The Scorched Earth by Rachael Blok #BlogTour
Books / November 14, 2019

Who really killed Leo Fenton? Two years ago, Ben Fenton went camping with his brother Leo. It was the last time they ever saw each other. By the end of that fateful trip, Leo had disappeared, and Ben had been arrested for his murder. Ben’s girlfriend Ana Seabrook has always protested his innocence. Now, on the hottest day of 2018’s sweltering heat wave, she receives a phone call from the police. Leo’s body has been found, in a freshly dug grave in her own local churchyard. How did it get there? Who really killed him? St Albans police, led by DCI Jansen, are soon unpicking a web of lies that shimmers beneath the surface of Ana’s well-kept village. But as tensions mount, and the tight-knit community begins to unravel, Ana realises that if she wants to absolve her husband, she must unearth the truth alone   Review Thanks to Head of Zeus for my e-arc of this new atmospheric thriller ‘The Scorched Earth’ by Rachael Blok When Bones are unearthed in a churchyard, the past is pulled into the present. 2 years ago, Ben Fenton went camping with his brother Leo, Tragedy strikes, Ben awakes in the morning covered in…

Angel Avenger by Tim Wickenden (Max Becker 1)
Books / November 12, 2019

September 1960. In the Spandauer forest Detectives Max Becker and Bastian Döhl, from the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, find a naked, tortured man tied to a tree. A cryptic message hangs from his neck. When another body appears, Max is sure it won’t be the last. The press dub the killer, Der Waldscharfrichter (The Forest Executioner) and graphic tattoos on the bodies suggest that the victims are Russians with a criminal past. As more bodies and messages appear, they lead Max and his team to a horrific past event, wounds that run deep in the Berlin psyche, plunging Max into a conflict between his sense of duty and justice ›REVIEW‹ When I was offered a free copy of this book,  being an avid fan of books written in and about this era in Germany I was more than happy to read ‘ Angel Avenger’ by Tim Wickenden. This book is the first in the Max Becker series and is set in the Post war Berlin of 1960. A brutally tortured body is found tied to a tree, with a cryptic message around his neck. With more bodies turning up suffering the same macabre fate, Max Becker and his team of detectives investigate. This…

All Through The Night by M.P.Wright (J.T. Ellington 2) #BristolBooks
Books / November 7, 2019

“It’s quite simple Mr Ellington. When you find Fowler, just ask where we can find the truth.” With these words, private detective JT Ellington embarks on a seemingly simple case of tracking down a local GP with a dubious reputation and retrieving a set of stolen documents from him. For Ellington, however, things are rarely straightforward. Dr Fowler is hiding a terrible secret and when he is gunned down outside a Bristol pub, his dying words send JT in pursuit of a truth more disturbing and deadly than he could possibly have imagined.   REVIEW Following on from the first book in the series, Heartman, featuring Bajan ex cop J.T. Ellington, All the through the Night is the 2016 follow-up from M.P. Wright and 2nd book in the 4 book series. The wily and crafty fox that is J.T Ellington returns and again he is getting himself mixed up in the dark and shady side of 60s Bristol, when he is asked to track down a missing Dr who has stolen some important paperwork from a orphanage. Once J.T catches up with the Dr, he soon discovers something much darker is at work and there is much more than just…

No Time to Cry by James Oswald (DC Constance Fairchild 1)
Books / November 5, 2019

Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He’s been executed – a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con’s shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief… right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head. There’s no place to hide, and no time to cry.   Review Having read the first 5 or 6 of the Inspector McLean series by James Oswald, I was more than interested to start his new series, starring DC Constance Fairchild, the first book being No Time To Cry. From the outset this feels a fair bit different from James Oswald, for me, more of a serious crime read, not to say the Inspector McLean books aren’t serious, just this feels more complex, more in-depth maybe. Set in London, Constance is a strong, intelligent, independent Lone…

The Six by Luca Veste
Books / October 31, 2019

Six friends trapped by one dark secret. It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything. In the middle of the night, someone died. The six of us promised each other we would not tell anyone about the body we buried. But now the pact has been broken. And the killing has started again … Who knows what we did? And what price will we pay?   MY REVIEW This is my first read by Luca Veste , The Six, and what a cracker it is! When Six friends go to a music festival, their last big party before accepting adulthood has arrived, something inexplicable happens to them which changes the course of their lives forever. Someone dies, and on their hands is the blood, making a promise to tell no one, they cover up the killing and attempt to go about their usual lives. Spin forward a year and with the anniversary of what they did coming fast, the story takes us to the present day where tragedy has struck and on the six has died, committing suicide… or did he? Matt begins looking into…