DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS 4-6 by Michael Hambling #newrelease #boxset #crimefiction

If you are yet to discover Michael Hambling’s utterly enthralling Detective Sophie Allen Series, you’re in for a treat. We’ve compiled books 4-6 into a box set, which is now available for a bargain price. Hours of thrilling reading await! 

DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS 4-6

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BURIED CRIMES
Devastating family secrets from the past. Sisters with a murderous rivalry . . .

A family move into their dream home in Dorchester: it seems perfect, particularly for their two children, but when Philip and Jill Freeman decide to move a buddleia bush, what they find buried beneath its roots will haunt them forever.

Why have two children’s skeletons been lovingly wrapped and buried in their garden?

TWISTED CRIMES
Sylvia and Ted Armitage, a retired couple, attend the wrong funeral service by mistake. A month later their daughter returns from holiday to find them missing. The police make little headway in tracing their whereabouts until their bodies are found in their car, abandoned in the middle of a copse in a tranquil nature reserve. They appear to have committed suicide, but some of the forensic evidence suggests otherwise. The police slowly make progress and find several links to a shady organisation that owns a string of bars, clubs and cafes.
When another body is found in the same area, DCI Sophie Allen must use all her investigative skills to unravel the connections between these very different victims. Some are involved in shady deals and corruptions, others are masking dark family secrets. Sophie is joined by two new police officers, Rose Simons and George Warrander, who will transform her team.

EVIL CRIMES
A young man’s body is spotted in the stormy sea off Dancing Ledge in Dorset.

Did he lose his footing in the gale force winds and fall in? Or is there a more sinister cause of death?

Detective Sophie Allen’s team discover some curious links to a suicide that happened six months earlier. A strikingly attractive female student connects the cases. Alarming facts slowly come to light as the team probes more deeply.

Is the young woman as evil as she seems or is someone else manipulating her?

THIS BOX SET CONTAINS BOOKS 4-6 OF THE SOPHIE ALLEN SERIES.

IF YOU LIKE ANGELA MARSONS, RACHEL ABBOTT, COLIN DEXTER, RUTH RENDELL, OR MARK BILLINGHAM you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE DETECTIVE
DCI Sopie Allen is head of the recently formed Violent Crime Unit in Dorset. A beautiful English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface. She is 42 as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying in London. Sophie has a law degree and a master’s in criminal psychology. Her brilliant mind conceals some dark secrets from her past.

What readers are saying about Michael Hambling’s books

I highly recommend this series to any fans of the police procedural, they may be read as standalone books, but I suggest treating yourself and starting with book one, you will not be disappointed.” Kenneth

“An utterly compelling book from Michael Hambling.” Ron

“The characters were a diverse, mixed bag of well-developed, realistic personalities.” Nicki

Surprise after surprise for the reader await.” Joyce

“The storyline kept me hooked from start to finish and the police procedure, in my opinion, was immaculate which in crime novels isn’t always the case!” Dreenbee

DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN SERIES
Book 1: DARK CRIMES
Book 2: DEADLY CRIMES
Book 3: SECRET CRIMES
Book 4: BURIED CRIMES
Book 5: TWISTED CRIMES
Book 6: EVIL CRIMES
Book 7: SHADOW CRIMES
Book 8: SILENT CRIMES

#NewRelease Nikki Galena Box Set of books 4,5 and 6 by Joy Ellis #crimefiction #detective #TeamJoffeBooks @joffebooks

Yesterday I posted about the Box Set of Nikki Galena books 1,2,3 Today I am thrilled to let you know that books 4,5 and 6 have now been released in another great value Box Set

GET THE BOXSET NOW AT A BARGAIN PRICE 

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YOU GET THREE ENTHRALLING MYSTERIES IN THIS BOX SET These are books 4-6 of the Nikki Galena series.

KILLER ON THE FENS
Detective Nikki Galena’s dying father has one final request: “Find Eve.”
DI Nikki Galena faces a personal challenge which will stretch her to the limit. She must fulfil her father’s dying wish and discover who the mysterious Eve is. Meanwhile a dead drug dealer is found on an abandoned airfield that the locals say is haunted. The trail of both mysteries will lead to the most shocking discovery of Nikki’s career and put her whole team in mortal danger.

