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Unquiet Souls (DI Gus McGuire #1) by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp @BloodhoundBook #DIGusMcGuire #KindleUnlimited

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

When the body of a prostitute is found, followed by the discovery of children locked in an attic, DI Gus McGuire is handed the case. But what at first appears to be a simple murder soon turns into an international manhunt for the members of a twisted child trafficking ring.

McGuire who is suffering with his own emotional problems, must pick his way through the web of deceit and uncover the truth in time before the body count rises.

Can McGuire identify The Matchmaker before it’s too late? And can he trust those he is working with?

Unquiet Souls is the first book in a dark and compelling new police series.

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Unquiet Souls (a DI Gus McGuire case 1 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

To be honest I have already read the third book in the series a while ago and promised myself that I would get back to the beginning and read from Book One. I had assumed that because Untainted Blood was so good that it would partly be because the characters had become established and the author more familiar and confident with them. How wrong I was. This is a superb book in its own right and perfect foundation stone for the fabulous series it was to become.

I absolutely loved this book, yes the story line is very dark and it is at times shocking to read but one that gives you that adrenaline, heart in your mouth moments that every true crime reader is after from opening a new book.  It begins with a dead woman in the street and an attic full of stolen children.  Now you know that this will need a special kind of person to investigate these crimes and so a broken and damaged DI struggling with his own ugly headed demons is called upon to chase down one of the vilest paedophile and child trafficking rings I have read about. Believe me it is the perfect choice. DI Gus McGuire makes it compelling reading.

I really took to Gus that had little patience with the bureaucracy and just wanted to get the job done, kids saved and the bad guys put away but the more ground he gained  seemed to take him a step further away from who was behind the set up. This was driving me mad because I was just suspecting everyone as being the Master Mind that I kept missing. The story has far more to it than I could have ever guessed. I had only just scratched the surface, it was intense and by the end going at an alarming pace that would be impossible to stop without more casualties.

The team that Gus works with bring so many lighter moments to the story. I suppose it is their way to deal with the horrors and then have a home life. A brilliant no holds barred read from an author prepared to go the whole way on impact. Super!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours.  She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.
Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years.  Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children.  They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.
In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: https://lizmistrycrimewriter.wordpress.com/

Blog: https://thecrimewarp.blogspot.co.uk/

Email: LizMistryAuthor@yahoo.com

Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LizMistrybooks/about/

 

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Uncoiled Lies (a DI Gus McGuire case Book 2)

Uncoiled Lies (a DI Gus McGuire case 2

 

Untainted Blood ( DI Gus McGuire case Book 3)

Untainted Blood ( DI Gus McGuire case 3

 

Uncommon Cruelty (a DI Gus McGuire case Book 4)

Uncommon Cruelty (a DI Gus McGuire case 4

 

 

The Picture by Roger Bray @rogerbray22 @rararesources #BlogTour #Thriller #CrimeThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE PICTURE by Roger Bray

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.

But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Oh just wow! This is in my top three reads for this year. It is so very powerful. It captures the very best of man and the very worst. It is sensitive and brutal. It was for me perfection!

I don’t think that I have ever read a book before where I can remember every single person in it or should I say that I will never forget.  The story centres round a picture, not just any picture but one that caught a moment in time, after a terrible disaster that claimed thousands of lives. The picture of a rescue worker comforting a young mother cradling her dead baby. Their faces couldn’t be seen but the lighting was perfect and the shot that made, ‘The Picture’ that would go global was captured.

The story is all about the rights to who owns the picture and making sure that the rescue worker never comes forward and says, ‘hey that was me in that shot’ because years after it was taken a rising star makes a snap decision that he can’t go back on and things snowball out of hand making it impossible to correct. He wants to boost his ratings and come out the good guy, he is anything but. The story takes on a very dark side and boy there I go again with the tissues!

The book is broken down into four sections where I found out how Ben met all the people who are special to him in the story, from his Harley biker buddy Paul, to his newly get to know grown up daughter, to the lady that falls for this ‘gentleman’ in every form of the word and of course to the young woman in ‘The Picture’.

This is a layered story where the good guys don’t know that the bad guys are coming after them and OMG I don’t think that I have ever felt so darn helpless. Roger Bray the author had made me care for these people and I was entering an emotional melt down as the story went on.  It was one of those why do terrible things happen to good people moments.

