**BLOG BLITZ** The Note by Andrew Barrett
Reviews / 23rd June 2018

What the publisher says: Have you ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no one’s there? I have. It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I’d listened to that feeling, if I’d thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come. Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk. I had no idea who sent it or why they wanted to kill me. But I was about to find out. I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI and this is my story.   What I say: I wasn’t sure what I would think of this as short stories are not usually my thing.  I needn’t have worried though as I was sucked into Eddie’s life and soon was intrigued by who could have sent him the note, why and what would be the outcome. The character of Eddie was quite an unusual one, chiding himself for his behaviour once he had received the note as he realised that it may be genuine and in which case he could be putting himself in danger by carrying out his usual routine…

**BLOG BLITZ** If Fear Wins by Tony J Forder
Reviews / 30th May 2018

What the publisher says: When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.   The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.   Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.   Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?   Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet… What I say: As a new author to me I wasn’t sure what to expect of this novel partly because I usually prefer my police officers to be of the female variety.  I wasn’t disappointed though as I was quickly gripped by the storyline which starts with a grizzly murder which isn’t all that…

**BLOG BLITZ** Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry
Reviews / 15th April 2018

What the publisher says: DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing. But that is just the beginning. As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church. Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper. Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope? Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read. What I say: This is the fourth book by Liz Mistry about DI Gus McGuire and his team and I have to say that yet again it does not disappoint.  Gus is a likeable character, determined to do his job properly even while he is struggling to overcome his guilt over his involvement in the death of one of his best friends. This time Gus and his team are investigating the death of two girls at the same teenage party.   At…

**BLOG BLITZ** Dead Watch by Steve Liszka
Reviews / 30th March 2018

What the publisher says: Life for the firefighters of Red Watch, East Brighton, is already complicated due to the imminent closure of their fire station. But this is soon to be the least of their worries. When the team stumble upon a car in a ditch, they discover the driver is dead and a bag containing five hundred thousand pounds in cash. Before anyone arrives, the crew decide to take money, believing it to be a victimless crime. When they later learn that the driver was killed by a bullet wound to the head their world is turned upside down. Then a stranger appears at the station claiming the money belongs to him.     Soon the firefighters are drawn into a dangerous underworld and find themselves at the mercy of violent criminals. But is this stranger who he claims to be? And can Red Watch escape with the money and their lives intact?   What I say: From the start this book is different.  The author has a unique style of storytelling which brings you in and describes what is happening in an almost factual way.  Explanations of brigade procedure and rules  are interspersed in the story meaning you have a…

**BLOG BLITZ** Locked In by GB Williams
Reviews / 12th February 2018

What the publisher says: Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day.  Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun. Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards. Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them. Can they all escape unharmed? And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive? What I say: What a read!  Ariadne Teddington is on a day off from her job as a prison officer when she dashes to the bank for a quick errand.  Her day changes course dramatically when she is followed into the bank by a gang who aren’t paying in their birthday money. Despite her attempts to stay under the radar the gang recognise Teddington and start to use her as a bargaining tool with the police.  Teddington has to use the skills she has learnt in her job to try to save herself. When she realises she knows one of the gang things are really turned on their head….

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