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Broadland (DI Tanner #1) by David Blake @DavidDBlake @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #NewRelease #KindleUnlimited #Broadland #ChillingSerialKillerThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Books On The Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for BROADLAND by David Blake

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BOOK DESCRI[PTION

“A COLD DENSE shadow fell over Jane Richardson as she hurried along the concrete towpath. To her left, moonlight danced over the River Bure’s untroubled surface as it slipped silently past, heading back the way she’d come. A low-hanging branch scratched at her face as she ducked underneath. From somewhere far behind her came the shriek of laughter, slicing through the air, only to fall silent a moment later to leave nothing but the sound of her high heels, click-clacking out a stark but steady beat.”

When a girl’s body is found strangled, raped, and horrifically mutilated by a boat’s propeller, deep in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, newly arrived Detective Inspector John Tanner is asked to assist with the investigation.

At first, all the evidence points to a man who had a multi-million pound reason to kill her. But when an alibi is produced from an unexpected source, and another body appears at the base of a slipway, Tanner finds himself turning to local girl, Detective Constable Jenny Evans for help.

As a more intimate relationship begins between them, they find themselves facing a race against time to identify a lethal adversary, one with a lust for blood and a mind set on revenge.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a murder mystery that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed

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Broadland: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (British Detective Tanner Murder Mystery Series Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Whoa the opening was one that really made me sit up, take notice and raise my heart rate like that of Jane Richardson as she is faced with a choice, one similar to the one I had to make late at night after work too. Should she take the short cut home, a much darker and deserted way that cut precious minutes from an already very long day or walk  the safe but long way home? Believe me it isn’t common sense that makes the choice, it is your feet after a 14 hour shift. Her feet won and my nightmare became her reality.

This is the first book in a new series set on the beautiful Norfolk Broads. DI John Tanner has transferred from London because of a personal tragedy, in the hope that the pace is much slower and the day-to-day problems much smaller. He is paired with DC Jenny Evans to find his feet and get to know the locals and area, with the first case they are to follow-up on being that of a missing woman.

Evans is a speak first think after sort of young woman, with her tongue in cheek remarks that give her and Tanner perfect banter. They have a real ease with each other making some light-hearted moments with such an intense story but the perfect working team for the job too. Not everyone at the station are happy with Tanner’s  position.

This is a real who dunnit and why? especially when a second murder takes place and what begins as a shocking start slows down to the ground work of investigating and the thought of 4 mph police chases taking place on the Norfolk Broads bringing a smile to my face, before going to full throttle with a ‘I didn’t see that coming ending’. What a tremendous story, I was totally caught out and for once speechless. Belting. Bring it on!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written fourteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his fifteenth, St. Benet’s, which is the follow-up to his debut crime fiction thriller, Broadland.
When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.
AUTHOR LINKS:
Amazon Profile: viewAuthor.at/DavidBlake
Facebook Readers’ Group: www.facebook.com/groups/DavidBlakeAuthor
Twitter: @DavidDBlake
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The Nudge Man (Harrison Vaughan #1) by Keith Nixon @knntom @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #BookReview #CrimeThriller #NewRelease #TheNudgeMan

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting on the Blog Tour for THE NUDGE MAN by Keith Nixon

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

A washed up reporter, an escaped convict, a sociopathic gangster. All are hunting The Nudge Man…

 

“There’s only one of me. I’m not a hitman. I’m unique, one of a kind. I’m The Nudge Man.”

 

Wheelchair bound, born again, ex-gangster, Eric Hennessey offers down on his luck reporter, Harrison Vaughan, a job. Find The Nudge Man, a mysterious vigilante who’s stolen most of Hennessey’s money, ill-gotten gains which now Hennessey wants to use to do God’s work. Trouble is, Harry has no desire to work for a sociopathic murderer, even if he is an apparently changed man.

 

Harry is estranged from his family, he hasn’t seen or heard from them in over five years, since a fabricated scandal destroyed his career. Harry believes his wife walked out on him and took the children. However, Hennessey tells Vaughan it was The Nudge Man who set him up for the fall. Find The Nudge Man and Harry has the chance for redemption and maybe even his family back.

