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#BlogTour #Review #TheirLastWords by @mrparkerspen @joffebooks @books_n_all

Firstly I’d like to apologise for my review being so late in the day, turns out June doesn’t have 31 days and it’s actually the 1st of July today and not tomorrow, like I though!

Steve, please don’t kill me in your next book 😂 so without further ado let me introduce you to THE most gripping thriller I have read to date! Ladies and gentlemen, THEIR LAST WORDS by Steve Parker

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Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.
 
A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”
 
Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.
 
Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.
 
THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?
 
How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.
 
This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.
 
Perfect for fans of  Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.
 
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.
 
Detective Sergeant Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.
 
Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.
 

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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.

meet the author

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

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

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

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

review by nicola

Anyone that knows me or reads my blog will know that I am a HUGE thriller fan and this book blew my mind!

Now a word of warning, this book is grusomely detailed, and I mean really detailed and some scenes had me muttering ‘sweet Lord!’ ‘OMG!’ to the point that I woke my husband up while burning the midnight oil.

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

There is a little tonge in cheek humour that comes from Johnny Clocks, but I loved him as a character and was probably my favourite next to Dave Jordan.

I will admit I didn’t guess ‘whodunit’ and I had a little GASP when I found out who it was…… it’s always the quiet ones! I will also hold my hands up and say I have 3% of the book left to read (naughty of me I know!) And I’ve been told there’s a little twist awaiting me, I’ll be back to edit my review once I’ve read it.

This action packed, fast paced and truly gripping book is….. well it’s awesome! I will be recommending it to all my friends that enjoy this kind of book. Very easy and VERY well deserved 5 golden apples from me!

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#BlogTour #BlackSoul by @BreartonTJ @JoffeBooks @Books_n_all

Today is my turn to review the explosion read that is BLACK SOUL!

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BLACK SOUL by T.J. BREARTON

A gripping and dark international thriller that you won’t want to put down.

A seventeen year-old girl is missing in Honduras.

Free-spirited Rene Sterling vanished ten days ago. Her father fears she’s been sold into sex slavery. Investigators William Chase and Hanna Beckett are his last hope to find her.

The island paradise she was exploring conceals dark crimes, corruption and real danger.

Hanna and William’s mission is to disrupt human-trafficking gangs across the world. But this investigation will push their relationship to breaking point and put their lives at risk.

In a thrilling conclusion, they face a choice between real justice and obeying the law.

Perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo, or Dennis Lehane novels.

This is the fourth book in the best-selling Titan Series, though it can be read as a standalone.

TITAN SERIES:
HABIT, SURVIVORS,DAYBREAK, BLACK SOUL

meet the author

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T. J. Brearton is a bestselling author and screenwriter. His books have been on the top 100 list for Amazon Kindle in the US, UK, and Canada. He has written more than a dozen novels from his home in the Adirondacks where he also enjoys competing with his three children for his wife’s attention.

Website http://tjbrearton.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tjbrearton
Twitter @BreartonTJ

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review by nicola

I’ve jumped right into the Titan books with #4 (I’ll admit I didn’t realise it was so far into the series so I do feel I have missed so points in this story but not to the point where I felt lost within it’s pages)

The story revolves around William and Hannah, trying to break into the sex slave world and save as many as they can. While Hannah comes across as a ‘do everything by the book’ investigator, William is more of a ‘do now, think later’ kinda guy and that’s what I loved about him, he wore his heart on his sleeve and didn’t like to sit around and wait. This due balanced each other out perfectly.

The story is slow to begin with, I felt that the author wanted to set the scene and give the reader as many details as he could before this story exploded….. and exploded it did! Once the action started it never let up, I held my breathe a few times and had scenarios playing in my head if where I thought the author was leading me, don’t try to guess because you won’t amd thats what kept me gripped.

A well thought out, planned and extremely put together read that has definitely had me adding the other books to my TBR pile 😀

4 APPLES

 

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Blog Tour Review – Thieves on the Fens by Joy Ellis.

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THIEVES ON THE FENS by Joy Ellis

DI Nikki Galena gets a series of anonymous calls. She is told the place, time, and who will die.

But the messages are in a secret language used only by villains. Nikki and her team must decode the riddles and work out where the threats are coming from.

Meanwhile, the Fens have been hit by a series of “designer burglaries.” It appears that a new gang of thieves are stealing to order.

And things get very close to home when a friend of Nikki’s mother dies suddenly and perhaps suspiciously.

Do any of these events relate, and can Nikki stop the thieves on the fens, before anyone else dies? 

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

The complex cases will come to a head in one of the most complex and absorbing books yet in the series. This is book 8 of the international best-selling books featuring Nikki Galena.

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 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.

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

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND

meet the author

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JOY ELLIS

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

700,000 books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

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review by nicola

This book throws you straight into the plot of the book in the first sentence and the pace doesn’t slow down for you to even catch your breath, just the way I like them! If it’s not the killer keeping you on your toes then it’s the spate of burglaries that poor Nikki and her team have to deal with.

This is definitely an action packed, plot twistingly fabulous read. It ticks all the boxes that I look for in a books and it was definitely worth the lack of sleep due to my ‘one more chapter’ stint. Nikki and her team had me hooked, I enjoyed how well the characters evolved and worked together throughout the book, making them feel believable and real.

I feel that Joy has done an amazing job plotting and setting  this book right down to the smallest of details (I would love to see your search history lol)

This is book 8 in the Nikki Galena series and not having read the previous books I can honestly say that this can be read as a stand alone, if you like to know every single detail of every character then obviously start at book 1 and work your way though.

A highly recommended book from me that’s now got me adding the rest of the series to my TBR list 😀

4 APPLES

Massive thanks you Joffe books and Joy Ellis for the advanced readers copy and to Jill at Books n All for another fabulous book tour!

 

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Review – His Third Victim by Helen H. Durrant.

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HIS THIRD VICTIM by Helen H Durrant.

A BRAND NEW STANDALONE DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT

A man is shot dead and his body is dumped on the moors. His arm is stamped with the Chinese symbol for sorry.

There have been five unsolved murders with the same hallmark. The police can’t find any motive or connection between the victims.

Bella Richards was close to the murdered man. She lives with her five-year son and has begun a new life in the local area. But although clearly grief-stricken, she is not telling the police everything she knows.

Detective Talbot Dyson wants his most trusted inspector on the case. But DI Matt Brindle is out of action. He was badly injured and his sergeant was killed in a criminal ambush. He is drawn into the investigation and must decide whether he wants to go to back to his old life.

What is the real connection between the victims and who will be next?

This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.

review by nicola

Helen Durrant does it again with another 5☆ review from me and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
Her newest book, His Third Victim had me gripped from page one! It’s action packed from the get go. With bodies piling up, no new clues, the police and myself are stumped…… this all makes for gripping reading!

I loved the main character, Matt Brindle, although suffering from his own demons that happened only 6 months ago he really throws himself into the case. I liked seeing the two sides of his character, the victim of his own attack and the professional DI side.

This book is action packed, with twists and turns a plenty…. I also liked the fact it was set in places that I know and recognise, this made the story all the more real for me.
This is the second book I have read of Helens, and like the last I didn’t work out the killer until it was revealed and my shouting “NO WAY!” hats off again Helen!

A very easy 5☆ rating from me….. roll on the next book!

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** Massive thanks to JOFFE BOOKS and Jill at Booksnall for the blog tour. **

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