9 of 10 Dead Bad -CALLADINE and BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

 

DEAD BAD.jpgDEAD BAD (book 8)

Available from: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada

Looking for a brilliant best-selling crime mystery with great detectives?

Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or whether a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.


My Review

Helen is one of my favourite authors and I love all 3 of her series’ so was very excited to read this new addition to the Calladine & Bayliss series.  What can I say?  FANTASTIC I  was gripped from the very first page, fast paced, plenty going on and adrenaline pumping suspense.  What more could I ask it ticked every single box.

The story starts with the abduction of a child that reveals the corpse of a murdered woman this victim has been tortured in a horrific way and affects the team badly.  Close on the heels of this Calladine goes missing and the discovery of a dangerous batch of drugs that are flooding the area Ruth and the remainder of the team are chasing their tails trying to keep up with everything.

We learn more about Ruth in this book as she struggles with a difficult decision that could affect everyone.  The rest of the team’s character’s continue to grow and develop into well rounded, realistic but complex characters.

There are many twists and turns as the team juggle the two cases and several mind blowing shockers ensure that the reader keeps turning the pages all the way to the jaw dropping conclusion.

Brilliant read well worth the 5 stars.


Helen H Durrant

Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein.

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait!

Currently there are nine books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty, Dead Jealous, Dead Bad, and the latest – Dead Guilty. There is also a box set of the first three books.

Also available are four books in the ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade, and the latest – Dark Angel.

There are two books in the DI Matt Brindle series – His Third Victim and The Other Victim.

The DCI Rachel King series has two books – Next Victim and Two Victims

LINKS

Twitter – @hhdurrant

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/helenhdurrant/about/?ref=page_internal

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Play Dead (Sam Clayton #3) by Anne Penketh #CrimeFiction #Detective #netgalley #PlayDead @joffebooks

Anne, Joffe Books and I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers, reviewers and readers who helped with the promotion of PLAY DEAD by Anne Penketh. Your help is very much appreciated x


What the reviewers and bloggers thought

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This small picturesque village is known for its lack of crime and friendly residents. DI Clayton and his colleagues have their hands with suspects. Trying to find a motive is almost impossible when it seems everyone has secrets that they will kill to protect. The serial killer they are looking for is smart, and conniving.  Read more here 

The Word is Out

The suspense over the identity of the killer was maintained almost to the end, and there was still a shocking turn of events thrown in that was hard to see coming. I shall now go back and enjoy the first two books in this series and await more of DI Clayton and his team in the future. Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

#guestreview by Sarah Lizzibeth 

Loopy Laura

Play Dead was an excellent police procedural novel. The police team is at the heart of the book and their investigation takes place before our eyes. There is humour and banter as you would expect from a team and this gives a degree of realism without the hierarchical tensions that are often rife in police books. Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

I found the drama and the intrigue to be equally compelling and I did enjoy the fact that I was left guessing. This really was a great read, and I was able to devour it in one sitting, in part, because I really wanted to know who the killer was. In addition to that, this was a very well-written and engaging story. I look forward to continuing this series as future titles are released. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

I thoroughly enjoyed this, it held me well enough and I found it a compelling story too. Had all the wrong turns as you expect with mystery stories, highly recommended. Read more here 

By the Letter Book Reviews

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Joanna Larum’s Reviews

This is the third in a new series but I must admit to not having read the first two. I can say, with confidence, that it is possible to read it and enjoy it without knowing the background to the series. I will be working back and reading the first two now that I know what a good story this lady writes. Read more here 

On The Shelf Reviews

Play Dead a fast paced and gripping police procedural with plenty of clues and red herrings for you to figure out along the way.  Read more here 

Herding Cats

#Guestpost

Black Books Blog

I am really enjoying the team and how they work together to solve the nysteries, and was hooked on this one as i thought i knew who ot was but, as usual, i was wrong so kept double guessing myself throughout the book.  Read more here

Turn The Page Blog
Alison’s Catty Book Corner
Ginger Book Geek
Susan Angela Wallace

Play Dead (Detective Sam Clayton #3) by Anne Penketh

A SLEEPY ENGLISH CITY IS ROCKED BY A SERIES OF MURDERS TARGETING MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL ORCHESTRA.

