The Lagotti Family Box Set by Leopold Borstinski #The Heist #BlogTour
Books / October 7, 2019

Two generations and four decades in the lives of Frank, Mary Lou and the rest of the gang The Heist: After leaving Baltimore Penitentiary, Frank’s get rich quick scheme to rob a bank requires his girlfriend, Mary Lou to sleep with an inside guy and for his gang to stay together long enough to take down the vault. Meanwhile Mary Lou falls for the inside man and can’t decide whether to go with him or Frank. If she chooses the wrong fella she’ll be penniless and wind up dead. How would you choose between a fool and a dreamer? The Getaway: After ex-con Frank and his girlfriend Mary Lou rob a Baltimore Bank, they must flee across country before the Feds find them and the mob ices them for stealing from an organized crime boss. As they dash to California, trust becomes the most important currency as Frank and Mary Lou grapple to decide whether love is enough to keep them together. And by the time they reach their goal, they must fight to the death to survive hired guns and trained police shooters. If they don’t kill everyone in their way then they will die themselves. Would you risk everything for…

Eight Hours From England by Anthony Quayle #IWM #BlogTour
Books / September 26, 2019

Eight Hours from England by Anthony Quayle – A candid account of SOE operations in occupied Europe described by Andrew Roberts as ‘As well as being one of our greatest actors, Anthony Quayle was an intrepid war hero and his autobiographical novel is one of the greatest adventure stories of the Second World War. Beautifully written and full of pathos and authenticity, it brings alive the terrible moral decisions that have to be taken by soldiers under unimaginable pressures in wartime.’  My Review Thanks to Anne from Random Things Tours and The IWM for my copy of Eight Hours From England by Anthony Quayle, my final review in the series of republished world war 2 works. 1943, Major John Overton, realising his partner doesn’t share his feelings, volunteers for SOE operations and finds himself posted to an Albania on the cusp of civil war. A struggle to over come a fraught political background, amongst many challenges, it’s a book that highlights the intricacies of the war. As much as this book is beautifully written and stated as a novel, it reads very much like Quayle’s Memoir, his alter ego being John Overton. It’s tense, and moving, whilst not filled was…

Trial By Battle by David Piper #IWM #BlogTour
Books / September 14, 2019

  Thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours and the IWM for my copy of the newly republished, Trial by battle by David Piper. Written in 1959 this book tells us about young second lieutenant Alan mart, as he is first stationed in India then onto Malay to fight the advancing Japanese. Alan by no means a fighting man is taken under the wing of Captain Sam Holl, a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed drunk, who plays a large part in the book and in turn making Alan the man he becomes. Telling the tale of his transformation, from a quiet student, to the man fighting for his life in jungle warfare. This a well written, uncomfortable story. Poignantly described, it’s a tragic tale that is sadly all very real, bringing home the true terror of War, it’s written from the authors own accounts of war. An incredible piece of fiction that fully deserves its republication and to reach a new audience once again. 5🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Trial by Battle by David Piper – A quietly shattering and searingly authentic depiction of the claustrophobia of jungle warfare in Malaya described by William Boyd as ‘A tremendous rediscovery of a brilliant novel. Extremely well-written, its effects…

A Shadow On The Lens by Sam Hurcom #BlogTour
Books / September 8, 2019

The Postmaster looked over my shoulder. As I turned to look I saw a flicker of movement from across the street. I felt unseen eyes peer at me. He walked away without another word. I watched as he climbed onto his bicycle and sped away down the street. I turned back and looked over my shoulder. Someone had been watching us. 1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland – her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help. As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering…

A Shot in the Dark by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello (Mydworth Mysteries)
Books / September 5, 2019

Sussex, England, 1929.   Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But things are about to liven up there considerably, when young Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his government posting in Cairo, with his unconventional American wife – Kat Reilly.   No sooner have the two arrived, when a jewel robbery occurs at Harry’s aunt’s home – Mydworth Manor – ending in one of the thieves being shot…and killed.   The local police are baffled by the case. But Harry and Kat have an edge in the hunt for the second thief: not only do they have certain useful “skills” they’ve both picked up in service of King, President and Country, they also have access to parts of English high society that your average bobby can’t reach.   Because this Shot in the Dark…could have come from anywhere. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Thanks to Dylan at RedDog Press for inviting me to the tour for ‘A Shot In The Dark’ by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello. Here’s an extract from the book. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ PROLOGUE SUSSEX, ENGLAND, 1929.   LADY LAVINIA FITZHENRY turned the page of the novel she was reading – the latest from the American, Hemingway….