The Henry Crowne Trilogy #Collapse
Books / November 28, 2019

Henry Crowne: Paying the Price COLLAPSE  He is a secret IRA operative. He is one of the most successful City banker in London …then the 2008 Financial Crisis happens. Nancy Wu, former eminent Queen’s Counsel, now prominent patron of the arts, receives the most unexpected call for help. Henry Crowne is accused of murder in a case that seems decided from the very beginning. His Irish background, financial terrorist connections and investment banking success inexorably tilt the scales against him. Nancy’s own lingering darker past calls for her to mount Henry’s defence but her client is the biggest obstacle. Will she manage to unpick the devious manipulations of a most twisted mind?   BREAKING PO!NT They may break his body, never his spirit One financial terrorist in prison Two City bankers dead And … a $350 trillion banking scandal called LIBOR The suspicious suicide of two high-profile City bankers brings former QC Nancy Wu and Inspector Jonathan Pole together again in an investigation that implicates the UK government, the Bank of England, and London’s top banking executives. As the true motive for the deaths continues to elude them, Nancy persuades a reluctant Inspector Pole to involve Henry Crowne. Once a brilliant…

The Willow Woman by Laurence Westwood (Philip Ye 1)
Books / November 26, 2019

‹Chengdu: a teeming, modern metropolis. Yet China’s painful turbulent history still leaves its mark on the minds of all who live there. Philip Ye, half English, half Chinese, is a homicide detective with the Chengdu Public Security Bureau who suffers his own anguish from a life blighted by tragedy and the unsettling appearance of ghosts that often intrude in on his investigations. On a misty grey morning one such apparition leads him to a busy street corner during the rush hour where he bears witness to a shocking event. Against his better judgment, Phillip is drawn into the search for a missing, vulnerable boy. His investigation brings him into contact with Xu Ya, a brilliant and beautiful public prosecutor. She is new to Chengdu, determined not only to make her mark but to also leave behind her own personal heartbreak. They have crossed paths before. He has no memory of her, but she remembers him very well indeed…. Soon enough Philip Ye has a vicious murder on his hands, and then another – the boy’s disappearance seemingly sparking a chain of violent events. With the help of Xu Ya – dedicated to upholding făzhì, the Rule of Law, in China…

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 Career Killer by Ali Gunn (DCI Mabey 1)
Books / November 19, 2019

When young women are clinically executed and posed in tourist hotspots around London without a single witness, the case ought to go to a detective with decades of experience investigating serial murder. Instead, newbie DCI Elsie Mabey lands the case, bringing with her a ragtag team of misfits and rejects. Rather than the Met’s finest, they’re the “not quite fired” of London policing. She faces an impossible task: finding an invisible killer while fighting her own invisible illness. Review Thanks to Ali Gunn for my Copy of her debut novel and first in a new series, The Career Killer, Introducing DCI Mabey and her ragtag team including DS Knox and DI Stryker. Recently promoted, and accused of only getting the job because of her father, notorious ex police himself, DCI Elsie Mabey takes control of a new team, of other cops who have had some troubles in their past. Tasked with a case that appears to be a serial killer, when women’s bodies are turning up, dressed up and posed like dolls or mannequins. A real solid and confidently written story ensues, well paced, this is a proper murder mystery, almost an old school police procedural but Ali Gunn has…