Lost and found – JL Simpson

Book blurb:

Hot on the success of her first case, British female sleuth Daisy Dunlop can count the offers of work on one finger. An empty bank account and the need to prove to her business partner, private investigator Solomon Liffey, that she is an asset, not a liability, calls for drastic measures. Terror has to be overcome as she answers a plea to find the one thing that gives her night sweats and flashbacks. An animal. A missing stud poodle, to be exact.

Solomon’s amusement at Daisy’s new case is short lived when the arrest of his former girlfriend, Lisa, leaves him with the full-time care of his young daughter, Molly. A dead man is discovered in Lisa’s bed. Now he needs to help find the killer before Molly’s safety is compromised.

When Daisy realizes the dead man is linked to her current case, Solomon and Daisy are forced to work together to rescue the dog and uncover the killer’s motives. Would the sexual prowess of a poodle really incite someone to murder, or is the real motive hidden somewhere in Solomon’s secret past? “

 

My thoughts:

 

Abit late to the party with this one with life and work getting in the way again I finally get time to get this review written.

 

From the very beginning this made me think of Agatha raisin,ok a largely more raunchy, X-rated, make your granny blush type of Agatha raisin,but Agatha raisin none the less.

I enjoyed the concept and idea of this from the first word, the story line was brilliant and the characters were all superb in their own rights.

The main character Daisy I felt was a no nonsense, went for what she wants kind of gal and no size of dog is going to stop her.

Her business partner Solomon is a randy soul with a heart of gold even with a previous run in with Daisy a constant reminder, he will do anything for anyone, even her.

On the face of it, this should just be a story about Daisy’s hunt for a lost poodle but dig beneath that and it is so much more, so many angles to this story it’s brilliant.

I loved all the characters, even the corpses were well written in both life and death and the descriptions and visuals were really enjoyable.

The narrator for this funny come sexy p.i story is Diana Croft she tells it at an excellent pace and is spot on with every accent, a joy to listen to.

I will point out now that this is book two of the series, that being said it stands on its own just fine

So if you are looking for a lighthearted easy listen with side of sexy,then I recommend this fine offering.

You can buy it here:

And follow JlSimpson here: @jlsimpsonauthor

And Diana Croft: @di_croft

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(Blog Tour) Dead in Venice – Fiona Leitch

book blurb:

“Bella Tyson is a famous 40-something crime writer suffering from writer’s block ever since a bitter divorce two years before. When a fan offers her the use of an apartment in Venice, Bella jumps at it, hoping a change of scene will have her writing again. Once there, she soon meets Will, a charming Englishman, who shows her around the city.

Enchanted by both Will and her new surroundings, Bella decides to write a supernatural murder mystery and begins researching local legends and the city’s more sinister side, including an illicit visit to the island of Poveglia, spooky former home of Venice’s asylum. Soon Bella uncovers more than she has bargained for and finds herself enmeshed in a series of gruesome real-life murders that uncannily mirror the legends she is researching.

As she and Will join forces to investigate, real life and local lore merge disconcertingly – for nothing in Venice turns out to be what seems, including Will….”

My thoughts:

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have not laughed so much from the get to at a book for a very long time.

I loved the two lead character Bella, quirky and so believable and Will cloaked in mystery, but as the story is told I enjoyed learning more about him.

The different genres all contained within the one story was inspired, the subtle mix of romance,supernatural, crime and mystery.

The incidental characters were just as important and well written as the main ones.

I found this story beautifully weaved like a fine tapestry with a thread that starts bright and gets darker with time.

The narrator for this fantastic tale is Deryn Edwards a new narrator to my ears, but one I definitely want to hear more from her.

This is one of my favourite listens of 2018, and I eagerly await my next listen from Fiona Leitch and Deryn Edwards.

So if you want a great story and an easy listen, then I highly recommend this.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Venice-Crime-Grant-Finalist/dp/B07FPQ8KND

Here is the lady herself.

Devils Kitchen – Stephen Puleston

Book blurb:

“When two bodies are found sprawled at the bottom of the Devil’s Kitchen in the mountains of Snowdonia, it looks like a murders/suicide. But something doesn’t feel right to Detective Inspector Ian Drake and his gut instinct has never let him down before.

Drake suspects at least one of the deaths could be suspicious, but who would kill such an ordinary couple and why? This might be Drake’s first murder inquiry, but his years as a detective have taught him one thing – every murder has a motive, and every killer leaves a trace.”

