#BlogTour – Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav @OrionBooks #ThatBookThatHook

Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh.

This is the 4th in the Eddie Flynn series and is published by Orion on 14th June 2018.

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They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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A big thank you to Becci Mansell and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy and to Tracy Fenton for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

If you haven’t seen all the buzz on Twitter about this book, then what have you been doing?! It is absolutely everywhere with everyone saying how good it is.

Although this is the 4th in the series, I don’t think it will matter too much if you haven’t read them all as the author just gives you enough so you understand the background of the characters without spoiling too much.

This is certainly an enjoyable and edge of your seat ride – what an absolute rollercoaster!

Eddie is such a well written character that you can’t help but warm too. The fact that he’s an ex-con artist just endears you to him even more! I really enjoy legal thrillers having discovered John Grisham at a young age but find that some are so heavy on the technical wording that I’m often scratching my head trying to understand the legal jargon – not this one though. The court scenes flow marvellously added by the fact that there is also a serial killer sitting on the jury hearing everything that is going on so you begin to wonder how will this pan out…..? Surely things are a foregone conclusion?

Not the case with this as we are kept guessing and always a few steps behind….

We are also given an insight into the serial killer’s mind and what a mind it is! Meticulous, cunning and almost a chameleon. He blends seamlessly into his surroundings that just serve to make him even more deadly. We are also shown a more vulnerable side to him, mainly stemming from his childhood which added more flavour to this already excellent plot.

Brilliant and creepy – highly recommended!

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About the Author

Steve Cavanagh

Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and lawyer. He is also one half of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast.

His latest novel, Thirteen, is out in ebook now and paperback in June.

Find out more at http://www.stevecavanagh.com or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav

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#BlogTour ~ Carpenter Road by N M Brown @NormtheWriter @BloodhoundBook

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Carpenter Road by N M Brown.

Carpenter Road is published in ebook on 7th June 2018 by Bloodhound Books and is the second in the series featuring Leighton Jones.

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When a young woman swaps coats with a prostitute then vanishes, it marks the start of a mystifying case for Leighton Jones.

After traffic officer Leighton is called to an altercation in a used car lot he is confronted by a prostitute rambling on about a girl who stole her coat. He thinks nothing off it. That is until the body of a Jane Doe shows up, matching the prostitute’s description.

What is the link between the fight in the car lot and the dead woman?

Leighton proceeds to gather evidence, which he attempts to pass onto the lead Homicide detective, Slater. However, Slater tells Leighton to back off, and that a suspect has been arrested.

Fearing there is more to the case than he first thought, Leighton is driven to keep digging and soon ends up on the trail of a serial killer.

But Leighton might be out of his depth this time…

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A big thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound books and Netgalley for issuing me with my copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

Norman Brown is a new author for me but after absolutely flying through Carpenter Road, I will definitely be looking out for more of his books.

‘It all started with a missing coat’…….are the words on the cover and it literally does. When a young woman disappears with a coat belonging to a prostitute, nobody thinks anything of it, especially not the police who aren’t particularly bothered or keen to investigate. Traffic cop Leighton Jones begins to think there is something wrong though and gets involved with trying to fit the pieces together.

I really enjoyed following him as he tries to investigate and experienced his frustration within his own police station when he is told countless times to leave things alone.

The background story we are introduced to was excellent and I enjoyed how this flowed seamlessly into the current story and felt it added more mystery which helped the storyline along.

Leighton Jones is a great character, compassionate and not afraid to upset the applecart if he feels things are being brushed under the carpet. I’ve read that the author is going to write some more in the series and I really hope he does as I think Leighton has so much more to give. I will definitely be one of the first in the line to read!

Overall a great story and plot with some added twists that I didn’t see coming. I had my mouth hanging open in disbelief at the end and can’t wait to read more!

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About the Author

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Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.

Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.

More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.

Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.

www.nmbrownfiction.com

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#BlogTour ~ Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley @HHammersley66 @BloodhoundBook

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley.

Merciless is published today in e-book, (1st June 2018) by Bloodhound Books.

 

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Two murders. One missing girl.

DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock. With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life. 

In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father. She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims? 

As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier. 

Then the main suspect vanishes…. 

Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?

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A big thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books and to Netgalley for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour!

Bloodhound Books really know how to pick addictive thrillers and this is probably one of the best I have read.

I couldn’t read fast enough as I tried to guess where the story was going. Although this is the second in the series featuring DI Kate Fletcher, I didn’t feel like I was missing too much on any essential information although I have purchased the first book as I enjoyed this one so much!

We follow Kate and her colleagues as they try to investigate a body that has been discovered in the local canal. With no idea on who this woman is, they certainly have their work cut out as they try to identify her. There is also the slightly more straightforward case involving a mercy killing. Or is it? As more and more discrepancies come to light, we learn things aren’t quite what they seem…

We read about both investigations in alternate chapters and the author is certainly a master at leaving you on a knife’s edge! When we learn how the cases are linked, the penny finally dropped for me and the storyline ramped up some more. Some of the storyline is very unpleasant to read but it definitely added to the plot and made you understand the actions of some of the characters. Heleyne Hammersley writes so well that you do feel a certain amount of sympathy for some characters which is hard given the situation.

I haven’t read anything else by the author so she is a new name to me but I will definitely be reading more as I thoroughly enjoyed Merciless. I really warmed to Kate and can’t wait to go back and read the first in the series!

An excellent written story with a gripping plot – what more can you ask for!

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About the Author

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Heleyne Hammersley is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and crime novels.

Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool.

When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.

Website: www.heleynehammersley.com

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Twitter: @hhammersley66