#BlogTour Death Of An Angel by Derek Farrell

DEATH OF AN ANGEL BLOG TOUR

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Death of an Angel by Derek Farrell. It’s highly entertaining crime fiction, urban crime with a solid set of characters.

Derek-FarrellAbout the Author

Derek Farrell is the author of the Danny Bird Mysteries, ‘Death of a Diva,’ ‘Death of a Nobody’ ‘Death of a Devil,’ and ‘Death of an Angel.’

He was educated in Dublin, and, whilst waiting to become a writer of fabulous crime novels has passed his time being a burger dresser, bank cashier, David Bowie’s paperboy, and an Investment Banker in New York’s World Trade Centre (a bit like The Wolf of Wall Street, only with fewer hookers and more midgets, since you ask).

He is married and divides his time between London, West Sussex and Dublin. Derek loves to hear from his readers, and can be contacted at his sparkly new website Derekfarrell.co.uk

His books can be purchased as paperbacks or ebooks direct from the publisher Fahrenheit Press at: fahrenheit-press.com/books

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About the book

A woman is found dead in a London street – the evidence suggests she plummeted to her death from a nearby tower block – but did she fall or was she pushed? And why does she have Danny Bird’s name written on the back of her hand?

So begins this 4th magnificent outing for Danny and the gang from The Marq.

In the frame for a murder he didn’t commit, London’s self-proclaimed Sherlock Homo has no choice but to don his metaphorical deerstalker one more time to prove his innocence and uncover the truth about the tragic death of Cathy Byrne.

With the indomitably louche Lady Caz by his side, Danny plunges headlong into a complex investigation while at the same time trying to be a dutiful son to his increasingly secretive parents, and still find the time to juggle his frustratingly moribund love-life.

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It’s not easy to write crime and make it snarky funny. A lot of authors let it veer into cheese, slapstick or crudeness for instance. Farrell hits the perfect balance between compelling crime story and an amusing sleuthing duo.

This is crime upon crime woven together to present a bigger picture of corruption, neglect and murder. Accidents, suicides and a host of other crimes all begin to show a connection, when Danny starts to investigate the death of a woman. A possible suicide, except nobody believes it was suicide.

Why is he investigating? Well, because the local police think Danny had something to do with her death. He seems to be their go-to scapegoat for the majority of crimes that come their way.

I’ll admit I laughed quite a lot, especially at the dialogue between Danny and Caz. Lady Caz has a very acerbic tongue. She is a bit like Tuppence (Christie) or Mrs Bradley with the connections of a Kray gal and the temerity of a street fighter. She is bold, smart and you can always expect the unexpected.

It might say Danny Bird on the sign above the mysteries, but Lady Caz plays a leading role. In fact she gives the series an edge and many comedic moments. The combination of the two makes this a really good read.

It’s highly entertaining crime fiction, urban crime with a solid set of characters. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to buy or recommend the series.

Kudos to the author for the beginning of the book. I loved the imagery of the scenery.

Buy Death of an Angel (The Danny Bird Mysteries #4) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published by Fahrenheit Press in paperback and eBook formats on 27th February 2019. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Fahrenheit.

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Buy Death of a Diva (The Danny Bird Mysteries #1

Buy Death of a Nobody (The Danny Bird Mysteries #2)

Buy Death of a Devil (The Danny Bird Mysteries #3)

Death of a Diva is also available as a deluxe edition Hardback limited to only 50 Copies worldwide. Purchase it here.

#BlogTour The Case by Leopold Borstinski

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Case by Leopold Borstinski. It’s pulp fiction with a noirish vibe.About the Author

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

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About the book

One Private Eye. One Case. One sackful of trouble.

When Jake agrees to take a package across America, he doesn’t know if he’ll live to tell the tale. If the CIA, the Feds and the British Secret Service don’t get him then the mob will. How’s a cowardly private dick going to survive in these bloody times?

The Case is a stand-alone pulp noir novel. A wry take on the jaw-dropping violent side of private investigator life by Leopold Borstinski, writer of the six-book Lagotti Family series.

