The Break by Ronnie O’Sullivan (Soho Nights 3)
Books / April 16, 2019

This is the 3rd book by World Snooker Champion and Superstar, Ronnie O’Sullivan in his Soho nights series. I’ll admit to scepticism on my part about a book by O’Sullivan, but the blurb , and of course the name drew me in enough to want to see what this was all about. I’ve not read the first 2 books but it’s quickly established you dont have to, though I will definitely be doing so now. Such an easy book to pick up and read, the language and the writing is without any pretence, just pick up, read and enjoy. Set in 1997 Brit pop is going mad, Frankie James, a good guy trying to make his way on the Soho scene, runs the Ambassador club, and has plans to put on the Soho Open, a new snooker tournament. Frankie is a good guy but he does have a habit of getting involved with the wrong sort. When a big time gangster, Terence Hamilton dies a long standing pact Frank had with that gangster is forgotten and the new man in charge, his son, Dougie decides to cash in the info he has on Frank, in exchange for a job he…

The Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s Bounty by Amy Thomas #Blog Tour
Books / April 16, 2019

                          Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler retrace the steps of pirates as they uncover a conspiracy at the heart of Florida’s islands. Death threats and gangsters are not enough to stop the pair as they meet new friends and enemies while seeking pirate treasure and preserving law and order. Amy Thomas is one of the Baker Street Babes, the world’s most popular Sherlock Holmes podcast. The Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s Bounty is Amy’s fourth Holmes and Adler novel – The Detective and The Woman, and The Detective and The Woman and the Winking Tree, and The Detective and The Woman and The Silent Hive have sold worldwide with wonderful reviews with the first book available in audio format as well. Review Thank you to Caroline at bitsaboutbooks for inviting me on this tour of the Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s bounty by Amy Thomas I’ve always been intrigued by Sherlock Holmes and the many guises he is now portrayed and very recently read an excellent Holmes novel so when the chance to review this was offered I said yes straight away. This is the 4th…

Stasi 77 by David Young (Major Karin Müller 4)
Books / April 13, 2019

This is the 4th book in the Karin Müller series. I’ve enjoyed the first 3 books so as soon as this popped up on netgalley I had to request it! Set in East Berlin, 1977, Karin of the serious crimes department of the Kriminalpolizei is called and rushed back from her family holiday to investigate what appears to be the murder of a local political party official, Found in an old Mill, tied up and locked in a room then left to sufficate on smoke fumes. Similar murders follow, Müller attempts to investigate but the Stasi block her at every turn whilst her deputy and sometime love interest Weiner Tilsner seems to be acting very strangely about the investigation. Is he somehow involved? Kicked off the case,  Müller goes to her boss, to try and get back on the case, he pointedly refuses and she backs off until she receives a mysterious letter offering information on the murders. There are flash backs throughout to a 1943 prison camp and the tale of 3 French brothers. These are harrowing, disturbing and the darkest I’ve read from David Young in the 4 Muller books, nothing is sensationalised, it feels very grim and very…

March Round Up #BlogPost
Books / March 30, 2019

Hello and Welcome to my First Monthly Review Round Up ⬆️ #BlogPost So This Month I’ve managed to read 9 Books! Some Galleys. Some from my Huge TBR Pile. My thoughts… I started my March with The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell.This is a dark, brooding, Gothic Murderous Tale of Myths and Demon’s and a Sinister Serial Killer on a Rampage. Set in 1920s Czech Rep, This Book was Stunning and my Book of The Month, take a look at my full review http://www.alexjbooks.com/review/the-devil-aspect-by-craig-russell/ Next up was Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan . a Taut, Cleverly written Pyschological Suspense Thriller about a woman being stalked by a guy who tried to kill her once before. A good read with a wicked Twist. http://www.alexjbooks.com/review/closer-than-you-think-by-darren-osullivan/ Holmes: Boro’ Lad Volume 1 by Mel Small was an absolute Rip-Roaring Triumph. Given the book by the author for an honest review i was a bit sceptical of a sherlock holmes reimagined in 2016 as a bit of a lad from Middlesborough. So Wrong! It’s Funny ,Witty and Clever i would recommend this to anyone not just Holmes fans. http://www.alexjbooks.com/review/holmes-volume-1-by-melvyn-small/ The next book in March was The Fourth Courier by Timothy Jay-Smith set in…

The Repenting Serpent by Wes Markin (DCI Michael Yorke 2) #BlogTour
Books / March 30, 2019

A DCI Michael Yorke Thriller A vicious serial killer slithers from the darkness, determined to resurrect the ways of a long-dead civilisation. When the ex-wife of one of DCI Michael Yorke’s closest allies is left mutilated and murdered, Yorke and his team embark on their greatest test yet. A  deeply personal case that will push them to their very limits. As Yorke’s team are pulled further into the dark, the killer circles, preparing to strike again. The Repenting Serpent is a true edge-of-the-seat, nail-biting page turner.   My Review I have been following Wes since his debut novel – One last prayer for the Rays Review 👉 http://www.alexjbooks.com/review/466 as one of his beta readers. Along with that I’ve also read his short novella Defined and can’t fail to be impressed by both. The opening prologue to this new novel is great, the sense of foreboding that instantly settles around you is pleasantly disturbing 😈. Jessica Brooke, Ex-wife of DS Iain Brooke has been found in her home brutally savagely murdered. Her heart has been taken, the team arrive to investigate. Could their friend and colleague have anything to do with this?  Jessica’s mother , living in the Mary Chapman living facility for…