A Series in the Spotlight ~ Blog Tour ~ Death in The Woods by Bernie Steadman.

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Death In The Woods:

Meet Detective Inspector Dan Hellier, a man who needs to redeem his career and catch a killer.

Soon after DI Hellier returns home to Exeter under a cloud, the body of a talented young singer is found in the woods.

When her death reveals links to the boss of a recording studio, a predatory gang and a school music teacher, Hellier knows he has his work cut out.

Before any more innocent people are put in danger, Hellier will need to untangle the web of lies and work out which of many suspects are guilty of murder. But can he solve the case in time?

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Today I’m delighted to feature a book series from the fabulous Bloodhound Books, who consistently publish top quality crime drama.

Both books revolve around DI Hellier and are set in a stunning part of Great Britain, the West Country.

Why not take a look at this series of you love a good quality read, that includes exciting drama and great characterisation.

You can purchase this Death in the Woods from Amazon.

The other book in the series is Death on Dartmoor

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Life is good for DI Dan Hellier until the discovery of two headless, handless bodies buried in a bog on Dartmoor. But how can he identify the victims when nobody has reported them missing?

The tension mounts when the death of a young man plunges Hellier into the murky world of the Garrett family. Could the peaceful, family-run Animal Rescue Centre really be a cover for murder and other criminal activity?

Hellier is about to learn just how far people will go to get what they want.

And this investigation will challenge Hellier’s decisions as he races to catch another murderer before it’s too late.

Death on Dartmoor can be purchased from Amazon.

While both books in the series can purchased together from Amazon

A little bit about the author. 

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Bernie taught English for many years but only dabbled in short fiction and poetry until a few years ago when she took to writing full-time.  She completed her debut novel, Death in the Woods when she escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays. This was the first in the West Country Mysteries series featuring DI Dan Hellier and his Exeter-based team. There are now three in the series, Death on Dartmoor and Death on the Coast completing the series.

Bernie lives in a small village in East Devon and her novels are set in and around the ancient Roman city of Exeter, which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries. The books explore the beauty of the area, but demonstrate that even in the most charming of settings, terrible events may occur.

When not glued to the laptop, Bernie is a keen yoga fan and enjoys walking and cycling in the Devon countryside with her husband. They share their home with two large, black cats which came from the animal sanctuary where she is a volunteer and trustee.

You can follow Bernie Steadman on Facebook and her webpage.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Stripey End by Natasha Lea.

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‘Believe in yourself, for you are unique!’

In this ever-changing world our children are bombarded with ‘image’ driven ideals of what is accepted as normal, or what we should aspire to be.

The reality is we are all unique and should be proud of it.

Stripey Enid has no colour or creed, she is just a friend. Using simple verse and interactive tasks, she aims to help your child understand that it is good to be unique, and that being yourself is all you need to be.

Although simple in presentation, it is a little gem of a book, with a special and important message for it’s readers.

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I would like to thank author Natasha Lea and publisher Beercott Books for the ARC in return for an honest review.

In an age when children’s publishers are producing visually stunning books,  Stripey Enid with it’s simple cover might be passed by when choosing a book and that would be a shame.

Although simple in presentation, it is a little gem of a book, with a special message for it’s readers.  That each child is unique! Reading it will encourage them to understand that it’s okay to be different. It’s what I most loved about Stripey Enid, this powerful, but simple message.

The other thing I adored is that it encourages the reader to interact with the story as they read.  There is a page they can attach a picture of themselves to compare with Enid, to show difference is positive.  There is also a page where they can list their good points, encouraging them to look at the things they most like about themselves. Maybe doing this with a parent, who could reinforce the things that make their child second to none.

Stripey Enid is not really about Enid, but each individual reader. For each the story will be different. As they take the journey with this wonderful character, it is their story they are recording as they read.

Without doubt this book is a wonderful, simple and empowering read for young reader’s and their parents.

You can purchase Stripey End from Amazon.

About the author

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It was over 10 years ago, during a marketing exercise to promote a new theatre company whilst studying Performing Arts, that the idea of Stripey Enid came to Natasha.

Even back then, Stripey was seen to be different, something to challenge the norm, ask questions of people.

The idea of writing a book was never the intention but a natural progression on from the poems Natasha used to create for friends and family for birthdays & special occasions.

At the time Natasha was also working with a local Brownie pack and it was this interaction that made her realise that she was an adult in these children’s lives that wasn’t a parent or a teacher but a friend, a unique friendship that benefitted both parties.