Review

I’ll admit I got confused and had to go back and check I was reading correctly, because the timeline goes backwards in time instead of from the past then forwards. In fact it jumps back and forth between the 70s, 50s 60s and 90s ect.

It’s a pulp fictiony type of read. What is pulp fiction? The term is taken from the pulp magazines of the 30s/40s, printed on low quality paper. Pretty on the outside and a little dingy on the inside. The term as it applies to fiction nowadays often goes hand in hand with pretty women in trouble and the handsome men trying to save them. Although in this case it’s more of a stumbling through each scenario and trying to survive kind of guy.

How does it relate to this story? Jake veers into the dingy side of his business, although to be fair being a private eye isn’t the shiniest job in the world. He delves deep into the world of the mob and the reader is dragged with him through his often tasteless, banal, dangerous and intrusive jobs throughout the years.

I think it’s worth adding that Jake has the demeanour and attitude of someone from more less politically correct times, which means he uses certain phrases and words. The story starts in the late 70s, but as we return to the past it becomes apparent that the aforementioned were considered the norm then.

It’s pulp fiction with a noirish vibe. It’s a lot different from the Lagotti Family series, but clearly the author likes to play with the murky depths people are willing to go to, especially when it’s something they want.

I kinda liked the last few pages. It gave the story a noirish send-off, a middle finger to them all. It leaves the rest of us wondering about the Jake we thought we knew and the Jake who presents himself to us at the end. Did we ever know him at all?

Buy The Case at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in paperback and ebook formats by Sobriety Press on 23rd June 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski.

#BlogTour The Humundo Sorterium by Daniel Thompson

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Humundo Sorterium by Daniel Thompson. It’s a children’s book that can be read by all age groups. A colourful collaboration between the author Daniel Thompson and the illustrator Connor Edwards.

About the Author

The Humundo Sorterium will be the second book brought to you by author Daniel Thompson and illustrator Connor Edwards. Following on from the success of The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale this is another 5000(ish) word story written entirely in rhyme about a young boy’s adventure to the ‘Humundo Sorterium’ Baby Making Factory.

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About the book

Buddy’s wonderer is sent spinning the day his Grand-pa tells him about the Humundo Sorterium. He’d always thought babies were made by storks & now Grand-pa is saying they’re made in this… machine.Well of course the only way to be certain is to go on an adventure and find out for himself. He waits for Grand-pa to fall asleep, packs some jam sandwiches and heads for the watering hole to find a stork to confirm his Grand-pa’s story.

Along the way he meets Handsome Henry a stork who tells the tale of how babies used to be individual, created by nature and delivered by storks; however now they are made in batches by a baby making machine in a factory. The Humundo Sorterium is less concerned with individuality and more concerned with the efficiency and productivity of the factory.

Henry and Buddy journey to the factory, working together to overcome some obstacles along the way. Raven gatekeeper Madame Megan and her army of clockwork crows try to stop them in their tracks, but with some quick thinking and teamwork they make it to the factory.

Together they try to overthrow Baroness Von Adlevine and destroy The Humundo Sorterium once and for all. But of course, things are not as straight forward as they had hoped.

Review

This is the perfect collaboration between words and images. Thompson and Edwards truly are a team to be noted and watched, and bought of course.

The story is written in poetry, much like Seuss. If you intend to read it a child who may be more sensitive then perhaps an adult should read it first. The body parts and the baby making machine may be a little disconcerting for some children. Then again there will be plenty who will enjoy a story that is just a tad different.

As a parent of a once every reluctant reader I embrace any kind of book that manages to capture the imagination of a child, teen or anyone for that matter. If a book can do that, then the author has done their job. I look forward to introducing this book to my grandson.

Now to the story of the Sorterium. I can’t commend the author enough for bringing an important topic to the table and melding it together with a story that will fascinate and draw readers in. It’s all about individuality and not having to feel as if we have to conform to the pressures of society. To feel as if we have to be like everyone else to be accepted. Instead we should embrace our individuality and let others embrace theirs. It’s a good message.

