We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker #BlogTour
Books / April 2, 2020

Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer. Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed. Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town. Murder, revenge, retribution. How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself? Review Wow! Where to start with this absolutely stunning tale from Chris Whitaker. There are so many superlatives for this wonderful story based around the police chief of a small town in America and the Radley family, primarily 13-year-old Duchess Day Radley. ‘Walk’ or chief Walker is trying to police his small town, when a killer is released from prison, returns to the town, upsetting the equilibrium. The Killer In question is Vincent King, having served 30 years, he returns to the town where he accidentally killed the sister…

Killing Pretties by Rob Ashman (DS Malice 1) #BlogTour
Books / March 30, 2020

Detective Sergeant Khenan Malice is a rubbish ex-husband, a crap father but a damned good detective. It’s a shame he spoils his only redeeming quality by being a bent copper. Detective Kelly Pietersen joins the team to help find a missing woman. But she has a secret… Damien Kaplan is a leading criminal barrister and a keen amateur potter. He also happens to be a serial killer with a chilling approach to creating his art. He’s married to Elsa, though she considers him more of a possession than a husband. She controls those around her using sex and procures men and women for her husband to play with but only after she’s finished with them first. Killing Pretties is his passion, having sex with them is hers. It is difficult to say which one is worse. The missing woman brings all four crashing together – an incendiary mix that doesn’t end well. Review Thanks to Book on the Brightside Tours and Rob Ashman for my copy of ‘Killing Pretties’. The first in a new series by author Rob Ashman starring DS Khenan Malice. Whilst having most of the authors works are on my kindle this is in fact my first…

Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten (Maggie Jamieson 2) #BlogTour
Books / March 23, 2020

The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning… DC Maggie Jamieson’s past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller. Three missing women running out of time… They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life. The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was… But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town. Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find. Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live… Review Thanks to Book on the Brightside Tours for my slot on the blog tour for the 2nd in the Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten ‘Dead Wrong’. Having recently read book 1, I jumped straight into this one and as with the first it’s so easy to pick up and read with Noelle Holten’s easy, accessible and inviting writing style. Maggie returns, and feels much more to the forefront in this new story,…

Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith #BlogTour
Books / March 19, 2020

The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who’ve held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county’s aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself — when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good. The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts — of regret and violence — transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still. Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who’s returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with Celia, the local bar owner. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gift of human connection while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations. With broken histories and vagabond hearts, the townsfolk wrestle with the evil in the woods — and the wickedness that lurks in each and every one of us.   Review Thanks to RandomThingsTours and No Exit Press for my copy…

Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei #BlogTour
Books / March 17, 2020

A young woman in Hong Kong investigates her teenage sister’s death. An evocative and zeitgeisty crime novel, from the acclaimed author of The Borrowed. Review   Thanks to Midas PR for my slot on the blog tour and copy of ‘Second Sister’ by Chan Ho-Kei. Originally published in 2017, this translated issue is published by Head of Zeus and centres on a desperate sister and her fight to find out why her teenage sister commits suicide after jumping from their apartment building to her untimely death. Based in the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, this story delves into the dark world of jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Opening up the world of social media, the dark web and computer hacking it’s a very up to date and current novel which is absolutely compelling. Chan Ho-Kei creates an enthralling read, with a cast of characters that at times you want to support but also at times are very frustrating. Nga-Yee, the distraught bedraggled sister who finds her 15-year-old sisters body, convinced it’s no suicide she goes to extreme lengths to uncover the truth which leads her to ‘N’. ‘N’ is the almost anti-hero in this one, and he is a wonderfully devious…