#BlogTour: The Vanished Child by M. J Lee @WriterMJLee @rararesources

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Book Synopsis:

What would you do if you discovered you had a brother you never knew existed?

On her deathbed, Freda Duckworth confesses to giving birth to an illegitimate child in 1944 and temporarily placing him in a children’s home. She returned later but he had vanished.

What happened to the child? Why did he disappear? Where did he go?

Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator, is faced with lies, secrets, and one of the most shameful episodes in recent history as she attempts to uncover the truth.

Can she find the vanished child?

This book is the fourth in the Jayne Sincalir Genealogical Mystery series, but can be read as a stand alone novel.

Every childhood lasts a lifetime.

My Review:

The Vanished Child is an absolutely fantastic piece of historical fiction that manages to be both heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time.

The story is told from two points of view, one from 2017 follows Jayne trying to help her stepmother try to find her lost brother while the other follows her brother Harry in 1951 and his experience as a child migrant to Australia.  Although I found both stories interesting I did prefer Harry’s story as although I had heard of the awful situation that the migrants found themselves in I didn’t know much about what happened.  The fact that this story is based on actual events makes for hard reading at times and I definetly had tears in my eyes reading about what happened to them.  How anyone could have treated children that way is mind boggling. I hoped they realised and felt sorry about what they had done in years to come.

Harry was also my favourite character as he seemed such a lovely, cheeky boy at first who seemed able to get some fun out of his situation.  It was quite heartbreaking to read about his experiences and the problems he had because of them.  I really wished I could have given him a hug or rushed in and adopted him myself and his feelings were quite palpable at times.

I found it fascinating to read more about how a genealogist works and how they manage to find long lost relatives.  It’s something I really want to do when I get the time as Id love to discover more about my family.

Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.  If you like dual timeline stories based on real facts that makes you cry and laugh you need to read this book.

About The Author:

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Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.
He can be contacted at writermjlee.com, on Facebook at writermjlee, on twitter, you guessed it, writermjlee. He’s nothing if not original with his internet domains.

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#BlogTour: Do No Harm by L V Hay @LucyVHAuthor @OrendaBooks @annecater #DoNoHarm #5Stars #PsycThriller

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Book Synopsis:

Till death do us part…

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…
Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

My Review:

Ooh another absolutely fabulous book from this amazing author.  I loved this book it was such a brilliant, gripping but unsettling book but one that I feel will be quite difficult to review as I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

This book was fiendishly clever and drew me in from the start with hints at things not being quite right.  Events in the book soon get murkier and murkier as suspicions are thrown after increasingly sinister things happen.  I must admit I found myself holding my breath at some of the events in the book as I waited to see how things will turn out, unable to put the book down as I desperately needed to know what would happen next.  Its amazing to see how things can spiral downwards at such a fast rate and how much people can believe something when there isn’t much evidence.

The story is told from the point of view of both Lily and Sebastian as well as a third mystery person whose identity isn’t clear but who its easy to assume who it is.  This made for very interesting reading as when things happen in the book the reader is aware of some things that the characters aren’t aware of which further increases the tension and pace of the book.  I found myself wanting to shout at the characters for not realising things that were blatantly obvious to me.

The ending was so freaking good! Wow I wasn’t expecting that or for the culprit to be the person I thought it was, very cleverly done by the author.  It was one of those books that had me scrambling back through the book to revisit certain parts to see if I should have realised earlier.What a manipulative, calculating character who still makes my skin crawl days after finishing the book.  When you realise who they are and understand exactly what they’ve done you will feel the same I’m sure! So well plotted and developed by the author, easily one of my favourite reads this year!

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and Karen from Orenda publishing for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

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Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin(2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. Her critically acclaimed debut thriller The Other Twin was published in 2017.

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#BlogTour: The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland @bookouture #TheSilentSister

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Book Synopsis:

Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she hears a strange noise. Running downstairs to check, she discovers a threatening letter addressed to her. But who sent it?

As Lizzy receives more unsettling messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her neighbours, her friends. Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her.

And they want to destroy her perfect life.

