Witch Dust by Marilyn Messik @marilynmessik @TAsTPublicity #blogtour

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Marilyn Messik’s Witch Dust! Many thanks to Noelle Holten and Kate Moloney for inviting me! I have a fun guest post to share with you today but first, here’s what the book is about.

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Author : Marilyn Messik
Title : Witch Dust
Pages : 281
Publisher : Troubador Publishing Limited
Publication date : September 15, 2017

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For Sandra, daughter of illusionists, Adam and Ophelia, life’s never been run of the mill! But when Adam’s wandering eye lights on yet another conquest, it proves a chorus girl too far, and Sandra’s caught in the reverberations of her parents acrimonious parting. Coerced into restoring her depressed Mother to the bosom of a family Sandra never knew existed, she’s sucked into a situation that even for her is unnerving.

From being without a single relative, she suddenly acquires several she’d rather do without, and learns a few home truths she’d prefer not to know. Ophelia, it appears, has not been entirely honest about any number of things. There’s no doubt in Sandra’s mind, the sooner she puts as much distance as possible between herself, her newly discovered nearest and dearest, their peculiar tendencies and their failing hotel business, the happier she’s going to be.

Dire straits call for desperate measures and Sandra reluctantly rises to the occasion. A hanged housemaid, a fly-on-the-wall documentary, The Psychic Society and a quasi co-operative journalist all handled correctly should, she reckons, get the family business up and running, which will allow her to do the same – as fast as she can, and in the opposite direction. Things unfortunately move swiftly from bad to farce and then get a hell of a lot darker. One moment Sandra’s struggling to save the family’s income, the next, she’s battling to save their lives.

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DARK AND STORMY REFLECTIONS 

“It was a dark and stormy night” is the oft derided opening from Edward Bulwer-Lytton for his 1830 novel Paul Clifford. In fact, it led to the annual Bulwyer-Lytton Fiction Contest, for what are considered to be truly dreadful opening lines. Personally, there’s nothing I like better than a well-turned cliché, face it, they’d never have become clichés if they didn’t work as well as they do! Below is an example from Gavin Dobson, a recent runner-up in the B-L Fiction Contest. Now, don’t know about you, but I think this sounds like a heck of a fun opening.

‘Listen, Control!” snarled Captain Dan McMurdo across the ether, ‘I’ve got one engine shut down, the other running on fumes, a seriously wounded co-pilot who won’t last the hour, fifty-three refugee orphans down the back, and a nun for a radio operator, so turn the goddam landing lights on goddam pronto – sorry, Sister!’

At a recent talk on writing I gave, I played around a bit to show how we writers keep ourselves amused and how Dark and Stormy can lead down all sorts of different paths – and yes, I do know, I probably need to get out more!

• ROMANCE

It was a dark and stormy night and busy battling the wind with her umbrella, she wasn’t looking when she stepped off the curb into a puddle of massive proportions. Her heel twisted as she tried to avoid the unexpected soaking and she would have fallen had it not been for a sudden firm arm round her waist.

• HORROR

It was a dark and stormy night and she was alone.  She hated being alone in that house where every mirror threw back an unexpectedly angled image, every movement, a floor-board creak. It was odd then that she should feel reassured for just a second or so, when a small hand slipped into hers.

THRILLER

It was a dark and stormy night, he liked it that way. He had his work to do and it was work best done privately. On a night like this, people had their heads down, weren’t watching. But he was, oh yes, watching was what he was particularly good at and it didn’t take him long to find her. The next one.

SCIENCE FICTION

It was a dark and stormy night when Ben heard the tap, tap, tapping on the window. He wasn’t frightened, he was eight years old and ready for anything. He pulled back the curtains his mother had drawn earlier. Outside the window – and how odd was that because he was on the first floor – was another little boy, with his eyes closed. Then he opened them. And Ben immediately saw, this really wasn’t another little boy at all.

• COMEDY

It was a dark and stormy night and Oscar was as reluctant to go for a walk as she was to take him. She opted for letting him out in the garden but wuss that he was, he refused to proceed unaccompanied.  She’d pulled the back door closed behind her to keep in the heat before she remembered it was nearly as temperamental as Oscar, and had a tendency to warp in the damp. She pushed it, it was indeed stuck. She pushed harder and Oscar whined behind her. She stepped back, trod on his paw, staggered sideways to avoid him and plunged clumsily into a planted patio pot. She felt like whining too.

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Thank you so much, Marilyn, for taking the time out to write this fun post!

Witch Dust will be published on September 15th.

