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 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…

The Lost Ten by Harry Sidebottom #BlogTour
Books / October 30, 2019

A desperate rescue attempt deep behind enemy lines . . . this nail-biting adventure has all the hard-edged appeal of the Bravo Two Zero mission. When Valens, a junior officer in the Roman Army, joins a crack squad of soldiers on a dangerous mission, little does he know what’s in store for him. Tasked with rescuing the young Prince Sasan, who has been imprisoned in the impenetrable Castle of Silence, the troops set out across Mesopotamia and into the mountains south of the Caspian Sea. Deep in hostile territory, inexperienced Valens finds himself in charge. And as one by one his soldiers die or disappear, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in their midst, and that the rescue is fast becoming a suicide mission. Valens must marshal this disparate group of men and earn their respect, before it’s too late . . .   MY REVIEW Thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers and Zaffre books for my copy of this standalone thriller based in the Roman Era, The Lost Ten by Harry Sidebottom Having never read this author before i was taken in by the blurb and of mentions of a ‘Roman Jack Reacher’, Who wouldn’t want…

Shamus Dust by Janet Roger
Books / October 28, 2019

Hard Winter. Cold War. Cool Murder. Two candles flaring at a Christmas crib. A nurse who steps inside a church to light them. A gunshot emptied in a man’s head in the creaking stillness before dawn, that the nurse says she didn’t hear. It’s 1947 in the snowbound, war-scarred City of London, where Pandora’s Box just got opened in the ruins, City Police has a vice killing on its hands, and a spooked councilor hires a shamus to help spare his blushes. Like the Buddha says, everything is connected. So it all can be explained. But that’s a little cryptic when you happen to be the shamus, and you’re standing over a corpse. MY REVIEW Thank you to the guys at Troubador Publishing for my gifted copy of this great new Crime Noir ‘ Shamus Dust’ by Janet Roger   London, the aftermath of world war 2 , a body is found, shot twice. A local councillor who owns the building where the body is found calls in an American private investigator, or Shamus, called ‘Newman’ our protagonist, we never learn his full name. The story itself is full of greed, corruption and lies. It’s a serious tale, a real Murder Mystery….

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…