The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway #BlogTour
Books / April 8, 2020

Tony, Hugh and Karen thought they’d seen the last of each other thirty years ago. Half a lifetime has passed and memories have been buried. But when they are asked to reunite – to lay ghosts to rest for the good of the future – they all have their own reasons to agree. As they take the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland the past is brought in to terrible focus – some things are impossible to leave behind. Review Thanks to Dome Press for my ARC and Invite to take part in the Blog Tour for ‘The Last Crossing’ by Brian McGilloway. This extraordinary new standalone book from Brian McGilloway is a truly brilliant, moving piece of storytelling that delves into the past and details an execution that happened at the time of the troubles. This Dark and cold story is about Tony, Hugh and Karen, brought together again, 30 years after the execution. Asked to come together again to right the wrongs of the past to build a better future. Brian McGilloway weaves a spellbinding novel about the fractious emotional journey the 3 passengers experience as they take a ferry ride to Scotland from Northern Ireland. Whilst the story…

East Side Hustler by Leopold Borstinski (Alex Cohen 2) #BlogTour
Books / April 5, 2020

Alex lived through the war, but will he survive the peace? Jewish gang member, Alex comes back from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has seen. When he is plucked from certain death by an old friend, he commits to making so much money he’ll never know that agony again. But the route to the top is fraught with danger and every time he helps one of his powerful friends like Al Capone, he acquires more enemies who want to see him dead. When organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein dies, the turmoil caused by his loss sets in train a chain of events which means Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to attain your American dream? Review Thanks to Damppebbles Tours and Leopold Borstinski for my e-copy of the 2nd in his ‘Alex Cohen’ series, ‘East Side Hustler’. I have been looking forward to this story since reading first book, ‘The Bowery Slugger’ when Alex Cohen was introduced. This story follows on from the end of book 1, When Cohen left to be part of the war effort. Now in to the 1920s this story tells of Alex’s struggles after…

Bobby March Will Live Forever by Alan Parks (Harry McCoy 3) #BlogTour
Books / March 2, 2020

WHO IS TO BLAME WHEN NO ONE IS INNOCENT? The papers want blood. The force wants results. The law must be served, whatever the cost. July 1973. The Glasgow drugs trade is booming and Bobby March, the city’s own rock-star hero, has just overdosed in a central hotel. Alice Kelly is thirteen years old, lonely and missing. Meanwhile the niece of McCoy’s boss has fallen in with a bad crowd and when she goes AWOL, McCoy is asked – off the books – to find her. McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time? Review Thanks to Random Things Tours and Canongate for my ARC of the 3rd book in the ‘Harry McCoy’ Series by Alan Parks Entitled ‘Bobby March Will Live Forever’. Set in a scorching hot summer, Its July 1973 and the mischievous cop Harry McCoy has all kinds on his plate. The Body of a local hero, Bobby March – Rock Star Musician is found , overdosed in a hotel, a 13-year-old girl has gone missing, The niece of McCoys boss has also gone walkabout. Add to that drugs pouring into the city, Bank Robberies and McCoys long-term friend and gangster Stevie Cooper causing no…

The Coldest Warrior by Paul Vidich #BlogTour
Books / February 28, 2020

Review   Thanks to No Exit Press and Random things tours for my ARC of ‘The Coldest Warrior’ by Paul Vidich. Based at the height of the Cold War, this story, which is in fact Based on the true events of a Frank Olson, personally known by the author and his family is a story about Dr Charles Wilson, a scientist who dies when he ‘jumped or fell’ from his 9th floor hotel room in Washington. When the Rockefeller commission is realised in 1975 it again brings to light this death and with it a fresh investigation by Jack Gabriel, an agent with links to Wilson and his family. An intriguing, serious and compelling story takes shape as the CIA, the FBI and top White House officials do all they can to cover up any involvement in this Darkly sinister espionage thriller ripe with murder, lies and government corruption and cover ups A deeply far reaching and intense novel. It’s gently paced high quality taut spy thriller and it’s also quite a timely reminder of the past and of also of alleged recent day events in politics. A historic thriller full of conspiracy and intrigue. This is an expertly written top…

Stasi Winter by David Young (Karin Muller 5) #BlogTour
Books / January 10, 2020

n 1978 East Germany, nothing is at it seems. The state’s power is absolute, history is re-written, and the ‘truth’ is whatever the Stasi say it is. So when a woman’s murder is officially labelled ‘accidental death’, Major Karin Müller of the People’s Police is faced with a dilemma. To solve the crime, she must disregard the official version of events. But defying the Stasi means putting her own life – and the lives of her young family – in danger. As the worst winter in living memory holds Germany in its freeze, Müller must untangle a web of state secrets and make a choice: between truth and lies, justice and injustice, and, ultimately, life and death. Review Thanks to Compulsive Readers Tours and Zaffre books for my copy of the 5th book in David Young’s outstanding ‘Stasi’ series, ‘ Stasi Winter’ featuring Major Karin Müller. This 5th book in this series finds Müller again faced with difficult decisions in with regards to the Stasi. Resigned from her job and struggling to make ends meet and a young family and grandmother to care for, Karin is forced back into service to investigate a women’s death close to the Baltic Sea….