Desperate for answers, Lizzy contacts her sister, Emma. She used to be her best friend. But they haven’t spoken in years. Not since the terrible argument which tore their relationship apart…

Surrounded by secrets and lies, can Lizzy trust her sister? Or is the shocking truth more dangerous than Lizzy ever imagined?

My Review:

The Secret Sister is a fantastic new book from a very talented author.  The thing I love most about her books is how the reader is drawn immediately into the story and the characters world, so you feel like you belong there. The flow of the book is brilliant and makes the book easy to read, with the short chapters helping to increase your reading speed as it makes the story develop quicker.

I loved the characters the author has created in this book.  I had a soft spot for Lizzie who seemed to be a lovely, normal person who seems confused that someone would be obsessed with her.  She was definitely a great character to get behind and I wanted to find out how her story would end. I also loved Pippa, her work colleague who seemed a lovely, bubbly character.  Her attitude towards her friends was hilarious and I loved that she used what she knew if them to get more sales from the shop.

This book has lots of amazing twists and turns which definetly kept me on my toes.  Just when I thought I knew what was going on something happened which turned the story in a completely new direction.  I also didn’t have a clue as to who the mysterious note writer could be so found myself suspecting everyone which definetly kept me turning those pages as I needed to find out what was happening.

This is the third book by this author that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last.  Huge thanks to bookouBook for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for inviting me onto the blog tour.

About The Author:

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Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

THE SILENT SISTER is now available to preorder!

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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#BlogTour: Dead Of Night by Michael Stanley @detectivekubu @OrendaBooks @annecater #DeadOfNight

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I’m so thrilled to be kicked off the blog tour for Dead Of Night by Michael Stanley.  I’m a huge fan of this author so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to review his new book.

Dead of Night is available now in ebook and paperback now, you can purchase a copy of both here.

Book Synopsis:

When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, while searching for her missing colleague. But within a week, she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder. And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that may hold the key to everything…
Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth before she’s exposed by the local mafia. Discovering the plot behind the money is only half the battle. Now she must convince the South African authorities to take action before it’s too late. She has a shocking story to tell, if she survives long enough to tell it…
Fast-paced, relevant and chilling, Dead of Night is a stunning new thriller that exposes one of the most vicious conflicts on the African continent…

My Review:

Dead Of Night is another fantastic read from a fantastic author.

As always with this author’s books the descriptions of Africa are brilliant.  South Africa is a stunningly beautiful place and the author’s vivid descriptions of the natural beauty made it very easy to imagine.  I felt like I was there walking along with the characters experiencing everything first hand.

I loved the main character Crystal she’s an incredibly strong minded, able women who doesn’t let much stand in her way.  Her courage in going to South Africa to look for Michael and the way she conducts herself during the investigation was very impressive.  She seemed to be a very warm hearted, friendly women which made her very easy to like.

The information about smuggling I found fascinating as it was a subject I knew little about.  Niavely I didn’t think it was that common anymore but this book helped me realise what a big problem it still is.  The huge risks that the smugglers take to get their goods our of the country was quite shocking to read about, as were the variety of things that they tried to sell.  It’s amazing to think people still want that kind of thing.

This was a fast, easy read for me that I found very hard to put download.  The writing just flows and the story progresses in such a way that I felt fully immersed in the book and intrigued as to how it would all work out.  The chapters are quite short which makes it easy to pick up in spare moments to read one more chapter.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orenda Publishers for my copy of this book.  If you like beautifully described, fast paced thrillers with a great female protagonist then you’ll love this book.  I definitely can’t wait to read more from this author.

About The Author:

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Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. Their Detective Kubu series has been critically claimed and an international bestseller, picking up multiple awards since first publication. Dead of Night marks a new departure for the duo.

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#BlogTour: Wrecker by Noel O’Reilly @noeloreilly @HQstories @joe_thomas25 #Wrecker #HisFic

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Book Synopsis:

A powerful debut exploring the dark side of Cornwall – the wrecking and the drowned sailors – where poverty drove villagers to dark deeds…

Shipwrecks are part of life in the remote village of Porthmorvoren, Cornwall. And as the sea washes the bodies of the drowned onto the beach, it also brings treasures: barrels of liquor, exotic fruit, the chance to lift a fine pair of boots from a corpse, maybe even a jewel or two.

