BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Perfect Murder by Stewart Giles

#BLOGGERS – AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH you guys really are the very best x

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Black Books Blog

The start of the book is one of the best introductions I have read this year, with a man committing the perfect murder by drowning a lady in a bath tub, but all is not as it seems.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a cleverly written crime thriller … with just a hint of humor. Taylor is a great character… she really gets involved in this case and picks up clues that no one else seems to get. Her ‘gut feeling’ is her guiding light. Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

When another murder is committed, they start to look for connections, but there seem to be none. Has Trotterdown town got a serial killer? And is he committing perfect murders?  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

What I liked about this book was it didn’t take itself too seriously. It was fast paced and easy to read.  Read more here


Sean’s Book Reviews

#guestpost: Extract from Chapter 1


Nicki’s Life of Crime

The story is fast paced,has a number of unexpected twists,a gorgeous setting and some heart pounding danger.There is also a touch of romance but not enough to put off readers like me who read thrillers because they like twists,mystery and hopefully plenty of action.Although this is the second book in the Harriet Taylor series it can be read and enjoyed as stand alone.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

Well now I have read  the book I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed at all and I LOVED this book!!  For me it is a gritty, fast paced story that held my attention until the very end.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Another fantastic offering from Stewart Giles! If you she read The Beekeeper, read this, if you haven’t, make sure you do. These are (fairly short) easy reading books, with a unsuspecting twist. Read more here


THE PERFECT MURDER
From #1 best-selling author Stewart Giles comes the new mystery set on the Cornish coast. Where the pretty villages and towns hold some very dark secrets.

COULD YOU COMMIT THE PERFECT MURDER?

Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.

Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.

Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

Can Harriet stop the murders and work out the connection to the local writing group who, conveniently enough, have been set the task of writing stories on the theme of “the perfect murder”?

A crime mystery with a touch of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the secrets of a sleepy Cornish community.
#netgalley #theperfectmurder @stewartgilesauthor @joffebooks

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.


**AVAILABLE NOW** The Bad Sister by Anne Penketh

THE BAD SISTER by Anne Penketh

Now available this brilliantly gripping thriller by Anne Penketh.

#blogtour kicks off tomorrow. 30th September.  @joffebooks #thriller

Available from www.amazon.com    www.amazon.co.uk

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Book Description

MURDER, LIES, AND FAMILY . . .

DI Sam Clayton is called to a murder scene in Holt, not expecting to find his estranged sister at the scene. Her husband, Henry Lambton, has been murdered. Clayton is taken off the case and DS Julie Everett continues the investigation.

Clayton focuses on a vicious arson attack in Norwich. The fire killed a Polish family in their home. It seems to be part of a series of racist attacks connected to an extremist group.

The two crimes stretch the team and both come dangerously close to home. And can Clayton forgive his sister for what happened over twenty years ago?

In a thrilling conclusion, they race against time to prevent more attacks and get justice for their loved and not so loved ones.

THE BAD SISTER is the second in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Mel Sherratt, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE TEAM
Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary.

Detective Sergeant Neil Pringle lives with his third wife in Norwich, where he was born. But taking care of his two sons with his wife Megan, and two other children with previous wives, has put his finances under strain. He never misses a chance to shine in hopes of securing promotion, and can’t help showing off his local knowledge to colleagues.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising her child who moved with her to Norwich.

 

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BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Missing by Charlie Gallagher

Many thanks to the wonderful Bloggers on the #blogtour for #missing by Charlie Gallagher.  Read what they have to say:

 

Short Book and Scribes

‘I’m so pleased to be on the blog tour for Missing by Charlie Gallagher today. I have a guest post for you with answers to the questions that readers often ask. ‘ Read more here


Black Books Blog

‘The book starts off with a bang when a woman and boy are shopping in Canterbury city centre and a car smashes through the coffee shop where they are resting and kidnap them at gunpoint.’ Read more here


Sweet Little Book

‘Missing is a phenomenal standalone thriller written by Charlie Gallagher, intense from the very first page, an abduction of a woman and child, the suicidal man who has questions that need answers and central to it all is Sergeant Shaun Carter a police negotiator.’  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

‘This book is tense right from the first few pages, you are gripped and it barely lets you go at the end of the book, I definitely thought about the plot after it had finished and you do find yourself considered the question initially posed – what wouldn’t you do to get your family back? ‘ Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘This is an extremely satisfying police thriller. Twists along the way are surprisingly scary and can turn the reader inside out with suspense. Carter is a solid guy, on the side of justice, until he’s asked to act outside his moral principles in order to save his family.’  Read more here


Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘This gripping,fast paced,twist packed thriller opens with a action paced abduction scene that is so intense and shocking it’s takes your breath away.The pacing of the story is perfect,you have the breath taking opening,the urgent intensity of George and Emily’s investigations,Shaun`s desperate quest to get his ex wife and ten year old son back safely,all of which lead up too a very intense satisfying conclusion.’  Read more here


Sean’s Book Reviews

‘I had read one of Charlie Gallaghers books and I was hooked to say the least.  This book is one similar to the other book in writing style.  The author has a great ability to get into the minds of his characters.’  Read more here


Books from Dusk till Dawn

‘Charlie Gallagher certainly knows how to catch a reader’s attention and keep it until the end. This story opens up just so many moral dilemmas, as my brain went into overdrive trying to think if I would have done anything differently.’  Read more here


Books n All

‘This is a fast paced gripping read I just kept turning page after page until I, unfortunately, reached THE END. There are sadistic, murderous drug lords, abductions and dodgy drugs all thrown in to create a twisty turny thriller with curve balls and shockers a many.’ Read more here

 


Available from www.amazon.co.uk  and www.amazon.com

@joffebooks #georgeelms #thriller #newrelease

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Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Missing by Charlie Gallagher

Many thanks to the wonderful Bloggers on the #blogtour for #missing by Charlie Gallagher.  Read what they have to say:

 

Short Book and Scribes

‘I’m so pleased to be on the blog tour for Missing by Charlie Gallagher today. I have a guest post for you with answers to the questions that readers often ask. ‘ Read more here


Black Books Blog

‘The book starts off with a bang when a woman and boy are shopping in Canterbury city centre and a car smashes through the coffee shop where they are resting and kidnap them at gunpoint.’ Read more here


Sweet Little Book

‘Missing is a phenomenal standalone thriller written by Charlie Gallagher, intense from the very first page, an abduction of a woman and child, the suicidal man who has questions that need answers and central to it all is Sergeant Shaun Carter a police negotiator.’  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

‘This book is tense right from the first few pages, you are gripped and it barely lets you go at the end of the book, I definitely thought about the plot after it had finished and you do find yourself considered the question initially posed – what wouldn’t you do to get your family back? ‘ Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘This is an extremely satisfying police thriller. Twists along the way are surprisingly scary and can turn the reader inside out with suspense. Carter is a solid guy, on the side of justice, until he’s asked to act outside his moral principles in order to save his family.’  Read more here


Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘This gripping,fast paced,twist packed thriller opens with a action paced abduction scene that is so intense and shocking it’s takes your breath away.The pacing of the story is perfect,you have the breath taking opening,the urgent intensity of George and Emily’s investigations,Shaun`s desperate quest to get his ex wife and ten year old son back safely,all of which lead up too a very intense satisfying conclusion.’  Read more here


Sean’s Book Reviews

‘I had read one of Charlie Gallaghers books and I was hooked to say the least.  This book is one similar to the other book in writing style.  The author has a great ability to get into the minds of his characters.’  Read more here


Books from Dusk till Dawn

‘Charlie Gallagher certainly knows how to catch a reader’s attention and keep it until the end. This story opens up just so many moral dilemmas, as my brain went into overdrive trying to think if I would have done anything differently.’  Read more here


Books n All

‘This is a fast paced gripping read I just kept turning page after page until I, unfortunately, reached THE END. There are sadistic, murderous drug lords, abductions and dodgy drugs all thrown in to create a twisty turny thriller with curve balls and shockers a many.’ Read more here

 


Available from www.amazon.co.uk  and www.amazon.com

@joffebooks #georgeelms #thriller #newrelease

Missing coverMISSING

Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

BLOG BLITZ: Death Parts Us by Alex Walters

I am very pleased to be helping to kick off the Blog Blitz for Death Parts Us by Alex Walters.

Death Parts Us by Alex Walters

‘The story moves along at a steady pace as the reader is taken on a journey with many twists and turns. As the adrenaline starts to flow and the pieces begin to slot together we approach a dramatic conclusion that is totally unexpected.’

Available from www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com

deathpartsus orangeBook Description:

Twenty years ago, Jackie Galloway was a senior cop with a bad reputation. Then he ended up on the wrong side of the wrong people, and his career was ruined. Sacked and with no pension, he ends up eking out his last days on Scotland’s Black Isle, his mind lost to dementia, supported only by his long-suffering wife, Bridie.

Then Galloway is found dead. The police assume the death to be accidental, until Bridie Galloway reveals that her husband has been receiving apparently threatening letters containing only the phrase: ‘NOT FORGOTTEN. NOT FORGIVEN.’

DI Alec McKay is struggling to come to terms with life without his estranged wife Chrissie, and is living in isolation on the Black Isle. As a junior officer, McKay had been allocated to Galloway’s team and has bad memories of the man and his methods. Now he finds himself investigating Galloway’s death.