For me it made me think that life is so very fragile and be it from a natural disaster or at the hands of a fellow human being it can be over in an instant. But it also says to me it isn’t just about surviving for those left behind it is about living.

This is a tremendous story that I am sure anyone that reads it will feel they have got something different out of it that is personal to them. Like I said at the start. It was for me perfection!

I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources and the author Roger Bray for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops. My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider. Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing. Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school. So here we are, two books published and another on track. Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing

can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

AUTHOR LINKS

https://www.facebook.com/rogerbraybooks/

https://rogerbraybooks.com/

Roger Bray on Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roger-Bray/e/B0725KF3NF/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1523285262&sr=1-1

Twitter: @rogerbray22

 

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Songs by Dead Girls (A Health of Strangers Thriller) by Lesley Kelly @sandstonepress @rkbookpublicist @lkauthor #BlogTour #songsbydeadgirls

Firstly I wish to thank Ruth Killick of for inviting me on the Blog tour for Songs by Dead Girls by Lesley Kelly

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

When Scotland’s leading virologist goes missing, Mona and Paterson from the Health Enforcement Team are dispatched to London to find him. In a hot and unwelcoming city, Mona has to deal with a boss who isn’t speaking to her, placate the Professor’s over-bearing assistant, and outwit the people who will stop at nothing to make sure the academic stays lost. Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, Bernard is searching for a missing prostitute, while Maitland is trying to keep the Chair of the Parliamentary Virus Committee from finding out quite how untidy the HET office is.

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Songs by Dead Girls (A Health of Strangers Thriller)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I hadn’t read the first book in this series but soon got to know what was going on. A killer pandemic virus had resulted in hefty regulations being enforced which restricted people’s movements and activities. To ensure that the virus had less chance of spreading, everyone had to have monthly checks to confirm they were not infected. If they were cleared then they were given a green card. Without the green card they couldn’t literally go anywhere, buy food or work. If anyone missed their monthly check the Health Enforcement Team (HET) were sent in. People that had survived the virus or were immune, had more freedom and potentially better jobs.

Now this all sounds pretty serious stuff but believe me it is just pure full on entertaining magic.  No matter who they were everyone had to be tested, including the worlds leading virologist that has apparently gone missing. Now this really causes panic and so an under cover mission is put into action to find him, before his rapidly approaching test day arrives and the press find out.

Now I am giggling just writing this because it is such a covert operation that the rest of the HET don’t know that it taking place. The hapless pair, Mona and Patterson, were both thought to be on leave but just hadn’t a clue what they are getting into and the decision to leave Bernard in charge of a very disgruntled Maitland and poor Carole makes it pure joy for anyone reading this book.

The story bounces with energy between both camps with two very different story lines, each just sheer brilliance. It isn’t just the dry wit and humour that flies between characters that make it awesome it is the descriptions of situations that the author injects too. She really didn’t give me chance to catch my breath. Just loved the whole thing. As if this story isn’t already bursting with action the main characters personal lives also play a major role too. Poor Maitland I really did feel for him but my favourite pair has to be Bernard and Maitland. It is like play ground tit for tat.

A brilliant book  I very highly recommend. My only regret is not reading the first book in this series but something that I will definitely do very soon.

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HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lesley Kelly has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the past twenty years, dabbling in poetry and stand-up comedy along the way. She has won a number of writing competitions, including the Scotsman’s Short Story award in 2008. Her first novel, A Fine House in Trinity, was long-listed for the McIlvanney Prize. Her second novel, The Health of Strangers, will be published in June 2017 by Sandstone Press.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @lkauthor

 

OTHER BOOK IN THIS SERIES

The Health of Strangers (Health of Strangers 1)
The Health of Strangers (Health of Strangers 1)
ALSO BY THIS AUTHOR
A Fine House in Trinity
A Fine House in Trinity
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This Dark Place (Detective Kelly Moore #1) by Claire Kittridge @CPKittridge @annecater #ThisDarkPlace #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on this Blog Tour for THIS DARK PLACE by Claire Kittridge

This Dark Place: A Detective Kelly Moore Novel by [Kittridge, Claire]

Delicate Prey Publishing

Available April 17, 2018

eBook and paperback

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Priscilla Ames is the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund manager that has made millions in the stock market. She’s reckless, impulsive, always wanting to be the center of attention, but one thing has been constant – her friendship with Avery Moss. They are like sisters that share adventures and look out for each other in times of need.

