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NON FICTION

The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers KATE BENDELOW

Who is allowed access to a crime scene? What happens when a body is discovered? Will a blood transfusion alter DNA? How can the distribution of gunshot residue inform your plot? The Real CIS – A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers answers these questions and more in a unique and exclusive insight into crime scene investigation. Using real-life examples and case studies, experienced CSI Kate Bendelow shines a light behind the yellow tape and debunks the myths popularized by the ‘CSI Effect’. Each chapter explores the latest procedures in contemporary practice including: Crime Scene access and preservation; fingerprints and DNA profiling; footwear; trace evidence; fire scenes; drugs and toxicology and, finally, firearms. Packed with insider knowledge, handy tips and compelling storylines, this is the definitive guide for all crime writers who wish to write with authenticity and authority.”Every crime writer should have a copy of this book on their desk.” Lynda La Plante. Illustrated with 59 colour images.

 

FICTION

Dark Angel, Helen H. Durrant.

FLASHPOINT, Derek Thompson

RUTHLESS, Charlie Gallacher.

A Time to Kill, Steven Puleston

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Dortmund Hibernate, CJ Sutton

Dortmund Hibernate

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Psychologist Dr Magnus Paul is tasked with the patients of Dortmund Asylum – nine criminally insane souls hidden from the world due to the extremity of their acts.

Magnus has six weeks to prove them sane for transfer to a maximum-security prison, or label them as incurable and recommend a death sentence under a new government act.

As Magnus delves into the darkness of the incarcerated minds, his own sanity is challenged. Secrets squeeze through the cracks of the asylum, blurring the line between reality and nightmare, urging Magnus towards a new life of crime…

The rural western town of Dortmund and its inhabitants are the backdrop to the mayhem on the hill.

It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.

Purchase Link – http://mybook.to/dortmundhibernate

Author Bio –

C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Master of Communication with majors in journalism and creative writing, and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.

As a professional writer C.J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate is his debut novel.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/cjsutton.author/

https://twitter.com/c_j_sutton

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/79517906-c-j-sutton

 

My Review

I’ve been looking for different books to read recently so jumped at the chance to review newly released psychological thriller Dortmund Hibernate.  This book is published by the same publisher as my debut novel, so I was very intrigued by it and it sounded exactly like something I’d enjoy. The tagline of the book is ‘It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.’ This is Sutton’s debut novel and I was very surprised by this as it read like it was written by an experienced author and it is confidently written throughout.

This novel hooks the reader from the first page with one of the best openings I’ve read: ‘Dark work, reporting on the minds of the condemned.’ This novel feels very well paced throughout and I found it easier to read a few chapters at a time then come back to it and it’s the kind of book you’ll think about long after you’ve finished it.  The chapters are also quite short which I think works well for this kind of novel. Sutton effectively deals with a lot of violence, dark and raw subject matter, that I felt this was a book I needed to take my time with.  I think it would make perfect reading group material. Sutton’s characterization is excellent throughout and each of his characters gets under your skin.  I did feel at times that his writing was reminiscent of Stephen King and Glen Chandler’s stage play, Killers. I enjoyed the fact that were introduced to each inmate individually and we hear their story with a unique voice that brings each character to life an each had their own unique voice when they tell their story to Dr Magnus Paul who has the unenviable task of deciding if they should die or sent them to a maximum-security prison.  I could definitely see this novel working as a stage play or a film. I can’t wait to read more from this author. If you are looking for an original psychological thriller and enjoyed Shutter Island, I think you will love this.

Billionaires’ Banquet, Ron Butlin

 

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1985, Edinburgh. Thatcher’s policies are biting deep – fat cats and street-kids, lovers, losers and the rest struggle to survive. Hume sets up a business catering for the rich and their ever-growing appetites. But by the new millennium, these appetites have become too demanding . . .

Powerful, challenging and very funny, Billionaires’ Banquet is an immorality tale for the 21st century.

