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A Testament of Character

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Author – Sulari Gentill.

Sulari Gentill is the author of the award-winning and best-selling  Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, the Greek mythology adventure series The Hero Trilogy, and winner of the Best Crime award at the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards, Crossing the Lines. She set out to study astrophysics, graduated in law, and then abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. Born in Sri Lanka, Sulari learned to speak English in Zambia, grew up in Brisbane and now lives in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of NSW.

Sulari Gentill

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Publisher – The Crime and Mystery Club

Pages – 384

The Blurb –

A suspicious death… A missing person… A journey across America in search of answers

In fear for his life, American millionaire Daniel Cartwright changes his will, appointing his old friend Rowland Sinclair as his executor.

Soon murder proves that fear well founded.

When Rowland receives word of Cartwright’s death, he sets out immediately for Boston, Massachusetts, to bury his friend and honour his last wishes. He is met with the outrage and anguish of Cartwright’s family, who have been spurned in favour of a man they claim does not exist.

Artists and gangsters, movie stars and tycoons all gather to the fray as elite society closes in to protect its own, and family secrets haunt the living. Rowland Sinclair must confront a world in which insanity is relative, greed is understood, and love is dictated; where the only people he can truly trust are an artist, a poet and a passionate sculptress.

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

My thoughts – This book is part of the Rowland Sinclair series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

This book see Rowland being made the executor of his friend’s will. Daniel Cartwright is a millionaire who has recently changed his will. His family are all desperate to claim his fortune but find out out they have all been cut of the will. They are furious as they discover the fortune has been left to Otis Norcross.

Rowland has to follow the letter of the will so has to track down Otis but his mission is further complicated when it appears that Daniel was murdered.

This a beautifully written book and I shall definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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Buried Angels

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Author – Patricia Gibney.

Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!

In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.

Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.  

Patricia Gibney

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 451

The Blurb –

Bubbles of cold sweat trickled down Faye’s spine. The hole wasn’t empty. Before she could turn and run, she caught the two sightless eyes staring up at her. Only then did she scream.

When Faye Baker discovers a fragile child’s skull behind the walls of her new home, Detective Lottie Parker is called to investigate. The house has been owned for years by the family of Faye’s boyfriend Jeff, so when Jeff starts acting suspiciously, Lottie wonders what he might be hiding…

Lottie doesn’t have long to dig deeper before a child’s bones are found by eleven-year-old Gavin on nearby railway tracks. The bones don’t match the small skull behind the walls, but Lottie can’t ignore the coincidence. Someone out there must be missing their loved ones and it’s up to her to put right a terrible wrong.

Unable to shake a feeling of foreboding, Lottie goes to speak to Faye, and discovers that she hasn’t turned up for work. When Faye’s body is found stuffed in the back of her car, Lottie needs to find out who wanted her to keep quiet.

As Lottie hunts for Faye’s killer, the case takes a darker turn when Gavin goes missing. Faye and Gavin are connected only by the grisly body parts they discovered. But who are these little victims and why has their killer come back? Can Lottie find the answers before another precious life is taken?

This thrilling new novel from bestselling author Patricia Gibney will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. If you like Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll love Buried Angels.  

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

My thoughts – This is the eighth book in the Detective Lottie Parker series. Having read Broken Souls I was really looking forward to reading the next instalment.

Lottie finds herself facing another complex case when two boys, who are out playing, find a frozen torso. The body is evidence of a historical crime, with somebody deciding that know is the time to dispose of the body. Why?

A couple are renovating their house when they find a skull in the wall, obviously shocked they inform the police. Could it be related to the torso?

This is brilliant read due to the excellent writing by the author. The plotting of the story keeps you turning the pages as Lottie struggles to identify the victims, only then can she try and find a motive for their murders.

Highly recommended.

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Fair Means or Foul

Author – Keith Wright.

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Keith Wright is the Author of the crime novels in the ‘Inspector Stark series’ available on Amazon, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited|Audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Keith is re-mastering his murder/mystery novels, first published in the early 1990’s and set in the late 1980’s; introducing new characters and additional scenes and has decided to open them up to a new readership on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and Paperback available on Amazon.  It is remarkable how much life has changed in the last thirty years and the novels are now period pieces and an insight into what life (and death) was really like before mobile phones and the internet!

