BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Occam’s Razor by Stewart Giles #DSSmith #policeprocedural #detective #crimefiction @stewartgiles

Stewart and I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the awesome Bloggers on the Blog Tour for OCCAM’S RAZOR. Once again you gave your time and expertise to help promote this book and we cant thank you enough. You are all SUPERSTARS xx

Black Books Blog

This book starts off with a bang when a goalkeeper gets shot on the pitch at York Town FC straight after he has saved the penalty which gets them promoted.

Whilst Smith and the team are investigating this another football player is gunned down in the middle of the street, and another has his son kidnapped.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

OMFG this was one seriously flipping fantastic rollercoaster ride of a read.  The author’s writing style is such that he manages to entice you into his web from the first word on the first page and before you know it you are hooked on the book with no chance of escape- not that I would want to escape from DS Jason Smith in any case.   Read more here

On the Shelf Reviews

Nothing like a bit of DS Smith to get you out of a reading slump! This is the fourth in the Smith series, while I suppose it can be read as a stand alone, I would suggest to read a few of the previous books (You can read my review of the previous book Ladybird here) just because you may miss some of the recurring story lines from the other novels.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

There is plenty of action and twists and turns to keep the reader engaged until the explosive ending.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Another Jason Smith novel and I looked forward to reading it, knowing that I was in line for a great time. I want to read each of these books quickly so that I get to the surprise ending but I also want to read them slowly so that I can enjoy every little clue and turn of phrase. Set in York (brilliant!), Jason is a detective sergeant with a team of detectives around him. I love their characters – they are all different and they each have their own little quirks which make them human and so real!  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog 

I really enjoyed reading this story and it was almost like catching up with old friends!  The plot was well thought out and it has excellent characterisation as with the author’s previous books.  Read more here

Turn The Page Blog 

This is a gripping thriller with twists and turns all the way to the stunning ending.  Read more here

Debbie Hipster 

So following on front the previous books I find myself reading another in the series, and diving more into the detectives past. We learn more of his personal history, and you start to feel like he’s someone you know in real life.  Read more here

Book Worm 


Occam’s Razor (DS Jason Smith #4) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people.

DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side. As more people die Smith quickly realises these agents are not who they claim to be. He is forced into the dark world of these phantoms and he finds himself at the mercy of his old nemesis; the man who kidnapped his sister years earlier..
This is a gripping thriller with twists and turns all the way to the stunning ending.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.


My Review

 


Also by Stewart Giles

DS Jason Smith Series

Phobia: 5 early DS Smith cases
Smith (DS Smith Book 1)
Boomerang (DS Smith Book 2)
Ladybird (DS Smith Book 3)
Occam’s Razor (DS Smith Book 4)
Harlequin (DS Smith Book 5)
Selene (DS Smith Book 6)
Horsemen (DS Smith Book 7)
Unworthy (DS Jason Smith Book 8)

DC Harriet Taylor Series

The Beekeeper (DC Harriet Taylor Book 1)
The Perfect Murder (DC Harriet Taylor Book 2)
The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor Book 3)


Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.

After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later.

3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links

Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form

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JOFFE BOOKS – Crime Fiction Publishers

About Joffe Books by Jasper Joffe

“In five years we’ve come a long way, from micro-publisher to selling over 2 million books a year, working with some of the leading crime writers in the UK and USA. The age of Kindle means that we can bring great fiction out fast and with everything done in-house. It’s a really exciting moment to be doing this, because for the first time in history, a writer can send us a book and within months, if everything goes smoothly, be selling their book and having thousands of people all over the world reading it!  In the end, everything comes down to great books by great authors. We just make sure the amazing readers discover them.” Jasper Joffe

An interview with Jasper Joffe on Mark Dawson’s publishing podcast

 My Interview with Jasper Joffe:

Hello Jasper, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.

Could you please tell us a little about yourself and how/why you decided to start Joffe Books?

Hi, Jill, firstly thank you for all the great blogging you do! Well, I’ve always loved reading and even wrote a book of my own once. And everything about Joffe Books comes from a love of reading. Kindle and Amazon created amazing opportunities for new publishers to innovate. Basically it became much easier to publish books and sell them all around the world, and we’ve ridden the wave of this massive change.

I have been running the Rolling Blog for 2 weeks now what do you think of what your authors are saying are you surprised at any of the comments?

Been very happy to read their very kind words. We’re very lucky to work with such a great bunch of people. They are very talented and very nice, and that makes publishing them a great pleasure.

