Review: The Gathering Dark by James Oswald @SirBenfro @MichaelJBooks

Oh, Inspector McLean. How I have missed thee. I know I hide it well, but it is a little known fact that I am a huge fan of this series. Little known if you have never met me, never read my blog or basically live on another planet that is. This is the series of books which pulled me back into reading, which instilled my renewed love of the crime genre and which, in a roundabout fashion, got me hooked on Stuart MacBride’s books took. This series has cost me a couple of bob over the years. So I am super excited when a new book is published, and having had this on preorder for months, I was delighted to be able to finally read it. I’ll share my thoughts on the book in a moment, but first, because I know you are all dying to know, let’s take a look at what the book is all about.

tgdThe Official Book Blurb

THE DEAD DEMAND VENGEANCE in the ALL-NEW compelling novel in the BESTSELLING Inspector McLean series.

A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle’s toxic load. The consequences are devastating.

DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss – and everyone involved seems to have something to hide.

But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a greater crisis develops: the new Chief Superintendent’s son is missing, last seen in the area of the crash . . .

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#BlogBlitz: The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne @Abigail_Author @Bloodhoundbooks

Today it’s my great pleasure to be joining the blog blitz for The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne which is released today. Originally self published, the book is being re-released by Bloodhound Books. As I’ve had the book sat on my tbr for a while, this was the perfect excuse to move it on up the list. We’ll see my thoughts in just a moment, but first up, the all important bookish bits.

TPMThe Official Book Blurb

Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.

Unbeknown to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems.

Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played?

One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.

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#BlogTour: Killing State by Judith O’Reilly @judithoreilly

Today it’s my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Killing State, the new release from author Judith O’Reilly. My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of the tour and to publishers Loughman Press for providing an advance copy of the book. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it in a short while, as soon as we’ve taken a look at what it’s all about.

KSThe Official Book Blurb

“…a gritty action-packed page-turner..” ANDY MCNAB

The bullet in his brain isn’t the problem. She is.
Michael North is a hero, with a bullet in the brain to prove it. A bullet which has rewired his neural pathways and heightened his sense of intuition. A bullet which is driving him mad. Working for an extra-governmental agency called The Board, North knows one thing for sure. He is very good at killing very bad guys.

But what happens when a hero is ordered to kill a good woman rather than a bad man? Because it turns out that rising political star, Honor Jones, MP, can’t stop asking the right questions about the wrong people.

He should follow orders.

Shouldn’t he?

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#BlogTour: Dead Lands by Lloyd Otis @LloydOtisWriter @urbanebooks

Today it’s my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Dead Lands the debut thriller from Lloyd Otis and Urbane. My thanks to the author and to Abby Slater-Fairbrother for inviting me to be a part of the tour. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book in just a moment, but first up, here is what it’s all about.

DLThe Official Book Blurb

The stunning debut from thriller writer Lloyd Otis. 

When a woman’s body is found a special team is called in to investigate and prime suspect Alex Troy is arrested for the murder. Desperate to remain a free man, Troy protests his innocence, but refuses to use his alibi. Trying to protect the woman he loves becomes a dangerous game – questions are asked and suspicions deepen. 

When the prime suspect completes a daring escape from custody, DI Breck and DS Kearns begin the hunt. Breck wants out of the force while Kearns has her own agenda and seeks revenge – and a right-wing march provides an explosive backdrop to their hunt for Troy. 

Lloyd Otis brings a startling account of the past back to life over a burgeoning ’70s landscape, and delivers a thrilling piece of crime fiction that will excite any fan of the genre.

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#Booklove: Patricia M Osborne @PMOsborneWriter

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Today it’s my great pleasure to be welcoming author Patricia M Osborne to the blog in order to spread a little more book love. We’ll be taking a look at all Patricia’s book love choices just as soon as we’ve found out a little more about the woman herself.

About Patricia


Patricia M Osborne was born in Liverpool and spent time in Bolton as a child.  She now lives in West Sussex. Apart from novel writing, Patricia writes poetry and short fiction. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing with University of Brighton.  House of Grace is her debut novel.

When Patricia isn’t writing she likes to try and play her piano. She’s also interested in photography and art and loves walking, particularly around her local Victorian Park and lake where she is Poet in Residence.

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HOG.jpgHouse of Grace

It’s 1950 and all sixteen-year-old Grace Granville has ever wanted is to become a successful dress designer. She dreams of owning her own fashion house and spends her spare time sketching outfits. Her father, Lord Granville, sees this frivolous activity as nonsense and wants to groom her into a good wife for someone of his choosing… 

Grace is about to leave Greenemere, a boarding school in Brighton. She’s blissfully unaware of her father’s plans when she embarks on a new adventure. The quest includes a trip to Bolton’s Palais where she meets coal miner, Jack Gilmore. Grace’s life is never the same again. 

Travel with Grace through two decades as she struggles with family conflict, poverty and tragedy. Is Grace strong enough to defy Lord Granville’s wishes and find true love? Will she become a successful fashion designer? Where will she turn for help? 

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