Keith was brought up on a council estate in a rough area of Nottingham and attended the local comprehensive school.  His father was an alcoholic and left when he was ten. His mother; Marie, brought him, and his four siblings up on her own, whilst balancing a full-time job.  His mother loved reading and he too became interested. His mother would usually be later home from work than school finishing time, so he would call into the local library on his walk home.  Whilst at the time this seemed inconvenient, (although it was a good place to get warm and dry in winter), it was, of course a blessing, as it enabled him to evolve his own love of books. 

 After being told by his careers officer at school that he had no chance whatsoever of getting into the police force, he decided to try himself, and wandered into the local police station at the age of fifteen to enquire what he must do.  By some fluke he managed to pass the entrance exam and interviews and he was accepted into the police force. He worked the area where he had grown up, and this meant that everyone knew him, and so he was trusted, and was able to understand what was going on in the area.  He also, occasionally had to arrest some of his old school friends for various crimes. It was always good to catch up with these mini- re-unions!

Keith spent 25 years in the police service retiring in 2005 as a Detective Sergeant.  He then began working for a global business, leading investigations and up until recently Headed the Serious and Corporate Investigations Team dealing with bribery and blackmail within the corporate world.

He still lives in Nottingham and is engaged to Jackie.  He has four wonderful children, twins, Chris and Andy, and Andy’s. fiancée Katie, who is an operatic singer. Chris and Andy are also writers and have done some amazing bodies of work.  His son, Harry is at university, doing a degree in Computer Science but has discovered a love of acting and has performed in various productions. ‘Follow your heart, son’. Then there is the lovely chatterbox, Lily, who is 9 years old and without knowing inspires Keith to keep on going.  There is a lot of creativity in the Wright family!

Keith has a great relationship with Jackie’s grown up children, Aron and his partner Ayla, Ashley and his wife, April, and Callum.  With all the family interaction it is a wonder any writing gets done at all!

Keith’s novels are set in the 1980’s and involve the investigations of DI Stark and his team of detectives in Nottingham CID.  It is no coincidence that the author was a Detective in Nottinghamshire CID in the 1980’s!

Keith ‘For his sins’ (obligatory comment) is a lifelong supporter of Nottingham Forest Football Club and played for the youth team with Steve Hodge, when Brian Clough was manager and League and European Champions.

His books, first published in the early 1990’s as contemporary fiction, achieved critical acclaim and his first novel One Oblique One was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Award for the best debut crime novel of the year in 1991.  This was the first year that the award was opened up to global competition and Keith was pipped to the award by the fabulous Walter Moseley’s ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’.

Keith was asked to contribute to a short story anthology for the Crime Writers Association called Perfectly Criminal published by Seven House, among such luminaries as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and HRF Keating.  He wrote ‘The Missing Link’ for inclusion in the book.He was also asked to contribute to a short story anthology called City of Crime published by Five Leaves Publications, alongside great authors, Alan Sillitoe, John Harvey and David Belbin.  Keith’s contribution was ‘From the Cradle’.

Keith Wright

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Pages – 287

The Blurb –

The man sitting at the wheel of the car was 100 yards from his moment of destiny. He was oblivious to it, of course. Murderers don’t necessarily realise they are killers until a few seconds before it happens. Murderers are sometimes just like you and me. He would never have dreamed that such a thing might happen. Ridiculous. If anyone had told him that today was the day he would turn into a killer, he would have looked at them quizzically; questioning their sanity; instead of questioning his own.
The murder investigation into the death of a young girl at Nottingham’s Goose Fair throws up several suspects, close to home and further away. The stream of inquiries spirals into a climax, and suddenly another young life hangs in the balance.
Detective Inspector Stark and his team prepare to do anything to stop further bloodshed. They are willing to use any means necessary, whether it be fair means or foul.
In his fourth crime thriller, critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright, once again regales the stark reality of murder, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area.  

My thoughts – I was looking forward to reading this after reading Addressed to Kill. Although this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone.

What is obvious from reading this book is the authenticity of the writing, the author has used his experience in the police force to pen a very good read.

In this book Stark is investigating the death of a young girl at a fair. I love a good who dunnit and I spent the whole book trying to solve the case along with Stark. A good mix of characters to get to know sprinkled throughout the book.

Highly recommended.

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An Implacable Woman

Author – KT Findlay.

