BLOG TOUR: Blue Murder by Mark Fowler #crimefiction #kindleunlimited #policeprocedural #Tyler&Mills @MFowlerAuthor

First of all I would like to thank Mark L Fowler and Simon L Leonard for inviting me on this Blog Tour. I read the 1st book in this series: RED IS THE COLOUR and loved it. This one is being self-published by Mark which I why I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to read an advance copy and share my review. A 5 star review of course:)

BLUE MURDER COVER.jpgBLUE MURDER by Mark L Fowler

Available from Amazon

Fame. Fortune. Murder.

April 2003. Johnny and the Swamp Seeds are on the cusp of success when singer Johnny Richards goes missing. The body of a young man is found in the local canal.

But the dead man is not Johnny Richards.

DCI Jim Tyler leads the investigation into the brutal murder of Adam Lane, ex band member and friend of Richards since schooldays. Is the disappearance related? Is Richards alive or dead? Was he responsible for the death of his friend?

DS Danny Mills has concerns for DCI Tyler. The demons from Tyler’s past have caught up with him, threatening to tip him over the edge. Meanwhile, news of the singer’s disappearance has gone viral, sending the band to the top of the charts and turning a national spotlight on the case. Tyler is under immense pressure and Mills can see the cracks spreading.

Will Tyler and Mills find out what happened to Johnny Richards, and who killed Adam Lane – or is catastrophe looming for the stricken detective?


My Review

Having read RED IS THE COLOUR I was very much looking forward to this 2nd book in the Tyler & Mills series.  I wasn’t disappointed the book had me hooked from the very first page and I became more engrossed in the story with each page.

It is an intriguing story with so many jaw-dropping twists and turns that I just kept turning page after page.I do like the way the stories in Mark’s books seem to begin in school and I think that makes them all the more believable because many adults are affected one way or another with how their schooldays shaped them.

Tyler’s relationship with the head of the local school brings a different issue into the story and in this book we learn a little more about Tyler’s traumatic childhood and I think that is what makes the story because he can sympathise with some of the characters and that shows that the author was thinking long-term about this series rather than adding on a book at a time which often happens.  This comes across very strongly in the way the different strands link up and create a robust story that keeps the reader’s attention from the first page to the last.

This is a psychological thriller at its very best we see into the minds of several of the characters as they develop throughout the book.  The suspense builds but it is impossible to foresee the ending until the very end.

WOW a brilliant read and I am so pleased I had the opportunity to enjoy it.

More please Mark, as soon as possible.

5 golden stars from me.5 Golden stars


 

 

 

 


mark fowlerAuthor Bio

Mark is the writer of the crime series featuring Tyler and Mills. The first book to feature the detectives, RED IS THE COLOUR, was shortlisted for the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize. The second book, BLUE MURDER, can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

He is also the author of THE MAN UPSTAIRS, featuring hard-boiled detective Frank Miller, and SILVER, a psychological thriller. Mark’s first book, COFFIN MAKER, continues to defy any attempts to categorise it.

FEATURE FRIDAY #1 – Helen Durrant #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #detectivebook #thriller #featurefriday @hhdurrant @joffebooks

Today is the first of a weekly feature blog:  FEATURE FRIDAY (thank you to LJ Cassidy for the title idea).  Each Friday I will run a feature on something JOFFE BOOKS related.  

Today I am featuring the bestselling author: HELEN DURRANT.  Joffe Books have published all Helen’s books and, I think, it is a match made in heaven.  With Helen’s imaginative and skillful writing and the magic the team at Joffe work on the books has produced many best sellers.  A lot of fans out there (including me) are constantly watching and waiting for the next brilliant read to hit Amazon.  Helen is also a lovely person and I feel honoured to know her.  We will start with Helen’s thoughts on working with Joffe and then learn a little about her hobby of birdwatching.  Below that is a little bit of info about all her books (and there are many so you can check if you have missed any) along with links to buy them.  I end with an Author bio.  That is a lot of info so I will let you get reading.