You obviously have a great relationship with your authors and they think very highly of you and Joffe Books. Could you tell us a little about your author ethos?

I always try to remember how much work the authors put in to write a book. Everything begins there. And we have to do our best to edit and present it in the best possible way. But I never forget that the author has done the big part and that what they do isn’t just a normal job, it’s their passion and calling.

Joffe Books seems to be pretty unique in that the authors all support and help each other and I know you and Rudi support the Launch Team idea. Do you think this is good for everyone to work as a team?

Yes, we respect your work and the bloggers and reviewers, and we’re all doing our best to get these great books out to readers. I love the fact that the authors and bloggers and you are all great friends and support each other. A real bonus!

Your authors are obviously very happy and I know many have refused offers from other publishers. You obviously put a lot of effort into making sure your authors are happy could you tell us a little about that?

We’ve worked together for many years, some of them, like Helen, since practically the beginning. And so I care about them and their books. They are always the most important people to listen to. I’m very involved in every decision about every book, and that means I work very closely with the authors.

How do you see the future of Joffe Books? The company is currently very successful and you obviously have a hands-on approach that wouldn’t be sustainable if Joffe Books were to grow. What is your long term vision?

Long term, we want to sell more great books and keep working with our brilliant authors. We’d like to reach the same level of prominence in the USA as we have in the UK. And we want to continue to build the international careers of our authors. We’ve worked really successfully with Lorella Belli to sell translation, audio, and film rights, and we want to continue to grow this side of things. And every day there are new opportunities and challenges in the publishing world. I love it.

Can you keep going at this pace and would you ever consider selling?

Yes, we’re just getting started. We want to keep growing and we’re more into buying than selling!

How do you see the future of publishing regarding digital versus paperbacks?

There’s room for all formats. I read exclusively on Kindle (because I love the ease and immediacy) but what does it matter which format people read in, although of course Kindle books are usually great value, and much easier on the eyes!

What do you look for in a novel?

I have to say, a great story which I can’t put down.

Do you read every book you publish? If not how many do you read?

No, I don’t read the whole of every book. But I read most of them!

You mentioned in your Podcast that you read a lot and at every opportunity. Are you a fast reader?

Yes, I seem to read day and night. I think I’m pretty fast. When I was kid, we had a competition to read Lord of the Rings. I think I did it in a week, which is not too bad!

Who is your favourite character in fiction and why – can be books, films, tv or myth/legend?

I like Tony Soprano, Jim Dixon (from Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim) and Rabbit (from John Updike’s Rabbit books). Now that’s a pretty motley crew, but they are all incredibly and indelibly realised by their creators.

What is the greatest moment in your life that you will never forget?

The most important was the birth of my daughters.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or Joffe Books?

Thank you to everyone who has made this incredible dream come true: a small publisher like us topping the best seller charts! And thanks to the authors for trusting us with their books, and to the readers for giving us their valuable time reading the stories we pub

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BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Almost an Author by Susan Tarr @junctionpublish

THANK YOU to all the amazing Bloggers on the Blog Tour for ALMOST AN AUTHOR by Susan Tarr.  You are all AWESOME!  Susan, Junction Publishing & Jill xx

Ginger Book Geek

I knew that this book was going to be funny by the time I got to the bottom of the first page.  I did find that I chuckled away to myself at certain things that Ruby ended up doing.  She means well but things have a habit of going wrong and she does get herself into some scrapes.  I soon became hooked on reading ‘Almost An Author’ and I didn’t want to put it down.   Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews 

Guest Post – About The Character:

By the Letter Book Reviews

Guest Post

Black Books Blog 

I really got into this book quite quickly and it was a very easy book to read as the main character, Ruby, is a friendly person with many likable qualities about her and the way she falls for the publisher’s lies makes her even more believable.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

Any aspiring author will fully understand Ruby’s dreams and her fear of failure. I read Ruby’s tale with my fingers crossed that she would, eventually, find a publisher who would fulfil her dreams. A very enjoyable tale.  Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh 

Ruby may get a little annoying at times with her whining, and her unwillingness to learn or do anything on her own, but her relationship with her flatmate, Hunter, was really cute and her struggles with writing and her problem solving abilities (like getting a dog that nobody wants or needs for her flatmate to make up for pissing him off) make for quite a funny tale.  Read more here

Akamatra 

I was kinda angry with Ruby when I first started reading this book. I mean come on, who believes this stuff? But in hindsight I think that I am so used of reading about intelligent, independent and seasoned in life women characters, this took me by surprise. I was then able to use my empathetic mechanism and try to see the world from Ruby’s eyes.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

