BLOG BLITZ: Never Rest by Jon Richter

Good afternoon. Today I am sharing with you a Guest Post as part of the Blog Blitz for Never Rest by Jon Richter. Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me. #neverrest #blogblitz #crimefiction @bloodhoundbook

Jon Richter - Never Rest_cover_high res.jpgNEVER REST by Jon Richter

Available from: Amazon UK    Amazon US    Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Chris Sigurdsson has left the police force to start his own detective agency in London. He and his assistant, Priya, have built a strong reputation, and their casebook for the coming months is full. But Sigurdsson’s mind drifts back to his time as a Detective Inspector, and to the surreal week he spent investigating a case on Salvation Island.

When the estranged wife of David Lithgow, a writer who had been working on the island, approaches him to help locate her missing spouse, he cannot resist the allure of that sinister, mist-shrouded place…

The case leads him back to Salvation Island and into a treacherous labyrinth of deceit.

Is there a link between the mysterious proprietor of a travelling freak show and the malevolent spectre of a vicious serial murderer who butchered six young women on the island?

Has the killer continued his murderous spree from beyond the grave, or is there a copycat on the loose?

To solve this case, Sigurdsson will need to enter the mind of a sadistic serial killer and unravel the island’s darkest secrets. And if he wants to survive, he must confront his deepest fears.


#GuestPost – Inspirations for Never Rest

My second novel, Never Rest, which will be released at the end of March, is probably best described as a dark, weird thriller. I set out to write something ‘unfiltered’, by which I mean that if I had an idea I liked I would just chuck it in there, regardless of whether it ‘fit’, and let the story emerge from this sinister broth – so the plan was a lot less structured than my usual approach. I’m really happy with the end result, and I really hope readers enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it!

For this blog post, I thought I would touch on some of the influences that helped to shape me and my writing style and provided the inspiration for some of that miscellany of dark ‘ingredients’. If you’ve already had the pleasure of sampling these delights, then perhaps this will motivate you to revisit them… or at the very least bring a nostalgic smile to your face. And If you’ve never checked them out then I am extremely envious, because a huge treat awaits you!

A theme that I have always loved and have certainly explored in my book is that of the ‘journey to a mysterious, backwoods location’… there are countless examples of this in fiction, and when it is done well it is my absolute favourite basis for a story. The paranoid outsider finds themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, the locals either openly hostile or, perhaps, disconcertingly welcoming… it grants a writer an excellent opportunity to craft a memorable setting, and provides an intriguing mystery to solve, which might either become the main plot, or run parallel to it.

The greatest example I can think of is undoubtedly Twin Peaks, a programme that I missed the first time around (I was only seven when it first aired) but got into in a big way about five years ago. Here the ‘stranger in a strange town’ formula is slightly tinkered with, because far from being an ‘everyman’ and thereby a cypher for the audience, the stranger in this case is, himself, a bizarre and intriguing individual. Kyle MacLachlan’s portrayal of eccentric FBI agent Dale Cooper remains one of my all-time favourite acting performances, and he deserves to be showered with awards for his efforts in reprising the role in the recent third season. But the real star of that show was the town of Twin Peaks itself, the idyllic rural paradise with a dark underbelly of crime, corruption and terrifying paranormal horror… no one has made anything quite like it ever since. Whenever a new TV show appears that follows this formula I usually gobble it up immediately, and although I’ve recently enjoyed Fortitude and Wayward Pines, I don’t think Twin Peaks will ever be bettered.

From TV to movies, and we see the same theme cropping up in countless classics, everything from The Wicker Man to The Blair Witch Project. My favourite movie and a fascinating twist on this concept is Memento, where Guy Pearce plays a man cursed with short term memory loss, trying to piece together the mystery of his wife’s murder. He finds himself in an unfamiliar town full of compelling characters, the film utilising an ingenious storytelling device to keep the reader as unaware of his recent actions as the protagonist himself. A sense of dread permeates all of these pieces, gnawing away at the viewer’s resolve, laying their heart bare just in time for the final, haunting plot twist.