Stripey came into being by the pure belief that Natasha had about peer pressure & social demands creating barriers between people, stopping people from seeing others as they truly are.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ A Dead American in Paris by Seth Lynch.

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Paris. 1931.

Arty Homebrook lived and died in a world of sleaze which stretched from Chicago to Paris but never beyond the gutter.

He’d been sleeping with Madame Fulton, which is why Harry Fulton promised to kill him. So far as the Paris Police are concerned it’s an open and shut case. Harry’s father has other ideas and hires Salazar to investigate.

As Salazar gets to grips with the case he’s dragged reluctantly into an unpleasant underworld of infidelity, blackmail, backstreet abortions and murder.

Salazar is far too inquisitive to walk away and far too stubborn to know what’s for the best. So he wakes up each hungover morning, blinks into the sunlight, and presses on until it’s his life on the line. Then he presses on some more, just for the hell of it.

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Many thanks to the author, Fahrenheit Press and blog tour organiser Emma Welton for the ARC in return for an honest review.

I admit, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy A Dead American in Paris, after I was a few pages in! But it’s rare for me to give up on a book and I’m so glad I didnt. The story matures into a first class narrative, with elements of classic noir and feels almost like a Humphrey Bogard film, in the way it is peppered with an anti hero of sorts, a female fatal and a host of villains.

The story brings inter war Paris to life, you can almost sense the despair of those who fought in WW1 from the descriptions of Salazar’s nightmares and also the heady reckless that filled the air after so much loss and despair.  In one section he brings the city to life by describing “the screech of a train as it tore across a viaduct, these were the city’s lullabies..”. We are submerged in the seedy elements of Parisian life as the facade of polite society is is ripped away. The descriptions and story and both excellent and full of atmosphere, so much so I felt myself lost in Salazar’s investigation into Arty Homebrook’s murder.

I loved all the characters, from the flawed Salazar himself to Megan and Belmont. Even the support characters are supberb. Fem Fatal Madame Fulton,  ouzes sexual attraction and  painful need.

I read this book as a standalone, not having read book one in the series and loved it. I am sure existing fans  will enjoy it every bit as much.

It is a highly enjoyable read and I hope there are more on the way.

You can buy A Dead American in Paris directly from Fahrenheit Press and Amazon.

About the author.

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Born and brought up in the West of England, Seth has also lived in Carcassonne, Zurich and the Isle of Man.

With two daughters, his writing time is the period spent in cafés as the girls do gym, dance and drama lessons.

You can follow the author on Twitter and Facebook.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ The Old You by Louise Voss.

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Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.
But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

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I would like to thank Louise Voss, Orenda Books and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC in return for an honest review.

I found The Old You to be such a rich and rewarding read. The story was fascinating and I couldn’t wait to get back to it,  if forced to take a break for work. The story matures as it progresses and yet doesn’t rest on it’s laurels. It frequently had me questioning my assumptions about where the story was heading.  Just as Lynn questions the foundations her marriage is resting on, I had to constantly reassess my feelings  towards characters I thought I knew.  There are plenty of twists and turns, and each one managed to ratchet up the tension a little bit more.  So that by the end  you feel a little punch drunk. It is chilling as well, leaving me thinking I really need to check my doors and windows are locked.

The characters are excellent. Lyn is multi layered and very likeable.  Very much a strong and determined women.  I admired the way Louise Voss gave her a back story that showed she was not your standard wife come housewife.  I found myself loving her secrets as much as her present, which is  drip fed to us and unravels as the novel progresses. Ed is a chameleon like, in that your never sure if what your seeing at any point in the novel is the real him.

The Old You is yet another superb read from Orenda books.

You can purchase The Old You from Amazon

About the author. 

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Louise Voss has been writing for the past eighteen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards.

She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins; then two books in the DI Lennon series, From the Cradle and The Blissfully Dead (Thomas & Mercer).

Her first solo thriller was The Venus Trap in 2015 and her second, a twisty tale of domestic noir, is out in May 2018: The Old You, published by @OrendaBooks.

You can follow the author on Twitter and her website.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Faceless by Rob Ashman.

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After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.

This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.

While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.

Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.

Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?

