Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Crime, Detective, New Books, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

The Cold Killer Ross Greenwood 5* #Review #DIBarton @greenwoodross @BoldwoodBooks #CrimeFiction #PsychologicalThriller #suspense #boldwoodbloggers @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #TheColdKiller

It’s hard to live when you think you deserve to die…

When a tired old inmate is found dead in his cell, the prison is obligated to investigate and so DI Barton attends. The men he interviews have been convicted of some of the worst things a human being can do, but it appears likely that the death was due to natural causes.

When the house of the dead man is burgled and that crime is followed by a suspicious fire, Barton desperately needs to speak to his widow, but she’s nowhere to be found.

In the space of twenty-four hours, everyone he wants to talk to has vanished. Then he receives some post that makes him believe he could be the next to disappear.

Barton’s investigation goes full circle, through a series of brutal murders, back to the prison, and all signs are pointing to the fact that he’s made a terrible mistake.

There’s a violent killer on the loose, who wants everyone to learn that some people deserve to die.

DI Barton is back as Ross Greenwood continues with his bestselling series.

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I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This is a complex investigation with multi viewpoints and an insight into the prison system. DI Barton and his team investigate a series of killings that have few leads. A flawed and likeable character DI Baton uses experience and insight to solve his investigations. This series retains an authentic edge, and the author’s knowledge of the prison system reinforces this.

Some of the subjects explored are disturbing, and there is a necessary violent element in keeping with the storyline. The insights into the killer’s mind are absorbing. Believably flawed characters, realistic settings and a twisty plot make this an engaging read for crime fiction enthusiasts.

Ross Greenwood

Ross Greenwood is the bestselling author of eight crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked every day with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.

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Read my reviews of the first three books in the series:

The Snow Killer, The Soul Killer, The Ice Killer

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Buried Lies Jenny O’Brien 5*Review @ScribblerJB @HQStories #CrimeFiction #DetectiveGabyDarin #BuriedLies #Detective #PublicationDay #BlogTour #BookReview

HER PARTNER. HER SON. SHE’S NEXT.

Hannah Thomas returns home one morning to every mother’s worst nightmare: a missing child and a dead fiancé. When DI Gaby Darin questions her, Hannah insists she can’t think of anyone who’d want to hurt her family – and yet it all feels disturbingly personal. 

Mere hours into the investigation, a second body is found. As Gaby and her team dig into the victims’ lives, they hit dead ends at every turn – particularly when it comes to Hannah’s past. What is the grieving woman hiding? 

But when Gaby stumbles upon Hannah’s tragic secret, it doesn’t bring her any closer to the truth. Can she connect the dots before the killer strikes again?

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My Thoughts…

Emotional and twisty this police procedural is full of secrets. The investigative team are relatable characters, and despite their flaws, they are likeable. Well-plotted and realistic, the clues are sparse, and the false leads numerous. There is an engaging amount of personal details to balance the investigative procedure.

Gaby continues to develop into a skilled detective, and her brusque manner is less evident as she feels comfortable with her role and her personal life is more rewarding. The criminal investigation is emotive but sensitively written, and the story keeps its secrets until the end.

Jenny O’Brien

Born in Dublin, Jenny O’Brien moved to Wales and then Guernsey, where she tries to find time to write in between working as a nurse and ferrying around 3 teenagers.
In her spare time,
she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier loaves of bread. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer. Readers can find out more about Jenny and her books on her blog

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Books in series reading order, although each is stand-alone:-

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  • Silent Cry (Gaby Darin Book One)
  • Darkest Night ( Gaby Darin Book Two)
  • Fallen Angel (Gaby Darin Book Three)
  • Lost Souls (Gaby Darin Book Four)
  • Buried Lies (Gaby Darin Book Five)              
Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Crime, Family Drama, Historical Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery, Mystery, New Books

A Fatal Night Faith Martin 5* #Review @HQStories @FaithMartin_Nov #hisfic #CrimeFiction #Mystery #Retro #Oxford #1960s #BookReview #bookbloggers #BlogTour #RyderandLoveday #AFatalNIght

New Year’s Eve, 1962

As a snowstorm rages outside, Oxford high society gathers to ring in the new year at the city’s most exclusive party. This is a soiree no one will forget… not least because a guest is found dead in his car the next morning.