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Marilyn was a regular feature and fiction writer for various national magazines when her children were small. She then set up her first business, selling toys, books and party goods from home, before opening first one shop then another. When she sold both shops she moved into the world of travel, focusing on Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns in New England, USA. Her advisory, planning and booking service flourished and she concurrently launched a publishing company, producing an annual, full-colour accommodation guide. In 2007 she set up a copywriting consultancy, to help businesses shape their messages to optimum effect.

She’s the author of the Little Black Business Book series and the novels Relatively Strange and Even Stranger. She’s been married to her very patient husband for more years than he deserves and they have two children, five grandchildren and, somewhat to their surprise, several grand-dogs. Her writing style has been described as ‘A cross between Stephen King and Maureen Lipman.’ although, as she points out, she’s not sure either of them would be remotely thrilled to hear that!

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This Week in Books (August 30)

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Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Last book I finished reading :

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Adam Bourne is a serial killer who thinks he is a saviour. When he murders young women and cuts off their lips, he believes he has done it to make them happy.

How did he become warped from the sensitive four-year-old who adored his gran and the fairy tales she read to him? What turned him into a monster who stalks his victims? And what is he trying to say with the bouquets he sends?

When he meets Laura Weir, Adam weaves a fairy tale romance around them. A tale she has no idea she is part of. As he hatches his twisted plan for their fairy tale ending, can anyone stop him before he creates the ultimate sacrifice to love?

The book I’m currently reading :

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Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr Henry Jekyll. Only Mr Utterson, Jekyll’s faithful lawyer and confidant, knows that he must be an impostor – because Jekyll was Hyde. But as the man goes about charming Jekyll’s friends and reclaiming his estate, and as the bodies of potential challengers start piling up, Utterson is left fearing for his life … and questioning his own sanity.

What I’m reading next :

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A woman is on trial for her life, accused of murder. Each of the 12 members of the jury has his or her own burden of guilt and prejudice which could effect the outcome. Hailed as one of the best mysteries of the year when it was first published in 1940, this book has become a classic of the genre.

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Have you read any of these? Would you like to? Happy reading! xx

Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Author : Riley Sager
Title : Final Girls
Pages : 352
Publisher : Ebury Press
Publication date : July 13, 2017

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Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…

They were the victims of separate massacres. Three strangers bound by similar traumas grouped together by the press.

When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

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I think it’s safe to say that Final Girls is one of the most talked about books this summer. So as always, the question is : does it live up to the hype? To be quite honest, I’m not entirely sure.

Lisa, Sam and Quincy are connected in the most horrible way. All three are survivors of separate massacres. Dubbed the Final Girls by the media, each one is dealing with the trauma and life in different ways. A final girl is a term from the movies, used to describe the last girl standing at the end of a horror film. Now, if you’re expecting horror here, you’re in the wrong place. Murder and intrigue, yes.

When something happens to Lisa, Sam decides now is a good time to meet Quincy. But her motives are murky at best. Why is she so pushy? What is she hiding? And does Quincy really not remember what happened on that horrible evening in Pine Cottage?

A true mark of how much I’m enjoying a book, or not, is the amount of times I set it aside to go off and do something else and I did that quite a lot during the first half of this story. It didn’t seem to me like a lot was happening and it most definitely wasn’t gripping me as hard as I expected it would. I’m not quite sure why I kept reading on at that point but I’m glad I did as the second half of the book, especially the last chapters, sure picked up the pace and finally gave me that thrill I was looking for. Although one answer to a burning question was fairly obvious, in my most humble opinion, there were still a few other twists that were a surprise.

Looking back on it now, I do see a well executed plot and great writing from Riley Sager and I’ll definitely be checking this author out again. But while an enjoyable read, especially near the end, Final Girls to me was merely a great thriller that just needed that little something more to truly stand out from the crowd and deserve the hype surrounding it.

Final Girls is available now!

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall @laurajm8

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Author : Laura Marshall
Title : Friend Request
Pages : 384
Publisher : Sphere
Publication date : July 27, 2017

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When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret.

As Maria’s messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there’s much she didn’t know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again – until now.

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For someone like me, who dislikes Facebook with a fiery passion, this is the stuff of nightmares right here. Imagine receiving a friend request from someone you believe to be dead. I think my heart would skip a beat. Or just stop. And there are various other events that will make you either check your privacy settings or delete your Facebook account altogether.

This is what happens in Friend Request. Louise receives a friend request from Maria but Maria has been missing for decades. She was last seen at a leavers’ party and it’s quite clear early on that Louise knows more about that night than she’s letting on.

