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Another Good Killing (Inspector Marco #2) by Stephen Puleston @stephenpuleston @Books_n_all #BlogTour #InspectorMarco #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on the Blog Tour for ANOTHER GOOD KILLING by Stephen Puleston

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

A body is found in an Aston Martin… A rich family with something to hide?… Another case for Detective John Marco
The body of a well-connected wealthy banker is found in his luxury car in the middle of Cardiff with a message from the killer telling the world the man deserves to die. Was it a disgruntled former customer or business enemy? Once a video is posted on the internet from an anarchist group John Marco has his first possible suspect.
But another business executive, connected to the banker, is killed and another message left with the body. Marco has to find what links all the deaths together? All the evidence points to an anarchist group. But is John Marco right to have his doubts?
And in the middle of the investigation Marco’s son is rushed into hospital challenging everything that Marco knows about himself. And when Marco’s team is threatened he has a race against time to find the perpetrator.

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Another Good Killing: An exciting, fast-paced crime thriller (Detective John Marco crime thriller Book 2) (Detective Inspector Marco)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Detective John Marco is really pushed to the limits in this second book in the series. Not only is he facing a solving a murder case that is feeling more like a set up, with neon lights and arrows displaying this way, as it is too easy but also on a more personal level he is in crisis because his son is in a coma. Oh Lordy, it pulls him emotionally like a stretch Armstrong and I just hoped that he wouldn’t snap and return to old ways and hit the bottle to escape it all.

Stephen Puleston really sets a cracking scene for the reader with his books. The crimes are intriguing to say the least and the main character Marco is always pushed to the brink. I don’t see Marco as a weak character though. It in many respects it gives him focus to keep him occupied but he has to deal with issues one at a time, seeming like he at times doesn’t care.

Marco isn’t about getting cases under his belt, he is about doing the right thing. When a wealthy business man is murdered, in a specific manner and including a note from the killer, it is as if the killer is directing the way the investigation should go. The reaction from the family isn’t really what Marco was expecting. When a second murder occurs, with a similar message attached to the body, the case becomes even more puzzling. Then is gets personal and the tempo really hots up.

This is making a super series. I really like the pairing of Inspector Marco and DS Lydia Flint. I do like a book that makes me use my own brain cells not just read about a case as it unfolds with others solving it. Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I have published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE.

My second detective is Inspector Marco who comes from an Italian/Welsh background and he lives in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The first Inspector Marco novel SPEECHLESS has been published on Amazon and the second and third in the series will be published in 2015.

Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

I was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in Theology from London University I decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by my father on Anglesey. For many years I worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given me valuable raw material for my novels.

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES WITH BUY LINK
Speechless: A gripping serial killer crime thriller (Detective John Marco crime thriller Book 1) (Detective Inspector Marco)
Somebody Told Me: An exciting,fast-paced crime thriller (Detective Inspector Marco Book 3)
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Arcam (DCI Robson Book 1) by Jason Minick @JMinick_Author #Thriller #Debut #Arcam #BookReview

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

DCI Jack Robson believes he is hunting a kidnapper…

Away from his posting in London, Robson is asked to lead an investigation in the south west of England.

But what begins as a baffling local kidnapping mystery, quickly escalates into something far more sinister.

In pursuit of the perpetrators, DCI Robson joins forces with Inspector Emma Wilson and the rest of the regional CID team. Together, they attempt to make sense of the lack of evidence or motive, eventually getting drawn to the tiny island of Steep
Holm, in the Bristol Channel.

As the investigation progresses, Robson, Wilson and their colleagues find themselves facing something far beyond normal detective work. Unthinkable connections lead them to a conspiracy, so great it could change the course of humanity. The question is, can they intervene before it’s too late to prevent the appalling future that potentially lies ahead…

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Arcam (DCI Robson Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I would normally leave this sentence for the close of a review but it really needs saying. This book is truly stunning. A huge must read book that crosses from a police procedural to so much more.

