BLOG TOUR: The Key to Deaths Door by Mark Tilbury

I am very excited that it is my stop on the Blog Tour for this jaw-droppingly brilliant new release from Mark Tilbury. I was totally gripped from the very first page and it kept getting better and better.

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If you could discover the murderous truth of a past life and seek justice in this one, would you?

Teenager Lee Hunter doesn’t have a choice when he nearly drowns after spending the night at a derelict boathouse with his best friend, Charlie Finch. After leaving his body and meeting a mysterious light that lets him to go back to the past, Lee finds himself reliving the final days of another life. A life that ended tragically.

After recovering from his near death experience, Lee begins to realise that he is part of two lives linked by the despicable actions of one man.

Struggling against impossible odds, Lee and Charlie set out to bring this man to justice.

Will Lee be able to unlock the past and bring justice to the future?

The Key to Death’s Door is a story of sacrifice, friendship, loyalty and murder.

My Review

WOW oh my…. I really could not stop reading this book I was absolutely gripped from the very first page.  Defiinitely on my Picks of 2018 list.

I am a big fan of Mark’s books and have read every one.  They are all a little bit different from the usual Thriller books and have a slight insight into the spiritual world in them.  This one was no different in that respect but something about this one really grabbed me.

Lee and Charlie are typical teenagers they are not bad lads but do get up to mischief, as do all boys of that age.  They decide to do some night fishing from a derelict boathouse across the river.  Using the tried and tested method of each staying over at the other’s house and ‘borrowing’ a dinghy from Lee’s house off they set on their little adventure.

Fate has a way of striking when you least expect it and an unscheduled storm sets in motion a string of events that the lads did not have the maturity to cope with.  Lee finds himself in the past in another family and then events turn nasty and he and his ‘new’ family are in danger.

The past and present are linked by 1 man and that man is evil personified.  Lee has to find a way to see that justice is served.

I love the characters they are realistic I always admire authors who can create realistic teenage characters and these reminded me so much of my son and his friends at that age.

A jaw droppingly brilliant book that will appeal to readers of many genres.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.

2017 Author picAuthor Bio:

Mark 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 fifth novel, The Key to Death’s Door published along with The Liar’s Promise, The Abattoir of Dreams, and The Ben Whittle Investigations relaunched, 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.


BLOG BLITZ: Dark Ice by Dave Stanton

Today I am honoured to be helping to kick off the  Blog Blitz for DARK ICE by Dave Stanton and I would like to thank Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for the invitation.

Dave Stanton - Dark Ice_cover_high res.jpgDark Ice by Dave Stanton

Available from: Amazon UK    Amazon US

While skiing deep in Lake Tahoe’s backcountry, private detective Dan Reno finds the first naked body, buried under fresh snow. Reno’s contacted by the grieving father who wants to know who murdered his daughter and why?

How did the body end up in such a remote, mountainous location? The questions become murkier when a second body is found. Is there a serial killer stalking promiscuous young women in South Lake Tahoe? Or are the murders linked to a different criminal agenda?

Searching for answers, Reno is accosted by a gang of racist bikers with a score to settle. He also must deal with his pal, Cody Gibbons, who the police consider a suspect. The clues lead to the owner of a strip club and a womanizing police captain, but is either the killer?

The bikers up the ante, but are unaware that Cody Gibbons has Reno’s back at any cost. Meanwhile, the police won’t tolerate Reno’s continued involvement in the case. But Reno knows he’s getting close. And the most critical clue comes from the last person he’d suspect.

My Review

This is Book 4 in the Dan Reno series but the books do work very well as stand alone.

I was looking forward to this new outing with Dan and Cody I find the pair really interesting reading.  Humour and a ‘no shit’ attitude makes for very good reading.

The story begins when Dan comes across a dead, naked woman while skiing off-piste.  The chances of him getting caught up with her in such a remote spot were very unlikely especially given the heavy snow that Lake Tahoe is experiencing at the time.  At first it is thought that the killer assumed the body wouldn’t be found but then Cody’s latest arm candy is also found murdered and it appears they have a serial killer on the loose.

With the police making no progress Dan is hired by the father of the first victim to find the murderer.

Not many clues and without access to the crime databases Dan has to resort to calling in favours from Marcus Grier.  When it is revealed that Galini had sex with both victims shortly before their deaths Dan and the police are in a race to put the pieces together and uncover the killer.

These books are very descriptive and while it is nice to envisage the scenery and the people it is a bit too much for me and that lost it some marks.

The characters continue to gain depth and I love the way Candi is worked in to the fabric of the book.

A very good read.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.

Dave+StantonAuthor 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.


Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

BLOG BLITZ: Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry

Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Blitz for this new addition to the Gus McGuire series.

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9781912604081 (1)Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry

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DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.

