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Flowers Over the Inferno : The international bestselling debut (A Teresa Battaglia thriller) by Ilaria Tuti @Ilaria_Tuti @orionbooks @NetGalley #BlogTour

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for FLOWERS OVER THE INFERNO by Ilaria Tuti

Flowers Over the Inferno: The international bestselling debut (A Teresa Battaglia thriller) by [Tuti, Ilaria]
BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘If you like Ann Cleeves’s Vera, keep an eye out for Flowers Over the Inferno: Commissioner Battaglia is a bit like an Italian Vera’ Sheila O’Reilly, bookseller and blogger
‘A brilliant protagonist, an eerie setting and a community hiding dark secrets’ Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)
‘A deliciously dark and action-packed thriller… I loved this book’ Karen Dionne, author of Home
‘I was rooting for Teresa Battaglia from the start’ Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
‘I totally fell for the tough-but-vulnerable Teresa Battaglia. Great to see an older woman in this role’ Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice
‘Teresa Battaglia is one of the most interesting detectives to emerge in recent years… An astonishing debut’ M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show

AN IDYLLIC VILLAGE IN THE ALPS.
A LEGACY OF SIN.
AN EVIL LURKING IN THE WOODS.

In a quiet village surrounded by the imposing Italian Alps, a series of violent assaults take place.

Police inspector Teresa Battaglia is called in when the first body is found. Soon more victims are discovered – all horrifically mutilated – and when a new-born baby is kidnapped, Teresa’s investigation becomes a race against the clock.

But Teresa is also fighting a battle against her own body, weighed down by age and diabetes, and her mind, once invincible and now slowly gnawing away at her memory…

THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE TERESA BATTAGLIA SERIES: AN INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING PHENOMENON
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Flowers Over the Inferno
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What a truly captivating story this is, from the aging Police Inspector Teresa Battaglia that is desperately trying to conceal her early onset of Alzheimer’s, to the backdrop story of horrendous experiments on babies and young children through the latter war years and beyond, to the present day mutilated murder victims in the idyllic Italian Alps. Are you hooked? Well you should be.

Teresa Battaglia is a cantankerous battle-axe that is feared, loved, idolised and highly respected by her team of detectives. So when a new detective to the team Marini arrives, he makes it his mission to win her over, not a task to be envied. The rest of the team amuses themselves at the attempts. Battaglia and Marini are like oil and water with their different approaches but Marini is eager to take the rap on the knuckles and learn from the best. I don’t think that I have ever come across a team quite as close as these are. It almost feels as strong as the bond of that of a mother and her grown up children who are watching out for her and her for them.

The backdrop story is heart breaking to read, with each baby in this horrific experiment, from the past, just given a number not a name. One child reacted different to all the rest, child 39, there was something very special about him. It is hard to believe that these experiments were really allowed to take place but they were.

The murders are quite gruesome, even for some of the detectives that are dealing with the case. The small Italian village is extremely tight-lipped, more interested in protecting the commercial industry than finding justice. Battaglia isn’t afraid of voicing her opinion about them. Battaglia has away of looking outside the box, in an investigation, a little out of step with the rest but enough to see situations from a different angle. Just loved her ‘won’t ask anyone to do something I won’t do’ attitude, with her roll her selves up and get on with it approach.

This is a truly fascinating story that had heart and compassion as well as gruesome and shocking. Battaglia makes a superb detective that I can’t wait to see return in future books. Loved her last line which made me really smile. Perfection!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ilaria Tuti

ILARIA TUTI lives in Friuli, in the far north-eastern part of Italy. FLOWERS OVER THE
INFERNO, her debut novel and the first book in the Teresa Battaglia trilogy, was a top 10
bestseller on publication and the biggest debut of 2018 in Italy. Rights for the novel have
been sold in over 15 countries, making her one of the most internationally successful
Italian authors of recent years.
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The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams #RandomHouseUK #TransworldPublishers #NetGalley #Memoir #TheUnwindingoftheMiracle

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A memoir of life, death and everything that comes after by [Yip-Williams, Julie]

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‘A searing memoir … I didn’t know Julie, but in these pages I grew to love her.’ Lucy Kalanithi

Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to have to flee the political upheaval of the late 1970s with her family. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at the age of thirty-seven, with two little girls still at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began.