But when suspicion falls on him and more police officers are murdered, the pressure is on for McKay to solve the case.

Why would the killer seek revenge twenty years after Galloway left the force?

As McKay fights to link the events of past and present, he realizes that time is rapidly running out…


My Review

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

20 years after being kicked out of the Police Force Jackie Galloway is in the latter stages of dementia when he dies. His long suffering wife finds him at the bottom of a steep drop at the end of the garden. Did he fall? Why would a man who rarely moves decide to take a walk in the garden? Why would someone decide to commit murder 20 years after the event? So many questions and very few clues Alec McKay is flummoxed.

As more retired officers from the same era meet their deaths the team is struggling to find a way to fit all the pieces together. When McKay is the last person to see and speak with a victim he is removed from active duty leaving the team even shorter staffed than normal.

When Alec and Ginny appear to be in the murderer’s sights things start to hot up as the search to stop the killing is stepped up.

The story moves along at a steady pace as the reader is taken on a journey with many twists and turns. As the adrenaline starts to flow and the pieces begin to slot together we approach a dramatic conclusion that is totally unexpected.

This is my second outing with Alec McKay. He is a very realistic character damaged by family tragedy he is struggling with his personal life and when his career appears to be under threat his choices are go under or fight back. The latter always being the action of the detective we know and love.

Ginny comes more into her own in this story as her personal life becomes entangled with the case in ways nobody expected. She makes a good partner for Alec as they both have totally different personalities that combine to make a very effective team.

I loved this book it lacked the blood and gore I like and found it a little slow going in places but overall a very good read


MikeWalters7.JPGAuthor Bio:

Alex Walters is the author of the DI Alec McKay series set in Scotland’s Black Isle—Candles and Roses and Death Parts Us. He has also written three books set in and around Manchester—Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, which introduced DCI Kenny Murrain. As Michael Walters, he also published three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast, which are currently being reprinted in new reedited Alex Walters editions.  Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and now, alongside his writing, runs a consultancy working mainly in the criminal justice sector with police, prisons and probation.   After many years in Manchester he’s in the process of moving to the Highlands with his wife, occasional sons and too many cats.

Links:

Website: www.alexwaltersauthor.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

Twitter: @mikewalters60

BLOG TOUR: MISSING by Charlie Gallagher

I am very pleased it is my stop on the #blogtour for this awesome stand alone psychological thriller by Charlie Gallagher.

‘This is a fast paced gripping read I just kept turning page after page until I, unfortunately, reached THE END.  There are sadistic, murderous drug lords, abductions and dodgy drugs all thrown in to create a twisty turny thriller with curve balls and shockers a many.  A brilliant read I can’t wait to see what comes next.’

@joffebooks #georgeelms #thriller #newrelease #bookreview #missing #5stars

MISSING by Charlie Gallagher

Available from www.amazon.co.uk  and www.amazon.com

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Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.


My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow  I absolutely loved this book.  I read End Game and thought that was really good although I felt a little disadvantaged by not having read the previous books in the series.  This book works very well as stand-alone having read the Langthorne series would be a bonus as you have the history to George Elms but you can soon pick up due to the excellent way Charlie Gallagher has written this book.

What would you do to save your family?  Shaun Carter is forced to find out when he turns out as negotiator to talk down a man threatening to jump off the viaduct.  He soon learns that he has talked this man down before and that him being on call was no coincidence.  What follows is a sequence of events that forces Shaun Carter into actions he wouldn’t normally consider in an attempt to get his Son and estranged Wife back unharmed.

George Elms is quietly minding his own business in a pokey back office with a coffee machine for company when he finds himself in the middle of the chaos that Shaun’s life has become.  Can he save the day again?

You have to love George Elms he has his own way of getting results he is a compassionate man that has an inbuilt need to help people and in this book Shaun is the person on the receiving end of George’s help.

This is a fast paced gripping read I just kept turning page after page until I, unfortunately, reached THE END.  There are sadistic, murderous drug lords, abductions and dodgy drugs all thrown in to create a twisty turny thriller with curve balls and shockers a many.  A brilliant read I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Well worth the 5 stars I just wish I could give it more.


THE AUTHOR

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

BLOG TOUR: Lies that Poison by Amanda Fleet

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About the Book

Do you love psychological thrillers? Discover a new writer who will have you gripped from start to finish. This is a novel with a stunning twist that you won’t see coming. 
 
When Tom Bowman moves to a pretty Yorkshire village to start a new business, he meets two women who will change his life.  
 
Alys is a young woman with a troubled past, including an abusive boyfriend. She says she doesn’t want another man, but a relationship soon develops between her and Tom. 
 