The first chapter brought goose bumps even in the hot temperatures of this summer and it left not just me with a mystery but also DCI Jack Robson who had been asked to investigate the kidnapping of a missing family. Robson has had to face his own personal tragedies in his life which has left him brining up his daughter on his own, a good dad torn between home and work. This case takes Robson further south than his usual London base where he joins forces with Inspector Emma Wilson and what a cracking team they make. Now in my top five favourites this year!

You need to keep pace with the quickly evolving story which becomes impossible to put down. Oh boy to say that I didn’t see what was coming just doesn’t cover it. I didn’t know whether to read faster or slow time down. OMG was all I could think because I am sat there thinking this could happen! What a superb story line this is, which you will have to read as no spoilers except to say this story just takes off once the penny drops and boy is it scary stuff! I needed beater blockers with this adrenaline rush!

Jason Minick debut has a frightening realism about it that left it going round in my mind when I had finished reading! I really loved the development between the characters, especially Robson and Wilson, which left me with a smile but wanting to know where it is all going to go in the next book. A bloody brilliant read. Jason Minick is up there with the best in my eyes. Superb!

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Minick

Jason Minick lives in the south-west of England. He has a passion for writing, and is a fan of reading many genres.

His debut novel, ARCAM, combines police procedural with conspiracy thriller. It is set in his favourite part of the UK: the south-west of England.

ARCAM is the first book in the DCI Robson series.

Jason lives with his wife, Emma, and his three children, Lucy, William and Sophie. The family share their home with two very small dogs, Digby and Tizzie.

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Portraits of the Dead (DI Gravel #1) by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @BloodhoundBook #BlogTour #Netgalley #KindleUnlimited #ReRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog tour for Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women.

Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?

He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game…

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Portraits of The Dead: a serial killer chiller not to be missed

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I didn’t really help myself when I was sat in bed at 2 o’clock in the morning with my Ovaltine and a thought of I will just read for a while before I go to sleep because OMG! I wanted to sleep in my wardrobe just so no-one else could hide in there after I had read the first chapter. Damn this man. John Nicholl had done it again with me in the very first chapter, he is good, no he is brilliant at getting me right at the very first couple of hundred words. There was only one thing for it. It was going to be a long night! I was going in.

Now if you thought IT was scary for the kids in it, then double the scare factor here for adults because this is one mean son of a psycho that got into my head. For a lot of young women it was already too late, five of their portraits hung on the wall in this sound proof room but there was plenty room for more to be added and for Emma she was just at the start of her horrific ordeal. Oh wow there is being frightened and there is wakening up to discover slowly the horrendous things that have been done to you. Could this man be called human? I read every new discovery with my hand over my mouth. John Nicholl is very graphic with his descriptions and does put you there in amongst the worst of it.

It wasn’t going to be the first appearance for DI Gareth Gravel and  DS Clive Rankin in John Nicholl’s novels but the disappearance of a 19-year-old student wasn’t causing a great deal of concern with either of them except for the fact that the girl’s mother was a personal friend of someone high up the chain of command. The two detectives play a much bigger role in this book than previous ones. They were frustrating at times, all part of their characters in the story but at times I wanted to batter them.  It is very early on that you discover who the bad guy is which does add to the way I viewed how the case was handled.

There are so many shocks in this story that I really was left speechless. So much I just didn’t see happening. John Nicholl is definitely a man with very dark thoughts. Super read! Bring it on Mr. Nicholl! I am camped out in my wardrobe and waiting.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

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Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups @DeniseBillups @Jina_Bazzar #KaloramaRoad #BlogTour #BookTour #Excerpt

Firstly I wish to thank Jina Salameh for inviting me on this Blog Tour for KALORAMA ROAD by E. Denise Billups

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

There something Allie can’t remember, hidden memories bordering consciousness that refuse to surface until one day someone, something, ignites horrifying images of a forgotten night.

A year after graduating from Emsworth University, a mysterious email appears asking Allie one single question. What happened at 1414 Kalorama Road? Allie has no memory of that night and has tried to recapture what happened when a classmate went missing at an off-campus party. Someone wants her to remember, and they’re getting closer and more insistent. Forgotten memories gradually start to surface with gruesome images and a revelation that could ruin the reputation of her esteemed alma mater, Emsworth University.