My thoughts:

Coming into this not having listened to any previous stories, it was great to go back to the very beginning and find out how it all began for Drake.

There is something about stories set in Wales , the accent ,the scenery it just makes crimes seem that little bit grittier.

Drake for me is tenacious,like a puppy with a stick ,not prepared to leave anything unchecked to find the answer to the case, when everyone else is telling him to close it. I can see his tenacity only getting stronger.

I loved the descriptions of the scenes, the names of the towns, I can could never hope to pronounce but i really want to visit,

The supporting cast of characters were brilliantly written and complemented/annoyed drake in a believable way, Drake himself the well groomed, fussy cop, did he keep himself well groomed because he wanted to or was to hide deeper feelings, maybe more will be revealed in later books.

The voice behind this fine tale is Richard Elfyn and he does the story absolute justice, great pace and keeps things interesting the whole time.

Despite this book is only two hours twenty one minutes long, it holds nothing back from the very beginning to the end.

In all honesty I loved this, I loved the writing style, none of the characters annoyed me, if your looking for a new series to start, then definitely start this.

You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Devils-Kitchen-Inspector-Prequel-Novella-ebook/dp/B01DOB25I6/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539976466&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=devils+kitchen+stephen+puleston&dpPl=1&dpID=518s7N5OoPL&ref=plSrch

You can follow Stephen here: @stephenpuleston

Fallout – Karla Forbes

Book Blurb:

The British government is being blackmailed by criminals who got their hands on a quantity of plutonium left over from the Cold War. There is only one man who knows their identity and can prevent a disaster, but he is on the run for a murder he didn’t commit and has no intention of being found. 
As the authorities attempt to track him down, the clock is ticking, and they are running out of time. They pin their hopes on the fact that a bunch of amateurs won’t have nuclear technology and the worst they will manage is a dirty bomb. After all, everyone knows they aren’t really that dangerous.
People run away from the explosion, and the radiation drifts harmlessly into the atmosphere. But suppose you could change that? What if the terrorists had found a way to keep the radiation near to the ground, encourage people to hang around breathing in death, and when you invite them to their own slaughter, they come willingly? They would be dangerous then…wouldn’t they?

My Thoughts:

This came to me through a Facebook giveaway and I’m so glad I decided to give it a go.

This was an action adventure from the very first word to the last, a rollercoaster ride with the occasional glint of humour which only made the good,better.

At 10 hours 38 mins it seems a long book but the pace of the story it skips along quite the thing.

the lead character nick Sullivan is a cocky yet honest man who knows what he wants and goes and gets it

The villains remind me of baddies from an old fashioned action adventure film,everything was there apart from twirling moustaches and laughing.

I found the story believable and quite scary because in today’s day and age this could very well happen, sometimes fiction is more shocking than real life.

The narrator for this ride is Craig Bowles, only slight criticism I have is, at first I found his voice a-bit monotone but as the story went on I got used to it and enjoyed it.

As an opening story in a new series it was brilliant, I eagerly await book two, if you want a good fast paced adventure then give this a go.

You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fallout-first-Sullivan-thriller-thrillers-ebook/dp/B07CWHV2T7/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1539370393&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=karla+forbes&dpPl=1&dpID=51bYS8MbpsL&ref=plSrch

You can follow Karla here: @karlaforbes

Morton – Erik Therme

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Book blurb:

Mortom: population 986. On the outskirts of town, 33-year-old Craig Moore is found drowned in the lake. A loner and town eccentric, few attend the funeral.

One week later Andy Crowl arrives in Mortom, still stunned by his cousin’s death and equally confused why everything was left to him. The two hadn’t spoken in years and shared little outside of fierce childhood competition.

But Craig hardly did him a favor. The estate amounts to little more than a drained bank account and a property overridden with junk. When Andy finds a dead rat under the refrigerator with a key in its mouth, he thinks it’s some sort of sick joke. Then he finds the letter left by Craig, written two days before his death … detailing the rules of “the game.”

My thoughts:

I absolutely loved this, a good old mystery thriller, not so much a who dunnit, but a why’d they do it.
The main characters of this twisty tale are Andy and his sister Kate, both well written and well rounded, I could believe they were actual people.

