The Spy who chipped the China Teacup, Cover Reveal

Angie Smith has been busy at work, and on the 11th March she is treating us to a new novel. If like me you are a fan of Angie’s work expect more of the fantastic action, twists and turns that we love her writing for. If you are new to her work, where have you been. Angie intertwines plot lines like some kind of Jedi master, she is awesomely talented and this new novel is a fantastic read, I know i’ve read a sneak preview and it has kept me thinking about it for weeks. Now she has given me and the UKCBC (the best crime fiction book group on the internet) the exclusive cover reveal, I am truly honoured.

so whats the novel about:

Would you believe she is dead?

Taylor Hudson reaches the stark realisation that she is in imminent danger. Time and options have all but evaporated when, out of nowhere, she is thrown a lifeline. She places her trust in a complete stranger, someone who claims they will keep her safe and out of reach. But can they, and who are they? And why the sudden interest in saving her?

Perhaps the answers are 6,000 miles away, deep inside the British Secret Intelligence Service, where a former, disgraced, senior officer is attempting to weasel his way back into the heart of the organisation. But do they really know what this cunning fox’s intentions are?

And can The China Teacup withstand one more knock?

Illicit arms dealing, murder and corruption at the highest level. Prepare for a deadly game of bluff, double-bluff and triple-bluff.

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for the cover:

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Angie Smith was born in Doncaster and educated at Huddersfield University where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Education and Training. After a long career in adult education, training and performance management she retired early to pursue other ventures.

She travels extensively, and was nominated for an award on her knowledge transfer partnerships work, during which she co-produced and presented a journal article at the International Social Work Conference in Durban.

Unfortunately in 2013 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and, following a year of extensive and gruelling treatment, her desire to write was rekindled. Her highly acclaimed CXVI Trilogy inspired the creation of her fourth novel, The Spy Who Chipped The China Teacup.

She currently lives in West Yorkshire with her husband, youngest son and two dogs.

 

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Uncoiled lies by Liz Mistry

I have the great pleasure of being on the Uncoiled lies blog tour today. Liz Mistry is a Local author for me, writing books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. This is the second novel featuring DI Gus Maguire but can be read as a stand alone.

The Story: Murder. Love. Corruption. DI Angus McGuire and the team are back and have their work cut out. Murdered prostitutes and a turf war between local gangsters takes the investigation into Bradford’s Immigrant communities where tensions run high.To make matters worse McGuire is juggling an illicit relationship with his boss’s daughter and has fraught family relations.Who is The Old Man?What is the link between three dead prostitutes and a long forgotten murder?Will McGuire and his team get the answers they want or is the uncomfortable truth much closer to home?

My Thoughts: I love how Liz brings the city of Bradford to light and shows it for the multicultural mixing pot that it is. I have particularly enjoyed the teaser pictures of the locations Gus and his team visit that the author shared in the run up to publication.

I found the characters rich in detail and their personality and different views and perspectives really shone through. There is a fab mix of people in Gus’s team and the complexities of their relationships make the story intriguing. The story is well written and full of twists and turns. Their is some deeply gruesome things that happen yet the story has its light moments as well allowing you some respite as you read. I have been a fan of this authors work since her debut with unquiet souls last year, this has a very different plot and still doesnt disappoint.

I have been thoroughly gripped by the antics of Gus and his gang, and I feel like the city of Bradford is an extra character in the novel, this is a standout read for me,  Liz Mistry is an author that is really going places.

 

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Ledston Luck Reviews

Ledston Luck has been out since friday the 20th and has already got 49 reviews on Amazon. The majority of which are 5* its an amazing read guys and if you have read it make sure you go post your review, once an author reaches 50 reviews magical things happen (they get unicorns and ponies and cake, or at least a feature in the newsletter they send out).

To give you a flavour of what readers think here are some of the fab reviews posted to amazon already from some of the UK Crime book Club members.

David gilchrist of UKCBC says – For me this is the authors best work to date. Senior SOCO Eddie Collins embarks into another crime scene to unravel the events that took place from the clues left. His manner is brusque direct and he will not ever be a diplomat. This story takes you on an emotional roller coaster from laugh out loud moments, to grab a tissue and shed a tear, some very sad scenes very well written. Readers be warned there are some gruesome details, brutality and domestic abuse described and are needed to help the story develop. So much tension and edge of the seat moments to keep your attention, this is a real sleep stealer of a book that I read in a day it was that gripping. I look forward to reading more from this author

