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Moorings by David Blake (DI Tanner #3) by David Blake @DavidDBlake @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #NewRelease #KindleUnlimited #Moorings #ChillingSerialKillerThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side for inviting me on the Blog Tour for MOORINGS by David Blake

Moorings: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (British Detective Tanner Murder Mystery Series Book 3) by [Blake, David]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

THE DEBUT CRIME THRILLER SERIES OF THE YEAR!

A war veteran murdered in his home, a property developer with links to organised crime, and an old family secret that seems unwilling to stay dead.

When Harry Falcon, a wealthy boatyard owner and highly decorated World War Two veteran, is found drowned in his bath, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans start by questioning his two sons, each with a motive for wanting him dead.

But when the elder son is found with his head smashed in under a toppled yacht, and the younger son has been talking to a local property developer, one who’d spent months trying to buy the yard from his father, the investigation soon leads them towards a dark and dangerous secret, one which nobody can quite believe.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a dark cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance, one that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

Moorings is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the third in a chilling series of serial killer books, ones which will rapidly convert followers of L J Ross, Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, Damien Boyd and Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.

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Moorings: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (British Detective Tanner Murder Mystery Series Book 3)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I am loving this series which centres around the rivers of the Norfolk Broads and even ventures a little beyond that in this belting story.

The opening took my breath as it played out the death of the first victim in the story but definitely not the last. This is just the tip of an iceberg that is going to melt rapidly into a pond of red herrings for DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans to wade into. This super duo of Detectives is the perfect match in every way possible, both at work and in their private lives who now both live together on the Broads in new accommodation on the river.

The suspects soon become entangled into Tanner and Evans private lives where a phone from Tanner to try and resolve a problem puts him in touch with a ‘jobsworth’ lady, who can’t see the wood for the trees and hasn’t an ounce of common sense. I am sure I have spoken to her before too. Both their lives and the case seem like they are on the same merry-go-round. But the suspects keep dropping like flies in the most spectacular fashion. There is quite a bit of gore, massive hold your breath moments and lots of subtle humour making it an all-round top entertaining read.

Loved the characters in this story, not because they were nice to know, just the opposite, the whole lot of them are self-centred, greedy and very unlikeable and at times creepy which made weeding out the real murderer, even more, of a challenge.  The scenery is beautiful, the boats outrageously gorgeous and the pace of the story impossible to put down. Wow! wow! Wow!

So, so dramatic, with an incredibly revealing and shocking ending, superb again!

I wish to thank Book on the Bright side Publicity and Promo for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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David is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written fifteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his sixteenth, Moorings, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers, after Broadland and St. Benet’s.

When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Amazon Profile: viewAuthor.at/DavidBlake
Facebook Readers’ Group: www.facebook.com/groups/DavidBlakeAuthor
Twitter: @DavidDBlake

 

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Blood in the Dust by Bill Swiggs @BSwiggs @ZaffreBooks #BloodInTheDust #NetGalley #NewRelease #AustralianOutback #BookReview

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

For readers of Jeffrey Archer and Clive Cussler, Blood in the Dust is a fast-paced adventure story and the winner of a Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.

‘Essential reading for all adventure fans.’ Wilbur Smith

1853, Victoria, Australia. Five bushrangers led by the murderous outlaw Warrigal Anderson raid a small homestead. When they ride away, nineteen-year-old Toby O’Rourke’s life is changed forever. His parents lay dead at his feet and his brother, Patrick, is badly wounded.

But Toby O’Rourke is made of steel forged in the hardship of colonial life. Forced into adulthood, he and Patrick will seek to restore the family fortunes and outwit not only the rich businessman who conspired to rob them of their birth right, but the vicious men who murdered their parents . .

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Blood in the Dust: Winner of a Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing prize

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This book is certainly a worthy winner of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize as it follows the fortunes and misfortunes of two Australian brothers, still in their teenage years. Toby and Patrick O’Rourke come from a decent hard-working family, gullible and not worldly-wise as most but with enough about them to learn quickly to survive the harsh, unforgiving Australian outback and outlaws that keep crossing their tracks. The brothers are determined that the men that tore their family apart will one day pay for what they did.

