He is Watching You By Charlie Gallagher. only 99P/99c FIRST BOOK IN A STUNNING NEW SERIES #CRIMEFICTION #POLICEPROCEDURAL #DETECTIVEBOOK @JOFFEBOOKS @GLORIOUSCHARLIE

Today I would like to share my review of HE IS WATCHING YOU by the brilliant Charlie Gallagher. This is book 1 in a stunning new series that will have you on the edge of your seats from the beginning to the end. Only 99p/99c for a short period.

HE IS WATCHING YOU by Charlie Gallagher

Available from AMAZON

DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLIE GALLAGHER. 

MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR.

A young woman’s body is left in a metal container in a remote location. The killer is careful to position her under a camera that links to his smartphone. He likes to look back at his work.

HE IS WATCHING HER.

BUT SHE ISN’T DEAD.

So he will go back to finish the job. He can barely contain his excitement at the thought of getting to do it all over again. But he must be careful. He cannot rush. Rushing makes you careless.

Detective Maddie Ives is new to the area. She is handed a missing person report:  a young woman with a drink problem who’s been reported missing fifteen times. It looks like a waste of time. But DS Ives has a bad feeling about the woman’s disappearance.

DI Harry Blaker is called to a hit and run of an elderly man left to die on a quiet country road. There is no motive and it looks like a tragic accident. But he’s been working Major Crime long enough to know that something isn’t quite right.

The two officers find their investigations intertwine and they will need to work together.

BUT THEY MUST WORK FAST. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE WOMAN IN THE CONTAINER.

And the killer has already identified his next target.

HE IS WATCHING YOU: The new race against time thriller from Charlie Gallagher. 


My Review

Hello Maddie Ives – kicked out of a job she loves and transferred to the back of beyond.  She doesn’t want to be there and they certainly don’t want a loose cannon in their midst.  Harry, however, can see something others can’t in the feisty female and sticks his neck out to stop her packing up and leaving.

The story itself takes over the book rather than the characters it is unusual, fast-paced and I was turning pages unable to put it down.  It was engrossing to watch the character of Maddie evolve to become part of a partnership that I am sure will continue for many books to come.

A totally different kettle of fish to the George books so there is no mileage in comparing the two.  Maddie and Harry grow on you so keep an open mind and the story takes hold of you and transports you to a world of crime and policework never seen before in a book.

Well done Charlie – another winner I am sure so hurry up with book 2


What the bloggers thought:

Ginger Book Geek 

‘He Is Watching You’ is superbly written.  Charlie entices you in to the story and before you know it you just can’t escape his clutches.  The story is written from three different perspectives- that of Harry, that of Maddie and that of the killer himself.   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

If you have ever read a Charlie Gallagher book before, you will know that you are going to really enjoy his new book, even with new detectives in it. And I have thoroughly enjoyed reading He is Watching You.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is an action-packed page-turner. What the killer does to the woman in the container had my hair standing on end … I expect nightmares when I turn off the lights tonight. Nevertheless, I will be watching for more of Ives and Baker. Read more here

Beth in a Box 

He is Watching You really is a gripping thriller that you really must read from start to finish, and if you’re anything like me… then it won’t take you long.  Read more here

By the Letter Book Reviews

The story grabs the readers attention from the start. The killer is definitely sick and twisted and there seems to be no bound to how low they will stoop. I loved the build up to the killer being identified and as with any good crime thriller, it becomes a race against time, sending the pace of the story to full throttle.  Read more here

Black Books Blog 

THe book is a really good book, which flowed nicely and once I got over Maddie’s attitude I really enjoyed the book.  Read more here


ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN
HER LAST BREATH
RUTHLESS


DCI GRECO SERIES 2 OF 4 – DARK HOUSES BY HELEN H DURRANT @HHDURRANT @JOFFEBOOKS #CRIMEFICTION #BOOKREVIEW #DETECTIVE

DARK HOUSES a gripping detective thriller full of suspense by [DURRANT, HELEN H.]DARK HOUSES (DI Greco #2) by Helen H Durrant

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU   CA

A young woman is found brutally murdered in an empty house
Detective Stephen Greco and his team must piece together her life as quickly as possible. Within twenty-four hours there is another horrific murder using the same method. The detectives realise that the victims are random but the locations are not. The killer is more concerned with finding the right house – somewhere he won’t be disturbed as he pursues his evil plan.

