Book Tour: Double Jeopardy by M.A Comley

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Today I have for you a Book Blog Tour hosted from Bloodhound Books.

Blurb…

Successful entrepreneur, Ross Spalding, has everything to live for; a thriving business, a stunning new home, and a high society wedding to his beautiful fiancée to look forward to in the coming months. That is, until his life comes to an abrupt, gruesome end.

DI Hero Nelson and his team need to dig deep to find the reasons behind someone wanting Ross Spalding dead. As more people connected to Ross also die, some in suspicious circumstances, the suspect list grows beyond all expectations, until a major clue presents itself and spins the investigation off in a totally new direction.

However, Hero’s personal life is also dealt a major blow when his parents are faced with a life or death situation. He is forced to put his personal problems aside when the murderers are revealed and Hero is faced with a tight deadline in which to apprehend them.

Review…

Double Jeopardy is the 4th in the Hero series. However, you really don’t need to read anything prior to this. I wasn’t even aware that it was part of a series as nothing indicated to it.

I enjoyed reading this book, there was no hidden twists as such and the story was pretty straight forward but it worked really well. The story was interesting as were the characters. Hero comes across as a likeable guy who is under the pressures of working as a Detective and having a home life with a large family. I liked the inclusion of Hero’s personal life but especially how it didn’t overshadow the main part of the story as can often happen.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys an action packed crime thriller.

You can purchase a copy from Amazon UK

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

 

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Book Review: Sweetpea by C.J Skuse {Spoilers}

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have a book review for you. I was sent a copy of Sweetpea via Netgalley in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is in no way biased by this fact.

Blurb….

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always manhandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

Review…

Right from the start of Sweetpea, you get an insight into the mind of Rhinannon. The book is set out in dates like a diary format. In the first entry, we see Rhinannon cut off a man’s penis and leave him to drown. Now Rhinannon doesn’t really kill for the sake of it, because of the urge to, she kills as an act of vengeance or justice. Not for her but for victims of paedophiles, child abusers, rapists, murders and anyone else that has done something which she feels they have not served the appropriate time for. Rhinannon also kills for self-preservation. The killing urges are always linked to her partner Craig’s infidelity.

As we continue through the book we see the highs and lows of Rhinannon and her temperament, which does hit a point where it does look like her mind is unravelling and she loses grip of her mental stability and we see her kill an innocent taxi driver.

However, after this she manages to grasp herself again and ends up falling pregnant and starts to see things differently, losing the urge to want to kill.

However, it all goes a bit wrong when AJ the man who is the baby’s father demands to be part of it. AJ is a young man of 19 who Rhinannon has been having an affair with behind her partner Craigs back, this started because she admitted that she had killed someone and wanted to keep him quiet.

Rhinannon kills AJ as she feels backed into a corner. Things have been going well for her and Craig, he has stopped his affair and is giving her and her bump all the attention she has been craving. AJ threatens to ruin all that.

Things then take a bad turn as Craig is arrested abroad during a football match for bad behaviour and ends up been a suspect for all Rhinnnon’s murders as she was setting him up prior to them getting back on track.

Rhinannon goes away for a hen party and gets a call from Craig saying he has been arrested and that the police may go to their home, this panics Rhinannon as she hasn’t moved AJ’s body. She immediately goes home to try and dispose of him. During which she actually admits she loved AJ and it’s pretty obvious she realises she has made a mistake and Craig isn’t who she wants.

The book ends as there is a knock on the door before Rhinannon has the chance to move AJ.

I found the book really enjoyable. You couldn’t tell from one entry to the other how things were going to go, how Rhinannon’s mental state would be and how far she would go. AJ was such a shame as he really did love her and she could have had the life she wanted with him.

I will be picking up the sequel to this if there is one as I really want to find out what happens to Rhinannon now she is pregnant.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

 

 

 

 

Book Tour: Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett

Today I have a review of the wonderful book Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett. 

Will To Live is the 2nd book in the Detective Kay Hunter series however it can be read without having read the first book which is what I did.

Blerb…

Reputation is everything.

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as “Suicide Mile”, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Review….
I was a little wary picking this up as it was the 2nd in a series and I hadn’t read the first book.

However, I soon discovered that it wasn’t a necessity to read the first book. While Will To Live does touch on Kay Hunter’s previous case and the after effect it isn’t prominent to the main story.

Kay is a likable character and I found her intriguing.  As for the story itself it was really good. I did think at one point that it was a little predictable but then BOOM the plot twist surprised me and I didn’t see it coming. 

This book is very well written, intriguing and kept me engaged. I will definitely hunt out the first book to read for the backstory to Kay’s current situation. 

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To find out more about Rachel Amphlett you can visit her page here or follow her on Twitter.

Will to Live will be available on April 4th 2017, until then you can catch up with the 1st novel Scared To Death

For more information on taking part in blog tours please visit EDM Editorial & Publicity Services

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett [Cover Reveal]

Hey Everyone, 

Wow I am super excited to bring to you today the brand new cover for Rachel Amphlett’s new crime book which will be released on the 4 April 2017.

