Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody #BlogTour #BookReview @ClaraHDiaz @FrancesBrody

So today I’m delighted to be a stop on the blog tour for the 8th Kate Shackleton Mystery called Death at the Seaside. And it’s publication day!

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About the book…

Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.

Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend.

Kate can’t help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller’s shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby’s idyllic façade, it’s up to Kate – ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden – to discover the truth behind Felicity’s disappearance.

And they say nothing happens in August . . .

My review…

I’ve only read a couple in the Kate Shackleton series before but was very keen to read this instalment as it’s set at the seaside which is my favourite place to be as everyone knows! And I have also been to Whitby so was very interested to revisit it in all it’s past seaside glory. That’s what I love about these books because you almost feel you have time travelled back to the 1920s, with this authors very graphic descriptions giving you a true feeling of times past. I’ve never been a huge fan of the so called “cosy mystery” but I’ve taken to this series due to the images and atmosphere it invokes which, alongside a very likeable strong minded heroine, make these books my guilty pleasure! And the covers have some of the most gorgeous “art deco” artwork I’ve seen-totally eye-catching to potential readers.

Kate is off to Whitby for a summer break which she intends to combine with some time spent with her friend from school Alma and Alma’s 16 year old daughter Felicity. But as soon as she arrives there she is thrown head first into drama when she finds a dead body whilst looking in the local jewellers shop and then finds out that Felicity has gone missing! And that’s when Kate steps in, risking her reputation to begin sleuthing in earnest! There are lots of twists and turns galore here and some wonderfully eccentric characters. The seaside  setting conjures up long hot British summers full of holidaymakers and little tearooms on the seafront, the little touches from years gone past when we assume it was a more innocent time. but unfortunately for Kate murder seems to follow her wherever she goes-even on holiday! I know its probably been said before but the evocative imagery here makes me believe that this would make a great Sunday night television series. It has smart and incisive storylines that are head and shoulders above some of the cosy crime series that are around at the moment.

This is a great addition to the series with a twisty whodunit that I found thoroughly satisfying.

Thanks to Clara at Little Brown Books for my ARC of Death at the Seaside and this is my unbiased review in return.

Death at the Seaside (Kate Shackleton Mysteries Book 8) is published by Little Brown Books on 6th October and is available to buy here at Amazon.

About the author…

Frances Brody is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries, as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and four sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.

Time to Play by K A Richardson #BlogTour #BookReview @Bloodhoundbook @KerryAnn77

Today I am delighted delighted be the closing stop on the Time To Play blog tour organised by Helen at Bloodhound Books.

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About this book…

DI Alistair McKay is still reeling from the ‘one that got away’ but when he is called to deal with a potential murder at the water side, he must put his personal worries aside.

As police diver, Marlo Buchanan, starts pulling bodies out of the water, it becomes clear that something isn’t right.

Someone is torturing young girls and dumping them in the local reservoir.

Then the body of a man is discovered and Mackay and Buchanan are pulled into the seedy underworld of human trafficking.

As the team race against the clock tensions start to run high.

Can they overcome their personal demons to work together?

And will they find the killer before he strikes again?

My review…

I love it when I discover a new writer especially when it’s at the start of a new series and it’s been such a joy to read this third instalment of the North East police series as I’ve followed and loved it since the first! If you’re new to K A Richardson you can read this as a standalone but once read you’ll want to discover her other books anyway. One of the things I’m loving is that she brings characters from previous books back in so their stories are all interconnected, very similar to how Karen Rose writes which I have always liked. For example here DCI Alex McKay and Cass make cameos as does Jacob Tully. But the action focuses mainly on Marlo (I love her name!) and Alex’s brother’s Ali who is a DI with some serious issues to overcome.

It’s great to be back in the North East and fabulous that Sunderland and Durham have the starring roles in the settings here. And it has a slightly different focus on a police procedural as Marlo is a member of the police dive team. She’s such a likeable character but as her back story gradually comes out we realise that her past has had a big impact on the way she reacts to people and situations. The relationships she builds with Elvie, Ali and her colleagues are beautifully layered and very poignant when you realise what’s behind her standoffish nature. Be warned that there are some scenes of violence here and also some distressing themes such as human trafficking but they are all supporting the bigger picture of a serial killer who is out of control. This book grabbed my interest from the very first few pages mainly because of the fascinating work done by the dive team. It had obviously been well researched but wasn’t too technical in its descriptions  (There is glossary at the back in case you need it.)

