Joe Country by Mick Herron (Jackson Lamb 6)
Books / June 17, 2019

  Starting with an opening prologue that will leave you open mouthed, Joe Country is Book 6 in the Jackson Lamb spy series detailing the going’s on at Slough house, a kind of forced retirement home for disgraced ‘Joe’s ,’ or spies. With nowhere else to put them they are lumped under Jackson Lamb, an absolute beast of a man, with a terrible temper, a disgusting attitude and deplorable manners, but above all, he looks after his staff, no one ‘burns’ his Joe’s. Jackson is on the hunt , Louisa is brooding , River is in mourning , Standish is drinking , Shirley is angry , Coe is quiet and Roddy well…He’s Roddy 😂…and there is a new recruit , Lech, with his own story to fight. When Louisa goes rogue, looking for her now dead boyfriend, and slow horse Min’s son, she finds herself caught up in an operation in deepest Wales, Jackson sends River , Shirley, and Coe off to find Louisa in the welsh snow ..with questionable results.. The ever despicable ‘Lady Di Taverner is up to her usual tricks and now in charge of first desk, i’m very interested to see how that’s going to effect the…

Black Summer by M.W. Craven (Washington Poe 2)
Books / June 3, 2019

  I started my review site in early January 2019 and one of my first reviews was the 2018 release of M.W Craven’s The puppet show … http://www.alexjbooks.com/review/the-puppet-show-by-m-w-craven-washington-poe-1/ In that book we were introduced to Washington  Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, and just from that book it’s like I’ve grown an affinity to the duo Thanks to the joys of social media I’ve been following the author M.W.Craven and after badgering him pretty much daily I was granted an arc of this highly anticipated follow up to The Puppet Show. As with its superb predecessor , you are instantly drawn in by Craven’s addictive writing style, it’s almost infectious. it strikes me again that he writes how “normal “ people talk. There is no pretence in his words at all. Hooked from the first, disturbing page, the story follows Poe as he is called back to Cumbria, a murder he solved 6 years ago has raised it’s ugly head, the victim, Elizabeth Keaton, believed to have been killed by her father, world renowned chef, Jared Keaton, who was never found, has turned up , handing herself over to the local police. With the finger now firmly pointing at him and facing…

The Chain by Adrian McKinty #BlogTour
Books / May 9, 2019

Thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for an invite to the Blog Tour for the AMAZING new book, THE CHAIN by Adrian McKinty… Here’s my story and review of what must be THE most talked about book of 2019! You are now part of The Chain …..now there is a tag line. I started reviewing in January 2019 and I have to say this has been the most anticipated read of my short reviewer life. I probably noticed or started seeing bits about this book pop up on Twitter, little snippets from the publisher Orion, and then proof reviews started popping up from the likes of Don Winslow and Val McDermid praising this to the skies. So I began to follow the author and the publisher and it became apparent that anyone in the know realised pretty quickly after reading this that they had read something special. Weeks of teasing continued from the Orion social media team until late April they dropped a teaser in to net galley, the first 5 short chapters. And boom, Right there they had me. A little while later after more cat and mouse with the publisher I was lucky enough to be granted an…

April Round Up! ⬆️⬆️ #BlogPost
Books / April 30, 2019

Another Month. Another 8 Crackers Read, Reviewed and Rounded up into Bite Size Bits! Click on the Books for my Full Review! Before I waffle on, just a big thank you for all the views this month, i never quite hit the 1000 but it was close! 900 and a bit lol.. Please leave comments and let me know what im doing right or wrong, what you like, what you want to be reviewed! anything….So on with the chatter… April began with the Megastar Best selling Author John Connolly with the 17th in his epic Charlie Parker series A Book of Bones. a book of mammoth proportions in both size and story, its my Book of the month and highly recommended! Stasi 77 By David Young is a Powerful, Darkly Disturbing Tale of Nazi Germany, and Stasi Corruption. Intriguing, Compelling and highly interesting and stunningly well researched. My blog Tour this month brought me to The Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s Bounty by Amy Thomas, A classic, charming Sherlock Holmes Tale. The Break by Ronnie O’Sullivan – Yes, Him… is a cracking, smoking gangster story set in London, A brilliantly fun Crime Caper! Next up in this busy month…

The Innocent Ones by Neil White (Dan Grant and Jayne Brett 3)
Books / April 23, 2019

  A new author for me, Neil white , this is the 3rd book is his Dan Grant and Jayne Brett Legal series. Legal Thrillers are not something I usually read but looking to broaden my reading , this looked a perfect and interesting one to go with. The book opens with the violent murder of journalist,  Mark Roberts , a London lad out in the sticks looking to meet someone, to help him with a story he is writing, he is fatally assaulted. Nick Conner a petty thief is found red handed; or footed in this case as his bloody footprints are found at the scene of the murder. Criminal defence lawyer Dan Grant takes his case. What looks an open and shut case is soon made more interesting when intriguingly the victim’s mother approaches Dan saying she doesn’t believe they have the right killer and there is more than meets the eye. Jayne Brett, Dan’s investigator and longtime friend,  is now in Manchester,  working away at a new life,  a job in a supermarket with a leach of a boss and behind on her rent. She is asked back by Dan and soon agrees to pick up her old…