**Blog Tour** No Safe Home by Tara Lyons #GuestPost @taralyonsauthor @bloodhoundbook

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❤❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤❤ here’s hoping you have all been spoilt by your other half’s today, if you haven’t perhaps you should treat yourself to something “special” and I have just the thing,  ok it’s not very romantic but it’s a crime book with some awesome reviews, so read on to learn more ❤❤

Today I’m thrilled to share a guest post from the awesome and super talented Tara Lyons author of the recently published No Safe Home, published by Bloodhound Books on the 31st January 2017, so you don’t even need to wait to get yourself a copy, you can just hop over to Amazon and click.

Even though No Safe Home is the second book in the DI Hamilton series My fellow bloggers assure me it can be read as standalone. I’ve read the first book in the series In The Shadows and ❤ it but apparently No Safe Home is even better, so it’s one I will be “clicking” on once my TBR pile has reached a manageable level.

so without further ado here is the guest post from Tara Lyons…….

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Waiting by Tara Lyons

I never appreciated how frightening publishing book two in a series could be. If I thought the days and weeks leading up to the book birthday of In the Shadows was nerve-racking… No Safe Home has trumped it.

As I write this, the only people who have read No Safe Home are my publisher, editor and proof-reader. That’s all. By the time this blog is posted, I’m assuming – and hoping – I’ll have had reviews, comments and feedback. And, whether it’s good or bad, at least the unknown will be revealed… I’ll have an idea about the reception of my book.

It’s a strange feeling, because I know an author cannot please everyone, or cater to all reader’s tastes, or might miss a hook for a blogger. As a reader, I’m fully aware I’m not going to enjoy every book I read, or relate with every character I meet. Yet, despite this knowledge, I still find myself in author limbo right now – and it’s a scary place to be.

I’m the kind of person who needs to know. I like answers and reasons and feedback (I was called nosey as a teenager, but I prefer the word inquisitive). I love to know why. I love hearing people’s thoughts and reactions to things and, no surprise, this includes my books.

At the end of last year, In the Shadows received a one star review on Amazon.com, and while it’s never a joyous occasion, sometimes you can learn something from them. However, this time I was left mostly disappointed. The review, in its entirety, read: “very strange.” That was it. Just two words and one star. The desire to understand what exactly felt strange to that reviewer – was it the whole book or just snippets – left me questioning my writing ability for quite some time. It’s amazing how just two words can distract you for so long.

I soon moved on from that one star review, of course I did; I had too, if there was any hope of writing the next book, and the next, and the next… But, every so often, I’ll revisit the review pages for my books and remind myself what it is readers love – or don’t – about my work. They always entice a concoction of emotions, and they always spur me on.

When I started writing In the Shadows last March, I had no concrete plans to create a series. But, some bloggers and reviewers said they wanted more of DI Denis Hamilton – and by the end, I did too. It was great to have that endorsement – to know that other people yearned for more of my characters’ story. So, this is a huge thanks to you all for the encouragement you’ve given me over the last year. No Safe Home was born because of you, the readers. We’re having this blog tour because you wanted more, and because you shared your reviews and comments with me. I’m always thankful for your feedback.

I’ve learnt that whatever stage your series is at, or whichever number book you’re releasing next, the feeling never changes – I’ll always be waiting to know what you all think. And know this, butterflies would have been fluttering like crazy in my stomach on publication day.

img_1259Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.

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Book description

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is haunted when the suspicious death of a teenage girl triggers suppressed memories. With a stalker targeting vulnerable women in Central London, and his team rapidly diminishing, Hamilton must conquer his emotions before another family is destroyed.

In a sleepy town in Hertfordshire, Katy has worked hard to rebuild her life after leaving behind everything she knew. But when her past catches up with her, and her young son’s life is threatened, Katy must admit her true identity if she has any hope of surviving.

A home should be a safe place, shouldn’t it?

London’s murder investigations team returns in the second novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows.

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**Blog Tour** Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt @bookouture @writermels

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Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt, I’m a huge fan of Mel’s books and I’m going to stick my neck out here and say in my opinion this is the authors best book yet, it’s gritty, dark and very disturbing and one I would highly recommend to Crime/police procedure thriller lovers. And the best news? It’s out now so you don’t even need to wait to get your hands on a copy you can just pop over to Amazon and “click”, but before you do feel free to read my review of this gripping book

Book description

She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.

The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.