K.T. Findlay lives on a small farm where he dovetails his writing with fighting the blackberry and convincing the quadbike that killing its rider isn’t a vital part of its job description.

KT Findlay

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Pages – 252

The Blurb –

If a tooth costs a tooth and an eye costs an eye

When a man hits his wife, then it’s his turn to die

Furious that the courts and police can’t prevent respected surgeon John Kirby from beating his wife, Sally Mellors steps in to save her. Permanently…

But Grace Kirby isn’t the only one who needs saving and Sally quickly discovers she’s taken on a much bigger job than she’d thought.

With her unique ability to blend justice with fun, Sally sets joyfully about the business of removing the monsters from women’s lives, but is she in danger of becoming a monster herself?

As her friends in the police get ever closer, Sally has some serious questions of her own to answer.

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Today is my stop on the An Implacable Woman blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I was really looking forward to reading this after reading the first book in the Sally Mellors series A Thoughtful Woman.

I love the themes of the Sally Mellors books, she is taking on the establishment, sick of people getting away with things, due to their sex, status or the bias of the legal system.

John Kirby is a well respected surgeon, but what people aren’t aware of is his treatment of his wife Grace. Sally becomes aware of the domestic abuse and enlists Selena her alter ego to meter out justice of her own.

A brilliant read and a really unique series of books.

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The Indian link is https://www.amazon.in/dp/B088HJJ6NW/

The Canadian link is https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B088HJJ6NW/ 

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The books of New Sherlock Holmes Stories ~ Books XIX, XX, and XXI

Authors – Various

Publisher – MX Publishing

The Blurb –

64 new, traditional Sherlock Holmes Stories making up the latest three volumes in the world’s largest collection of Sherlock Holmes Stories – XIX, XX and XXI.

In 2015, the first three volumes of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories arrived, containing over 60 stories in the true traditional Canonical manner, revisiting Holmes and Watson in those days where it is “always 1895” . . . or a few decades on either side of that. That was the largest collection of new Holmes stories ever assembled, and originally planned to be a one-time event. But readers wanted more, and the contributors had more stories from Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box, so the fun continued.

Now, with the release of Parts XIX, XX, and XXI, the series has grown to over 450 new Holmes adventures by nearly 200 contributors from around the world. Since the beginning, all contributor royalties go to the Stepping Stones School for special needs children at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes, and to date the project has raised nearly $60,000 for the school.

As has become the tradition, this new collection of 64 adventures features Holmes and Watson carrying out their masterful investigations from the early days of their friendship in Baker Street to the post-War years during Holmes’s retirement. Along the way they are involved in some fascinating mysteries – some relating Untold Cases, others sequels to Canonical adventures, and a number progressing along completely unexpected lines.

Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”

Featuring – Roger Riccard, Matthew White, Kevin P. Thornton, Chris Chan, Nick Cardillo, MJH Simmonds, Craig Stephen Copland, Will Murray, Ian Ableson, Thomas A. Turley, David Marcum, Dick Gillman, David Friend, Arthur Hall, Brenda Seabrooke, James Moffett, Robert Stapleton, Andrew Bryant, Will Murray, Andrew Bryant, Peter Coe Verbica, Sean M. Wright, and Tim Gambrell, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by John Lescroart, Roger Johnson, Lizzy Butler, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum

Today is my stop on the Sherlock Holmes blog tour. Many thanks to Caroline Vincent for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes whether it be the books, television adaptations or film versions. So I was excited to be able to review this series of books. I have chosen to read the first three books in Part XIX (1882 – 1890).

The books starts with an editor’s foreword by David Marcum and a foreword by John Lescroart. Also it contains information about the Stepping Stones School, situated in one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s old houses. MX Publishing have raised over $60,000 for this school that helps children with learning disabilities.

The stories are:

A Case of Paternity by Matthew White

A man is desperate to find out who his father is after his mother dies. For all his life, his mother and uncle would not divulge the identity of the man. After being hired, Holmes and Watson travel to Birmingham to try and uncover the truth. After some brilliant deducing by Holmes, a sad story is unveiled.

The Raspberry Tart.

A man is desperate for Holmes to stop his son fraternising with an up and coming actress. Historically being an actress was seen as being as a less than savoury career. This isn’t the case Sherlock usually takes but he has discovered something about the man he wishes to investigate. Watson makes the acquaintance in the young actress and realises that the girl is charming and she as a doctor she introduces him to her sick mother. Watson is keen to help the mother while Sherlock discovers a family secret that changes everything.

