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It’s always exciting when you get to do a cover reveal for a book that you can’t wait to read, even more exciting when you’re the ONLY blogger revealing said cover……talk about an honour and huge vote of trust from the author.  I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share the cover of Robert Enright’s Bermuda, the prequel to the massively popular and successful Doorways and The Absent Man.

As if the first chance to see the cover of Bermuda isn’t enough, I am so pleased to say that Doorways is currently free on Kindle via Amazon UK and The Absent Man is 99p on Kindle via Amazon UK.

 

Discover how it all began…

Franklyn Jones is a devoted husband, a loving husband and a middle manager working in London. His only secret is he can see ‘The Otherside’, a world that hides in the shadows of our own. After his claims of these creatures leads to the loss of his family and his commitment to a mental health facility, Franklyn’s life came to a complete stand still.

Eventually, Franklyn is recruited by the BTCO, a secret agency that monitors and maintains the truce between both worlds. Thrust into an advanced training regime based on his ‘gifts’, Franklyn soon finds himself out on his first case, investigating the disappearance of several people in Elvedon Forest in Suffolk.

Closely monitored by his trainer, Denham, Franklyn edges further into this new world, hunting a violent entity that lives within the trees, whilst also being watched by a mysterious warrior.

The explosive prequel novella to DOORWAYS and THE ABSENT MAN, BERMUDA provides a look back at where it all started. Are you ready for the answers?

 

And now, for the all important cover…..

 

 

 

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Isn’t it stunning?  Ties perfectly with the previous covers and looks amazing!  Now to wait for the publication date to roll round so I can read it!

 

 

About the Author:

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Born and raised in North West London and now residing in Hertfordshire, Robert Enright has been writing for over 10 years. His debut novel – ONE BY ONE – was self published on Amazon in March 2015, receiving critical acclaim and was nominated for Books Go Social Book of the Year 2015. The violent, revenge thriller gave Rob a path into crime fiction, but the constantly embraced geek within him went a different way. 2016 will see the release of DOORWAYS – published by Urbane Publications – the first in the Bermuda Jones series, a dark sci-fi about an agency dealing with the threat of a parallel world. He can’t wait to write the whole series – if he can put down his Xbox controller or his Nerf Guns!

For more information about Rob and his upcoming books, feel free to check him out on social media:

Twitter – @REnright_Author
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/robenrightauthor

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I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for Isabel Ashdown’s latest thriller Beautiful Liars which will be published on 19th April 2018 but can be preordered now!

 

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Eighteen years ago Martha said goodbye to best friend Juliet on a moonlit London towpath.
The next morning Juliet’s bike was found abandoned at the waterside.
She was never seen again.

Nearly two decades later Martha is a TV celebrity, preparing to host a new crime show… and the first case will be that of missing student Juliet Sherman. After all these years Martha must reach out to old friends and try to piece together the final moments of Juliet’s life.

But what happens when your perfect friends turn out to be perfect strangers…?

 

Guest Post: LOCATIONS

As a novelist, I’m constantly discovering new things about myself and the way I write.  With experience I find that I must be fixed on a location before I can write a word, and being a coastal girl at heart, it’s no surprise that most of my books share a coastal theme.  Beautiful Liars is my first departure from the sea – taking us to the diverse locations of rural Derbyshire, modern London and importantly, the Regent’s Canal.  Arguably, you could say that I still find myself gravitating towards water …

Beautiful Liars is a psychological thriller of multiple perspectives, and it’s a story concerned with the power of lies.  Martha Benn, our main protagonist, is a TV investigator attempting to launch a cold case review into the disappearance of her childhood friend Juliet, who went missing on along the Regent’s Canal eighteen years earlier.  In the present day, Martha has a privileged life, living in a plush city apartment with views across London, earning an enviable salary and the respect of her peers.  But our journey into the past shows a very different story.  Having grown up in relative poverty, with an absent mother and an alcoholic ex-policeman father, Martha lived for the moments spent outside the home, with her best friends Juliet and Liv.  The Regent’s Canal was an area they frequented, whether walking to school together or meeting at the Waterside Bar where the staff turned a blind eye to underage drinkers.  It was after a night out there that Juliet was last seen, when Martha left her to cycle home alone after the pair had exchanged cross words.  In the years that have passed, dreams of the moonlit Regent’s Canal have haunted Martha, and it’s now time to put those nightmares to rest.

