ADVENT BOOK BLOG Dec-2018 (2) – The DS Smith Series by Stewart Giles #DSSmith #crimefiction #detective @stewartgiles

Final day of my Advent Book Blog. As a book blogger/ promoter it is very rare that I have the opportunity to read a whole series back to back. Therefore, I feel very honoured to have had the opportunity to combine work and pleasure to help with the relaunch of all the books in the brilliant DS Smith series by the awesome Stewart Giles. I have watched the characters develop and mature especially Jason he has been put through the mill on many occasions and I have been there to witness his phenomenal ability to cope with everything thrown his way and more importantly watched him grow up. I love every single book so today on Christmas eve my final Advent Blog Post features the whole DS Smith series. If you have been following thank you and for anyone else reading MERRY CHRISTMAS and best wishes for 2019.

DS SMITH SERIES

Phobia CoverPhobia – 5 early cases (DS Smith prequel)

Available from:  AMAZON

Phobia is a series of five DS Jason Smith cases he worked on before we met him in the first book ‘Smith’. We get insights into what moulded him into the Detective Sergeant we first get a glimpse of in ‘Smith’. Smith quickly realizes that police work isn’t always cut and dry. Justice is not always black and white; there are many shades of grey in between.

Read more here


Smith: A gripping detective thriller (A Detective Jason Smith Thriller Book 1) by [Giles, Stewart]SMITH (DS Smith #1)

Available from: AMAZON

‘The sleepy historical city of York is about to wake up’.

It is Christmas Day in York. A woman is found dead in her bed. A suicide note is found on her chest. It reads ‘I am so sorry Martin’. Hours later the police are called to a house a few miles away. A mother and her daughter have been brutally attacked; the mother is dead and the daughter is barely alive. The father is found shaking uncontrollably in the corner of the room. He is covered in blood but he is unharmed. His name is Martin Willow.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. After reaching dead end after dead end, Smith starts to put the pieces together and figures out that Martin Willow is innocent and the killer is still out there.

The little girl who was attacked on Christmas Day wakes from her coma and gives Smith a clue about the attacker; a piece of a song she heard directly before the attack. Smith then finds himself in a race against time to find this maniac before he kills again.

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Boomerang: The past will always come back to haunt you. A SHOCKING DS SMITH THRILLER (A Detective Jason Smith Thriller Book 2) by [Giles, Stewart]Boomerang (DS Smith #2)

Available from: AMAZON

A man is killing people in York. Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac. Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another. All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.

Read more here


Ladybird: A DS Smith thriller (A Detective Jason Smith Thriller Book 3) by [Giles, Stewart]Ladybird (DS Smith #3)

Available from: AMAZON

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is days away from the end of his sick leave after a case that almost cost him his life when he gets a call from an old friend. His friend has been arrested for the murder of a student. He wants Smith to investigate the murder and prove his innocence. Smith is persuaded return to work. The student was killed with a bread knife. Ladybirds were scattered on his dead body.

When another man is found dead with ladybirds on his body, Smith enlists the help of an insect doctor, the enigmatic DR Karen Wood, to try and understand the significance of the ladybirds. As Smith gets drawn closer to this mysterious woman and more and more men wind up dead with ladybirds on their bodies Smith quickly realises that Dr Wood is not who she seems to be.

Smith and his team unearth a terrible secret from twenty years earlier; somebody wants justice and, as more and more men die, Smith realises he is running out of time to find out who.

Read more here


OCCAM'S RAZOR: Be careful who you trust A DS Smith Thriller (A Detective Jason Smith Thriller Book 4) by [Giles, Stewart]OCCAM’S RAZOR (DS Smith #4)

Available from: Amazon UK

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people. DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side. As more people die Smith quickly realises these agents are not who they claim to be. He is forced into the dark world of these phantoms and he finds himself at the mercy of his old nemesis; the man who kidnapped his sister years earlier.