It seems the young man tragically froze to death overnight after crashing into a snowdrift – but when WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder are called in to investigate, they discover a tangled web of secrets that plainly points to murder.

With everyone telling different stories about that fateful night, only one thing is clear: several people had reason to want the victim dead.

And if Trudy and Clement don’t find the cracks in each lie, the killer will get away with the perfect crime…

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My Thoughts…

This series has an excellent sense of place and time, with a vibrant 1960s Oxford setting. A suspicious death after a glamorous New Years Eve party looks like a tragic accident, but when Trudy and Clement investigate, murder seems likely. This investigation in this story is complete, so it reads well as a standalone. However, to grasp the nuances of Ryder and Loveday’s partnership, I recommend reading all books in the series.

Misogyny still prevails amongst Loveday’s colleagues, but her obvious detective skills win her support from some. Deduction and observation skills were paramount in an era without forensics and technology.

The sensory imagery used and vivid descriptions reflect 1962s extreme winter weather and are central to the story. This is an engaging classic style murder mystery with relatable characters and a believably written cast of suspects.

Posted in Book Review, Crime, Gangland Crime, ganglit, Historical Crime Fiction, New Books, saga

Raven Sam Michaels 5*#Review @SamMichaelsGG @AriesFiction #GeorginaGarrett #Raven #ganglit #HistoricalCrimeFiction #Saga #CrimeFiction #BookReview @HoZ_Books @Aria_Fiction

She’s out of retirement – and out for revenge

When Georgina Garrett wakes in the night to find intruders in her house, she knows she must do everything she can to keep her children safe.

But just when she thinks the ordeal is over, she realises something is terribly wrong. She arrives at her crime-lord husband David Maynard’s London house to find a bloodbath. Six of David’s best men lie dead and he is nowhere to be found.

Georgina may have walked away from the game but she’s still the best player on the street. Now, she will stop at nothing to get her husband back and to make whoever took him pay for ever daring to set foot in her town.

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I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus -Aries via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Georgina’s most attractive quality is her love of family, but someone in the criminal world is using this against her, and she is determined to seek vengeance. This is fast-paced ganglit has vibrant characters and violent scenes. The perfect read if you like gritty gangland fiction with authentic settings, believable characters and events.

Read my reviews of Trickster Rivals Vixen Siren

Sam Michaels

Sam Michaels lives in Spain with her family and a plethora of animals. Having been writing for years Raven is the fifth book in Georgina Garrett historical crime saga.

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Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Crime, Detective, Festive Read, Murder Mystery, Mystery, New Books

The Killer in the Snow Alex Pine 4*#Review @JPCarterAuthor @AvonBooksUK #Cumbria #ChristmasRead #Festive #CrimeFiction #ColdCase #DIJamesWalker #paperback #TheKillerintheSnow

Can James stop the killer before they strike again?

The first fall of snow can be fatal…

A year has passed since DI James Walker cracked his biggest case yet, and he’s hoping for peace and quiet this festive season.

But across the fells, a local farmer returns home on Christmas Eve to find footsteps in the fresh snow that lead down to his unused basement – and no footsteps leading away. Days later, his body is found, alongside those of his wife and daughter.

Without a neighbour for miles, there are no witnesses and little evidence. And the crime scene has strange echoes of another terrible murder committed at the farmhouse, twenty years earlier…

James knows that to catch this killer, he needs to solve a case that has long since gone cold…

#paperback out November 11th 2021

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I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts

Set in a remote Cumbrian village, DI James Walker’s quiet Christmas is interrupted by the tragedy at a remote farm. This atmospheric police procedural explores three deaths, possibly linked to a cold case at the same location years before. The detailed investigation allows the reader an omnipotent view of the evidence and suspects. Relatable characters and twisty plot keep the reader absorbed. The final suspenseful chapters build to an impactful conclusion.

This is a complete story, but if you enjoy chilling crime novels, the first one has a festive theme too.

Read my review of The Christmas Killer, book 1 in the DI James Walker series.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Crime, New Books, Noir

The Shadow Men M.R. Mackenzie 4*#Review @landofwhimsy @lovebooksgroup #TheShadowMen #AnnaScavolini #CrimeNoir @lovebookstours #ScottishCrime #CrimeFiction

They see everything. They hear everything. They know everything.

