#Blogtour The Hard Way by Duncan Brockwell

It’s Publication Day and the time to kick off the BlogTour The Hard Way by Duncan Brockwell.

About the Author

Duncan Brockwell is a full-time dental technician from West Sussex. Having completed his course at Lambeth College in 2018, he started writing in his spare time. An avid gardener and part-time mixologist, he loves nothing more than relaxing at home with his wife, Beks and pure white rescue cat, Milly. 

Since Duncan started writing in 2018, he has written thirteen novels, nine of which have been, or are in the process of being published. Unlike a lot of authors, Duncan feels he is a hobby writer, toiling away on his purple couch in front of the TV in the evenings and weekends. He wants nothing more than for readers to enjoy his various offerings, ranging from romantic comedy (under pseudonym Katie Simpkins) to hardcore blood and guts horror and everything in between (Under either DC Brockwell or Duncan Brockwell). Follow him at:

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About the book

When intruders enter a radio station and kill a famed presenter it sets in motion a chain of events that will push the Metropolitan Police to their limits.

Officers Hayes and Miller are on the trail of a suspect and when Eric Helsey is detained, the police realise they have arrested the wrong man. As the case grows more complicated with each revelation, and the body count rises, they find themselves investigating a series of crimes all of which may be linked.

But what ties the murder of the radio host with a Turkish casino owner and the killing of two employees at a valve factory? Hayes and Miller find themselves in a race against time to get to the truth before more people are hurt…

Review

A triple homicide has DI Amanda Hayes and DS Rachel Miller flummoxed at first. The victims don’t seem to come with clear motives. It looks like a hit, but then there are certain details of the crime scene that suggest a different kind of perpetrator. A more nefarious kind of killer.

The victims aren’t all exactly squeaky clean either, so the question is where do you start searching if your haystack comes with more needles than hay in the first place? What eventually becomes clear is that Hayes and Miller have been tasked with solving a crime that opens the doors to violence, brutality, betrayal and having to watch their six.

Here and there it could do with a bit of a nip, tuck and tighten, and perhaps in future a read through for repetitive phrases or perhaps better use of synonyms. Other than that it’s a crime read with a bite and two strong female leads, which is always a good thing.

It’s a contemporary crime read, a gritty urban story with a organised crime vibe with a bit of a Line of Duty feel to it. You just don’t know who you can trust and the duo better be prepared to fight fire with fire or one of them might just end up a statistic.

It’s fast-paced, brutal and unforgiving at times.

Buy The Hard Way at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Bloodhound Books – pub date 19 April 2021. Buy at Amazon comAt Hive.

#BlogTour Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz

 Such a pleasure to welcome Chastity Riley back to the blog – it’s Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz, translated by Rachel Ward.

About the Author

Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner-up in the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

Follow @ohneKlippo on Twitter, on Goodreads, Visit simonebuchholz.comBuy Hotel Cartagena

About the book

Twenty floors above the shimmering lights of the Hamburg docks, Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley is celebrating a birthday with friends in a hotel bar when twelve heavily armed men pull out guns, and take everyone hostage. Among the hostages is Konrad Hoogsmart, the hotel owner, who is being targeted by a young man whose life – and family – have been destroyed by Hoogsmart’s actions.

With the police looking on from outside – their colleagues’ lives at stake – and Chastity on the inside, increasingly ill from an unexpected case of sepsis, the stage is set for a dramatic confrontation … and a devastating outcome for the team … all live streamed in a terrifying bid for revenge.

Crackling with energy and populated by a cast of unforgettable characters, Hotel Cartagena is a searing, stunning thriller that will leave you breathless.

Review

This is the fourth book in the Chastity Riley series, all of which can be read as standalone novels. This is definitely a series I would recommend for readers looking for something that doesn’t adhere to the normal rules of crime fiction.

