The Silent Girls by Dylan Young @dyoungwrites @bookouture #blogblast

Happy publication day to Dylan Young and welcome to the blog blast for The Silent Girls! Many thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for the opportunity to join and the review copy, received via Netgalley. Here’s what this corker of a book is all about.

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Author : Dylan Young
Title : The Silent Girls
Series : Detective Anna Gwynne #1
Pages : 309
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : January 19, 2018

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When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.

Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.

Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

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Eighteen years ago, a young girl was found murdered on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Neville Cooper was arrested and has spent all this time in prison. But now he’s been released, pending a retrial. Detective Anna Gwynne and her team are tasked to investigate this cold case but then another murder happens. Coincidence or not? The local police force is convinced Cooper is the killer and determined to prove they’re right but Anna thinks they’re looking at the wrong person.

The Silent Girls pulled me in from the start and just wouldn’t let go. This is an incredibly gripping page-turner with a cast of truly fabulous characters. Especially Hector Shaw, who’s in prison for killing the men who caused his own daughter’s death. Like a true psychopath, he plays games with Anna and he’s one of those characters that just gets right under your skin, making it crawl, maybe even make you feel a little dirty and in need of a long shower. And yet, utterly fascinating and I do so hope there’s more from Hector in the next instalments.

I must say I love the whole concept of cold cases. Investigating a cold case is so different from a current one. Laboratories used back in the day may not be around anymore and who even knows where all the paperwork is. Original detectives may have retired or passed away as is the same for any witnesses. What possible clues could there be at a crime scene that has changed so much over the years? And who even remembers where they were or what they were doing some twenty odd years ago? But science has made progress in leaps and bounds with DNA testing, for example, being much more accurate and reliable.

The investigation itself is a thrill a minute and I found the book really hard to put down. Incredibly compelling, it had me hooked and the ultimate conclusion left me reeling. I didn’t see that coming at all! This is a fantastic start to a new series and I can’t wait for the next book!

The Silent Girls is published today!

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abouttheauthor

Dylan Young was born in a mining village in the Swansea valley in Wales where he attended primary and secondary schools. In 1974, he was offered a place at Medical school in London and qualified in 1979. Medicine and a family followed, but writing as Dylan Jones, he published 4 novels in the nineties, two of which were filmed by the BBC. In 2011, Random House re-released two of the books in the Natalie Vine series as ebooks.

Dylan Jones now writes children’s fiction as Rhys A Jones and contemporary urban fantasy as DC farmer. But crime never went away. The first in his new series featuring Detective Inspector Anna Gwynne, is due for release in January 2018. Two more books will follow.

Dylan Lives with his wife in West Wales where the landscape (and the weather!) provide ample inspiration for his books.

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The Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan @Lisalregan @bookouture #blogtour

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan! Many thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the opportunity and for the review copy, which I received via Netgalley. Here’s what the book is all about.

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Author : Lisa Regan
Title : Vanishing Girls
Series : Detective Josie Quinn #1
Pages : 334
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : January 17, 2018

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Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.

Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others…

The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?

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Vanishing Girls is the first instalment in a new detective series by Lisa Regan and as far as firsts go, you can’t ask for much more than this!

Josie Quinn has been suspended from her job as a detective in Denton, PA. But that won’t stop her sticking her nose into the search for seventeen year old Isabelle Coleman, who disappeared from her home. The investigation is slow-going and unearths another girl nobody even knew was missing in the first place. Josie is determined to find Isabelle but there are dark forces at play and she may be getting a lot more than she bargained for.

As far as main characters go, Josie is a strong and kick-ass lady. She’s flawed, damaged and there’s an intriguing background story that I hope will be explored further in future but she’s also stubborn, fierce, not afraid to pull any punches and has the uncanny ability to often find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. There’s also the perfect balance between her professional and personal life as she deals with the break-up of her marriage and tries to move on with her new partner.

Denton has this fantastic small town vibe, which I enjoy immensely. Everybody seems to know everybody and their business, or do they? Josie quickly finds herself questioning everyone and everything as her search for Isabelle reveals a disturbing and harrowing town secret. Some events may make for some uncomfortable reading although it’s not too gruesomely detailed.