Helen Durrant – Thoughts on her publisher: JOFFE BOOKS

The day Joffe Books took on the first three in my Calladine & Bayliss detective series was the day that changed my life. I’m sure I would not have had the success I’ve enjoyed without them. They take a raw book and turn it into a highly polished finished product. What follows is fantastic publicity and a liberal sprinkling of Jasper’s fairy dust. Being excellent at what they do is a given, but equally important is that they are approachable and friendly. Jasper is only a phone call or email away and always happy to help. I am very fortunate to be one of the growing bunch of Joffe authors.     By Helen Durrant


Birdwatching by Helen Durrant

bully2.jpgWriting is a huge passion of mine. I dedicate a lot of time to it, but there is something else that I enjoy almost as much – bird watching. This isn’t new. I’ve had my head stuck in the window watching birds in my back garden for years. These days I’m very fortunate to live in a house with a wooded area at the back, so my visitors are numerous and varied. I don’t only watch, I photograph too. (Not very well!) I use a ‘trail cam’ which I place strategically in the garden.

JaysWhen I first got into this, decades ago, the birds were mostly starlings and sparrows. Not anymore. These days it’s more likely to be all members of the tit family, finches, corvids, wood pigeons, the odd rarity, plus the more familiar robins and blackbirds. The last sparrow I saw was in Spain! So, something has gone wrong.

baby jayIt is bird behaviour that fascinates me. Having put out food I wait and watch. And Maggiebelieve me, they are watching me from the trees too. First to bounce down onto my lawn is a magpie. A bird whose beauty belies his vicious reputation. He struts over my grass picking up everything he can. Often he flies away to scoff the lot in peace. But if it’s late on in the day he buries some among my flowers. He pecks away at the soil with his beak, makes a hole and then deposits the morsel for later. I’d no idea they did this. I googled it, and sure enough, it is in their pattern of behaviour.stand off

They argue. There is no sharing. The pecking order isn’t what you might think either. Big, beefy Jackdaw is easily scared off by a gentle looking collared dove. Wood pigeons stand no nonsense from any of them. Robin thinks he owns the place, as does the blackbird. He even sees off his wife!  bully2

Among the rarities, as I call them, are the lesser spotted woodpecker. A beautiful bird and so cute when he brings his babies for the first time. Another, the jays, particularly the baby ones. This spring I’ve had a flock of long tailed tits. They crash into the feeder mob-handed leaving no room and no food for anything else! Another couple I love is Mr and Mrs Bullfinch. He is the pretty one with his striking red plumage. She is a mere sepia version of him. But he is IMAG0019very attentive, lets her feed first while he keeps a wary eye, and they always come together.

I cater for the ground feeders, blackbirds particularly, and I have hanging feeders around the garden. Birds can be very acrobatic when they want food! I give them a mix – basic bird seed, oat flakes, suet pellets, mealworm. The absolute favourite for everything is sunflower hearts. Mr Blackbird is keen on fruit, grapes and apples.jackdaw2

I have seen them through a particularly harsh winter. Cleared the snow to feed them, smashed the ice on my little pond so they could drink. But their number is diminished. Hopefully the babies will appear soon and we’ll start again.


 

Books by Helen Durrant

Helen has 3 series’ ongoing all published by Joffe Books: DI Greco, ​Calladine & Bayliss and DI Mathew Brindle

DI GRECO

greco cover.jpgDARK MURDER – DI Greco #1

A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out?

Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn’t know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems.
Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders?

DARK MURDER is the first book in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.I. Greco. Stephen Greco has moved to Oldston after his wife divorced him. He doesn’t like the place much but he wants to stay close to their daughter, Matilda. He is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but sometimes difficult to like.
The series is set in the fictional industrial northern English town of Oldston.

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia    Amazon Canada

9781911021452.jpgDARK HOUSES – DI Greco #2

A young woman is found brutally murdered in an empty house

Detective Stephen Greco and his team must piece together her life as quickly as possible. Within twenty-four hours there is another horrific murder using the same method. The detectives realise that the victims are random but the locations are not. The killer is more concerned with finding the right house – somewhere he won’t be disturbed as he pursues his evil plan.

When a man walks into the station and confesses, it looks like the case is closed. But Greco’s not convinced and soon he’ll be fighting to save the woman who’s most important to him in a stunningly tense and emotional conclusion.
Can Greco keep himself and his team under control as the criminal gets personal?

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

9781912106615.jpgDARK TRADE – DI Greco #3

A TEENAGER IS FOUND MURDERED. STABBED THROUGH THE HEART BY A PROFESSIONAL KILLER.

Detective Stephen Greco and his new team must find out who the mysterious victim was. A killer nicknamed “the Knifeman” then strikes again. The murders lead DCI Greco on a dark trail of people smuggling and exploitation.