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HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM KALORAMA ROAD

Startled by the flashback, I pause in the room’s center wondering what triggered the memory. How strange . . . All this time, I couldn’t remember how I bruised my forehead. The sight of the fireplace must have sparked the memory. I move toward the windows, stand between the curtains, face the room, and study the space like a ghost returned to its demise. Vapors whirl and whisper like mist taking shape. At the moment the unfolding manifestation is inscrutable. Unaware of what’s emerging, I walk through a ray of light streaming through the windows. Buoyant speckles stir fast, too fast. Fearfully, I stop and stare at the rapid charge. It’s nothing, I rationalize, just dust I’ve disturbed, I reassure an anxious mind. My back crawls with a creeping sensation. I spin around to empty space. “Okay Allie, get a grip.”

Resting my hand on the mantel, I examine the empty chasm and ponder whether a fire burned that night. I can’t remember. For a moment, the space spins and the unpleasant anxiousness swells, grating my memory. I try to squelch the aura and familiar angst I’ve lived with for months, intrusive energy invading my mind, a remote space refusing to open. I breathe deep, expel unease, and concentrate on a room I’ll never see again. Turning in several circles, I absorb every vibration, smell, color, and sound, trying to conjure that night.

A gentle breeze like fingers icing my skin raises hairs on my arms. Swiftly, I turn toward closed windows, searching for something a breeze can escape. Impossible! The only vent lies across the room. An overwhelming scent of roses whirls gossamer coils about me. My mind recognizes but refutes an invisible presence. It can’t be real. It’s just my imagination, and the room making me anxious. Instantly, something seizes my consciousness. Spectral hands clamp my body, guiding a slow descent, lowering me safely to the floor.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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An author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm, E. Denise Billups was born in Monroeville Alabama and raised in New York City where she currently resides and works in finance. A burgeoning author of fiction, she’s published three suspense novels, Kalorama Road, Chasing Victory, By Chance, and two supernatural short stories, Rebound, and The Playground. An avid reader of mystery and suspense novels, she was greatly influenced by authors of that genre. When she’s not writing or reading, you can generally find her training for road races and marathons. She’s s a fitness fanatic who loves physical challenges of all types (running, biking, yoga, dance, and more) a discipline she uses to facilitate the creative writing process.

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Kalorama Road is the author’s third novel.

Originally, Kalorama Road was titled ‘A Blog Affair’.

The ending was crafted long before the author wrote the beginning.

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Time School by Nikki Young @nikki_cyoung @matadorbooks @annecater #BlogTour #TimeSchool #RandomThingsTours

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the Blog tour for TIME SCHOOL by Nikki Young

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* Publisher: Troubador Publishing (28 Jun. 2018)

* Language: English

* ISBN-10: 1789013151

* ISBN-13: 978-1789013153

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A power cut and a series of mini disasters means friends, Jess, Nadia, Tomma and Ash barely make it to the station to catch their train to school. What they find is a far cry from the usual packed commuter train they’re expecting…

When they arrive at Hickley School, the children are surprised to find some of the buildings missing and they don’t recognise any of the other pupils, who are all dressed in a different style of uniform. The only person who takes the time to help them is Martha, despite being preoccupied by her own worries about her family being hungry and not hearing from brother, Henry whom she says is away fighting.

 

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a super book, I hope series, in which young children can be introduced to important time periods in history in a way that helps them experience a small slice of it themselves through the characters. Four school friends, two girls and two boys, journey to school via the train but on a day that everything seems to go wrong they all get in the last carriage, the only travellers in there. When they get off they have arrived at the same station but 100 years back in time.

The characters had a good feel factor about them like the famous five of my days, where I just wanted to be one of the children on the adventures. This story does the same. So many learning opportunities are in the book to relate to, from the difference in clothing to rationing and what it was like first hand for children in WW1. There is also a more personal reason for the children to be back in time. One that will give the reader an adrenaline rush.