I’m not at all familiar with Lisa Regan’s work but with Vanishing Girls, she delivers a gripping and compelling story that had me hooked from start to finish, putting my faith into the wrong people, not trusting the ones I maybe should have and always second-guessing everything. This is a fantastic start to a new series and I very much look forward to reading more about Josie.

The Vanishing Girls is available for purchase!

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abouttheauthor

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

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Divine Poison by AB Morgan @AliMorgan2304 @Bloodhoundbook #blogblitz #qanda

Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for Divine Poison by AB Morgan! Many thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for the invitation and to AB Morgan who has kindly taken the time to answer a few questions for us but first, here is what Divine Poison is all about.

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Author : AB Morgan
Title : Divine Poison
Pages : 284
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : January 4, 2018

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For a community psychiatric nurse, Monica Morris has an unhealthy interest in poison, and when, on impulse, she buys an antique Ship’s Doctor’s Cabinet with a set of leather-bound journals she becomes fascinated by the content.

A few days later, she discovers the body of her patient, Jan Collins, and although police assume suicide by overdose, Monica is not convinced.

When more unexplained deaths involving poisoning occur, Monica realises they are linked and so does DS Adams who is investigating. But how are they connected? And why?

When it becomes obvious that she’s unwittingly stepped into a trap set for someone else, Monica’s career, her own sanity and her life are placed at risk. But where can she turn to for help?

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* What did you learn from writing your first novel that you have benefitted from since?

 I could probably write a whole book about lessons learnt through writing and achieving publication. ‘How to Deal with Rejection in Twenty-four Easy Lessons,’ that sort of thing.

 The biggest lesson was to listen to advice from those that know. When I read through the first draught of A Justifiable Madness, my very first attempt at writing a novel, I thought it was pretty sound. I was wrong. Then I spent hard-earned cash having the raw manuscript critiqued and had to swallow the painful truth that it was far from publishable. That was the best money I’ve ever spent.

Once I’d taken on board the advice, revised, reviewed, rewritten and grasped the core skills … I was away.

However then came the rest of my lessons:

            Buy a book about punctuation.

            Read out loud. If it doesn’t sound right then it won’t read well.

            Edit, edit and edit again.

            Play to your strengths.

And the rest.

* How best would you describe your style of writing?

 That’s a tricky question to answer. I’m not very poetic or overly descriptive, and I aim to create an easy read through narrative that entertains and moves the story along but also represents real life. Even when I try to immerse myself in a character’s desperate situation I can’t escape from my own sense of humour, despite writing about the darkest of subjects. It’s a nurse’s coping strategy… gallows humour.

A bit like me, my style is more casual than formal, jeans and a cosy jumper, rather than a business suit or long flowing gown.

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Divine Poison is published today and available for purchase!

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abouttheauthor

Alison Morgan started writing a couple of years ago to address that niggling question: could she write a book? The answer was a simple yes. She’s had to retire from the NHS a little earlier than planned, but has discovered a new passion. Writing. Her debut novel, A Justifiable Madness, was published by Bloodhound Books in September 2017 attracting great reviews for its refreshing premise and dark humour. With two further novels being published at the beginning of 2018, it seems Alison has a promising future as an author. Divine Poison is the second novel to feature Monica Morris, a mental health nurse, as the main protagonist in this crime mystery, but there are no plans for a series. Alison’s third suspense novel, The Camera Lies, steps away from the field of nursing and into the world of real crime documentary films.

Alison lives with her husband Andy and their dog Sadie, in a small village north of Bedford. She’s not the type to let life get in the way of adventure and so, always up for the next challenge, she decided to have a proper midlife crisis and learn to ride a motorbike. In August she passed, first time. Her husband was impressed until she swung her leg over his prized Triumph and roared off with a big grin on her face. ‘Research for the next book,’ she cried. The fourth book is under construction and does indeed feature motorbikes.

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Hope to Die by David Jackson @Author_Dave @BonnierZaffre

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Author : David Jackson
Title : Hope to Die
Series : DS Nathan Cody #2
Pages : 416
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date : September 21, 2017

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On a snowy December evening, Mary Cowper is walking her dog through the churchyard of Liverpool Cathedral – and that’s when the killer strikes.

Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, Mary seems to be almost angelic – no-one has a bad word to say about her, let alone a motive for such a violent murder.

And Cody has other things on his mind too. The ghosts of his past are coming ever close, and – still bearing the physical and mental scars – it’s all he can do to hold onto his sanity.

And then the killer strikes again.

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A few months ago, I raved about the first book in the DS Cody series and I’m kicking myself for taking this long to finally read the second one. Follow-ups are always tricky but I can safely say Hope to Die is even better than its predecessor!

Cody’s having an absolutely horrendous time. Not only is there the investigation into the murder of teacher Mary Cowper, which seems to be going nowhere fast, but he has a lot of other things to deal with as well. His relationship with Megan is at an all-time low, he suffers from nightmares and his past is getting ever closer. One word : creepy! Is he suffering from hallucinations again or is someone playing a game with him?

If all that isn’t gripping enough, David Jackson throws in utterly heartbreaking and harrowing chapters that nearly broke me. They are vital to understand where the killer is coming from but boy, did they make for some highly uncomfortable reading. These had me guessing until the end, trying to figure out the whodunnit and, as per usual,  getting it completely wrong.

There’s also the introduction of a new member of the team, Grace. She’s a computer geek, desperate to prove herself and quiet frankly, she gives me the heebie-jeebies! And yet, she’s sufficiently intriguing in that overwhelmingly weird sort of way that makes me look forward to learning more about her.

There’s a lot going on in this story and all its various layers held my attention throughout. Well-paced, intricately plotted and brilliantly written, I found Hope to Die totally unputdownable. The DS Cody series is another one to watch out for. It has a fascinating and gripping backstory that is still haunting Nathan Cody, as you will find out yourself when (not if!) you read this series and I can’t wait for more of that in book 3!

Hope to Die was published in September and is available for purchase!

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The Silent Children by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #blogtour

** advanced copy received via Netgalley **

I’m thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The Silent Children by Carol Wyer today! This is the fourth book in the brilliant DI Robyn Carter series and I will share my thoughts with you right after I tell you a little something about the book. Many thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture! Make sure you also check out my blog buddy Jen’s review!

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Author : Carol Wyer
Title : The Silent Children
Series : DI Robyn Carter #4
Pages : 360
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : December 7, 2017

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The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this…

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies are connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

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Cor! Way to hit the ball out of the park!

The DI Robyn Carter series is one of my favourites and I realise I say this quite a bit but it’s not my fault there are so many good ones out there! I can’t believe we’re already at book four and Carole Wyer shows no signs of slowing down. I do most heartily recommend you start with the first book so you get to know Robyn and her team and an especially intriguing background story.

Now, if you have read the previous ones and you’re hoping for some sort of conclusion after the mind-blowing ending of book three, weeeell, let’s just say Carol Wyer has this teasing thing down to an art. There are some breadcrumbs, some clues but the focus is more on a truly fabulous murder investigation. It’s pure torture but it’s also awesome and a surefire way to keep me coming back for more. Love it!

As for the investigation, a man is found shot to death at a local park. By all accounts, he seemed to be a much loved person so why would anyone want him dead? When a second person is found murdered, Robyn wonders if these cases are somehow connected. But how? Cue an incredibly complex and multi-layered plot that had me guessing until the end.

With a combination of utterly emotional, heartbreaking, harrowing chapters dealing with abuse set in the past and a hard-hitting investigation in the present, I was absolutely gripped! For the longest time, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on and I will always love an author who manages to do that. This is one of those stories where you start reading and the hours just pass by without you realising. Totally addictive and engrossing!

As if investigating murders and bumping into dead ends all over the place wasn’t enough, Robyn and her team are also dealing with some unwelcome guests when they are forced to share their office space with Shearer and his team. That can’t possibly go well, can it?! Again, as in the previous books, I’m loving these team dynamics, the diversity and the banter. Getting to know the other team members better each time adds that little something extra.

If you’re not reading these books, you are missing out and I strongly urge you to correct the error of your ways! This is an absolutely fantastic series which just keeps getting better and better. This latest instalment is immensely gripping and compelling and dare I say, the best one yet. I so can’t wait for the next one!

