#BookReview: A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Mark Edwards. @mredwards #psychologicalthriller #crimefiction

Yesterday I shared my review of THE MAGPIES (if you missed that you can read it here.)  Today, as promised, I am sharing my review of book 2, A MURDER OF MAGPIES.  Although this is a novella it is a brilliant read.  My review of the finale: THE LAST OF THE MAGPIES will be shared on release day, 30th April.

A Murder of Magpies (The Magpies, #2)A Murder of Magpies by Mark Edwards

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When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a short novella sequel to The Magpies (which I read and loved a few years ago). In fact The Magpies is a book that stayed with me so I was thrilled to find a space to catch up with Lucy prior to Last of the Magpies being released.

Jamie has emigrated to Australia and is getting on with his life – or trying – when a message brings the past back to haunt him and he travels back to England to face his nemesis.

Lucy is an interesting character I dont ‘like’ her but I do admire the author for the skill in building her character and in this short book that character continues to develop.

Jamie lost everything thanks to Lucy, his wife, his baby, his home and probably his sanity. The opportunity to get his revenge on Lucy is too much for him to pass up.

More suspense and intrigue with unique characters and a scarily realistic plot this is a brilliant page turner. 5 stars from me I am now waiting impatiently for the release of the finale.

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Mark  EdwardsAuthor Bio

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

He loves love hearing from readers and always responds. Mark can be contacted in the following ways:
Email: mark@markedwardsauthor.com
Twitter @mredwards
Facebook: www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks

BLOG TOUR: The Executioner (Detective Alex Reid #1) by Heather Opperman #thriller #psychologicalthriller #crimefiction #detectivebook

Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for THE EXECUTIONER. This is a debut thriller by Heather Opperman and WOW what an edge-of-your-seat page turner it is!  All the way to the totally stunning ending.

The Executioner (Detective Alex Reid #1) by Heather Opperman

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Do you like adrenaline pumping psychological thrillers?

The Executioner is a debut thriller from an author we are sure to hear more about in the future

Alex Reid lives a charmed life.

He has a job he loves, a wife who adores him, and a home which has been featured in magazines. As a Detective in the Serious and Violent Crimes unit in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex is fortunate to live in a country where serial killers are few and far between.

But in a whirlwind turn of events, Alex finds himself locked in a life and death struggle with a malevolent serial killer who has chosen Alex as his arch nemesis.

As the body count rises, Alex must try to overcome his own personal tragedy and loss, and go head to head with the man the media have dubbed the Executioner.

Will Alex stop him before he extracts his final revenge?

The Location

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

The Detective

Detective Alex Reid had a difficult childhood but he survived against all the odds.  He is now a Detective solving serious crime cases.  He is a unique character that cares about the people he is keeping safe.  He has developed a healthy working relationship with Fadi, appreciating his skills along with his strange ways.  Together they are determined to take down the bad guys.


My Review

This is a debut thriller by Heather Opperman so I was unsure what to expect but we all love to discover new talent so I eagerly began reading.

Detective Alex Reid is the main character. After a difficult and lonely childhood he is living happily with his wife Jaeme with Lizzie occupying the guest cottage life is good – then a body is discovered…

Women are being abducted but apparently they are going willingly. They are tortured and killed. The victims are all different ages and the methods of their murder are also different but there is a clue that links them so the team are definitely hunting a serial killer.

The characters are unique individuals and build in complexity over the course of the story into well rounded, realistic people. We learn about their background and personality as the investigation proceeds and there is a smattering of personality clashes that makes for a very realistic read.

The setting is South Africa, a country I know little about, and I really enjoyed reading about the area and people.

It is a fast paced read that had me turning page after page. A lot of victims and numerous twists and turns kept the adrenaline pumping all the way through. This is a psychological thriller in every sense of the word and ticked every single box of my criteria for a great thriller. Awesome read and I am looking forward to book 2.

5 stars from me.