Part of the story is set back in 1989 where through flashbacks we learn about the sometimes vicious nature of teenagers. While my high school days were nothing like this at all, thankfully, it’s incredibly easy to imagine the popular cliques, the need to belong and impress, the bullying and how quickly things can spiral out of control. And this was in the days before social media.

In the present day chapters, Louise is forced to reconnect with old classmates as the messages she receives start to become more frightening. What really happened the night Maria went missing? Louise isn’t the only one holding on to secrets and the truth is far worse than she could ever have imagined.

Friend Request is an incredible debut by Laura Marshall. The plot was gripping from start to finish. With a brilliant pace and twists, turns and red herrings, it had me glued to the pages. I always find a true mark of how engrossed I am in a story, is when I finish reading and realise I didn’t take notes to write my review. Which is what happened here. Utterly absorbing and compelling, I highly recommend this one and very much look forward to what this new and exciting author comes up with next.

Friend Request is available now!

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I Know Where She Is by S.B. Caves

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Author : S.B. Caves
Title : I Know Where She Is
Pages : 257
Publisher : Canelo
Publication date : August 14, 2017

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On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn’s abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke. But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.

It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping. She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.

But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

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Ten years ago, Francine’s daughter, Autumn, disappeared without a trace. Now a young girl shows up who claims she knows where Autumn is. Does she really? Or is it some kind of cruel joke? Francine has never stopped hoping that her daughter would return some day and is eager to find out more. But her ex-husband has moved on, has carved out a new life and thinks Francine is crazy and needs to get a grip. If her daughter is really still alive, Francine is completely on her own to find out the truth.

I didn’t quite expect this book to be as dark as it was. There are a few incredibly disturbing scenes in this story that made for some seriously uncomfortable reading. This isn’t for the faint-hearted. That’s your warning right there.

I felt Francine was an extraordinary character and truly showed how far a mother would go. At the beginning, she’s a broken woman who allows herself one day a week where she can drink herself into oblivion. She desperately clings to anything that may help her find her daughter, from mediums to dreams. But then she finds some insane level of inner strength that turns her into a billboard for girl power.

Maybe there were a few moments where things became a bit far-fetched and required suspending belief but at that point, I was so invested in the characters that I didn’t really care and just sat back and enjoyed the ride. There are a few other minor points I had some issues with. Mostly characters acting not quite how I would expect them to but these are things I can’t get into for fear of spoiling the plot. Overall, this was a fast-paced read with short chapters that made me flip the pages faster and faster as the action built up.

I Know Where She Is is available now!

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Weekly Wrap-Up (August 27)

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Odd sort of week this has been, where I spent most of it getting the days completely wrong which meant the week just seemed to last longer than it should have. In positive news though, my twitter issues seem to have been resolved although my intention of spending less time there has been skewered and I’m actually more on twitter than ever before. And I’m sure you’ll all be glad to know I finally tackled my ironing pile.

Anyway, on to the books! I managed to read a respectable 6 books this week.

Books I read this week :

 

Books I bought this week :

Well. This should obviously had said zero, nada, zip, nothing! But my fingers slipped. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! And in my defence, it was Thursday so at least I lasted five days and not five minutes. 😂 Still, one isn’t so bad, is it? I’d feel quite proud and accomplished if the withdrawal symptoms weren’t so distracting. *twitch*

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ARC’s received via Netgalley :

I do feel quite proud of myself that my self-imposed book buying ban *twitch* didn’t result in requesting all the books on Netgalley. Obviously I can show restraint if I really want to. 😏

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Bookpost that arrived this week :

Really pleased with these beauties! 😍

 

On the blog this past week :

Monday : I shared my review for Bird Tribunal

Tuesday : I was able to share a publication day review for The Other Girl

Wednesday : Shared my thoughts on A Tapping At My Door

Thursday : Another publication day review, this one for All The Wicked Girls

Friday : Reviewed Before It’s Too Late as part of my Beat The Backlist Challenge and fulfilled an author request for Made Safe

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for No Accident

Sunday : Posted my thoughts on Dead Simple

Next week on noveldeelights :

Another intention that bit the dust is the one where I told myself I’d participate in less blog tours before my holiday. So obviously I’m doing three next week. I’ll be doing my bit for Team Bookouture with reviews for The Accident and Hide and Seek and I’ll also have a guest post for the Witch Dust blog tour which is my last hurrah for the brilliant Band Of Thieves Team.

