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Gallery Of The Dead by Chris Carter #BookReview & #Giveaway @simonschusterUK

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Today I’m not only sharing my review for the latest book in the Robert Hunter series Gallery Of The Dead  by Chris Carter, but thanks to the lovely people at Simon & Schuster who sent me a hardback copy to review (I bought a copy in between this one arriving so now have two copies ) I’m giving you the chance to win a copy of the Gallery Of The Dead, it’s one of the best crime series on the market. Details on how to enter can be found after my  review

Book description

‘Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what’s inside that room would be it.’

That’s what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended.

In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does because to him murder is much more than just killing – it’s an art form.

Welcome to The Gallery of the Dead.

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I have long been a fan of Chris Carter’s “Robert Hunter” crime series since I picked up The Crucifix Killer the first book in the series way back in 2009! I always look forward to reading his latest offering. If like me you are a fan of the darker crime thriller, the more gruesome the murder the better(I know I need professional help!) then you really need to buy a copy of Galley Of The Dead. If you haven’t read any of his books don’t be put off by the fact it’s the ninth book in the series because it can easily be read as a standalone without knowing the backstory.

Robert Hunter is one of my favourite fictional crime Detectives, he’s a complex character, but there’s no fictional crime detective or profiler who can read a crime scene or get inside the mind of a killer like Hunter can. Hunter’s partner Garcia has come into his own in this book and his humour adds some light relief to this dark and disturbing read. I did think Chris Carter had made a big mistake by making this book a dual investigation with the FBI, as each character tried to take centre stage I was worried Hunter and Garcia would feature less but my worries were unfounded I’m glad to say, in fact the shift in dynamics within the team actually added to the overall tension.

Chris Carter has an unique way of adding incredible detail to his descriptions of police procedures, crime scenes and profiling that it feels like you are very much part of the team, privy to all the clues, assisting in joining all the dots together to capture a psychopath before they kill again. The author is known for his graphic crime scenes and the ones in Gallery Of The Dead are no different, each murder is unique in concept and very gory, this is one author’s imagination that knows no bounds, he’s happy to tread where other authors daren’t so this a book I wouldn’t recommend to the faint hearted or the squeamish amongst you.

Gallery Of The Dead is definitely a page turner with a very intriguing serial killer at it’s heart but If I’m honest although I really enjoyed this book it’s not my favourite in the series, I think the personal dynamics within the team coupled with the time spent deciphering the clues left by the killer into feasible theories actually gave this book a different feel to others in the series. Don’t get me wrong it’s still a worthy addition to a cracking albeit gruesome crime series and well worth a read. After reading the last chapter of the book I’m excited to see what happens to Hunter in the next book as Chris Carter leaves the reader with a humdinger of a teaser.

Buying links:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧                    Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 512 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (8 Feb. 2018)

Books in series order

The Crucifix Killer
(2009)

The Executioner
(2010)

The Night Stalker
(2011)

The Death Sculptor
(2012)

The Hunter
(2013)

One by One
(2013)

An Evil Mind
(2014)

I Am Death
(2015)

The Caller
(2017)

The Gallery of the Dead

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First the boring stuff sorry this competition is open to UK residents only, the winner must be following my blog via Twitter, Facebook or my actual blog. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the competition closing which will be midnight 23rd February 2017. Once you have sent me your postal address one hardback copy of Gallery Of The Dead will be winging its way to you all you need to do to enter is click on this link…….Click to enter Gallery Of The Dead #Giveaway

 

 

#FinalGirls by Riley Sager #BookReview & #Giveaway @Riley_Sager @EburyPublishing

 

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Today I’m thrilled to be able to offer followers of my blog the chance to win a paperback copy of Final Girls By Riley Sager to celebrate its release in paperback today. My thanks to the publishers Edbury Publishing for this fabulous prize.

If you haven’t read Final Girls yet it’s a book I would highly recommend and you can read my thoughts on this gripping book further down this post, you can also find details on how to enter the Giveaway, but first the book details…….

Book description

Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…

They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie.

