My #Review of #TheDark by #SharonBolton @AuthorSJBolton the new #LaceyFlint #Thriller published by @orionbooks on 26.05.2022

When a baby is snatched from its pram and cast into the river Thames, off-duty police officer Lacey Flint is there to prevent disaster. But who would want to hurt a child?

DCI Mark Joesbury has been expecting this. Monitoring a complex network of dark websites, Joesbury and his team have spotted a new terrorist threat from the extremist, women-hating, group known as ‘incels’ or ‘involuntary celibates.’ Joesbury’s team are trying to infiltrate the ring of power at its core, but the dark web is built for anonymity, and the incel army is vast.

Pressure builds when the team learn the snatched child was just the first in a series of violent attacks designed to terrorise women. Worse, the leaders of the movement seem to have singled out Lacey as the embodiment of everything they hate, placing her in terrible danger...

Firstly thank you to Orion Publishing for my print proofs of The Dark.

Secondly! I’ve no idea how, but the Lacey Flint series by Sharon Bolton had gone under my radar…so before I read The Dark, I binge read the 4 previous novels….and oh my God, they were amazing, I’m shook, after finally finishing the Dark today! If you’ve not read the series, here are the books in order….

I was absolutely gripped from book one , they are all brilliantly written….but this is Sharon Bolton we are talking about!

So onto my review of The Dark. I loved this book, I adore the characters in the story, Lacey Flint, Mark Joesbury, Dana Tulloch and her partner Helen, all are real and tangible and their flaws are laid bare in every book, but especially in The Dark. I don’t want to give too much away but the storyline is shockingly real, and actually gave me anxiety as I know it’s based on some facts! At the heart of The Dark is a plot involving The Mets finest Police Officers, a group of misogynistic criminals, who think violence against women is justified and the dark web… all becomes clear and very very real the further you start to read!

I couldn’t put The Dark down, the plot is bloody electric and the revealing of the perpetrators had me fooled, up until that point! I think this is Lacey Flint’s finest novel as it’s is slap bang up to date and her own secrets are there for us, the reader to see and worry about (I don’t care what Lacey’s done I love her!!)

I’m hoping that Sharon will write more in the Lacey Flint series, as I know she’s got more novels in her….I’m actually begging you to write more Sharon!!

If you enjoy British crime fiction with epic characters and totally believable storylines and plots then The Dark is going to be the book for you! And if you’ve not come across Lacey Flint…..where have you been!!

A smashing and relevant 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star read!

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.
Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

You can find Sharon Bolton’s website HERE


#Guest #Author #DeonMeyer @MeyerDeon #Bestselling author of #TheDarkTide his latest novel @HodderBooks

JW: I’d like to start by asking, have you always wanted to be a writer? And where did the idea of The Benny Griessel novels come from?

DM: Growing up in the blue-collar neighbourhood of a gold mining town on the African highveld, it never occurred to me that becoming a writer was even possible. I wrote, as a teenager, because I was in love with stories. Then, life happened, and I only got back to writing in my thirties when, as a single parent and sole breadwinner, I hoped to earn a little extra by selling short stories to magazines.

It was never my intention to write a series based on one character. As a matter of fact, in the early part of my career, I was adamant that it wouldn’t happen. I wanted the freedom (and pleasure) of creating new characters for every book. I firmly believed that the story should always be paramount and should determine the characters.

And then came Benny Griessel. By accident. He was a minor character in an early novel (Dead Before Dying), created for a single, important scene in which I needed a drunk, alcoholic cop. He was supposed to come and go in a few pages. I created him on the fly, named him after the son of one of my favourite teachers at high school, and thought that was it.

The problem was, that he made things happen on the page. I liked writing to him! He did not want to go away. And by the end of that book, I know I had to bring him back again. Two novels later, Benny got his own book.

After that, he just kept coming back.

JW: Having only just read your latest novel The Dark Flood (although I have bought the previous 6 Benny Griessel novels to read during May!), one of the main things that stood out for me was your obvious love of your home Country. With such a chequered past, do you think it’s important to write about REAL South Africa?

DM: That’s a great question. I don’t think any writer is smart enough to paint the full picture of this wonderful country in all its multi-faceted complexity. For instance, what is real to me, would be far removed from what is real to someone living in a township in a remote area of KwaZulu-Natal or the Limpopo province.

What I try to do, is to see my country through the eyes of my characters (an enriching experience) and allow as much of their reality as the story and the conventions of crime fiction allow.