In other news : Less than two weeks until Tuscany! I’m also still working on that giveaway I mentioned last week but I can’t quite decide when to post it 😄.

Question of the week : This is an easy one. It can be answered with a simple yes or no, though that’s not quite conducive to an interesting conversation so work with me here, people! 😂.

“Yes, it is perfectly okay to start a long-running series smack-bang in the middle and work your way backwards” OR “Nooooo! You start with book one, always! There should be a law that says so!”

Anywho, that’s it for another week! Have a great one and happy reading! xx

Dead Simple by Peter James @peterjamesuk @panmacmillan

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Author : Peter James
Title : Dead Simple
Series : Roy Grace #1
Pages : 457
Publisher : Pan MacMillan
Publication date : 2005

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It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune . . . Dead simple . . .

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Author Peter James had his thirteenth book in the Roy Grace series published earlier this year. Since I’d never read a book by him before, I apparently felt like that was the right time to start and naturally, I began with book number one because I just can’t help myself. Still, the odds that I will have caught up on this series by the time book fourteen comes around are pretty slim and there’s something quite satisfying in knowing you don’t need to anxiously await a publication date.

Dead Simple, the first book in the Roy Grace series, is anything but. It’s complicated, gripping and a fabulous page-turner. Yet it all starts so innocently. Five friends are out on a stag party and the groom-to-be has no idea what’s in store for him. It’s meant to be a harmless prank but then the groom-to-be, Michael, goes missing and his friends turn up dead. Enter Detective Superintendent Roy Grace who is sadly all too familiar with missing persons cases as his own wife disappeared without a trace years ago.

The story starts off brilliantly and is well-paced throughout. Although it was clear quite early on what was going on, there were still a few twists and turns to keep me absolutely hooked. I found it to be quite an intense ride and a true page-turner as the race against time unfolds to save Michael. This is one of those books where I get incredibly annoyed that my eyes stop cooperating and I have to stop reading because it’s just made to be read in one sitting. This is such a brilliantly executed and completely engrossing plot.

I warmed to Roy Grace from the beginning. He’s incredibly perceptive and determined, willing to do whatever it takes to find out the truth. I love his backstory and am curious to find out if this will be addressed in future.

Right off the bat, it’s obvious that Peter James is a fantastic storyteller and it’s easy to see why he’s a bestselling author. I already feel like this may turn out to be one of my favourite series. It seems rather disgraceful that I’ve left it so long in reading one of his books but now I can’t wait to get caught up! Highly recommend this one!

Dead Simple was published in 2015.

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No Accident by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk @CarolineBookBit #blogtour

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for No Accident by Robert Crouch! Thanks to Caroline for the opportunity to join and my ebook copy!

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Author : Robert Crouch
Title : No Accident
Series : The Kent Fisher Mysteries #1
Pages : 294
Publisher : n/a
Publication date : July 24, 2017

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Nothing happens by accident, according to Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. When he ignores a restraining order to investigate the death of Syd Collins in a work accident at Tombstone Adventure Park, he clashes with the owner, playboy millionaire, Miles Birchill, who has his own reasons to block the investigation.

Determined to uncover the truth, Kent casts aside procedure and defies suspension when he becomes convinced that Collins’ death is no accident.

But as Kent rushes to identify the killer and prevent more deaths, he faces even more unpleasant surprises when his professional and private worlds collide with devastating consequences.

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Sydney Collins’ body is found in the middle of a field, the apparent victim of a brutal attack by tractor. But Sydney had no business being in that field and certainly not early in the morning, wearing a tie.

Enter Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer who needs to determine how this accident happened and who’s responsible. Kent was introduced to Columbo at the age of 16 and ever since, he’s always wanted to solve a murder. Could this be his opportunity? Or is he seeing things that aren’t there? Could Sydney’s death really just be an unfortunate accident?

Kent finds resistance from various corners during his investigation. There’s his boss, who does everything by the book. There’s the local celebrity and playboy millionaire, Miles Birchill, who clearly has something to hide. And then there’s Kent’s father, a government minister, who would really prefer it if Kent dropped his investigation. But why? Three words : can of worms.

It’s hard not to like Kent. He’s tenacious, determined and not afraid to break the rules. He also has a delightful sense of gallows humour and a lovely level of sarcasm that I always appreciate. He’s conscious of the environment, determined to protect it, fight the powers that be to do the same and his daytime job pays the bills for his animal sanctuary in an area of the South Downs he absolutely adores.

