#BlogTour Ring Fenced by Zach Abrams

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Ring Fenced by Zach Abrams.

Ring Fenced is on an Amazon Countdown  Promotion – selling at 99c /99p  from  11-15 Sept 2019

About the Author

Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it’s only fairly recently he started writing novels. “It’s a more honourable type of fiction,” he declares.

Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller ‘Ring Fenced’ and the financial thriller ‘Source’, as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.

Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title ‘Mind Your Own Business’. The first, ‘So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord’ is already available.

Follow @Authorway on Twitter, on Facebook, Visit zachabrams.wixsite.com

About the book

Sex. Money. Power. Control. Benjamin wants it all.

He is Bennie, a loving husband and father; Benjie, a beloved son. He climbs the ladder as Ben, a corporate banker, and rakes in money as a bestselling author. And when he wants to escape it all, Benjamin styles himself as Jamie — the lover of a beautiful musician.

His life, in a word, is perfect. But after years of keeping his separate personae a secret, cracks begin to appear in the façade.

When an unexpected series of events topples Benjamin’s carefully crafted world, his separate lives collide with dire consequences.

Review

Benjamin, Bennie, Benjie, Ben and Jamie – all one and the same person, and yet they all lead entirely different lives with their own separate personalities. They even have a specific way of dressing and being perceived.

Ben (insert any other of his names here) is quite smug about his duplicitous behaviour and basks in his secret success. It’s only a question of time before it all comes tumbling down around him. In fact he is actually quite condescending when it comes to the way he treats his family or rather his families. He keeps his wife and children away from his parents, because he doesn’t want to meld his Jewish heritage with his non-Jewish pretend personas.

Perhaps he isn’t really that different from everyone else in the sense that plenty of people pretend to be someone they aren’t or adapt their actions and personality to fit into a variety of situations. Do we ever know anyone completely or do we just know and see the person they want us to experience?

The transitions could be a smoother and the characters need more depth, and less is sometimes more. It could do with a good edit. Saying that, the premise had potential, although the main character wasn’t sympathetic at all.

It’s a fast-paced contemporary read about expectations, secret lives, ego and greed. If you’re so busy trying to press every bit of your own pleasure out of life then you might just find that it passes you by quicker than you think.

Buy Ring Fenced at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon comBuy at NextChapterPub.

#BlogTour Irony in the Soul by Pete Adams

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Irony in the Soul by Pete Adams. It’s a slightly chaotic character-driven crime story full of humour and action.

About the Author

Pete Adams is an architect with a practice in Portsmouth, UK, and from there he has, over forty years, designed and built buildings across England and Wales. Pete took up writing after listening to a radio interview of the writer Michael Connolly whilst driving home from Leeds. A passionate reader, the notion of writing his own novel was compelling, but he had always been told you must have a mind map for the book; Jeez, he could never get that.

Et Voila, Connolly responding to a question, said he never can plan a book, and starts with an idea for chapter one and looks forward to seeing where it would lead. Job done, and that evening Pete started writing and the series, Kind Hearts and Martinets, was on the starting blocks. That was some eight years ago, and hardly a day has passed where Pete has not worked on his writing, and currently, is halfway through his tenth book, has a growing number of short stories, one, critically acclaimed and published by Bloodhound, and has written and illustrated a series of historical nonsense stories called, Whopping Tales.

Pete describes himself as an inveterate daydreamer, and escapes into those dreams by writing crime thrillers with a thoughtful dash of social commentary. He has a writing style shaped by his formative years on an estate that re-housed London families after WWII, and his books have been likened to the writing of Tom Sharpe; his most cherished review, “made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think”.

Pete lives in Southsea with his partner, and Charlie the star-struck Border terrier, the children having flown the coop, and has 3 beautiful granddaughters who will play with him so long as he promises not to be silly.

 

About the book

As a disconsolate detective examines a series of religiously motivated murders, a conflicting internal struggle is roused – will he thwart the perpetrator, or become a conspirator?