About the Author

 

With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, RON BUTLIN is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate. Now over to Ron –

 

Before becoming a writer, I was a pop-song lyricist (3 records and a brief appearance in a justly-neglected film. I was also a footman attending parties for the great and good, the rich and bad (see my forthcoming novel ‘Billionaire’s Banquet’), a barnacle-scraper on the Thames and a male model. My work has been widely translated, and ‘The Sound of My Voice’ has been twice been awarded a ‘Best Foreign Novel’ prize as well been made into a film, a rather short film.

 

Ron is a novelist, poet, children’s author, opera librettist, playwright – one of these, on a good day. Ron has been auctioned twice for charity, and put in a cage outside parliament for The Day of the Imprisoned Writer. All very character-building.

 

Ron has given readings world-wide including at the House of Lords, John Knoz’s pulpit in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, and an Arab tent in Bahrain.

 

Ron lives in Edinburgh with my wife, the writer Regi Claire, and their dog (Note – Nessie, as she’s called in the book, features in my first novel for early teens, ‘Steve & FranDan Take on the World’ which is due out this spring. She is great fun on paper and in real life).

 

My Review

I jumped at a chance to review this book it sounded right up my street, set in Edinburgh in 1985.  I struggled at the beginning of the novel until as I found it difficult getting to grips with who was who. However, once I got to about page 49 I was hooked and especially intrigued as to what would happen with DD and Hume. The way the novel is written reminded me of a film script – a character would end a chapter then that ending would be picked up again and I really enjoyed that.

The author also handles multiple points of view perfectly. It’s extremely well written and darkly humorous.  What I most enjoyed was the way the author evoked Edinburgh and the weather and the streets.  The author is masterful at creating vivid scenes and is highly descriptive. This is my favourite read of the year. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

 

The Tiger Temple, Steven Moore

About the book

Tiger Temple

A betrayed criminal. A kidnapped child. A deadly race against time.

On the Island of the Gods, expedition leader Hiram Kane is on holiday after a long season guiding in the Peruvian Andes.

When a good friend’s greed leads him to betray Bali’s most notorious gangster, their peaceful community is left shell-shocked after the six-year-old daughter of its leader gets kidnapped in a vicious and violent raid.

What follows is a whirlwind race across the paradise island to rescue the girl before ‘The Rooster’ takes his sadistic revenge, and with the waking giant of volcanic Mt. Agung threatening to destroy them all, Kane risks everything to prevent a devastating tragedy.

The Tiger Temple is the exciting new starter to the Hiram Kane adventure series. For fans of Russell Blake and Clive Cussler, Steven Moore’s action thriller will leave you breathless.

 

About the Author

 

Steven Moore grew up (apparently) by a beach in England. An avid (average) sportsman, painter, photographer and reader, those loves were only trumped by his love of travel and writing. To date he has visited 53 countries, and has lived and worked on five continents. Highlights include trekking in the Andes and Himalayas, scuba diving all over the world, teaching English in Korea, and eating anything and everything, wherever he happens to be. Oh yes, and sampling local beers, obviously.

Steven now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife, freelance journalist Leslie Patrick Moore, and though they’ve at last found a beautiful home base, the next adventure is always just around the corner.

Steven has recently published the first three installments of his action thriller series, ‘The Tiger Temple’, ‘The Samurai Code’, and ‘The Condor Prophecy’, to great acclaim, and the 4th, ‘The Shadow of Kailash’, is coming in spring of 2018.

Early tributes for ‘The Samurai Code’:
“Starts fast and doesn’t let up.”
“An unremitting whirl throughout.”
“Thrilling from start to finish.”
“Great action, history & a dash of mystery.”
“Fast-paced and brilliantly written adventure thriller.”

“Moore has a crisp, economical style, and sets the scene well. The story, while bleak, is shot through with moments of pathos…compelling from start to finish” – Mark Dawson, bestselling author of the John Milton, Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and Soho Noir series.

Steven has also published a well-received literary coming of age novel, ‘I Have Lived Today’, as well as a popular short story, ‘The Death of Helena.’

To follow Steven’s writing career and learn about new releases, go to his imaginatively named author website, ‘Steven Moore, Author.’

