The Doomsday Girl by Dave Stanton #BlogBlitz #Review @Bloodhoundbook @DanRenoNovels

It’s my absolute pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the Blog Blitz for The Doomsday Girl by Dave Stanton. I’d like to thank Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me onto the Blitz and for providing an ARC. Let’s go check it out…….

📚BookieWookie Review📚

The Doomsday Girl is the 6th book in the Dan Reno series, and I really hope there’s more to come as I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all 6 of these this year. High in action with booze, bad guys, girls and drugs, these books are a really easy read that had me flying through them in no time at all.

Sticking with the P.I side if things rather than his other Bounty Hunter side line, Dan Reno (as in no problemo) finds himself hired to investigate the murder of a woman’s husband and the abduction of their child. The investigative angle is really taken up a notch from the previous books, to the extent that each book just gets better and better.

I’m a huge fan of the location of this series as, while all based around the glitzy world of gambling in Nevada, Stanton always makes a point of taking us on a journey through the seedier parts of town that the average person may not witness when they visit the area.

Also back in the mix is Reno’s partner in crime Cody Gibbons. An absolute bear of a man who is not immune from making some huge mistakes in his personal life (normally with the help of some booze!!). If you are a fan of James Lee Burke then think Clete Purcel, and you get an idea of what you are in store for. So with Cody and Dan on the hunt, you just know that the fireworks will come at some point, and they certainly don’t disappoint when they do. I’m not sure how many lives these two have but they must be running short! Either way, it makes for cracking entertainment and a great read.

All in all, I’m delighted to have had the chance to read all 6 books in the series, and I really do hope that Stanton has plans to extend this. They have been consistently action packed and The Doomsday Girl is no exception. A highly entertaining read and one that I can heartily recommend.

Great stuff!!

📚The Blurb📚

Melanie Jordan’s life seemed perfect. Until masked intruders arrive at her house, demanding gold she doesn’t have.

A savage blow to the head puts her in a coma and when Melanie regains consciousness, she learns her husband has been murdered and her ten-year-old daughter is missing.

Private Eye Dan Reno begins investigating, but nothing about the case makes sense. Was there gold at the house or wasn’t there? Was Melanie’s husband hiding something? And what happened to Melanie’s daughter?

To complicate things, the case leads to Las Vegas, where Reno’s loose-cannon friend, Cody Gibbons, is trying to repair his relationship with his college-aged daughter, an intern with Las Vegas P.D.

When clues implicate Russian mobsters and a mysterious African illegal, Reno tries to stay in the shadows, but once the criminals feel the noose tightening, they raise the stakes to a deadly level.

📚Author Bio📚

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

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Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

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www.amazon.co.uk/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

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When The Waters Recede by Graham Smith #BlogTour #review @GrahamSmith1972 @rararesources @caffeinenights #TeamEvans

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to my stint on the Blog Tour for When The Waters Recede by Graham Smith. I’d like to thank Rachel Gilbey for inviting me onto the tour and to Graham and Caffeine Nights for providing an ARC for review. Lets check this bad boy out!!!!

📚BookieWookie Review📚

Harry Evans is BACK!!! Well, he never really went away…..but you know what I mean.

I love it when a new book comes along on one of my favourite series. It’s a bit like heading to the pub for a beer and natter with old pals that you’ve not seen for a while, you just naturally slot back into things like you only saw them yesterday. That’s the great thing about this series for me, the characters that Smith has taken time to introduce us to over the the years are now so familiar to me that they seem like old friends.

One of my favourite things about the Major Crimes books are that they seem very ‘real’ and you could imagine such crimes taking place in your own town. As with all these books, they follow immediately after the last instalment, so there are no continuity issues or having to fill in the gaps of missing months. DI Evans (or Mr Evans as he is more accurately known now) is back working with the team in a consultancy role and he is struggling with his new position in the pecking order. That said, he’s not lost any of his attitude or lack of political correctness, which is great as it really defines him as a character.

Talking of characters, a lot of this book centres around one of my favourites in Lauren, although her usual self assured manner is severely put to the test. This a great story thread throughout the book and really highlights the relationship between her and Harry.

Story wise this was very clever and, although it took me a while to cotton on to what was going on, it all came together nicely in the end with all the loose ends tied up or ready to roll into the next instalment. It would be remiss of me not to mention the absolute thrilling conclusion to this book, which was real heart in mouth stuff, with one of our characters finding themselves in a bit of a ‘situation’. It really had me flying through the pages as I raced to its conclusion.

