#BookReview – Silent Winter by Maggie James #psychologicalthriller #crimefiction @mjamesfiction

Today I would like to share with you my review of this brilliant, stand-alone thriller by the very talented Maggie James.

Silent Winter

by Maggie James

Available from Amazon

No sound. No light. No hope.

On an icy November night, Drew Blackmore is beaten unconscious, then abducted.  He awakes to find himself in total darkness, naked and chained to the floor.  Fed just enough to keep him alive, Drew is unable to identify his captor, or the reason for his incarceration. As reality fades, hallucinations take over. Can Drew escape his prison before madness claims him?

Meanwhile Drew’s wife, Holly, despairing of ever seeing him again, turns to his brother for comfort. As the worst winter in decades sweeps the UK, she learns of Drew’s tragic past. Could his disappearance be connected with that of a prostitute years before? 

A story of how the mind responds to solitary confinement, Silent Winter examines one man’s desperate attempt to survive the unthinkable.


My Review

Drew and Holly have a relatively happy marriage but a difference of opinion on when or if to start a family.  Holly is a bit peeved at Drew and as he set off to work that fateful morning it was after harsh words were said.  Little did anyone know that life would never be the same again.

Drew and Todd are brothers and have a very good relationship.  However, Todd is carrying a torch for Holly.  She was dating Todd when she met and fell in love with his brother.  Todd is now happily married to Nessa with twin boys to confirm their love and Drew is married to Holly.  It is a complicated relationship as the four people are very close so the lines between are very blurred.

The characters are very complicated but build well throughout the story.  Secrets are about to be revealed and connections made that go way back into the past and the entanglement between the characters gradually unwinds over the course of the story.

A fast paced story with many twists and turns as the truth is slowly revealed and not just one truth there are many shocks and a very unexpected ending.

A great read that will appeal to all who love Crime Fiction.

Thank you to the author, Maggie James for the advance digital copy of this book. This is my unbiased review.

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 WRAP UP – The Lost Children by Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #policeprocedural #crimefiction #detectivebook#thriller #guestpost

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the wonderful Bloggers on the Blog Tour for THE LOST CHILDREN by Steve Parker. Your help has pushed this book up the Amazon ratings. Thank you SO much, Jill, Steve & Joffe Books

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What the readers are saying:

Black Books Blog

If you have read book 1 then you will know Steve isn’t afraid to use bad language and include graphic scenes in his books, and this one is no different so be warned the is bad language, I counted over 10 swear words in the prologue alone, but they fit perfectly within the situations they are used, plus swearing in books has never bothered me.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

The characters are solid, well-written. The differences between the two detectives works so well .. they are so much alike … but yet are miles apart in others. They are terrific crime solvers and will do most anything to bring justice to the victims and their families.  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Well written, as was his first novel, Steve Parker takes the reader to new heights of depravity and one is left wondering just how evil mankind can be, but don’t let that put you off – this novel is a blockbuster which no-one will want to put down.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

The Lost Children’ starts with a bang (literally) and in a way that is going to remain fresh in my memory for a long time to come.     Read more here


Beth in a Box

The Lost Children hit me for six if I am to be completely honest. I expected it to be hard to read, but it played on my emotions. I Sat reading some parts with tears in my eyes.  Read more here


The Bookworm Drinketh

Just as the last novel I read by Steve Parker, this one is absolutely amazing. It’s real, it’s crass.. And, it’s superbly writen!  Read more here


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Escape
THE LOST CHILDREN by Steve Parker

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

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Martina Cole.

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 Inspector 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.

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.

DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON

Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS
Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN


Steve Parker author photoAuthor 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.

BLOG TOUR – The Lost Children (Ray Paterson #2) by Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #policeprocedural #crimefiction #detectivebook#thriller #guestpost

Apologies for the delay but I am belatedly sharing my Blog Post for THE LOST CHILDREN  This is a stunning new addition to the Ray Paterson series that will have the adrenaline pumping from the first page to the last.  Today I am sharing a Guest Post where Steve responds to Questions Readers often ask:

Questions that readers ask me.

 How did you start working with Joffe Books?

