Passage from Nuala (An Inspector De Silva Mystery #6) by Harriet Steel @harrietsteel1 #BookReview #PassageFromNuala #KindleUnlimited



Inspector de Silva and Jane embark on a cruise to Egypt to visit the pyramids, excited at the prospect of two weeks of sun, sea and relaxation. With Nuala, and de Silva’s duties as a police officer, far behind them, what can possibly spoil their plans? Then a writer is found dead in his cabin, suffocated by newspaper thrust down his throat. Once again, de Silva must swing into action.
The Inspector de Silva Mysteries is a colourful and absorbing series, spiced with humour. Set in Ceylon in the 1930s, it will appeal to fans of traditional and cozy mysteries.


Passage from Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries Book 6)


When Inspector de Silva receives his yearly bonus his first thought is of his lovely wife and how he can make her happy. So he takes two weeks holiday from work and books a cruise to Egypt for them to see the pyramids. Jane is totally delighted and time away from Nuala will ensure they can enjoy each others company uninterrupted for the whole 14 days. How wrong she was.

Shanti is very aware on the cruise that not everyone will accept them as equals, this series is set in an era when people’s prejudices were voiced but when a murder occurs the Captain has no hesitation on calling on the skills of the Inspector. The murderer must be discovered before the ship reaches the next port and people disembark. Jane is the supportive wife she has always been.

Shanti and Jane de Silva have to be my favourite series couple. Although Shanti is the Inspector Jane is the little voice in his head when he gets home from work that steers him to think out of the box. He knows that he can totally confide in her and he appreciates her alternative thinking and seeing things from a different perspective.

Shanti worships Jane, with my fondest thoughts of them dancing away in my mind to the music of the time that they both love. But what makes this series so outstanding are the wonderful vivid descriptions that bring the whole book and characters to life. Harriet steel can make me hear music, taste food and adore Shanti and Jane. She has the most vivid artist’s palette of such colourful descriptions that totally blow me away.

This is another perfect addition to this series with my favourite book covers. Wonderful!


Harriet Steel

Harriet Steel grew up in London and Wiltshire but now lives in Surrey. Married with two daughters, she has worked in fields from law to libraries. Her interests are travel, history and art, all of which have inspired the four historical novels she wrote before turning to crime with The Inspector de Silva Mysteries. She reads widely, but in the mystery genre is particularly fond of vintage mysteries. She would love to go back in time for a day and have lunch with Hercule Poirot, tea with Miss Marple, and dinner at the Ritz with Lord Peter Wimsey.


Twitter: @harrietsteel1


Restorations by Charles Strickler @SmithPublicity @koehlerbooks #Restorations #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Andrea Kiliany Thatcher at Smith Publicity for inviting me to read RESTORATIONS by Charles Strickler



When Miles West discovers a mysterious treasure in an old car he acquires, he thinks his broken life is on the mend. But the 1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boat Tail Roadster contains a secret that has remained hidden for almost ninety years, left there by the infamous bank robber “Lefty” Webber. Jewels, old gold pieces and a coded journal force Miles to dig into the past. With the assistance of the resourceful Bramley Ann Fairchild, West sets out on an adrenaline-fueled adventure. They must evade ruthless Mafia boss Carlo Bello, who seeks to acquire the car and the treasure for himself, no matter the cost. Will West unravel the decades old mystery, rescue his friend, and help a man restore his family name? Or will he simply become another victim of the Roadster’s murky history?




Miles West has his heart set on a Stutz Black Hawk Boat Tail Roadster, a pretty rare 1928 vintage car that is up for auction, as restoring it will be the thing that he can throw all of his energy into and take his mind from his personal tragedies. As the bidding rises at the auction a telephone contender keeps on pushing the price higher but a bit of a blip and confusion on the line results in Miles getting the final bid. To say that the air was blue between the telephone bidder and his client would be like saying it gets a little chilly in the Arctic in winter.

Miles is delighted with the outcome but little does he know that the real prize isn’t the car but what it contains. When he is offered a substantial amount above what he paid for it, it only makes him more determined to keep it. When Vic, who is restoring the car with him discovers hidden compartments in the car to opens up a chain of events that will be life changing to lot of people.

Miles takes up with Bramley Ann Fairchild who is extremely knowledgeable in antiques and an incredible journey begins for them both. Little do they realise that they have stirred up quite a hornets nest among the gangster population that all want the secret of what this vintage car holds.