When a young police officer, Derek Sullivan, goes missing, the detective investigating his disappearance turns to criminologist Anna Scavolini – Derek’s one-time university lecturer – for help. Haunted by the belief that she failed in her duty of care towards her former student, Anna finds herself drawn increasingly deeper into the investigation.

Meanwhile, Zoe Callahan – once Anna’s best friend, now unhappily estranged – becomes preoccupied with unsettling rumours involving her old school. Uncovering a trail of evidence implicating the most powerful men in Scottish society in a scandal stretching back decades, she soon attracts the attention of sinister forces who don’t look kindly on those who disturb the past…

A missing police officer, a highly coveted list of names, a fatal car crash on a rainswept night – what connects these seemingly unrelated threads? And who are the mysterious Shadow Men, whose very name strikes terror into the hearts of everyone who hears it?

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My Thoughts…

The third book in the Anna Scavolini series takes Anna into a hidden criminal world that preys on the most vulnerable. This book explores institutional abuse and is disturbing reading. This story’s menacing ethos intensifies as powerful men fight the investigation into their activities. Believable characters make this story authentic, poignant and relevant. The plot draws all its elements together to create an impactful ending.

Complex protagonists, evil antagonists and a relentless investigation make this a compelling read.

M.R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has an MA in English and a PhD in Film Studies. In 2019, his first novel, In the Silence, was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year and longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize. His third novel, The Library Murders, was featured in Crime Time’s Best of the Year 2020 list.

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Death in the Woods Jo Allen 4*#Review #DCI Jude Satterthwaite @JoAllenAuthor #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #Thriller #BlogTour #BookReview #Cumbria #EdenValley @rararesources #LakeDistrict #FridayReads #DeathintheWoods

A series of copycat suicides, prompted by a mysterious online blogger, cause DCI Jude Satterthwaite more problems than usual, intensifying his concerns about his troublesome younger brother, Mikey. Along with his partner, Ashleigh O’Halloran, and a local psychiatrist, Vanessa Wood, Jude struggles to find the identity of the malicious troll gaslighting young people to their deaths.

The investigation stirs grievances both old and new. What is the connection with the hippies camped near the Long Meg stone circle? Could these suicides have any connection with a decades-old cold case? And, for Jude, the most crucial question of all.

Is it personal — and could Mikey be the final target?

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My Thoughts…

A suicide case does not usually merit the attention of a senior police detective, but when more than one young victim is dying, an unsettled community wants answers. DCI Jude Satterthwaite and his team investigate but are struggling to find any connections between the victims. The possibility that someone is inciting the suicides gives the investigation a sinister edge, and the race is on to find the culprit before more young people take their lives.

The possibility of a personal connection to the case makes revenge a conceivable motive. The contemporary plot has an authentic combination of personal and professional events in the investigative team’s lives. Complex relationships and a menacing internet presence make this addictive reading. The Cumbrian setting with its relatable characters gives depth to the story.

Jo Allen

Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University, with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in geography and Earth science. She’s been writing for pleasure and publication for as long as she can remember. 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. She wrote online articles on travel and on her favourite academic subject, Earth science. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read — crime.

Jo lives in the English Lakes, where the DCI Satterthwaite series is set. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.

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Retribution Heaton Wilson 4*#Review @kkevvin #BookReview #BlogTour @rararesources #CrimeFiction #Detective #DCIJaneBirchfield #Retribution

An ex-soldier is mown down in a brutal hit and run. Was it an accident, or an act of murder?

DCI Jane Birchfield isn’t sure. She is struggling to stay focussed after a surprise marriage proposal, and is still waiting for news about a promotion. But she has to push it all to one side as the investigation swiftly escalates into the biggest challenge she has ever faced, bringing her into conflict with her superiors, her partner, and the British Army. She’s tested to the absolute limit, and for the very first time, finds herself asking whether it’s worth the sacrifice. Can she survive the pressure as the harsh reality of military conflict hits the streets of Ashbridge?

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My Thoughts…

My first book in the DCI Jane Birchfield series, but that didn’t detract from the story. Well described characters and sufficient background information to make this readable as a standalone. It’s a detailed and fast-paced police procedural with relatable characters. The investigation team’s dynamic is believable, and there is a good balance of personal and professional in the story. The plot is full of twists, immersing the reader in the investigation making it an addictive read.