DCI Greco must quickly get his new team to gel, but he is still recovering from a terrible personal tragedy, and his relationship with DS Grace Harper threatens to turn very unprofessional. Will Greco ever find a relationship that works?

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

9781912106370.jpgDARK ANGEL – DI Greco #4

Two young men break into an expensive house in Cheshire. They take money and jewellery — and a large amount of heroin. Within twenty-four hours they are found brutally murdered.

The killings have all the hallmarks of a local drug baron. The two victims were also “angels” helping in a community project which seems to have been lowering the crime rate in the area.

But not everything is as it seems. Who is the mysterious ice-cold blonde woman who seems to be at the heart of the case?

Meanwhile, Detective Stephen Greco’s colleague and on-off girlfriend Grace is pregnant. He isn’t sure how he feels about this, and they haven’t told the boss.

And just when Greco seems to have cracked the case, new information comes to light which threatens to change everything.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada


CALLADINE & BAYLISS

new cover playground.jpgDEAD WRONG – Calladine & Bayliss #1

A bag of severed fingers is found in the playground by a rough housing estate

“An edge of your seat detective thriller which had me completely enthralled. Calladine and Bayliss are fascinating police partners.”
“A must read new police procedural that will have you gripped. The characters, setting, and plot are detailed and believable. Can’t wait for the next one”

First a shooting, then a grisly discovery on the common…
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D/S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence. Their boss thinks it’s all down to drug lord Ray Fallon. But Calladine’s instincts say something far nastier is happening on the Hobfield housing estate.
Can this duo track down the murderer before anyone else dies and before the press publicize the gruesome crimes? Detectives Calladine and Bayliss are led on a trail which gets dangerously close to home. In a thrilling finale they race
to rescue someone very close to Calladine’s heart.

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

dead silent.jpgDEAD SILENT – Calladine & Bayliss #2

Female students are going missing but nobody’s noticed yet

A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . .
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. The first two victims are American university students and both have livestock tags fixed to their earlobes.

Who wanted them dead and what’s the connection? The detectives piece together the forensic evidence and track down the witnesses, to reach a shocking conclusion.

DEAD SILENT is book two of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. In this second book, Calladine faces personal tragedy and startling revelations, and Ruth’s relationship with Jake Ireson develops.

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. Her hobby is birdwatching.

The series is set in the fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

dead list.jpgDEAD LIST – Calladine & Bayliss #3

An unlikely serial killer with a bucket list of victims . . .

Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss battle a murderer who is working their way through a list of victims. Each murder is meticulously planned and unique, and a tarot card is left at the scene of the crime.

When two children disappear in the local area, the stakes are raised and the team are baffled by the link between the crimes. Calladine and Bayliss race against time to prevent any more carnage.

DEAD LIST is book three of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. Calladine discovers shocking new information on his complicated family background and Ruth has some surprising news for him. A new detective, Stephen Greco, also come onto the scene, provoking competition with Calladine.

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. Her hobby is birdwatching.

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

dead lost.jpgDEAD LOST – Calladine & Bayliss #4

An abandoned cotton mill holds horrific secrets

Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss face one of their toughest challenges yet. A group of homeless people have set up camp in the grounds of a disused cotton mill belonging to local businessman Damien Chase.

But one of the men is not what he seems. He has a secret he will do anything to cover up. And once Calladine and Bayliss investigate, they find the crimes go much further than they could have ever imagined.

Will Ruth be able to juggle her personal and professional lives, and can Calladine deal with their new boss, a woman he neither trusts nor likes? Willing to do anything to bring terrible suffering to an end, Calladine make an astonishing move . . .

DEAD LOST is book four of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. They can be read together or as standalone novels.

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. Her personal life is about to change forever.

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

9781911021650.jpgDEAD & BURIED – Calladine & Bayliss #5

40 years ago something terrible happened in Annie’s new house . . .

Annie Naden and her husband buy a remote country cottage at auction. It’s the home of their own that they always wanted, but as they begin renovations, Annie discovers a satchel in a dusty old hidden cupboard. Inside are the usual schoolbooks, now over 40 years old, and a girl’s diary. Among the record of day-to-day crushes and pop concerts, is a secret whose terrible consequences are still resonating to this day.

Detective Tom Calladine has problems of his own. A notorious villain, Vinny Costello, seems to be back in town, and the bodies soon stack up. With Calladine’s loyal DS Ruth Bayliss on maternity leave, he gets in hot water with one of Costello’s assistants, and must also cope with an abrasive new member of the team as they seek to untangle a complex series of murders.

