The Lost Pharaoh by Murray Bailey
Books / December 8, 2019

The year is BCE 1318 and Yanhamu, Lord Khety, is invited to sit as a judge on a High Court case. However, he is out of his depth and when the case concludes he knows that justice has not been done. A meeting with the emissary of the High Priest of Amun leads to Yanhamu’s arrest for treason. Accused of conspiracy and thrown into prison he must prove his innocence. The Two Lands are on the brink of civil war. Yanhamu may hold the key, but he must battle his own demons before he can save his country. This crime-mystery occurs between the historic flashbacks in Map of the Dead and Secrets of the Dead. It is Yanhamu’s story.   ›Review‹   Thanks as ever to Murray Bailey for my copy of his new thriller, The Lost Pharaoh. Set in 1318 BCE Egypt, this is the tale of Yanhumu, Lord Khety, a local magistrate who sits at a high court trial after being invited by some higher-ups, wanting to gain wealth and standing, Yanhamu takes his place at the court. When the case ends, Yanhumu is far from pleased with the resulting outcome, and soon finds himself arrested and imprisoned for…

A Death in Mayfair by Mark Ellis (DCI Frank Merlin 4) #BlogTour
Books / November 22, 2019

December 1941. On a bright Sunday morning in Hawaii, Japanese planes swoop down and attack the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbour. America enters the war and Britain no longer stands alone against Hitler. Conditions on the home front remain bleak. In a city pulverised by the Blitz, with rampant crime and corruption and overstretched police resources, life for Scotland Yard detective Frank Merlin continues as arduous as ever. In the week of Japan’s aggression, the shattered body of beautiful film star Laura Curzon is found on the pavement beneath her Mayfair apartment, an apparent suicide. A mile away, the body of a strangled young girl is discovered in the rubble of a bombed-out building. Merlin and his team investigate, encountering fraudulent film moguls, philandering movie stars, depraved Satanists and brutal gangsters as they battle through a wintry London in pursuit of the truth. Review Thanks to Midas PR for the invite and ARC of the latest in the DCI Frank Merlin, A Death In Mayfair, by Mark Ellis The 4th in the series , this is my first read of the series a very good one it is to. 1941, wartime London, while the Germans are busy in Russia, the streets…

The Killer Queen by T.S. Hunter (Soho Noir 5) #BlogTour
Books / November 21, 2019

THE SHOW MUST GO ON It’s 1988. A mild summer after a turbulent political year for LGBT rights. While working as an assistant to a successful Theatre Director, Joe Stone finds himself unwittingly embroiled in another murder investigation. Lexi Goode, a young, up and coming actress has her bright future cut short when she is found murdered in her exclusive top floor apartment in the posh end of Soho. Knowing that the police are as racist as they are homophobic, Joe and Russell inevitably take it on themselves to investigate what happened to the young woman. Along the way they discover illicit liaisons, a string of admirers, a secret life that was helping to pay for the glamorous lifestyle no young actress should have been able to afford. But who would want to kill Lexi? Finding the answer to that question puts Joe in mortal danger and a young police officer in an awkward position. KILLER QUEEN IS THE FIFTH IN THE SOHO NOIR SERIES. REVIEW Thank you to Red Dog for my e – copy of ‘Killer Queen’ by T.S Hunter, the 5th Novella in the Soho Noir series. it’s now 1988, and Joe is working as an assistant…

The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinksi (Alex Cohen 1) #BlogTour
Books / November 21, 2019

A turn-of-the-century Jewish boy works his way up through the gangs of New York.   When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands?   The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.   Review Thanks to Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours and Leopold Borstinski for my copy of ‘ The Bowery Slugger’, Book 1 in a new series introducing Alex Cohen. This is the third book I’ve read this year by Leopold Borstinski, following reviews of The Heist and The Case. This is quite different from both of those books and one I really enjoyed as we are introduced to Alex Cohen, a young Jewish boy who arrives in America in 1915. With his family struggling…

Angel Avenger by Tim Wickenden (Max Becker 1)
Books / November 12, 2019

September 1960. In the Spandauer forest Detectives Max Becker and Bastian Döhl, from the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, find a naked, tortured man tied to a tree. A cryptic message hangs from his neck. When another body appears, Max is sure it won’t be the last. The press dub the killer, Der Waldscharfrichter (The Forest Executioner) and graphic tattoos on the bodies suggest that the victims are Russians with a criminal past. As more bodies and messages appear, they lead Max and his team to a horrific past event, wounds that run deep in the Berlin psyche, plunging Max into a conflict between his sense of duty and justice ›REVIEW‹ When I was offered a free copy of this book,  being an avid fan of books written in and about this era in Germany I was more than happy to read ‘ Angel Avenger’ by Tim Wickenden. This book is the first in the Max Becker series and is set in the Post war Berlin of 1960. A brutally tortured body is found tied to a tree, with a cryptic message around his neck. With more bodies turning up suffering the same macabre fate, Max Becker and his team of detectives investigate. This…