#BlogTour I Never Lie by Jody Sabral

Out Now

This gripping psychological thriller.

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Description

Alex South is a high-functioning alcoholic who is teetering on the brink of oblivion. Her career as a television journalist is hanging by a thread since a drunken on-air rant. When a series of murders occur within a couple of miles of her East London home she is given another chance to prove her skill and report the unfolding events. She thinks she can control the drinking, but soon she finds gaping holes in her memory, and wakes to find she’s done things she can’t recall. As the story she’s covering starts to creep into her own life, is Alex a danger only to herself – or to others?

My Thoughts

This is a disconcerting, unnerving book which covers the unfolding events of several murders from the viewpoint of Alex a TV news journalist and an alcoholic.

You are soon drawn into her world of one night stands, drink and how she struggles to keep control so that she can prove what a top journalist she is, she deserves to make it big because she is good; she just made one stupid, awful mistake.

She wants to be a mother and ‘the clock is ticking’ she’s obsessing, the drinking isn’t helping, so she’s been using on-line dating it’s much simpler.

Then there’s a murder, the third in a few weeks, just up the road from where she lives. There are similarities but the police won’t confirm it’s a serial killer. This is it, this is the break Alex needs, this is how she can prove to everyone that she is back and better than ever. If she can just keep the drinking under control but of course she can, can’t she?

We follow the murder investigation from this unique viewpoint of TV news reporting. It’s insightful and interesting how Alex, and her producer Audrey, take what information they have and make news from it.

This is a gripping story which keeps you turning pages and keeps you readjusting your thoughts on what is happening and why. It’s the why that drives the storyline. Although the focus may seem, at times, to be too much on alcoholism it is necessary for the storyline. It’s a twisty plot that moves along at a fair pace with an intensity that will keep you thinking, speculating and will astonish you with it’s conclusion.

It’s a well written book, knowledgable and well researched with characters that are, in the main, quite likeable. Perhaps surprisingly so, as alcoholics are not generally written with the empathy and understanding that Jody Sabral manages, you can engage with what’s happening and why. It is well worth reading.

The layers is this book would make for a terrific book club read. Whether that, your own personal enjoyment or chatting about it with friends I Never Lie will make for plenty of interesting deliberation.

I am thrilled to be part of this Blog Tour and would like to thank the author, publisher and Ellie Pilcher at Canelo for bringing me on board.

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Alex South is on Twitter!
The main character in I Never Lie now has a Twitter feed and will be posting daily, about her job as a TV journalist and about I Never Lie.
Give Alex a follow:   @INeverLie2018

 

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Publisher: 56E15FF9-826E-4EEA-AF5F-602DF5C400A4  Canelo

Buy:           Amazon (UK)   Kobo (UK)    Google Books (UK)    Apple Books (UK)

Author:      Jody Sabral    @jsabral

F83CCE6E-3806-4426-AB21-71C306DCD7E4Jody Sabral is based between the South Coast and London, where she works as a Foreign Desk editor and video producer at the BBC. She is a graduate of the MA in Crime Fiction at City University, London. Jody worked as a journalist in Turkey for ten years, covering the region for various international broadcasters. She self-published her first book Changing Borders in 2012 and won the CWA Debut Dagger in 2014 for her second novel The Movement. In addition to working for the BBC, Jody also writes for the Huffington Post, Al–Monitor and Brics Post.

Canelo have acquired her follow up DON’T BLAME ME to be published early 2019.

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Widows by Lynda La Plante

Soon to be a major feature film

“Widows, as many of you may know, was my first ever TV show, commissioned by Verity Lambert of Euston Films for Thames Television and it remains a special favourite of mine. In the wake of the phenomenal TV success – it became one of the highest rating series of the early 1980s – I turned the screenplay and script into a tie-in novel, which was first published in 1983. The original Widows ran to two series on ITV and went on to have a sequel set ten years later –She’s Out. Since then I have produced many TV series, films and novels. However, I was particularly delighted when award-winning film director Steve McQueen chose to buy the rights to Widows to adapt my story for a major movie that is planned for release in autumn 2018. It prompted me to re-read my original tie-in novel and to edit and reshape it for a new audience – and I’ve loved every minute of it.” Lynda La Plante (excerpt from the post script of Widows)

Description

The groundbreaking thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama and the basis for Steve McQueen’s upcoming major motion picture. WIDOWS is a fast-paced heist thriller with an all female cast you won’t forget

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together

A security van heist goes disastrously wrong and three women are left widowed.