The two brothers set off to find their fortunes determined to return to their family home one day when the right time comes. They come across a family from England, seeking their fortunes looking for gold and they join together. Frank and Maree Hocking with their two daughters give the young men stability of being in a family and the Hockings the much-needed knowledge of the outback and how to survive.

This book brought to life the harsh realities of these pioneering settlers in the Australian outback. The frustrations and heartbreak brought about by greedy outlaws that put no value of their victims’ lives. I loved the gold mine camps and the way the people came together for each other when it was needed. A much closer community than I thought it would have been.

This book has a bit of everything, like real life, as no-ones life just follows one path. There is heartache and laughter, death and birth, good and bad people. With stories of cattle drives, outlaws, the gold rush, fighting, and justice. Toby and Patrick’s lives change so many times as they grow from boys to men. A perfect ending to a thrilling read.

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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Bill Swiggs was born in Victoria and brought up in Western Australia, where he still lives. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force as an aviation firefighter before becoming a police officer, and now works as a firefighter for a defence contractor.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter:  (@BSwiggs)

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Swiggs-Author-246421609517854/

 

 

 

A Purrfect Alibi A pawsitively gripping cozy mystery (The Oyster Cove Guesthouse) by LeighannDobbs @leighanndobbs @Bookouture #BlogTour #NewRelease #APurrfectAlibi #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A Purrfect Alibi by Leighann Dobbs.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Fortune tellers and mediums have descended on the Oyster Cove Guesthouse, determined to finally solve the mystery of local seafarer Jedediah Biddeford’s murder 300 years ago. New owner Josie Waters has suddenly got bigger problems than burning the breakfasts: she’s up to her elbows in tarot cards and tea leaves…

When one of the mediums is found dead with an ominous note nearby, everything points to Jedediah’s ghost being the culprit. Suddenly, Josie finds that the fate of her guesthouse depends on not one murder but two, and she’s not going to rely on a crystal ball for answers. Despite the fact that cookbooks and candlesticks keep mysteriously falling off tables, Josie is sure there’s no such thing as ghosts. But guesthouse cats Nero and Marlowe know better…

Aided by her mom and eccentric family friend Millie, Josie sets out to prove the identity of the killer without summoning any spirits. Luckily Nero and Marlowe know the truth about ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night and they are on the case! Can they make Josie realize she is scratching up the wrong tree before the killer strikes again?

From the bestselling author of the USA Today bestselling Mystic Notch series, purrfect for fans of Adele Abbott, cat lovers and anybody who loves to curl up with a page-turning cozy mystery.

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A Purrfect Alibi: A pawsitively gripping cozy mystery (The Oyster Cove Guesthouse)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

If you love cozy murder mysteries to solve and furry feline friends, then you are in for a double treat as both are in abundance in this story. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series but thoroughly enjoyed this story.

I can’t think of anything nicer than a quaint seaside guest house to relax in but when the whole place is taken over by mediums and fortune tellers to mark the 300-year-old anniversary of Jedediah Biddeford’s murder, discover who killed him and solve where he buried his treasure, then it really becomes more of a preening feathers and popularity contest with them all. Each of them swearing they are the real thing but the others are fakes. It isn’t long before one of the mediums is murdered, not something any of them saw coming I must add, and with a ghostly message from Jedediah himself warning them all off.

New owner Josie Waters, her mum and a family friend Millie decide to try and solve the mystery themselves, without the aid of their guests. If it isn’t solved then the business will falter and the bank will call in the loan on the place. Waiting in the wings patiently are Nero and Marlowe, the resident cats who not only can see ghosts but are determined to solve the case too.

There are some really colourful characters in this story, bold, dramatic and totally entertaining. Each desperate to be the one to solve both old and new murders and all the glory that would push their careers further up and ladder of fame. I loved the idea of the cats being detectives, having more freedom than most other family pets and the ability to be more stealth and blend in. These two kept me totally involved in the story. A lovely light cozy read.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leighann Dobbs

USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty.

Her book “Dead Wrong” won the “Best Mystery Romance” award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.

Her book “Ghostly Paws” was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.