She’s been here before, recognises the still-water tang of the moonlit path, the creaking murmur of houseboats and wooden decking moored along the frozen bank. It’s a shortcut home, one they’ve always taken in warmer months, but to be avoided alone after dark for fear of unseen dangers lurking in the shadows. To her right the frosted path meanders alongside the black water, disappearing into nothing as it stretches beyond the bridge. Her shallow breaths billow out in hot white clouds, misting her vision. To her left a homeless pair sit huddled beneath sleeping bags on the wooden bench, not looking in her direction, more interested in the sandwich packet and steaming tea they’ve just been handed. ‘You’re an angel,’ one of them says, to no one in particular, his hand raised like that of a stained-glass saint. ‘You’re an angel.’

A key suspect in the case is David Crown, a local landscape gardener and charity worker, who was known to the girls and went missing at around the same time as Juliet.  It was this fact that led the police to scale back their investigation so quickly, believing her vanishing was a simple case of a 17-year-old running away with an older man.  Martha, however, is not convinced, and she follows David’s trail back to his childhood home in Derbyshire’s Peak District to seek out anyone who might know where he is now – and ultimately lead her to discover the whereabouts of her best friend.

From where I stood, her home was in view, not three hundred yards from the clearing, a large stone farmhouse set against the backdrop of the mountains and dales beyond. Out in the open air, the sun was still warm and bright in the sky, and it would be several hours more before darkness descended. I gazed down at the girl, taking in the way her slender arms trailed at her sides, palms upturned, fingers curled as though in restful slumber. One of her yellow clogs had tumbled away to reveal the soft pink underside of her small foot; the other remained in place, incongruous and ugly. I removed it, placed it with its partner neatly at the foot of the nearest birch. It struck me how young the girl suddenly appeared in death, how the absence of life lifted years from her, and how, lying there in her pastel summer dress, her skin sun-kissed and downy with fair hair, she seemed no threat at all. Where was her power now?

Preorder your copy via Amazon UK

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I am thrilled to share a guest post with you today written by Liz Mistry, the author behind the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford.
Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth book in the series and was published by Bloodhound Books on 14th April 2018 and is available to buy now.


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DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.   

As the investigation unfolds, Gus m

ust discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist Am

erican based Christian church. 

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

Order your copy now via Amazon UK

Guest Post:

Inside The Mind of Liz Mistry, Crime Fiction Author

Author of the DI Gus McGuire books, Liz Mistry, gives us a sneak preview into the depths of her mind, revealing all her secrets about how her latest book Uncommon Cruelty came about.

Imagine my brain as a jigsaw of ill-fitting pieces. Each one carrying an image of, perhaps, a childhood memory, a newspaper report, a real-life event, a personal experience, an overheard conversation, an actual conversation, a smell … the list could be endless. These pieces all float around haphazardly inside my creative mind for a long time … sometimes from my childhood (and that is a long time ago) and sometimes more recently; flashes of conversations, snapshots of scenes, visions of historic events, news headlines that have grabbed me … they all remain in my mind.

Sometimes these images remain shadowy … just out of reach… in my peripheral vision. These ones are not fully formed, they have an almost ghost like translucent quality to them. They are frustratingly close, yet, just out of reach.

However, sometimes the images are vivid, virtually blinding in their intensity. Their neon, almost fluorescent, light forces me to acknowledge them, to look at them, study them, consider where they might take me. Most infuriatingly, they keep me awake at night and often steal my daylight hours too – seeping into my thoughts, distracting me from other things, making me day dream and … generally annoying me. They follow me wherever I go and then, after weeks, or months or even years, they start to speak to me, until one day, usually at the most inconvenient
time, one of the vivid ones jumps right to the front of the queue, preening and strutting like a horny peacock vying for a mate … and that’s when I know I’ve got a starting point. But, it doesn’t stop there … oh no. I still need my sub plots so …

All the jigsaw pieces continue to bump against each other, knocking sharp edges off here, smoothing corners there, losing extraneous stuff, embellishing things and, gradually, they form a clear picture of plot lines and ideas that interweave to create a cohesive narrative. That is, in essence, how my creative mind works.

Then comes the darkness! Well, I write crime fiction, don’t I? – here’s how that happens.