I have been an avid video gamer since I was very young, and a lot of my inspiration also comes from that world. I’ve written blog posts in the past about how underrated video games are as a storytelling medium, their inherent interactivity making them capable of telling unique tales that place the player right at the heart of the plot, either able to influence it directly or at least given the illusion that they can (try Bioshock for the ultimate exploration of free will in gaming as a plot device…) and ensuring that you feel the story’s events as though they were happening to you personally. My favourite video game of all time is Silent Hill (and its three sequels before the original development team was disbanded), a story once again centred on a remote, desolate and chilling location. Imagine Twin Peaks if every last shred of humour was surgically extracted and replaced with disturbing organic art, and you’d still be miles away from the experience that these games offer.

In literature, there are again many fantastic settings to choose from, but the two I’ll explore here may at first seem very different.

HP Lovecraft, whose despicable racism should not be ignored, nevertheless remains one of the most influential writers in horror, and someone whose works I ploughed through relatively recently. They are not uniformly well-written or gripping, but some of his ideas were genuinely visionary, his tales encompassing other universes and alien beings while other writers of his time were still mired in predictable ghost stories. But if you were inclined to investigate just one of his works, please do read The Shadow Over Innsmouth. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, again the tale of a character caught in a sinister place, the setting captured perfectly – I can smell the rotting fish odour drifting in from the sea even as I write about it!

Another of my big inspirations is the work of Lee Child, who writes the Jack Reacher novels. Although his books have, I fear, now become something of a self-parody, a character whose adventures have outstayed their welcome and spawned two mediocre Tom Cruise movies, there is still much to enjoy in the earlier novels. The gritty action set pieces are bone-crunchingly effective, and I have definitely tried to recreate the pacing of these stories – an investigation that progresses slowly, meticulously, riddled with red herrings and wrong turns, only to suddenly explode into brutally violent life. The very first Jack Reacher novel is called Killing Floor and features Reacher – then an unknown hero, of course – venturing into a mysterious town called Margrave, where he unearths a criminal conspiracy in a mesmerising work of fiction. Highly recommended, certainly for anyone who might have written off the series as mainstream trash.

Phew – that’s about enough for now I think! I’m sure I’ve missed some big touchstones, but anyone who is as excited as I am about tales of unsuspecting protagonists finding adventure in enigmatic locales could do worse than check out the titles I’ve mentioned above. If anyone has any similar suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them my way @RichterWrites – they will be gratefully received!


Jon+RichterAuthor Bio

Jon Richter lives in London and spends most of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister alter ego, an accountant called Dave. When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a good story. Jon writes whenever he can and hopes to bring you more dark tales in the very near future. If you want to chat to him about this, or about anything at all, you can find him on Twitter @RichterWrites; he’d also love it if you would check out his website at:
www.jon-richter.com

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Unworthy by Stewart Giles

Thank you so much to all the amazing Bloggers on the Blog Tour for UNWORTHY by Stewart Giles.  Your help is very much appreciated by Stewart and myself.  You guys are WONDERFUL.  THANK YOU for all your help.  Jill and Stewart x

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Black Books Blog

The book starts off quite dramatically with the reader being told that someone from a family of three is going to be dead within a week.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Can’t recommend this enough. I have now read 2 books in the series and cannot wait for another???  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

This book had me gripped from the moment I started reading and I found that I just couldn’t put it down.  The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn in to the story.  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I won’t give away the storyline but I have to recommend ‘Unworthy’ as a book not to be missed. Stewart Giles’ writing draws the reader into the story and keeps hold until the reader reaches the last page – and then twists the ending so the reader is left gasping for more.  Read more here


The Writing Train

A fascinating crime with a brutal killer on the loose; DS Jason Smith and his team have a huge case on their hands. Stewart Giles, you gained another fan!  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

There are some twists and turns that had me scratching my head. Coming from a law enforcement family, I really enjoy watching the characters rooting out clues and leads one by one… leading to a surprising ending.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

I thought that this book was great, I have read a few of Stewart’s books now and this one for me is definitely my favourite so far – the plot is great, I loved the pace and the action that takes place. It is a complex story that is well woven throughout to give a really great ending!!  Read more here


Beth in a Box

I recommend Unworthy to anyone who loves a good crime novel with plenty of suspense.  Read more here


Book Worm


Unworthy book.jpgUNWORTHY by Stewart Giles

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THE UNWORTHY WOMEN MUST PAY.