What happened to that girl forty years ago? And what’s it got to do with the current crime wave?

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

9781911021889.jpgDEAD NASTY – Calladine & Bayliss #6

A GIRL’S BODY IS FOUND IN A DUSTBIN. DEAD MEAT IS WRITTEN ON A NOTE FOUND WITH HER.

​The girl was part of a group of bullies from the local school. But DI Calladine recognises the MO of Craig Donnelly, a killer he thought he’d put away forever. And coincidentally Donnelly has just been released from prison. But when Detective Calladine charges in, he finds out that Donnelly has a watertight alibi and is under the protection of the local vicar, who thinks Donnelly is a changed man.

When another girl goes missing from the same group of friends, Calladine must look elsewhere for the killer and comes across a sinister online predator who was in touch with all the girls.

DS Ruth Bayliss is back from maternity leave, but even her skills and common sense can’t crack the case. In a race against time, they must stop the killer, someone who may even be close to home, before he continues his vicious killing spree.

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Canada  Amazon Australia

FINAL COVER.jpgDEAD JEALOUS – Calladine & Bayliss #7

TWO MOTHERS HAVE LOST THEIR DAUGHTERS — SEVENTEEN YEARS APART.

​A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago, Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon. She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.
Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

DEAD BAD.jpgDEAD BAD by Helen H. Durrant

Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or whether a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

Available from: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada


DI Mathew Brindle

9781912106486.jpgHIS THIRD VICTIM DI Mathew Brindle 1

​Set to inherit the Brindle estate. He always wanted to work in CID and joined the police when he left university. He reached the rank the DI in the West Yorkshire CID. His partner was DS Paula Wright. The two got on and worked well together.
A serious incident, where Matt was badly injured and Paula killed, put paid to his career. Or so he thought. At the funeral of an acquaintance who has been murdered he is drawn into the case. Unknown to him, the superintendent he worked for, Talbot Dyson, sat on his resignation letter. He offers Matt a way back, and he takes it.

Tall and wiry, Matt used to run. However the injuries he sustained in the incident has left him with a limp. He is thirty five, unmarried and not in a relationship. He was prior to the incident, but finished it. He didn’t think it fair to lumber his long term girlfriend with an invalid.

It was during his recovery that Matt formulated his plans for the estate. He needed something to fill the gap left by no longer being in the force.

Available from Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Australia Amazon Canada


Helen Durrant author picHELEN DURRANT – Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein.

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait!

Currently there are seven books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty – and the latest – Dead Jealous.

Also available are four books in the new ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade and the latest – Dark Angel.

JOFFE BOOKS – 1st in series Blog Event #18 #TeamJoffeBooks #BookReview #crimebook #bookstagram @JOFFEBOOKS #Jackman&Evans

This is the last day of my JOFFE BOOKS 1st in series Blog and I can’t think of anyone better to finish with than the 1 million bestselling author: Joy Ellis. Today we are spotlighting her JACKMAN & EVANS series. The first book is THE MURDERER’S SON and what a way to start a series this book had me hooked from the very first page and it just keeps on giving. WOW!

THE MURDERER'S SON a gripping crime thriller full of twists by [ELLIS, JOY]THE MURDERER’S SON (Jackman & Evans #1)  by Joy Ellis

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

A BLOODY KILLER SEEMS TO HAVE RETURNED TO THE LINCOLNSHIRE FENS

Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer.

Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes.

Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder.

But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye. He has no memory of the first five years of his life and is obsessed with who his real mother is.

With no evidence to hold him, Jackman and Evans are forced to let him go, and in a matter of days the lonely Lincolnshire Fens become the stage for more killings and Daniel has disappeared.

In a breathtaking finale, the truth about Daniel’s mother comes to light and DI Jackman and DS Evans race against time to stop more lives being destroyed.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Marie Evans lost her husband in a motorbike accident and has personal connections to the case. DI Rowan Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team, which includes the mysterious computer specialist Orac.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.