WHO IS KILLING OFF MUSICIANS WITH THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS?

Detective Inspector Sam Clayton is called in to investigate three victims with ties to the Norfolk Festival Orchestra. 

Musician Kristina Manning is impaled by her cello spike

The disgraced conductor is found with his head stuffed into a piano. He’s on the brink of death. 

A trumpeter dies, poisoned by his mouthpiece.

Will Clayton’s new girlfriend, Melissa, a singer in the NFO, be next on the murderer’s list? 

Is there a serial killer with a musical edge on the loose? 

What does the disappearance of former orchestra member Lauren Garner have to do with it?

A MYSTERY WITH A STUNNING TWIST AND A RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP A MURDER SPREE

PLAY DEAD is the third in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Mel Sherratt, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.


My Review

This is book 3 in the Detective Sam Clayton series but the books work perfectly as stand alone.

Why are members of an orchestra dying, seemingly at the hands of their instruments?  That is the question Sam and his team have to find the answer to.  But as more members die the team are struggling to find a motive or a viable suspect.

I loved learning more about the characters and I especially like how Sam’s ex plays a small part bringing a sense of reality to the story and characters.

The story itself is unique I have never read anything quite like this one and I say that in a good way.  Given the number of crime books I read it is rare that I don’t work out who the murderer is but in this book I can honestly say I didn’t have a clue.  I loved the twists and turns and red herrings that ran all the way through the book making for a fast paced read that kept the pages turning all the way to the shocking ending. 

A brilliant read I am looking forward to more in this series


What readers are saying about ANNE PENKETH

“Five out of five stars!” Michelle K

“I had a hard job putting this one down as it had me fully engaged and wanting more.” Dawn J

“This book was brilliant from start to finish, it was totally gripping from the first page. I read this book in one sitting, it was so good I didn’t want to put it down.” Lynn G

“Great book to read on holiday with a satisfyingly twisting storyline.” CH

“A real page turner.” Barb D

“It had many twists which kept me guessing. I would never have worked out the ending.” Shamiela A

“Riveting read.” Penny B

“Sam Clayton is not your average hard-boiled detective. He has problems of his own as he sets out to find a serial killer.” Meg B



THE TEAM

Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising her child who moved with her to Norwich.

ALSO BY ANNE PENKETH
THE DI SAM CLAYTON SERIES 
Book 1: MURDER ON THE MARSH
Book 2: THE BAD SISTER
Book 3: PLAY DEAD


Anne Penketh – Author Bio

I’m a Lancashire lass but for most of my career, I’ve been a foreign correspondent. I’ve reported from all over the world on some of the most cataclysmic events of our time, including the Egyptian revolution and the collapse of the Berlin wall.

While in London I was diplomatic editor of The Independent, but these days I’m based in Paris and concentrating on fiction writing. The third in a series of crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Sam Clayton, Play Dead, is out now. My first novel, Food Fight, was published in 2015.

I’ve reported from Paris mainly for The Independent and The Guardian, but I also contributed to France24 television and Monocle radio.  As a freelancer, I’ve written for The New Zealand Herald and The National (Abu Dhabi), as well as the LA Times, the New York Times, the Radio Times, the Oldie, Monocle magazine, Quartz, and Spark News.

Between 2009 and 2012, I headed the Washington office of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), a trans-Atlantic NGO focused on nuclear disarmament.

During my ten-year stint on The Independent I was one of the few journalists to report from Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, I was a staff foreign correspondent with the French news agency, AFP, which posted me to Moscow during the incredible Gorbachev years. I also reported for AFP from France, and New York where I covered the United Nations.

I started my journalistic career in Canada, arriving with two suitcases to seek my fortune in Montreal, from where I reported for British newspapers before getting a job on the Montreal Gazette.

Before that, I was a postgraduate student at University College London whose French department nurtured my lifelong love of French literature and culture.

LINKS

Website:  www.annepenketh.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anne.penketh.9

BLOG TOUR – Play Dead (Sam Clayton #3) by Anne Penketh #CrimeFiction #Detective #netgalley #PlayDead @joffebooks

Today it is my turn on the Blog Tour for PLAY DEAD and I am sharing my review of this brilliant addition to the Detective Sam Clayton series. Although this is book 3 it does work perfectly as stand-alone and is ideal for anyone who loves a good, fast paced, detective story.