Recuperating from a dauntless child rescue mission, disturbed but driven Detective Inspector Jack Austin returns to work amid a personality clash with a retired Colonel, who happens to be his new Chief Constable. When the Constable is kidnapped – and returned in pieces – DI Austin’s hapless hunt for the culprit begins.

The second addictive thriller in the Kind Hearts and Martinets series, Irony in the Soul follows DI Austin as he investigates a string of cryptic murders including a beheaded minister, a drowned woman in a Hijab, and a band of terrorists with explosives. As the transgressor is revealed – and strangely befriended – DI Austin battles a grievous inner conflict. Will he abet the malevolence plaguing the town, or arrest it?

Review

This is the second book in the Kind Hearts and Martinets series. Although this can be read as a standalone I would suggest reading the first in the series, especially when it comes to Meesh and Jack. Their relationship and bond is defined and cemented in the first book. To understand the gravity of the situation, which brings the two of them together, you have to experience their story yourself.

Adams creates this interesting juxtaposition between the tone of the piece in whole, which is very much boys banter and Lock Stock and Smoking Barrels kind of gangster and police vs the very in-tune with his emotions Jack Austin. It certainly makes for some unusual scenes.

That’s not even counting the crimes and the murders. It’s fair to say Jack has his work cut out for him when it comes to the crimes he has to solve. At times he feels as if it’s more than he can cope with or just the police in general. A power struggle between good and evil, and Jack feels as if it is up to him to control the ebb before the city is swallowed.

It’s a slightly chaotic character-driven crime story full of humour and action. The author tries to give his readers a balance between lighthearted, emotionally charged, cheeky banter and intriguing crime scenarios.

Buy Irony in the Soul (Kind Hearts and Martinets #2) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published by Next Chapter Publishing in ebook and paperback formats on 28th June 2019. Buy at Amazon comAt GoogleBook Depository.

#BlogTour A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin

It’s my pleasure to take part in the BlogTour A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin. A police procedural with a mystery, and yet at the same time the author melds important topics like sexism and discrimination into the story.

About the Author

Faith Martin is an English author who was born in Oxford. She lives in an Oxfordshire village. She is best known for her popular detective series, starring Detective Inspector (DI) Hillary Greene. She began her writing career as Maxine Barry. She also writes under the pen names, Joyce Cato and Jessie Daniels

Faith Martin has been writing for 30 years. She signed a massive book deal with the publishers Harper Collins/HQ, who have published her Ryder & Loveday novels. All four novels, A Fatal Obsession, A Fatal Mistake, A Fatal Flaw  and A Fatal Secret are available now.

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About the book

Oxford, 1961

A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.

It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all?

Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar’s Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become.

Could it be that poor Eddie’s death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for…

Review

This is the fourth book in the Loveday and Ryder series. If you’re a fan of slightly eccentric mismatched detective duos then this will probably be right up your street. This story is like an old-fashioned whodunnit, but with a more modern feel to it.

The book starts with the tragic disappearance of a young boy called Eddie. The search comes to an awful conclusion, but fortunately not one that suggests there is a third party involved. Well not until Ryder and Loveday get involved that is, then the accident starts looking a little less accidental and a little more like a crime.

The two of them investigate with their usual intense passion for the truth and for justice. In doing so they turn up more secrets than they were expecting, and not necessarily the truth about Eddie and what led to his death.

WPC Loveday has to battle wars at work, where she is treated like a joke, and at home, where she is expected to conform to expectations. Her parents think she should be getting married and having babies instead of running around solving crimes and putting herself in danger. The only person she feels at ease with, perhaps because he understands and doesn’t judge her, is Ryder.

This series gets better with each book. I get the feeling Martin is just getting started, and to be fair the premise and the characters have plenty of room for development. This sleuthing duo is the kind that has you casting the actors in the television roles. It’s a young Tennison meets a less agitated and more laid back Quincy with a Midsomer Mystery vibe. A police procedural with a mystery, and yet at the same time the author melds important topics like sexism and discrimination into the story. With each book Martin gives more depth to her characters and more complex problems to navigate. It’s an enjoyable read.