I honestly could read this author all day, everyday! She has such a stylish way with words that you are hanging off every single one of them! A natural storyteller who makes you care about her characters, she brings them all to life with just a few sentences. It’s amazing how quickly I became attached to the whole crew and I can’t wait to read more!

Thanks to Helen at Bloodhound Books for me ARC copy of Time to Play and this is my unbiased review in return.

Time to Play (North East Police) is available to buy here at Amazon UK

About the author by the author…

My name is KA Richardson, and I am a crime writer based in the North East of England. I write around my other work commitments so am constantly on the go. I love reading many genres, love speaking to people and spend a lot of time people watching in coffee shops, though if I’m honest this is more for the purposes of character building and plotting. I enjoy watching ‘cop’ shows from both the UK and the USA, and am a fan of sci-fi. I began thinking about writing as a career in 2010 and completed my Ma Creative Writing in 2011. I love to be inspired, and enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as other like minded folk. My website has some more info on me, if you’re interested pop on over to http://www.kerryannrichardson.com, or I can be found on facebook as KA Richardson.

 

 

Tragic Deception by Mel Comley and Linda Prather #BookReview #FridayReads

About this book…

“Seek liberty, Foxy, and you’ll find me.”

Sergeant Alexandra Fox came to America to find the man who had brutally murdered her sister. A man the press called The Escape Artist. Could a British Sergeant fit in with the NYPD? Not if Commander Patterson had anything to do with it.

Suspended with only two friends in America– Chief Brown, a long time family friend, and retired Sergeant Matt “Nobby” Adams, Alex has seven days to find three kidnapped babies, or look for a new job.

Her investigation leads her into a world of deception, that turns tragic before it even begins, and a helping hand from the one person she hated the most–The Escape Artist.

My review…

Before I give out my review please check out my review of Clever Deception by Mel Comley and Linda Prather which is the prequel novella and starts off the Deception series. I would definitely recommend that you read this first to get the most out of Tragic Deception.

And if you’ve read that review you will know that I gave it a fantastic 5 stars which means that I’m going to have to give this one 6 stars because it’s even better! While the novella set the tone for the series and introduced us to Alex and to The Escape Artist, we now become acquainted with Alex in her new role in the NYPD where she’s been working (her way through partners!!) for the past year. It hasn’t been plain sailing but she’s now been given a chance to shine when she has to solve the case of three missing babies. Now this is one of the twistiest cases that Alex has had to get her teeth into (it fooled me for most of the book as I really didn’t work out where it was going) and she really has her work cut out but thankfully she has a great team alongside her. One of the new characters we are introduced to criminal psychologist Blake Morgan and I think there is PLENTY more drama to come there!

I am so impressed with the way Mel and Linda have teamed up to write this new series. Moving the action to the U.S. has worked far better than I expected to and it felt like a natural progression for Alex. I absolutely loved the new cast of characters we meet here, they meshed together with a mix of personalities that all complimented each other perfectly. Nobby, in particular, was an endearing father figure that I took to straight away. And The Escape Artist is still there hovering in the background, never far from Alex’s thoughts and possibly closer than even she has anticipated! As before, as soon as I got to the end I wanted MORE! This series has definitely become a firm favourite now and I can’t wait for the next “Deception” instalment. It really does inspire a whole range of emotions in me, most of them involving a sharp rise in my blood pressure!

Thank you to both Mel Comley and Linda Prather for my review copy of this book in return for my unbiased review.

Tragic Deception (Deception Series Book 1) is published on 1st October 2016 and is available to buy here from Amazon UK.

About the authors…

Linda S Prather and M A Comley are both USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors who have collaborated to bring you the Deception series

Candles and Roses by Alex Walters #BlogTour #BookReview @MikeWalters60 @Bloodhoundbook @baatyabtbooks

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About this book…

Who will live and who will die? 

DI Alec McKay is a man haunted by the loss of his daughter.  As he obsesses over a missing person case that is going nowhere, McKay’s investigation is interrupted when bodies start appearing on the Scottish Black Isle. Soon McKay and his team start to identify a disturbing pattern behind the killings.

Why are candles and roses placed around the bodies?

What is this twisted murderer trying to achieve?