Nicki Murphy says – Eddie Collins is one of those loveable characters that you get every now and then in a book and know you are just going to love everything he does. He is hard working (mostly), has a roguish sense of humour (mostly), can be grumpy (can’t we all?) and is that chap you want on your side as he has old fashioned dogged determination to see things through to a “proper” conclusion (definitely). The scrapes he gets himself into (and out of) are brilliantly described and I could see this as a TV series. Eddie is not a detective, he is CSI. In this book he is almost a department of one due to “cutbacks” or are there? Bodies are found with devices attached that make finding the killer personal this time. Bodies from decades ago and some more recent. Brilliantly written, a serious story line but with the humour to lighten it as there is the occasional dark scenario. Short chapters keep the pace moving which I found made me want to turn the pages even more. If you like a good character, with a good forensic storyline then this book is for you. Although this is the fourth in the series it could stand alone but why miss out on Eddie’s other antics? A very entertaining read. Can’t wait for the next one of Eddie’s adventures! Thank you Andy for a brilliant book.
I voluntarily chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased

Jim ody author says – I love crime novels, but sometimes I look at the blurbs on the back of my TBR pile and whilst gripping, there is similarity between them. The market for police procedural novels in UK, you could argue, is close to saturation and this is what stopped me from picking up Andy’s books beforehand. Whilst I admit to there being a lot of these types of books around, let me be the first to say that there is a tremendous level of quality to them all, and on closer inspection to the author’s themselves you will not be surprised to learn that a lot of them work in and around the police as current or previous employment. Andy is no exception being a Senior CSI so you know that there will be some great technical insights, and accurate details.

Okay, so with the elephant-in-the-room out of the way, let’s look at this from the point of view of content and quality. Within the first few chapters there are a few things that set Andy apart from others. The plot itself is original, and already as a reader I feel that I may have already been manipulated with seeds of detail being planted in order to make me think one thing, whilst the tables turn on me later on! The wonderfully grisly detail of the scenes adds an unexpected horror that few writers dare to even venture for fear of negative review repercussions. Andy doesn’t just push these boundaries, he chops, slashes and spurts through them quite unapologetically, all the while with a sly grin on his face via the dry humour, and often cynical views of the likable rough-around-the-edges CSI Eddie Collins.

Ledston Luck was the first of Andy’s books that I have read, which as I read on seemed a real shame. There are vague references to Eddie’s life beforehand in other books, and actually I don’t think that you need to have read them first as you get the gist that the sun hasn’t always shone on him, whilst he is respected by colleagues as being a forensic Sherlock Holmes, this isn’t always enough for him. I love the interactions with his work colleagues, and especially his total disregard for authority, but the best relationship is with his father with whom he shares his home.

I don’t want to detail too much of the plot, so I will just say that it is well paced, detailed, original and leaves you wanting to read everything else that Andy cares to write. I’m sure even his shopping list is morbid and sarcastic.

 

What are you waiting for grab yourselves a copy today.

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The Games People Play by Owen Mullen

Owen Mullen was one of Last years star Bloodhound books signings and he writes a fabulous series featuring a PI called Charlie Cameron.

The Games people play is the first in what will hopefully be a series, in the novel:

Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away.

Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgment Charlie gets involved In the case and when more bodies are discovered the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades.

Is baby Lily the latest victim of a madman?

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go.

His demons won’t let him

I thoroughly Enjoy Owen’s writing style it is a great example of modern noir fiction. Charlie is a great PI and having a character who is not a cop is a really refreshing change when you read as much crime fiction as I do.  I like that again Owen paints really real genuinely likeable characters that draw you into the novel and make you care about what happens in the plot.

Owen is a master at creating tension and keeping the reader guessing until the end. I was thrilled when he signed with Bloodhound books as Owen Mullen is an author more people need to discover. Try him out you are genuinely in for a treat.

Games People play is a solid 5* read for me, I look forward to reading more from this wonderful author.

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Supporting Local authors #Ledston luck

I’ve been fortunate enough to help organise the blog tour for the wonderful Ledston Luck. No we have been trying to get some physical launch stuff put together for Andy and his book and we havent got all that far. Turns out Waterstones Leeds aren’t keen on supporting local authors despite a valiant twitter campaign. However that leaves local newspapers, literary festivals and even WH smiths, so here’s where you come in you lovely people. Below is the Press release put together for Andy’s book, take it and share it with everyone you know. Pester the local literary festivals, libraries and bookstores and see if we can win something for the indie authors in our lives and get him a physical signing.

Andrew Barrett is a Best selling Author and Senior CSI based in  Yorkshire. He brings all his knowledge and expertise from his years in Forensics into his writing. Andrew Barrett has been writing best-selling thrillers since the mid 1990s, all set in northern England. He’s also written several short stories, and co-written a number of television scripts, and despite all that is still reasonably sane.

Andrew’s novels focus on the world of Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs). He offers a unique insight into this dark landscape, making good use of his expertise as a Senior CSI to envelop the reader in exciting yet realistic stories.

 

Included in each story are elements of dark humour (he’d be totally insane without the humour), and severe emotional highs and lows. So be prepared.

Find out more about him at http://www.andrew-barrett.co.uk

See him also at www.facebook.com/AndrewBarrett.author

Ledston Luck which is being launched on the 20th Janurary 2017 continues the story of CSI Eddie Collins. it begins with a booby-trapped body in a long-abandoned chapel. A scene examination that goes horribly wrong. CSI Eddie Collins and DI Benson are injured and one of the team killed. Eddie is heartbroken and guilt-ridden. And angry.