With Uncommon Cruelty a very normal event that, no doubt, happens throughout the world on a fairly regular basis, captured my imagination and formed a jigsaw piece that loitered in the shadows for a while before emerging into the light. This particular jigsaw piece was inspired, in part, by personal experience and in part by hearsay and various news stories over the years. It was the Out Of Control Teen House Party jigsaw piece. My own teen (at the time) son hosted one such party that got mildly (in retrospect) out of control with a few older kids gate-crashing
and a bit of damage to the house. This combined with hazy memories of a party I had hosted as teen when my parents were away (the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, it seems). Thankfully most of these parties end with only minimal damage to property and a sound telling off for the guilty teen party host.

However, as any crime fiction author will tell you, when you bring in that most essential of all writers’ tools the big “WHAT IF … ?” question, then things can take a very, very dark turn … and, that’s basically what happens in Uncommon Cruelty.
Drugs, alcohol, gate-crashers and a group of silly teenagers out of control and with their senses impaired, leads to chaos … and death. By the end of the Uncommon Cruelty teen house party, in a fairly affluent area, of Bradford, DI Gus McGuire and his team have two dead bodies and a missing teen to investigate… and of course things only get darker from there on in, as I let my demons out to play and think of the worst-case scenarios.

So, we have that house party as the largest jigsaw piece; the one the other pieces are jostling around trying to fit into … that’s my starting point and the contents of my mind will determine where it goes.

The next jigsaw piece to emerge from the shadows and slot into position was the memory of a huge biker and quad bike gathering in the Kirkstall area of Leeds in 2016. The bikers basically took over a huge part of Kirkstall during rush hour and caused considerable disruption. When I asked myself the “WHAT IF … ?” question, I came up with an illicit, newly formed, biker gang involved in criminal activity in the Bradford area.

Another jigsaw piece that erupted from the shadows, was an article I’d read about Prayer Chairs on a website, about how some churches were taking Prayer Chairs to the city centre streets to encourage people to meet Jesus. The “WHAT IF … ?” question for me this time, was, what if, instead of being an altruistic gesture, it was more cultish and not part of mainstream Christianity and much less tolerant?

I had one other main jigsaw piece to explore, and that was the idea of Jihad. A long-ago conversation with a Muslim friend about the true meaning of the word Jihad, worked its way loose and slotted nicely into place in Uncommon Cruelty. The idea of a Jihad being, not about violence and destruction and terrorism, but rather about a conversation with God and a Muslim’s personal journey through life, navigating every challenge that is faced made me consider how young Muslims in the UK today navigate the line between faith and western society.

So, those are the jigsaw pieces that make up Uncommon Cruelty. Hope you enjoyed hearing about them.

 

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Whilst I’m taking a few days off for the school holidays I thought that it might be nice to showcase some wonderful indie authors and shine a blinding spotlight on them.

I am delighted to be joined by the lovely Heather Osborne today.

Heather has written several books which are available to buy now on Amazon,  and I would recommend checking them out, I’m keen to check out the Rae Hatting Mysteries series as it sounds brilliant!


Author Feature:

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Heather Osborne was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology, as well as coursework in Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland, very much a dream of hers since she was a small child. Heather has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. She also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, Heather enjoys reading, writing (of course!), theatre, as well as caring for her young son.

 

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

My favorite thing about being an author is weaving stories together from one or two sparks of inspiration. It could be anything from reading about a specific period of history to seeing the sun set on the horizon. It’s a pretty magical feeling.

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?  

Getting the story out without rushing! I’ve found I enjoy writing short stories the most because I have to get maximum impact in about 10,000 words. It’s certainly a challenge.

If you could have written any book what would it be and why?

I don’t think I can answer that because each book is unique, even if the storyline has similarities to another book. I wouldn’t want to take another author’s work and make it my own. However, if I could emulate any author’s style, I’d love to be able to write like Charlotte Bronte.

How do you spend your time when you’re not wrapped up plotting your next book?

When I’m not writing, I volunteer with Victim Support Scotland. I’m active in our local theatre group, where I act, direct, stage manage and just about anything else that needs done! I also take care of my six-year-old son and try to get in some reading when I can! I proofread and edit on the side, so I’m a very busy woman.

Do you have a set routine for writing?  Rituals you have to observe? I.e. specific pen, silence, day or night etc.

With all I do, I have to write when the inspiration strikes me. I don’t believe in writing for the sake of writing. My words have to have a purpose. If I find I’m forcing myself and the words are flowing properly, I stop. However, I do keep a notebook and pen in my handbag and I’ve been known to write a scene on anything I can get a hold of when needed. I have a scene from The Soldier’s Secret scrawled on the back of a play script.