I had self-published my first book and whilst it initially did okay, it very quickly sunk into Amazon oblivion and I had no idea as to how to revive it. So I didn’t. I left it out there and got on with writing the next one and when that was done, put it aside and started again. As I began work on the third book I got wondering what the point of it all was if I never intended publishing them and then I remembered that a couple of years ago, I came across a couple of digital publishers and also remembered that I had considering submitting to them but never got around to it. So, I went onto the net and saw that Joffe had an open submissions policy. I dusted off the first one, sent it off never expecting anything to come of it and to my surprise, Jasper came back pretty quickly with an offer to publish. That was only a few months ago and I have now had those first two books published and, dare I say it, are doing extremely well. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I took a chance and Joffe Books took a chance on me!

What’s your favourite/ most memorable reader review?

That’s not an easy one. I have been fortunate to have had so many 5* reviews and some of them have been generous with the content. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to write any kind of review but to know that someone has sat down and given me their honest thoughts and opinion, sometimes over several paragraphs, is truly humbling. That someone thought enough of the story and the characters to be moved to write about it and share their thoughts is good enough reason for me to keep writing..

Do you get a lot of fan mail?

I’ve had a few, yes. Some people have taken the time to write to me via the contact page on my website which, to be honest, caught me by surprise a bit. I know we put these sites up for people to read but I don’t think I ever really expected anyone to actually do so given that the web is clogged with author sites. The letters that I have had so far have been extremely encouraging. Who knows, maybe more people will write to me as time goes on.

What is your writing routine?

Ah…Okay, fess up time here. I don’t have a writing routine as such. I know I should have and I’m working to get myself much more disciplined, but I’m easily distracted. I live in a small close where the neighbours are apt to drop in without warning. I don’t mind, I like to see them of course, but it’s an interruption I can sometimes do without! Of late, I’ve taken to writing in the car with an iPad.

My editing is mostly done at home though, simply because it’s easier and I have a bigger screen to work with. Editing is done after 9pm when I know there’s virtually no chance of anyone wanting a cuppa and a chat.

Do you like TV crime shows?

Definitely. I’ve watched crime shows since I was a kid and just love them (not all of them, mind!). If I know that there’s a show coming on written by Jed Mecurio or Chris Lang, I’m there. I also love Sally Wainwrights’ ‘Happy Valley.’ I didn’t think I would but after the first episode, I was hooked. Brilliant writer that she needs to get on with doing series 3!

As a point of interest, I have spent some time downloading and studying scripts of these TV shows. For me, scriptwritng is the best way to learn to tell a story. You have to think very visually and write very tightly. My first book ‘Their Last Words’ began it’s life as a script and when I came to turn it into a book, I struggled to bring up the word count. I found it hard to put in descriptions of things as it’s not something you have to worry about in a script. But, that script was a ready-made template for a book and even now, when I write, I outline it almost as I would do if it were a script.

What does your partner think about your books?

My wife, Carol is just thrilled. She knew that I wanted to write books for years but life got in the way (as it often does) and when I got the opportunity to do it, she was fully there for me. I think she was shocked when she read the first one as she couldn’t equate the content of the book with the me that she knows but she is fully aware that I have seen and done things that perhaps needed to find an outlet. However, to both our surprise, she was hooked and I say surprise because she has never read a crime thriller in her life. Never been interested. Now, I’m getting my earhole bent to write more. She wants to know how things are going to turn out for Paterson & Clocks in the long-run and I’m told it better end well.

My sons can’t read them. They can’t seem to separate me as dad and me as writer. My eldest read the first page of Their Last Words and that was as far as he got. I can understand that. I’m not sure how I would have felt if my dad wrote some of the things I do.

Are there any books/genres you’d love to write?

Yes. A few actually. I grew up with my father reading horror stories all the time and I always wanted to do that. In fact, I have written four short stories and put them under a pen name on Amazon (you’ll never find it). I also have a couple of ideas for psychological thrillers that I want to get around to at some point and I would also like to write an adult fairy story. As you would expect from the mind that brought you Paterson and Clocks, it will be dark. Very dark.


Escape
THE LOST CHILDREN by Steve Parker

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

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Martina Cole.

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 Inspector 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.

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.

DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON

Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS
Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN


Steve Parker author photoAuthor 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.