Read more here


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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 12 – Jun-2018 (2) – Dirty Secrets

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 14 –  Jul-2018 (2) – To Snare a Witch

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 15 –  Aug-2018 (1) – The Backpacker

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 16 –  Aug-2018 (2) – The Other Victim

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 17 – Sep-2018 (1) – Ladybird

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 18 – Sep-2018 (2) – Buried Lies

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 19 – Oct-2018 (1) – The Stolen Boys

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 20 – Oct-2018 (2) – Before I trust you

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 21 – Nov-2018 (1) – Missing Lies

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 22 – Nov-2018 (2) – The Enigma

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 23 – Dec-2018 (1) – The Burning Men

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 23 – Dec-2018 (1) – The Burning Men (Ray Paterson #3) by Steve Parker #crimefiction #detective #TeamJoffeBooks @mrparkerspen @joffebooks

Day 23 of my Advent Book Blog and Christmas is fast approaching. Today belongs to book 3 in a series I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE by a talented author who was recently snapped up by the awesome JOFFE BOOKS. If you like gritty, realistic detective stories with unique characters then you will love this series as much as I do

THE BURNING MEN (Detective Ray Paterson #3) 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 BURNT AT THE STAKE IN A LONDON PARK. HIS SMOULDERING CORPSE IS A MESSAGE OF THE MOST VIOLENT KIND.

The man burnt alive is Davey Caine. He is the heir to the criminal empire created by his father, William ‘Billy’ Caine. Billy is a notorious and violent gangster with total control of South East London. But he’s not the man he used to be and the sharks smell blood in the water.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks must find the killer before Billy extracts his own brand of justice. They find themselves drawn ever deeper into London’s underworld.

The streets explode into violence and the body count rises. Men are shot and burned alive in a tit-for-tat power struggle between rival gangs.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks find themselves trying to control men of extreme viciousness. Men who have no fear of the law and its consequences and who are unafraid to kill anyone who stands in their way — including police detectives.

Paterson is stunned when he’s offered the chance to stop the conflict dead in its tracks. If he ignores it, the mayhem continues. If he takes it, there will be a price to pay.

What he doesn’t know is that the price will come with hidden and devastating consequences.

ON THE STREETS OF LONDON, A SIMMERING GANG WAR IS ABOUT TO ERUPT WITH PATERSON AND CLOCKS CAUGHT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.

This is the third in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

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.


My Review

Firstly, thank you to Joffe Books for the advance digital copy of this book. This is my unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Paterson and Clocks are back so I settled down for a few hours of adrenaline pumping reading and I was not disappointed. Steve Parker is not for the faint-hearted but if you love the grit and gore of crime fiction then this is an author that is right up your street.

The story begins with a man being burned alive. He is soon revealed to be the son of a gangster and so begins a war to gain control of the London underworld. Paterson and Clocks are not amused and set out to bring an end to the violence by whatever means they see fit.

I do love this pair. They balance each other out perfectly and we get to know them a little more each book and they are balance by other team members who we also get to know more about.

Humour, corruption, drugs, violence, twists, turns and curve balls this book has it all. An absolutely brilliant read ticked all my boxes and I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.


What the bloggers thought:

Black Books Blog

Overall I loved this book, although it may be a bit gruesome for some people. The story had me hooked throughout as I tried to work out how the two of them would stop the murders. I also really like the chemistry between Paterson and Clocks, and they way they work together and bring the best out of each other is brilliant. Read more here

Books From Dusk Till Dawn

This story builds in momentum at every chapter with the two detectives pushing to the ultimate limit of the law and beyond. The story line was superb with an outcome that I didn’t guess, but I must admit that the ending tickled me in some twisted way. A cracking book, I must read more of this pair of detectives, they have me intrigued. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is the third in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth. This easily reads as a stand alone, but there are just a few spoilers from the first two books. As always, I recommend starting at the very beginning.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Oh my giddy aunt ‘The Burning Men’ is one hell of a fantastic book that had me on the edge of my seat all the way through.  The story starts in such a way that I am not likely to forget in a hurry.  For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  The author tempts you into the book and then refuses to let you go.   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the story to the point where I forgot to cook a meal – very unlike me! I am left on tenterhooks waiting for the next one in the series!  Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

This a real gritty and gruesome novel! So much is pack into It’s pages, brutal and bonkers gangsters, kidnapping and stomach churning murder!  Read more here


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
Book 3: THE BURNING MEN


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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 22 – Nov-2018 (2) – The Enigma (DS Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #1) by Stewart Giles #crimefiction #detective @stewartgiles

Advent Book Blog 22 and it is The Enigma by Stewart Giles in the limelight. This is the first in a stunning new series featuring both the detectives from Stewart’s 2 other series.  The two are brought together in one book that you won’t be able to put down.  Brilliant!!

The Enigma (DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #1) 

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU   CA

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new detective series featuring the detectives from both the series’ we know and love.

In Trotterdown, Cornwall a boat, The Enigma washes in to the harbour. The skipper is dead, and Harriet Taylor is brought in to investigate. But 1 dead body is not the only crime the team have to deal with.