It’s a sometimes sad and sometimes funny look at the publishing business through Ruby’s eyes. I laughed out loud at most of her shenanigans and wanted to cry at others.   Read more here  

A Bookaholic’s Utopia


Almost an Author by Susan Tarr 

Available from AMAZON

When a chance meeting with a local publisher outside a small bookshop results in all three of her manuscripts being signed, Ruby Wright thinks she has it made. Already she sees images of herself wearing dark glasses, being mobbed by fans clamouring for her latest blockbuster… Little does Ruby know, but her ditsy publisher is a charlatan who has no more idea about publishing than Ruby does. Pretty soon Ruby is broke. She has no IT experience so depends heavily on her nerdy flatmate, Hunter, whenever her computer fails her. He has enough of his own issues to deal with—he is studying for his final law exams. She bribes him with a dog she found on the side of the road, then Panforte, which chips his tooth, and a couple of Axolotls until he finally gives in and helps her. But Ruby’s life is filled with disaster… What follows is excitement, disappointment, heartache, love and loss as we follow Ruby’s hilarious struggles to maintain her trust and focus in the ever-shifting publishing industry and in people in general.

My Review

Ruby is an author trying to make her way in the minefield that is publishing. She meets up with Barbara by chance outside a bookshop. I haven’t decided if Barbara is a wannabe agent or a con woman out to rip off struggling authors. Either way what follows is a rocky road of twists and turns, laughter and tears. Ruby is a likeable character although very scatty and her life is a car crash as she pings from one thing to another to try to make ends meet while still finding time to write. She rents a room to Hunter to help with the bills. Hunter is very nerdy and unreliable and tends to go AWOL with no notice. During one of Hunter’s absenses Ruby moves next door to James. Enter another weirdo to make up the threesome (oops I forgot the strange dog that fell off the back of a lorry). This is an amusing book that keeps the reader turning the pages. It is marketed as romantic comedy but if you are looking for steamy sex scenes and lovey dovey you will be disappointed. This is more loving friendship and learning to live with each others quirky behaviour. A really good read to cuddle up in bed with
 

 

 

Author Bio

 Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand. She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family. Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities. Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”
 

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – A Lover Too Many by Roy Lewis @joffebooks #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction

Thank you very much to the wonderful #bloggers who helped with the #BlogTour for A LOVER TOO MANY by Roy Lewis.  Your help is very much appreciated.  – Jill, Roy & Joffe Books

 

 What the bloggers thought:

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is a fast-paced mystery filled with twists and turns and lots of finger pointing. Set in England in the late 1960s, solving crime is difficult .. .there were no cell phones, no DNA tests, no personal computers.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Peter Marlin’s wife left him to live with her lover which gave Peter the chance to find a lover of his own. When his wife returned, without any explanation, Peter abandoned his girlfriend, only returning to her after his wife is found dead in their home.  Read more here

Beth in a Box

Although, going back in time for a crime fiction series was pretty refreshing.  A time without the technological advances with DNA, smart phones, and the internet.  It was truly something different.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek 

It’s true to say that I did enjoy reading ‘A Lover Too Many’ and I look forward to reading more of Roy’s books.  I can’t wait to read the next instalment in the series featuring Detective Inspector Crow and here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.   Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

Inspector John Crow from Scotland Yard is now investigating, with Peter as the main suspect. Intent on proving his innocence, Peter hires a private investigator. However, things go horribly wrong when he is murdered in Peter’s home.  Read more here

Rocksprings Crafts

Even if crime fiction is not usually your favourite reading genre this book is worth reading simply for the insight into a world that has all but disappeared.  Read more here

Girls Gospel 

I enjoyed working out who the murderer was.  Read more here

Black Books Blog 

The language and issues in this book took some getting used to as the use of language and people’s attitudes have changed so much in the 50 years since this book is set and originally written.  Once I got my head into what the book was about it was an enjoyable read, although a bit slow in places for my liking.  Read more here

 

Big Family Organised Chaos

Turn The Page

Book Worm


A Lover Too Many by Roy Lewis

Available from AMAZON

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing.

 

“Builds up to a good climax and keeps you reading.” The Observer

 

Peter Marlin’s wife is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. She’d only just returned from an unexplained absence of several months. And during that time, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to the husband but there’s no real proof.

 

Inspector John Crow is called in to help the local police. But his new colleagues aren’t keen on an outsider. And Crow must solve the case before anyone else dies.

