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Dying Art by Malcolm Hollingdrake #Blog Tour #(DC Bennett book 5) #Harrogate @MHollingdrake @BloodhoundBooks

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour for Dying Art

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A gripping and explosive crime thriller

Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world.
Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, where there is money to be made, violence and murder are never far away.
Working their way through a maze of galleries, museums and the internet, Bennett’s team struggles to make sense of the evidence.
Can Bennett tell the difference between what is real and what is fake?

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I just love a novel where I can pick up a theme and this one really fitted the bill.

Welcome to the world of art, the expensive stuff that people with money and a lack of trust in banks and dodgy pension schemes, put their excess cash in for a rainy day and retirement. A real investment that can only grow but where there is big money to be spent, there are also bigger men with ways to take it off you. Forgery of such art works can be extremely hard to detect at times even for the experts. This means that millions of pounds are sat in paintings that are worth only a fraction of the price paid, just pretty pictures that are extremely good fakes.

When the death of a young woman connected to the art world is discovered not to be the accident that it was first thought to be but faked, it opens up an investigation into the world of big business, double cross and deception and although the Crime Investigation Team at Harrogate are really top notch when it comes down to murder, their knowledge of the art world isn’t. Well not at the moment anyway, DCI Cyril Bennett is just easing back into the job after tragic events have kept him off work for a while. He is a lover and collector of art, not to mention the connections he has in the art world himself  and the team could really do with his knowledge right now.

DCI Cyril Bennett is still a quite defeated man, ok the Doctor may have written him up as fit for work, with Bennett I am sure putting on a brave front and faking it about being ready, but the truth was he was far from it. Everything about work was a constant reminder of a grave loss. Cyril has been asked by a friend to help look into a burglary of some artwork and soon begins to join the dots.The team really need Cyril and Cyril really needs this case to throw himself into.

Malcolm Hollingdrake has raised the bar again with this book which although is part of a  series could be read as a stand alone but don’t short change yourself. Each book tackles  such diverse crimes that are committed for many different reasons.  The chapters are longer than most as compared to other books but cover a situation rather than just views of a character. He has a way of including a vast amount of knowledge woven into the story without being technical so the core theme is never lost. A super series that is as much about people as it is about crime. Brilliant!

I wish to thank Bloodhound Books for proving me with a mobi file of this book for a blog tour. My review is unbiased and honest.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has four books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.

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Immortalis by G.M. Sherwin #Sci-Fi Horror

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

One man’s pursuit of the unknown will unleash an ancient evil.

An Immortal will rise up from the darkness.

On the last planet to be colonized by humans, astrophysicist Ash Palmer will set in motion events that will change the history and future for the human race.

Still trying to come to terms with a horrific tragedy he sets out to finish his father’s life’s work

There are others who are interested in Palmers work that will stop at nothing, no matter what the cost to prevent an ancient prophecy becoming a reality.

In his search, Palmer encounters a stranger who will turn his world upside down with revelations about his own origins and that of one other whose fates are linked.

What he discovers will lead him into darkness and the battle for his very soul will begin…

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Oh this is good stuff but do pay attention as it is only a short book, a novella in size so a lot of information and characters seem to appear in rapid succession and these you do need to grasp who is who.

An opening scene and a the discovery by an exploration team of a prophecy told in pictures of what could be the end of the human race results in the guardians being formed. A band of protectors and watchers that secretly look for any sign that it is beginning. They are The Brotherhood.  800 years later and generation after generation have  kept this society going, now their time has come. It just took one probe into a black hole to open unleash a festering evil that had been bound up to now, and it was hungry.

This is the debut novel of this author and he has arrived in style. The opening scene I would say to you read twice because there is so much information in these few pages that makes it easier to understand the connection between the two main characters in the story. It is very much a good versus evil type of read and thoroughly entertaining. There really isn’t a word wasted with the short chapters changing from character and scene to keep everything running together. Loved the very descriptive style and rapid changes that took place. Super ending.