I am a big fan of geocaching (see link below for more info) so I love a good treasure hunt, and this one was one you would not forget for a long time. I loved the cryptic clues that made up the hunt, I enjoyed the way Andy didn’t just solve it straight away, it was all very well paced.

The descriptions of the house, the town and the various clues and location’s were all written as if a photograph was being held up in front of your eyes. I could often close my eyes and picture Andy’s surroundings vividly.

Even the minor characters who appeared sporadically fleshed out the story and added to the mystery and suspense.

The narrator for this twisty treasure hunt is Christopher Lane, he did an excellent job and kept the story ticking along with the right amount of emotion and pace.

If you want a classic mystery with a treasure hunt then I can’t recommend this enough. I enjoyed everything about it.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mortom/dp/B07DVWSDD8/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

You can follow Erik on Twitter: @eriktherme

or his website: http://www.eriktherme.com

You can learn about geocaching here: http://www.geocaching.com

Sticky Fingers – JT Lawrence

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Book Blurb:

“Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories by JT Lawrence include:

“Escape” – A story about about a suicidal baby who knows he was born into the wrong life, and has to get creative to correct the mistake, much to his mother’s horror.

“The Itch” – An intense, uncontrollable, unexplainable itch lands the protagonist in a mental institution.

“Bridge Gate” – In this poignant and charming short story, a daughter yearns to connect with her absent father through the letters they exchange. She’s not put off by his pedantic corrections of her writing, despite the slow reveal that he is less than perfect himself.

“The Unsuspecting Gold-Digger” – A woman gradually poisons her husband so that she doesn’t have to break his heart.”

 

My Thoughts:

Welcome to my quick review of these 12 short stories, the title alone conjures up images that the stories contained within do their best to play on. If your expecting sunshine and normality then turn around and go back the way you came, this little lot takes a road straight down route strange.

Each one of these oddities played with a different part of my mind and psychy. I enjoyed how they each dealt with a totally different subject, not knowing what you were going to get next.

I do enjoy the writing style of JT Lawrence, having read several of her other books the writing remains strong.

The storyteller for this plethora of randomness is Bianca Flanders, who’s style of reading drips like pure bliss.

If you want something refreshingly strange then this is one I recommend and have just discovered there is another two collections which I am looking forward to

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sticky-Fingers-12-Short-Stories/dp/B075V81J4L/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1529916586&sr=1-6

her website is: http://www.jt-lawrence.com

 

(BLOG TOUR) All The Little Children – Jo Furniss

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Book Blurb:

When a family camping trip takes a dark turn, how far will one mother go to keep her family safe?

Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.

Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that’s protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing. The lives of her own children aren’t the only ones at stake.

When their sanctuary is threatened, Marlene faces the mother of all dilemmas: Should she save her own kids or try to save them all?”

My Thoughts:

Welcome one and all to my stop on this tour for ‘All The Little Children’ by the brilliant Jo Furniss.

Be prepared for a non stop ride from start to finish; thrills, mystery and in the end a story about family, no matter what.

There are no fuzzy introductions, no back story to ease you in, you are dropped in the deep end. Despite the ubrupt beginning I found the story quickly established itsself. The main character Marlene Greene handles being flung into a post apocalyptic world the way any of us probably would, by any means nessesery. There are lots of children in this story and I liked how this didn’t shy away from difficult situations and the outcome of them.

If you like descriptive stories then this has enough for all of you, I like listening and watching the story in my head and well described scenes such as the ones found here make it a joy.

The narrator for this fine tale is Fiona Hardingham, a new name to me but gave each character life, both young and old. With great voice distinction you soon got to know each character like they were sitting with you.

My only wish would be to know a bit more of the back story of the main characters, but if that’s all I have then I cannot complain.

It has been great to be a part of this tour, so if you are wanting to experience the apocalypse from a slightly different angle then this will definitely be one for you.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Little-Children-Jo-Furniss-ebook/dp/B01MR8641A

You can follow Jo Furniss here: @Jo_Furniss

Jo Furniss website: http://www.jofurniss.com

Jo Furniss

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the
glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the
UK, she lived in Switzerland and Cameroon, and currently resides with her family in
Singapore.
As a journalist, Jo has worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including
Monocle, The Economist, Business Traveller, Expat Living (Singapore) and Swiss News. Jo
has also edited books for a Nobel Laureate and the Palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has
a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University. In 2015 she founded
http://www.SWAGlit.com—an online literary magazine for writers in Singapore.

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