#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Perfect Witness by Pat Young (@py321_young) @BloodHoundBook

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Last blog post of the day is for Pat Young’s ‘One Perfect Witness’. Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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On a remote Scottish hillside, three paths meet. On each path, a boy, one carrying a gun.
When their paths cross, a shot is fired and a boy dies.
That leaves two – one killer and one perfect witness.
This killer will stop at nothing to make sure the witness says nothing. Difficult for most people, even for someone who’s been guarding a secret of his own for five years.
What if the witness decides he’s been silent too long? Sometimes even the unspeakable must be spoken, if we can find the words.

What does TWG think?

I am in awe at how Pat Young grips her readers almost instantaneously. What a gripping start to the book!

Thankfully the rest of the story lived up to the gripping start, and I found myself racing through the pages like a Formula One racer. Now I wouldn’t say that the pace of this book is fast, nor would I say that it is able to put your head into a spin. However, even though the pace was steady, the strength of the storyline and the attention to detail made the book what it was. Yes, I know, I’m always one who goes on about a decently paced book, yet Pat Young delivers with her well thought out hook and cleverly written characters. Who needs a 100mph pace when you have a Pat Young book?

Whilst it is often quite difficult for me to read a book with bullies at the heart of it, I am always secretly glad because storylines like these need to be put out there so that readers can see just what bullies are capable of doing. I felt for Charlie a lot of the time and I had everything crossed that things worked in his favour.

Overall, ‘One Perfect Witness’ kept me throughly enthralled by Charlie’s story, with Pat Young’s brilliant descriptions becoming a winner in my eyes.

A surprisingly gripping and highly detailed read which had Pat Young’s unique writing style shining like a diamond.

Buy now!

About the author.

Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.
Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.
Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.
Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.
Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.
Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skilfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.
One Perfect Witness, Pat’s third novel to be published, tells a completely new story. If, like Pat, you’re fascinated by what happens when someone disappears, you’ll enjoy this book of secrets, lies and deception.
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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Suspended Retribution by Rob Ashman (@RobAshmanAuthor) @BloodHoundBook

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Third and final post of the day is for Rob Ashman and ‘Suspended Retribution’. Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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Alex Jarrod is a war veteran. When a flesh-eating parasite destroys his face, he returns from Afghanistan with a head full of nightmares. His world crumbles around him until he realises there is work to be done. Another war to fight.

DI Rosalind Kray has her hopes pinned on becoming the new DCI after tracking down another serial killer, but those in charge have other ideas.

After a small-time crook is killed in a hit and run and a serial burglar is brutally murdered, Kray suspects a vigilante is at work. But her bosses disregard her theory – until they discover a third victim.

Once again Kray finds herself on the trail of a serial killer but this one is different. This one lives in his own private war zone.

With her bosses on her heels Kray has her work cut out and the body count is rising. 

But he’s not going to stop until the mission is complete … and Kray’s not going to stop until she finds him.

What does TWG think?

I’m pretty sure I may have said this already where Rob Ashman was concerned, so I will say it again – what the HECK is in his mind?!?! Seriously! Look, I’m not knocking it at all because, lets face it, Ashman can definitely write!!

I have only read the first book in this series, so don’t fret if you haven’t read the previous book as ‘Suspended Retribution’ can be read very well as a standalone. If you’re a fan of highly graphic, intense novels then Rob Ashman is the author for you.

I loved being able to get to know DI Rosalind Kray even more as this storyline progresses. The character has come on in leaps and bounds since where I left her in the first installment, which in itself proves how the depth of Rob Ashman’s writing style has increased throughout the series.

I found the parts of the book set in Afghanistan very humbling as we were able to see just how raw death can be when it’s not in a murder sense. Of course Rob Ashman makes up for the murders though! Honestly, the pace seems to be on fast forward from start to finish!!

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Suspended Retribution’, even if it wasn’t has hard-hitting as the previous book I had read. Rob Ashman never fails to deliver with his unique, ‘omg what did I just read?!’ type of writing. I cannot wait to read more of this author as he has swiftly become one of my top authors of 2018!

Buy now!

About the author.

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

 
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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Guilty…until proven innocent by Conrad Jones (@ConradJones) @BloodHoundBook

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Fourth and last blog tour of the day is for ‘Guilty…until proven innocent’ by Conrad Jones. Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite. Here is my review:

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Following a storm, a body is washed up on a beach, intricately wrapped in wire mesh. DS Marcus Braddick is struck by the similarities to a triple murder case from 7 years before – A case that eluded his predecessor, Alec Ramsay.

Across the city, a teacher is accused online by a Predator hunting group. As his life unravels, a killer stalks the hunters.