DS Jason Smith is dragged away from paternity leave when a woman is killed with her baby in the next room. When more women with children are brutally murdered, Smith discovers that they all have something in common – they all share a secret. When he finds out that the mother of his own child is on this list of ‘Unworthy’ women, he finds himself in a race against time to stop the killer before his whole world comes crashing down around him.


My Review

 


Stewart Giles Author PhotoAuthor 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.

BLOG TOUR: Mortal Outcomes by Dave Stanton

Today it is my stop on the Blog Blitz for MORTAL OUTCOMES by Dave Stanton. Thank you to Dave, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for inviting me.

@bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681  @DanRenoNovels #netgalley #mortaloutcomes


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Mortal Outcomes by Dave Stanton

Available from:    Amazon UK    Amazon US
Bounty hunter Dan Reno never thought he’d be the prey.
When a pair of accused rapists from a New Jersey-based gang surface in South Lake Tahoe, bounty hunter Dan Reno is called in. The first is easy to catch, but the second, a Satanist suspected of a string of murders, is an adversary unlike any Reno has faced before. After escaping Reno’s clutches, in the desert outside of Carson City, the target vanishes. That is, until he makes it clear he intends to settle the score.
To make matters worse, the criminal takes an interest in a teenage boy and his talented sister, both friends of Reno’s.
Wading through a drug-dealing turf war and a deadly feud between mobsters running a local casino, Reno has to hunt a ghost-like adversary who is calling all the shots.
The more Reno learns more about his target, the more he’s convinced that mayhem is inevitable unless he can capture him quickly. He’d prefer it to be clean, without further bloodshed. But sometimes that isn’t possible, especially when Reno’s partner Cody Gibbons decides it’s time for payback.

My Review

This is Book 3 in the Dan Reno  series.  I read book 1 but not book 2 so I can confirm they work very well as stand-alone.

Dan Reno is a Private Investigator and also Bounty Hunter.  He is often helped out by ex cop Cody Gibbons.  The pair make quite a formidable team and balance each other out perfectly.  There is a little humour in the background which I like and I love their characters which are developing well.

Dan Reno is on the hunt for a man who skipped bail.  This is a dangerous, evil man but just how dangerous they are yet to find out.  As always, the hunt puts them in danger and also on the wrong side of 2 bent coppers.  The fact that they are caught in the middle between the villains and the corrupt policemen who are worried Dan and Cody will cut of their supplementary income wont bother them too much.

The book moves along at a steady pace but I find it a little too descriptive and that lost it a few marks.


Author Bio:

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

www.danrenonovels.com/

BOOK REVIEW: The Penultimate Man by Malcolm Hollingdrake

The Penultimate Man: A Short Story to Commemorate the Centenary of the Conclusion of World War OneThe Penultimate Man: A Short Story to Commemorate the Centenary of the Conclusion of World War One by Malcolm Hollingdrake
Available from: Amazon UK     Amazon US     Amazon Australia     Amazon Canada

With this short story I am proud to support The Royal British Legion at this historic time, the centenary of the conclusion of World War One. I hope you will forgive the brevity of this book but like many a soldier’s life, cut short in his prime, I hope that it will live in your memory, that the poignancy of this story allows you a minute of silence, a moment of reflection where you will remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for what they felt to be a true and just cause.

It was on a Monday, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918, that the war to end all wars came to an end that was for the many, a blessed relief. The indelible physical and mental scars would be carried by those from all sides of the conflict, making their return to a normal life, seem uncertain and confused. It was a period in time when much was expected from the mere mortal.

However, it is to the few that this story relates. It is dedicated to those who had to die in those months, weeks, days, hours and minutes leading up to the ceasefire as well as to those who succumbed to their injuries after the larks sang again above the blood-red poppy fields. It is with The Penultimate Man we focus our attention, a man about to pay the ultimate price in those brief moments before the thunder of war ceased.
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On 26th September, 2018, I shall pay homage to a man I never met, my great uncle, William Hollingdrake, who died that day in 1918 and is buried alongside friends in France. My great uncle, a man whose face to me is that of a stranger is a man who carried my very DNA, a man who came through the years from 1914 until that fateful day… so close to the cessation of hostilities and yet so far! As with every passing year, I shall remember him.

