Mutilated (Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate #2) by Will Patching @WillsNovels #BookReview #BritishCrimeThriller

I actually won a signed copy of this book in the UK Crime Book Auction but as it was the second book in a trilogy the author Will Patching sent an e-copy of the first book for me too. I have bought the whole series as kindle e-books at Amazon but I am reviewing each book in its own right. They really are that brilliant!

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A sadistic killer sends a disturbing letter to Broadmoor hospital for the criminally insane, challenging forensic psychiatrist, Doctor Colin Powers, to investigate several unsolved mutilation murders committed over the last decade.

That same morning, DI Jack Carver is appointed lead detective when a dismembered victim is found hanging from a tree on Clapham Common in south London.

Neither Doc nor Jack believe in coincidences…

What has this psychopath, nicknamed ‘The Surgeon’ by Jack’s team, got to do with Doc’s past, and how can one of Broadmoor’s most vicious patients be involved – despite being locked up for over twenty years?

And more importantly to Doc, where is his lover, Judy Finch, who went missing several months before?
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The dark, spine-chilling first book in this series, Remorseless, has been described by independent 5 star reviewers as ‘British crime thriller writing at its best’, ‘Right up there with James Patterson and Stephen King’, and ‘…up there with Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid’.

BUY LINK:

Mutilated: A British Crime Thriller (Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate Book 2)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is book two in an outstanding trilogy and I am going to say that this for me is equal to reading Thomas Harris’s The Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, so if you read those you will love this series. You haven’t really met evil until you have read this book.

Doc Powers and D.I. Carver are reunited when unsolved gruesome murders from the past and a mutilated body is found in present day. The description of an unrecognisable torso and face is like one I have never read about before, one which you will have to discover yourself. It will clear your mind of anything else because it will be the only thing you can think about. Then when you think it really couldn’t be any worse, well it is. It has to be one of the most evil acts I have read about. This book just swept me totally off my feet. What an absolutely gut wrenching read. I am loving this series!

Will Patching weaves together threads of true life events with an imagination that I can honestly say I have been drooling over. The research is outstanding delving not only into medical techniques, procedures and the effects of drugs but also cultures and subcultures, extreme tattooing  and body suspension. I was wowed over and over again on every single page, a sponge soaking up every all the facts.

The personal story centres round Doc and Jack who both struggle in their own lives. Doc is truly fascinating  with his own medical concerns and a much darker mind than someone that plays for the good guys. He really tingles the hairs on the back of my neck! This is one pure adrenaline junkie read not for the faint hearted but I wouldn’t cut out even one word. The story is top class with an ending that left me breathless!

I purchased the books as a trilogy but reviewing each separately. I read this book and the third book back to back, so the review for that to follow tomorrow. Best series find this year!

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Will Patching

Will Patching writes gritty crime stories that mix murder mystery, psychological suspense and intense thrills while offering unique insights into the darker side of human nature. His ‘pull no punches’ style and sparse but often brutal descriptive passages will not suit all readers, so if you are into cozy mysteries you might want to look elsewhere!

With complex plots and rounded characters, Will’s novels are necessarily longer than average, usually well over 100,000 words, so these are definitely stories designed for readers who like to really get their teeth into a good yarn!

Now considered something of an expert on psychopaths, thanks to his extensive research and personal experience of people with this personality disorder, Will set up a popular website to help lay readers understand these destructive individuals and why their existence is so important to society in general.

To visit the site:

https://www.remorselessfiction.com

Will’s writing draws heavily on this expertise but his novels are designed to entertain rather than educate – though many readers appreciate both aspects of his writing. He is currently working on completing two trilogies, though each novel is a self-contained story.

The first novel in each trilogy, Remorseless and The Hack, are already published, with the sequels due in late 2016 and early 2017 respectively. The third and final installments are expected by the end of 2017.