Buy A Fatal Secret at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 6 Sept. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my reviews of A Fatal Obsession and A Fatal Flaw by Faith Martin.

#BlogTour The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

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I am thrilled to be a part of the BlogTour The Confessions of Frannie Langton. This book is going on my best reads of 2019 list. It is an intricate and complex piece of fiction. It’s a poignant, multi-faceted and moving story. I absolutely loved it.

About the Author

Sara Collins studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years.

In 2014 she embarked upon the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University, where she won the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize of Re-creative Writing and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for a book inspired by her love of gothic fiction.

This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton.

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#BlogTour Last Orders by Bill Todd

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Last Orders by Bill Todd. It’s a murder mystery solved Danny Lancaster style.About the Author

Bill is a journalist and travel writer who has visited more than 40 countries from the white wastes of Arctic Finland to the ancient deserts of Namibia. He loves a good wilderness. He received the Ed Lacy travel award in 2007.

Bill has written six crime thrillers featuring soldier-turned-investigator Danny Lancaster and was startled and delighted to be voted one of the 100 best crime authors in the WH Smith readers’ poll in 2015. He’s also written three short factual military histories. He lives to write although keyboard time has been cut lately with the arrival of grandson Theo.

Follow @williamjtodd  and @DannyLancaster3 on Twitter, on Goodreadson Instagramon AmazonDannyLancasterInvestigates on Facebook, Visit billtodd.co.uk

About the book

Big Eddie Archer is throwing a celebrity party for the reopening of The Bellerophon public house. When singer Paul Toopen, star of TV reality show Dreamboat, goes missing there is only one man the pub’s guv’nor can call on. But Danny Lancaster is off his game after overdoing Eddie’s free hospitality at last night’s dress rehearsal. Fans besiege the pub and the media are everywhere. This could be a public relations disaster but Eddie reckons if Danny can crack the case before closing time it will make the new Bellerophon famous. Danny’s head is pounding but Eddie’s star guests might just be trapped in a pub with a killer. And the clock is ticking down to last orders. #TheBigBellBash

Review

This is a novella length story, but Todd manages to deliver an entertaining read worthy of a novel. I kinda liked this one a lot more than the full-length ones though, perhaps because the focus is on less rather than on more. It’s just Danny and his devil-may-care attitude and a few side characters, which is all the story needs.

The story is really quite simple. A minor celebrity goes missing at an event, during the event actually, and Danny is called in to solve the mystery of the disappearing guest. The author takes that scenario and turns it into so much more.

There was this moment during the story – the most poignant one in my opinion. It’s a comical one, and I admit to laughing out loud at that moment. Then bang the author flips the switch and takes the reader straight into a flashback. The reader is right there with Danny as he relives the trauma and the horror of the situation he finds himself in once again.

The juxtaposition of the comedic moment and traumatic flashback is a stroke of genius. It actually gives the reader similar visceral reactions as they are reading. Laughter melds into uncertainty, then shock and finally the realisation of what is happening. Kudos to Todd for that particular part of the story.

It’s a murder mystery solved Danny Lancaster style, as only he can solve them. It’s snarky, funny and a jolly good read.

Buy Last Orders:Trapped in a pub with a killer (Danny Lancaster) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in paperback and ebook formats by DLE-Fiction on 1st August 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my reviews of Rock Hard and Rough Diamond by Bill Todd.

Buy Rough DiamondDeath SquadThe Wreck of the Margherita (free download)Gargoyle Pixie DogGodlefe’s Cuckoo all by Bill Todd.

#BlogBlitz One of Us by Rachel McLean

Today it’s the Blog Blitz for One of Us by Rachel McLean. It’s book 3 in The Village sreies and the sequel to Sea of Lies.

About the Author

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.What does that mean? In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

About the book

‘Leave, or die.’

Jess Dyer has won safety for her sister-in-law Ruth and proved her worth as the leader of her refugee community.