As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

My Review

This is book 4 in the Gus McGuire series.  I have read books 1 and 2 but not book 3 and although it works well as stand alone I did feel as though I was missing some background to Alice.

The story begins with a fire where there are multiple fatalities and the only survivor is a small boy.  We then fast forward a few years and a couple return from a weekend away, leaving their teenage son home alone, to find the house ransacked and a dead body in the bedroom.  Enter Gus Maguire and his team with his pathologist father being involved we are bound to be introduced to some humour given the strange dynamics between father and son.

This is a complex case with 2 dead and 1 missing teenagers and very few clues as to what happened Gus and his team are pulled all ways trying to untangle the clues while looking for the missing teenagers.  There are a lot of different aspects with drugs, church cults and many secrets will the team ever get to the bottom of what happened?

This is an intriguing story that keeps the reader turning page after page with many twists and turns to keep the adrenaline flowing.

It lost marks on a few points:  I find the author’s inclusion of what can only be described as stomach churning events that bring nothing to the story in this book we were treated to a teenager squeezing pus from his acne spots, not sure what all that was about.  Also Gus is attacked by 2 Rottweilers but only needed a few stitches???? He leaves hospital with his arm in a sling and then proceeds to administer CPR, in particular chest compressions.  I find that pretty difficult to believe so 4 stars from me.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.

lovely (3)Author Bio:

Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of  teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK.  She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016.  She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.

She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences

She is contactable on:

Facebook: @LizMistrybooks


Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp



BLOG TOUR: Mortal Outcomes by Dave Stanton

Today it is my stop on the Blog Blitz for MORTAL OUTCOMES by Dave Stanton. Thank you to Dave, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for inviting me.

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Mortal Outcomes by Dave Stanton

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Bounty hunter Dan Reno never thought he’d be the prey.
When a pair of accused rapists from a New Jersey-based gang surface in South Lake Tahoe, bounty hunter Dan Reno is called in. The first is easy to catch, but the second, a Satanist suspected of a string of murders, is an adversary unlike any Reno has faced before. After escaping Reno’s clutches, in the desert outside of Carson City, the target vanishes. That is, until he makes it clear he intends to settle the score.
To make matters worse, the criminal takes an interest in a teenage boy and his talented sister, both friends of Reno’s.
Wading through a drug-dealing turf war and a deadly feud between mobsters running a local casino, Reno has to hunt a ghost-like adversary who is calling all the shots.
The more Reno learns more about his target, the more he’s convinced that mayhem is inevitable unless he can capture him quickly. He’d prefer it to be clean, without further bloodshed. But sometimes that isn’t possible, especially when Reno’s partner Cody Gibbons decides it’s time for payback.

My Review

This is Book 3 in the Dan Reno  series.  I read book 1 but not book 2 so I can confirm they work very well as stand-alone.

Dan Reno is a Private Investigator and also Bounty Hunter.  He is often helped out by ex cop Cody Gibbons.  The pair make quite a formidable team and balance each other out perfectly.  There is a little humour in the background which I like and I love their characters which are developing well.

Dan Reno is on the hunt for a man who skipped bail.  This is a dangerous, evil man but just how dangerous they are yet to find out.  As always, the hunt puts them in danger and also on the wrong side of 2 bent coppers.  The fact that they are caught in the middle between the villains and the corrupt policemen who are worried Dan and Cody will cut of their supplementary income wont bother them too much.

The book moves along at a steady pace but I find it a little too descriptive and that lost it a few marks.

Author 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.


Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

BLOG BLITZ: Doll Face by Dylan H Jones

Today I am honoured to be helping to kick off the #blogblitz for #DollFace which is the 2nd book in the #TudorManx series by Dylan H Jones. This is a very good read that you wont want to miss.
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Three months after solving his last case, DI Tudor Manx leads a harrowing
investigation to catch a killer terrorizing the isle of Anglesey.
After the body of the first victim, Sian Conway is found, the suspicion quickly falls on her boss, Kimble McLain, and her volatile ex-husband, Liam Fowler.
The autopsy soon reveals Sian was eighteen weeks pregnant and when the coroner finds a religious text hidden in the victim’s liver, Manx suspects this could be the work of a serial killer.
The case takes a shocking turn when footage of Sian’s murder is discovered.

With a twisted killer on the loose and a rising body count, Manx’s personal life hits rock bottom when an old colleague from his past hits him with a bombshell revelation

Why does Kimble McLain have links to each of the victims?

And what is the killer’s real motive?

In a race against time to reveal the killer’s identity, Manx will face his toughest case yet.

My Review

This is book 2 in the Tudor Manx series and sees Manx, reluctantly, returning to Anglesey.

The book starts with the viscous murder of a young woman who turns out to be pregnant.  The first part of the murder is caught on Skype as she is talking to her friend.

