**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 TOUR** First to Die by Alex Caan
Reviews / 22nd June 2018

What the publisher says: SOMEWHERE IN THE CROWD IS A KILLER  Bonfire Night and St James’s Park is filled with thousands of Anonymous protesters in a stand-off with the police. When a cloaked, Guido Fawkes mask-wearing body is discovered the following morning, Kate Riley and Zain Harris from the Police Crime Commissioner’s office are called in. The corpse has been eaten away by a potentially lethal and highly contagious virus. The autopsy reveals the victim was a senior civil servant, whose work in international development involved saving lives. Why would anyone want him dead? THEY WILL STRIKE AGAIN  As the research team looking into the origins of the deadly virus scramble to discover an antidote, first one, then another pharmacist goes missing. Meanwhile, a dark truth starts to emerge about the murder victim: he was an aggressive man, whose bullying behaviour resulted in the suicide attempt of one of his former staff members. AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT . . . With thirty lives potentially at stake, Kate and Zain have their work cut out for them. Can they find the two missing pharmacists in time, or will they too end up dead?   What I say: The premise for…

**BLOG BLITZ** The Girl With No Name by Lisa Regan
Reviews / 19th April 2018

What the publisher says: Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms. A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified… Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim? As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way?  The Girl With No Name is nail-biting, twisty and impossible to put down. If you love gripping thrillers from Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked.     What I say: Lisa Regan was a new author to me and I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel.  I was quickly sucked into the story as Josie began to investigate the case of a missing woman and her baby.  Not that unusual for a police…

**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…

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