Furthermore, South Africans are the first readers of my books. My hope and aim is to write with an honesty about our country that they would find credible.

JW: Who would you like to see playing the parts of Benny Griessel & Vaughn Cupido if The Dark Flood were to be turned into a TV series? (I could SO see this happening!)

DM: It just so happens that there might be a casting call in the next few months (I’m not at liberty to divulge more at the moment). So, voicing my preferences at this time would be unfair.

However, when TRACKERS and DEAD BEFORE DYING were adapted for television, I learnt how the awesome talent of actors to make a character come to life very quickly put paid to personal preconceptions. So, I have no doubt that whoever gets the job, Bennie and Vaughn will be perfectly cast.

JW: As a child growing up, were you an avid reader or was television your thing? Do you have a favourite childhood book or television programme?

DM: I was a voracious reader from a very young age. (The Apartheid regime was terrified of the power of television, so we grew up without it. And when we finally got it – when I was seventeen – the content was strictly controlled.)

There are so many favourite childhood books, many of them in my mother tongue of Afrikaans. One author I’m sure most Britons of my age will know, Is Enid Blyton. I still believe her Famous Five and Secret Seven series laid the foundation for my love of crime fiction.

JW: Which book, that you read in 2021, has been your favourite?

DM: I relished Bill Buford’s brilliant Dirt. Exceptional writing about one of my favourite subjects (food) in one of my favourite cities (Lyon).

JW: Do you have a favourite Author? Or a favourite book of all time?

DM: The late, great Ed McBain remains my favourite of all time. His Ten Plus One is the perfect crime novel, I think.

JW: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Convincing Marianne to marry me. Being a dependable parent to all our children. Writing the last sentence of every novel. Mastering a dual-purpose motorcycle in the soft sand. And finally sort of coming to grips with the intricacies of the golf swing.

JW: If you could go back in time, to one historical event, to witness it, what would it be and why?

DM: Being in London on May 8, 1945, to witness VE Day.

VE Day May 8th 1945 London Uk

The Second World War has fascinated me from a very young age, perhaps because it was so influential in the lives of my parents. I’ve read all the great works about the war, including everything by Anthony Beevor. In my teens, I read and reread the escape stories of Richard Pape and Paul Brickhill. It inspired me to major in history at university. The war shaped my world, more than any other event.

JW: If you could invite four people to dinner, living or dead, who would you invite and why?

DM: Marianne and I would love to invite Nelson Mandela, because he is the greatest South African of my lifetime, and he was a wonderful storyteller. Ed McBain, to ask advice from. My late father, was the best raconteur I ever knew. I still miss him every day. And Stellenbosch chef Bertus Basson, to make sure the food is sublime.

JW: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

DM: My father said: “Find something you really love, and then work very, very hard at it.”

JW: What is something you are passionate about aside from writing?

DM: My family (including my grandson Matteo!). Mountain biking, golf, travel, cooking, Springbok rugby, reading, movies …

The Springbok’s

JW: Are you currently writing another book?

DM: I have started a new Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido novel. I’m still looking for the right title, though.

JW: Many Thanks must go to Deon Meyer for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions.

Deon Meyer is a South African crime fiction author and screenwriter.
A former journalist, advertising copywriter, Internet manager and brand strategist, Deon has published thirteen novels and two short story collections. His books have been published in 28 languages in more than 40 countries worldwide.
He has also written several series for television, and four screenplays for feature films. Deon has also produced and directed movies in his native Afrikaans.
Accolades for his books include Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (2003) and Le Prix Mystère de la critique (2004) from France, the Deutsche Krimi Preis (2006, 2009), the Swedish Martin Beck Award (2010), the ATKV Prose Prize (2000, 2003, and 2004), the ATKV Suspense Fiction Prize (2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2019), the M-Net Award for Most Filmic Novel (2009, 2012), and the Barry Award for Best Thriller in the USA (2010).
Deon was born in Paarl in 1958 and matriculated in Klerksdorp in 1976. He studied at the Universities of Northwest, Free State and Stellenbosch, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Creative Writing.
He lives in Stellenbosch with his wife Marianne, and is passionate about South Africa, Mozart, mountain biking, cooking, photography, and Free State Cheetahs and Springbok rugby.

