Made Safe by Francis Sparks #Crime #Thriller reviewed for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog @writingsparks

  • Author: Francis Sparks
  • Published: January 2017 by Pandamoon Publishing
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Book Review, Books, Reading

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

When Private Investigator Moses Winter was hired by Sharon Dunsmore to find out if her husband was having an affair, he got way more than he bargained for. What had seemed like a straightforward infidelity case turns into something much darker when Sharon and Moses confront Fred Dunsmore and his girlfriend, Šejla, a Bosnian refugee. Sharon has a gun, which happened to belong to Moses, Šejla has a knife and Fred ends up in hospital fighting for his life, while Moses winds up in jail. When Fred goes missing the case takes on a whole new slant. Continue reading

Dead Hope by Nicky Wells #RomanticSuspense #BookReview @WellsNicky

  • Author: Nicky Wells
  • Published: February 2017 by CreateSpace independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Book Review, Books, Reading.

Cat Hope doesn’t want to go to prison. She needs a job, and she needs it fast: judge’s orders.

Kay Mahon, office worker by day and hacker by night, is on the run from a past life that he’d rather not remember.

At thirty-one Cat Hope is the archetypal spoilt little rich girl, living off the legacy of her deceased rock superstar parents. Until one day she finds herself in front of Judge Peterson on a drugs charge. Given the choice between the judge’s idea of rehab or prison, Cat opts for rehab. 

It’s rehab, Cat, but not as you know it.

The conditions of her sentence require her changing her home and name, getting a job in order to support herself and committing to community service.  Cat can’t believe it. She’s been in and out of rehab so often but never like this. And why does she need to change her name? Continue reading

False Lights ( The Gold Detectives Book 2) by Gillian Hamer #Crime #Mystery @GillyHamer #FridayReads

  • Author: Gillian Hamer
  • Published: November 2015 by GE Hamer
  • Category: Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review, Books, Reading

“No one deserves to die like this. No one.” 

An elderly woman is burnt to death in the remote hamlet of Silver Bay. A young woman dies of an overdose on a notorious Holyhead estate. A drugs war is about to explode. Somebody knows but no one is talking. 

The second book in the Gold Detectives series finds DI Amanda Gold and her team; DS Dara Brennan, DS Kelly Morgan and DS Gethin Jones, dealing with a ruthless killer whose weapon of choice is fire. Continue reading

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts #BookReview #BlogTour @LittleBrownUK #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • Published: May 2017 by Piatkus
  • Category: Contemporary, Romance, Psychological, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Book Review, Books, Reading.

Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen… COME SUNDOWN.

Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family’s resort in Western Montana, there just aren’t enough hours in the day – for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn’t have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time…

But when a young woman’s body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine’s family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine’s Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice’s mysterious disappearance?

As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth – before the sun sets on their future together.

The story opens with a flashback to 1991. At twenty-one years old Alice Bodine was on her way back home after up and leaving suddenly three years earlier. She had not contacted her family apart from a few postcards when she first left. With not much farther to go before she reaches the ranch, a split second decision altered the course of her life and thrust her into a living nightmare.  Continue reading

The Last Meridian by Joe Hefferon #Hardboiled #Noir reviewed for #RBRT

  • Author: Joe Hefferon
  • Released: 20th May 2017 by Evolved Publishing LLC
  • Category: Hardboiled, Noir, Crime, Mystery, Book Review

A telegram sets off a chain of events that destroys five lives, throwing Hollywood insider Nina Ferrer’s life into turmoil. The infant boy she gave up for adoption in Chicago sixteen years earlier has been arrested for murder. A plea from the boy’s adoptive mother pushes her to act, but Nina has a big problem—she never told her husband about the boy.