The Mystery of the Elusive Bard

A publisher wishes to find a prolific poet to give him an award, but whenever he makes contact he is met with silence. He travels to the poet’s home village but again can not find him. The town has been reborn through the success of the poet’s work, but no trace of him can be found. Where is the poet? The publisher enlists Holmes and Watson to find him so he can claim his award, but when the pair visit the village they find an interesting reason as to why the man shuns publicity.

Purchase Links –

The MX Book for New Sherlock Holmes Stories XIX
The MX Book for New Sherlock Holmes Stories XX
The MX Book for New Sherlock Holmes Stories XXI

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Lies

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Author – Rob Ashman.

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy was the result. 

Rob published Those That RemainIn Your Name and Pay the Penance with Bloodhound Books and has since written the DI Rosalind Kray series. These are Faceless, This Little Piggy, Suspended Retribution and Jaded which are also published by Bloodhound.

His latest work sees the introduction of a new set of characters – DS Khenan Malice and DC Kelly Pietersen. The first book in the series is titled Killing Pretties and the second is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Lies. Both books will be published this year.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob Ashman

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Pages – 289

The Blurb –

Twinkle twinkle, little lies,

How I see them in your eyes …

DS Khenan Malice believes his troubles are behind him. But it’s never that simple. This time … it’s personal. 

Detective Kelly Pietersen has decided anti-corruption is not for her. But her previous life hunts her down, sending her world spiralling out of control.

Twinkle is a pillar of the community and an ambassador for the church. She is also a woman for whom lying is a way of life, wrapping those around her in a complex web of deceit. To her it’s a deadly game.

Their paths cross when a decomposed body is discovered.

The past and the present collide with shattering consequences, leaving the three of them fighting for survival.  

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

My thoughts – I was really looking forward to reading this book after reading Killing Pretties.

This is book two in the DS Malice series, which sees him looking into a cold case. A dead body has been found after being buried for ten years. As Pieterson, his partner, and him investigate they find themselves encountering Twinkle. Twinkle works in the community and has a disabled husband. However as the book title infers, Twinkle is not all that she appears.

Another gripping instalment in this series, excellent writing by the author.

Highly recommended.

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Little Whispers

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Author – K. L Slater

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

KL Slater

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 259

The Blurb –

You shared a secret with the wrong person.

Janey Markham is thrilled to be moving with her family to Buckingham Crescent, the smartest address in a desirable suburban town.

Worried she’ll be excluded by the glossy local mothers, Janey is thrilled when she meets Tanya, the kind of woman she has always looked up to. Tanya takes Janey under her wing, and her teenage daughter Angel is amazing with Janey’s little boy. As Janey and Tanya grow closer, Janey feels she can finally leave her troubled past behind.

But then everything changes…

In a weak moment over a bottle of wine, Janey finds herself telling Tanya her most shocking secret. Why wouldn’t she trust her new friend?

The following day, Janey sees Angel, with a man old enough to be her father, pushing someone into a car. The next day a body is found and police appeal for witnesses – and share a picture of the same car…

When Janey tells Tanya she is going to the police, Tanya turns threatening. She’ll stop at nothing to defend Angel, even if her daughter is guilty. If Janey says anything, Tanya will make sure that her dark secret gets out.

Janey faces an impossible choice. Stay quiet about what she saw that terrible day. Or speak up, and destroy the family she has worked so hard to protect…

From million-copy bestseller K.L. Slater comes this twisty and absolutely unputdownable roller-coaster ride of a read. Fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will be totally hooked on Little Whispers.  

Today is my stop on the Little Whispers blog tour. May thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is a great read. The author does a good job of planting the seeds of doubt in your mind as you read, you know something is very wrong.

The book follows Janey who fears her marriage is getting stale, her husband works too much and she craves more family time. So when her husband gets a promotion, with a house move she views it as a new start.

Their new house is miles away and their son has to start a new school, Janey knows nobody. Added to this her husband is still working long hours, nothing seems to have changed.

Initially she is shunned by the elite mums at the school gate but when she does one of them a favour she is taken into their world. Soon she is enjoying her social life, however she has a dark secret that she has been struggling with, surely her new friend can be trusted with it?

Janey soon realises she has made a big mistake, and her life will never be the same.

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