When Dolly Rawlins discovers her gang boss husband’s plans for the failed hijack, an idea starts to form . . .

Could she and the other wives finish the job their husbands started?

As the women rehearse the raid, it becomes clear that someone else must have been involved.    But only three bodies were found in the wreckage.

Who was the fourth man?

And where is he now?

My thoughts

The book is set in 1980s London three women, lead by Dolly Rawlings, agree to carry out the heist that went so tragically wrong for their husbands and left them alone. Dolly, Linda and Shirley are joined by Bella when it is obvious that four people are needed to carry out this daring and dangerous undertaking.

Dolly found Harry’s plans and his ledgers. She believes this is what Harry would want. It’s only right that her team should be the Widows. They’ll get the job done, it’ll be done properly and they will walk away with £1 million pounds.  We follow them as they prepare themselves for the heist and see that it has become a way of channeling their grief, anger and pain after losing their husbands. We see them at their best and worst.

The police team lead by DI Resnick are looking into the failed heist. Resnick is obsessed with Rawlings, so his team thinks, even if there is good reason. Even after the bodies are identified Resnick wants to pursue the matter because there must have been a fourth man on the job and he will have lot’s of answers.

The patch that Harry and his team controlled is being taken over. Arnie and Tony, the Fisher brothers, are building an empire now that they are free of Harry Rawlings. These two aren’t to be messed with. Still Harry’s ledgers need to be found, there’s too much damning information in them, and Dolly well she must know where they are.

The plot is layered and complex yet simply told, it is tense and there are some scary, horrible moments in it’s telling. The characters are well drawn and very believable. This is a glorious tale of ‘daring do’ in the criminal world. It would be surprising to hear of a criminal gang made up solely of women today never mind in the 1980s. So, even though what they are doing is wrong, is criminal, is illegal you get on board, you want them to succeed.  They are antithesis of hero’s but you cheer them at every step as they battle against the odds and try to stay one step ahead of the police, of the Fishers, of everyone who might stop them, from themselves and the fear that they can’t succeed makes for a terrific story and a cracking good read.

With thanks to Zaffre via NetGalley for this eARC in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4*

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Publisher:        Zaffre (14 Jun. 2018)

First published in Great Britain in 1983 by Sphere. This edition published in 2018 by Zaffre Publishing.

Paperback:      448 pages         Language:       English

ISBN-10:1785763326                ISBN-13:978-1785763328

Buy:                  Waterstones     Amazon

E4473558-6640-4791-9E0A-D39FC83EF8CBAuthor:   Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RDC before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing –and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows.

Her novels have all been international bestsellers. Her original script for the much-acclaimed Prime Suspect won awards from BAFTA, Emmy, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Award. Lynda has written and produced over 170 hours of international television. Tennison has been adapted by ITV and was broadcast in March 2017 in the UK; international broadcast will follow.

Lynda is one of only three screenwriters to have been made an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Best Writer Award in 2000. In 2008, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity.

If you would like to hear from Lynda, please sign up at LyndaLaPlanteClub or you can visit LyndaLaPlante for further information. You can also follow Lynda on Facebook and Twitter @LaPlanteLynda.

 

The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke

A page-turning thriller for the summer

Hardcover – 14 Jun 2018

YOU DON’T FIND HIM… HE FINDS YOU.

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A SENSELESS MURDER. A TERRIFYING LEGEND. A FAMILY HAUNTED.

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.

2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.

2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.

Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.

He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…

My thoughts

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The final of the five books from the Headline New Voices 2018 event in Manchester is The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke. With thanks to Headline for my copy.