What’s on the horizon?  What can your fans look forward to next?

I’m currently working on another crime thriller, my first standalone in the genre. I’m also working on a sequel to my historical romance Bitter Bonds entitled Divided Destiny. I have a few little side projects as well creeping around, including a collection of short stories I hope to have out mid-year.

Finally, if you could impart one pearl of wisdom to your readers, what would it be?

Be kind to your favorite authors and leave reviews! Even just a few words let us know people are out there. And try to remember, we are human too! Don’t forget there is a person behind the words.

Can you tell me a little about your latest book?  How would you describe it and why should we go read it? 

My latest book was actually a novella entitled Assassin’s Blood and written under the pen name H.A. Osborne. It’s my first foray into science fiction, and it is based on some of the roleplaying experiences I had and the back story I created for a character I still roleplay, but obviously with tweaks to the location, etc, so as not to violate any copyright (eep!). It’s very character driven and the first of three novellas (I hope to get the next two out this year). It’s something unique and a genre I’ve never explored before. I also had help from other people who play the same video game, so it really was a group effort. I put a great deal of heart and emotion into it, so I hope it reflects back to the readers!

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HAOsborne

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hosborneauthor

Blog: https://heatherosborneauthor.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://author.to/HeatherOsborne

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bWVG3r

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** My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of this book **

 

Description:

To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.
On an icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…

My Thoughts & Review:

There are series that you just cannot help but await eagerly and the Detective Erika Foster is one of those for me.  I’ve followed it for some time now, and have loved each installment, have enjoyed seeing the main character and her team develop, have been thrilled at the the intricately twisted cases that they have to work on but most of all I have enjoyed the breathtakingly brilliant plotting that has awaited me in each book.

Deadly Secrets is the sixth book in the series and it’s utterly fantastic.  The killer is terrifying, and although the reader is privy to more information that Erika and her team, you can’t quite put your finger on their identity.  It doesn’t help when the author is as deviously clever as Robert Bryndza, ensuring facts and clues only make sense when he’s ready for the reader for them to.

The plotting of this novel is superb, the switching perspectives of the detectives, the victims and the killer builds the tension perfectly and hooks the reader in.  Being able to glimpse into the mind of the killer adds an extra layer of excitement, and seeing details that the police can’t begin to guess certainly makes this an addictive read.

It was nice to catch up with Erika again, and see what life had thrown at her since the last case she worked on.  But what really stood out about this installment in the series was the way that Robert Bryndza took the time to give Erika a hugely personal strand to the plot.  Fans of the series know her backstory, and new readers will discover how fragile she can be, how hard she’s worked to be ok and to get on with life after the death of her husband.  But here we see a vulnerability that was unexpected and made an already much loved character one that readers would become more invested in.

An excellent addition to the series that will wow fans!

You can buy a copy of Deadly Secrets via:

Amazon UK

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** My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book **

 

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‘Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

My Thoughts & Review:

This has to be one of those books that most people have heard something about, whether it’s because they’ve heard it being likened to Agatha Christie on psychedelics, or because it’s a bit like the classic 80s show Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula (google it if you don’t know about it!) or just because it’s so cleverly plotted and complex.

Without talking about the plot in much detail, I shall attempt to review this book……erm well, that might be a little harder than I thought.  The plot of this book is superb, there are so many threads and they are so cleverly woven together.  I hate to think of the work that went into the writing of this book, and raise my hat to Stu Turton, what a bloomin’ clever chap he is.  With a myriad of different characters that are intricately detailed there is the potential for details to become overshadowed, vital clues to be lost within the narrative and well, the danger for readers to be so intimidated by the sheer complexities of the plot but somehow it all links together beautifully.

Each of the characters that plays a part in this magnificently woven tale is wonderfully detailed.  Whilst they are all so very different, they share the same goal, to solve the mystery of the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle before time runs out or the looming menace catches him first and ends it all.  I don’t think I could pick a favourite from all of the creations in this book, there are some who appealed to me more than others, but each plays an important role in moving the story along and so their quirks and flaws make them individual.

