BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston

Many thanks to the wonderful bloggers on the Blog Tour for A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston.  Your help is very much appreciated by myself and Stephen.  You guys are the best xx

TY

Black Books Blog

The story itself revolves around the murder of an antiques dealer, and his links with the criminal underground.  The story was a brilliant read, which kept me guessing right to the end and made me want to read the next one.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

It’s a fun ride to see how he gets to the bottom of most problems without getting suspended from his job. Secondary characters are credible and kept my interest.  Read more here


J.V. Baptie

This novel is very fast paced and at the same time easy to read and there is a lot of action throughout.  Read more here


On the Shelf Review

Overall an intriguing police procedural that will keep you turning page after page.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog


Mystery Thriller Week

I enjoyed seeing Inspector Drake in action as he solves the crime. How we do things define us, and with him its no different. He’s meticulous with an energy that leaps off the page. You gotta love that about any character!  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

I became so addicted to reading this book that I had to take my Kindle everywhere with me as I couldn’t put the book down.  I just had to read on to find out what further secrets and lies came tumbling out of the closet and how the investigation progressed.  I even begrudged having to take my two Labradors out which , as you can imagine, didn’t go down well.   Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

This is an excellent story – well planned out and I have given it 5 stars – very highly recommended!!  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Lots of intrigue and suspense that builds throughout the book and keeps the pages turning as we follow Drake on his journey towards the truth. The suspense reaches new levels towards the end and the jaw dropping conclusion.  Read more here


A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston

@stephenpuleston #atimetokill #InspectorDrake #policeprocedural #5stars

Time to Kill cover jpg

Available from:   Amazon UK    Amazon US

A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdoniaare an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.

A killer hidden in plain sight.

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…


My Review


Author photo jpgStephen Puleston:  Biography

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston

Many thanks to the wonderful bloggers on the Blog Tour for A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston.  Your help is very much appreciated by myself and Stephen.  You guys are the best xx

TY

Black Books Blog

The story itself revolves around the murder of an antiques dealer, and his links with the criminal underground.  The story was a brilliant read, which kept me guessing right to the end and made me want to read the next one.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

It’s a fun ride to see how he gets to the bottom of most problems without getting suspended from his job. Secondary characters are credible and kept my interest.  Read more here


J.V. Baptie

This novel is very fast paced and at the same time easy to read and there is a lot of action throughout.  Read more here


On the Shelf Review

Overall an intriguing police procedural that will keep you turning page after page.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog


Mystery Thriller Week

I enjoyed seeing Inspector Drake in action as he solves the crime. How we do things define us, and with him its no different. He’s meticulous with an energy that leaps off the page. You gotta love that about any character!  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

I became so addicted to reading this book that I had to take my Kindle everywhere with me as I couldn’t put the book down.  I just had to read on to find out what further secrets and lies came tumbling out of the closet and how the investigation progressed.  I even begrudged having to take my two Labradors out which , as you can imagine, didn’t go down well.   Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

This is an excellent story – well planned out and I have given it 5 stars – very highly recommended!!  Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Lots of intrigue and suspense that builds throughout the book and keeps the pages turning as we follow Drake on his journey towards the truth. The suspense reaches new levels towards the end and the jaw dropping conclusion.  Read more here


A Time to Kill by Stephen Puleston

@stephenpuleston #atimetokill #InspectorDrake #policeprocedural #5stars

Time to Kill cover jpg

Available from:   Amazon UK    Amazon US

A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body…

Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-bloodied killer. But the valleys of Snowdoniaare an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out, and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry, and business links with the criminal underworld.

A killer hidden in plain sight.

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…


My Review


Author photo jpgStephen Puleston:  Biography

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

BLOG BLITZ: Blind Luck by Dave Stanton

Dave Stanton - Blind Luck_cover_high res.jpgBlind Luck by Dave Stanton

Available from:  Amazon UK    Amazon US

 

Jimmy Homestead’s glory days as a high school stud are a distant memory. His adulthood hads amounted to temporary jobs, petty crime and discount whiskey. But when he wins $43 million on the  lottery all that changes.

With money, everything is great for Jimmy, until people from his past start coming out of the woodwork seeking payback over transgressions Jimmy thought were long forgotten.

Caught in the middle are private detective Dan Reno and his friend Cody Gibbons – two men just trying to make a living.

Reno, fighting to save his home from foreclosure, thinks that’s his biggest problem. But his priorities change when Gibbons and Jimmy are kidnapped by a gang of cartel thugs. In a fight to save his friend’s life, Reno is drawn into a case that will result bodies scattered all over northern Nevada.

But Can Reno save his friend?


My Review

This is book 2 in the Dan Reno series.  Dan is a Private Investigator in California and we were introduced to him and his sidekick, Cody, in book 1.  However, this does work well as stand alone but you will have missed some of the background and history.

I am not sure if it is intentional or not but I find there is a fair bit of humour interlaced in the stories.  More so this one than Stateline.

The story begins with Jimmy, who is a bit of a lad.  Drugs, drink, women …. After living hand to mouth for many years he wins the lottery and is suddenly rolling in money.  Problems start when all the people he cheated, robbed or hurt in his past start chasing him for a chunk of his money.

Dan and Cody are hired by Sheila to find Jimmy and then they will get paid.  They don’t realise what they are letting themselves in for but Dan needs income so they have little choice but to take a chance on Sheila.

What follows is an adrenaline pumping roller coaster ride to see who will get to Jimmy first.  When the Mexicans muscle in on the scene it does not bode well for anyone.

Dan and Cody’s characters develop over the course of the book into realistic but well defined and complex characters.  It was a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to more from this author.

Many thanks to Sarah and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour.


Dave+Stanton.jpgAuthor Bio:

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

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