BLOG TOUR – Degrees of Darkness by Tony J Forder

Degrees of Darkness

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‘The book is well written gripping and gets right into your mind and feelings as you are taken on a fast paced journey through a book it is impossible to put down.’

@bloodhoundbook #blogtour @tonyjforder #bookreview #5stars #degreesofdarkness

Degrees 1 apple neo goth + gnuolaneBook Description

Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.
Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.
When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.
In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.
But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?


My Review

Rating 5 out of 5 stars

I will start with what I thought was wrong with this book and that is NOTHING. It starts on the very first page with a Mother’s instinct that something is not quite right and on some level having the feeling that her children are in danger. From there we enter the dark side and there is no let up. Tony has created a character who is evilness personified and having children involved knocks the adrenaline up a few more notches. The book is well written gripping and gets right into your mind and feelings as you are taken on a fast paced journey through a book it is impossible to put down. There were parts of the book where I felt I really couldn’t face any more evil but you keep reading because the story compels you to do so.

The characters are absolutely perfect. The author has built compassion and a dogged determination to survive into complex and realistic characters. He takes this realism to a whole new level as we learn how much a person can endure before there comes a breaking point and how that breaking point can cause a domino effect of actions that it is difficult to stop.

I especially like the way that ‘happy ever after’ is not a forgone conclusion.

An absolutely brilliant page turner that will give the reader much to think about.

A big thank you to Bloodhound Books for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy of this fantastic book.


Author Bio:

TJF05On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in spring. It is the first in a series.

Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.

Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.

The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.

During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”

Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.

Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.

As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.

This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017.

Links:

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***AVAILABLE NOW*** MISSING by Charlie Gallagher

I am thrilled to announce the release of this brilliantly gripping thriller by Charlie Gallagher,  This is one book you don’t want to miss.

Available from www.amazon.co.uk  and www.amazon.com

@joffebooks #georgeelms #thriller #newrelease

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Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

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

COMING SOON: MISSING by Charlie Gallagher

I am looking forward to the release of this brilliantly gripping thriller by Charlie Gallagher,  This is one book you don’t want to miss.

@joffebooks #georgeelms #thriller #newrelease

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Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

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

BLOG TOUR: Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie

I am very excited it is my stop on the #blogtour for this brilliant book by a new name in the crime fiction genre: Ken Ogilvie.  This is an excellent debut novel that has the reader gripped from the very first page.

#herdarkpath @joffebooks http://www.kenogilvie.com/ #5stars #policeprocedural

Available from: www.amazon.com  www.amazon.co.uk   www.amazon.ca

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Her Dark Path

16 years ago Rebecca Bradley’s mother was murdered. Rebecca was only eight years old. The killer has never been caught. Growing up, Rebecca vowed that one day she would track him down and make him pay.

Now Rebecca is a young police woman in Ontario. She wants to become a homicide detective. Her first investigation is the cold case of a woman who vanished for 16 days and then was found dead in her own home. The brutal crime shocks the small Canadian town of Conroy.

The puzzling case has uncanny similarities to the murder of Rebecca’s mother. Both victims were found strangled in their own kitchens.

Can Rebecca keep her emotions together as she closes in on a killer with connections to her family and tragic past? And will she finally get justice for her mother?

Discover a new crime writer who will have you gripped till the pulsating end.


My Review

My rating 5 out of 5 stars

WOW I find it very difficult to believe that this is Ken’s first novel. For an author who is dipping his toes in the murky waters of the Crime Fiction world for the first time this is a first class read and I am looking forward to reading more from an author, I am sure, will become a big name in the crime fiction genre.

I love the style of writing. Rebecca is introduced at the beginning and we learn a little more about her history via short extracts from her diary at the beginning of each chapter. She develops gradually through the course of the book to become a complex character we get to know very well.

Another character I love is Hound he is a unique individual and the author builds him gradually with such skill I feel I have a picture of him in my mind. I am sure there is a lot more to know about Hound so I am hoping to meet him again in future books.

It is an intricate plot with many different strands reaching into the past. I did wonder how it was all going to fit together but it did in a brilliant and unexpected way. I found myself gripped from the first page right through to the end as I got to know the characters. There were twists and turns all the way through as secrets and corruption are uncovered and characters turn out to be the opposite of what I thought they would be at the beginning.

An excellent book and well worth the 5 stars. I really hope this is the beginning of a series.


Ken Ogilvie

Author Bio

‘I began my fiction writing as a novice, but I had extensive writing experience in technical and policy areas, and I was a ferocious editor of staff reports at Pollution Probe. Novel writing would come naturally to me, or so I thought (incorrectly). I wrote half of a really crappy science-fiction book, and then struggled over whether to continue. But I’m not a quitter, so I shelved that book for the time being, took a deep breath, and hit the reset button.

 I’m currently an independent environmental policy consultant, working from home in Toronto, Canada, although I’m on the road a lot. Recent consulting contracts of mine include preparing a case study designed to be used by the Said Business School, University of Oxford, on the province of Alberta’s recent transition towards being a climate policy leader in Canada, and I’ve done research and ran workshops on the creation of a new Canadian Energy Information Organization. I serve on the Boards of Directors for two leading environmental and energy organizations – the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, and Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). And when spare time and suitable opponents permit, I play the odd game of chess, which was a passion of mine in younger days.’