I know that many people have read this book and commented that they’ve struggled to put into words just how much this book as blown their minds, or left them reeling.  I can’t blame them, I found that it took a while to get my thoughts in order after finishing this book, and if I’m honest, I don’t think I’ve fully digested everything about this one yet….its still running on a loop through my head despite the books I’ve read since.  There’s just something about this book that causes readers to think, scratch their heads and want to applaud Stuart Turton for his brilliant writing, masterful plotting and absolute genius!

You can buy a copy of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle via:

Amazon UK
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About the Author:

Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist who has previously worked in Shanghai and Dubai. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his debut novel. He is the winner of the Brighton and Hove Short Story Prize and was longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition. He lives in London with his wife.

 

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Whilst I’m taking a few days off for the school holidays I thought that it might be nice to showcase some wonderful indie authors and shine a blinding spotlight on them.

I am so excited to put one of my favourite crime fiction authors in the spotlight and share my love of his books with you.  The author in question is the lovely Derek Farrell who has written the Danny Bird mysteries series (Death of a Diva, Death of a Nobody and Death of a Devil).

Derek Farrell’s are published by Fahrenheit Press and are available to buy now!


Author Feature:

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Derek Farrell is the author of the Danny Bird Mysteries, ‘Death of a Diva,’ ‘Death of a Nobody’ and ‘Death of a Devil,’ which centre on the denizens of The Marquess of Queensbury Public House in Glamourous South London.

He was educated in Dublin, and, whilst waiting to become a writer of fabulous crime novels has passed his time being a burger dresser, bank cashier, David Bowie’s paperboy, and an Investment Banker in New York’s World Trade Centre (a bit like The Wolf of Wall Street, only with fewer hookers and more midgets, since you ask).

He is married and divides his time between London, West Sussex and Dublin.

Derek loves to hear from his readers, and can be contacted via Twitter: @derekifarrell or at his website Derekfarrell.co.uk

His books can be purchased as paperbacks or ebooks direct from the publisher Fahrenheit Press at: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_fahrenheit.html

Or from Amazon:

Death of a Diva

Death of a Nobody

Death of a Devil

Death of a Diva is now available as a deluxe edition Hardback limited to only 50 Copies worldwide.
Purchase it here.

 

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

The best thing about being an author is realising that I have a tribe of readers who love escaping into my world. I LOVE the idea of telling stories and knowing that there are people I’ve never even met who are on trains and busses and on holiday or in the kitchen wondering what’s going to happen to Danny and the gang next.

Plus, the parties are epic. There was this one time Wilbur Smith came into Studio HB54 on a White Horse…

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?  

Writing. To quote one of my writing Heroines Dorothy Parker, “I hate writing; I love having written.” Every time I sit down, the fear kicks in, and you wonder if you’re about to be rumbled. But you press on, and hope that, when it’s finally done, it will resemble the idea you had in your head all along. And so far, I think I’ve gotten away with it…

If you could have written any book what would it be and why?

Can I have two?
“The Aggravations of Minnie Ashe” by Cyril Kersh was the first book I ever read that left me unable to breathe because I was laughing so hard.

It’s the everyday story of a Widow in East End London on the edge of WWII and her ongoing battles with the council, the neighbours and the ‘thieving tradesmen who’d rip the eyes out of a widow’s head’ as told by her long suffering son.

The cast of characters – mum, uncles, aunts, random neighbours – didn’t so much influence The Danny Bird Mysteries as provide an (admittedly unconscious) blueprint for how to make the every day both fascinating, funny, and tragically poignant. If I could write that funny and that humanly, I would be a very proud and happy author. This and its sequel are out of print nowadays, but well worth hunting down.

The Thin Man” by Dashiell Hammett.  I read this one at least once a year, along with ‘Gatsby,’ which is also a Talisman of mine. Hammett here manages to move the Noir novel into a space that’s a little more cerebral, a little more cosmopolitan, a lot more humorous. TTM isn’t a huge book; it relies on a couple of questionable turns; but it is like a perfectly constructed Martini: Simple, genuine, and far more complicated than it looks at first glance. Plus, it features GALLONS of booze. I mean it. GALLONS. At one point, I worried that Danny and Caz in my books were drinking too much to be (a) functioning and (b) feasible. Then I did my annual reread of TTM, and actually added more gin.

How do you spend your time when you’re not wrapped up plotting your next book?

Travelling, reading going to the theatre, drinking Chardonnay and Gin and stressing about the fact I’m (a) not writing (b) drinking too much and (c) as a result of (b) getting too fat go fit into my knockoff Prada onesie.