Personal background:

Will Patching was born and raised in ‘Sarf Lunnon’, Engerland, or at least, that’s how he pronounces it! Hence, many scenes from his novels are situated in London, the surrounding suburbs and other parts of southeast England, though they also span as far afield as Thailand and the USA.

His approach to writing is to hit the reader with hard truths about the world we live in, and his mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels are designed to get your pulse pounding. One male reader decided he needed to check his door locks late one night while reading Remorseless and subsequently commented on social media:

‘Seriously scary!’

Will’s eclectic professional experience – from his teenage role as a ‘gardener’ weeding sewage treatment filter beds, through flying a Hawk jet very fast, very low and very dangerously before the RAF realised and booted him out, then attending Harvard on a course for potential CEOs, largely thanks to the Peter Principle of promotion, and more recently, to building his dream, a charter yacht that sank in SE Asian waters – all have led to a rich and varied life, often reflected in his writing.

If you would like to know more about this indie author you might like to join Will’s Readers Group. You’ll also gain exclusive access to novel backstories, author insights, prize draws and more, including notification whenever a new novel is released.

To find out more:

http://www.remorselessthriller.com/free-stuff.html

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OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES PLUS BUY LINKS:

Remorseless: A British Crime Thriller (Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate Book 1)

Remorseless: A British Crime Thriller (Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate Book 1)

Gaslighting: A British Crime Thriller (Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate Book 3)

Gaslighting: A British Crime Thriller (Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate Book 3)

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If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch @EmilyKoch @vintagebooks @harvillsecker #BookReview #IfIDieBeforeIWake

This is part of my NetGalley catch up.

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How Do You Solve Your Own Murder?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

A stunning edge-of-your-seat debut novel with an unforgettable narrator.

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If I Die Before I Wake

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I sometimes think that you have to read a book before you realise just how powerful the title is. Alex wasn’t asleep but his family and the doctors all thought that he was in a coma. The truth was Alex was very aware of his surroundings but unable to move or communicate with anyone. He could only see shapes as white, grey and black but he could hear alright and felt every touch.

Alex, an accomplished climber, had fallen down a rock face at a time that he wasn’t wearing a helmet, or at least that is what everyone thought but as time went on Alex was discovering new memories and reasons for someone to want him dead. But who? and why? and how could he let anyone know?

When I started this book I thought how can a whole book revolve round a hospital room with someone who can’t move or communicate, ok there were some flashbacks but so much of it took place in this little room but it is so tense, so very emotional and heart breaking for him and the people who love him. I really did get to know what a day in the life of Alex was like, the good nurses, to the ones where it was just a job and the ones that were on the brink of sadistic.

Alex’s accident wasn’t the first tragedy that the family had to deal with, each of them having very strong opinions about quality of life and treatments and when to actually let go of a loved one. I felt bonded to each of them in different ways as the story felt very personal and intimate. The highs and lows were so intense for me and I do have to admit to becoming overwhelmed by my emotions at parts of this story.

This is a highly recommended debut of this author’s book. Outstanding!

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Koch is an award-winning journalist and writer living in the UK. Her debut novel – If I Die Before I Wake – is out now. It has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award.

 

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Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner @Ronnie__Turner @HQDigitalUK #NetGalley #BlogTour #LiesBetweenUs #WhereIsBonnie?

Firstly I wish to thank Ronnie Turner and HQ Digital UK for inviting me to read LIES BETWEEN US

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The past is always watching . . .

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .

A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Shari Lapena and Lisa Jewell.

BUY LINK:

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ronnie_Turner_Lies_Between_Us?id=N3BbDwAAQBAJ

Amazon UK:

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/lies-between-us-a-tense-psychological-thriller-with-a-twist-you-won-t-see-coming

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/lies-between-us/id1388910063?mt=11

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Lies Between Us on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40169201-lies-between-us

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ronnie_Turner_Lies_Between_Us?id=N3BbDwAAQBAJ

Amazon UK:

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/lies-between-us-a-tense-psychological-thriller-with-a-twist-you-won-t-see-coming

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/lies-between-us/id1388910063?mt=11

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Lies Between Us on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40169201-lies-between-us

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I love a book that simply blots the rest of the world from my thoughts, so all I am left with are the voices of the characters desperate to share their stories. Oh wow did they share, every what if, every how could this happen and every gruesome detail of a festering evil against innocence. This book took me to the brink of madness so much that I read it all again, when it really wowed me!  I couldn’t believe what I had heard and seen, it was simply so powerful that it rocked my belief in people.