My Review,

When I was asked to review this novel by Simon Leonard. I didn’t know what to expect but as it was the start of a new series I thought I would give it a try.  (Two more in the series are available on Amazon.)

I was also told fans of Clive Cussler would not be disappointed, so I had very high expectations before I read the first page. Overall the novel is well balanced and there’s a great deal of action and space for the reader to digest it. The books feel well written by an experienced author and thoroughly edited and original. I like to read novels in one sitting and this is definitely one that benefits if you can do that, I don’t think you would enjoy it as much if you read it in small sittings.  It’s very short coming in at around 135 pages and is a nice easy read, I think it would also suit younger teen readers. The length worked well for the story and the pacing. The novella is an enjoyable page turner.

I’d recommend it for afternoon reading or holiday.  Even though it is part of a series, it does work as a standalone and I think it’s a great introduction to the author if your looking for something a bit different or looking for a new series to try.

You can get the book here:

 

No Reception, Maisie Porter

No Reception

No reception

For hyper-successful wedding photographer and blogger, Zody Lee Swabler, anonymous death threats come with the territory. When warned by email not to continue booking jobs, she responds by accepting the next request that comes in.

When a strangely eager woman approaches her about the emails, she accepts the woman’s invitation to visit her home. So begins Helena Hoath’s elaborate plan to take over the life and profession of the photographer she wishes she could be.

And when Zody unleashes her own revenge scheme, she discovers that the unhinged woman may still have the wit to turn a successful photographer’s own talents against her.

Zody and Helena’s lives begin to intertwine in ways that neither could have foreseen…

Purchase Linkhttp://mybook.to/noreception

 

Author Bio –  Maisie Porter works as a professional photographer in Australia, with wide experience covering weddings, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. No Reception is Maisie’s first novel.

Social Media Links –  

https://twitter.com/eyeointment

 

My Review

Maisie and I are both published by Crooked Cat books so I was really looking forward to this novel.  If you’re looking for something quick to read and a fast paced story, I think you will enjoy this thriller. It’s set in Australia and I think this is the first Australian thriller I’ve read.  It’s well written and although I don’t normally enjoy first person – this style compliments the story and works well. The novel is well structured – very pacey which makes it a great page turner to read in one or two sittings at most and the author does a good job of intertwining the story.  It is told from the viewpoint of two women, Zody and Helena.  It has a lot of unexpected moments and is different to a lot of the thrillers I’ve read recently.  If you are looking for something chilling and original. I would highly recommend this great read.

I learned that this was Maisie’s first novel, although, I struggled to believe it was.  I am looking forward to Maisie’s next novel already.

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The Soldier’s Home, George Costigan

 

“A magnificent, big beast of a book!” – renowned playwright Willy Russell

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The Soldier’s Home is the stunning sequel to the bestselling debut, The Single Soldier, by actor and writer George Costigan.

‘Beautifully written.’ – Sally Wainwright

The war is over and his home was built…but a home is just a set of empty rooms without people and love. After surviving the devastation, secrets, lies and tragedies of a community under German occupation, can people now rekindle their lives, and rediscover their reasons for suriviving? As the soldier waits for the return of his love, the world keeps moving, threatening to leave his hopes and dreams behind….

History, secrets and painful truths collide in this astonishingly human, warm and emotive sequel from writer George Costigan.

 

  • Extensive regional and national coverage planned in all media. •Second novel of one of the UK’s best known – and best loved – actors

 

George Costigan is best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too and more recently Happy Valley, his acting career has included working with Sally Wainwright, Willy Russell, Alan Clarke and Clint Eastwood. He has directed Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite, and his writing for the stage includes several Liverpool Everyman pub shows and ‘Trust Byron’, for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Edinburgh Festival. He and partner Julia North have three sons and one grandson and live in York.

 

My Review 

I was really looking forward to this novel and jumped at the chance to review it when I saw it was endorsed by one of my favourite playwrights, Willy Russell. This is the second novel in a series but it works well as a standalone. You could even read it as two shorter stories, Enid’s part and Simone’s part.  I adore books that are split like this. I enjoyed this book so much though that I am going to go back and read the first.  The book is very different from many others that I’ve read recently and it feels very original and confident. It flows beautifully and is poetically written.

