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Because of You

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Because of You by Hélene Fermont.  My thanks go to Sarah Hardy at Books on the BrightSide. 


About the Book

How desperate are you to get the one you love?

When Hannah and Ben meet at a friend's party, he knows she's The One. But Hannah's in an intense relationship with Mark and planning to return to her native Sweden to embark on a teaching career.

Desperate to make Ben fall in love with her, rich spoilt heiress Vanessa sets in motion a devious string of events that ultimately changes the course of four people's lives indefinitely.

Hannah is the love of Ben's life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.

Because of You is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny.  

Extract

Now before you settle down and read this lovely extract from Because of You, I insist that you make sure you are sitting comfortable and have a drink to hand, as I have a feeling that once you have read this you will want to buy the book and start all over again.  

Chatting to some passers-by outside, she suddenly heard someone ask, “I never noticed you until tonight . . . What’s your name?”

Turning to see who it was, Hannah’s face turned red.

“I’m Hannah – Hannah Stein – I never clapped eyes on you either . . .”

Holding onto her boyfriend’s jacket sleeve, eyes narrowing, the tall girl cooed, “Mark, honey, let’s go back to my flat. We’ve got the place to ourselves.”

But Mark cut loose from her grip. “You’d better make the most of it. I made other plans.”

“But I was under the impression . . .” Her voice faltered.

“We’re not joined at the hip!” The muscle in Mark’s cheek twitched furiously as he abruptly left the girl too upset to respond and stalked off in the opposite direction. Oblivious to the destruction left in his wake, Mark approached Hannah.

“What’s someone as beautiful as you doing in a dump like that?” he asked, his eyes flicking momentarily back to the disco.

“My friends and I meet up every Friday. If it’s not to your liking, I suggest you don’t return.” She’d had enough of his rude behaviour. Who did he think he was and how dare he chat her up in front of his girlfriend? Ignoring his stare, Hannah joined her friends further down the pavement.

“What did he say to you?” Sanna asked in a contemptuous voice, the others following suit. “You’re looking upset!”

“I’ve never met anyone as arrogant. I bet he thinks he’s God’s gift to women!” Livid that he’d treated Denise in such a demeaning way, Hannah couldn’t care less if he overheard her.

But Mark was much too busy watching the girl with her green eyes blazing at him, equally fiery-red hair and curvaceous figure.

I can’t wait to see her again! Mark Copeck was used to getting what he wanted, and Hannah Stein was just that.

Catching a passing cab, John, Sanna and Rosie dropped Hannah off outside Ella’s house. It was almost 3am. Opening the door to let her out, John stifled a yawn. “Listen to Uncle John’s advice: Copeck’s in a league of his own. He takes great pleasure in hurting anyone who gets too close to him. You’re the only woman putting him in his place.”

“Good! It serves him right. How come you’re so concerned?”

“Call it sixth sense. Most women are duped by his charm, but as soon as he gets what he wants, he dumps them – Denise is a prime example. I don’t want you to get hurt,” he said, kissing her cheek.

“Give her some credit,” said Rosie, eavesdropping on their conversation. “Hannah’s much too clever to fall for that jerk!”

Meeting her gaze, John shook his head. “It’s her heart, not brain, I worry about.”

Ignoring their comments, Hannah bid them goodnight, waving until the cab was out of sight. Half an hour later, curled up in bed and looking back on the night’s events, all she could think was she never encountered anyone like Mark. Was it possible to harbour feelings towards a complete stranger? Albeit a very arrogant one . . .

Against her better judgement, Mark stirred something inside of her. However hard she tried, she couldn’t stop recalling how it felt when his eyes looked into hers.

About the Author

Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of YouWe Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019. After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/  


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Something in the Water 

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman.  I am the last stop on the tour and I am pleased to be able to show you my review of this book. 

My thanks go to Ann Cater and Random Things Tours. 



About the Book

“Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double it…”

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark is a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all, until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out – after all, they have each other.

