul is bound to her enemy.
 
When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything.
 
As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life.
 
Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind.
 
Three boys.
Two murdered parents.
One deadly choice.

My Thoughts:

What a great start to a new series!

Keepers is a book that can certainly be enjoyed by young adults and adults alike. It actually transported me back in time making me feel like a teenager again. Sadly that is some years ago now!

Eden is a character that really grabbed me. Through her I felt like I was going through everything she was going through, which was quite a lot. To lose her parents whilst trying to find her feet in the world she lives in, I certainly didn’t envy her. She has a good friend in Bo, who is a bit of an under dog yet really stood out to me throughout the book and would love to see more of her. Eden certainly has to grow up quite quickly and has some very hard decisions to make.

I have to admit that I don’t read many books in this genre but I do know that it would certainly appeal to readers of the Percy Jackson series and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. It transports you to a different world whilst having a lot of elements of the real world that we do live in.

Keepers is a strong and solid start from a very promising author. It was a relatively quick read due to the tension and steady speed at which the story is set. Having left me wanting more, I can not wait to read the next one to see where things go after that ending, of which I loved by the way.

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

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Keepers is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Sacha Black Author Bio

 Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

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Email: sachablack@sachablack.co.uk

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Fiction Website: http://www.sachablackbooks.com

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#CoverReveal Foul Trade by BK Duncan @Bloodhoundbook @BKDuncanwriter

Delighted to be able to share with you today the cover for Foul Trade by BK Duncan which will be published by Bloodhound Books on the 12th of December 2017. Before we get to that all important image, here’s the book description to whet your appetite.

Book Description:
 

It is March 1920. May Keaps, the Poplar Coroner’s Officer, has never failed to provide a jury with sufficient evidence to arrive at a just verdict.

 

The poverty, drunken fights between visiting sailors, drug trafficking, and criminal gangs, haunting the shadows of the busiest docks in the world, mean that the Coroner sees more than its fair share of sudden and unnatural deaths.

 

May relishes the responsibility placed upon her but there are many who believe it’s an unsuitable job for a woman. Even May begins to wonder if that is the case when the discovery of a young man’s body, in a Limehouse alley, plunges her into an underworld of opium dens, gambling, turf wars, protection rackets and murder.

 

As her investigations draw her into danger, it becomes increasingly clear that whoever is responsible intends to avoid the hangman’s noose by arranging to have May laid out on one of her own mortuary slabs. 

Sounds great doesn’t it? Less than a month to go so not too long a wait now. Oh okay! Yes I know you’re eager to see the cover, so with out further ado here it is and it isn’t it fabulous?

 

 

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You can find out more about the author below and how to follow on social media for news and updates. Make sure to follow the Blog Blitz that will be starting on the 12th of December also.

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Author Bio:
 

BK Duncan is the pen name Ruth Wade has adopted for the May Keaps series of historical crime novels.

Born on a steam railway and brought up on the South Coast of England, such beginnings were destined to leave BK Duncan with a love of vintage transport, crashing seas, and Art Deco architecture.

Following a career encompassing developmental learning and change-management consultancy she now combines producing her own work with lecturing part-time in creative writing in colleges and academies in Cambridge and Oxford. Her two great passions are longbow archery and the Argentine Tango. Sadly, she is not nearly as accomplished at either as she’d like.

BK Duncan also writes historical crime novels as Ruth Wade.

 
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Snow Light by Danielle Zinn @Bloodhoundbook @DanielleZinn4

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Book Description:

Looking for a dark detective thriller which will have you on the edge of your seat?

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.

Danielle Zinn is a debut author not to be missed. If you like gripping murder mysteries full of twists and turns then you’ll love Snow Light. 

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My Thoughts:

Snow Light is the authors debut novel of which I have to say I am very impressed and can’t wait to see where she goes from here.

The cover really is perfect for the story. Set in a small village at a time when it is hit with bad snow, it really added to the whole atmosphere of the book and how isolated a place can be.

The story starts off with an event that has haunted the main character, Thomas ever since. He has never been able to forget or to forgive himself for what happened that fateful night and has left him quite damaged.

It was certainly a new one on me where a detective fighting his own demons is left in charge of his friends daughter. It really added something to the story though and really humanised Thomas of which I really liked. The relationship between him and Sky, I absolutely loved. It was great to see a different side to him from the work one. Saying this though I also enjoyed the working relationship between him and Collins.

Snow Light is an atmospheric and intriguing read. A great start to what I hope is the first of many more featuring DI Nathaniel Thomas. A great debut from a promising author.

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 4/5 stars.

Snow Light is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:

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.

Links:
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