When, after a fierce storm, Mary Blight rescues a man half-dead from the sea, she ignores the whispers of her neighbours and carries him home to nurse better. Gideon Stone is a Methodist minister from Newlyn, a married man. Touched by Mary’s sacrifice and horrified by the superstitions and pagan beliefs the villagers cling to, Gideon sets out to bring light and salvation to Porthmorvoren by building a chapel on the hill.

But the village has many secrets and not everyone wants to be saved. As Mary and Gideon find themselves increasingly drawn together, jealousy, rumour and suspicion is rife. Gideon has demons of his own to face, and soon Mary’s enemies are plotting against her…

Wrecker is available now in ebook and hardbackback, you can purchase a copy of both here.

My Review:

Wrecker is a fantastic, atmospheric and quite dark piece of historical fiction that I really enjoyed.

The author is very good at setting the scene and I really felt transported to the Cornwall of the past.  Cornwall’s myths and legends as well as the local dialogue is cleverly interwoven into the story which further helped evoke 18th Century Cornwall for me. The author has clearly done his research and I found it fascinating to learn more about the history behind the book.

Wrecking was quite an emotional practice to read about, especially when the shipwreck caused death.  The people who did it or who stole from the dead must have been desperate to do it as I don’t think it’s something I could have done.  The descriptions of what Mary sees when she visits the ship wrecks makes for quite hard reading at times, especially when it involved children .I did find myself skipping the passages that described those scenes.

I wasn’t entirely sure if I liked the main character Mary.  On one hand I liked her don’t care attitude towards a lot of things and felt sorry for her for having to visit the ship wrecks in order to provide for her family.  However she comes across as quite bitter about her position in life and vain as she cares a lot about her looks which meant I wasn’t able to warm to her.  I found myself thinking she’d be a lot happier if she just accepted her position and her looks as a lot of people seem to like her.

For a historical fiction novel this was surprisingly fast paced with lots of stuff happening that helped keep my interest.  The story is quite unusual and I wanted to keep reading to learn more about the history of place and to find out how it would end. I’m always slightly dubious when a novel is described as being like Daphne Du Maurier as she’s one of my favourite authors, but I did feel that it was justified this time as the styles are similar.

Huge thanks to Joe Thomas from HQ stories for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for inviting me onto the blog tour.

About The Author:

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Noel O’Reilly is a writer and editor, now focusing on fiction. He studied English Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, and formerly worked as an English teacher in London. He is an award-winning journalist and currently edits two magazines and contributes to a website for an international publisher.

A keen musician, he plays saxophone and guitar and has performed with various jazz and blues bands, including the Brighton Jazz Cooperative. He has written a musical and a number of comedy sketches and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and venues including London’s Tram Shed, Boulevard Theatre in Soho and Melkweg in Amsterdam.

Noel spent a year living in Barcelona, commuting to his day job in London via EasyJet, and now lives in Brighton with his family.

Wrecker, Noel’s debut novel, is set in a remote fishing village in nineteenth century Cornwall which is steeped in pagan superstition. It explores the themes of religion and morality from a woman’s point of view and will be published by Harper Collins imprint HQ in summer 2018.

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#BlogTour #Extract: The House We Call Home by Jenny Oliver @JenOliverBooks @HQstories #TheHouseWeCallHome

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Good evening everyone and welcome to my spot in The House We Call Home blog tour.  I’m thrilled to have a great extract to share with you from this summery read.  Huge apologies for the lateness of this post my liflit baby isn’t very well.

The House We Call Home is available in ebook and paperback now.  The ebook is currently only 99p and you can purchase a copy of both here.

Before I share my extract with you here is a little bit about the book.

Book Synopsis:

The house where Stella and her sister Amy grew up never changes – the red front door, the breath-taking view over the Cornish coast, her parents in their usual spots on the sofa. Except this summer, things feel a little different…

Stella’s father is nowhere to be seen, yet her mother – in suspiciously new Per Una jeans – seems curiously unfazed by his absence, and more eager to talk about her mysterious dog-walking buddy Mitch.

