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Murder in the Meadow (DI Hillary Greene #7) by Faith Martin #BlogTour @joffebooks #Re-release

Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw of Joffe Books for inviting me on this Blog Tour for MURDER IN THE MEADOW (DI Hillary Greene) by Faith Martin

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery  with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Wayne Sutton is found dead by a stream in a beautiful meadow. His head has been bashed in and a red paper heart left on his body. The handsome young artist had a reputation as a ladies’ man.

DI Hillary Greene discovers that there were many wealthy married women buying his paintings and taking ‘private’ art lesson from him.  It appears that several of them might have wanted him dead.

Hillary also has a new detective sergeant, Gemma Fordham. Seemingly efficient and pleasant, she harbours a secret agenda.

Can Hillary get to the bottom of a complex case involving jealousy, love, and cold-blooded murder?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.

MURDER IN THE MEADOW  is the seventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
Perfect for fans of  Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
The pretty iron stone village of Deddington.  Not far from the market town of Banbury (noted for its famous Banbury Cross of the nursery rhyme “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, to see a fine lady upon a white horse, with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes.”)  It has an attractive and unusual church, antique shop and hotel, and several pubs known locally for their cuisine.  Although not a tourist spot as such, it is a picturesque spot.  Water meadows, such as the one where the body is found, are a feature of valleys in the area, and regularly flood in the winter time, adding  nutrients to the soil, making them especially lovely in the spring and summer, when they can flower quite spectacularly.
 
THE DETECTIVES
 
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.
 
DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “BESIDE A NARROW STREAM.”

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What a heart pounding opening. Two young lads out on the river bank to catch tiddlers for an afternoons entertainment when one spots a man laid in the grass. When they call he doesn’t stir and when they go to him he is dead with a red paper heart on his chest. I did feel for the lads as they decided who should go for help and who was brave enough to stay. It is quite a touching scene. All quite surreal in the beautiful meadow and gentle water flowing near by.

Now this is my first encounter with DI Hillary Greene as I am new to this series and this is already book 7 I felt that I really slotted into it easy and I wasn’t the only new comer. DS Gemma Fordham is also a new arrival and like me is keen to find out the story of the dead man. Now you know when you meet someone you just have that feeling that something just doesn’t hang right well DI Hillary Greene hadn’t got to her rank without being a good judge of character and there was something definitely in the air. The snippets of the past, from previous books, were a real bonus.

There was no denying that the victim would have been quite a catch, when he was alive, he had been a rather handsome bloke, so was the red heart an indication of the spurned lover? Only time would tell. Wayne Sutton was a local artist who regularly visited his more affluent clients to give private art lessons and sell on his unusual pictures that he had created. Unfortunately  he made as many enemies as admires which doesn’t help in the investigation.

I just loved DI Hillary Greene’s no-nonsense attitude, she is straight talking and expects the same from the people that she works with. That is what makes her so approachable with the most difficult of subjects at times. The thing is I wouldn’t want to come down on the wrong side of her and lets just say the clock is ticking………..

This has certainly been my kind of read. A very entertaining murder mystery, with an extremely likable DI and the promise of a bubbling and festering secret that will erupt spectacularly probably in the next book.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the first eleven of the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! And the first of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL. MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY, MURDER OF THE BRIDE, MURDER IN THE VILLAGE, MURDER IN THE FAMILY and MURDER AT HOME are available now. Books 8-11 coming soon!

Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future. 

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
Books 8-11 coming soon!

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The Elephant and the Sheep by Patricia Furstenberg #ChildrensBook #Animals #FreePuppyDownload @PatFurstenberg