The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.

As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?

An absolutely gripping and chilling police procedural which will hook fans of Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott.

img_1258I have eagerly been waiting for Don’t Look Behind You, the second in the Detective Eden Berrisford crime series since reading The Girls Next Door, and OMG it was certainly worth the wait. I’m actually going to say this is definitely the authors best book to date. Don’t Look Behind You is dark and very disturbing and at times I found it damn right harrowing which I have to say I wasn’t expecting. What I love about this authors books is her ability to take very credible plots and give them a gritty realism that make her books impossible to put down. At times I became so involved in the plot my heart was racing, I felt anxious and I’m sure at times I was having palpitations as the author expertly weaved her gripping tale.

Three woman are attacked in the most brutal way, as each act becomes more violent it’s up to our protagonist Detective Eden Berrisford to find the perpetrator before he strikes again. Eden is your typical fiction Detective, feisty, passionate about her job and the victims, she’s also very determined, but what makes her standout from other fictional detectives is her back story, a single mother with a husband gone AWOL you learn more about her in this book and you can’t help wondering as more details emerge when is her past is going to come back and bite her on the backside. Eden and her team make a credible one and I hope as this series progresses we will learn more about her team. What I love about this authors writing is her ability to create characters that are very true to life. I became emotionally involved with Carla a woman who suffers terrible abuse and unbelievable heartbreak, her character unfortunately was very credible, as were the rest of the woman in the refuge.

This book has a hidden depth which really makes it such a compelling read as it’s a disturbing study of domestic abuse which as you can imagine at times makes for a very difficult and uncomfortable read. Mel Sherratt expertly adds snippets of past events in Carla’s life and it paints an ugly picture of domestic abuse, not just physical side but the emotional abuse that starts off subtly, beating them down until they are a shadow of their former selfs. It doesn’t make for a pretty read but it most definitely makes for a believable one as the author doesn’t shy away from describing domestic abuse, in fact she paints a very credible and disturbing picture although it never felt superfluous.

Gripping from the first page, Don’t Look Behind You will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its heart stopping conclusion. Mel Sharrett has written a roller coaster of a thriller for sure, but this novel is also a rich and harrowing story of domestic abuse. As far as I’m concerned this authors writing goes from strength to strength and I would read her next book without hesitation, Mel Sharrett has the unique ability to write about difficult subject with empathy and sensitivity and adds her own unique style which make her books a very worthwhile read.

Would I recommend Don’t Look Behind You? hell yes I certainly would especially if you are a fan of crime fiction that’s gritty but authentic, in fact I would go as far to say this is one book you don’t want to miss.

5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

Print Length: 252 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (31 Jan. 2017)

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Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers.

Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.

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Links:  Website      Facebook       Twitter: @writermels

Don’t forget to check out the blog tour, details below….there really are some awesome bloggers on this tour whose reviews you don’t want to miss 

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**Blog Tour** #GuestPost by CJ Carver Author Of Tell Me A Lie @C_J_Carver

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Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver.  Tell Me A Lie is the latest gripping international thriller in the authors brilliant Dan Forrester series. It’s certainly a book I’m sure I would enjoy if my TBR pile wasn’t in danger of suffocating me! but it’s one I hope to read in the not to distant future. In the meantime I have a very interesting guest post from the author, as well as book description and buying links further down the post.

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The Problems of Being a Writer. Five things I wish I’d known before I’d put pen to paper.

There’s a cartoon in The Author magazine showing two women looking at a sign on the wall. It reads: WANTED: Authors to Work for Free – Great Exposure! One of the women turns to the other saying, “If I wanted exposure, I’d walk naked to the North Pole.”

I wish I’d known that people from publishers to libraries and festival-organisers assume that writers will do anything for free. That I would be expected to travel the length of the country to provide them with my expertise for nothing. As a new writer I have to admit I was a bit shocked. A solicitor wouldn’t provide a day’s work for free, would they? Or a car mechanic?

However, the benefits soon became clear, which are: hanging out with authors, agents, editors, bloggers and reviewers (all very good fellows) and meeting readers (which is seriously fabulous).

I wish I’d known how important getting quotes and reviews is. You can have a giant sticker on a huge pile of your books in the front of Sainsbury’s saying BOOK OF THE YEAR but without a couple of cracking quotes people will still be reluctant to buy it.

