#BlogTour| #BookReview | #FantasyReads | THE MAGICIAN’S CURSE (The Great Dagmaru #1) by Linda G. Hill @LindaGHill‏ (June 27th 2017, Indie Published)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE MAGICIAN’S CURSE, which is the first book in the Great Dagmaru series by Linda G. Hill.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater and the lovely Linda G. Hill, who gifted me an early copy of THE MAGICIAN’S CURSE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.

Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?

Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.

So, want to know what I thought?;

This was a rather unexpected journey, one full of mystery and intrigue. Here is a love story woven into the mystical world of magic, curses and true love.

As with every story, nothing is plain sailing for the characters central to it. There are many obstacles facing our young heroine Herman and the dashing magician Stephen. A chance encounter, a family curse and fate getting in the way. This is definitely a story that was well thought out by the author, the plot believable and the characters likeable.

I found myself being drawn into this world, hoping that our two characters would over come the difficulties they faced. A story of blossoming love and a little bit of magic to boot.

Overall a very enjoyable read, one that I think will definitely be revisited later on. The author knows her characters and writes them well. Although this is more subtle approach to the genre, it is one to recommend.

About Linda G. Hill;
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Linda G. Hill was born and raised an only child in Southern Ontario, Canada. She credits the time she spent alone when she was growing up, reading books and building worlds and characters of her own to keep her company, as the reason she became a writer.

A stay-at-home mom of three beautiful boys, Linda is a graduate of the Writing Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Aside from caring for her family, she enjoys traveling the world, eating trout cooked on the barbecue, and, of course, reading.

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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | UNCOMMON CRUELTY (DI Gus McGuire #4) by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp ‏ (April 14th 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of UNCOMMON CRUELTY, which is the fourth book in the DI Gus McGuire series by Liz Mistry.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy, Bloodhound Books and of course the lovely Liz Mistry who gifted me an early copy of UNCOMMON CRUELTY. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.

As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

So, want to know what I thought?;

Another book feautring DI Gus McGuire. Set in Bradford (my home town!). Police procedural. Unexplained deaths. This book had everything I needed from the very get go and it did not disappoint!

There are so many different ‘plays’ in this book, you would think it difficult to keep up with everything that is going on. What Liz has been able to do is bring the same magic from previous books to allow for an organic style of story telling. The pacing is just right that we follow the action throughout – but don’t get bored or lost in quieter moments.

Each character was written extrememly well and I made a connection with them all. Liz was able to get into our killers mind, find what makes him tick and exploit that to make for some pretty compelling reading. It was uncomfortable at times to read, but this was deliberate in a way to make us both despise the killer, but also on some level – understand what their motives were.

What did grab me was the twist towards the end of book. It shocked me, which is no bad thing, but it helped bring closure to a past crime which until now was always dismissed as a tragic accident.

A cracking read and after the extract from the next book at the end ….I’m keen beans to get my hands on the next installment!

About Liz Mistry;

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As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours.  She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.

Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years.  Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children.  They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.

In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.

You can buy UNCOMMON CRUELTY from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | 88 NORTH (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #3) by J.F. Kirwan (March 17th 2017, HQ Digital @HQDigitalUK @rararesources)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of 88 NORTH (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #3) by J.F. Kirwan.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources and J.F. Kirwan who gifted me an early copy of 88 NORTH (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #3). I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

The deadliest kind of assassin is one who is already dying…

As the radiation poisoning that Nadia Laksheva was exposed to in Chernobyl takes hold of her body, she knows she has mere weeks to live. But Salamander, the terrorist who murdered her father and sister has a deadly new plan to ‘make the sky bleed’. Nadia is determined to stop him again, even if it is the last thing she ever does…

The only clue she has are the coordinates 88˚ North, a ridge in the Arctic right and one of the largest oil fields in the world, three thousand metres below the ice. If Salamander takes hold of the oil field, he could change the climate of the whole planet for generations to come.

But can Nadia stop him before her own time runs out?

So, want to know what I thought?

I’m rather sad that this series has come to an end 😦 I have been feeding my hunger for more spy thrillers of late and the Nadia Laksheva trilogy has not disappointed. If anything, it has opened up a new sub-genre for me that I am eager to continue to explore.

As from the blurb – Nadia is in a race against time to stop Salamander before she succumbs to the radiation poisoning. Be warned! There is a fair amount of violence in this instalment – but it lends itself to the story and is not over the top for the sake of it. The way it has been written gives us all the detail and action of the scene, without it becoming gratuitous purely for the shock factor.