BLOG TOUR: Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie

Thank you to Sean’s Book Reviews for his stop on the #Blogtour for this #newrelease by a new name in crime fiction.

@joffebooks   www.kenogilvie.com

Available from: www.amazon.ca    www.amazon.com   www.amazon.co.uk

Sean’s Book Reviews

‘The plot of this book was very good and I couldn’t help but love where the story took place.  Being from Toronto this is close to my neck of the woods which is a unique read for me and I loved how they used the past and small town life to make this story really hit home.’  Read more here

Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie

wooden boardwalk in dark forest

16 years ago Rebecca Bradley’s mother was murdered. Rebecca was only eight years old. The killer has never been caught. Growing up, Rebecca vowed that one day she would track him down and make him pay.

Now Rebecca is a young police woman in Ontario. She wants to become a homicide detective. Her first investigation is the cold case of a woman who vanished for 16 days and then was found dead in her own home. The brutal crime shocks the small Canadian town of Conroy.

The puzzling case has uncanny similarities to the murder of Rebecca’s mother. Both victims were found strangled in their own kitchens.

Can Rebecca keep her emotions together as she closes in on a killer with connections to her family and tragic past? And will she finally get justice for her mother?

Discover a new crime writer who will have you gripped till the pulsating end.

BLOG TOUR: Her Dark Path. What the readers are saying.

A big thank you to Linda Strong Book Reviews and The Quiet Geordie for their stops on the #blogtour for #herdarkpath by @kenogilvie.

Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘Overall, this new crime writer did a good job. Suspense at times is palpable. At one point in time, the good guys are chasing the bad guys, the bad guys are trying to erase all witnesses, the cops are chasing everyone, even the bad cops. I found during all this that I needed to breathe more.’

Read more  here


 The Quiet Geordie

‘Rebecca is a likeable character, and you immediately feel sympathy for her because she is made to feel so unwelcome. She is a determined person and has a plan to eventually solve her own mother’s murder by getting into the Homicide Squad, hence the decision to try to solve the mystery.’

The other character I immediately took to was Hound, the local gentle giant, who is one of the first people to speak to Rebecca. He’s sensitive and kind, as well as a reliable friend.

Read more here


 

Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie

wooden boardwalk in dark forest

16 years ago Rebecca Bradley’s mother was murdered. Rebecca was only eight years old. The killer has never been caught. Growing up, Rebecca vowed that one day she would track him down and make him pay.

Now Rebecca is a young police woman in Ontario. She wants to become a homicide detective. Her first investigation is the cold case of a woman who vanished for 16 days and then was found dead in her own home. The brutal crime shocks the small Canadian town of Conroy.

The puzzling case has uncanny similarities to the murder of Rebecca’s mother. Both victims were found strangled in their own kitchens.

Can Rebecca keep her emotions together as she closes in on a killer with connections to her family and tragic past? And will she finally get justice for her mother?

Discover a new crime writer who will have you gripped till the pulsating end.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Little White Lies and Butterflies

white lies final .jpgLittle White Lies and Butterflies

by Suzie Tullett

When you’re digging yourself into a hole, stop digging.

A child of the nineties, Lydia Livingston is different. The last thing she’s ever wanted is to be superwoman; she knows first-hand that ‘having it all’ isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. As far as she’s concerned, when it comes to job versus family, it’s a definite case of one or the other. And whilst most women her age have spent years climbing the corporate ladder, she’s made a career out of bagging her perfect man. At almost thirty and still single, Lydia wonders if she’d made the right choice all those years ago. And realising the time has come to take stock, she goes against her family’s wishes and banishes herself off to a distant land—all in the hope of finding a new direction.

At least that’s the plan.

But Lydia Livingston isn’t just different, she’s misunderstood. A fact she knows all too well. So when the totally unsuitable Sam comes along, she decides to tell a little white lie, re-inventing herself as a professional chef – not exactly the best new identity to come up with for a woman who can’t even cook. Of course, the last thing she expects is for him to find out the truth and start blackmailing her. Let alone find herself roped into catering for a local wedding. But with things going from bad to worse, her madder than mad family also turn up in something of a surprise visit, intent on celebrating a birthday she’s no intentions of celebrating!

My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is a very readable story about a 30 year old woman who is looking for Mr Right. She has a list of criteria that he is supposed to meet but she isn’t making any progress.

Lydia has a different perspective on life and wants something different to the life her mother has. When her last meeting with a prospective husband goes awry she decides to go to Greece to rethink her future. From then onwards life becomes increasingly difficult as a little white lie grows into a web in which Lydia becomes so entangled she is unable to escape.

Romance, humour and family relationship all play a part in this story making it a real page turner.

Thank you to Bombshell Books for providing me with the opportunity to read this book prior to publication.

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BLOG TOUR OPPORTUNITY: Murder on the Oxford Canal

Hi I am looking for Bloggers to join the Blog Tour for Murder on the Oxford Canal by Faith Martin. Ideally I am looking for review stops and have the following dates available:

05-Oct
06-Oct

Please email jill.burkinshaw@outlook.com if you are able to help.

Many thanks, Jill

MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL by Faith Martin

9781912106783MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL is the first in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.

THE DETECTIVES

DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation, on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband (Ronnie Greene). But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.