An endorsement by another author is invaluable and points the reader to the style of book they’re looking at. Authors are incredibly approachable and most extremely supportive, but since I didn’t know this for ages my first book had absolutely nothing on its jacket. I even won the CWA Debut Dagger for Blood Junction and it wasn’t mentioned. Not good.

I wish I’d known how much luck an author needs in order to become really successful. Without the Richard & Judy Book Club a lot of great authors wouldn’t see the light of day. Getting on their latest list is like winning the lottery and a lot of really fabulous books don’t make it. If Lady Luck is on your writer’s shoulder, you’ll go far.

I wish I’d known about PLR and ALCS. Public Lending Right is a legal right to payment from government to a writer each time their books are borrowed from public libraries. The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is to ensure that writers are paid what’s due to them when people use their work – from all over the world. Both are free, and both easy to sign up to. Payments form the ALCS arrive with no notice and when they drop through my letterbox they really make my day.

I wish I’d known that being a writer wasn’t just about writing. Nobody takes responsibility for my publicity, getting reviews and quotes, book blogging, social media or website except me.

Writing is the easy bit. The rest of the process is also up to the writer. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because I LOVE MY JOB!

@CJ Carver 2017

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CJ Carver is a half-English, half-kiwi, author living just outside Bath. She lived in Australia for ten years before taking up long-distance rally driving – she has driven London to Saigon, London to Cape Town, and completed 14,500 miles on the Inca Trail.

Since then she has written nine novels which have been published in the UK, USA and translated throughout Europe. CJ’s first novel Blood Junction, won the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

CJ is a co-founder and one of the first judges for the Women’s World Car of The Year Award.

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Links: 

Website     Zaffre Books Author Page     Twitter: @C_J_Carver

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Book description

How do you protect your family when you can’t remember who’s hunting them? A gripping international thriller, perfect for fans of Lee Child and Mason Cross

A family in England is massacred, the father left holding the shotgun.

PC Lucy Davies is convinced he’s innocent

A sleeper agent in Moscow requests an urgent meeting with Dan Forrester, referencing their shared past.

His amnesia means he has no idea who he can trust. An aging oligarch in Siberia gathers his henchmen to discuss an English accountant.    It’s Dan’s wife

Paperback: 496 pages

Publisher: Zaffre (12 Jan. 2017)

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Love You Dead by Peter James #Review

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Book description

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realisation that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Peter James and the “Roy Grace” series, and yes I’ve read everyone of the twelve books in the series! Now I wouldn’t blame you for thinking as I did that come this point in a series something usually gives, detail to characters, poor plot construction it can sometimes feel the author has written another book in a series because “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, fortunately this isn’t the case with Love You Dead it has all the hallmarks of a crime thriller that you would expect from such a well known author. In fact it’s another gripping read in one of my very favourite series.

I did have some reservations when I started reading this novel as the star of the series DS Roy Grace doesn’t feature much in the earlier part of Love You To Death, but I was willing to put my faith in Peter James and as usual he delivered on both plot and characters. The first half of the novel is concentrated on Jodie Bentley a femme fatale who wants it all, looks, money and a lifestyle that most people can only dream about, she’s known as “the black widow” as her unfortunate husbands would bear testament to, if they were still alive! What a piece of work Jodie is, manipulative to the core, with a heart made of ice she wasn’t a character I was drawn to, in fact she was very unlikable but that’s not a criticism. I always think an author is doing his job well if I have strong feelings either way about a character. As for DS Roy Grace his character has been perfected throughout the series, so you feel like you are meeting up with an old friend. Life doesn’t get any easier for Roy in Love You To Death, but it certainly gets more interesting.

Love You Dead has many plots running through it, a black widow looking for her next victim, old adversaries of Roy Grace who are back on the scene and to cap it all and one that readers of the series will have been waiting for the saga of Roy’s ex wife Sandy is finally bought to a dramatic and satisfying conclusion, WOW I never saw that coming! In part this novel reads like a black comedy, which made for a fun read rather than a thrilling one, as I prefer a crime read to be darker and more of an intense read. One thing I always find particularly outstanding is Peter James research, its second to none whether it be police procedures, venomous reptiles or his settings, which add a unique feel to his tale, he’s perfected the inner workings of police procedures which make for an authentic read.