I won this book in a competition at an online book launch party for another book. Thank you to Maxine and the Author for this, my prize.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

G M Sherwin was born and raised in a small village in West Yorkshire and still lives in the north of England with his wife, 3 children and 2 cat. It was while at school that he penned his first short story which gave him a taste for writing.

And it was a love of the Albert Einstein quote, ‘there comes a point in your life when you have to stop reading other people books and write your own’ which spurred him on to write his first book Immortalis.

When he isn’t working G M Sherwin enjoys spending time with his young family. And if he gets any time to himself he likes to relax with a good book and a glass of red wine. He is also a passionate film buff and loves anything out of the normal, the paranormal or sci-fi related.

 

The Last Meridian by Joe Hefferon @hefferonjoe

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

A telegram sets off a chain of events that destroys five lives, throwing Hollywood insider Nina Ferrer’s life into turmoil. The infant boy she gave up for adoption in Chicago sixteen years earlier has been arrested for murder. A plea from the boy’s adoptive mother pushes her to act, but Nina has a big problem—she never told her husband about the boy.

Nina must come to terms with her guilt, while accepting the reality of her fragile life and her cheating husband, who’s embroiled in another deadly plot. As her life unravels, the boy’s fate grows ominous. Set against the backdrop of the Hollywood heyday of the early 1960s, the quick-witted, smart-talking Nina, a designer for the well-heeled of Los Angeles, hires a private detective to uncover the facts about what happened back in Chicago, and save her boy. Maybe… just maybe… he can save her, too.

Or perhaps Nina will have to save herself, the most frightening prospect of all. To do that, she must cross The Last Meridian, the place beyond which life as she knows it will no longer exist.

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The murder of Gerald Moon Harper, a wannabe gangster and low life, surprisingly made a huge difference to five people lives. Well destroyed them actually.

In 1948 Lynn Killian left not only her life and name behind her when she moved from Chicago Illinois in search of the glamour of Hollywood, she also left her son. Now 16 years later he has witnessed the murder of his adoptive mother’s bully boyfriend and the good and bad guys are more than interested in getting hold of him.

The renamed and now affluent interior designer to the rich and famous of Hollywood, Nina Ferrer is left between a rock and a hard place. Should she step up and help the son she abandoned or lay low. Coming clean will take away everything she has accomplished and expose her to a past no-one knew about including her wealthy husband. So the hiring of a Private Investigator known as CS and help of Journalist Jimmy may be her and her son’s only hope.

I loved the writing style of Joe Hefferon that brought to life the gangster figures of the 1960’s, where the sight of these well heeled and dare I say almost glamourous men, spelled trouble if they came a calling because even they held a strict code of practice which if you have half a brain you don’t cross, or else that is all you are left with.  They were not men for brawling anymore, if suited they had worked up the ranks off the streets to carry to guns to finalise business, if you know what I mean. Often violent and always tragic no one could escape the tsunami of changes that came from the ripple of a nobody.

I felt that the whole era was beautifully captured, I was even thinking of these scenes in my mind in black and white rather than colour like some of the movies of this time period and the dialogue just rounded it all off quite perfectly. Women never having to carry a lighter because a gentleman would always oblige. The atmosphere of this classic time has been immortalised in these pages in such a way that I even read the book in my mind with the voices of a bygone age. A book to experience.

I wish to thank the author for sending me a mobi copy of this book which I have reviewed in an honest and unbiased way.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe enters the writing world after a 25-year law enforcement career in the city of Newark, NJ. He’s written for several online publications, including over thirty profiles of high-achieving women from around the world for About.com. He has an inexplicable curiosity about Texas noir, and set two short stories in the southeast corner of the state between Laredo and Corpus Christi. Many of the awful things his characters inflict on one another are based on real events from his former career. The sarcasm is in his bones. Joe lives in New Jersey but enjoys learning about other cultures and perspectives. He’s fascinated by human motivation, and doesn’t believe much happens by accident. He often listens to movie soundtracks when writing to help with visualization.