The 21st century kids may not be as acquainted with the joy of Dr Seuss as older generations. The Grinch movies certainly don’t give the entire flavour of the magic of the books.

Thompson has the ability to create the same word magic and Edward the same illustration magic of Theodor Seuss Geisel, which is big praise in a world full of gazillions of talented authors and illustrators, but not given lightly at all. Both The Humundo Sorterium and The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale are fantastically entertaining, incredibly beautiful and great reads.

It’s a children’s book that can be read by all age groups. A colourful collaboration between the author Daniel Thompson and the illustrator Connor Edwards. A book I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Buy The Humundo Sorterium at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Carefully Crafted Media; pub date 12 May 2019. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Waterstones.

#BlogTour Angenga by John Broughton

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Angenga by John Broughton. It’s historical fiction with an element of time travel.About the Author

John Broughton was born in Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire, studied at the local grammar school and went on to take an honours degree in Medieval and Modern History at the University of Nottingham, where he also studied Archaeology.

John retired in January 2014 and chose the period that fascinates him most – the Anglo-Saxon period – as the setting for his first historical novel, ‘The Purple Thread’, followed by Wyrd of the Wolf. He published Saints and Sinners and Mixed Blessings with Endeavour Media. Sward and Sword are scheduled to be published autumn 2019.

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About the book

When Rick Hughes receives a reliquary pendant as a gift from an old friend, he has no idea what’s coming next.

Drawn to an old excavation site, Rick stumbles upon a portal that takes him back to the 8th century, and in the middle of a Viking invasion.

After discovering a shocking link to the present, Rick is determined to intervene and save the inhabitants of the village from devastation – and to find a scientific explanation for what is happening.

With the perils of 8th century England surrounding him, can Rick save his new friends and live to tell the tale?

Review

There is something that draws the majority of us to explore and discover the past. Is it an innate instinct, a subconscious thread between ourselves and our ancestors? Between us and the people who have created and existed on the same earth, walked the same paths before us.

Imagine if you found a link that connects the present and the past, even if by accident. If you were pulled into a past where you would automatically become the most knowledgeable person about the future, bearing in mind they might burn you at the stake depending on which era you wander into, would you keep stumm about what’s coming. Or would you meddle to save lives or perhaps steer history that hasn’t happened yet in the ‘right’ direction?

Rick finds a link, albeit with the help of his friend Gary, the avid metal-detectorist. A reliquary pendant awakens an interest in the excavation site, which in turn leads Rick to something completely unexpected.

Unlike many other people, who would probably be more focused on the who, what and where, Rick is fascinated by the how and why. The need to explain how it’s possible.

It’s historical fiction with an element of time travel. A venture into the past that throws the life of the main character into a state of confusion.

Perhaps what remains is a space-time continuum and of course the question is whether what Rick and company set in motion was always meant to be or did they change history? If so, what about the butterfly effect? If that doesn’t apply then are we back to everything is predetermined, which would mean there was always a plan for Rick to travel back into time. Let me just leave you with that mind-boggle.

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#BlogTour The Sea Refuses No River by Bethany Rivers

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Sea Refuses No River by Bethany Rivers. It’s a conversation in poetry with the author. Moments, words, thoughts and emotions all wrapped up in small packages.About the Author

Bethany Rivers (M.A. in Creative Writing from Cardiff University) is a poet and author based in Shrewsbury, who has taught creative writing for over eleven years and mentored and coached many writers from the start of their writing project through to publication.

Follow @bethanyrivers77 on Twitter, on Facebook, Visit writingyourvoice.org.uk

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About the book

The journey of grief is a strange one

and one not often talked about in our everyday reality of this society,

but I know what it’s like to dive deep,

down to the bottom of the wreck,

feel the ribs of the wreck,

after losing a parent so young in life

In this collection, the sea refuses no river, there is an acceptance of the pain and an acceptance of the healing moments; the healing journeys. To quote Adrienne Rich: I came to explore the wreck’, and in this collection, Bethany discovers how, ‘The words are purposes. The words are maps.’

Review

Poetry is art, and in a way it isn’t very different from the world of paintings or sculptures. Each of us relates to the images or words in a completely individual way and that includes any response we may or may not have.

