BLOG TOUR: Guest Review of Before I Left by Daisy White

BEFORE I LEFT by Daisy White

Available from:

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I am very pleased to be able to share with you this review by Joyce.  I have Joyce’s permission and blessing to share this with you.  You can read all her reviews via this link: Goodreads: Joyce’s Reviews

 

Joyce’s Review

My rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars

This book is very well written and descriptive which makes the reader envisage the scenery and surroundings very realistically. The book is very well written and has many characters which develop gradually over the course of the book.

It is the 1960s and Ruby and Mary are running away from a violent life in London. They travel to Brighton to stay with Pearl in the hope of a peaceful life. Things are starting to look up when a girl is murdered. When Ruby notices a stranger watching her she worries that maybe she hasn’t escaped the violence and secrets of her life in London.

The book progresses at a steady pace as we join the girls on their journey to rebuild their lives and watch them build new friendships and turn amateur detective to find the murderer. There are many twists and turns along the way with a little Black Magic thrown in which makes for an intriguing read towards a fast paced and gripping ending that comes as a real shock.

A very good read and I thank Joffe Books for the advance copy.


Brighton Palace Pier at dawnBook Description

A LONG HOT SUMMER, A CITY BY THE SEA, AND A SERIAL KILLER ON THE LOOSE.

Nineteen-year-old runaway Ruby Baker and pregnant best friend Mary escape domestic violence in London to find a new home in Brighton. They join a glitzy set of party girls, who are hell-bent on enjoying themselves in the new freedom of the 1960s.

But their new life soon comes under threat. Someone is watching Ruby. A tall stranger who Ruby keeps spotting in the shadows. This man may have followed them from London. And Ruby fears her dark secret will be exposed.

Then a murder at a local beauty spot brings danger for the party-loving set, and the first murder is followed by a second. Rumours of occult sacrifices spread across town.

In a breathtaking conclusion, Ruby faces a race against time to save someone very close to her, and her new life may be destroyed and her secrets exposed.

Discover a gripping new writer today. Great for fans of Lisa Jewell, Angela Marsons, or LJ Ross.

 


Daisy-Profile-PolaroidAuthor Bio:

Hi I’m Daisy White – mum, entrepreneur, and writer. I started off self-publishing, then signed YA series to two fabulous US publishers.

I’ve always wanted to write crime but none of my initial manuscripts were any where near good enough to show the world!

In 2016 I rewrote an earlier idea and entered it into the UK International Novel Writing Competition. It was long-listed and that gave me the confidence I needed to submit to publishers.

Joffe Books signed the Ruby Baker crime series in Feb 2017, and book one, ‘Before I Left’ is out July 20th.

As well as writing, I give talks, workshops, signings, and run my own business http://www.myperfectpopupshop.com. Writing is an obsession, a compulsion and a love, but like most writers I also diversify to pay the bills!

A DEADLY FRIENDSHIP by Tara Lyons

DEADLY FRIENDSHIPS

‘The story is very complex and involves many strands intertwining with issues a many to sort out. Jealousy, infatuation, sexuality, bullying and many more emotional issues come in to play in this fast paced story that keeps the reader hanging on until the very end which is a complete shocker.’

Deadly Friendship 3Book Description:

Who can you really trust?

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.

When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.

Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?

Then, when a person from Hamilton’s past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?

London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home


My Review

My Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

This is book 3 in the DI Denis Hamilton series and although the books work very well as stand alone the characters have developed during the previous books so readers’ may find it advantageous to have read the previous books.

Denis and his wife are on holiday when they become entangled in a murder case. Denis being Denis has to get involved and when investigations throw up a link to a missing person case on his home turf he fights for full control of the cases.

This book sees the newer members of the team come more into the limelight and their individual skills become more apparent as their characters develop and we learn more about their personal lives.

The team is made up of very realistic characters who all work together very well and help each other in every way which is what I envisage a team of detectives to be like. I was very impressed with the way Denis encouraged them to go with their instincts with very good results.

The story is very complex and involves many strands intertwining with issues a many to sort out. Jealousy, infatuation, sexuality, bullying and many more emotional issues come in to play in this fast paced story that keeps the reader hanging on until the very end which is a complete shocker.

Absolutely brilliant book and I thank Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read an advance copy.


71yZzqlsnIL._UX250_Author bio:

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.

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BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – END GAME by Charlie Gallagher

thank-you-very-much-everyone

We would like to thank all the Bloggers for their contributions on the #blogtour for END GAME by Charlie Gallagher.  You guys are awesome.


What the readers are saying:

Donna’s Book Blog

One of the tensest, most authentic police thrillers you will read this year. Full of twists and turns, you won’t want to put this down until the shocking conclusion


Ali the Dragon Slayer

This is a fast paced, gritty police drama, corruption within the force seems rife, kidnapping, and murder make for a tense theme. The characters are all believable even if they are not overly pleasant!