As I would expect the complex plot is neatly tied up by the end of Love You Dead, and although I wouldn’t describe this novel as gripping I did find it a very enjoyable read. Personally I don’t think this is the best book in the series as I did find the plot predictable in parts, but it is a worthy contender for the series. Do I think this series has run its course? Hell no I still think it has plenty Life in it, will I be reading the next book in the series? Of course but I’m hoping the next one is darker like the earlier books in this series.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

Hardcover: 448 pages

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**Blog Tour**Scared To Death by Rachel Amphlett #Review @RachelAmphlett

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Book description

Meet Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

A serial killer murdering for kicks.

A detective seeking revenge.

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

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Oh my god I absolutely loved Scared To Death from the first chapter I just knew it was going to be a crime thriller I would devour in a couple of sittings, and I was right. Scared To Death by Rachel Amphlett is the first book in a new series featuring Detective Kay Hunter, and the authors started the series with an humongous bang. A young girl is kidnapped and held hostage, but things take a sinister and deadly turn when the young girl is found dead, this is followed shortly by the disappearance of a second girl, throw in a man found dead with the ransom money still in his possession and you know you are in for a hell of a twisted read. Detective Kay Hunter soon finds herself embroiled in the most shocking and disturbing case of her career. The author has written a thriller that will certainly grab the reader from the first page, I certainly found it to be is a fast read due to the writing style and format.

Detective Kay Hunter was an intriguing character she is complex, feisty but she also has a vulnerable side involving her past. The author very cleverly only lets you glimpse snippets about past events in Kay’s life but I’m sure as the series progresses more about her past will be revealed, I find I’m more interested in a protagonist when everything about there character isn’t revealed all in one fell swoop, it gives me time to use my very limited imagination to guess more about the character. As for the serial killer hell they are one very twisted and calculating individual, but again the author has created a character who is complex and very well depicted.

This is one of those books where the pace is relentless and as the investigation reaches a dramatic conclusion it made for a very tense fuelled read. There are plenty of surprises packed into this crime thriller some of which I guessed, others I really didn’t see coming which for me heightens my enjoyment of a book. Scared To Death is an Intense and thrilling read, I always find there are certain elements that can make or break a book for me personally the novel has to have a well devised plot, complex characters and relentless in pace and I’m thrilled to report this novel includes these all important elements..

5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

Paperback: 378 pages

Publisher: Saxon Publishing (6 Dec. 2016)

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Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014.

An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.

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Stalked by Elizabeth Heiter #Review

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Book description

If you’re reading this, I’m already dead…

That’s the note seventeen-year-old Haley Cooke leaves behind when she disappears from inside her high school. FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to figure out who had reason to hurt her. On the surface, the popular cheerleader has no enemies, but as Evelyn digs deeper, she discovers that everyone close to Haley has something to hide. Everyone from estranged parents, to an older boyfriend with questionable connections, to a best friend who envies Haley’s life.

Secrets can be deadly…

One of those secrets may have gotten Haley killed. If she’s still alive, Evelyn knows that the more the investigation ramps up, the more pressure they could be putting on Haley’s kidnapper to make her disappear for good. It’s also possible the teenager isn’t in danger at all, but has skilfully manipulated everyone and staged her own disappearance. Only one thing is certain: uncovering Haley’s fate could be dangerous—even deadly—to Evelyn herself.

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When I picked up this book I didn’t realise it was the 4th book in the Profiler series, now I’m not sure about you but I usually hate to start a book which is already part of a well established series, but I’m pleased to report it can be read as a standalone. I’m going to be honest with you here and admit that although I enjoyed Stalked it just didn’t meet my expectations. The first chapter certainly intrigued me, but as I read on this wasn’t a book that grabbed me by the throat. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed Stalked, but maybe because I have read so many outstanding crime thrillers this year I’m expect a hell of a lot more from a book of this genre.

When seventeen year old Hayley goes missing without leaving a trace FBI Profiler Evelyn Blaine is bought in to assist as the police are mystified by her disappearance, it soon becomes clear to Evelyn that those closest to Hayley all have something to hide. Not knowing if Hayley is alive or dead, Evelyn must use all her skills as a Profiler to find Hayley and bring the perpetrator to justice. I could not connect with Evelyn at all, I’m not sure if this was because I picked up Stalked mid series, but I just felt she lacked “personality”, I like my protagonist to have quirks, or traits that make me want to learn more about them, I need a character to be memorable so I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in a series, unfortunately this wasn’t the case with Evelyn.