This story turns into quite a road trip that picks up more unsavoury characters that go  after Miles and Bramley. This is an entertaining and all action story that has a little for everyone. The gangland violence isn’t too graphic making it more of a cosy gangster car chase than anything too sinister, not that people don’t die or get hurt because they do. There is the mystery to solve, a little love story going on and gangsters that wouldn’t even trust who looks them back in a mirror. Loved the end!

Many thanks to Smith Publicity for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Charles Strickler

Charles Strickler is a native Virginian. He graduated from Virginia Tech where he also met his future bride Mary. An entrepreneur with work experiences that range from the barnyard to the Board Room, Charles brings a unique perspective to his mysteries. Like many others, the only mystery that Charles does not like is Polycystic Kidney Disease. PKD is a genetic disease affecting 200,000 people per year. While there is no cure yet, the PKD Foundation continues to fund promising research to discover treatments that can slow the progression and eventually end PKD.




Where The Dead Fall (DI Ridpath #2) by MJ Lee @WriterMJLee @Tr4cyF3nt0n #crimefiction #Manchester #WhatToRead @canelo_co #BlogTour #NewRelease #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for WHERE THE DEAD FALL by MJ Lee



One chance encounter, one street side murder, will change everything. The extraordinary new Ridpath crime thriller

DI Ridpath is in the process of getting his life back together when everything goes wrong.

Driving to meet his daughter, he is caught in a gruesome motorway accident, in which a near-naked man is rundown by a lorry, while fleeing from a lone gunman. As Ridpath closes Manchester’s road network in search of the assailant, one question remains: why did nobody else see him?

Ridpath’s investigations soon unearth a number of inconsistencies, which pulls the police force itself into question, and hint at something sinister to come.

For Manchester is on the brink of a fresh surge of violence unlike anything it has seen in decades, and Ridpath must battle this unprecedented conflict along with his own demons. One thing is for sure. There will be blood on the streets…

The nail-biting sequel to Where the Truth Lies, M J Lee’s Where the Dead Fall is an absolute must read, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Faith Martin and Peter James


Where The Dead Fall: A completely gripping crime thriller (DI Ridpath Crime Thriller Book 2)


Now before I begin my review I will say that I have been left with a bit of a Annie Wilkes  (Cathy Bates) twitch, which is a good thing, because this is an awesome read that left me gagging for more, turning the last page back and forth searching for something that wasn’t there.  DI Ridpath is back for a second outing in this extremely addictive series that can be read as a stand alone but you would only be cheating yourself if you don’t read them both. (My review for book 1 to follow soon).

MJ Lee certainly got my attention with this opening chapter as my empathy for a broken bloke was through the roof, oh boy I ground my teeth and called to him willing him on. I  could taste freedom for him but fate will always have its way… way or another. When a dead anybody turns into a somebody the smelly stuff really hits the fan and the police get a bit twitchy knowing that it won’t be the end of it. When a second man is found dead then it feels like Hell could be the new Manchester because a gang war was bubbling away like never before,

At just 37, Ridpath has been left in a bit of a no-mans land as far as his career goes, being a DI was too much for both his health and his marriage while his position in The Coroner’s Office could only be a temporary one. Ridpath is known as a bloke that really throws everything into his work but it doesn’t always go down well with his colleagues both old and new, especially when he digs a little deeper when they think a case is all neatly tied up. In this story he is becoming a bad influence in a good way on a few of his new colleagues, which seems to breath new life into them. I grinned from ear to ear with a couple of punch in the air moments the further I got into the book.

Ridpath is a wicked character that is finding strength in himself where others would have given up. He has that instinct that can’t be taught that pushes him further, the cost is huge though as he endeavours to be best at everything, with little personal regard for himself. He is a bit of a loner, where working is concerned but he is building his own little back up team for when he needs them too. This is another cracking, breath-taking story in this series.

I wish to thank Tracy Fenton and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.


Twitter: @WriterMJLee



I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney @alicewriterland @HarlequinBooks #IKnowWhoYouAre #NetGalley #BookReview


The highly anticipated new novel from the international bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie, Alice Feeney’s new novel is her most twisted and nerve-wracking thriller yet.

Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you’ve done. And I am watching you.

When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

I Know Who You Are will leave your heart pounding and your pulse racing. This is the most twisted thriller you’ll read all year.

