A time to kill – Stephen Puleston

Book Blurb:

A missing person. 

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdoniaare an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.  

A killer hidden in plain sight. 

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again… 

My Thoughts:

Welcome back dear readers and listeners.

Can you believe this is book 5?

So welcome back to another case with our old friend DI Ian Drake and team

It still amazes me 5 books in how much of a dangerous place the windswept landscape of wales is, and fortunately for us , this story is no different.

Again I am captivated by the cover art of this book, it’s beautiful yet haunting, leaves me feeling like something isn’t quite right. I take my hat off to the artist who once again as absolutely nailed it.

It seems that not even selling antiques in wales isn’t a safe occupation anymore as we discover, but as with all good British crime thrillers , there is so much more to it.

The team dynamic is coming together in this book as the new members fit in to the existing team members, it’s believable how they each discover things they like and things They dislike about each other

I enjoy Stephen Puleston’s writing style it’s detailed yet his stories are easy to follow but full of grit and drama, a winning combination.

And DI drake, grows as a character every book at first I thought that his routines defined him, but 5 books in I am so pleased he is finally conquering them and even perhaps living his best life.

I am pleased to welcome back Richard Elfyn as golden voiced narrator, who once again hits all those unpronounceable welsh place names perfectly, without loosing any of the grittiness and suspense of the story..

I am happy to say 5 books in this series shows no signs of loosing any of its balls, and goes from strength to strength and that in its self is a testament to the brilliant team of Stephens writing and Richards excellent narrating.

I can’t recommend this series enough, British doesn’t get any better than this, make your ears happy, give them Ian Drake.

You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Kill-exciting-thriller-Inspector-ebook/dp/B07B3X3Y1Q

Follow Stephen here: https://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

Or twitter: @stephenpuleston

Queen of The Warrior Bees – Jean Gill

Book Blurb:

Epic eco-fantasy from the award-winning author of The Troubadours Quartet 
One misfit girl and 50,000 bees. Together they must change the world. As the Mages of the Citadel fight amongst themselves and prepare for war against the Forest, Mielitta, a despised servant, has her own battle to face. Bastien and Jannlou, the boys who terrorised her as a child, have grown into their status as Mages and she cannot escape them forever. 
   In desperation, she flees to the forbidden Forest and its dangerous attractions. Her scent angers thousands of bees and, although she survives their attack, she has changed. A strange bee symbol glows on her thigh and her senses are altered. She learns that her connection with bees enables her to summon their aid and gives her the power to shift shape. 
   This new-found bond works both ways and the bees need Mielitta’s help as the rift widens between Forest and Citadel. Can one girl and a colony of bees reunite Man and Nature, or is the split irreversible? 
Block Nature out and she’ll force a way in.”

My thoughts:

Welcome back dear listeners and readers, anyone who knows me will know that I am not a fan of anything yellow and black and striped that stings.

But I was completely engrossed by this book, yes believe it or not , I was listening to it every chance I got, I loved everything about this enchanting, and beautiful story.

I want to start with the cover art, it’s mystical and magical, draws you in and makes you want to discover what lies within the forest, but shows enough as not give too much away.

The characters were another strong point in this book, our leading lady is Mielitta a servant with a secret but this servant turned unlikely saviour , i instantly connected with, as I did with all of them, even minor characters had a big personality in this story.

The story is also strong , man versus nature, man thinking they can bend nature to his will, and well nature saying , “eh no” (pick any accent here you like). You will have to listen to it to see how it ends.

The narrator for this magical tale was Jannie Meisberger new name to my ears but defiantly someone I want to hear more from.

So if you want a break from crime stories (and why would you?) I highly recommend this little gem, this is book one so who knows one day you might see book two on here , keep your eyes peeled.

You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-Warrior-Bees-misfit-Natural-ebook/dp/B07PZ212M8

And find out all about Jean Gill here:

https://jeangill.com/

Dead on your feet – Stephen Puleston

Book Blurb:

“A gruesome exhibit…
When the dead body of a woman is found on public display, the murder scene bears all the hallmarks of a famous work of art. DI Ian Drake knows he is dealing with a very creative and intelligent killer – one who enjoys having their work showcased for all to see.

A gallery of death…
As more murders take place, each copying a famous work of art, Drake faces a murderer who always seems to be one step ahead. And when one of the suspects is revealed to be his own brother, the pressure mounts…this case just got very personal.

