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Broken Souls (D.I. Lottie Parker #7) by Patricia Gibney @trisha460 @bookouture #DILottieParker7 #BlogTour #BrokenSouls #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney

Broken Souls: An absolutely addictive mystery thriller with a brilliant twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 7) by [Gibney, Patricia]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands, she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page!

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Broken Souls: An absolutely addictive mystery thriller with a brilliant twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 7)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What appears to be two separate suicides at first glance for the police, soon become an intense murder hunt for a suspected psychopath who has pretty big issues with brides to be. But there is more as one of the cases and sloppy investigating has lost precious hours that could be the difference between life and death for another victim. It really is all hands on deck as the team have to take one on the chin about the mess up.

D. I. Lottie Parker is a brilliant detective but has constant guilt trips about being away from her family working long hours, especially as she is raising her three children herself but when she is at home her mind is constantly on work. Her career had put her family in jeopardy not too long ago, so now she is pulled between wanting to protect them 24/7 and trying to make the outcome of one of the cases she is working on a happy ending.

This is such a fast-paced read with the investigation spiralling in different directions, joining dots where it hadn’t made sense at first glance. There are such a lot of unlikeable characters in the story, so it is easy to see the worst in them. This really is an edge of your seat read both for the case and for Lottie. So much I didn’t see coming. Brilliant round up, still holding my breath.

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

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HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations. Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.

AUTHOR LINKS:

patriciagibney.com

Twitter @trisha460

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My Best Mistake (My Best Series Book 1) by Carole Wolfe @CaroleW30064418 @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #BookReview #MyBestMistake

Firstly I would like to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for My Best Mistake by Carole Wolfe

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A lawsuit, an ex-husband, and a hotel full of men. Just another crazy day in the life of a single mom…

Tasha Gerome tries to find the funny side of her everyday disasters. It’s just about the only thing that gets the single mother of twins through her chaotic life. Well, that and a comfy pair of piggy slippers. But not everyone appreciates her brand of humor…

Her deadbeat ex-husband certainly doesn’t get her jokes as he returns to town to bother her and the twins. A well-known doctor threatens her with legal action over a misunderstanding. And her mother is more concerned with Tasha’s single status than her humor, dragging her kicking and screaming back into the dating game…

One thing is for certain. Fixing her legal troubles, getting rid of her ex, and finding a new man will take a whole lot of laughter… and a little help from her family…

My Best Mistake is a down-to-earth women’s fiction novel that celebrates a single mother’s courage and comedy. If you like sweet romance, snarky humor, and characters who tell it like it is, then you’ll love Carole Wolfe’s hilarious tale.

Buy My Best Mistake for a funny look into the madness of motherhood today!

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My Best Mistake: Tasha’s Story (My Best Series)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a lazy Sunday afternoon read to lose yourself in. Tasha has a life that most would envy, a huge 100 million lotto win and 7-year-old twins so her life had changed dramatically but one thing you can’t change is your family and who you are.

Tasha’s mind was as disorganised as her house, where things tended to stay where they fell, she drove me crazy! So in her oink! oink! bright pink slippers it was no surprise that everything considered disaster was only a couple of steps away.

When her ex-husband appears, a character who is sleazier than anyone I would care to know I just cringed on every line he was on. What a diabolical father he was! I just read with open mouth and anger, a reaction I am sure which is spot on for the reaction the author was after. Although Tasha’s mum is to put it mildly, overbearing, she does have a good heart. I think I would have been inclined to buy her a lovely place in the sun and visit her in the school holidays. Tasha’s mum is determined to fix her up with a new bloke, which is quite funny, especially with two visits to speed dating.

The story unfolds nicely as ends tie-up and a new Tasha is beginning to blossom. Very entertaining.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Carole Wolfe started telling stories in the third grade and hasn’t stopped since. While she no longer illustrates her stories with crayon, Carole still uses her words to help readers escape the daily hiccups of life. Her debut novel, The Best Mistake, follows a single mom as she stumbles through one mishap after another.

