Smart women’s guide to Murder by Victoria Dowd #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED once again I’m reading for the blog tour, murder, mayhem and thrills, I love it all. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MURDER

A GOLDEN AGE COUNTRY HOUSE MURDER MYSTERY BROUGHT BANG UP TO DATE
A faded country house in the middle of nowhere.
The guests are snowed in.
The murders begin.
Ursula Smart (not her real name) gate-crashes her mother’s book club at an isolated country house for a long weekend retreat. Joining them are Mother’s best friend, Mirabelle, Aunts Charlotte and Less, and Bridget with her dog Mr Bojangles. It doesn’t matter that they’ve read Gone Girl three times this year already. But someone has other ideas.
A body is found in the grounds.
Is a lone killer hunting them? Or has one of their own group embarked on a killing spree?
What they need is a guide to survive.
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz, Liane Moriarty, Faith Martin, Frances Lloyd and Stuart Turton.

About the Author
After graduating from Cambridge, Victoria was a criminal law barrister on the London circuit for many years, where many of her cases were much stranger than fiction.
Victoria is now an award winning writer, having won the Go Gothic Short Story Award for 2019. She has had short fiction published in places such as Aesthetica: A Review of Contemporary Artists and was chosen as the runner up in The New Writer’s writer of the year award. Her work was Highly Commended by The Writers’ Forum and long-listed for The Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition. She has had short stories published in the BTS Literary and Arts Annual, Dream Catcher arts journal and Gold Dust Literary Magazine.
Victoria lives with her husband and two children. She writes full time, splitting her time between London and Devon, where she can indulge her passion for all things Agatha Christie.
BOOKS BY VICTORIA DOWD
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Twitter: @victoria_dowd https://twitter.com/victoria_dowd?lang=en
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My Review

I have been howling at this, not often is a good murder mystery quite so comedic as well. It’s been an eye opener for me, and one rabbit hole I will have to fall down.

The writing is absolutely genius!! The characters are despicable but so glorious at the same time. A modern day murder mystery but so dark and twisty. It’s macabre but delicious too.

Never have I enjoyed a book so thoroughly and laughed so heartedly, especially when you shouldn’t!!

I’m sure how ever lovely the estate was and is, I would never want these people as my friends to be snowed in with.

Definitely looking forward to more of this style and from this author.

The Moon Killer by Frances Lloyd #BlogBookTour

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The Moon Killer (Inspector Dawes #5) by Frances Lloyd

SIX VICTIMS . . . ONE VERY TWISTED MURDER METHOD.

FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR FRANCES LLOYD

A series of apparently motiveless murders in London.

The only thing linking them is the method — all the victims are killed in a very unusual way.

Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his sidekick, Detective Sergeant “Bugsy” Malone, face their most baffling case yet.

They discover that the victims do have a connection. And all the murders take place during the night of a full moon.

The Murder Investigation Team call on the assistance of a psychological profiler, the tall, extremely athletic, Cressida Davenport.

Based on her work, the detectives take a huge risk, putting one of their team’s lives at stake to lure the murderer out of hiding.

WHY DOES THE KILLER USE THIS BIZARRE M.O.?

Discover one of the most enjoyable and gripping murder mysteries you’ll read this year!

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, JR Ellis, Angela Marsons or Faith Martin.

MEET THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JACK DAWES MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: THE GREEK ISLAND KILLER
Book 2: THE BLUEBELL KILLER
Book 3: THE SHETLAND KILLER
Book 4: THE GALLOWS GREEN KILLER
Book 5: THE MOON KILLER

Author Bio

FRANCES LLOYD
Frances Lloyd was born in Essex but now lives in the Scottish Highlands. She was educated in Cheltenham where she studied English and Classics.
Frances has always been a writer. The day job was in government communications. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and photographer, and began by writing short stories, but her ambition was always to write murder mysteries. She now writes full time and has published six crime novels.
Married three times but now a widow, Frances’ hobbies are reading, travelling and wine tasting.

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

My Review

What a bizarre MO, very unique and I can honestly say I’ve not read one like it before. Weird twist

From the off I was gripped, and what perfect timing as the story kicks off on Good Friday which we’ve just had too. And the Pink Full Moon.

I definitely would read more, the writing style was dark and gritty, and I felt part of the London underworld at times. The police are gruff and stereotypical but I felt warmth and familiarity with it.

I think I loved the pathologist the most, so dry and stern. This was an Easter treat, reading in the sunshine, with rum and pineapple, I could of been anywhere. Totally lost in the story.

Jealousy is Murder by Jeanette Taylor Ford #BlogBookTour

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Now it’s Jan 2020 the BBC have started #FatherBrown again I’m loving my murder mysteries, also channel 5 has a murder mystery every day. So I can honestly say I’m getting my sleuth on!!

