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First Shot

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Author – John Ryder.

John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.

When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 366

The Blurb –

When girls go missing here, no one says a word…

Twenty-four-year-old Lila has disappeared without trace. It’s the kind of case that ex-military loner Grant Fletcher would normally be happy to take on—he will always seek justice if someone has the money to pay him. But this one he’s doing for free. This one’s personal.

Because Fletcher owes his life to Lila’s father. And Fletcher knows that returning Lila safe and sound is the only thing that matters to his wheelchair-bound friend.

She last called her father from a small town in rural Georgia. Arriving there, Fletcher’s feet barely touch the ground before he finds trouble. He also discovers that his friend’s daughter wasn’t the first girl to go missing there. Not the first by far.

Then the last person to have seen Lila before she disappeared is murdered. As an outsider, Fletcher becomes the local deputy’s only suspect, leaving him no choice but to go on the run. Because Fletcher knows someone’s abducting girls in this town. And he also knows he’s the only person who can find them…

Fans of high-octane action and unforgettable heroes like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and David Baldacci’s Amos Decker will love First Shot.

Today is my stop on the First Shot blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – Wow what a great read. A action packed story that has you turning the pages, or thumbing your kindle very quickly!

A couple decide to go on a road trip and get more than they bargain for when Lila disappears, she leaves a diner and within minutes she is gone. Her partner is met with silence, no-one knows or wants to help.

Luckily for the partner and unluckily for the town, Grant Fletcher decides to investigate. Lila is related to someone he would do anything for. Grant hits the town and finds out that Lila isn’t the only woman to have disappeared. So where do all the women go?

This is great introduction to Grant Fletcher as we see he flex his muscles but also his brains as he outwits the town residents.

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The Toybox

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Author – Charly Cox

Born in the South, raised in the Midwest, Charly now resides in the Southwest in the Land of Enchantment where she enjoys eating copious amounts of green chilli and other spicy foods. When she’s not reading, writing, or plotting sinister evils with her antagonists, she enjoys doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, hanging out with her husband and her spoiled Siberian Husky, visiting her son in Arizona, and travelling, preferably to places surrounded by sun, sand, and warm uncrowded beaches.

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Publisher – Hera

The Blurb –

You don’t want to play their games…

All around Albuquerque, New Mexico, young women are going missing, seemingly vanished into thin air. With no link between the victims, Detective Alyssa Wyatt is quickly plunged into a horrifying case with no obvious clues.

And when Jersey Andrews, the best friend of Alyssa’s teenage daughter, Holly, joins the list of vanished girls, the case becomes personal.

But this investigation will lead Alyssa and partner Cord into the most sinister depths of humanity; an evil place where life is expendable, and where the depraved can fulfil their darkest desires – if they have the money to pay for it.

As the first bodies appear, abandoned on the streets, Alyssa is forced into a frantic hunt to track down the killers – before more innocent women lose their lives. But when the truth comes out, it seems that the key to solving the case was hiding in the last place anyone expected…

A dark, tension-filled and absolutely nail-biting crime thriller with a twist – this one will have you reading until the small hours. Fans of Robert Bryndza, Melinda Leigh and Lisa Regan will not want to miss this addictive read.

Today is my stop on The Toybox blog tour. Many thanks to Sarah Hardy BOTBS for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is a gripping read that deals with a very dark story line. Still recovering from the events that happened in Book 1, Alyssa finds herself looking into the case of several disappeared women. Then a body is found…

Detective Alyssa Wyatt finds herself dealing the with the most depraved of people as she struggles to find out the murderer. The story is cleverly told from two points of view so the reader also gets to experience the emotions of the trafficked girls. This is quite disturbing, however the author’s writing is so good, that it is dealt with superbly.

The tension grows throughout the book and it is a great thriller. Highly recommended.

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Murder on a Mississippi Steamboat

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Author – Leighann Dobbs.

USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty.

Her book “Dead Wrong” won the “Best Mystery Romance” award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.

Her book “Ghostly Paws” was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 190

The Blurb –


Nora elbowed her way up to the railing and looked down. The paddle wheel was making its last turn, dredging up a mass of turquoise chiffon made almost transparent by the water. A hand, its red lacquered fingernails a contrast to the pale white skin, stuck up from a bejeweled cuff… 

A relaxing cruise down the Mississippi on the Miss Delta Belle steamboat turns to tragedy when celebrity Delilah Dove falls from the deck and is swallowed by the river faster than you can say ‘man overboard!’

It’s touted as a tragic accident, but guests Miss Nora Marsh and her wily great-aunt Julia know a murder when they see one. Can they get justice for Delilah and crack the case without alerting the murderer to their suspicions?

As Nora and Julia hunt for clues it emerges that nearly everyone had a reason to want Delilah dead. And that’s bad news for the two sleuths—who want to solve the case pronto, before Mississippi police chief and Aunt Julia’s nemesis Artemis Leonard comes on board at the next port to launch the official investigation. She’s not letting him get the credit if she can help it.

With multiple suspects and a series of mysterious thefts onboard—not to mention the distractingly handsome Max Lawton turning Nora’s head—this is shaping up to be one tough case to crack. What started as a gentle river voyage is far from plain sailing.