The story is just over a hundred pages, well set out with large poster type notes with added information on some pages. It all goes to keep a child intrigued in what is going on. The language isn’t over complicated either making it continuous reading that a child would fully understand. Everything seems to have been really thought out including the population of the town and layout of buildings and streets. A super adventure with lots of historical facts for curious minds.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Nikki Young is a writer and lover of stories and ‘The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants’ is her first book. Nikki credits her lively imagination to an amazing childhood, growing up in Yorkshire and living in a cul-de-sac in the days when children were allowed to run free and left to make their own fun! Now a mum of three, she says that in her head, she hasn’t really grown up and those memories of her childhood days remain strong and active.

 

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Website : http://www.nikkiyoung.co.uk/

Twitter: @nikki_cyoung

 

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A Sao Paolo Samba and the China 12 by Rauol Morris @MenTheCream #SeriesBook2 #ScienceFiction #CrimeThriller #KindleUnlimited

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

“…no matter how far you have come, the sounds of your childhood never leave you. Mariana knew the sound of a silenced gun and she ran.”
A girl is kidnapped in China, only daughter of an important regional boss. China 12 send their top investigator, Milo, to find her. In Brazil, a woman is running for her life from a relentless assassin . Operatives go to rescue her.
The disappearance of the girl becomes more puzzling and Milo is arrested. Rescuing the woman attracts the kind of person you don’t want dogging your footsteps.

Nothing is straightforward, everyone has an agenda, fire and tears lie ahead. The events of Brancusi’s Head are suddenly more sinister. Best to take careful steps when dancing a Sao Paulo samba.

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A Sao Paulo Samba and the China 12: A different kind of detective

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is the second book in this series and well really do get on board now because it is a beauty. I would say though do start at the beginning with Brancusi’s Head and the China 12. You need to know who the China 12 are, how they became this elite group and why they are so sought after. The first book is cracking, this is stunning.

The China 12 are so unique, with no group like them anywhere in the world. The sharpest minds that have been selected over years of observation from all walks of life. This in itself makes a compelling story. 

The stories are complex and it takes a little time to settle into what is really happening and who everyone is.  There are some mighty powerful International players with massive bank balances willing to go to any length to get what they want. Somethings you just can’t buy and if they can’t buy then they are willing to take the people they are after or pay for someone else to do it for them.

Set a little in front of present day time there are some pretty cool technical additions to personal protection. The body armour is pretty neat with fighting scenes that take full advantage of its use. Within the group are three operatives that work to protect the China 12, Milo, Joanna and Kevin. Although Milo was a key character in the last story, I was more intrigued in this story with Kevin and Joanna, this is heavy stuff. I mean, what I was reading couldn’t be happening could it? Oh boy I didn’t know whether I wanted to read faster or slower. Whoa it was bloody brilliant I was numb!

One of my favourite characters has to be Sam. Sam is a pixie, but not the pixies like you have known before, it really is just a name. Pixies are another quite elite group. They are teens to early twenties and quite a wild bunch of super trackers and fighters. Sam at 21 is getting on a bit and has actually learnt a little self-control but not altogether. She has bigger things marked for her in the future I am sure.

This story is filled with action from start to end where I was left absolutely speechless. There is so much more to come. An absolute belter!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Raoul Morris

Raoul, of Irish, French, American, Spanish and Scots origin, grew up on the mean streets of Dublin, (not very mean). He has lived in eight different cities on three different continents and currently lives in Canterbury UK. He has an abiding love of history and an ongoing affair with science and science fiction, but, more than anything, loves stories.

Raoul has worked as a screenwriter and filmmaker, in theatre as a lighting designer and in restaurants as a cook and dishwasher, (not at the same time).

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The Serial Dater’s Shopping List by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk @BloodhoundBook #BlogTour #NetGalley #KindleUnlimited #LiteraryHumour

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE SERIAL DATER’S SHOPPING LIST by Morgen Bailey

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31 days. 31 dates.

Izzy is a journalist who usually writes a technology column for a local newspaper. Her somewhat-intimidating boss William sets her the task of dating thirty-one men, via an internet dating site, all within a month, and writing about it for the paper.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend Donna, Izzy knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts and starts ticking them off as she meets the men.

Follow the ups and downs of the dating process including Tim ‘the Weeble’, whose date leads Izzy to see banoffee pie in a whole new light, Lawrence the super-skinny social worker, Felix with his bizarre penchant for Persian Piranhas, and ‘the music maestro but don’t talk about dead pets’ Jake.

