#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | STOLEN SISTER by Linda Huber @LindaHuber19 (25th March 2019, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for STOLEN SISTER by Linda Huber.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Heather @ Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Linda Huber who gifted me an early copy of STOLEN SISTER. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

What happens when a baby goes missing? 

Twenty-two years ago, Erin and Vicky’s parents were killed in an explosion. 

Now grown up, Erin and Vicky – who have been separated – are unaware they are siblings. But when Vicky is called to her great-aunt’s deathbed, she learns that she isn’t alone after all. 
But where is Erin? Vicky’s search begins…

Elsewhere, Christine has problems of her own. In the first week of her new job, she makes a disturbing discovery, and is struggling to come to terms with impending motherhood. 

Vicky is almost ready to give up her search when an old foster mother calls with shocking news. 

What links Vicky and Christine?

Will Vicky ever find her sister? 

And can Christine’s baby escape the past that befell her mother?

So, you want to know what I think?

This book starts with a heart breaking tragedy that has your heart in your mouth from the beginning!

When a fire breaks out in the hotel where Paula and husband are staying with their 5 day old baby, their friend Sylvie takes the baby Erin without informing anyone. When Paula’s auntie takes on the other 2 children and has them taken from her, Sylvie decides the best thing for her to do is keep Erin, the baby. 

Maisie reveals this information to her niece Vicky on her deathbed it sets into motion a chain of events that leads to Sylvie’s life crashing down.

I’m not quite sure what genre you would put this book into. There is an element of chick lit, an element of a thriller and also a tragedy which kind of confuses things a bit. However, despite this, it is still a very enjoyable read and I found myself flying through the pages! Written in three parts the story moves from Sylvie making the decision to bring Erin up herself, to the search for her by her sister Vicky and ending with the family discovering who Sylvie really is.

There seems to be a lot of characters in this story but it was easy to keep track of who was who, and as each chapter is labelled as certain dates it’s easy to see what happens and when so you don’t feel like your getting lost with timelines or people.

I found the subject of this book interesting. I’ve never really read a book that deals with adoption or lost family before so it was good to read something different to what I’m used to. It made a really nice change for me and it was so easy to read I managed to finish it in just two days.

I felt the ending was good and didn’t leave any unanswered questions and I finished feeling satisfied. There were sad parts of this book which add to the emotions I felt as a reader. I did guess one of the “surprises” though but that didn’t take anything away from the book for me.

Would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys easy, fast reads that is looking to try something a little different to the usual books on their shelves. 

About Linda Huber;

Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty feel-good short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her first novel was published in 2013, and was followed by eight others. Under her feel-good pen name Melinda Huber, she has also published a charity collection of romantic short stories and a series of feel-good novellas.

After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, Linda has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, and is working on another suspense novel.

Links:

Website: https://lindahuber.net/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19

FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlindahuber/

STOLEN SISTER is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogTour | #BlogBlitz | #BookReview | #IncidentReport | BROKEN by Betsy Reavley @BetsyReavley (February 18th 2019, Bloodhound Books @bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of BROKEN, the latest chilling novel by the wonderful Betsy Reavley!

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Emma Welton, Heather @ Bloodhound Books and of course the awesome Betsy Reavley who gifted me an early copy of BROKEN. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

Annabel, a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together, decides to take a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her mother. But when she arrives in the little seaside town, she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place and police are searching for a twisted killer.

After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jude, the course of her life changes and soon she finds peace in a world away from the misery she has known.

But when Jude comes under suspicion from the police, and her idyllic world is threatened, Annabel’s happy existence starts to become a nightmare.

Can Annabel escape her painful past or is her fate sealed? And why is she haunted by horrific visions when she seems on the verge of finding happiness?

This astonishing novel will take you on a shattering journey through Annabel’s fight for survival and will ask if the greatest threat we pose is to ourselves.

Suitable for over 18’s only. It contains graphic scenes some readers may find disturbing.

(previously published under the title Beneath the Watery Moon)

So, want to know what I thought?

“Suitable for over 18’s only.
It contains graphic scenes some readers may find disturbing.”

This is probably the best way to peak my interest in a book! I like being pushed to the boundary of the content I’m reading and I’ve only read a couple of books where it’s actually made me think “shit…that was….”. The first one being AMERICAN PSYCHO by Bret Easton Ellis and then HEART SWARM by Allan Watson. Based on the blurb alone I was ready to dive in.

Now, like most reviewers, I found myself reading the book and thinking I had an idea of where the story was going, but then wondering where and when the graphic content would come in. I keep going and then BAM!! Like a frying pan to the face, it got me…and it got me good!!