 

When chatting with Phoebe at the Headline event I asked her where the idea for her book had come from, she said some newspaper articles had initially peaked her interest and sown a seed from which the beginnings of The Tall Man had emerged.  One example of such an article: Slender Man Case from The Guardian, 7th Dec 2017, shows how Phoebe has taken the idea of that possibility of obsession, that belief in such a sinister being, of needing to appease it with horrendous actions and clearly put her own interpretation on it.

In 1990 we follow four young girls Sadie, Helen, Marie and Justine who become obsessed with the so-called urban myth of The Tall Man. They believe he can make them special but what if they don’t please him? What then?  A decade later Sadie, only weeks after giving birth, walks out on Miles leaving him to raise their daughter by himself. She disappears, believing she is protecting her daughter. Is it really from The Tall Man? Does she still believe that?

In 2018 Amber is being filmed she has become infamous – a confessed killer set free, was she too in the thrall of The Tall Man? If so, is she still?  Frederica wants to find out, she wants to examine and expose the very darkest corners of what actually happened and make yet another award-winning film documentary.

Phoebe Locke has taken this idea of being under the power of such a figure, whether it is an actual being and how such an obsession can overtake you and written a gripping tale that keeps your mind revising what you might think as you read more of the storyline. It has been written in such a way as to keep you wondering not only about the existence of such figures but at what happened with the four young girls, what happened to Sadie and what happened with Amber. It is only in the last part of the book that everything starts to be revealed.

Using the making of a documentary film enables you to watch the story unfold almost as if you are a part of the crew and yet glad that you are not. Greta’s character does a good job in showing the moral issues that arise when making such a film and yet shows how another kind of obsession makes you carry on despite your concerns because in the end she too wants more.

I can’t say that many, if any, of the characters in this book are likeable but in this instance  it doesn’t seem to matter. You may find your thoughts about one character change as you read more of the book. Having said that you are so invested in the story that you want to know what happened. There are a lot of tense moments in the book and the threads of each era are brought together well in the final chapters to bring a breath-taking ending.

Some of the story, by it’s very nature, is appalling. It is sad and, ultimately, shocking and yet it’s not graphic. It is a story of how events from the past can impact the actions of the future because of what and how those events affected the people concerned.

This is a mind-bending story that will keep you engrossed to the end.

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Publisher: Wildfire (14 Jun. 2018)

Hardcover: 368 pages

ISBN-10: 1472249259

ISBN-13: 978-1472249258

Buy:                     Amazon: eBook       Amazon: Hardback

Author:                @PHOEBE_LOCKE     #THETALLMAN

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Phoebe Locke is the pseudonym of full-time writer Nicci Cloke. She previously worked at the Faber Academy, and hosted London literary salon Speakeasy. She lives and writes in London.

THE TALL MAN is Phoebe Locke’s debut thriller and will be published in summer 2018.

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Phoebe Locke – Front row centre

 

 

#BlogBlitz – The Killing Time by M J Lee

As tensions simmer in Shanghai, children go missing…

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Shanghai 1932: Inspector Danilov hasn’t recovered from the death of his child… but across a Shanghai riven with communal tensions, children are going missing.

Missing, and then murdered. Who is responsible? Why have the children’s bodies been exhibited for all to see?

Just as Danilov thinks the stakes couldn’t be higher there is a new dimension, Japan, a rising power flexing its muscles. In fractious Shanghai, an explosion is long overdue. With the clock ticking can Danilov and his assistant Strachan solve the case? The fate of Shanghai may be at stake. So is Danilov’s job… And his sanity.

The latest instalment of the Inspector Danilov mysteries will leave you breathless.

My thoughts

I am thrilled to be part of this amazing Blog Tour and would like to thank Ellie Pilcher at Canelo for having me on this blog blitz.

I’ve really come a bit late to the party in that this is my first Inspector Danilov book, oh my! Well all I can say is at least there are three others to go back and catch up on which I surely will do. But do not worry folks this is a book that can easily be read as a stand-alone M J Lee does not over burden the reader with too much backstory but when there is reference it is explained and brief. There is greater reference to the theme of what happened to his son but that is because it helps explain his desire to solve this case and to his emotional state.