STALKER ON THE FENS
DI Nikki Galena’s friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder.But no trace of this man can be found. Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend’s imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?
And why is Stephen Cox back in town? He’s the villain who tore Nikki’s life apart and he seems to have returned for revenge.

CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
A young woman’s body is found in a remote barn on the fens. before she was killed, one of her fingers had been cut off. Who is inflicting this violence and why?
The young woman in the barn had been kept captive for some time. And the case shows strong similarities to an unsolved murder in Derbyshire. When another woman is found alive with similar injuries the case grows even more complicated.

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

DISCOVER ONE OF THE WORLD’S FAVOURITE DETECTIVES

THE BEST-SELLING 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
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS
Book 10: DARKNESS ON THE FENS


My reviews

Killer on the Fens

Nikki Galena has more tragedy in her life as her Dad passes away.  His last request was to find Eve.  Who is Eve and why was her Dad so determined that she should find him is only one question of many that Nikki has to find the answers to.

Joseph is her partner and he is trying to rebuild a relationship with his daughter Tamsin.  He has been making little progress but in this book she comes to stay and Joseph has taken leave to spend time with her.  But is it Joseph she wants to spend time with or is she more interested in the handsome Niall?

Now to the story.  Now I really have no idea where Joy gets the ideas for these stories.  Each one is totally unique and this one is no different.  It revolves around an area of the Fens that is a disused military base on an area that is dangerously marshy and affected by tides.  Lights and noises have been seen and heard by several people and rumour is that these are ghosts of the fens but the realistic Nikki thinks differently.

When a small time crook falls down a shaft and another youth goes missing the team are on the case to try to find out what is going on.  What they find is a lot of secrets that link back to Nikki’s father’s past.  Having to rely on a  self formed group of Historical people who have secrets of their own and the team are looking through an entangled mesh of lies and secrets but what they find is so unbelievably unexpected that they are all left reeling.

This is a fast paced journey through a tangled web of lies and secrets with a liberal helping of twists, turns and dead ends that had me turning page after page.  Another fantastic addition to the bestselling Nikki Galena series.

5 golden stars from me

Stalker on the Fens

This is book 5 in the ‘Fens’ series by Joy Ellis and I was really looking forward to another book starring the awesome character of Nikki Galena.  I wasn’t disappointed this is another roller coaster of a thriller that has the adrenaline pumping from the very first page.

A crash brings an unsafe building crashing to the ground.  Many are trapped and injured including Helen Brook.  She is pulled out of the rubble barely alive with extensive injuries.  Luckily she survives but with PTSD.  With the compensation she turns her home into a treatment centre offering alternative care. 

Everybody loves Helen but someone is watching her.  Problem is everyone thinks it is her PTSD that is making her paranoid.  But is it?

A nemesis from Nikki and Joseph’s past returns to the area.  Stephen Cox is evilness personified and the Police are determined to take him out of circulation as is the Godfather of the Carbrook estate.

The team is overstretched and understaffed in particular Nikki and as they try to juggle themselves to be in more than one place at once the potential for someone to be harmed reaches dangerous levels.

An absolute belter of a read that I couldn’t put down.  I love this series each book we find there is more to learn about the characters as they gain depth and I get more invested in the series.

Brilliant read.

Captive on the Fens

The return of an evil villain plus the discovery of a girl’s body with horrendous injuries and Nikki and her team are back on the hunt to keep the Fens safe.

The girl had been kept captive for some time and was abused and tortured over the course of her captivity.  Once again the team are reeling at the evilness that resides among the beauty and peacefulness of the Fens.

They have no clues just an anklet with a name that may or may not be hers, no motive and no clues.  Jessie joins the team.  Her fiancé Graham, disappeared on his way to work.  Despite him being a Policeman no trace was ever found.  The general feeling is that he was killed and his body disposed of but Jessie thinks he is still alive.