When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

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If your looking for an “edge of your seat” thriller then look no further, Final Girls by Riley Sager will have you gripped from the first page, all the way to its nail biting conclusion. Final Girls tells the story of Three victims of separate massacres, they all have suffered similar experiences to those slasher movies most of us have watched, you know the ones I mean where one “Final Girl” is left in the closing scenes and manages to come out alive.  Final Girls is a compulsive read, with characters who are at once unreliable and sympathetic.

What follows is the story of two of the survivors Quincy and Sam, and that’s all I’m going to say about the plot as I would hate to give away spoilers. What drew me to this book in the first place was the author took the unusual step to focus on the survivors of the most awful crimes after the event, so this novel certainly makes for an original and compulsive read.

As you would expect both Quincy and Sam may have survived shocking and traumatic events but neither of them have come out unscathed, at the start they both seem pretty average until the author weaves his magic and you realise both characters are not only complex but also very damaged by their traumatic experiences and I found them both untrustworthy and for me that’s what made this novel such a compelling read.

With twist and turns galore it’s pretty much impossible to “second guess” where the author is leading the reader, but I certainly enjoyed every minute of this dark crime thriller. Full of mystery and suspense this novel certainly fray’s the nerves, as the tension and suspense reaches fever pitch before the final shocking scenes. Riley Sager without doubt has written a novel that makes for a tense and exhilarating read and if you are a fan of a well written crime thriller then this is one book you don’t want to miss.

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (13 July 2017

About the author

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Riley Sager is the pseudonym for an author who has previously published under another name. Riley is a native of Pennsylvania, a writer, editor, and graphic designer who lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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One paperback copy of Final Girls by Riley Sager and I will also throw in a bookmark as seen in the photo at the top of this post, coffee not included! 

First for the boring bits…….I’m sorry but this competition is open to UK residents only. Winner will be notified via DM within 24 hours of competition ending. To be included in the draw you must be following my Facebook page the book review café . 

To enter visit my Facebook page and leave a comment in the Final Girls post and entrants will go into a hat, a winner will be randomly picked by Mr book review café on Monday 29th January 2017 at 6.00pm UK time. 

You can enter giveaway here…….https://www.facebook.com/thebookreviewcafe/

 

 

 

International #Giveaway with Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza

When I celebrated my second year Blogiversary Back back last week I promised an international #Giveaway, but I wasn’t sure what the prize would be. Imagine my delight when my favourite author on the planet, yes I’m talking Robert Bryndza here, just in case you didn’t guess😂😂 sent me a message offering me a very generous and fabulous #Giveaway. In fact it’s a giveaway I really don’t want to giveaway I want it for myself.

So I’m sure your eager to know what the prize is (this author’s generosity by the way left me speechless, not a mean feat might I add!) Robert Bryndza is offering not one, not two, or even three books in the Detective Erika Foster series but he’s offering ONE Lucky winner the WHOLE series!!!!!!!! Each book will be the signed by the author, how amazing is that. Before we get to the details on this super awesome giveaway for those of you who haven’t read this gripping series I’ve included the book details in order.

The Girl In The Ice

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Book description

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

The Night Stalker

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Book description

If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

Dark Water

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Book description

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

Last Breath

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Book description

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Cold Blood

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Book description

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

About the author

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Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

Sign up to Robert Bryndza‘s New Release Mailing List here: http://eepurl.com/UITxz

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To win the five signed books in the Detective Erika Foster series you need to be following the book review café either via Twitter, my FB page or my actual blog. This competition is open internationally so where ever you are in the world you can enter. Robert Bryndza has very kindly offered to send the books on to the winner so once I select the winner via rafflecoptor I will get in touch for your postal address so this brilliant prize can be sent on to you.

Competition ends midnight Sunday 8th October 2017.   Winner will be notified within 24 hours of competition ending.

You can enter the international giveaway here…….⬇️⬇️⬇️

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/86b4d40514/?

And here’s the winners prize modelled by the author himself,  sorry the prize doesn’t include Robert Bryndza.

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**It’s the book reviews café’s second Blogiversary** ramblings & #Giveaway 

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Two years ago I published my first review on my blog the book review café, never in a million years when I published my first post did I think two years later I would have over 10,000 followers, get approached by authors and publishers asking me to review their books on MY blog. The sad thing is I’m inundated with requests these days and unfortunately most of them I have to decline. My TBR pile which I’m sure every book blogger on the planet can relate to is way out of control. I hate saying “no” but I’ve learnt it’s better to be honest from the start rather than agreeing to read and review a book you probably aren’t going to find the time to get to anytime soon.

