The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles

The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles

‘This is a brilliant book. The Author takes what should be gory and makes it amusing with an enormous amount of skill and the result is a gripping book that has the reader turning page after page.’

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A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

My Review

4.7 out of 5 stars

This is a brilliant book. The Author takes what should be gory and makes it amusing, with an enormous amount of skill, and the result is a gripping book that has the reader turning page after page.

This is possibly the funniest thriller I have ever read. Stewart has a dark sense of humour that comes through in the book which brings a totally unique perspective to the story. I found it very intriguing. I suspected who the killer was at the beginning but what you have learned from reading thrillers over the years is ingrained into you and you find yourself denying what is actually staring you in the face. The characters are unique but develop well throughout the book and the story is also different I was very impressed.

I love Alice’s character, she is a lot of fun. An eccentric old lady who has had a rough life with a philandering husband who had a habit of disappearing for long periods with his latest fling. He eventually left 10 years ago and hasn’t returned. She makes a living from the honey produced by her beekeeping. She has a Jackdaw that she rescued who is her main companion and a friend Millie. Millie is widowed and a fragile person who is dominated by Alice.

Detective Harriet Taylor has also had a difficult life. Her husband was killed in a car crash with his lover also in the car. She became the laughing stock of the Police Force in Edinburgh so transferred to Polgarrow, a quiet town in Cornwall. She is picking up the pieces of her life and has a good relationship with her boss, Killion, when half a body is caught up in the nets of a fishing boat. Shortly afterwards Millie goes missing and her car is found at the bottom of the cliffs. When a house explodes the decision is made to bring in a crack team from Exeter. When Harriet is chosen to be part of this team she finds herself, again, the talking stock of the station. The similarity in their history forms a connection between Alice and Harriet.

Thank you to Joffe Books and Netgalley who provided me with a free copy of this book.


61WkWZgg3bL__UX250_Author Bio

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.

BLOG TOUR: The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury

‘The book starts with suspense at the beginning and keeps delivering as the reader keeps turning page after page until it ends with an action packed finale.’

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The Revelation Room (The Ben Whittle Investigations, #1)The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury

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About the Book

Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by
a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben
receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn
into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers
his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the
inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who
uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons
and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon
becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked
against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological
mystery thrillers.


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book is very well written with a realistic story and very unique, realistic characters.  The story begins with a PI looking for a girl who has run away to join a religious cult.  He is discovered and this sets in motion a sequence of events with tragic consequences.

Ben is the main character and Mark has expertly written this book so that the development and growth of Ben’s character is what makes the book.  It is written in a very unique way and it works brilliantly.

Ben is thrown in at the deep end when his father asks for help.  He is a sensitive man with little self-confidence and is placed well outside his comfort zone. The reader is rooting for him as he struggles to make the right decisions and take action.  He is supported by Maddie who he secretly loves and the relationship between Ben and Maddie plays an important part in the book.

On the other side we have Ebb who is the leader of the Cult.  He is another brilliantly put together character a man who is evil but believes he is working for God and is able to convince others to follow him.  I would like to think he is a little far-fetched but I am realistic enough the know that isnt true people like him do exist among us.

The book starts with suspense at the beginning and keeps delivering as the reader keeps turning page after page until it ends with an action packed finale.  I can’t wait to read book 2.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for a free copy of this book

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Author bio:

Mark Tilbury picMark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although
his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after
being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books
on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to
have his third novel, The Abattoir of Dreams, published, and The
Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused re-launched, by Bloodhound
Books.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master
blues guitar,
and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

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Carol Wyer: Secrets of the Dead

‘A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter’.

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Secrets
Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?
Colourful, plastic boats were scattered in puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, lips a shade of blue, and bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.


My Review

4.7 out of 5 stars.

This is book 2 in the Robyn Carter series, the first being Little Girl Lost.

Robyn is still struggling to find a way forward after losing Davies, a situation not helped by the difficult relationship she has with her colleague.

In this book Robyn develops a deep sympathy for a friend of Miles, who is found dead in a sauna, putting her at loggerheads with Shearer right at the very beginning.  When seemingly unrelated deaths start occurring at the Hotel where Miles died Robyn struggles to find the link.  Every step forward results in a dead end and  she is given a limited amount of time to solve the cases before she is pulled off.

The story is is a real maze of wrong turns and false leads as the reader is left wondering if Robyn has bitten off more than she can chew this time.  It also has some personal issues interwoven throughout to bring a realistic touch.