When Carole isn’t writing, she is a stay-at-home mom to three busy kiddos, a traveling husband and a dog that thinks she is a cat. Carole enjoys running at a leisurely pace, crocheting baby blankets for others and drinking wine when she can find the time. She and her family live in Texas.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolewolfeauthor/

Twitter: @CaroleW30064418

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19209162.Carole_Wolfe

Blog: https://www.carolewolfe.com/blog/

Website: https://www.carolewolfe.com/

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Rugby Blood by Keith Mason @Realkeithmason #BookReview #RugbyBlood #Comic #Sport #KeithMason #SecondChances

WHEN I MET KEITH MASON

I heard Keith Mason speak at a ruby club event that was raising money for their young players to go to France, including one of my grandsons. To say he was inspirational is a gross understatement being raised by his mum after his dad ran out on them, he told stories of how he turned himself around from always being in trouble with the police, to become a Super League rugby player, film star and now author. He is an awesome ambassador for youngsters to look up to and steer on the right path with positive energy. Giving them focus and keeping them out of trouble. It was a real pleasure to talk to him as he literally filled the room with such good vibes and even coming back to the club to meet the young players and talk to them.

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Professional Rugby League star and entrepreneur David King is thrust into a deadly game when his family is kidnapped and held to ransom. King goes on a blood-fuelled rampage to retrieve them from the clutches of their captors – will he succeed or will their fate be sealed?

The Super League players who will be staring in ‘Rugby Blood Origins’ are:  

Luther Burrell (Warrington Wolves), Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Konrad Hurrell (Leeds Rhinos), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Mark Percival (St Helens) and Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers).

Rugby Blood’s central character is David King. King’s life is based on my own story, with a hero twist. 

He is a professional rugby league star and entrepreneur who is thrust into a deadly game when his family is kidnapped and held for ransom.

He goes on a blood-fuelled rampage to save them – will he succeed, or will his family’s fate be sealed?

Rugby Blood will also feature athletes from other sports. Former world champion boxer, Joe Calzaghe, features in the second instalment, called ‘Shot Clock’, which is set in New York. 

My aim is to make clear to the next generation of rugby players, athletes and everyday people that one chapter of your life doesn’t define the whole story.

When one door closes, as it did to me, you have to work hard, dedicate yourself and make sacrifices to open a new door. Write your own next chapter.

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Rugby Blood

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a comic type book aimed at getting through to teenagers and youngsters, showing them that their lives are in their own hands. They hold their own destiny. The main character in the story is based on the author himself, rugby league legend Keith Mason as King. King the main series character is taken under the wing of Bronson who teaches him to control his impulses and focus his energy in training and playing his top game in rugby.

Other top rugby players feature in the comic, heroes of the game that these kids can aspire to be like. The pages are set out like a comic, with action sketches, a great story and length to encourage non-readers to get to the end of and still want more. What is brilliant about the author is he just doesn’t want these teenagers to look up to him, he wants to believe in these lads and lasses that read these comics too. It feels like he is truly rooting for all of them.

The message in the story is very strong, you don’t have to accept what life has dealt you, you can change that, it is the choices you make that make you who you are.

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HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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My playing career came to an end in 2013. I retired at 31 after playing top level Rugby League in the UK and Australia for 15 years.

What I didn’t anticipate was the struggle I’d ultimately go through after leaving the game I’d devoted my life to. 

I struggled and ended up questioning my whole existence, which led to a bout of depression. I was in massive debt, lost two houses, became homeless, lost my driving licence and was struggling to see my kids. It came to a point where I knew it was give up or re-invent myself. 

I had done some acting and appearing in a film (A Hitman in London, 2015) alongside my good friend Mickey Rourke gave me a new focus in life.

It was also around that time that I met my current partner, Riona. She inspired me to believe in myself again.

I was also asked to go and speak to a former player who had attempted suicide. I could see similarities between my struggles and his, and I wanted to show him that rugby formed only a part of his life.

Sadly, this young man lost his battle with depression. When I found out it made me want to reach out to other players in a hope that I could make a difference.

It was his death that inspired me to come up with a concept that could relate to all players, past and present, not just in rugby and sport but in all areas of life.