A great ending to what has been a superb trilogy! I am looking forward to reading more of J.F.Kirwan’s work in the future!

About J.F. Kirwan;

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J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels.

An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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You can buy 88 NORTH (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #3) from the following bookseller;

Amazon (UK)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport| THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor ‏(March 22nd 2018, Wildfire Books @headlinepg @wildfirebks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND, the debut novel from Karen Hamilton.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Wildfire Books and of course Karen Hamilton who gifted me an early copy of THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

So, want to know what I thought?

Something very special is happening in the book world and it’s only going to get bigger and better. The standard of writing coming from debut authors is mind blowing and Karen’s THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND is no exception.

Juliette is one of those characters that you cannot help love and hate. They are so close you wonder what she is doing to your mind! I loved Juliette’s determination. She literally stops at nothing to get what she wants and I admire her willpower! If only I had a smidgen of her motivation – I would be invincible! However on the flip side, she is pretty creepy on the border of scary. Juliette stops at nothing, considers no one and is ruthless in her efforts. All in….she’s a great character!

I have so many questions about Juliette’s past. Something to me just didn’t quite sit right with her story and it’s left me wanting to know more. You find yourself coming up with different scenarios to fit why she is reacting in the way she does. THIS is how you know a book has grabbed you by the goolies without wanting to let go!

If this is Karen’s debut novel…then I am VERY excited to see what she writes next and you should be too!

About Karen Hamilton;

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“I caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy) and have worked as cabin crew for a major airline. In 2006, my husband and I put down roots in Hampshire and four years ago, I gave up flying to raise our three sons and concentrate on my writing. Now that they are a little older, I’ve begun travelling again (as and when it’s possible) and enjoy exploring places through their fresh eyes.

The Perfect Girlfriend is my first novel (released March 2018). It is a psychological thriller about a sociopathic flight attendant, Juliette Price. The book is rooted in my work experience, but not autobiographical! I realised early on in my flying career, that the moment I changed out of uniform, I became anonymous. It made me think about the identities behind uniforms and work personas and became an idea that would later help create my protagonist.

When Juliette is dumped by her pilot boyfriend, Nate, her dreams of a ‘happy ever after’ are thrown into jeopardy. She vows to win him back, whatever it takes. She surreptitiously embeds herself into his life by adopting a new persona and securing a position as a flight attendant with the same airline. However, these are only the first steps in her master plan as she reveals just how far one woman will go to achieve her dreams.

The novel explores themes of guilt, envy and revenge.”

 

You can buy THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND from the following booksellers (but as always, be kind to your local bookseller!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport| END GAME (Robert Finlay #3) Matt Johnson @Matt_Johnson_UK ‏(March 31st 2018, Orenda Books @Orendabooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of END GAME, the final book in the Robert Finlay trilogy by Matt Johnson.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Karen @ Orenda Books and the wonderful Matt Johnson who gifted me an early copy of END GAME. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Robert Finlay seems to have finally left his SAS past behind him and is settled into his new career as a detective. But when the girlfriend of his former SAS colleague and close friend Kevin Jones is murdered, it’s clear that Finlay’s troubles are far from over.

Jones is arrested for the killing, but soon escapes from jail, and Finlay is held responsible for the breakout. Suspended from duty and sure he’s being framed too, our hero teams up with MI5 agent Toni Fellowes to find out who’s behind the conspiracy. Their quest soon reveals a plot that goes to the very heart of the UK’s security services.

End Game, the final part in the critically acclaimed Robert Finlay trilogy, sees our hero in an intricately plotted and terrifyingly fast-paced race to uncover the truth and escape those who’d sooner have him dead than be exposed.

So, want to know what I thought?

Ok. I need a minute to catch my breath and comprehend what I have just read.

Knowing that this was going to be the final instalment of the Robert Finlay series – I was expecting big things to happen and Matt did not disappoint. He gave me everything I needed and then some. At times, this book reads like an episode of a TV drama. Trust me. It’s THAT good!

The pacing of this story is enough to keep the action flowing at a steady pace, whilst not missing any key events that are integral to the plot. There are a few twists and turns to this story which are not just thrown in there for shock value. Every change has earned it’s place and makes for a more believable read.

This is one of those stories that I would love to see developed into a series! It has everything you need to keep you glued to each page and on the edge of your seat until the climax. If not developed for the screen – then potentially an origin style story which explores Finlay’s time in the SAS more closely. There is so much to this world that can (and for me, should) be explored.

I am truly excited to see where Matts writing takes him and what he has to offer readers next. Until then, I shall be at home…checking for taps in my sockets!