Lynn Killian left Chicago in 1948. She wanted a new life in a new place with a new name. With no particular plan in mind she headed west. Who she left behind would never really leave her. She would always wonder. Continue reading

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton @AuthorSJBolton #FridayReads #BookReview Psychological #Thriller

  • Author: Sharon Bolton
  • Published: June 2016 by Transworld Digital
  • Category: Book Review, Crime, Murder, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological, Reading

Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Hamish Wolfe, handsome and charming, swears he is not guilty of the crimes for which he’s been imprisoned. His mother and posse of devotees also believe he has been wrongly convicted and, although the evidence against him seems beyond doubt, Wolfe steadfastly maintains his innocence. He and his supporters want to engage the services of Maggie Rose.  Continue reading

Broken Dolls (Jefferson Winter #1) by James Carol @JamesCarolBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: James Carol
  • Published: January 2014 by Faber & Faber
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Book Review, Books, Reading, Procedural

Jefferson Winter is no ordinary investigator.

The son of one of America’s most renowned serial killers, Winter has spent his life trying to distance himself from his father’s legacy.

After a successful career with the FBI, the last few years as a high achieving profiler, Jefferson Winter’s unconventional approach prompted him to leave the constraints of an organisation and go freelance. He now consults on serial killer cases worldwide.

His father was a convicted serial killer and the three words he mouthed as he lay on the prison gurney waiting to be executed, haunt Winter. It’s one of the incentives that drive him, motivating him to do what he does and also to dissociate himself from his father. Continue reading

Someone Else’s Skin (DI Marnie Rome #1) by Sarah Hilary @sarah_hilary

  • Author: Sarah Hilary
  • Published: February 2014 by Headline
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Fiction, Book Review

Introducing D.I. Marnie Rome, this powerful novel that will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder.

Called to a women’s refuge to take a routine witness statement, D.I. Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder.

Detective Inspector Marnie Rome focuses on her job, leaving little room for anything else. She knows first hand what it’s like to deal with a terrible and violent loss. Five years ago her parents were horrifically murdered by her foster brother. The resulting emotions are what drive her. Her colleagues know of her past and how hard she fought back, but few know the real Marnie. Continue reading

Remember No More ~ A DS Kite Mystery #1 by Jan Newton @BrookCottageBks @janmaesygroes #Crime #FridayReads

  • Author: Jan Newton
  • Published: March 2017 by Honno Press
  • Category; Crime, Mystery

A DS Kite novel – a city detective joins the mid-Wales force
bringing new insights and ruffling country feathers

Newly promoted DS Julie Kite is at a crossroads.  Her husband’s desire for a different life takes her away from urban Manchester and its inner city problems to tranquil mid-Wales. It is to be a clean slate for them both. On her first day at Builth Wells police station, Julie is thrust unexpectedly into the centre of an investigation into a suspicious death in a remote farming community. 

Back in Manchester, Stephen Collins is set free from HMP Strangeways.  Bible in hand he makes his way to mid-Wales, the scene of the heinous crime for which he was imprisoned, in order to confront those who had a hand in his incarceration.

The twists and turns of the investigation into solicitor Gareth Watkin’s death force DS Kite to confront her own demons as well as those of her rural community and, ultimately, to uncover the lengths to which we’ll go to protect our families…

Continue reading

As The Crow Flies by Damien Boyd (DI Nick Dixon #1) #Crime @DamienBoydBooks #Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Damien Boyd
  • Published: January 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Police Procedural

Rock climbing is now a blood sport.

Detective Inspector Nick Dixon’s former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, is dead. Killed in a fall whilst practising a new route on High Rock, Cheddar Gorge. Convinced that Jake would not have made such a simple mistake, Nick Dixon starts digging and uncovers a web of intrigue and criminal activity that will rock the sleepy seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.