Ronnie Turner has written a debut novel that literally took chunks out of my soul, as I felt so utterly helpless at some of the scenes. The writing at times is very simply here but it creates the biggest impact. Scenes that didn’t need long drawn out descriptions only seconds because that was all it took to destroy so many lives. She makes you look right inside the eyes of pure innocence. The trust of a child has to be the purest thing on this planet. I think it will be a long time in the future before these memories fade.

The story tests every sort of relationship with family and friends, trust, forgiveness and the dynamics that goes with each of them. It has brilliant characters and heart breaking moments that crush you.

The chapters are headed with a date of either present day or in the past with a chunk of story told by one of three characters. It does take a little getting into but really keep going. This is a super debut that will knock your socks off at the end. A story I needed to keep track on because it was complex at times but definitely an author to watch out for in the future.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.

Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter:@Ronnie_ _Turner

Facebook: @RonnieTurnerAuthor

Instagram: @ronnieturner8702

Website: http://www.ronnieturner.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RonnieTurner

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A Cold Cold Heart by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @BloodhoundBook #BookReview #KindleUnlimited

This is part of my NetGalley catch up.

A Cold Cold Heart: a stunning thriller you won't be able to put down by [Nicholl, John]

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Are you looking for a dark and totally gripping psychological thriller? Then try John Nicholl’s unmissable A Cold Cold Heart today.

DI Gravel and his daughter Emily are oblivious to the terrible danger she is in when she accepts a job working for the solicitor Charles Turner.

Meanwhile, Gravel is on the hunt for a serial killer. And when Emily becomes the killer’s latest obsession, the murderer will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

But as further bodies are discovered, the killer seeks to befriend DI Gravel and misdirect his investigation.

How can you catch a killer who is hiding in plain sight? Can DI Gravel and Emily come away from this case with both their lives intact?

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A Cold Cold Heart: a stunning thriller you won’t be able to put down

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

John Nicholl can’t keep a secret, he tells you from the beginning of the book who the killer is. He is happy for his readers to know why this madman does what he does too but most of all he doesn’t just put you inside the mind of a killer, he puts the killer in your mind and believe me he stays there way after you close the book!

D.I. Gravel is pushed and pulled in all directions in this story. His health is at it’s all time low, his drinking and unhealthy eating is out of control and his emotions torn to shreds. It feels like he is on a suicide mission of self-destruction but with a serial killer playing cat and mouse with him he simply won’t cut down on the work load. His daughter Emily has bagged a new job in a solicitor’s office so at least he believes he has one thing he doesn’t have to worry about!!!!!!!!!!!

The killer is one smooth good-looking bloke but gift of the gab he doesn’t have. Oh my does he make me cringe with his superior condescending way that he speaks to women. Now I aren’t a violent person but honestly I wanted to slap him and then run like the wind! This killer really is one sick son of terrible mother!

John Nicholl is highly skilled at intensifying the utter desperation of the victims while the self-gratification of the killer remains the only goal. His journey to continually re-enact his revenge on the person that would never allow him to have a normal relationship. Talk about  making those goose bumps, bump! A super series but these books can also be read a stand alone reads.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Nicholl

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller.
John’s books are set in the UK and have a strong Welsh flavour. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.
John has publishing deals with Bloodhound Books, W.F. Howes Ltd, and Hungarian publisher – Konyvmolykepzo. He is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

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A Cold Cold Heart: a stunning thriller you won't be able to put down by [Nicholl, John]

The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena MacDonald @RowenaMacdonald @AardvarkBureau #politics #HouseofCommons #BookReview

This is part of my NetGalley catch up.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN’S ‘NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE 2017’

A new colleague and a mysterious admirer make life infinitely more interesting for House of Commons secretary Grace, but is everything really as it seems?