Sweet Little Book

End Game is a book which will drag you from beginning to end, unravelling the web of lies until the dramatic conclusion, leaving you asking the inevitable question of Why?


Sean’s Book Reviews

As this is a series that I have only read this novel in I will say that based on this one book I plan to go back to all of the others to find out from the beginning what made George so capable of creating havoc and disorder.


The Quiet Geordie

It was very much a page turner – I was really tired but struggled to put the book down! I look forward to reading more from this author.


Black Books Blog

Overall I thought the book was really gripping and all the twists and turns in the book made it a must read and un put downable book.


Turn the Page Blog

Book rationale by Charlie Gallagher:

This was the most difficult book to write of the four part series. It’s the oldest idea in that I had this one in my mind before I started on the Langthorne Series, but the final book looks nothing like the original outline. Writing a series is both brilliant and damned difficult. The characters evolve naturally and you come to understand completely how they might react in any given situation. That then causes massive problems if you plan for a plot to go one way and then realise that your main character simply wouldn’t let that happen!

Read more


BLOG TOUR: END GAME by Charlie Gallagher

BLOG TOUR: Before I Left by Daisy White

BEFORE I LEFT by Daisy White

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

http://daisywhiteauthor.co.uk  www.joffebooks.com  #blogtour #beforeileft #amreviewing #thankspublishers #netgalley

Brighton Palace Pier at dawnBook Description

A LONG HOT SUMMER, A CITY BY THE SEA, AND A SERIAL KILLER ON THE LOOSE.

Nineteen-year-old runaway Ruby Baker and pregnant best friend Mary escape domestic violence in London to find a new home in Brighton. They join a glitzy set of party girls, who are hell-bent on enjoying themselves in the new freedom of the 1960s.

But their new life soon comes under threat. Someone is watching Ruby. A tall stranger who Ruby keeps spotting in the shadows.  This man may have followed them from London. And Ruby fears her dark secret will be exposed.

Then a murder at a local beauty spot brings danger for the party-loving set, and the first murder is followed by a second. Rumours of occult sacrifices spread across town.

In a breathtaking conclusion, Ruby faces a race against time to save someone very close to her, and her new life may be destroyed and her secrets exposed.

Discover a gripping new writer today. Great for fans of Lisa Jewell, Angela Marsons, or LJ Ross.


My Review

This book is very well written and descriptive which makes the reader envisage the scenery and surroundings very realistically. There are many characters which develop gradually over the course of the book.

It is the 1960s and Ruby and Mary are running away from a violent life in London. They travel to Brighton to stay with Pearl in the hope of a peaceful life. Things are starting to look up when a girl is murdered. When Ruby notices a stranger watching her she worries that maybe she hasn’t escaped the violence and secrets of her life in London.

The book progresses at a steady pace as we join the girls on their journey to rebuild their lives and watch them build new friendships and turn amateur detective to find the murderer. There are many twists and turns along the way with a little Black Magic thrown in which makes for an intriguing read towards a fast paced and gripping ending that comes as a real shock.

A very good read and I thank Joffe Books for the advance copy.


Daisy-Profile-PolaroidAuthor Bio:

Hi I’m Daisy White – mum, entrepreneur, and writer. I started off self-publishing, then signed YA series to two fabulous US publishers.

I’ve always wanted to write crime but none of my initial manuscripts were any where near good enough to show the world!

In 2016 I rewrote an earlier idea and entered it into the UK International Novel Writing Competition. It was long-listed and that gave me the confidence I needed to submit to publishers.

Joffe Books signed the Ruby Baker crime series in Feb 2017, and book one, ‘Before I Left’ is out July 20th.

As well as writing, I give talks, workshops, signings, and run my own business http://www.myperfectpopupshop.com. Writing is an obsession, a compulsion and a love, but like most writers I also diversify to pay the bills!

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Buried on the Fens by Joy Ellis

 

The Quiet Geordie

I’m pleased to be wrapping up the Blog Tour for Joy Ellis’ new book, “Buried on The Fens”

Guest Post: How the story came together, by Joy Ellis

My writing is generally what they call organic. Bit like compost, tip it all in and hope that what comes out will be useful! I get a very small idea about something, just a “what if?” moment. Then I pass it over to my characters and see what they think. As soon as Nikki or Jackman say, “We have a case”, I start work.

Sweet Little Book

Joy has written an easy flowing book, which I could easily chill out and sit comfortably to read, there were no struggles in comprehending the storyline or the narrative.

Over the Rainbow Book Blog

Today I am sharing with you a review from Joyce’s Reviews on Goodreads. I have Joyce’s permission and blessing to share this with you. This review can also be accessed via https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2051623805?comment=168459907#comment_168459907.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Books Blog

The book has two story lines which look separate to start with merge perfectly towards the end, with one suspect, but they don’t know his name or what he now looks like.