Growing out of a blog Julie kept for the last four years of her life, The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life told through the prism of imminent death, of a life lived vividly and cut too short. With glorious humour, bracing honesty and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, her story is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. More than just a tale about cancer, it’s about truth and honesty, fear and pain, our dreams, our jealousies. And it’s about how to say goodbye to your children and a life you love.

Starting as a need to understand the disease, it has evolved into a powerful story about living – even as Julie put her affairs in order and prepared to die.

 

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The Unwinding of the Miracle: A memoir of life, death and everything that comes after

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The story opens with a harrowing statement from Julie Yip-Williams and I was in tears, something that would continue to happen throughout this book. Each chapter an honest account of 5 years of her life and how her moods changed, her hopes and fears for her family and preparing her husband and little girls for the times she wouldn’t be around anymore.

Within a couple of weeks of Julie Yip-Williams being born the chances of her living a healthy, happy or long life didn’t have good odds. Julie was the third child to be born to her Vietnamese parents in Vietnam, and the second to have cataracts, except Julie’s were much worse than her sister’s had been. The grandparents, well grandmother’s solution to Julie not being a burden on the family was to have her put to sleep, never to wake up.

Julie escaped that fate and a few more before at the age of 4, leaving her home with her parents and siblings and heading for the USA where surgery managed to restore limited sight to her. Julie didn’t do things by halves, studying with bottle bottom glasses and magnifying glasses but she went on to achieve a Harvard law degree, a top position at a prestige firm and a fairy story romance that in the future would be tested beyond any natural limits.

At 37 years old Julie was happily married to Josh, she had a career and two little girls, Mia and Isabelle, before she was swept off her feet again when she was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer. There are no holds bared in this story as she goes through so many different stages of hope, determination, realisation and desperation and how it affects all of them.

There are so many tremendously brave chapters but one particularly really got to me, a scene at one of her daughters schools and she really looses it, not in a shouting way but in such a tender moment, the little things that we all take for granted. The kindness of people sometimes just wows me and this was one of these times. Even now I have tears rolling down my face thinking of this.

Having said all that, Julie’s life really is one to celebrate. Her courage throughout her life is tremendous. If there had been a way to beat this disease then she would have done it. A truly remarkable woman with a remarkable husband and daughters. The final chapter has been left to Josh as the last couple of weeks leading up to her death were impossible for her to continue. A very touching and frank ending and new beginning for him and their daughters to move forward.

Many thanks to NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams was a writer, mother, wife and lawyer who grew up in California and graduated from Harvard Law School. In July 2013 she was diagnosed with Stage Four colon cancer. She died in March 2018, aged forty-two, and leaves behind her husband, Josh, and their daughters, Mia and Isabelle.

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A memoir of life, death and everything that comes after by [Yip-Williams, Julie]

 

Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton @arwenelysdayton @HarperVoyagerUK #BlogReview #ScienceFiction #YoungAdult

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‘Will send shivers down your spine’
Teen Vogue

‘A work of unforgettable vision and imagination. This book is everything I love about science fiction’
Jay Kristoff

Are you ready for the future?

Black Mirror with a touch of Westworld re-wiring, STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL is a novel in six interconnected parts about what it means to be human – and where those boundaries lie.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant future, the author, Arwen Elys Dayton, explores the possible consequences of advanced medical breakthroughs and how they may shape and reshape humanity. From organ donation to plastic surgery to full bodily reconstruction, these stories take you by your (for now, organic) hand and lead you into a future where the line between person and machine becomes increasingly blurred.

Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, this novel strikes new ground while also seeming so strangely… likely.

Just try to disconnect.

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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Firstly I have to say that I love this book cover as it matches the stories inside perfectly. Set a few years from now human’s are evolving faster than natural evolution with the help of advanced science techniques. The whole story is made up from 6 smaller segments that fit together at different times in the book. I won’t say they are chapters because each one has its own worth and can stand on its own.

The stories are really based on how far will humans push for perfection. Will it end when every part of the human body, inside and out, can be replaced with genetic engineering to extend life indefinitely? When then do we stop being human and are just machines or a combination of both? When plastic surgery was first under taken I believe that it was to repair the horrific damage and disfigured features of war victims that had terrible injuries to try to give them some sort of quality of life back. Now it is used to give its patients younger and more beautiful bodies and faces.

The stories range from life or death situations to transformations of beings that are a combination of organic and machine creations through choice. It isn’t just a matter of extending life, it is the quality or lack of it too. The first and last stories seem to come full circle on each other. The decision to sacrifice one life to save another, very clever, one that plays with your mind. Like everything else too it is different to make judgement on people when you aren’t emotionally involved but as the priest in this story knows it isn’t that easy when it is personal.

One of the most heart breaking stories for me was what do you do with the ones that go wrong? We trust governments and doctors when we are told this will give your child the chance of a better life, go ahead and have this vaccine. How many children and families have suffered from the times when the ones to be trusted have got it wrong? Would you trust them to put it right?

The stories revolve round people who are sort of pioneers for this technology to begin with but it just doesn’t centre on the genetic changes, the stories are how it affects them emotionally and socially. This book would make a brilliant discussion debate for schools, book clubs and such like. A brilliant read for YA or adult.

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

Arwen Elys Dayton is best known for her 2012 novel Resurrection and the YA Seeker trilogy. She began her career as a teenage staff writer at a foundation that produced Peabody Award-winning educational shows for PBS. Soon afterward, she began writing novels.

She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, lots of ruined castles in Scotland, and the cold cities around the Baltic Sea. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.

Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwenelysdayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Instagram, or reach her by email at arwenelysdayton@gmail.com.

She is represented by Jodi Reamer at Writers House.

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Tainted: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 4) by David Evans @DavidEwriter @CarolineBookBit @OrchardViewBook #BlogTour #NewRelease #WakefieldSeries

Firstly I wish to thank Caroline Vincent of Bits About Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for TAINTED by David Evans

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A botched attempt to extort money has tragic consequences.
An embarrassing DNA match to an unsolved rape and murder twenty years before means DI Colin Strong has to use his best diplomatic tactics.
Simultaneously, journalist Bob Souter is tasked with writing about that same case to re-focus public attention. Will the newspaper’s actions help or hinder the police?
Meanwhile, Strong’s team has two separate murder enquiries to run.
With their friendship under duress, will Souter and Strong be able to work together?

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Tainted: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 4)

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is the fourth book in this super series which is set in Wakefield not long after the turn of the new century. I really connect with these books as I lived in this area at the time that the stories are set. I can easily visualise the streets and town how it use to be, the pubs and shops. Even where it all begins in this story. The murder that goes down in the park in present day, is one that will link to an unsolved murder from 20 years before. A case that is already firmly in the eyes of Journalist Bob Souter as a public interest sort of story and a jog memories article to try to get some justice finally for the 14-year-old victim and her family.

The story does relate back to previous books so it is a good idea to take a look at those too, if you have the time. The last book was very emotional which is why Souter is more than anxious at present day events. He really has been through the mill in his life and had more than his fair share of tragedy.

DI Colin Strong’s mind is quite occupied too with a suggestion that has been put to him, but he had been conned once before, was it worth taking a chance again, it could be his last one if he was ever going to get any higher in his job.