DI Nick Dixon recently left the Metropolitan Police and returned to his home county, joining the Avon and Somerset force and, although few people could understand his reasoning, Nick knew he’d made the right decision. He wasn’t particularly interested in advancement, it was all about solving crimes, even if it had left him in an unfurnished rented cottage. That didn’t matter so much when he was on the beach with his eight month old rescued Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Monty. He is enjoying being on his home turf. Continue reading

Irex by Carl Rackman ~ based on fact #BookReview for #RBRT @CarlRackman #Histfic #FridayReads

  • 51gv4vgjy-lAuthor: Carl Rackman
  • Published: September 2016 by Rackman Books
  • Category: Historical, Fiction, Drama
  • five-stars

In the harsh winter of December 1889, the sailing vessel Irex leaves Scotland bound for Rio de Janeiro. She carries three thousand tons of pig iron and just three passengers for what should be a routine voyage. But Captain Will Hutton discovers that one of his passengers hides a horrifying secret.

First of all, I have to say it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. It’s so good and the quality of the writing is excellent throughout. The story is based in history, the ship, a couple of the main crew members, reason for the wreck and the attempts at rescue, are all fact. Carl Rackman has woven an incredibly imaginative and compelling tale around that tragic event. Continue reading

The Skeletons of Birkbury by @DianaJFebry #Murder #Mystery in the Cotswolds #FridayReads

  • 61etjg0qvilAuthor: Diana J Febry
  • Published: May 2012 by Wings ePress, Inc.
  • Category: Murder, Mystery
  • four-half-stars

Twenty years ago no connection was made between the disappearance of a girl from Cheltenham and a fatal car accident in the small village of Birkbury. But that changes when the body is found buried in Birkbury and there are two further car accidents and a local girl goes missing.

On the strength of reading and enjoying Who Killed Vivien Morse? a little while ago, I added The Skeletons of Birkbury, the first in the series and Diana J Febry’s debut novel, to my reading list. And I wasn’t disappointed. The setting, in a rural village location, was realistically described with the horse and farming community. A great mix of diverse and representational characters add to the appeal, from the ‘gentry’ to the older more civil, sometimes nosey, salt of the earth villagers, although they can appear quite uncooperative at times. Continue reading

The DCI Jones Casebook: Cryer’s View (Volume 4) by @KerryJDonovan #MurderMystery #RBRT #FridayReads

  • 515aeyxacdlAuthor: Kerry J Donovan
  • Published: October 2016 by Human Vertex Publications
  • Category: Murder, Mystery, Crime
  • five-stars

For more than five years police operations in the southeast of England have been failing. Chief Superintendent Knightly, a senior member of the National Crime Agency, suspects that someone is selling police intelligence. When one of his junior officers dies before he can attend clandestine meeting with him, Knightly is certain—there’s a dirty cop inside his organisation.

Detective Sergeant Phil Cryer is recuperating from a serious knee injury sustained in a rooftop chase during a previous investigation. He’s feeling frustrated and helpless at being on sick leave, so when he has a visit from Chief Superintendent Knightly from the National Crime Agency who has reasons to suspect corruption, Cryer jumps at the chance to go undercover. Continue reading

The Poisoned Rock (The Rock #Murder #Mysteries Bk 2) by @RobertDaws #TuesdayBookBlog Crime on #Gibraltar

  • 32018941Author: Robert Daws
  • Published: September 2016 by White Hat Books
  • Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery
  • five-stars

With only five weeks to go before the end of her secondment to the Royal Gibraltar Police Force, D.S. Tamara Sullivan is enjoying life on the Rock. With one murder investigation successfully under their belts, Sullivan and her commanding officer, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick, settle down to regular police work under the sunny Mediterranean skies.

The second instalment of the The Rock Murder Mysteries finds Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan and Chief Inspector Gus Broderick involved in a tangled investigation when a film crew arrive on Gibraltar. Queen of Diamonds is a movie being filmed in Gibraltar Town based on the exploits of an alleged female spy operating in Gibraltar during World War II.  Continue reading

Gilding The Lily by @JustineCJohn ~ #Blog Tour ~ Guest Post #TuesdayBookBlog @authorightUKPR @gilbster1000

gilding-the-lilyA gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.

Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…

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Justine’s insight into the character of Amelia. 