On the tropical island of Bora Bora, Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Mark is with her – she knows he’ll keep her safe. Everything will be fine. Until they find something in the water…

Erin and Mark decide to keep their discovery a secret - after all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events which will endanger everything they hold dear.

Review

I cannot believe that this is a debut novel. The opening chapter made me wonder what had happened previously and then the story really begins. I mean when you read a first line like "“Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double it…” what on earth can you think is happening. 

We meet Erin and Mark, a couple who are madly in love and planning the dream wedding and honeymoon. Thing seem to be perfect for the couple. 

We follow Erin a film producer of documentaries who is filming for her current project which is going to be based around the lives of three criminals, all serving sentences in prison for different crimes and their release back into the community.

Mark is an Investment Banker who is on the cusp of loosing his job and the dream wedding is looking impossible to fulfill. However, if Erin and Mark are so in love, and know that Mark is on the verge of loosing his job then they will have to adapt their wedding plans, but they both decide that they will not adapt their dream honeymoon.

Whilst on honeymoon in what is described as the the idyllic island of Bora Bora things take an unexpected turn and the next stages of their honeymoon and married life are far from perfect.  
This book was a pleasure to read and one I found myself immersed in on my commute to and from work, that immersed my husband felt the need to message me on a couple of occasions when we went our separate ways to our respective jobs to ask “Is that book good?”  On one occasion I nearly missed my stop on my journey home as my husband asked was I not getting off which meant I could have ended up in Leeds!

About the Author

Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London. She has appeared in leading roles on British television as well as on stage in the West End, most recently in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution in 2018. In 2016 she was nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Oppenheimer. She is best known for her role as Mabel Lane Fox in Downton Abbey. She grew up in the New Forest and lives with a small dog and average sized man. Something in the Water is her first novel and her second is due for release in early 2020. 



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Blood List

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Blood List by Ali Carter.  My thanks go to Random Things Tours and Anne Cater for my spot on the tour. 

About the Book

Think the Lake District is a lovely place to visit? Think again. A Psychological & Chilling Thriller set in and around the fictional town of Kirkdale in Cumbria. One by one the young women of Kirkdale are being found grotesquely murdered, with no clues as to why.

Lying between the great lake Kirkwater and the base of Kirkby Pike, although beautiful, Kirkdale isn't exactly the most exciting place on the planet. But after young reporter Jenny Flood moves into the relaxed Cumbrian town, it sets a catalogue of events in motion that brings this comfortable community to its knees.

When middle aged G.P. Charlotte Peterson discovers Jenny has followed her from Bradenthorpe, six years after a fling with her philandering doctor husband Miles, it stirs deeply buried mental health issues from her youth. In the run up to the Kirkdale country show, the arrival of this third and most recent adversary triggers the already edgy and emotionally scarred Charlotte into finally stepping over the edge. Her longing to destroy Jenny has been on a slow and very resentful burn for years, now the reality of achieving that presents itself as a genuine possibility.

Can journalist Andrew Gale protect new colleague Jenny, girlfriend Gina and her best friend Molly from the psychotic GP's insane agenda? How will sarcastic ex Met. Officer Harry Longbridge deal with Andrew's continued interference?

Then there's the unexpected arrival of an American mystery woman. And just who is on the Blood List?


Today I have a lovely post from the author Ali Carter about how creating characters is key to the book!  Please grab a comfortable seat and a nice drink and settle down to read the lovely insight in what creating a character in a book is about.   
 
Creating characters is the most important part of writing for me. Whilst the story has to be good, characters are absolutely key. I think if a story gets a bit thin in places, (although I’m not advocating that!), if the reader and I both love to love, love to hate, or love to feel sorry for my characters, then I’ll feel I’ve done my job. They need to be well rounded and believable with at least a few of what I call ‘The Six Haves - habits, hobbies, health issues, hang ups, heartaches and happiness. Also some of them will definitely be hiding secrets - that’s always the way with crime thrillers!