 

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Policeman Pete and the Unexpected Delivery, A Barbara Ann Book #Blog Tour @policemanpete @AuthorightUKPR

Firstly I just want to say thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Authoright,  for inviting me to be part of this lovely blog tour for The Policeman Pete Books, in the Barbara Ann Book series. This is my second book review in the series but I keep up with the books on the tour every day. You will find my reviews every Wednesday and Sunday, while the tour runs. Enjoy!
A delightful set of children’s stories following the fictional character Policeman Pete in his daily activities. All the books within the series are based on true occurrences that have taken place in Saddleworth, a civil parish made up of 7 villages nestled within the foothills of the Pennines in North West England

 

Paperback: 30 pages
Publisher: Creative Locations Ltd (16 Aug. 2016)
ISBN-10: 1910351202
ISBN-13: 978-1910351208

BOOK DESCRIPTION

This story is about one of our mares, called Annie, who had an early delivery of a beautiful foal, while still out in the field

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Policeman-Pete-Unexpected-Delivery-Books/dp/1910351202/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1496267287&sr=8-11&keywords=policeman+pete

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Today in this story Policeman Pete and Policewoman Nicola are working together again but this time in the day time. When Policeman Pete is taking Nicola to meet Mrs. Tibbit, who owns a large stables, they see a horse lying down in the field and of course have to investigate. They have a wonderful surprise and Nicola goes to get help.

There has been a very unexpected early delivery which everyone is delighted about. This is a lovely story supported by beautiful pictures. It opens up so many conversations and games to play as well as encouraging the child to tell the story through the pictures.

Policeman Pete was actually based on a real village bobby where these books are set. Martin Warburton, retired for several years, still lives locally.

I received a copy of this book for review purposes as part of a blog tour. This is the 8th book that I have read and reviewed in the series. My opinions are my own and unbiased.

This is the very last day of this tour. It has been quite a wonderful adventure for everyone that has taken part and I hope you have grown a real fondness for the series as we have.

 

Policeman Pete’s Holiday Safety Tips

8 Policeman Pete says that if you are playing down on the beach it is best to wear jelly sandals so you don’t cut your feet if you happen to stand on anything sharp.
For Policeman Pete’s Holiday Safety Tip from yesterday please visit Ali – The Dragon Slayer http://cancersuckscouk.ipage.com/

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brought up and schooled in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at the age of 17, Barbara decided on a nursing career. Later, she set up her own day nursery which she ran for a few years before supporting her husband in his busy profession. Fast forward to 2013, Barbara started writing and illustrating the Policeman Pete series. She currently lives at Brimmycroft Farm, in the small Saddleworth village of Denshaw, Oldham with her husband, horses, geese, ducks and cats. She is an active participant in charities involving law enforcement including the Blue Lamp Foundation. She has previously appeared on BBC Radio Manchester and been featured in the Oldham Advertiser and the Manchester Evening News.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/policemanpete
Website – http://policemanpetebooks.co.uk/

 

WELL THIS IS LAST OF THE POLICEMAN PETE BLOG TOUR BOOKS BUT DO WATCH OUT FOR MORE VERY SOON. I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS SUPER TOUR AS MUCH HAS I HAVE.

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The Policeman Pete books are ideal for children aged between 3 – 6 and are perfect gifts when bought as a set.

 

Deadly Spirits by Michael Helms (McClellan Mystery Series Book #4) @EMichaelHelms

BOOK DESCRIPTION

When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Although this is book 4 in the series there was no problem at all reading it as a stand alone as the story is complete. The characters had a natural flow about them and there was enough back drop on who was who and how they fit together all in a very natural way.

Mac McClellan has worked as a PI for the last 2 years after leaving the Marines and 24 years service to his country behind him. This of course makes him a pretty focused guy when he has to be but not today. Today Mac is tagging along with his lovely girlfriend Kate Bell who is a member of The Palmetto Paranormal Society, not that he is a believer in ghosts and such things but simply for Kate.