Amelia is a tall, intelligent and elegant lady in her mid-40s.  She has dark blonde hair and loves to travel.  She runs a small recruitment agency in London which she is, and always has been determined to make successful.  She has high hopes for her company and hopes to expand it.   Continue reading

Who Killed Vivien Morse? (DCI Hatherall #4) by Diana J. Febry @DianaJFebry #RBRT

  • 30823804Author: Diana J. Febry
  • Published: August 2016 by Wings ePress, Inc
  • Category: Murder, Mystery, Contemporary
  • four-half-stars

Vivien Morse, a young social worker is discovered battered to death in Silver Lady Woods. Everyone assumes she was attacked by her estranged husband until her supervisor disappears. The connection appears to be Vivien’s last client. A damaged and disturbed girl who believes a bundle of rags is her lost baby and never leaves the family farm while she awaits the return of her lover.

Although I haven’t read the preceding books in the series, this wasn’t too difficult to settle into. DCI Hatherall is waylaid by the local, loves to complain, busybody, Glenys Pitman, who is well known at the police station. She has seen a man dressed in Druid robes behaving suspiciously in the woods. A humorous exchange follows before DCI Hatherall is able to usher Glenys on her way. Returning to his office, his partner DI Fiona Williams informs him the body of a young social worker, Vivien Morse, has been discovered in Silver Lady Woods.  Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Who Killed Vivien Morse? by @DianaJFebry @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

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Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Abandon by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 ~ #Thriller #Audiobook

  • 6049585Author: Blake Crouch
  • Performed by Luke Daniels
  • Released: September 2016, Published by Brilliance Publishing
  • Category: Time Slip Thriller, Crime, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins – and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town, so they can learn what happened. 

The story begins in 1893 with a mule skinner arriving in Abandon to find a ghost town. He’d been there only two weeks ago delivering supplies and the town was thriving and full of activity. Now the streets were deserted with the snow laying in drifts. Then he sees a young girl with a revolver, and it’s the last thing he ever sees. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Closure by Gillian E Hamer @ShelleyWilson72 #Crime #Paranormal @GillyHamer

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Crimson Shore (The Gold Detectives #1) by Gillian E. Hamer #TuesdayBookBlog #murder mystery on #Angelsey @GillyHamer

  • 22360617Author: Gillian E. Hamer
  • Published: June 2014 by G E Hamer
  • Category: Murder, Mystery, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

A half-naked woman dead in a ditch. A disappearing pathologist. A teenager run off the road. For a peaceful island, Anglesey is experiencing abnormal levels of crime. What’s the connection?

When the body of a woman is found in the drainage ditch of a farmer’s field, Detective Sergeant Dara Brennan and DS Gethin Evans are called to the scene. Little do they know this is the beginning of an unexplained torturing and killing spree. A voice message left on Dara’s phone alerts him to the fact that Dr Watson, the pathologist, has some information on the dead woman. But the doctor doesn’t return Dara’s calls, he cannot be contacted or traced and is listed as a missing person.  Continue reading

The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin #Historical Fiction based in New Orleans #TuesdayBookBlog #Thriller

  • 51OOu6GdfXLAudiobook Review
  • Author: Ray Celestin
  • Performed by Christopher Ragland
  • Released in January 2015 and Published by Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Category: Historical Fiction based on fact, Mystery, Thriller
  • four-stars

New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – The Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him…

Though every citizen of the ‘Big Easy’ thinks they know who could be behind the terrifying murders, Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot, heading up the official investigation, is struggling to find leads. But Michael has a grave secret – and if he doesn’t find himself on the right track fast – it could be exposed…