This is a short read, but one with a bite. It’s dark and gritty. Chastity finds herself in a hostage situation with her colleagues, by a man with a vendetta. He wants revenge. The target just happens to be in the same place as a birthday party she is attending – of course he is, it’s just her luck.

Kudos to the author for the nice homage to Alan Rickman and Die Hard, I must admit the dedication made me smile. then again I wouldn’t expect anything less from Buchholz.

It’s a gritty urban crime series, a character driven story that inhabits its own world. The surroundings and idiosyncrasies of the country and the people are what make the story in combination with the very specific snark the author brings to the table.

Based on the end of this book the world as Chastity knows it is changed forever and we will have to see what that will entail going forward. I’m sure it won’t make her any less cynical, set in her ways or unable to make certain choices.

Buy Hotel Cartagena at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Orenda Books pub date 4 Jan. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Sleep Tight by C.S. Green

It’s an absolute pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Sleep Tight by C.S. Green

About the Author

Is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers and an award-winning writer of fiction for young people under the name Caroline Green. Written under the name Cass Green, her first novel for adults, the Woman Next Door, was a No.1 ebook bestseller, while the follow-up, In a Cottage in a Wood, was a USA Today bestseller and a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

She is the writer in residence at East Barnet School and teaches courses for City University and Writers’ and Artist’ Yearbook. She lives in London with her family. Sleep Tight is the start of a new series featuring the UCIT.

Follow @carolinesgreen on Twitter, Visit carolinegreenwriter.co.ukBuy Sleep Tight

About the book

The nightmare is only just beginning… When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the attack than meets the eye.

It looks like a straightforward crime scene – but the police can’t find the killer. Enter DS Moody – an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. moody wants Rose to help her out – but Rose doesn’t believe in any of that. Does she?

As the killer prepares to strike again, Rose must pick a side  before a second woman dies.

Review

You really expect readers to go to bed and sleep peacefully ever after, especially after this read? More like one eye open at all times from now on. Forget lavender, meditation, yoga and whatever other sleep aids anyone may use. From this point forward it is coffee, caffeine and matchsticks between the eyelids.

Rose is called to the scene of a locked room mystery. A young woman who has been murdered, a woman who screamed very night that someone was out to get her. Nobody believed her, nobody cam to save her – and she isn’t the only one.

What separates Rose from the herd is her intuition and the ability to think beyond the boundaries of what society dictates. Her dead mother, who tends to wander around her house, might not agree with that assessment or anything for that matter. Rose is in tune with some things others can’t connect with and she is unwilling to accept.

Cue the secret department of police who investigate those crimes nobody has an answer for. They might just have the answers Rose is looking for, both in the case she is investigating and her life in general.

This looks like the beginning of an interesting series. Combining crime with the supernatural is one thing, but having a sceptic who sees ghosts and other apparitions, and yet denies that fact completely – well that’s another thing entirely. Looking forward to seeing where this road leads us and how crotchety Moody and insecure sceptical Gifford combine forces in the future.

Buy Sleep Tight at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HarperCollins pub date 4 Mar. 2021. Buy at WaterstonesHiveBookshop org.

#BlogTour Death at Rainbow Cottage

It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Death at Rainbow Cottage by Jo Allen.

About the Author

Jo Allen is the author of the successful DCI Satterthwaite series of detective novels set in and around the English Lake District, where she lives. After a career in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read – crime. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.

Follow @JoAllenAuthor on Twitteron Goodreads, on Instagramon Facebook, Visit joallenauthor.co.ukBuy Death at Rainbow Cottage

About the book

At the end of the rainbow, a man lies dead. – The apparently motiveless murder of a man outside the home of controversial equalities activist Claud Blackwell and his neurotic wife, Natalie, is shocking enough for a peaceful local community. When it’s followed by another apparently random killing immediately outside Claud’s office, DCI Jude Satterthwaite has his work cut out. Is Claud the killer, or the intended victim?