Rugby Blood started as a film script, written by myself and [scriptwriter, director] Ben Von Cronos, but I didn’t want to stop at a film. I wanted it to be bigger, to have a bigger impact. 

So I decided to find an artist who could help me create the first ever rugby comic. Together with Paul Roper we brought it to life. 

By using real players in the comic I wanted to be able to connect with the audience and make the players the heroes. 

Not only will it raise their profile, I also wanted it to raise awareness about the real struggles athletes go through. 

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @Realkeithmason

 

 

The Death of Justice (DI Bliss #5) by Tony J Forder @BloodhoundBook @TonyJForder #BookReview #TheDeathOfJustice

The Death of Justice: a heart-stopping crime thriller (DI Bliss Book 5) by [Forder, Tony J.]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Discover a bestselling crime series that will have you gripped from the explosive start to the heart-pounding conclusion.

One night. Two shootings. Two victims. 

When DI Bliss arrives at the scene of the second murder, he recognises the same three-shot pattern as the first. But there is one major difference: the second victim has been decapitated, the head nowhere to be found. When a second headless corpse is discovered the following day, Bliss and his team realise the killer is on a spree – and he’s not done yet.

After Bliss links the killings and forms a task force with officers from Lincolnshire, they uncover further disturbing news: the murders are not the first in the series – there are four more headless victims, and the Lincolnshire team believe they know why. Not only that, they are also convinced that more potential victims are on the killer’s list.

In a race against time to save further loss of life, Bliss constantly finds himself one step behind and chasing shadows. In order to flush out the hired assassin, he and his team have no choice but to put their own lives at risk. But will everyone survive?

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The Death of Justice: a heart-stopping crime thriller (DI Bliss Book 5)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I love reading books that are part of a series and this is one of my favourites. Bliss is an all-out for justice kind of detective that is willing to cross the lines to get the job done. When Bliss is informed of the murder of one of the civilian population that works for the Police Department, the team is determined to catch the killer. Within hours there is a second victim and then a third but each of them has had their head decapitated. It soon becomes clear that Kelly Gibson had been collateral damage not a target but the team has no intention of easing up, especially when one of their own is dead.

There are some major personal happenings going on in the team’s lives at the moment, life-changing events that will impact their professional careers so there has to be a bit of a re-shuffle in the team. When three brilliant officers are ready to move higher in the department there aren’t enough positions to accommodate them, I found it impossible to think of any of them transferring on to somewhere new. I knew that the dynamics of the team would change if this happened and just hoped for a solution to keep them together for future stories.

When the murders cross into another police force jurisdiction it means working hand in hand to piece together the connection between the victims. This is a brilliant story in its own right, the reason behind the ‘hit list’ and what a list it was! The background story to this is pretty fascinating. I also love getting into the mind of the killer in a story to see how they tick. Whoa! this was one crazy guy which in turn got into my mind way after I finished reading! It wasn’t just the telltale signature of his killings that got me it was his little extras before he killed them. This guy is one screwed up sadist.

Being with this author’s books right from the start has been just superb. His writing is intoxicating, his villans brutal and his ability to shock me so I punch the air of crumple unpredictable till the end of each book. This is again a totally stunning addition to this series. So hungry for the next book!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tony J Forder

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first four books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, If Fear Wins, and The Reach of Shadows, were followed by The Death of Justice on 9 September 2019.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone novel, and delves into the mind of a serial-killer.

Scream Blue Murder was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. A sequel, Cold Winter Sun, was released in November 2018.

Tony is now a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK.

AUTHOR LINKS:

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

https://www.facebook.com/tonyjforder/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/TonyJForder?lang=en-gb

The Death of Justice: a heart-stopping crime thriller (DI Bliss Book 5) by [Forder, Tony J.]

Man At The Door by Desmond P. Ryan Book Three in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series @RealDesmondRyan @BakerPromo #BlogTour #BookReview #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Shell Baker of Baker’s Blog Tours and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Man At The Door by Desmond P. Ryan

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Man At The Door, the third in Desmond P. Ryan’s Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Detective Mike O’Shea solves a homicide, juggles an increasingly complex personal life, and continues to hunt for the cop-killer who has remained at large for the past thirteen years.

