BLOG TOUR: Death Wish by Linda Huber

DEATH WISH by Linda Huber

‘This book sets the pace from the beginning with the prologue and the suspense grows throughout the book.’

#blogtour #deathwish @bloodhoundbook @booksnall #amreviewing #5stars @lindahuber19 http://www.bloodhoundbook.com

Death Wish 2

Book Description

Secrets. Lies. Murder.

When Leo decides to go into business with his mother-in-law he soon realises his mistake. Eleanor is the mother-in-law from hell and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Her daughter, Ashley, has her own reasons for hating her mother. The atmosphere is toxic and old wounds refuse to heal.

Next door, eight-year-old Joya has a difficult life. Her parents argue constantly and her grandmother, who lives with them, is approaching death.

Soon these two families will collide and the consequences might just be fatal…


My Review

This book sets the pace from the beginning with the prologue and the suspense grows throughout the book. Much of the book is told from the perspective of an 8 year old child and this had me remembering my daughters at that age. Joya’s character develops throughout the book as we are given a window into the mind of an 8 year old. She is a totally lovable little girl and I am so pleased to have met her.

The book revolves around 2 families; Maxine and Stu who are parents to Joya and also have Vee, Maxine’s Mum who is terminally ill with Huntington’s disease. Next door live Ashley and Leo who have Maxine’s Mum living in their annex. The characters of all these adults develops throughout the book into complex individuals each with their own issues.

The story begins near the end with a dead body and then goes back to where it all began and we learn of the events and issues that lead death. The book discusses the effects of Huntington’s disease not only on the sufferer but also the knock-on effect on other members of the family. Next door we have Ashley who has grown to hate her mother due to an event when she was a teenager.

I loved the characters of Vee and Joya but didn’t much like the other characters as they seemed to be very selfish people and a bit unrealistic which lost the book a few points.

A very good read and I thank Bloodhound Books for the ARC


Author Bio

71uN0MhnjDL._UX250_Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of guinea pigs.
Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1492421093&sr=8-2-ent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlindahuber/

Website: https://lindahuber.net/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19?lang=en-gb

BLOG TOUR: The Blood of Kings

Blood of Kings correct finalBook Description

1559. A girl arrives in London to search for her brother. Aalia, an awkward, arrogant teenager plans to bring William to his senses, until she discovers that both their lives are based on a lie. Aalia must unravel a web of secrets but has the weight of her past to contend with. Courageous and undisciplined, Aalia gradually comes to terms with the truth that William, her brother, has royal blood. Deciding to undermine the men who want to use him as a pawn, Aalia must negotiate a world where secrecy arms the powerful. But unwilling to ask for anyone’s help she is forced into making a fateful decision. Who can she trust when everyone around her is plotting? Is the truth really something worth dying for?

This epic story of secrets and betrayal paints a vivid picture of Elizabethan England and asks questions that span beyond the test of time.


My Review

This is historical fiction based in 1559 during the reign of Henry VIII. It is not my usual genre but sometimes it is good to try something new. Readers who like historical fiction will love this book.

The writing is excellent the author has made a fantastic job of writing this book in the style that fits with the period but unfortunately I, personally, found it very hard going which lost it a few points.

The characters build throughout the book. I particularly like Aalia I found her to be a very interesting and likeable character with amazing spirit. By the end of the book I could almost hear her beautiful voice.

There are a LOT of characters in this book that make up a complicated story that unravels steadily throughout the book. Secrets lead to violence as the plot to change the course of history plays out.

Thank you to Bombshell Books for the opportunity to read this ARC.


Angela Pic 1Author Bio:

I’ve always loved words, those little black squiggles dancing around the page lead inside a secret world – the world of imagination.

I’ve always loved writing – diaries, stories, letters – I’m a compulsive writer. My favourite task is pinning the imagined world into words – it’s also the most exciting but I’d rarely let anyone read my work.

I was born in Wimbledon but my first memories are of Clapham Common, where I lived until I was six years old. Next I moved to Kent, to an ancient village on the fringes of the Thames Estuary. I loved books and dreamed of becoming a writer – my English teacher was really encouraging – but I come from a long line of practical dreamers who need first to earn a living.