Grace Ambrose, Brett Beamish and Reuben Swift appear to have little in common, but as each of them negotiates metropolitan life, they find their fates entwined.

Arty, liberal-minded House of Commons secretary Grace has been counting the tea breaks in the same dull job for approaching a decade and feels she could do something better … if only she knew what.

New recruit Brett, a smooth, high-flying Australian, is on a mission to shake up the dusty backrooms of power – and on a collision path with Grace. Office life begins to look up when Grace receives an email from an admirer with musical and poetic talents … but is soulful, enigmatic Reuben Swift really who he says he is?

BUY LINK:

The Threat Level Remains Severe

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a quirky inside look at the people who work in the backrooms of the House of Commons. The staff that keep everything running to time as accurately as Big Ben. It dips into their roles but it is more about them as people and their relationships with each other. The central character is Grace who has worked there for the past ten years.

Grace is a practical woman who has fallen into comfort rather than style as far as fashion goes so she is rather surprised to receive an e-mail from an admirer who says he is a musician called Reuben Swift. A new man has also started work in the office, an Australian called Brett, who is very much a yuppie, has big ideas to change how things are done and ‘lets get to know each other’ outings. Things are going to liven up alright!

This is a pretty strange story but one that I just couldn’t put down. I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching some sort of reality show. Some of the humour is rather subtle with tongue in cheek remarks and thoughts made in all seriousness. I must admit that this is my favourite type of humour. The story takes on a rather darker tone as the book goes on, which sort of crept up on me, a little like when dusk all of a sudden becomes pitch black.

The author took me deep into the minds of the three main characters where I found out what they were really like. I really enjoyed this story as it is very unique with outcomes that I could never have guessed.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rowena Macdonald

Rowena Macdonald was born on the Isle of Wight, grew up in the West Midlands and now lives in east London.
Her debut novel, The Threat Level Remains Severe, was published in July 2017 by Aardvark Bureau, an imprint of Gallic Books. It was shortlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2017.
Her debut collection, Smoked Meat, was shortlisted for the 2012 Edge Hill Prize. Her other short stories have won various prizes and been published by Galley Beggar Press, Influx Press, Ambit, Unthank Books, and Serpent’s Tail, among others.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @RowenaMacdonald

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Only to Sleep (Philip Marlowe) by Lawrence Osborne @lawrenceosborne @penguinrandom #BookReview #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Helen Flood of Vintage (Penguin Random House) for inviting me to read ONLY TO SLEEP (PHILIP MARLOWE by Lawrence Osborne

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Wealthy dead American. Beautiful young widow. This case has PI Philip Marlowe’s name written all over it. Is it enough to bring him back for one last adventure?

The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. Private Investigator Philip Marlowe – now in his seventy-second year – has been living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers. With a case that has his name written all over it.

At last Marlowe is back where he belongs. His mission is to investigate Donald Zinn – supposedly drowned off his yacht, leaving a much younger and now very rich wife. Marlowe’s speciality. But is Zinn actually alive? Are the pair living off the spoils?

Set between the border and badlands of Mexico and California, Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon.

 

Discover the rest of the inimitable Philip Marlowe series – nine classic Chandler adventures, from The Big Sleep to The Long Goodbye, available now in paperback and ebook from Penguin Books.

BUY LINK:

Only to Sleep (Philip Marlowe)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Just the name Philip Marlowe straight away conjured images of Humphrey Bogart with a beautiful woman by his side for me, of course I had to age him in my mind as in this story he was in his 70’s and eager to take on just one more case. So with Marlowe magic written all over the blurb and the story reading in my mind in the voice of Bogart, I was in for a one sitting session with a clear don’t disturb warning written on my expression.

