Unforgivable by Mike Thomas @ItDaFiveOh @BonnierZaffre

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Book Description:

Bombs detonate in a busy souk, causing massive devastation. 
An explosion rips apart a mosque, killing and injuring those inside. 
But this isn’t the Middle East – this is Cardiff . . . 

In a city where tensions are already running high, DC Will MacReady and his colleagues begin the desperate hunt for the attacker. If they knew the ‘why’, then surely they can find the ‘who’? But that isn’t so easy, and time is fast running out . . . 

MacReady is still trying to prove himself after the horrific events of the previous year, which left his sergeant injured and his job in jeopardy, so he feels sidelined when he’s asked to investigate a vicious knife attack on a young woman. 

But all is not as it seems with his new case, and soon MacReady must put everything on the line in order to do what is right.

My Thoughts:

Unforgivable is the second book in the DI Will MacReady series. As there is a bit of history that I think readers would benefit from knowing to do with Will’s personal life, I would recommend reading Ash and Bones the first book in the series before reading this one.

Having read the first in the series I thought I knew what to expect from this author but boy, I did not expect the explosive beginning to Unforgivable. I had literally got all comfy to settle down to read it and literally within a few pages I was sat bolt upright on the edge of my seat. I knew then that I was in for a truly gripping read.

The story line itself will have the reader hooked. I think the authors police background really shines through out the story and it made it feel that bit more real. There really is a mixture of police procedural, investigation as well as a bit of the main characters personal life thrown in there and it really does make a great combination.

Unforgivable is a fast paced and tense read that will easily satisfy fans of  the crime genre. It is dark, gritty and a guaranteed page turner.

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

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Unforgivable is available to purchase from Amazon.

Till The Dust Settles by Pat Young @Bloodhoundbook @py321_young

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Book Description:

The lives of two women who never meet are about to collide.

Lucie married young. Her husband has become abusive, controlling and violent.         Having lost everything as a result of the marriage, Lucie decides it is time to walk away.

As she leaves the house on the morning of September 11th, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Centre and the promise of a new life, the unthinkable happens.

On a street in New York, choking on the dust, Lucie stumbles upon an opportunity for a new life.

She thought the grass would be greener. But starting again is never that simple…

Sometimes, what lies ahead is even more deadly.

My Thoughts:

What a fantastic debut novel this is.

I love how the story revolves around the horrendous 9/11 events. It’s a tragedy that none of us will ever forget in our life time and it gives us a slight insight into the chaos that stemmed from it.

Poor Lucie on that terrible day was finally making a stand in her life by going against her husband and trying to get a job which would mean bringing some much needed money into the household. The 9/11 events give her an opportunity to live a new life and get away from an abusive husband. I have to admit I wasn’t to sure whether I could fully believe that a person could get away with what Lucie did but do you know what it didn’t matter as this is a work of fiction and a highly enjoyable one at that.

Curtis, Lucie’s husband I literally hated. Through Dylan, their neighbour, we get to see just how much of a monster he is and it really has you routing for Lucie and knowing what she has done is the right thing.

The author leads you down a dark and winded path with this story. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going it would change course and it had me racing through the pages to see what would happen next.

Dylan is a bit of an underdog in the story. I really liked the guy and felt sorry for him. He is torn between his best friend Curtis as well as Lucie who he has always held a bit of a candle for. To a certain extent I did think both Curtis and Lucie used Dylan and felt he deserved more from both.

Till The Dust Settles is a fabulous debut novel. It had me hooked right from the off and I loved every minute of it. Can not wait to read more from the 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 5/5 stars.

Till The Dust Settles is available to purchase from Amazon.

Long Shot by Jack Steele #BlogTour @JackSteele1961

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Book Description:

Detective Joe Stone and his team investigate a major terrorist attack on one of London’s most iconic buildings. They soon draw up a list of suspects who are highly respected members of the community and government. When most of his team is attacked, it soon develops into a war of nerves and a race against time before a deadly weapon is unleashed with horrific consequences.

My Thoughts:

Long Shot is the second book in the Detective Joe Stone series. Having not read the first book I would highly recommend reading Loose Cannon, the first book in the series first. This is due to feeling like I was kind of missing out on what had happened in the first book, especially the story line surrounding Gemma as it follows on into the second novel. The author does his best to try and give snippets but there just wasn’t quite enough back ground for my personal liking.

The chapters are relatively short in the book which makes it feel a much faster read. The story line it self is quick moving with lots going off so certainly gets the adrenaline coursing through you.