The characters are well written as is the plot. This is not any easy read as it does involve the kidnapping and murder of children but it is not overly gratuitous in the telling. This is an ‘old-fashioned’ detective novel in that there is very little scientific aids, given that this novel takes place in 1932, beyond autopsies and fingerprinting. I like that. I like that you are taken into the workings of the detectives mind. Inspector Danilov and Sergeant Strachan are a team with backgrounds that allow their individual skills to compliment each other. Dr Fang, the pathologist, Chief Inspector Rock, head of department, and Miss Cavendish are the accompanying characters around Danilov and Strachan that make up the vital supporting cast.

M J Lee is obviously an experienced writer, he writes other books (which you can check out in the links under the ‘author’ section below), but a very good one – not that he, or his publishers, need me to tell him that! However, readers you may not know – yet – but I hope you take this opportunity to find out because it will be well worth it.

I highly recommend this book it is a fascinating read because of the geographical and historical setting. Shanghai in the 1930s is a multi-cultural, tense, crazy place which adds to the issues detectives may usually have to face and to the atmosphere of the book. Indeed, it makes you wonder how crimes ever got solved but the different ‘codes’ of the various sections of Shanghai mean that ‘justice’ comes in many guises.  Add to that the impending storm of war and you get a heady mix which, for me, makes this a terrific read.

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The Killing Time is the fourth gripping mystery in the Inspector Danilov series set in 1930s Shanghai, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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Publisher:     Canelo       56E15FF9-826E-4EEA-AF5F-602DF5C400A4   23rd April 2018

ISBN 9781788630566

Buy:               Apple Books (UK)         Google Books (UK)           Kobo (UK)          Amazon (UK)

Author:        @WriterMJLee

F856378F-32A5-4B39-A1C4-8430994E696AM J Lee has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a university researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, TV commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the north of England, in London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning advertising awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and the United Nations.

While working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarters of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in the 1920s.

When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practising downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake, and wishing he were George Clooney.

 

#LoveBooksGroup #BlogTour Wojtek, War Hero Bear by Jenny Robertson (Ill. by Tim Archbold)

A Remarkable WWII Novel for readers aged 9-12

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When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone guess that young Wojtek will become a war hero? As the soldiers train to take part in some of the fiercest fightings of the war, Wojtek grows bigger and stronger, providing headaches and laughter in equal measure. But at the famous Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek, now a fully signed-up soldier, dodges bullets and landmines and uses his great strength to carry heavy boxes of ammunition to his comrades as they inch their way to victory.

After the war, the Polish soldiers move to Scotland. Wojtek comes too and soon becomes the centre of attention in his new home in the Borders. But with hostilities ended, how long can he keep his freedom?

My thoughts

I am delighted to be a part of the Wojtek War Hero Bear Blog Tour and would like to thank Kelly at LoveBooksGroup and Birlinn Books for the opportunity.

What a charming book and wonderful story. The story of Wojtek is amazing and, whilst it has humour, Jenny Robertson writes a moving story of the formation of the Polish ‘Anders’ Army in 1942 from those who had been taken by the Russians and put into the Gulags, in particular, the 22nd Artillery Supply Company. It is also the remarkable story of Wojtek who they meet and buy en route to Tehran and who travelled with them through Syria then Egypt and ultimately to Italy. As you travel with them you will laugh at the outrageous things Wojtek gets up to, you will shed a tear at the awful things that happen, you will see how important it is to care for others and how uplifting it is to have the occasional distraction from the difficulties of life and the horror of war.  Wojtek, which means ‘Happy Warrior’, is officially enlisted and, having formed such a bond with his comrades, performs amazing feats at the Battle of Monte Cassino. This fictional version of the true story has been deftly and lovingly written.

To read about this remarkable bear’s adventures through the war and to find out what happens to Wojtek, and his comrades, once the war is ended I would strongly recommend Wojtek War Hero Bear to any 9-12 year old, their parent(s),  guardian(s) and relatives as a terrific read. Indeed I’m sure the adults will enjoy reading this book too.