It all begins at 6:10 a.m. on a Friday morning when Glen Brebeuf calls demanding answers. He had reported his former lover, Elizabeth MacDonald, missing the previous day and Detective Mike O’Shea finds himself cleaning up the mess some rookie had made of the initial call.

Within hours, Mike takes over the investigation and is on the doorstep of the missing elderly woman’s home, determining that Elizabeth MacDonald—Sibby Mac to her friends—is not missing.

Sibby Mac has been murdered.

Along with Detective Ron Roberts and Detective Sergeant Amanda Black, Mike kicks the investigation into high gear. Very quickly, the ex-lover and a high-profile political figure become prime suspects, but, without a body, would there be enough evidence to charge either of them?

A day spent sifting through rancid garbage at one of the city dumps comes up empty for Mike and Ron, but a foul-smelling steamer trunk reported in another jurisdiction provides the eureka moment they need to proceed.

Meanwhile, Mike is doing double-duty, still investigating what he believes to be a link between the accused he has up in court now and his old partner’s killer.

And then there is his mother. Sensing that her son needs her, Mary-Margaret O’Shea has moved into Mike’s home—and his personal and professional life—pending further notice.

As the pieces of the Sibby Mac investigation start to fall into place, Mike follows up on a hunch and decides to take a detour on his way to work one morning. Using every trick in the book, he ends up saving a life, nearly ending another, and almost getting himself killed in the process.

Whether as a stand-alone or as your next step in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction SeriesMan At The Door will keep you reading far too late into the night following Detective Mike O’Shea through the twists and turns of a homicide investigation. Once you’re done, take a breath and get reading for Blind Spot, coming out in early 2020!

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is my third Mike O’Shea story so I began reading with a smile on my face. I love the humour in the writing and the full-bodied characters that spring from each page. Mike has had a pretty rough time both personally and at work leaving him on light duties from a beating that nearly cost him his life and life as a single dad after his wife walked out on him.

When his mum arrives to help out I didn’t know if it is a blessing or a curse, one thing for sure is she has his best interests at heart even if she does treat him like her little boy still. Mary Margret isn’t afraid to say what she thinks, likes to get involved and for the reader total entertainment.

When Mike is asked to look into the case of a missing old lady, that hasn’t been followed up on, he should have been pretty safe but Elizebeth MacDonald wasn’t a lady to stay at home in a rocking chair with jer knitting type, she lived life to the full, popular with both men and women as friends and lovers. Things soon take a turn to the darker side and Mike finds himself up to his neck in the thick of it again.

Mike is still working on getting justice for his partner that had been killed many years ago when they worked on child abduction cases where they rescued victims. There are some chapters that centre around a current case, with a young child talking about his abuser and what the man had done, so just a little trigger warning there.

Desmond Ryan knows how to keep his readers coming back for more as he brings with him his own personal experience of being a detective himself. I like his not so perfect characters that have their flaws and bad days. The outside influences that mould how they see people and the determination that makes them never give up.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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For almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan began every day of his working life with either a victim waiting in a hospital emergency room, or a call to a street corner or a blood-soaked room where someone had been left for dead. Murder, assaults on a level that defied humanity, sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the individuals who were no more than objects to the offenders: all in a day’s work.

It was exhilarating, exhausting, and often heartbreaking.

As a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, Desmond P. Ryan wrote thousands of reports detailing the people, places, and events that led up to the moment he came along. He investigated the crimes and wrote synopses for guilty pleas detailing the circumstances that brought the accused individuals before the Courts. He also wrote a number of files to have individuals deemed either Not Criminally Responsible due to mental incapacity, or Dangerous Offenders to be held in custody indefinitely.

Now, as a retired investigator with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond P. Ryan writes crime fiction.

Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @RealDesmondRyan

realdesmondryan.com

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The Sleepover (Detective Natalie Ward #4) by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @Bookouture #BookReview #TheSleepover

The Sleepover: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 4) by [Wyer, Carol]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…

When Detective Natalie Ward is called to the home of fourteen-year-old Roxy Curtis she can’t help but empathise with Roxy’s distraught mother Cathy. Roxy hasn’t come home, last seen heading next door for a sleepover with her best friend Ellie. As the mother of two teenagers herself, Natalie knows that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.

But when Roxy’s body is found in the basement of a beautiful Victorian mansion on the other side of town, Natalie’s darkest fears are confirmed. What was Roxy doing there? The people who knew her best should know – but Cathy seems evasive, and Ellie refuses to talk. Natalie is determined to find out what secrets they are keeping…

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.

When her body is found two days later, Natalie is forced to face the fact that Roxy’s loved ones are in real danger. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. Is Ellie hiding something about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Readers are going crazy for The Sleepover:

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The Sleepover: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 4)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

One thing that I can never understand it not having that second sense as a mother to know when something has happened to my children and that is how it was with Cathy when Detective Natalie Ward came knocking on her door, to tell her that her 14-year-old daughter had been identified through medical records, as the victim of a house fire. As far as her mum was concerned, Roxy was on a sleepover at her best friend’s house only round the corner, not at the other end of town.

The case opens up a tin of worms as there doesn’t seem any connection to Roxy and the house or its owners in the more affluential part of town to where she and her family lived. As the case unfolds so does the seedier lives of family and friends making them all suspects in both the arson attack on the property and the death of this young girl. Are they even connected? There are more deaths to follow as the case intensifies, working hours get longer and home life suffering for Natalie.

My mind spun trying to work out who the murderer was and why? I changed how I saw the people in the story the more I got to know them and was truly shocked at the ending.

I love this Detective Natalie Ward series as she gains confidence in each case that she tackles at work. It is there that she comes to life, has things in under control and people that respect her, which is a far cry from her home life. Natalie’s husband David is trying and failing to deal with his gambling addiction, something that just won’t go away. His inability to get employment and looking after his two teenage children, virtually single-handed has spiraled him into depression and his own mind. Natalie although dealing with people from all walks of life seems unable to take the rose-coloured spectacles off at home and see what is going on under her own nose. Yes, she recognises problems in her marriage but has other ways on her mind to resolve them.

A terrific series.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.
Her book, GRUMPY OLD MENOPAUSE won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol moved to the ‘dark side’ in 2017 with the first Di Robyn Carter thriller. LITTLE GIRL LOST became the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and a Top 150 USA Today best-seller.
To date the DI Robyn Carter and DI Natalie Ward series have sold over half a million copies, earning her acclaim as a crime writer.
2019 sees the release of two romantic comedies and three DI Natalie Ward novels, including the much anticipated THE DARE and THE SLEEPOVER.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @carolewyer

Website

The Sleepover: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 4) by [Wyer, Carol]

 

 

Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen @antti_tuomainen #BlogTour @OrendaBooks @annecater #LittleSiberia

Firstly I would like to thank Anne Cater, representing Orenda Books, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Fargo meets Nietzsche in this atmospheric, darkly funny thriller by the critically acclaimed author of The Man Who Died and Palm Beach Finland. A huge Finnish bestseller, Little Siberia topped both literary and crime charts in 2018, and has gone on to sell rights in 24 countries. A man with dark thoughts on his mind is racing along the remote snowy roads of Hurmevaara in Finland, when there is flash in the sky and something crashes into the car. That something turns about to be a highly valuable meteorite. With euro signs lighting up the eyes of the locals, the unexpected treasure is temporarily placed in a neighbourhood museum, under the watchful eye of a priest named Joel. But Joel has a lot more on his mind than simply protecting the riches that have apparently rained down from heaven. His wife has just revealed that she is pregnant. Unfortunately, Joel has strong reason to think the baby isn’t his. As Joel tries to fend off repeated and bungled attempts to steal the meteorite, he must also come to terms with his own situation, and discover who the father of the baby really is.‘The funniest writer in Europe’ Marcel Berlins, The TimesAUTHOR BIOTHE KING OF HELSINKI NOIR IS BACK
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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is just one weird and wonderfully entertaining book. Dark and mysterious with human nature all wrapped up in one small community in a poignant yet hilarious tale.