Braddick and Ramsay have to work out how the two worlds are entwined and discover who are the innocent and who are the guilty before it’s too late…

What does TWG think?

Ahhhhh social media – can be a trippy little bleeder at times, can’t it? We all know social media. We all use social media. But how can we trust a concept which allows lives to be put on show? Why do people always seem to believe what is written on social media instead of going to the horse’s mouth, so to speak? The use of language can be a powerful tool if used correctly, however, it can also be an extremely detrimental tool if used dishonestly. Just like the characters in Conrad Jones’ latest novel found out.

When a teacher gets accused online, his life ends up in turmoil as everyone instantly turns against him, believing everything that is written about him online. It doesn’t seem to matter how much Richard attempts to clear his name, everyone assumes that he is guilty. Is he? Is he really? Surely his family know him better than that, or are they too afraid to reach out in case the accusation is indeed true?

‘Guilty….until proven innocent’ is a severely twisted, highly suspenseful novel which highlights the detrimental effects of the popular phenomenal – social media. If you’re on the good side of things socially, social media can be a wonderful thing to be a part of. However, if you find yourself being in the spotlight and not in a good way (and unfortunately I have), social media can be an extremely lonely place as, once those words are out there, they cannot be taken away quick enough. Plus, seeing as it is supposed to be a ‘social’ thing, it isn’t half a lonely place to be and contrary to popular belief, your face still has to fit, even though your face is probably covered in the latest Snapchat filter. Just saying.

Conrad Jones has, once again, written a very clever, very dark, and very intense novel which kept my eyes glued to the page the entire way through. ‘Guilty…until proven innocent’ is a book that is guaranteed to put the fear of christ up you, covering your body in goosebumps, whilst also making you unable to detach yourself from Richard and his current predicament.

Chilling, fast paced, and brilliantly written, Conrad Jones’ latest novel gives you food for thought in the most darkest of ways.

Buy now!

About the author.

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Jones is a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. He spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which he classes as his home. He worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working his way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

On March 20th 1993 he was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day he was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. He began to read anything crime related that he could get his hands on and links this experience with the desire to write books on the subject.

He signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The Alec Ramsey series is now 7 books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. Conrad has also written The Soft Target series, which has received critical acclaim.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/conradjonesauthorpage/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ConradJones/e/B002BOBGRE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1493730391&sr=8-1

https://twitter.com/ConradJones

#BlogBlitz! #Review – In The Silence by M R Mackenzie (@landofwhimsy) @Bloodhoundbook


Today I am on the blog blitz for debut novel ‘In The Silence’, by M R Mackenzie. Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite. Here is my review:

Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…

Anna, a criminology lecturer, returns to Glasgow from Rome during the coldest winter in memory. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew. Tragedy strikes later that night when Anna discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.

Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.

When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.

As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.

But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?

What does TWG think?

What an intriguing debut this is! I was really impressed by the way the author described the setting, as well as the way that he had the suspense of the ‘whodunnit’ nailed almost straight away. Don’t panic, the hook isn’t given away right at the beginning, it was only cemented which meant that I couldn’t help but want to know the ins and outs of the situation.

Whilst I was impressed by a lot of ‘In the Silence’, I found myself sitting on the fence a lot throughout, as I felt like something was missing from the overall storyline. Even now, I’m not too sure what that may have been, all I know is that Anna’s character seemed to require a lot of ‘padding’ as she didn’t seem to make much of an impression on her own. By ‘padding’ I mean that I felt as though there was a lot of additional storyline added to certain sections where it wasn’t a make or break situation. Like I say, that’s only my opinion.

However, I did really enjoy the mystery elements of the book as they managed to keep me on the edge of my seat with the carefully thought out suspense. Even though I had a few reservations about the novel as a whole, I must say that M.R.Mackenzie has such a unique writing style which made me laugh as well as make my jaw drop. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

Buy now.

About the author.

M. R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has a PhD in Film Studies. In 2016, he contributed a chapter on the Italian giallo film to Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion.

In addition to writing, he works as an independent Blu-ray/DVD producer and has overseen releases of films by a number of acclaimed directors, among them Dario Argento, Joe Dante and Seijun Suzuki.

When he’s not doing any of the above, he works in a library, which tests his sanity and keeps him in touch with the great unwashed.

In The Silence is his first novel.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Murder at the Book Club by Betsy Reavley (@BetsyReavley) @BloodHoundBook


Day two of the blog tour for ‘Murder at the Book Club’, and the tour bus stops with me, TWG. Big thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Imagine nine women meeting. Tea and cake are on the coffee table. They’ve come together to share their love of books. They are friends. They trust each other. It’s a happy gathering. What could be more harmless?