By the end of the month, will Izzy have met Mr Right?

 

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The Serial Dater’s Shopping List: a laugh out loud comedy about the highs and lows of dating

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This book is just brilliant and seemed to feature every bloke that I have ever known! Right from the start I just connected with Izzy, a journalist who normally reviews new techno stuff but has agreed to a bit of an undercover mission from her boss William. Izzy has to date 31 men, of her own choosing, from an online dating site and she has to complete it in within 31 days. This makes for some pretty funny reading. It is an absolute perfect pick me up to put a smile on anyone’s face.

After each date Izzy has to write a piece about the good, the bad and the darn right weird stuff that went on, then make a bit of a shopping list of what to look for when choosing a date. The column really takes off and the dates are as memorable for me as her. What I really loved about Izzy the most was she was a normal woman, tall, size 14 and still not found Mr. Right.

Because the story revolves round a date every day the whole story revolves round work for Izzy. If she isn’t on a date then she is at the office but there is plenty going on there to keep the story flowing beautifully. From best buddy with relationship problems to the boss Izzy makes it total entertainment for the reader. As each chapter unfolded it brought a new man into her life for a brief time, mostly hilariously memorable but a couple a little sad.

A super book that makes you feel part of what is going on. This is a book that I could pick up time and time again. A perfect feel good read!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Morgen Bailey – Morgen with an E – is a multi-genre author, freelance editor, writing tutor, Writers’ Forum magazine columnist, blogger, speaker, and Northants Authors co-founder. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates, RONE, BeaconLit, BBC Radio 2 and Althorp Literary Festival short story competitions. She also runs her own free monthly 100-word competition and is a forthcoming Flash 500 judge.

 

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Murmuration by Robert Lock @roblocksnapper @legend_press #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank LEGEND PRESS for inviting me to read and review MURMURATION by Robert Lock

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The starlings dance in mesmerising patterns. In and out, they fold. Up and down. Far below, a Victorian pier juts out into the cold sea, standing the test of time as each generation comes before the next.
As the birds watch, they see everything. From a controversial comedian with a dark side to a fortune-teller who gets a little too close to the truth. A seaside town can be the perfect escape, but while secrets are held, it’s easy to repeat the fates of those who have gone before.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I have fallen in love with this book and its hypnotic and mesmerizing stories. Five generations of people who were unknowingly connected by a thread, linking all of their destinies together. I just didn’t want it to end and already know that I will come back to it time and time again, the pier will not let me go but then again I don’t want it to.

Built-in 1863 the pier became the centre of seaside entertainment for the working class man and his family. It was also a place where entertainers could perform for a whole season without moving from town to town. A fresh audience came to them every week, and every day new families filled the seats. The story spans from when the pier was erected right up to present day, where rather than make stars for the future it reclaimed the ones that had seen better days.

The book is split into time zones with chapters in each one. Robert Lock introduced me to strangers at the beginning of each section but within a couple of pages I felt that I knew them intimately.  Their dreams, hopes and missed opportunities. It’s about love, loss and uncontrollable distress released in a moment of anger. A feeling and compulsion and trying to solve problems that don’t exist, with some of the most intimate moments of utter unbearable heartbreak captured to perfection like I have never read before.

This is a tremendous work of art, as Robert Lock creates the most vivid images with his beautiful descriptions in every single sentence. At times it is simple and direct and at others more exquisite and flamboyant. It is absolute perfection!

I wish to thank Legend Press for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

Robert Lock

2017 has seen a 43 year-old dream realised with the acceptance of my novel Murmuration for publication by Legend Press. I handwrote my first novel at 14, thought about becoming a biologist then went to be a washer-up in Paris instead. I wrote a novel. Then I wrote another. And another. The complimentary rejection letters came flooding in. I decided to pursue a career in which I was actually paid a salary, gained a distinction on the NCTJ Photo-Journalism course in Sheffield and became a newspaper photographer.

Based in Blackpool for the past 25 years, this surreal place and its inhabitants inspired Murmuration, for which I will be forever grateful.