The stories flow well together and although Souter and Strong have crossed paths before, which has been beneficial to them both, they do have a tendency to hold back snippets of information that give them an edge against each other. Susan who works with Souter and was taken under his wing after a case she was involved in, has grown in confidence throughout the books, stepping up in her role to help out preoccupied Souter in this novel. She does give rise to some scary moments though with the chances she takes.

This is a real down to earth and gritty police procedural on the brink of the massive changes that technology differences of today make. Love the detailed descriptions of the areas, the chases and the emotional every day problems that make them who they are. A super addition to this classic series that captures an era.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Delighted to have The Wakefield Series re-published in paperback and ebook formats. The crime fiction series set primarily in Yorkshire, consists of TROPHIES, TORMENT, which was shortlisted in the prestigious Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger in 2013, and TALISMAN. Also planned for release in February 2019 is TAINTED, the fourth Wakefield novel.
Previously, The Wakefield Series became an International Best Seller in June 2017.
Also available is DISPOSAL, the first of The Tendring Series, a new crime series set in north Essex in the late 1970s.

OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES PLUS BUY LINK:

Trophies: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 1)

Torment: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 2)

Talisman: A DI Colin Strong Investigation (The Wakefield Series Book 3)

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The Nowhere Child by Christian White @CWhiteAuthor @HarperCollinsUK #NetGalley #Suspense #Religious

The Nowhere Child: The bestselling debut psychological thriller you need to read in 2019 by [White, Christian]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A little girl went missing years ago. That child is you.

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller that won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, previously won by THE DRY and THE ROSIE PROJECT.

‘Read page one, and you won’t stop. Guaranteed’ Jeffery Deaver

A child was stolen twenty years ago
Little Sammy Went vanishes from her home in Manson, Kentucky – an event that devastates her family and tears apart the town’s deeply religious community.

And somehow that missing girl is you
Kim Leamy, an Australian photographer, is approached by a stranger who turns her world upside down – he claims she is the kidnapped Sammy and that everything she knows about herself is based on a lie.

How far will you go to uncover the truth?
In search of answers, Kim returns to the remote town of Sammy’s childhood to face up to the ghosts of her early life. But the deeper she digs into her family background the more secrets she uncovers… And the closer she gets to confronting the trauma of her dark and twisted past.

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The Nowhere Child

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

There is no surprise that this book received such a prestige award because it begins at an almighty pace and just gets faster! Australian Kim Leamy was doing pretty well for herself as a photographer. Well that was until an American stranger knocked her world from under her when he announced that she was his little sister, who had been abducted from Kentucky over 20 years ago. Now that’s not something you hear everyday but after a rummage among her family photos and finding nothing of her before the age of 2 and a blood test well she can’t deny what he is saying. Kim packs her bags and goes to find out more about her short life in America and the family that she was taken from.

For the first two years of her life her name had been Sammy Went and her family lived in a very over the top and pretty weird religious community with a fair assortment of snakes. God fearing, deadly snakes that judge the guilty and innocent. Whoa this felt like stepping back in time. Kim was going to have her work cut out in this tight-lipped community, that really aren’t the friendliest of people. Kim is determined to find out more about her family and the reasons behind her abduction.

The story dips back and forth into the past and present day with an increasing uneasiness growing the more the two time lines are coming together. There are some pretty awesome characters in this story, not all good, but real get to you sort of people who will be a long time before they fade from my mind. And there are stories within the story that just stopped me in my tracks. Could these things really happen? The story made me have that uneasy, butterfly in my stomach feeling in so many parts and in others I felt horrified enough that if I had been there I would have been frozen in fear.

What a cracking story, perfect for the super sleuth readers and mystery seekers of the truth. It doesn’t lack a few dead people either. Did I mention snakes? There are plenty of very deadly snakes! Highly recommended.

