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…

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…

Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten (Maggie Jamieson 2) #BlogTour
Books / March 23, 2020

The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning… DC Maggie Jamieson’s past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller. Three missing women running out of time… They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life. The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was… But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town. Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find. Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live… Review Thanks to Book on the Brightside Tours for my slot on the blog tour for the 2nd in the Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten ‘Dead Wrong’. Having recently read book 1, I jumped straight into this one and as with the first it’s so easy to pick up and read with Noelle Holten’s easy, accessible and inviting writing style. Maggie returns, and feels much more to the forefront in this new story,…

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…

Unheard Of by John David Bethel
Books / March 13, 2020

A serial killer is haunting the Las Vegas Strip. The brutality is alarming. The number of victims is growing. “Blood leads” and it is being splashed across the headlines and clogging air time. But more important to the men who rule the empire of hotels and casinos is containing the story. Keeping their hotels filled and casinos humming. They call a summit and meet with the police and the city’s premier public relations team. That is when Rachel West and Sheriff Joe Fontana are handed the job of putting a lid on the horror. Unheard of is based on the histories of the most conniving and deadly serial killers and takes the reader deep into the details of the crimes and the psychology of these twisted individuals. The novel also looks at the often hidden storylines that play out within communities plagued by devastating circumstances. The character and strength of the men and women in these communities is challenged and, in the process, revealed for what it is … or isn’t. Review   Thank you to John David Bethel for a review copy of his latest book, ‘Unheard Of’. This is a story based in Las Vegas, that covers a…