Monday, 13 August 2018

#BlogTour: Do No Harm by L V Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @OrendaBooks #DoNoHarm

Do No Harm was published on 15th June 2018 by Orenda Books. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater for inviting me on to the blog tour.

Till death do us part…

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…
Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

My Thoughts:

First of all I have to say what a talented writer Lucy V. Hay is. It was a privilege to read her debut novel The Other Twin last year and have long wondered what would follow that up. I can safely say that the author has absolutely surpassed herself with Do No Harm, it is quite simply sublime and has every element that I like in a novel. 

Lily and Sebastian are getting married and this is where the book opens. Lily was at one time married to Maxwell. Sebastian and Maxwell couldn't be more different if they tried. Maxwell couldn't let go of the control during the marriage and he can't let go of it after the marriage. 

The author has written a dark and claustrophobic read that had me on the edge of my seat, the tension is palpable as it sprawls across the pages and the lives of all concerned. I really enjoyed the way that the story was told from different points of view and I had my mind changed at several junctures. 

A host of unreliable narrators add to the eeriness that pervades this writing. I can't fault this book and will be thinking of it for many days to come. 

Brilliant, brilliant stuff for so many reasons. 

About the Author:
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) andAssassin(2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters' Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. Her critically acclaimed debut thriller The Other Twin was published in 2017.

You can find her on Twitter: @LucyVHayAuthor

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#BlogTour: Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland @22_Ireland @PolygonBooks #BoneDeep #Lovebooksgrouptours

Published by Polygon Books on 5th July 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Kelly Lacey of Love Books Group Tours for offering me the opportunity to take part. 

What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person? The consequences threaten to be far-reaching and potentially deadly. Bone Deep is a contemporary novel of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal and murder. This is the story of two women: Mac, who is bent on keeping the secrets of the past from her only son, and the enigmatic Lucie, whose past is something of a closed book. Their story is underpinned by the creaking presence of an abandoned water mill, and haunted by the local legend of two long-dead sisters, themselves rivals in love, and ready to point an accusing finger from the pages of history.

My Thoughts:

Bone Deep is a gothic tale with characters that I found memorable and entrancing and a little bit creepy. Mac is a historian that is writing about siblings based on myth and folklore. Lucie is somewhat of a difficult character to get to know. She is a bit of an assistant to Mac. 

This is a difficult book to write too much about without giving it all away, suffice to say I was absolutely drawn in by the brilliant characterisations and sense of place, particularly the mill. 

The author writes in a way that is intriguing and she has done a tremendous job of writing flawed characters that the reader is itching to find out more about. 

There are parallels drawn between folklore and real life and a story of families and secrets. There was enough here to draw me in and captivate my imagination. 

I really enjoyed this one. 

About the Author:
Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many years in Limerick, and is now based in Scotland. She began her writing career as a correspondent on a local newspaper but quickly realised that fiction is much more intriguing than fact. She returned to higher education her 40s, to study for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Dundee University. In 2016 she won Creative Scotland funding for a residency at Barry Mill, a National Trust for Scotland property. Her debut novel was Beneath the Skin (Polygon, 2016). She lives in Carnoustie and is available for interview.

You can find her on Twitter: @22_Ireland

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Friday, 10 August 2018

#BlogBlitz: Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray @rogerbray22 @rararesources #BloodRibbon

I am delighted to be taking part in the Publication Day celebrations for Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to take part. You can get your copy of the book here.

When there’s more than secrets buried, where do you start digging?
When Brooke Adams is found battered, bleeding, and barely conscious, the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted.
Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke’s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years.
The police, however, aren’t convinced, so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves.
As secrets from the past start unravelling, will they find Brooke’s attacker before he strikes again, or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?

My Thoughts:

Roger Bray is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and Blood Ribbon is no exception to his excellent stable of reads. It is utterly gripping and I was transfixed throughout. 

Told mainly from the perspective of Brooke Adams, what ensues is a lightening paced read with plenty of twists and turns that had me turning the pages at super speed just to find out what would happen next. 

Brooke Adams is attacked and in hospital, police don't believe that it is the work of a serial killer on the loose as claimed by a private investigator. So boldly Brooke and said investigator Rod decide to do some digging for themselves to get to the bottom of what exactly has gone on. 

The characters that Roger Bray writes about are always well thought out and multi dimensional. Characters that draw the reader in and makes them feel emotionally invested.

Another cracker from this talented author.

About the Author:
I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

#BlogTour: Duck Egg Blues by Martin Ungless @UnglessM @rararesources #DuckEggBlues

Duck Egg Blues by Martin Ungless is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy of the book here. For the duration of this blog tour, Duck Egg Blues will be on a Kindle Countdown Deal, so if you are tempted, purchase before the price rises.

Duck Egg Blues is funny, sad, mysterious and thrilling. "A robot butler detective, what’s not to love?"
Martin Ungless is a WCN Escalator Prize winning author who has twice been shortlisted by the Crime Writers’ Association for their Debut Dagger Award.
What the CWA Judges said about his work:
‘A clever and ambitious story’
‘I was laughing and crying and hugging the sheets to my chest’

This perfect slice of 'cozy crime' is narrated in the voice of a pre-war English butler and concerns a rich and powerful businesswoman whose daughter goes missing from their country house estate. That the story- teller is a robot belonging to an impoverished detective brings a fresh and original take on 'cozy', and as for 'crime'... well, it does begin to escalate, what with MI6, criminal gangs, corrupt police, and that’s not to mention international cybercrime!
As the plot strands weave together, we discover that behind one mystery lurks a greater threat. No one is safe, not even PArdew...

This is without doubt the robot-butler-detective thriller you have been waiting for! 
My Thoughts:
Duck Egg Blues is one of the most original books that a have read, particularly in the crime fiction genre. 
A robot butler is central to the story here forming one half of a detective duo in the Holmes and Watson sense of the word. I loved the robot character so much, it was so memorable. This book is littered with an overwhelming dry sense of humour which I really did enjoy. 
The plot was interesting and engaging and as the pages turned the pace ramped up and I enjoyed the ending. The narrative was great and I can't help but admire the pairing of Don and PArdew.
An individual and memorable take on the crime novel. I would love to read more from these characters in the future if there was a sequel. 

About the Author:
Following this year’s success, Martin Ungless had now been shortlisted three times by the Crime Writers’ Association for their Debut Dagger. He has won a WCN Escalator Award, and been successful in a number short-story competitions. Martin started life as an architect though now lives in the Norfolk countryside and writes full time. Martin is currently studying for the prestigious MA in Fiction (Crime) at UEA.

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