Meanwhile, further up the coast in Whitby a boat washes up on the rocks just outside the harbour. Everyone on board is dead. Whitby Police are out of their depth, so DS Jason Smith is called in to help.

It soon becomes clear the cases are connected and the teams from York and Trotterdown settle down to work with each other.

This is a unique story with twist, turns and shocks all the way through making it an adrenaline pumping read you will not be able to put down.


My thoughts

This is the first in a new series featuring detectives from Stewart’s other series’; Harriet from the brilliant DC Harriet Taylor series set in Cornwall and DS Smith from the awesome Smith series set in York.

Now I am a BIG Stewart Giles fan I think the guy has real talent and each book is better than the last. I have had the pleasure of reading the whole Smith series back to back and I have also read the Harriet books so I was very excited to hear of this new series.

Although there are many murders this is not a particularly gory read the author has expertly managed to build in the revulsion and evilness of the murders while making it acceptable reading for the more feint hearted of crime fiction fans.

Smith and Whitton married at the end of book 8: Unworthy, and Laura, their daughter, is now 18 months old. Whitton is back at work full time and Smith is feeling very protective of his new family which is understandable given all the loved ones he has lost and the death and destruction he lives with every day. I think you need to take this into account when reading this book if you haven’t read the previous ones but otherwise it is a perfect stand alone story.

Harriet Taylor comes from Edinburgh and transferred to Cornwall when her husband was killed in an accident with his lover in the car and she found herself subject to a lot of gossiping and sniggering behind her back. She has no plans to return to Edinburgh anytime soon.

I wont rewrite the synopsis but boats wash up in York and Whitby with Harriet and Smith being on the respective investigations. It soon becomes clear that the link is Edinburgh. Will Harriet face her ex colleagues and travel back to her home town to investigate? Meanwhile Smith receives threatening messages as a nemesis from his past reappears.

This is a fast paced read with twists, turns and danger around every corner. Smith and Harriet are at risk and so are the people they care about as a psychopathic killer with absolutely no conscience travels the UK leaving dead bodies in his wake.

I just kept turning page after page it is an adrenaline pumping read I simply could not put down and as the pages kept turning the endings were total curve balls I really was not expecting.

All I can say is WOW this is a must read for anyone who loves crime fiction and to the author: please hurry up with the next book.

Absolutely awesome definitely 5 Golden Stars (maybe platinum) this is now top of my Picks of 2018 list.

This is a fast paced read with twists, turns and danger around every corner. Smith and Harriet join forces to stop a psychopathic killer no conscience.


What the Bloggers thought:

On The Shelf Reviews

What a thrilling adventure The Enigma is! I was hooked from the very beginning with plenty of twists and turns to keep me turning those pages! Read more here

Book Worm

Honestly i didnt want it to finish and couldnt stop reading! But, Stewart has left it open for more!!! YAY well done Stewart keep them coming. Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I enjoyed this book. This was my first read of Mr. Giles stories, but found it to be a suspense filled story and the twists in the story were interesting. Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh

All in all though, it was a well written mystery thriller! Read more here

DebbieHipster

I knew I was in for a treat when I heard the DC Harriet Taylor series and DS Jason Smith series were combining. What a read, a thrilling wild ride!! Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Oh my goodness, gracious me ‘The Enigma’ is one hell of a read and then some. I read the book within a day. Once I picked the book up and began to read, I found it impossible to be put the book down. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I would recommend to all who love a fast-moving, adrenaline-pumping story. Hang onto your hats and dive in! Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

The book is very well written, has a great flow to it and it was a page turner for me, it didn’t take me long to read and I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is an action-packed page-turner with more twists and turns than a pretzel. The explosive ending is explosive. What a riveting story to start a new series with! Read more here

Turn The Page

Being a massive Harriet can, i could not wait to read this! I was not disappointed, the plot was entertaining, captivating abs fun, and i thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Read more here

Akamatra

I got caught up in the story from the start and couldn’t put the book down. Now I am reaching for the previous books in both detectives history! Read more here

Black Books Blog

Overall the book is a brilliant read, which kept me hooked all the way through to the end, and I loved the way that Stewart combines the two characters into a believable and enjoyable story. Read more here


THE DETECTIVES

DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.