The portrait of a killer.
The art world is small, but the murderer’s ego is too big to hide forever. Drake knows he is getting closer to unmasking the culprit, but can he stop the killer before their grand finale – and a very public murder?”

My Thoughts:

Welcome back to deepest darkest Wales dear readers and listeners.

Things for DI Drake takes its darkest turn yet and I absolutely loved it.

New cases bring new team members and new dynamics.

From the very beginning I was hooked by the shadowy villain, so creepy and realistic. Also I liked the seemingly innocent cover that says so much yet doesn’t give anything away.

I loved how with the introduction of new team members , how the remaining original ones had to adapt to new people it was all very well written.

Every crime scene was brutally beautiful in its description, I could see every detail through the eyes of drake and the team.

Even drake himself has improved since the last book, his oddities are abit more under control, but as always life with him is never simple, but you will have to listen to it to find out why.

We welcome back one of my favourite welsh voices Richard Elfyn, who again tackles the Welsh language expertly as we have come to know and love. An award for pronouncing those town names alone should be on the cards.

This was definitely my favourite of the series so far, a brilliant stand alone but fits into a series that is quickly becoming a firm favourite of mine. So if you want a British crime thriller that keeps you interested from the first word to the last, then get this book or in fact the series into your audible library.

You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Your-Feet-Detective-Inspector-ebook/dp/B06ZZBCX5F

You can follow Stephen here: @stephenpuleston

Or his website: www.stephenpuleston.co.uk

Killer Cruise – Dawn Brookes

Book blurb:

“A body in the water. A plethora of suspects. Rachel Prince must be on another cruise!

When a cruise ship singer turns up dead, Rachel Prince and her octogenarian traveling companion, Lady Marjorie, are thrown headlong into a topsy-turvy murder mystery that threatens to be their last!

Crew aboard the fictional Coral Queen find themselves stretched to the limit by the antics of a Queen tribute act, a troublesome stag party and a group of excitable female cheerleaders.

Rachel is accompanying Lady Marjorie on a cruise around the Baltics. The older woman is hoping for a mystery while Rachel seeks peace and quiet.

PC Rachel Prince, cruise ship sleuth can’t believe it when a man dies under suspicious circumstances. The probable homicide occurs shortly after an unpleasant encounter with a Freddie Mercury lookalike. Rachel and Marjorie find themselves absorbed by the man’s untimely death, and surrounded by suspicious characters with ample motive for killing the unpopular victim.

The Chief of Security wavers between involving Rachel in the investigation and keeping her away from it. Sarah, Rachel’s best friend and cruise ship nurse is keen to keep her out of harms way, but it’s a case of the irresistible force meets the immovable object when there’s a mystery to be solved. Rachel is spurred on by the incorrigible Marjorie who is keen to interfere and test her own sleuthing skills.

Chief Waverley and Sarah are fighting a losing battle, and become more and more exasperated by Rachel’s involvement. In addition to this they both have problems of their own.

As the dead man appeared to have more enemies than friends, this mystery tests Rachel to the limit. She finds herself in danger as she tries to keep Lady Marjorie safe while solving the crime.

Join the crew and passengers aboard the Coral Queen for another exciting adventure at sea!”

My thoughts:

Who would have thought that so much unpleasantness could happen aboard a cruise ship.

But seemingly the good ship the Coral Queen attracts those sorts of things.

Luckily for them they have our heroine Pc Rachel Prince.

I like how each book we learn more and more about Rachel and the firey old lady Marjorie and her old friend nurse Sarah.

As with previous books there is a lot going on but the writing is done in such a way that it is easy to follow and never a dull moment.

I love the covers for these books, simple yet colourful and attractive

We welcome back our favourite narrator Alex Lee who once again does a spectacular job of telling this story

so if you want a bid of cosy crime this winter try season, give this book and This series a go, it can work as a stand alone, with some minor references to previous books but it doesn’t effect the enjoyment of this latest book.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Killer-Cruise-Rachel-Prince-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07N5LDVK6

You can follow Dawn here: @dawnbrookes1

A podcast review – Morbid

I know what you are all thinking “this is not an audiobook review?” And you would be right.

I find myself on a true crime journey at the moment, It all started when my sister introduced me to another podcast called ‘Crime Junkies’ I started listening to that and I was immediately hooked.