Play Dead (Detective Sam Clayton #3) by Anne Penketh

A SLEEPY ENGLISH CITY IS ROCKED BY A SERIES OF MURDERS TARGETING MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL ORCHESTRA.

WHO IS KILLING OFF MUSICIANS WITH THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS?

Detective Inspector Sam Clayton is called in to investigate three victims with ties to the Norfolk Festival Orchestra. 

Musician Kristina Manning is impaled by her cello spike

The disgraced conductor is found with his head stuffed into a piano. He’s on the brink of death. 

A trumpeter dies, poisoned by his mouthpiece.

Will Clayton’s new girlfriend, Melissa, a singer in the NFO, be next on the murderer’s list? 

Is there a serial killer with a musical edge on the loose? 

What does the disappearance of former orchestra member Lauren Garner have to do with it?

A MYSTERY WITH A STUNNING TWIST AND A RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP A MURDER SPREE

PLAY DEAD is the third in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Mel Sherratt, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.


My Review

This is book 3 in the Detective Sam Clayton series but the books work perfectly as stand alone.

Why are members of an orchestra dying, seemingly at the hands of their instruments?  That is the question Sam and his team have to find the answer to.  But as more members die the team are struggling to find a motive or a viable suspect.

I loved learning more about the characters and I especially like how Sam’s ex plays a small part bringing a sense of reality to the story and characters.

The story itself is unique I have never read anything quite like this one and I say that in a good way.  Given the number of crime books I read it is rare that I don’t work out who the murderer is but in this book I can honestly say I didn’t have a clue.  I loved the twists and turns and red herrings that ran all the way through the book making for a fast paced read that kept the pages turning all the way to the shocking ending. 

A brilliant read I am looking forward to more in this series


What readers are saying about ANNE PENKETH

“Five out of five stars!” Michelle K

“I had a hard job putting this one down as it had me fully engaged and wanting more.” Dawn J

“This book was brilliant from start to finish, it was totally gripping from the first page. I read this book in one sitting, it was so good I didn’t want to put it down.” Lynn G

“Great book to read on holiday with a satisfyingly twisting storyline.” CH

“A real page turner.” Barb D

“It had many twists which kept me guessing. I would never have worked out the ending.” Shamiela A

“Riveting read.” Penny B

“Sam Clayton is not your average hard-boiled detective. He has problems of his own as he sets out to find a serial killer.” Meg B



THE TEAM

Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising her child who moved with her to Norwich.

ALSO BY ANNE PENKETH
THE DI SAM CLAYTON SERIES 
Book 1: MURDER ON THE MARSH
Book 2: THE BAD SISTER
Book 3: PLAY DEAD


Anne Penketh – Author Bio

I’m a Lancashire lass but for most of my career, I’ve been a foreign correspondent. I’ve reported from all over the world on some of the most cataclysmic events of our time, including the Egyptian revolution and the collapse of the Berlin wall.

While in London I was diplomatic editor of The Independent, but these days I’m based in Paris and concentrating on fiction writing. The third in a series of crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Sam Clayton, Play Dead, is out now. My first novel, Food Fight, was published in 2015.

I’ve reported from Paris mainly for The Independent and The Guardian, but I also contributed to France24 television and Monocle radio.  As a freelancer, I’ve written for The New Zealand Herald and The National (Abu Dhabi), as well as the LA Times, the New York Times, the Radio Times, the Oldie, Monocle magazine, Quartz, and Spark News.

Between 2009 and 2012, I headed the Washington office of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), a trans-Atlantic NGO focused on nuclear disarmament.

During my ten-year stint on The Independent I was one of the few journalists to report from Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, I was a staff foreign correspondent with the French news agency, AFP, which posted me to Moscow during the incredible Gorbachev years. I also reported for AFP from France, and New York where I covered the United Nations.

I started my journalistic career in Canada, arriving with two suitcases to seek my fortune in Montreal, from where I reported for British newspapers before getting a job on the Montreal Gazette.

Before that, I was a postgraduate student at University College London whose French department nurtured my lifelong love of French literature and culture.