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

With poetic rhymes this striking picture book about the love and the simple kindness of a stranger is sure to touch a deep chord, particularly with fans of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
When a lamb meets an elephant calf the two are happy to share a small patch of grass and a tiny water puddle available during the Big-Bad Thirst. None notices how different their bodies are, as the two are happy to spend their days together. Soon the sheep wishes that he, too, would arrive first at their meeting place and so he wakes up earlier and earlier each day. But no matter how hard he tries he cannot arrive before the elephant – because the elephant never left their tree, not having a home of his own. The sheep invites friend elephant to join her and her flock so that he will also have a family.
Inspired by the true story of Themba, the orphan elephant and Albert the good-hearted sheep that adopted him and cuddled him, the two remaining long-life best friends, “The Elephant and the Sheep” is a hymn to innocence and unconditional love, a read that is sure to warm up everyone’s heart.
Similar books: “The Lion and the Dog”, “The Cheetah and the Dog”.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a very inspirational story of two very different animals just seeing each other purely as friends. It doesn’t matter that they look different and follow different life styles. All they see is what is good in each other. They are very different to look at, an elephant calf called Themba, who had been tragically orphaned and a sheep called Albert who lives on a farm as part of a flock.

The story is told through rhyme and the most beautiful colourful pictures. Although very simply drawn and coloured, together they tell of a true story set in Africa during a severe draught. The two think nothing of sharing what little green grass there is and small amount of water.

There are multiple lessons that a child can learn from this super story, from being aware of others needs and respecting each other to accepting everyone for who they are. It also encourages a child to question situations and new words, such as, What does orphan mean? and recognising when someone may be sad or need help.

This book is 29 pages of pure pleasure for both an adult to read to a child or a child reading on their own as they grow older. Lovely, lovely, lovely story.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patricia Furstenberg

Patricia Furstenberg is the author of Amazon Bestseller Joyful Trouble. She writes children stories about real and imaginary dogs and about animals in general. Patricia believes each creature has a story and a voice, if only we stop to listen.
Patricia came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. “When I write, I write,” she usually says.
When she’s not writing she likes to read, listen to music, dance and bake.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa

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Down to No Good by Earl Javorsky @earljavorsky #CharlieMinerBook2 #Paranormal #SuspenseFiction

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Private investigator Charlie Miner, freshly revived from his own murder, gets a call from Homicide Detective Dave Putnam. Self-styled “psychic to the stars” Tamara Gale has given crucial information about three murders, and the brass thinks it makes the Department look bad. Dave wants Charlie to help figure out the angle, since he has first-hand experience with the inexplicable. Trouble is, Charlie, just weeks after his full-death experience, once again has severe cognitive problems and may get them both killed. At once a riveting mystery and a completely unique character study, Down to No Good will both captivate you and work its way into your heart.

PRAISE FOR EARL JAVORSKY’S FIRST CHARLIE MINER NOVEL, DOWN SOLO: “Earl Javorsky’s bold and unusual Down Solo blends the mysterious and the supernatural boldly and successfully. The novel is strong and haunting, a wonderful debut.” – T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of Full Measure and The Famous and the Dead

“Awesome” – James Frey, New York Times bestselling author “Offbeat and dark and wonderful. This book caught me in the first few pages and never let me go.

Javorsky is a prodigious writer: dark, intelligent, often hilariously funny, and he holds the accelerator to the floor throughout the whole amazing story.” – Timothy Hallinan, bestselling author of the Poke Rafferty series and the Junior Bender series

“Don’t miss Earl Javorsky’s Down Solo. It’s kick-ass, man. Excellent writing. This guy is the real deal.” – Dan Fante, author of the memoir Fante and the novel Point Doom

“Javorsky’s dark and gritty prose is leavened with just enough humor to make Down Solo a compelling story that will take readers to the outer limits of noir.” – San Diego City Beat

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I only took a couple of days in between  reading the first book in the series and this one. This story more or less carries on where the other left off, or that is the feeling that I got. There are little recaps as gentle reminders of stuff that has already taken place but I would say read book one because it is just pure entertainment, so do it for the pleasure rather than need.

Charlie Miner has to be one of the worst down and out sort of P.I’s that I have come across. OK he did start off with a house, which he doesn’t have now, not his fault like, but he does like his booze and drugs, in not too healthy quantities. but then again he is dead. Charlie Miner, having been murdered in the first book and not ‘moved on’ can still use his body to get round in. Pretty cool really. Thing is I just can’t help but really like this guy.