FEATURE FRIDAY: Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #raypaterson #theirlastwords #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #Policeprocedural

This week the star of my FEATURE FRIDAY is Steve Parker.  Steve is a new addition to the fantastic group of authors published by the awesome JOFFE BOOKS.  I am very excited to share with you an article written by Steve where he tells us all about himself.  I know you are eager to read on so I will leave you to it.  I hope you enjoy it!  Do read on to find out all about his brilliant debut thriller: THEIR LAST WORDS.

A few things you might be interested to know about me by Steve Parker

I’m not as sick as you may think! The reaction to my first book has been…interesting. Those who know me well and were involved in reading the early drafts of my books look at me like I’m a complete stranger to them. They seem to think that I’m hiding some kind of dark side and even my wife looked at me a bit funny when she read the first one! I’m not hiding a dark side at all. I’m just writing about the life I know and feel most comfortable in and even though I’ve retired, that blue streak runs deep and I still consider myself to be a copper (weird, eh?).

I was forced to retire early due to injury. When I was quite young in service I found myself somewhat outnumbered in a street fight which resulted in some brave soul kicking me in the back. After getting myself back to some level of health I got into another fight and got pushed onto the corner of a fireplace and it jabbed me right in the same place. That did it. I couldn’t stand for three months. Amazing what you can do with a positive mental attitude, a truck load of physio and a deep desire to find the little B who pushed me (I did). Every day’s a painful day but, that’s life. I can stand and I can run so I’m winning. Moral of the story: be a better fighter!

My primary characters are, of course, an amalgamation of people I have known and crossed paths with over the years. I really did know two millionaire policemen and God knows how many Johnny Clocks’s!

I try not to get hung up on the procedural bit in my books although I accept that there is some of it. All I want to do is tell a story that I hope will engage people and keep them entertained and it is the story that drives me. I do, like most storytellers, gild the lily a bit and to those people who say ‘yeah, that wouldn’t happen in real life,’ don’t be so sure (apart from the bits where Commissioner Young comes out to play. An office rof that rank coming out from behind his desk? That would never happen!). I also like to try and throw a bit of humour into my stories because that’s how police cope. We find humour in the darkest of corners and sometimes… we just see some funny stuff and it would be unrealistic if my characters didn’t see the humour in things.

Someone once said that as an author I was the lovechild of Martina Cole and James Patterson. I love that!

I believe that those of us who write about crime do so out of a need to show people what the world is really like beneath the veneer of the ordinary. We wrap it in what we hope is an entertaining, thrilling story but what we’re really saying is ‘there be monsters out there and the slippery buggers look like me and you. Watch yerself!’. The things that police officers see and do, mark us on some level. My second book will drive that point home.

On a cheerier note; my writing influences? Hard to say. So many. I actually learned to read from the comics my dad used to bring home for me every Friday when he got home from work and I learned to read at a very young age. Dad used to read a lot of Stephen King and I picked them up when he’d finished but I preferred crime and gravitated toward Ed McBain and his 87th precinct books. Joseph Wambaugh’s ‘The Choirboys’ had a big influence on me and made me want to be a copper. It seemed like a laugh…

I have no real form of writing routine. I just write wherever I can. Of late, I’ve been hanging the iPad over the steering wheel of my car and typing with a bluetooth keyboard. Have wheels, will travel. I tend to write wherever I can and edit at home on a laptop on the dining room table.

My first published works was, wait for it… articles in Health magazines. Whilst I was still a police officer I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist and eventually went on to teach the subject in my spare time. My specialist subject was in the treatment of trauma using something called EMDR. You can look that one up online if you’re interested as it would take far too long to explain here!

I am an avid photographer and had my first exhibition when I was 18. I have sold to magazines around the world and one or two of mine are in private collections. My first love is for black and white and I seriously, seriously, miss my old darkroom.

My wife and I have been married since time began and we have two incredible boys who are off-hand now and live happy and very productive lives. As a parent, that’ll do for me. We moved to the coast a few years ago and have a cockerpoo as a surrogate child! It’s whilst walking along the sea shore (shingles, really – did I mention it was the south coast?) with her that I get to thinking…what if?

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What do I think of my publisher?