Do you have a set routine for writing?  Rituals you have to observe? I.e. specific pen, silence, day or night etc.

My number one ritual is: Travel.

All my first drafts are at least partially written en route to my day job.

Most of the 2nd half of Death of a Diva was written on a ship crossing the Atlantic. For five days my fellow passengers played Bingo, Quoits, or lounged on deck, whilst I – regularly supplied with Martinis – sat in the Library from dawn to dusk and wrote.

A good chunk of Death of a Nobody was written sitting by a swimming pool in New Zealand, and Death of a Devil was finished somewhere between Venice and Montenegro. The book I’m currently working on was plotted in a cottage in Wales and started on a Caribbean Island.

What’s on the horizon?  What can your fans look forward to next?

Danny 4. That’s – honestly – all I’m allowed to tell you.

But if you press me (and since you’ve promised me gin when we finally meet) I’ll add: LONDON in capitals, and a mix of smart, funny, sad, angry and – to be frank, having just written a scene with a dead pig and a celebrity chef – surreal. In other words: Danny & Caz  are at it full blast.

All I know is that, this time around, there will be tears.

Finally, if you could impart one pearl of wisdom to your readers, what would it be?  

One? You know me better than that, surely?

Stop thinking you should only read X or Y: Read whatever the f*ck you want to read, and – if it’s not working for you – stop, no shame no guilt, no judgement. Also: Review on Amazon, Goodread etc. Authors need these reviews. Not, obviously, the “It made my eyes fall out and my house burn down” type, but any genuine honest review is a brilliant thing. And tell your friends if you loved a book. Hell, if you loved a book, tell even the people you’re not that fond of. A personal recommendation is worth a billion dollars.

 

Can you tell me a little about your latest book?  How would you describe it and why should we go read it? hardback_spread1_Fotor

Death of a Diva is being reissued in deluxe, shiny glamorous extremely limited hardback edition. It’s the first of the Danny Bird Mysteries, and introduces us to a bloke and his best mate, the crazy denizens of the bar they end up in charge of, the gangster who runs it, and the world that thousands of readers have come to love. It’s been described as “Like M.C. Beaton on MDMA,” “A classic whodunit full of red herrings,” and – by Monty Python’s own Eric Idle – as “Quite Good.”

If you like Gin, Gangsters, Diamond Geezers, Dolly Birds,

Murder, Mayhem, Pearls Poison and Profanity, then I think you’ll like Death of a Diva.

And if you don’t, then there’s something not right with you.

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My thanks to Derek for being so much fun and taking part in Celebrating Indie Publishing, I’m so intrigued by the sound of book four and cannot wait to read it!  Now to see if I can squish myself into one of Derek’s suitcases for his next holiday……

 

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** My thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for my copy of this book and Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.

London, 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?

Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down. Following the highly acclaimed Block 46 and guaranteed to disturb and enthral, Keeper is a breathless thriller from the new queen of French Noir.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

Every now and again, there is an author who exceeds all expectations and writes a book that completely blows your mind, and I believe that Johaha Gustawsson is one of those rare authors.

In Keeper, readers are reacquainted with profiler Emily Roy and crime writer Alexis Castells as the pair are pulled into a case that has far reaching implications.  But where Gustawsson excels is through weaving together two strands of plot separated by hundreds of years to bring an astoundingly addictive read.  The Ripper killings elicit intrigue from many audiences and so the idea of incorporating them here just serves to make this book even more addictive reading.
Having heard the author speaking at Granite Noir 2018, she mentioned that there had been a Swedish victim of Jack the Ripper and so the way that she incorporates this into her book is ingenious.

The plotting of this book is really something else, I don’t even know where to begin and I don’t want to do Keeper a disservice by attempting to do so.  I will say that this is a book that will keep you on your toes and no matter how many times you think you’ve sussed it out, Gustawsson will completely render you speechless by the deft way that she weaves complex details together.  The characters are fantastically crafted, each appearing so real and multidimensional.  Their histories are so colourful and packed with such comprehensive detail that readers cannot help but become invested in them.

I would highly recommend reading Keeper, and also Gustawsson’s previous thriller Block 46.  Both are equally brilliant and showcase the amazing skill of this author perfectly.

You can buy a copy of Keeper via:

Amazon UK
Orenda Books eBookstore
Wordery

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