Jealousy is Murder
When a young woman is found strangled in her camper-van and her twelve-year-old son goes missing, DI Cooke and DS Grant have a dual problem on their hands. And what does this murder have to do with the fatal stabbing of a young man in Portsmouth several years before? And how on earth are residents of Sutton-on-Wye involved?

The Author
I’m a lifetime bookworm! From reading to my children to now creating stories of my own, books have always been a large, important part of my life. Those who have read my stories have enjoyed them, so I finally decided to inflict them upon the world in general. Some of them are ghostly tales, combined with loveable characters and interesting situations which make them ghost stories with a difference. However, I also write children’s stories, the first of which, ‘Robin’s Ring’ is published and I’m working on another Robin story. My new series, The River View Series, presents mild mysteries with a difference – and are set in my beloved Herefordshire.

Much to our youngest daughter’s disgust, I love old buildings, castles, mansions, historical places, especially ruined buildings and they are often the inspiration for my stories.

My retirement from my job as a teaching assistant has given me the opportunity to indulge my love of writing and I ask for no more than to give pleasure to my readers. When not writing, I’m making cards, singing in a ladies’ choir, doing Family History and all sorts of other things. I am married to Tony, a retired teacher, and we have six children and seven grandchildren. We live near Nottingham, England.

LINKS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.ford.16

My Review

Although this is book 4 I believe in the River View series, it’s book 1 to me, new author new mysteries. New characters and plots are always exciting. Will I like them? Will they be clichéd? Will the book stall? And I’m happy to say I Loved the characters, even the villagers, Bemusing as they are. Some are clichéd but that’s ok, I think I’d be disappointed if they weren’t. And for me, the book never stalled.

The campervan mentioned in the blurb pipped my interest first, so I just HAD to read. There’s nothing more English than countryside murders and campervans.

With realistic and vivid descriptions you can easily picture yourself smack bang in the middle of the mystery, plodding the beat looking for clues.

Fast paced and an absolute page turner, I was sad it was over. I will be going over the previous three, as I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Likeable characters that you will warm too, and invest in. I think it’s suitable to all readers. A definite one to take on holiday and enjoy that ‘me time’ with.

#Blogmas The Lavender Lady By Faith Martin

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Murderous Secrets by Janice Frost #BlogBookTour

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It’s been some time since I’ve done one of these. So as usual it’s #ADGIFTED but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

MURDEROUS SECRETS (Merry & Neal #6) by Janice Frost

Looking for a totally gripping crime mystery which you won’t want to put down?
DISCOVER THE NEW CRIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST

TWO BRUTAL SLAYINGS AT A BARN DANCE

Detective Ava Merry goes to a forties-themed dance at Northfields Farm on Valentine’s Day.

A young couple, Nick and Samantha are found murdered.

Nick is found in a wartime ambulance with and Sam is found stabbed multiple times in the glamping tent they were staying in.

DS Ava Merry is confronted by a man fleeing the tent. Who is he and is he really innocent?

SECRETS THAT SOMEONE WILL KILL TO KEEP

Then another frenzied murder ups the stakes still further.

Can DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal expose the killer?

Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.

PRAISE FOR JANICE FROST
“A very good storyline with so much happening in the family to keep the reader engrossed.” Viv

“Really enjoyable read.” Nerys

“Good entertaining read, with heart in the mouth moments.” Carole

“A fast-paced mystery with plenty of suspects.” Barbara

“I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.” Dawn

THE DETECTIVES
DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.

DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS
Book 5: DIRTY SECRETS
Book 6: MURDEROUS SECRETS

JANICE FROST

Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.

LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009761614110

Twitter: @Janice579021

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005413.Janice_Frost

Amazon: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005413.Janice_Frost

MY REVIEW

I have no experience with this author, or their writing style, which I like, as it means I get exposed to many great authors I would never have found otherwise.

A good murder story will always be my favourite, the guessing, the piecing clues together, the diversions and back stories set up to trick you.

It ends in a real page turner, one that you just have to race through to see what happens next.

I enjoyed the characters, which truly helps to be engaged with the story. You feel invested in their lives, you actually care which is rare for me.

I’ll be hunting more from this series, I don’t feel too behind by reading number 6 first. It’s a good book standing by itself. But I will enjoy going to the beginning to see how it all unfolds.

Nowhere to Hide by Stephen Puleston #BlogBookTour

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#AD GIFTED but as always opinions are my own, I always stick to the genre I love, so it’s hard to not like them. I struggle to read genres that I have no personal interest in.