About Matt Johnson;

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Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. H

idden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition.

His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.
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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | WE WERE THE SALT OF THE SEA by Roxanne Bouchard @RBouchard72 @givemeawave ‏(March 30th 2018, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of WE WERE THE SALT OF THE SEA by Roxanne Bouchard.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Karen @ Orenda Books and the wonderful Roxanne Bouchard who gifted me an early copy of WE WERE THE SALT OF THE SEA. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots.

Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation. On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves.

Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky.

So, want to know what I thought?

Well, what can I say? Orenda have done it again! They are the literary Santa Claus and we are all the good children! We have been given the gift of superb writing and story telling and I for one am rather pleased with my gift!

This book has been categorised as crime fiction, but as many are already pointing out – this is also an ode to the ocean. A calming entity that many people can relate to and you soon become lost in everything Roxanne has to offer which I experienced similar feelings when reading SEALSKIN. It is too easy to sit and read this book in one sitting (as I did!) and feel like you have experienced nearly every emotion you have.

Hands down, WE WERE THE SALT OF THE SEA is one of the most unique crime fiction stories I have had the pleasure of reading. Kudos to the translator; David Warriner who was able to bring Roxanne’s words into English without losing the magic of her original telling.


About Roxanne Bouchard;

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Roxanne Bouchard reads a lot, but she laughs even more. Her first novel, Whisky et Paraboles, garnered an array of prestigious awards in Quebec and caught the attention of British researcher, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani, of the University of Westminster, who saw for herself how Roxanne weaves poetry and geography together to delve into her characters’ intimate worlds. This desire for intimacy permeates all of Roxanne’s novels, as well as her play, J’t’aime encore, and her published essays, which have focused on the human aspects and impacts of the military. In 2013, the publication of her private correspondence with Corporal Patrick Kègle, entitled En terrain miné, started quite the conversation.

This thought-provoking discussion about the need for weapons was a stepping-stone for Roxanne to undertake unprecedented research at Quebec’s largest military base. Meeting and speaking with dozens of women and men who served in Afghanistan in 2009 inspired her to write a collection of hard-hitting short stories, Cinq balles dans la tête, slated for publication in autumn 2017.

We Were the Salt of the Sea is Roxanne Bouchard’s fifth novel, and the first to be translated into English. As much a love story and a nostalgic tale as it is a crime novel, it was shortlisted for a number of crime fiction and maritime literature awards in Quebec and France. It haunts people’s memories, ties seafarers’ hearts in knots and seeps its way into every nook and cranny, but most importantly, the sea in this book is a calling for us all to set our sails to the wind. Roxanne Bouchard is currently writing an essay on literary creativity and plotting Detective Sergeant Joaquin Moralès’s next investigation.

 

You can buy WE WERE THE SALT OF THE SEA from the following booksellers (but as always, be kind to your local bookseller!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | 37 HOURS (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #2) by J.F. Kirwan (March 17th 2017, HQ Digital @HQDigitalUK @rararesources)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of 37 HOURS (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #2) by J.F. Kirwan.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources and J.F. Kirwan who gifted me an early copy of 37 HOURS (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #2). I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.

But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…

The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?

So, want to know what I thought?

After the roller coaster ride of 66 METRES – I was keen beans to get back into Nadia’s story! There were so many questions that I needed answers to!

Once again, one of the main things I enjoyed about this book was Nadia. This woman has really been through it and despite everything, remains headstrong. Depsite being one step behind all of the action! This book is full of twists and turns and the action keeps you on your reading toes and give you readers whiplash!

I NEED MORE! I am keen beans to get stuck into the next and last book in the series; 88o NORTH! I say it again…. This is certainly one of the most enjoyable spy thrillers I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

About J.F. Kirwan;

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J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels.

An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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You can buy 37 HOURS (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #2) from the following bookseller;

Amazon (UK)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | Come A Little Closer (DCI Tom Douglas #7) by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott (February 15th 2018, Black Dot Publishing)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of COME A LITTLE CLOSER which is the seventh story in the DCI Tom Douglas series by Rachel Abbott.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Maura Wilding and the lovely Rachel Abbott who gifted me an early copy of COME A LITTLE CLOSER. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

They will be coming soon. They come every night.

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath.

Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don’t speak, because there is nothing left to be said.

Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later.

These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice – and now they have no choices left. Soon they won’t be strangers, they’ll be family…

When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there?

How many more must die? Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped?

So, want to know what I thought?;

ARGH! I always seem to do this to myself. I read the blurb for a book and I am instantly drawn in and want to read more…only to discover that it part of a long standing series 😦 so I already feel like I’m behind on the characters and the story.