When a meteorite falls to earth in a small Finnish town, well through the roof of a car, it brings out the worst and best in people. What is it worth? It isn’t just money, is it worth a  wife, a friendship or a life? The meteorite is put into the safe hands of the priest to take care of it. But Joel the priest, in this madcap town, is put to the test in so many ways. It will test his faith in people and in God.

One thing is for sure whoever comes in contact with it seems to change. They are either drawn to it like a magnet or push away from it like a polar opposite to it. The characters are larger than life, each with their own tale of need, a must-have accessory to their incomplete lives. These are not characters that you get to like over time if anything it is just the opposite.

As the story bounces along there were some chapters that I had to read again, yes I understood them without any problem but they were too good not to go over a second time as I questioned myself as to did that just really happen? I don’t think I will ever be able to look at a running machine again without getting a nervous twitch! A very entertaining story.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki  Noir’  when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The  Man  Who  Died  (2017) became an international bestseller,  shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. Palm Beach Finland (2018) was an immense success, with The Times calling Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @antti_tuomainen

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Broken Souls (D.I. Lottie Parker #7) by Patricia Gibney @trisha460 @bookouture #DILottieParker7 #BlogTour #BrokenSouls #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney

Broken Souls: An absolutely addictive mystery thriller with a brilliant twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 7) by [Gibney, Patricia]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands, she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page!

BUY LINK:

Broken Souls: An absolutely addictive mystery thriller with a brilliant twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 7)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What appears to be two separate suicides at first glance for the police, soon become an intense murder hunt for a suspected psychopath who has pretty big issues with brides to be. But there is more as one of the cases and sloppy investigating has lost precious hours that could be the difference between life and death for another victim. It really is all hands on deck as the team have to take one on the chin about the mess up.

D. I. Lottie Parker is a brilliant detective but has constant guilt trips about being away from her family working long hours, especially as she is raising her three children herself but when she is at home her mind is constantly on work. Her career had put her family in jeopardy not too long ago, so now she is pulled between wanting to protect them 24/7 and trying to make the outcome of one of the cases she is working on a happy ending.

This is such a fast-paced read with the investigation spiralling in different directions, joining dots where it hadn’t made sense at first glance. There are such a lot of unlikeable characters in the story, so it is easy to see the worst in them. This really is an edge of your seat read both for the case and for Lottie. So much I didn’t see coming. Brilliant round up, still holding my breath.

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

D.I. Lottie Parker

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations. Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.

AUTHOR LINKS:

patriciagibney.com

Twitter @trisha460

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The Accidental Love Letter by Olivia Beirne @Olivia_Beirne @headlinepg @annecater #BlogTour #NetGalley #TheAccidentalLoveLetter #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Accidental Love Letter by Olivia Beirne

The Accidental Love Letter: The heartwarming new novel from bestselling author Olivia Beirne by [Beirne, Olivia]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

What would you do if you received a love letter that wasn’t meant for you? Bea used to feel confident, outgoing and fun, but she’s not sure where that person went. Over the last few months, she’s found herself becoming reclusive and withdrawn. And despite living with her two best friends, she’s never felt lonelier. To make things worse, she’s become so dependent on her daily routine, she’s started to slip out of everyone else’s. But when a mysterious battered envelope covered in stars lands on her doormat, Bea wonders if she could find the courage to open it. It isn’t addressed to her, but it could be… if you squinted.

BUY LINK:

The Accidental Love Letter: The heartwarming new novel from bestselling author Olivia Beirne

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This was a real curl up on my sofa with a nice glass of something read as it warmed my insides, made me giggle and brought tears to my eyes. Bea lives by routines and schedules, set days for doing set things but it leaves little room to fit anything new into it, especially people. Her two friends that she house shares with have boyfriends, but not Bea, she is quite happy on her own. Life is so much easier just to agree with everyone than say what she feels and wants. Bea calls in on their neighbour Joy who had been a friend of her mum. If anything bothers Bea she calls her mum but always has to leave a message for her to get back to her.