The story is told from several perspectives.  We hear from a girl who has been in captivity for some time and from a man who is obviously a captor and from the team.  The twists and turns we expect from Joy Ellis are in abundance in this story as we follow the team as they unravel a tangled web of secrets and lies that reach back in time. 

An absolutely stunning read and a great addition to a very addictive series.

5 stars from me

THE NIKKI GALENA BOX SET (Books 1,2,3) by Joy Ellis #crimefiction #detective #TeamJoffeBooks @joffebooks

I am very excited to let you know that books 1-3 in the brilliant NIKKI GALENA series by the brilliant Joy Ellis are now available as a box set.

DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA BOOKS 1-3 three absolutely gripping crime thrillersDETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA BOOKS 1-3 three absolutely gripping crime thrillers by Joy Ellis

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DO YOU LOVE GRIPPING CRIME FICTION? THEN MEET DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA. FROM A GLOBALLY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WHO HAS SOLD OVER 1.5 MILLION BOOKS.

YOU GET THREE ENTHRALLING MYSTERIES IN THIS BOX SET

BOOK 1: CRIME ON THE FENS

The town is being terrorised by gangs of violent thugs, all wearing identical hideous masks. 

Then a talented young female student goes missing on the marsh and Nikki and Joseph find themselves joining forces with a master criminal in their efforts to save her. They need to look behind the masks, but when they do, they find something more sinister and deadly than they ever expected . . .

BOOK 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS

A man is found executed on a piece of wasteland in Greenborough town.

The cold-blooded murder triggers terrible memories for Detective Joseph Easter. Just when things seemed to be going well for DS Easter, he realises that the nightmare is coming back, threatening his career, his sanity, and maybe his life.

In a breath-taking conclusion even Nikki begins to doubt DS Easter as he faces a race against time to save someone very close to him.

BOOK 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS

A vicious criminal is targeting Detective Nikki Galena and her team. One by one he will hunt them down and destroy their lives, unless she can stop him first.

DI Nikki Galena faces her toughest challenge yet. Can she save her team and herself from a cruel and determined adversary who will stop at nothing to harm Nikki and her colleagues? First she must work out who wants revenge against her or one of her detectives. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime novel that will have you turning the pages until the stunning ending.

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

DISCOVER ONE OF THE WORLD’S FAVOURITE DETECTIVES

THE DETECTIVE DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She’s got tough on the criminals she believes did this to her.

HER PARTNER DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has an estranged daughter who blames him for everything that went wrong with their family.

THE SETTING The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

CRIME ON THE FENS
I began reading this series with Buried on the Fens so I can confirm it work well as stand alone. It has always been in my plans to go back to the beginning and I am thrilled that I have finally found a gap in my reading commitments to do this.

Nikki Galena is star of the show. A feisty woman who has a lot of pain in her life which has caused her to hate drugs with a passion. At the beginning she is very much a one woman band and has had several partners running for the hills. She is forced to work with Joseph Easter a man who is good where she is bad. Is it a match made in heaven or hell? I couldn’t wait to find out.

2 young women disappear one is a dedicated student and the other the daughter of a criminal. Not just any criminal though, one that is ‘friends’ with Nikki Galena. The Police are working with the underworld to find these women in a story that has humour, tears and lots of edge-of-your-seat thrills and spills.

This is an excellent book in which we watch characters grow and develop as the team works together to untangle the web of lies.

I expect nothing less from Joy Ellis than a story that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions which keeps the pages turning all the way to the end. Brilliant read!


SHADOW OVER THE FENS
This is book 2 of the Nikki Galena series.

Nikki is finally coming to terms with the trauma of what happened to Hannah and is in the process of moving back to Cloud Fen when her neighbour commits suicide in front of a group of children. What could have caused him to act in a way that was so uncharacteristic of him? This is a question that Nikki must find the answer to.

Joseph is recovering from his injuries and has just returned to work when a nemesis from his past appears. Men who look like this man turn up dead and suspicion is pointed at Joseph.

What is going on and are there any links between the 2 cases. As Nikki tries to find clues to the motive for the murders she finds herself up against secrets from many years ago.