Stella’s sister Amy has returned home with a new boyfriend she can barely stand and a secret to hide, and Stella’s husband Jack has something he wants to get off his chest too. Even Frank Sinatra, the dog, has a guilty air about him.
This summer, change is in the air for the Whitethorns…

Warm, funny and gloriously feel-good, this is the perfect summer read for fans of Veronica Henry and Milly Johnson.

Extract:

She stood at the cliff edge looking out at the rolling summer surf. The house towering behind her, solid grey stone and slate, bursting pink rhododendrons, white garden furniture that needed a paint.
The image, like closing your eyes after glancing at the sun, almost indelible on her retina, beams of light dancing in the dark.
Out ahead, mountains of cloud hovered on the horizon, a windsurfer made painful progress in the non-existent breeze while paddleboarders cruised on water that glistened like a million jumping fish.
Moira balled up her fists. Tight so she could feel her nails in her palms. If she could she would have rattled them like a child throwing a tantrum. If she could she would have screwed her eyes shut and stamped her foot and shouted down at the bloody picture-perfect view, ‘Graham Whitethorn, you god￾damn pain in the arse.’
But she couldn’t. Because from inside the hoody of the teen-age boy standing beside her she could just glimpse big worried eyes, and see the wipe of snot on his frayed baggy cuffs.
So, instead she took a deep invigorating breath of salty sea air, pushed her hair from her face, and said, ‘Come on then, Sonny. Let’s make some breakfast and call your mother. Tell her what silly old
Grandpa’s done.’
They turned back towards the house. The beautiful house. The image on her retina fitting the outline
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‘What do you mean he’s gone missing?’ Stella frowned into her phone, then almost without thinking pointed out of the car window and said to her seven-year-old, ‘Look, Rosie – Stonehenge.’
‘Missing…?’ Jack, her husband, mouthed from the driver’s seat.
Stella made a face, unsure.
Behind her, little Rosie had no interest in Stonehenge, deeply imbedded in YouTube on the iPad,
happily powering through their 4G data with her gem-studded headphones on. Usually Stella would have clicked her fingers to get Rosie’s attention and pointed out of the window again to make sure she didn’t miss the view, but the phone call from her mother trumped any tourist attraction. ‘I don’t
understand, Mum,’ Stella said. ‘How can Dad be missing? Where is he?’
Jack was frowning. Traffic was backing up from the roundabout up ahead.
‘Well darling, that’s what we don’t know,’ said her mother, her voice tinny over the phone.
Stella felt strangely out of control. Thoughts popped into her head that she wouldn’t have expected.
She and her father did not get along well. They barely talked. Hadn’t for years. Past anger had morphed into silence, and silence into habit – the threads tethered firmly in place, calcifying solid with stubbornness and age. Yet as her mother spoke, Stella found herself overcome by unfamiliar
emotion. She worried suddenly that she might start to cry. God that would be embarrassing. Jack would probably crash the car in shock.
‘How long has he been missing?’ Stella asked, turning towards the window, eyes wide to dry the possible threat of tears.

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Jenny Oliver wrote her first book on holiday when she was ten years old. Illustrated with cut-out supermodels from her sister’s Vogue, it was an epic, sweeping love story not so loosely based Dynasty. Since then Jenny has gone on to get an English degree and a job in publishing that’s taught her what it takes to write a novel (without the help of the supermodels).

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#BlogTour: The Dead Ex by Jane Corry @JaneCorryAuthor @PenguinUKBooks @HannahLudbrook #TheDeadEx

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Book Synopsis:

HE CHEATED. HE LIED. HE DIED.

Vicki’s husband David once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of David’s disappearance?
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

The Dead Ex is available now in ebook and paperback.  The ebook is currently only 99p.  You can purchase a copy of both here.

My Review:

The Dead Ex was a brilliantly gripping thriller that kept me guessing.  This book kept me company during a long night with a poorly baby and definitely helped make the hours go by faster!