My next expressions and emotions can only best be described through a sequence of gifs….

That pretty much sums it up!! With all the gifs aside, I LOVED this book! Not sure what that says about me?! What I loved the most was how Betsy led us up the garden path towards the house, but then blew that house and garden up and left us there wondering “WTF?” what do we do now?! This is most certainly a credit to Betsy and her writing. I was left wondering what I’d just read….but wanting more!

100% agree that if you are turned off by graphic scenes of torture, then you may want to stay clear of this book. However, if you’re looking to push your reading boundaries…. bob this on your shelf 😉

Meet Betsy Reavley;

Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Murder at the Book Club, Murder in the Dark, Frailty, Carrion, Broken and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.

Betsy’s Social Media Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/BetsyReavley @BetsyReavley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetsyReavleyAuthor/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Betsy-Reavley/e/B00I970NY4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1544003078&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7730760.Betsy_Reavley?from_search=true

You can buy BROKEN from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | #IncidentReport | UNSPOKEN TRUTHS (DI Gus McGuire #5) by Liz Mistry (October 29th 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of UNSPOKEN TRUTHS, the latest DI Gus McGuire novel by the wonderful Liz Mistry!

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Emma @ Bloodhound Books and of course the awesome Liz Mistry who gifted me an early copy of UNSPOKEN TRUTHS. 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;

In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits. 

First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web – how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?

Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.

Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer? Never before has Gus faced such a demanding test.

So, want to know what I thought?

Ever since I finished book four in the series; UNCOMMON CRUELTY – I knew I HAD to read what happens next!

A great start for me as this book picks up directly after events in the previous book and we are placed right in the centre of ‘The Beast from the East’ which was a very real and deadly snow storm that made it’s way over to England earlier this year. Living so close to where the story is set in Bradford, Liz transported me straight into the action and gave me the same chills I remember!

There are two incidents at the start of this book which pave the way for the story and work perfectly alongside each other. Firstly we delve deeper into Alice’s time in prison and it’s a pretty grim to say the least. Outside factors are playing a part in her suffering and it’s written in such a way that makes the reader uncomfortable, without it being ‘in your face’ and over the top for the sake of the shock factor. Secondly we have the derailment of the train. An incident which opens up a box of scandal, conspiracy and secrets which shocks Gus and his team as they scramble for answers. Both incidents have their place in this book and with the pacing a crime thriller deserves, the reader is taken on a hell of a ride!

Although this book stands on its own as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading the previous books in the series. I feel I’m continuing to connect with these characters as their stories progress and I worry whether I’d feel the same going into this book blind.

That said…bring on the next book please! I shall be sat waiting impatiently 🙂

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 UNSPOKEN TRUTHS from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | SHE LIES HIDDEN by C.M. Stephenson @cmstephenson73 (September 24th 2018, Bloodhound Books @bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of SHE LIES HIDDEN by C.M. Stephenson.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy & Emma Welton, Bloodhound Books and of course C.M. Stephenson for gifting us an early copy of SHE LIES HIDDEN. 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;

How far would you go to find your missing sister?

When DI Thomasine Albright is informed that the remains of her fifteen-year-old sister have been found, she has the tragic responsibility of breaking the news to her mother. Thomasine promises her mother that she will be the one to find Karen’s killer.

But Karen Albright wasn’t the only girl to go missing during that weekend in 1973… Veronica Lightfoot disappeared too. They’d lived barely four miles apart, yet apparently never met. Suddenly there is a new question, was Veronica involved in Karen’s death? Is that why she vanished?

DI Mel Philips is handed the original case file and begins a new investigation. Unwilling to be side-lined, Thomasine decides to go it alone.

As the case unfolds, Thomasine realises that there may be other victims. Can she find them too?

So, want to know what I thought?;

For me, the format of this book was more factual than story telling with the use of short, clinical sentences designed to make a reader feel uncomfortable, which can take some getting used to. However I felt that this approach was warranted for a story which was shrouded in suspicion and conspiracy.

I love me a crime story which flicks between events in the past and how they have shaped certain characters in the present day. It really helps to understand how characters behave the way they do – especially Thomasine. Her life has been taken over with wanting to discover what happened to her sister all those years ago. Even when answers start to surface, Thomasine cannot let it go. Her determination for the truth is a driving factor in this book.

Told from multiple perspectives, it took me a little while to fully get into the story. It’s definitely a book you need to concentrate on as it’s easily done to lose your place!

