Stasi Winter by David Young (Karin Muller 5) #BlogTour
Books / January 10, 2020

n 1978 East Germany, nothing is at it seems. The state’s power is absolute, history is re-written, and the ‘truth’ is whatever the Stasi say it is. So when a woman’s murder is officially labelled ‘accidental death’, Major Karin Müller of the People’s Police is faced with a dilemma. To solve the crime, she must disregard the official version of events. But defying the Stasi means putting her own life – and the lives of her young family – in danger. As the worst winter in living memory holds Germany in its freeze, Müller must untangle a web of state secrets and make a choice: between truth and lies, justice and injustice, and, ultimately, life and death. Review Thanks to Compulsive Readers Tours and Zaffre books for my copy of the 5th book in David Young’s outstanding ‘Stasi’ series, ‘ Stasi Winter’ featuring Major Karin Müller. This 5th book in this series finds Müller again faced with difficult decisions in with regards to the Stasi. Resigned from her job and struggling to make ends meet and a young family and grandmother to care for, Karin is forced back into service to investigate a women’s death close to the Baltic Sea….

Smalltown Boy by T.S. Hunter (Soho Noir 6)
Books / January 7, 2020

A CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH MURDER ON THE MENU It’s Christmas Eve, 1988 and Russell and Joe are among the guests at a lavish party in a celebrity mansion in the heart of Soho. Television presenter and national treasure, Nathan Bentley has a formidable reputation for legendary parties—with wall-to-wall celebrities, drink flowing, drugs, dancing, ill-tempered Cordon-Bleu chefs laying on the food and world famous musicians providing the entertainment. What could be better for a bunch of waifs and strays on Christmas Eve? But when a body is found in the courtyard garden before the dessert has been served, questions begin to fly. Did he fall or was he pushed? And who of the many guests and hangers-on had either the means or motive for murder? Hidden pasts and present jealousies all threaten to destroy a life carefully built in this festive crime caper set in the heart of London’s Soho. Review Thanks to Dylan at Red Dog for my copy of ‘Smalltown Boy’ the final part of the ‘Soho Noir’ series. Featuring Joe Stone and ex cop, Russell Dixon, this final part of this entrancing series by TS Hunter is another absolute Gem Xmas eve and the guys have been invited…

The Lost Pharaoh by Murray Bailey
Books / December 8, 2019

The year is BCE 1318 and Yanhamu, Lord Khety, is invited to sit as a judge on a High Court case. However, he is out of his depth and when the case concludes he knows that justice has not been done. A meeting with the emissary of the High Priest of Amun leads to Yanhamu’s arrest for treason. Accused of conspiracy and thrown into prison he must prove his innocence. The Two Lands are on the brink of civil war. Yanhamu may hold the key, but he must battle his own demons before he can save his country. This crime-mystery occurs between the historic flashbacks in Map of the Dead and Secrets of the Dead. It is Yanhamu’s story.   ›Review‹   Thanks as ever to Murray Bailey for my copy of his new thriller, The Lost Pharaoh. Set in 1318 BCE Egypt, this is the tale of Yanhumu, Lord Khety, a local magistrate who sits at a high court trial after being invited by some higher-ups, wanting to gain wealth and standing, Yanhamu takes his place at the court. When the case ends, Yanhumu is far from pleased with the resulting outcome, and soon finds himself arrested and imprisoned for…

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 Killer Queen by T.S. Hunter (Soho Noir 5) #BlogTour
Books / November 21, 2019

THE SHOW MUST GO ON It’s 1988. A mild summer after a turbulent political year for LGBT rights. While working as an assistant to a successful Theatre Director, Joe Stone finds himself unwittingly embroiled in another murder investigation. Lexi Goode, a young, up and coming actress has her bright future cut short when she is found murdered in her exclusive top floor apartment in the posh end of Soho. Knowing that the police are as racist as they are homophobic, Joe and Russell inevitably take it on themselves to investigate what happened to the young woman. Along the way they discover illicit liaisons, a string of admirers, a secret life that was helping to pay for the glamorous lifestyle no young actress should have been able to afford. But who would want to kill Lexi? Finding the answer to that question puts Joe in mortal danger and a young police officer in an awkward position. KILLER QUEEN IS THE FIFTH IN THE SOHO NOIR SERIES. REVIEW Thank you to Red Dog for my e – copy of ‘Killer Queen’ by T.S Hunter, the 5th Novella in the Soho Noir series. it’s now 1988, and Joe is working as an assistant…