I’m a newbie to Joffe books but I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for them I would still be writing into a void. My first book was self-published and after a promising start, tanked into oblivion. I sent it to Jasper and to my surprise, he accepted it! In a very short space of time that book was re-titled, re-covered and in the Top 100 on the Amazon bestsellers chart and I found myself in a list that contained the likes of Lee Child, James Patterson and J.K Rowling! I’m still bewildered.

What I do like is that there is no pressure on me. Jasper wants me to write the best book I can before handing it in for editing and I appreciate and respect that. There is no deadline imposed upon me to produce and I’m not expected to just churn them out.

What I am suprised about, and grateful for, is the camaraderie amongst the other Joffe authors and the way that they all band together to help each other. Writing is a lonely business and it’s a great feeling to know that there’s someone out there willing to help or just talk to when things go a little bit wonky-donk with the story. And, not just any old authors – massive selling authors with zero ego and an eager willingness to help. How bad’s that?

I’m also deeply grateful to all of the bloggers and reviewers who take the time to help us to get noticed under the watchful eye of our very formidable launch team. The works these guys do is hugely important in the life of us authors and their contribution to our success does not go unnoticed. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure that that sort of help and support isn’t so readliy available to ‘traditionally’ published authors.

As I said, I’m a newbie with just one book under my belt so I don’t know yet what’s in store for me but I like to think that somewhere, in that innovative and clever mind of Jasper’s, there’s a plan for me, for all of his authors and for Joffe Books itself. Whatever his plan is, wherever I go, I’m honored to be a part of it. Take a look at the bestseller charts. Dominated by Joffe authors. Owned!


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

Available from    Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada

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.

What the readers are saying:

On the Shelf Reviews

This also has a little twist on the usual crime books, as the superintendent is one of the main characters investigating the murder. I can honestly say I haven’t seen before, usually they’re in the background making it harder for people to do their jobs. Also Ray Paterson is a bit flash, driving round in an Aston Martin wearing Gucci shoes and posh suits, coming from money he doesn’t really have to work either unlike your usual copper.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

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.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

If you like crime novels, if you enjoy a good story, if you want a novel which will grab you and hold you until the end and then leave you fizzing for more, then this is the book for you. I cannot wait for the next one!  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Blimey oh riley, this was one hell of an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride of a read.  The story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  As soon as I read the first sentence I just knew that I was going to become addicted to reading this book and so it proved.  For me ‘Their Last Words’ really is a ‘CPID’ (can’t put it down) book.   Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh

I loved getting to know the characters and Steve Parker did a great job at really getting you to feel the weight that the work puts on these officers and how they deal with it. Will they shut down? Will they deal with it with dark humour? Will they take to the drink? From the very beginning you wondered how these officers could go out there and do their jobs, seeing what they see.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I really, really enjoyed this book – it was well written and it completely captivated me.  I am a massive crime fiction fan and I love reading book from new authors to me and this one was a complete delight for me.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

The first half of the book was a bit difficult for me as I am rather sensitive. But, once they had a bead on the killer, it then became a matter of locating him before he could continue to murder people. This fast-paced book truly became a page turner from this point on. I had a surprisingly emotional reaction to the shocking conclusion. Haven’t not read much crime fiction before, I was impressed.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

My turn to tell you how brilliant this book is! I must admit it’s a bit got in places compared to some books I have read, but i think that’s what makes it interesting.  Read more here

Orchard Book Club

A gruesome body on the first page and I was hooked. This book never takes its foot off the gas, as bodies turn up left right and centre Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and his team have their work cut out for them.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

I really got into this story very quickly with the murders as they were done in such a way that you would assume it was personal, or the killer is some deranged character who will kill more and lead the police on a merry chase, so I knew I was going to be in for a good ride with Paterson as he and his little team investigate everything.  Read more here

Beth in a Box: Guest Review by Margaret Russell

You need your wits about you with this book. It is fast paced and the author has developed a strong cast of characters and a good plot, all dealing with a particularly gruesome crime that develops into a series of crimes. They are all committed by the same pertpetrator who leaves no forensic clues behind to help the Police out.  Read more here


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 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.