The book was full of suspense and tension throughout, which made it a very enjoyable read. Joy is now one of my new favourite authors and I will be going through her back catalogue to read more about Nikki Galena and her team.


I Love Reading

Another exceptional read. The book kicks off with an unofficial body found in a cemetery, a body that has been their for years. Then a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch is found dead. The two cases are being investigated separately but could there be a link.
​Well it’s down to Nicki and her team to find out who and why. It seems no one is telling the truth, we have plenty of twists through this book and I have to say it really does keep you guessing the whole way through. Old secrets come out and new secrets discovered. Not everyone is who they seem to be. And sometimes when you want to keep everything you do a secret cooperating with the police is not something you want to do.


 Donna’s Book Blog

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending. Having read the book I have to fully agree!! I loved Nikki as the main character and the story flowed brilliantly around her. She is a great character and after reading this book I definitely want to read the previous ones!! For me, Joy is now an author to watch! Loved it – 5 stars from me!!!


One Readers Thoughts

Secrets are big in Buried on the Fens – their are lots of them and people seem willing to die in order to keep them.  Nothing is quite as it seems – my favourite type of book.  This all adds to the tension, which ratchets up page by page, chapter by chapter to what is a pretty good climax of a pretty good book and one I loved.  A recommended read!


RELEASE DAY: Dead Jealous by Helen Durrant

Happy release day to Helen Durrant. DEAD JEALOUS is the latest book in the Calladine & Bayliss series.   #blogtour starts 17/07/2017. Why not join us for the Launch Party 18:00 to 20:00 17/07/2017 Link to Launch Party

Cover Final.pngDEAD JEALOUS by Helen H. Durrant

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

A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon.

She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.

Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?
And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling her the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion

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

DEAD JEALOUS is book seven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

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.

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

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

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BLOG TOUR: What the Readers are Saying.

Black Books Blog

The book has two story lines which look separate to start with merge perfectly towards the end, with one suspect, but they don’t know his name or what he now looks like.

The book was full of suspense and tension throughout, which made it a very enjoyable read. Joy is now one of my new favourite authors and I will be going through her back catalogue to read more about Nikki Galena and her team.


I Love Reading

Another exceptional read. The book kicks off with an unofficial body found in a cemetery, a body that has been their for years. Then a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch is found dead. The two cases are being investigated separately but could there be a link.
​Well it’s down to Nicki and her team to find out who and why. It seems no one is telling the truth, we have plenty of twists through this book and I have to say it really does keep you guessing the whole way through. Old secrets come out and new secrets discovered. Not everyone is who they seem to be. And sometimes when you want to keep everything you do a secret cooperating with the police is not something you want to do.


 Donna’s Book Blog

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending. Having read the book I have to fully agree!! I loved Nikki as the main character and the story flowed brilliantly around her. She is a great character and after reading this book I definitely want to read the previous ones!! For me, Joy is now an author to watch! Loved it – 5 stars from me!!!


One Readers Thoughts

Secrets are big in Buried on the Fens – their are lots of them and people seem willing to die in order to keep them.  Nothing is quite as it seems – my favourite type of book.  This all adds to the tension, which ratchets up page by page, chapter by chapter to what is a pretty good climax of a pretty good book and one I loved.  A recommended read!


Sweet Little Book

There is a skeleton found in the church graveyard, there’s something strange about the position of the skeleton and the injuries don’t match with the historical evidence. Not long after there is another discovery, high end business woman Madeleine Prospero is found dead after a malicious attack. Nikki Galena is troubled by both deaths, secrets are being buried, nobody wants to talk for fear of retribution. Is there a connection, the rollercoaster ride of the investigation brings about a dramatic ‘didn’t see that coming’ conclusion.


BURIED ON THE FENS by Joy Ellis

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

#nikkigalena #5stars #netgalley #thankspublishers @joffebooks @joyellis #amreviewing

Autumn sunset.

Book Description

A SKELETON IS UNEARTHED FROM A SHALLOW GRAVE IN THE CHURCHYARD. BUT THIS WAS NOT AN OFFICIAL BURIAL. THE VICTIM WAS MURDERED DECADES AGO.

At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they’ve got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth.

Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late seventies and eighties a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close-knit population.

When more women from the The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop the killing.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.


THE DETECTIVE
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.

HER PARTNER

DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has a daughter and an ex-wife who wants his attention.

THE SETTING
The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS


Joy Ellis photo 2Author Bio

Joy Ellis grew up in Kent but moved to London when she won an apprenticeship with the prestigious Mayfair flower shop, Constance Spry Ltd.
Many years later, having run her own florist shop in Weybridge, Ellis took part in a writer’s workshop in Greece and was encouraged by her tutor, Sue Townsend to begin writing seriously. She now lives in the Lincolnshire Fens with her partner Jacqueline and their Springer spaniels, Woody and Alfie.