I Know Who You Are: A dark, chilling and clever psychological thriller with a killer twist

Aimee is a film actress that is just beginning to be recognised when she is out and about, with the paparazzi taking an interest on any exclusive footage that they can get on her. The thing is Aimee is use to playing the part of someone else, she has done since she was five when she was abducted from Ireland and taken to England. When she returns home one day, her husband Ben has disappeared, leaving behind his phone, wallet, clothes and everything anyone that was intending to walk out would take.

When Aimee tries to use her bank card it is rejected, an account that had held a substantial amount of money but the bank CCTV footage shows it was her that withdrew the cash but she knows it wasn’t. The police begin to look at Aimee in a different light than that of an abandoned wife.

This story pulled at me in so many emotional ways as it bounced back and forth between Aimee’s early life when she was another little girl and after she had been abducted. A scared and frightened child that had to learn quickly or face dreadful consequences. In present day time Aimee’s life was continuing to crack and break down as someone was trying to ruin what she had built and cause her to doubt her own sanity.

Alice Feeney had me bound to this book, I was unwilling to put it down for anything or anyone and although we were having one of the hottest days so far this year my blood ran cold and my skin had goose bumps. I scrutinised every character, hated some, felt betrayed by others and felt guilty at doubting Aimee’s sanity. Had her husband’s leaving pushed her over the edge?

Oh boy when this all began to click together it was like the biggest sugar rush and totally blew me away. I had to read the last few chapters again just to make sure that I squeezed every sensation from this ending. Pure perfection!

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

Alice Feeney
Alice Feeney is an author and former BBC journalist. Her debut novel, Sometimes I Lie, was a New York Times and international bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty languages, and is being made into a TV series by Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog. Her second novel, I Know Who You Are, is being published in Spring 2019.

Twitter: @alicewriterland

I Know Who You Are: A dark, chilling and clever psychological thriller with a killer twist by [Feeney, Alice]

Kaerou Time to Go Home by Jeanne Shibahara #FamilySaga #Japan



In Japan…everywhere…red strings tie all people we meet together. Some strings are weak. Some have tangles. Some strong.

Meryl—Vietnam War widow—misses her grown son, feels left out after her father’s recent marriage. A WWII Japanese flag falls into her hands. The gentle push of a love-struck professor starts her adventure—take the flag home. From the neon of Osaka, to the ancient capital Nara, to the forests of Akita, the trail follows a newspaper reporter, factory manager, ikebana teacher, a Matagi hunter and winds through Japanese culture, past and present. A story of shared humanity and love “in the simplest things.


KA・E・RO… Time to Go Home


This is a beautiful story rich with characters from many different backgrounds. Meryl is on a self-made mission because she has found herself not really needed by anyone any more. Her father has a new love in his life and her son has moved to Japan. Meryl, a Vietnam War widow has come into the possession of a WW11 Japanese flag, a very special flag that she feels needs to be returned to the family of the man who died in the war. She takes a little persuading but decides to make it an all round trip to seek her son out too.

Meryl is a wonderful character that grows with confidence the further her journey takes her. It is a trip which will change who she is and affect so many lives, all who are enriched from meeting her. Her journey isn’t as straight forward as she first thought it would be bringing her into contact with so many different characters on her way, each with their own story.

Each person is a stepping stone to both the past and who they are now, each one helping Meryl get nearer to her goal.

I loved how the traditions and cultures of the people were woven into the story too. When Meryl reaches her goal it felt like she had completed their family again. Beautifully told this is a unique story.


B. Jeanne Shibahara

B. Jeanne Shibahara (Japanese: 芝原 美人) is a contemporary Japanese writer. She is of German and Scottish descent.

She studied creative writing in the MA program at Arizona State University where she adopted the mantra of her professor, Mark Harris (Bang the Drum Slowly). “No tears in the writer. No tears in the reader.” In Japan, she has taught English at a private university and written articles for research groups.

She’s married to Professor Emeritus Akira Shibahara of Osaka Prefecture University. The couple divides their time between Nara City, an ancient capital of Japan, and the Tohoku District.



Snegurochka by Judith Heneghan @JudithHeneghan @SaltPublishing #NewRelease #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Emma Dowson of Virgin Media for inviting me on the Blog Tour for SNEGUROCHKA by Judith Heneghan



Kiev 1992. Rachel, a troubled young English mother, joins her journalist husband on his first foreign posting in the city. Terrified of the apartment’s balcony, she develops obsessive rituals to keep their baby safe. Her difficulties expose her to a disturbing endgame between the elderly caretaker and a local racketeer who sends a gift that surely comes with a price. Rachel is isolated yet culpable with her secrets and estrangements. As consequences bear down she seeks out Zoya, her husband’s fixer, and the boy from upstairs who watches them all.

