Today is publication day for DEADLY SHORES by Kerry Buchanan and I am thrilled to be kicking off the Blog Tour for this stunning addition to the Detectives Harvey and Birch series.
DEADLY SHORES (Detectives Harvey & Birch #3)
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 19th April 2022
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Kerry Buchanan
A COMPELLING CRIME THRILLER FEATURING DETECTIVES ASHA HARVEY & AARON BIRCH.
TWO SHIPS IN THE NIGHT.
ANOTHER DEAD BODY.
NO SAFE HARBOUR.
A wave lifts the stern of the boat, rigging groans in protest and a crash comes from down below, as the wails of the cargo rise above the howl of the storm.
It’s a wild Christmas Day on the rugged Northern Irish coast. But there’s no time for turkey and pud with the family for Detectives Harvey and Birch.
DS Aaron Birch leans into the wind and driving sleet. Thick, scudding clouds make the streets of Lisburn almost as dark as early evening.
Then he gets the tip-off. Smugglers coming into a boatyard in Bangor.
Birch and DI Asha Harvey head to the marina. They expect to find drugs. But the evidence points to something far, far worse.
When one of the couriers is found murdered in his hotel room, they realize they are facing in a deadly storm of corruption and criminal depravity. Will they sink or swim?
Fans of BBC’s Line of Duty, Joy Ellis, Lynda La Plante, Tana French, Rachel McLean, Claire McGowan, Angela Marsons, Steve Cavanagh and Helen H. Durrant will devour this new character-driven page-turner by one of Northern Ireland’s hottest talents.
MEET THE DETECTIVES
DETECTIVE ASHA HARVEY
Asha Harvey has always had a powerful sense of right and wrong. She has wanted to be a detective since she was a child, and while she can be a little too trusting, her open manner makes people want to confide in her. She is especially driven to succeed as a woman of colour in a largely white, male police force in Northern Ireland. Her family support her and are ridiculously proud of her, which adds to her internal pressure to succeed.
DETECTIVE AARON BIRCH
Boyish and gangly, Aaron Birch entered the police force as a detective through a graduate recruitment scheme. This makes him the butt of snide remarks by fellow officers, so he always feels he has something to prove. He also has a tendency to stretch the rules to suit himself, which can lead to him getting into trouble.
A city of contrasts, Belfast is filled with beautiful old relics dating back to a golden age of shipbuilding and wealth, as well as the scars of more recent wounds. The city has an exciting sense of newness and potential, but it can’t quite shed those who lurk in the darker shadows born of its turbulent past.
WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT DEADLY SHORES:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “LOVED IT! Great thriller, compulsive read.” Paul
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Fast paced and well written, this book kept me gripped from beginning to end.” Barbara
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Phenomenal! I did not want to put it down. I was blown away by this book . . . brilliant.” Michelle C.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Exciting and pacey. Loved it! Couldn’t put it down.” Aileen G.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A great read that keeps you turning the pages until the end. Totally enjoyable.” Sandra G.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Absolutely brilliant . . . had me on the edge of my seat all the way through.” Jill B.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A well-conceived and well-crafted novel with misdirection and plot twists to add to the high tension, mystery and suspense. The book is entertaining, engaging and intriguing and utterly riveting. Superb characters and great storylines. Everything you want from a crime thriller.” John D.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A fantastic crime thriller . . . I loved it . . . 5 stars and more!” Booklover Bev
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book has it all, plus plenty of action, fast-paced drama, suspense and intrigue. It kept me up late into the night . . . A very enjoyable read.” Carol S.
DETECTIVES HARVEY & BIRCH MYSTERIES
Book 1: KNIFE EDGE
Book 2: SMALL BONES
Book 3: DEADLY SHORES
Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch are back in the 3rd book in this brilliant series and yet another fantastic read that had me on the edge of my seat all the way through.
Aaron is still recovering from the last case which saw a corrupt group of their colleagues being uncovered and resulted in the death of one of the senior officers and 2 others going on the run. So when Patterson sends them to investigate a tip off at a boatyard they are both relieved that they may be able to get back to what they love. But as the saying goes: be careful what you wish for, the tip off appears to be the tip of the iceberg and the pair find themselves caught up in the middle of a deadly storm – will they sink or swim? At the back of the minds of both of them are the words spoken by Alistair King moments before he was murdered: I am not working alone. Is there another corrupt officer and if so who is it.
This is an adrenaline pumping story with danger lurking in every page as Harvey and Birch find themselves uncovering a web of crimes with all the lines leading up to the very top of the Police Department. Explosive action, corruption, drugs, human trafficking, murder, blackmail …. This story has it all and it is all wrapped up in a very realistic story.
The characters continue to develop and new ones are introduced each bringing something to the story in some cases carrying with them shocks the reader won’t see coming.
Absolutely brilliant – 5 stars from me.
Kerry Buchanan has had numerous short stories published internationally, including some prize-winners, but her heart lies with novel-writing. Her crime series is set in Belfast and in the rolling County Down hills she sees from her window as she writes. She is often invited to perform her work at literary events or to be a member of panels at conventions, and she loves to help new writers by facilitating writing groups and classes in her local community.
Although Kerry is disabled, her hobbies include sailing and attempting to outwit the slugs in her vegetable patch. Generally, the slugs win.
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