The story is told from the investigation point of view but also from the killer’s.  It has many twists and turns and I enjoyed the insight into the psychopathic mind of the murderer.  As more people are murdered with the same MO the team are up against time to find and apprehend this individual before more lives are lost.

The characters develop well over the course of the book as we get to know them and the area but on the whole I found the book a bit slow going and drawn out.  It is a long book and I feel it would read better if it was more condensed.  I also found the story to be a bit samey and more or less another religious psychopath on a mission to do what is considered to be Gods work.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books and the author for the advance copy.

Dylan_Jones-0004-RT3Author Bio:

If you’re looking for Dylan, you’ll more than likely find him at one of his favorite Oakland cafes writing, people watching or chatting with the local characters.

A native Welsh speaker, originally from the Isle of Anglesey, Dylan lives in Oakland, California with his wife Laura, daughter Isabella and their tireless Tibetan Terrier, Chloe.

Even though he didn’t begin writing his debut novel until 2012, Dylan has always steered his career to match his creative passions.
He was a producer at the Welsh TV Channel, S4C before taking on a creative director position at Channel 4, London.

In 1999, Dylan moved to California where he worked a copywriter in LA, writing movie trailers and TV ads.

His debut novel, Anglesey Blue, shot to the #1 Best Seller spot in Welsh Crime and was long-listed for the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’ 2017.
The follow up, Doll Face, is released by Bloodhound Books in March 2018.

Now, a resident of Oakland for over 12 years, Dylan runs his own video content agency, Jones Digital Media, and pens the best-selling Tudor Manx Mysteries set on the island of Anglesey.


Twitter:   @tudormanx

BLOG BLITZ: Blind Luck by Dave Stanton

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

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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.


Twitter: @DanRenoNovels



BLOG BLITZ: White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl

My stop on the Blog Blitz for this gripping psychological thriller by John Nicholl. Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me.

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image1.jpegWhite is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl

 Available from:   Amazon UK     Amazon US     Amazon Australia     Amazon Canada
Be careful who you trust. The Mailer family is oblivious to the terrible danger that enters their lives when seven-year-old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service by the family GP, following the breakdown of his parents’ marriage. Fifty-eight-year-old Dr David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile, employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian town-house he shares with his wife and two young daughters. When Anthony becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.
But can Anthony be saved before it’s too late?  The book includes content that some readers may find disturbing from the start.
It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.  Brilliantly gripping, White is the Coldest Colour will have you hooked from the very first page and holding your breath to the heart-pounding and shocking conclusion.

My Review

This is a difficult read and may be upsetting for parents but I feel we need to open our eyes to the fact that this is going on today somewhere.

Dr David Galbraith is an evil paedophile who presents a caring, compassionate face to the outside world but his family knows different his wife has had her spirit broken and their children live in fear.  To the outside world he is a brilliant child psychologist with a brilliant reputation.  When he chooses Anthony as his next victim the game changes when he sees the child moving out of his range and from there everything changes and the adrenaline starts pumping as we hold our breath in anticipation of what happens next,

A paedophile ring is identified the extent of which the police have never known there are several cases that are linked together and everyone involved is shocked by the sheer number of victims.

The book has very realistic characters that develop well through the course of the book.  It is fast paced and had me turning page after page well into the night as I needed to know there was a happy ending.

A major hate of mine is reading a book that has no realistic ending and unfortunately this is one of those books.  I thought the conclusion was unbelievable and unrealistic and was not really an ending at all.  I appreciate there is a Book 2 but …..

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

fullsizeoutput_8Author Bio:

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, writes popular dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.  A Cold Cold Heart, John’s sixth book, is published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018. 

John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA. 


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BLOG BLITZ: The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder

Today is my stop on the Blog Blitz for The Scent of Guilt but due to problems I am running a day or two behind so my full review will be posted later. Today I am sharing with you my initial thoughts after reading the first 30% of this book which is #2 in the DI Bliss series.

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 Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation.

 Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims.

 Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation. Could the same man be responsible?

 Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.

But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past…

My Initial Thoughts

I am a big fan of Tony Forder.  I have not yet read Bad to the Bone but read and absolutely loved Degrees of Darkness and Scream Blue Murder.

DI Bliss left Peterborough 12 years ago and has just managed to work his way back.  The book begins with him being thrown head first into a murder investigation that turns out to be the 3rd case with the same MO: there is a serial killer on the loose.  Him being given the investigation doesn’t go down well with his superior and others at the station so not only does he have to solve the case he also has to earn the friendship and respect of his colleagues.

As with all Tony’s books the suspense and intrigue starts from the first page and from there I was hooked.  The other books ticked every single box of what I think makes a brilliant psychological thriller and this looks as though it will be the same.

To be continued…..

22365495_499399223774817_4544080396425244912_nAuthor Bio:

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.


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