The story is woven round true events that took place in the segregated New Orleans of 1918/19. A serial killer is on the loose and Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot is in charge of the investigation. The story opens with a letter to the editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune found in the in-tray by reporter John Riley. Since the Axeman started his killing spree letters had been flooding in to the paper, but this one caught Riley’s eye. The envelope was unusual and the address was written in what Riley hoped was rust coloured ink. The letter claimed to be from the Axeman and in it he declared his fondness for jazz with a promise that any house playing such music need not fear a visit from him. Undecided if the letter was authentic, Riley decides to print it anyway. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ DCI Jones Casebook: Ellis Flynn by @KerryJDonovan @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Heavenfield by @LJRoss_author #Murder #Mystery @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Mortal Fall ~ A Novel of Suspense by @christine_carbo, set in Glacier National Park #SundayBlogShare

  • 25987140Author: Christine Carbo
  • Performed by RC Bray
  • Released: May 2016 by Blackstone Audio
  • Category: Mystery, Police Procedural
  • four-half-stars

A wildlife biologist’s shocking death leads to chilling discoveries about a home for troubled teens in Christine Carbo’s haunting and compelling new crime novel set in the wilds of Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park Police officer Monty Harris, a secondary character in The Wild Inside, takes centre stage in Mortal Fall. He struggles with issues from his childhood and his family history, which has impacted on his marriage, causing a rift. Monty is a complex character who loves his job and is a dedicated officer. There’s a real insight into Monty’s character through his pensive and soul-searching thoughts, showing a man who is not only struggling with his past demons, but also his marriage.  Continue reading

Hello Again By @StanSchatt ~ Murder/mystery with a #supernatural twist #weekendblogshare

  • 30256764Author: Stan Schatt
  • Published: May 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Murder, Mystery, Supernatural
  • four-stars

A dead lover wants company. Meanwhile, a no-nonsense detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts teams up with a psychic who fears something very evil is stalking its prey. A scientist finds that modern science can’t explain what he’s experiencing. 

Bill Eisner, former lawyer, Trekkie and thoroughly nice guy, owns The Cozy Cup coffee shop, which he loves. He’s just been refused a small business loan and things are looking bleak. The coffee shop is well liked and supported in the neighbourhood, with a Good Karma table for the homeless, a community room used by local social groups and featuring resident entertainers. 

Bill realises he needs something else in his life and allows his best friend, Roger, to talk him into a speed dating event. Just when Bill has lost hope of connecting with anyone, Amber Love comes to his table. They hit it off and begin seeing each other, even though Amber is less than forthcoming about herself and gets upset when Bill asks questions. Continue reading

Silenced Justice by Joe Broadmeadow @JBroadmeadow reviewed for #RBRT Corruption & Organised Crime #SundayBlogShare

  • 25713769Author: Joe Broadmeadow
  • Published: July 2015 by JEBWizard Publishing
  • Category: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
  • four-stars

Lieutenant Josh Williams is back in this latest thriller from Joe Broadmeadow, Silenced Justice. 

When his former boss, retired Lieutenant Chris Hamlin, asks him to reopen an old case, Josh uncovers the shocking truth behind an innocent man’s death in prison. In 1972 Darnell Grey, accused of a series of rapes and a homicide, was beaten to death in the prison while awaiting trial.

I haven’t read the first in the series and there were one or two moments when I was left wondering about certain aspects of the back story. It didn’t really detract from my enjoyment of this book although it took a little while to get my head round all the characters. Once I was into the story, though, it held my attention completely as the pace accelerated and the drama and suspense built. Continue reading

Thin Air (Shetland 6) by @AnnCleeves ~ Murder in the #Shetland Isles #TuesdayBookBlog #AudioBookReview

  • 22966458Audiobook Review
  • Author: Ann Cleeves
  • Performed by Kenny Blyth
  • Released: May 2015 by Macmillan Audio
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
  • five-stars

A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Unst, Shetland’s most northerly island, to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears – apparently into thin air.