The Silent Children was published on December 7th!

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abouttheauthor

Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping best-seller, Little Girl Lost.

Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.

Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.

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Dark Pines by Will Dean @willrdean @OneworldNews @PtBlankBks

** advanced copy received via Netgalley **

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Author : Will Dean
Title : Dark Pines
Series : Tuva Moodyson Mystery #1
Pages : 400
Publisher : Oneworld Publications / Point Blank
Publication date : January 4, 2017

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It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere.

When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes?

Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

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I can’t quite explain where my recent fascination with Scandi-Noir comes from. For one, I absolutely hate cold weather and the mere mention of freezing temperatures and snow makes me want to run for the hills. And yet, when one of my dearest blogging friends couldn’t stop raving about Dark Pines, I dived right in and didn’t look back.

Tuva Moodyson is a journalist, working for the local newspaper in the tiny town of Gavrik. When a body is found in the forest, Tuva sets out to investigate the story that could make her career. But there is a fine line between telling the story truthfully and not alienating the community you live in. On top of that, Tuva must face her biggest fears and head deep into the dark woods.

There’s an incredibly threatening and claustrophobic vibe running throughout this entire story. It doesn’t just come from the small town feeling, but also the forest, which is almost a character all on its own, and the residents themselves. Each and every one of them is a suspect in this murder and I probably pointed my finger at all of them. From the massively creepy woodcarving sisters, to the ghostwriter in his fancy house, to the taxi driver with his slightly odd son, each and every one of them displays a certain level of eccentricity that made me eye them in the most suspicious way. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love it when an author can keep me guessing.

Everything in Dark Pines works like a charm. The atmospheric setting, the weather and our main character being deaf adds another brilliantly intricate layer. I loved how Tuva doesn’t make a big deal of her deafness. It’s just a part of her, like the colour of her eyes. I can’t for the life of me imagine what it’s like, thankfully, but I feel the author did a great job incorporating it into the storyline. Especially by explaining how certain sounds can interfere with hearing aids. I had no idea.

The investigation into the murder is utterly gripping. Will Dean will have you second-guessing everyone and everything at every single turn of the page. Just when I thought I figured out the who, there was a curveball. And I completely gave up on figuring out the why but the reveal blew me away. Fantastic!

So, a brilliantly executed plot, an extremely interesting protagonist, a cast of fabulous if slightly weird characters and an amazing setting. What more could you possibly want? Scandi-Noir has completely won me over and Will Dean is most definitely one to watch. I have no doubt Dark Pines will do well and it’s kicking off the new year in style!

Many thanks to the publisher for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!

Dark Pines will be published in paperback format in January.

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Breaking Bones by Robert White @robwhite247 @EndeavourPress #BreakingBones #blogtour

** copy received via publisher **

It’s a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for Breaking Bones by Robert White today. Many thanks to Hannah Groves at Endeavour Press for the opportunity to join! Here’s what the book is all about.

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Author : Robert White
Title : Breaking Bones
Pages : 283
Publisher : Endeavour Press
Publication date : August 2, 2017

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Inseparable since childhood and feared by their community, Tony, Eddie and Frankie are beyond the reach of justice.

The brutal gang, The Three Dogs, are a law unto themselves.

Detective Jim Hacker has watched The Dogs grow from thuggish youths to psychotic criminals. He seems to be the only one who wants to see their empire fall.

Meanwhile Jamie Strange, a young Royal Marine, finds himself embroiled in the lives of The Three Dogs when his girlfriend, Laurie Holland, cuts off their engagement … to be with the most dangerous of The Dogs: Frankie Verdi.

Jamie vows to save Laurie, before Frankie damns them both.

Every dog will have its day.

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Frankie Verdi’s name may sound like some 1960’s crooner but he’s anything but. From a young age, he and his friends Eddie and Tony seem destined to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. All three of them have quite the temper and an unhealthy tendency towards violence. Frankie may have watched too many The Godfather movies, Eddie has a secret he’s desperately trying to hang on to and Tony, who in this day and age may be diagnosed with having learning difficulties, is taken advantage of and will do anything for his friends.

