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Deadly Secrets

Author – Gordon Bickerstaff.

I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. I studied biochemistry, and I’ve worked in several Scottish Universities where I did research on enzymes and taught biochemistry. After thirty years of teaching and research I retired my academic pen and took of a fiction pen.

I write medical-themed thrillers. Deadly Secrets was published in 2013, and was followed by Everything To Lose in 2014, The Black Fox in 2015, Toxic Minds in 2016, Tabula Rasa in 2017 and Tears of Fire in 2018. I live in central Scotland with my wife and we enjoy reading, writing, and walking in the hills.

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Pages – 328

The Blurb –

Conspiracy. Serial Killers. Thriller.

The truth will out…

Gavin’s life will be turned upside down. He joins a company to work on a product that will revolutionise the food industry. His initial gut instinct is to walk away until he discovers one of the company directors is the former love of his teenage life.

The financial implications are global and incredible. Powerful individuals and countries are prepared to kill as they compete to seize control of the company. Corruption at high levels, a deadly flaw in the product, and the stakes jump higher and higher.

Against overwhelming odds, Gavin must rescue his former love from the hands of an evil cult as they prepare her for a living nightmare.

Today is my stop on the Deadly Secrets blog tour.  Many thanks to @sarahhardy681 @BOTBSPublicity for the chance to read and review.


My thoughts – What a great read.  Although the book revolves around science it was still easy to read and understand.  I know nothing about science but the author explains everything in such a way that it just enhances the plot.

Gavin reunites with the love of his life as he takes on a new project.  Someone has hit on a ‘miracle’ fish that can be used in lots of food preparation and could ease the pressure on UK fishermen.  However the side effects have not been seen and as word of the fish spreads, more ruthless and organised groups want control of the discovery of it.  At any cost.

Corruption, bribery, blackmail, transplants and experiments, this book has it all. Highly recommended, and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

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February Round Up

Here is a round up of my February book reviews along with the links.

Walking In The Rain – The second book in the Drumbeats trilogy.

Revenge on the Rye – Another in the series featuring Beth Haldane.

Street Cat Blues – A lovely story told from the perspective of Aubrey the cat.

The Last Thing She Said – Three sisters try to find the truth.

Finding Jess – The last book of the Drumbeats trilogy.

Did I Mention I Was Getting Married – The follow up to Did I Mention I Won The Lottery?

You Can’t Buy Old Friends – The first in the great P.I series by Tom Trott.

The Talisman – The story follows Molly as she deals with a life changing event.

Karma Never Loses An Address – Follow up to Facing a Twisted Judgment

An Impossible Thing Called Love – Can a holiday romance survive?

The Four of Us – Four friends decide to call it quits, can they cope without each other?

The Ghostly Father – A reworking of Romeo and Juliet.

Consuming Fire – A thriller set in Liverpool.

The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health – A recipe book geared to help those who suffer with migraines.

Choose Your Parents Wisely – A girl goes missing, can the PI find her?

One Last Prayer For The Rays – A boy has gone missing, can the police find him in time?

It Never Goes Away – Last in the private detective series by Tom Trott.

Dark and Fluffy Volume II – A collection of short stories.

The OutCast Hours – A collection of dark short stories.

Clash of Empires – A tale of war between Rome and Greece.

That is 20 reviews for you to peruse at your leisure, I hope you find something that you enjoy.

Caroline x



Who’s Sorry Now

Author – Helene Fermont.

Born into a bilingual family (Swedish/ English) Hélene Fermont enjoyed an idylic childhood on the outskirts of Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city and major cultural hub. Growing up in the 1970s she had a brief musical career on Swedish TV and radio. Hélene lived in London for over 20 years but has recently returned to Sweden.

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Pages – 34

The Blurb –

Who’s Sorry Now? Is a collection of four crime and romance stories. 

It’s about love, betrayal and dreams. 

Do we really know the people we love?

Can love be rekindled?

Do dreams come true?

The truth always comes out in the end. 

I am reviewing this books thanks to @sarahhardy681 @BOTBSPublicity.

My thoughts – As  I have said before I love short stories. So I was really pleased to review this lovely little collection.  There are just four stories which are:

Full Circle -A story about a couple separated due to health concerns decide whether they can make a fresh start.

The Perfect Murder – Wealthy twins hate the same person, and individually decide to get rid of him, but someone beats them to it, but will they pay the price anyway?

Who’s Sorry Now – Madeline splits up from her long term partner due to his infidelity, he is desperate to get her back.

Katie’s Christmas Wish – Katie works at a printers that is threatened with closure, she should try finding another job.  However she is smitten with Charlie but he doesn’t even notice her.  Will the Christmas party change everything?

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Maybe Baby

Author – Carol Thomas.

Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.

Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.

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Publisher – Ruby Fiction

Pages – 220

The Blurb –

Just when you thought you had it all worked out …

 Best friends Lisa and Felicity think  – maybe, just maybe – they finally have everything sorted out in their lives.

Lisa is in a happy relationship with her old flame, and busy mum Felicity has managed to reignite the passion with her husband, Pete after a romantic getaway.

But when Lisa walks in on a half-naked woman in her boyfriend’s flat and Felicity is left reeling from a shocking discovery, it becomes clear that life is nothing but full of surprises …

Today is my stop on the Maybe Baby blog tour.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and review.

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My thoughts – This is the second book in the Lisa Blake series.  The first being The Purrfect Pet Sitter.  I hadn’t read the first book and this second one works perfectly well as a stand alone.

