Going Dark by Neil Lancaster (Tom Novak 1)
Books / January 13, 2020

Following an invite to the blog tour for the upcoming Going Rogue by Neil Lancaster, I thought I would read the first in the series staring Tom Novak Tom came from Bosnia as a 12 year old orphan, taken in by foster parents, now a police officer, Novak is a cold calculating character with a strong sense of justice. When an undercover job goes badly wrong he finds himself having to go ‘dark’ to escape the Serbian mafia and corrupt police. A blistering adrenaline rush of action adventure follows, which takes us from the streets of London to the Scottish highlands. Packed full of pounding exploits, bad guys and violence, guns and more, this is a Crackerjack. A real powder keg thriller. Tom is incomparable to others in this genre, any similarities to Jack Reacher and the like are far and wide. He is his own indomitable character, cold as ice, he’s a bit of a machine but you can feel and see his humanity. He’s one cool guy. With a quality backing cast of characters, great settings and descriptions of the weapons and the fights this one kept me glued and enthralled until the end and I can’t wait to…

Seven Degrees by Lewis Hastings (Seventh Wave 2)
Books / January 2, 2020

An Eastern European crime syndicate has appeared on the radar of the British authorities. Known as the Seventh Wave they have arrived in the heart of the most important financial centre in the world. Systematically they target the banks and financial institutions before fleeing the city for the safety of mainland Europe. Their leader, a man who calls himself the Jackdaw has sent a clear message. Interfere with our operation at your peril. The group carry out one last task – striking at the heart of London’s jewellery centre. What they leave with is worth more than any jewel and capable of impacting on the future of Europe. John “Jack” Cade is recruited as the Metropolitan Police’s answer. Newly promoted, out of his depth but quick-witted, skilled and surrounded by a dedicated team who fall under the banner of Operation Breaker, he faces two choices, both of which he knows will lead to serious harm. Protect the city or protect his team. He cannot do both. ›Review‹ Thank you to Lewis Hastings for my copy of the 2nd In his thrilling seventh wave trilogy ‘Seven Degrees’ Picking up from book 1, it’s 2004 and John ‘Jack’ Cade is now working…

Who’s There by Kerena Swan #BlogTour
Books / December 18, 2019

  Appearances can be deceptive… Arnold Eastwood is thrilled when social services allocate him a flat all of his own. Independence hasn’t come easily to a young man with Downs Syndrome but now he has the chance to live free from his mum’s nagging, find a girlfriend, watch endless movies and make new friends. Meanwhile a London drug gang is setting up a supply line in Arnold’s town. They’re looking for someone to deliver drugs for them and somewhere to set up a base of operations. Soon Arnold and his flat are in the drug gang’s sights. Drawn into the dark underworld of crack cocaine and modern slavery, Arnold soon discovers that friends can in fact be deadly enemies. The question is: can he break free?     ›Review‹ Thanks to Sarah at BOTBS Tours and Kerena Swan for my copy of her book ‘Who’s There’ Arnold Eastwood wants to leave home. Mollycoddled by his over protective mum, he is offered a place in a downtrodden estate. But nothing is going to stop Arnold from taking the flat and setting up his new home. Arnold has Down’s Syndrome, so this fight for independence has taken its time and he’s not going…

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…