COME A LITTLE CLOSER is the seventh book in the series featuring DCI Tom Douglas and although I felt in parts that I had missed character development from previous novels – it didn’t take away any of the enjoyment for this novel and for me, can certainly be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel!

The subject matter throughout is enough to give you the jeebies – which I personally love in a crime novel. I’m slightly morbid in that I love to read interesting and new ways people are killed! (Does this make me insane?! Answers on a postcard!) This book has everything I want in a good police procedural; the pace isn’t too fast that you can’t keep up. It has that nice slow burn feel to it, giving you chance to really get stuck into the story and invest in the characters.

I’m definitely going to need to go back and start this series fresh and learn more about Tom and Rebecca in particular. They have that bond… similar to Tony Hill & Carol Jordan that a reader can only really understand their dynamic having read all they have been through.

About Rachel Abbott;

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I was born and brought up in the north of England, and worked for many years as the managing director of an interactive media company. I wrote every day – everything from creative proposals to user manuals – but most exciting of all was writing interactive dramas – including for the Cluedo (Clue in the US) interactive games. I was fortunate enough to sell my company in 2000 and we moved to Italy where we bought and restored an old country house.

I have published six full length novels and one novella, and my seventh Come a Little Closer is due for release in 2018. I now live on the beautiful island of Alderney in the Channel Islands, where I write full time.

Find out more on my website.

You can buy COME A LITTLE CLOSER from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more…be a hero and support your local bookstore!);

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

I am also pleased to have partnered with Rachel for a cracking giveaway! We have one signed special edition proof copy of COME A LITTLE CLOSER.

Worldwide entries welcome.

All you need to do in the comments is let me know who your favourite crime fighting book duo are! 

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | BLUE NIGHT (Chastity Riley) by Simone Buchholz @ohneKlippo @FwdTranslations (February 28th 2018, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of BLUE NIGHT by Simone Buchholz.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and of course Simone Buchholz who gifted me an early copy of BLUE NIGHT. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble.

However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs.

When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived…

Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors.

So, want to know what I thought?;

For starters, this is straight up one of the most intriguing books I’ve had the pleasure of reading! I admit that I struggled at the beginning…. The format of this book is short, snappy paragraphs which jump between scenes so quick that it makes your head spin…. but what a thrill it was!

We get a glimpse into each character through snippet flashbacks. Only a couple of sentances to help capture the mood/feeling of what each character is experiencing in the past. It gives us just enough to buy into the story, but leaves us hanging and with that air of mystery.

BLUE NIGHT is a relatively short read at a little under 200 pages (paperback edition), but don’t let the length of this book fool you into thinking the quality of the writing is anything less than excellence. This is also a credit to Rachel Ward who in my opinion has translated this work beautifully.

I imagine it’s going to be a long time before I read something quite as extroadinary as BLUE NIGHT.

About Simone Bulchholz;

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Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg.

In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as the second Place of the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months.

Simone lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

You can buy BLUE NIGHT from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT (Munch & Kruger #2) by Samuel Bjork (February 8th 2018, Transworld Books @TransworldBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT which is the second in the Munch & Kruger series by Samuel Bjork.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Tom Hill, Transworld Books and of course Samuel Bjork who gifted me an early copy of THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.

Detective Mia Krüger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.

But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.

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So, want to know what I thought?;

Unfortunately, I didn’t get chance to read I’M TRAVELLING ALONE before the release of the second installment 😦 but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT as a standalone. For me, there was enough back story included that we got a sense of the relationship between Mia and Holger, without bogging us down with too much detail.

Pacing is something this novel perfected. It was fast enough to keep me on the edge of my seat and eager to know what happened next. THE OWL… is a dark and twisted tale that delves into the minds of those that are capable of the most deplorable acts.

What this book gave me in buckets were intriguing characters. Each one battling their own issues/demons. It’s not over the top, but enough to create a unique dynamic within the team. It’s something that only authors who write Nordic Noir seem to get right almost every time. A team that works hard and suffers together.

I’m looking forward to reading where the road leads now for Munch and Kruger. Something tells me that there story isn’t over yet!

About Samuel Bjork;

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Samuel Bjørk is the pen name of Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Øien.

Bjørk’s first installment in the Mia and Munch Series, I’m Traveling Alone, is an international success story that has gained critical acclaim and captivated readers all over the world, including hitting #1 on German newspaper Der Spiegel‘s bestseller list.

Samuel Bjørk has been compared to the likes of both Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø, and has proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the crime genre.

You can buy THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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