I often get asked how I created the characters in ‘Blood List,’ and if any of them are based on real people. The fact is that every character has a little of me in their makeup because I brought them to life, but they are mainly based on a mixture of lots of people I know. Most are within my close and extended family and friends, but I’ve even got inspiration from actors and celebrities to a certain extent. Some of my main characters are very firmly in my head as looking like particular actors, and/or some of their personalities from parts they’ve played as well. They have almost become them now. Most of my characters have a mixture of traits and personalities from various people whoever they may be, rather than being from one single person though.

Sometimes I may be watching a film or TV programme where something specific happens to a character or characters in the storyline and their reaction to it will set off ideas in my head, then I’ll have to grab my notebook before I forget and make sure I’ve got it down. I have a beautiful hand-made leather bound one my son bought me for Christmas and I keep it on my bedside table. When I wake up in the night with ideas for my characters’ storyline the light goes on and I start jotting. In fact the characters themselves will wake me up and tell me to put the light on and take down what’s happening to them. They can be very persistent!

I do find that my love of creating new characters and building families around them can sometimes lead me to having too many though. It’s something I have to be aware of and I do try to rein myself in a bit because too many can cause confusion for the reader. To be honest it can sometimes cause confusion for me too!

‘Blood List’ is mainly set in a small town in The Lake District in Cumbria, with a connection to New York. The sequel I’m working on now, ‘Dead Girls Don’t Cry’ is mainly set in New York, but still has scenes in Cumbria. This means that some American characters who were only touched on in the first book, are now coming to the fore, but equally there are some from Cumbria too. There will be even more secrets uncovered, and from the pasts of the most unexpected people. This is one reason, certainly at the moment, why I have ended up with probably more characters than I imagine most authors would choose to have.

The main star of the show in ‘Blood List’ List is my antagonist, (not my protagonist), the psychotic Dr. Charlotte Peterson, who is betrayed once too many times by her philandering doctor husband Miles. She is cold, ruthless and takes no prisoners, on the plus side she loves her elderly patients – and her precious horses. (Everyone has a few good qualities...). My protagonist is crime thriller fan and sports columnist Andrew Gale. Andrew longs to be off the small stuff and promoted to crime reporter. This promotion finally happens when his boss breaks her ankle, but Andrew being Andrew, takes the investigative journaling a bit too far, including involving his self conscious and slightly anxious girlfriend Gina, (Charlotte’s surgery receptionist), and her feisty best friend, publican’s daughter Molly, who has the wickedest sense of humour. These two are like chalk and cheese which is why they probably get on so well.

Creating the bad guys is always more fun which is why Charlotte is the centrepiece. Having said that, I am a little in love with my Senior Investigating Officer, D.C.I., Harry Longbridge, who has been put out to grass by the Met. to complete the last five years of his service in a small town in Cumbria. He’s often tired and grouchy due to an un-diagnosed low blood sugar condition, so always eating barley cubes and sending his P.A. out for replacement bags. He doesn’t like interference, and having Andrew turning up at every crime scene for a story, (particularly due to his personal connection to the case), is driving him nuts. Plus his wife has never cooked a decent meal in their entire marriage so he’s living on fast food, bad for anyone but even worse for Harry’s health condition. However deep down (very deep!), he has a soft side - and a quick dry wit that makes me laugh all the time, (see . . ? They are real.)

So creating believable, credible characters is really important to me and I actually find it quite difficult not to have quite a few in order to build an enticing and realistic story. Interaction between them is so important too, the people they love and the people they hate, the people they feel sorry for and the ones they want to protect. After all, in real life that’s exactly how our own relationships and stories play out isn’t it? Only hopefully nobody actually gets murdered . . .

Wow thank you so much Ali for joining me on my blog today and sharing the wonderful insight in to how you create your characters.  I found that fascinating.   Can't wait to see what's next in store for some of the characters in the next book.  😊

 
About the Author

Ali Carter was born in Surrey in 1958 and moved to East Anglia in 2003, settling just outside King’s Lynn 4 years later where she currently lives with her husband, 5 dogs and 6 cats. (Yes she knows the dog/cat thing is a bit mad!)