Avery Moss comes from a working-class family in Brooklyn. She met Priscilla as an 8 year-old at an elite NYC private school where Avery was on a one-year scholarship. They became friends on the first day of school when Avery beat up a boy that was teasing Priscilla. When Avery’s scholarship was discontinued, Priscilla’s father, Peter Ames, stepped in and has supported her schooling ever since, including sending the girls to a prestigious acting college in London

NYPD Detective Kelly Moore is a member of the elite Queens Violent Felony Squad. She is smart and strong and direct. Years ago, her older sister disappeared while traveling in England and the case was never solved, haunting all of her investigations. Moore’s greatest strength and her greatest weakness are two sides of the same coin: when she’s on her game, she works from the inside out, acting on hunches and then backing them up with evidence – but under duress, she acts rashly, leaping before she looks.

When Priscilla’s body is found by Avery in a posh London flat and her death is splashed across headlines worldwide, Kelly Moore flies across the Atlantic to join a crack team of British investigators working on the case.

Together with the London Metropolitan Police, Kelly must track down a twisted serial killer who seems to know her every move and her darkest secrets. As the body count rises, and panic spreads, the killer threatens to make Kelly the next victim.

In a heart-racing game of cat and mouse, Kelly must outwit this elusive master of surveillance – who might be the last person she suspects

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This Dark Place: A Detective Kelly Moore Novel

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This would be my worst nightmare, one of my children dying. But even more devastating would be not knowing if my child had killed herself, or been murdered. The second option is one Priscilla’s father couldn’t leave to chance, that was to find the killer, if there was one. From the outside Priscilla had everything that she could ever possibly want or need. Her father had even put her best friend through an exclusive private school, then university and onto a top-notch acting school in London, so they could be together. But now she was dead and her dad was in the position to make sure he found out why.

Wow this is pretty intense, real hard-hitting what the hell happened to this young woman stuff that ended her life.  I just felt everything that Peter Ames, her father,  felt and I just knew that this man would never mend from losing his daughter no matter what he found out. He was struggling also with the thought that Avery, the girl he had treated like a daughter, could be involved. What did she really know about this tragedy?  Now he had connections, legal ones in the NYPD, that he could wrangle onto the investigation in London and so Detective Kelly Moore is promptly despatched to the UK.

Kelly Moore is an unpredictable entity with issues from her past that haven’t been resolved but she has a keen mind to pick up on the little things that can easily be passed by. I just knew that I was going to love this lady that wasn’t frightened to get her sleeves rolled up and get really involved, though there was a point I thought this was going to end as a stand alone read! There are some hairy moments in this book that come with very regular bursts of hide behind the sofa moments, as the body count increases and the teams ‘must speak to’ list of people rapidly vanishes. This chameleon of a killer is one that blends well to get an upper hand and keep one step ahead.

This is a super debut novel that places Detective Kelly Moore in the perfect position for a promising cracking series.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claire Kittridge

Claire Kittridge grew up in Brooklyn, NY watching The X-files, Law and Order, and a worn-out VHS tape of Sweeney Todd that she found in the basement. Long a lover of atmospheric landscape, rolling hills, and rainy days, Claire fell in love with England and its great fictional detectives while traveling around Britain as a teenager.

An avid reader, triathlete, and boxing fan, Claire lives in New York City with her cat, Chairman Meow. She is currently at work on the second Kelly Moore novel.

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

 

Twitter: @CPkittridge

 

Instagram: @clairekittridge

 

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Dark of Night: Episode One by CS Duffy @csduffywriter #ScottishNoir #MurderMystery #KindleUnlimited

Dark of Night: Episode One by [Duffy, CS]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

How far would you go to catch a serial killer?

“Fast paced Tartan Noir at its best. And OMG what a cliffhanger”
“Seriously invested in the characters and very much enjoying the Glesga banter and humour.”
”Pure gave me the chills.”
– reader reviews

Just when Ruari musters the courage to confess his love for best friend Lorna, she goes missing. When Lorna’s body is found in the Campsies, Ruari sets out to retrace her last steps in the hopes of finding her killer – but somebody has beaten him to it. Now the hunt is on for a serial killer terrorising Glasgow.

As Ruari is drawn ever deeper into a labyrinth of darkness, somebody is watching his every move. Will he catch the killer – before the killer catches him?