There isn’t anything happening at the once Navarro hotel as far as spiritual activity goes except adding to any spirits already there as Dr. Ernest Bagwell, heading the ghost hunt, is found at the bottom of the stairs very much dead with a broken neck with a very distressed girlfriend at his side. Now Mac’s interest is certainly tweaked but this is just the first death in this little band of ghost hunters that are going over to the ‘other side’ faster than you can say ‘Is there anybody there?’

I couldn’t help but like Mac with his at times wicked humour and annoying view of every woman he meets. He just sort of grew on me the further I got into the book, I just couldn’t help myself. A real whodunit that uncovers more than a killer.  With layers of lies  and secrets affairs, it is a very busy entertaining read.  A great story, a mystery and light humour too.

I wish to thank the author Michael Helms for my ebook for this story which I have reviewed honestly.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I was born in Georgia way back in the last century but grew up and lived most of my life in Panama City, Florida. In 2004 my wife and I moved to the Upstate region of South Carolina in the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a land of stunning vistas and numerous waterfalls.

I’ve been traditionally published since 1990 when my Vietnam War memoir, The Proud Bastards, was published. It’s about my time as a combat U.S. Marine in 1967-68. It’s still in print after all these years, currently with Simon & Schuster/Pocket. I’ve since written a few novels in different genres. I’m currently writing the Mac McClellan Mystery series which is set along the coast of the Florida Panhandle where I grew up.

 

http://www.emichaelhelms.com/

TWITTER @EMichaelHelms

https://emichaelhelms.wordpress.com/

https://www.amazon.com/E.-Michael-Helms/e/B001K90FSM/

https://www.facebook.com/emichaelhelms

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/183472.E_Michael_Helms

 

Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta #serial killer @SueColetta1

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Shawnee Daniels — cybercrimes specialist by day, cat burglar by night — ignites the hellfire fury of a serial killer when she unknowingly steals his trophy box.

A SERIAL KILLER STALKS THE STREETS…

Cat burglar Shawnee Daniels always believed her “fearlessness rules” mantra would keep her on top and out of jail. When she hacks a confiscated hard drive at the Revere P.D., she focuses on a white-collar criminal accused of embezzlement. To teach him a lesson and recoup the funds she breaks into his massive contemporary in Bear Clave Estates. Jack has even more secrets, deadly secrets, secrets worth killing over.

A CAT BURGLAR PICKS THE WRONG HOUSE TO ROB…

Shawnee thinks she made it out clean until a deadly package arrives at her door soon after. He’s found her. As a glowing eagle taunts her Skype screen, Jack tells her she stole his precious trophy box — and he wants it back!

THEIR LIVES COLLIDE…

When her “helpful” best friend convinces her to date charismatic Detective Levaughn Samuels, her two worlds threaten to implode. Ordinarily Shawnee keeps a firm line between her professions, but dating Levaughn might help her get this psycho off her tail.

AND NOW, NO ONE IS SAFE…

In this lightning-fast-paced psychological thriller of secrets and lies, Shawnee juggles being stalked by a serial killer, dating the lead detective on the case, and tap dancing around her librarian best friend.

If she doesn’t find the trophy box, the killer’s coming for her. If she doesn’t expose her secrets and lies, more will die. And if she does, she could lose her freedom and everyone she holds dear.

If you’re a fan of Lisa Jackson, Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter thrillers, crime fiction with an edge, or psychological thrillers, mystery, and suspense, then Wings of Mayhem is for you.

Praise for Sue Coletta’s novels…

“The heart-stopping descriptions are so jarringly real that there are several scenes I will never forget.” ~ Eliza Cross, Award Winning Author

“Sue Coletta isn’t going to spare you the gory details or an honest look behind the crime scene tape. She’s a well versed author in all things crime who indelicately dumps you into the middle of a life which has been disrupted, disturbed, and marred by the evil acts of a solitary man.” ~ Beaux Cooper, Author and Amazon Reviewer

“Sue Coletta’s writing style is bold. It’s riveting.