From there I stumbled upon Morbid, as the name suggests it’s not a podcast about rainbows and unicorns although believe it or not both are actually mentioned, this series of true crime stories and cases solved and unsolved, old and more recent is led my two hilarious women called Alaina and ash, and they could not be more different, one is a autopsy technician and the other is a hair stylist, but together they bring you horrific murder cases and criminally good stories , all done with dignity and respect, but never far away is a constant undertone of humour and sillyness, which you will agree when dealing with murder you need a pallet cleanser.

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There is a lot of flowery language but if you can overlook that then you are in for a wild ride and a lot of fun. Currently sitting at 98 episodes, each one deals with some well known names but a lot of smaller cases which I like finding out about.

If you are into true crime and looking for something refreshing to listen to then give this a go.

There website is: https://www.morbidpodcast.com/

You can follow them on twitter: @amorbidpodcast

(Blog Tour) – Visions of Zarua – Suzanne Rogerson

I am honoured to be on the tour for this amazing book.

Book blurb:

“Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria. Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the royal order of wizards refuses to investigate. Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer. The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects, and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?”

My thoughts:

I was honoured and lucky enough to be asked to be a part of this tour, for this magical and amazing book.

I loved everything about this from the first word to the last, I was drawn in and hooked and didn’t want to leave.

The characters, the setting, the sights, sounds and descriptions well all right on the money.

The main character Padrin was a brooding dark shadow who I couldn’t help but like from the very beginning despite his troubles, with his childhood friend Varnia , the two made an excellent team through good times and bad I felt they complimented each other perfectly, another sign of a truly great book.

I normally get easily lost with a book with more than one timeline but this one was interesting, straightforward and added another layer to the story.

All other characters weather good or bad were well rounded , fleshed out, I felt as if I wanted to know more about each and every one of them.

The narrator for this fantasy epic was Guy Barnes, a new name to me but someone I will be definitely be looking out for.

The cover art was another thing that drew me in, it was mesmerising and you couldn’t help but wonder who or what was under that cloak.

I must confess even though it’s been a couple of weeks since I finished this, (and yes I know why am I only writing this now) but that aside if you want something abit different then give this a go, it has stuck with me.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07VFCDTMJ/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1570611977&sr=8-1

Guarded Prognosis- Richard L. Mabry M.D

Book Blurb:

Double-barreled trouble
When Dr. Caden Taggart saw the two men sitting in his waiting room, he didn’t think they were patients. He was right, and when they introduced themselves as agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency, things started to get bad.
Then Caden felt as though someone had gut-punched him when his father, Dr. Henry Taggart, told him he probably had carcinoma of the pancreas. When he talked about his son assisting with his suicide, Caden wondered how he could talk him out of that.
When he shared his news with his wife, Beth, she tried to assure Caden that God was in control. But as things progressed, he was unsure that was true. At first, he feared for his freedom. Then for his ability to cope. Eventually, he feared for his life.

My thoughts:

Well now where to begin here,like a exquisite recipe, if you take a dollop of crime, a smattering of mystery and some seasoning of Christian doctrine, stick in the oven until done, and the end result is this tasty offering.

I have to confess I had this sitting in my library for way longer than I should have, but it was worth the wait.

I really enjoyed this, from the story to the characters, to the setting.

I always worry when science and religion mix but this story deals with it very well, it doesn’t push it to the front in your face, also it doesn’t cower at the back afraid to speak, no it sits quite comfortably like it is meant to be there.

Our main characters Caden and Beth Taggart were both believable, well written people who I actually want to see what happens to and bringing Caden’s dad Henry into the equation with all he has to deal with, you have yourself a family unit that likes it’s independence from each other but come together when need be.

I found the storyline easy to follow , the characters interacted well, the events, the settings all played their parts to tell a brilliant story.

The cover art is very well done, it tells you whats in this book without words which is hard to do.

The narrator for this medical marvel is Bill Nevitt, he does a fantastic job voicing a cast of characters both male and female.

very few books I listen to have quotes but this books a gift that keeps on giving, here it is:

“We all choose the brand of misery that makes us happiest”

if medical crime drama stories are your thing well this one will not disappoint it has an excellent story and a few twists and turns.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guarded-Prognosis-Richard-L-Mabry-ebook/dp/B07DJJRGRP/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=guarded+prognosis&qid=1567755449&s=gateway&sr=8-1

You can find Richard L. Mabry here:http://www.rmabry.com/

And Bill Nevitt: https://billnevittmedia.com/