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So being a two year old book blogger I still consider myself to be a “newbie” I worry about every post I write, will people hate it? Is it too short or too long (usually too long in my case😂) will people actually read my reviews? I have loads of moments of self doubt, but then I think “it’s my blog I will post what, when and how I like”. Along the way there have been something’s I wish I had known before I started blogging some more serious than others, so I thought I would share them.

  • It’s ok to say “no” don’t agree to read every book you are offered when you start blogging or you will soon become inundated with books you will never get round to reading.
  • Make sure you live central (I’m half joking here, but it’s true) so you can attend all the fabulous events, author events, book events, blogging events there are so many, and if like me you live in Bristol and work full time it’s difficult to fit in and get to any of the events.
  • Be prepared to lose part of your day to social media, I spend far too long reading bloggers reviews, sharing posts and participating in blogger chats on FB, by the time I’ve finished I could have read a book or two😂😂
  • Make sure you are on good terms with your postman, mine is always delivering me ARC’s and books I’ve bought,  he even leaves them in a special place if no ones at home so they don’t get ruined if it rains and yes I do give him a tip at Christmas.
  • If blogging becomes a chore or you feel overwhelmed (it happens to all of us). Take a break, recharge your batteries, it works every time for me.
  • Blog tours are fabulous and a great way to get your blog noticed, but BEWARE of  how many you agree to. One month I agreed to 12, which meant reading blog books back to back. I hardly do any now I much prefer to read my books “as and when I like”, and I know this a problem for lots of bloggers trying to fit in blog tour books when they already have a busy schedule it then becomes a chore rather than a hobby (a lesson I learnt the hard way, too many days spent stressing about getting all those books read and reviews written)
  • Invest in a bigger bookcase as once you start following other book blogs you will find you end up with a zillion more books on your TBR pile.
  • Your bank balance will never be the same again, I kid you not Amazon is my best friend I’m always buying new books thanks to fellow book bloggers recommendations.

I haven’t been able to attend any events so I haven’t had the chance to meet any authors I still have had many highs over the two years I’ve been blogging so here they are….

  • Although I haven’t met any of my fellow bloggers, many of them feel like old friends, they have always been supportive of my blog sharing, liking and commenting on my posts and without them I’m sure my blog wouldn’t have as many followers or visitors
  • I had my first review published in a magazine
  • I’ve been included in the author acknowledgements of some of my favourite books
  • My review quotes have been included in books and on the covers, including the Turkish and Spanish copies of The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza (just had to get that in, as he’s one of my favourite authors on the planet, just in case you didn’t know😂🙈)
  • I never considered the thought that I would actually become friends with some of the authors whose books I’ve read, but I have and they are very supportive of my blog which is unbelievable and very humbling.
  • I have been included in the best 100 book blogs, the best 30 book blogs and nominated for the best book review blog, and although I never won (did you see the awesome bloggers I was up against?) I do feel my  little blog has made an impact and hopefully encouraged people to pick up a book.
  • I feel very fortunate that I’m given the opportunity  to review books that are maybe months away from publication, and I still get a “buzz” when I’m asked to review a book or take part in a blog tour because the authors asked for me to be included.
  • I have my own book blog mug (thanks to Mr book review café)

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So before I get to the Giveway I would just like to say…..

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Thank you….to every single follower of my blog I appreciate every one of you, to the book bloggers who constantly share, like and comment on my posts, to the publishers and authors who trust me to read and review their books (also for the Arc’s and physical books) and most importantly to my ever suffering husband who reads my posts, checks them and also for being the biggest supporter of my blog (apologise if this reads like an Oscar speech, 😂 😂) and finally it’s ………..

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To celebrate my blog turning two I’m giving away a £10.00 Amazon voucher (which will be sent via email) and a Large 8″ x 10″ Softback Reading journal (which I will post to the winner). Sorry this competition is open to UK residents only, but I’m hoping to run an international one soon. Competition ends midnight the 6th of October. 

The winner  will be notified 24 hours after the competition ends.

 

You can enter giveaway here……..