When an unexpected letter arrives, with B on it she knows it isn’t for her but curiosity gets the better of her. Bea writes a reply but when one of her housemates sees it she posts it and so begins a double life for Bea as she is pushed into uncomfortable situations that bring new people into her life.

Bea is quite timid, accepting what others want rather than confronting them, it isn’t that the people she knows are horrid, she has simply become a pushover. When Bea gets a letter back to her unintentional reply she grasps it like a lifeline, I mean what harm could it do? I loved the world that opened up to Bea and the situations that she forced herself into. Life was no longer just about her. The characters she meets felt so very real with moments that made me chuckle till I cried followed by moments where I cried because I knew how she felt. A beautifully written story that made me glow just loved it.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Olivia Beirne is the bestselling author of The List That Changed My Life and lives in Buckinghamshire. She has worked as a waitress, a pottery painter and a casting assistant, but being a writer is definitely her favourite job yet. You can keep in touch with Olivia through her website oliviabeirne.co.uk, or via Olivia_Beirne on Twitter, olivia.beirne on Instagram and /Olivia-Beirne on Facebook.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @Olivia_Beirne

website oliviabeirne.co.uk

olivia.beirne on Instagram

Olivia-Beirne on Facebook

 

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #MustRead #BookReview #CallMeStar

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A taut, emotive, devastating dark and all-consuming psychological thriller, reminiscent of Play Misty for Me … from the critically acclaimed author of Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost…

WINNER of Best magazine’s BIG Book of the Year 2019

LONGLISTED for Guardian‘s NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE

‘A complex and layered tale that charmed me as a much as it traumatised me. An atmospheric, haunting and beautifully written page-turner!’ C L Taylor

‘Noirish psychological thriller with fascinating, disturbing characters. Compelling, twisty, and seriously addictive. EXCELLENT’ Will Dean

‘As twisty and deadly as barbed wire, this book will leave you breathless’ Erin Kelly

Stirring up secrets can be deadly … especially if they’re yours…

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after fourteen years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father …

What Stella really wants to know is more about the mysterious man calling the station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof.

Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything…

With echoes of the Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…

BUY LINK:

Call Me Star Girl

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Eerily set on a late-night radio broadcast I felt that it was just me, Stella McKeever the radio presenter and a rather dedicated audience of weirdos, loners, and insomniacs listening to her ramblings and music. It is her last night on the show where regulars phone in requesting records from the past to be played like their minds are stuck in the grove of better times, but tonight Stella asks them to phone in with their secrets and for each one that does she will tell the listeners one of hers. She has acquired a new regular caller since a young woman was stabbed to death not far from the radio station three weeks before. He says he knows who killed the girl.

For the past twelve years Stella had grown up feeling like her life had holes in it but over the last few weeks answers to questions she had never even thought of were been given to her and it was like an overload that couldn’t be switched off, once she knew the answers she couldn’t undo them. A bit like taking a bite from the apple in the garden of Eden.

The setting made me edgy because if you have ever listened to a late-night radio show you know there is an intimacy about it that feels like the rest of the population has imploded. I lost count of the number of times I made sure the door was locked with a quick look in a gap in the curtains to confirm no-one was out there too. The story jumped back to the milestones that had remolded her life to present day with a building intensity that winded me. Each of Louise Beech’s books doesn’t just give the reader something they take a piece of you too when it ends. This is another unique story totally different from anything she has written before. Perfection!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHORwith

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Louise Beech knew from being small that she wanted to write. She was a columnist for the Hull Daily Mail for ten years, and part of the Mums’ Army on BBC Radio Humberside for three. 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. Her debut novel was a Guardian Readers’ Pick for 2015 and Maria in the Moon was a Must-Read in Prima, Red and the Sunday Express. 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.

OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR WITH BUY LINKS:

How To Be Brave

The Mountain in my Shoe

Maria in the Moon

The Lion Tamer Who Lost

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