This is a very intriguing and complex story that keeps the reader engrossed in the story through a roller coaster ride of twist and turns all the way to the shocking conclusion.

We learn a lot more about the characters in this book as the story unfolds. I love the characters that make up Nikki’s team they are complex and realistic.

I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

An excellent read and well worth the 5 stars.


HUNTED ON THE FENS
This is book 3 in the ‘Fens’ series by Joy Ellis. The suspense starts at the beginning and continues right to the end.

Joseph is on high alert when he smells smoke and springs into action in time to warn Nikki her garage is on fire. That is only the beginning of a chain of events that has the whole of her team watching each other’s backs.

Nikki is still reeling from the death of her daughter and now she feels responsible for a young officer losing his life and another badly injured. Someone is after revenge but who and why is the question everyone is asking.

In addition they are trying to solve a murder where a woman is found dead in a locked room with state of the art security. The assassin is killed in a road accident leaving no clues and certainly no answers just more questions.

We learn more about the characters and their pasts in this book as well as following a complex case with multiple events that create an adrenaline pumping read that had me turning page after page.

Another gripping addition to a brilliant series with a totally unexpected ending – 5 golden stars from me

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BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Leven Casket by Joanna Larum #BookReview #GuestReview #YoungAdult #Fantasy #Magical @jolarum

Thank you very much to all the wonderful Bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for THE LEVEN CASKET your help is very much appreciated xx

What the reviewers thought:

Black Books Blog

This was a brilliant fantasy book, which had me turning the pages right from the start and I read it in one sitting as I juat couldn’t put it down. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

Such an enchanting book that is all about time travel at the heart of it Loved it, took me away from everything around me and I escaped until I had finished it. Read more here

The Word is Out

It made me laugh and even cry in places, and I can recommend it as a great book to read in the run up to Halloween. 5* Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

The Leven Casket great little adventure and a good start to this magical series. Read more here

Susan Angela Wallace

A very enjoyable read with some great characters. Brilliant. Even has a talking dragon. Read more here

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The Magic Book Corner

The Leven Casket is a fabulous story for children! Full of magic and adventure, mayhem and humor, it will appeal to all the fans of series like The Dragon in the Sock Drawer or Fablehaven. Read more here

Penny Buxton

I was gripped from the start and found it that full of magic I was page turning right to the end, it grips you into wanting to know what would happen, it has all the aspects of fantasy you would expect but is told in such a way it still has the twists that leave you wondering what would happen next. Read more here

Turn The Page Blog

Ginger Book Geek


The Leven Casket

Charlie’s and Rosie’s Magical Adventures

by Joanna Larum

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In pre-historic times, all the evil in the world was imprisoned in a Casket and buried deep underground. Two families promised to provide Keepers for the Casket through the ages, to ensure that the evil didn’t escape to wreak havoc in the world. In our time, those Keepers are Charlie and Rosie and the Evil Ones are escaping! What do Charlie and Rosie have to do to prevent evil taking over the world? They are helped and occasionally hindered by a huge dragon and a beautiful Elf but someone will have to pay the price for keeping our world safe. 


Author Bio

I only went to school to learn to read. At age 6, I decided I COULD read and promptly left, by the school gate, the same gate which my mother marched me back through 10 minutes later. So I had to spend the next 12 years at school, learning lots of different things, none of which lived up to the excitement of reading. Wanting to be a writer was a natural progression, because there is nothing as exciting as inventing the story yourself. But it’s taken over 50 years before I dared to present my stories for other people to read. So, here they are! I’ll just creep behind the sofa.

#NewRelease – Crime in the Gallery (Detective Markham #6) by Catherine Moloney @joffebooks #crimefiction #detective

CRIME IN THE GALLERY 

Detective Markham #6

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DETECTIVE MARKHAM RACES TO UNCOVER WHO IS PRACTICING THE ART OF MURDER

Esteemed curator Helen Melville is found murdered in Bromgrove Art Gallery ⁠— frozen to death in the textiles conservation freezer.