She originally found some success in writing poetry in the 80’s and 90’s, but inspiration for her debut novel ‘Blood List’ came after the Shipman case hit the headlines – a few years later the dark and deeply psychotic G.P. ‘Charlotte’ was born. The full story took its time in completion however as there was a very long period of writer’s block about three quarters of the way through the book. It was an author friend who finally persuaded her to pull it out of the laptop and finish it, for which she will be eternally grateful. At the time of writing, a sequel is in its infancy which she sincerely hopes won’t take another 12 years to come to fruition!



Ali is also a proud mum to two grown up sons, and an extra proud nanny to her adorable granddaughter, although at only 5 she won’t be reading ‘Blood List’ anytime soon!

She hopes you will enjoy her first long awaited thriller, and you can follow Ali on Twitter @alicrimewriter and on her website at alicarterauthor.com

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Deadly Secrets – OMJ Ryan 


Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Deadly Secrets by OMJ Ryan.  Today is the final day of the tour so I am pleased to be able to participate in this tour on the closing day. My thanks go to damppebbles.com for my spot on this. 



About the Book

Millionaire Marty Michaels had the perfect life -- until he found a dead girl in his bathroom.
For twenty years, superstar radio host Marty Michaels has used his vast fame and power to make or break the careers of celebrities and politicians.
But Marty discovers that power comes at a price when he wakes in a strange hotel room and finds a murdered girl in the bathroom. He’s been setup. Someone wants to destroy him.  
Desperate to clear his name, Marty is propelled into a dark world of danger, corruption and depravity, and with the media world he once ruled now baying for his blood -- the hunter has become the hunted.
Not knowing who to trust, or where to turn, Marty fights alone against a powerful criminal network as he tries to save his reputation, his job…and his life.

Review

Today’s review of this book is courtesy of my guest blogger Debbie Ramsden.  For my blogger friends that know Debbie, she is an avid reader and always has a book if not more thank one on the go.  Debbie is able to turn her hand to most things, and is a fantastic baker, creator of jewellery and also has a partial to knitting and cross stitching to name but a few things. 

Debbie’s thoughts. 

A rollercoaster of a read that doesn't pull any punches. I will try not to give the plot away too much.

The main character Marty Michaels is a talk radio show host, in his eyes he is "the main man", "the money maker for the station", "the star attraction", and as such he lives the lifestyle with the big posh house in an affluent area, with all the trimmings.

In person he is an opinionated, self-assured, arrogant man who doesn't care who gets hurt in the fallout of any of his crusades. His character is definitely not a likeable one in my opinion.
Then his whole world comes crashing down around his ears when he is accused of a horrific crime that he has absolutely no memory of whatsoever, he doesn't even remember how he came to be where he was found.

Unfortunately for Marty he has upset so many people on his shows that no one has any sympathy for him. He comes unstuck with the police who arrest him just for starters. His station takes his show, off air whilst he is under suspicion. The TV and Radio stations news reports are full of his accused crime so trial by media.

Marty finds himself fighting to clear his name, fighting for his freedom, fighting for his career, fighting for his life.

I enjoyed this book, it definitely gives you a rollercoaster of a read. Even though the main character is not someone I would ever wish to meet at a dinner party I did end up having sympathy for him.

The book keeps you in suspense with all its twists and turns whilst Marty tries to remember what has happened to him and then tries to figure out who could hate him enough and have enough power to do all this to him.

I found it to be a gritty and intense read with a powerful storyline. Very enjoyable and well worth taking note of the authors name for future books. Five stars out of five stars from me. Thank you.

Thanks Debbie that is a fantastic review and if I didn’t have this on my TBR pile already would be off to download this and even better it is OMJ Ryan’s publication day so what a fantastic review to finish of the tour with. 

Now I think Debbie should make a permanent feature of being my guest reviewer with reviews like that.  What’s next I wonder??

About the Author

Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.




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Published in paperback and eBook formats by Inkubator Books on 12th May 2019


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The Family Secret 


About the Book


How far would you go to find the truth?