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Twitter: @leighanndobbs

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My Name is Eva by Suzanne Goldring @Bookouture #BlogTour #NewRelease #WomensHistoricalFiction #MyNameIsEva #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for My Name is Eva by Suzanne Goldring

My Name is Eva: An absolutely gripping and emotional historical novel by [Goldring, Suzanne]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

You can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise…

Evelyn Taylor-Clarke sits in her chair at Forest Lawns Care Home in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by residents with minds not as sharp as hers. It would be easy to dismiss Evelyn as a muddled old woman, but her lipstick is applied perfectly, and her buttons done up correctly. Because Evelyn is a woman with secrets and Evelyn remembers everything. She can never forget the promise she made to the love of her life, to discover the truth about the mission that led to his death, no matter what it cost her…

When Evelyn’s niece Pat opens an old biscuit tin to find a photo of a small girl with a red ball entitled ‘Liese, 1951’ and a passport in another name, she has some questions for her aunt. And Evelyn is transported back to a place in Germany known as ‘The Forbidden Village,’ where a woman who called herself Eva went where no one else dared, amongst shivering prisoners, to find the man who gambled with her husband’s life…

A gripping, haunting and compelling read about love, courage and betrayal set in the war-battered landscape of Germany. Fans of The Letter, The Alice Network and The Nightingale will be hooked.

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My Name is Eva: An absolutely gripping and emotional historical novel

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Evelyn Tayor-Clark is well into her nineties, with a mind as sharp as it was 60 years ago but with a body that gets more brittle as every year passes. After a fall at home, Evelyn had broken her hip and had become a permanent resident at Forest Lawns Care Home. Evelyn’s estate has been left in the hands of her niece Pat to sort out but this huge mansion set in its own grounds holds some deadly secrets.

Evelyn has had to lead a double life more than once in the past and now she takes on the role again. Evelyn plays the part of an old lady with dementia readying herself for questions that are bound to be asked but can’t be answered. The story then jumps back to various timelines throughout her life both during the war years and her continuing service after the war ends too.

This is a huge love story for a man she was only with a very short time but a man that was the love of her life. I loved that she wrote to him, I loved that she sent her ‘letters’ through her thoughts when she had to and I loved that it felt he was still with her in so many ways. Most of all I liked that it portrayed some of the characters as being in the war for the glory not the good. The twisted ones, on both sides, that took too much pleasure interrogating their prisoners and the heartless sacrifices of men’s lives they made.

Evelyn was a patient woman, cleverly planning and being a chameleon when she needed to be. What an amazing story and what terrible secrets she kept. I so felt for this lady who only had her special letters to be able to share her feelings with. I don’t think I have ever felt like a character was so lonely surrounded by people as she was. Beautifully written I felt instantly connected to Evelyn. Very powerful! Loved this story.

Many thanks to 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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Following an eventful career as a public relations consultant, specialising in business and travel, Suzanne Goldring turned to writing the kind of novels she likes to read, about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Two of her novels have been placed in the Winchester Writers’ Conference First Three Pages of a Novel competition. Her novel The Way We Lied, can be read as a serial on her blog site, suzannegoldring.wordpress.com. She is currently working on a novel about delusion,deception and death, set in Corfu.

Suzanne drew on her experiences of living in a timbered 14th century house, where she raised two daughters and a variety of livestock, to write Powerless. All her other novels are pure fiction and any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Twitter: @SuzanneGoldring

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Crossing the Whitewash (Boxer Boys Book 1) by Nick Rippington #Football Hooligans #Gangs #thriller #The Boxer Boys @nickripp @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for CROSSING THE WHITEWASH by Nick Rippington

Some Family feuds just won’t go away… For 40 years the Dolans and the Marshalls have lived side by side on the same rundown housing estate in east London. While teens Gary Marshall and Arnie Dolan forge a close friendship, fighting constant battles to survive both on the streets and closer to home, the relationship between their parents is complicated and, at times, toxic. Gradually family secrets emerge which have their roots in the early 80s… and Gary and Arnie realise their entire upbringing was built on lies.

Crossing The Whitewash: A crime thriller with killer twists (Boxer Boys Book 1) by [Rippington, Nick]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Sometimes your best friend can be your worst enemy

Talented 13-year-old sportsman Gary Marshall experiences the realities of living in a poor suburb when knife-wielding thugs try to rob him of his bike. Rescued by streetwise tough kid Arnie Dolan and his dog Stevo, the two strike up a close bond, forming a gang called the Boxer Boys to protect themselves and their territory.

