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Facets of Death Michael Stanley 4*#Review The Detective Kubu series @detectivekubu @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours #FacetsofDeath #DetectiveKubu #BlogTour #BookReview #MondayBlogs

A dark and sophisticated thriller set in the heart of Botswana,
introducing Michael Stanley’s beloved Detective Kubu

Recruited straight from university to Botswana’s CID, David ‘Kubu’ Bengu has raised his colleagues’ suspicions with his meteoric rise within the department, and he has a lot to prove.

When the richest diamond mine in the world is robbed of 100,000 carats worth of gems, and the thieves are found, executed, Kubu leaps at the chance to prove himself.

First he must find the diamonds – and it seems that a witch doctor and his son have a part to play.

Does this young detective have the skill and integrity to engineer an international trap? Or could it cost him everything?

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

My Thoughts…

Botswana in the late 1990s, this story introduces the reader to Kubu as he embarks on his career as a police detective. The story is multi-viewpoint and written in a police procedural style with a keen insight into the culture and politics of the Botswanan setting.

This is an atmospheric noir story with multiple murders. Kubu proves to be worthy of his fast-track appointment, as he gradually wins around those opposed to his detective status. He is an intuitive, intelligent investigator. His relative youth makes him impulsive in following leads despite the personal risk, but this is also what makes him effective.

This is an absorbing story with a likeable detective.

Michael StanleyMichael Sears and Stanley Trollip

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. Stanley was an educational psychologist, specialising in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and is a pilot. Michael specialised in image processing and remote sensing and taught at the University of the Witwatersrand.

On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger.

The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original mystery and was shortlisted for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award. They have also written a thriller, Dead of Night, following the investigative journalist, Crystal Nguyen, who gets caught up in the war against rhino poaching and rhino-horn smuggling.

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Gray Genesis by Alan McDermott @Jambalian @lovebooksgroup #BookBlitz #GrayGenesis #Prequel #TomGray

Today we are celebrating the release of Gray Genesis by Alan McDermott. The 7th Tom Gray novel. Gray Genesis is the prequel and it is set in Afghanistan a few years before Gray Justice.

Gray Genesis by Alan McDermott 

Tom Gray is back in his most explosive adventure yet!

Afghanistan.  As the war on terror intensifies, Taliban leader Abdul al-Hussain has plans to turn the tide in his favour.  His objective: a US virologist named Miriam Dagher.  She’s about to pay a visit to the land of her birth, and al-Hussain has her in his sights.

 Out to stop al-Hussain is Sergeant Tom Gray, SAS veteran and leader of 8 Troop.  His team are tasked with disrupting Taliban operations, snatching high-profile targets and wreaking havoc on enemy supply lines.  Their missions are routine, until the Taliban unleashes a new breed of warrior.

 Gray Genesis is a prequel to the million-selling Tom Gray series, a familiar blend of intrigue, camaraderie and explosive action.

Alan McDermott has an eclectic work history, with roles ranging from developing software for the NHS to shovelling custard powder in a food packing factory.  He tried his hand at writing in 1990, but after completing half a draft, he started a new job and threw it in a drawer.  It wasn’t until 2010 that he picked up his pen again, and published his first novel, Gray Justice, in 2011.  Gray Resurrection and Gray Redemption soon followed, and his success as a self-published author attracted the attention of Thomas & Mercer an Amazon publishing imprint.  They commissioned three more books in the Gray series, plus a spinoff called Trojan.  In 2014, Alan gave up his day job to become a full-time writer, and has written three books in a new series (Run and Hide, Seek and Destroy and Fight to Survive) featuring CIA assassin Nolene Driscoll.  He also has a standalone thriller called Motive, which has a new lead in Ryan Anderson.

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5* Review: The Lost Love of a Soldier Jane Lark Marlow Intrigues #0.5

22550447Naïve and innocent, Lady Ellen Pembroke falls for a dashing young army officer. Captain Paul Harding has such an easy, enchanting smile and his blue eyes glow; vibrancy and warmth emanating from him. She is in love.

In turn, the Captain finds his attention captured by the beautiful young daughter of the Duke of Pembroke at a house party in the summer. Finding Ellen is like finding treasure on the battle field. His sanity clings to her – something beautiful to remind him that not all in the world is ugly.

Ellen is someone to fight for and someone to survive for when he is inevitably called to arms in the battle of Waterloo..

The Lost Love of a Soldier (Marlow Intrigues #0.5)My Review

 ‘The Lost Love of a Soldier’ is a challenging read. If you’ve read the poignant and beautifully written, ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ you will know the outcome of this love story but don’t let that put you off reliving Ellen’s earlier life. This is a must read with its engaging characters and sensitive use of historical detail.
Ellen and Paul fall in love despite the strict society rules that define their lives. Their love story is romantic and heartbreaking as they endure family discord and the brutality of war. Ellen at seventeen is endearingly naive. This makes what fate has in store for her especially poignant. Paul is battle worn, despite his youth and looks to Ellen for his salvation. He is a little selfish because he knows how tough ‘following the drum’ can be for a woman but his love is sincere as is his courage and it’s easy to see why Ellen loved him.
This story captures the romance of the Regency period but with a unique perspective that makes it memorable.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The Lost Love of a Soldier by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: The Keepers: Sienna – Rae Rivers

This is the prequel to the Keepers series. I gave a 5* Review to The Keepers: Archer last year and  I am eagerly anticipating the next in series The Keepers: Declan due for release 12 June 2014.

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Sienna Beckham is a powerful witch, and along with her four fiercely protective Keepers, it is her destiny to maintain the balance of nature in this world.

Tonight, it’s the town carnival and everyone will be there: Sienna’s family; her friends; her protectors. Archer.

Laughter and flirtation await.

But in a few hours, Sienna’s life will have changed forever and her powers stretched to their very limits.

For something is lurking in the forest…

Murder. Sorcery. Revenge.

And no one saw it coming.

Find out how it all began…

My Review

The Keepers: Sienna is a prequel to the trilogy. As a standalone read it is an interesting tale full of sensual tension, paranormal drama and vivid characters.
The paranormal elements of this novella are well thought out and the antagonist dark and evil. The atmosphere created by the author makes reading this story a sensual experience.

We meet The Keepers, Archer, Declan, Ethan and Sarah and explore the dynamic between them and Sienna before discovering why a tragic event in their shared past effects their future actions.

This story has additional significance if you read The Keepers: Archer released last year, first. It answers important questions about Sienna’s past, how she ends up alone hiding from her keepers and why she shuns her magical heritage.