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….

From The City, From The Plough by Alexander Baron #IWM #BlogTour
Books / September 5, 2019

  A vivid and moving account of preparations for D- Day and the advance into Normandy. Published in the 75th anniversary year of the D-Day landings, this is based on the author’s first-hand experience of D-Day and has been described by Antony Beevor as ‘undoubtedly one of the very greatest British novels of the Second World War.’ My Review  My thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and the Imperial War Museum for the Invite to the series of Tours of newly re-published wartime classics marking the 80th anniversary of World War 2. My first stop of 3 in the series is  ‘From The City, From The Plough’ by Alexander Baron. First written in 1948, this is a piece of fiction yet it is based on Alexander Baron’s real life experiences. Whilst not a huge read physically, its less than 200 pages, it’s a huge read literary wise, this book is a stunning accomplishment which stands the test of time to this day. Detailing the story of the Fifth Battalion as they train and await their posting, the first part of the book, is engaging, and builds subtlety as we are introduced to the characters in the book, all…

Deadly Prospects by Clio Gray #BlogTour
Books / September 4, 2019

  Deadly Prospects is book 1 in the Scottish Mystery series. 1869, Sutherland, Scotland. For years the people of this remote area of the Highlands have lived a hard life. Now a local Gold Rush has attracted the Pan-European Mining Company to the area, and Solveig McCleery is determined to re-open the Brora mines and give the population the riches they deserve. But when work starts on re-opening the mines, the body of a prospector is discovered, and odd inscriptions found on stones near the corpse. Before the meaning of these strange marks can be deciphered another body is discovered. Are these attacks connected to the re-opening of the mines? Will Solveig’s plan succeed in bringing peace and prosperity back to the area? Or has she put in motion something far more sinister?   MY REVIEW Thanks to Kelly at Love Books tours for the invite and copy of Deadly Prospects by Clio Gray, the first book in the Scottish mysteries series This historical thriller, literally has a volcanic opening! 1855 , Iceland and a volcano is spewing its contents out, creating the scene for the story ahead. Leading us to 1869 Sutherland Scotland , the setting for the book. After years…