The story is told from the point of view of both Vicki, an aromatherapist with a murky past, and Scarlett a little girl who has been used as a pawn for her mum’s drug dealing.  I found this very intriguing as it wasn’t immediately obvious why the story was being told from both perspectives.  My first view of the characters was that they were, to use my mum’s expression, more to be pityied than scolded.  They’ve both had hard lives and have had a lot of different things to deal with.  This opinion did change throughout the book as the story unfolds.

I really enjoyed how this story progressed.  The author slowly releases little snippets of information about the book and the mystery at a great pace that kept me interested and turning the pages.  The reader is aware almost from the start that something is not quite right with Vicki’s narrative and her past which helped add to the tension as I tried to work out what it was.  There were a lot of twists and turns which I loved.  As soon as I thought I’d figured out what was happening, something would happen to send it in a completely different direction. The ending was brilliant a great way to end this fabulous book.

Huge thanks to Hannah Ludbrooke and Viking Penguin for my copy of this book and inviting me onto the blog tour.  If you like gripping, fast paced thrillers with some fantastic twists and turns you’ll love this book!

About The Author:

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Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has spent time working as the writer in residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire her Sunday Times bestsellers ‘My Husband’s Wife’ and ‘Blood Sisters’. Jane runs regular writing workshops and speaks at literary festivals all over the world. Many of her ideas strike during morning dog-jogs along the beach followed by a dip in the sea – no matter how cold it is!

Jane’s brand-new thriller ‘The Dead Ex’ is being published on 29th June 2018 by Penguin Viking and is available for pre-order.

You can find Jane on Twitter at @JaneCorryAuthor and on Facebook at JaneCorryAuthor as well as Instagram.

 

#BlogTour #Giveaway: Murmuration by Robert Lock @roblocksnapper @legend_press #murmuration

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I’m excited to be on the blog tour for Murmuration by Robert Lock today and to have two copies to give away!

Murmuration is available in ebook and paperback now, you can purchase a copy of both here.

Before I share details of how to enter the giveaway here is a little bit about the book.

Book Synopsis:

The starlings dance in mesmerising patterns. In and out they fold. Up and down. Below them a Victorian pier has stood the test of time, carrying each generation over a cold and relentless sea.

As the birds dance they watch the lives of those who pass beneath. Two scandalous comedians born a century apart; a seemingly ageless deckchair attendant; the fortune-teller who believes no one can see the future. And in this seaside town one man knows the only way to stop history repeating itself is to solve a mystery as old as the pier.

Giveaway:

I’ve got two copies of this fantastic book to giveaway today.  In order to be in with a chance of winning simply comment below with your answer to the following question:

If you could go back in time where would you go? 

The giveaway is open until 5pm Monday 16th August when I draw a winner.

Good luck everyone!

About The Author:

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2017 has seen a 43 year-old dream realised with the acceptance of my novel Murmuration for publication by Legend Press. I handwrote my first novel at 14, thought about becoming a biologist then went to be a washer-up in Paris instead. I wrote a novel. Then I wrote another. And another. The complimentary rejection letters came flooding in. I decided to pursue a career in which I was actually paid a salary, gained a distinction on the NCTJ Photo-Journalism course in Sheffield and became a newspaper photographer.

Based in Blackpool for the past 25 years, this surreal place and its inhabitants inspired Murmuration, for which I will be forever grateful.

The important stuff -married with one daughter, lover of Prog Rock, real ale, gigs, Australian Shiraz, motorsport, playing my guitars (badly), floral shirts and my MX5.

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#BlogTour #Extract: Needle Song by Russell Day @fahrenheitpress @rfdaze @damppebbles #NeedleSongBook #damppebblesblogtours

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I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for Needle Song by Russell Day and to have an extract to share with you.  Firstly huge thanks to the lovely Emma for letting me change to an extract when my baby was very poorly and I was unable to read the book in time.

Needle Song is available now in paperback and ebook where it is currently only £1.99.  You can purchase a copy of both here.

Before I share my extract with you here is a little bit about the book.

Book Synopsis:

Spending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn’t her husband. Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it. Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case. No one except Doc. Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth – but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.