Then scratch the surface and look closer.

One is lonely. One is desperate and one of them is a killer.

When the body of a woman is discovered on a Cambridge common, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called in to investigate. But the motive behind the crime isn’t clear… And it all leads back to a book club.

As the lies, volatile friendships and tension among the group rise to the surface, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer must work out the motive and track down a cold-blooded killer. But just when they think they are on the right track, a twist in the case throws them off course…

What does TWG think?

When I think of novels by Betsy Reavley, I think of stories that are very, very cut throat. So, I am sure you could guess my surprise after reading her latest novel, ‘Murder at the Book Club’! No, I don’t mean that in a bad way either. I am awfully surprised at the change in direction Reavley has taken, yet it is a change that most certainly has paid off.

I couldn’t help but feel like I was reading a more intense version of ‘Cluedo’ when it came to the characters! I thought it was very clever using a book club as the setting, especially as people who go to a book club are only usually there for one thing (well, except the cake of course). I loved the ‘whodunnit’ vibe as the author had me engaged with the goings on from the very beginning. ‘Murder at the Book Club’ is a very witty, cunning, and twisty read which will definitely keep you on your toes. I did enjoy the fact that it was slightly less cut throat than Reavley’s previous novels as I got to see another side to the author that I hadn’t seen before.

If you’re in the mood for a book with colourful characters, lies and deceit, and a proper game of ‘guess who’, then this book will be right up your street. I wasn’t sure what to expect before I began reading ‘Murder at the Book Club’, but I have to say that I am rather impressed by the overall result.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman (@RebeccaMuddiman) @BloodHoundBook


Today I am joining in with yet another BloodHoundBooks blog blitz, but this time it’s for ‘No Place Like Home’ by Rebecca Muddiman. Big thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?
This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home.The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her.
What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?
In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.

What does TWG think?

Holy cheeseballs, this book!!!!

Gripping – TICK
Addictive – TICK
Complete and utter head funk – TICK, TICK, TICK!

‘No Place Like Home’ is proof that nothing is ever as it seems. It is also proof that readers automatically side with the person who they deem the weakest leak, or the person who they feel is the ‘victim’. Well, it’s proof that I did, anyway. The author tells the story of Polly, a woman who, as far as we are made aware, has had a turbulent life so far. Her trust in people is non-existent, and she is fearing for her life due to an unsavoury character from her past reappearing. Polly has tried to rebuild her life and start anew in a new house which she can now call her own. Who wouldn’t feel sorry for Polly?

Again, nothing is ever as it seems and Rebecca Muddiman cements that fact time and time again in ‘No Place Like Home’.

There were a a couple things in the book which shocked me and made me feel pretty uncomfortable, yet they weirdly tied in with the overall storyline brilliantly – even if my mouth did resemble a desert….

I am very impressed by Muddiman’s cleverly crafted storyline, as well as her ability to dangle pieces of information in front of her readers, only to change her mind and the situation rather suddenly. Anytime I thought that I could understand Polly’s character, it didn’t take long for it to become clear that I actually didn’t understand Polly, and to be honest, I don’t think I ever would be able to. I’m not complaining either, in fact it raised my curiosity tenfold.

‘No Place Like Home’ completely funked over my mind. It really did. From start to finish the author had a hold over me, with the only way out being the end of the book. If you’re after a book which keeps you guessing, takes you on a rollercoaster ride, AND completely stuffs up your way of logical thinking, then this book is definitely for you. Rebecca Muddiman is a new author for me, but after reading this comprehensive, gripping, and uncomfortable addictive storyline, I can guarantee that this won’t be the last book I read of hers either.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published four crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, and Murder in Slow Motion. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.
Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Stranger Within by Tara Lyons (@taralyonsauthor) @BloodHoundBook


Third and final day of the blog blitz for ‘The Stranger Within’ by Tara Lyons, and I am very honoured to be one of the bloggers closing the tour. Huge thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite. Here is my review:


Dealing with everyday crime in London, DI Denis Hamilton is urgently called into a briefing in the early hours of his weekend off. Torn away from his family life, he must unravel an investigation he thought had long closed.

Putting his personal worries to one side, Hamilton and his Murder Investigation Team come up against a patient with a mental disorder hell-bent on revenge.
Comparing the present day with memories of his tragic past, can Hamilton open his mind to the difficulties of mental illness in order to catch a murderer?
And when a colleague’s life is threatened, can Hamilton unlock the truth of the stranger within before it’s too late?

What does TWG think?