Home is uncertain, betrayal is everywhere, but in the end there are many ways to be a mother.




This is an extraordinary story set in Kiev in 1992 not long after the Ukraine has gained its independence from Russia. The country is out on a limb with fresh food being a luxury that few can afford. Black marketeers thrive selling illegally obtained fruit and vegetables from the still contaminated areas that surround the Chernobyl disaster that happened in 1986 when a nuclear accident occurred. In its wake babies were still being born with terrible deformities or even still-born.

Lucas a BBC radio journalist had moved out to Kiev to work on a new project and the story begins with his wife Rachel and their baby son Ivan joining him in the thirteenth storey apartment with balcony. Rachel has compulsive disorders that control her life, from counting, to rigid routines that she feels she must follow or her baby will die.

Although Rachel is welcomed into the social group that Lucas belongs to she is quite isolated because no-one else has a baby. The residents of Kiev look on with disdain because of her relaxed western ways to their traditional methods. The thought of bringing a baby into such a harsh place seeming insane to the local residents. Elena, the caretaker of the apartment block where Rachel lives, only speaks Russian and Rachel only English, what begins as a battle of wills turns into quite something else.

There is a strong circle of characters that eventually become very central to Rachel’s life, from a Mafia boss that takes an interest in her and Ivan to Zoya, her husband’s ‘fixer’, Elena the old caretaker and Stepan a street boy.  All of them with their own secrets and problems. They are an unlikely band of companions that are brought together because of their isolation and personal problems. I grew to love each of these broken characters.

This is a gritty story that strips emotions and fears to their ultimate exposure while I became entwined in each of these people’s lives. The tough weren’t as tough and the weak had more strength than I thought they could ever have. Beautifully written I was captivated by the harsh conditions of this country and its people.

I wish to thank Virgin Media for a e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.



Judith Heneghan

Judith Henegan is a writer and editor. She spent several years in the Ukraine with her husband and Russia with her young family in the 1990’s and teaches creative writing at the University of Winchester


Twitter: @JudithHeneghan




The Quaker (Duncan McCormack #1) by Liam McIlvanney @LiamMcIlvanney @HarperCollinsUK #NetGalley #BookReview #TheQuaker #DuncanMcCormack #HistoricalFiction



Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: The Quaker. He’s taken his next victim — the third woman from the same nightclub — and dumped her in the street like rubbish. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. After six months, DI Duncan McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation — with a view to shutting it down for good.

His arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider, for McCormack is an outcast in more ways than one. When another woman is found murdered in a tenement flat, it’s clear the case is by no means over. From ruined backstreets to the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city — and his life — forever . . .

Brilliantly crafted with great depth and nuance, The Quaker is an electrifying thriller that expertly captures the gritty atmosphere of paranoia and hopelessness in a city on the verge of a great upheaval.


The Quaker


When the local Glasgow police force become the brunt end of jokes by the press and locals it was time to bring in someone to observe the officers conducting the investigation into a serial killer nick named The Quaker. The Quaker had now brutally murdered three local women after each of them had left the same night club in a matter of weeks. Six months on the three investigating officers were still no closer to finding the killer.

The year is 1969, forty years off the technical advancements of today, so policing was vastly different. DI Duncan McCormack is simply an observer brought into ensure what has been done is enough to move this investigation into the cold case files that have not been solved. The existing team is not only frustrated at the lack of progress that they have been able to make but also that this whiz kid of a DI is there to find fault not help the situation. That is until another woman is murdered, then it is game on.

This is a very haunting read, with the murdered victims having their say in the story after they have died. How they met this man, the night out and their subsequent murders, even how they saw past the time of their deaths and reaction of their loved ones. Very cleverly done, very touching and emotional. It made the deaths of these at first faceless women, real and more personal. A real clever touch.

I took to McCormack straight away as he wasn’t prepared to just roll over to get a conviction like some were chasing. It mattered to him that the right man should be brought to justice. For McCormack it was like shaking a tree to see how many bad apples would fall off. This story is set in 1969, with not just technology that was out of sync with today. McCormack has to make a huge personal decision too, One that could have made this series into a stand alone.

Very much looking forward to more from this author, Excellent story and characters.


Liam McIlvanney

Professor Liam McIlvanney, the son of novelist William McIlvanney, was born in Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. After ten years lecturing in Scottish and Irish literature at the University of Aberdeen, he moved to Dunedin in New Zealand to teach at the University of Otago. He lectures in Scottish literature, culture and history, and on Irish-Scottish literary connections, and holds the Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies chair at the University.

