#BlogTour ~ Payback by R C Bridgestock @RCBridgestock @DomePress #CharleyMann

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Payback by R C Bridgestock.

Payback was published on 9th January 2020 by The Dome Press and is the first in a new series featuring DI Charley Mann.

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The brand new series from the storyline consultants to TV’s Hap

py Valley and Scott & Bailey and author of the DI Jack Dylan novels.

Charley Mann left Yorkshire for the Met and a fast-track career – but now she’s back, she’s in charge and the area’s first young, female DI.

Her hometown, the Yorkshire countryside, and her old friends all seem unchanged, but appearances can be deceptive. When a brutal murder is discovered, Charley is forced to question everything, and the interest of her ex – reporter Danny Ray – doesn’t make it easier.

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My kindest thanks to Emily at The Dome Press for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.

Having not previously read any of the DI Jack Dylan books (but hearing very good thing about them) by the crime writing duo R C Bridgestock, I was really pleased to learn they had a new series and it was set in Yorkshire!

We follow DI Charley Mann, returning home from a promising career in London to head up her old team in her home town in Yorkshire and we are straight into the action before we have time to take a sip of tea. The plot is brilliant and keeps you interested and fully invested on every page. The authors have vast experience in this area and it is telling in the brilliant descriptions they provide us with, from the excellent police procedures that gives you a clear understanding of every minute detail they have to follow, to the actual sinister crimes themselves that leave Charley and her team baffled at times. I really enjoy this type of detail in a book as I find it fascinating how the different teams work together.

Charley is an exciting character to have as your narrator and we learn little things about her past that give us an insight into her personality and why she is such a driven person which shows in her determination to solve the case despite some of her past coming back to haunt her.

I’m really looking forward to learning more about Charley and her team in the future instalments of this series that I think will do very well indeed!

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About the Authors

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RC Bridgestock is the name that husband and wife co-authors Robert (Bob) and Carol Bridgestock write under. Between them they have nearly 50 years of police experience, offering an authentic edge to their stories. The writing duo created the character DI Jack Dylan, a down-to- earth detective, written with warmth and humour.

Bob was a highly commended career detective of 30 years, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent. During his last three years he took charge of 26 murders, 23 major incidents, over 50 suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults. He was also a trained hostage negotiator dealing with suicide interventions, kidnap, terrorism and extortion.

As a Detective Inspector he spent three years at the internationally acclaimed West Yorkshire Police Force Training School where he taught Detectives from all over the world in the whole spectrum of investigative skills and the law. On promotion to Detective Superintendent Bob was seconded to a protracted enquiry investigating alleged police corruption in another force. He worked on the Yorkshire Ripper and Sarah Harper murder, and received praise from Crown Court Judges and Chief Constables alike for outstanding work at all ranks, including winning the much coveted Dennis Hoban Trophy.

As a police civilian supervisor Carol also received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work.

The couple are the storyline consultants on BAFTA winning BBC One police drama Happy Valley and series 3 of ITV’s Scott & Bailey. Carol started and chaired the Wight Fair Writers’ Circle in 2008, along with Bob where she created an annual charitable community writing competition to inspire others of all ages.

The couple pride themselves on being up-to- date on past and present day UK police procedures, and as a result Bob is regularly sought by UK television, radio and national and local newspapers for comment on developing major crime incidents etc. And they have taken part in Radio 4 (Steve) PUNT P.I. 

Together they can be regularly seen as speakers at a variety of events in the literary world and work with colleges and schools in providing writing seminars and workshops. Three RC Bridgestock trophies are annually achieved by students.

#BlogTour ~ The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen by Juliet Ashton @JulietStories @SimonSchusterUK @ed_PR

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen by Juliet Ashton.

The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen was published on 26th December 2019 by Simon and Schuster.

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It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but Cherry Blossom Mews is a miraculous place. It’s somewhere that finds you, rather than the other way around. 

Sadie McQueen has leased a double fronted space in this small cul de sac in a culturally diverse corner of central London. The cobbles muffle the noise of double-deckers roaring past the arched gates. Turn right and you are in a futuristic maze of corporate glass monoliths. Turn left and you see a wide street with many different houses. Towering above the mews are the degenerating tower blocks of an infamous estate. The old folks home and the nearby school are both in need of TLC; the private members’ club that set up shop in a listed Georgian building has been discreetly refurbished at huge expense.
 
Into this confusion comes Sadie. She fell in love with the street the moment she first twisted her ankle on its cobbles. Her double-fronted unit is now a spa. She has sunk all her money into the lease and refurbishment. She’s sunk all her hope into the carefully designed treatment rooms, the calm white reception space, the bijou flat carved out of the floor above.
 
Sadie has a mission to connect. To heal herself from tragedy. Sadie has wrapped the mews around her like a warm blanket, after unimaginable loss and unimaginable guilt. Her hard-won peace is threatened, not only by the prospect of the mews going under but by a man aptly named Hero who wakes up her comatose heart. 