 

This fast-paced mystery will have you gripped from start to finish. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the first book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.

 

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

 

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

 

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

 

PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES

 

Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times

 

“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times

 

“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian

 

“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement

 

Tightly written, well paced and relentlessly accurate” Oxford Times

 

“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph

 

THE DETECTIVE

Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.


AUTHOR BIO

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

BLOG TOUR – Occam’s Razor (DS Smith #4) by Stewart Giles #detective #policeprocedural #crimefiction @stewartgiles

I am thrilled that my birthday Blog Tour Post is for one of my favourite authors and for one of the best detective series’ I have read this year. Every book in the DS Smith series is better than the previous one and I highly recommend them to anyone who loves Crime Fiction. Occam’s Razor has that many twists and turns it makes you dizzy. An awesome read that kept me guessing right to the very end.

Occam’s Razor (DS Jason Smith #4) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people.

DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side. As more people die Smith quickly realises these agents are not who they claim to be. He is forced into the dark world of these phantoms and he finds himself at the mercy of his old nemesis; the man who kidnapped his sister years earlier..
This is a gripping thriller with twists and turns all the way to the stunning ending.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.


My Review

Well the awesome Stewart Giles has done it again! Another absolutely gripping page turner to add to the very addictive DS Smith series. This review is for the newly updated digital version.

A footballer is killed after saving a penalty. 38000 witnesses and no motive! The team is struggling until Smith returns to work.

This is a very twisty turny read as Smith deals with yet another tragedy in his life and his past comes back to haunt him.

Be careful who you trust is the message behind this story and all the way through I kept changing my mind and bouncing around suspects and thoughts only to find out how wrong I was. People are messing with Smith’s head and his life is in danger. It is a roller coaster ride through the dark twisted minds of some evil people and they are happy to use whoever they can to achieve their goal.

It is difficult to review this book without spoilers so all I can really say is clear some time buy the book and settle down for an awesome page-turner that you will never forget.

I am loving this series the books get better and better If you like a good detective read with a unique story line and even more unique, complex characters then this is definitely for you.

5 golden stars from me.


Also by Stewart Giles

DS Jason Smith Series

Phobia: 5 early DS Smith cases

Smith (DS Smith Book 1)

Boomerang (DS Smith Book 2)

Ladybird (DS Smith Book 3)

Occam’s Razor (DS Smith Book 4)

Harlequin (DS Smith Book 5)

Selene (DS Smith Book 6)

Horsemen (DS Smith Book 7)

Unworthy (DS Jason Smith Book 8)

DC Harriet Taylor Series

The Beekeeper (DC Harriet Taylor Book 1)

The Perfect Murder (DC Harriet Taylor Book 2)

The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor Book 3)


Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.

After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later.

3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links

Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form

https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

BOOK REVIEW – Buried Lies (DI Mariner #6) by Chris Collett @crime_crow @joffebooks #TeamJoffeBooks #DIMariner #review #detective #crimefiction

BURIED LIES by CHRIS COLLETT

Available from AMAZON

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner goes to the beautiful  Welsh countryside to recover. But he finds himself caught up in a murder investigation . . . with him as the prime suspect.

Grieving the death of his former lover, all Mariner wants is some peace and quiet. But his walking holiday is ruined by the discovery of a body in the woods.

The remote stone farmhouses of this beautiful valley hide many buried secrets.

As more bodies are discovered, can Mariner clear his name and avoid becoming the next victim?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery with an action-packed conclusion.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the sixth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “BLOOD AND STONE.”

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies
Book 4: Baby Lies
Book 5: Married Lies
Book 6: Buried Lies
Book 7 coming soon


My Review

This is book 6 in the brilliant DI Mariner series by Chris Collett

Tom Mariner is suffering the loss of the woman he loved and sets off walking in Wales to deal with his grief.  However, despite being out in the wilderness that is Wales with no signal and even fewer people he is still unable to escape Police work as he becomes involved in the discovery of a body.

This is a very intriguing book with many different things going on in different places all at the same time which involves Knox travelling down to Wales to help Mariner and also helping in several other things that are going on.

It was interesting to read about the Welsh countryside and the remote byres and hostels and this offsets perfectly with the detective work going on in the background.