Set in the 1980’s, we watch their rise towards criminal kingpin status through the eyes of Detective Jim Hacker. Jim is an excellent narrator and becomes a bit obsessed with The Three Dogs, as dubbed by the media. Convinced they are behind a multitude of crimes, he wants nothing more than to see their empire fall but without proof, he’s having to sit back and wait until The Three Dogs slip up.

Meanwhile, Jamie Strange finds himself unwillingly caught up with The Three Dogs when his fiancé, Lauren, leaves him to be with Frankie. Lauren had a horrible childhood and desperately wants a better life but while she proves herself to be quite the savvy business woman, her relationship with Frankie isn’t what she thought it would be. But once you’re part of that circle, can you ever really leave?

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It’s dark and gritty, quite brutal and harsh, yet well-paced and hugely entertaining.  The music and the fashion immediately transported me right back to the 80’s and along with the realistic, believable characters and an interesting plot, this would make an excellent movie. All in all, an authentic, action-packed, well-written and enjoyable crime thriller!

Breaking Bones is available for purchase!

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abouttheauthor

Robert White is an Amazon best selling crime fiction and Action and Adventure author.
His first three published novels UNREST DIRTY and THE FIX have appeared in the top ten downloaded novels in genre in the UK.

Robert is an ex cop, who captures the brutality of northern British streets in his work. He combines believable characters, slick plots and vivid dialogue to immerse the reader in his fast paced story-lines.

He was born in Leeds, England, the illegitimate son of a jazz musician and a factory girl.
He hated school, leaving at age sixteen. He joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1980 and served for fifteen years, his specialism being SWAT. Robert then spent four years in the Middle East before returning to the UK in 2000.

He now lives in Lancashire with his wife Nicola, and his two terribly behaved terrier dogs Flash and Tia.

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You’re Next by Michael Fowler @CarolineBookBit @caffeinenights #blogtour

Happy Hump Day and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for You’re Next by Michael Fowler! Many thanks to Caroline Vincent for the invitation and the ecopy!

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Author : Michael Fowler
Title : You’re Next
Series : DS Scarlett Macey #2
Pages : 256
Publisher : Caffeine Nights Publishing
Publication date : November 9, 2017

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It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes. But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed. Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.

Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.

Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green.

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When Caroline asked me to join this blog tour, I signed up not realising You’re Next is the second book in the DS Scarlett Macey series. Now I’m sure by now you all know how I feel about starting a series anywhere else but with book one. (In case you don’t, it’s wrong 😜) Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have time to read the first one but luckily, I didn’t need to as this one reads perfectly well as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel I’d missed out on anything crucial. There’s enough background information to get the gist of what happened before without, I think, being too repetitive for those who did read the first book.

James Green is facing the court on a charge of multiple rapes. But on the very first day, the trial collapses and James is set free. DS Macey is determined to make sure he’ll get his comeuppance regardless and find evidence against him that will land him in prison, even though her bosses want her to stay well clear. Meanwhile, James has plans of his own though and none of them are good.

The focus isn’t entirely on this storyline though. Just like in real life, I would imagine, the team is working on various cases at once. They’re heartbreaking, shocking and frenzied and some will hit quite close to home. It’s quite clear that the author has experience with these sorts of things and doesn’t shy away from tackling the gruesome and brutal murders. This may not be quite your thing if you’re a tad faint-hearted.

Scarlett is a feisty red-head and makes for a fabulous main character. She’s determined in the face of adversity and will stop at nothing to prove James’ guilt. I also really enjoyed the way the author balances her time on the job with her personal life, complicated as that one may be. James on the other hand made me shudder to the core. He’s pure evil through and through.

This is a thoroughly entertaining (odd choice of words) crime fiction thriller. The short chapters make for a truly quick read, urging you on to flip the pages just that little bit faster. While I did feel that maybe things were a tad rushed at times, if you think your stomach can handle it, then I have no doubt you will enjoy this thrilling investigation!

You’re Next is available for purchase!