You can buy The Dark Flood HERE

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Deon Meyer’s Official website HERE

My #Review of #TheRabbitFactor by #AnttiTuomainen @antti_tuomainen  @Orendabooks #Blogtour   #NotTheEasterBunny  

Just one spreadsheet away from chaos…

What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal.

And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters … and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.

But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets…

Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life.

Thanks as always must go to Anne Cater for inviting me to my first Orenda Books Blog Tour, for which I’m super honoured and thankful.

This was my first read of a book by Antti Tuomainen and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The opening chapter was amazing and had me immediately reeled in, from then on I stayed awake most of the night reading! A fabulous story of Henri a straight-laced Insurance Actuary who lives by mathematics and order, but inherits an adventure park from his dead Brother with the promise to keep it running – enter Henri into a chaotic world!

An amazingly uplifting story of love, crime and friendships… we see Henri thrown into a world of chaos in the YouAndMe Adventure park full of sticky children who leave ‘suprises’ in the tunnels and I don’t mean nice surprises! He has to negotiate criminal’s who are insistent in trying to kill him, plus the staff at the adventure park who all have a quirky edge and then the lovely Laura who changes Henri in SO many ways.

I don’t want to give any more of the storyline away but it is absolutely superb, it took me 2 days to complete I couldn’t put The Rabbit Factor Down! Some utterly hilarious moments made me laugh out loud, a lot of dark humour which I love. The ending is wonderful and to find out that this will be part of a trilogy is THE best news ever!

As always I must praise the translation into English by David Hackston, without these wonderful translators we would miss out on SO many good books!

And finally, praise as always for Orenda Books and the authors they publish, I’ve never read a duff book from their stock, one of THE best publishers in the UK.

I look forward to reading more of Antti’s work and also seeing The Rabbit Factor movie!

A 5 Star Read⭐🔥

Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. Palm Beach Finland was an immense success, with Marcel Berlins (The Times) calling Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’. Little Siberia (2020), was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, the Amazon Publishing/Capital Crime Awards and the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award, and won the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. The Rabbit Factor (2021), the first book in Antti’s first ever series,is in production by Amazon Studios with Steve Carell starring.The Moose Paradox, book two in the series is out in 2022.

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#Guest #Author #JamesMylet @JamesMylet author of #TheHomes @ViperBooks @UA_Books published 22.05.2022

Thank you so much James for being a guest on my blog, it is a huge honour! 

JW: I’d like to start, by asking, have you always wanted to be a writer? And where did the idea of The Homes come from?

JM: Yes I have always wanted to be a writer, from about the age of 16 when I first fell in love with books. I always used to write short stories or ideas and share them with my friends, as if I didn’t get them out of my head they would eat away at me. It took me to the age of 34 to first get published and there were a couple of books I wrote first before then that looking back probably helped me get better at writing.

The idea for The Homes came about because after my father died I moved back in with my mum and we talked a lot more than we had done when I was growing up as there was no longer the burden of parenting any more. She told me about The Quarrier’s homes in Bridge of Weir and it sounded like such a strange and unique place, I hadn’t ever seen a book written that was set there and I wanted to get the story told before that generation who lived it got too old.

Quarrier’s Home’s Children’s Houses on Faith Avenue (Dalry Home nearest Camera) 2005 @ Peter Higginbotham

JW: How hard was it writing from the point of view of teenage girls (Lesley & Jonesy)?

JM: I wrestled a lot with this a lot. I felt weird writing at a 40+ bloke writing as a 12-year-old girl (and originally wanted it to be anonymous or under a pseudonym, in the end, we went with a genderless name), but that girl is essentially my mother at that age and I worked with her a lot to get it right, but I would think it is unlikely I would write in the voice of a teenage girl again, just feels a bit weird.

There is an amazing and hilarious Twitter account called @menwritewomen and I live in fear of ever having my work on there.

JW: How important do you think it is to raise the issues children face in care, in the past and today?

JM: The overwhelming thing I wanted to get across was how brave the kids were to make it out of these places, they really had to fend for themselves. The whole book is a tribute to my mum and her friend (who she didn’t meet until after they had left the homes) and the courage and bravery that showed each day.

My mum is a quiet woman and I wanted a book that showed bravery not as a soldier running into a battlefield all guns blazing, but as a small person showing courage on a daily basis to get themselves out of this place.

JW: Who would you like to see playing the part of Jonesy & Lesley The Homes were to be turned into a TV series or movie?

JM: I never really had ideas for the children’s parts as I don’t know any child actors, but I did think of Peter Mullan as the Superintendent.

