Missing by Charlie Gallagher #BlogTour @JoffeBooks @Books_n_all #CharlieGallagher

Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw on behalf of Joffe books for inviting me onto this Blog Tour for MISSING by Charlie Gallagher



Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.


In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heart breaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.



Sergeant Sean Carter has a pride in what he does because he can literally save lives. Sean is often on call to talk down people from the ledge of a building when they have the intension of jumping off and ending it all. Some times nothing will stop them but at others there can’t really be a better feeling than to know you have saved another person’s life. Sean is a pretty cool and level-headed guy, well he was until he was called out to a jumper for the second time and heard the terrifying message that the bloke gave him.

Charlie Gallagher certainly knows how to catch a reader’s attention and keep it until the end. This story opens up just so many moral dilemmas, as my brain went into overdrive trying to think if I would have done anything differently. To be honest I don’t think that I would. I couldn’t even bring myself to think of the torment that was going on in Sean’s mind to enable him to mentally cope with the situation. Each chapter I wondered how far Sean would go.

There are some quite heavy scenes which relate round one particular vile drug. I mean bloody hell this is some pretty bad stuff I’m talking about, even reading about it had me  mouth open in horror at its effect. Now I know that this bloke was no angel but he scared me senseless.

There are some super characters in the story, DS George Elms was one, a character that has been in previous books in this series, although I haven’t read them. which didn’t spoil the enjoyment of this in any way. George is a brilliant character and felt solid from me first meeting him. He is very methodical, charming and has quite a humour besides being a good friend and brilliant officer. I never felt over whelmed with either the people in the story or the plot itself. It was perfectly executed.

This story for me was the whole package of entertainment. I loved it. Very shockingly brilliant!


Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

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Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #5) #BlogTour @Bookouture @RobertBryndza

Firstly I wish to thank Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour for COLD BLOOD by Robert Bryndza



She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

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.

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There is something that disturbs me even more about a body being dismembered, even more than the actual killing, it is for me the ultimate disregard that this person was ever an human being. Now here on the Thames was a second victim of a yet unknown crime, unknown missing persons and unknown where the hell you can buy a suit case that big! This really was literally a case to be pieced together by Erica Foster.

This is the fifth book in the Erica Foster series and Robert Bryndza characters have materialised more and more into ‘real people’ with every single book. In this story personal and professional emotions are very much woven together, with some barriers having to be let down while brick walls are built against others. These are people that I have taken into my life and care about and at times I just wanted to clip one person round the ear and say God Damn You Waken Up!

Like in real life it is always a combination of circumstances that bring all the people into the right, or wrong place at the same time so this story is told on different time lines as to how everyone comes together. The most disturbing one is that of how a young girl falls under the spell of an older controlling and very disturbed man. OK total nut case! Whoa there are some scenes that are readable with just one eye open and squinting with the other. (If in doubt please read first paragraph again) But my oh my I have to admit that I loved every single encounter with this gruesome pair. Some of the scenes were just so surreal to the point that I shudder every time I go into my kitchen. One of my shamefully favourite chapters.

This is a superb story in a brilliant series and although it could be read as a stand alone don’t take that option you would be short changing yourself. I wish to thank Bookouture for an ARC of this book which I reviewed honestly.



Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series. 

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood is now available to pre-order.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies, and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

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A Justifiable Madness by A.B. Morgan #BlogTour @BloodhoundBook @AliMorgan2304

I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour for A JUSTIFIABLE MADNESS by A.B. Morgan



A fast-moving psychological thriller you won’t be able to put down

Can you really tell the difference between madness and sanity? 

Mark Randall goes to great lengths to get himself admitted to an acute psychiatric ward and, despite being mute, convinces professionals that he is psychotic. But who is he and why is he so keen to spend time in a psychiatric hospital?

When Mark is admitted, silent and naked, the staff are suspicious about his motives.

Dealing with this, as well as the patients on the ward, Mark’s troubles really begin once he is Sectioned under the Mental Health Act. When decisions about his future are handed to Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Giles Sharman, Mark’s life goes from bad to worse.