While the police follow their own leads, a young woman who discovered the first victim begins an investigation of her own.

As the case unfolds McKay will be forced to face his own demons.

To catch the killer McKay must discover the true motive and untangle the web of truth and lies.

Candles and Roses is the first book in the explosive new DI McKay Series.

My review…

I haven’t read any of this authors books before so really didn’t have any expectations at all when I picked it up to read. So it was a very pleasant surprise to find a crime novel set in a lovely part of Scotland that I know quite well and with a detective that I found very likeable and convincing.

DI Alec McKay was very easy to visualize from the authors description and I was surprised how easily I took to him. There’s a good balance here between his work life, where he is out to catch a possible serial killer and his home life where problems are hinted at very early on. The other characters I liked were Ginny Horton whom I would love to have more of the action in future books, and Kelly, who bravely decided she wanted to take part in a little investigating of her own. After taking a little while to work out who they and the rest of the characters were and how they fitted in with the plot, I couldn’t put this book down. The descriptions of how each girl goes missing were really disturbing with a creepy atmosphere and sense of foreboding leading back to the wonderfully dark and gloomy setting of the Black Isle.

I did work out where the plot was going but found the end to be conducted without too much sentimentality and with a few ends left dangling for good measure! I really enjoyed this new crime series and will definitely be looking to read the next book when it comes along.

Many thanks to Helen at Bloodhound books for my review copy.

Candles and Roses: a serial killer thriller is published by Bloodhound books on 27th September and is available to buy here at Amazon UK

About the author…

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Alex has worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and now runs a consultancy working mainly in the criminal justice sector including police, prisons and probation.
As Michael Walters, he has published three crime thrillers set in modern-day Mongolia. As Alex Walters he has written two thrillers set in and around Manchester and featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide. His new book, Late Checkout is the first in a series of crime thrillers featuring, alongside Marie Donovan, the rather distinctive DCI Kenny Murrain. The second book in the series, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in Autumn 2016. Candles and Roses, the first in a new crime series set in Scotland’s Black Isle, is due out in September 2016.
Alex lives in Manchester with his wife, occasional sons and too many cats.

He can be contacted at: mike@whitmuir.com
Twitter: @mikewalters60
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

 

 

 

 

Matching the Evidence by Graham Smith **Blog Tour** Publication Day Guest Post!

 

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Ok this is an exciting tour for me to be on as Matching the Evidence is OUT TODAY so Happy Publication Day Mr Smith! Since I met Graham at a TBC meet up in Leeds I have been a fan, especially as I won a signed copy of Major Crime Team Volume One and since then I have always read Grahams books with his voice in my head! Anyway today Graham visits my blog with a guest post for you about censorship and I also have a review of Matching The Evidence.

Censorship and Me by Graham Smith

As a creative type I’m not in favour of censorship of any kind. Oddly however, I do find myself self-censoring.
The reason for this I hear you ask?
There’s some stuff I just don’t want to put out there. My face is known on the internet and the last thing I want to put into someone’s mind is my hairy face if they’re reading a sex scene I’ve written. That would just be icky on so many levels for all concerned.
Plus there’s the fact that sex scenes are incredibly personal things to write and I’m not sure I want people judging me on the way I write about two characters getting down and dirty. I’m a crime writer and crime is what I write. Someone else can write erotica although I’m always willing to help with the research if there are any hot writers out there.
A lot of the more violent acts that happen in my stories are perpetrated off the page. That’s not because I’m squeamish in any way, it’s because the effects of violence are more interesting to me than the acts themselves. Don’t get me wrong, if the story called for it, I’d have absolutely no qualms about writing a vicious torture scene, but if it’s not essential to the story then including it would be gratuitous.
The biggest act of censorship I’ve committed against myself revolves around a plot. I have a great idea for a terrorist plot. My hero would thwart the plot, save countless lives, save the day and probably get the girl.
My problem is I’d have to explain the terrorist plot. It’s not a hugely complicated plan, it’s one which could be enacted for real and could see as few as half a dozen suicidal terrorists killing tens of thousands. I cannot in good conscience put this idea out into the public domain lest a terrorist use my plan. While this may sound conceited, I’d have to say I don’t give a flying fuck. I’d rather sound conceited than provide terrorists with ideas on how to wreak terror.
You may have got the impression from that last paragraph that I don’t tend to censor my language. This is something of a misnomer as I do actually censor the language I use in my novels. I have never to date used the “c” word and this is a deliberate choice. There are many who deem it to be the worst word in the world and I don’t see the point in offending any of them when there are many other words which can be used instead.
The final area I find myself censoring from my writing is the use of any unnecessary offence. I’m talking about racist, sexist, homophobic and religious comments. I don’t make them in the real world, so why should I make them on the page? My characters on the other hand may be given these traits but only because I want to show a nasty side to them. That’s allowed.
If you have any thoughts on the subject of censorship, I’d love to hear your views in the comments.