To add to Jude’s problems, the arrival of a hostile new boss causes complications at work, and when a threatening note arrives at the police headquarters, he has real cause to fear for the safety of his friends and colleagues…A traditional British detective novel set in Cumbria.

Review

It’s fair to say that Natalie is shaken to the core when she finds a dying man on her daily run. She reacts impulsively, indeed instinct supersedes common sense and also the rule of law. It makes her obsessive and compulsive patterns a lot worse.

What appears to be a random incident is followed by another death, which implies there is something more nefarious going on and perhaps that Natalie doesn’t know her husband as well as she thinks. Is the caring and protective façade just a ploy to keep the police at bay and his wife quiet?

Not sure if it was intentional or not, but the truth is fairly clear quite soon into the read. The emphasis is on the relationships between the investigating officers, both professional and private. How their interactions and connections with each other define the way they search for the truth. I found it quite fascinating how the author brought the predominant storyline between the main characters and then let that filter into the motive. It’s hard to make the point without giving anything away. Needless to say it’s an interesting twist.

Allen gives readers a set of characters worth following as they develop and grow in depth. A diverse set of characters. Simultaneously she also delivers the crime, the killer and motive and the two are melded together to create an intriguing read.

Buy Death at Rainbow Cottage at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon com

#BlogTour #Audiobook The Evidence by K. L. Slater

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Evidence by K.L. Slater, narrated by Clare Corbett, Rachel Atkins, Alexandra Afryea & David Holt

About the Author

Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of twelve psychological crime thrillers. Kim’s titles are published by Bookouture, Audible and are available in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’ Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband.

Follow @KimLSlater on Twitter, Visit klslaterauthor.com

About the book

When a killer’s podcast reveals more than the truth….

Esme is a start-up success who runs her own successful media company and heads up a series of investigative podcasts. She also has a beautiful home, where she lives with her sister, Michelle, and her son, Zachary. Sure, there’s an ex-husband hanging around – Owen likes to pop round a bit too often – but everything is civilised and amicable. She has life all tied up.

But Esme knows that any successful podcaster is only as good as her last story, so she sets out on a new series of interviews to get to the truth behind Simone Fischer’s high-profile murder of her husband. Self-defence, crime of passion or coldly pre-meditated? She emerges after one jail visit to discover that her sister has been viciously attacked and is in a coma. And so begins the unravelling of Esme’s life. Where she thought there was trust and loyalty, she slowly discovers deceit and betrayal. No one is quite who they seem – not even her closest family.

As the podcast interviews plunge deeper into revealing the unnerving psychology of a murderer, Esme must try to keep her own sanity intact. The truth – about Simone and Esme’s own family – is there, if Esme can only find it. But will her investigations reveal more than she ever wanted to know?

Review

Esme has her own media company and her thing is investigative podcasts. It’s all the rage to dismantle the details of true crime and if possible to solve complex, cold cases and cases where doubt hovers like a helicopter.

Esme is looking for the buzz. The type of story that gives you media-cred and helps to build your reputation. She juicier the better, but it also means she might dig too deep and uncover something that puts herself and her family in danger.

The high profile murder committed by Simone Fischer seems to be the right story to draw the listeners, but things go pear shaped really quickly when violence comes calling after she starts investigating. It is the beginning of a downhill roll. Esme has no clue what’s coming for her.

This reminded me of the brilliant Six Stories series by Wesolowski. The combination of modern media, a zest for true crime and the truth, and of course characters who run so close to the boundary of reality and fiction that it is hard to discern what is real or fiction.

When I listen to a well narrated book I often wonder whether the listening, and the very specific experience of multiple character narrators will give you the same experience if you are reading it. The audiobook gives this extra distinction and feel for the differences between the characters, especially when it comes to one of the female characters.

It’s a gripping psychological thriller, which has an incredible cast of narrators who bring life and an air of authenticity to the story.

Buy The Evidence in Audible Ukat Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Audible Original | 11th February. Buy at Amazon com.