A gripping and witty 1920s murder mystery from bestselling author Leighann Dobbs, perfect for fans of T E Kinsey and Lee Strauss. 

Today is my stop on the Murder on a Mississippi Steamboat blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I really love Leighann Dobbs so I was thrilled to read this book. Set in the 1920’s, the action happens aboard a steamboat (obviously!)

The author introduces us to a group of characters all travelling down the Mississippi, all is well until Delilah Dove falls overboard. Surely an unfortunate accident. Passengers Nora and her great aunt Julia, don’t think so. This double act make excellent amateur sleuths and I loved their relationship.

The guilty party must still be onboard which makes their task more dangerous as they look into every person making the journey down the Mississippi. It seems everyone had a reason to dislike Delilah Dove.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series.

More reviews of Leighann Dobbs books:

A Purrfect Alibi

A Whisker in the Dark

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The Killing of the Cherrywood MP

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Author – Louise Burfitt-Dons.

Louise Burfitt-Dons was first introduced to the idea of writing conspiracy fiction on meeting Ian Fleming when he visited her birth country of Kuwait in 1960 and befriended her father. Fast forward forty years to her founding the children’s charity Act Against Bullying in 2000. This had her advising police on the manipulation and cover up tactics of young people, girl gangs and junior cyber stalkers. She believes these are the same devices used by political parties, spies and crooks. They form the background to her thriller stories. 

Her first novel (June 5th 2018) The Missing Activist (New Century) was the first in a series starring off the wall P I Karen Andersen.  The plot was inspired by her experiences as a Parliamentary candidate in the UK General Election of 2015. Sequel The Killing of the Cherrywood MP was published on March 18th 2020.  She is currently working on book three in the Karen Andersen series.

Louise is also a screenwriter who has worked with producers in the UK and the US.  Recent films screened on TV include Mother of All Secrets (2018), The Ex Next Door (2019, LifeTime) and Fame at a Deadly Cost (LifeTime 2020).  Not all her work has a dark tone. She loves British comedy and wrote the rom-com Christmas in the Highlands (2019) for Triventure Productions which has also made it on to the international television circuits.

She now lives in Chiswick, West London with her ex-pilot husband Donald. She has two grown up daughters and a seven-month year old granddaughter Dempsie Lee Williams.

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Publisher – New Century

Pages – 381

The Blurb –

The Killing of the Cherrywood MP is the brilliant second book in the lauded Karen Andersen political thriller series by Louise Burfitt-Dons. In this fast-paced and gripping novel P I Andersen is once again immersed in the world of radical extremism in Britain and about to learn it’s as complicated as it’s deadly.

“‘Taut, hardboiled, detailed and funny. This is thriller excellence!’ “Charlie Flowers

Jihadi brides return from Syria and deradicalised terrorists are released from prison. In reaction extremist right-wing groups proliferate across Europe. The Labour MP for Cherrywood is found murdered and police look for a lone wolf with a personal vendetta against ISIS.

P I Karen Andersen believes it’s not that simple. From the roulette tables of the Ritz to the respectable suburbs of Mainz, she searches for the truth. Does the home to one of Germany’s violent neo-Fascist cells hold the vital clue, or does it lie hidden in the leafy English countryside?  

Today is my stop on The Killing of the Cherrywood MP blog tour. Many thanks to Sarah Hardy for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the second book I read by the author, the first being The Missing Activist. This book continues in the same vein, focusing on British politics and terrorism. I strongly advise you read the The Missing Activist, but this can be read as a standalone.

Karen Anderson once again finds herself in the middle of the action as a convicted terrorist is about to be released from prison. Does she still pose a threat? Then a MP is found murdered, who is responsible and is it connected to a terrorist group?

The book is full of conspiracies and shady politics, and is excellently wriiten by the author. I can not wait to read the next in the series.

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Water’s Edge

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Author – Gregg Olsen.

A #1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, seventeen novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 328

The Blurb –

The young woman’s body is lying with her arms stretched out to each side. Her lips slightly parted. Her face untouched by injury and her hair spread around her head like a fan. A redhead. Just like the others.

When the body of Leann Truitt is found in a secluded cove in Mystery Bay, Detective Megan Carpenter is one of the first on the scene. The victim has tell-tale marks on her wrists, ankles and neck where she has been bound. But that’s not all. Next to Leann’s body lies a puzzling clue – an unusual symbol scratched into a rock.

With rookie Deputy Ronnie Marsh under her wing and the investigation underway, Megan starts to receive disturbing messages. Someone knows about her traumatic past. They know what she did.

Determined to stay focussed, Megan soon makes a chilling link between Leann’s brutal killing and the unsolved murder cases of two other women – all redheads with the same marks on their bodies, the same symbol carvings found at the crime scenes, and most shockingly, all had been pregnant.

The killer stalks his prey, kidnapping and torturing them in a very exact and methodical pattern. And he is not finished yet…

When the body of another woman is found bearing a striking resemblance to the other victims, Megan must crack the clues fast if she is to catch the twisted soul before they strike again.