All in, SHE LIES HIDDEN is a cracking debut! Looking forward to reading more from the author 🙂

About C.M. Stephenson;

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After growing up in a small Lancashire village, Christine Stephenson left school at fifteen. Four years later she moved to Cornwall.

In her late teens she met people whose lives were complicated, fuelled by drugs, and filled with violence and aggression. There were others too, in her mid-twenties, everyday people, educated, with careers, who had decent parents; people who you wouldn’t look at twice in the street. They were worse; she knew the victims of their crimes too. These experiences continue to influence her writing.

Her career can be described as eclectic. Jobs ranging from office junior to dental nurse, management consultant to executive and corporate coach. She ran her own training consultancy for over twelve years. It was there that her love of writing bloomed. She went on to produce an extensive portfolio of work which included resource packs, case studies, role-plays, games, presentations and academic texts.

In 2008 her husband’s job dictated that they move to South Gloucestershire. This in turn, lead to a brand-new life. They now live just outside a small medieval town, set between Bristol and Bath.

In 2009, she decided it was time to study the craft and undertook the A215 in Creative Writing with Open University, and later followed that with an MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, graduating in 2016. She gained representation with Andrew Nurnberg & Associates soon after. She spent the following eighteen months writing and editing what is now her debut novel. In May 2018 Christine was delighted to accept a contract with Bloodhound Books.  ‘She Lies Hidden’ is due for release in September 2018.
You can buy SHE LIES HIDDEN from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | GUILTY….UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT (DI Braddick #3) by Conrad Jones @ConradJones (September 11th 2018, Bloodhound Books @bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of GUILTY…UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT (DI Braddick #3) by Conrad Jones.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy & Emma Welton, Bloodhound Books and of course Conrad Jones who have arranged this extract of GUILTY…UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT (DI Braddick #3).

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

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

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

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

Now it’s time for an exclusive extract!

PROLOGUE

He turned down the radio so he could hear the muffled cries for help coming from the boot. The victim’s voice had been strong at first, full of anger. The energy and venom were waning. He was incoherent now, sounding almost demented. A thin smile touched his lips as he listened to the anguish. He would drive around for a while, taking an hour or so to reach his lair; it would feel like an age for his victim. There was fear in his voice and he savoured his fear. Listening to him plead for help excited him. He had no sympathy for him, only hatred and anger. It was his own fault that he was where he was; he had asked for everything that was about to happen to him. Retribution. That’s what it was. He would make him understand what he had done when he was broken, when he was helpless. It wouldn’t take long to break this one. He could tell. Some were stronger than others. At the end, they were always the same: sorry and apologetic, but their apologies were too late. They would beg for mercy at the end but there was none to be had. Where was the mercy when he had needed it? Nowhere, that’s where.

He had realised a long time ago that the world was short on mercy. Mercy and giving the benefit of the doubt were gifts that humans talked about, but rarely delivered. People are fickle. One minute you’re loved and respected, the next you’re a pariah. Given the right circumstances, lifelong friends could become enemies in the blink of an eye. Innocent until proven guilty – that was how it was supposed to be. It was bullshit. Mercy and forgiveness were rare. They were commodities that not many could afford.

He could hear him sobbing again. The anger had dissipated and burnt out – it always did. They always started out angry, shouting abuse and screaming threats. That was when they realised they were in the grip of evil. There was no going back. This was where they would meet their end, screaming, begging for mercy. Yet still they threatened him. He had heard it all. It didn’t matter. Nothing would stop him. That was the point: to show them how it felt to be helpless. They had to feel the total desolation of being helpless and alone, teetering on a knife edge between life and death, the pain so intense that death was the desirable option. Being helpless was all part of the horror they had to suffer so they could understand what they had done. Fear blurred the reality in their minds. When they realised that they couldn’t break the wire that was bound around their wrists and ankles, they would change; they couldn’t stop him hurting them, and they couldn’t talk their way out. Once that was accepted, the threats would subside. They would realise that he wasn’t about to release them, not now, not soon, not ever. Once it had sunk in that this wasn’t a situation with a happy ending, their spirit would weaken, and eventually break. The adrenalin waned from their bloodstream and they would resort to seeking mercy. But there was no mercy.

They had nothing but pain and suffering to look forward to. Pain and suffering and fear. The fear in their eyes was what drove him. It fuelled him. It was the price they paid for what they had done. They would never be found. Their loved ones would never know why they didn’t come home. They would suffer too. They would always wonder where they were and what had happened to them. They would always miss them, always grieve for them. That made him happy. He had suffered and now it was their turn. Every action had a reaction: yin and yang, karma, an eye for an eye, whichever universal power people believed in. This was revenge, and it worked for him. It would be a long night for his victim, a very long night indeed. He lit a cigarette while he listened to the dulcet tones of suffering coming from the boot.