Marlowe was invited by two men representing an insurance company, to investigate a substantial claim made by a young widow, after her aging husband had drown and been subsequently cremated very quickly. Was the husband really dead or was it a scam? Now this is a very slow burn read where I must admit to having to back track a little to make sure that I hadn’t missed anything. I hadn’t. But as the story went on I did get more into the style of the author’s writing. I began relax and enjoy the ride, the journey of getting there rather than just arriving.

There are quite a lot of characters that sort of wonder in and back out of the story so it was a matter of which ones to retain that were of any relevance. I did love the descriptions of the places that Marlowe went to as the author really brought them to life. I had to smile as Marlowe had been quite a ladies man in his time and he could still appreciate a pretty woman in this story but these days, it was by thought, growing old eventually gets to the Casanovas too. His mind though is still as sharp as ever. Marlowe has class, that he will never lose.

Chandler is a pretty hard act to follow. I felt that the essence of Marlowe was there but was also pleased that Osborne has put his own stamp on this him too.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lawrence Osborne

Born in England, Lawrence Osborne is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Forgiven, The Ballad of a Small Player, Hunters in the Dark and Beautiful Animals. His non-fiction ranges from memoir through travelogue to essays, including Bangkok Days, Paris Dreambook and The Wet and the Dry. His short story ‘Volcano’ was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the New Yorker, Forbes, Harper’s and other publications. He lives in Bangkok.

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A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan @WilliamRyan_ @BonnierZaffre #ThrillerMystery #Ghosts #BookReview #NewRelease #AHouseofGhosts

Firstly I wish to thank William Ryan and Bonnier Zaffre for inviting me to read A HOUSE OF GHOSTS.

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A gripping mystery with a classic feel: And Then There Were None meets The Silent Companions.

Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.

At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.

For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one…

An unrelentingly gripping mystery packed with twists and turns, A House of Ghosts is the perfect chilling read this winter.

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A House of Ghosts: A gripping murder mystery set in a haunted house

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

How I loved the style of writing for this story. Set in 1917 William Ryan is no novice to this era with each character quickly etched into my memory. A small group of guests had been invited to Blackwater Abbey, just off the coast of Devon for a weekend to delve into the spiritual world and find out what had happened to the two missing sons Lord Highmount. Both who were missing in action during the continued war that raged in Europe. The storm, which was quickly approaching the Island, would of course ensure that no-one would be leaving soon and for some not at all.

Each of the guests have their own hidden agenda, which makes some rather disturbing bumps in the night along side the ghostly goings on. It is a real web of mystery each with their secrets and scandal they want to keep quiet. I loved the appearance of the ghosts, who were as fascinated with the living, as much as the living were with the dead.

This isn’t an action book but one more of suspense, tension, things that went bump in the night and bits that simply tickled me. The Abbey I found fascinating, a place that reflected the people in it perfectly, holding it own secrets that it was reluctant to share too. It was like everything was alive with all of the elements working together until the answers were given up.

The stars of the book for me were Kate and Donovan who were heard from the most. A very intriguing story but I feel that the way to get the most out it is to read it in the right setting too. It needs the quiet and dark evenings to give it that edge and create the right atmosphere. Loved the cover too.

I wish to thank Bonnier Zaffre for a copy of this book which I reviewed honestly.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Ryan

William Ryan’s first novel, The Holy Thief, was shortlisted for a Crime Writer’s Association New Blood Dagger, a Barry Award, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His second novel, The Bloody Meadow was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year and his third, The Twelfth Department, was also shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year as well as the CWA’s Historical Fiction Dagger. His latest novel, The Constant Soldier, was described as “a modern classic by a master storyteller” in The Lancashire Evening Post and has been shortlisted for the HWA Gold Crown and the CWA’s Steel Dagger. He lectures on creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Visit http://www.william-ryan.com for more information.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Visit http://www.william-ryan.com for more information.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/William-Ryan/e/B003P9JW7U/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Twitter: @WilliamRyan_