ALSO BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia – more info here
Book 1 – Smith – more info here
Book 2 – Boomerang -more info here
Book 3 – Ladybird – more info here
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor – more info here
Book 5 – Harlequin – more info here
Book 6 – Selene – more info here
Book 7 – Horsemen –  more info here
Book 8 – Unworthy – more info here

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper – more info here
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder – more info here
Book 3 – The Backpacker – more info here

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 21 – Nov-2018 (1) – Missing Lies BY CHRIS COLLETT. @JOFFEBOOKS @CRIME_CROW #CRIMEFICTION #DETECTIVE

Advent Book Blog 21 and today it is MISSING LIES in the spotlight.  This is book 7 in the brilliant DI Mariner series by Chris Collett and is another adrenaline pumping addition to an awesome series.

Missing Lies (DI Tom Mariner book 7)

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU   CA

18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work. Amazingly, not a single witness comes forward. But Detective Tom Mariner suspects that she ran away from her overbearing, rich father.

A PACKAGE ARRIVES AT THE POLICE STATION. IT CONTAINS GRACE’S CLOTHES, NEATLY FOLDED AND CLEANED.

Then another woman disappears. And a disturbing pattern begins to emerge.

WHO IS TAKING THEM?

Detective Mariner must track down a suspected serial killer in his toughest, and strangest, case yet, with a conclusion that will have you gasping.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Angela Marsons, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the seventh book in the DI MARINER SERIES.


My Review

This is Book 7 in the DI Mariner series and I have read and loved every book.  It does work very well as stand alone but I think you will probably want to read them all as they are very addictive.

Mariner is feeling a little out of sorts.  His partner, Tony Knox has been seconded to a special operations project. Vicky Jesson is fairly knew and Charlie Glover is not really a colleague Mariner could confide in.  That said, disjointed though the team may be, they all get along and look out for each other.

To add to Mariners problems he recently lost his girlfriend and ended up with guardianship of Jamie, her severely autistic brother.  So with caring responsibilities to add to the stresses of his position he is pulled many ways and his new relationship with Suzy is suffering as a result.

When a young woman goes missing the initial thoughts are she had run away and with no body and no clues the team don’t really have much to go on.  When more young women go missing the links are made and the race is on to find the abductor before he takes anyone else.

This is a real emotional roller coaster ride of a book with twists and turns all the way through and the people I had marked as possible bad guys – well I couldn’t have been more wrong.  The characters still have more to reveal about themselves and continue to develop.

Another adrenaline pumping addition to a brilliant series.  5 Golden stars from me.


What the bloggers thought:

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is an action-packed page turner, full of suspects with twists and turns that had me reading until the wee hours of night. The ending was surprising in a way I never saw coming.  Read more here

Musings of a tired mummy 

There are several strands to this book and it is not clear until right at the end how they link together. Millie and her new baby meet a troubled mum with a charming but possibly criminal husband. The new woman on Tom’s team is struggling to deal with the death of her police partner.  Read more here

Nicki’s Book Blog 

The art of a good writer- to get you on side with their characters- or not in some cases (the villains that is!). A wonderfully comfortable read that transports you to a different plane and in the heart of the investigation.  Read more here

Nicki`s Life of Crime 

Missing Lies is a gripping page-turner, packed with twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing throughout. It also contains are moral message which is that some people in different professions might be heroes but that doesn’t mean everyone is.   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

The writing kept me glued to the page and the ending left me wanting more and more. I would recommend to all lovers of police procedurals. Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

I was definitely hooked on this book and reading it became an addiction.  I was like an addict in desperate need of her next fix.  I couldn’t bear to be parted from the book and I took it everywhere with me.    Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I am a big fan of DC Tom Mariner and love to read this series. This story did not disappoint. It drew me in from the beginning and threw me for a loop at the end.  Read more here

Akamatra 

Missing lies by Chris Collett is an edge of your seat thriller that will keep you entertained till the last page. I loved the introduction of the new characters and the brilliant connection to the old ones.   Read more here

Jen Meds Book Reviews 

Overall this is a really great read and I am going to try to find the time to read the rest in the series that I have missed.  Read more here

Black Books Blog 

Overall the book was a brilliant read, which kept me guessing throughout, although I did have an inkling about who the murderer was.  Read more here


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 “DEAD OF NIGHT.”

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
Book 7: Missing Lies


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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 19 – Oct-2018 (1) – The Stolen Boys

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 20 – Oct-2018 (2) – Before I trust you

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 20 – Oct-2018 (2) – Before I trust you (Ruby Baker #3) by Daisy White #crimefiction #mystery @joffebooks

Just a few more days left on my Advent Book Blog and today it is the turn of Before I trust you by Daisy White. This is book 3 in the Ruby Baker series and is a brilliant read.