 

However, Hennessey has another objective in mind. Unknown to Harry his family were taken into witness protection and had to cut ties with everyone after Harry’s son saw a murder – carried out by Eric Hennessey. But the witness protection programme was compromised and the Vaughans had to go off the grid, they couldn’t contact anybody. Hennessey has been looking for them ever since and now may have a way in – Harry himself.

 

Harry’s search begins in prison, visiting violent criminal Pomfrey Lavender – apparently Lavender has information which will help. But Lavender is suffering various medical problems, including a psychological condition whereby he believes he’s already dead. Harry’s mention of The Nudge Man sends Lavender into a rage and he threatens to kill Harry should he pursue his objective. Harry is relieved Lavender is behind bars. Trouble is, two days later Lavender breaks out.

 

And others are on the trail of The Nudge Man, including the British government and an American secret service agent. Then there’s the lawyer who offers Harry £1m. All Harry has to do is stay away from The Nudge Man…

 

With more questions than answers and hapless guard dog, Bonzo at his side who’s bark is definitely worse than his bite, Harry begins his search.

 

Can Harry find The Nudge Man and save his family? Or will Hennessey exact his revenge?

 

“Packed with the author’s trademark wit, The Nudge Man is a seriously good, mind-bendingly twisty novel, and cements Nixon’s place among the upper echelon of British crime writers.”

M.W. Craven, author of the Washington Poe Novels.

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The Nudge Man: A killer mystery thriller (Harry Vaughan Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

There are some people in life that just seem like they are metaphorically walking under ladders all the time because bad luck just seems to wait for them at every opportunity. Well meet down and out former newspaper reporter Harrison Vaughan, a man who was set up five years ago in a lie that ruined his life, cost him his reputation, his career and his family. So when a small and very illegal opportunity is put to him his £1.39 bank balance doesn’t give him any choice but to take it.

So now I am only a couple of chapters in and well I already love this guy, Harry has a brilliant dry humour that not everyone in the story finds amusing. Now I am listening to this book at work in a store, the store is closed and from aisle to aisle all my work colleagues  can hear is me laughing. This brings me to my second favourite character Bonzo the guard dog. If ever there was a match made in heaven than it was for this pair.

Things go from bad to worse, to a glimmer of hope for Harry to find out who is behind the name of the man who ruined his life, The Nudge Man. But, there is always a but, this means that he will have to play ball with some rather dodgy characters including a real vile piece of work, ex-gangster Eric Hennessey. The race is on as to who will find The Nudge Man first.

This is a story full of memorable characters, each and everyone with their quirky unmistakable essence, there was no having to think where they fitted in. Oh boy I could fill a swear jar from when I found out the porkies that were told by some of the people, I am, I have to say quite gullible. This story makes a real solid key stone to build this series on. Absolutely loved it!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Web: http://www.keithnixon.co.uk

Twitter: @knntom
Facebook: 
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Blog: 
www.keithnixon.co.uk/blog

 

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Zekulin Thwaites (Translator) @ToniIturbe @EburyPublishing @PenguinUKBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #Holocaust #HistorialFicition #TheLibrarianOfAuschwitz #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton and the publisher for inviting me on the blog tour for THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ by Antonio Iturbe

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

For readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Choice: this is the story of the smallest library in the world – and the most dangerous.

‘It wasn’t an extensive library. In fact, it consisted of eight books and some of them were in poor condition. But they were books. In this incredibly dark place, they were a reminder of less sombre times, when words rang out more loudly than machine guns…’

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the ‘living books’ – prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be ‘borrowed’ to educate the children in the camp.

But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, the children’s block, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor…

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The Librarian of Auschwitz: The heart-breaking international bestseller based on an incredible true story

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

At the centre of the horrors of Auschwitz was a very unique prison Block. Block 31 was the place where the children of imprisoned Jewish communities within the camp went each day while their parents worked. It was all a front for when the camp had inspections so they were seen to be looking after and educating the children, sports and singing, no books though.

