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Sherlock Holmes & The Singular Affair

Author – M.K. Wiseman.

M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

MK Wiseman

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Pages – 200

The Blurb –

Before Baker Street, there was Montague.

Before partnership with a former army doctor recently returned from Afghanistan, Sherlock Holmes had but the quiet company of his own great intellect. Solitary he might be but, living as he did for the thrill of the chase, it was enough.

For a little while, at the least, it was enough. 

That is, until a client arrives at his door with a desperate plea and an invitation into a world of societal scandal and stage door dandies. Thrust deep in an all-consuming role and charged with the safe-keeping of another, Holmes must own to his limits or risk danger to others besides himself in this the case of the aluminium crutch.

My thoughts –

This is a prequel to the Sherlock Holmes stories that we all know, before he has his escapades documented by Dr John Watson.

Writing a case using such a well known character can be a tough ask but the author obviously is extremely knowledgeable on the subject. There are a lot of subtle references to throughout this case.

This test of his deducing skills sees him looking for a missing man eve though everyone is convinced he isn’t! However one person is sure an imposter has taken the place of her friend.

A thoroughly enjoyable read that is a credit to Holmes stories.

Purchase Links –

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09DXQVT56/ 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DXQVT56/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sherlock-holmes-the-singular-affair-m-k-wiseman/1140115651?ean=9781734464146
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Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/sherlock-holmes-amp-the-singular-affair/id1583511548

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Tamworth LitFest 2021 – Crime Night

Tonight sees the very popular crime night, this year being hosted virtually. There is a great line up of authors ready to talk about their works and the art of writing crime fiction.

As you can see there is a great line up of authors –

Madeleine Black –

Madeleine Black has an unusual personal story which she uses to inspire and motivate others.  She chose to forgive the two men who gang raped her at thirteen years old and she shares her story for many reasons.

She wants to end the shame, stigma and silence surrounding sexual violence enabling others to find their voice, whatever their story is.  She wants people to know that it’s not what happens to us that is important but what we do with it.  She will show how changing her mindset tapped into her resilience and transformed her life, making people question their own thinking and encouraging them to see that there are always choices to make, and if we choose to, we can get past anything that happens to us in life both professionally and in our personal life.  She wants to encourage others to live their life courageously too; but ultimately she wants to inspire hope and show people that we are all so much stronger than we think we are.

The sharing of her story publicly on The Forgiveness Project’s website in September 2014, opened many doors for Madeleine in ways she never imagined, and the invitations started to pour in.  Many women and men got in contact and explained how reading her story gave them strength, hope, and a different perspective of what’s possible in their lives.  She has taken part in both TV and radio interviews and has been invited to share her story of being gang raped as a teenager at conferences, book events, schools etc.  She recognises that she was a victim of a crime that left her silent for many years but has now found her voice and intends to use it.  Not just for her, but for so many who can’t find theirs yet.

In March 2018 she won the Amazing Strength award at the No. 1 Magazine Amazing Women Awards and in October of the same year was asked to be the Patron for Say Women, a Scottish organisation which offers safe accommodation and support to young women who are survivors of sexual abuse/rape and who are homeless.  She is one of 50 Thrivers taking part in research by The Global Resilience Project to develop a resilience blueprint for others.  She is a TEDx speaker, a story teller for The Forgiveness Project and has recently become involved with their programme RESTORE, sharing her story in prisons.  In June 2020, she was asked to be Patron for Justice Is Now, an organistaion that campaigns to end the use of rape myths and victim blaming in the criminal justice system. In November 2020 she started her own podcast show called “Unbroken The Podcast with Madeleine Black”  And in December 2020 she was asked to be an Ambassor for Freedom From Abuse.

Her memoir, Unbroken, was published on April 4th 2017.

Madeleine Black

Purchase Links – Unbroken

Rachel Mclean –

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean? In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you updates about my writing, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

Judi Daykin –

I was born in Wakefield and grew up in the village of Ackworth during the 1960s and 70s. From my bedroom window, I looked out to the Pennine Hills, which rose brooding and glowering in the distance. I loved to walk there, whenever my dad would take us out for an afternoon in the car. There is a sense of freedom for me when I am out in the countryside that I find it hard to live without. Lucky enough to attend Wakefield Girls’ High School, I would study in the library, always choosing a seat as close as possible to the Barbara Hepworth sculptures on display there.

Yorkshire seemed to be a place full of kindness and generosity, despite the unrest and de-industrialisation going on around us. To this day, strong memories persist of changing times. Dirty buildings slowly being power-washed clean, factories and mines closing, to be replaced by tech jobs and cultural rejuvenation. Most of all, my mind sometimes focuses on living in Leeds during the reign of the Yorkshire Ripper and later visiting my parents with young children during the bitterness of the miner’s strike. All this left an indelible mark on my imagination that comes out in the gothic, darker side of my writing. 