When a man walks into the station and confesses, it looks like the case is closed. But Greco’s not convinced and soon he’ll be fighting to save the woman who’s most important to him in a stunningly tense and emotional conclusion.

Can Greco keep himself and his team under control as the criminal gets personal?

DARK HOUSES is the second book in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.I. Greco. Stephen Greco has moved to Oldston after his wife divorced him. He doesn’t like the place much but he wants to stay close to their daughter, Matilda. He is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but difficult to like.

The series is set in the fictional industrial northern English town of Oldston.


My Review

I have a list of authors whose books I can pick up to read knowing that I have a few hours of gripping, adrenaline pumping entertainment in store and Helen Durrant is pretty high up that list.  So when I was in danger of losing my reading mojo I went in search of her back list and downloaded Dark Houses.  Yes, okay I hold my hands up I meant to download the first in the series which is Dark Murder but no matter they work perfectly as stand alone.

In an empty house the body of a pretty girl is discovered.  Rape, torture the victim had horrific injuries and Greco has his work cut out.  The killer is forensically aware so there is no evidence it is on a low income estate so everyone ‘seen nothing, heard nothing’  Add into the mix a schizophrenic young man and things are starting to get really complicated.

Greco is trying to rebuild his relationship with his ex wife while working his way through his OCD issues and is feeling a little insecure.  Speedy is disillusioned with life and work and Grace has a crush on Greco.  Can the team clear their heads enough to pick up and run with the tiny bits of clues that are available before more young women die?

There are many twists and turns as the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride full of edge-of-your-seat suspense all the way to an ending that is mind blowing.

Another absolutely fantastic read from a very talented author.

5 stars from me


THE GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER – DCI GRECO SERIES 1 OF 4 – DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 17 – Sep-2018 (1) – Ladybird (DS SMith #3) by stewart giles #crimefiction #detective @stewartgiles

Today it is the turn of LADYBIRD on my Advent Book Blog. This is book 3 in the brilliant DS Jason Smith series by the brilliant Stewart Giles. A brilliant addition to an awesome series.

CoverLadybird (DS Jason Smith #3) 

Available from Amazon

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.

What the bloggers thought:

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


My Review

Ladybird is book 3 in the DS Smith series but they do work brilliantly as stand alone.

The story starts with The Goul, a pathologist, being accused of murder.  He begs Smith for help at a time when Jason is struggling through his grief at the death of his girlfriend, guilt and many other issues.  Will he put aside the bottle to help his old friend or walk away from everything?

I think everyone who has read the previous books will know the answer to that one.  Before Smith has chance to prove The Goul innocent another body is found.  Who is killing young men?

Now I have read books that are full of twists, turns and shockers. Lots of them.  But I can hold my hand up and say that I have never read anything like this one.  The unsub is a totally unique character and definitely throws into the abyss everything I thought I knew about serial killers.  There is plenty of evidence but nothing to match it to.  The ladybirds is an awesome idea and how Stewart thought that one up I really don’t know.

As the bodies stack up the team are running out of ideas and the red herrings and twists and turns are enough to make you dizzy.

The only possibility for the murderer doesn’t quite fit and that adds to the intrigue and suspense.

A totally gripping page-turner with complex characters that build well in depth throughout the story.  A brilliant read and well worth 5 stars.


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.

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 1 – Jan-2018 (1) – The Shoeless Child

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 2 – Jan-2018 (2) – Dark Angel

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 3 – Feb-2018 (1) – Flashpoint

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 4 – Feb-2018 (2) – Ruthless

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 5 – Mar-2018 (1) – Low Lake

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 6 – Mar-2018 (2) – Unworthy

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 7 – Apr-2018 (1) – Black Soul

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 8 – Apr-2018 (2) – Murder at Work

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 9 – May-2018 (1) – Dead Bad

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 10 – May-2018 (2) – Married Lies

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 12 – Jun-2018 (2) – Dirty Secrets

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 11 – Jun-2018 (1) – Their Last Words

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 13 – Jul-2018 (1) – Her Last Breath

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 14 –  Jul-2018 (2) – To Snare a Witch

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 15 –  Aug-2018 (1) – The Backpacker

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 16 –  Aug-2018 (2) – The Other Victim

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