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/86b4d40513/?

 

#Giveaway The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

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Today I have a very special Giveaway I’m offering one lucky reader the chance to win a hardback copy of The Friend by Dorothy Koomson and a very special letter from the author herself written on seeded paper, you basically put the paper in compost, water it and watch the seeds from the paper grow into a bunch of flowers 🌸🌼🌻💐how brilliant is that? Before  I give you details on how to enter here’s the book description for you

Book description

What secret would you kill to keep?
After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret. Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.
Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life. That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again . . .

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher: Century (1 Jun. 2017)

Link to buy: Amazon UK 🇬🇧
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Unfortunately this competition is open to UK residents only due to postage costs. The winner of this giveaway will be notified within 24 hours of competition ending. Competition ends midnight 29th June 2017 

Enter to win a beautifully wrapped hardback copy of The Friend and the seeded paper here………. http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/86b4d40512/?

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My thanks to the publishers Century and Dorothy Koomson for sending me this fabulous #Giveaway

**Blog Tour** The Lighterman by Simon Michael #AuthorInterview @simonmichaeluk @urbanebooks #Giveaway

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I’m delighted to have been invited to take part in Simon Michael’s blog tour to celebrate the launch of The Lighterman, the third in his series of 1960s London thrillers featuring barrister antihero Charles Holborne. The Lighterman is published by Urbane Books and was released on the 8th June 2017. 

Matthew over at Urbane Books has kindly given me a paperback copy of The Lighterman as a giveaway, you will find the details on how to enter at the bottom of this post.

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imageThe first two novels in your series, The Brief and An Honest Man, both take place over the space of a few weeks in the early 1960s, but in The Lighterman you go back in time even further, to the 1940s. Why did you do that? Did you always intend to write historical thrillers?

As the series has progressed I have come to know Charles much better. Although when I wrote The Brief I knew he was an East End boy made good and he had been in a bit of trouble with the law in his past, as the series progressed what was a line drawing filled out to become a more three-dimensional portrait in my head. I began to understand his family dynamics better, his psychology, his hang-ups. There’s a major reveal coming in Book 4, and I wanted my readers to understand and believe in it. That entails revealing some of what happened to Charles as a teenager, which takes us back to 1940 and the Blitz. I also have a deeper understanding of how plot and character grow out of the fertile soil of place and history. People have commented that London has become an integral part of the stories; I would go further: I think London is a character in the series in its own right.
So, to answer your question simply, in one sense all stories are “historical” in that all characters have a background and past which dictate how they act in the present. If you want to create real characters, they can’t just arrive on the page in the present moment.

For someone who has his own particular moral code, Charles does a lot of lawbreaking in The Lighterman! Aren’t you worried that some of your readers will dislike him?

The reviews seem to suggest that the aspect of the series which appeals most to readers is Charles’s personality. My favourite, from one woman reviewer, is that she thinks she is “a little bit in love with Charles Holborne”. So I realise it’s very important not to make Charles dislikeable. At the same time, it’s his flaws that make him interesting. He went through the War, lived rough on the Blitzed streets, and grew up in an era when women with careers were oddities, men were expected to be the breadwinners and they weren’t supposed to speak about “feelings”. On top of that Charles has been damaged, and he carries that damage into his relationships with women. But as long as the reader sees that he is trying to overcome his deficiencies, that he’s essentially “a good guy” – even one who makes mistakes – I think (hope!) readers will see him as a complete person. As for his lawbreaking, he does it to save lives and to protect the innocent from the machinations of corrupt and venal men with power. I think most readers will forgive that.

You have mentioned Book 4. How many more are there to be in the series?

Charles is involved in a long-running battle with the Kray twins. They didn’t go to prison until 1968 and left a legacy that lasted some years after that. So I have at least a further five years to cover, and the undermining of The Establishment which occurred during the late 60s is a fascinating period in its own right. Books 4 and 5 are part-written. My guess is that there are at least another four books to come, but we shall see.

