#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.
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#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.

Links:
 

#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.

Links:

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!

Buy now!

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

Author links:

http://www.pamelacrane.com

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Pamela.Crane

https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscompamela_crane

#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!

Buy now from Amazon

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/

#BlogBlitz! #Review – RIP Current by Amanda James (@akjames61) @BloodHoundbook

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Next up is my review for Amanda James and ‘RIP Current’! Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book.

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DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.

 Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.

 Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Cornwall and considers starting a new life.

 While in Cornwall, Bryony saves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.

 But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?

 Rip Current explores the relationships between families and friends and asks who can you ever really trust.

What does TWG think?

If you’re after a novel that is jam packed with drama, secrets and lies, you have come to the right place as ‘RIP Current’ ticks all of those boxes and more.

DI Bryony Marshall has her work cut out trying to put notorious bad boy, Kenny Ransom, in jail. After two years of coming close and falling at the last hurdle, Bryony knows thats he needs to nail him once and for all. Luckily his daughter, Imogen, doesn’t think much of family loyalty as she ends up helping Bryony in more ways than one. Of course things would be a lot simpler if they went to plan, but Bryony knows full well that shizzle can hit the fan at any point, especially when Kenny Ransom has eyes and ears in the most unusual places.

‘RIP Current’ is a really tense read. There was so much gritty drama to sink my teeth into, I couldn’t help but sit back and enjoy the rollercoaster ride I was about to embark on. Multiple times whilst reading this novel, I felt myself questioning every single characters motives, including Imogen’s, as I felt unable to trust any of them except Bryony. If you can imagine a room full of people with red question marks over their heads, you’ll see what constantly went around my head whilst reading ‘RIP Current’ – and no, that isn’t a bad thing! It was as though I had targeted the characters with ‘guilty until proven innocent’.

Even though I enjoyed the majority of this book, I couldn’t help but feel that the pace was a little bit too slow at certain points. When the hustle bustle and gritty events happened, the pace was on fire, but when there wasn’t much happening, I felt that the pace slowed right down, making me feel as though I was reading a completely different book.

However, one part in particular made my jaw drop in shock (no, I’m not telling which bit), and I thought that the author did a belter of a job dropping that bombshell when she did as it put the entire novel on a completely different level.

All in all, ‘RIP Current’ was an intense, jam packed novel which left me questioning the word ‘trust’ and everything it stood for. I am looking forward to reading more from this author, that’s for sure!

Buy now!

About the author.

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Amanda‘s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @akjames61

Facebook mandy.james.33

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Note by Andrew Barrett (@AndrewBarrettUK) @BloodHoundBook

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Second and final blog tour of the day is for Andrew Barrett and ‘The Note’. Thank you, as always, to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Have you ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no one’s there?

I have.

It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I’d listened to that feeling, if I’d thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come.

Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk.

I had no idea who sent it or why they wanted to kill me.

But I was about to find out.

I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI and this is my story.

What does TWG think?

Not having read any of Andrew Barrett’s work before now, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I had heard of him and seen his books on social media, obviously!

What I liked most about ‘The Note’ was that it was the perfect length for anyone who wants to ‘try out’ Andrew Barrett’s novels, so to speak. ‘The Note’ is a novella length, yet it still packed the well needed punch whilst also giving me an insight to the authors writing style. And yes, I’ll hold my hands up and say that, thanks to ‘The Note’, I now want to read more from Andrew Barrett!

I can’t say too much about this book as I could end up giving spoilers away due to how short of a read it is, however, I will say that this is such a dark, gritty and highly addictive read which will be guaranteed to leave you wanting more. If Andrew Barrett’s other books are as strong as this one, I am in for a treat!

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.

Links:

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 – The Doomsday Girl by Dave Stanton (@DanRenoNovels) @BloodHoundBook

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Once again I am taking part in a blog blitz for Dave Stanton and one of his ‘Dan Reno’ novels – have you guess that I’m a huge fan yet? This time however, I am reviewing his latest offerings called, ‘The Doomsday Girl’. Thank you to BloodhoundBooks for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Melanie Jordan’s life seemed perfect. Until masked intruders arrive at her house, demanding gold she doesn’t have. A savage blow to the head puts her in a coma and when Melanie regains consciousness, she learns her husband has been murdered and her ten-year-old daughter is missing.
Private Eye Dan Reno begins investigating, but nothing about the case makes sense. Was there gold at the house or wasn’t there? Was Melanie’s husband hiding something? And what happened to Melanie’s daughter?  
To complicate things, the case leads to Las Vegas, where Reno’s loose-cannon friend, Cody Gibbons, is trying to repair his relationship with his college-aged daughter, an intern with Las Vegas P.D.  
When clues implicate Russian mobsters and a mysterious African illegal, Reno tries to stay in the shadows, but once the criminals feel the noose tightening, they raise the stakes to a deadly level.