Since Amberlost her child ten years ago, her sole focus has been keeping her small business afloat. Her life seems to be on hold, until the morning she finds a girl on the beach outside her gift shop. A girl who has no shoes, no name, and no idea where she came from.

As a wildlife documentary maker, Gwyneth’s work has taken her all over the world. But when she has a terrible accident in the remote Scottish Highlands, she is saved by the McClusky family and taken into their home. However, there is more to this family than meets the eye, and a long-held secret is threatening to tear them apart…

Amber and Gwyneth are at the beginning of a journey that will change each of their lives forever in this twisting, emotional new novel, perfect for fans of Susan Lewis and Amanda Prowse.

‘Tracy Buchanan writes moving, gripping, heartbreakingly real family drama.’ Susan Lewis, Sunday Times bestselling author

‘An ambitious and deeply poignant story that will take you into another world.’ Heat
‘Beautiful, heart-breaking, uplifting … Really worth a read.’ Hello!

My Review

This is the first book I’ve read by Tracy Buchanan but certainly won’t be the last. I found this book had just the right amount of intrigue to keep me wanting to turn the pages. 

The book is centred around Amber who runs a quaint gift shop on the seafront form those wonderful huts you see in some seaside towns, and a mysterious girl who Amber, her mum and Aunt found one morning with no coat on and shoeless walking along the beach unsure where she is or even who she is.

The story is told in alternating chapters which also is two different timelines, one being 1989 and one in 2009.

The story follows the mystery of who the girl is and the lengths that Amber goes to, to help her.

All in all, a really interesting story and a book that I found had an ending that to me was perfect!

I read this book courtesy of a copy provided by NetGalley and Avon books and my review is my honest opinion. 


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Where She Lies, Michael Scanlon 


About the Book

In a town full of liars, no one is safe.

When Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, he predicts boredom will be his biggest threat.

It’s a sleepy backwater, a forgotten town of narrow alleyways that lead from the cathedral down to the river, and towards the bogland beyond. It’s a place where seemingly nothing – good nor bad – has happened. Not for a long time.

But when a teenage girl is found dead in the woods a mile from town, and a seemingly-harmless local drifter is arrested, Beck has an instinct that someone with far darker motives is behind the crime.

It seems that everyone in Cross Beg has something to hide though. Wading through layers and layers of lies, and generations upon generations of secrets, he believes he’s finally getting closer to the truth.

That is, until the killer strikes again…

This debut novel from a powerful new Irish voice is the first in a gripping series that will feature his charismatic detective, Finnegan Beck. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Joy Ellis and Patricia Gibney.

My Review

The Quite Hours by Michael Scanlon is the first book in the Detective Finnegan Beck series and wow what a first!

We are introduced to Beck and find out he’s been relocated to Cross Beg and also demoted as well. Beck isn’t made to feel welcome at all either by his colleagues or his superiors and is only planning on trying to blend into the background but when a teenage girl is found in the wood on the outskirts of town Beck become embroiled in the investigation and starts uncovering the various mysteries that the people of Cross Beg are trying to keep hidden.

I found myself thoroughly enjoying this book from the first few pages and being slowly embroiled in a) the investigation and b) the mysterious life of Finnegan Beck.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing how the character of Beck develops and more of the back story of which I am sure is going to be well thought out new series of books, with no doubt lots of surprises and twists and turns.

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book, my thoughts however are my own.  


       

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Unspoken Truths
 
To finish off the week, I am republishing my review of Unspoken Truths which was originally posted in 2018.   


About the Book
In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits.  
 
First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web - how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?
 
Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.
 
Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer? Never before has Gus faced such a demanding test.

Review 
This is the 5th DCI Gus McGuire book I’ve read and I would recommend reading these in order, not only because they are a fantastic series and it would be a shame for you to miss out on any of the other books, but also because it does help with the back stories of the characters.   We join the team in this book following on from the previous book Uncommon Cruelty.  
 