When fourteen year old Dita arrived at the camp with her mother and father she was soon chosen my by one of the Jewish leaders called Freddy Hirsch to take on a huge responsibility. Dita was asked if she would be the camp librarian to be in charge of the 8 books in total that had been smuggled in by camp prisoners. If the books were found on her it would be punishable by death. Dita knew the huge responsibility that this was, being caught wasn’t just the end of her life, it would have been the end of education for the children in the camp.

This is a story of tremendous courage of Dita and the small community of teachers that put their lives at risk every day. I was totally astonished by the children too when spot inspections were done, so young and yet they were drilled so much that none of them ever gave away the secret of the books as they knew they were so priceless. For all that was going on round the prisoners children were still their future to carry on and being educated to a level that they would have a place still in the outside world.

The story is mainly of Dita’s life in Auschwitz, the tragedies that she faced, her heart ache when she felt let down and the daily horrors she saw, from removing the dead to the terror she felt when she caught the eye of Josef Mengele, who seemed to watch her at times. There are a few side stories too about different people in the camp, some of the experiments carried out on twins, but not in great detail and one of a young German Officer, which I am so glad was included.

If you could say that such terrible appalling atrocities could be written beautifully then this would be the book to say it about. I was totally transfixed with every page knowing that not everyone would walk away from this. The story doesn’t end when the British army arrives it continues on briefly about the people who were responsible for the camp. I loved that the author corresponded with Dita and actually went to meet her, now in her eighties and still as full of life as she ever was. Life’s real heroes.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Antonio Iturbe

Antonio Iturbe lives in Spain, where he is both a novelist and a journalist. In researching The Librarian of Auschwitz, he interviewed Dita Kraus, the real-life librarian of Auschwitz.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @ToniIturbe

 

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Pallbearer by Shaun Baines @Littlehavenfarm @SharpeBooks #Suspense #Pallbearer #BlogReview #BookReview

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Gritty thriller delving into the underbelly of the north east.’ KA Richardson

Daniel Dayton, a feared gangster, was born into a life of crime. He grew up with blood on his hands.

As head of Newcastle’s most notorious crime family, he battles to keep his city safe from Angel Maguire, a woman intent on flooding the streets with a new designer drug.

Forced into a war, Daniel struggles to predict Maguire’s erratic behaviour.

His only solace is his home and his daughter. Eisha is worth fighting for. Dayton must kill, or be killed.

Both crime families are on the brink of destruction.

Only one can survive.

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Pallbearer

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Having read Woodcutter, this was a must follow on for me. Daniel had returned home to protect his family and now has had to step in to a permanent top dog position. Now there are brutally good gangsters and brutally bad gangsters and well Daniel is one of the good bad guys that you simply can’t help to get behind.

Daniel had discovered that he had been adopted, along with his now deceased brother, when they were children. Both pretty hard cases that had a really tough up bringing, being dragged up with the scruff of the neck by horrendous parents. Now Daniel has his hands full with his own daughter who seemed quite a natural when it came to violence, with a definite faulty off switch when she was going too far.

Daniel had got whiff that some real heavy drugs were about to hit the streets with a rather nasty piece of work called Angel. Now Angel is one of the bad, bad guys. What goes down just made me take a step back because it leaves one really fired totally crazy lady with nothing more to lose. Oh boy does this story sizzle. There is a lot of violence from every side and it is very well detailed so this may not be for everyone.