She had discovered something troubling in the gallery archives shortly beforehand, but her secret died with her. Or did it?

Her murder is just the beginning.

Detective Markham and his team scramble to keep ahead of rumours that the murder is linked to a tragic cold case.

Is someone seeking revenge for an unsolved child abduction at the gallery over sixty years ago?

The brutality escalates. No one is safe in the quiet picture halls. Markham’s investigation reveals a sordid truth. Bromgrove’s temple of culture is awash with bitter rivalries and festering vendettas.

WHO ELSE WILL HAVE A BRUSH WITH DEATH?

Perfect for fans of PD James, Ruth Rendell, Ann Cleeves or Angela Marsons.

DISCOVER A BRILLIANT NEW BRITISH CRIME MYSTERY SERIES

The Detectives

DI GILBERT (‘GIL’) MARKHAM
DI Markham is a startlingly talented detective rising through the ranks of Bromgrove CID. He is distant and austere — the product of a profoundly difficult childhood — but has a natural magnetism which inspires loyalty. He clashes with his slippery boss, DCI Sidney, who prioritises the force’s public image.

DS GEORGE (‘NOAKESY’) NOAKES
DS Noakes is a slobbish, uncouth and outspoken Yorkshireman, an object of despair to his superiors. He is, however, also a man of hidden depths, with a sensitive streak and a secret flair for ballroom dancing. Markham sees through his philistinism and they form an unstoppable partnership.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR GILBERT MARKHAM SERIES
Book 1: CRIME IN THE CHOIR
Book 2: CRIME IN THE SCHOOL
Book 3: CRIME IN THE CONVENT
Book 4: CRIME IN THE HOSPITAL
Book 5: CRIME IN THE BALLET
Book 6: CRIME IN THE GALLERY

*FREE* – Their Last Words (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker #Freebook #bargainbook #detective #crimefiction #TeamJoffeBooks @joffebooks @mrparkerspen

If you are looking for a brilliant crime fiction read I highly recommend THEIR LAST WORDS it is a fast paced, gritty police procedural that will keep the pages turning and it is FREEEEE but not for long so grab a bargain while you can

THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgTHEIR LAST WORDS (Ray Paterson #1) 

Available from   AMAZON

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.

Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.

THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?

How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

 


What the bloggers thought:

On the Shelf Reviews

This also has a little twist on the usual crime books, as the superintendent is one of the main characters investigating the murder. I can honestly say I haven’t seen before, usually they’re in the background making it harder for people to do their jobs. Also Ray Paterson is a bit flash, driving round in an Aston Martin wearing Gucci shoes and posh suits, coming from money he doesn’t really have to work either unlike your usual copper.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

If you like crime novels, if you enjoy a good story, if you want a novel which will grab you and hold you until the end and then leave you fizzing for more, then this is the book for you. I cannot wait for the next one!  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Blimey oh riley, this was one hell of an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride of a read.  The story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  As soon as I read the first sentence I just knew that I was going to become addicted to reading this book and so it proved.  For me ‘Their Last Words’ really is a ‘CPID’ (can’t put it down) book.   Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh

I loved getting to know the characters and Steve Parker did a great job at really getting you to feel the weight that the work puts on these officers and how they deal with it. Will they shut down? Will they deal with it with dark humour? Will they take to the drink? From the very beginning you wondered how these officers could go out there and do their jobs, seeing what they see.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I really, really enjoyed this book – it was well written and it completely captivated me.  I am a massive crime fiction fan and I love reading book from new authors to me and this one was a complete delight for me.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

The first half of the book was a bit difficult for me as I am rather sensitive. But, once they had a bead on the killer, it then became a matter of locating him before he could continue to murder people. This fast-paced book truly became a page turner from this point on. I had a surprisingly emotional reaction to the shocking conclusion. Haven’t not read much crime fiction before, I was impressed.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

My turn to tell you how brilliant this book is! I must admit it’s a bit got in places compared to some books I have read, but i think that’s what makes it interesting.  Read more here