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Crusader by Joel Galloway @SmithPublicity #CrimeThriller #Review #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Andrea Kiliany Thatcher of Smith Publicity for inviting me to read and review CRUSADER by Joel Galloway

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The United States’ crackdown on cocaine trafficking in Florida has forced the Colombian drug cartels to turn to Mexico. The original, monolithic Mexican drug cartel has splintered into several warring factions, exhibiting a type of ruthlessness and barbarism that has not been seen before. Military and law enforcement personnel are actively recruited by the new deadly Mexican cartels, as well as all manner of criminals and U.S. gangsters. An ancient evil religion fuels the ambitions of the most powerful cartel leaders, hell-bent on utter destruction.

As it fights its decent into darkness the country desperately searches for heroes…
The book is unique. It is violent. It attempts to portray the so-called Mexican drug wars in a realistic fashion as to capture the brutality and devastation of the appropriate time periods. The antagonists, cartel leaders devoted to the ancient Aztec gods, perform evil acts in shocking mannerisms. Yet, at the same time, it tells the tale of a man and his spiritual quest to find peace. The main protagonist is a former DEA agent who is captured, tortured, and left for dead in the Mexican wilderness. He is discovered and brought to a monastery where he is healed by a polymath Catholic priest. Eventually, the protagonist becomes devoted to the priest’s cause. He is transformed into a holy warrior, reminiscent of the Knights Templars, and will stop at nothing in his fight against the cartels to protect the innocent.

BUY LINK:

Crusader

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one action packed and realistic read. The opening scene is a pretty wicked one where a severely beaten and tortured American DEA agent is literally up to his neck in it, sand that is. One of his eyes a few feet away tempting the Mexican desert creatures to an appetizer while the rest of him bakes in a tomb of sand in the sun. Tormenting memories haunting his mind of his wife and child in the hands of the Mexican drug cartel, then bouts of unconsciousness.

As America has forced the drug barons back over the Mexican borders the place has become more like something from the biblical times of Sodom and Gomorrah where vile and money driven men run corrupt police forces and courts. Anything goes, from beatings to murder, drug dealing to rape. Drug cartels openly run the towns and cities, battling openly with each other for pole position.

When a priest finds an almost dead man in the desert he nurses him back to health with the help of nuns. A man who has lost everything becomes their only hope, the Crusader, he has nothing left to lose and ready for revenge.

The story is very realistically told with no holds bared, when hands and knees are battered with sledge hammers you feel like you hear the bones splinter you cringe and take in sharp breaths and you feel terrified for the people who once had no hope. The Crusader is a warrior of the people, someone who does impossible feats against impossible odds to become a sort of myth, a holy warrior to save the people. A Robin Hood for the poor and a protector against the violence.

I really didn’t know where to stop reading this as the stories wove with each other, each harbouring its own horrors. History, religion and myths mixed to give the reader a kaleidoscope of unpredictable action that you really had no clue how it would come together on each page. It is a terrific story and outstanding debut. Brilliant research with the author who shares even more knowledge in the back of the book when the story is finished. You really couldn’t ask for anymore. A real gem!

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https://www.facebook.com/JoelGallowayAuthor

 

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**COVER REVEAL**

COLD WINTER SUN

BY TONY J FORDER

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@TonyJForder

 

Firstly I wish to thank Bloodhound Books for inviting me to present you with the cover reveal for Tony Forder’s 6th book and 2nd in the MIKE LYNCH SERIES

 

COLD WINTER SUN

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BUT FIRST I WILL SHARE WITH

YOU A LITTLE ABOUT THIS

THRILLING NEW BOOK

When Mike Lynch is contacted by his ex-wife about the missing nephew of her new husband, he offers to help find the young man with the help of his friend Terry Cochran.