About this book…

Carlisle United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson.
Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them.
Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers.
Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime.

My review…

This is the latest case for DI Harry Evans and the Major Crimes Team and don’t worry if this is your first foray into his world as this can be read as a standalone. There are little inclusions to fill you in on Harry’s backstory so that you can understand why he acts the way he does and these will, I’m sure, send you straight to Amazon to order the previous books!

There are two plotlines here and it isn’t till towards the end that they become entwined. Graham Smith keeps his plots gritty, realistic and totally believable. He shows the dark side of crime in the UK, those cases that we don’t really want to think about and tend to sweep under the carpet because if we don’t know about them surely this means we can pretend they don’t exist? Smith uses very topical issues here, the atmosphere is dark and there is an undercurrent of foreboding throughout. It’s a relatively short read, I found it to be the perfect length as I like to read these all in one hit! And to have had a small insight into the next case for Harry (there was an extract of I know Your Secret at the very end) left me on quite a high level of anticipation!

So for a disturbing, gritty British crime series you have definitely got to try the DI Harry Evans books. They will make an excellent tv series so I hope to see Harry on the small screen very soon!

About the author…

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Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

He is the author of four books featuring DI harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.

Matching the Evidence
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matching-Evidence-Major-Crimes-Team-ebook/dp/B01JJ5D1AC

Snatched from Home
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snatched-Home-Would-Children-Harry-ebook/dp/B00U0GRQCY

Lines of Enquiry
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Major-Crimes-Team-Lines-Enquiry-ebook/dp/B00U0N3FG8

I Know Your Secret – Out October 2016

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Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge

About this book…

AFTER Little Boy Blue FIND OUT WHAT AWAITS DI HELEN GRACE IN THE SIXTH THRILLER BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. J. ARLIDGE: Hide and Seek

My review…

I can’t believe we are already at Helen Grace #6! This has proved to be a brilliant series so far, with each new instalment just getting better and better. If you haven’t heard of this author or series then you really must give it a go, I rarely hear a bad review of it. But please make sure you follow it from Eeny Meeny, the first, and that you have definitely read Little Boy Blue before this one as there will be some major spoilers and you need to know exactly why DI Helen has fallen from Grace!

So this book is rather different as Helen is in prison but you can’t take stop a detective detecting so when a fellow prisoner is found dead in rather gruesome circumstances, Helen is in the right place at the right time to dig deeper. Although out of her usual environment this still works very well and gives a different twist to Helen’s personality as she has to live and interact daily with people that she’s usually trying to put away! The women’s prison has such a mix of characters, some evil, some desperate and others who are just accepting of their fate. I did feel emotionally connected to them all and was dreading the thought that there may be a serial killer stalking the inmates. And on the outside there is Charlie’s Brooks, Helen’s biggest supporter and working desperately hard against all the odds to get her boss released. I just love Charlie’s determination and strength of character as much as I do Helen’s but here she really comes across far more intense as there’s nothing she won’t do and nobody she won’t cross in her quest to prove Helen’s innocence.

I do adore this series, it seems to run seamlessly from book to book with the themes and characters that continue through them. This one has a different feel but it’s still as thrilling and edge-of-your-seat entertaining with a plot that still sends you off in totally the wrong direction! And that last chapter…..talk about chilling!!! I do love how M.J Arlidge always leaves us wanting more RIGHT NOW!

Huge thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for my ARC.

Hide and Seek: DI Helen Grace 6 (Detective Inspector Helen Grace) is released on 8th September 2016 and is available to buy here from Amazon UK.

And see my review of Little Boy Blue here!

About the author…

M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Torn,The Little House and Silent Witness. Arlidge is also piloting original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number one bestseller.