Costigan is very observant and builds a gradual detailed picture and at no point does the book feel rushed.  The whole novel feels well researched and I think it would appeal to fans of historical fiction as well as romance.  I’ve been reading a lot of fast crime reads lately and this made for an enjoyable change of pace. I don’t normally read romance novels but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Costigan really makes you care about his characters and I think that’s what’s most important. I am looking forward to more novels by George Costigan.

Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2Fv0ZRp

Murder never retires, Faith Martin

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Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS BACK! And this time she’s going to solve the most difficult cold cases.

Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie.

However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice?

Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker.

Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER NEVER RETIRES is the twelfth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION
The village of Chesterton, just a few miles from the market town of Bicester. With recent development, the village (like many near large towns) is nowadays in danger of becoming a mere ‘suburb’ of its biggest neighbour. Especially since it’s a stones-throw from Bicester Village — the famous high-end designer-label shopping centre that brings large amounts of UK and foreign shoppers. But at the time of the original murder investigation, it was a village like many to be found in rural Oxfordshire. Surrounded by farmland, it was a peaceful, quiet location. Not the sort of place where you’d expect a shocking murder to happen

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a retired police detective. She had many years’ experience solving the toughest murder cases, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She was popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

AUTHOR BIO

 

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 12 books in the series are available now.
Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

 

My Review

I’ve read quite a few of the DI Hilary Greene series now and I can always say that Faith Martin never disappoints. I was really interested to see what would with a newly retired Hilary.  Hilary has been enjoying retirement traveling on her narrow boat but now she is a police member of staff working within the crime review unit. This novel is part of a well established series but could easily work well as a standalone.  It’s a quick read. I read this novel within one sitting and its full of twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. An enjoyable police procedural that I’d highly recommend.

The Secret (EXTRACT) Katharine Johnson

The Secret

June 1st is Publication Day for The Secret by Katharine Johnson

 

This is the second book set at Villa Leonida, the house at the centre of The Silence which was published last year but it’s a standalone story.

In The Silence some bodies were discovered at Villa Leonida, an idyllic holiday home, during a children’s game of hide-and-seek during a family holiday. They’re found to relate back to the summer of 1992.

A year on, in The Secret, the villa has been put up for sale. Which for elderly resident Sonia can only mean one thing – that the renewed interest and gossip will lead to the discovery of her own secret which relates to that same evening at the villa in 1992.

But while she’s desperate to keep the past hidden another resident, Carlo, can’t leave it alone. He’s determined to discover the truth about a wartime atrocity in which Sonia’s mother and his own played a part.

 

Here’s the blurb:

Love, lies and betrayal in wartime Italy. Two girls growing up in Mussolini’s Italy share a secret that has devastating consequences. Against a backdrop of fear, poverty and confusion during the Second World War friendship is tested and loyalties divided. But a chance encounter changes everything. The girls’ lives diverge when beautiful, daring Martina marries and moves into Villa Leonida, the most prestigious house I their Tuscan village while plain, studious Irena trains to be a teacher.

But neither marriage, nor life at Villa Leonida are as Martina imagined. And as other people’s lives take on a new purpose, Irena finds herself left behind.

Decades later a tragedy at the villa coincides with the discovery of an abandoned baby whose identity threatens to re-open old wounds. While Irena’s son is determined to get to the truth, Martina’s daughter is desperate to keep the past hidden.

 

The Secret is published by Crooked Cat Books and is available in paperback £6.99 and kindle £1.99 here: http://thesecretjohnson

 

Find out more at the Online launch on 1-2  June  https://www.facebook.com/events/111942169663863/

 

 

About the author

Katharine Johnson likes writing about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. She’s passionate about old houses and the stories they have to tell. She grew up in Bristol and has lived in Italy. She currently lives in Berkshire but spends as much time as she can in the Lucca area of Tuscany. When not writing you’ll find her exploring cities, drinking coffee, playing netball badly and walking her madcap spaniel

 

 

Links

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/@kjohnsonwrites

Website/blog https://katyjohnsonblog.wordpress.com

EXTRACT

“She’s back,” said Irena, looking out onto the piazza. “She’s

got a nerve.”