Peter Mullan

JW: I have to add here that I think Tessa Peake-Jones would be brilliant as Mrs Patterson!!

Tessa Peake -Jones

JW: As a child growing up, were you an avid reader or was television your thing? Do you have a favourite childhood book or television programme?

JM: I really didn’t like reading growing up. My dad loved reading and it wasn’t for me, I wanted to be outside playing football. Then one day I read Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh and a lightbulb went on that “Oh books can be like this”

That said my favourite childhood book and the book that I remember my dad reading to me was Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl, and I have since read it to my son and he loved it and it felt like passing on a baton.

JW: Which book, that you read in 2021, has been your favourite?

JM: I really enjoyed Andrew O’Hagan – Mayflies and The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong

I should say in the last year I have read a lot of the authors on Viper., the publisher of The Homes, and the standard on that imprint is terrifyingly good. Janice Hallet, Tina Baker, David Jackson, Catriona Ward, every one of the books gives you something more that you were thinking of, every one of them has wonderful extra levels.

JW: Who do you most admire?

JM: Bookwise Iain Banks, Michael Marshall Smith, Steve Toltz.

JW: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

JM: I think the friends and family I have, I am fortunate to have such good friends and a lovely family and it’s important to stop and appreciate it, that and the penalty I saved in the last minute of a cup final when I was 10.

JW: If you could go back in time, to one historical event, to witness it, what would it be and why?

JM: Anfield ’89. I got offered a ticket in my maths lesson at school for £3.50 and we couldn’t go as we were travelling to Scotland that day for the Scotland vs England match the next day.

Football – 1988 / 1989 First Division – Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2 The press team sheet list the players for the title-deciding game at Anfield. 26/05/1989

JW: What is something you are passionate about aside from writing?

JM: Music – I have always loved music. I haven’t been to an event in a long time and saw Father John Misty last week and I have forgotten how much I love it. I have spent a lot of this year trying to listen to albums in full rather than Spotify shuffle.

Father John Misty

JW: If you could invite 4 people to dinner, living or dead, who would you invite and why?

JM: Amanda Donohoe, David Rocastle, Bill Drummond, David Bowie (the world has gone to pieces since he left us, I think he was holding it all together)

JW: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

JM: Bad news quick, good news slow. If you know or think something is going to be bad, better warn someone and let them know, with good news, make sure you are certain of the good news as it’s the hope that kills you.

JW: What’s next? What are you currently working on??

JM: I am working on a story called The Herd of Buffaloes, I am 75,000 words into the first draft so there’s a long way to go but after 10 years of starting it I finally have the ending I want for it which is a relief. The hard work starts once the first draft is done.

James Mylet

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#BlogTour #TheDarkFlood by #DeonMeyer @MeyerDeon @soph_ransompr published by @HodderBooks on sale now!

One last chance. Almost fired for insubordination, detectives Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido find themselves demoted, exiled from the elite Hawks unit and dispatched to the leafy streets of Stellenbosch. Working a missing persons report on student Callie de Bruin is not the level of work they are used to, but it’s all they get. And soon, it takes a dangerous, deeply disturbing turn.

One last chance. Stellenbosch is beautiful, but its economy has been ruined by one man. Jasper Boonstra and his gigantic corporate fraud have crashed the local property market, just when estate agent Sandra Steenberg desperately needs a big sale. Bringing up twins and supporting her academic husband, she is facing disaster. Then she gets a call. From Jasper Boonstra, fraudster, sexual predator and owner of a superb property worth millions, even now.

For Sandra, the stakes are high and about to get way higher. 

For Benny Griessel, clinging to sobriety and the relationship that saved his life, the truth about Callie can only lead to more trouble.

Taut with intrigue, murder and suspense, exploding with action and excitement, The Dark Flood is a masterpiece from the author of Trackers and The Last Hunt.

SAPS HQ in Stellenbosch

Thanks must go to Hodder & Stoughton for very kindly sending me a copy of The Dark Flood.

This is the 7th in a series of novels, The Benny Greisall Series by Deon Meyer ( I didn’t know this when I wanted to read The Dark Flood) …. However it works well as a standalone. BUT I will say after finishing it I immediately went and ordered the 6 preceding books as I LOVED The Dark Flood so much!

The storyline starts with a cracking opening chapter and really from that point on it is a gripping, explosive and frankly edge of your seat thriller!