After school I went to Medway College of Art in Rochester, to study design. The course was meant to teach design techniques that could be ‘geared’ to any medium but it failed, most students dropped out before the first term ended. I ‘geared’ towards costume and embroidery and during college holidays worked at ‘Bermans and Nathans’, a company who provided costumes for film, television and theatre.

My first ‘proper’ job was working as assistant designer to the most amazing man, Bruno Stern (there’s a book waiting to be written). The company was based in Dover Street and made beautiful clothes for the rich and famous. It was a surreal place to work but after problems getting home during a year of unplanned rail strikes, I decided to find employment nearer home.

By this time I’d married – Michael King. He was working as a goldsmith in Essex and we were living in the village of Paglesham when I got a job with a local theatrical costume company. I loved my job and started writing children’s books with an illustrator friend. Together we produced two little books – ‘Olly the Octopus’ and ‘The Squeaky Knight’. In 1980 I began working on my first novel when we had a season of disasters – Michael was involved in a terrible car crash, the company where he worked went bankrupt, my old dog died and our beautiful, grade 2 listed cottage, burned down. Feeling it was time for change we moved to Cumbria.

We started our own jewellery company in 1984, working from home. We had two small children and no income. Michael manufactured while I went out selling his work at craft fairs. We struggled at first – finding customers, building a reputation. We moved to bigger premises in 2002 and now employ four jewellers and two design consultants.

While my children were growing up I studied with the Open University. I also worked for a small company which made docu-history films for museums and wrote articles for magazines and specialist publications. Then, in 2008, two very close friends died, kicking me into action – if I didn’t write my novel soon it might never be written. I joined a couple of local creative writing groups and finally allowed my imagination to run free.

In 2016 I had short stories published in three different anthologies: Dark Minds (Bloodhound Books), Happily Never After (C & P Writers) and Dot, Dot, Dot, (Wiza Words).

Links:

Blog: https://anna.king969.wordpress.com
Twitter: A.S.King@angelaS969
Email: anna.king969@hotmail.co.uk

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: His Third Victim

thank you bannerA big thank you to all the #bloggers on the #blogtour for this brilliant #newrelease.  You are all absolutely AMAZING.

Turn the Page

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Prologue  

He swiped his finger across the screen of his mobile and screwed up his eyes. What he saw made him feel sick. Bella Richards had a new man in her life. Read more here

Short Book and Scribes

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A LIFELONG DREAM REALISED BY INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING.

Alice in Wonderland was the first book I read. I always joke that it coloured my entire life! As a child I loved to read — that and listen to the radio. By the time I was ten years old, I’d devoured most of the traditional children’s books and was reading historical novels. It was about that time that I announced to my parents that I was going to be a writer. Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

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There was plenty of suspense and lot of twists and turns and you really don’t find out who the killer is until the very end, and for me it was really unexpected!!   No hesitation in giving the book 5 stars and I’m already eagerly waiting for Helen’s next release!!  Read more here


Black Books Blog

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As I suspected this book is brilliant from the start. The book starts with a bang and the suspense level increases from there. Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

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As always, this is a well written crime thriller full of mystery and suspense with both big and little twists and surprises along the way. All the characters are well defined and I’m eager to learn more about them . Read more here


Nicki’s Life of Crime

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This is quite a quick read,I read it in just under seven hours,it’s well written,fast paced,gripping and packed with twists.It looks like the mystery of who was behind the attack on Matt and his previous partner is going to be a on going arc that will carry on in the following books.I absolutely loved this book,I really liked Matt and Lily and am looking forward to reading more thrillers featuring them in the future.  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

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A few things the reader might like to know about me:

I met my husband, Peter in 1965 and we married 3 years later. We were both very young. So young in fact that my dad refused to sign the ‘document’ giving his permission.  Read more here


Sweet Little Book

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Helen has developed a plotline which I found plausible and quite intense at times, with plenty of characters in which I was convinced were capable of the killings only to be thrown another red herring, I certainly was agog when I found out who was responsible.  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

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Interview with Author Helen H. Durrant

Read more here


Orchard Book Club

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This book is action packed, with twists and turns a plenty…. I also liked the fact it was set in places that I know and recognise, this made the story all the more real for me.  Read more here


HIS THIRD VICTIM by Helen H. Durrant

His Third Victim

A BRAND NEW STANDALONE DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT

A man is shot dead and his body is dumped on the moors. His arm is stamped with the Chinese symbol for sorry.

