Blog Tour – THEIR DYING BREATH (Ray Paterson #5) by Steve Parker #NewRelease @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #crimefiction #detective

Today I am handing over my Blog to Sarah Lizziebeth so that she can share her review as part of the  Blog Tour for this brilliant new release to the Detectives Paterson and Clocks series.  THEIR DYING BREATH is book 5 and is an adrenaline pumping read that will keep the pages turning from the prologue to the edge of your seat ending.



Author – Steve Parker

Publisher – Joffe Books crime thrillers and mystery

Genre – Crime Fiction

Publication Date – 11th February 2020

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


Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks attend the scene of a brutal murder on the banks of the River Thames.

Someone’s head is found with a star carved into their forehead. The rest of their body is buried in the mud.

The next day the airwaves are hacked. A live-stream shows a man imprisoned in a box. He also has a star cut into his head.

Then the man is drowned alive in the box.


Paterson and Clocks race against time to make sure their next breath isn’t their last.

But this enemy is far more deceptive and deadly than any they’ve encountered before.  


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.  


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.

Guest Review by Sarah Lizziebeth

I am so impressed with this author’s writing – what a brilliant story! It’s cleverly thought out and totally compelling. I love, love, LOVED it!!!
I really enjoy this genre and in all of my favourite genres I have my go-to authors. Steve Parker is now one of those authors.
My heart rate was up and down like a yo-yo, and no way could I have read this book in public – due to me crying with laughter! I love Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks and the good-humoured banter that bounces back and forth between them, but Johnny alone, I just adore him! I loved the humour that popped up throughout the story and the fact that the serious, sensitive and the gory parts were so believable with all the elements perfectly balanced and so it never read sloppy, as if it was slat together as sadly some books are.
After reading the prologue and the first couple of chapters, I was looking forward to finding out how it would all tie-in; also another investigation is underway!.. I felt intrigued from beginning to end. It really was full to the brim with action and a race-against-the-clock!
I feel all the characters also well written and I’m hoping that there will be more to come in this fabulous series and I would like to read more about the flat characters who work under the magnificent duo!
Another plus for me was that I found the descriptions regarding the Police procedures and the lingo extremely interesting and I felt it was just enough to provide what was needed for us the reader.
I highly recommend this great book and I look forward to reading many more by this hugely talented author.
My thanks go to Books ‘n’ All Promotions and Joffe books via NetGalley

Read Sarah’s review on Goodreads here

What readers are saying about STEVE PARKER:

“There is also a totally unexpected twist that leaves you gasping with shock.” Maggie

“Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.” Nerys

“A fast-paced, at times almost heart-stopping mystery. I couldn’t put it down.” Barbara

“The end was brilliant.” Carole

“I cannot recommend this book highly enough a true one-sitting read.” Lesley

STEVE PARKER – author bio

Steve Parker was born and raised in South East London (Camberwell and Peckham). At age twenty-one he joined the Metropolitan Police where he served for twenty years in numerous high profile squads before being pensioned out with a serious back injury.

Thankfully, he was blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding himself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, he dug out an old screenplay he’d written when he was still a policeman and set himself a challenge to turn it into a book which eventually became his debut novel ‘Their Last Words’.

Twitter: @mrparkerspen

The Ray Paterson Series

Their Last Words (Ray Paterson #1) AMAZON GOODREADS

THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgAuthor – Steve Parker

Publisher – Joffe Books crime thrillers and mystery

Genre – Crime Fiction

Publication Date – 18th June 2018

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.



Author – Steve Parker

Publisher – Joffe Books crime thrillers and mystery

Genre – Crime Fiction

Publication Date – 26th August 2018

A MAN IS SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE. An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmark of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the dismembered torso of a child. On his first day back at work, disgraced Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson finds himself teamed up again with newly promoted Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks. They must hunt down a ruthless killer with connections that go far beyond anything they’ve ever come across before. Within days they know who committed the murders and why, but are left reeling when they are ordered by the government to release the child’s killers. FINDING THE KILLERS WASN’T THE HARD PART. BRINGING THEM TO JUSTICE IS. This is the second in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth. TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER.

The Burning Men (Ray Paterson #3) AMAZON GOODREADS

Author – Steve Parker

Publisher – Joffe Books crime thrillers and mystery

Genre – Crime Fiction

Publication Date – 3rd December 2018

A MAN IS BURNT AT THE STAKE IN A LONDON PARK. HIS SMOULDERING CORPSE IS A MESSAGE OF THE MOST VIOLENT KIND.  The victim is Davey Caine. He is the heir to the criminal empire created by his father, William ‘Billy’ Caine. Billy is a notorious and violent gangster who controls South East London. But he’s not the man he used to be and the sharks smell blood in the water.  Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks must find the killer before Billy extracts his own brand of justice. They are drawn ever deeper into London’s underworld.  The streets explode into violence and the body count rises. Men are shot and burned alive in a tit-for-tat power struggle between rival gangs.  Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks find themselves trying to control men of extreme viciousness. Men who have no fear of the law and its consequences and who are unafraid to kill anyone who stands in their way — including police detectives.  Paterson is offered the chance to stop the conflict dead in its tracks. If he ignores it, the mayhem continues. If he takes it, there will be a price to pay.  What he doesn’t know is that the price will come with hidden and devastating consequences.  ON THE STREETS OF LONDON, A SIMMERING GANG WAR IS ABOUT TO ERUPT WITH PATERSON AND CLOCKS CAUGHT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.

Also available:  A box set of Ray Paterson books 1,2 and 3


Author – Steve Parker

Publisher – Joffe Books crime thrillers and mystery

Genre – Crime Fiction

Publication Date – 3rd December 2018

Three explosive crime thrillers in 1 great value Box Set.  Book  – Their Last Words. Book 2 – The Lost Children. Book 3 – The Burning Men

You Can’t Hide (Ray Paterson #4) AMAZON GOODREADS

Author – Steve Parker

Publisher – Joffe Books crime thrillers and mystery

Genre – Crime Fiction

Publication Date – 3rd December 2018

YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE. YOU CAN NEVER HIDE.  Albert Tanner, vicious psychopath and burner of men, is in the USA with unfinished business  Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks must find him first.  Their task is straightforward: hunt Tanner down and bring him home. But a few explosions, an assassin and a dead child change everything.  Dragged into a sordid world of high class sex parties they discover an Albert Tanner they never knew existed.  Then a child is snatched from her own bed and Tanner wants to do a deal. However the price is far too high. Paterson and Clocks realise they have no choice but to hunt Tanner down their own w

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