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Twitter: @mrparkerspen

The Other Victim by Helen H Durrant #TeamJoffeBooks #MattBrindle @joffebooks @hhdurrant #crimefiction #detectivebook #bookreview

I am thrilled to share with you my review of THE OTHER VICTIM a new release in the Matt Brindle series by one of my favourite authors: Helen H Durrant. Published by the awesome Joffe Books. Helen’s books keep getting better and every time I reach the end of one I think ‘no way can she better this’ but she does every time without fail. This is one adrenaline pumping, roller coaster ride that will keep you turning the pages right to THE END!

THE OTHER VICTIM coverTHE OTHER VICTIM by Helen H. Durrant

Available from  AMAZON

A BRAND NEW DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT
Ronald Potter is found dead on the kitchen floor of a house he was about to show a client around. Ronald led a blameless life and Detective Matt Brindle and the team cannot find any motive for his murder.
But an intensive search of the property leads to a very disturbing discovery in the cellar.
Meanwhile, a young mother is being held captive by someone who will stop at nothing to get the information they want.

DI Matt Brindle discovers disturbing connections to organised crime and a sleazy night club. Can he expose the villains before any more people die?
This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

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

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


My Review

I read and thoroughly enjoyed HIS THIRD VICTIM so I have been hoping and praying there would be more books featuring Matt Brindle so I was very eager to read this one.

Matt has just returned to Police work after a long time recovering from an accident in which he injured his leg and his partner was killed.  He is still pretty traumatised but hopefully over the worst.

The story begins with an Estate Agent being found dead on the kitchen floor by prospective purchasers.  Who would want to kill an unassuming man who is hurting no-one?  That is the first problem facing Matt and his team and more get added to the pile as we turn page after page.

There are family problems involving his mother and the opening of Brindle Hall to the public.  A new team member, Kate, with her problems and attitude.  When links start reaching back to events Matt is trying to forget he has to delve deep to keep on top of the panic.

The family relationships and problems bring a new perspective to the story to make it even more gripping.

This is a very complex and intertangled story with different crimes to be investigated and different teams involved it kept me totally engrossed in the book and turning page after page until I reached the stunning conclusion.

Absolutely awesome read I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Crime Fiction of any sort.

Definitely 5 golden stars from me!  I am now waiting for the next book from Helen Durrant who is, without a doubt, one of my favourite authors and I have loved every one of her books.  Keep ’em coming Helen.

5 Golden stars


helen durrantAuthor Bio

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting 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. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

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Website: https://www.helenhdurrant.co.uk/
Twitter @hhdurrant
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/helen.durrant.12

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

THANK YOU to all the amazing bloggers on the Blog Tour for HER LAST BREATH. You are all amazing. Another Amazon top 20 and that is down to you guys! We cant thank you enough. Charlie, Jill & Joffe Books

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Black Books Blog

The book kept me hooked all the way through and i read it in one sitting, as i couldn’t put it down, it alsi kept me guessimg all the way until the end as i had no idea what would happen.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

‘Her Last Breath’ is extremely well written.  The author grabbed my attention from the moment I read the synopsis, never mind started reading the book properly.  I just knew that this was one book I had to read sooner rather than later.  Read more here


By the Letter Book Reviews

If I were to do book crushes, George would definitely be one of them. I love his character. He is a really genuine guy that is trying to do his best. I could feel his frustrations at being sent on another case that involves someone giving Hannibal Lecture a run for his money!  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

At the beginning, we are introduced to Inspector George Elms, who is visiting serial killer Henry Roberts in Belmarsh Prison. He is dying, and wants to make a deal – he will give up the remains of the still missing girls in exchange for a transfer to a secure unit by the sea near the village where George is based.  Read more here


Beth in a Box

Her Last Breath is the second book I have read in the George Elms series and hit me much harder than Charlie’s previous book, Then She Ran.  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I have been waiting for this one to be published and it is oh-so-worth the wait. I have read and enjoyed a number of Charlie Gallagher’s books, but this one has raised the bar yet again. I was intrigued by the ‘blurb’ but once I started to read it I couldn’t stop.   Read more here


Dole Whip and Books

The plot of this book had so much potential and Gallagher did not disappoint! George Elms is a great detective. He knows how to do his job and he knows how to get things done. It’s not a surprise to him why he was sent to see Henry Roberts (his boss is busy and he’s just there to take his place).  Read more here


