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The Eyes of The Accused 

Author: Mark Tilbury
Published: 15 April 2016
Reviewed: 29 July 2016
4.5 out of 5 Stars
I received a copy of this book from Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review


The second in The Ben Whittle Investigation series of psychological thrillers with occasional flashes of dark humour. Best enjoyed after reading The Revelation Room.

Fresh from the horrors of the Revelation Room, private investigators Ben and Maddie are plunged into a disturbing world of terror as they search for missing pregnant girl, Hannah Heath. Drawn to Frank Crowley, an original suspect in Hannah’s disappearance, Maddie is about to learn the true meaning of evil. As she gets close to Crowley, in an effort to get him to open up, she soon learns all is not what it seems. Crowley is just a small part of something unimaginable. Something so terrible and deranged, it defies reason. After Maddie disappears, Ben is left in a desperate race against time to find her and uncover the truth.

My Thoughts & Review:
This is the second book in the Ben Whittle series, and I would thoroughly recommend checking out the first book The Revelation Room.  However, this book can be read as a standalone, there are details that link back to the first book but nothing that would impact on this story and leave you feeling like you’ve missed something.
Ben Whittle and Maddie White are Private Investigators working for Ben’s father who owns the Private Investigation company.  Having been hired to find a missing woman named Hannah, who happens to be pregnant and due to give birth soon they embark upon an investigation that will prove to be dangerous for all involved, and when Maddie goes missing Ben knows he must do everything he can to find both women before it’s too late. 
From the very first chapter the reader is hooked, the intensity of the terror and writing style really grab your attention and ensure you are sucked in for the duration of the story.  The narration from Hannah is exceptionally well written, dark and intense, her desperation really comes through, it’s hard not to feel some horror at how she’s been kept.  
The storyline well paced, I felt that it kept my attention throughout, combined with fantastic characters I really struggled to put this one down at bedtime!  The dark humour interjected into this was a thing of greatness, Mark Tilbury shows a brilliant sense of humour through his writing, it adds an extra something to his characters and really brings them alive.
I will definitely be looking out for more from this author, his writing style really appeals to me, the characters are great and I cannot wait to see where he takes them next.
Many thanks to Booklover Catlady Publicity for this cracking read!
You can buy a copy of Eyes of the Accused here 

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May Day Murder

Author: Julie Wassmer
Published: 7 April 2016
Reviewed: 30 April 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy supplied by Little, Brown Book Group in return for an honest review

  4 out of 5 Stars



You can buy a copy of May Day Murder (Whitstable Pearl Mysteries) here.

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The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter

Author : Charles Kriel
Published: 30 October 2015
Reviewed: 27 October 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Fahrenheit Press in return for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars (I’d give it 6 or 7 out of 5 if  I could!)



Mel Barry is a detective like no other and when her step-father, Charlie ‘Lobster Boy’ Koontz is arrested and framed for murder, Mel is his only hope.

Surrounded by freaks of the modern circus, Mel pursues a heartless killer through the darkest heart of the gothic South, only to discover the mysteries of her own shadowy past revealed in blood.

Set on the carnival lot of a South Georgia tobacco town, The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter is a wild Lynch-ian ride through a world that few ‘normal’ people have ever experienced.

What do you know about the carnivals?  What do you know about freak shows?  Prepare to be informed, entertained and enlightened as you delve into the murky depths of how it all really works.  Charlie Koontz aka Lobster Boy was born into the life of an entertainer, classed as disabled by polite society, and as a freak by himself, he runs the show that pulls in the crowds but success brings the pay-offs and bribes, and this is where the story begins.

Charlie is framed for murder, and in desperate need of help he turns to his step-daughter Mel.  As she fights her way through the twists and turns of the Southern Georgian town, Mel discovers not everything is as is seems.  The facts don’t add up, evidence is being ignored, and she can’t go to Charlie to help him but she needs to do something.  With the freaks from the carnival at her side, and covering her back she takes on the fight to clear Charlie and free him, not realising that this will have her facing shadows that she’d wish stayed hidden from a past she’d rather forget.   