Other characters played a bigger part in this book in particular Anna and Mitz who are part of Robyns team both develop through the book into complex compassionate characters who are very loyal to Robyn.  As in the first book Robyn is inclined to go off on a  tangent following her gut instinct, which usually proves to be right and having a team who will have her back is a very important part of who she is.  I love the characters in the books and look forward to following them on more journeys.

An excellent book which leaves the reader gagging for more.

Thank you to Netgalley  and Bookoutre who provided me with a free copy of this book

The Beekeeper: What the readers are saying.

‘This is a brilliant book.  The Author takes what should be gory and makes it amusing with an enormous amount of skill and the result is a gripping book that has the reader turning page after page.’

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A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

Conrad Jones: Brick

Very pleased that it is my stop on the #blogtour for this fab book.

“This is a real adrenaline pumping book that is everything a thriller should be and more!”

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A standalone novel 
When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror. As the detectives of Liverpool’s Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organised crime family begin to topple, causing shock-waves across the planet.

My Review

5 out of 5 stars:

This is a real adrenaline pumping book that is everything a thriller should be and more!

I have read books by Conrad Jones and found them totally gripping so was looking forward to this latest book which is a stand alone thriller and therefore a deviation from the Target and Detective Alec Ramsay series’.

The book definitely doesn’t disappoint the suspense starts from the beginning and keeps building throughout the book.  Conrad has a very unique way of describing injuries that brings the pain and adreneline straight in to the reader’s head.

The title is spot on and the book itself is totally unputdownable.  Some authors tend to ‘pad’ the book  out with large sections of descriptive text but Conrad manages to bring the characters to life without this.  The story itself is very good with several story lines interlinking and eventually merging together to make this one of the best books I have read in a long timewith suspense from the very first page and several storylines merging together this is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

Conrad is a very talented author and I am looking forward to more of his work.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books who provided me with a free copy of this book.

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camperbookAuthor Bio:

I am Conrad Jones a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.

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26/05/2017: His Kidnapper’s Shoes

 

His Kidnapper's ShoesHis Kidnapper’s Shoes by Maggie James

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About the Book

Daniel is my son. He has always been mine. And he always will be.

On some level deep inside, Laura Bateman knows something is wrong. That her relationship with her son is not what it should be. That it is based on lies.

But bad things have happened to Laura. Things that change a person. Forever.

For twenty-six-year-old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not who he thought comes close to destroying him. As his world turns upside down, he searches for sanity in the madness that has become his life. Daniel is left with nothing but questions. Why did Laura do something so terrible? Can he move past the demons of his childhood?

And the biggest question of all: can he ever forgive Laura?

My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a thought provoking story about how tragic events, and each persons’ way of dealing with them, can impact on the lives and actions of others.

Laura suffered more before she was an adult than most people would be able to cope with during a lifetime. When she loses the 2 most important people in her life she becomes mentally unstable causing the lines between right and wrong to become blurred resulting in Laura truly believing that fate planned for her to ‘save’ Daniel. Maggie has created a complicated but realistic character in Laura that you will love and hate at the same time. I feel her intentions were good although very misguided but you may think differently that is one of the good aspects of this book, it forces the reader to think outside the box.

Daniel is kidnapped as a 4 year old infant but despite his young age he retains memories of his Mother and Nanny and these memories stay with him through a tragic childhood which see him become a very troubled adult. A serious relationship persuades him to look into his past and he finds out that his life has been a lie. The discovery sets in motion a train of events that cannot be stopped and comes at a great personal cost.

This is a very gripping book once you start reading you have to carry on it is so difficult to put down. I don’t usually re-read books, but made an exception with this book as I was interested to see if Maggie had changed the ending or anything. I found that having read it already didn’t spoil the story for me at all it is a brilliant book that is heart-breaking and heart lifting all at the same time and will stay with you for a long time to come (if not forever).

I have never understood how a woman could steal a child knowing how much pain she is causing the parents but this book has made me understand a lot more. The title is perfect as you will realise as you read the book.

I feel the book is ‘made’ by a person who, although damaged by tragedy has the compassion and unselfishness to be able to help others. This person, to me, is a realistic character who makes up in a small way for all the evil in the world. I am not going to say too much as I am trying to write this without spoilers.

His Kidnappers Shoes is one of the best books I have ever read and will appeal to readers of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain and is every bit as good, if not better.

I recommend you read this book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I was provided with an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
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About the Author

Maggie JamesMaggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practicing as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practicing yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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