From an early age, I was attracted to performing, not least when my mother enrolled me into a children’s dance school at the age of three. By the age of twelve, I was determined to become an actor. Unfortunately, that ambition was derailed by love! A move to Norfolk in 1981, followed by the advent of a family made sure that I was amply occupied. I began to write when my children were small. Afternoon naps were a much encouraged tiny window in which I tried to write short stories and articles, which occasionally got published. 

Ever a later starter, I joined the magnificent Open University in my late twenties. After seven long years, partitioning my day between working full-time, two children and study, I finally managed to get my degree in History and Art History. The day that truly changed my life was my graduation ceremony at Ely Cathedral. As the Chancellor shook my hand and gave me my certificate, he said ‘I hope that this experience will have changed your life for the better.’ As I walked down the side aisle to find my seat again, I realised that it hadn’t done that. But if I could achieve this against such difficult odds, surely I could go further.

A year later, I left my job in computing and went to London to train as a professional actor, twenty years after I had originally dreamed of doing so. It’s never too late!! Since then, I’ve been proud to call myself a working actor. For two decades, I’ve been maintaining a portfolio career that spans acting, medical roleplay, promoting, directing and running my own theatre company, Broad Horizons. My husband also works in the theatre, so there’s never a dull moment in our household. 

We moved out of Norwich to a cottage in a small village in North Norfolk in the late 1990s, and I love the beautiful, vast skies and watery landscapes that surround us. It feels wonderfully remote, even though the nearest town is only a few miles away. I can’t imagine living anywhere better than this.

There was one final ambition which I had yet to fulfil. Thankfully, the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich runs one of the most prestigious creative writing programmes in the country. I was very grateful that they invited me onto their MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) in 2017. I graduated from the course in 2019, and my debut novel was shortlisted for the Little, Brown UEA writer’s prize that autumn. 

That novel was “Under Violent Skies”. It was published in September 2020 by one of the UK’s leading indie publishers, Joffe Books. I so proud to be invited to join Jasper and his team, their support and care over my novels is a true joy. “Into Deadly Storms” is Sara’s second outing, and I know that both Sara and myself could not be in better hands. 

Graham Bartlett –

I am an author and crime and police procedural advisor to fiction and TV writers. The 2015 Crime Writer’s Association Diamond Dagger Award winner, Peter James and I have published a non fiction Sunday Times best selling book “Death Comes Knocking” through Pan Macmillan, on sale now. It is an account of what it is like to police one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan cities, Brighton and Hove. With real stories, drawn from my 30 year career we link the events, incidents and investigations I describe into the fictional world created by Peter in his Roy Grace novels.

I have been a principle procedural advisor to Peter since I retired from the police. I advise him on plots and provide detailed guidance and feedback throughout the drafting stages of his novels, the last eleven of which are number one best sellers. I work with a number of other crime authors in the same way.

I am currently supporting a TV writer who is developing a police drama. She requires guidance covering not only the operational aspects of policing but the wider community, political and organisational pressures that affect modern policing. My experience puts me in the perfect position to guide the writer and producers while recognising that ‘the story is king’ therefore helping them to achieve exhilarating narratives underpinned by authenticity.

Graham Bartlett

Tom Bryson –

Please look in on my website/blog http://www.tombrysonwriter.wordpress.com

While I now live in the West Midlands of England in the attractive village of Kinver and write novels, I was born and grew up in Northern Ireland, in the historic city of Derry – Londonderry aptly coined ‘Stroke City’. ‘So – where do you come from, Tom?’ I hear you ask…

Novel writing and developing an e-book/print book publishing venture is proving quite a challenge. Only myself to blame for that though – but I just love it!

In the past, my short stories have been published in anthologies with some radio broadcasts and one-act plays professionally directed and performed in West Midlands theatre/arts venues. My books written so far are:

DCI MATT PROCTOR CRIME SERIES
My published novels are cop DCI Matt Proctor crime series ‘TOO SMART TO DIE’ (about ‘cyber-world’ killers who cross the line) and ‘IN IT FOR THE MONEY’ (where Proctor’s murder investigations take him into the deadly world of sport’s match and spot-fixing gambling syndicates). The latest in the cop series is ‘NO WAY OUT’ in which Proctor is in peril hunting a secretive cult in the heart of Birmingham – in modern day ‘Peaky Blinders’ country.