LINKS

Website:  www.annepenketh.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anne.penketh.9

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Two Victims (Rachel King #2) by Helen H Durrant #crimefiction #detective @hhdurrant @joffebooks

Thank you to the lovely bloggers and readers who helped with the launch of TWO VICTIMS by Helen H Durrant. Your help in promoting this book is very much appreciated. You are all brilliant!

What the bloggers and readers thought:

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

This is a fast-paced story which kept me glued to my Kindle and, despite trying desperately to guess who the killer was, I failed again. I would recommend this series to all lovers of police procedural books and I can’t wait for the next installment. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

Well paced action kept me glued to the pages. There are plenty of secondary characters to watch and wonder about. Suspense starts on the very first page and builds until the surprising ending.Read more here

The Word is Out

The author keeps up the pace and delivers a great plot covering very current crimes with an ending which leaves the reader eagerly awaiting book number three. Read more here

Jessica Belmont

I love the various points of views! I felt like each give me a wider perspective without ruining the surprise. The pacing is awesome, I felt like I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of the story. The twists and turns were plenty and well timed. Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

Rachel is rapidly becoming one of my favourite characters. She’s a no nonsense kind of person, who can seem a little abrasive at times but that’s only because she wants justice for the murder victims. She also has to deal with her rebellious daughters, one of which has just turned eighteen and is determined to push her mum’s buttons. Read more here

Loopy Laura

I enjoyed the further character development of Rachel. Her past continues to impact on her present, both in personal and professional terms. Her future remains uncertain due to her links with Jed and the secrets she is hiding from her family which might also affect her career. Read more here

Nicki’s book blog

As ever Helen quickly gets the reader into  both the plot and the characters, so skillul is her writing. You quickly feel as if you know these people and that you are a bystander at a safe distance. Nothing that is going to give you nightmares or put you off your dinner (other than a murder or two!) and a smile along the way. Well rounded characters that have that extra something to them- not just a part of the plot. Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

‘Two Victims’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from Helen H. Durrant.  She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and once she has you in her grip, she won’t let you go again until the end of the book. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

I love Helen’s books and this one proves no different, fantastic piece of writing and agin, as always I am looking forward to the next! Read more here

Herding Cats

Told through the narrative of the police investigation with entwined chapters from other characters, this novel had me hooked from the beginning.  The subject matter can make uncomfortable and dark reading for some but sheds light on what I believe is a serious and growing issue in our society.  The pages turned themselves and with a few twists and surprises thrown into the mix I couldn’t put it down until I had reached a conclusion.Read more here

Black Books Blog

Throughout the book there are so many twists and turns you don’t know where to go and which way the case is going to take. Yet again this is another brilliant book by Helen and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next. Read more here


Two Victims (Rachel King #2)

Available from AMAZON

MEET DETECTIVE RACHEL KING IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES. 

DISCOVER A BRAND NEW MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM START TO PULSATING FINISH.

A MURDERED WOMAN FOUND ON A BUILDING SITE. EXECUTED BY A SINGLE GUN SHOT. BUT WORSE IS TO COME. ANOTHER BODY IS FOUND BURIED IN THE SAME PLACE.

Detective Rachel King has two victims to deal with. The first woman was local nurse, Agnes Moore. One of the victim’s friends makes contact but then disappears.

Does Rachel have a serial killer on her hands? And what was Agnes really helping local girls with?

Will Rachel’s former lover, well-known villain Jed McAteer come back to haunt her with his connections to the victims.

Who will pay the ultimate price next? 

A MYSTERY WITH A STUNNING TWIST AND A RACE AGAINST TIME TO SAVE HER CAREER AND STOP A MURDER SPREE.

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

What readers are saying about HELEN H. DURRANT
“I couldn’t put it down.” Barbara

“This new series by Helen H. Durrant certainly has got off to a thrilling start.” Viv

“If you want a book to get your teeth into, this is the one. A massive 5*” Greta

“Another fast-paced murder mystery” Aileen

“The writing was top notch and the characters were very real.” Kat

THE DETECTIVE
DCI Rachel King. Thirty-nine year-old mother of two teenage daughters. Divorced from Alan. She lives in the Cheshire village of Poynton – about ten miles from central Manchester. She is good at her job, gets results but does make mistakes. One of them was getting involved with a budding villain in her teens. No one, family, friends or colleagues know anything about this.

