BLOG TOUR – Mistress (Miranda Trilogy #2) by Stewart Giles #crimefiction #psychologicalthriller @stewartgiles

Today I would like to share my review as part of the Blog Tour for this absolutely awesome new release by Stewart Giles. MISTRESS is book 2 in the adrenaline pumping Miranda Trilogy and this is fast paced action from the first page to the jaw dropping ending.

MISTRESS

Miranda Trilogy book 2

Available from AMAZON

Link to Goodreads

She has killed again

‘My name is Miranda, and I’m a serial murderer.’

‘I have killed again!’

From #1 bestseller Stewart Giles comes the sequel to Miranda, a psychological thriller trilogy.

Miranda is on the run from the Dunford Police and has managed to flee the UK.  The story continues as we follow Miranda to the USA.

With the body count increasing all the time will Miranda ever be caught.

This is a gripping page-turner that keeps the adrenaline pumping as Miranda manages to keep just one step ahead of DS Swales.  With numerous twists and turns all the way to the absolutely brilliant ending this is a must read for anyone who loves psychological thrillers.


What readers are saying about Mistress:

‘One heck of a story. She’s clever, insane and I loved every page. It’s worthy of double the stars.’ – Booklover Bev

‘Miranda’s back. Still evil. Still scheming.  Still death wherever she goes.  I couldn’t put it down.’ – Sandra Brown

‘Oh blimey crikey! Where do I start? Perhaps with a warning…. do not start this book if you want/need to put it down or be involved in real life.’ – Misfits Farm

‘Giles has done it again!  I was riveted.  More expertly crafted action packed adventures with Miranda.’ – Carol Stone

I read Mistress in two sittings. By the time Miranda finally slipped up and got caught I was so engrossed I had forgotten this was #2 of a trilogy and really thought she was going to get her come uppance but …’ – Alison Gitelson

‘What follows is a gritty, action packed, fast-paced game of cat and mouse and I didn’t know what was going to happen next! It is so good that I didn’t want to stop reading.’ – Sarah

THE MIRANDA TRILOGY
Book 1-Miranda
Book 2-Mistress
Book 3-coming soon


My Review

This is book 2 in the Miranda Trilogy so if you haven’t read book 1 I recommend you do so because it helps to understand Miranda and her personality.

Book 1 ended with the death of Patricia and that is where this book begins. 

Lets start with the characters. 

Miranda, she found out by accident that she likes to watch people die, in particular men.  She also has an inbuilt repulsion of men ‘handling’ her in any way and her reaction to any contact is uncontrollable rage.  There is something about the character that you have to like.  Any woman who has suffered any kind of abuse is likely to have a small part of them high fiving Miranda for having the guts to do what they couldn’t.  Miranda is unique, different and an absolute genius of a character so kudos to the author for her creation.

DS Swales was Patricia’s colleague and he was also present when Miranda ‘confessed’.  Both he and Patricia put Miranda down to a weirdo and because of this he feels guilty that Patricia lost her life because they didn’t take the confession seriously.  He is on a mission to make amends for this mistake and that mission will take him to the other side of the world where he will follow Miranda but always one step behind.  He is a very caring man and I love how his personality has flourished in this book.

Lisa.  She is a news blogger and also the sister of a David who was sent to prison for a murder that Miranda committed.  Lisa teams up with Henry Swales using her blogging network to track Miranda.  Lisa is a selfless person who will stop at nothing to prove David’s innocence.  Tragedy wont stop her mission to see Miranda pay for her crime and David exonerated.

The story – well what can I say it is a roller coaster of adrenaline pumping suspense that will keep you turning page after page.  There are many twists and turns, numerous shocks and a lot of false leads.  Will Henry and Lisa catch her?  With Interpol and US Police each managing their own investigation the race is on to catch Miranda.  However, Miranda is nothing if not resourceful and she has avoided capture for some time.  Will time run out or will she continue to kill? 

I do love how the author has written in about bloggers.  They get a lot of bad press and it is brilliant to see them take an important and beneficial part in this story.

This is a work of fiction and the author has taken full advantage of that to write a totally gripping story with an absolutely breath-taking ending that makes for a 5star read.  I can’t wait for the final instalment.


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.

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and 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 was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results.  I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor.

Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before.

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

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

BLOG TOUR – The Liar (Mike Croft #4) by Jane Adams #crimefiction #detective @joffebooks

Today I would like to share my review as part of the Blog Tour for THE LIAR by Jane Adams. This is book 4 in the brilliant Mike Croft series and this book is a brilliant addition to a gripping series.