Extract:

At some point, I asked Doc if I could borrow some paper. I wanted to jot down the bare bones of the crime wall; he told me to look in the bedroom. In keeping with the rest of the flat, the room was stark. One wall was taken up with a fitted wardrobe. The other walls were lost to books, row upon row of them. The smell of old paper permeated the room.
The shelf set above the door was a depository for anything related to Harley-Davidson. The bottom shelves opposite the cot bed were a mix of art tombs and coffee table photography. The rest appeared random but I didn’t doubt there was a strict logic to their order. Knowing Doc, I didn’t bother trying to work it out. Stephen Hawking was shoulder to shoulder with books on the history of burlesque. Richard Dawkins and Ben Goldarce jostled for space with yellowing books on Voodoo. I recognised a few Miss Marple titles; these spouted multitudes of bookmarks and were sitting demurely alongside expensive looking texts on clinical psychology.
Aside from the bed – a metal framed foldaway thing, made up with a painfully white cotton sheet and a rolled up sleeping bag – the room’s only furniture was an ancient bureau. On it were a printer and a framed picture of Doc and Gina outside a registry office. I took some paper from the printer’s tray and went back to the living room. I said I’d been impressed with the library. Doc looked almost embarrassed.
“I keep meaning to have a clear out, but every time I throw a book away, I decide I want to re-read it, then I end up buying another copy. Cheaper to hold on to them.”
“The Miss Marples look like they’ve had a few readings.”
“Some men dream of glamorous movie stars. I dream of Miss Jane Marple.”
The single photograph in his bedroom told a different tale but I let it go.
“Okay, I’ll bite. Why the Miss Marple fetish?”
Doc switched off The Jive and gave me an apprising look. He was about to tell me something deeply personal.
“Miss Marple’s all about the villain’s mind. She gets her man by knowing what goes on in here.” He tapped his forehead. “Why put the body in the library? Why use poison? Why do it at half past three on New Year’s Eve? Why do it at all? People get into the how-it-was-done stuff, for me it’s always been the why of it. If you can see why something happened, you can work backwards to the how. You ever hear people bang on about motiveless crime?” I opened my mouth to reply but didn’t get time. “No such thing, all crimes have a motive. A lot of the time people lose sight of that because they get motive tangled up with reason. They think accepting someone had a motive means accepting they were justified, but that’s crap. The courts make that distinction all the time. Collecting the money is a motive for making a fake insurance claim; it’s not a justification. Three teenagers beat a stranger to death; there is no justification. But there will be a motive.” He got up again and went back to the wall. “That’s why these are niggling me.”
He’d lowered himself to his haunches to get level with the base layer of his wall. The layer with the question marks. He pulled a charcoal pencil from behind his ear and added another drawing of the lock knife, much larger than the one he’d put in the timeline. He worked quickly but executed a detailed piece of work. I let my attention lapse long enough to envy his talent. He finished with a question mark.

About The Author:

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Russell Day was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, NW10 – a geographic region searching for an alibi. From an early age it was clear the only things he cared about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage he added family life to his list of interests and now lives with his wife and two children. He’s still in London, but has moved south of the river for the milder climate.

Although he only writes crime fiction Russ doesn’t consider his work restricted. ‘As long as there have been people there has been crime, as long as there are people there will be crime.’ That attitude leaves a lot of scope for settings and characters. One of the first short stories he had published, The Second Rat and the Automatic Nun, was a double-cross story set in a world where the church had taken over policing. In his first novel, Needle Song, an amateur detective employs logic, psychology and a loaded pack of tarot cards to investigate a death.

His fiction has appeared in Writer’s Forum magazine (issues 193, 194, 198 and 201) and been included in the crime anthology, Noirville: Tales from the Dark Side. His short story, The Value of Vermin Control, won the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition, (this is available to view at the CWA website) https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/ .

Not Talking Italics, a short story featuring Doc Slidesmith, the almost-hero of Needle Song, is available for free at Fahrenheit Press https://fahrenheit-press.myshopify.com/products/russell-day-not-talking-italics-ebook-kindle-version .