The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…

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Firstly I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and the blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC in return for an honest review.
The most important thing in any novel about a serial killer has to be the murderer themselves! I want to be repulsed, yet at the same time fascinated and absolutely freaked out! I’m glad to say that Rob Ashman managed to achieve all three. The actions of the killer in Faceless are twisted and evil. I know it seems a weird thing to say, but he is the perfect psychopath. In that he acts on his own primitive desires, which appear rational and normal to him, yet are twisted to such a level, that any rational mind would struggle to comprehend them. For me Rob Ashman provides the perfect counter balance in the character of Rosalind, who though painfully damaged by past events has a core of goodness at her centre of her being. m
The story itself is exciting and addictive in the way a good thriller should be. I loved the way we are tricked into thinking the story is going down a certain path and then in veers off down an altogether different one. I was wrong footed about the killer’s motives and surprised about the connections that linked the different segments of the story. It had me turning the pages eager to find out who won this game of cat and mouse, killer or policewomen and that is surely a mark of a really enjoyable read? story
Having enjoyed Faceless, I would recommend this to existing Rob Ashman fans and anyone else looking for a great thriller.

You can purchase Faceless from Amazon

About the author

 

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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 is the result.

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 published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

The author can be followed on TwitterFacebook and his website.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Carpenter Road by N M Brown.

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When a young woman swaps coats with a prostitute then vanishes, it marks the start of a mystifying case for Leighton Jones.
After traffic officer Leighton is called to an altercation in a used car lot he is confronted by a prostitute rambling on about a girl who stole her coat. He thinks nothing off it. That is until the body of a Jane Doe shows up, matching the prostitute’s description.
What is the link between the fight in the car lot and the dead woman?
Leighton proceeds to gather evidence, which he attempts to pass onto the lead Homicide detective, Slater. However, Slater tells Leighton to back off, and that a suspect has been arrested.
Fearing there is more to the case than he first thought, Leighton is driven to keep digging and soon ends up on the trail of a serial killer.
But Leighton might be out of his depth this time…
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I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
Having loved The Girl on the Bus, I was excited to be offered the opportunity to review the pre-sequel Carpenter Road, set ten years before. It is I am glad to say, as great a read and I welcomed the chance to spend time once again with Leighton Jones, who is a generous and caring lead character. He makes this series of books a delight to read.
Carpenter Road is not just a great thriller, it has a heart to it based around one man’s intrinsic need to help others, even those society has rejected. He cares and believes in justice and any book containing Leighton Jones, would be for me a must read. I adore him and wish sometimes I could walk into the pages of the book and give him a big Welsh cwtch. It is for a thriller, a surprisingly emotional read and made me tear up in places. Few thrillers I can think of have ever done this to me, so it makes Carpenter Road that bit more special.
Don’t panic if you thinking it doesn’t have the traditional elements of a thriller, because oh boy does it. There are plenty of twists and turns and I was well and truly led down the wrong garden path and had to take a step backwards on a number of occasions. I don’t hold with the theory that a modern thriller must be all wham, bam, wallop, but it does traditionally need twists and turns, preferably ones that you don’t see coming and this novel had that. Just imagine me sat in front of my kindle with a look of shock on my face and that sums up Carpenter Road.
I do hope there are more outings featuring Leighton, because I miss him already.
You can purchase Carpenter Road from Amazon
About the author
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Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.

Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.

More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.

Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.

You can follow the author on TwitterFacebook and his website.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley.

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Two murders. One missing girl.
DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock. With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life.
In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father. She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims?
As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier.
Then the main suspect vanishes….
Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?
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I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC in return for an honest review.
I spent a highly enjoyable bank holiday reading this book. It was a fascinating look at how abusive relationships can send shock waves down the years, until the pain can no longer be contained.
Hammersley writes a story with a dark heart that had me engrossed to the point I was reading it during any free moment I could find. She has weaved a story with multiple threads and has done so with skill and keen eye for maintaining the tension throughout. I enjoyed the way the back story of the characters was slowly drip fed to me and how the writer wrong footed me on a number of occasions with twists and turns that left me feeling unnerved. It’s not a roller coaster ride, it is more intricate then that. Yes the story has a twist in the tail, but the tension is built over the length of the novel, until all the narrative threads are brought together forming a very satisfying read.
The characters fit the novel well. The ‘daughter’ is built up layer by layer, so that we come to know the real her gradually. My feelings towards her seemed fixed, but then had to be constantly revaluated. She is complex and well written and my sympathy for her ebbed and flowed as the story progressed. Kate is your typical police character, dedicated and hard working. I liked her, but I found the daughter fascinated me the most, simply because she was for me, the most interesting of the main characters. It was enjoyable to have two female main characters, which is more common than it used to be, but unique enough to give Merciless an edge over other novels of this type for me.
I would certainly recommend this novel to any fans of psychological thrillers. It is enjoyable and thrilling in all the right places.
You can purchase Merciless from Amazon.
About the author 
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Heleyne Hammersley is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and crime novels.

Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool.

When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.

You can follow the author on TwitterFacebook and her website.

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