Orchard Book Club

A gruesome body on the first page and I was hooked. This book never takes its foot off the gas, as bodies turn up left right and centre Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and his team have their work cut out for them.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

I really got into this story very quickly with the murders as they were done in such a way that you would assume it was personal, or the killer is some deranged character who will kill more and lead the police on a merry chase, so I knew I was going to be in for a good ride with Paterson as he and his little team investigate everything.  Read more here

Beth in a Box: Guest Review by Margaret Russell

You need your wits about you with this book. It is fast paced and the author has developed a strong cast of characters and a good plot, all dealing with a particularly gruesome crime that develops into a series of crimes. They are all committed by the same pertpetrator who leaves no forensic clues behind to help the Police out.  Read more here


THE DETECTIVES

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.

Detective Sergeant Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.

THE AUTHOR
Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.

THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.

BLOG TOUR – The Leven Casket by Joanna Larum #BookReview #GuestReview #YoungAdult #Fantasy #Magical @jolarum

Today I am thrilled to be closing off the Blog Tour for THE LEVEN CASKET by Joanna Larum with a guest review by the lovely Penny Buxton

The Leven Casket

Charlie’s and Rosie’s Magical Adventures

by Joanna Larum

Available from AMAZON

Read about it on GOODREADS

In pre-historic times, all the evil in the world was imprisoned in a Casket and buried deep underground. Two families promised to provide Keepers for the Casket through the ages, to ensure that the evil didn’t escape to wreak havoc in the world. In our time, those Keepers are Charlie and Rosie and the Evil Ones are escaping! What do Charlie and Rosie have to do to prevent evil taking over the world? They are helped and occasionally hindered by a huge dragon and a beautiful Elf but someone will have to pay the price for keeping our world safe. 


Guest Review – by Penny Buxton

I loved this story from the off, it is all about Charlie and Rosie who discover about a casket that holds’ the evil ones’ and are bestowed the task to get the evil ones back in the casket by Halloween and protect the ’cube’ that held the key to completing it , as the story unfolds Charlie and Rosie learn this was a task passed from their grandparents but they died before they could tell them about it, they learn they are connected and when together have a great power. It is a story full of magic, mystery and time travel!

I have always loved the fantasy genre and for me this book has everything, elves, dragons, a tricky quest and characters I can relate to.  I was gripped from the start and found it that full of magic I was page turning right to the end, it grips you into wanting to know what would happen, it has all the aspects of fantasy you would expect but is told in such a way it still has the twists that leave you wondering what would happen next. It’s a great read for any fantasy lover and a great starting point for anyone wanting to try a different genre, I am hoping for a part two!


Author Bio

I only went to school to learn to read. At age 6, I decided I COULD read and promptly left, by the school gate, the same gate which my mother marched me back through 10 minutes later. So I had to spend the next 12 years at school, learning lots of different things, none of which lived up to the excitement of reading. Wanting to be a writer was a natural progression, because there is nothing as exciting as inventing the story yourself. But it’s taken over 50 years before I dared to present my stories for other people to read. So, here they are! I’ll just creep behind the sofa.

BLOG TOUR – The Leven Casket by Joanna Larum #YoungAdult #Fantasy #Magical @jolarum

Today I am very pleased to share with you my review of this wonderful story about magical goings on. Although this is not my usual genre I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to an reader who is looking for something a little different.

The Leven Casket

Charlie’s and Rosie’s Magical Adventures

by Joanna Larum

Available from AMAZON

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In pre-historic times, all the evil in the world was imprisoned in a Casket and buried deep underground. Two families promised to provide Keepers for the Casket through the ages, to ensure that the evil didn’t escape to wreak havoc in the world. In our time, those Keepers are Charlie and Rosie and the Evil Ones are escaping! What do Charlie and Rosie have to do to prevent evil taking over the world? They are helped and occasionally hindered by a huge dragon and a beautiful Elf but someone will have to pay the price for keeping our world safe. 


My Review

Well this was a big step outside my comfort zone but it has to be done.  Every now and then I like to read something from a different genre to see if I am missing out on good books.  This one was really different and it is not something I would have read usually BUT…. I was totally hooked  by the time I was 20% into it.  Even more surprising is that this book is the first fantasy book that Joanna Larum has written so a first for us both really.