The sketched illustrations by Tim Archbold are delightful and bring to life a number of scenes throughout the book.

This is just the sort of book that would be a terrific tool in schools, children’s book clubs, library discussions and other groups (Scouts, Guides?) to open up discussion on WWII history, Polish history and enable children to explore what trust, caring and friendship can and should be.

Indeed it is a wonderful book that is readily available and many a child would treasure as a gift.

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Information:

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (2014)

ISBN: 9781780272276
Format: Paperback (also available as an eBook)

Buy:               Amazon

8356F9EB-C9D3-4D15-8F39-EF167514F01DAuthor:         Jenny Robertson

Jenny Robertson has written numerous books for children and adults – fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her children’s novels and Bible stories have been widely translated and also read on Yorkshire Television and STV.

@Jenny_Writes

 

#Wojtek

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A statue of Wojtek was unveiled in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh November 2015

A2E15BA0-1342-4C43-9C97-9715EA6D7125Illustrator:  Tim Archbold

Tim Archbold has illustrated over fifty books for children, often in his favourite pen and ink style. He was born in Northumberland and studied at Newcastle and Exeter Colleges of Art and Design. He now lives in Kelso in the Scottish Borders with his wife and two children.

20 Books of Summer Challenge 2018 #20BooksofSummer

20 Books of Summer from Cathy at 746Books

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Well folks it’s that time of year again. So are you ready to join Cathy at 746 Books for this years #20BooksofSummer challenge?  The challenge is to read your selected number of books, you can choose 10, 15 or 20, between 1st June and 3 September.

I’m joining in and this year I’m going for the full 20 books.  I have a number of blog tours and quite a few reviews so, hopefully, I should be on-track to make it. I will be posting on each book but, because of this, I will do a monthly ‘round-up’ post on my progress through my reads and tweet my links, quick comments with the #20BooksofSummer hashtag.

Cathy is very easy-going on the ‘rules’ of this challenge you can do 10, 15 or 20 reads as your challenge and genre, swapping books are all ok. Do read Cathy’s post for all you need to know.  So are you ready to join us? It’ll be great if you do and terrific to see what books you are reading and read your thoughts on them.

I’m hoping to stick to a monthly ‘plan’ so my reads are under the month’s heading. There are a few debut books, new releases amongst my reads. You will find mainly books from the crime fiction genre but the first will be a children’s story.  Here’s my book list:-

June

Wojtek, War Hero Bear by Jenny Robertson

When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone know that little Wojtek will become one of the bravest fighters of them all.

The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke

A senseless murder. A terrifying legend. A family haunted.

The Killing Time by M J Lee

Shanghai 1932: Inspector Danilov hasn’t recovered from the death of his child… but across a Shanghai riven with communal tensions, children are going missing.  Missing, and then murdered. Who is responsible? Why have the children’s bodies been exhibited for all to see?

Widows by Lynda La Plante

Harry Rawlins gang hijack a security van in the Strand Underpass – it would bring the gang thousands – but the job went disastrously and fatally wrong.

Dolly Rawlins had three options. She could give up, and hand over Harry’s ledgers to the police. She could hand them over to a bunch of thugs. Or she – and the other widows – could take the business over… and survive.

I Never Lie by Jody Sabral

Alex South is a high-functioning alcoholic who is teetering on the brink of oblivion. Her career as a television journalist is hanging by a thread since a drunken on-air rant. When a series of murders occur within a couple of miles of her East London home she is given another chance to prove her skill and report the unfolding events. She thinks she can control the drinking, but soon she finds gaping holes in her memory, and wakes to find she’s done things she can’t recall. As the story she’s covering starts to creep into her own life, is Alex a danger only to herself – or to others?

Oliver Twist and the Mystery of Throate Manor  by David Stuart Davies

Bestselling crime author David Stuart Davies delivers a unique Victorian-set mystery, reimagining some of Charles Dickens best-loved characters in new and thrilling roles.

Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she’s in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans?