When Gary accepts trials with a professional football club, the boys go their separate ways, only to be thrown back together when his parents split up. As Gary’s world spins out of control he suffers a horrific injury on a night out and worse is to follow when the Boxer Boys get caught up in a street brawl which leaves a man dead.

Torn apart by circumstance it isn’t until eight years later that Arnie seeks out his former partner-in-crime.

So where is Gary? And why is he so keen to let the past stay in the past?

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Crossing The Whitewash: A crime thriller with killer twists (Boxer Boys Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

When I got this book I thought it was going to be a lot of rugby with a bit of a thriller thrown in, how wrong I was.
Gary Marshall, at 13, is a typical lad and very bright for his age. He loves his bike, his family and football, especially West Ham, but when he is going home after doing his paper round a group of lads decide they would like to relieve him of his bike. Petrified, but not wanting to give it up, he really doesn’t know what to do. Arnie Doles steps in. He goes to the same school as Gary and is the same age but they don’t hang around together, though Gary has seen him watching him at school. The only thing Arnie loves is his dog Stevo. Arnie’s family aren’t without money but it is well known it hasn’t been earned legally. His dad is always in and out of prison and at the moment he is serving time for armed robbery. Arnie and his dog wipe the floor with the lads and from then on Gary and Arnie are best mates. Something that Gary will regret more than once. The Boxer Boys have arrived.
This novel is an absolute gem. It has everything that anyone could ever want in a book. The story begins in 1996 to 2015 and follows the life of Gary. There is violence in the book that makes you read with just one eye open. A love story. Drugs, tragedy, murder, rape and football hooligans but there is also comedy that makes you laugh so much.
When the story moves to Wales it moves to rugby too. Gary needs a new start and changes his name to Gareth. It is in Wales that he discovers what real friends are. The character of The Legend is totally legend, he is brilliant. The author Nick Rippington can certainly tell one hell of a story. The book flows and rages like a Welsh mountain river to an end I never saw coming. Absolutely loved it.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

NICK RIPPINGTON is one of the victims of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal you never hear about.

As the newspaper’s Welsh Sports Editor, he was made redundant with two days notice when Rupert Murdoch closed down Europe’s biggest-selling tabloid in 2011.

On holiday at the time, Nick was never allowed back into the building, investigators sealed off the area with crime scene tape and seized his computer, which contained all the secrets to his Fantasy Football selections.

Handed the contents of his desk in a black bin bag in a murky car park, deep throat style, Nick was at a crossroads – married just two years earlier and with a wife and 9-month-old baby to support. Options were limited but self-publishing was booming. Having hit on an idea for a UK gangland thriller taking place against the backdrop of the Rugby World Cup, in 2015 he produced Crossing The Whitewash.

The book was praised by many, received an honourable mention in the genre category of the Writers’ Digest self-published eBook awards and more than 25 five-star reviews on both sides of the pond.

Almost two years after Crossing The Whitewash came the second in the Boxer Boys series, a prequel called Spark Out, which was released in paperback on July 1 and for Kindle on July 10, 2017. The book received an award for best cover of 2017 with the Chill With A Book website, along with a readers award, before receiving the IndieBRAG medallion from a prestigious site covering Independent writers and publishers throughout the world.

The third book in the Boxer Boys series Dying Seconds, a sequel to Crossing the Whitewash, was released in December 2018.

Married to Liz, Nick is now a full-time back bench designer on the Daily Star sports desk and has two daughters – Jemma, 36, and Olivia, 8. A Bristolian at heart, he lives near Ilford, Essex. In the past he has worked for the Sunday Mirror, Wales on Sunday and Media Wales in Cardiff as an executive editor.