Intrigue and suspense intermingled with twists and turns and relationships all makes up a stunning story that keeps the reader guessing right to the end


Author Bio

Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). Graduating in Liverpool, Chris has since taught children and adults with varying degrees of learning disability, including autism. She is now a university lecturer, with two grown up children, and lives in Birmingham; DI Tom Mariner’s ‘patch’. She has published short stories, teaches creative and crime writing and is a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

The first five DI Tom Mariner books will be released in revised editions by Joffe Books in 2017/2018.

Links
Website:  www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477

 

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP- Deadly Friend by K D Bloodworth #blogtour #bloggers @junctionpublish

THANK YOU to all the wonderful Bloggers on the Blog Tour for DEADLY FRIEND by K D Bloodworth.  Your help is very much appreciated x

What the bloggers thought about Deadly Friend:

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The characters are extremely well-written and the reader can feel the evil exuding from Donny, to the extent where I had to occasionally put the book down and breathe! Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews 

The reader learns who the ‘friend’ is shortly into the story. Even knowing the ‘who’ doesn’t take away from the suspense. The author has taken a lot of time on character development and it pays off. Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

My first thought on finishing ‘Deadly Friend’ was ‘wowzers’ and then I wondered why the hell haven’t I come across K. D. Bloodworth before?  The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story.  Each chapter ends in such a way that you simply have to read on and on.  I soon became addicted to reading this book and it’s easy to see why.  Read more here


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

This was a great story. I did not read the first book Mr.Perfect.com, but this story filled in enough for me so that I was able to read this one on it’s own. The story was so well written that it really drew me in and made me feel as though I was a part of the story.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

The way the book was written made me want to keep reading it, even though I normally stop at the end of chapters I just had to keep reading this book to find out what happened next.  Read more here


Beth in a Box

Guest Post – Book Rationale by K D Bloodworth


Turn The Page Blog 

Big Family Organised Chaos 


Deadly Friend by KD Bloodworth

Available from Amazon

Following the horrific events in MRPERFECT.COM, Dawn thought she would never escape the demons that had haunted her every waking moment. But months of therapy finally freed her from the memories, allowing her and John to start their lives afresh with a new home in a new town. Slowly making new friends and gaining the confidence to take a part-time bar job, life was better than it had been for a long time.

Then, the past Dawn had tried so hard to forget caught up with her.

Awaking to her worst nightmare, beaten, bound and bloody, Dawn dared not move, fearing she would wake the monster in the room.

The man sleeping in the chair looked like her friend. Something was horribly wrong.

 


AUTHOR BIO

I lived in three different states before I started school, but then lived in the same house with my parents until I was nineteen. The wander lust took over and since then I have lived in nine different states and have lost count of how many different addresses I have owned.

Other than my family and dog, I have two other loves in life, photography and writing. The writing came to me later in life when I decided I could write some good fiction based on real life experiences. Truthfully, many of the things I have done most people would think I was making that stuff up. So, I started changing names and some places, adding a bit of spice, and my writing career began.

People often ask me if something in the story happened to me and all I can do is smile. Some secrets are best well kept.

LINKS

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006979873628

Twitter – @kdbloodworth

Website – http://www.kdbloodworth.com/

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Ladybird by Stewart Giles @StewartGiles #DSSmith #Detective #thriller #PoliceProcedural

Stewart and I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers on the Blog Tour for Ladybird.  Your help is very much appreciated.

 


Black Books Blog

The book is a brilliant story, which kept me guessing all the way through as to the link between the victims and also who the killer was and why they were using ladybirds at the scene.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

I really feel party of Stewarts books a me that they come to life! I can’t recommend this enough! Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

The characters in the story are great, very well developed and I love their interaction. The writing style is great and it flows really well. It starts at a great pace and that continued right up to the brilliant ending. Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This book is full of twists and turns. I pride myself in guessing the who-dun-its …. but it just didn’t happen with this one. The author had me running in circles.   Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

Ladybird is a really quick and compelling read which kept me guessing who the killer was almost until it was revealed.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

Bloody hell this was one hell of a dramatic, sometimes gory rollercoaster ride of a read.  ‘Ladybird’ is brilliantly written with a superb plot designed to grab your attention from the start.  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Book Reviews

There are clues galore but I can never predict the killer, which is why I like these books so much. It’s a rip-roaring ride which I didn’t want to put down until I had finished it. Read more here


Debbie Hipster

Digging back into the world of Jason Smith it’s fast paced from the start. Now his friend the Ghoul is accused. The story has so many twists in the tale. It’s a race against time, as more and more deaths occur. Read more here


CoverLadybird (DS Jason Smith #3) by Stewart Giles

Ladybird (DS Jason Smith #3) by Stewart Giles

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

The Goul is arrested for Murder and Jason Smith is on sick leave.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is days away from the end of his sick leave after a case that almost cost him his life when he gets a call from an old friend. His friend has been arrested for the murder of a student. He wants Smith to investigate the murder and prove his innocence. Smith is persuaded return to work. The student was killed with a bread knife. Ladybirds were scattered on his dead body.