All in all, an absolutely fantastic addition to one of my favourite series. I’m not sure how he does it but Graham Smith just keeps producing the goods, whether with his Major Crime series or the Jake Boulder one. Seriously folks, if you haven’t read any of Smith’s work to date then you are missing a trick! Do yourself a favour and join #TeamEvans!!!

Brilliant stuff!!

📚The Blurb📚

When a car is pulled from raging floodwaters with a dead man in the front and the decapitated body of an evil woman in the boot, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the investigation.

The woman is soon recognised, but the man cannot be identified and this leads the team and their former leader, Harry Evans, into areas none of them want to visit.

Before they know it, they’re dealing with protection scams and looking for answers to questions they didn’t know needed to be asked.

📚Author Bio📚

Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and three novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

Graham can be found at

Facebook

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Twitter

https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972

Website

www.grahamsmithauthor.com

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of When the Waters Recede, Graham Smith is offering one lucky reader the chance to win all six books in the Harry Evans series.

To enter, simply sign up for his newsletter via the link provided before the 5th of June 2018 and you’ll be entered into not just this competition, but all competitions that he runs. Entrants from the whole world are welcome.

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If Fear Wins by Tony J Forder #BlogBlitz #Review @Bloodhoundbook

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you all to my stop on the Blog Blitz for If Fear Wins by Tony J Forder. I would like to thank Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the blitz and to Tony J Forder and Bloodhound Books for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review. Let’s check it out…

📚BookieWookie Review📚

I’ll cut to the chase…..this was an absolutely superb police procedural that I can heartily recommend!! I said it about book 2 in this series and I can happily state again that this series reminds me a great deal of Michael Connelly’s superb Harry Bosch series, both in story telling and main characters. In fact, at one point in this book Bliss is likened to both Bosch and Rebus, and I totally get why.

Although the 3rd in the series, you can definitely read this as a standalone. I should state that I need to hang my head in shame with the fact that I’ve yet to read book 1 in the series, but I think that just proves that you don’t necessarily need to go right back to the start. If Fear Wins had a really original plot that I don’t believe I’ve ever come across before. Throw in a mix of drug running gangsters, MI5 and MI6, along with all the usual team behind Bliss, and you have an absolute barn stormer of a book.

The murder itself, or method of, is pretty brutal. It certainly gave me shivers down my spine at the mere though of what the young man had to go through and definitely gave me that extra edge to want to see the killers brought to justice. Forder has a very enjoyable writing style and takes the time to go into some of the detail that helps to build all the characters in my minds eye. I think in Bliss and Chandler he has provided us with one of the finest duo’s around in crime fiction today, and I really look forward to whatever may lie in store for the pair of them in the future.

I’m not going to go into any detail around the plot, as I think that would just give a little too much away. Suffice to say, if you are a lover of crime fiction, and in particular police procedurals, then you are in for a real treat with this one. Comparisons to the likes of Connelly are not something that I throw around all that easily but I believe, with regard to the work of Forder, it is very much justified in this case.

Bravo Sir….. and keep them coming!!!!

📚The Blurb📚

When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.

The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.

Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.

Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?

Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet…

📚Author Bio📚

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first two books, Bad to the Bone and The Scent of Guilt, will be joined in the series on 29 May 2018 by If Fear Wins.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK.

Links

Website: https://www.tonyjforder.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyjforder/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TonyJForder @TonyJForder

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16166122.Tony_J_Forder

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tony+j+forder?_requestid=248936

Bloodhound Books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/tony-forder

Dark Angel by P.J. Nash #BlogBlitz #Review @bloodhoundbook @PJNash2

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you all to my stop on the Blog Blitz for Dark Angel by P.J. Nash. I would like to thank Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the tour and to P.J. Nash and Bloodhound Books for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review. So, without further ado, let’s check this bad boy out!!!!

📚BookieWookie Review📚

Dark Angel is the second book by P.J. Nash that I have read, following in from The Hunt For The Dingo, and it certainly keeps the fast paced format going. Short, snappy chapters had the pages turning at a frantic pace, and I found myself getting through this one very quickly indeed.

This is the 2nd in the series and I would suggest that you read book 1 before reading this one, as there is a fair bit of crossover with recurring characters. Set between Prague and Hong Kong/Australia, the two story threads come together quite nicely. I would actually like to have seen both story threads getting their own book, as I think there was enough in both of them to warrant this. The Prague element was definitely my preferred out of the two, with a vicious serial killer stalking the streets and hunting down British tourists on Stag weekends. The murders are fairly brutal and the police find themselves in a race against time before the next victim is taken.

All in all, this is no holds barred action from start to finish, and a very entertaining read. A great format with the short chapters, making this a perfect read for my daily commute.