He won a Saltire Award for his first book, Burns the Radical, in 2002. A chance meeting with an editor for Faber and Faber persuaded him to turn to fiction, and his first novel, All the Colours of the Town, was published in 2009 to great acclaim. His second thriller, Where The Dead Men Go, which saw the return of journalist Gerry Conway, won the prestigious Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel in 2014.

He has also written reviews and criticism for the London Review of Books, The Guardian, and others. He lives in Dunedin with his wife and three children.


Twitter: @LiamMcIlvanney


Deadly Secrets by Gordon Bickerstaff @GFBickerstaff @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #Review #EspionageThriller #CrimeThriller #DeadlySecrets

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the Blog Tour for DEADLY SECRETS by Gordon Bickerstaff.



Conspiracy. Serial Killers. Thriller.

The truth will out…

Gavin’s life will be turned upside down. He joins a company to work on a product that will revolutionise the food industry. His initial gut instinct is to walk away until he discovers one of the company directors is the former love of his teenage life.

The financial implications are global and incredible. Powerful individuals and countries are prepared to kill as they compete to seize control of the company. Corruption at high levels, a deadly flaw in the product, and the stakes jump higher and higher.

Against overwhelming odds, Gavin must rescue his former love from the hands of an evil cult as they prepare her for a living nightmare.


Deadly Secrets: The truth will out… (A Lambeth Group Thriller)


From the opening chapter it soon becomes clear that there is something real dodgy going on with a deadly outcome. I was well and truly reeled in for the day.

Gavin Shawlen isn’t your typical suave under cover investigator, he is a little nerdy and not always socially savvy but he makes for cracking reading and a bloke that I would want at my shoulder. Gavin is a Biochemist that is working on a top-secret project that is worth billions and at the moment is sitting in a tiny spec of a company surrounded by a multimillion pound industry that is willing to go to any lengths to get their hands on it.

When negotiations break down for who should have the largest percentage and ultimate control of the new product the talks go from sitting round a table for a settlement to I am bigger than you tactics with deadly consequences. The anti is definitely upped as the story moves to deeper seedy goings on behind a fronted high-class business, where being in a position to buy an extension of life if possible for the right price.

This is a belting story with a great divide of this industry. One where the science and discovery are the prime objective, the actual break through being the bite of the apple to the flip side where money and profit is the only aim, no matter how many casualties are crushed in the process. The pace of the story escalates into a frenzy of intense chapters that just made me drool.

I really want to read more about Gavin and where the next book will take him. Brilliant!



I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. I studied biochemistry, and I’ve worked in several Scottish Universities where I did research on enzymes and taught biochemistry. After thirty years of teaching and research I retired my academic pen and took of a fiction pen.

I write medical-themed thrillers. Deadly Secrets was published in 2013, and was followed by Everything To Lose in 2014, The Black Fox in 2015, Toxic Minds in 2016, Tabula Rasa in 2017 and Tears of Fire in 2018. I live in central Scotland with my wife and we enjoy reading, writing, and walking in the hills.




Twitter: @GFBickerstaff

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A Light in the Desert by Anne Montgomery @amontgomery8 #BookReview #ALightInTheDesert



A Light in the Desert traces the story of a lonely pregnant teenager, a Vietnam veteran and former Special Forces sniper who, as he descends into the throes of mental illness, latches onto the girl, and a group of Pentecostal zealots – the Children of Light – who have been waiting over thirty years in the Arizona desert for Armageddon. The Amtrak Sunset Limited, a passenger train en route to Los Angeles, is derailed in their midst’s, a deadly act of sabotage. Their lives are thrown into turmoil when local and state police, FBI investigators, and a horde of reporters make camp by the twisted wreckage of the Sunset Limited. As the search for the saboteurs continues, the authorities find more questions than answers. The girl mysteriously vanishes, the assassin struggles to maintain his sanity, and a child is about to be born in the wilderness.


A Light in the Desert


This story is part fiction and part fact which seamlessly flowed together so I didn’t know where one began and the other took over. All of the main characters in the story have major issues with their lives and find it hard to be accepted into society.

Jason is an ex-sniper that served in Vietnam but an incident left him suffering from a mental illness that affects his daily life. He has self medicated but has weaned himself off the meds he was buying way too quickly, causing his condition to begin to take control of him again.