There have been five unsolved murders with the same hallmark. The police can’t find any motive or connection between the victims.

Bella Richards was close to the murdered man. She lives with her five-year son and has begun a new life in the local area.  But although clearly grief-stricken, she is not telling the police everything she knows.

Detective Talbot Dyson wants his most trusted inspector on the case. But DI Matt Brindle is out of action. He was badly injured and his sergeant was killed in a criminal ambush.  He is drawn into the investigation and must decide whether he wants to go to back to his old life.

What is the real connection between the victims and who will be next?

This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.

Available from www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com  www.amazon.ca  www.amazon.com.au   www.amazon.de

@joffebooks @hhdurrant #bestseller #bookreview #blogtour


My Review  

BLOG TOUR – His Third Victim by Helen Durrant


helen durrant

Author Bio

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

Twitter @hhdurrant

Facebook       https://www.facebook.com/helen.durrant.12

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calladine-Bayliss-Detective-Novels/614047648616619?ref=hlThis is quite a quick read,I read it in just under seven hours,it’s well written,fast paced,gripping and packed with twists.It looks like the mystery of who was behind the attack on Matt and his previous partner is going to be a on going arc that will carry on in the following books.I absolutely loved this book,I really liked Matt and Lily and am looking forward to reading more thrillers featuring them in the future.

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors are saying.

Do you write crime fiction?  If so are you looking for a publisher?

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Joffe Books are accepting submissions www.joffebooks.com

@joffebooks @jasperjoffe @books_n_all #crimefiction


What their Authors’ are saying:

Helen Durrant

His Third Victim“My books would never have enjoyed the success they have without Joffe Books. They do an excellent job from start to finish. The editing, book covers, marketing and finally, the liberal sprinkling of ‘fairy dust’ Jasper sprinkles over the final product.” – Helen

 

 

 

 

 


Anne Penketh

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I approached Joffe Books with my first crime novel after seeing them listed as a publisher on the Crime Writers’ Association, and my manuscript for Murder on the Marsh was accepted. Jasper explained about the publishing relationship with Amazon which raised questions for me about not being in bookshops. Jasper said: “do you want to sell books?” Of course I do, I said. I signed up and I’ve never looked back!


Joy Ellis

9781912106868There are some decisions that you make in life, that feel right from the word go. When Jasper Joffe rang me and we discussed the possibilities of working together, I knew immediately that was what I wanted to do. I trusted him, loved his undeniable passion and talent for publishing, and frankly wanted to work my socks off to make a success of things. The last year,( almost!) has been a roller-coaster, and Jasper and his staff have been there every step of the way, freely offering expertise and encouragement. I have struggled for the past seventeen years to find a place as a crime writer, and now, since becoming one of Jasper Joffe’s authors, I can quite honestly say, ad astra per ardua.  And a big Thank You, Jasper.

 


Ken Ogilvie

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Joffe’s and Jill’s promotional efforts certainly helped to get a lot of book reviews, which have been very positive and encouraging for a new writer. Joffe Books has been a great publisher to work with, both on the editorial side and in terms of Jasper Joffe’s quick and valuable personal responses to questions that I’ve had. I look forward to a productive relationship with the company while my first book penetrates the market, and as I work on the second book.


Charlie Gallagher

Missing coverI wrote three books over a period of five years and made numerous approaches to literary agents. I lost count of the rejections and then gave up as I realised it was actually damaging my writing. I would get a rejection and it would hit so hard that I would stop writing, sometimes for months on end. But I would always come back to it. I knew I loved it and I decided to go down the self-publishing route. I was just a few months into this when I received a call from Joffe Books who had gotten hold of my third book by nothing more than a fluke.

I met with Jasper Joffe personally. The benefit of being UK based and forty minutes from London. My message was very clear – I just want to be read and I want to get better. Jasper and Joffe Books as a whole really clicked into this and our working relationship has been excellent from the off. Together we totally revised the three books and they are now the first three books of the Langthorne Series. I would only ever work with someone who is as passionate about my work as I am. I think this is a real rarity, but I have found it with Joffe. My day job is shift work, it’s not unusual for me to email Joffe late at night or even the early hours with updates, edits or questions. And it’s not unusual either for Joffe to reply straight away! I look forward to continuing to work with Joffe.