A homicide detective friend of his, Dave Putnam, calls on him to give a hand when a lady psychic is solving crimes faster than he can get to the scene, well real quick anyway. How do you prove she is genuine? Her book sales are certainly soaring but so is the attention of someone trying to discredit her.

This is again a super story  the follows Charlie Miner and his rather unconventional methods of asking suspects questions. I love how he repairs his ever increasing battered body. It isn’t like he can just walk into a hospital is it? I would love a prequel to this book, just to see how he lived before because boy does he get shot a lot. If he was a cat he would have used up all his lives by now!

I was very taken with the story as it had an unusual twist with it and I don’t just mean because of Charlie. The whole thing just drew me in and fascinated me. I can see that this could become quite a series with quite a following.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Earl Javorsky

Earl Javorsky grew up in Los Angeles and attended the local community college and UCLA. He then went to Emerson College, a teacher training school in England. Besides having written two published novels, he has created strategically optimized content (blogs, feature articles, and web pages) for treatment centers throughout the country, taught music at Pepperdine University (Malibu campus), worked in technical sales and marketing, and been employed as a writer for several Hollywood entertainment periodicals. Additionally, he has worked as an editor and/or proofreader for several publishers, including The Story Plant,BelleBooks, and The Learning Company, as well as (on the technical side) The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

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SHADOWS CAST by Robin Roughley #DSLasserSeries #LasserBook16 #New Release @RobRoughley #Kindle Unlimited

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Summer and for once the blistering sun is beaming down on Wigan, warming the bones of the locals and igniting the fury of a monster. A killer is on the loose, someone whose fury matches the heat of the sun.

Someone is on a crusade, looking for the guilty and determined to cleanse the streets no matter what the cost.

As the heat builds, and the bodies start to surface, Lasser finds himself trying to discover the identity of the killer who seems to attack randomly and with devastating force. The investigation will lead him into the downtrodden world of the homeless, a world where kids are living rough, huddled together, trying to stay below the radar of the authorities.

But now they have more pressing concerns as the killer stalks the baking streets, and Lasser is faced with the reality of the town he lives in. A reality where life is cheap, and those most vulnerable are mere pawns in a much bigger game of life and death.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Well I know that I shouldn’t wish my time away but from finishing the last Lasser book until now I have been counting down the days until this was on the market and boy it was worth waiting for!

There are many sides to Wigan in these stories from the mansions and the council estates, from hit men to druggies but this story goes one further, to the kids living on the streets. Just the sad stories of them was enough to bring a lump to my throat but Robin Roughley knows how to twist my emotions further and take it all to a darker place. So welcome to Wigan’s finest, in the shape of Lasser and Co. to the most vulnerable and the ones that the system let slip through their fingers.

It is summer time in Wigan and the heat is making everyone a little more fractious than normal, ha right you say, ok Bannister is his normally grumpy self, with his wife Suzanne and the girls Kelly and Belle being the only people who can really wrap him round their little fingers. The girls particular play quite a major part in this story as Belle knows all too well the dangers on the streets for the homeless.

DS Lasser is firmly on the rung of the ladder that he wants to be on. He is a people person which shines in this story as there is an addition to the Lasser household. The old Lasser seemed like he was coming back bit by bit. Not that he would every want to forget what has happened in the past but Odette and him seem to be getting back some of their magic together.

The memory of Susan Coyle is never far away though in this book from the memorial service to the mental torment that still comes to bite Lasser in the butt at every opportunity. I could physically feel the hurt that he was going through, like a slap in the face or that splash of a puddle when a car drives past that you aren’t expecting it. It is always those times that get him the most.

This is a dark and disturbing look at our modern society, there is violence from different angles and for different reasons. It is horrific and moving in the same moment as Robin Roughley plays with your mind and manipulates your feelings.

There are some extraordinary characters in this book that have lost their way, a brilliant story, yet again, with a superb ending. All round a brilliant stand alone and awesome can’t be touched series!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rob Roughley lives in the North West of England (God’s coal bunker, the land of the wedding cake made by placing three meat pies on top of one another and whippets on lengths of string)
He is the author of eight crime/thriller novels featuring DS Lasser. The novels are set between the run down streets of a northern town and the beautiful yet desolate west Pennine moors.
If you love your crime fiction crammed with square jawed heroes driving flash cars and glorious women who shimmer with inner light, then the DS Lasser novels are not for you.
However, if you prefer your characters to be flawed, with a sprinkling of dandruff and old acne scars,the plots to be laced with dark humour, then give them a try.

