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Blog Tour ~ The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah.

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Title: The Murder Wall (Kate Daniels #1)
Author: Mari Hannah
Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Published By: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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The Murder Wall: It’s where you look death in the face.

Months after discovering a double homicide in a sleepy village, detective Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the crime. When a new murder gives Daniels her first case as officer in charge, she jumps at another chance to get it right.

But even more shocking than the brutal killing is the fact that Daniels recognizes the corpse. Eager to prove herself, she decides to keep her connection to the dead man a secret from her team, putting her career in jeopardy as her personal and professional lives threaten to collide.

As the killer continues to claim his victims, Daniels unearths baffling clues in her search for connections among the murders . . . and while she draws closer to finding the culprit, he is watching her

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Mari Hannah was born in London and moved north as a child. Her career as a probation officer was cut short when she was injured while on duty, and thereafter she spent several years as a film/television screenwriter. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. She was the winner of the 2010 Northern Writers’ Award and is a nominee for the 2013 Polari First Book Prize.

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The Murder Wall is the story of Kate Daniels, a Police Detective Chief Inspector and it delves into her life and her feelings when solving numerous murders that are occurring around her.

Daniels is troubled, haunted even, by a year old case in which she discovered the brutal murder of a young girl. Daniels can not come to terms with the fact that the evidence into the case is so little and that the killer is still walking free. She craves justice for the girls family and feels responsible somewhat for not being able to get it for them.During this troubled time, Daniels is given her dream professional opportunity; her first lead investigating role, on yet another local murder investigation.

This time though, the victim is a person Daniels has had prior contact with.
But will she reveal this knowledge to her colleagues, jeopardising her chance of a much awaited promotion?
Or will she keep it to herself and take the risk of loosing her whole career for breaking the rules?

This story not only fixes upon Katie, but it looks into the lives, troubles and issues of individuals who are somewhat linked to her or the situations she faces through her job.
I really enjoyed this aspect, as it helped add more depth to the story. It looked into each person’s issues and hinted upon how they weaved into one another’s.

I am a huge fan of crime writing. I feel this is a very real, hard hitting genre that is a little scary at times! And this story is no exception.
The characters are portrayed in a very realistic way – you believe the things you read about their lives.

The plot is brilliant – well developed, fast paced and every chapter ends on a real page turner – you do not want to put this down once you begin.

4 APPLES

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Excerpt 1 – context: Kate Daniels and Hank Gormley arrive at a new crime scene on 5th November . . .

The foyer of Court Mews was a little pretentious for Daniels’ liking. She took a cursory look around, finding nothing out of the ordinary. As the lift doors slid open, she moved forward with Gormley hot on her heels. She turned, lifted her hand to his chest and pointed to the stairwell door. He headed off . . .
Moments later, Daniels left the lift on the fourth floor. A female officer standing guard outside number 24 greeted her. The scene was secured with thick tape: Police Crime Scene Do Not Enter. Before Daniels had a chance to introduce herself, Gormley arrived through a set of double doors. He bent double with his hands on his knees, taking a moment to get his breath back.
‘I’ve got to get back in the gym,’ he said.
Daniels smiled at the policewoman. ‘He’s being ironic. It makes our grim task a bit more bearable. He hasn’t seen the inside of a gymnasium since leaving junior school.’ Then, to Gormley: ‘Find anything?’
‘Negative … but it was different, I’ll give you that.’
‘In what way?’
‘No hypodermics, no used condoms … no stink of piss. Hardly our usual murder scene, is it?’ He looked at his watch and then at the WPC. ‘Time our visit please. This is DCI Daniels and I’m DS Gormley. Where’s the body?’
‘Second door on the right as you go in, Sarge.’
‘Who found him?’ Daniels asked.
‘His wife, Monica Stephens.’
‘Where is she now?’
‘Hospital, ma’am.’
Daniels thanked her and led Gormley by the arm into the apartment, checking the door frame for signs of a forced entry. It was clean. They walked on along a wide hallway, peering into the rooms on either side. Each one appeared to be immaculate; a place for everything and everything in its place, as far as they could tell – until they reached the lounge.
The room was cold and uninviting. Daniels didn’t care much for the decor: barring the blood on the walls, everything in the room was white. Surreal was the word that sprang to mind. It was more like a chilling art exhibit than someone’s private living space. As if an artist had deliberately splashed red paint across a white canvas for others to appreciate, placing the corpse of a white male carefully at its centre for effect.
In a London gallery it would probably win a prize.
‘I think we can safely assume he’s dead,’ Daniels said. ‘Call out the troops and contact Area Command. Tell them to start the house-to-house immediately. I want a mobile incident caravan too. The whole nine yards, if you can get it.’
Gormley made the call, then crouched down beside the body to get a closer look. The dead man was dressed in a dinner suit; his clothing intact, apart from a missing bow tie. A bullet wound had caused enormous trauma to one side of his skull.
‘Bet that smarted a bit …’ he said. ‘He must really have upset someone, given that it’s not a robbery.’
‘What makes you say that?’
Gormley looked up. ‘His wallet’s on the table by the door.’
Daniels knelt down beside him. But she didn’t stay there long. Although she’d seen death in all its grisly forms, for the second time in under a year she suddenly recoiled from a body. It was like this with Sarah Short and now – almost twelve months later – it was happening all over again.
Her actions telegraphed alarm to Gormley. He couldn’t fathom what he’d missed. His eyes shifted to a photograph she was staring at. He gave her a moment to compose herself, curiosity getting the better of him.
With her DS breathing down her neck, Daniels moved to the table near the door. She took out a pen and used it to open up the wallet. Inside was a driver’s licence and money – lots of it.
Gormley read over her shoulder. ‘Alan James Stephens. D’you know him?’
‘Trick of the light.’ She held up her glasses. ‘If I wore these more often, maybe I’d see a whole lot better.’
Gormley eyed her warily and chose to leave it alone.

