JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 20: Book Lovers Book Reviews. #TeamJoffeBooks

Today on my Joffe Books Rolling Blog I am very excited to welcome Linda Strong from Book Lovers Book Reviews. Linda lives in the USA and posts on Delphi Forums. We like having her join the Blog Tours as she reaches readers not accessible via the Blogs.

Linda Strong

Hello Linda. could you tell us a little about yourself and what made you start blogging?

I am a voracious reader and I love sharing my reviews and thoughts about any book I’ve read. I also love to hear what others think. I could talk books all day long. I even took early retirement so I’d be able to read as much as I wanted and not have to worry about getting up in the morning to go to work.

 

How long have you been blogging (when you first set up your blog)

I’m not really sure … I’m going to estimate at least a year. My blog isn’t really a blog. I have a forum at http://forums.delphiforums.com/BookReviews (BOOK LOVERS BOOK REVIEWS). I post all my reviews there. There are many subjects discussed, not just reviews, there are the authors who make the news. We salute and remember the authors we’ve lost. We even have cartoons. The visitors there all have one thing in common …. we all love books of all genres. I’ve added so many new books to my wish list from reading what others discuss.

 

When did you start joining Blog Tours and why?

It’s been several months and I’ve loved every minute. Again, it’s all about the reading and sharing.

Do you join blog tours for a lot of publishers? About how many? Right now, Joffe Books is the only publisher I tour for.

 

What do you think of the books Joffe publish are they usually good, average, bad?

Joffe books are incredible! I’ve discovered so many new authors that have steadily moved up to my top ten favorites.

 

Joffe Books is run differently to other publishers is the short notice of book releases a problem given how much in demand bloggers are?

I generally read a book a day unless the book can be used for a doorstop …. so short notices don’t bother me. I have no problem in keeping up. Of course all those notes hanging from my computer help me remember. 🙂

 

Some Bloggers leave room for Joffe Books are you one of those? If so why?

When I first get an invitation, I will usually start reading as soon as I finish my current read.

 

Joffe Books has a launch team that get together in a virtual party setting and many of the authors support each other and chat with the readers and bloggers. Do you think this is a good idea? If so why?

I think it’s a great idea! I’m for anything that promotes reading and an interest in books. I love talking to authors. I do a lot of stalking…er, I mean following… of authors to see what they’ve done, what they’re doing now, etc.

 

Have you ever gone to a Joffe Launch Party? What do you think of them?

I have been to a couple. I confess, I’m really bad at trying to figure out the time zones. I usually wind up too late when nothing’s left but a couple cold sandwiches. But I keep trying!

 

Do you think the Joffe Blog Tour experience could be improved?

If so what would you recommend? I’m tickled with what is done now. No improvement necessary as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

 

Is there anything else you would like to say about Joffe Books, their authors or Social Media Promoter?

The Joffe Books I’ve read have been tremendous. My preferred genre is mystery…murder…mayhem… and thankfully Joffe always has a terrific number of these available.

The authors always seem to be available … I run into a lot of them on Facebook and they always stop by and answer questions someone may have for them .. or just comment on a review.

Jill Burkinshaw is my go-to person at Joffe. . She does a brilliant job of keeping everything in order and lining up reviewers. I honestly don’t know how she does it! She’s a joy to work with as far as scheduling reviews, and she’s just one of the friendliest people you’d ever want to know.

I’ve loved the time spent with Joffe and Jill and I hope to keep participating as long as they’ll let me.


JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 17: Black Books Blog.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 18: On The Shelf Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 19: Daisy White’s Wicked Words.


MARRIED LIES by Chris Collett. A reader’s thoughts.

Today I would like to share with you my thoughts on MARRIED LIES by Chris Collett. This is Book 5 in the DI Tom Mariner series and is a brilliant addition to the series. Adrenaline pumping, twists and turns and a jaw-dropping shocker of an ending this book has it all.

MARRIED LIES 2MARRIED LIES by CHRIS COLLETT

Available from:   Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

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

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the fifth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

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 DETECTIVE

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.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “STALKED BY SHADOWS.”

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies

Book 2: Innocent Lies

Book 3: Killer Lies

Book 4: Baby Lies

Book 5: Married Lies

Books 6-7 coming soon


My thoughts and opinions

This is book 5 in the DI Tom Mariner series and I have absolutely loved every one.  This one is no different.  It should work very well as stand-alone.

The story begins with a woman found dead in her kitchen after drinking some acid: suicide or murder?  No reason for suicide and loved by everyone so no reason for murder either.  Tom is struggling with the lack of clues when a stalking case comes in so he allocates that to Millie who becomes attached to Lucy.