To find out who the killer is, they must first discover the motive. And their breakthrough comes when two young burglars disappear in the village of Ledston Luck. Eddie picks a fight with the wrong man, and is suspended from duty. But he can’t let go of the investigation. He finds the secrets behind a thirty-year-old murder and comes face to face with the killer – on the wrong end of a shotgun.

They say you can always trust a copper. They’re lying.They lied thirty years ago and they’re still lying today.

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What the Readers think:

UK Crime book club on facebook award it 5* –  For me this is the authors best work to date. Senior SOCO Eddie Collins embarks into another crime scene to unravel the events that took place from the clues left. His manner is brusque direct and he will not ever be a diplomat. This story takes you on an emotional roller coaster from laugh out loud moments, to grab a tissue and shed a tear, some very sad scenes very well written. Readers be warned there are some gruesome details, brutality and domestic abuse are described but these details are needed to help the story develop. There is so much tension and edge of the seat moments in this novel that it really captures your attention, this is a real sleep stealer of a book that I read in a day it was so gripping. I look forward to reading more from this author

Robin Roughley (author of the DS lasser series) – Andrew writes with a wry sense of humour that bubbles just below the surface, although dark humour also runs through the heavily-detailed book. The detailing shows his experience as a senior CSI. But cleverly blended into the story so that it doesn’t come across as a police manual.

There is so much anger coming off Eddie Collins, the main character.
He is belligerent, boastful, and arrogant. (Eddie’s own words). He make enemies easily but once he has a puzzle to solve, or a death, there is no one more guaranteed to get to the bottom of it than Eddie Collins. In a job he is dedicated to, he is determined there will only ever be one winner. Justice.

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Ledston Luck by Andy Barrett

I have the great privilege to be on the blog tour for this novel today. Andy Barrett is a Senior CSI based in West Yorkshire, he writes a series of novels featuring the wonderfully grumpy Eddie Collins CSI. I have a huge problem normally with books that involve forensics and CSI as they fall into 2 categories – horribly inaccurate like CSI miami or so over researched they become tedious. But with Andy you are in safe hands he very clearly knows his stuff as he does it as a day job and because he knows the subject so well he gives you just enough detail to be fascinating whilst making sure the plot moves along at a cracking pace too.

Ledston Luck which is being launched on the 20th Jan continues the story of CSI Eddie Collins. it begins with a booby-trapped body in a long-abandoned chapel. A scene examination that goes horribly wrong. CSI Eddie Collins and DI Benson are injured and one of the team killed. Eddie is heartbroken and guilt-ridden. And angry.

To find out who the killer is, they must first discover the motive. And their breakthrough comes when two young burglars disappear in the village of Ledston Luck. Eddie picks a fight with the wrong man, and is suspended from duty. But he can’t let go of the investigation. He finds the secrets behind a thirty-year-old murder and comes face to face with the killer – on the wrong end of a shotgun.

Ledston Luck is for me one of the authors best so far. A real emotional rollercoaster of a novel that truly reflects the shades of grey that you see in everyday people. Eddie isn’t always a likeable protagonist but you have to admire his dedication to justice and his single mindedness to get the job done. The criminals in this book have real back stories as well that make them more interesting and makes for a much deeper more engrossing read.

There are so many questions raised by this novel, The villain has a back story that makes you really feel for them, alongside some really iconic bits of dialogue, such as  “Can I offer you Some tea? We treat our guests with pride here”. When you read the novel you will realise why this is such a chilling line. It takes an author of real talent to create such well fleshed out characters that will remain with the reader long after the book has finished and Andy has managed that.

I have been honoured to be involved in the launch of such a brilliant novel and I truly believe that Andy deserves to go all the way with his novels, I can imagine this as a TV series.

If you haven’t discovered Andy Barrett yet then wait no longer, this is a truly remarkable read. A solid 5* from me, a book I will be recommending to as many people as I can, it’s a sleep stealer

 

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Beautiful liar by Louise Mullins

When Erica’s husband Joel dies in a tragic accident nobody suspects she had anything to do with it. But appearances can be deceptive.

Erica describes her successful, lawyer husband as handsome and charismatic when she recounts their whirlwind marriage. But nothing is what it seems

This is another hit from Bloodhound books, in my opinion. Louise Mullins has crafted a neat psychological thriller that follows a young woman in an abusive relationship. `This is a really well crafted novel that is told from different perspectives.

I am a fan of believable characters in novels and found all the characters in this to be well fleshed out and fascinating all with their own shades of grey. You find yourself drawn into their lives and you are genuinely interested in the outcome of the story.

The other thing i genuinely loved about this novel is that it draws you into a certain line of thinking, you believe you have understood every aspect of what happened then it surprises you with some interesting new detail or twist.

If you like your thrillers smart and well written then this is the novel for you, I will certaily be looking forward to more books from this author

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