Dark of night is a fast-paced, twisty serial killer thriller set in Glasgow, turbo-charged with Scandi-esque noir and black humour.

Buy Link:

Dark of Night: Episode One

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ARE REVIEW

Well there is a saying, don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today and in Ruari’s case there was never a truer statement. Finally after years of friendship with Lorna, he has built up enough courage to tell her that he loved her. Now that is big, or it would have been if she hadn’t been murdered. Gosh life is a bummer at times. Well Ruari is determined not to sit back and let the trail go cold to find her killer, so what he lacked in courage to declare his love for her he doesn’t lack in conviction in finding out why she has been killed and by who.

Set in Glasgow this is pure Scottish gold. The descriptions of the area sound very authentic to the point I think I could do a tour of the City and Campsies just from my knowledge from the book. Then the characters have that natural interaction that just brings them to life with a raw quick-witted humour. It feels like it is written with an intimate knowledge of walking these streets and modelling many of the characters from life there.

This is the author’s debut novel, not that you could tell for a minute but it does come with a warning. This is Episode One of Three and to get the full outcome of the story you really do need to read all three books. Is it worth it? Most definitely because this really is a little belter.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.S. Duffy writes psychological suspense thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. Her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK, and her thriller feature Guilty will be shot summer 2018 in Canada. She is the author of Life is Swede, a thriller that was originally written as a blog – leading several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking them why they hadn’t reported the murder that features in the blog. Dark of Night is her first novel.
AUTHOR LINKS:

http://csduffy.com/

Twitter: @csduffywriter

https://www.instagram.com/csduffywriter/

OTHER BOOK IN THIS SERIES AT THE TIME THAT I READ THIS BOOK

Dark of Night: Episode Two

Dark of Night: Episode Two

Dark of Night: Episode One by [Duffy, CS]

Dark of Night: Episode One by CS Duffy @csduffywriter #ScottishNoir #MurderMystery #KindleUnlimited

 

Dark of Night: Episode One by [Duffy, CS]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

How far would you go to catch a serial killer?

“Fast paced Tartan Noir at its best. And OMG what a cliffhanger”
“Seriously invested in the characters and very much enjoying the Glesga banter and humour.”
”Pure gave me the chills.”
– reader reviews

Just when Ruari musters the courage to confess his love for best friend Lorna, she goes missing. When Lorna’s body is found in the Campsies, Ruari sets out to retrace her last steps in the hopes of finding her killer – but somebody has beaten him to it. Now the hunt is on for a serial killer terrorising Glasgow.

As Ruari is drawn ever deeper into a labyrinth of darkness, somebody is watching his every move. Will he catch the killer – before the killer catches him?

Dark of night is a fast-paced, twisty serial killer thriller set in Glasgow, turbo-charged with Scandi-esque noir and black humour.

Buy Link:

Dark of Night: Episode One

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ARE REVIEW

Well there is a saying, don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today and in Ruari’s case there was never a truer statement. Finally after years of friendship with Lorna, he has built up enough courage to tell her that he loved her. Now that is big, or it would have been if she hadn’t been murdered. Gosh life is a bummer at times. Well Ruari is determined not to sit back and let the trail go cold to find her killer, so what he lacked in courage to declare his love for her he doesn’t lack in conviction in finding out why she has been killed and by who.

Set in Glasgow this is pure Scottish gold. The descriptions of the area sound very authentic to the point I think I could do a tour of the City and Campsies just from my knowledge from the book. Then the characters have that natural interaction that just brings them to life with a raw quick-witted humour. It feels like it is written with an intimate knowledge of walking these streets and modelling many of the characters from life there.

This is the author’s debut novel, not that you could tell for a minute but it does come with a warning. This is Episode One of Three and to get the full outcome of the story you really do need to read all three books. Is it worth it? Most definitely because this really is a little belter.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.S. Duffy writes psychological suspense thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. Her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK, and her thriller feature Guilty will be shot summer 2018 in Canada. She is the author of Life is Swede, a thriller that was originally written as a blog – leading several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking them why they hadn’t reported the murder that features in the blog. Dark of Night is her first novel.
AUTHOR LINKS:

http://csduffy.com/

Twitter: @csduffywriter

https://www.instagram.com/csduffywriter/

 

OTHER BOOK IN THIS SERIES AT THE TIME THAT I READ THIS BOOK

Dark of Night: Episode Two

Dark of Night: Episode Two