OTHER BOOKS BY ROBIN ROUGHLEY

DS LASSER SERIES

The Needle House: A gripping DS Lasser crime thriller. (The DS Lasser Series Book 1)

The Needle House: A gripping DS Lasser crime thriller. (The DS Lasser…
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£9.99

 

The Way That It Falls: An electrifying DS Lasser mystery (The DS Lasser Series Book 2)
The Way That It Falls: An electrifying DS Lasser mystery (The DS Lasser…
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Tethered to the Dead: A riveting DS Lasser crime novel (The DS Lasser Series Book 3)
Tethered to the Dead: A riveting DS Lasser crime novel (The DS Lasser…
Kindle Edition
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Twisted The DS Lasser series. Volume four.: A compelling DS Lasser thriller
Twisted The DS Lasser series. Volume four.: A compelling DS Lasser…
Kindle Edition
£1.99
More Equal Than Others. The DS Lasser series. Volume five: An absorbing DS Lasser mystery
More Equal Than Others. The DS Lasser series. Volume five: An…
Kindle Edition
£1.99
Vanished Beneath: A spell-binding DS Lasser thriller (The DS Lasser Series Book 6)
Vanished Beneath: A spell-binding DS Lasser thriller (The DS Lasser Series…
Kindle Edition
£1.99
Riven   DS Lasser Seven: A compelling DS Lasser mystery. (The DS Lasser Series Book 7)
Riven DS Lasser Seven: A compelling DS Lasser mystery. (The DS Lasser…
Kindle Edition
£1.99
Bad Self: A sensational DS Lasser crime thriller (The DS Lasser series Book 8)
Bad Self: A sensational DS Lasser crime thriller (The DS Lasser series Book 8)
Kindle Edition
£1.99
Crave: How far would you go to save the ones you love! (The DS Lasser Series Book 9)
Crave: How far would you go to save the ones you love! (The DS Lasser…
Kindle Edition
£2.99
Moments Back: A darkly compelling DS Lasser mystery. (DS Lasser series Book 10)
Moments Back: A darkly compelling DS Lasser mystery. (DS Lasser…
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£2.99
Conspiracy of Ravens: A nerve-shredding DS Lasser thriller. (DS Lasser series Book 11)
Conspiracy of Ravens: A nerve-shredding DS Lasser thriller. (DS Lasser series…
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£2.99
Dark Necessities: A totally absorbing DS Lasser thriller (DS Lasser series Book 12)
Dark Necessities: A totally absorbing DS Lasser thriller (DS Lasser series…
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Living Ashes: A heart-stopping DS Lasser mystery (DS Lasser series Book 13)
Living Ashes: A heart-stopping DS Lasser mystery (DS Lasser…
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£2.99
Stations of the Cross: A cracking DS Lasser crime mystery
Stations of the Cross: A cracking DS Lasser crime mystery
Kindle Edition
£2.99
The One With All The Pain (DS Lasser series Book 15)
The One With All The Pain (DS Lasser series Book 15)
Kindle Edition
£2.99
 THIS IS A NOVELLA WHICH GIVES A LITTLE INTRODUCTION TO DS LASSER
Lasser- Beginnings (DS Lasser)
Lasser- Beginnings (DS Lasser)
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Stormcock: A compelling new series from the author of  the DS Lasser crime novels. (Plymouth Book 1)
Stormcock: A compelling new series from the author of the DS Lasser crime…
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Robin Roughley also signed a three book deal with BLOODHOUND BOOKS last year, Marnie Hammond is the gutsy DI in this new series.
DS HAMMOND SERIES
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Fair of Face (DI Yates #6) by Christina James @CAJamesAuthor @saltpublishing

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

A double murder is discovered in Spalding some days after it takes place.