The Liar

Mike Croft book 4

Available from Amazon

a stunning psychological thriller full of breathtaking twists

DISCOVER A BRILLIANTLY GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

A corker of a book.” Aileen G.

“A riveting read I found hard to put down.” Hannelore C.

“Nothing is what it seems in this book. I spent most of this read sat on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and tapping my Kindle faster and faster.” Peggy B.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR MIKE CROFT RETURNS TO THE GREENWAY TO FACE HIS MOST PERSONAL CASE YET

A WOMAN IS FOUND STABBED THROUGH THE HEART.

A dry, hot summer on the Norfolk coast. Former police detective John Tynan falls in love for the first time since his wife died. Then the woman, Martha Toolin, is murdered. But everything he thought he knew about Martha was a lie.

Detective Mike Croft is called in to investigate. John is one of Mike’s oldest friends. The murder brings back memories of their most traumatic case.

THE HUNT IS ON.

Martha was a stranger to the area and was seen arguing that day with a teenage boy. He becomes the number one suspect. But it turns out she was a con artist who exploited the vulnerable and elderly. Even her name is false.

SHE IS A LIAR.

The number of people who might have wanted her dead multiplies. Who was she and what did she want with John Tynan?

A MURDER MYSTERY AND SO MUCH MORE.

And then another body is found on the beach . . .

THE LIAR is a stunning psychological crime thriller which you won’t want to put down.

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

Praise for JANE ADAMS, author of the sensational best seller THE GREENWAY.

“Few debut novels achieve this level of suspense. The Greenway lingered in my mind for days. It takes the psychological suspense novel into new realms of mystery.” Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

“A haunting debut.” Minette Walters

Compellingly told and rich with psychological insight.” Independent

Nail-biting stuff.” Ms London

“An assured first novel, with a strong cast and a plot which twists and turns without a glitch.” Yorkshire Evening Post

DETECTIVE MIKE CROFT SERIES
Book 1: THE GREENWAY
Book 2: THE SECRETS
Book 3: THEIR FINAL MOMENTS
Book 4: THE LIAR


My Review

This is book 4 in the Mike Croft series but they do work well as stand alone.

I have read all the books in this series so I feel I have got to know Mike quite well.  He comes accross as being a little insecure he lost his 10 year old son and his marriage fell apart.  He is now happily married to Maria but they were never blessed with children.  In this story Mike is plagued by dreams that included his son.  What do they mean?  Do they have a bearing on the current case?  These are questions he is looking for the answer to.

His partner of choice is Jude she has a knack of knowing the right way to approach people which Mike is lacking so they make a very effective team.

John, a retired detective takes a major part in this book as his past comes back to haunt him. 

The story is intriguing it is not the fast paced adrenaline pumping type of thriller but a solid gripping detective story full of twists and turns.  There are many secrets to uncover and the ending is quite a shock.

There were many stories all interlinked to make up the main story with betrayal, blackmail, fraud and the issues that affected unmarried mothers way back in time that all feed in to the main story.  I kept turning page after page wanting to know what other secrets were to be revealed before Mike and his team were able to join the dots.

I didn’t really work out what the big black dog brought to the story but it didn’t affect my enjoyment so very happy to award the full 5 stars.


Jane Adams author bio

Why do I write?

Like most writers, it’s a kind of compulsion. The stories are there and I have to try and grab hold of them and pin them onto the page. Most of the time, I enjoy the process; sometimes, I’d rather be doing just about anything else, up to and including the ironing – and I hate ironing.

I started writing when my youngest child went to school. I was incredibly lucky and my first novel, The Greenway,​​​​​​​​​​ was picked up by Macmillan in 1994 and published in 1995.

I currently write two series; Naomi Blake and Rina Martin. Rina was a character I’d had in mind for years before committing her to paper. An elderly, ex thespian who had played the part of a popular TV detective, she had retired to the seaside and bought a boarding house for other ex performers. Rina’s feisty, no nonsense character is, I suppose, based on the rather powerful and opinionated ladies I grew up surrounded by – mother, teachers in the all girls school I attended, aunts and pseudo aunts, all of whom had opinions about everything and made sure these were unstintingly shared.

Naomi Blake, on the other hand, was the brainchild of my late agent, Bob Tanner at International Scripts. ‘You should write a blind detective,’ he said ‘ and she needs a big, black guidedog, called Napoleon’.