When another man is found dead with ladybirds on his body, Smith enlists the help of an insect doctor, the enigmatic DR Karen Wood, to try and understand the significance of the ladybirds. As Smith gets drawn closer to this mysterious woman and more and more men wind up dead with ladybirds on their bodies Smith quickly realises that Dr Wood is not who she seems to be.

Smith and his team unearth a terrible secret from twenty years earlier; somebody wants justice and, as more and more men die, Smith realises he is running out of time to find out who.

This is a fast-paced page-turner with twists and turns all the way to an ending you wont see coming.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Ladybird:
‘This book was gripping from the first page to the last. The characters are all well written, believable and sympathetic.’ – Mrs Christine H Clark

‘Superb book left you guessing to the end.Sends you up so many alleys and you still can’t see the outcome.’ – Mike

‘A well paced story that will have you hooked very quickly and then drag you along for the ride in such a way as to not want to stop reading..’ – Hisboss

‘Another gripping book by this Author well written lots going on could not put this book down.’ – Kindle Customer

‘What a good book had you wandering all the time would read his books again I haven’t read his before.’ – Dora Gibbons

You can read my blog tour post here


SG Author photo (4)Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker


 

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Buried Lies #DIMariner #Policeprocedural #detective #crimebook #blogtour @crime_crow @joffebooks

An ENORMOUS THANK YOU to all the brilliant #Bloggers on the #BlogTour for BURIED LIES by Chris Collett. Currently #4 on Amazon Australia – that is AWESOME and thanks to all the readers, bloggers and supporters out there who helped the book on its way. You really are the best: THANK YOU from Chris, Joffe Books and myself x

Read what the bloggers thought:

Ginger Book Geek

Chris Collett has done it again.  ‘Buried Lies’ is brilliantly written and I was gripped by the story from the moment I picked up the book to the moment I put it down having finished  reading it. Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

Once again, this author has put together another exciting and suspenseful adventure of Tom Mariner. And once again, it was hard to put down for any length of time. Read more here


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I highly recommend all the books in the DI Mariner series, they are full of twists and always have me surprised by who the murderer is as well as the reason behind the crimes.  Read more here


Akamatra

When Tom is caught up in the middle of a murder (or two) things gets complicated and he becomes a suspect. Will he be able to find the real killer and free himself of the accusations? Read the book and find out!  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I found it a refreshing change and it left me with a huge appetite for the next one in the series which will be out soon. Personally, I cannot wait because I love Chris Collett’s gripping dramas, even though I never manage to work out ‘who dunnit’!  Read more here


Beth in a Box

If you love a quick action packed fast paced crime fiction novel, this is for you.  Read more here


On The Shelf Reviews

Buried Lies is an atmospheric and complex police procedural that draws you in and won’t let you go.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

The book did start a bit slower than usual and concentrated more on Mariner, but once the action picked up it didn’t slow down until the end.

This story was brilliant and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.  Read more here


Musings of a tired mummy

The Quiet Geordie

Kelly’s. Thoughts On Things

Jade’s Journey


BURIED LIES by CHRIS COLLETT

Available from Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Australia

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner goes to the beautiful  Welsh countryside to recover. But he finds himself caught up in a murder investigation . . . with him as the prime suspect.

Grieving the death of his former lover, all Mariner wants is some peace and quiet. But his walking holiday is ruined by the discovery of a body in the woods.

The remote stone farmhouses of this beautiful valley hide many buried secrets.

As more bodies are discovered, can Mariner clear his name and avoid becoming the next victim?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery with an action-packed conclusion.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the sixth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING
Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “BLOOD AND STONE.”

DI MARINER SERIES
Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies
Book 4: Baby Lies
Book 5: Married Lies
Book 6: Buried Lies
Book 7 coming soon


Author Bio

Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). Graduating in Liverpool, Chris has since taught children and adults with varying degrees of learning disability, including autism. She is now a university lecturer, with two grown up children, and lives in Birmingham; DI Tom Mariner’s ‘patch’. She has published short stories, teaches creative and crime writing and is a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Links

Website:  www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477

 

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