Author Bio

I am always thinking of new ways to describe what I see and feel. Words are my passion! I know it’s nerdy, but I make a point of learning at least 3 new words a week.

I have no formal training in writing. My background is in Corporate Information Technology, where I have 25 years’ experience.

But I have been writing since as far back as I remember, on any surface I could find, including one memorable occasion when I wrote a “poem” on the wall of my Mother’s bedroom, which earned me a clip on the ear.

Thanks to the encouragement, bribes and downright threats to my life and limbs, I was persuaded by friends and family to self-publish The Executioner. I am so grateful to everybody who has walked with me on this journey. I’m not stopping now!

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – THE WITNESS by Kevin Marsh #crimefiction #thriller #psychologicalthriller

Kevin and I would like to thank all the wonderful bloggers who helped with the relaunch of THE WITNESS. Your help makes a big difference to  authors and we cant thank you enough for that help.

What the Bloggers thought:

Black Books Blog

This is a very dark psychological book, which kept me guessing all the way through as I couldn’t see how she was going to escape, if in fact she was going to. This book is full of action right from the very first page all through the book as we are transported from Scotland down to London and back again. I really enjoyed this book and will be on the look out for similar ones from Kevin in the future. Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

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Linda Strong Book Reviews

The very first chapter drew me in …. the run for her life was a real nail-biter. Lots of action kept me riveted to the pages with no warning of what was to be the ultimate end game. The ending is a little ambiguous … leaving me to wonder if there will be a follow up story.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

A very fast-paced book with some lovely description of the Scottish countryside, made all the more beautiful in contrast to the horrors which the killer commits. Not a book for the squeamish but one for those who enjoy psychological thrillers.  Read more here

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My Review

Nicki’s book blog

This is a very well written book that draws you in. I liked several of the characters and felt for their predicament. The psychology of Mr Mac leaves you with chills. This is a dark read in parts. A different type of psychological crime read, one where you know who the perpetrator is (or at least his pseudonym) but not how he is going to be caught. A highly enjoyable read.  Read more here

Daisy White’s Wicked Words

Cleverly written, and I loved the character development. Josie made for a strong and likeable lead an the twists and turns kept me reading. This was an interesting take on a psychological thriller and I would read more from this author.  Read more here

Jessica Rachow

Whoa! This is one heck of a psychological thriller that has you questioning what you would do in Josie’s position. I love the cat and mouse chase, and the suspense had me on the edge of my seat.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Kirsty through the looking glass


The Witness by Kevin Marsh

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Landscape artist Josie MacDonald is coming to the end of her stay in Scotland. Whilst out on a painting trip early one morning she witnesses a horrific murder.

Mr Mac, the deranged killer, is aware that she has seen him at work and sets out to kill her but Josie manages to escape by plunging desperately into the North Sea.

Mr Mac, convinced that she has perished, discovers a few days later that she has survived and sets out to track her down. He follows her to London where he subjects her to terrible psychological torment as one by one her friends are drawn into the nightmare.

Josie returns to Scotland in order to discover the truth where her worst fears are realised. With time running out and a killer on the loose she must survive long enough to bring their horrifying ordeal to an end.


Kevin Marsh author bio

Kevin Marsh was born in Canterbury in 1961. He lived and went to school there attending the Technical College, (now Canterbury College), as an apprentice sheet metal worker. During his five years of training he worked in a small local company with his father and brother. In 1981 he was married and moved to Whitstable, (his father’s home town).
His first novel, The Belgae Torc, book 1 in the Torc Trilogy, was launched on 30th June 2012 with his second book, The Witness, a psychological thriller, being published in March 2013. The Gordian Knot is the second part of the Torc Trilogy and was published in July 2014.  Cutting the Gordian Knot (The Final Solution) is the final book in the Torc Trilogy and was published in July 2016

He has recently retired from teaching steel fabrication and welding and moved to the beautiful Kent countryside to focus on writing and painting.

Website: http://www.kevinmarshnovels.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kevin.marsh.1069

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