What does TWG think?

I don’t think that I’ll ever get bored with reading about what Dan Reno gets up to! I have everything crossed that he makes another appearance in yet another book. He is far too addictive.

Personally, I think that ‘The Doomsday Girl’ is the best book in the ‘Dan Reno’ series so far. Whilst all of the previous novels have been extremely gritty, I think that Dave Stanton has pushed the grit to another level where his latest novel is concerned, that’s for sure.

Dan Reno gets called to a job to investigate the whereabouts of the daughter of recently widowed woman, Melanie. According to Melanie, two males got access to her home, murdered her husband, kidnapped her daughter, and left Melanie herself unconscious. Why did the thugs choose Melanie’s house to rob? What Melanie’s husband hiding something illegal? And why did they feel the need to kidnap a ten year old girl? With a difficult case to crack, a young girl to find, and a woman who claims she knows nothing about her husband’s illegal activity, Dan Reno has his work cut out. To top it all off, the woman who hired him to do the job, seems to have a tongue much sharper than a knife. With time not on his side to find the young girl alive, Dan Reno is adamant that he won’t let Melanie’s mother get to him…..we all know that she will!

Look, I’ve never been married and right at this moment in time, I don’t see it ever happening, so do excuse my naive question here, but how on Earth does a husband keep so many things from his wife, and why on Earth does she think that his issue to tell her things is normal? Surely you’re supposed to trust your spouse with your life, not involve them in anything that will kill them, yet have no secrets from them at all? Am I being daft here or what?

I did think that Melanie was just playing dumb, coming across as a weak and feeble woman to distract any males from doing their job. Pardon my blunt analysis there, but I got the feeling that she knew a lot more than she was letting on. Either that of she is just severely gullible, I’m not too sure.

Of course Cody is back on the scene, why wouldn’t he be! This time around though, we see a very laid back Cody as he attempts to rebuild his relationship with his daughter, Abbey. If Dan Reno though that dealing with Cody on his own was hard enough, try dealing with him AND female version of him. I loved Abbey’s bluntness, but her arrogance left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Definitely Cody’s daughter then!

I was very impressed at how intricately detailed the entire storyline was, keeping me interested with the snippets of information along the way. It was fab to see a PI work from the inside because I had absolutely no idea how much their job is like finding a needle in a haystack. Well, I probably did but I didn’t really pay much attention to the logistics until they were laid out in front of me, just like they were in ‘The Doomsday Girl’.

What a highly charged, gritty, fast paced, and detailed read this is! I loved everything about the storyline, especially the pace – I couldn’t put the book down at all, I just had to find out the truth about Melanie’s husband and whether Dan Reno found her daughter or not. Finding out more information than I bargained for however, wasn’t in the plan nor was I complaining at all because wow, the suspense level increased drastically!

Definitely his best book yet, ‘The Doomsday Girl’ is such an addictive read and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be begging for another book before too long. What a cracking novel!

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About the author.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

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Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

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www.amazon.co.uk/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley (@hhammersley66) @BloodHoundBook

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Third and final day of the blog blitz, and I have the honour of closing the blitz with my review. Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

Merciless - Heleyne Hammersley

Two murders. One missing girl.  
DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock. With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life. 
In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father. She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims? 
As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier. 
Then the main suspect vanishes…. 
Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?

What does TWG think?

DI Kate Fletcher is baaacccckkkkk! And boy did she make an entrance! It didn’t take me long at all to devour the second instalment in the ‘Kate Fletcher’ series, what with the incredibly intense plot and the high energy situations which Kate Fletcher and her team came across.

With a murder confession on their hands which was intent on raising several eyebrows, it doesn’t take too long for Kate Fletcher and her team to find themselves tangled in a spider’s web, when they realise that there is a lot more to that ‘confession’ than they first thought.

‘Merciless’ is a story that switches between past events and the ‘now’. Even though us readers have more insight to the truth than Kate Fletcher does, Heleyne Hammersley has ensured that her readers are still kept in the dark regarding the pieces of information that will really allow faeces to hit the fan.

I have to say that, even though I had roughly worked out what I had thought had happened, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the storyline as, whilst I had become aware of the minor details, the true grit and shocking moments were kept under lock and key until the very last knocking.

‘Merciless’ kept my attention from start to finish, raising my heart rate with every turn of the page. I thought that the tension in the book was fantastically written, and the addition of the author drip feeding her readers shocking information was very, very clever.

I cannot fault this book at all! I know I have been vague with my review, but ‘Merciless’ is the type of book which the less you know about beforehand, the more blunt your reactions will be.

A cracking, fast paced read which kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way through.

Buy now!

About the author.

Heleyne Hammersley is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and crime novels.

Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. 

When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.

Links: 

Website: www.heleynehammersley.com

Twitter: @hhammersley66