BEFORE I TRUST YOU (Ruby Baker #3)

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU

Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.

Rita Stonehill runs in front of the horses on a sunny day at Brighton racecourse. Why did she kill herself and is there more to it than meets the eye?

Ruby Baker is shocked to witness this dramatic event. Rita’s brother thinks she was murdered, but there’s no evidence to suggest that.
It seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide, but as a sordid love triangle emerges, is there more to it than that?
Ruby plunges into the glamorous world of horse racing to discover the truth. This is her most dangerous case yet and Rita’s death strikes very close to home for Ruby.
And then Ruby’s best friend Mary experiences a very shocking event . . .

Discover a gripping new mystery writer today. Great for fans of Agatha Christie or LJ Ross.

This is the third book in a mystery series set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.

RUBY BAKER SERIES
Book 1: BEFORE I LEFT
Book 2: BEFORE I FOUND YOU
Book 3: BEFORE I TRUST YOU


My Review

This is book 3 in the Ruby Baker series.  It is the 1960s so bear that in mine when reading as opinions and safety have changed a lot since then.

This series is definitely growing on me and I am hoping for many more.

The story begins at a horse race.  Everyone is in high spirits and very excited when a girl suddenly runs out in front of the horses.  A tragic accident, suicide or murder?  There are a lot of opinions but nobody really saw anything or did they?

This is a story that moves along at a fairly fast pace and I was gripped all the way through.  There is a lot going on and that brings with it a lot of interest.  We expect competition and gambling in the horse racing world but there is a lot more going on here.

Suicide (or murder) by horse is a unique idea.  The victim was playing the field so maybe jealousy was a motive or maybe not.  The suspense builds all the way through the book and we are nearly at the end before the pieces fit together.

Ruby and her gang of amateur detectives are realistic characters that have grown and developed over the series.  There are also a couple of back stories that could make the reader feel they have missed something but apart from that the book works well as stand alone.

Adrenaline pumping suspense, twists, turns and red herrings this is an intriguing story that will keep you entertained.  5 stars from me.


What the bloggers think

Black Books Blog

There are so many twists in the story with more people going missing that you struggle who committed any of the murders, or if people actually were murdered or just ran away to hide.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

I adore the character of Ruby Baker and I took to her from the start.  She’s a lovely lass, who seems to have a great deal of success in solving crimes.  If something doesn’t seem right to her then it usually means that it isn’t.  When Ruby takes on a case you know that she is going to investigate the matter fully even if the investigation does get her into the occasional scrape or two.   Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

I really enjoyed the setting of the racecourse and the whole racing scene, it was so realistically done with great attention to detail, especially the opening scenes of the book, I could almost picture myself there in the crowd.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This one grabs you from the very first page and doesn’t let go until the very surprising end.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I love Daisy White’s books. The story keeps you glued to the page, desperate to find the next clue, although I have never managed to solve a case before Ruby! The characters are so believable and the stories make the trip into the 1960’s into nostalgia rather than being drearily old-fashioned.  Read more here

Turn The Page 

This is the third book in a mystery series set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.  Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week 

This is a good mystery. Young Rita Stonehill commits a gruesome suicide by throwing herself in front of racing horse in Brighton racecourse. Or did she? Daisy white slowly unravels exactly who is Rita Stonehill and the shady circumstances leading up to her death. Or murder.  Read more here


ADVENT BOOK BLOG 19 – Oct-2018 (1) – The Stolen Boys (Jackman & Evans #5) by Joy Ellis #crimefiction #detective @joffebooks

Day 19 of my Advent Book Blog belongs to the phenomenal Joy Ellis for book 5 in the awesome Jackman and Evans series. This is one of my favourite series and each book is a roller coaster ride of adrenaline pumping enjoyment.

THE STOLEN BOYS (Jackman & Evans #5)

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU

Do you love a gripping mystery with a huge twist? Then try this book by a #1 best-selling author now. You won’t be able to put it down. By an author, everyone’s talking about.

A MYSTERY WHICH WILL CAPTIVATE YOU TILL THE STUNNING ENDING

A crime wave has hit town. The target is a highly sought-after brand of streetwear called Hybird X, clothing that costs a fortune and resells for unbelievable prices. Houses are burgled, young men mugged on the streets . . . and finally, a young man dies, all for the sake of his shoes.

And then another boy’s body is found in a pile of rubbish. Meanwhile, illegal steroids are flooding the streets.

A shadowy figure called Darke and his teams of young criminals seem to be behind it all.