With poetry, as with reading in general, the response can be quite visceral. The conjuring  up of images, situations and emotions. All through our own frame of reference.

The two poems I connected with the most were Deep Fire and Seeker. I think it will be interesting to see, hear or read which poems or parts of the poems people connect with, perhaps because there is such a breadth of range.

There may be an overall theme to the poems or words, but each one is so different and appears to relate to separate and distinct moments or things. Almost as if it’s spontaneous and random, which of course poetry can be. Thoughts appearing like a flash, memories flowing in moments of nostalgia and questions that can no longer be answered.

I actually think Rivers could perform these as performance art. Some of the pieces have that staccato feel, without method or conscious decision. Let us hear the turmoil, the anger, confusion, sadness and grief in words gripped out of the air and hurtled towards us in an attempt to solidify emotions and ultimately to comprehend.

It’s a conversation in poetry with the author. Moments, words, thoughts and emotions all wrapped up in small packages.

Buy The Sea Refuses No River at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Fly on the wall poetry; pub date 21 Jun. 2019. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Fly on the wall poetry.

#BlogTour How To Say Goodbye by Katy Colins

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour How to Say Goodbye by Katy Colins. It’s women’s fiction with a lively tone and an emotional thread woven throughout.

About the Author

Katy Colins is a qualified journalist with articles published in Company Magazine and The Daily Star she crossed sides to work in Public Relations before selling all she owned to backpack solo around South East Asia and finally put her thoughts into words, writing as she travelled.

Her experiences inspired her to pen ‘The Lonely Hearts Travel Club’ series and saw her labelled the ‘Backpacking Bridget Jones’ by the global media.

Katy currently lives by the sea in France where she is on a one woman mission to educate the French about the necessity and technicalities of making a good cup of tea. When she is not writing about romance, travel and adventure, she loves travelling, catching up with family and friends and convincing herself that her croissant addiction isn’t out of control – just yet.

You can find out more about Katy, her writing and her travels on her blog www.notwedordead.com

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About the book

No-one is ever happy to see Grace Salmon.

As a funeral arranger, she’s responsible for steering strangers through the hardest day of their lives. It’s not a task many would want – but, for Grace, giving people the chance to say a proper goodbye to the ones they love is the most important job in the world.

From the flowers in the church to the drinks served at the wake,Grace knows it’s the personal touches that count – and it’s amazing what you can find out about someone from their grieving relatives … or their Facebook page. But when she accidentally finds out too much about someone who’s died, Grace is finally forced to step out of the shadows… and start living.

Review

I’m not sure a lot of us give any thought to the people who ensure our loved ones get a good send off. It’s really the last thing you want to think of. The thought of somebody you love dying and then having to arrange how everyone else gets to say goodbye to them. In a way the funeral isn’t for the dearly departed, but rather for the living who grieve them.

I’ll admit I have asked my mother to plan her funeral. I was pulling her leg a little, but it actually gave her the chance to think about the way she wanted people to say goodbye to her. Her playlist is something else I tell ya! Saying that, lately she has been telling me it’s perfectly fine to pop her in a cardboard box and whip her round to the crematorium and Bob’s your uncle. (Apparently that’s legal here).

Grace is the kind of character readers tend to warm to, because she is like all of us. She is perfect with all of her imperfections. Part of her is afraid to live and to love. Hindered by the memories of a lost love and unwilling to confront what is keeping her from moving on.

I’m intentionally not going to go into the most emotional part of the book. I think It’s best readers experience that for themselves. What I will say is that it makes this more than just Chick Lit and it ventures soundly into women’s fiction.

The group meeting aspect of the story is emotional and heartfelt. In fact the whole book is, despite the light-hearted humour and the realistic characters. It’s women’s fiction with a lively tone and an emotional thread woven throughout.

I think one of my favourite paragraphs by far is the last one. It just speaks volumes about how far Grace has come and the difference in the way she sees life and lives it. Something so simple, and yet perfect in every way. It’s a lovely read.