I am a huge fan of psychology and trying to work out someone’s psyche, so the fact that ‘The Strangers Within’ had that down to a fine art, I was completely in my element and the ability to ignore everything around me was….surprisingly easy. Don’t give me that look, we’ve all done it!

Because Tara Lyons at put mental health and the forefront of her storyline, a lot of readers may find themselves empathising with the characters, or relating to them in some way. Well, aside from the illegal stuff, obviously. Lyons doesn’t just create characters and let them fend for themselves, she gives each individual character their own spotlight and their own vocation within the storyline, making their journeys stand out in such a realistic and in-depth manner.

‘The Stranger Within’ is book four in the DI Denis Hamilton series, and seeing as I haven’t read the books in order myself, I can safely say that you will be fine starting the series half way through.

I love how Hamilton grows with every book, and I love how Lyons tests her main character to the max, probably preparing him for anything else she intends on throwing his way later on in the series.

Even though I was hooked by ‘The Strangers Within’, I struggled a little bit with the pace, but, seeing as the book was very cleverly written and oozed intensity, even I can cope with a little dip in the pace.

Another intriguing, highly suspenseful and gripping novel from the über talented, Tara Lyons!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She studied English Literature at Brunel University and was an Assistant Editor for an in-house magazine for eight years. 

In the Shadows is the author’s solo debut novel published in March 2016, which later went on to be republished by Bloodhound Books after signing a contract with them in 2017. She has also co-written with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley – The Caller and Web of Deceit.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local soft-play activity centre, bowling alley, trampoline park or cinema with her young, energetic son. 

 Author links

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TaraLyons/e/B018CMVA24/

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/taralyonsauthor

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/taralyonsauthor

 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/taralyonsauthor

#BlogBlitz! #Review – No Time To Die by Andrew Barrett (@AndrewBarrettUK) @BloodHoundBook


Today I have the pleasure of closing the blog blitz for Andrew Barrett and ‘No Time To Die’. Big thank you, as always, to BloodHoundBooks for allowing me to take part in the blog blitz. Here is my review:


When CSI Eddie Collins finds a dead woman in his house, he thinks life can’t get any worse, until a violent gang ties his hands together and puts a gun to his head. And this time there’s no way out.

Operation Domino is the investigation into gang boss, Slade Crosby, and his connection to an undercover officer’s death. But tampered evidence kills the investigation’s progress, and with Eddie gone, Slade is in the clear.

There’s only one way to get Slade in cuffs, but it won’t be easy…

What does TWG think?

‘No Time To Die’ is the second book in the ‘Eddie Collins’ series. I haven’t read the first book yet, but whilst this instalment read well as a standalone, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I had known a bit more about Eddie’s history. I felt like I was missing out on something, which, to be honest, is totally my fault for not reading the books in order, and not the author’s. Basically, I do recommend starting with book one first.

If you love reading books with a lot of characters, you will certainly be in your element with ‘No Time To Die’. I shan’t lie, I was a little bit overwhelmed to begin with, but it didn’t take me too long to get into the swing of things where each of the characters were concerned. The overall theme of ‘No Time To Die’ was a little bit uncomfortable to read at times, yet I thought Andrew Barrett delivered it absolutely brilliant, keeping everything as relatable as possible without losing any of the sensitivity which the theme needed.

I thoroughly enjoyed the complexity of the novel, especially how the author kept delivering on suspense the more the storyline progressed. Andrew Barrett has such a unique writing style, it wouldn’t surprise me if he could turn an innocent nursery rhyme into something a lot more sinister, having readers ‘reading’ out of the palm of his hands!

Overall I found ‘No Time To Die’ a brilliantly paced, gritty, and jam-packed novel which kept my interest piqued until the very last page.

Amazon UK // Amazon US

About the author.

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

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Contact: andrew@andrewbarrett.co.uk

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndrewBarrettUK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewBarrett.author

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewbarrettauthor/

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane @BloodHoundBook


The third and final blog post for today is for ‘Pretty Ugly Lies’ by Pamela Crane. Huge thanks to BloodHoundBooks for allowing me to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog blitz today, and of course for the ARC. Here is my review:

What causes a woman to murder her whole family?

Jo’s idyllic life would make most people jealous. Until one day her daughter is abducted and the only way to find her is to unravel her dark past.

Ellie is a devoted wife… until she discovers the pain of betrayal. Now vengeance is all she can think about.

Party-girl Shayla knows how to hide her demons. But when she’s confronted with a life-shattering choice, it will cost her everything.

June knows suffering intimately, though the smile she wears keeps it hidden.

Soon the lives of these four women intersect and one of them is about to snap…

What does TWG think?