Drugged, abused and in danger, Mark looks for a way out of this nightmare. But he’s about to learn, proving that you are sane might not be easy as it sounds…



There is even criteria to meet before you are admitted into a psychiatric hospital and for some people they have to wait months and months before they can get help. So when Mark Randall gave an outstanding performance of Jesus, while completely naked and on the busy early morning train station platform, he was soon arrested. In fact he was a dead ringer for Robert Powell when he played the part, if anyone could mange to lift theirs eyes and look him in the face. Yep The criteria had been meet, a quick fast track ticket into the nearest local establishment to help the mentally disturbed. The thing is can the part of a sane man be played as easily in order to get out?

My first thought was there some sort of initiation going on, I mean it was September and the universities would be starting back up soon, or was it a dare or prank? Only time would tell. Mark was very sane and knew exactly what he was doing and now he played mute so perhaps I thought a bet to see which ‘idiot’, using the term loosely here, could survive the longest before been detected? Due to his now mute behaviour the staff gave him a name, he was known as Jesus Trainman.

I was in my element here it was like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I didn’t know which were in need of locking up the most the patients or the staff! The inmates were much wiser than the doctors where Jesus Trainman was concerned just like the old saying goes, “It takes one to know one.” This story really gave me food for thought as it is very dark and disturbing, especially with the more vulnerable members of society that don’t have a voice.

This is the debut novel of Alison Morgan and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a psychological thriller mixed in with some real events and gives a refreshing read from an unusual place, as it is mainly acted out behind closed, locked and bolted doors. There is an insight into the running of the place and the voice of the staff and patients. What drowns them all though is Dr. Giles Sharman.

There is some wicked humour in this book, with descriptions of Mark’s friends while the over all story really played with my mind and gave me a lot to think about. Very different and extremely well told.




Married to an overgrown child with a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.

Alison has worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental health services, at the front line, where she eventually became the manager of a countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical fault, which forced her to sit down for more than five minutes, and her career temporarily juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis, but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came tumbling out.

With her health steadily improving thanks to the staff at Papworth Hospital, Alison hopes to return to nursing part-time, but is determined to keep writing fiction. Her debut novel A Justifiable Madness is inspired by her life and career as a psychiatric nurse, and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour. Her second novel, Divine Poison, also published by Bloodhound books is due for release in January 2018.



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Degrees of Darkness by Tony J Forder #BlogTour @BloodhoundBook @TonyJForder

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on the Blog Tour for DEGREES OF DARKNESS by Tony Forder


Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt-collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.

Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.

When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.

In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.

But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?



This is an awesome read that for me that put it on a scare factor alongside Stephen King and Thomas Harris.  The heart breaking opening will make most readers just stand back and take a breath. Frightening, terrifying and imprinted on your mind for every time you say goodnight to your children before you double-check and triple check your doors are locked and bolted again.

What a fabulous story from the opening scene it just exploded into a world of pure crazy in the mind of one of the most damaged and twisted serial killers that I have read. Whoa this person has such an agenda, nothing is random, he has reasoning and purpose but best of all he now has a play mate to taunt.

Frank Rogers left his career of DI with the Met behind him when he started his own Debt Collecting Agency, along with his family when his wife took up with another bloke and set up home with Franks two children Gary and Laura. A break in to his estranged wife’s home leaves her, her partner and his son brutally murdered and his daughter taken by a madman that leaves no trace of himself behind. There is already a trial of heart break through this city where this killer has struck a number of times.

Now the killer doesn’t just have Frank’s daughter, he wants to play and demands that the only person he will talk to is Frank. Neither really know what they are letting themselves in for because they are both at the top of the league at what they do best. It makes for a hundred mile an hour read with no pit stop in sight!

This really is a writer at his best. Although gruesome at times it all adds to the intense race to find out how and why these brutal killings and abductions are taking place. Loved the characters and although Tony Forder has produced stand alone novels before I would really love to see more of Frank in future books. Loved it! loved it! Loved it!



On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in spring. It is the first in a series.

Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.

Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.

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.

During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”

Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.

Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.

As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.

This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017.







She Did It by Mel Sherratt #NewRelease @writermels


Work colleague. Friend. Killer.

From the million seller author comes a gripping psychological thriller.