THE JACKMAN & EVANS SERIES
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES


What the readers are saying:

This psychological thriller had me turning pages whilst it took me so time due to other commitments to read it. Never read this author before (but would read her other books). The title makes you think of 1 way the story will go and then as you carry on reading the book, it takes a turn and goes a different way.   Fiona (Titch) Hunt’s Reviews

The Murderer’s Son is a very good read, which I would have read in one sitting if circumstances hadn’t intervened. As it was I was just itching to get back to it as soon as possible (my mother got short shrift!). It probably doesn’t have the most plausible premise but it is well written and paced and held my attention throughout.   Elaine Tomasso’s Reviews

A fantastic read with brilliant characters. I was on the edge of my seat and it really had me thinking. Full of twists and plots. 5*. Highly recommended.   Susan Angela Wallace ‘s Reviews

This is book #1 in the DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary. There is no hanky-panky going on between the two lead characters, for now, and I like it that way. Don’t mess around with my mystery books, thank you very much! I love Jackman, Evans and the team as we learn about them and their lives – they seem so real. This is an excellent start to what is developing into a fantastic series you won’t want to miss.  Read more Joann’s Reviews


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BLOG TOUR: Their Last Words (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #raypaterson #blogtour #theirlastwords #netgalley #TeamJoffeBooks #Picksof2018 #crimefiction #Policeprocedural

Over the last couple of days I have introduced Steve Parker, a new author to Team JOFFE BOOKS.  THEIR LAST WORDS will be released on 22nd June.  This book was originally released as The Sky is Crying before Joffe Books took over its care and re-edited it and finished it off with a liberal sprinkling of Jasper Joffe’s ‘magic dust’.  I thought we would all find it interesting to hear Steve’s writing journey:

Steve Parker author photoI was born in Camberwell, South East London and raised in Peckham (Del Boy country). I was one of those kids that learned to read very early thanks to a steady diet of comic books -Beano, Dandy etc. and have never stopped reading since. I read anything I can get my hands on. When I was a teenager I discovered Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct stories and devoured them all. I also read a book called ‘Policeman’s Lot’ by Harry Cole (these were humourous tales of policing in London) and between Ed and Harry, I got the notion that being a policeman had to be the best job in the world. It was.

I got married at age twenty and moved to a place called Woolwich. Less said about that,Image result for woolwich the better. At the ripe old age of twenty-one I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served in the Southwark and Bermondsey areas of London. In a strange twist of fate, I was ‘puppy-walked’ by Harry Cole. Turns out he wasn’t quite so funny in real life!

Image result for bermondsey policeDuring my time I served in crime, drug, robbery, fraud and murder squads and got to see a bit of life then suddenly I found myself slung out into civvy street. Big shock. A serious back injury saw me pensioned out after twenty-years which threw me into a complete spin as I fully expected to do the full thirty years. I wrote some of my tales down with the intention of trying to get it published but unfortunately, lost the lot somewhere along the line. Whilst I was off work I decided one day that I wanted to write a screenplay. Never done it before but it seemed like a good idea at the time. That screenplay went through a few iterations until life got in the way, I got another job and it found it’s way into a drawer.

A couple of years ago I got the chance to take redundancy from the job I was at, grabbed it with both hands, downsized and buggered off to the south-coast with my long-suffering wife and our ‘off-her-nut, bone-idle’ cockerpoo. Image result for cockapooThankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing and do it seriously.

I dug out that old screenplay I’d written when I was still in the job, blew the dust off and set myself a challenge to turn it into a novel and within six months, it became ‘The Sky Is Crying’. With no idea of what I was doing I put it out on Amazon and whilst it garnered all five star reviews it sank like a stone and left me wondering what to do next. So, in April of this year (2018) I took a risk and submitted ‘The Sky’ to Joffe Books. For those of you who don’t know them, they are one of the biggest independent book publishers in the country and I nearly fell of my chair whengood circle logo.jpg my submission was accepted and I was signed for a series. Thank you, Jasper!

When I’m working on a book I tend to write in short bursts of 40-50 minutes, seven days a week and apart from the seven days bit, I don’t have a set-in-stone routine. I know this might sound odd, but I’ve takenImage result for ipad on steering wheel to writing first drafts in my car with my iPad in its case, slung over the steering wheel and connected to a Bluetooth keyboard. I like to think of it as my-go-anywhere-office. Editing is done at home on the dining room table and usually late at night. I have no idea why I work this way…

If you asked me to define my style of writing I would have to say it’s not for the faint of heart.  I tend to write stories that are gritty, violent and carry moral messages. The main protagonists in my books, Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks, and the crap they get themselves into are based loosely on characters and cases I’ve known and as the series progresses I intend to take them into some seriously dark places and hopefully highlight a few social issues along the way. We’ll see.  By Steve Parker


THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgTHEIR LAST WORDS (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker

Available from 22nd June 2018

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.

Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.

THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?

How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

Perfect for fans of  Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.

Detective Sergeant Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.

THE AUTHOR
Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.

THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.


Steve Parker author photo

 Steve Parker author bio:

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

Links

Twitter: @mrparkerspen

 

JOFFE BOOKS welcome Steve Parker #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #policeprocedural @joffebooks @mrparkerspen #TheirLastWords #RayPaterson

Yesterday I introduced Steve Parker a new author to joffe Books. Today I would like to share some details about his book. I had the privelidge of reading an advance copy of this book and, for me, it ticked every single box I simply couldn’t put it down. Definitely one for my picks of 2018 list. It is well written but was different in a way that made it an adrenaline pumping page-turner but I will let you read it for yourselves to find out what I mean.

THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgTHEIR LAST WORDS (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker

Available from 22nd June 2018

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.

Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.

THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?

How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

Perfect for fans of  Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.

Detective Sergeant Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.

THE AUTHOR
Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.

THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.


Steve Parker author photo

 Steve Parker author bio:

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

Links

Twitter: @mrparkerspen

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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.

#keytodeathsdoor #netgalley #amreviewing #picksof2018 #psychologicalthriller

The Key to Deaths Door_Design_02.jpegBook Description:

Available from Amazon UK   Amazon US                 Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada

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.

Links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Tilbury/e/B00X7R10I4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1493895837&sr=8-2-ent

https://twitter.com/MTilburyAuthor

http://marktilbury.com/

https://www.facebook.com/marktilburyauthor/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13926121.Mark_Tilbury

BLOG TOUR: The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis

Very pleased it is my stop on the #blogtour for this brilliant new addition to the Jackman and Evans series.  This book is unputdownably awesome book by the phenominal Joy Ellis who has now sold over 1 million books.  

What the readers are saying?

I just had to keep reading. A brilliant book.” Viv
“The best Joy Ellis I have read.” Penny
“Wow!!!!! … what a rollercoaster of a book.” Janet
“The plot kept me gripped the whole way through.” Nerys
An amazing book which really gripped me from the first few pages.” Olga

Guilty Ones cover jpgTHE GUILTY ONES by Joy Ellis

Available from:  Amazon UK     Amazon US     Amazon Australia     Amazon Canada

From #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, a mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

The most difficult case of Detective Jackman’s life. Who are the guilty ones and is anyone really innocent?

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons.

DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past.

Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances.

What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle against their most dangerous and deadly adversary. And in a case so close to home can Jackman keep his feelings under control?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the thrilling ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens, whose isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVES
DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS

THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES


My Review

This is book 4 in the Jackman and Evans series but they do work very well as stand alone.  However, if this is the first book you have read be aware you have missed the background and development of some of the characters which could affect your enjoyment a little.

It is no secret that I am a MASSIVE Joy Ellis fan.  She has 2 police series and a couple of stand alone novels.  Her Nikki Galena series is police procedural whereas this Jackman and Evans series is more psychological thriller.  I do love the way all her novels have slight links and references to her other books and the whole ‘Joy Ellis’ experience is one hell of a thrilling ride.

The book begins with Jackman’s sister in law going missing and turning up drowned in the Thames.  Why did she travel to London to commit suicide and why?  That is the first question Jackman asks himself but it is the first of many as other deaths that appear to be suicide are questioned.

The book is fast paced and thrilling as Jackman and his team race against time to unravel the clues before there are more deaths.  Psychopaths are complicated characters and each has its own peculiarities and Joy has built the character to be a realistic, warped and evil character but one that could very well be living next door.

Intrigue, suspense, twists, turns and shockers all the way through are all interwoven into a complex page-turner you wont be able to put down and the adrenaline keeps pumping right through to the heart stopping ending.  An absolutely brilliant book that leaves the reader in no doubt that Jackman and his team will NEVER be beaten no matter how much evil is thrown at them.

WOW yet again I am left wondering how Joy is ever going to better this book, but I do that with every book she has written and she just keeps getting better and better.

Absolutely brilliant you need to read this book  NOW.


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Author Bio

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

700,000 books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

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.
#netgalley #crimebook @bloodhoundbook

Dylan H. Jones - Doll Face_cover_high res.jpgDoll Face by Dylan H Jones

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.

Links:

Website:   www.dylanjonesauthor.com
Twitter:   @tudormanx
Facebook:   facebook.com/angleseyblue/ 

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