Kelly was born with a facial deformity that most people found repulsive, including her mother, which has left her with no self-esteem, no education and very vulnerable. Now at sixteen her step father has abused her and she is approaching the last trimester of pregnancy. A religious cult, the Children of the Light, have taken her in, giving her care and support for the baby to be born.

The third character Billy, was abused by his father, when he was a child, until he eventually got away, well now he is back and much bigger and stronger but a really troubled young man who has mass murder on his mind.

One of them wanted to be forgotten for what he had done, one wanted to be remembered for what he would do and the other just wanted acceptance for who she was. They had all slipped the net that should have been there to protect and help them. This is a fascinating story that took me along with the flow as their roles at times changed.

The author had clearly under taken massive research for this story then had woven a believable story round the facts. I really enjoyed all the different characters, both real and made up. The descriptions of the setting, in the Arizona desert, were brought to life beautifully, including all its dangers. I also thought that the train derailment was very well done. There was enough description to conjure up the horrors of what had happened without it being too graphic, a perfect balance. The ending I really enjoyed.

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


Anne Montgomery

Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Her first TV job came at WRBLaTV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROCaTV in Rochester, New York, KTSPaTV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE awardawinning SportsCenter. She finished her onacamera broadcasting career with a twoayear stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. Her novels include: The Scent of Rain, Nothing But Echoes, and A Light in the Desert. Montgomery teaches journalism at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, is a foster mom to three sons, and is an Arizona Interscholastic Association football referee and crew chief. When she can, she indulges in.


Twitter: @amontgomery8


The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell @TheCraigRussell @ClaraHDiaz @littlebrownuk #TheDevilAspect #HistoricalThriller #HorrorThriller #BlogTour #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Clara Diaz of Little Brown Book Group for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE DEVIL ASPECT by Craig Russell

A terrifying novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane that houses only six inmates–the country’s most depraved murderers–while, in Prague, a detective struggles to understand a brutal serial killer who has spread fear through the city, and who may have ties to the asylum

In 1935, Viktor Kos�rek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The state-of-the-art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations. The asylum houses the country’s six most treacherous killers–known to the staff as The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon–and Viktor hopes to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect. As he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, five men and one woman, Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth.
Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys. Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit (dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers), realizes that the killer is imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier–London’s Jack the Ripper. Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind, though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum.
Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this stylishly written, tightly coiled, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to put down.


The Devil Aspect


It is 1935 and Dr Viktor Kosárek, a brilliant, born before his time, psychiatrist has landed himself a dream position in a notorious remote castle asylum in Czechoslovakia. The castle only had six inmates, the most feared, notorious and dangerous murderers of all time all under one roof. The asylum was revolutionary with its way of thinking and care of these patients, giving these six the best possible care. Viktor had a theory which he had gained permission to put into practice, he believed that each of the six were linked by a common factor, the devil aspect.

Sessions are begun with each of the inmates being administered an injection to make them more compliant while he delves into what made these five men and one woman turn into the vilest murderers that the country had ever known. The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer and The Demon each tell their story, which really brought the goose bumps out. Oh boy are these real sick people but their lives at one point had been normal so what made them go over the top? When Viktor accidentally pushes too far he gets a glimpse into the real cause and boy oh boy did my lights in the house go on!!

This is a belting book, a huge read that I couldn’t put down. Craig Russell had me totally spell-bound with each of these murderers, fascinating and gory stories told in exquisite, glorious detail. Each with what they saw as a perfectly reasonable explanation of why they had carried out these crimes, well apart from the clown. Viktor began the sessions with what was deemed the least dangerous working up to the ultimate prize of the most feared.

This book had a little of everything, past crimes, a new murderer on the loose and police investigation, a castle seeped in a dark and evil past and a village that feared the castle and its inhabitants. Among all this in the back ground is the changes that are happening for the whole country with Germany making its presence felt.

This for me was the perfect combination of everything which left me feeling uneasy when it all came to an end. This is my sort of book I love, the after shocks I get that keep coming back to me and just make me look over my shoulder, just to make sure no-one is there. Loved it!



Craig Russell’s novels have been published in twenty-five languages, four have been made into major films in Germany, in one of which he has a cameo role as a detective. He has won the CWA Dagger in the Library and the McIlvanney Prize, for which he has been shortlisted another twice, and has previously been shortlisted for the CWA Golden Dagger, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, and the SNCF Prix Polar in France. A former police officer, Craig Russell is the only non-German to have been awarded the Polizeistern – the Hamburg Police’s Police Star.

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