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abouttheauthor

Following retirement, after thirty-two years as a police officer, working mainly as a detective, Michael returned to the deadly business of murder, as a writer. His past work brought him very close to some nasty characters, including psychopaths, and gruesome cases, and he draws on that experience to craft his novels: There is nothing gentle about Michael’s stories.

His landmark novel Heart of the Demon, published in 2012, introduced Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr. Michael has since written five novels and a novella featuring Kerr.  He also released the first DS Scarlett Macey book in 2016. Michael is also the author of a stand-alone crime novella and a true crime thriller.

Michael has another side to his life – a passion for art, and has found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently, his oil paintings can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts.

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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Now You See Me by Kierney Scott @bookouture #blogblitz

** advanced copy received via Netgalley **

It’s a happy publication day to Kierney Scott and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the blog blitz for Now You See Me! Many thanks to Noelle at Bookouture! I’ll be sharing my review right after I tell you what the book is about.

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Author : Kierney Scott
Title : Now You See Me
Series : Detective Jessie Bishop #1
Pages : 318
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : November 27, 2017

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When the dismembered body of Lydia Steiner is found washed up in the waters of a blisteringly hot Louisiana swamp, Detective Jess Bishop knows for certain this isn’t the murderer’s first kill.

Three other dismembered bodies have been found, all bearing the same marks. Marks that strike fear into Jess’s heart. They are identical to those from a case she’s spent her entire career trying to forget.

As Jess and her team try to link the victims, another body is discovered and they fear the serial killer is taunting them. They know it’s only a matter of time before he kills again.

As the body count rises, and the hunt goes cold, Jess knows she has to confront her past in order to catch the killer, even if that means making herself the bait…

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I often tell myself I really don’t need a new series in my life but when one pops up that sounds as good as this one, I just can’t help myself. And I can already tell you right now that I’ll be keeping an eye on this one in future.

Now You See Me introduces us to Jess Bishop, who works for the FBI. That bit right there already sold it to me as I really enjoy all things FBI. Their investigations don’t stop at state borders, widening the scenery but also the suspect pool. In fact in this story, we go from Washington D.C with all its memorable buildings, to the bayou in Louisiana, where the dismembered body of Lydia Stein is found. She’s not the first woman to be found murdered like that so it’s obvious early on, we’re dealing with a serial killer here.

Jess has one of the most fascinating backstories I’ve ever read but I’m not going to tell you anything about that. To this day, it affects her in the choices and decisions she makes, her view on relationships, the way she sees things. She makes for one fantastic main character but the whole team is brilliant. It reminded me of the tv show “Criminal Minds”, without the profiling. A varied and diverse cast that somehow manages to work together to solve a case. There’s Jeanie, the boss, for instance. You never quite know what she’s thinking. Tina is the computer genius. Briggs has just returned from a stint undercover. Chan is sort of the funny one but also a bit of a troublemaker. And there’s even a psychologist.

As for chasing the serial killer, the investigation had me on the edge of my seat. Nothing links these women and there’s no way of knowing when the killer will strike again, or where, or where his next victim will be found. There is no doubt though that he will not stop on his own and he needs to be caught. And that’s all I’m saying about that too. I know, I’m a tease but really, you need to read this yourself and find yourself as engrossed as I was.

This is just a fabulous start to a new series. Utterly gripping and compelling! If this one is anything to go by, I have zero doubt this series is going to be an absolute corker and I can’t wait to read the next instalment!

Now You See Me is out today!

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abouttheauthor

Originally from California, Kierney Scott lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband and their daughter.

In her spare time she likes to read and invent new recipes. Her stuffed peppers are particularly popular with her family, as are her grain-free chocolate chip cookies. In an effort to convert her family to the joys of pumpkin, she created the Great Pumpkin Challenge. For the ten weeks before Thanksgiving, they tried a new pumpkin recipe every week. Pumpkin arancini and pumpkin queso were a big hit. She has promised her daughter to never again roast pumpkin and call them chips.

She loves hearing from readers. If you would like to get in touch, you can email her at KierneyScott@gmail.com or follow her on twitter @Kierney_S

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It’s such an incredible pleasure to find myself hosting a stop on the blog tour for Whiteout by Ragnar Jonasson today! I am absolutely delighted to welcome translator Quentin Bates to the blog but first, here’s what Whiteout is all about.