ALSO BY HELEN H. DURRANT

RACHEL KING
Book 1: Next Victim
Book 2: Two Victims – read my Blog Tour Review post here

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
Book 8: DEAD BAD
Book 9: DEAD GUILTY

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL

MATT BRINDLE
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM
Book 2: THE OTHER VICTIM

MEMORIES ON MONDAY – Married Lies (DI Mariner #5) by Chris Collett. #TeamJoffeBooks #DIMariner #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #Detectivebook #memoriesonmonday @joffebooks @crime_crow

Today for my MONDAY MEMORY Blog I am revisiting the Blog Tour for MARRIED LIES. This is Book 5 in the awesome DI Mariner series by the brilliant Chris Collett and I thought I would give you are reminder to catch up because Book 6 will be released on Thursday 6th September.

MARRIED LIES 2MARRIED LIES (DI Mariner #5) by CHRIS COLLETT

Available from:   Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the fifth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “STALKED BY SHADOWS.”

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies

Book 2: Innocent Lies

Book 3: Killer Lies

Book 4: Baby Lies

Book 5: Married Lies

Book 6: Buried Lies will be released on 6th September


What the readers are saying:

Black Books Blog

The book is a brilliantly written police procedural book, which I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn’t put down. Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is an excellent addition to a series that is well written, with outstanding characters, and a terrific story premise. Along with the professional side of Mariner and his team, the reader is also treated to a glimpse of their personal sides, which make them much more credible.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

To say that the Detective Tom Mariner series is addictive reading has to be the understatement of the year.  I was hooked on this book from the first word on the first page and I wasn’t released from the book’s grip until the moment I closed the back cover so to speak.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

The pace in this one was great and I really enjoyed the story, it is the fifth in the series but I would say that this one can easily be read as a stand alone.  Read more here


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

This was another great story with DCI Mariner. I enjoy reading this series as each story has a lot of twists and suspense, but the stories all take you into the life of DCI Mariner and his team, Tony Knox, Jamilla Khatoon, and Charlie Glover along with their Commanding Officer, DCI Davina Sharp.   Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

All in all, a magnificent story which had me glued to the pages. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to all lovers of crime books.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Fantastic Read, highly recommended. Fab storyline and easy to read.  Read more here


Chris Collett author photo jpgCHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Links

Website: www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ch

BLOG TOUR – Her Last Breath by Charlie Gallagher @joffebooks @gloriouscharlie #georgeelms #herlastbreath #netgalley #kindleunlimited #policeprocedural #crimefiction #detectivebook

Today is my stop on the BLOG TOUR for HER LAST BREATH by Charlie Gallager.  I am, in all honesty, very sad to be sharing this guest post.  I have not yet read all the George Elms books.  I joined the party with End Game and the previous 3 are on my kindle awaiting a gap. BUT, I did feel a connection to George from the very beginning.  Charlie did say that this would be the LAST George Elms but I always hoped he might change his mind.  Her Last Breath is a heartbreakingly awesome read and a fitting tribute to a special character.  Read on to hear why Charlie decided the time was right for George to walk away from his Police work…..

#GUESTPOST by Charlie Gallagher – ‘Why I retired George Elms’

‘Her Last Breath’ is the last book to feature George Elms. For readers that have followed his journey from the beginning I am hoping this is something you will understand, maybe even be a little bit relieved about!

Because George has had a tough time. In his seven novels he has been blown up, shot at, dragged through a car window, he has battled alcoholism, shot two of his best friends, shattered his ankle in a car crash, been tasered, gone to prison, come out of prison, tortured a man to death, seen his family split up and move away and nearly lost his mind trying to get it all back together again. And most recently of course he was forced to talk a woman out of throwing her cat at him while trying to get a cup of tea to go with his Jammy Dodgers.

It’s been a busy few years.

The plan for George originally was three books. That turned into four. Then I started writing ‘Missing’ and I got to the point where I needed a detective sergeant to be introduced to push the story on. Originally this was someone else. It was supposed to be a bit-part but the story was starting to fizz out and I suddenly didn’t know where to go next. Then I tried bringing George in to be the DS that gets involved and the book took back off. I wrote the rest of that book as fast as I could type it!