As Caroline and Lowrie’s hamefarin’, the Shetland leg of their wedding celebrations, winds down, Caroline’s friends, Polly and Eleanor with their respective partners, return to their rented cottage. It’s midsummer, a time of prolonged dusk, known as the simmer dim. In the strange light earlier in the evening, Polly saw a young girl dressed in white on the shoreline. Continue reading

Haunted Destiny (Krewe of Hunters #18) by Heather Graham ~ #Paranormal investigators #SundayBlogShare

  • 27069953Audiobook Review
  • Author: Heather Graham
  • Performed by Luke Daniels
  • Published by Brilliance Audio and released May 2016
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Paranormal
  • four-half-stars

A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line’s Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans—with a killer on board. He’s known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And how he places a different saint’s medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he’s doing this.

It was the Archangel’s eleventh murder as he travelled through the South. The killer’s latest victim has been discovered just outside the French Quarter in New Orleans. FBI Agent Jude McCoy and Jackson Crow, head of the Krewe of Hunters, are at the scene. Jude and Jackson notice an odd looking man behaving suspiciously on the edge of the crowd. They give chase, pursuing the man until Jude believes he saw him board the pride of the Celtic American cruise line, the Destiny. The two agents decide to sail with the ship, giving them the best chance of catching the suspect.  Continue reading

Madam Tulip (Madam Tulip Mysteries #1) by David Ahern reviewed for #RBRT Actress turned fortune teller

  • 29769343Author: David Ahern
  • Published: April 2016 by Malin Press
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Humour
  • four-half-stars

Out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is young, talented, a teeny bit psychic … and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, and with a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madame Tulip, fortune-teller to the rich and famous.

Derry O’Donnell, sometime actress, latterly of Trinity College, Dublin, from where she graduated summa cum laude in Theatre Arts, has been broke and, more often than not, unemployed for the last five years. A job offer from her mother, as a PR for her art gallery, and an ultimatum regarding her rent, prompts Derry to seriously consider her best friend, Bella’s idea of using her fortune-telling talents, she’s the only daughter of the seventh son of a seventh son, to top up her non-existent bank balance. And so Madam Tulip is born.  Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Mortal Fall by @christine_carbo ~ set in Glacier National Park @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Guest Post by Robert Germaux #Author of Hard Court ~ Literally? Really? #TuesdayBookBlog

Literally? Really?

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine was telling me about a horror movie he’d just seen, and he ended his narrative by saying, “I was literally scared to death!”  My first thought was, not unless I’m getting this information in your Memoir from Beyond the Grave.  The word literally means actually or really, as in There are literally thousands of people following her on Twitter.  That’s a completely believable and verifiable fact.  However, if someone says he literally exploded with anger, well, probably not.  What’s happened here is that so many people have misused the word literally for so long, it’s become acceptable to use it incorrectly.  This has happened with other words, too, the best example possibly being the word bye as it’s both used and misused in professional football.  The NFL gives the two teams with the best regular-season records in each conference a bye in the first round of the playoffs, meaning they’ve earned the right to skip that first week.  That’s a correct usage of the word bye.  However, during the regular season, every team in the league gets one week off, and that’s what it should be called, an off week.  But somewhere along the way, someone began referring to that off week as the bye week, and thanks to the Internet, that term went viral and was repeated thousands and thousands of times, until it eventually became part of our national lexicon. Continue reading

Sycamore Gap ~ DCI Ryan #2 @LJRoss_author #BookReview #FridayReads

  • 26310229Author: L J Ross
  • Published: November 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • four-half-stars

The past never stays buried for long… 

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan’s job to piece together her past. 

Following on from Holy Island, the first in the DCI Ryan mysteries, Sycamore Gap opens with the discovery, by a hiker, of a skeleton hidden in a remote part Hadrian’s Wall. Amy Llewelyn has been missing for ten years. The case falls to Ryan and his Detective Sergeant, Frank Phillips, to investigate. When another body is found at Sycamore Gap it’s clear things are not as straightforward as they appear. Continue reading

Dead Water ~ #Shetland Book 5 by Ann Cleeves @AnnCleeves #FridayReads

  • 16009500Audiobook Review
  • Author: Ann Cleeves
  • Performed by Kenny Blyth
  • Released: March 2013 by Isis Publishing Ltd
  • Category: Police Procedural, Mystery
  • four-half-stars

Dead Water is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series – now a major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland.