Listening Length – 9 hours and 1 minute, Author – K L Slater, Narrator – Clare Corbett, Rachel Atkins, Alexandra Afryea, David Holt, Audible.co.uk Release Date – 11 February 2021, Publisher –Audible Studios, Program Type – Audiobook, Version – Unabridged, Language – English.

#BlogTour Killing the Girl by Elizabeth Hill

It’s my turn on the BlogTour Killing the Girl by Elizabeth Hill.

About the Author

Elizabeth published ‘Killing The Girl’ in April 2019, which has won the ‘Chill With A Book’ Premier Readers Award and Book Of The Month for October 2020. She is now busy working on her second novel, Killing The Shadowman.

We all love a great murder mystery and ‘Killing The Girl explores the reasons why an ordinary woman kills. What pushes her to her limit of endurance and sanity? And could that woman be you?

Elizabeth is a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors, The Bristol Fiction Writers Group and Noir At The Bar, Bath. She was a speaker at the 2019 Bristol Festival of Literature. Elizabeth lives in Bristol, UK. Find out more on her website https://wickedwritersite.wordpress.com

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About the book

For over forty years Carol Cage has been living as a recluse in her mansion, Oaktree House. Fear is her constant companion. She’s been keeping a secret – and it’s about to be unearthed.

When she receives a compulsory purchase order for her home, she knows that everyone is going to find out what she did to survive her darkest weeks in 1970. She writes her confession so that we can understand what happened because she wasn’t the only one living a lie. The events that turned her fairy-tale life into a living hell were not all they seemed.

She’s determined not to pay for the mistakes of others; if she has to suffer, then they will too. Carol Cage has a terrible secret … and she’s about to exact retribution on everyone who’d let her suffer.

Review

When you spend nearly your entire life hiding a secret, albeit one that has brought you peace and hasn’t really kept you up at night, the possibility of it being disclosed can make you feel a little perturbed. To be fair Carol’s secret has brought her some level of peace, but the exposure would definitely bring life as she knows it to a sudden halt.

The reader is taken into her past where the events leading up to the secret she hides play out. Hiding the body of the bad boy love of her life in her backyard seems perfectly normal the way she describes it. Who doesn’t plonk a body in the garden when you need to get rid of someone and make sure nobody finds them at the same time, right?

I was fascinated by the whole concept of Carol and the girl. The dialogue, the self-examination, the questioning and decision making. This idea of accountability and responsibility, the dual roles she inhabits as she takes the readers through her past all the way into the present. In a way Carol is being forced to confront the choices she made and the guilt she carries or the lack of guilt as it may be.

I loved the way the author approached this story – I do like a speculative and cognitive read, especially when it’s combined with a bit of a dark thriller vibe. Simultaneously it’s also an introspective and contemplative experience of one person and their inner meanderings. Their thoughts on what was, what is and how she resign herself to the truth or her version of the truth. I’m looking forward to reading more by Hill.

Buy Killing the Girl at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Independently published pub date 27 April 2019. Buy at Amazon com

#BlogTour The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson

Don’t miss this brilliant crime read!About the Author

Nadine Matheson is a writer of crime fiction, contemporary fiction and occasionally dips into the world of speculative fiction. When Nadine is not writing, she works as a criminal lawyer and lecturer. She lives in London and in her fantasy life would write comic books for a living.

Follow @nadinematheson on Twitteron Goodreadson Amazon, Visit nadinematheson.comBuy The Jigsaw Man

About the book

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

When body parts are found on the banks of the River Thames in Deptford, DI Angelica Henley is tasked with finding the killer. Eerie echoes of previous crimes lead Henley to question Peter Olivier, aka The Jigsaw Killer, who is currently serving a life sentence for a series of horrific murders.

