Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Crime, Short stories

Vintage Crime: from the Crime Writers’ Association (Fiction Without Frontiers) Editor Martin Edwards @medwardsbooks #VintageCrime @flametreepress @The_CWA @RandomTTours #CrimeFiction #Vintage #ShortStories

Vintage Crimes will be a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members work over the years. The book will gather stories from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers. The first CWA anthology, Butcher s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert, and Josephine Bell. The anthology has been edited by Martin Edwards since 1996, and has yielded many award-winning and nominated stories in the UK and overseas.

This new edition includes an array of incredible and award-winning authors: Robert Barnard, Simon Brett, Liza Cody, Mat Coward, John Dickson Carr, Marjorie Eccles, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Anthea Fraser, Celia Fremlin, Frances Fyfield, Michael Gilbert, Paula Gosling, Lesley Grant-Adamson, HRF Keating, Bill Knox, Peter Lovesey, Mick Herron, Michael Z. Lewin, Susan Moody, Julian Symons and Andrew Taylor.

I received a copy of this book from Flame Tree Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Crime Fiction is a genre where short stories work well, and this anthology of classic vintage style stories is proof. The book features a range of crime stories, some genuinely vintage others written by contemporary writers. It’s a book you can dip in and out of which is lovely.

Setting and characters are important in short stories, and there are some great examples of both in these stories. Some stories are atmospheric with a hint of menace, whilst others have strange endings.

The varied plots mean this book will appeal to many readers who enjoy classic crime and mystery fiction. The one’s I enjoyed most used sensory imagery well and made imagining the events easy.

Martin Edwards (editor) is the author of eighteen novels,
including the Lake District Mysteries,and the Harry Devlin
series. His ground-breaking genre study The Golden
Age of Murder has won the Edgar, Agatha,and H.R.F.
Keating awards. He has edited twenty eightcrime
anthologies, has won the CWA Short Story Dagger and
the CWA Margery Allingham Prize,and is series consultant for the BritishLibrary’s Crime Classics.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, International Thriller

Saint Justice Mike Girst @michaelgrist 4*#Review @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #International #Thriller #Action #BlogTour #BookReview #ChristopherWren #SaintJustice

Hundreds of human cages hidden in the desert. A small-town police department wiped out. One man with nothing to lose.

Rogue DELTA operator Christopher Wren pulls off I-70 after three weeks on the road and walks into a biker bar in Price, Utah. An arbitrary decision he’s about to regret.

Wren’s a stranger in a gang bar involved with human trafficking. The bikers attack Wren, leave him for dead and steal his truck.

Now he’s going to get it back.

From a secret warehouse in the desert. Ringed with fences. Filled with human cages.

As a dark national kidnapping conspiracy unfolds and the body count mounts, one thing is for certain.

Justice will be done.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This is the first book in the Christopher Wren series, and my first book by this author. There’s violence, written using graphic imagery, that is a signature of this type of action international thriller.

The main protagonist is a contemporary anti-hero. He’s the weapon government agencies use to rid themselves of predatory forces and terrorists. His moral compass is finely balanced, and his emotional damage great, in some ways more of a creation than a human his effectiveness is legendary. He has a story, of course, which the reader learns as the story progresses.

Wren’s vigilantes have his back, but it’s a fine line between good and bad in this complex and fast-paced plot. The setting and scenarios are believable, and this authenticity gives the story its edge. Vividly described characters draw the reader into this dark world, which in many ways seems frighteningly real.

This story of relentless action and violence with an intricate plot is addictive if unsettling reading.

Mike Grist

Mike Grist is the British/American author of the Christopher Wren thriller series. For 11 years Mike lived in Tokyo, Japan, exploring and photographing the dark side of the city and the country: gangs, cults and abandoned places. Now he writes from London, UK, about rogue DELTA operator Christopher Wren – an anti-hero vigilante who brings brutal payback for dark crimes.

Discover Mike’s other books and his stunning ruins photography at his Website

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Travel

Wet Orpheus Brian David Bruns 4*#Review #BrianDavidBruns #Travel #Romance #romcom @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #WetOrpheus #GoneWithTheWaves #TravelTuesday

He chose her over the company. He’s about to find out the real cost of romance…

Brian’s love for Romina may be strong, but he’s sailing into troubled waters. And he’s even prepared to endure torturous months apart working like a dog on another ship, if it means he can get them back together. Though he’s unprepared for the sadistic challenges his cruel new boss implements to break him body and soul.

Enduring extreme anti-Americanism, food deprivation, and 100-hour-long work weeks, Brian’s only beacon of hope is the messages sent from his soulmate. With her emails to sustain him, he vows to stay the course and outsmart the higher-ups of the cruise-line giant.

Can Brian survive the stormy conflict threatening to drown his hopes of reuniting with Romina?

Wet Orpheus is the second book in the wild Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of true events in the author’s life. If you like insider accounts of work below deck, heart-aching emotion, and passionate love stories, then you’ll adore Brian David Bruns’s tale of overcoming impossible odds.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

After discord and separation, Brian and Romina meet again in Romania for a well deserved holiday. Each of these chapters starts with an entry from his diary, which shows how he is feeling. The chemistry is still there, his closeness with her family is evident, but he worries about the future once they return to work on separate ships. The writing is descriptive and touches on the revolution and how it affected Romina. The differences in culture and language provide some humorous and thought-provoking moments.

After the holiday they go their separate ways. This is an insightful but painful time for Brian. His fears and realisation of how much he cares are poignant.

The description of cruise ship hierarchy is informative, and there are plenty of anecdotal moments and memorable characters cruising in the Caribbean. Romina’s emails keep his fantasy alive amidst the hard, relentless work aboard ship.

This is a literary portrait of a man in love. Its sensory imagery draws the reader into the book, which has a real-life love story full of pain and passion at its heart.

Brian David Bruns has adventured in over 60 countries to gather material for his books and won dozens of literary awards, including the USA REBA Grand Prize. Since his debut, Cruise Confidential, became a national bestseller, he has been featured on ABC 20/20, CBS Inside Edition, and in articles translated for a dozen nations.

Bruns writes of his global experiences with a self-mocking wit, an astute insight into human behavior, and a love of quirky history. After several years residing in Dracula’s hometown (yes, really), he and his Romanian wife now live in Las Vegas with their two old rescue cats, Julius and Caesar.

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