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Review – Hide and Seek

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Hide and Seek By Jenny Hilbourne

Reviewed by Emma

This is the 3rd book in a series starring Mac Jackson, a good guy and a Homicide Inspector based in San Francisco and is a story in its own right.

The scene is set with Zac Cashmore, a high flying banker, brutally assaulted and left for dead. Abby McCabe, a troubled goodtime girl seemingly in too deep. And Jane Tweed, a bereaved sister fighting to prove that her brother’s death was no accident.

Murder, mystery and suspense, three things that always draw me to a book. Although this book should have been right up my street, I did find it hard to read in places. The plot, although good, did seem a little over complicated and I sometimes found myself a little lost. I would have enjoyed the book just as much with fewer characters. I did, however, enjoy how the story all came together in the end and that is was tied off nicely, letting the reader know the outcome of each character.

3 APPLES

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Blog Tour ~ Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels

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Today sees our stop on the blog tour for Epiphany by Christian Jean Michaels.

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Title: Epiphany
Author: Christina Jean Michaels
Release: July 19, 2012
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense

Blurb ~

“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.

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Nicola’s review ~

It was only a week or so ago I was begging for something other than a smutty romance, and the book gods came through….. With THIS and WOW what a book! To say this is Christina’s first published book you may have just picked up your first book stalker…….. Meeeeeee! 😉

Epiphany is action packed right from the start. We are thrown into the deep end that is the life of Mackenzie, who has her own “issues” with life not to mention her mother. Then in walks Aidan, and I meant literally walks in……..into the bar where Mac works. Aidan is not without his own skeletons,  but doesn’t seem to be able to keep them hidden when he is around Mac. Ohh and did I mention there’s a nut job running round town playing hangman with the local girls?!

Christina seems to have touched every base possible with this book, it’s like walking through the hall of mirrors, just when you think you know where your going BANG! She also hide the ‘who done it’ very well……. In fact I had half a dozen people in the frame and when we did finally find out who it was I was like “No freakin way!” There seemed to be plot twist after plot twist, nothing was ever predictable and the story kept me on my toes, as well as the light on…… You know, just in case!

I’m hoping in book 2 we get to learn more about Aidan’s family, especially his brother, and I’m sure there will be just as many twists and turns if not more!

A very well deserved 4 golden apples!

4 APPLES

Get to know Christina ~

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Christina Jean Michaels was born in Paradise, California, but she has found the true home of her heart in Eugene, Oregon where she finds plenty of inspiration for storytelling.

When she was young, her mother said she hated words. Now she can’t imagine not writing. She became an avid reader when she was thirteen and discovered the world of Sweet Valley High. About a year later she realized she could play God and write about her own characters. She has been writing in some form ever since.

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

You can follow Christina on the following sites ~

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Steps to Heaven

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Steps to Heaven by Wendy Cartmell
Reviewed by Emma

In the first book of a three part series, meet Sgt Major Crane of the Specials Investigations Branch, and join him in what can only be described as one of the most gripping novels I have read in a long time.

This book has crime, suspense, religion and murder, all rolled into one.

Wendy Cartmell obviously knows her stuff when it comes to the British Army as well as how to write a good thriller, which is what kept me gripped from the first chapter.

This has got to be one of the best books I have read and I can not wait to get started on the second instalment “40 days 40 nights” which is why I find it so easy to rate this book with 5 golden apples!