When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, outside the house of the local public prosecutor, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in to head up the investigation.

Despite my preference for starting a series from book one, I’m beginning with this one, which is actually book five. I’ve watched and enjoyed each season of the TV series, Shetland, and so I’m very familiar with the cast of characters. There are some differences between the two, mainly in Jimmy Perez’s looks and back story. Kenny Blyth, the narrator, is excellent and has a lovely Scottish lilt, which fits in well with the story and adds authenticity. Other accents are convincing too. The narrator of the four previous books has a middle to upper class English accent which I didn’t find engaging or appropriate for the setting.  Continue reading

The DCI Jones Casebook ~ Sean Freeman by Kerry J Donovan @KerryJDonovan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

 

  • 51bp5Yz4A8L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_-2Author: Kerry J Donovan
  • Kindle Edition Published: May 2015 by Human Vertex Publications
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • four-half-stars

Veteran cop, DCI David Jones, is tough and uncompromising. His Serious Crime Unit has the best arrest record the Midlands Police Service has ever seen and Jones wants to keep it that way. 

Locksmith turned jewel thief, Sean Freeman, is the best in the UK. He’s never been caught—the police have never even come close. When Freeman’s boss forces him to break into the Stafford Museum, the UK’s most secure premises outside of the Bank of England, he’s in trouble—the Stafford is in the heart of Jones’ jurisdiction. 

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On Lucky Shores ~ A Chet Walker #Adventure by @KerryJDonovan #RBRT

  • 28588716Author: Kerry J Donovan
  • Published: January 2016 by Human Vertex Publications
  • Category: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Romance
  • four-half-stars

In an action-packed tale of secrets and lies in small town America, Chet Walker is a man forced to make decisions that will affect his future and the life of the woman he loves.

When his life is threatened, Chet Walker learns the truth behind the saying, “no good deed goes unpunished.” 

Singer/songwriter Chet Walker has been running from his past for the last eighteen months, hitchhiking from town to town, singing for his supper and hoping for inspiration along the way. As he heads towards Lucky Shores, a little town in the Rockies, after seeing a billboard advertising an open mic night, he witnesses a terrible car accident. The only occupant of the car is in a very bad way and as Chet does what he can to help, the dying man whispers a few words, a mysterious message for his daughter which he wants Chet to deliver. Continue reading

Follow You Home by @mredwards ~ Psychological #Thriller #bookreview

  • FYHAuthor: Mark Edwards
  • Published: June 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Category: Thriller, Mystery, Psychological 
  • four-stars

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

This was one of my choices in Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge. I chose to buy on the strength of the book description, cover and after a general look at some reviews.

The story opens with Daniel and Laura catching the overnight train to Sighisoara, Romania, from Budapest, as part of their two months trip of a lifetime travelling around Europe, before settling down to marriage and a family. Little did they know that chatting to another couple, Alina and Ion, who are travelling on the same train, would provoke a haunting, nightmarish situation. Robbed of money, passports and tickets Daniel and Laura are thrown off the train, along with Alina, in the back of beyond with no sign of civilisation.  Continue reading

Before He Finds Her by @michael_kardos #mystery #audiobook @justjuliawhelan #SundayBlogShare

  • BeforeHeFinds herAudiobook Review
  • Author: Michael Kardos
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released by Audible: November 2015 and Published by Jammer Audio
  • Category: Suspense, Mystery
  • four-half-stars

Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter.