 

July

Dead of Night by Michael Stanley

When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, but within a week she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder. And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that she doesn’t want, but can’t get rid of…

Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth before she’s exposed by the local mafia. Discovering the plot behind the money is only half the battle. Now she must convince the South African authorities to take action before it’s too late, both for the rhinos and for her. She has a powerful story to tell, if she survives long enough to tell it…

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Gina Kirkham

Our hapless heroine Constable Mavis Upton is preparing to step down the aisle with her fiancé Joe, but has to deal with her temperamental teen daughter, as well as investigate a serial flasher on a push bike. Throw a diva drag queen into the mix and readers can expect the usual hilarious Mavis mishaps that made the first book such a hit.

Disbelief by MTJ Meijer

Multiple mass-poisonings at pilgrimage sites throughout Europe.  A serial killer, leaving dead bodies in five-star hotel rooms in the city of Amsterdam. It is up to Chief of Europol Dave Johnson and police consultant and psychic medium Ben Smit to figure out if both cases are connected. They must unravel the ties between past and present, or more lives will be lost.  One thing is for certain – they won’t all make it to the finish line…

I Know Where She Is by S B Caves

Francine, on the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn’s abduction, receive an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS
When a young woman approaches her claiming to be the one who sent the letter, Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke. But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.
It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping. She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of. But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

7(1/2) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

The Wrong Man by Kate White

Bold and adventurous in her work as owner of one of Manhattan’s boutique interior design firms, Kit Finn couldn’t be tamer in her personal life. While on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit resolves to do something risky for once. When she literally bumps into a charming stranger at her hotel, she decides to make good on her promise and act on her attraction. But back in New York, when Kit arrives at his luxury apartment ready to pick up where they left off in the Keys, she doesn’t recognize the man standing on the other side of the door. Was this a cruel joke or part of something truly sinister? Kit soon realizes that she’s been thrown into a treacherous plot, which is both deeper and deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Now the only way to protect herself, her business, and the people she loves is to find out the true identity of the man who has turned her life upside down. Adrenaline-charged and filled with harrowing twists at every turn.

Corkscrew by  Peter Stafford-Bow

The highly improbable, but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine buyer.

 

 

August

If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar

Cassie had it all – the fairytale wedding, the stunning home, the perfect husband. But when she arrives on the intensive care ward at St Catherine’s hospital in a coma, it soon becomes clear that she has a secret; a secret that changes everything.
Alice, the chief nurse on the ward begins to feel a connection with Cassie and can’t help but wonder if things are not quite as they seem.
Frank, another patient, can hear and see everything around him but cannot communicate. He understands that Cassie’s life is in danger and only he holds the truth, which no one can know and he cannot tell . . .

No Ordinary Killing by Jeff Dawson

The book is the first in a series starring reluctant sleuth Ingo Finch, in the very final hours of the nineteenth century, is serving as a doctor with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the PR disaster that is the Boer War. On leave in Cape Town, things take a strange twist when Finch is asked by local police to identify the body of a murdered British officer. Shocked by the identity of the victim and fobbed off with a too-convenient resolution to the crime, he decides to investigate further.  From then on, Finch is in way over his head, plunged into a web of deceit and intrigue involving military intelligence and the very power brokers of the Empire, forced on the run alongside Australian nurse Annie Jones — his accidental and rather bolshy accomplice.

Strangers on a Bridge by Louise Mangos

The story is set in central Switzerland. It is about English-born Alice who while running one day near her home, sees a man about to jump from a notorious suicide bridge. She talks him out of going through with it, but he misinterprets her euphoric relief as budding affection, and begins to stalk her.

Nothing Stays Buried by P J Tracy

A serial killer in Minneapolis, Magozzi and Gino enlist Monkeewrench to help stop the rampage. Gina and the crew are working on a private missing persons case. As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer’s missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil.

The Guilty Dead by P J Tracy

Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota’s leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son’s drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide. Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger. And they find the second body. As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city’s most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods’ tragic story – and they won’t be the last . . .

Eyes Turned Skyward by Ken Lussey

This novel reflects on the rumours and theories surrounding a number of real-life events, including the death of the Duke of Kent and the aircraft crashes of Short Sunderland W4032 and Avro Anson DJ106.