“Who’s back?” Carlo asked. He was only half-listening

to his mother, while calculating how many tables would be

needed at the restaurant that evening and whether extra

waitresses would be required.

“Martina. Look. Out there in the piazza.”

Carlo joined Irena’s small, stout form at the window, half

his size these days but no less imperious. He followed her

gaze to where Sonia was passing the fountain. “That’s not

Martina, it’s her daughter Sonia. Martina’s dead,

remember?”

Irena’s voice was full of scorn. “Dead? Since when?”

He placed his hand on her arm. The skin was soft and

papery, a spider’s web of contours. “Must be twenty-five?

Thirty years ago?”

The furrows in his mother’s heavily-lined face deepened

as she thought about this. “No-one told me that. Why didn’t

anyone tell me?”

There was no sense arguing with Irena when she was like

this. At her age, it was hardly surprising she forgot things.

Although lately he’d started to worry that it might be

something more.

“It was when Cass and I were living in New York. You

wrote and told me. You didn’t go to the funeral – it was a

very small affair, from what you said.”

Irena’s stare was hard, her small, dark eyes like raisins in

her weathered face. “Please don’t treat me like an idiot. Of

course I know Martina’s dead. And not a day too soon

either. Good riddance to her.”

She looked as though she might spit but checked herself

and turned away. Her voice trembled. She turned towards

her chair, taking his arm to steady herself.

“What she did wasn’t Sonia’s fault,” Carlo said. “It isn’t

fair to blame her for what happened. There’s been enough of

that.”

To change the subject, he placed a box on the table in

front of his mother.

“I found these. Thought you might like to look through

them.”

Irena stared at the box but made no move to open it. It

wasn’t unusual for her hands to shake these days, but Carlo

noticed a flicker of panic cross her face, as though she were

afraid her memory might let her down.

“Whatever for?”

He could tell her the doctor had recommended it as a way

of helping reinforce her memories, but why worry her?

“Remember we were talking about the book I wanted to

write for you? The one about the village? I thought these

might help jog some memories.”

She’d talked so often about writing the book but had

never granted herself the time to do it. Always too busy –

and then arthritis had made typing impossible for her. Now,

with dementia setting in, she had all the time in the world

but sometimes couldn’t even write her name.

Several guidebooks had been written about the area, but

none specifically about the village. And all of them talked

about the topology, and the Etruscans, and comfortably distant

historic events, glossing over its more recent past –

the things that mattered.

Carlo had never taken the idea that seriously until now,

but increasingly he was getting a sense that time was

running out. Besides, it might be something he could sell in

the restaurant or to his wife’s property clients – a bit of local

colour. There were so few people left in the village that

remembered what it had been like in the last century. He

couldn’t stand the thought that when his mother died all

those people she’d kept alive for him in her stories would

die, too.

Some of the stories he’d heard so often that he’d stopped

paying proper attention. He’d found himself recounting

them to his daughters, and recently his grandchildren, but

he’d doubtless embroidered these with a few details of his

own so that he was no longer sure he could trust his

memory. He felt a little ashamed now that he’d not paid

more attention.

Perhaps it was already too late. Occasionally you could

still have a lucid conversation with his mother, but so often

these days the talk went round in circles. When had she got

like this? She’d always seemed indestructible.

While most of their neighbours – those that were left –

had packed up and moved away after the war ended, Irena

had stayed and watched Santa Zita’s slow decline, like a

sailor refusing to abandon a sinking ship. Carlo had asked

her hundreds of times to move to the States and live with

them, as she’d once promised, but she’d always been

adamant she couldn’t live anywhere but here. She’d no

more have left Santa Zita than cartwheel round the piazza.

Irena had known everything about everyone in the village

once. And there were still days when she recalled

surprisingly small details about people, but others when she

didn’t know them at all. She’d start a story and then

suddenly lose it.