There will bea blog tour for the release between the 28th March to the 11th April so be sure to check in to get all the book details.

So without much further ado I give you the Will To Live.

Here is a rough blerb for the book which may change upon Publication.
Will to Live

Reputation is everything

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder. 

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer. 

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, you will love Rachel Amphlett’s new series.


Thanks for reading.
The Stationery Geekette x 


Blog Tour: Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent [Extract and Giveaway]

On my quest to bring you all new books and interests I am taking part in my first blog tour.
Today I present to you Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent. Not only do I have an exclusive extract but I also have a Giveaway for you to join to win a copy.

The Blerb!

Brighton, 1938 …

Charlie ‘Big Bad’ Woolf thought it would be easy money, and there’s precious little of that for a private detective in a seaside town. It was just a trip up to London to hand over an envelope – a favour for his old partner, Alan O’Connor. But Woolf couldn’t resist taking a peek inside.

The pictures were unadulterated smut; a man and a girl in a hotel room. Blackmail, pure and simple – right up O’Connor’s street. Woolf was happy to be rid of them, handing them over to a masked man in a London park.

When he gets home, O’Connor’s waiting for him, which is a surprise. The bigger surprise is that he’s dead; a bullet through the eye. Woolf is the prime suspect, but when he discovers that the man in the photographs is a German diplomat and the blackmail is being run by MI5, things get more complicated.

It seems obvious who killed O’Connor, but Woolf soon realizes that he’s the only one who cares. With war looming, the good of the country counts for more than the arrest of a murderer. If he’s to see the killer caught, Charlie Woolf must prove that the crime has little to do with the world of espionage …

If that sounds like something you’re interested then you can read Chapter 1

Giveaway

That’s right I also have a Giveaway for you to win a signed copy of Late Whitsun by Japser Kent. 

To enter for a chance to win please follow this link on Rafflecopter. Giveaway closes 21st December. 
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Thanks for reading and good luck!

The Stationery Geekette x

Fantasy Novel Review: Got Luck

*Disclaimer: I received Got Luck free from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions below are my own and are based purely on my experience in reading the book.

Title: Got Luck 

Author: Micheal Darling

Release Date: March 2016

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Rating: 5/5

Plot Overview :

(This is a brief summary with not much detail, don’t want to spoil it too much for any potential readers)

Gothe Luck is a Private Detective who is approached by a rich widow called Milly, who requests he looks into her husband Barry’s death. 

This marks the start of a very unusal adventure for Gothe and an explanation for things he has always known.

Over the period of 24 hours Gothe gets shot at, attacked by an invisible animal and enters a magical realm.

Goathe then discovers he is a halfling and his father is the Alder King and a Fae. Goathe is confused by his new surroundings and comes across someone he knows from the Mortal Realm and they get married in a Fae ceremony. 

Over the next few chapters Goathe discovers that a Fae is responsible for the death he was investigating and that same Fae is trying to set up a portal to get the Mortal Realm linked to a Realm where all bad and fierce people and creatures are sent. His aim is to restore faith and belief in magic to give the Fae more power.

Eventually Goathe manages to stop this happening and his life moves on.

Review:

 I honestly don’t know where to start with this review. I absolutely loved it. Despite having children and a toddler running around I picked it up read at every opportunity I got. A perfect blend if gritty crime and magic.

The main character is sarcastic and charming and the writing gave him depth. All the secondary characters were unique and added a lot to the overall story.

The plot itself was well written and devised. 

The first description of the Eternal (Fae) Realm was imaginative and very well done. I felt like I could see it in my minds eye as if it was a real place. I was in awe and wonder just like Goethe as he explored the world around him.

An absolutely amazing read, perfect for crime and fantasy lovers alike. I cannot wait for the sequal!

100% recommended.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Book Review: Sharp Objects (no spoilers)

The first book I read by Gillian Flynn was Gone Girl as I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. I really liked her style so I promised myself I would read more of her novels. I came across Dark Places and Sharp Objects and I have just got around to reading Sharp Objects.

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Published in September 2006 this was Flynn’s debut novel. I wasn’t sure how I would like this as usually writing style develops the more we write but I was very impressed.

All in all I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than Gone Girl. While I felt the plot was somewhat predictable (I guessed the killer pretty much off the bat) it didn’t ruin the read. I was intrigued by the way the characters interacted with each other especially given the family dynamics.

The main character Camille is likeable but damaged and self-destructive. I did find myself getting frustrated at her and wondered why on earth she was still staying with her mother when there was a perfectly good motel she could have stayed at. That became clear later though with the craving for attention and affection she sought.

The book wasn’t overly long which I really liked as I have found some crime writers can tend to drone on a bit and drag it all out meaning that about 3 chapters could probably be skipped.

It took me about two days to read and that was while managing a 3 children and a partner (who is probably a bigger child in fairness).

I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a nice easy read crime fiction book that may not have much time.

I am certainly looking forward to see what Gillian Flynn’s books have to offer.

Sharp Objects is available via Audio, E-Book and Paperback and can be found here.

The Stationery Geekette x