AUTHOR LINKS:

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

Twitter: @nickripp

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14194075.Nick_Rippington

Blog: On the website – Say Hello to My Little Friends

Website: www.theripperfile.com

Amazon Author Page in the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nick-Rippington/e/B0135YST78

The Huntress by Kate Quinn @KateQuinnAuthor @HarperCollinsUK #TheHuntress #HistoricalLiteraryFiction #NetGalley

The Huntress: The gripping international bestseller, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by [Quinn, Kate]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘If you enjoyed The Tattooist of Auschwitz, read The Huntress by Kate Quinn’ The Washington Post

‘Fascinating, brilliantly written, enthralling – just phenomenal’ Jill Mansell

*From the bestselling author of The Alice Network*

On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches – an all-female bomber regiment. But when she is downed behind enemy lines, Nina must use all her wits to survive her encounter with a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress.

British war correspondent Ian Graham abandons journalism to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. And Nina Markova is the only witness to escape her alive.

In post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who becomes her new stepmother. Delving into her past, Jordan slowly realizes that a Nazi killer may be hiding in plain sight.

Shining a light on a shadowy corner of history, The Huntress is an epic, sweeping Second World War novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network.

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The Huntress: The gripping international bestseller, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one incredible story, set in the 1950s as the second world war is beginning to take a back seat in the USA, as communism is hitting headlines and concerns of its citizens. In the meantime, Nazi war criminals are blending quietly into neighbourhoods. Jordan, at 17 would like nothing more than for her widowed father to find someone he loves and be happy. When he brings home a beautiful and refined woman with a slight German accent along with her very timid young daughter, it is obvious that Jordan’s wish has come true.

This is an extremely powerful story and although fictional it is a blend of real-life characters and events that took place. The story drops back to the war years and follows the path of a female Russian pilot Nina Markova and just after the war that of Ian Graham a British War Correspondent turned Nazi hunter. Although the pair had brought many war criminals to justice the one they both wanted the most still evaded them, The Huntress. That is until now ……

The story dips back and forth on different timelines while at the same time moving forward in present-day 1950s and life in the McBride family household.  Nina is one tough lady that had a learn fast childhood, fearless, determined and deadly when needs must. A fabulous character that kept me riveted to every chapter about her. Ian was the stability of the couple, that had been brought together through tragedy. Jordan, another fabulous character, at seventeen sees the world and people in it differently through the lens of her camera, because the camera doesn’t lie.

Oh my, there were times I just wanted to shout out in frustration, at others I ran with a coldness through me that took my breath. An absolutely stunning read with follow up notes from the author at the end of the book that blew me away just as much.

Very highly recommended. 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

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages.

Kate has succumbed to the blogging bug, and keeps a blog filled with trivia, pet peeves, and interesting facts about historical fiction. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter:@KateQuinnAuthor

Website
The Huntress: The gripping international bestseller, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by [Quinn, Kate]

The Lance Brody Series – Dark Game, Dark Beginnings, Dark Son by Michael Robertson Jr. @mrobertsonjr #TheLanceBrodySeries #BookReview

The Lance Brody Series: Books 1 and 2, plus Prequel Novella (Lance Brody Omnibus) by [Robertson Jr, Michael]

SERIES DESCRIPTION

The first three titles in the bestselling Lance Brody series from Michael Robertson Jr — Includes the Kindle #1 Bestselling Ghost & Haunted House novel DARK SON!

Lance Brody was conceived in a graveyard, and the dead have never left his side. With visits from lingering spirits, telepathic whispers, and an uncanny ability to solve the unexplainable, Lance has spent his entire life wondering what lies around each new corner. Somebody who needs his help, or something that wants him gone?

With a troubled young hero, mysterious foes, and plenty of supernatural action and suspense, fans of Odd Thomas, Supernatural, mysteries, and the dark unknown are sure to love Lance Brody.

Omnibus Includes: Dark Beginnings (Book 0, Prequel Novella), Dark Game (Book 1), Dark Son (Book 2)

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The Lance Brody Series: Books 1 and 2, plus Prequel Novella (Lance Brody Omnibus)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEWS

Well, I just couldn’t resist this trio and jumped straight into the Novella and the series of events that gave Lance his supernatural abilities to communicate with spirits that haven’t yet moved on, and catch glimpses, at times, of fragments of living peoples pasts.

There is a real special bond between mother and son from his early childhood where his mother picks up on her son’s abilities and nurtures them, giving him words of wisdom to help him understand and deal with his gift.

He thought he was the only one but he was wrong. Events set Lance on a new direction.