Arriving in LA to try and track down the young man, the pair are immediately torn away when the missing man’s car shows up, abandoned on the side of a deserted road in New Mexico

When two fake police officers cross their path, Terry and Mike know there is more to the case than meets the eye, and soon they find themselves asking exactly who it is they are really looking for…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

TONY J FORDER

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

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YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TONY AT THE FOLLOWING SITES

Amazon UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-J-Forder/e/B01N4BPT65/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490529612&sr=8-1-spell

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https://www.tonyjforder.com/books

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In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards @mredwards @AmazonPub @midaspr #BlogTour #NewRelease #InHerShadow

Firstly I wish to thank Eleanor Hemming of Midaspr for inviting me on the Blog tour for IN HER SHADOW by Mark Edwards

In Her Shadow by [Edwards, Mark]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.

As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?

In Her Shadow is a gripping tale of family secrets, lies and obsession from the two million copy bestselling author Mark Edwards.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I love a book that makes me wonder if ghosts, spirits and an after life really do exist and if they do are they stuck here until unfinished business comes to a close? Well it had been four years since Jessica’s older sister Isabel had died in a tragic accident when she fell from the balcony of her home. No-one had seen what had happened, as no-one was there but now Jessica’s daughter is telling a different story about what happened. Aunt Izzy says that a man pushed her!

Oh wow! This felt like a book that was going to play with my mind. Olivia was only just turned four, a spitting image of her dead aunt and one of the youngest in reception class at school, so there was no way that she could know the things she knew about the secrets shared between the two sisters way before she was even born.  But she did. Jessica couldn’t let this rest. If someone had killed her sister she wanted to know who and why, she wanted justice but most of all she wanted her little girl back.

The deeper I got into the story the more complicated the dynamics became, things had gone bump in the night a long time ago, when the sisters were young. Their mum was a bit of a believer and a bit of a purvey ghost buster that enters the girls lives leaves a lot to be desired. The story falls back into the past, through quite an array of characters, where the very deceased sister  makes some rather surprising mouth dropping moments. After all no-one is just one character, we become different people depending who we are with, mother daughter, lover. Each part of our character is unique to different people we interact with. So we never really fully know a person, even someone really close.

Mark Edwards is one hell of an entertaining story-teller that takes the family next door and bares all. He really made me think about how much we all keep secrets. Jessica becomes quite a super sleuth besides walking on tender egg shells with her daughter. Push too much and little Livvy may retreat just too far inside herself, not enough and she may lose her to Izzy forever. This is a stand alone novel and another riveting read from Mark Edwards.

I wish to thank Midaspr for inviting me to read and review this e-book which I have done  honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I write psychological thrillers. My influences include writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid and Donna Tartt and movies like Rosemary’s Baby, Single White Female, Fatal Attraction and anything in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

I love hearing from readers and always respond. I can be contacted in the following ways:
Email: markcity@me.com
Twitter @mredwards
Facebook: www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks

You can download a free box set of ‘Short Sharp Shockers’ by visiting www.markedwardsauthor.com/free

THE MAGPIES (2013) and BECAUSE SHE LOVES ME (2014) topped the Kindle chart in the UK, as did FOLLOW YOU HOME (2015) which also was a top five bestseller in the US, and THE DEVIL’S WORK (2016). My other solo novel is WHAT YOU WISH FOR (2014) and I have one short story, KISSING GAMES, available on Amazon. My new psychological thriller, THE LUCKY ONES, will be published in June 2017.

I have co-written six novels with Louise Voss: CATCH YOUR DEATH (2012; a #1 bestseller), KILLING CUPID (2012), ALL FALL DOWN (2013) and FORWARD SLASH (2013). We are now writing a series featuring DI Patrick Lennon. The first two books are FROM THE CRADLE (2014) and THE BLISSFULLY DEAD (2015). In total, I have sold over 2 million copies of my books.

After a career that has taken in everything from answering complaint calls for a rail company to teaching English in Japan and being a marketing director, I now write full-time.

I live in the West Midlands, England, with my wife, our three children, a ginger cat and a golden retriever.

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