Michael Hambling

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I’ve found Joffe Books to be very supportive of my writing. The advice
on editing has been great, and the company has reacted positively to any concerns I’ve had about their decisions. I’ve had absolutely no regrets about signing up with them; they are a very forward looking
organisation, responsive to both the market and to the needs of their
authors. Jasper Joffe is a very sincere person who wants to best for his
authors. I didn’t hesitate when it came to re-signing my contract
recently.

 

 

 


 Gretta Mulrooney

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I started writing crime novels after publishing literary fiction. I submitted a manuscript to Joffe Books and had a quick and straightforward response from Jasper. I have now had three crime fiction novels published by Joffe Books featuring private investigator Tyrone Swift, with the fourth, Watching You, due out now. Joffe Books has also re published three of my literary fiction novels. I find Jasper and his colleagues highly supportive, encouraging, responsive and friendly. Communication is easy and direct and I have been consulted at every stage about editing and book covers. They have worked with me on manuscripts to tighten plot, increase the pace of a novel and to iron out glitches. Jasper is also patient and helpful when I need his IT skills. I get regular feedback about sales and response to my books. I know that Joffe Books is growing and it deserves every success as a publishing house.


Stewart Giles

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When I was contacted by Joffe Books earlier in the year, I had mixed emotions. After spending years talking to agents and publishers to no avail I was now the one being approached. I was delighted. On the other hand, I’d had dealings before with what I call ‘The dark side’ of the publishing world – not mentioning any names – and in the past the initial bubble of elation had always been burst when I realised the sole intention of this ‘dark side’ was to exploit the dreams of writers. Joffe Books immediately restored my faith in the industry. Luckily, I had the finished manuscript of ‘The Beekeeper’ and I promptly sent it off, soon to learn that it was far from finished. Roughly two months later, we had a finished book we could be proud of. Working with Jasper and his team at Joffe Books has taught me so much in such a short space of time. Their patience and tolerance of my rather out-of-date tech skills, as well as their aftermarket support has been unbelievable. I’m proud to be associated with such an amazing publishing house and I would recommend them to anyone with a book they want the world to read.

 


 

*** AVAILABLE NOW *** Their Fatal Secrets by Janice Frost

This new release by Janice Frost is now available at a discounted release price of

99p / $1.31

What readers are saying about THEIR FATAL SECRETS
“5 Stars – I Couldn’t Put It Down.” Barbara

“A wonderful story of intrigue, mystery and murder keeps you reading. I actually completed it in one day much to my wife’s dismay!” Ron Harris

“It had me gripped from the first word to the last. I will definitely be reading more Janice Frost books.” Jacqueline Flaherty

“The team face a complex, fast-paced, twisted case” Donna Bradley

“This is a very good book.” Hannelore Cheney

Available from:

www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com  www.amazon.ca

 www.amazon.com.au  www.amazon.de

@joffebooks #merryandneal #policeprocedural #newrelease

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THE EAGERLY AWAITED NEW MYSTERY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST

Two students coming home from a drunken night out see something strange in the river. It is a young woman’s body.

Hours later, a second young woman’s body is discovered on another stretch of the same river.

DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom Knight.

Soon a connection is found between the two dead women. A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list?

In a thrilling conclusion, Jim Neal fights for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE DETECTIVES

DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.

DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS


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Author Bio:

Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.

BLOG TOUR – Murder at the University – WHAT THE READERS ARE SAYING

Today I am posting a catch up of the reviews that  have already been posted  for this  #newrelease by @faithmartin. This is book 2 in the Hillary Greene series that is being republished by @joffebooks.


By The Letter Book Reviews

As for the case they are working on I certainly couldn’t have figured out who the murderer was. The author certainly seems to spread out the case, Hillary’s personal life as well as working life so you get an even feel of what her life is like.

Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘The book is well written and with the blend of both professional and personal, the characters become quite credible. It’s a police procedural as the team interrogates multiple suspects. It’s a solidly paced story that moves much more quickly toward the ending. ‘

Denis Zendel’s Review

I’m a big fan of British police procedurals, and this one did not disappoint. I read it in two sittings. I’ll be picking up book 1 in the series, and looking for more from this author.