The audiobook to this story will also be released in aid of the charity. I am grateful to the support of many in enabling this short story to be brought to you. Thank you for your support.

 


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a short story, written and published by Malcolm, in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The story follows a young soldier who found love among the death and devastation that was the first world war. I found it very emotional and moving to read what life was really like for the young men who risked their lives for their country.

It is a short read but very fast paced and even though short I felt I got to know Tommy so well I shed a tear at the end.

I would highly recommend this to any readers who like historical fiction.

View all my reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Penultimate Man by Malcolm Hollingdrake

The Penultimate Man: A Short Story to Commemorate the Centenary of the Conclusion of World War OneThe Penultimate Man: A Short Story to Commemorate the Centenary of the Conclusion of World War One by Malcolm Hollingdrake
Available from: Amazon UK     Amazon US     Amazon Australia     Amazon Canada

With this short story I am proud to support The Royal British Legion at this historic time, the centenary of the conclusion of World War One. I hope you will forgive the brevity of this book but like many a soldier’s life, cut short in his prime, I hope that it will live in your memory, that the poignancy of this story allows you a minute of silence, a moment of reflection where you will remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for what they felt to be a true and just cause.

It was on a Monday, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918, that the war to end all wars came to an end that was for the many, a blessed relief. The indelible physical and mental scars would be carried by those from all sides of the conflict, making their return to a normal life, seem uncertain and confused. It was a period in time when much was expected from the mere mortal.

However, it is to the few that this story relates. It is dedicated to those who had to die in those months, weeks, days, hours and minutes leading up to the ceasefire as well as to those who succumbed to their injuries after the larks sang again above the blood-red poppy fields. It is with The Penultimate Man we focus our attention, a man about to pay the ultimate price in those brief moments before the thunder of war ceased.
***
On 26th September, 2018, I shall pay homage to a man I never met, my great uncle, William Hollingdrake, who died that day in 1918 and is buried alongside friends in France. My great uncle, a man whose face to me is that of a stranger is a man who carried my very DNA, a man who came through the years from 1914 until that fateful day… so close to the cessation of hostilities and yet so far! As with every passing year, I shall remember him.

The audiobook to this story will also be released in aid of the charity. I am grateful to the support of many in enabling this short story to be brought to you. Thank you for your support.

 


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a short story, written and published by Malcolm, in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The story follows a young soldier who found love among the death and devastation that was the first world war. I found it very emotional and moving to read what life was really like for the young men who risked their lives for their country.

It is a short read but very fast paced and even though short I felt I got to know Tommy so well I shed a tear at the end.

I would highly recommend this to any readers who like historical fiction.

View all my reviews

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis

Joy, Joffe Books and myself would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the wonderful Bloggers on the Blog Tour for THE GUILTY ONES by Joy Ellis. This book is currently #4 on Amazon and that is partly down to you guys you are AWESOME so thank you very much.

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Ginger Book Geek

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As usual, the author does a bang-up job of writing a crime mystery that keeps one glued to the pages from the very first to the very last page. There are twists and turns along the way, and when you think you have it all figured out … think again!  Read more here


Joanna Larum Review’s

Joy Ellis is a fantastic author and I look forward to every one of her books with eager anticipation – it’s like a Christmas present any day of the year.  Read more here


Beth in a Box

It certainly had twist after twist and I really enjoyed every part of it.  Read more here


Book Worm


Nicki’s Life of Crime

This is a gripping,twisty,roller coaster ride that hooks the reader in from the first page and has a unexpected cliff hanger ending.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

Another clever and absorbing read from Joy Ellis! From page one it had me intrigued, keeping me on tenterhooks throughout.  Read more here


By the Letter Book Reviews

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J. V. Baptie

Overall, it’s well written, pacey and intriguing.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

It has the same great writing style and pace as per the author’s other books and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Five stars from me – very highly recommended – I think Joy’s books just keep getting better and better!!  Read more here


Black Books Blog

The book is very fast paced and left me guessing all the way through to the end, leaving me wanting more and being disappointed that Joy hasn’t had it published yet.  Read more here


Guilty Ones cover jpgTHE GUILTY ONES by Joy Ellis

Available from:  Amazon UK     Amazon US     Amazon Australia     Amazon Canada

From #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, a mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

The most difficult case of Detective Jackman’s life. Who are the guilty ones and is anyone really innocent?