Without giving too much away for those readers that haven’t read the previous books, we join Gus and his team as we come to terms with the loss of two team members for differing reasons. 
 
They are sent to investigate a woman’s murder and find a tortured body.  On investigating this it transpires that this could be connected to a train derailment between Manchester and Bradford.  Are these two incidents connected?    To add to the mix we also have Gus’s EX brother in law  who has also goes missing.  This means that he has to deal with his sister and his ex wife constantly harassing him as to what Gus is going to do to find him.   Added to that and thrown into the mix of investigations they have to deal with the weather that was called “The Beast from The East”, a vicious story that caused chaos and mayhem to the roads and public transport system around the Manchester, Bradford and Saddleworth areas earlier on this year.  
 
From a personal point of view the storm was that bad, it cut our estate off due to the massive snow drifts that came in (see pics below). 
This is the mound of snow that had to be removed to try and us all off the estate.  The snow was that deep it meant that some cars were buried in it.  My daughter loved it as she got to go climbing over the mountains of snow and had a few snow days from school 

This and the one below are from the top of the estate if you can manage to see it at all.  The snow on the left of the picture was covering people’s front doors.
 
This and the one above are at the top of the estate if you can manage to see it at all.  The snow on the left of the picture was covering people’s front doors.
We follow the investigations and follow the procedures of a dark web search by the techie geek Compo, with the help of the newcomer Taffy.  
 
It was good to read a Gus McGuire book set in and around Manchester including the train station Manchester Victoria where I travel to and from every week day, along with the remote are of Saddleworth Moors that is not far from my house.    
 
This made it even more enjoyable for me as I love books set in and around the areas I know so well.  
 
We also follow Alice Cooper and what is happening to her since the ending of the previous book, some of the descriptions that were used made me wince through the thought of what was happening and the pain that Alice was going through.  
 
It was a different story this time following Gus and the remaining members of his team as they conducted the investigation, and also a little bit more of the back story regarding Alice and her early career before joining Gus.   Lots of twists and turns in the book and enough of a mystery to be able to keep you guessing as you were reading.  
 
All in all I found this to be an enjoyable book and found that the majority of the loose ends were tied up nicely.  It was nice to see more of Compo and Taffy working together and shows that this could be a nice partnership should they be given the opportunity to work together again.    
 
I am looking forward already to the next book.  

About the Author
Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.
 
Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK.  She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016.  She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.  
 
She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences.
 
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Uncommon Cruelty -  Liz Mistry



About the Book

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 must discover what links a violent bikers' gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American 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.

My Review

Yet another fantastic book by Liz Mistry, full of fantastic twists and turns with every chapter.

We join Gus and the team as they start to investigate the murder of two young girls and the missing teenager Simon Proctor.  Is Simon connected to the murder or is his disappearance connected to something else.

Gus, Alice, Sampson, Compo and Taffy (the newbie) start to investigate the case.  We follow them as they conduct their investigations along with another murder, this time of a prostitute along with leaks to the press of the current investigation.  We also have the annoying DC Knowles who is determined to stoop to so many levels to destroy Alice.

I found this book such a riveting read and is definitely one of my favourites so far.  There was enough suspense to keep me tapping the pages of my kindle and despite some titbits that had me thinking I knew what was going to happen I still did the "OMG" on a couple of occasions when pieces of the jigsaw I was putting together didn't quite fit and I felt like I had to start some of it all over again. 

About the Author

I am a crime writer based in Bradford but originally from West Calder in Scotland. I studied at Stirling University and taught in Bradford inner-city Primary schools for many years. I write gritty crime fiction drawing on the richness of Bradford's diverse cultures and my writing is heavily influenced by Tartan Noir writers such as, Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. I completed an MA in Creative Writing at the brilliant Leeds Trinity University. I currently have three novels published: Unquiet Souls (my debut novel) and Uncoiled Lies and Untainted Blood. I look forward to writing many more featuring my main character DI Gus (Angus) McGuire and his team. I am co-founder and lead blogger with The Crime Warp Blog

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