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHT AND REVIEW

This is a story that gets right under your skin and makes every nerve ending raise every hair on your body. I have read about some pretty scary serial killers but I think that The Creator, or Jack as he is known by work colleagues and the justice system, has to rank up there amongst the most horrific and memorable.

Shawnee Daniels has been ‘making a difference’ with a little justice of her own when the courts systems hands are tied and the bad guys are getting richer from unsuspecting victims. She had so far evaded discovery, as her normal quick thinking has always saved her. Shawnee has a regular job through the day but at night she is a bit of a Robin Hood cat burglar.  That is until she breaks into the wrong house and the cat burglar becomes the hunted mouse.

What a super story this is but be warned there are some very horrific scenes of violence and one especially heart breaking scene that has really stuck with me. I still aren’t sure of Shawnee, brilliant character, but just wanted to shake her at times to jolt her into what was happening round her. This is a story that takes you straight into the heart of things with an already well established killer, so the action is instinct, the tension is high and stopping reading is just impossible. Gripping entertainment.

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

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is an award-winning, multi-published author in numerous anthologies, and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly.

In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue’s a radio host—check out “Partners In Crime” on Writestream Radio Network, Blog Talk Radio—the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

Sue lives with her husband in New Hampshire, surrounded by the sultry sounds of nature.

Sue Coletta, Crime Writer

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Stone Groove by Erik Carter (Dale Conley Historical Action Thrillers #1) @ErikCarterBooks

BOOK DESCRIPTION

An empty crime scene. A blood-spattered stone. And a 400-year-old mystery.

Special Agent Dale Conley specializes in the unusual, and he’s seen it all. Except for this. An entire community vanishes overnight—just like the fabled Lost Colony of Roanoke. The only clue is a single word chiseled into a blood-spattered stone.

As Dale discovers more stones with cryptic messages, he’s faced with a series of riddles related to the Roanoke disaster. Riddles that he must solve—or the hostages are killed.

Dale soon realizes that the kidnapper knows the details of his past. Including his dark secrets. Now, as he races to find the stones, Dale must come head-on with his own demons to have a chance at saving the lives of the missing people.

Stone Groove is the first book in the Dale Conley Historical Action Thriller Series.

If you like ancient mysteries, sinister conspiracies, exciting locales, breathtaking action, and loads of humor, then you’ll love this page-turning series, perfect for readers of Dan Brown, Steve Berry, and Raymond Khoury and fans of Indiana Jones and James Bond movies.

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Well you never know what you are going to get with a new series and a new author, well new to me anyway, to say that I wasn’t disappointed would be a gross under statement. What I got was a really likable bloke, even if he was rather fond of himself too, a special agent for the Bureau of Esoteric Investigation or BEI for short. Pretty cool eh? OK I hadn’t a clue what this was but from the first couple of chapters I knew that I was going to have fun finding out.

Special agent Dale Conley hadn’t been a special agent for many years but there again he hadn’t always been Dale Conley either. What made him darn good at his job was the experiences he had gone through as Brad Walker, a survivor of an horrific tragedy and total mad man and not forgetting of course his super intelligence too. He always has an eye for the ladies and a brilliant light humour just turned a great story into all round entertainment, no matter what the situation was that he was in.

Dale’s speciality is the unusual, the puzzles that are left behind after something that at first seems impossible to have happened actual happens. So the disappearance of 147 people more than fits the bill but it isn’t the first time, so is history repeating itself in some sort of mystic way or is a more sinister cause responsible? The past definitely knows how to raises its ugly head.

This really is a cracking start to this series and introduction to a team with boundless possibilities and hang ups! This book has quite a few garden paths that I was merrily lead up on this very pacey story. Hope to see the next book in this series soon.

I wish to thank the author for a copy of this book wish I have chosen to review in an honest and truthful way.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erik Carter writes thrillers and mysteries. A trained public historian and design professional, his adventures have led him across America, where he has done everything from hosting a television show to shooting documentaries in the desert to teaching college. These experiences gave the background he needs for his greatest adventure—writing fiction.

 

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