‘Then She Ran’ was when I knew George was coming up for retirement. He became difficult to work with, suspicious of everyone and believing he was the only person who was doing any decent police work. He’d always had a bit of that about him, but it peaked in this book and he became a little more difficult to like – and he started to hurt the people around him that he truly cared about. I couldn’t write him any other way, you get to know these characters really well and that was just the way he was going. His saving grace throughout was his absolute dedication to catching criminals. That never wavered. He did whatever it took to get the right result and I can tell you from first hand experience that there are not enough police officers left like that. Coppers like George simply couldn’t survive in modern day policing.

As I knew ‘Her Last Breath’ was going to see George walking away, I wanted to be sure it was a case that would hit him hard, hard enough for someone like him to realise that it just wasn’t what he wanted to do anymore. Not if he had a chance at a ‘normal’ life. I was very happy with the book, I think people will excuse him for calling time. And I think it was George at his best.

So what next? I have seen a lot of feedback, a lot of lovely reviews and the books are really picking up – and it’s all focussed on George. People seem to really like him, which is incredible. It’s so important to have readers routing for your lead. This then, is perhaps a silly time to be moving on – but I don’t think so. I have a brand new series. Everything I learned from George and the eight books so far will help with the new series. The first book is done, the tone and the themes are the same, I have a new lead – DS Maddie Ives and in her first ever scene she steps on a baddie’s crutch and lingers long enough to leave her mark. I love her already. I sincerely hope you will too.

I’ve had a lot of questions about whether George will come back in the future. Right now I don’t think so. But I do miss him already!

Thanks so much to everyone who has been in touch about George – or the books in general. There has been a real positive vibe and it really motivates me to keep working. I know all the Joffe authors feel the same. Thank you for all your support.

And to George – happy retirement! And thanks for all the memories.


EscapeHER LAST BREATH by Charlie Gallagher

Available from Amazon

Discover a crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive start to one of the most shocking endings of the year.

Henry Roberts is a serial killer. He has a type — young, blonde, attractive women. He is three years into a life sentence.

Two of his victims were never found.

Now, Henry Roberts is dying. He wants to make a deal. Move him to a secure unit by the sea and he will tell the police where the other victims’ remains are.

The offer is accepted and Detective George Elms travels to the force who led the original investigation. He is the messenger. He finds a police force and a community still shattered. As he reviews the old case notes he also learns something else. Henry Roberts didn’t work alone.

A woman goes missing. She fits the profile of the other victims. The circumstances of her disappearance do too — she never made it from her commuter train to her car.

Then a second woman goes missing. George is convinced they are linked. Henry Roberts told him on his prison visit that two is better because: you can make the other one watch.

Time running out for George. He is convinced that Henry Roberts knows who he should be chasing, but will he help before he takes his last breath? Or the women take theirs?

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

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

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN
RUTHLESS


Author Bio

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.

LINKS
Website: https://www.writercharliegallagher.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writercharliegallagher
Twitter: @gloriouscharlie

#BOOKREVIEW – Her Last Breath by Charlie Gallagher @joffebooks @gloriouscharlie #georgeelms #herlastbreath #netgalley #kindleunlimited #policeprocedural #crimefiction #detectivebook

Today I have the pleasure of sharing my review of this outstanding new release by the brilliant Charlie Gallagher. This is an outstanding thriller featuring the unique and lovable GEORGE ELMS. You can buy this awesome book for just 99p for a short period. That is a few hours of engrossing reading for less that cost of a cup of coffee.


Her last breathHer Last Breath by Charlie Gallagher

Available from Amazon

Discover a crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive start to one of the most shocking endings of the year.

Henry Roberts is a serial killer. He has a type — young, blonde, attractive women. He is three years into a life sentence.

Two of his victims were never found.

Now, Henry Roberts is dying. He wants to make a deal. Move him to a secure unit by the sea and he will tell the police where the other victims’ remains are.

The offer is accepted and Detective George Elms travels to the force who led the original investigation. He is the messenger. He finds a police force and a community still shattered. As he reviews the old case notes he also learns something else. Henry Roberts didn’t work alone.