I adored the writing style of Mr Meyer, smooth but so descriptive, I haven’t read any books based in South Africa, and I was totally invested by the fabulous descriptions of real life places in South Africa and also the authors invented places, it had me straight on The Google! You can tell that this is an author that cares very deeply for his Country, which considering the history, is actually lovely, I believe it comes through strongly in his writing that he loves his Country and all its people. I loved that there are words in Afrikaans in the book (there is a handy dictionary at the back!) …. It made it really easy to ‘hear’ the words being spoken.

The storyline is fantastic, I’m not giving anything away but let’s just say it had me gripped…the undercurrent of anxiety totally kept me reading! The ending was also gasp making! It also had moments of humour which had me laughing out loud….for instance….

“Griessel and Cupido watched Sandra Steenberg drive away in the EcoSport.

“Benna she’s so hot, she gives me heat rash. Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Well I thought you have Desiree already and so …”

Partner, I’m a one woman man. I’m just saying. I feel like phoning the fire brigade about that hotness…” This had me laughing SO hard!

So in conclusion I would say if you like gripping, crime fiction, Thrillers and you haven’t discovered Deon Meyer yet, then you NEED to go out and buy his books now, and outstandingly great, award winning author! And one I’m hooked on! Bravo Sir!

Church Street, Stellenbosch
A former journalist, advertising copywriter, Internet manager and brand strategist, Deon has published fifteen novels and three short story collections. His books have been published in more than 40 countries world-wide. Two of his books — Dead Before Dying (as Cape Town) and Trackers) — were turned into international TV series.
He has also written two series for television, and four screenplays for feature films, and has produced and directed movies in his native Afrikaans.
Accolades for his books include Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (2003) and Le prix Mystère de la critique (2004) from France, the Deutsche Krimi Preis (2006, 2009), the Swedish Martin Beck Award (2010), the ATKV Prose Prize (2000, 2003, and 2004), the ATKV Suspense Fiction Prize (2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2019), the M-Net Award for Most Filmic Novel (2009, 2012), and the Barry Award for Best Thriller in the USA (2010).
Deon was born in Paarl in 1958 and matriculated in Klerksdorp in 1976. He studied at the Universities of Northwest, Free State and Stellenbosch, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Creative Writing.
He lives in Stellenbosch with his wife Marianne, and is passionate about South Africa, Mozart, mountain biking, cooking, photography, and Free State Cheetahs and Springbok rugby.


Deon Meyer WEBSITE

My #Review of #TheHomes by @JamesMylet published by @ViperBooks on 26/05/2022

Based on the true story of a childhood growing up in a home for abandoned and unwanted children, The Homes is a beautiful and haunting thriller.

As moving as it is gripping… I loved it’ CHRIS BROOKMYRE
‘Utterly compelling’ MARION TODD
‘Extraordinary’ JAMES OSWALD

There were good people in The Homes. But there were also some very, very bad ones…

A thousand unwanted children live in The Homes, a village of orphans in the Scottish Lowlands on the outskirts of Glasgow. Lesley was six before she learned that most children live with their parents. Now Lesley is twelve, and she and her best friend Jonesy live in Cottage 5, Jonesy the irrepressible spirit to Lesley’s quiet thoughtfulness.

Life is often cruel at The Homes, and suddenly it becomes much crueller. A child is found murdered. Then another. With the police unable to catch the killer, Lesley and Jonesy decide to take the matter into their own hands. But unwanted children are easy victims, and they are both in terrible danger…

Inspired by a true story, and introducing readers to the unforgettable voice of young orphan Lesley, The Homes is a moving and lyrical thriller, perfect for readers of Val McDermid, Chris Whitaker, Jane Casey and Denise Mina.

Thank you so much to Viper Books for the brilliant proof copy of The Homes

This is the first book I have read by James Mylet, and I was absolutely obsessed with it from page 1! The way it’s written is such an easy read, but the story is not skimped on.

A tale that is based on some truth of 2 twelve-year-old girls in a children’s home in Scotland.

The 2 main characters of Lesley and “Jonesey” are written with such love and care, and they tell the story of friendship, murder and abuse in a place that should keep children safe. That is not to say that there are any extreme scenes, in fact the power of NOT saying something is sometimes stronger!

It’s not very often that books make me cry, but this one did …. NO SPOILERS!

I was totally invested in The Homes, the story and plot were excellent, and I did not guess who the murderer was until it was revealed at the end!