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About the author

Simon Michael is the author of the best-selling London 1960s noir gangster series featuring his antihero barrister, Charles Holborne. Simon writes from personal experience: he was a barrister for 37 years and worked in the Old Bailey and other criminal courts defending and prosecuting a wide selection of murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy during what was often considered the “Wild West” of British justice. The 1960s was a time when the Krays and the Richardsons and other violent gangs fought for control of London’s organised crime, and the corrupt Metropolitan Police beat up suspects, twisted the evidence and took their share of the criminal proceeds. Simon weaves into his thrillers genuine court documents from cases on which he worked and the big stories of the 1960s.

Simon was a successful author in the 1980s, published here and in the USA, and returned to writing when he retired from the Bar in 2016. The first two books in the Charles Holborne series, THE BRIEF published in September 2015 and AN HONEST MAN published in July 2016, have both garnered rave reviews for their authenticity and excitement. The theme of Simon’s books is alienation; Holborne, who dabbled in crime and in serious violence before becoming a barrister, is an outsider both in the East End where he grew up and in the Temples of the law where he now practices, where he faces daily class and religious prejudice. He has been compared to Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, honourable men surrounded by corruption and violence, trying to steer an honest course.

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Links: Website   Blog     Facebook     Twitter    Goodreads    Amazon Author Page

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Book description

The Lighterman is the third book in the bestselling series of legal thrillers starring barrister Charles Holborne. Simon Michael’s follow up to the bestselling The Brief and An Honest Man, continues the adventures of criminal barrister Charles Holborne.

When Charles Holborne’s cousin, Izzy, is accused of murder, Charles must dig up the secrets of the past to defend him. But brutal gangland leader Ronnie Kray will stop at nothing to get his revenge on Charles for the events of An Honest Man. Can Charles save his cousin…and his own life?

Simon Michael brings the past vividly back to life across a beautifully rendered 60s landscape, and delivers a gripping piece of thriller fiction that will excite any fan of the Britcrime genre.

Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

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I have one paperback copy of The Lighterman by Simon Michael, unfortunately this is open to UK residents only. Winner will be notified within 24 hours of winning. To enter just leave a comment in the post telling me which era you would loved to have been part of?

All entries will be put into a hat and I will get the ever suffering Mr book review cafe to pick a winner.

You can follow the rest of the tour…..

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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips #BookReview @GinPhillips17 @TransworldBooks @alisonbarrow #Giveaway

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Book description

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours–the entire scope of the novel–she keeps on running.

Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan’s intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions–the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines–is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

img_1258Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips is one of those novels that will strike fear into every parent, it will make you hold your child that little bit closer and make you more protective of your most treasured possessions. Not only does this novel make for a powerful and emotional read, but it unfortunately it’s also a very terrifying and a credible one due to the recent heartbreaking events in Manchester.

What would you do if you were having a day at the zoo with your young child and all of a sudden that perfect day was marred by a gunman shooting people at random? That is exactly what Joan faces when she finds herself caught up in the terrifying events. Without doubt there is nothing stronger than a mothers love and Fierce Kingdom explores the maternal bond between mother and son, which begs the question just how far will a mother go to protect her four year old son from the dangers facing them?

Gin Phillips certainly knows how to draw the reader in, from the very first chapter with a tense and horrifying opening scene I found myself desperate to read more, I found myself willing Joan and her son Lincoln to find a safe place to hide, I felt Joan’s fear, her instinct to protect her son rang true, all these factors added a constant sense of terror to what was a thrilling read.

Fierce Kingdom is so much more than a tale of a parent trying to protect her child, its a tale of survival, it explores how people in the most awful situations are bound together. Although this is a relatively short book it manages to pack so much in. Yes it’s hard hitting and disturbing and yet it’s also an exhilarating and emotive read that begs to be read in one sitting. Highly recommended.

Thank you to Alison Barrow at Transworld for sending me a copy to review in exchange for an unbiased review.

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Transworld 15th June 2017

Buying links:         Amazon UK 🇬🇧                  Amazon US 🇺🇸

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The publishers kindly sent me two paperback copies of Fierce Kingdom, and so I’m giving one copy away, this is one book you don’t want to miss, prior to publication it’s already deemed to be one of the top books of 2017.

Now for the boring bit……sorry this competition is open to entrants in the UK 🇬🇧 only.  competition closes at midnight Sunday 11th June 2017, and winner will be notified within 24 hours of winning. You can enter the giveaway here…….http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/86b4d40511/?