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Blog Tour Review – Dead Jealous by Helen Durrant.

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DEAD JEALOUS by Helen H Durrant – Detective Novels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

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

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS

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Helen Durrant is a new author to me so I’ve jumped into the series starting on book 7 of THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES and it’s do able, though I plan in reading the rest of the series after this book because this book had got me hooked! A dead body within the first chapter is a winner in my eyes…. . The book doesn’t just focus on that one crime which I enjoyed. A cold case is reopened after a lot of ashes are discovered and with the Hopwood brothers causing havoc on the estate there’s never a quiet day….. or night!

This book jumps right into the nitty gritty, which I love, the author has a way of setting the scene that has you turning page after page. I enjoyed how she didn’t focus on just one crime within the book but jumped between them, always on my toes but never actually guessing who the villain was (hats off to you on that Helen) I loved all the characters, good and bad, my favourite having being Dolly, not sure why but she just struck a chord with me.

If you enjoy a good thriller book then Helen’s books (or in my case book) is definitely one you should pick us as soon as you can! It’s gripping, twisting and a real page turner, an easy 5☆☆☆☆☆ from me……. now to start from the beginning! Happy reading!!

5 APPLES

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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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Promo Post ~ The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah.

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Title: The Murder Wall

Author: Mari Hannah

Genre: Mystery

Release Date: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins

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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.

***Look our for our review coming Saturday 2nd November***

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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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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.

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Artificial Light

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Artificial Light by Crystal Connor
Reviewed by Laura

Well Crystal Connor you did it again! This book was even better than the 1st one (The Darkness) and I didn’t think that would be possible!
Artificial Light re-introduces us to Atremisia & Innanna and also introduces us to more characters from the first book in more detail and new characters. I especially loved Kenya O’Callaghan, a detective who is trying to solve a serious serial killer case.

Artificial Light is a MUST read for anyone who likes a bit of mystery mixed up with science and magic. I cannot wait for the next instalment!

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse by Richie Earl
Reviewed by Laura

I loved this book!

It is a tale full of fantasy and magic and I didn’t want to put it down.

The plot explores the lives of 3 siblings as they enter a magical world in order to find their missing father. The children are whisked away from they’re normal, modern life, living in the Welsh countryside and have to come to terms with being transported into a Kingdom that appears in stories that have been told for generations. The children encounter demons, powerful wizards, lots of danger, death and love. All whilst trying to stay alive, and find their father – before it is too late.

The characters are very well developed, and the plot has lots of exciting twists and turns that makes it impossible to put down.

I loved this book and if you enjoy reading magic and mystery, you’ll love Finndragon’s curse too!

Highly recommended – I can not wait for the next installment. 🙂

5 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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