If you like a creepy, thriller then I urge you to read The Homes from a talented and caring writer.

A fantastic 5 star read

James Mylet was inspired to write The Homes based on the short stories his Mother told him about her childhood.She grew up in the infamous Quarrier’s Homes in Scotland in the 1960’s, along with thousands of other orphaned or unwanted children, and did not realise that children were supposed to live with their parents until she was seven. James felt this story needed to be told. James lives in London

You can find James on TWITTER

My turn on the #FatalHate by #BrianPrice @crimewritersci #BlogTour published by @HobeckBooks OUT NOW!

DC Mel Cotton is back with a new case to solve, the murder of Duncan Bennett, an unassuming worker at a local confectionary warehouse.

As Mel’s team investigate, one key question remains… who would want ‘boring’ Duncan dead? And the case soon becomes far more complex and dangerous than expected, threatening to overwhelm Mexton’s small police force.

With terrorists, a paedophile network and a hitman in town, Mel and her colleagues face their greatest challenge yet. Mel’s own courage will be tested to the limits and no-one is safe. Who is stirring up hatred and violence in the area?

And can Mel prevent herself from becoming too involved and putting her life in severe jeopardy?

Thank you to Hobeck Books for inviting me on to the #FatalHate #BlogTour and sending me both books Fatal Trade and Fatal Hate.

I read Fatal Trade in a few days so I was looking forward to getting started on DC Mel Cotton’s next case, Fatal Hate by author Brian Price.

I was not disappointed at all, Brian Price is a talented writer of Police Procedural/Thrilling Crime Fiction books. We follow DC Mel Cotton and her team whilst they try to solve a murder of a somewhat unliked and dull victim, the twists and turns are excellent, and I didn’t see them coming which is always fabulous! I love the way Brian injects humour ( Cops always have dark humour, it helps cope ) into Fatal Hate and considering the themes involved, it really works and makes for a gritty and gripping read.

I love the cast of characters and how each event interacts with them and leads us through the twisty turning plot to its thrilling conclusion. And Mel Cotton is like a cat with 9 lives, getting into situations and luckily coming out safely!

A really solid read, and with each book you feel the author is really getting into his stride with the characters and DC Mel Cotton. I look forward to book 3 in the series!

A 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star read.

Brian Price is a writer living in the South West of England. A scientist by training, he worked for the Environment Agency for twelve years and has also worked as an environmental consultant, a pharmacy technician and, for 26 years, as an Open University tutor.

Fatal Trade is his first full-length novel but he has contributed a number of short stories to a local writing group’s anthology, called Cuckoo. He is the author of Crime Writing: How to write the science, a guide for authors on the scientific aspects of crime. He has a website on this topic ( and advises crime writers on how to avoid scientific mistakes in their books. Brian also has a website about his writing (

Brian reads a wide range of crime fiction himself and also enjoys Terry Pratchett, Genevieve Cogman and Philip Pullman. He may sometimes be found listening to rock, folk and 1960s psychedelic music. He is married and has four grown-up children.

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My #Review of #ForAnyOtherTruth by #Denzil Meyrick @Lochlomonden @BirlinnBooks

When a light aircraft crash-lands at Machrie airport, DCI Jim Daley and his colleague Brian Scott rush to the scene. But it soon becomes clear that both occupants of the plane were dead before take-off …

Meanwhile in Kinloch, local fisherman Hamish is unwittingly dragged into danger when he witnesses something he shouldn’t, and hotel manager Annie is beginning to suspect her new boss may not be as he first appeared.

And just as Chief Superintendent Carrie Symington thinks she has finally escaped the sins of her past, she finds herself caught in an even deadlier trap.

DCI Jim Daley Book 9 – For Any Other Truth….
I’ve had this on my bookshelf for a while because I didn’t want to read it and finish it – The thing is I adore this series, Jim Daley is such a fantastic character and my all-time favourite side-kick Brian Scott (reminds me of several ex Copper colleagues from years ago) who hate Boats as much as I do (you will have to read the series to find out why!).

This book is in my opinion, the best so far, the storyline was original and fast-paced, I was on the edge of my seat the whole way thru….it has the usual humour and unusually emotion (yes I cried), and I’m not going to give any spoilers but someone dies!

The premise is a light aircraft crash at Machrie Airport which starts the ball rolling for a tale of mystery and deceit which drags Jim and Brian into a murky world of old troubles and climate protesters.