Tom’s other neighbour is Hannah, an elderly woman who is often confused between past and present. 50 years ago, her sister died tragically young. Now, she sometimes thinks that Tom is the man who was to blame. 
 
Hannah hates Alys, and warns Tom that he is in great danger from the woman he’s falling in love with. 
 
Who should he believe and who is poisoning his mind with lies? 
 
In a pulsating conclusion, Tom will face a heartbreaking choice with the potential to shatter everything he has built. 
 
Perfect for readers who love C. L. Taylor, Ruth Ware or Clare Mackintosh. 


My Review

I found this to be a different type of thriller to my usual. There is usually some investigative element either a PI or Police and I felt a bit lost without it.

Tom is recovering from a broken heart and an accident and moves to the village to build a business and a new life. His character builds throughout the book but I felt it was missing some depth.

Alys is also trying to make a new life albeit one built on lies. As Alys and Tom are drawn together they try to work their way through a difficult relationship as they each try to move past the bad decisions they have made.

Hannah is an old lady who is beginning to confuse past with present. This is made worse because Tom bears a striking resemblance to a man that caused her family a lot of pain. Out of all the characters I really loved Hannah I thought she was realistic and I built a picture in my mind.
People are inclined to think the elderly are doddery old fools but in reality that is usually far from the truth despite appearances. This character captured that perfectly.

Hannah becomes convinced Alys is responsible for several deaths and has been doing some digging but can she convince Tom she is right?

The book moves along at a steady pace and it is pretty clear (or it was to me) what the outcome was going to be. There is a good attempt at a curve ball ending but it didn’t quite work for me.

Thank you to Joffe Books and Netgalley for the advance copy.


Amanda Fleet author photoAuthor Bio

Amanda Fleet is a physiologist by training and a writer at heart. She spent 18 years teaching science and medicine undergraduates at St Andrews University, but now uses her knowledge to work out how to kill people (in her books!). She completed her first degree at St Andrews University and her doctorate at University College, London.  
 
She has been an inveterate stationery addict since a child, amassing a considerable stash of fountain pens, ink and notebooks during her lifetime. These have thankfully come in useful, as she tends to write rather than type, at least in the early stages of writing a book. 
 
During her time at St Andrews, she was involved with two Scottish Government funded projects, working with the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. While in Malawi, she learned about the plight of the many street children there and helped to set up a Community Based Organisation that works with homeless Malawian children to support them through education and training – Chimwemwe Children’s Centre. It was this experience that helped to shape the Malawian aspects in her first novel, The Wrong Kind of Clouds. 
 
Amanda lives in Scotland with her husband, where she can be found writing, walking and running. The Wrong Kind of Clouds is her début novel and was published by Matador in early 2016. 

 

***AVAILABLE NOW*** DEADLY LIES by Chris Collett

I am very pleased to let you know that this great thriller is now available to purchase from:

www.amazon.co.uk

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DEADLY LIES by Chris Collett

@joffebooks @chriscollett #newrelease #thriller

Cover png (1).pngDiscover a new detective in a tough city. DI Tom Mariner thinks he’s seen it all, but now he faces an investigation which will push him to his limits.

Journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home. A syringe in his arm and a note by his side reading, ‘No More.’

Open and shut case of suicide? Not for DI Mariner. Hours before, he saw Barham picking up a prostitute in a bar. Mariner discovers Barham’s younger brother, Jamie, hiding in a cupboard under the stairs.

Jamie must have witnessed his brother’s death, but his severe autism makes communication almost impossible. Mariner is determined to connect with Jamie and get to the truth. And is the journalist’s death related to his investigation of a local crime kingpin?

What other dark secrets does Jamie hold the key to and can Mariner keep his relationship professional with Barham’s attractive sister, Anna?

In a nail-biting conclusion, Mariner races against time to prevent more lives being lost.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson.

This is the first book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

What readers are saying about DEADLY LIES
“I liked it a lot, one of the better books I read this year.” Hannelore Cheney

“5 STARS. What a wonderful book.” Ron

“This is a complex plot which gripped me when I started reading.” Olga

5 Stars – A Gripping Read. “ Barbara

“A very well written and gripping book.” Viv

“A clever plot, excellent characters and that “je ne sais quoi” that keeps you turning the pages. ” Nicki

THE SETTING
Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVES
Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

Police Constable Tony Knox has recently transferred to the West Midlands force and finds himself back in uniform following an undisclosed transgression. A scouser with the gift of the gab, and an irrepressible ladies’ man, Knox is initially wary of the inscrutable DI Mariner, but, when a need arises, is grateful for his unquestioning support and the lack of curiosity about his personal life.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A WORM IN THE BUD.”

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