THRILLERS
‘SARCOPHAGUS’ is a stand-alone political thriller set in Ukraine and England. I have also published a photo illustrated WW1 novella ‘THE ZEPPELIN OF KINVER EDGE’. ‘DEATH BY PROXY’ is a suspense thriller set in the medical world and ‘LOVING JEANIE’ is a ‘coming of age novel set in Ireland. A second Ireland setting novel is ‘BLOOD RED RABBIT’, A ‘post Troubles’ story’ of trauma and relationships.

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Tamworth Litfest 2021 – Storytown

This week sees Tamworth Litfest being held again, only this time virtually. The organisers have worked hard to ensure this event happens despite the current conditions.

Monday’s event sees Storytown – this will be a night of story telling. Numerous contributors will be reading their work for you to enjoy.

Sit back in the comfort of your own home and listen to fabulous storytellers and authors from Tamworth and beyond.

For more information on Tamworth Litfest –

Twitter – (@TamworthLitFest) / Twitter

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Author – Michelle Deerwester- Dalrymple

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Pages – 243

The Blurb –

A fierce Highland warrior, loyal to his king. His beautiful English captive. He has promised her protection, but will he have to risk his own life to do so?

John Sinclair, faithful warrior for Robert the Bruce, makes a fateful wager with his brother: whoever wins Aislynn’s affections will wed her. Only Aislynn de Valence, niece to the English King, is a captive of the Bruce, sent to the Highlands as a prisoner and for her own protection. The last thing she wants it to wed her enemy.

To win the wager and the woman, John woos Aislynn with his whole heart.
But the Highlands are unstable. And no one in the Highlands is ready to welcome an Englishwoman into their midst.

When Aislynn learns that she was nothing more than a prize in a wager, she decides she’s had enough of Scotland and its Highlanders.  Can John convince Aislynn of his true intentions and protect her when she needs him the most?

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Torn

Author – Karen Moore.

Karen Moore is passionate about all things noir – crime, mystery, thrillers – and writes in that genre.

She has been writing all her life, mostly for work purposes, and is now delighted to be able to spend more time developing her own creative work.

Her debut novel, Torn,is a dark tale of intrigue and betrayal set in Sicily and North Wales. She is currently working on the sequel.

Karen worked as a tour guide across Europe, North America and Canada, followed by a career in PR and marketing. She has lived in France and Italy and is now based in Cheshire, England.

Karen Moore

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Publisher – Darkstroke Books

Pages – 267

The Blurb –

Torn is a contemporary gritty thriller set in Sicily and North Wales, a story of intrigue and betrayal.

Like any mother, Hanna would do anything to protect her small daughter, Eva.

When she discovers that her husband, Luciano, is not all he seems and their blissful life on the island of Sicily is threatened, she wastes no time in seeking refuge abroad. But just as they are settling into their new life in North Wales, Eva disappears.

In a race against time, Hanna is forced to return to Sicily and face the dark world of organised crime in a bid to secure her daughter’s safe return. She must also confront the truth about Luciano’s business dealings and their horrific consequences.

But will Hanna succeed in getting Eva back and bring Luciano to justice?

Purchase Links –

UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07XCS3CR6

USA: https://www.amazon.com/Torn-Karen-Moore-ebook/dp/B07XCS3CR6

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Lady in Red

Author – Tessa Buckley.

After a career in architecture and design, I started writing when my daughter told me that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read in the local library. My Eye Spy series  for middle grade readers are fast-paced mystery stories, designed to encourage reluctant readers to discover the joy of getting immersed in  a good book. I also write books on nutrition and articles on family history.

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Website – https://tessabuckleyauthor.com

Publisher – Matador

The Blurb –

Lady in Red is the third book in the Eye Spy series of mystery stories for middle grade readers, and a Red Ribbon winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019.

School’s out for the summer, and Eye Spy Investigations have a new case – looking for Lady in Red, a lost masterpiece by Victorian painter, Gabriel Pascoe.

The clock is ticking for Alex and Donna, because the artist’s house, Acacia Villa, where their friend Jake lives, is due to be demolished, and vital clues may be destroyed. And Alex has an additional problem: he is terrified of snakes, and Jake has a pet snake called Queenie…

As the twins pursue their enquiries, they come up against the man who wants to demolish Acacia Villa. But Mr Mortimer is the godfather of their baby half-sister, Sophie, and criticising him will make them very unpopular. Then Queenie goes missing, setting in motion a disastrous train of events that will turn the search for Lady in Red into the twins’ most dangerous case yet.

Purchase Link – Lady in Red

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Angel & Shadows Series

Author – Christopher Savage.