Sarah Evans has stood up to her parents and discovered who she can trust.

But the villagers still aren’t welcome. When the local population expresses its anger, can Jess keep everyone safe? And can she hold it together as Steward when someone she loves dies?

And how will Sarah react when her new fiancee Martin receives death threats, telling him he must leave her, and their village?

One Of Us is a gripping thriller about belonging and acceptance. It’s the third book in the Village trilogy, and the sequel to Sea Of Lies.

Review

I’ve said this before about The Village series premise, but it’s worth repeating, the reason it is so compelling is the fact it doesn’t stray far from what could realistically happen. So, despite it being a dystopian setting it still has a sense of realism to it that rings true.

In fact when you consider what is going on in the Peak District at the moment with the threat of the Whaley Bridge dam bursting and a possible impending collapse, and the evacuation of over 6500 people from their homes, then this doesn’t seem far-fetched at all. It’s just on a bigger more national scale.

In this sequel to Sea of Lies, the women are still coming to terms with the aftermath of their kidnapping and the new relationships and members of their community. Not everyone is finding it easy to put the nightmare behind them.

This includes the rest of the villagers who are unwilling to accept newcomers into the fold. A slightly hypocritical stance seeing as the majority of them were once refugees who were accepted by others. When the government decides it’s time for their version of dystopian bedroom tax or move out – the villagers will have to rethink their positions. I swear there is always some type of oppressive regime that survives a catastrophe. A bit like cockroaches.

The focus in this book is on Jess again and the strict rules and structure of life after a major catastrophe. I felt it could have done with a little more depth and less skittering around from one place and person to the next, but the premise keeps the story kicking above water.

It’s an intriguing dystopian story with plenty of room for development and further books.

Buy One of Us (The Village Book 3) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at books2read.

Read my review of Sea of Lies and Thicker than Water by Rachel McLean.

#BlogTour About That Night by Elaine Bedell

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour About That Night by Elaine Bedell.

About the Author

Elaine Bedell was a BAFTA award-winning TV producer before becoming Controller of Entertainment at the BBC and Director of Entertainment & Comedy at ITV. She has commissioned and produced some of the UK’s most popular entertainment shows, including The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, Take Me Out, Britain’s Got Talent, The One Show, Top Gear and Saturday Night Takeaway. She lives in Hackney and has two children. She is currently Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre. About That Night is her first novel.

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About the book

Sometimes it only takes one night to change everything…

Elizabeth Place might have been jilted on her wedding day one year ago, but at least she’s still got her brilliant job producing one of the biggest shows on TV!

But when larger-than-life TV host, Ricky Clough, dies live on air, her life is sent spinning out of control. And with foul play suspected, the spotlight is turned firmly on his colleagues – especially Hutch, the man desperate for Ricky’s job and whom Elizabeth is secretly dating.

As her world comes crashing down around her, Elizabeth realises that perhaps the only person she can really trust, is herself…

Review

Elisabeth has a difficult job. She has to wrangle a star with nothing but a sweet tongue. A star who has a penchant for insulting others and has now paid the ultimate price.

It’s not a thriller per se, but rather a murder mystery written with the flair of a modern contemporary read. In fact it’s almost as if two reads go hand in hand. You have the death of the star of the show, which the reader is brought back to in intervals. At the same time we get to know Elisabeth, her relationships and the men in her life. The author retraces life all the way back to a specific night, which is somehow connected to Elisabeth and the victim. It’s done in a way that makes the reader doubt there is any connection at all – but then we don’t know the entire story.

I enjoyed the way Bedell went about it. It kind of keeps you on your toes. You aren’t quite sure where the story is heading until you realise you sort of knew it all along.

The epiphany of Elisabeth, the moving forward and the quirky story that goes with the poor dead presenter. It comes together, albeit in a way that sometimes appears disjointed, when in actual fact it is part of a well structured plot.

Buy About That Night at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 11 July 2019. Buy at Amazon com.