I received this e-copy of the book from NetGalley and the publisher which I have reviewed honestly

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christian White is an internationally bestselling and award-winning Australian author and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. He is currently in development with Matchbox Pictures on a new television series which he co-created, inspired by his script One Year Later, winner of the 2013 Australian Writers Guild ‘Think Inside The Box’competition. His films have been shown at film festivals around the world. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and their greyhound

 

 

Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke @AmandaBrookeAB @HarperCollinsUK #DomesticSuspense #NetGalley #BlogReview #DontTurnAround

Don’t Turn Around: A heart-stopping gripping domestic suspense by [Brooke, Amanda]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

She died.

You’re next.

Now he’s coming for you

Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.

Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…

As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?

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Don’t Turn Around

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Ten years ago when Meg took her own life, after being unable to escape an abusive relationship, some of her family’s way of dealing with it was to try to give troubled women someone to listen to them and let them know they weren’t on their own. The family set up a help line called Lean on Me, where I am sure over the years they had saved many lives but when a new caller seems to be going down the exact path that Meg  did it rings alarm bells. Could the monster that drove Meg to ending her life be doing the same to another young woman. They knew Meg’s ex Lewis was back in town. If they are to save this woman they have to track her down.

This is such an emotional read with so many taboo subjects rearing their heads. The return of Meg’s ex opens festering wounds in the family that simply won’t heal. They feel that justice was never served to the guilty man who drove her to end her life. As the family becomes obsessed it becomes a race against time. No-one will listen to them so Jen, Meg’s cousin, becomes his stalker. Lewis has always sworn his innocence, one victim was too much she won’t let it be two.

This story has a terrible sadness about it but the characters are perfectly formed and react to situations in realistic and convincing ways. It is this that makes it an outstanding read.

Meg’s suicide left a lot said and no answers, clues with clues in clues. I don’t know if you can ever feel peace when someone you love takes their life perhaps you can only accept what you can’t change. This is a gripping read to start with and turns into one that made me totally numbed.

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

Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter, Jessica. When her three-year-old son died from cancer, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration. Yesterday’s Sun is inspired by her experiences of motherhood.

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Don’t Turn Around: A heart-stopping gripping domestic suspense by [Brooke, Amanda]

Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke @AmandaBrookeAB @HarperCollinsUK #DomesticSuspense #NetGalley #BlogReview #DontTurnAround

Don’t Turn Around: A heart-stopping gripping domestic suspense by [Brooke, Amanda]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

She died.

You’re next.

Now he’s coming for you

Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.

Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…

As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?

BUY LINK:

Don’t Turn Around

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Ten years ago when Meg took her own life, after being unable to escape an abusive relationship, some of her family’s way of dealing with it was to try to give troubled women someone to listen to them and let them know they weren’t on their own. The family set up a help line called Lean on Me, where I am sure over the years they had saved many lives but when a new caller seems to be going down the exact path that Meg  did it rings alarm bells. Could the monster that drove Meg to ending her life be doing the same to another young woman. They knew Meg’s ex Lewis was back in town. If they are to save this woman they have to track her down.

This is such an emotional read with so many taboo subjects rearing their heads. The return of Meg’s ex opens festering wounds in the family that simply won’t heal. They feel that justice was never served to the guilty man who drove her to end her life. As the family becomes obsessed it becomes a race against time. No-one will listen to them so Jen, Meg’s cousin, becomes his stalker. Lewis has always sworn his innocence, one victim was too much she won’t let it be two.

This story has a terrible sadness about it but the characters are perfectly formed and react to situations in realistic and convincing ways. It is this that makes it an outstanding read.

Meg’s suicide left a lot said and no answers, clues with clues in clues. I don’t know if you can ever feel peace when someone you love takes their life perhaps you can only accept what you can’t change. This is a gripping read to start with and turns into one that made me totally numbed.

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

Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter, Jessica. When her three-year-old son died from cancer, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration. Yesterday’s Sun is inspired by her experiences of motherhood.

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Don’t Turn Around: A heart-stopping gripping domestic suspense by [Brooke, Amanda]

The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace @AceCathy #TheWrongBoy #NewRelease #BlogReview

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Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon’s Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he’s just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .

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The Wrong Boy: Suspense-packed page turner…the ending is a stunner

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEWS

I adored the location of this story which is set on the rugged coastal cliff tops in Wales, a place where the locals think the know each other and each others business but in truth their own lives are so mixed up they don’t even know themselves.

When the badly burnt remains of a man are discovered on the edge of Rhosddraig it stirs up the residents and brings outsiders and Rubberneckers to the hamlet. The identity isn’t known of the victim but one thing is for sure, he hadn’t done this to himself. The story centres round the local pub occupied by three generations of women, owned by the vile mouthed Gran, run by her daughter Helen and helper soon to be 18 grand-daughter Sadie. Gran welcomes any drama that brings more trade to the pub, often being the centre of it herself!

It would have normally been D.I. Evan Glovers domain to head the investigation but as he was due to retire in a couple of days he handed the case over to his partner DS Liz Stanley. Oh boy does Glover have itchy feet and just can’t help himself throughout the story to be involved along with his mint wife Betty.

There are a lot of voices in this book to throw any reader off the scent but so worth trying to solve this ever-growing mystery, I love being at least on par with the detectives before the end comes. There are a few story lines running along side the ‘main event’ which make the story more realistic. In real life we never just have one thing to deal with at a time. Grudges, misunderstandings and just nastiness are constantly bubbling and erupting amongst the residents causing rifts that have gone on for generations.

The last quarter of the book really starts to pull things together in the most unexpected and dramatic ways, a superb story that was all there to be picked apart. I so hope there is more to come.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cathy Ace

Welsh Canadian mystery author Cathy Ace is the creator of The Cait Morgan Mysteries. Born, raised and educated in Wales, Cathy enjoyed a successful career in marketing and training across Europe for twenty years before migrating to Vancouver, Canada. There she taught on MBA and Undergraduate marketing programmes at various Universities for a decade. Her eclectic tastes in art, music, food and drink have been developed during her decades of extensive travels, which she continues, whenever possible. Now a full-time author, Cathy and her husband are keen gardeners who enjoy being helped out around their rural acreage by their chocolate Labradors.

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You belong to Me by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor @BloodhoundBook #BlogTour #BlogReview #YouBelongToMe #PsychologicalThriller #Suspense

Firstly I wish to thank Emma Welton of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for YOU BELONG TO ME by Mark Tilbury

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Can two wrongs ever make a right?
The police never found fifteen-year-old Ellie Hutton. She vanished ten years ago after walking home from school along a disused railway track. But Danny Sheppard knows exactly what happened to her. She is dead and buried in a field near Lassiter’s Brook.
Now Cassie Rafferty has gone missing. Same age. Similar circumstances. And Danny also knows what has happened to her.
Can Danny fight his demons and tell the truth this time?
Or will history repeat itself and leave another innocent girl dead?

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You Belong To Me: a psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Mark Tilbury takes a side step off the path that he usually goes down with his supernatural themed books and delivers a frightening and realistic story that is spine shiver worthy. The opening chapter really got under my skin and left me with that gut wrenching uneasy feeling of pure helplessness. As each sentence became set on the page and unable to change, the realisation of any good conclusion being possible simply set alongside each word like concrete.

The story jumps back and forth to present day following the lives of four best pals. The lads that paired together because they were literally the outcasts. Although that may have been their only link it was as strong as any other group. The lads had all gone different ways after school but when headlines hit the paper in present day it was enough to bring them all back together as grown men. They couldn’t change the past but they could influence present day. This would be their chance to shine and finally move on from the limbo they had been stuck in all these years.

This is a real edgy story that from the start never really eases up because of one particular character. What begins with them as being bullied escalates into them being over their necks in trouble and any chance of a normal life just a dream. As the story unfolds from the past it becomes utterly heart breaking, a terrible burden and living constantly traumatized and petrified. It is a game of all or nothing for more than them.

Another standout story line of pure uniqueness.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised. 