I think the story line to do with the terrorist attack is extremely current in today’s world. I wish it wasn’t but sadly it is. The author very much brings to life the terror and fear surrounding these incidents and the need for the police to deal with it and try and wipe it out.

Stella had to be my favourite character. I have to say I love a strong minded female. She is feisty and not afraid to take risks. She was definitely one of a few stand out characters in the novel that appealed to me.

Whilst an enjoyable read, I do wish I had read the previous novel before reading this one. Saying that though I will go back and read the first one as it certainly had me intrigued.

Long Shot will certainly appeal to fans of fast paced, action packed thrillers. The short chapters will send you full throttle through the book and hurtling to the end. Definitely a series and an author to keep your eye out for.

My thanks to the author for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Long Shot is available to purchase from Amazon.

Loose Cannon, the first book in the series is currently 99p until the end of July from Amazon.

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About the author:

I was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Housing Estate in Hommerton. I now live in Nottinghamshire and married with two grown up children who now have lives of their own, leaving me time to indulge in my favourite passions, reading and writing. I still work full-time in the printing industry which is where I have been for the past 40 years. On many occasions it interferes with my writing, working extra hours or weekends, so it can be a balancing act but one I seem to manage along with an understanding wife of course.
I spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects as well as completing a creative writing course and attending workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio.
It was a great achievement in 2016 when I published my first Crime Thriller novel ‘Loose Cannon’ with great reviews. It was the first in the Detective Joe Stone series and I was encouraged to write the sequel ‘Long Shot’ which is due for publication on July 29th 2017.
My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters.
I would like to thank all my readers, editors, bloggers and Crime book club friends who, like you Susan, have been so supportive through this process. Your encouragement drives me on to write the next book in the series.

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Beneath The Surface by Sibel Hodge @sibelhodge

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Book Description:

Dean Hudson didn’t look evil…so what could drive an ordinary boy to kill?

When the teenage son of Holly Gold’s school friend brutally murders his parents before killing himself, her sleepy home town is rocked by the sudden tragedy.

Appalled, Holly investigates. What could have caused the happy-go-lucky boy she remembers to commit such a heinous crime? When another teen commits suicide, she uncovers a horrifying link between the recent deaths and a dark conspiracy to hide the truth.

But someone doesn’t want Holly asking questions and, as she hunts for evidence to prove her theory, she’s dragged into a nightmare that threatens her life and her sanity. Then tragedy strikes again—and this time it’s closer to home…

Beneath the Surface is a gripping psychological suspense-thriller from the bestselling author of Duplicity,Look Behind You and Where the Memories Lie.

My Thoughts:

Holly is a reporter for a paper but not a very good one. She cares to much about the people she is writing the stories about. She certainly isn’t one of the pushy ones that we tend to expect in the television shows and crime novels. She is determined though to help Barbara the mum of her dead friend find out why a normal teenage boy would suddenly turn round and kill his own family.

This is one of those conspiracy type stories. It reminded me of a cross between Erin Brockovitch and Enemy Of The State as Holly discovers something that links a sudden speight of suicides in the area. Only problem is, is that Holly has been trying to cope with something that has happened and no one seems to be able to take her seriously.

I have to say I really enjoyed reading this book. The build up of tension and suspense was just agonising. It was so hard to see Holly fighting for justice and struggling to get any further forward and for people to believe her. It is very much a David and Goliath story of one woman’s fight against something way bigger than her. If you love a nail biting read that will have you on the edge of your seat then this is the book for you.

Another brilliant read from the author.

My thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Beneath The Surface is available to purchase from Amazon.

 

Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza #CoverReveal @RobertBryndza @bookouture

If you haven’t noticed by now, I just happen to be a bit of a fan of Robert Bryndza’s books. Hell who am I kidding, I am a HUGE fan of his books! So when I found out Bookouture were looking for people to help out with a cover reveal, well obviously I couldn’t say no. 

So without further ado, here it is and what a cover it is!

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COLD BLOOD by ROBERT BRYNDZA 
(Detective Erika Foster Book 5)
Out on 20th September
 
The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.

Red Is The Colour by Mark L.Fower #BlogTour @MFowlerAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

 

Bullying. Corruption. Murder.

 

It is the summer of 2002. The corpse of a 15 year old boy, missing for thirty years, is discovered in Stoke-on-Trent. The city is on the cusp of change and Chief Superintendent Berkins wants the case solved quickly.

DCI Jim Tyler has arrived from London under a cloud, moving to Staffordshire to escape his past. He is teamed up with DS Danny Mills to investigate the case, but there is tension between the detectives.