The story opens with a blog post from Arthur Goodale, an eighty-one year old blogger, writing from his hospital bed in the critical care unit after having bypass surgery. A retired newspaperman, one story which has never been solved is always present in Arthur’s thoughts. That is the case of murdered Alison Miller and the subsequent disappearance of her husband, Ramsey Miller and their daughter, Meg. No motive was ever uncovered and no sightings of Ramsey or Meg have ever been reported but their disappearance led the people of Silver Bay and the authorities to believe Ramsey was responsible. Why Ramsey did it and how he and Meg vanished, and where to, have plagued Arthur for the fifteen years since the murder. Continue reading

Hunt For The Enemy (The Enemy #3) ~ Blog Tour ~ @RSinclairAuthor #RBRT #wwwblogs

Welcome to the blog tour for Rob Sinclair’s Hunt For The Enemy, which should be available to buy tomorrow (11th). Although this book could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the books in order to get a real feel for the story and characters.

  • Hunt for the enemyAuthor: Rob Sinclair
  • Published: February 2016 by Clink Street Publishing
  • Category: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
  • four-half-stars

The Hunt is on. They’ve erased his past. Wiped out his very existence. But Carl Logan isn’t finished yet. On the run in a harsh Russian winter, Logan – once an invaluable asset but now branded a traitor – has been framed for murder. His own firm, the secretive Joint Intelligence Agency, have labeled him a rogue operative after two decades of loyal service. The agency is hunting him down… and they’re not the only ones. But there’s much more at stake than just Logan’s life. One by one, agents and informants from all sides, all allegiances, are dying. And Carl Logan is the only man who can put a stop to it, once and for all.

Carl Logan has succeeded in rescuing Angela Grainger and they are both on the run. Hunted by the FSB, the CIA and the JIA there is no-one Carl can trust. He is more alone than ever before and needs to get himself and Angela out of Russia. The fact that Carl’s identification, bank accounts and his record with the JIA have all been completely wiped is a blessing in disguise, leaving no obvious trail for anyone to follow.  Continue reading

Playing With Fire by @tessgerritsen ~ #Historical/Present Day @jwdamron @justjuliawhelan #SundayBlogShare

Julia doesn’t understand what is happening to her daughter, but she thinks she knows what’s causing it. She is terrified for Lily, and for herself, but what scares her more is that no one believes her.

If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice. 

There, Julia uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation – a discovery that puts her in serious danger. Some people will do anything in their power to keep the truth silent . . .

Playing With Fire is two interwoven stories from different times. Julia Ansdell is a professional violinist living in present day America with her husband, Rob and three-year old daughter, Lily. While on a visit to Rome Julia finds an old book of music in an antique shop, which contains a hand written piece of music; a waltz entitled Incendio, composed by L Todesco. As she reads the music, desperate to test the notes on her violin, she knows she must have it. Continue reading

Dangerous Games ~ by @T_DiamondBooks #Thriller #Suspense #TuesdayBookBlog

  • 27430534Author: Tess Diamond
  • Published: November 2015 by Tess Diamond Books
  • Category: Thriller, Mystery
  • four-stars

A thirteen year-old girl has been taken – and Special Agent Maggie Kincaid is the only one who can get her back. 
When a Senator’s daughter goes missing, every minute counts. The FBI’s best hostage negotiator, Agent Kincaid, knows what it’s like to be a terrified victim. Kidnapped as a child, those memories haunt her every day – and give her an insight into the evil mind behind this deadly crime. 
But the Senator’s family has other plans, and have brought in ex-forces security expert Jake O’Connor to oversee negotiations. He’s got secrets of his own, and doesn’t play by the same rule book. With time running out, Maggie and O’Connor will have to overcome their differences to keep this case from ending in tragedy.

Ex FBI Special Agent Maggie Kincaid was one of the top hostage negotiators until a situation went badly wrong and a hostage was lost. That, coupled with her devastating past, proved too much and Maggie felt she’d failed and couldn’t carry on with the job. Then her former boss and mentor, Frank, persuades her to help with a new case. A senator’s teenage daughter has been kidnapped. Maggie agrees as long as it’s clear she doing Frank a favour and not rejoining the Bureau. Continue reading