I thought it was a daft idea, and told him so. I just couldn’t see how to do it. But, like a lot of seemingly daft ideas, this one wormed its was into my brain and I realised he was right. It could work and so, the Naomi Blake series came into being.

​I have always written in other genres too, short stories in the SF, Fantasy and Gothic Horror genre, and am working on longer projects when time allows. I also teach Creative Writing and have had the great priviligde of being a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at three different universities.

Links

Twitter: @JaneAdamsAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.adams.16547

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5158042.Jane_A_Adams

Blog Tour – MURDEROUS SECRETS (Merry and Neal #6) by Janice Frost #GuestReview #crimefiction #detective #thriller @joffebooks @angel_s_lizziee @Janice579021

Today I would like to share with you a review by Sarah as part of the Blog Tour for this absolutely stunning new release by Janice Frost. Although it is book 6 in the series it will work perfectly as stand-alone. All I can say is WOW what a brilliant book this is.

MURDEROUS SECRETS (Merry & Neal #6)

MURDEROUS SECRETS

Merry & Neal book 6

Available from AMAZON

CAN MERRY AND NEAL EXPOSE THE KILLER WHEN NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM?

TWO BRUTAL SLAYINGS AT A BARN DANCE

Detective Ava Merry goes to a forties-themed dance at Northfields Farm on Valentine’s Day.

A young couple, Nick and Samantha are found murdered.

Nick is found in a wartime ambulance with and Sam is found stabbed multiple times in the glamping tent they were staying in.

DS Ava Merry is confronted by a man fleeing the tent. Who is he and is he really innocent?

SECRETS THAT SOMEONE WILL KILL TO KEEP

Then another frenzied murder ups the stakes still further.

Can DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal expose the killer?

Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.

PRAISE FOR JANICE FROST
“A very good storyline with so much happening in the family to keep the reader engrossed.” Viv

“Really enjoyable read.” Nerys

“Good entertaining read, with heart in the mouth moments.” Carole

“A fast-paced mystery with plenty of suspects.” Barbara

“I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.” Dawn

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

DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS
Book 5: DIRTY SECRETS
Book 6: MURDEROUS SECRETS


Guest Review from Sarah’s Reviews

Link to review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3042640960?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Murderous Secret. And yes there certainly are! I think that the title for this book couldn’t be more apt and I love the cover! It has an eerie look about it and although I read the ebook, this cover is typical of one which would catch my eye and make me want to pick it up and read it.
Northfields Farm, not far from Summerthorpe village, is holding a 1940’s themed dance, organised by a local charity to help raise some money for a local hospice. What could possibly go wrong?!
From the outset, this well thought out storyline had me gripped and we don’t have to wait long for any action.
DS Ava Merry and DC PollyJane aka PJ, were (fortunately) supporting the charity and hoping for an enjoyable evening when their evening was scuppered following the discovery of a body …then the victims mount up …
I felt excited as I read – the amount of suspects were also building up – but what were the motives for the killings and were they connected? Was it the work of the same killer or were there more?and why were there so many secrets? I honestly had no idea! The owners of Northfields Farm, Aubrey and Bea Stratford, along with their grown up children: Monty and Blue, had moved from Brighton to set up a new life for themselves on the farm, from which they ran a ‘glampsite’ and made their own beer. I loved Aubrey, he was a humorous character and although a little eccentric he seemed harmless enough and enjoyed nothing more than 1940’s memorabilia and ‘tinkering’ in one of his garages on one of his many projects with his old pal Charles who lived close by and also shared Aubrey’s passion of WW2 memorabilia. I think that the author has created the characters to be very believable but are they who they say they are? I love, love, loved Soren Hunter, and wanted to find out more of his background. I was also looking forward to seeing who would cop it next as I was hoping to find some clue, but no, it really is so cleverly written. I liked that we don’t hear the killer/s point of view and that had me guessing even harder! Although I felt excited and couldn’t wait for all the pieces to slot into place and solve the ‘puzzle’ so to speak, I also felt a sadness as I knew that some of the characters hadn’t had it easy in their lives and two characters inparticular, oh how I wish that they’d cop it 😂 This is the 6th book in the Merry/Neal series – my first and definitely not my last – but I would recommend that they be read in order. A very enjoyable read that I highly recommend! Thank you.


Janice Frost author bio

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

LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009761614110

Twitter: @Janice579021

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005413.Janice_Frost

Amazon: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005413.Janice_Frost

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