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Author : Ragnar Jónasson
Title : Whiteout
Series : Dark Iceland #5
Pages : 276
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : November 1, 2017

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Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop?

With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier.

As the dark history and its secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place.

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Me and Ari Thór

The very first Iceland Noir, a one-day event organised on a wing and a prayer, and afterwards a bunch of us plotting to get Ragnar Jónasson published in English. Fast forward to Bloody Scotland, where Ragnar met Karen Sullivan of the fledgling Orenda Books on the football pitch. Add to that the guy who liked the challenge of translating someone else’s words – and we were all ready to roll.

It seemed only a few months later that Snowblind was published with a fanfare of the kind only the mighty Karen can rustle up, complete with those now legendary cupcakes. Then Snowblind briefly knocked the Girl on the Train off the top of the kindle chart. I know, because the normally imperturbable Ragnar called me at 2AM to let me know it had hit number 1.

It hasn’t always been an easy ride. Translation isn’t an exact science – or is it an art? Or something in between the two? What you see on the page isn’t a literal translation of Ragnar’s original. A word-for-word translation would be unreadable; there’s inevitably a level of interpretation in there.

A translation has to be flexible and occasionally the elastic needs to be stretched a long way, especially when dealing with the untranslatable idioms and plays-on-words that every language has. A joke is often the toughest translation challenge*, with the choice of a literal (and unfunny) translation or finding some elusive alternative that may well leave the original far behind but which remains faithful to the book by being amusing – which was the author’s intention to start with.

The translator has to come up with something that renders the book into a readable version of the original, while it’s the editor’s role to go at the text with a hammer and chisel before putting it all back together. Karen and West Camel have applied a great deal of rigour to the editing process, demanding signposts and discreet additional information where needed, shifting some of the furniture, pruning foliage and shaking things up to reshape the book to be the best it can be for a non-Icelandic readership unfamiliar with customs, mores, landscape, geography and everything else that an Icelandic reader can take for granted.

Since Snowblind there have been four more tales of Ari Thór’s adventures in and around Siglufjörður.

That’s five books, something over a quarter of a million words and a lot of hours over a laptop at the kitchen table during the couple of years we’ve lived in each other’s pockets. And now I’ve waved him off as he disappears into the distance.

I’ve heard it said that not even your spouse will get to know you as intimately as your translator. Only the most dedicated student will pore as minutely over a writer’s words as a translator does. After those three-hundred-and-something thousand words, I ought to know Ragnar fairly well. But I’m not certain that I do. He’s not a writer who strides across his own pages. He’s there, in the background somewhere, letting his characters have the limelight while his own presence is normally only felt if you know what to look out for.

So I feel I’ve got to know Ari Thór much better than I have his creator. It hasn’t always been a happy relationship. Would we have got on if we had met? Probably not.

There have been occasions when I’ve wanted shake him, yell at him to stop acting like a petulant child. There have been times when I’d have gladly punched him. I’ve also mentally cheered him on and willed him to notice what’s right in front of his eyes. More than once I’ve sadly shaken my head when he’s screwed things up with his girlfriend yet again.

So good-bye and good luck, Ari Thór. It’s been an interesting couple of years.

*Fortunately, Ragnar isn’t big on jokes. There’s only one in the Ari Thór series, and it took weeks to figure out a suitable alternative.

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Massive thanks to Quentin Bates for taking the time to write this fabulous and insightful  piece and to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for the opportunity to join the Whiteout blog tour!

Whiteout was published on November 1st.

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abouttheauthor

Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 18 countries and for TV.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

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About Quentin Bates :

Quentin Bates made his escape from suburbia at the end of the seventies as a gap year turned into a gap decade spent in the north of Iceland. He worked ashore and at sea before returning to England and, once finally ashore for good, drifted by accident into journalism.

Finally the lure of fiction became too strong to resist. Sergeant Gunnhildur and the series of novels she features in have their origins in a deep affection for Iceland and its people, and an intimate knowledge of Icelandic society and its language, customs and quirks.

Today he divides his time between the north of Iceland and the south of England, translating books from Icelandic in addition to working on his own fiction.

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