The second book in the Slidesmith series, Ink to Ashes, will be published later this year.
You can follow Russ on twitter: @RFDaze
or find him at his website: russelldaycriminalmind.com

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Book Synopsis:

A page-turning psychological thriller with twists that keep the reader guessing until last page, this addictive read will be loved by fans of Shari Lapena’s A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE and Liz Lawler’s DON’T WAKE UP.

What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?

Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She doesn’t recognise the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even remember her own name.

What if your past remained a mystery?

As she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life.
The successful career. The seaside home. The near-fatal car crash.
But Chloe senses they’re keeping dark secrets – and her determination to uncover the truth will have devastating consequences.

What if the people you should be able trust are lying to you?

Between The Lies is out TODAY in paperback and ebook.  You can purchase your copy here.

My Review:

Michelle Adam’s is fast becoming one of my favourite authors for her fabulous descriptions of dysfunctional families.  I’ve always been fascinated with books about memory loss and what it’s possible for the brain to forget, so this book really appealled to me.

This book gripped me from the start as it soon became obvious that something wasn’t right.  The house that Chloe finds herself in seems very impersonal and neglected which struck me as odd for a supposed family home.  The isolated location for the house and her family’s insistence that she stay inside sent a shiver down my spine as I started to wonder what was going on.

Chloe was my favourite character especially as the story progresses and we learn more and more about her.  He fear and confusion was almost palpable at times as she tried to unravel the mystery of what actually happened.  Her emotions and guilt about the accident was very emotional and I definitely felt myself tearing up at times reading about it.  I admire her determination to discover what really happened despite lots of opposition not least the fact that she couldn’t remember much.

This was a fast paced, gripping read that I really enjoyed reading.  The author cleverly let’s the story and secrets unravel making this a very intiguing read that is hard to put down.  The chapters are fairly short making it a fairly easy read though I found I flew through the chapters promising myself just one more then I’ll sleep.

This is Michelle Adam’s second book and I really look forward to reading more from her in the future.  If you like unsettling, brilliantly paced and gripping books you’ll love this!

Huge thanks to Ann Cater and Headline for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

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I was born in 1981, the youngest of five and the only girl. For a short period of time after that I might have been my mum’s long awaited princess, but it became obvious that I was the kind of child who was more into mud pies and catching insects than I was pretty dresses. I loved my purple Doc Marten’s, hated my floral wallpaper, and was never allowed to paint my bedroom black. No, not even the ceiling.

I went to school in Warwick, UK, and throughout my school years I loved art, music, and English, yet somehow managed to end up studying clinical science at university. Despite my graduation and subsequent employment as a physiologist in cardiology, my creative tendencies were never far away. And the one aspiration I could never let go of was that of being a writer, so on a wet new year’s eve sometime around the turn of the millennium, I announced to a friend that I was going to write a book. It took another five years of note taking and day dreaming, but eventually I sat down to complete my first manuscript. It didn’t get picked up, but it drove me into writing the second, and third, and so on and so forth. By early 2015 I had finished writing MY SISTER, and when Madeleine, the founder of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency offered me representation I couldn’t believe my luck. MY SISTER has since gone on to sell in seventeen territories worldwide. It was quite simply a dream come true.

Now I write almost every day, starting at nine, finishing at some point in the afternoon. Sometimes people ask me where I get my idea’s from, and it’s a hard question to answer. Lot’s of things inspire me, but if I had to sum it up in one word the answer would probably be people; the things we do, say, and the different ways in which we behave towards one another. When I’m not writing I love to read. The first book that I didn’t want to end was Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and the first book that broke my heart was Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Gerald’s Game by Stephen King was the spark that made me want to write in the first place. I think I was probably about nine when I read that.

I like people who don’t give up on their dreams, and those who show compassion for other people. I am crazy about my cat, and fortunate that the other people in my house tolerate him. I love travelling, and am lucky enough to live close to Greece which has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. I’m currently training for the London marathon, so if you’ve got training tips, or ideas on how to avoid shin splints, I want to hear them. Finally, if you love Game of Thrones you can count me as a friend, but if you have access to a pre-release copy of The Winds of Winter, you can count yourself part of the family.

 

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