Once again it’s a new author discovery for me, which I find exciting, as if like me to start to love a particular author, you literally read everything they’ve ever wrote. I’ve Patricia Cornwell or Nora Roberts I have read them ALL.

The tile is intriguing and I like the cover of the book too, it lures me in. I found Nora Roberts purely by being drawn to her cover on one book! So I don’t underestimate the power of being eye-catching, and titles are important too.

Nowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston
A murdered mother… A failing police force…A detective looking for justice.

When drug addict Dawn Piper is found dead in her own home, her neighbours are far from surprised. Dawn’s habit led her to mix with some dangerous people. But this quiet mother of one was small fry …would anyone want Dawn dead?

Inspector Drake knows there is more to Dawn’s murder than a simple drug deal gone wrong. As he digs deeper, he discovers that Dawn hoped to clean up the streets of her community that are being overrun by drugs and the dangerous County Lines gangs that sell them. And it cost her her life. Have the police force failed the community they serve?
Drake is used to the murky world of organised crime groups. He knows the dirty games they play to evade arrest. But in his toughest case to date Drake is determined to make the guilty pay.
This time, they will have nowhere to hide”

The Author

Biography

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

My Review

After reading Stephens biography I was fully invested. He loves Spiral (one of my favourite series) and boardchurch and the bridge. So straight away I’m thinking he has excellent taste in viewings, so he must know and feel what means those series so successful and enjoyable.

I like the way things are written, and based in Wales. It feels familiar and homely. Nothing too graphic or crude, it’s cleverly written and the storyline flows well.

I think I like Drake, but I want to read more books with him in, to build up a a better picture of him. He sounds complex and driven, all that I expect from an Inspector.

I like the thriller aspect of it, and I enjoyed reading it and learning new things too along the way. Definitely looking out for this author for more.

Dead of Night by Deborah Lucy #BlogBookTour

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This time I have an incredible book to read by Deborah Lucy. The title already have me dying to dive in and forget the world, and that’s exactly what I did!! I mean who doesn’t want a title to say the dead of night?

After a week of intensive physio, this weekend called for relaxing times, unwinding with a good tale of murder and mayhem. Well it was meant to be more relaxing, than it ended up being!! However I did love this escapism.

DEAD OF NIGHT

DEAD OF NIGHT (Detective Temple Mystery Book 2) by Deborah Lucy

A MACABRE KILLER WORKS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. HE’S VERY GOOD – NO ONE SEES HIM.

14-year-old local girl, China Lewis is reported missing by her friend Amy. Detective Inspector Temple is tasked to find her. The more he discovers about China, the greater the danger he knows she’s in.

Temple needs to find her and fast. But when his past suddenly catches up with him and two more girls go missing, it becomes personal. Temple’s quest to find the girls takes him into an evil world of exploitation and it seems he’s the only one who really cares.

ONE SERIAL KILLER. THREE MISSING GIRLS.

Temple has to take a gamble that risks the lives of the girls he’s trying to save. As he uncovers police corruption, he is forced to work in the shadows. Who can he trust now?

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO SAVE THEM.

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

DISCOVER A RACE-AGAINST-TIME MYSTERY FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS.

What readers are saying about DEBORAH LUCY

“Could not put it down.” SP

“Well written and plotted, an excellent and complex crime novel.” MP

‘Loved this book, gripping story, kept me guessing till the end.’ DW

“Compulsive read!” GC

THE DETECTIVE

As a small boy, DI Temple found his mother dead. She had been brutally murdered, with the crime unresolved. Temple is a man on a mission to find her killer, it’s why he joined the police. With the past throwing a long shadow over his life, as a detective, this makes him even more determined to seek justice for other victims as he hunts their killers. His personal quest makes him difficult to live with and difficult to work with and his relationships suffer. But he’ll stop at nothing to protect his family, even though they are estranged and if it means breaking the law.

THE SETTING

The DI Temple novels are set in Wiltshire, a largely rural county. Its landscape of beautiful rolling hills, downs and valleys gives no immunity to the crime that infects its scattered towns and villages. Steeped in ancient history, the tourist guides make no mention of the organised crime groups, the murders and turf wars, or the drugs that saturate the streets, lanes and school playgrounds. The M4 artery across the top of the county pumps its poison from London and Bristol, linking east and west coasts, providing criminal gangs and networks with an easy route to ply their deadly trade.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah Lucy was born in Southsea and bought up in Portsmouth, the island city.

In her working life, Deb has worked alongside a number of senior investigating officers as they’ve investigated major crime – from murder, to missing persons to abduction and kidnaps. She’s been at the 7am starts and the 3am finishes, the ‘golden hour’s,’ the high’s, the low’s, the breakthrough’s, the arrests. The slog. The politics.