There is so much that I could say about this book but I really don’t want to give away too much of the plot, too many hints or clues would give away too much and believe me, this isn’t a book you want spoiled for you! 

Kriel’s writing style is quick, punchy and keeps you on your toes.  His descriptions are intensely detailed, I found myself envisioning the Big Wheel and other fairground rides, but most sensationally descriptive were the acrobatic performances and fight scenes.  In particular, the performance by one character really shows the attention to detail, the level of research undertaken and pride in ones work. The characters are engaging, you want to know more about them, you want to know what happened in their past, what secrets they have hidden. 
The clever marketing of this novel prior to release created a buzz, and I am happy to say that it has lived up to the hype.  This is an immensely enjoyable read, and I cannot wait to see what Kriel comes out with next, where will Mel Barry end up next?  My only concern would be whether this impressive writing style and talent can be bottled so any subsequent works can be written to the same high standard.   
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Mystery and hotshot PI type genres.  In fact, I would go so far as to insist you buy this book, it definitely will be one of those you’ll kick yourself for not reading! 
I would like to thank Chris McVeigh and Fahrenheit Press for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book will be published on 30th October 2015, a copy can be purchased here The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter (UK Kindle Version)

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Last Words

Author : Michael Koryta
Published: 27 August 2015
Reviewed: 08 October 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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2 out of 5 stars

Still mourning the death of his wife, private investigator Mark Novak accepts a case that may be his undoing. On the same day his wife died, the body of a teenage girl was pulled from the extensive and perilous cave system beneath Southern Indiana. Now the man who rescued the girl, who was believed to be her killer, begs Novak to uncover what really happened.

Garrison is much like any place in America, proud and fortified against outsiders. For Mark to delve beneath the town’s surface, he must match wits with the man who knows the caverns better than anyone. A man who seemed to have lost his mind. A man who seems to know Mark Novak all too well.

Last Words is a pulse-pounding thriller of one man’s undoing; you just may not know which man.

Mark Novak, still mourning the murder of his wife is sent away on reconnaissance of a case that he believes has no possibility of being accepted by the organisation he works for as a private investigator.  Mark is sent to a small town called Garrison, hiding from the Board, who are baying for his blood and looking to end his career with them over his handling of many things, including his meddling with the investigation of the murder of his wife.  
He is trying to find a basis for taking on a case of a teenage girl being pulled from a cave by a man believed to be her killer, and strangely, it is the man believed to be the killer that is requesting Mark’s help to investigate what went on that day.
This is where the interest dies with this book, the promising start seems to be abandoned for an in-depth look at the cave and the mystery surrounding it, and it’s apparent hold over the character thought to be the murderer of the teenage girl.  The stereotypical small town mind set plays a huge part in the plot, not liking outsiders, but always there’s one person that wants to help, sees that this new person might be able to bring resolution to the townsfolk after so many years.  
Granted there are some very well written parts to this novel, the descriptions of the stages of hypothermia were interesting, reading the character’s struggle to keep going whilst ticking off which symptoms he was fighting were interesting to read, but if the cave had not been such a major character in this novel then these would have undoubtedly not needed included.  
In terms of a mystery, this book ticks the box well and truly, there is a great mystery in this book, who did it, why did it happen, who is trying to scare Mark out of town, why did someone go to such extraordinary lengths to mess with Mark, will the truth ever come out? 
But for me there was the great mystery of why did it end so unresolvedly?  The answer being, there is another book to follow.  So does that mean that this book is really just setting the scene?  It would appear so, and in that sense I have to admit I do feel a little cheated. 
The writing itself it good, the pace is quick, the press release quotes that Koryta’s writing is akin to jumping into fast flowing water, and I can definitely vouch for this, it’s definitely something you feel swept away with, reading on to see what happens next, it’s just a shame that the ending just didn’t satisfy me as much as I would have hoped. 

I might recommend this book to someone who enjoys Fiction, Thrillers and Mystery genres. 

I would like to thank Hodder and Stoughton for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, it can be purchased here, Last Words (UK Hardcopy)

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