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons.

DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past.

Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances.

What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle against their most dangerous and deadly adversary. And in a case so close to home can Jackman keep his feelings under control?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the thrilling ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens, whose isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVES
DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS

THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES


My Review

 


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Author Bio

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

1 MILLION  books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis

Joy, Joffe Books and myself would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the wonderful Bloggers on the Blog Tour for THE GUILTY ONES by Joy Ellis. This book is currently #4 on Amazon and that is partly down to you guys you are AWESOME so thank you very much.

Thank you 3

Ginger Book Geek

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As usual, the author does a bang-up job of writing a crime mystery that keeps one glued to the pages from the very first to the very last page. There are twists and turns along the way, and when you think you have it all figured out … think again!  Read more here


Joanna Larum Review’s

Joy Ellis is a fantastic author and I look forward to every one of her books with eager anticipation – it’s like a Christmas present any day of the year.  Read more here


Beth in a Box

It certainly had twist after twist and I really enjoyed every part of it.  Read more here


Book Worm


Nicki’s Life of Crime

This is a gripping,twisty,roller coaster ride that hooks the reader in from the first page and has a unexpected cliff hanger ending.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

Another clever and absorbing read from Joy Ellis! From page one it had me intrigued, keeping me on tenterhooks throughout.  Read more here


By the Letter Book Reviews

#guestpost


J. V. Baptie

Overall, it’s well written, pacey and intriguing.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

It has the same great writing style and pace as per the author’s other books and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Five stars from me – very highly recommended – I think Joy’s books just keep getting better and better!!  Read more here


Black Books Blog

The book is very fast paced and left me guessing all the way through to the end, leaving me wanting more and being disappointed that Joy hasn’t had it published yet.  Read more here


Guilty Ones cover jpgTHE GUILTY ONES by Joy Ellis

Available from:  Amazon UK     Amazon US     Amazon Australia     Amazon Canada

From #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, a mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

The most difficult case of Detective Jackman’s life. Who are the guilty ones and is anyone really innocent?

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons.

DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past.

Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances.

What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle against their most dangerous and deadly adversary. And in a case so close to home can Jackman keep his feelings under control?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the thrilling ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens, whose isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVES
DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS

THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES


My Review

 


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Author Bio

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

1 MILLION  books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

BLOG TOUR: Low Lake by Gretta Mulrooney

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for LOW LAKE by Gretta Mulrooney. This is book 5 in the Tyrone Swift series and is a very gripping addition to a brilliant series.

@joffebooks #netgalley #policeprocedural #ukthriller #tyroneswift #lowlake

‘Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real . . . A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.’ Fiona Morrow, Time Out (about ARABY)

‘A beautifully observed study of reconciliation, Araby makes astute points about conflict and shifting values between generations.’ James Eve, The Times

 

LOw lake 2 cover jpg.jpgLOW LAKE by Gretta Mulrooney

Available from Amazon UK     Amazon US

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An old house by a lake. A suspicious drowning. A suspect that the police let go.

What really happened at Low Lake?

Detective Tyrone Swift is hired to investigate the death of Kim Woodville. The young woman drowned in the lake by her family house, two years ago. But there was bruising on her arms, and the prime suspect was let go because of police errors.

Tyrone Swift takes the cases that other people have given up on. But the beautiful historic house by the lake doesn’t give up its secrets easily.

It turns out that there are many people who might have wanted Kim dead.

And then another body turns up close to home and Swift realises his own life may be danger.

Can Detective Tyrone Swift get to the bottom of this tangled web of dark family secrets?

LOW LAKE is a beautifully written mystery that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.

Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, P.D. James, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVE
Tyrone Swift is an ex-police detective who now works privately. He’s survived a stabbing and his fiancée running off with another man. Swift’s personal life is complicated, to say the least.

THE AUTHOR
Gretta is a critically acclaimed author of best-selling fiction.

‘Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real . . . A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.’ Fiona Morrow, Time Out (about ARABY)

‘A beautifully observed study of reconciliation, Araby makes astute points about conflict and shifting values between generations.’ James Eve, The Times

THE TYRONE SWIFT DETECTIVE SERIES
BOOK 1: THE LADY VANISHED
BOOK 2: BLOOD SECRETS
BOOK 3: TWO LOVERS, SIX DEATHS
BOOK 4: WATCHING YOU
BOOK 5: LOW LAKE


My Review

This is Book 5 in the Tyrone Swift series but the books work perfectly as stand-alone.

A young woman, Kim, with a lifetime fear of water is found drowned.  The verdict is accidental death as she suffered from epilepsy and had suffered a seizure.  Swift is employed by Kim’s friend to find out what happened as he doesn’t believe she would go near the water.  Kim had a violent start to life and was brought up by a strange woman with an unusual vision on education and guiding young people to adulthood.

The book moves along at a steady pace and gains momentum as it progresses.  There are many twists and turns along the way as the reader is caught up in the intrigue and suspense towards a real jawdropping shocker of an ending nobody will see coming.

I like Swift.  He is a complex character that develops well into a well rounded realistic character.  His girlfriend, Nora, I don’t like so much.  I think she is high maintenance and not a good match for Swift.  Bella, on the other hand, I do like she is compassionate and caring and would make a good fit for Swift so I will be watching for further books to see how his relationships pan out.

This is a gripping story and one I easily bought in to.  It is unique and interesting and has the ability to keep the adrenaline pumping.


Gretta Mulrooney Author PhotoAuthor Bio

I was born and educated in London, of Irish parents. I studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Ulster, Magee college in Derry. I have worked in education and social care.

I started writing in my thirties and I published four books for children and teenagers with Poolbeg Press, Dublin; A Can of WormsA Nest of VipersA Den of Thieves and I Love You-Te Quiero. These books are available on Amazon.

I have published five literary fiction novels.

Araby and Marble Heart were published by Harper Collins to critical acclaim. They have been translated into Dutch and Spanish.  These books are available on Amazon. They are being reissued in May 2016 by Fourth Estate as Kindle and paperbacks.

Fire and IceOut of The Blue and The Apple of Her Eye were published by Robert Hale. These books are available on Amazon.

Out of The Blue was published by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in February 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Lost Child was published by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in March 2016 and is available on Amazon. (This was previously published as Fire and Ice by Robert Hale.)

Coming of Age was published by Joffe Books as a e book and paperback in April 2016 and is available on Amazon. (This was previously published as The Apple of Her Eye by Robert Hale.)

I have always been an avid reader of crime fiction and psychological thrillers. I have started a series of crime novels featuring charismatic private detective Tyrone Swift.

The Lady Vanished was published as an e book and paperback by Joffe Books in December 2015 and is available on Amazon.

Blood Secrets, the second novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift, was published as e book and paperback in spring 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Two Lovers, Six Deaths, the third Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in December 2016 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Watching You, the fourth Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Low Lake, the fifth Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in March 2018 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Bound By Lies is a boxset trilogy of the first three  novels in the Tyrone Swift series. It was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Website:  http://www.grettamulrooney.com

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

Amazon Author page:   http://www.amazon.co.uk

Goodreads:   http://www.goodreads.com

BLOG TOUR: Low Lake by Gretta Mulrooney

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for LOW LAKE by Gretta Mulrooney. This is book 5 in the Tyrone Swift series and is a very gripping addition to a brilliant series.

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‘Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real . . . A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.’ Fiona Morrow, Time Out (about ARABY)

‘A beautifully observed study of reconciliation, Araby makes astute points about conflict and shifting values between generations.’ James Eve, The Times

 

LOw lake 2 cover jpg.jpgLOW LAKE by Gretta Mulrooney

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An old house by a lake. A suspicious drowning. A suspect that the police let go.

What really happened at Low Lake?