In between little breaks to get a drink I found myself singing in my head ‘When two tribes go to war’ because this was a battle to the end. It is like playing poker so much of the time as to who is telling truths and lies. A real keep you on your toes book, with a one hundred percent entertainment value. It is quite scary where this series may go. Eisha, Daniel’s daughter, is so very unpredictable. I would say to people read Woodcutter first to get the best impact and feel of the characters. Brilliant!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shaun Baines

From a damp cottage in Scotland, Shaun writes crime noir set in his native North East of England. Dark characters. Mean streets. Suspicion everywhere

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @Littlehavenfarm

shaunbaines.org

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The Drago Tree by Isobel Blackthorn @IBlackthorn @crimewavepress #BlogReview #BookReview

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Haunted by demons past and present, geologist Ann Salter seeks sanctuary on the exotic island of Lanzarote. There she meets charismatic author Richard Parry and indigenous potter Domingo, and together they explore the island.

Ann’s encounters with the island’s hidden treasures becomes a journey deep inside herself as she struggles to understand who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be.

Set against a panoramic backdrop of dramatic island landscapes and Spanish colonial history, The Drago Tree is an intriguing tale of betrayal, conquest and love, in all its forms.

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The Drago Tree

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Although I have never been to Lanzarote Isobel Blackthorn gave this island a personality, a ruggedness that can be dangerous and exquisitely beautiful in the blink of an eye. The story has a central character Ann Slater who is on a journey of discovering who she really is but she isn’t on her own. Author Richard Parry and potter Domingo certainly help to make it a colourful adventure in more ways than one.

Ann is coming to terms with a failed marriage and estranged relationship between herself and her sister, which has gone on for years. Her strange choice of Island touring partners makes for some rather raw cutting observations, short tempers and brutally looking at herself from a different angle than before. Richard isn’t the most sensitive person to have round and isn’t afraid to let her know what he thinks of her views.

The story is pretty balanced between the Island itself and the road which Ann is eventually going to head for in the future. The story drops back to a rather strange childhood both with her mother and sister. There is so much self-healing and forgiving that has to take place, no more so than with herself. Until she can find peace then she simply can’t move forward.

At times this is a strange story and at others there is such a deep sadness about it. It is mesmerizing.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Isobel Blackthorn

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire.

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist.

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs.

A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @IBlackthorn

isobelblackthorn.com

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Sleep by C.L. Taylor @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK #NewRelease #PsychologicalThriller #BlogReview #DareToSleep #NetGalley

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

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Sleep

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Anna has many reasons for wanting to get away from her past but she simply can’t escape ‘herself’. There had been a terrible accident and two people she worked with had died and one was left paralysed and she couldn’t help but put blame on herself, although it wasn’t her fault. Someone else blamed her too, as she felt that she was being followed and strange messages kept appearing. Her unsympathetic partner jumped at the chance of a split when she announced that she had taken a new job way out on one of Scotland’s smallest and least populated Islands, Rum.

The owner of the small hotel where she was to work, the only hotel on the Island, was a lovely bloke, who like her had moved to the Island to escape life really after his partner had died on the main land. Anna was to help run the hotel, make guests welcome, clean the rooms, serve meals and attend the bar in the evening. When the seven guests arrive they are a varied bunch, each holding their own secrets but there was a bit of a cuckoo amongst them who had a much larger agenda in mind.

When a huge storm hits the Island, cutting them off from the mainland both by boat and any form of communication things really begin to go bump in the night. The Island retreat for Anna has now become a very small world that she cannot escape from. From being the new employee everyone is looking to her to know the answers and someone is winding everyone up. Since the accident Anna couldn’t sleep without waking from night terrors. Now she daren’t close her eyes, there is no-one she can trust.

This is a cracking story that just holds you from the very first chapter to the last page.  All the characters on the Island have complicated pasts which come to light bit by bit, each one of them I had at one point or another thought as the person after Anna. It really is a heart in your mouth plot as she tries to delve into all of their lives to find her stalker before it is too late. The story also jumps back and forth to the main land with up dates about what is happening there too which had some pretty top quality red herrings to throw into the mix to make my pulse pound even more. Excellent stand alone story!

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

C.L. Taylor

C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of six gripping psychological thrillers. They are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 – THE ACCIDENT
2015 – THE LIE
2016 – THE MISSING
2017 – THE ESCAPE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP

She has also written a Young Adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ and is currently writing her second, which will be published in June 2020.