The important stuff -married with one daughter, lover of Prog Rock, real ale, gigs, Australian Shiraz, motorsport, playing my guitars (badly), floral shirts and my MX5.

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The Third Rule (Eddie Collins #1) by Andrew Barrett @AndrewBarrettUK @BloodhoundBook #CSIEddieCollins #BlogTour #NetGalley #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE THIRD RULE by Andrew Barrett

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Propelled by a wave of atrocities, the government introduces a severe code of capital punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied.
Christian Ledger, an innocent man and a talented artist is charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ͚slaughterhouse͛ because no one will listen to his pleas. Is the secret he carries enough to save his life?
CSI Eddie Collins, a reluctant hero with one failed suicide attempt behind him, suddenly wants to live when the police hunt him down for shooting a colleague. And now he’s on the government’s list too, and he’s running. But they’re getting closer by the minute…
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 Now although this is the first book in the CSI Eddie Collins series I have read a couple of the later books already but whoa this book is where his essence is really created. Eddie Collins is a pretty mixed up bloke, seen too much in his line of work as a CSI and spent too little time with his family. A drunk, most of the time, that only feels better when he can’t remember. He is at rock bottom, as you could say where he thinks things can’t get any worse but they do. When his drinking is the cause of being an hour late picking up his 12-year-old son for his birthday outing, from his estranged wife, terrible events take what is left of the bottom out of Eddie’s already crumbling world.
Eddie Collins isn’t the easiest man to like at the start of this book but really he does grow on you as the story goes on and believe me it is a massive a story of over 600 pages but don’t let put you off. This is one of those books that you find yourself picking up every minute that you have spare to the point of you are making time to read and working round that.
There is a pretty cool twist to this story as the crime in the UK rockets, serious measures have to be considered and so the death penalty is brought back with a three strike rule for some crimes like burglary. It’s a fool-proof system, they say. Well not quite if someone is determined to pin something on you it isn’t. There are a few story lines going on to begin with but they all tie together and become relevant as events come to a close. A real ripple effect through the classes from a young troubled girl with a drug problem and mental health issues, to a top politician.
There is every kind of character that you could imagine in this story from the arrogant and untouchable people who think they are above the law to the ones that know no-one wants to listen to them. Eddie Collins seems to be in the thick of it for the most of the story being both the hunted and the hunter. I went from not really like him to weeping for the man, well after 600 pages I had developed quite a connection with him.
A belting story. If you like me have jumped in to the series further down the line do come back to the roots. I feel I really understand Eddie Collins now. If you haven’t read any of this series then it is the perfect chance to start.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

 

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Liefdom: Path of the Monstrous Prince (Perilisc) by Jesse Teller @JesseTeller

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
A zealous guardian in a peaceful city, Gentry Mandrake is a fairy unlike any other. Cast out and hated for his differences, his violent nature makes him wonder at the purity of his soul. He hunts for belonging while fighting to protect the human child bound to him. Explore the mythical realm of The Veil, the grating torture of the Sulfur Fields, and the biting tension between power and purpose in this wondrous struggle against a demonic wizard and his denizens. Can Mandrake overcome such terrible foes to defend those he loves?

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is my favourite of Jesse Teller’s novels so far as the story moves between the fairy realm of Fey and Perilisc. This is the horror of all fairy tales as each fairy has a human child whose life is connected to them. If the fairy gets injured then so does the child. If the child does wicked acts then the fairy is also wicked.

This is very much on the dark side as fairy tales go, with  Mandrake who certainly doesn’t come with smiles and wishes but with a definite repulsiveness about him that reflects what he represents and that is war and destruction. Graphic descriptions of violence and rape don’t even evade this story either although there is the light at the end of the tunnel, for a little while anyway.

This is again a book brimming with characters to remember and others that you won’t ever forget.  Mandrake is one of them as because his life is so terrible he knows that his human child must be suffering just as much. This is not just a story of violence, this is a story of love and caring, being selfless and wanting better for yourself so that it can make a difference for someone else. Even if it means facing hell and everyone in between. Brilliant storyline.

This is a real top story. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jesse Teller

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

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Twitter: @JesseTeller
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