I began writing seriously in 2012 after being inspired by books and films that portray powerful women in action-adventure roles as there are so few. If you liked:

‘Codename Villanelle’ (Killing Eve) by Luke Jennings
‘Red Sparrow’ by Jason Matthews
‘Atomic Blonde’ by Antony Johnson
‘The Long Kiss Goodnight’ by Randall Boyll
‘Lucy’ by Luc Besson

Then you will enjoy my novels in the ‘Angels & Shadows’ series.

The Blurb –

The first book, ‘Angels & Shadows’, sets the scene in this fast-paced romantic thriller with supernatural undertones. Although violent at times, it maintains an innocence as sister and brother, Elizabeth and Ben need to join together and dig deep in a seemingly impossible time-travelling quest to bring back their lost parents.

The second, ‘Forsaken’, grows up quickly and is far from innocent. Ava Kaplinski, a Russian prima ballerina, is groomed to be a spy from childhood. She is abducted in her twenties and radicalised in the Madrassas of Pakistan to be a ruthless spy and assassin. This book pushes boundaries to their extremes. You May Love Ava or hate her, but you will never forget her!

The third, ‘Scorned’, finds international financier, Gina Mèdici, caught up in the Illuminati’s satanic quest to create a New World Order; a desperate fight ensues as Gina goes to impossible lengths to protect her family and avert Armageddon.

The fourth, ‘The Assassin’, takes Ava Kaplinski on a reckless mission to bring down the rising Satanic Orders. She gives up everything to protect her family, including her humanity. The stakes are high as she stands to lose all…

These books can stand alone but together, they make an epic adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat in fear of the outcome. Read the customer reviews on Amazon to see what I mean!”

Purchase Links – Angels & Shadows

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Haven Wakes

Author – Fi Phillips.

For many years Fi Phillips worked in an office environment until the arrival of her two children sent her hurtling down a new, bumpy, creative path. She finds that getting the words down on paper is the best way to keep the creative muse out of her shower.

Fi lives in the wilds of North Wales with her family and a pooch called Bailey, earning a living as a fantasy novelist and real life copywriter. Writing about magical possibilities is her passion.

Fi Phillips

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Publisher – Burning Chair

Pages – 310

The Blurb –

The year is 2110. Everyone has their own robot, and magical worlds are just behind the next door…

Steve Haven always thought he was just another ordinary twelve-year-old boy. Well, as ordinary as he can be given he’s the nephew of Rex Haven, founder of the Haven Robotics Corporation.

But when Rex dies in mysterious circumstances and Steve is given a strange artefact known only as the Reactor, he finds out that the world he thought he knew is a lot stranger and more threatening than he ever imagined.

On the run from a group of dangerous villains, Steve finds himself plunged into a hidden and dangerous magical world. With his parents missing and no one in the normal world he can trust, Steve must join with his new-found magical friends to discover the truth about the Reactor and his uncle’s death.

Haven Wakes is the debut novel by Fi Phillips and the first in The Haven Chronicles, an exciting and enthralling journey through new worlds, both futuristic and magical.

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I Meant It for Good

Author – Mary Rechkemmer Meyer.

Mary Rechkemmer Meyer

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Publisher – Stonebrook Publishing

Pages – 100

The Blurb –

Life is full of twists and turns, and most people do their best to simply survive. But not Mary Rechkemmer-Meyer. Why survive when you can thrive? Suddenly a single parent, Mary lifted herself up and created the life she wanted for herself—a life of financial, personal, and spiritual success—despite the many obstacles she overcame along her journey that included a devastating cancer diagnosis.

I Meant It for GoodA Memoir of Dreaming, Visualizing, and Becoming My Authentic Self shows you how to plan, dream, and visualize yourself into the life you want.  Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens through you, and this book shows you how.

Purchase Links – I Meant It for Good

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A Good Demon is Hard to Find

Author – Kate Moseman.

Kate Moseman is a writer, photographer, and recipe developer who lives in Florida with her family and enjoys going to theme parks as frequently as possible. Her debut novel, Roller Coaster Romance, demonstrates that love is the wildest ride of all.

Kate Moseman

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The Blurb –

Sometimes, a date from hell is just what you need…

When Erin thoughtlessly lays a curse on Mark, her cheating ex-husband, she doesn’t expect a well-dressed Great Earl of Hell to show up in her kitchen to fulfill the curse (and make damn good coffee while he’s at it).

Andromalius specializes in wickedness and revenge. He’s ready, willing, and able to rain down hell on Erin’s ex—but when Mark announces a hasty new marriage, Erin needs more than just revenge.

She needs a date to the wedding.  

Purchase Links – A Good Demon is Hard to Find