Detectives Jackman and Evans must take on a fiendish criminal, while still haunted by Alistair Ashcroft, the serial killer they never caught.

WHO IS DARKE AND WHAT DOES HE REALLY WANT?

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


My Review

I was very pleased to see this latest book in the brilliant Jackman and Evans series released.  This is book 5 in the series and while it does work as stand alone I would recommend you read book 4 first as the events in The Guilty Ones are relevant to this book.

Jackman and his team are still recovering from the mental and physical injuries inflicted by Ashcroft and are using a crime lull to recharge.  Nothing much is happening apart from illegal steroids and a few break ins.

I love Jackman’s team they all care about each other and each have their area of expertise that all adds together to make a very effective team.  Nobody wants that to change so when an nemesis from Marie Evans’ past looks like becoming the fly in the ointment the whole team are on guard to protect her.

Things in Saltern le fen were never going to remain quiet for long and when the body of a boy turns up murder investigation is back on the agenda as the team dive in to remove more criminals from the streets.

This is very much an emotional roller coaster of a book with abuse and people trafficking intermingled with other side stories it makes for a totally gripping read.  I particularly loved the part played by Sheba the German Shepherd.

Very much a psychological thriller with twists, turns and shocks all the way through.  An excellent read as I would expect from the phenomenal Joy Ellis.  Scores on the doors –  5 golden stars from me.


What the Bloggers thought:

Ginger Book Geek

”The Stolen Boys’ is certainly one hell of a read and topical too in a society where possessions are often treasured more than life itself.  Yes the nature of the crimes are rather gruesome to say the least but the author has in no way glorified violence and the violence is not gratuitous in any way.  In fact the violence is more implied and left to the reader’s imagination.  The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story and before you know it you are hooked on the book.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As with all this author’s books, they are sheer page turners with fast paced, action packed stories. The characters are finely drawn. I love how they’ve changed and matured since the inception of Book 1 in this series.  read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The story is told in the third person and from various angles, giving the reader insights into the workings of the various minds on display, before it brings them all together at the end, leaving one wanting more, much more!  Read more here

Musings of a tired mummy 

I really enjoyed this book but a lot of the police get injured in the line of duty! The relationships between the police officers is well established and they have a great rapport and respect for each other. There are tensions with other characters but this allows us to see different aspects of their personality.  Read more here

Book Worm 

This story is very fast paced and easy quick read without losing the tingles and show stops you expect. If you want a book that you can’t put down then you’ve found it. But please see below all Joys other books, honestly you won’t regret starting from the top.  Read more here

Akamatra 

If you are looking for a page turner, you got one! It’s a really fast-paced book that you wont want to put down and you’ll probably loose sleep over!  Read more here

Nicki`s Life of Crime 

This gripping thriller has loads of twists and turns,keeps the reader guessing and has a unexpected twist at the end. Although this is the fogth book in the series and despite there being some references to events from the previous book,it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. I love this series and can’t wait to find out what Joy Ellis has planned for Jackman and his team’s next investigation.  Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews 

Overall The Stolen Boys is an original and engaging story with character you can’t help caring about, that will take you on a surprisingly emotional journey.  Read more here

Turn The Page 

Do you love a gripping mystery with a huge twist? Then try this book by a #1 best-selling author now. You won’t be able to put it down. By an author, everyone’s talking about.  Read more here

Beth in a Box

I was expecting great things from this book given its predecessor… and it didn’t disappoint.  Joy’s unique writing style, and rather loveable protagonists makes sure that it is a real page-turner.  Read more here

Black Books Blog 

Overall I thought it was a brilliant book, once I got over how much clothes are worth,  and really loved the way the team worked together despite everything they have gone through int he previous book.  I would highly recommend this book and entire series.  Read more here

 


 

THE DETECTIVES
DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.

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

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE 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
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES
Book 5: THE STOLEN BOYS

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 4 – Feb-2018 (2) – Ruthless

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 5 – Mar-2018 (1) – Low Lake

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 6 – Mar-2018 (2) – Unworthy

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 7 – Apr-2018 (1) – Black Soul

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 8 – Apr-2018 (2) – Murder at Work

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 10 – May-2018 (2) – Married Lies

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 9 – May-2018 (1) – Dead Bad

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 12 – Jun-2018 (2) – Dirty Secrets

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 11 – Jun-2018 (1) – Their Last Words

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 13 – Jul-2018 (1) – Her Last Breath

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 14 –  Jul-2018 (2) – To Snare a Witch

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 15 –  Aug-2018 (1) – The Backpacker

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 16 –  Aug-2018 (2) – The Other Victim

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 17 – Sep-2018 (1) – Ladybird

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 18 – Sep-2018 (2) – Buried Lies

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 18 – Sep-2018 (2) – Buried Lies by Chris collett. @joffebooks @crime_crow #crimefiction #detective

Advent Book Blog 18 and today it is another book in the brilliant DI Mariner series by Chris Collett. Buried Lies is a fast moving detective story perfect for Crime Fiction lovers.