A woman goes missing. She fits the profile of the other victims. The circumstances of her disappearance do too — she never made it from her commuter train to her car.

Then a second woman goes missing. George is convinced they are linked. Henry Roberts told him on his prison visit that two is better because: you can make the other one watch.

Time running out for George. He is convinced that Henry Roberts knows who he should be chasing, but will he help before he takes his last breath? Or the women take theirs?

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

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

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN
RUTHLESS


My Review

This is a stand-alone book featuring the lovable George Elms.

I have read several George Elms books and the character has grown on me until he is an addiction and I need to read about him on a regular basis so I really hope this is not the last I hear of him.

Once again George is handed the crap nobody else wants. What is unusual this time, however, is that a terminally ill serial killer, of young women, who was locked up a few years ago wants to give up the location of 2 missing bodies. George had nothing to do with this case so he has no idea why he should be ‘the chosen one’.

He sets off to Symonds Yat a remote village in the middle of beautiful countryside that has known horrors that nobody could imagine. The trauma of the case has had long-term effects on the team that investigated and the lead detective resigned and lost himself in a bottle. George is not welcomed and the general opinion is that he has turned up with a big tub of salt to pour in open wounds and the secrecy around him being there doesn’t help.

George learns that there was a slight hint that Henry was not working alone. Then another girl goes missing…….

This is not a book for the faint hearted the murder method is particularly gruesome but for sadistic souls like me, that love the adrenaline pumping gore and pain that keep the pages turning this book definitely delivers. It is fast-paced despite the problems everyone has finding a way forward.

Then George’s biggest fear is realised and the everyone is racing against time to find the answers before it is too late.

Once again Charlie Gallagher has delivered a book that keeps me turning page after page and holding my breath willing George on to do what he does best and find the bad guys.

What is different about this book is that Charlie has given George the chance of happiness interwoven into his worse case yet. Will George be back? I certainly hope.

Definitely 5 golden stars from me. Keep ’em coming Charlie.
5 Golden stars

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Author Bio

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.

LINKS
Website: https://www.writercharliegallagher.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writercharliegallagher
Twitter: @gloriouscharlie

BOOK REVIEW: Dirty Secrets by Janice Frost #DirtySecrets #TeamJoffeBooks @JoffeBooks @Janice579021 #netgalley #crimefiction #detectivebook

Today I would like to share my thoughts on the latest addition to the Merry & Neil series: DIRTY SECRETS by Janice Frost. This adrenaline pumping thriller had me turning page after page it is an expertly written gripping thriller that will appeal to all lovers of Crime Fiction.


DIRTY SECRETS.jpgDIRTY SECRETS by Janice Frost

Available from Amazon

Val Marsh gets home to find her husband Russell shot through the head. Russell’s ‘angel investment’ company had made him many enemies. His business was struggling and his family and friends weren’t all on his side. But did any of them really want him dead?

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ARE EXPLOSIVE SECRETS WITH THE POTENTIAL TO TEAR FAMILIES APART.

Detectives Jim Neal and Ava Merry are called in to investigate a very complex murder.

Another body is found in the woods and the case gets much murkier.

There are some very dirty secrets hidden behind the seemingly happy lives of the families involved.

Then a drug dealer is shot and fatally wounded in London. It seems the murders are connected, but how?

THE TRAIL WILL LEAD THEM INTO A VERY DANGEROUS WORLD INDEED. AND DI JIM NEAL IS FACING A FAMILY CRISIS OF HIS OWN.

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

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


My Review

This is book 5 in the Neil & Merry series and I have been eagerly awaiting its release.  However, the books work well as stand-alone so it wont matter if you have not read the earlier books.

Val returns home after visiting her daughter and finds her husband dead in his office with a gun in his lap.  No motive or suspects so the team begin the big task of finding clues.

Janice makes an excellent job of writing this in a way that readers picking up the series at this point don’t feel disadvantaged by not having read the previous books and yet there is no repetition of earlier books it is just perfect for all.

This is a fast paced story with a lot going on the main theme in the book is dysfunctional families.  The murdered man and his partner have built a very successful business and their families lead charmed lives but money cant buy happiness and as we delve deeper into the relationships and history many skeletons are uncovered.