Charlie has recently lost his beloved grandparents in a car accident and his family have moved to live in their house which is next door to Rosie.  Charlie and Rosie soon become friends and life carries on until one day Charlie oversleeps and on his way to school he comes accross an old lady who needs his help.  Help is what he does and she gives him a small cube.  From then on Charlie’s life becomes very surreal as he finds himself involved in a world of magic, mystery and evilness.

I love Charlie and Rosie their innocence comes accross perfectly in the book and I think their reactions and actions are perfect for their age while allowing for something a little extra to make them even more realistic.

I found the book very interesting and engrossing and I was soon turning the pages and willing the pair on to fulfill their quest.  I like how they used their imaginations and how their different personalities balanced each other out perfectly to make for an interesting read which was an adventure through mystery and fantasy.

A really enjoyable read that will be perfect for young adults, children or anybody who likes fantasy and mysterious goings on.


Author Bio

I only went to school to learn to read. At age 6, I decided I COULD read and promptly left, by the school gate, the same gate which my mother marched me back through 10 minutes later. So I had to spend the next 12 years at school, learning lots of different things, none of which lived up to the excitement of reading. Wanting to be a writer was a natural progression, because there is nothing as exciting as inventing the story yourself. But it’s taken over 50 years before I dared to present my stories for other people to read. So, here they are! I’ll just creep behind the sofa.

#BookReview DEADLY HARM by Owen Mullen #crimefiction #newrelease @OwenMullen6

I am very happy to share with you my review of this new release by the brilliant Owen Mullen.

Deadly Harm

by Owen Mullen

Available from AMAZON

A Story That Will Leave You Gasping For Breath

It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house. 

She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness. She was wrong.

When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures. The two women get involved in a high profile police case and draw the attention of a ruthless reporter.

Gina Calvi is convinced Mackenzie is not what she appears and is prepared to do anything to prove it.Meanwhile, across the city, Kirsty McBride, a young single mother, is persuaded to leave a violent relationship. Her partner, Malkie Boyle a Glasgow hardman, is due to be released from prison. Once back on the street and bent on revenge, Boyle is determined to find the people responsible for stealing his family from him. 

Can Mackenzie save them or will Boyle get his revenge?


‘An electrifying read from beginning to end’

‘A tense, taut thriller’


My Review

Mackenzie is a victim of domestic abuse who has managed to turn her experience into something positive and now runs a refuge for women, like herself, who are escaping the violence in their lives.

Life is ticking along nicely the refuge has been extended so she can help more women and she has no money worries so apart from the nightmares life is good.  She is driving home one rainy night when she is overtaken by a powerful car that is going far too fast for the road and conditions.  A little later she sees the car has crashed and goes to help dragging Caitlin from the wrecked car minutes before it explodes.

This even sets in motion a chain of events that effects all the women on some level.  Secrets are kept and revenge is taken.  As Mackenzie finds love she also knows how fragile this new love is if Andrew discovers her secrets.

I have read all Owen’s books and I had to smile when Charlie and Andrew popped up in this story.  It brings something to the story if you know of the history behind the characters but having said that if you haven’t read the other books it wont affect your enjoyment of this one as the author has ensured this works perfectly as stand-alone.

The underlying storyline is domestic abuse but it isn’t graphic the violence is hinted at but left to the reader to envisage.  However, the author has very realistically portrayed how far the abuser will go to keep their victim under their control even bringing friends and family into their abuse.

The characters are all unique individuals that we got to know in the book and I especially liked Caitlin and her devotion to Mackenzie.  The other women of the refuge were all different and brought their own personalities to the book to contribute to the story.

The suspense runs all the way through the book and the ending – well WOW I didn’t see that coming.

A fast paced, adrenaline pumping read that is well worth the 5 stars.

A big thank you to Owen Mullen for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review.


Owen Mullen

Author bio

Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year and best selling author.

Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion.

His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where Owen writes. 

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