A fantastic book as always from one of my favourite authors, plus this one was close to home to me as I used to work in the ops room at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire…..mentioning this will become clear once you start reading! 

Thank you, Denzil for another brilliant read…..when’s the next one due out? LOL!

5 Star Read ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The next DCI Daley thriller The Death Of Remembrance is out in June 2022

Denzil Meyrick official Website

Denzil Meyrick was born in Glasgow and brought up in Campbeltown. After studying politics, he pursued a varied career including time spent as a police officer, freelance journalist, and director of several companies.
Beginning with Whisky from Small Glasses, then The Last Witness, Dark Suits and Sad Songs, The Rat Stone Serenade, and Well of the Winds, the DCI Daley series have all become Scottish Crime bestsellers. Whisky from Small Glasses reached #2 in the UK Kindle store in 2016.
An anthology of short stories, One Last Dram was published in late 2017.
The Daley series to date have all been number one bestselling UK audiobooks on Audible. DCI Daley #6 The Relentless Tide and #7 A Breath on Dying Embers one of the Scotsman newspaper’s books of 2018 and 2019. A Breath On Dying Embers was longlisted for the 2019 McIlvanney Prize.


#Guest Author #SamHolland @SamHollandBooks author of the upcoming #Debut #TheEchoMan published by @HarperCollins (UK) OUT NOW!

J; Thank you so much Sam for being a guest on my blog, I’m so honoured!

SH: Thank you for having me!

J: I’d like to start by asking, have you always wanted to be a writer? And where did the idea of The Echo Man come from, as it’s so unique!

SH: I’ve always wanted to be an author, but I never really believed it was something I could achieve. I took a more standard career first – doing a degree in Psychology then working in HR for fifteen years. But I’ve always loved books and wanted to write, and eventually I just thought ‘sod it!’ and put fingers to keyboard.

The idea for The Echo Man came from a perfect storm of TV watching. I’d been enjoying a lot of David Fincher’s work – films like Fight Club and Se7en – and had just started watching Mindhunter. The serial killers, combined with dark, scratchy scenes got me thinking – why wouldn’t a narcissistic, sadistic killer also watch this stuff? And what better people to teach him the craft, than those who had come before him? And so The Echo Man was born.

J: How much research did you do into the killings in The Echo Man?

SH: A huge amount! I wanted to make sure I got the little details correct, so I started reading biographies and watching documentaries on the serial killers I wanted to include. Dahmer, Bundy (so much on Bundy!), the GSK, Manson. At one point I had a list of serial killers covering my whiteboard, including how and who they killed. It was quite a sight! In the end I read over a dozen books on serial killers and their psychology – it’s a fascinating subject.

J; Who would you like to see playing the parts of Jess Ambrose, DS Nate Griffin, DCI Cara Elliott, DS Noah Deakin and DC Toby Shenton if The Echo Man was turned into a TV series/Movie?

SH: When I’m writing I have a board next to my desk with images of what the characters look like – so this is an easy question. Nate Griffin is a young Karl Urban, Jess Ambrose – Brie Larson. Cara Elliott is a brunette Emily Blunt, and Noah Deakin is an Israeli actor called Tomar Kapon. Shenton, I’m not sure about. He always had an ethereal quantity to him – so a previously unknown actor, I think.

J: As a child growing up, were you an avid reader or was television your thing? Do you have a favourite childhood book or television programme?

SH: Both! I read a huge number of books, but I also devoured films and TV. I remember I used to watch the old Poirot with David Suchet. When I was a child, I loved Stephen King and Dean Koontz although thinking about it now I must have been far too young. Explains a lot, I think.

J: What is your favourite book you read in 2021?

SH: So many. Push by Audrey Audrain. We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker. Vine Street by Dominic Nolan. I went through all of the Aidan Waits books by Joseph Knox and loved those. We are going through an incredible time at the moment for crime fiction; there are too many books I am desperate to read. This year I am making my way through Mo Hayder’s back catalogue – they are fantastic.

J: Do you have a favourite Author? Or a favourite book of all time?

SH: I have some go to authors: Jane Harper, Tim Winton, Maggie O’Farrell, Eva Dolan, Cara Hunter, to name a few. I buy their books the moment they’re released; they never disappoint. Favourite book of all time is very hard to quantify. The crime book taking the top spot at the moment is The Lost Man by Jane Harper. I love it with a passion and recommend it to anyone who asks.