The plot is full of intrigue and suspense but for me it lacked the relentless pace I look for in a crime thriller, in the authors defence I think this again boils down the amount of outstanding books I’ve read in this genre. At times it felt like the investigation was moving too slowly and there was no frantic race to solve the case, which for me personally heightens my enjoyment of a book.

As I reached the last third of the book I found myself becoming irritated by the number of different theories the investigation team came up with, there were just too many and made the plot a lot more complex than it needed to be. I’m sure there will be plenty of readers who will feel very differently about this novel, and will enjoy it immensely, the author has produced a novel that has some of the elements I look for in a crime thriller but personally I would have liked a more intense and gritty read.

3.5 out of 5

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Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Mira Books (27 Dec. 2016)

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**Guest Post** by Jane Isaac Author of Beneath The Ashes @JaneIsaacAuthor @Legend_Press

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Today I am thrilled to have Jane Isaac Author of Beneath The Ashes write a Guest Post especially for the book review café. Beneath The Ashes was published on the 1st of November, so you don’t even have to pre-order just one click and it’s yours! Just make sure you read Jane Isaac’s guest post first, it’s very intriguing.

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Getting into the Mind of a Killer

As novelists, research forms the basis of what we do and this is particularly prevalent in my genre of crime fiction. There are characters, settings, plots and storylines to consider, in addition to police procedural research.

The more accurate our work is, the more authentic and believable. This is especially the case with characters. We need to research their back story and check the feasibility of the person we are creating, before we can make them appear real.

When drawing up the lead detective in my latest crime series, DI Will Jackman, I spoke to police officers at all levels in the British force in order to build a character that was not only interesting and engaging, but also realistic in modern day policing.

Unless you have access to prisons, work with criminals, or know any (and even if you’d want to), researching your antagonist can be problematic. For Before It’s Too Late, the first in the DI Jackman series, I resorted to reading endless case studies of true crime and watching documentaries about killers and their backgrounds to draw up my offender’s profile. I’ve read crime fiction for years, yet I wasn’t prepared for the nightmares I experienced after reading real crime. For some reason it’s quite acceptable to be scared out of our wits by the product of another writer’s mind, but reality? That’s a whole new ball game.

So, what makes a killer? One element to consider is their humanity. It seemed so easy when we were young when all the cartoon baddies were ugly, evil monsters. The reality is that even the worst people in this world have some redeeming features: apparently Hitler was devoted to his German shepherd, Blondi; reports indicate that the Yorkshire Ripper was so charismatic, he could walk into a room and make everyone feel special. Many murderers appear to function normally in society until they are caught. So, we need to create a character that is realistic. If we make them too bad they become unbelievable.

Another element is motive. Statistics suggest that most people are killed by someone they know, someone close to them. What drove them to murder? Was it revenge, greed, lust, power, fear, jealousy, blackmail…?

We also need to consider their background in an attempt to provide some kind of explanation as to what they’ve become. This was particularly notable in my latest release, the second DI Jackman novel, Beneath the Ashes. Why does the offender seek to kill their victim?

Sometimes, even if we have considered all of the above, we need assistance to confirm the validity of our work. The plot for my new book, The Lies Within, was complex and although I researched extensively, I still felt it necessary to have my killer’s back story checked by a clinical psychologist to ensure it was feasible.

Much of what we research never makes it into the book. But if we get the back story right, it brings our characters alive on the page. And as a fiction writer, if we achieve that, we’ve met our goal.

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Jane Isaac lives with her husband, daughter and dog, Bollo, in rural Northamptonshire, UK. Her debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-thriller.com and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014’.

In 2015 Jane embarked on a new series, featuring DI Will Jackman and set in Stratford upon Avon, with Before It’s Too Late. The second in the series, Beneath The Ashes, was published by Legend Press on 1st November 2016 with the 3rd, The Lies Within, to follow on 2nd May 2017.

Both DI Jackman and DCI Lavery will return again in the near future. Sign up to Jane’s newsletter on her website at www.janeisaac.co.uk for details of new releases, events and giveaways.

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Links:      Website            Blog            Facebook      Twitter: @JaneIsaacAuthor

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Book description

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.

Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?

‘I thought I d never read a book that came close to the realities of crime and policing. Then I read this. –Ian Patrick Writer and former DS with the Metropolitan Police

A smart, intelligent and tightly woven police procedural with real depth of human emotion at its heart. –Rebecca Bradley, Author of Shallow Waters

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