BURIED LIES (DI Mariner #6)

Available from UK US AU

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

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner goes to the beautiful  Welsh countryside to recover. But he finds himself caught up in a murder investigation . . . with him as the prime suspect.

Grieving the death of his former lover, all Mariner wants is some peace and quiet. But his walking holiday is ruined by the discovery of a body in the woods.

The remote stone farmhouses of this beautiful valley hide many buried secrets.

As more bodies are discovered, can Mariner clear his name and avoid becoming the next victim?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery with an action-packed conclusion.


My Review

This is book 6 in the brilliant DI Mariner series by Chris Collett

Tom Mariner is suffering the loss of the woman he loved and sets off walking in Wales to deal with his grief.  However, despite being out in the wilderness that is Wales with no signal and even fewer people he is still unable to escape Police work as he becomes involved in the discovery of a body.

This is a very intriguing book with many different things going on in different places all at the same time which involves Knox travelling down to Wales to help Mariner and also helping in several other things that are going on. 

It was interesting to read about the Welsh countryside and the remote byres and hostels and this offsets perfectly with the detective work going on in the background. 

Intrigue and suspense intermingled with twists and turns and relationships all makes up a stunning story that keeps the reader guessing right to the end


What the bloggers thought:

Ginger Book Geek

Chris Collett has done it again.  ‘Buried Lies’ is brilliantly written and I was gripped by the story from the moment I picked up the book to the moment I put it down having finished  reading it. Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

Once again, this author has put together another exciting and suspenseful adventure of Tom Mariner. And once again, it was hard to put down for any length of time. Read more here


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I highly recommend all the books in the DI Mariner series, they are full of twists and always have me surprised by who the murderer is as well as the reason behind the crimes.  Read more here


Akamatra

When Tom is caught up in the middle of a murder (or two) things gets complicated and he becomes a suspect. Will he be able to find the real killer and free himself of the accusations? Read the book and find out!  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I found it a refreshing change and it left me with a huge appetite for the next one in the series which will be out soon. Personally, I cannot wait because I love Chris Collett’s gripping dramas, even though I never manage to work out ‘who dunnit’!  Read more here


Beth in a Box

If you love a quick action packed fast paced crime fiction novel, this is for you.  Read more here


On The Shelf Reviews

Buried Lies is an atmospheric and complex police procedural that draws you in and won’t let you go.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

The book did start a bit slower than usual and concentrated more on Mariner, but once the action picked up it didn’t slow down until the end.

This story was brilliant and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.  Read more here


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 “BLOOD AND STONE.”

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
Book 7: Missing Lies

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 6 – Mar-2018 (2) – Unworthy

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 11 – Jun-2018 (1) – Their Last Words

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 17 – Sep-2018 (1) – Ladybird

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 17 – Sep-2018 (1) – Ladybird (DS SMith #3) by stewart giles #crimefiction #detective @stewartgiles

Today it is the turn of LADYBIRD on my Advent Book Blog. This is book 3 in the brilliant DS Jason Smith series by the brilliant Stewart Giles. A brilliant addition to an awesome series.

CoverLadybird (DS Jason Smith #3) 

Available from Amazon

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

The Goul is arrested for Murder and Jason Smith is on sick leave.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is days away from the end of his sick leave after a case that almost cost him his life when he gets a call from an old friend. His friend has been arrested for the murder of a student. He wants Smith to investigate the murder and prove his innocence. Smith is persuaded return to work. The student was killed with a bread knife. Ladybirds were scattered on his dead body.

When another man is found dead with ladybirds on his body, Smith enlists the help of an insect doctor, the enigmatic DR Karen Wood, to try and understand the significance of the ladybirds. As Smith gets drawn closer to this mysterious woman and more and more men wind up dead with ladybirds on their bodies Smith quickly realises that Dr Wood is not who she seems to be.

Smith and his team unearth a terrible secret from twenty years earlier; somebody wants justice and, as more and more men die, Smith realises he is running out of time to find out who.