📚The Blurb📚

When a commuter discovers a mutilated corpse on the Prague Metro, Captain Jiri Hofschnadir of the Criminal Police is called in to investigate.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, newly-weds ex British cop Lawrence James and forensic psychologist, Jessie Sandersen are on honeymoon after their frantic efforts to capture the Australian serial killer known as The Dingo.

But wherever James and Sandersen go, trouble is never far behind.

As the body count rises in Prague, Sandersen is called in to help track down the serial killer dubbed The Dark Angel.

In a game of cat and mouse, James and Sandersen will be pushed to their very limits.

But can they catch The Dark Angel before it’s too late?

📚Author Bio📚

P.J Nash was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, the birthplace of George Eliot and Shakespeare, respectively. Not surprisingly he decided he’d like to be a writer too.

After studying history and working in PR for a few years, he was running a second hand bookshop, when wanderlust and destiny in the form of his future wife took him to Prague.

During his time behind the counter in the shop and travelling on trams between English lessons he wrote his first crime novel, The Hunt for the Dingo featuring maverick British expat cop , Lawrence James and and his hunt for a serial killer in Australia. On his return to the UK, he drew on his Bohemian adventures to write his second crime novel featuring Lawrence James and his co-investigator, Dr Jessie Sandersen. He currently lives on a narrowboat with his wife Clare and grumpy cat, Lulu.

In his past life P.J. Nash was a Special Constable for the Warkwickshire police.

Nash is also a member of the CWA and International Thriller Writers.

Links:

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Twitter: @PJNash2

Paul McGraw: Kid To Killer by Paul Elliott #BlogTour #Review @AnneCater @EdinburghAuthor

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the Blog Tour for Paul McGraw: Kid To Killer by Paul Elliott. I’d like to thank Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me onto the tour and for providing an ARC. Let’s check it out…

📚BookieWookie Review📚

Oh my days……I do love a wee book set in my beloved Edinburgh. Even better, Kid To Killer is set near where I’ve spent the majority of my life, growing up in Corstorphine and heading to the WHEC for a bit of swimming!! Add into the mix that there is a fair bit of violence in this book, and it’s basically ticked all my boxes!

This is a short, snappy read that pulls no punches from the offset. What I loved about this book was the rawness of depicting what it would have been like growing up and living in an area such as Wester Hailes. I often find such places only get depicted as rough ‘war zones’ in books and movies, and it was brilliant how Elliott got the point across that, yes, they are tough places to grow up in, but there are also a lot of good people who live in these areas.

The story itself is a really interesting one. Young boy finds himself in a vigilante role, trying to rid the streets of the scum that walk it. It’s a bit of an odd one finding yourself routing for a cold blooded killer (a bit like the TV show Dexter), but somehow it just works. What really comes across is that our Killer ‘Paul McGraw’ has a big heart and will only go after the people he feels really deserve it, a sort of Killers code.

I believe there is a second book in this series, and I am absolutely intrigued to see how things pan out in that. Anyway, as you can probably tell, I thought this was a great read that got straight to the point and was definitely all killer, no filler.

Great stuff!!!

📚The Blurb📚

A fifteen year old boy sees it as his duty to rid Edinburgh of the scum that prey on the innocent people of the city. He finds that to punish the guilty he must first face fear,loss and betrayal.

He will soon discover things aren’t always as they seem, and there are other people who have uses for a young killer as well as bigger forces at play.

📚Author Bio📚

Paul Elliott, born in Edinburgh in 1974 is the creator and writer of the book Paul McGraw: Kid To Killer which is available now on the kindle store

Having grown up in some of the roughest areas of Edinburgh and leaving Wester Hailes Education Centre after year one with no qualifications, he joined the army as a junior officer at 15 years old but very quickly realised it wasn’t for him.

Paul then moved onto being a nightclub bouncer, debt collector, personal security provider and car dealer before trying his hand at writing a novel.

Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone #BlogTour #Review @doug_johnstone @OrendaBooks @annecater

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the Blog Tour for Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone. I’d like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me onto the tour and to Orenda Books for providing an ARC. Let’s check it out……

📚BookieWookie Review📚

Fault Lines is the first book by Doug Johnstone that I’ve read, and I have to say what a little cracker it is!! Given that I’ve lived in Edinburgh all my life, I always love when I get the opportunity to read a book set in and around ‘Auld Reekie’. The slight twist with this setting is that it is set in a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where earth tremors and new land formations due to volcanic activity are now part of daily life.

The story is a very quick read and had me gripped from page one. In fact, I blasted through this in less than a day, so eager was I to see how it all ended. I’d probably slot this one into the ‘who dunnit’ category, which is a genre I have always loved.