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused. 

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had six novels published by Bloodhound Books, including his most recent release, You Belong To Me. 

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Author website: http://www.marktilbury.com

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Tilbury/e/B00X7R10I4/

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/marktilburyauthor/

Twitter handle: @MTilburyAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marktilburyauthor/@marktilburyauthor

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Missing, Murder Suspected, A True Crime Trilogy by Austin Stone @books_ed @FriesenPress #TrueCrime #TheChickenRunMuder1924 #TheBuckRuxtonJig-SawMurders1935 #LutonSackMurder1943

Missing, Murder Suspected by [Stone, Austin]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Missing, Murder Suspected is a crime novel based around a trilogy of true crime events.

The first, “Love and Hate amongst the Chickens” was publicly known as ‘The Chicken Run Murder‘ of 1924, where John Norman Thorne murdered his fianc’e Elsie Cameron.

The second, “A House of Horror” was also based on the true crime known as ‘The Buck Ruxton Jig-Saw Murders‘ of 1935. This crime involved the double murders by Dr.Buck Ruxton of his wife Isabella and her nursemaid Mary Rogerson.

The third, “Four Sacks for a Shroud” is about the ‘Luton Sack Murder‘ of 1943, where, during WW2, a London fireman, Bertie Manton was driven into a killing rage by his wife Rene.

“Although at times this may read as fiction, only a minimum of ‘author’s license‘ is involved, every fact being authentic, every conversation based on the evidence of witnesses. In this way it is hoped that the reader will be able to appreciate fully the tension and drama, as well as the workings of providence, which often conspire to bring tragedy into the lives of ordinary people.” — Austin Stone

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I quite often read hot off the press crime fiction novels and love them. I can say that about those books because to corner a well-known phrase ‘No-one got hurt in the making of them’. This is different this is a true crime novel and people died. This is the victims stories, that of the men that murdered them, how they were caught, had trials and faced the consequences of what they had done. The other unusual thing was that all the murders had taken place years ago with the majority of the story written 2 years before I was born.

The stories of the each of the three cases have been reconstructed from the statements of family and friends that knew  the victims and murderers, followed by police interviews, post mortems and subsequent trials. In this instance knowing the outcome of each story certainly didn’t spoil the gut wrenching punch that they left me with.

As each of the cases facts are laid out, there isn’t any sentiment as it reads more like a documentary with a reconstruction of events that lead up to the murders, the lies and cover ups that follow before discovery and eventual disclosure of what had gone on in detail, including autopsy reports of the injuries.

The book is perfection itself in detail and structure, extremely professional and 100% fascinating. There was no way that I could stop before each case was concluded and it was a must to carry on to the next. Each murder was followed by the whole of the country, who were at times divided on the guilt of each man. The most macabre for me was the second case and the one that affected me the greatest. Two victims and so much blood. Oh wow, this man had an answer for everything. Cool, sophisticated and terribly smug. He really made me read with a lump in my throat.

This book was discovered after the death of the author and edited by his son years later. It is faultless. A real credit to them both. Highly recommended!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AUSTIN STONE (1904-1979) was a well known crime novelist and BBC playwright between the years 1936 and 1955. Most of his books and plays were based on historically True Crime events and were published in several languages for overseas readers. Prior to “Missing, Murder Suspected”, his last published book was “In the Shadow”, a novel based on the ‘Camden Town Murder’ of 1907, published in 1953. This famous murder has since been possibly linked to ‘Jack the Ripper’ by the famous American crime novelist Patricia Cornwell and also as depicted by artist Walter Sickert….

AUTHOR LINKS:

This is a link to Eddie Stone’s FB Page which he has dedicated to his father and his books. He always welcomes anyone that would like to know more about his father’s life, work and books.

https://www.facebook.com/EdStoneBooks

https://www.facebook.com/edmund.stone.77

Twitter: @books_ed

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Missing, Murder Suspected by [Stone, Austin]