This is a fast-paced page-turner with twists and turns all the way to an ending you wont see coming.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

What the bloggers thought:

Black Books Blog

The book is a brilliant story, which kept me guessing all the way through as to the link between the victims and also who the killer was and why they were using ladybirds at the scene.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

I really feel party of Stewarts books a me that they come to life! I can’t recommend this enough! Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

The characters in the story are great, very well developed and I love their interaction. The writing style is great and it flows really well. It starts at a great pace and that continued right up to the brilliant ending. Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This book is full of twists and turns. I pride myself in guessing the who-dun-its …. but it just didn’t happen with this one. The author had me running in circles.   Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

Ladybird is a really quick and compelling read which kept me guessing who the killer was almost until it was revealed.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

Bloody hell this was one hell of a dramatic, sometimes gory rollercoaster ride of a read.  ‘Ladybird’ is brilliantly written with a superb plot designed to grab your attention from the start.  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Book Reviews

There are clues galore but I can never predict the killer, which is why I like these books so much. It’s a rip-roaring ride which I didn’t want to put down until I had finished it. Read more here


Debbie Hipster

Digging back into the world of Jason Smith it’s fast paced from the start. Now his friend the Ghoul is accused. The story has so many twists in the tale. It’s a race against time, as more and more deaths occur. Read more here


My Review

Ladybird is book 3 in the DS Smith series but they do work brilliantly as stand alone.

The story starts with The Goul, a pathologist, being accused of murder.  He begs Smith for help at a time when Jason is struggling through his grief at the death of his girlfriend, guilt and many other issues.  Will he put aside the bottle to help his old friend or walk away from everything?

I think everyone who has read the previous books will know the answer to that one.  Before Smith has chance to prove The Goul innocent another body is found.  Who is killing young men?

Now I have read books that are full of twists, turns and shockers. Lots of them.  But I can hold my hand up and say that I have never read anything like this one.  The unsub is a totally unique character and definitely throws into the abyss everything I thought I knew about serial killers.  There is plenty of evidence but nothing to match it to.  The ladybirds is an awesome idea and how Stewart thought that one up I really don’t know.

As the bodies stack up the team are running out of ideas and the red herrings and twists and turns are enough to make you dizzy.

The only possibility for the murderer doesn’t quite fit and that adds to the intrigue and suspense.

A totally gripping page-turner with complex characters that build well in depth throughout the story.  A brilliant read and well worth 5 stars.


THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 5 – Mar-2018 (1) – Low Lake

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 16 –  Aug-2018 (2) – The Other Victim

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 16 – Aug-2018 (2) – The Other Victim #detective #crimefiction @joffebooks @hhdurrant

Day 16 of my Advent Book Blog and today in the limelight is THE OTHER VICTIM by Helen H Durrant. This is book 2 in the fantastic Matt Brindle series.

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.

What the Bloggers thought:

On the Shelf Reviews

I have no idea where to start with this novel, there’s just so much packed into it! There’s murder, kidnapping, dodgy business men, gangsters…see what I mean? That isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

There are twists and turns galore with a riveting ending. Reading this author’s other books/series, I expected a suspenseful mystery filled with nefarious suspects and otherwise, solid characters … and I was not disappointed.   Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

Wowzers Helen H. Durrant has come up with the goods again and this is one hell of a read.  The story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout.  From the moment I picked the book up, I was hooked on the story.   Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Written in Helen Durrant’s inimitable style, this is not a book which the reader will pick up and put down. The reader is impelled to keep turning the pages until the end is reached and one is left with a burning desire to read the next one in the series.  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

There were plenty of twists and turns to the plot. Every time I thought I had worked out whodunnit, I’d discover it was yet another red herring.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

The book starts off fast and the plot and story line don’t slow down until the end, which I felt was very well written and tied up most of the loose ends very nicely.  Read more here


 

Donna’s Book Blog

This is a well written, enjoyable story.  I will be honest and say that it didn’t really grip me like her other books have done and I did find it almost a little bit more of a cosy crime at times than a fast paced action police procedural but it was a great story and I enjoyed reading it, and there is nothing wrong with a bit of cosy crime every now and again!  Read more here


Beth in a Box

The plot-itself is fast paced with little unnecessary fluff to get bogged down with.

The Other Victim is a cracking read and I really recommend it if crime fiction is your sort of thing.


Book Worm

So after reading all of Helen’s detective novels I got so excited when she released her latest “His third victim” and I was NOT disappointed. This is a nail biting page turner for sure. Full of twist you do not see coming.  Read more here


Also by Helen H Durrant

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

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