5 APPLES

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Fall of the Citizens

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Fall of the Citizens by Eric Thomas
Reviewed by Nicola

A disease has broken out and the only way to save your family is an inoculation but the government want $60,000 a shot! How far would you go to save them? Beg…….. Borrow…….. Steal……. How about murder?
What if there was a way to get the shot for free? Would you take it or ask “What’s in it for you?” The only string attached – don’t ask questions……….
Join Josh, Betty and The Citizens in this fast paced action packed story that has more plot twists than you know what to do with!

Now this is my kind of book, nitty gritty! If you are Squeamish then this isn’t for you.
I loved all the characters, especially Max, You always have to watch the quiet ones. The story was well thought out and flowed very well. Each character had its own part to play in the book which I liked. I didn’t want to get too attached with any of them, you will realise why when you read it, but I did love Betty and her kick ass attitude. The ending was a total shock for me (wasn’t the one I had in mind) but glad it went the way it did.

Fab book by an awesome Author, I WILL be reading more of his books…… That’s a fact!

4 APPLES

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Dark is the Sky

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Dark is the Sky by Jessica Chambers
Reviewed by Rachel

Love, Murder, Betrayal, Incest and Hate all in one family unit!
The Cameron family are having a family reunion 12 years after a shocking event happened at the home of one of the brothers.
The book kept me guessing and had good strong characters but the plot kept flitting form pass to present so many times that I was pleased to get to the actual who done it part.
I liked the book and I liked the way the you couldn’t predict the ending.

 

3 APPLES

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The William S Club

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The William S Club by Riley Banks
Reviewed by Rachel

I was hooked from page one!
A busy mystery thriller that opens with William Harvey buying up property during the blitz in London and setting up a legacy of wealth for the Harvey family, with Charlotte (a journalist) and Damon Harvey as the main characters.
It was a fast moving book with lots of strong characters, mysteries and secrets, murders, greed, blackmail as well as sex and love, even a surprise twist which I will not tell! It has it all!

Riley does a brilliant job of making you love or hate the characters and feel what they are feeling.

It is an exciting book and once started it’s difficult to put down, a definite one to read.

4 APPLES

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A Dirty Shame

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A Dirty Shame by Liliana Hart
Reviewed by Laura

This is a must read book for everyone who loves murder/mystery with a hint of romance. This book had me gripped from the start and it didn’t take me long to finish as i couldn’t put it down. It left me on one beauty of a cliffhanger and i cannot wait for the 3rd book. 🙂

5 APPLES

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The Mind Man

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The Mind Man by Peter Richmond
Reviewed by Laura

“The Mind Man” is a very highly recommended read. It has everything you want from a good book – love, suspense, murder and suspicion.

The story first introduces Adam when he is a young boy, growing up in a small town in the ’80s, dealing with unsupportive parents, bullies & heartache, with only pet rabbits to confide in. A very shy, isolated character who’s dreams are filled with murder and revenge…but is it possible these dreams can come true?
The story then transports into the future and other characters are introduced and their lives developed. Initially I felt slightly ‘lost’ as the characters all seemed disjointed from each other and from the original direction the story appeared to be taking. But then Adam is quickly reintroduced into the plot and the lives of the characters begin to tie in with each other. It would seem (for a while, at least) that Adam’ s childhood dreams DID come true after all.

When we next meet him it appears Adam has developed his childhood abilities in order to better himself. He is an incredibly rich and successful individual, who it seems is able to use the power of telekinesis to create fatal accidents in a bid to amass more wealth for himself. Whilst he lives a lavish lifestyle, it comes to light that the main reason for requiring such power and fortune stems back to his childhood love of animals and a desire to protect and care for animals in Africa.

I would defiantly recommend this book. Each chapter ended asking more questions making you want to read on. The characters are well developed and despite everything Adam has created, you can’t help but want his life to get better, due to the childhood struggles he endured. The book finished with a real cliffhanger- I can’t wait for the second installment.

4 APPLES

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Chasm

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Chasm by David Felder
Reviewed by Nicola

I was asked by the author if i would review his book and i jumped at the chance (This was my first review book) Once i opened it and saw 78 chapters i almost died lol

As for the book it’s self well……. It did take me a while to get into and all the flipping from one character to another did do my head in but once i got into the book i rather enjoyed it.

I loved the whole Potter parts, one minute he’s killing someone the next he’s drooling all over his ‘Angel’ in the super market, he’s one twisted guy!!
I also liked how they went back to his childhood to explain how he ended up the way he did.

The ending was a bit sudden but OK

All in all if you like space rockets or a total physco guy then this is a book for you.

3 APPLES

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