Dark Beginnings and Dark Son, I will sum up together so as not to give the stories away. They are very different stories but if you are like me you will read all these books one straight after another. I felt quite bereft to have found myself at the end of the third book. Lance is a character you will love and want to protect against the world because he has led such a sheltered life.

People matter to him but at times he is awkward because of the protective ways his mum raised him. All three books have cracking stories but by the third book, he felt like a truly solid character. His personality had developed and a brilliant dry humour was erupting here and there, which really made me laugh.

Loved the idea of how the next town he is going to is determined by what next bus is leaving the station and each book beginning in a new setting, with Lance not quite knowing why he is there yet. All new characters, well almost, as I was left with looking over my shoulder just in case. Loved how Dark Son ended. Really put shivers up my back.

I will definitely be continuing with this series.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Robertson Jr

Aside from his Lance Brody paranormal suspense series, Michael is the author of the horror/suspense novels ROUGH DRAFT, CEDAR RIDGE, suspense novel REGRET, as well as a collection of horror and suspense short stories THE TEACHERS’ LOUNGE (both written under the pen name Dan Dawkins). His books have been downloaded over 100,000 times in Amazon’s Kindle store.

Lives in Virginia where he’s currently working on a new horror novel while trying to keep himself from thinking that his next book idea is better.

Favorite Authors: Stephen King, Harlan Coben, Jules Verne, JK Rowling, Chelsea Caine, Sandra Brown, Joe Hill, George R. R. Martin, John Connolly, Michael Chrichton, Ted Dekker, Greg Iles, Jeffery Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Justin Cronin, C.S. Lewis — This is getting out of hand…

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The Lance Brody Series: Books 1 and 2, plus Prequel Novella (Lance Brody Omnibus) by [Robertson Jr, Michael]

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts @aclarkplatts @BloomsburyBooks #PaperBackPublication #NewCover #BlogReview #PaperbackEdition

I am delighted to be sharing the new cover for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts and be part of the celebrations for the publication of the paperback edition.

 

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

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The Flower Girls

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The opening chapters in this book are enough to make any mother break out in a cold sweat. The first chapter way back in 1997 is when two sisters Laurel 10 and Primrose/Rosie 6 entice a toddler from the park down an old canal path where the little girl would be found brutally murdered later in the day. In court, the sisters were dubbed The Flower Girls. Laurel stood trial for murder while her sister and mum and dad were given new identities and moved far away. Rosie was deemed to be too young to stand trial for murder.

Nineteen years later Laurel is facing another chance, or lack of it, for parole which is strongly objected to by the toddler’s family. While Rosie, now Hazel, is celebrating her 25th birthday at a seaside hotel with her fella and his daughter when a five-year-old girl goes missing from the hotel. It isn’t long before someone sees similarities between Hazel and the child she was. So she decides to bring it all out in the open, tell what she remembered of that day 19 years earlier but swears that she knows nothing of the missing child in present day.

I thought that the author did amazing creating the opening chapter. It is shocking and harrowing showing how devious and cunning the sisters were, especially Laurel to get the toddler to go with them but it isn’t graphic. Later in the book, some of the injuries are learnt and that really does hit hard but it is written with thought to who will be reading this book. I felt that I connected with the characters in the book like I was supposed to, as my feelings were constantly changing as the story progressed.

There wasn’t a massive police influence in the story as it was disclosed more by the sisters than anyone else although other characters did have their own say too. The story goes back and forth between past and present each bringing their own shocks, some a little predictable while others blew me away. A brilliant conclusion.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am a former human rights lawyer who used to work for the UK Government. As a litigator, I worked on cases involving Winnie Mandela and the rapper Snoop Dogg. I loved my job but then we re-located to the tropics and now I live in wonderful Singapore.

I also write short stories which have been published in various anthologies. And when I’m not writing, I’m running The Singapore Writers’ Group which I founded in 2012. This is a fantastic group of both professional and amateur writers who meet monthly and attend workshops and critique sessions

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Come Along to Cannock Chase’s First Book Festival Devoted to Women’s Popular Fiction and Thrillers on 21st September 2019

 

Authors Phillipa Ashley and Kim Nash have joined forces with the Museum of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, to create a book festival where book lovers are invited to meet some of the UK’s most popular authors.