C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for TV. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK acltaylorauthor.com nd Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014. She lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.

Sign up to join the CL Taylor Book Club for access to news, updates and information that isn’t available on the web, as well as exclusive newsletter-only competitions and giveaways and the books that CL Taylor thinks will be the next big thing. You will also receive THE LODGER for free when you sign up:

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Twitter: @callytaylor

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Pilgrim Tale (The Pilgrim Trilogy Book 1) by Tim Murgatroyd @TimMurgatroyd #Cloud Lodge Books ‏@CLBPressUK #KindleUnlimited #dystopian #Sci-Fi

Pilgrim Tale (The Pilgrim Trilogy Book 1) by [Murgatroyd, Tim]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

In the middle years of the 22nd century, humanity is dying. It is a time when a genetically-modified elite maintains discipline over humankind by way of murderous airborne drones. These Overlords are utterly ruthless in their desire to exploit the power of science to live forever.

When strangers arrive in Baytown, a decaying Yorkshire village by the sea, they threaten Michael Pilgrim, his community, and all he holds dear with annihilation. Pilgrim’s struggle for survival against these strangers pits him against the Overlords and their unrestrained technology. Will Pilgrim succeed in altering his community’s destiny? Pilgrim must not only win allies among the bizarre cast of characters he encounters but also conquer dangerous foes closer to home.

Pilgrim Tale is a richly poetic voyage through a frightening and plausible future.

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Pilgrim Tale (The Pilgrim Trilogy Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The world in this future is not a place I would like to be as the divide between the haves and have-nots is tremendous. In Baytown, on the Yorkshire coast, lived Michael Pilgrim who the local people looked up to for guidance, he and his brother live in the largest property around. When strangers arrived the leader made it clear that he would like the property and there was a feeling that he wouldn’t just stop at asking if the answer was no and no it was.

The town’s population had dwindled with attacks from drones sent by the people of the city, which left many properties abandoned and decaying. Recently a new addition had come to the small town’s population when Helen arrived to be the curator for the museum. Helen was the sister of Mary the local doctor, but the age difference between them was far more than plausible, especially with Helen’s immaculate beauty. Helen had a relationship with a high official in the city which brought her some privileges too  that would have been normally out of reach to someone like her.

When drones  arrive in the night chaos erupts . The drones are from the city where the rich and scientifically enhanced live in luxury wanting for nothing. The ability to balance scientific advancements to extend life and the quality of life stretched to its limits but for some even this isn’t enough. Disquiet was rippling through the city as well as on the outside of the walls. There were vast differences between the people scraping by in the small towns and villages while in the huge city it was like party time every day. With their colourful clothing, radiant beauty and needing for nothing but that was the problem in itself really.

As the tension of the people rises, battles ensue. Characters I had got to know slain with shocking acts of greed out weighing family loyalties. The story ends with so many promises of brilliant themes to come from this the first book in the new  must read trilogy. Another to watch!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tim Murgatroyd was brought up in Yorkshire. He read English at Hertford College, Oxford University, and now lives with his family in York. Tim became fascinated with Ancient China when he discovered a slim volume of Chinese poetry in a second hand bookshop.

His first novel, Taming Poison Dragons set in 12th Century China, has been described as ‘a captivatingly original and unforgettable story of tragedy and enduring love’. The sequel, Breaking Bamboo, is the second instalment of a trilogy charting the trials and adventures of the Yun clan during the Mongol invasion of China. The third part of his trilogy, The Mandate of Heaven, set during the brutal Mongol occupation of China was published in October 2013.

Taming Poison Dragons and Breaking Bamboo have now been translated into Chinese by the prestigious Shanghai Literature and Arts publishing house.

In an exciting new venture, Tim will be publishing a number of new e-titles with Matador (UK) in 2017.

The Nazi’s Daughter, a haunting time-shift novel set in World War 2 and contemporary New York.

Dust of the Earth, an epic love story set in troubled 1870s California and its fascinating early wine industry.