A successful businesswoman, Tamara enjoys her champagne lifestyle to the full. At least, that is the front she displays to the world. As well as being lonely, she’s running out of money. A promising new member of staff brings the injection of fresh blood needed to win the contract that will turn things around.

Working for Tamara is a perfect ruse for Esther. But, along with fake references and qualifications, she also has a plan for revenge. Sensing Tamara’s vulnerability, Esther uses their acquaintance as a way of getting close to someone who hurt her in the past.

Tamara is keeping things secret. Esther has a dark side she is trying to hide. For both of them, lying is a habit. But when mistakes begin to catch up with Esther, and people start dying, Tamara realises she’s chosen the wrong person to trust as a friend.



What a brilliant opening scene! My conclusion from the first couple of sentences were totally wrong and all I could think at the end of the first couple of pages  was well nothing else is getting done until I read the next couple of chapters and find out what the hell just happened. Anyway I missed lunch and all of a sudden was at the end of the book. I just couldn’t find that spot to put it down, well I didn’t want to really as I was well and truly in that zone!

Everything you do these days people ask for references, from renting a house to applying for a new job but it does make you wonder how many times these companies actually follow them up and don’t just go on gut instinct, can’t be bothered  and simply haven’t got time. We all like to think we are good judges of character and so did Tamara.

To the outside world Tamara was the success that her family expected to be, the truth was she was failing big style and need a quick fix with a big client to boost her crumbling mojo. It was a no brainer to Tamara to employ Esther. Esther wasn’t just bursting with enthusiasm that fizzled, Esther brought fresh ideas into play that hadn’t been used before. Tamara was a big fish and Esther just smiled and reeled her in. Then it was time to go after the ultimate prize.  Now neither of these woman had not been really honest but bejesus I just kept getting flashes of that opening scene and wondered how things were going to get there! Which of these two was going to be that woman?

Mel Sherratt had again set me up for an intense day of reading about her characters that have a multitude of different agendas to get what they want no matter what the cost.  The difference though is treading on people’s toes to get what you desire or adding to the body count that is already started.  One thing is for sure I was in their minds and seeing their own logic and justice and it was a place of torment. Just brilliant reading!

I wish to thank the author for an ARC of this book which I have reviewed honestly.



Mel Sherratt

I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and women’s fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.

TAUNTING THE DEAD is part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It has been a standalone for two years but I have now written two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as a main character and created a new series. FOLLOW THE LEADER will be published on 10 February 2015 followed by ONLY THE BRAVE on 26 May 2015.

THE ESTATE SERIES are a mix of women’s fiction, psychological suspense and crime thriller. They are often too dark for women’s fiction alone – although the subject matters and issues are often referred to in this genre – too light in places for crime thrillers, and often not enough for the psychological suspense readers out there. They are drama meets crime.

WATCHING OVER YOU is a standalone psychological thriller. It’s dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too – where obsession and friendship turns to murder.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books.







Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech #BlogTour @OrendaBook @LouiseWriter

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour for MARIA IN THE MOON by Louise Beech



Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…


Now I have to admit that Louise Beech is one of those authors that I kept promising myself I would get round to reading but up until now I hadn’t and so this was the one that I went with. The cover and the title wasn’t any sort of give away to the story, unless you read it and what is an intriguing cover than becomes the most beautiful art work ever. Enough to make me well up every time I see it now.

At 31 years old Catherine, still single and trying to cope with the aftermath of the horrendous  floods in Hull 2007, is hoping that finally work can start on the rebuild of her beloved home. She has always been someone who wants to help in some way, even her job is one is one in a care home on the night shift but it isn’t enough. After already working on help lines in the past she is perfect for the help lines that have been set up in the area after the disaster. Some people just need to talk while for others it is past a time of talking they just need someone there at the end of the phone for their final moments. The call centre can not intervene or give advice, the people are there simply to listen.

This seemed such an ordinary story to be honest but it was far from it. When I was a child I had an accident that almost cut off my finger and I didn’t feel it. It was like my brain said whoa this is too much pain to deal with so it isn’t happening. Well this was Catherine, sometimes when things becomes impossible to accept the mind protects us, if it didn’t we just wouldn’t cope. The difference was my scars showed but hers were still deeply hidden. Catherine’s mind had taken a gap year when she was 9 and although family could tell her what that part of her childhood was like she really had no memory of it.