I cannot wait to read this book in full!

I hope you enjoyed this extract and it’s spurring you on to get your hands on a copy 🙂
About Conrad Jones; 

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

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

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

 

You can buy GUILTY…UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT (DI Braddick #3) from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | DECEPTION WEARS MANY FACES by Maggie James @mjamesfiction (June 15th 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of DECEPTION WEARS MANY FACES by Maggie James.

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 Maggie James who gifted me an early copy of DECEPTION WEARS MANY FACES. 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 Lyddie takes her sister to Devon to recover after a recent suicide attempt, it starts a train of events that will put their lives in grave danger.

Ellie has been the victim of a professional con artist, one who stole her savings, then disappeared from her life. Driven by her own history of failed relationships, Lyddie vows revenge on the man who broke her sister’s heart.

Soon she assumes a false identity and begins her hunt for a man she knows to be cold, calculating and ruthless. But who is fooling whom? And can Lyddie find the justice she seeks and heal her damaged sister?

So, want to know what I thought?;

Wowsers! This book certainly doesn’t shy away from the tougher subjects to write about. Straight off the bat we are dealing with a suicide attempt and can I applaud Maggie for not glamorizing this issue. She handled this subject in her writing with such grace and consideration that all we could do is feel the emotion with Lyddie.

I, myself have never used an online dating site, or app (I’ve been with my Adam for 15 years now! Childhood sweethearts and all that!), but I have plenty of friends that have and listening to their stories, I can only imagine the number of people who are not who they present themselves to be. It gives me the jeebies, as I imagine it would to other people too, which is what makes this such an interesting feature within the book.

At times, I wanted to grab Lyddie by the collar and yell at her “You silly woman! Can’t you see?!?!” but to me, that’s exactly where Maggie wanted to take us. How could Lyddie get herself caught up in the same situation as many other women? Including the very one she is trying to avenge!

There are so many twists and turns in this book where just when you find yourself steering one way, you are slammed in the opposite direction and struggling to catch your breath. Just when you think you have it all figured out and anticipate the next move, think again! This is exactly the type of psychological thriller that I love to lose myself in and I hope you agree!

TLDR; Creepy, excellent read!

About Maggie James;

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Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practicing as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did.

The urge to pack a bag and go off traveling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practicing yoga or traveling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

You can buy DECEPTION WEARS MANY FACES from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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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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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | LOCKED IN (The Locked Trilogy #2) by GB Williams @GailBWilliams (February 10th 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of LOCKED IN which is the second in the LOCKED Trilogy by GB Williams.

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 GB Williams who gifted me an early copy of LOCKED IN. 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;

Do you love gripping and hard-boiled crime thrillers? Then try GB Williams’ unmissable Locked In.

Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards.

Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.

Can they all escape unharmed?

And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

So, want to know what I thought?;

After DEVOURING the first book in this series; LOCKED UP back in September, I was ready for more from Ariadne and GB does not disappoint.

We are thrown straight into the action from the first few pages; a bank robbery turned hostage situation! Can this woman catch a break?! This story takes place a little while after the events in LOCKED UP, so at least Ariadne has had chance to catch her breath a little.

There is a moment in this book. A moment where you have to sit the book down, let out that big sigh you have been keeping in and exclaim ‘WHAT THE ACTUAL F?!’… but in the best possible way! Of course I’m not going to spoil it and tell you who it involves and wehre abouts in the book it takes place, but if you were as invested in the characters from the first novel – it will knock your socks off.

From that moment, I could not tear my eyes away from the pages. We are taken on what can only be described as a rollercoaster ride. With both the robbers and hostages locked in a small bank – it is only a matter of time before we start to cracks on both sides which have devastating affects.

The only question I have now is what do I need to sacrifice/do to get my hands on LOCKED DOWN?! I will do pretty much anything….as long as it’s legal!

About GB Williams;

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After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres
including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious
cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

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

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

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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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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | THE CAMERA LIES by AB Morgan @AliMorgan2304 (February 3rd 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE CAMERA LIES by AB Morgan.

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 Alison Morgan who gifted me an early copy of THE CAMERA LIES. 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;

Konrad Neale is a television presenter. His waning career has been given a new lease of life since he took on a series of hard-hitting documentaries that investigate miscarriages of justice.