Detective Tyrone Swift is hired to investigate the death of Kim Woodville. The young woman drowned in the lake by her family house, two years ago. But there was bruising on her arms, and the prime suspect was let go because of police errors.

Tyrone Swift takes the cases that other people have given up on. But the beautiful historic house by the lake doesn’t give up its secrets easily.

It turns out that there are many people who might have wanted Kim dead.

And then another body turns up close to home and Swift realises his own life may be danger.

Can Detective Tyrone Swift get to the bottom of this tangled web of dark family secrets?

LOW LAKE is a beautifully written mystery that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.

Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, P.D. James, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVE
Tyrone Swift is an ex-police detective who now works privately. He’s survived a stabbing and his fiancée running off with another man. Swift’s personal life is complicated, to say the least.

THE AUTHOR
Gretta is a critically acclaimed author of best-selling fiction.

‘Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real . . . A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.’ Fiona Morrow, Time Out (about ARABY)

‘A beautifully observed study of reconciliation, Araby makes astute points about conflict and shifting values between generations.’ James Eve, The Times

THE TYRONE SWIFT DETECTIVE SERIES
BOOK 1: THE LADY VANISHED
BOOK 2: BLOOD SECRETS
BOOK 3: TWO LOVERS, SIX DEATHS
BOOK 4: WATCHING YOU
BOOK 5: LOW LAKE


My Review

This is Book 5 in the Tyrone Swift series but the books work perfectly as stand-alone.

A young woman, Kim, with a lifetime fear of water is found drowned.  The verdict is accidental death as she suffered from epilepsy and had suffered a seizure.  Swift is employed by Kim’s friend to find out what happened as he doesn’t believe she would go near the water.  Kim had a violent start to life and was brought up by a strange woman with an unusual vision on education and guiding young people to adulthood.

The book moves along at a steady pace and gains momentum as it progresses.  There are many twists and turns along the way as the reader is caught up in the intrigue and suspense towards a real jawdropping shocker of an ending nobody will see coming.

I like Swift.  He is a complex character that develops well into a well rounded realistic character.  His girlfriend, Nora, I don’t like so much.  I think she is high maintenance and not a good match for Swift.  Bella, on the other hand, I do like she is compassionate and caring and would make a good fit for Swift so I will be watching for further books to see how his relationships pan out.

This is a gripping story and one I easily bought in to.  It is unique and interesting and has the ability to keep the adrenaline pumping.


Gretta Mulrooney Author PhotoAuthor Bio

I was born and educated in London, of Irish parents. I studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Ulster, Magee college in Derry. I have worked in education and social care.

I started writing in my thirties and I published four books for children and teenagers with Poolbeg Press, Dublin; A Can of WormsA Nest of VipersA Den of Thieves and I Love You-Te Quiero. These books are available on Amazon.

I have published five literary fiction novels.

Araby and Marble Heart were published by Harper Collins to critical acclaim. They have been translated into Dutch and Spanish.  These books are available on Amazon. They are being reissued in May 2016 by Fourth Estate as Kindle and paperbacks.

Fire and IceOut of The Blue and The Apple of Her Eye were published by Robert Hale. These books are available on Amazon.

Out of The Blue was published by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in February 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Lost Child was published by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in March 2016 and is available on Amazon. (This was previously published as Fire and Ice by Robert Hale.)

Coming of Age was published by Joffe Books as a e book and paperback in April 2016 and is available on Amazon. (This was previously published as The Apple of Her Eye by Robert Hale.)

I have always been an avid reader of crime fiction and psychological thrillers. I have started a series of crime novels featuring charismatic private detective Tyrone Swift.

The Lady Vanished was published as an e book and paperback by Joffe Books in December 2015 and is available on Amazon.

Blood Secrets, the second novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift, was published as e book and paperback in spring 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Two Lovers, Six Deaths, the third Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in December 2016 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Watching You, the fourth Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Low Lake, the fifth Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in March 2018 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Bound By Lies is a boxset trilogy of the first three  novels in the Tyrone Swift series. It was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Website:  http://www.grettamulrooney.com

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

Amazon Author page:   http://www.amazon.co.uk

Goodreads:   http://www.goodreads.com

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