The victims are Tina Brackenbury, the foster mother of Grace Winter, a ten-year-old who escapes the killer because she is staying her friend Chloe Hebblewhite’s house at the time, and Tina’s infant daughter. Enquiries by the police and social services reveal that some four years previously Grace was the sole survivor of the horrific massacre of her mother, grandparents and sister at Brocklesby Farm in North Lincolnshire, a crime for which her uncle Tristram Arkwright is currently serving a whole-life tariff.

Why did Amy Winter, Grace’s adoptive mother, send her to live with a foster parent? Is it a coincidence that both of Grace’s families have now been brutally killed? And is it possible that Grace’s uncle, a notorious con-man, has found a way to contact her from his maximum security cell?

DI Yates and his team face a series of apparently impenetrable conundrums.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a belting read. I love reading a book that mentions places where I have lived and this did just that. Tristram Arkwright was serving time in HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire, not that I have seen the inside of the place but I use to walk past it every day. It holds some pretty grim people in there so the perfect place for this character. He is a manipulating man who knows how to play to system and any do-gooder that happen to feel sorry for him. He is serving time for murdering his entire family, with the exception of his six-year-old niece Grace.

Four years on Grace’s foster family are murdered while she is staying at a friend’s house. OMG, I thought just how much can one little girl go through, well that was until I met Grace. This child scared the heebie-jeebies out of me, returning causally home with her edgy friend Chloe, the first she asks is if she can she the bodies on her ‘mum’ Tina Blackenbury and Tina’s baby daughter. I thought, she must be in shock surely but this  little girl likes to be centre stage and definitely knows how to hold everyone’s attention.

From the very first page I was totally involved with every character in this story and loved all of the descriptions of what they looked like and how they dressed, it made it so much easier to place them as people in my mind than just character names. There are quite a few characters but as the story involved two murders four years apart and from different areas there had to be.

One of the things I loved was the more in-depth look into how police interview children whether as a witness or as a suspect. I was totally fascinated by it all. It showed just how much the police teams hands are tied. The story was brilliant, staying mainly with Grace as seen by the people who were looking after her.

Although this is book six in the DI Tim Yates series I felt that I was more than comfortable having not read the previous five books. This is quite an independent story from beginning to end. I took to both DI Yates and DS Juliet Armstrong straight away. I particularly liked Juliet. She came across as a competent and yet compassionate officer. Not someone to have the wool pulled over her eyes though and at times it took more than a little mentally restraint to hold back.

A brilliant story, one of my favourites of the year.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina   James

I was born in Lincolnshire and grew up in the market town of Spalding. Though I now live in the rugged landscape of the Pennines, with their heather moors, stone walls and the bubbling cries of curlews in the springtime, I shall never lose my love of the Fens, with their lovely, evocative place names like Quadring Eaudyke and Gedney Drove End and their deep dykes full of water wildlife, like herons, frogs and dragonflies. There the skyscapes are huge and powerful, dwarfing humans and reminding them of their insignificance in the scheme of things. I decided to use the Fenlands as the setting for my novels, where Detective Inspector Yates has a heron’s eye for detail and a keen understanding of the ways and minds of the inhabitants of the area. My first novel, In the Family, published by SALT on 15th November 2012, finds D.I. Yates and his team uncovering more than a body or two

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Let Bhutto Eat Grass by Shaunak Agarkhedkar @shaunakSA #Thriller #Spies

Let Bhutto Eat Grass by [Agarkhedkar, Shaunak]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

“A gritty and realistic read in the tradition of le Carré & Greene.”

A Pakistani spy may be stealing nuclear weapons technology from Europe.

Captain Sablok was a sapper in the Indian Army until he was injured during a covert mission in 1971. Desk-bound and working as an intelligence analyst for R&AW, after two years of filing meaningless reports he may just have stumbled upon a Pakistani spy.

The year is 1974. India tested a nuke just months earlier, and Pakistan is desperate to acquire one. Unfortunately for Bhutto, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, his scientists are nowhere close to building a nuclear weapon. Sablok is convinced that the Pakistani agent is passing sensitive weapons technology to Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, but his evidence is weak. His inexperience in intelligence and his reputation for alcoholism conspire against him, and his Section Chief declines to authorise an operation.

