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…

Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith #BlogTour
Books / March 19, 2020

The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who’ve held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county’s aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself — when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good. The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts — of regret and violence — transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still. Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who’s returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with Celia, the local bar owner. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gift of human connection while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations. With broken histories and vagabond hearts, the townsfolk wrestle with the evil in the woods — and the wickedness that lurks in each and every one of us.   Review Thanks to RandomThingsTours and No Exit Press for my copy…

Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei #BlogTour
Books / March 17, 2020

A young woman in Hong Kong investigates her teenage sister’s death. An evocative and zeitgeisty crime novel, from the acclaimed author of The Borrowed. Review   Thanks to Midas PR for my slot on the blog tour and copy of ‘Second Sister’ by Chan Ho-Kei. Originally published in 2017, this translated issue is published by Head of Zeus and centres on a desperate sister and her fight to find out why her teenage sister commits suicide after jumping from their apartment building to her untimely death. Based in the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, this story delves into the dark world of jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Opening up the world of social media, the dark web and computer hacking it’s a very up to date and current novel which is absolutely compelling. Chan Ho-Kei creates an enthralling read, with a cast of characters that at times you want to support but also at times are very frustrating. Nga-Yee, the distraught bedraggled sister who finds her 15-year-old sisters body, convinced it’s no suicide she goes to extreme lengths to uncover the truth which leads her to ‘N’. ‘N’ is the almost anti-hero in this one, and he is a wonderfully devious…

The Henry Crowne Trilogy #Collapse
Books / November 28, 2019

Henry Crowne: Paying the Price COLLAPSE  He is a secret IRA operative. He is one of the most successful City banker in London …then the 2008 Financial Crisis happens. Nancy Wu, former eminent Queen’s Counsel, now prominent patron of the arts, receives the most unexpected call for help. Henry Crowne is accused of murder in a case that seems decided from the very beginning. His Irish background, financial terrorist connections and investment banking success inexorably tilt the scales against him. Nancy’s own lingering darker past calls for her to mount Henry’s defence but her client is the biggest obstacle. Will she manage to unpick the devious manipulations of a most twisted mind?   BREAKING PO!NT They may break his body, never his spirit One financial terrorist in prison Two City bankers dead And … a $350 trillion banking scandal called LIBOR The suspicious suicide of two high-profile City bankers brings former QC Nancy Wu and Inspector Jonathan Pole together again in an investigation that implicates the UK government, the Bank of England, and London’s top banking executives. As the true motive for the deaths continues to elude them, Nancy persuades a reluctant Inspector Pole to involve Henry Crowne. Once a brilliant…

Hands Up By Stephen Clark
Books / November 6, 2019

Officer Ryan Quinn, a rookie raised in a family of cops, is on the fast track to detective until he shoots an unarmed black male. Now, with his career, reputation and freedom on the line, he embarks on a quest for redemption that forces him to confront his fears and biases and choose between conscience or silence. Jade Wakefield is an emotionally damaged college student living in one of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods. She knows the chances of getting an indictment against the cop who killed her brother are slim. When she learns there’s more to the story than the official police account, Jade is determined, even desperate, to find out what really happened. She plans to get revenge by any means necessary. Kelly Randolph, who returns to Philadelphia broke and broken after abandoning his family ten years earlier, seeks forgiveness while mourning the death of his son. But after he’s thrust into the spotlight as the face of the protest movement, his disavowed criminal past resurfaces and threatens to derail the family’s pursuit of justice. Ryan, Jade, and Kelly–three people from different worlds—are on a collision course after the shooting, as their lives interconnect and then spiral into chaos  …