Wing Commander Robert Sutherland has left his days as a pre-war detective far behind him. Or so he thinks. On 25 August 1942 the Duke of Kent, brother of King George VI, is killed in northern Scotland in an unexplained air crash; a second crash soon after suggests a shared, possibly sinister, cause.

Bob Sutherland is tasked with visiting the aircraft’s base in Oban and the first crash site in Caithness to gather clues as to who might have had reason to sabotage one, or both, of the aircraft. Set against the background of a country that is far from united behind Winston Churchill, and the ever-present threat from the enemy, we follow Bob as he unravels layers of deceit and intrigue far beyond anything he expects.

 

 

So that leaves me 1-3 September, just in case, to finish reading any of my chosen books. Feel free to make a comment on my books it would be great to hear from you.

Well, with all those books, I’m off to read. I hope you enjoy the challenge if you join us but mainly just enjoy reading.

 

 

#LoveBooksGroupTour #BlogTour: Drugs to Forget by Martin Granger

A FOREIGN CHEMICAL AGENT IS FOUND ON BRITISH SOIL

CAN IT BE STOPPED IN TIME IN A RACE AGAINST BIOTERROR?

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When film director Nathalie Thompson is commissioned to make a programme on bioterrorism, a sudden Ebola outbreak takes her on a dangerous detour to Central Africa. Posing as a Western activist and campaigner for the rights of Africans, Nathalie must investigate the involvement of a Zimbabwean terrorist group.

But when a young colleague unearths a suspicious laboratory in eastern Java that may be producing biochemical weapons, Nathalie is immersed in a violent world of corruption and bioterrorism, which is closer to home than she thinks.

My thoughts

In this day and age of being held to ransom by one form of terrorism or another Martin Granger writes very much on topic. Here it’s bioterrorism used, in this instance, to show how the pharmaceutical industry is so badly treating Africa, being allowed to get away with it and the cover up on drugs which should be helping those who are sick but don’t.

In Drugs to Forget we have a new group, not known even in their country of origin, WEXA are even more dangerous because of that – nobody knows them so no one can predict what they will do.

Natalie is a hardened film director, she’s seen it and done it, but even she is shocked at what WEXA is prepared to do and how far they will go to get what they want. Will she be able to prove how dangerous they are?

Her new research assistant, Tom, is sent to check out leads in Java. Wet behind the ears he, with the help of Gita, Nick and Michael uncovers some strange goings-on, manages to get some vital information and terrific footage to boot.

There is a lot of stuff in the book about filming some technical but mainly about processes and, of course, there’s a bit of medical information it may seem a little tedious but by and large it’s interesting and gives context. This is a book about investigative filmmaking after all.

The characters are quite well drawn.  I liked Natalie, although she was all business, there were one or two glimpses of a caring, passionate person but she knows she has to keep her head in the game. Tom tends to be more open as a character. Nick, Geoff and Stephanie make for a good supporting ‘cast’.

This isn’t an action-packed book but it does have some pretty tense scenes in it. You are carried around the globe as various leads are followed and, as the end approaches, it is nicely brought together through Natalie’s insight, Tom’s reasoning and some rather sad events. This book highlights what could happen, does happen it’s realistic and an interesting read.

With thanks to LoveBooksGroupTours for inviting me to read and review Drugs to Forget by Martin Granger and to Red Door Publishing for providing the eARC.

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Publisher:                      RedDoor Publishing Ltd (31 May 2018)    @RedDoorBooks

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ISBN-13: 978-1910453513

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Author  

Martin Granger: 9666DB47-3B56-4059-8A12-3097F3630180Martin has been making documentary films for thirty years. In that time he has won more than 100 international film awards. His work has ranged from directing BBC’s Horizon to producing a BAFTA nominated science series for Channel 4. His novels, although fiction, are based upon his experience in the film industry. He lives in Wimbledon with his wife Jacqueline.

Also by Martin Granger

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Manila Harbour.             Oceans of Fire

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