J: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

SH: New Zealand. I have a long-held aspiration to tour the country in a campervan. One day, maybe.

J: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

SH: In terms of being a writer it has to be a toss-up between two. Stephen King: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” And Jodi Picoult: “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” Simple but very true.

J: If you were moving to another country, but could only pack one carry-on sized bag, what would you pack?

SH: Is it just me? Let’s assume so because if I’m taking the dog or the child I would definitely need more luggage!

Laptop, notebook, pen. Phone – with a few books saved in case I can’t get my hands on proper paperbacks. Jeans, favourite hoodie, boots. Running shoes. Headphones. Passport. Driver’s licence. This is a very dull but practical answer, sorry!

J: Do you have a hidden talent?

SH: I can cross my eyes then move one eye independently, does that count? Not much of a talent!

J: Are you currently writing another book?

SH: I am currently editing the follow up to The Echo Man – called The Twenty (title may yet change!) about a serial killer counting down from twenty. There’s a lot more going on though – blood, phobias, love, regret. It looks at the duality of personality – who we are from the outside and the secrets we hold within. Very dark and lots of fun.

We meet some new characters – in particular DCI Adam Bishop who, like Nate Griffin before him, I am slightly obsessed with. Dark and disturbed, as all irresistible men are.

It’s not a sequel but in the same world – so Cara makes a few cameos and there are other characters you’ll recognise. It’s out Spring 2023, and already I can’t wait.

Having always been fascinated with the dark and macabre, Sam Holland’s love of reading was forged in the library through Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Herbert. A self-confessed serial killer nerd, Holland studied psychology at university then spent the next few years working in HR, before quitting for a full-time career in writing. The Echo Man is the result.

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#BlogTour #BreakneckPoint by #TOrrMunro @TinaOrrMunro @HQstories

CSI Ally Dymond’s commitment to justice has cost her a place on the major investigations team. After exposing corruption in the ranks, she’s stuck working petty crimes on the sleepy North Devon coast.

Then the body of nineteen-year-old Janie Warren turns up in the seaside town of Bidecombe, and Ally’s expert skills are suddenly back in demand.

But when the evidence she discovers contradicts the lead detective’s theory, nobody wants to listen to the CSI who landed their colleagues in prison.

Time is running out to catch a killer no one is looking for – no one except Ally. What she doesn’t know is that he’s watching, from her side of the crime scene tape, waiting for the moment to strike.

Breakneck Point is a dazzling read. I absolutely flew through the book over 2 days. The writing is exceptional and very easy to read. I loved the lead character of CSI Ally Dymond, in the first chapter we find out that she is a straight down the line employee of Devon Police, and this sets the stage for a thrilling plot and a feisty storyline involving Ally.

The plot is SO good ( I refuse to give anything away!) but let’s just say that it had me on the edge of my seat and at times shouting “NO” at Ally Dymond, yes she’s one of those characters!! A great cast of supporting characters that don’t confuse the reader but make the plot and story sing!

And let’s not forget the descriptions of the settings for this book, they were wonderful and made me feel like I was really there on the beach in North Devon!”

This will be the first in a new series, I believe and I shall look forward to reading the second book. If you like taught, anxiety-ridden thrillers with so many red herrings that I did not see the end coming, then Breakneck point is for you. I must also say that I saw the book cover and just knew I would love this book, so full marks to the marketing team!

A fabulous 5 star read.

My debut crime novel – Breakneck Point – is due to be published 14 April, 2022. Breakneck Point introduces the character of Ally Dymond, a tough, but flawed Crime Scene Investigator (or Scenes of Crime Officer) consigned to minor crimes in a North Devon backwater after blowing the whistle on corruption. I hadn’t read many novels that had a CSI as their main protagornist and as I used to be a SOCO many years ago (long enough ago that it was more Sherlock Holmes than CSI Miami!) I decided I would write one.
I am a massive fan of urban crime, but I specifically wanted to set Breakneck Point in North Devon. North Devon is area that is very close to my heart. I grew up there in the 70s and had what I call an ‘Enid Blyton’ upbringing in a tiny village called Wembworthy. I now live in Barnstaple with my own family. It is as beautiful as the postcards show you, but I wanted to write crime a novel that shows the reality for many of living in a rural area, a reality that is often at odds with those stunning views. I hope Breakneck Point will be the first of many novels featuring Ally Dymond

You can buy Breakneck Point HERE

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