When a severed head is delivered to Henley’s home, she realises that the copycat is taking a personal interest in her and that the victims have not been chosen at random. To catch the killer, Henley must confront her own demons – – and when Olivier escapes from prison, she finds herself up against not one serial killer, but two.

Review

DI Angelica Henley is still recovering from the physical and psychological impact of taking the Jigsaw Man down. She is finally back at work and eager to prove to all the doubters that being the object of interest of a serial killer hasn’t had an impact on her expertise or work ethics. It’s just her luck that a copycat has left his special brand of greeting card scattered around town.

Henley knows she locked up the right man, so this has to be someone new, but how does he know how to commit the crimes? Is it possible that the Jigsaw Man has had something to do with the copycat? Or is this someone who has just spent a lot of time studying a whole load of gruesome crimes.

I can only hope that this was just the first of many encounters with DI Anjelica Henley. Matheson really knows how to write the kind of crime read that keeps you riveted from start until the very last page. Her main character is a flawed individual who struggles with the reality of being both mother, wife and career woman. Is torn emotionally and constantly trying to suppress what she wants.

The flawed, yet tough and determined DI, combined with a Prodigal Son type killer makes for a premise that never stops giving. A villain who is both antagonist and protagonist at times, even if his motives are purely ego driven, and a DI determined to stop him. A cracking read. 

Buy/Pre-order The Jigsaw Man at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ pub date 18 Feb. 2021. Buy at Amazon comAt HiveAt Waterstones. At Bookshop.org.

#BlogTour Close Your Eyes by Rachel Abbott

It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Close Your Eyes by Rachel Abbott today.

About the Author

Rachel Abbott began her career as an independent author in 2011, with Only the Innocent, which became a No.1 bestseller on Kindle, topping the chart for four weeks.

Since then, she has published eight further psychological thrillers and sold over 3 million copies. She is one of the top-selling authors of all time in the UK Kindle store, and her novels have been translated into 21 languages.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction.

Follow @RachelAbbott on Twitter, on Facebookon Goodreadson Amazon, Visit rachel-abbott.com and rachelabbottwriter.com, Buy Close Your Eyes

About the book

Don’t let him under your skin. He’ll destroy you. Don’t fight him. He’ll win. Run. Never let him find you. I thought I was safe here, but I’m not. I’ve stayed too long. Now Genevieve is dead, and the police are on their way. It’s time for me to go.

I must stick to the plan – the one I made the day I arrived in this city. My bag is packed. It always is. I will destroy every shred of evidence of my existence. The police must never find me. If they do, so will he.

I made a mistake, and someone had to die. But I’m the one who has truly lost her life. I need to make a choice. If I keep running, I’ll never stop. If I go back, he will make me suffer.  

How many lives can one person ruin?

Review

Can I just say I’m majorly miffed that one of the most interesting elements of this book isn’t mentioned in the blurb, ergo talking about it in my review would be a mega spoiler – and I really want to talk about it. Arrgh. I shall have to skirt around it and be all cagey in my approach.

Martha has inadvertently made herself a prime suspect for the murder of her boss’s wife, regardless of whether she did it or not she looks guilty. Disappearing and leaving a trail of exactly zero evidence suggest she has something to hide and was planning some kind of crime from the very beginning.

The fact the investigating team queries whether she might be running from someone other than the police is a testament to how well they work together. There isn’t an automatic assumption of guilt. They follow the evidence or lack of it, but are also aware that something else might be going on.

As Tom Douglas and team search for a killer, the story of Martha takes place simultaneously as the reader is taken back into the past to learn why Martha has done a bunk.

I really enjoyed where the author took this story. It might just be a storyline, however it is an aspect of our society that has multiplied and become a clear danger for the vulnerable, the lost and those looking for some kind of fulfillment. Unfortunately many children become casualties of the aforementioned people and their inability to assess the risk for themselves and others.

It’s another cracking read in the Tom Douglas series. There is a clear intent to inform, whilst creating a riveting crime read, which is trademark Abbott.