Elaine Tomasso’s Review

Hillary is a good protagonist. She has a wealth of experience, a nose for lies and a subconscious understanding of the direction she should take. She is very human with a tangled personal life and worries about of her late husband’s dealings which have real repercussions for her. I like the way she gets despondent about lack of progress in the case but pulls herself together and gets stuck in as it’s something we can all relate to.

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com  www.amazon.ca www.amazon.com.au  www.amazon.de

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY by Faith Martin

Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN WITH A THIRST FOR JUSTICE AND A COMPLICATED CAREER

A pretty French student is found dead in her room at an exclusive Oxford college. Everyone thinks it is another tragic case of accidental drug overdose.

But Detective Hillary Greene has a nose for the truth. She quickly discovers that the student had been up to some very unusual activities.

With a shocking cause of death found, the case becomes a high-profile murder investigation.

Adding to the pressure, Hillary’s nemesis is transferred to work with her at the station.

Can Hillary keep her cool and get justice for the unfortunate student?

MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY is the second in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.

THE DETECTIVES

DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband (Ronnie Greene). But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW.”
 
DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES

BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
MORE COMING SOON!


My Review


Author photoAuthor Bio

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the first eleven of the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! And the first 2 of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL and MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY  are  available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

THE BEEKEEPER : #1 Bestseller. Book 2: The Story Teller is coming soon

I am absolutely thrilled that this book has reached #1 bestseller on Amazon Australia so pleased that such a brilliant book is finding its way onto bookshelves and kindles all over the world. Massive congratulations to Stewart Giles and the publisher Joffe Books.  Book 2 is on its way so this is your opportunity to read this book and get ready for Book 2: 

The follow-up to The Beekeeper, ‘The Story Taker’ :How do you figure out five ‘Perfect’ murders?

#bestseller @joffebooks @books_n_all #thebeekeeper #netgalley #5stars #psychologicalthriller

The BeekeeperBook Description

Available from:

www.amazon.com.au  www.amazon.ca

www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com 

A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

My Review

4.7 out of  5 stars

This is a brilliant book.  The Author takes what should be gory and makes it amusing, with an enormous amount of skill, and the result is a gripping book that has the reader turning page after page.

This is possibly the funniest thriller I have ever read.  Stewart has a dark sense of humour that comes through in the book which brings a totally unique perspective to the story.  I found it very intriguing.  I suspected who the killer was at the beginning but what you have learned from reading thrillers over the years is ingrained into you and you find yourself denying what is actually staring you in the face.  The characters are unique but develop well throughout the book and the story is also different I was very impressed.

I love Alice’s character, she is a lot of fun.  An eccentric old lady who has had a rough life with a philandering husband who had  a habit of disappearing for long periods with his latest fling.  He eventually left 10 years ago and hasn’t returned.  She makes a living from the honey produced by her beekeeping.  She has a Jackdaw that she rescued who is her main companion and a friend Millie.  Millie is widowed and a fragile person who is dominated by Alice.

Detective Harriet Taylor has also had a difficult life.  Her husband was killed in a car crash with his lover also in the car.  She became the laughing stock of the Police Force in Edinburgh so transferred to Polgarrow, a quiet town in Cornwall.  She is picking up the pieces of her life and has a good relationship with her boss, Killion, when half a body is caught up in the nets of a fishing boat.  Shortly afterwards Millie goes missing and her car is found at the bottom of the cliffs.  When  a house explodes the decision is made to bring in a crack team from Exeter.  When Harriet is chosen to be part of this team she finds herself, again, the talking stock of the station.  The similarity in their history forms a connection between Alice and Harriet.

Thank you to Joffe Books and Netgalley who provided me with a free copy of this book.


61WkWZgg3bL__UX250_Author Bio

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now.

BLOG TOUR – Murder at the University WHAT THE READERS ARE SAYING

Today I am posting a catch up of the reviews that  have already been posted  for this  #newrelease by @faithmartin. This is book 2 in the Hillary Greene series that is being republished by @joffebooks.


Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘The book is well written and with the blend of both professional and personal, the characters become quite credible. It’s a police procedural as the team interrogates multiple suspects. It’s a solidly paced story that moves much more quickly toward the ending. ‘

Denis Zendel’s Review

I’m a big fan of British police procedurals, and this one did not disappoint. I read it in two sittings. I’ll be picking up book 1 in the series, and looking for more from this author.

Elaine Tomasso’s Review

Hillary is a good protagonist. She has a wealth of experience, a nose for lies and a subconscious understanding of the direction she should take. She is very human with a tangled personal life and worries about of her late husband’s dealings which have real repercussions for her. I like the way she gets despondent about lack of progress in the case but pulls herself together and gets stuck in as it’s something we can all relate to.

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com  www.amazon.ca www.amazon.com.au  www.amazon.de

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY by Faith Martin

Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN WITH A THIRST FOR JUSTICE AND A COMPLICATED CAREER

A pretty French student is found dead in her room at an exclusive Oxford college. Everyone thinks it is another tragic case of accidental drug overdose.

But Detective Hillary Greene has a nose for the truth. She quickly discovers that the student had been up to some very unusual activities.

With a shocking cause of death found, the case becomes a high-profile murder investigation.

Adding to the pressure, Hillary’s nemesis is transferred to work with her at the station.

Can Hillary keep her cool and get justice for the unfortunate student?

MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY is the second in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.

THE DETECTIVES

DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband (Ronnie Greene). But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW.”
 
DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES

BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
MORE COMING SOON!


My Review

 


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Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the first eleven of the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! And the first 2 of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL and MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY  are  available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

BLOG BLITZ: Innocent Blood by Linda Prather

Innocent Blood by Linda Prather

‘This is an intriguing book that moves along at a fairly fast pace with many twists and turns along the way. There is an element of the paranormal along with drugs, murder, corruption and many other vices to throw into the mix. A very good read.’

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com

INNOCENT 6 FINALBook Description:

Loki Redmond swore she’d never return to the reservation, but two missing hunters and the ancient Choctaw myth of Nalusa Falaya take her and her brother, Dadron, on a dangerous trek through the wilderness.

Meanwhile, her partner Jake Savior, heads to Tunica, Mississippi, to investigate the second mass killing by a Choctaw police officer.

Are the cases connected?

The only thing they know for sure is innocent blood has been shed, and unless they can find the source more are going to die.


My Review

This is book 2 in the series. I haven’t read book 1, The Forgotten, and while I did pick up what the characters are about I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read book 1 so would recommend that they are read in sequence.

The story revolves around the Choctaw Indian community. I found learning about the Choctaw’s and their culture and beliefs very interesting and the Author has definitely done her research to a high level as this knowledge comes across very well as the story develops.

Loki is Choctaw and escaped the reservation many years ago with her brothers. She also rescued and adopted a young girl with a baby. She is a very caring ‘Mamma Bear’ type character that you have to love.

When Choctaw police officers start killing their colleagues before committing suicide everyone is shocked these are family men and conscientious officers and nobody knows what is going on. Jake and Loki get tangled up in this at the same time as Lok’s past comes back to haunt her and her brothers.

This is an intriguing book that moves along at a fairly fast pace with many twists and turns along the way. There is an element of the paranormal along with drugs, murder, corruption and many other vices to throw into the mix. A very good read.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.


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Linda S. Prather is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of 8 novels including two legal thrillers, a paranormal FBI series, one romance, and her current series involving Loki Redmond, a Choctaw private investigator and Jake Savior, a former police officer. Linda lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and grandchild, along with the “king” of the house, a Shitzu name Popcorn. Her latest release, Innocent Blood is her second in the Loki Redmond/Jake Savior series. In Linda’s own words: “This book is my favorite so far. My grandfather was a full-blooded Native American, and my mother half Native American. Prior to my marriage and children I studied Shamanism and developed a true love for nature. Studying the Choctaw history, customs, myths and religions was fascinating. Taking the facts I learned and weaving them into Loki’s story and her investigation into the disappearance of two hunters on the reservation was an emotional roller coaster for me. I found myself crying quite often.”

Links:

Website: linda@lindasprather.com – where you can join Linda’s email list and never miss a new release

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.prather2
Twitter: @jacodypress

Blog: jacodypress.blogspot.com