Megan might be closing in on the killer, but someone is watching her every move. Can Megan hide the secrets of her past threatening to destroy her future? And can she protect herself and Ronnie before they both find themselves in terrible danger?

An addictive, gripping and completely unputdownable crime thriller from the Number One New York TimesWall Street JournalUSA Today and Amazon Chart bestselling author.

Today is my stop on the Waters Edge’s blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the second book in the Megan Carpenter series, and although part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone.

Megan is assigned the case of a young woman who has been found murdered on an isolated beach. Unfortunately she has also been ordered to work with Ronnie Marsh, she is not impressed as she prefers working alone.

Their investigations lead to the discovery of more bodies and Megan is unsure whether the bodies are connected to her father.

This is a really good read, as we get get to know Megan a little more. The book is really well plotted and will definitely have you turning the pages.

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Tombs of Gods

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Author – Brian Moreland.

Brian Moreland writes a blend of mystery, actionadventure, dark suspense, and horror. His books include Shadows in the Mist, Dead of Winter, The Witching House, The Devil’s Woods, The Seekers, and Darkness Rising. An adventure seeker and lover of world travel, Brian is currently living in various places and writing books and short stories.

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Publisher – Flame Tree Press

Pages – 288

The Blurb –

Deep inside the tomb exists a hidden world of wonder and terror.
In 1935, British archaeologists vanished inside an Egyptian cave. A year later, one man returned covered in mysterious scars.
Egyptologist Imogen Riley desperately wants to know what happened to the ill-fated expedition led by her grandfather. On a quest for answers, she joins a team of archeologists and soldiers in Egypt. Inside a mountain tomb, they’ve found a technologically advanced relic and a maze of tunnels. Dr. Nathan Trummel believes this tomb leads to the most guarded secrets of the pharaohs. When the explorers venture deep into the caves, they discover a hidden world of wonder and terror.

Today is my stop on the Tomb of Gods blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – What a brilliant read this book is. If you love the Egyptians, this book is for you although be warned it is a horror.

It is obvious how much research the author has done as he weaves the beautiful scenery, and traditions into this horror story. His writing helps the story flow as you turn the pages more quickly.

In 1935 a expedition of archaeologists disappear in Egypt, they are excavating a cave, all but one survive.

Years later, another team return to solve the answer of the missing party. What they find is chilling as they delve deeper (literally) into the Egyptian mystery.

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Why She Died

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Author – J. G. Roberts.

Having signed with Bookouture in late 2018, my first book with them, Little Girl Missing, was published in June 2019 followed by the second in the Detective Rachel Hart series in October of the same year. The third book in the series, my seventh novel overall, is called Why She Died and is on pre-order prior to publication in May 2020.
I’m originally from Nottingham, where I have based a couple of my novels, but I am now resident in Berkshire and have used Reading and the surrounding area as the location for the DCI Rachel Hart series.
From the age of ten I had wanted to write fiction but left it until I was fifty-seven before self-publishing my first novel, Life’s a Beach and Then, proving it’s never too late to start something new.
When I’m not writing, I am a full-time presenter on QVC, the UK’s most successful shopping channel where I have worked for over twenty-six years. I also enjoy cooking, watching football, in particular my team Crystal Palace, gardening, and Pilates which is helping with my rehabilitation following recent ankle surgery. I’m an animal lover and a committed vegetarian for the past thirty-five years. 

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 298

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It was a person after all, but she was suspended in mid-air. Abi’s heart began to thump against her ribcage as the full horror of what she was seeing became apparent. Her shrill scream pierced the silence, startling birds into taking flight. ‘Help me!’ she cried. ‘Somebody please help!’

When beautiful and bright Hannah is late for their morning run, her best friend Abi thinks nothing of it. Hannah isn’t always that reliable – she’s probably just overslept.

But as Abi runs through the woods, following the same route she always does, she is greeted by a horrifying sight: Hannah’s body, swaying in the breeze.

Detective Rachel Hart is called to the scene. Something seems wrong from the start. Hannah’s friends and family insist that she had everything to live for, and no one has a bad word to say about her. But when murder is confirmed, and Rachel starts digging, she soon realises that there were plenty of people with reasons to want Hannah dead.

Then a second woman is found strangled in the same woods, and everything Rachel thought is thrown into doubt. Is there a serial killer at work?

Rachel is determined to find answers before another life is lost – all the time unaware that the killer’s sights are focussed firmly on her.

Can Rachel unravel the deadly game before she walks into a trap?

A breathtakingly twisty thriller for fans of Rachel Abbott, Cara Hunter and Angela Marsons.  

Today is my stop on the Why She Died blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I was really excited to read this after reading What He Did. This book is the third in the Detective Hart series but can easily be read as a standalone.

When two friends arrange to meet for their usual one of them can not have imagined the scene that awaits them. She finds her friend hanging from a tree, initially believing it a suicide it looks like a straight forward case but the team soon realised she was murdered.

This is a great addition to the series as the team investigate who could have possibly have murdered the young woman. The book is well plotted and the story flows well, interwoven with the story is Rachel’s complicated personal life.

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