Buy Close Your Eyes at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Ltd. Available in ebook, audio, paperback – 11 February 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Preserved by Fiona Sherlock

It’s a pleasure to take part in the Publication Day Push for Preserved by Fiona Sherlock.

About the Author

Fiona Sherlock is a crime writer from Bective, in Ireland. Her murder mystery games are played across the world.  She also writes poetry and prose but cannot stay away from a good murder.  After spending a decade in Dublin working in public relations and journalism, she moved to the country for mid-day fires and elderflower champagne.

Follow @fionasherlock on Twitteron Instagram, on Facebookon Amazonon GoodreadsBuy Preserved

About the book

She’s‌ ‌stuck‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌past,‌ ‌the‌ ‌killer‌ ‌wants‌ ‌to‌ ‌immortalise‌ ‌his‌ ‌future.‌ ‌When‌ ‌a‌ ‌local‌ ‌farmer‌ ‌announces‌ ‌on‌ ‌ social‌ ‌media‌ ‌that‌ ‌he‌ ‌has‌ ‌discovered‌ ‌a‌ ‌bog‌ ‌body‌ ‌in‌ ‌Ardee,‌ ‌the‌ ‌world’s‌ ‌historians‌ ‌are‌ ‌keen‌ ‌to‌ ‌explore‌ ‌the‌ ‌secrets‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌life‌ ‌and‌ ‌grisly‌ ‌death‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌victim.‌ ‌Antique‌ ‌journalist‌ ‌January‌ ‌Quail‌ ‌is‌ ‌fighting‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌her‌ ‌newspaper‌ ‌job‌ ‌and‌ ‌uncovers‌ ‌far‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌she‌ ‌bargained‌ ‌for.‌ ‌ ‌

The‌ ‌victim‌ ‌is‌ ‌actually‌ ‌a‌ ‌recent‌ ‌murder,‌ ‌and‌ ‌January‌ ‌uses‌ ‌her‌ ‌nose‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌truth‌ ‌to‌ ‌investigate‌ ‌the‌ ‌County‌ ‌Louth‌ ‌town.‌ ‌From‌ ‌shopkeeper‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌publican,‌ ‌everyone‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌suspect,‌ ‌but‌ ‌when‌ ‌the‌ ‌Gardai‌ ‌can’t‌ ‌find‌ ‌the‌ ‌killer,‌ ‌can‌ ‌January?‌ ‌ ‌

Once‌ ‌she‌ ‌sets‌ ‌down‌ ‌the‌ ‌liqueur‌ ‌glass,‌ ‌January‌ ‌gains‌ ‌the‌ ‌confidence‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌lead‌ ‌garda‌ ‌investigator.‌ ‌Within‌ ‌days,‌ ‌the‌ ‌case‌ ‌unravels‌ ‌into‌ ‌a‌ ‌much‌ ‌more‌ ‌dangerous‌ ‌situation‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌killer‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌loose.‌ ‌Despite‌ ‌the‌ ‌risk,‌ ‌January‌ ‌is‌ ‌electrified‌ ‌that‌ ‌this‌ ‌newest‌ ‌discovery‌ ‌has‌ ‌come‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌perfect‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌inject‌ ‌some‌ ‌colour‌ ‌into‌ ‌her‌ ‌flailing‌ ‌career.‌ ‌January‌ ‌relinquishes‌ ‌her‌ ‌old‌ ‌ways‌ ‌to‌ ‌fight‌ ‌for‌ ‌survival,‌ ‌ abandoning‌ ‌her‌ ‌antiques‌ ‌column‌ ‌and‌ ‌vintage‌ ‌corsets‌ ‌to‌ ‌solve‌ ‌a‌ ‌cryptic‌ ‌crime‌ ‌that‌ ‌has‌ ‌the‌ ‌experts‌ ‌puzzled.‌ ‌This‌ ‌woman‌ ‌who‌ ‌longs‌ ‌to‌ ‌lives‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌past‌ ‌must‌ ‌now‌ ‌fight‌ ‌for‌ ‌her‌ ‌life‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌present.‌ 

Review

January‌ ‌Quail‌ is a wee bit of an oddball or shall we say she endeavours to live up to her heritage as only those born to privilege can, especially when that coincides with pomposity, wealth and heirlooms in the form of large houses.