His début thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House, Liar Liar and Little Boy Blue. Hide and Seek is the sixth DI Helen Grace thriller and will be followed by Follow My Leader in 2017.

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Clever Deception by Mel Comley and Linda Prather

About this book…

“Have you ever watched the light fade from someone’s eyes, Foxy? The pigment slowly, ever so slowly disappear?”

The press call him the Escape Artist, and he is certainly living up to his name.

Sergeant Alexandra Fox has never come up against such a devious mind in her entire career. Ten young women, seven of them wives of fellow officers, have been found tortured and murdered. Every tiny lead fizzles out, and he revels in taunting them by phone, torturing them mentally as he forces them to listen to the screams of his victims.

Alexandra, is determined to catch him before he kills again, unaware that she’s become the object of his obsession until he issues one last threat: “I thought I would give you one warning. A chance to back away and leave the investigation. Don’t make me punish you.”

My review…

OMG! What a blooming brilliant novella! I took it with me to read whilst at the play barn this morning (school hols plus rain equals desperate measures!) and I absolutely loved every second of it. Mel Comley and Linda Prather are great on their own as writers but together they are amazing. Its like my love of peanut butter and my love of chocolate-on their own they are pretty good but put them together and I am in heaven!!!

Alex Fox is just a wonderful new character creation and I felt every single emotion that she was going through here. Hunting a vile and devious serial killer known as the Escape Artist, Fox has to put everything she has into solving the clues he maliciously sends her to try to prevent more abductions and work out who he is and what motive keeps on driving him.

This is a novella so didn’t take much longer than an hour for me to read but now I just can’t wait for the first book in the new Deception series. Be aware there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end here and hope you don’t start screaming “NO!!!!! I want more now!!” like I did! This is a really great start to this new series that will, I’m sure, be a huge hit with fans of both writers and adding some new ones as well!

Many thanks to the authors for my advanced review copy in return for my unbiased review.

Clever Deception: A Deception novella prequel to Tragic Deception is published on 14th September 2016 and will be available to buy from Amazon UK here.

Devious Intention by M.A. Comley

About this book…

The stakes are high when a holiday turns tragic…
 
When Louise Gillespie regains consciousness after a traffic accident, she learns that her husband and four-year-old daughter are missing. Her frantic search to find them is encumbered by her own brain trauma and the local sergeant in charge of investigation, who thinks she’s crazy.Her luck finally changes when she bumps into PIs Ellen Brazil and Brian Lynx. Despite being on holiday themselves, they take on Louise’s case. It’s not long before Ellen and Brian discover the truth behind the family’s sinister disappearance.

My review…

When I was offered an ARC by the author of this book, I was over the moon as I just love her books and its like settling down to have a chat with an old friend when I read a new one. Devious Intentions is the third in the Intention series but can totally be read as a standalone novel. I hadn’t read the first two before starting this, in fact I hadn’t even been aware of the series, but I will certainly keep an eye out for them now!

This one starts off with one of my worst nightmares as Matthew and Louise Gillespie set off for their holiday in the car with their daughter Sophie. Louise has just been though a terrible ordeal having suffered a miscarriage and is looking forward to a break away. But when their car is rammed off the road, Louise is knocked unconscious and when she wakes Matthew and Sophie aren’t there. And this was where I got totally sucked into the plot! Where were Matthew and Sophie? What had happened to them and why was Louise in the driver’s seat? Nobody seems to be interested in helping Louise to find her family, they all think she is delirious after her head injury. But that’s where Ellie, Brian (and Cally!) step in after bumping into Louise while they are on their honeymoon.

I took to the former police officers immediately, especially Ellie, as they came to the rescue with a pledge to help Louise find out what had happened to her family. The story twists and turns, never quite going in the direction I had expected. It was a perfect length to chill out with for a couple of hours relaxation, and an enjoyable couple of hours they were too!

Devious Intention (A gripping psychological thriller) (Intention series Book 3) is available now in paperback or you can pre-order for your kindle with the e-book being released 18th August 2016

Loose Cannon by Jack Steele

About this book…

A psychopath is loose in London. Detective Joe Stone must hunt the serial killer before a gangland civil war breaks out.

 

My review…

Wow! This debut crime thriller raises your heart rate right from the first page and doesn’t let up the tension until the very last sentence, the one that will have you screaming “WHAT??? I need the sequel and I need it NOW!!”

