Whirligig by Andrew James Greig #BlogTour
Books / April 7, 2020

Just outside a sleepy Highland town, a gamekeeper is found hanging lifeless from a tree. The local police investigate an apparent suicide, only to find he’s been snared as efficiently as the rabbit suspended beside him. As the body count rises, the desperate hunt is on to find the murderer before any more people die. But the town doesn’t give up its secrets easily, and who makes the intricate clockwork mechanisms carved from bone and wood found at each crime? Whirligig is a tartan noir like no other; an exposé of the corruption pervading a small Highland community and the damage this inflicts on society’s most vulnerable. What happens when those placed in positions of trust look the other way; when those charged with our protection are inadequate to the challenge; when the only justice is that served by those who have been sinned against? This debut crime novel introduces DI James Corstophine – a man still grieving for a wife lost to cancer; his small close-knit team of passed-over police and their quiet Highland town. He’s up against a killer who plays him as easily as a child. For a man whose been treading water since the death of…

Rabette Run by Nick Rippington #BlogTour
Books / April 7, 2020

Alice in Wonderland meets James Bond EMERSON RABETTE has a phobia about travelling on underground trains, so when he is involved in a car accident his worst nightmare is about to come true. A middle-aged graphic designer and father of one, Emerson’s entire future depends on him reaching an important business meeting. Without an alternative method of transport, he has to confront his biggest fear. Things immediately go wrong when Emerson’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder kicks in and his fellow passengers become angry at the way he is acting. Thankfully a young woman called Winter comes to his rescue and agrees to help him reach his destination. Once on the train, she thinks her job is done. But Emerson can’t help feeling he is being watched by his fellow passengers, including a soldier, a woman in a hat covered with artificial fruit and a man with a purple goatee beard. Is it just his paranoia kicking in, or are they all out to get him? And Winter is taken totally by surprise when Emerson takes flight after reading a message scrawled on the train’s interior. It simply reads: ‘Run Rabette Run’. Review Thanks to Book on the Brightside Tours and Nick Rippington…

East Side Hustler by Leopold Borstinski (Alex Cohen 2) #BlogTour
Books / April 5, 2020

Alex lived through the war, but will he survive the peace? Jewish gang member, Alex comes back from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has seen. When he is plucked from certain death by an old friend, he commits to making so much money he’ll never know that agony again. But the route to the top is fraught with danger and every time he helps one of his powerful friends like Al Capone, he acquires more enemies who want to see him dead. When organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein dies, the turmoil caused by his loss sets in train a chain of events which means Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to attain your American dream? Review Thanks to Damppebbles Tours and Leopold Borstinski for my e-copy of the 2nd in his ‘Alex Cohen’ series, ‘East Side Hustler’. I have been looking forward to this story since reading first book, ‘The Bowery Slugger’ when Alex Cohen was introduced. This story follows on from the end of book 1, When Cohen left to be part of the war effort. Now in to the 1920s this story tells of Alex’s struggles after…

We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker #BlogTour
Books / April 2, 2020

Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer. Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed. Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town. Murder, revenge, retribution. How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself? Review Wow! Where to start with this absolutely stunning tale from Chris Whitaker. There are so many superlatives for this wonderful story based around the police chief of a small town in America and the Radley family, primarily 13-year-old Duchess Day Radley. ‘Walk’ or chief Walker is trying to police his small town, when a killer is released from prison, returns to the town, upsetting the equilibrium. The Killer In question is Vincent King, having served 30 years, he returns to the town where he accidentally killed the sister…

Killing Pretties by Rob Ashman (DS Malice 1) #BlogTour
Books / March 30, 2020

Detective Sergeant Khenan Malice is a rubbish ex-husband, a crap father but a damned good detective. It’s a shame he spoils his only redeeming quality by being a bent copper. Detective Kelly Pietersen joins the team to help find a missing woman. But she has a secret… Damien Kaplan is a leading criminal barrister and a keen amateur potter. He also happens to be a serial killer with a chilling approach to creating his art. He’s married to Elsa, though she considers him more of a possession than a husband. She controls those around her using sex and procures men and women for her husband to play with but only after she’s finished with them first. Killing Pretties is his passion, having sex with them is hers. It is difficult to say which one is worse. The missing woman brings all four crashing together – an incendiary mix that doesn’t end well. Review Thanks to Book on the Brightside Tours and Rob Ashman for my copy of ‘Killing Pretties’. The first in a new series by author Rob Ashman starring DS Khenan Malice. Whilst having most of the authors works are on my kindle this is in fact my first…