Johnstone does a fantastic job of bringing multiple characters into the fold and very cleverly drops little hints that had my suspicious mind working overtime. At one point I think I had 4 characters that could be pegged for the murder but, just when I was beginning to settle in one of them, another little curve ball would be thrown into the mix. Thankfully my amateur sleuth skills haven’t slipped too much and I managed to pick the right pony just before the big reveal🕵️‍♂️.

In summary, this was a great story, expertly paced with a number of threads running through it that all came together nicely at the end. Given this is the first Doug Johnstone book I have read, I can safely say that it won’t be my last, such was my enjoyment of this one.

Great stuff!!

📚The Blurb📚

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done… 

📚Author Bio📚

Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His seventh novel, The Jump, was published by Faber & Faber in August 2015. Gone Again (2013) was an Amazon bestseller and Hit & Run (2012) and was an Amazon #1 as well as being selected as a prestigious Fiction Uncovered winner. Smokeheads (2011) was nominated for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award. Before that Doug published two novels with Penguin, Tombstoning (2006) and The Ossians (2008). His work has received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, William McIlvanney, Megan Abbott and Christopher Brookmyre.

In September 2014 Doug took up the position of Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Doug was writer in residence at the University of Strathclyde 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing there. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. Doug is currently also working on a number of screenplays for film and television. He is also a mentor and manuscript assessor for The Literary Consultancy.

Doug is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he also puts in a shift in midfield. He is also a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands, including Northern Alliance, who have released four albums to critical acclaim, as well as recording an album as a fictional band called The Ossians. Doug has also released two solo EPs, Keep it Afloat and I Did It Deliberately.

Doug has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism, and worked for four years designing radars.

He grew up in Arbroath and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh with his wife and two children.

For more info:

dougjohnstone.wordpress.com

dougjohnstone.bandcamp.com

Stench by AB Morgan #BlogBlitz #Review @AliMorgan2304 @Bloodhoundbook

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you all to my stop on the Blog Blitz for Stench by AB Morgan. I would like to thank Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me onto the Blitz and for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review. So, without further ado, let’s check it out……

📚BookieWookie Review📚

Stench……….such a great word and a great title for a book!

This was the 2nd book I’ve read of Morgan’s and it follows hot on the heels of ‘The Camera Lies’. In Stench we get to reacquaint ourselves with some of the characters from TCL but I wouldn’t put this down as a sequel and it can comfortably be read as a standalone.

The story itself gets straight into it with the discovery of a body under our main protagonists floor boards. From there we then flip back a few months to be taken through the events that lead up to the discovery of the body. Throughout all this, the major theme running through the story is that of mental health. Morgan does a fantastic job of describing a number of elements linked to mental health issues in the UK today. Through the symptoms of the sufferer, affects on friends and family, the support network and shortcomings of the system we get a great overview of a varying number of factors.

The first half of the book moves along at a steady pace, but it’s once we move into the second half that things start to ramp up a little. I don’t want to give any of the story away, but it was really clever the way that Morgan started to sow the seeds of doubt into the readers head with regard to the role Rory may have played in the girl’s death. Add into this the brief glimpses into his history and how his wife died, it really got me wondering if there was more to all this than meets the eye.

There are a host of great characters throughout the book, a fine mixture of good guys and bad guys, that really helped me get into the story. Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read with all the loose ends being nicely tied up at its conclusion. If you haven’t read any of Morgan’s previous novels, then I can definitely recommend this as a good one to get stuck into.

Great stuff!!!

📚The Blurb📚

Rory Norton didn’t always make his living as a motorbike instructor and he went to great lengths to leave his past life behind, to start again.

He thought he had succeeded, until the body of a missing woman is discovered under the floor of his cottage. Only then do the guilt and shame of his wife’s mysterious, untimely death and the accusations about his connection to the missing woman combine to break him.

The question is not how the missing woman died but why, and who is responsible?

Sometimes the truth stinks.

📚Author Bio📚

Married to an overgrown child with

a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.

Alison worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental health services, at the front line. She eventually became the manager of a countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical fault, which forced her to sit down for more than five minutes and her career juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came tumbling out.

Her first two novels, A Justifiable Madness and Divine Poison, were inspired by her career as a psychiatric nurse and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour. Then she stepped sideways and wrote a gritty psychological thriller, The Camera Lies.

All published by Bloodhound Books, Alison’s novels have received excellent reviews and inspired many an interesting debate. Above all, they are entertaining reads and, despite dark subjects, will raise a smile.

Links:

Email:

alison@abmorgan.co.uk

www.abmorgan.co.uk

Facebook: @ABMorganwriter

Twitter: @AliMorgan2304

LinkedIn: Ali Morgan