Nicki’s Life of Crime

In stark contrast to the stunning settings where some of the scenes are set,the descriptions of the crimes that Henry Roberts was convicted for are dark,disturbing and spine chilling.This is a gripping,well written thriller that holds the readers attention throughout and has a surprising,twist ending.Sadly this is the last George Elms thriller. Goodbye George,I’m going to miss you.  Read more here


Jen Meds Book Reviews

I have not read any of the Langthorne Police series before and after reading Her Last Breath I have found myself wondering why not. George Elms loves his job and is determined to do the best that he can even if it means that at times he gets on the wrong side of some of the people he has to deal with and with this case it seems to happen a lot.   Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

I loved the plot line and the story was one that completely gripped me, so addictive and I needed to keep reading right to the end, finishing the book in the early hours of the morning.  The character development was completely on point and I loved their interaction as the story progressed.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is an exceptionally well written thriller with unforgettable characters. Surprises at every turn and an amazing ending. Action-packed and Fast Paced. Although this is the latest in a series, I always recommend starting at the very beginning.  Read more here


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

#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.

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

BLOG TOUR: Blue Murder by Mark Fowler #crimefiction #kindleunlimited #policeprocedural #Tyler&Mills @MFowlerAuthor

First of all I would like to thank Mark L Fowler and Simon L Leonard for inviting me on this Blog Tour. I read the 1st book in this series: RED IS THE COLOUR and loved it. This one is being self-published by Mark which I why I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to read an advance copy and share my review. A 5 star review of course:)

BLUE MURDER COVER.jpgBLUE MURDER by Mark L Fowler

Available from Amazon

Fame. Fortune. Murder.

April 2003. Johnny and the Swamp Seeds are on the cusp of success when singer Johnny Richards goes missing. The body of a young man is found in the local canal.

But the dead man is not Johnny Richards.

DCI Jim Tyler leads the investigation into the brutal murder of Adam Lane, ex band member and friend of Richards since schooldays. Is the disappearance related? Is Richards alive or dead? Was he responsible for the death of his friend?

DS Danny Mills has concerns for DCI Tyler. The demons from Tyler’s past have caught up with him, threatening to tip him over the edge. Meanwhile, news of the singer’s disappearance has gone viral, sending the band to the top of the charts and turning a national spotlight on the case. Tyler is under immense pressure and Mills can see the cracks spreading.

Will Tyler and Mills find out what happened to Johnny Richards, and who killed Adam Lane – or is catastrophe looming for the stricken detective?


My Review

Having read RED IS THE COLOUR I was very much looking forward to this 2nd book in the Tyler & Mills series.  I wasn’t disappointed the book had me hooked from the very first page and I became more engrossed in the story with each page.

It is an intriguing story with so many jaw-dropping twists and turns that I just kept turning page after page.I do like the way the stories in Mark’s books seem to begin in school and I think that makes them all the more believable because many adults are affected one way or another with how their schooldays shaped them.

Tyler’s relationship with the head of the local school brings a different issue into the story and in this book we learn a little more about Tyler’s traumatic childhood and I think that is what makes the story because he can sympathise with some of the characters and that shows that the author was thinking long-term about this series rather than adding on a book at a time which often happens.  This comes across very strongly in the way the different strands link up and create a robust story that keeps the reader’s attention from the first page to the last.

This is a psychological thriller at its very best we see into the minds of several of the characters as they develop throughout the book.  The suspense builds but it is impossible to foresee the ending until the very end.

WOW a brilliant read and I am so pleased I had the opportunity to enjoy it.

More please Mark, as soon as possible.

5 golden stars from me.5 Golden stars


 

 

 

 


mark fowlerAuthor Bio

Mark is the writer of the crime series featuring Tyler and Mills. The first book to feature the detectives, RED IS THE COLOUR, was shortlisted for the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize. The second book, BLUE MURDER, can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

He is also the author of THE MAN UPSTAIRS, featuring hard-boiled detective Frank Miller, and SILVER, a psychological thriller. Mark’s first book, COFFIN MAKER, continues to defy any attempts to categorise it.

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