“No, it’s gone,” she’d say, shaking her head with

frustration. As though her mind was a piece of lace with

some solid bits strung together by a series of holes.

“I know what’s happening to me,” she said, fixing him

with her dark eyes, the way she always had when seeing

straight through an attempted deception. “I know I’m losing

my mind. It happens at my age.”

She shook her head and looked out across the mountains

where a bird of prey was circling.

“Do you know the cruellest thing about it? I forget stupid

things like what I came into the room for, or what I was

about to say. Things I actually need to remember. And yet

the things I most want to forget are clearer now than ever.”

She said this last sentence so quietly he barely heard her.

He took her hand, which suddenly seemed very small.

“What do you mean, things you want to forget?”

She shook her head. She wasn’t going to talk about them

now.

 

 

 

 

The Gravity of Love, Noelle Harrison

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About the book

In love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence …

Scottsville, Arizona, 1989

In small-town America, Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but longs too for the sea’s elemental wildness. It’s a dream never realised – and now, facing the brutal truth that her husband is a cheat, Joy learns of unimaginable secrets in her early life. Riven by betrayal and loss, a chance encounter with the enigmatic Lewis, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her true identity – and to discover why the sea pulls so strongly at her heart.

Soho, London, 1967

Lewis Bell, abandoned by his mother and responsible for his wayward sister, is now living the dream. An ambitious young graphic designer, he’s aiming for the big time – if only he can keep his creative spark. His talented girlfriend Marnie adds pressures of her own and, as Lewis’s troubles intensify, sixties London fast shows its darker side.

Ballycastle, Ireland, Easter, 1989

Unexpectedly drawn together, Joy and Lewis fly across the Atlantic to the Irish coast. She’s in search of a lost mother; he’s looking for a lost love. They need to make peace with the past, with themselves and others. But the truths they encounter and connections they create will transform everyone’s lives forever.

Bold, intimate and joyful, this glorious novel deftly interweaves decades, continents and lives to tell a story of the irresistible gravity of love.

 About the author

Noelle Harrison is the Irish author of Beatrice, A Small Part of Me, I Remember, The Adulteress & The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar. Her Valentina trilogy was published under the pen name Evie Blake. She has been translated into over 13 different languages, as well as featuring on Der Speigel’s Bestseller List. Noelle was one of 56 Irish writers included in the National Gallery of Ireland anthology and exhibition Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Art. Now living in Edinburgh, Noelle divides her time between writing fiction, and on art and travel, as well as pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University.

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My review

The Gravity of love is a stunningly well-written novel about love in all its forms.  Harrison takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The book is funny at times, sad, honest and hopeful.  I don’t normally like romance novels and I think that’s because I lot of them don’t feel real but this novel does. Once I started to read it I just couldn’t put it down, it’s extremely clever and I love the fact that it’s set over two different time periods which are woven together. Harrison does a fantastic job of evoking place. She captures a dusty Arizona, London and rainy Ireland.

The gravity of Love is one of those books that stays with you long after you finish it.  I highly recommend it. Its definitely the best book I’ve read this year. I didn’t want it to end but even then Harrison does a wonderful job.  I was hooked from the start and wanted to know what would happen to every character and I think that’s hard to achieve.  I look forward to reading more from Harrison in the future.

Book link

The Gravity of love on Amazon

Crimson Siege: Blood Riders

 

Crimson Siege ebook cover

 

Book description

 

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

 

AUTHOR BIO

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

 

Links

Website: http://www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain. pattison.1

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

My Review

This is the first in a new horror series which looked good.  Its not something I’d usually pick up but I fancied a change and I’m glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Its gory but not over the top and it is well written with lots of intriguing characters.  Its also very easy and quick to read and I didn’t find it too scary. The only thing I wan’t sure about was the use of modern language in this Gothic chiller, it didn’t quite work for me.  I would read another in this series and I’m looking forward to the sequel.  If you are put off by horror I would also say that it wasn’t too scary and it was a lot of fun to read.

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