But Sablok has finally found a sense of purpose after two miserable years, and he will not give up without a fight. The only other person he trusts in R&AW is a washed-up Case Officer who was an outstanding field agent once. Sablok convinces him, but can the two of them convince their superiors before the ISI gets all the technology it needs?
Thus begins a gritty and riveting chapter in the history of Indian espionage as Sablok and his team race against time to stop the ISI.

***Readers are raving about ‘Let Bhutto Eat Grass’***

“A gritty and realistic read in the tradition of [John] le Carré & [Graham] Greene” (via Amazon.in)

“Beautiful intrigue: The level of detail is impressive and the dysfunctional nature of espionage is well covered. I am looking forward to the sequel in the hope that some of the main characters survive.” (via Amazon.ca)

“Fast, riveting behind the scenes look at intelligence: This book takes a stab at the Indo – Pak nuclear development in the 70s and builds a story around it. The characters in the story are well developed and leave an impression on you. The story is fast paced, riveting and has plenty of details.” (via Amazon.com)

“Gripping and exciting: The research put in by the author is clearly visible in the meticulous details in every aspect going as far as mentioning the tenderness of the seekh kebabs to the smokeyness of the single malt” (via Amazon.in)

“Had to keep reminding myself that this is fiction, so seamless was the narrative. The novel has drama, emotion and suspense all brought together by expert word play. It was refreshing to read a take on Indian Intelligence agencies.” (via Amazon.in)

“Agarkhedkar liable to be put under surveillance by our intelligence agencies.: The characterization of army veterans in rehabilitative appointments, reticent bureaucrats and defense scientists is authentic. The style captures each atmosphere vividly, whether it is a lonely walk on a chilly night in The Netherlands, or the patience and ennui involved in espionage activities. The whole narrative is interspersed with subtle humor. The author’s skills are reminiscent of Frederick Forsyth and John Le Carre.” (via Amazon.in)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Well this is a cracking read. While serving in the Indian army in 1971, as a Sapper on a covert mission, Captain Sablok was so badly injured that he wouldn’t ever be able to serve in the same capacity again. He was assigned to a desk job as an intelligence analyst, well ok his job wasn’t that glamorous, but it did involve handling sensitive documents when he filed them. The only way he could really get through the days was with the help of a lot of alcohol and a little nosey as he was doing he job.

India was well ahead of Pakistan in the race to produce the first nuclear weapons in the 1970’s which didn’t go down well with the then Prime Minister Bhutto of Pakistan. He had sworn that he would do anything to ensure that they came out on top. When Captain Sablok stumbles upon a couple of suspect documents it isn’t the easiest of tasks to persuade his colleagues that there is a little bit of a leak by someone. He enlists the help of his boss, after constant pushing and things really take off. Brains against brains, masses of paper work and gruelling investigating all with an engaging dry humour that just took it from great to brilliant.

This story becomes a battle of wits to find out how the information is being obtained and passed on to the Pakistan Government. A race against time and odds. This is a story that the author has built round events in the 1970’s between India and Pakistan. The book is only 160 pages long but packs in a whole lot tension and makes a nitty-gritty paper work investigation into a fascinating story. The research that the author has done just shines through on every page making it one must read story.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shaunak Agarkhedkar

Author of Let Bhutto Eat Grass; fountain pen addict; loves writing on paper; currently fixated on turquoise blue ink.

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Down Solo by Earl Javorsky @earljavorsky #CharlieMinerBook1 #Paranormal #SuspenseFiction

Down Solo (Charlie Miner Book 1) by [Javorsky, Earl]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The launch of a propulsive noir series with a paranormal spin.

Things haven’t been going well for Charlie Miner. His work as a private investigator involves him with an endless roster of shady characters. His ex-wife is borderline crazy. And he hasn’t been getting to spend anywhere near enough time with his teenage daughter Mindy, the one person in his life who truly matters to him.

When he wakes up on a slab in the morgue with a hole in his head, though, things get even worse.