For three years she worked in the missing adults and children arena, with police, government policy advisors and charities. Latterly, she conducted lifestyle enquiries for international blue-chip companies into the lives of billionaires, millionaires and politically exposed people around the world.

She is a non-fiction author, ghost-writer and has been a consultant on a forthcoming ITV drama series, A Confession starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, involving a real case she was involved in. She has a master’s degree in historical research.

Her experiences lend authenticity to her stories; she also wants her books to be entertaining and find fans amongst those who are the hardest to please – the most discerning of crime readers and real life detectives.

Links

Website: www.deborahlucy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Lucy-1809348826037410

Twitter: @DeborahLucy6

My Review

I thought from the blurb and author bio I’m in for a treat, someone that’s actually worked with cases, can be a more genuine and realistic point of view. One of the reasons Patricia Cornwell is one of my favourite authors.

And I wasn’t wrong, it kicks off immediately, no slow burn here, it’s off and keeps going, so many twists and turns, it’s actually an edge of your seat read!!!

This is a complex story unfolding at a good pace, taking you through the murky world of drug smuggling, trafficking and graphic in nature. Some a bit too graphic for me at times I will confess, too descriptive. However that’s in no way taken from the writing or story, it’s merely a personal preference.
I’d definitely recommend, but I would do a trigger warning for some of the content, as it may be too graphic for some.

Dropzone Stewart Giles #BlogBookTour

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Excited to be reading a #StewartGiles series once again, they have become a new guilty pleasure of mine. The pace is good, and not too complex for me, though I usually work out who, what and why I love watching it all unravel. And I’m thrilled it’s the two dynamic duo back together again as well.


From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes book 2 in the very popular DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor series.
Brandon Stone is doing his first Accelerated Free Fall Skydive. He has done the training and his instructors are with him so nothing can go wrong…. Can it? A double malfunction and Brandon is staring death in the face. A very rare accident. Or is it?
Jason is returning to work after 3 months recovering from injuries at the hands of Boronov. Light duties? Not if Jason can help it.
DC Harriet Taylor is taking a well deserved holiday with Jon Finch that includes tandem skydiving. Out of all the planes in the country they were on the same one as Brandon.
With a detective as a witness this should be an easy case to solve. Wrong! Jason and the team need all the help they can get to unravel the lies and find the clues before more bodies turn up.
This is a gripping story with twists, turns and intrigue all the way through. A fast moving page-turner you will not be able to put down.
THE DETECTIVES
DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon – he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

The Author

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.

My review

As it is book 2, in this case I would recommend book 1 first, so you have a better feel and understanding of the relationship and how they start where they do. However the storyline is a stand alone one, so it’s not important to read from the beginning.

Once again it’s full of red herrings, keeping you guessing, and pondering on how did 2 chutes fail. Who is the murderer? It’s a good gripping pace, and highly enjoyed. The relationship is developing well, and the characters I’m quite bonded with now. The feel familiar almost family, so it’s warming to read.

Though they have different policing styles they meld well together, such a complimentary task force, getting the job done. Looking forward to more of them together.

The Executioner By Heather Opperman #BlogBookTour

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It’s that time again, where I get to dive into the murky depths of crime, murder and mystery, the criminal underworld always draws in me. I love the puzzle of solving the cases, the twists and turns, and how the authors mind works.

So as usual it’s an #AD GIFTED book in return for a review, but all opinions are my own.

So what do we have this time, the Title itself draws me in, I’m in for a treat. Unusually for me it’s set in a place I have no real life knowledge of, so I’m using all my imagination and authors description to try and visually see the places described. Nor have I heard or read anything about this author before, so it’s a new experience for me all round.

My Review

I’ve never heard of the author Heather Opperman, so I had no bias or opinions on the writing style or story telling abilities. Which was a nice adventure really discover new and exciting authors.

There is a male Detective Alex Reid who’s the main character, but I loved the sidekick Fadi way more, his personality tickled me,and the sassy medical examiner Kate!!

It’s starts from the killers point of view which pipped my interest immediately. Their thoughts and emotions were well described.

Hideous murders, but thankfully not too graphically described or gratuitous. But carefully done so you know what’s happened without flooding your mind with visual images.

I love the characters and how they interact with each other, the niggles and ones that gel well, it makes it feel more realistic, especially with clashes of personalities, as real life is like that.

With the setting being South Africa, which I sadly have no knowledge of, I relied on the author to describe the locations, which I found she did well, and it made me more attentive to the details.

This books starts at a speedy rate straight away, which I personally love. No long chapters bedding in the characters with long waits for anything exciting to happen. This was boom action packed immediately. A truly awesome book, that I highly recommend.