She is on the verge of losing her job as a journalist for the Irish Sunday Chronicle. Antiquities are her game, however they don’t seem to be anybody else’s, hence the need to find something more exciting to write about. Whilst on another assignment she hears the news about a bog body being found, which is right up her alley. A great story – tick. Old – tick, more or less antique – tick. Except its not, and that’s where the trouble begins.

I must admit I wasn’t sure what to do with January. She was a bit like Eeyore meets Miriam Margolyes with a hint of an Eton schoolboy. Not quite sure whether to be annoyed at her posh old marm eccentricity or to laugh at her for being a bit like a blinkered racehorse finding it’s way to the finish line with extraordinary inaccuracy. Then again that is also the charm of the character and read.

It’s a bit of bumbling cosy crime read. It will be interesting to see if January returns to fight another day.

Buy Preserved at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Poolbeg Press pub date 10 Feb. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson. This fabulous Orenda blogtour is breaking for Xmas and will be continued on the 5th of January – don’t miss the rest of the stops on the tour.

About the Author

Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, and currently works as a lawyer, while teacher copyright law at the Reykjavík University Law School. In the past, he’s worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. 

Ragnar set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) in Reykjavík, and is co-founder of the International crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. Ragnar’s debut thriller, Snowblind became an almost instant bestseller when it was published in June 2015n with Nightblind (winner of the Dead Good Reads Most Captivating Crime in Translation Award) and then Blackout, Rupture and Whiteout following soon after. To date, Ragnar Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, which has been optioned for TV by On the Corner. He lives in Reykjavík with his wife and two daughters.

Follow @ragnarjo @OrendaBooks on Twitter, on Goodreadsragnarjonassonwriter on Facebook, Visit ragnarjonasson.comBuy Winterkill

About the book

Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes.

Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air.

Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes ‘She was murdered’ again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of her death…

As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access to Siglufjörður, Ari Thór must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible  truth … one that will leave no one unscathed.

Chilling, claustrophobic and disturbing, Winterkill marks the startling conclusion to the million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series and cements Ragnar Jónasson as one of the most exciting authors in crime fiction.

Review

This is the sixth and final part of the Dark Iceland series featuring Ari Thór. It can be read as a standalone crime novel, as can all the others in the series, however I would recommend the other books purely for reading pleasure. 

In this book Ari Thór is called to the scene of a tragic accident. A young girl has fallen to her death, which seems to have been of her own volition until questions begin to float to the surface and the police inspector wonders whether someone helped her fall. At the same time he is trying to navigate the painful and uncomfortable reality of co-parenting his young son, and not knowing whether he should fight for his relationship with the woman he loves.

I wish this weren’t the end of this atmospheric and dark series. Jónasson has built his character and settings in a way that parallels progression in life and sometimes it’s the right thing to leave and let be. It isn’t necessarily the end of Ari Thór’s story, actually perhaps it is a beginning, but it is the end of the road for the readers who have followed his progression.

Jónasson has this strangely captivating ability to draw the reader in with an almost soothing approach to crime. The surroundings add to the feeling of being simultaneously fascinated and burdened by the landscape, by the inability of a man unable to connect emotionally on a level that makes him happy. We plod along with him as he stumbles through life and crime with an almost accidental accuracy at times. It’s charming and dark all at the same time.

One can only hope the author will return to Ari Thór one day, perhaps an older version made cynical by his experiences and yet still comfortable, because he feels at home and at peace. One can only hope.

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