However, don’t get the idea this is anything other than a thriller the human side is just icing on a cake that is fast paced, adrenaline pumping suspense all the way through.  I really didn’t have a clue who the killer was until the end and neither did the team and that made for a brilliant page-turner I couldn’t put down.

A brilliant read bring on the next book


Author photoAuthor 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

Twitter: @Janice579021

Facebook: Janice Frost

BLOG TOUR: Their Last Words (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #raypaterson #blogtour #theirlastwords #netgalley #TeamJoffeBooks #Picksof2018 #crimefiction #Policeprocedural

Over the last couple of days I have introduced Steve Parker, a new author to Team JOFFE BOOKS.  THEIR LAST WORDS will be released on 22nd June.  This book was originally released as The Sky is Crying before Joffe Books took over its care and re-edited it and finished it off with a liberal sprinkling of Jasper Joffe’s ‘magic dust’.  I thought we would all find it interesting to hear Steve’s writing journey:

Steve Parker author photoI was born in Camberwell, South East London and raised in Peckham (Del Boy country). I was one of those kids that learned to read very early thanks to a steady diet of comic books -Beano, Dandy etc. and have never stopped reading since. I read anything I can get my hands on. When I was a teenager I discovered Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct stories and devoured them all. I also read a book called ‘Policeman’s Lot’ by Harry Cole (these were humourous tales of policing in London) and between Ed and Harry, I got the notion that being a policeman had to be the best job in the world. It was.

I got married at age twenty and moved to a place called Woolwich. Less said about that,Image result for woolwich the better. At the ripe old age of twenty-one I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served in the Southwark and Bermondsey areas of London. In a strange twist of fate, I was ‘puppy-walked’ by Harry Cole. Turns out he wasn’t quite so funny in real life!

Image result for bermondsey policeDuring my time I served in crime, drug, robbery, fraud and murder squads and got to see a bit of life then suddenly I found myself slung out into civvy street. Big shock. A serious back injury saw me pensioned out after twenty-years which threw me into a complete spin as I fully expected to do the full thirty years. I wrote some of my tales down with the intention of trying to get it published but unfortunately, lost the lot somewhere along the line. Whilst I was off work I decided one day that I wanted to write a screenplay. Never done it before but it seemed like a good idea at the time. That screenplay went through a few iterations until life got in the way, I got another job and it found it’s way into a drawer.

A couple of years ago I got the chance to take redundancy from the job I was at, grabbed it with both hands, downsized and buggered off to the south-coast with my long-suffering wife and our ‘off-her-nut, bone-idle’ cockerpoo. Image result for cockapooThankfully, I’ve been 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 myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing and do it seriously.

I dug out that old screenplay I’d written when I was still in the job, blew the dust off and set myself a challenge to turn it into a novel and within six months, it became ‘The Sky Is Crying’. With no idea of what I was doing I put it out on Amazon and whilst it garnered all five star reviews it sank like a stone and left me wondering what to do next. So, in April of this year (2018) I took a risk and submitted ‘The Sky’ to Joffe Books. For those of you who don’t know them, they are one of the biggest independent book publishers in the country and I nearly fell of my chair whengood circle logo.jpg my submission was accepted and I was signed for a series. Thank you, Jasper!

When I’m working on a book I tend to write in short bursts of 40-50 minutes, seven days a week and apart from the seven days bit, I don’t have a set-in-stone routine. I know this might sound odd, but I’ve takenImage result for ipad on steering wheel to writing first drafts in my car with my iPad in its case, slung over the steering wheel and connected to a Bluetooth keyboard. I like to think of it as my-go-anywhere-office. Editing is done at home on the dining room table and usually late at night. I have no idea why I work this way…

If you asked me to define my style of writing I would have to say it’s not for the faint of heart.  I tend to write stories that are gritty, violent and carry moral messages. The main protagonists in my books, Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks, and the crap they get themselves into are based loosely on characters and cases I’ve known and as the series progresses I intend to take them into some seriously dark places and hopefully highlight a few social issues along the way. We’ll see.  By Steve Parker


THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgTHEIR LAST WORDS (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker

Available from 22nd June 2018

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.

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

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

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER

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.


Steve Parker author photo

 Steve Parker author bio:

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been 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 myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

Links

Twitter: @mrparkerspen

 

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