Three e-booklets of poetry in a series called ‘Poems for Mobiles’: Lullaby, Drunk and The Stars are Apples.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @TimMurgatroyd

Please visit Tim’s website www.timmurgatroyd.co.uk for further information about the fascinating background to these novels and his poetry.

Pilgrim Tale (The Pilgrim Trilogy Book 1) by [Murgatroyd, Tim]

Treading the Uneven Road by L. M. Brown @FomitePress #BlogReview #BookReview #ShortStories #TreadingTheUnevenRoad

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later.

The collection is not only about the characters need for salvation but it is about a society that is unraveling. In Amends, we hear about the Bishop who has fathered a child. A priest is beckoned by a dying man to be mocked. The world inside and outside the village is changing. In every story the characters need to make a choice on how they might carry on.

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Treading the Uneven Road: Stories

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is book that although made up of short stories keeps pulling you back just to read the next one and then the next. Set in a fictional small town in Ireland it tells the individual stories of the people left in a bit of a limbo after a by-pass has been built to take the busy traffic away from the town. The only thing is the traffic and the strangers that it brought were in a way part of the town too. The shops and businesses are suffering because of the lack of trade as they can now only rely on locals to keep them afloat.

As anywhere else the people behind the doors of this community have their own daily lives, fears, hopes and insecurities. These are the stories of the people behind these doors. Some of the stories rest solely with them while others touch on people in previous stories briefly in this tight-knit community. Being such an isolated community some of the characters are more prominent than others, the key stones to keep this town going on but for some it had become more a place that people worked on to leave rather than make a future.

I loved the variety, the quirkiness of some of these stories and the obvious rage that had built over years in others until it had to be let out and confronted. I don’t want to go into individual stories but want to say the author had me engrossed in each tale within its first page, with an instant feel for the main character telling their story. This is s super collection which is well thought out.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

L.M Brown is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. She grew up in Sligo. Ireland, but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband, three daughters, a dog and a bearded dragon.

AUTHOR LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/LornaBrownAuthor

https://wordpress.com/view/lmbrownwriter.wordpress.com

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The Brotherhood by David Beckler @DavidBeckler1 @SapereBooks #TheBrotherhood #BookReview #UrbanThriller #KindleUnlimited

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

This nail-biting new thriller series will have you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Lee Child, J. B. Turner, Mark Dawson and David Baldacci…

An ex-Marine is forced to confront his troubled past…

Manchester, England, 1998

When Byron Mason’s estranged nephew, Philip, rings him out of the blue in desperate need of help, he knows he must put his personal feelings aside to protect his family.

A teenage boy has been murdered, and Philip is one of the suspects.

Worse than that, the dead boy was the nephew of Ritchie McLaughlin – a local thug who Byron has clashed with in the past – and Philip has now gone missing.

Desperate to clear Philip’s name, Byron enlists the help of his old friend Adam Sterling to track down the real killers.

Is Philip in danger? Can Byron and Adam find him before the police do?

Or has Byron’s violent past with McLaughlin come back to haunt him…?

BROTHERHOOD is the first crime novel in the Mason & Sterling thriller series: gritty, hard-boiled page-turners with an urban setting.

‘A powerful and violent first chapter precedes a superb opening 100 pages, the best I’ve read this year. And the pace never lets up in this cat and mouse thriller, evocatively set amid Manchester’s threatening underworld.’ – Crime Thriller Hound

‘a dark portrayal of the effects of violence on young minds’ – Murder, Mayhem and More

BUY LINK:

Brotherhood: An urban thriller packed full of suspense (Mason & Sterling Thrillers Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is going to be one hell of a series to get on board with as this trio of books are being given a new look. The action is instant as I was thrown head first into the seedier side of Manchester. The first encounter of the violent under current was more the puffing of chests and strutting but young men will always be in the wings as wannabes that haven’t leant yet when to call it a day. So when a group of young lads, that like to think they are the real deal, decide to teach one of their own gang members a lesson, things go sour pretty quick leaving the nephew of one of the city’s top gang bosses dead and a small group of terrified young men knowing hell will be to pay for this. So throwing one of their own gang members to the lions seems like a reasonable solution to their dilemma.