Matthew Hawley has been convicted of the brutal murder of his wealthy attractive wife Helena. However, he has no memory of the events and insists he is not responsible for willingly killing her.

When Konrad interviews Matthew in prison, he explores the details of the murder and the possible motives behind it. But all is not as it seems.

Did Matthew murder his wife?

Soon the search is on to identify who else might be involved in the murder of Helena and Konrad is about to learn that sometimes the camera lies.

So, want to know what I thought

On the back of the success of shows like MAKING OF A MURDERER and podcasts like SERIAL – it appears that now more than ever, we are fascinated by real crime stories. Only this past week has there been another new TV doco following people on death row  in America.

This success has now for me spilled over into the fiction world. SIX STORIES was the breakthrough novel for me that took the real crime docoumentary style and turned it into a breathtaking work of fiction. Followed soon after by THE INNOCENT WIFE, a debut novel which featured a woman who forged a relationship with a prisoner based on their television documentary series.

So when I was approached to read THE CAMERA LIES – I jumped at the chance as this takes the world of real crime documentaries, but adds that little ‘something extra’ into the mix, giving it an edge and something different to what the prvious novels gave me. The story was paced perfectly and for me, there was nothing rushed or forced. Everything happened at the right time and how it should have done. Nothing for me was over egged to give it that shock factor. The words along gave that uncomfortable feeling.

 

Whilst I started this story starts thinking I knew what I was getting, I was soon slapped with the ‘don’t be silly Sooz…you know there’s more to this story’ stick and then the real fun begins! Without wanting to give any of the plot away, what I can tell you is that the characters Alison has created, especially the female characters, are an absolute joy to read!

I would cetainly love to see THE CAMERA LIES  bought to the small screen, It has everything you want to make a great crime drama series! Fingers crossed this happens!

About AB Morgan;

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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.

 

You can buy THE CAMERA LIES from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Waterstones

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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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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | IN THE BLOOD by Lesley Walsh (January 30th 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of IN THE BLOOD by Lesley Walsh.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books who gifted me an early copy of IN THE BLOOD. 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;

Are you looking for a breathtaking crime thriller full of shocking twists? Then try the gripping and unmissable In The Blood.

Grace Dobbs, a champion at her local gun club, lives a quiet life in Western Australia with her mother.

But when a violent spree killing in the neighbourhood sees Grace come to the rescue, she is catapulted into the limelight as a local heroine.

However, her fame spreads much further than the local town, bringing her to the attention of someone in Britain who is very keen to meet her.

But what does this person want? And can they be trusted?

As Grace travels to England to discover her true heritage, she is about to learn the real meaning of danger.

So, want to know what I thought?

Never have I felt such respsonsibility to ensure that a review I write does justice to an authors work. Learning that Lesley sadly passed away in 2017, there was an immense amount of pressure…what if I didn’t enjoy the book?

Turns out that this pressure was bollocks and I needn’t have worried. I LOVED this book! From the first chapter when we are introduced to Grace in the most awful of situations, we are drawn into an international cat and mouse story while Grace tries to discover and reconnect with her past.

I was surprised at the level of violence in this book – which is no bad thing! I enjoy a bit of violence in my crime novels. From the beginning of the story, the violence escalates as we learn more about the mystery surrounding Grace’s background. There are many layers to each of the characters which makes you question their motives and what they are saying.

The biggest surprise of this story for me was Tony. I’m just going to leave that statement there. When you read this book (because you REALLY should!), all will become clear and you will have the same reaction as me of “WTF?!”. Aside from Grace, his is the most interesting of character development.

IN THE BLOOD is a credit to Lesley as an author and a novel that both her and her family can and should be proud of!

About Lesley Walsh;

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Lesley Welsh was a freelance writer whose work appeared in numerous UK magazines over several years, including Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. She later teamed up with her editor partner to run their own London-based magazine publishing company Moondance Media until 2008.

She moved to Spain, where she began writing novels, and working as a publicist for a charitable organisation which helps fund shelters for victims of domestic violence.

Her first novel, (published under her own name, Lesley Ann Sharrock) The Seventh Magpie, was published in the USA in 2012.

She then changed genre and, as Lesley Welsh, her debut crime novel, Truth Lies Buried, was published to great acclaim by Thomas & Mercer in June 2016.

Lesley went on to write The Serial Killer’s Daughter, which was published by Bookouture in June 2017. At her untimely death, Lesley had just completed a further novel, In the Blood, which is now available with Bloodhound Books.

 

You can buy IN THE BLOOD from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Waterstones

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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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