Just before the shooting, Charlie was investigating a case involving fraud, gold, religious zealots, and a gorgeous woman who seemed to be at the center of everything. Even with a fatal bullet wound, Charlie can connect the dots from the case to his attack. And when his daughter is abducted by someone involved, the stakes get exponentially higher. Charlie needs to find Mindy before the criminals do the same thing to her that they did to him.

After that, maybe he’ll try to figure out how he’s walking around dead.

Irreverent, circuitous, and surprisingly touching, DOWN SOLO introduces a crisp new voice to suspense fiction.

PRAISE FOR DOWN SOLO:

“Earl Javorsky’s bold and unusual Down Solo blends the mysterious and the supernatural boldly and successfully. The novel is strong and haunting, a wonderful debut.”
– T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of Full Measure and The Famous and the Dead

“Awesome”
– James Frey, New York Times bestselling author

“Don’t miss Earl Javorsky’s Down Solo. It’s kick-ass, man. Excellent writing. This guy is the real deal.”
– Dan Fante, author of the memoir Fante and the novel Point Doom

“Javorsky’s dark and gritty prose is leavened with just enough humor to make Down Solo a compelling story that will take readers to the outer limits of noir.”
– San Diego City Beat

“Javorksy’s writing reminded me of the Carl Hiaasen novels I’d read sprawled out on the deck on one sunny Florida vacation. Perfect entertainment, with the right amount of action to keep me alert (and to keep me from snoozing myself into a sunburned state). But there’s also a deeper layer in Down Solo, which left me thinking past the final page.”
– Bibliosmiles

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is probably one of the best opening chapters that I have read in a book for a while. Charlie Miner is as naked as the day he was born with only a John Doe ticket on his big toe when he wakens up not remembering how he got on a slab in the morgue. The thing is he can see it all, as he isn’t even in his body! It isn’t long before he finds out that not only can he can leave his body but if he returns to it he can get up and move round. Not bad for a man with a hole in his head! The only thing that he can do is get his dead butt out of there before someone carries out a post-mortem or even worse buries him. A neighbouring corpse with clothes still on comes in handy, even if they are a little small.

Well I sort of sat back and pondered what I had just read and I just loved it. So back to the reading it was. Charlie was a P.I. and as little snippets came back to him through one means or another he began to try and piece together why he was in this no-mans land and no-one else was. Ok he was obviously dead and hadn’t obviously moved on, like everyone else did. But he needed to know why someone just couldn’t ask him to get the hell out instead of putting a substantial hole in his head.

One fellow, that seemed to know as much about the dead spirits as the live ones manages to give him hope and a bit of advice. ‘Don’t abuse what is left of your body.’ It sounded pretty good advice to me. But he hadn’t made a good job of taking care of it the first time round, especially with his liking to drugs, not to mention the bullet! He wasn’t about to change now.

Charlie doesn’t make the smartest of choices especially when his ex-wife dumps their 15-year-old daughter on him. Not the best timing. Now the story really takes off, yep it has been mild up to now lol, only joking! But it does go up a few more gears.

This is a mighty fine book that has that old-fashioned P.I. feel with it, the actual get out and talk to people feel and that was now literal for him, as he could vacate his body anytime he wanted and people couldn’t see him, it came in very handy especially when trying to convince anyone that he was dead. A super story laced with dry humour, tons of action and with a jaw dropping end. So I am now very much looking forward to book two. Well in a couple of days. Just awesome.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Earl Javorsky

Earl Javorsky grew up in Los Angeles and attended the local community college and UCLA. He then went to Emerson College, a teacher training school in England. Besides having written two published novels, he has created strategically optimized content (blogs, feature articles, and web pages) for treatment centers throughout the country, taught music at Pepperdine University (Malibu campus), worked in technical sales and marketing, and been employed as a writer for several Hollywood entertainment periodicals. Additionally, he has worked as an editor and/or proofreader for several publishers, including The Story Plant,BelleBooks, and The Learning Company, as well as (on the technical side) The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

WHERE TO CONTACT THE AUTHOR

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BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

Down Solo (Charlie Miner Book 1)

4.2 out of 5 stars (6)

Kindle Edition
£4.99