This is a very self assured debut by Jack Steele and a great introduction to Joe Stone (a reference to his appearance being a little like Ryan Phillipe helps the imagination!). It’s a sharp and snappy way of storytelling with short chapters some ending with mini cliffhangers, which mean you fly through the book unable to stop at the end of the previous chapter. It felt very fresh and flowed with a heart racing speed through the hunt for the “loose cannon” with twists and turns at every junction you come to.

Although in essence a police procedural, I actually loved the gangland element of this thriller. From the opening chapter, with its nightmare feel as Marcia realises there is someone in her bedroom, the pace never lets up as two crime families are brought together in a forced war. And it was a touch of genius to have the backstory of Stone’s girlfriend Gemma having being abducted a year before. It gave him a vulnerability that made him easier to relate to.

I actually got up extra early (foregoing my school holiday lie in!) so I could sit in peace and quiet to finish this off this morning. But I had to have a nice calming chamomile tea after instead of my morning coffee as I’m not sure my heart needed that extra shot of caffeine after the rush of the final few pages! In fact this reminded me of those early Simon Kernick novels for that adrenaline fuelled rush you get whilst reading!

I’m now looking forward to reading more by Jack Steele and hope the sequel can live up to the promise of this first enjoyable instalment.

I received my review copy from the author.

Loose Cannon was self published on 26th January 2016 and is available to buy from Amazon.

Prima Facie by Netta Newbound **Blog tour**

Today I am thrilled to be on the blog tour for the new Adam Stanley book by Netta Newbound which is called Prima Facie.

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About this book…

In this fast-moving suspense novel, Detective Adam Stanley searches for Miles Muldoon, a hardworking, career-minded businessman, and Pinevale’s latest serial killer.

Evidence puts Muldoon at each scene giving the police a prima facie case against him.

But as the body count rises, and their suspect begins taunting them, this seemingly simple case develops into something far more personal when Muldoon turns his attention to Adam and his family.

My review…

This is the fourth book in the Adam Stanley series and I will start by saying that you can absolutely read this as a stand-alone thriller as there is plenty of background given here into Adams past life. But you will probably want to seek them out anyway after reading Prima Facie as you will be fascinated by what has gone before! This one does touch on the distressing cases that have gone previous to this but it is all in relation to Adam and his family unit, so is quite integral to the plot.

There  a serial killer on the loose who seems to be targeting his ex girlfriends but Adam and Frances are on the case. Theirs was a great police partnership and worked really well, as a team they bounce ideas off each other but I also found it a rather affectionate relationship as there’s a mutual trust and support there. Adams relationship with Amanda was also well written and I just loved their little family unit, with the quips from the children making it a realistic domestic scene. These are definitely characters that you will want to meet again!

The opening few pages are told from the point of view of the murderer and this continues throughout as we get flashes of what is driving them towards their bloodthirsty attacks and their motives. I did work out quite a lot of what was going on but for me the “whodunit and why” was definitely only part of the enjoyment of this police procedural. I hadn’t actually heard the term Prima Facie before either so was interested enough to research that further before I started the book.

What I love about these books is that they grab you right from the start with their interesting and unusual plotlines. Netta takes normal family situations and twists them around to create moral dilemmas. And in Prima Facie, she isn’t afraid to make us feel slightly queasy either by using bodily functions throughout as an unexpected way of obtaining evidence!

I actually think this whole series is seriously underrated and wish more people knew about it! I came to it after reading and loving An Impossible Dilemma which really grabbed me with its shocking and rather graphic scenes that were impossible to tear myself away from! Nothing is ever gratuitous though in her books, everything is absolutely essential to the plot. So I definitely recommend you try this series if you want a hard hitting and compelling page turner.

Prima Facie: A Psychological Serial Killer Thriller (The Adam Stanley Series Book 4) is published on 8th July 2016 and is available here at Amazon UK

About Netta Newbound…

Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, England, now lives in New Zealand with her husband Paul and their boxer dog Alfie. She has three grown-up children and two delicious grandchildren.

As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn’t turn her attention to writing until after her children had grown and left home.

Although she mostly writes psychological thriller novels, all of which consistently rank highly in the best seller categories, she has also written several non-fiction books with a close friend and fellow author under the names of Sandra Rose & Jeanette Simone.