Heaton Wilson

I have been a newspaper journalist, a postman, a public relations officer, a consultant, an actor, a director, a playwright. And I have always kept writing.

I always felt I could write a novel. And I did! The first book in my crime fiction series featuring DCI Jane Birchfield, Every Reason, came out in 2016.  Whatever It Takes was published in 2021; and the third book (which follows on where Whatever It Takes ends) is nearing completion.

I’m from Manchester but now live on the Isle of Wight, where the sea is never far away. It’s the perfect place to be creative, and to walk the dogs.

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Posted in Book Review, Crime, Detective, New Books, Psychologist, Suspense, Thriller

Bring Her Home S. A. Dunphy 5*#Review #BoyleandKeneally @dunphyshane1 @bookouture #IrishCrimeFiction #CrimeFiction#Detective #CriminalPsychologist #Suspense #Folklore #CrimeNoir #BookReview #BringHerHome #MondayBlogs

She had taken only one step towards the hotel when she heard the car door opening, and then something had her by the shoulders in a grip like steel. Penny tried to fight, but it was no good. The last thing she heard as consciousness drifted away was the whisper of a familiar song…

In a small town on Ireland’s west coast, a young woman named Penelope O’Dwyer leaves a restaurant. It should take five minutes to walk back to where she’s staying. In those five minutes she disappears without a trace.

It’s a few days before the tape arrives. The kidnapper’s face is masked, his voice distorted, but no one doubts for a second he will follow through on his threat: a ritual murder at the end of October – and after that, many more murders to come. Penelope has two weeks to live. And the police don’t have a single lead.

Detective Seamus Keneally insists they need help. Especially when imprisoned murderer Frederick Morgan offers vital information connecting this case to a series of historic murders. But he will only speak to one person: criminal behaviourist Jessie Boyle. Jessie is still grieving after a brutal tragedy that cut her career in London short – but right now, she’s the only chance Penelope has.

Morgan claims this is the work of a serial killer who’s been working in the shadows for longer than the police have ever realised. Now Jessie must use all her instincts and insight to get inside the mind of a criminal more ruthless than any she’s faced in her career – before the evil that has secretly stalked Ireland for decades is unleashed again.

A totally breathtaking and chilling crime thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last page.

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

My Thoughts…

This is such an atmospheric crime thriller full of emotion and suspense. Vibrant characters Boyle and Keneally have a believable team dynamic. Set in Ireland, the setting adds to the suspenseful ethos with hints of the supernatural interwoven with Irish folklore.

There is an overriding menace in this story. It’s explored but not resolved in this story, making the reader want to know how it will develop. The fast pacing adds to the story’s addictive quality, and Jessie Boyle has secrets but is easy to like. Seamus Keneally seems to be more open with less to hide and is the perfect contrast for his partner.

Terri, the historical researcher and technical expert, has a poignant past. Dawn, the Police Commissioner, has a history with Jessie. Both have complex pasts that add depth to the story.

Authentic and well-paced, this is an immersive read that is hard to put down.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Detective, New Books, Noir

Black Reed Bay Rod Reynolds 5*#Review @Rod_WR @OrendaBooks #DetectiveCaseyWray @RandomTTour #MeetCasey #BlackReedBay #BlogTour #DontTrustAnyone #BookReview #CrimeFiction #Detective #noir

Don’t trust ANYONE…

When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident.

Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case that looks like it’s going to have only one ending…

And then the first body appears…and Casey’s investigation plunges her into a darkness she could never have imagined…

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My Thoughts…

Set in Long Island, this is a well-researched, atmospheric and immersive story featuring Detective Casey Wray. A driven, intelligent and believable character. She has the necessary insight and intuition for a good detective. Hampered by the political manoeuvring of her superiors, she has to battle to solve her cases.

Embroiled in the investigation, the reader has numerous suspects and misdirections to ponder. The plot keeps its secrets until the author reveals them in an impactful way. The detectives’ frustration and the underlying menace resonate.

Vivid sensory imagery draws the reader into a world where good and evil merge.

Rod Reynolds

Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series.
His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); the Guardian has called the books ‘pitch-perfect American noir ’. A lifelong Londoner, Rod’s first novel set in his hometown, entitled Blood Red City, was published by Orenda Books in 2020.
Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. He lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters. Follow him on Twitter @Rod_WR.