The series has two central characters, ex-marine best buddies Byron Mason, whose nephew in this story is being made the patsy for the murder and Adam Sterling now a fire fighter that is on call when murdered teenager Liam’s body is found among the debris of a staged fire. Mason already has a really colourful history with Liam’s uncle from their younger days, something that hasn’t been forgotten as the gangland boss makes clear.

I must say that Mason and Sterling are one double delight of entertainment, from at times short fuses to roleplay when it suits getting a result. The police investigation gets heavily involved with the introduction to another, I would think, regular character, DCI Siobhan Quinn, as she winds her way into the story determined to solve the murder. But there is confusion as to who two strange characters are that keep bobbing up in reports, always one step ahead of her investigation team.

The story that runs along side the murder is that of a boy soldier that has been dragged from his village and forced to take part in the most horrendous acts against his own people. This story seems in warp speed against present day events covering years of abuse, rescue and second chances to bring it up to present day.

This story just buzzes from beginning to end and is far from finished yet. Yes it is a complete story but it promises to give so much more from these characters in the next two books. What a start!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Beckler

I spent my first eight years living on an agricultural college in rural Ethiopia, where my love of reading developed.
After dropping out of university I became a firefighter and later a businessman. I began writing in 2010, working on my first novel in my spare time, a crime thriller called Brotherhood.
I like writing about protagonists with a strong moral code who don’t fit in with conventional society. I also enjoy writing about baddies and how they arrived at their fallen state.
When not writing I try to keep fit, socialise and feed my voracious book habit.

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Twitter: @DavidBeckler1

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Brotherhood

A Gift of Dying by MJ Arlidge @mjarlidge @MichaelJBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #AGiftForDying #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A GIFT OF DYING by MJ Arlidge

BOOK DESCRIPTION

From The Sunday Times bestselling author of the Helen Grace series comes the gripping new thriller perfect for fans of James Patterson, Angela Marsons and Karin Slaughter.

‘Strikingly well-told, and with a compelling central character’ Daily Mail

With just one look, she knows how and when you will die . . .

Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he’s seen and heard everything.

That is, until he meets Kassie.

Because she claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Adam doesn’t believe her, obviously.

But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how dangerous this trust might be . . .

BUY LINK:

A Gift for Dying

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

When fifteen year old teenager Kassie gets accidentally knocked to the ground on a busy street by a stranger it sets her on a terrifying road that she cannot get off. Kassie has always been known as a bit of a weird girl, a one of a kind who has learnt to keep herself to herself, but when her eyes meet those of the stranger she sees and feels how he will die. It will be very soon, very violent and the beginning of a serial killers reign that weaves itself into her life and those connected to her.

Forensic psychologist Adam Brandt is the man assigned to work with the crazy girl who swears she can see every persons death if she looks into their eyes. It is his responsibility to help her cope with these delusional feelings. Surely reports of the man brutally murdered has to be a coincident to this young girl’s ramblings. When Kassie becomes obsessed with one of his colleagues Adam begins to doubt his own logic. He wants to ask her if she can see his death but changes it to can she see her own. The answer is one that sent ripples of cold through me and turned him speechless.

This is a stand alone novel by MJ Arlidge and although there is of course police involvement in the story it centres round Kassie, Adam and the killer. This is a very graphically detailed story, including the murders which are performed to give to killer the greatest fulfilment and his victims the most prolonged and painful death.

As a reader you find something out early on and the more I became invested in the story and the main characters the more worried I became. The tension is tremendous, with the last few chapters agonising, brutal and off my adrenaline scale of scary. An absolute brilliant read and perfect stand alone novel.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including the prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and Silent Witness. Arlidge also pilots original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a Number One bestseller.

His first thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House, Liar Liar, Little Boy Blue, Hide and Seek, Love Me Not, and Down to the Woods.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @mjarlidge

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