Oh…..my…..word!!! I was not expecting THAT! Granted I didn’t read the blurb of Pamela Crane’s novel, but if I had I really don’t think that the storyline would have shocked me as much. I really do think that this book needs to be read with the minimal amount of information known beforehand. I am gobsmacked!

As soon as the story starts, the author shoves her readers into the deep end whether they like it or not – such a memorable and spine tingling opening to a novel, but one that filled me with extreme nervousness from the get go. I will hold my hands up and say that I was a bit unsure after reading the beginning of the book, purely because I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to cope with the story unfolding before me. Obviously, I did continue, yet that sense of nervousness stayed with me for the duration of the book. And no, not in a bad way. I suppose I didn’t realise how invested in ‘Pretty Ugly Lies’ I had become, nor did I realise just how vivid the authors words would relay into my mind.

I would have to say that the only real downfall for me was the fact that there were a lot of characters to keep tabs of, as well as the chapters not being as well-defined as I would have liked, especially when character headings didn’t match to the character in the firing line at that particular moment. I did get a bit confused which meant that I had to take time to work out the character family tree before I continued. But, as I say, that was my only little irk regarding the book – I loved everything else! Well, that makes me sound like a creep now doesn’t it! I didn’t love the events, just to clarify – I’m not thattttttt sick haha. I just loved the high level of intensity, the gritty suspense, and the fact that the entire storyline was making the hairs on my arms stand to attention.

I am not going to go into detail about particular events in the book as, to be perfectly honest, it isn’t my place to judge. However, I am utterly flabbergasted by what took place in the storyline, and I am in awe of Pamela Crane’s ability to make everything appear very realistic. ‘Pretty Ugly Lies’ is such a gritty and dark read which, despite being slightly out of my comfort zone, ticked all of my boxes due to its extreme suspense and cleverly woven storyline. I may have not long finished reading this, but my poor heart still hasn’t calmed down yet! Chilling!

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About the author.

Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that—he’ll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him) and she writes on the edge. Writing murder mysteries is her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and she bases her characters on real people, so be warned! She is a USA Today best-selling author of several award-winning thrillers, which you can find on her website at www.pamelacrane.com

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http://www.pamelacrane.com

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Death on the Coast by Bernie Steadman (@BernieSteadman) @BloodHoundBook

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Day two of the blog blitz for ‘Death on the Coast’, and I am delighted to be one of the bloggers taking part today. Big thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite!

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Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?

 When images from the burning appear all over social media, Hellier realises that he is dealing with a cult and a mystery that will leads back to the Irish Troubles.

 Hellier will battle a bitter man who has plotted revenge for more than twenty years, without a care for the lives he will destroy.

What does TWG think?

I am a little bit ashamed that I have only just come across these books, but I am so very glad that ‘Death on the Coast’ can be read as a standalone despite it being part of a series!

I was super impressed by the way in which Bernie Steadman had me engaged in the storyline almost instantly. There didn’t seem to be any of the slow, drip feeding of information like other books, instead the level of intensity was top notch from the very beginning, until the very end. I must admit that I don’t very much about cults, but after reading ‘Death on the Coast’, I found myself becoming very intrigued by them, even if people involved do deserve a tap on the back of the hands!

The overall theme of the storyline was a bit gruesome, but I cannot fault the author for the way she kept my intrigue despite the disturbing scenes. Because I am a naturally nosy person, police procedurals/crime novels tick a lot of boxes for me as you have to find out everything to get to the bottom of certain situations, and ‘Death on the Coast’ didn’t disappoint in that way at all.

I really do wish that I had read one of these books sooner, but after reading Bernie Steadman’s latest offering, I now have an excuse to binge read her previous novels.

An intense, vividly written, intriguing novel which I won’t be forgetting in a hurry!

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About the author.

Bernie taught English for many years but only dabbled in short fiction and poetry until a few years ago when she took to writing full-time.  She completed her debut novel, Death in the Woods when she escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays. This was the first in the West Country Mysteries series featuring DI Dan Hellier and his Exeter-based team. There are now three in the series, Death on Dartmoor and Death on the Coast completing the series.        

Bernie lives in a small village in East Devon and her novels are set in and around the ancient Roman city of Exeter, which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries. The books explore the beauty of the area, but demonstrate that even in the most charming of settings, terrible events may occur.

When not glued to the laptop, Bernie is a keen yoga fan and enjoys walking and cycling in the Devon countryside with her husband. They share their home with two large, black cats which came from the animal sanctuary where she is a volunteer and trustee.

Links:

@BernieSteadman

http://basteadman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ExeterCrimeSeries/