Sadie has a lot to give, and a lot to learn, not least that some ghosts aren’t ghosts at all.

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A big thank you to Megan at ed PR and the publisher for issuing me with my copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.

The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen is lovely and well put together story of redemption and friendship that takes place in Cherry Blossom Mews. Each of the characters are owners of a shop in the Mews ranging from a Spa to a builders café and we learn throughout the chapters more about them and how they have come to end up where they are.

Although they come from all walks of life, their genuine friendship despite this, is at the heart of the book and keeps you reading ‘just another chapter’ until you suddenly find yourself at the last page.

Juliet Ashton has a lovely way with words and you can’t help but be swept up with emotion of some of the chapters, whilst laughing during others which made it the perfect blend of book for me.

There is a twist midway through the story but this just made me eagerly keep reading as I had become so invested in how I thought the book would end (I am never usually correct!).

A lovely story, that does keep you on your toes which I loved and would definitely recommend to people that want that little ‘bit extra’ in their story.

I’m looking forward to reading more from Juliet Ashton.

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About the Author

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I enjoy writing almost as much as I love reading. Books are constant friends; no fall-outs about borrowed shoes, no lusting after the same man. The books I write are about love in all its colours. Romantic love, of course – it makes the world go round, after all – but also family love, the way we feel about our friends and children and colleagues and the woman we see every day on the bus but never say ‘hello’ to.

There’s no end of inspiration. Most authors are baffled by that commonly asked question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” The answer is simple: YOU. People are inspiring, with all their niggling faults and shimmering virtues. The tangles we get ourselves into, and the ludicrous ways we attempt to untangle ourselves, are a never ending source of material. In fact, most authors daren’t use too much real life in their books because it would sound too much like fiction.

I’ve just remembered that this is supposed to be a biog, so here’s some info about me. I live just outside London with my daughter, Niamh, who’s 12, and my husband, Matthew, who’s considerably older than that. The house hums with creativity, as I scribble downstairs and Matthew composes music for theatre and TV upstairs. We have two dogs, one of whom is wildly energetic, one of whom was born an old lady and prefers to sleep all day.

Hmm, what else?

I’m Irish, but you wouldn’t know that from my accent. I can’t sing. My favourite crisp flavour is Roast Chicken, but I reserve the right to change that at short notice.
I hope you enjoy my books. They are the way I speak to the world

#BlogTour ~ Snakes and Ladders by Victoria Selman @VictoriaSelman #SnakesandLadders

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Snakes and Ladders by Victoria Selman.

Snakes and Ladders was published on 21 November 2019 by Thomas and Mercer.

One killer on the loose. Another setting the rules. A profiler caught in the middle.

A serial killer is terrorising London, removing a body part from each victim and leaving in its place a single pink rose.

Dr Vernon Sange, a multiple murderer awaiting extradition, seems to know the culprit’s identity—but he’ll only talk to profiler Ziba MacKenzie, the woman responsible for putting him away. Though there’s something he wants in return from her. And time is running out.

With one killer whispering in her ear and another running rings around the police, Ziba must play a game in which only her opponent knows the rules, and the forfeit is death.

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Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers and the author for sending me a review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.

Snakes and Ladders is the third book in the newly created series, featuring Ziba MacKenzie, ex special forces and now a profiler, working with the police and FBI and is a fine addition to the always brilliant series. Ziba is a brilliant lead character and I love reading about profiling. It always fascinates me that people can form an idea of someone and their patterns and behaviour based on little things and how they react to situations. In this book, Ziba has to work extra hard to ty to keep one step ahead of the chillingly creepy and very smug, Dr Vernon Sange. He is a master manipulator and always appears to know what Ziba is thinking before she even thinks it.

Snakes and Ladders is the perfect title for the book – like the children’s game, you think you are ahead of the game and then the next moment you are taking 3 steps back, much like Ziba appears to in this investigation.

Dr Vernon Sange is a brilliant bad guy and the the worst type of adversary, smart and always aware of the next step which is why he knows the identity of the serial killer that Ziba is hunting, the Pink Rose Killer. Despite trying to outthink the killer, she has to admit that she needs Sange’s help and he absolutely revels in this. Their chemistry (although not sure if that is the best word!) is brilliant and I really enjoyed learning more about his backstory and how he came to be incarcerated. He knows exactly how to push Ziba’s buttons and I had to go back and read some of their dialogue just to see if I could pick up on any clues.

As in the previous books, the author constantly leads you down a different path, just to keep you on your toes and although I thought I had figured some of it out, I had in fact not at all (or even got close!)

Great characters with a keep you guessing plot – I can’t wait to read the next in the series…

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About the Author

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Victoria Selman studied History at Oxford University and Creative Writing at the City Lit in London. She also holds certificates in Criminal Psychology and Criminal Profiling. She has written for the Independent, Daily Express and Ham & High newspapers and co-hosts a true crime podcast called, Crime Girl Gang with two other authors.

Her first novel, Blood For Blood, was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger award and is a Kindle number 1 bestseller.

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