When the aftermath of the floods of Hull were becoming under control  the flood gates of Catherine’s mind began to open and this woman I couldn’t connect with at the beginning of the story became one of the strongest characters that I have read about. The cover and title on this book felt like they couldn’t have ever been anything else.

This is still an ordinary story about an extraordinary woman told by an exceptional author in the most beautiful and meaningful way.



Louise Beech has always been haunted by the sea. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. She was also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show for three years.








Mind Me Milady by Anne Rothman Hicks – Ken Hicks @KenHicksnyc @BookPubServices #AnneRothmanHicks #JaneLarson

Firstly I wish to thank Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services for inviting me to read this book.





Jane Larson is an attorney on the Upper East Side of New York City, and the Gentleman Rapist has chosen her to receive his calls announcing each conquest. He also reminds her in chilling terms that he will one day twist his wire around her throat and bend her to his will.

Jane has professional and personal problems of her own, but she is forced to try to catch this monster when he stalks her newest client. Susan is a sweet young woman who cannot remember large time periods of her past and who has dreams about a prior life in which she was raped. Soon, the Gentleman escalates to murder, and Jane wonders if he was involved in Susan’s forgotten past, or if Susan is simply a means to get to Jane. Either way, Jane is caught in the deadly game of stopping the Gentleman before another woman feels the wire at her throat and hears his sinister whisper to Mind Me, Milady



This is the second book in the Jane Larson series that I have read and just love this independent and sassy lady that goes with her instincts. Jane Larson is a New York attorney but not one that tows the line, she goes out and about to do her own digging round which doesn’t always go down well when she treads on toes with over-size boots!

Jane has more than her hands full in this book having to deal with winding down her mother’s law office and deciding if she wants to take it over herself or give it up as she already works for a law firm. She is in fact leaning to let it go and stay where she is. But on top of all that she is receiving messages from a serial rapist, that has moved onto killing his latest victims. As with all serial killers he has gained himself a name, The Gentleman Killer, because of the way he is known to speak to his victims. At every call Jane knows another woman has just lost her life. He is a little more sinister than just letting her know what he has done as he makes it clear that one day he will call and see her too.

Jane becomes involved with a young woman Susan, that has massive gaps in her life but with frightening flash backs of places she hasn’t ever been to before, knowing far too much detail than could be possible. Even more disturbing is the fact that some of these visions are hundreds of years ago, so could this be residue from previous lives she has lived?

This superb author duo have done it again with this cracking story. This book is a psychological thriller, a murder mystery and thrown in too a touch of the paranormal, talk about around entertainment, it just ticked every single box for me. It even has the shudder tick from me, that made me check inside my wardrobes before I got into bed after a quick peep through the curtains. Yikes! I wanted Jane on quick dial.

I had taken to Jane in the first novel I read but love her character in this book. She is an amazingly determined woman, stubborn, independent and very funny at times. She can banter with the best. There are some pretty cool characters in this book I particularly liked Jack, I just want to parcel him up and bring him home.  I am so looking forward to where Jane will go from the ending in this book. One thing is for sure I will have to clear an afternoon for reading because it is impossible to read these books a bit at a time, I just can’t put them down till I have got to the end.

I received this book from Book Publicity Services which I have honestly reviewed.



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Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have been collaborating on books for forty-six years.  Their first joint effort was a student project while Anne was at Bryn Mawr College and Ken attended Haverford. Since then, they have written over twenty books together. They are members of International Thriller Writers. They live and work in New York City, where many of their books are set.

Their Jane Larson series of mystery/thrillers involves a high-powered New York City attorney with a penchant for getting involved in situations that she would be better off leaving alone. These novels have been praised by reviewers for their gritty portrayals of city life, lively characters, fast action, surprise endings and highly polished prose. Jane is cynical and rebellious, but she finds herself drawn to the simple life her deceased mother lived as an attorney who served women unable to afford legal services. The series includes Weave A Murderous Web, Praise Her, Praise Diana, and Mind Me, Milady.




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