This is quite a complicated plot and it involves a lot of players. It’s up to Kent and his colleague Gemma to unravel the various threads of secrets, lies and deceit. Some of which will affect Kent in ways he couldn’t possibly have imagined. With a few twists and turns, this was an entertaining and enjoyable mystery and I can honestly say I’ve never before read a story where the investigator is an environmental health officer. So if you’re looking for something akin to a police procedural but with a bit of a difference, this could be right up your alley!

No Accident is available now!

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Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.

At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.

Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.

Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.

To discover more, visit http://robertcrouch.co.uk

You can also get in touch with Robert via Twitter or his Facebook page

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Made Safe by Francis Sparks @writingsparks

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Author : Francis Sparks
Title : Made Safe
Series : Moses Winter Mysteries #1
Pages : 222
Publisher : Pandamoon Publishing
Publication date : January 17, 2017

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For Private Investigator, Moses Winter, the job just got more complicated. His adultery case has taken a violent turn landing the subject of his investigation, Fred Dunsmore, in the hospital and Moses in jail. Moses is held for questioning along with his erratic client, Sharon Dunsmore, and Fred’s mistress, a Bosnian refugee who just happens to be related to the DCI agent investigating the case, Raif Rakić.

After Rakić secures their release, Fred goes missing, and Moses Winter finds himself compelled to find him. With the assistance of Rakic, Moses unravels Fred’s ties to Des Moines’s underworld and is forced to confront the most heinous crimes of his career.

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Private detective Moses Winter is working on what looks to be a straightforward case but he’s getting more than he bargained for. He’s been hired by a woman, Sharon, who wants to know if her husband, Fred, is having an affair. They end up at a cabin where the irrefutable proof is splayed right in front of them. But things take a violent turn as Fred ends up in hospital and Moses in jail. As it turns out Fred’s mistress is related to the local DCI Rakic, the situation becomes a bit murky. But then Fred goes missing and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.

Set in the middle of winter in Des Moines, Iowa, Moses quickly finds himself in the dark and chilling underbelly of the criminal world and human trafficking. No matter how many times this topic pops up, it remains incredibly disturbing and sadly all too relevant. Moses and Rakic make an unlikely team. Moses is not perfect and often makes mistakes but he’s determined to figure out what’s going on, even if he’s not getting paid for it. Rakic’s first priority is his family, who as Bosnian refugees have seen more than their fair share of pain. And yet, I couldn’t warm to him at all.

Made Safe has a well-thought out and executed plot but I did find it a tad repetitive at times. However, there was a brilliant twist I didn’t see coming and overall the story is a well-paced read, full of action. If you like your old school detective stories, I have no doubt you will enjoy this mystery but for me, it needed that little something more to truly keep me gripped.

Many thanks to the author for my copy, which I chose to review honestly!

Made Safe is available now!

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Before It’s Too Late by Jane Isaac @Legend_Press

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Author : Jane Isaac
Title : Before It’s Too Late
Series : DI Will Jackman #1
Pages : 288
Publisher : Legend Press
Publication date : June 1, 2015

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Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone. Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor.

Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected. But, as another student vanishes and Min grows ever weaker, time is running out. Can Jackman track down the kidnapper, before it’s too late?

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Goodness me, I can’t believe it’s August and I’m only on my second book for the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

Before It’s Too Late is the first instalment in the DI Will Jackman series and if this one is anything to go by, I’m in for a treat when I start to catch up on the next ones. Chinese student Min Li disappears after an argument with her boyfriend. She’s not the first girl to vanish in recent months but are these cases connected? The case lands on the desk of DI Will Jackman. This will be his first time leading an investigation since a personal tragedy. Is he up to the task? Will he find Min Li before it’s too late?

Sometimes you start a new series and find yourself instantly enamoured by the lead character. That’s what happened to me as I was introduced to Will and immediately found him incredibly likeable and realistic. There’s such a lovely balance between his private life and his job. As much as I was interested in the case he’s working on, I also really enjoyed getting to know more about him.

The case of the missing Chinese student is not as straightforward as you might think. There was a point where I had figured most of it out but that didn’t ruin things for me at all. Min’s chapters were incredibly harrowing  and gripping. Sharing her point of view was certainly a superb way of keeping me hooked. While the story is suspenseful and full of intrigue, I do feel it could have done with some more tension to be truly compelling. However, this is a well-paced mystery with excellent characterisation and a great start to a new-to-me series. I very much look forward to reading Beneath The Ashes and follow Will Jackman on his next investigation.

Before It’s Too Late was published in 2015.

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