This is a very complex story with many twists, turns and curve balls along the way.  The reader just keeps turning page after page.  I loved the detective element in this book you could really get stuck in to the struggle for clues and trying to fit everything together and the suspense is building all the time.  The ending is a real jaw dropper – I certainly didn’t expect THAT.  Wow brilliant read this series just gets better and better.

I want to say a little about the characters. Tom Mariner has recently split with Anna and is struggling to move on.  He took Katarina (Kat) under his wing after she was saved from a trafficking ring in a previous book.  Kat wants to move on but Tom is struggling to let go.  This emotional side to Tom brings a different element to the story and I felt we got to know him really well in this book.  The other members of the team continue to develop as team members and  we get to know more about them as they gain depth.

All in all this is a fantastic read that will appeal to anyone who loves Crime Fiction, Police Procedural and thrillers.

A well earned 5 stars from me and I am looking forward to the next book


Chris Collett author photo jpgCHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Links

Website: www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 20: Book Lovers Book Reviews. #TeamJoffeBooks

Today on my Joffe Books Rolling Blog I am very excited to welcome Linda Strong from Book Lovers Book Reviews. Linda lives in the USA and posts on Delphi Forums. We like having her join the Blog Tours as she reaches readers not accessible via the Blogs.

Linda Strong

Hello Linda. could you tell us a little about yourself and what made you start blogging?

I am a voracious reader and I love sharing my reviews and thoughts about any book I’ve read. I also love to hear what others think. I could talk books all day long. I even took early retirement so I’d be able to read as much as I wanted and not have to worry about getting up in the morning to go to work.

 

How long have you been blogging (when you first set up your blog)

I’m not really sure … I’m going to estimate at least a year. My blog isn’t really a blog. I have a forum at http://forums.delphiforums.com/BookReviews (BOOK LOVERS BOOK REVIEWS). I post all my reviews there. There are many subjects discussed, not just reviews, there are the authors who make the news. We salute and remember the authors we’ve lost. We even have cartoons. The visitors there all have one thing in common …. we all love books of all genres. I’ve added so many new books to my wish list from reading what others discuss.

 

When did you start joining Blog Tours and why?

It’s been several months and I’ve loved every minute. Again, it’s all about the reading and sharing.

Do you join blog tours for a lot of publishers? About how many? Right now, Joffe Books is the only publisher I tour for.

 

What do you think of the books Joffe publish are they usually good, average, bad?

Joffe books are incredible! I’ve discovered so many new authors that have steadily moved up to my top ten favorites.

 

Joffe Books is run differently to other publishers is the short notice of book releases a problem given how much in demand bloggers are?

I generally read a book a day unless the book can be used for a doorstop …. so short notices don’t bother me. I have no problem in keeping up. Of course all those notes hanging from my computer help me remember. 🙂

 

Some Bloggers leave room for Joffe Books are you one of those? If so why?

When I first get an invitation, I will usually start reading as soon as I finish my current read.

 

Joffe Books has a launch team that get together in a virtual party setting and many of the authors support each other and chat with the readers and bloggers. Do you think this is a good idea? If so why?

I think it’s a great idea! I’m for anything that promotes reading and an interest in books. I love talking to authors. I do a lot of stalking…er, I mean following… of authors to see what they’ve done, what they’re doing now, etc.

 

Have you ever gone to a Joffe Launch Party? What do you think of them?

I have been to a couple. I confess, I’m really bad at trying to figure out the time zones. I usually wind up too late when nothing’s left but a couple cold sandwiches. But I keep trying!

 

Do you think the Joffe Blog Tour experience could be improved?

If so what would you recommend? I’m tickled with what is done now. No improvement necessary as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

 

Is there anything else you would like to say about Joffe Books, their authors or Social Media Promoter?

The Joffe Books I’ve read have been tremendous. My preferred genre is mystery…murder…mayhem… and thankfully Joffe always has a terrific number of these available.

The authors always seem to be available … I run into a lot of them on Facebook and they always stop by and answer questions someone may have for them .. or just comment on a review.

Jill Burkinshaw is my go-to person at Joffe. . She does a brilliant job of keeping everything in order and lining up reviewers. I honestly don’t know how she does it! She’s a joy to work with as far as scheduling reviews, and she’s just one of the friendliest people you’d ever want to know.

I’ve loved the time spent with Joffe and Jill and I hope to keep participating as long as they’ll let me.


JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 17: Black Books Blog.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 18: On The Shelf Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 19: Daisy White’s Wicked Words.


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