The book finds Lisa happy in a relationship with her childhood sweetheart and her best friend Felicity, running around after her children.  Lisa’s business, a pet sitter, is going from strength to strength.

However life is full of surprises as Lisa’s happiness is ruined by finding a woman in her boyfriend’s flat, not wearing a lot of clothes.  Worried that history is going to repeat itself, Lisa panics.

Meanwhile Felicity’s house is always busy, and now husband has invited his mother to stay, but could there be a bigger shock in store for her?

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Dyed Souls

Author – Gary Santorella.

Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.

Dyed Souls has won two awards:

Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards – Young Adult Fiction Category

Chill With a Book Readers Award.

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Publisher – Matador Books

Pages – 256

The Blurb –

Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment centre in 1980’s California.
Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp. More a work of philosophy than psychology, “For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”

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

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My thoughts – This is a hard read, but completely absorbing.  It is a brilliant book that it is brutal in its honesty about the world.

Charlie lives in a residential centre due to the fact that his drug addicted mother can’t or won’t cope with him.  Written in the first person, Charlie describes his life there, living with the other residents, who have their own demons.  His love for his grandparents and the effect that his grandfather has had upon his life.

Charlie is well read thanks to his father and has a book by Darwin, throughout he uses Darwin’s work to try and explain the life he is living and to use his philosophies to survive.

Dyed Souls is an excellent read that pulls no punches, and is definitely one of those books that stays with you.

Highly recommended.

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The Dark Game

Author – Jonathan Janz.

Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, which explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story” Since then Jonathan’s work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz’s Shadow Side. His novel Children of the Dark received a starred review in Booklist and was chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year (August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls was released to critical acclaim. Jonathan’s primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true.

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Publisher – Flame Tree Press

Pages – 304

The Blurb –

Ten writers are selected for a summer-long writing retreat with the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world. Their host is the legendary Roderick Wells. Handsome, enigmatic, and fiendishly talented, Wells promises to teach his pupils about writing, about magic, about the untapped potential that each of them possesses. Most of all, he plans to teach them about the darkness in their hearts. 

 The writers think they are signing up for a chance at riches and literary prestige. But they are really entering the twisted imagination of a deranged genius, a lethal contest pitting them against one another in a struggle for their sanity and their lives. They have entered into Roderick Wells’s most brilliant and horrible creation. 

Today is my stop on The Dark Game blog tour.  Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – Wow this book is just awesome.  An excellent read and is definitely one of the best books I have read this year.

A group of ten authors re invited to a retreat where one of them will be given a guaranteed book deal and instant fame as an accomplished author.  However each author brings secrets with them.  Things they would rather forget, so when their host, acclaimed author Roderick Wells, appears to know their inner most secrets, they panic. Slowly one by one the authors start disappearing, taking their secrets with them.

Creepy, gory and a fantastic book, that really is hard to put down.  Can’t wait to read other books he has written.

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The Nudge Man

Author – Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.

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Publisher – Gladius Press

Pages – 334

The Blurb –

A washed up reporter, an escaped convict, a sociopathic gangster. All are hunting The Nudge Man…

 “There’s only one of me. I’m not a hitman. I’m unique, one of a kind. I’m The Nudge Man.”

 Wheelchair bound, born again, ex-gangster, Eric Hennessey offers down on his luck reporter, Harrison Vaughan, a job. Find The Nudge Man, a mysterious vigilante who’s stolen most of Hennessey’s money, ill-gotten gains which now Hennessey wants to use to do God’s work. Trouble is, Harry has no desire to work for a sociopathic murderer, even if he is an apparently changed man.

 Harry is estranged from his family, he hasn’t seen or heard from them in over five years, since a fabricated scandal destroyed his career. Harry believes his wife walked out on him and took the children. However, Hennessey tells Vaughan it was The Nudge Man who set him up for the fall. Find The Nudge Man and Harry has the chance for redemption and maybe even his family back.

 However, Hennessey has another objective in mind. Unknown to Harry his family were taken into witness protection and had to cut ties with everyone after Harry’s son saw a murder – carried out by Eric Hennessey. But the witness protection programme was compromised and the Vaughans had to go off the grid, they couldn’t contact anybody. Hennessey has been looking for them ever since and now may have a way in – Harry himself.

 Harry’s search begins in prison, visiting violent criminal Pomfrey Lavender – apparently Lavender has information which will help. But Lavender is suffering various medical problems, including a psychological condition whereby he believes he’s already dead. Harry’s mention of The Nudge Man sends Lavender into a rage and he threatens to kill Harry should he pursue his objective. Harry is relieved Lavender is behind bars. Trouble is, two days later Lavender breaks out.

 And others are on the trail of The Nudge Man, including the British government and an American secret service agent. Then there’s the lawyer who offers Harry £1m. All Harry has to do is stay away from The Nudge Man…

 With more questions than answers and hapless guard dog, Bonzo at his side who’s bark is definitely worse than his bite, Harry begins his search.

 Can Harry find The Nudge Man and save his family? Or will Hennessey exact his revenge?

Today is my stop on The Nudge Man blog tour many thanks to @sarahhardy681 @BOTBSPublicity for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – What a great read.  Harry Vaughan is a character you really shouldn’t like but you do.  I loved his sense of humour even when faced with death.

A well thought out plot with some great characters, I really do hope we see Harry and Bonzo again.

Highly recommended.

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