When the dead boy’s sister comes forward, describing a bright, solitary child, she points a finger at the school bullies. Important careers may be at stake.

Then one of the bullies is found brutally murdered.

As Tyler and Mills dig deeper they start to suspect a cover-up.

What is the connection between the death of a schoolboy in 1972 and this latest killing?

With the pressure building, and the past catching up with DCI Tyler, will he and DS Mills be able to put aside their differences in order to catch a cold-blooded killer?

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My Thoughts:

Red Is The Colour is the first book in a new crime series.

The opening of the book grabbed me straight away and from that point on I was hooked. There is mention of Rudyard Lake in the book which is in Leek. Having rented a holiday home there one year that was right on the lake, I loved being transported back there and being able to easily remember what the surroundings were like.

I loved the story line an old case being re investigated due to the discovery of a body. Sadly there are quite a few cases in the news of people who have been missing for years and the poor families having no closure as to why they have disappeared. It must be the worst thing imaginable. Losing a loved one is horrendous enough but to never actually know what’s happened to them must be mental torture every single day.

There seems to be a little bit of everything in this story. There is an underlying humour in parts which I really enjoyed as well as a strong story line with main characters that grabbed my interest straight away. I have to say I think it is a great start to a new series.

Red Is The Colour is the first in a new crime series that is sure to make it’s mark in this genre. Gripped from start to finish, this is one book that crime fans will struggle to put down. Can not wait for more.

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.

Red Is The Colour is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:

Mark L. Fowler is the author of the novels Coffin Maker, The Man Upstairs, Silver, and Red Is The Colour, and more than a hundred short stories. His particular interests are in crime and mystery, psychological thrillers and gothic/horror fiction.

His first published novel, Coffin Maker, is a gothic tale set between our world and the Kingdom of Death. In the Kingdom the Coffin Maker lives a solitary existence, and every coffin he completes signals the end of a life in our world. One day he discovers that he is to be sent two apprentices, amid rumours that the devil is arriving on Earth.

Mark’s second novel, The Man Upstairs, features the hard-boiled detective, Frank Miller, who works the weird streets of Chapeltown. Having discovered that he is in fact the hero of twenty successful mystery novels, authored by The Man Upstairs, Frank has reasons to fear that this latest case might be his last.

In 2016, Silver, a dark and disturbing psychological thriller was published by Bloodhound Books. When a famous romance novelist dies in mysterious circumstances, she leaves behind an unfinished manuscript, Silver. This dark and uncharacteristic work has become the Holy Grail of the publishing world, but the dead writer’s family have their reasons for refusing to allow publication.

Red Is The Colour is Mark’s latest book, a crime mystery featuring two police detectives based in Staffordshire. The case involves the grim discovery of the corpse of a schoolboy who went missing thirty years earlier. Red Is The Colour is the first in a series featuring DCI Tyler and DS Mills, and will be published in July 2017 by Bloodhound Books.

The author contributed a short story, Out of Retirement, to the best-selling crime and horror collection, Dark Minds. Featuring many well known writers, all proceeds from the sales of Dark Minds will go to charity.

A graduate in philosophy from Leicester University, Mark lives in Staffordshire, and is currently writing a follow up to Red Is The Colour. When he isn’t writing he enjoys time with family and friends, watching TV and films, playing guitar/piano and going for long walks. 

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Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons #BlogTour @Bloodhoundbook @taralyonsauthor

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Book Descriptions :

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.

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My Thoughts:

Even though Deadly Friendship is the third book in the DI Denis Hamilton series it easily works as a stand alone as the author gives the reader enough background information so that you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything. In fact if anything I thought I got to know Denis even more.

I loved the story line in this book. A group of friends that are tied by an event from their past which has them worrying about their future. In parts it actually felt a bit like a horror film with the build up of apprehension of what was going to happen.

I had absolutely no clue who the murderer was and loved that the author kept me guessing right up until everything is revealed. It certainly makes for a thrilling and shocking read.

For me the author had the perfect balance of the crime and the man behind the detective Inspector title. I enjoyed finding out more about him, his past and his family life. Don’t worry as the majority of the story does feature on the case  but there was enough for me to feel like I knew him better and understood how an event in his past has shaped him more.

Deadly Friendship is a steady read that builds up to an extremely thrilling finale. As soon as I picked it up I knew I wouldn’t be putting it back down until I was finished, and I didn’t. That’s how hooked and entertained the author had me. My only problem is now its left me yet again desperate for the next book!

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

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Deadly Friendship is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Bio:

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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