The Chase BookFest will be held at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Road, Hednesford on Saturday 21 September 2019.

The event is Cannock Chase’s first book festival devoted to women’s popular fiction and thrillers. It has attracted a host of star names including Milly Johnson, Cathy Bramley, Miranda Dickinson, Iona Grey, Nicola May, Mark Edwards and many more best-selling and award-winning popular novelists.

Readers will be able to enjoy author readings and join in question and answer sessions and discussions with favourite writers from the local area and further afield.

They can even have tea with an author by booking onto ‘Tea and Conversation’ audiences with Sunday Times best sellers Milly Johnson in conversation with Cathy Bramley, Romantic Novel Awards winner Iona Grey, best-selling crime thriller writer

K.L. Slater and number one best-selling novelist Mark Edwards.

A pop-up Waterstones book shop will be on site for the day along with a variety of book and craft stalls and a unique book-themed ‘Yarnbombing’ display outside.

Bestselling author Phillipa Ashley said: “The support for previous events shows how much popular fiction is loved by readers. We’re thrilled that the Museum has been so supportive of this event and of fiction in general.”

Author and Head of Publicity at publisher Bookouture, Kim Nash said: “We’ve been so lucky to get so many amazing authors on board and would love to thank them all for being so enthusiastic about the festival.’

Lee Bellingham, Museum Services Manager for Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, said: “The museum has been hosting very popular ‘Meet the Author’ events for some time now, and along with local authors Phillipa Ashley, Kim Nash and the book loving members of staff, we thought it would be lovely to have a book festival here. We are thrilled to be the venue for the first ever Chase BookFest.

Events like this showcase the museum not just as a home for local history, but as a community venue for arts and cultural activities. We look forward to welcoming authors from around the country to Cannock Chase for the day.”

The day runs 10am until 4pm with tickets available for £3 by calling the museum on 01543 877 666. Tea and Conversation with an author costs £5 and includes tea or coffee and cake, and Q&A Panels cost £3. Don’t miss the chance to meet your favourite author, book in advance to avoid disappointment. Please see the museum Facebook page and website, museumofcannockchase.org, for timetables and start planning your BookFest!

Unseen Evil (D.I. Gus McGuire series Book 6) by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp @BOTBSPublicity @BloodhoundBook #PoliceProcedural #BookReview #BlogTour #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Unseen Evil by Liz Mistry

Unseen Evil: Social Media can be the death of you ... (D.I. Gus McGuire series Book 6) by [Mistry, Liz]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

New Release from best-selling author Liz Mistry is number 6 in her D.I. Gus McGuire series.

Social Media can be the death of you …

The Snapchat
A twisted killer comes to the attention of DI Gus McGuire and his team when a teenager receives a Snapchat image of his murdered friend.

The Killer
As the killer becomes bolder, using social media to publicise the murders, Gus fears there may be more than one murderer targeting young people.

The Stalker
Meanwhile, Gus comes under threat from a stalker who is not afraid to get up close and personal.

Can Gus protect his loved ones and catch the killer before another Snap is received?

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Unseen Evil: Social Media can be the death of you … (D.I. Gus McGuire series Book 6)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Oh wow, I feel like the team have been broken and mended with sticky tape as I began reading and by the time I got to the end, I felt like somethings can never be like they once were. This is a cracking team that has faced more than their fair share of knocks, trust with some of them still needs building back up but they never have time to fully recover.

Snapchat is a favourite with the younger generations but when a young lad receives a picture of his dead friend he at first thinks it is a prank. Unfortunately, it isn’t. This is the beginning of a horrific string of vicious murders of teenagers, all caught in pictures and posted on social media. You soon find out that there is a tight group involved all with nic-names so impossible to know who they are. The one thing that is obvious is they are still at school.

I love that Liz Mistry tackles real-life problems head-on. From bullying and peer pressure to relationships and standing your ground. There are shocking discoveries and families and friends are left torn to shreds. Gus is under terrific pressure both in his personal life and his work life, which overlap continually in this story. This is an emotionally draining and a wickedly brilliant read with modern life taking its pound of flesh.

Highly recommended.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.
Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.
In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.

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