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#BlogTour Birdie and Jude by Phyllis H. Moore

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Birdie and Jude by Phyllis H. Moore. It’s literary fiction with elements of racism and homophobia, and yet ultimately it is a tale of kindness and hope.About the Author

Phyllis H. Moore wants to live life experiences more than once: doing it, writing about it, and reading about it. The atmosphere of the south draws her in and repels her. The characters are rich with dysfunction and redemption, real. She’s had two careers and two retirements.

Both careers gave her inspiration for her novels: The Sabine Series, Sabine, Billy’s Story, Josephine’s Journals and Secrets of Dunn House, Opal’s Story, Tangled, a Southern Gothic Yarn, and The Bright Shawl, Colors of Tender Whispers, The Ember Months, Birdie & Jude, and an anthology of spooky short stories inspired by real places and events, The Bridge on Jackson Road. In 2018 she also released a new genre for her, A Dickens of a Crime, a Meg Miller Cozy Mystery. She has authored one nonfiction book, Retirement, Now What? Phyllis has been published by Caffeinated Press in the anthology, Brewed Awakenings 2, Fifteen Tales to Jolt Your Mind Awake.

Phyllis is a retired social worker and former owner/operator of a small bed and breakfast. She’s lived in the rural areas and cities of south Texas. She currently lives on Galveston Island with her husband, Richard.

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About the book

A moving novel of loss, regret, denial, and discovery on Galveston Island, from the author of Opal’s Story and The Ember Months.

Birdie has lived to regret many of her decisions, but she doesn’t regret offering a stranger, Jude, shelter from an approaching hurricane. Their serendipitous meeting will form a bond that will change their lives forever.

In a character driven story with memories of the protests and inequality plaguing the 1960’s, Birdie’s reached middle age and questions her life. Jude is striking out on her own, but has been derailed by a fatal accident claiming her only friend. Although their backgrounds and lives are vastly different, they recognize something in the other that forges a friendship.

As their relationship solidifies, they share glimpses of their pasts. Birdie is a product of the ’60’s, an aging hippie, with a series of resentments. She had a sheltered childhood in an upper class family. Her parents longed to see her make the Texas Dip at the Mardi Gras ball. Jude, however, entered foster care as an infant. Her parents, victims of a murder/suicide, left her and her siblings orphaned and separated.

There is something about their connection that strikes Birdie as familiar. Can souls know each other in different lives? Birdie struggles with the awareness that she has had regrets and hasn’t lived an authentic life, while Jude faces an uncomfortable truth about her own. It has all the feels.Review

It’s a beautiful story. A tale of souls meeting and recognising each other. Proving that life is often more than what science and logic purports it to be. Sometimes there is more to life than logic dictates.

I enjoyed, and was relieved, the fact Moore didn’t bring that sense of connection, belonging and souls back to faith or religion. There is enough space for thoughts of the inexplicable, without dragging mythology or religious beliefs written by man and imposed by man, onto the beauty of the ethereal plane.

The relationship between Birdie and June is founded on something we have forgotten to listen to – instinct. Birdie stopping on that beach and offering a hand is kindness, also something society seems to be lacking at the moment. Asking nothing in return and just helping another human being in their time of despair and need.

The recognition of connection through time is there, but doesn’t interfere with reality. Instead it is the conduit to Birdie’s past, more specifically her childhood. As the reader is taken back into time, here and there, we meet an entirely different Birdie. The Birdie she should have been, but was never allowed to be. The Birdie who saw a sameness, a connection and a friend. There was no skin colour between Henry and Birdie. Others brought their skewed ideology and racism to the two of them.

This story has the same emotional draw that Beaches has. Just two people and a true depth of feeling. At the same time it confronts the reader with uncomfortable truths about the past. Racism, homophobia and oppression. It makes this a tale of a life lost, a lifetime of opportunities denied, because Birdie didn’t fit the stereotype of being a straight, white and black-hating gal.

It’s literary fiction with elements of racism and homophobia, and yet ultimately it is a tale of kindness and hope. I really enjoyed it.

Buy Birdie and Jude at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon com.