One Punch blog tour by Keith Dixon

My turn today on the one punch blog tour by Keith Dixon – this is an interesting book for me, I have read some of Keiths work before but felt like this went in a different direction.

the story:

Paul Storey is an ex-cop looking for a job. Bran Doyle was a boxer but he’s now looking for a driver. And perhaps a little more.

Storey takes the job but soon finds himself involved in more than driving. There’s a murder. And conspiracy. And another murder.

And then the real trouble starts.

My thoughts:

Although I haven’t read the first book in this series, I feel like this one stands alone and can be enjoyed on its own merits. It’s a little out of my comfort zone for a read as Storey seems like a real mans man and the novel is all action. That said the plot moves along at a reasonable pace and I enjoyed how nothing was quite as it seemed.

The characters were interesting and the weird family dynamics fit well with the main plot of the novel. If you like reading a more all action type of novel than this will keep you hooked until the very last page. A 4* read for meOne Punch Blog tour poster.jpg

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He made me blog tour

Today I have the great pleasure of being on the He made me blog tour for Oliver tidy’s second booker and cash novel – currently being republished by bloodhound books and the second offering in what is my favourite of Mr Tidy’s series of novels.

The story:
David Booker and Jo Cash are experiencing similar stuttering starts to their new lives on Romney Marsh when Rebecca Swaine turns up seeking help. Someone is demanding a lot of money from her husband and she wants to know why.

What do the dying words of one man – he made me – actually mean? 

As the mystery unfolds people will come undone and reputations will be ruined before the answer becomes clear.

At the end of the day Mrs Swaine might end up wishing she’d let sleeping dogs lie…

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel  – it is the one that for me cemented this as my favourite of Oliver’s series of books. Booker and cash feel like really likeable people who you want to find out more about and this novel, brings them back and makes you feel even more involved in their lives.

The story in this one is fascinating and features the area of Romney marsh so well it almost feels like an extra character, there are some excellent literary references as well. This has a faster pace and really packs in the twists and turns whilst still featuring all of Oliver’s trademark humour.

If you haven’t discovered oliver tidy’s works yet whats keeping you – he is one amazing crime writer. This is yet another 5* read for me and I look forward to finally reading the long awaited third in the series.

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Beyond Evidence blog tour

Beyond evidence is a novel by Emma L clapperton and published by Bloodhound books – it has an interesting premise that after reading one of her novellas made me very excited to read one of her novels

The story:

In an alleyway in Glasgow lies a decomposing corpse of a slain female baking in the midday heat. No one has found her yet, but medium Patrick McLaughlin knows she is there. It is not the first time he has dreamt of death… and it will not be the last.

When several bizarre murders take place the local police start to request DNA samples from twenty something year old men.

Through a hunch, and in the belief that the terrifying dreams hold the key to the identity of the murderer, Patrick works alongside the police to track down the predator before they can strike again. But as the nightmares increase they begin to threaten Patrick’s sanity.

my thoughts:

I enjoyed the novella featuring these characters and I think this made me buy into it a little more. In a full length novel this book suffered a little from first novel syndrome to much establishing the characters and premise which sometimes impacted the story.

That said the idea of a true psychic helping solve crimes is very unusual, the only other place i’ve seen it done is in Charlaine Harrises grave sight series which is one of my all time favourite series of books.

The premise was entertaining however and the crime moved along well with the influence of the characters. The characters felt fleshed out and interesting and the element of supernatural was handled well and believably.

I on the whole enjoyed this novel and would happily read another in the series. I think the author could be a fresh new voice in crime fiction offering valid supernatural crime novels set in the UK. This is a solid 4* read for me.

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movies you didnt realise were based on books

I’ve not done a blog list in a while – and having found one of the books mentioned here over half term and really enjoying it, I decided to publish a list of 5 books that you didnt realise were turned into movies/had movies based on them. Some of these novels are absolutely cracking.

1) The Parent trap – Erich Kastner   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Parent-Trap-Pushkin-Childrens-Flapped-ebook/dp/B00OFIBEBC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1496431216&sr=1-1&keywords=parent+trap

Ok so I didn’t realise this was a novel first – the movies of the parent trap both orginal and lohan versions are amazing. and when i stumbled across this in the childrens sections of waterstones I was really excited, and the movie is a fairly faithful adaptation, this is a charming read for kids and adults alike.

2) Make Room Make room – Harry Harrison https://www.amazon.co.uk/Make-Room-Penguin-Modern-Classics-ebook/dp/B00F02CI9O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1496432172&sr=1-1&keywords=make+room+make+room

The novel that Soylent Green is based on and a completely fantastic read, this is the one I discovered during half term. I’m not sure how faithful an adaptation the movie is because to date I haven’t seen the film. However I am converted into a Harry Harrison fan after reading the novel – a fantastic look at the overuse of resources and overpopulation that is still timely today.

edit  – I have now watched the movie – which is fantastic and eerily sinister in its famous twist – it has very little in common with the original novel. Both raise interesting questions but i think the novel edges it for the intelligence of the points it makes.

3) The Graduate by Charles webb https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graduate-RosettaBooks-Into-Film-ebook/dp/B003XRELYS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1496432350&sr=1-1&keywords=the+graduate

This is a novel I didnt know existed and another fascinating read. Again I can’t tell you how faithful the adaptation is because like a true bookgeek i’ve only read the novel so far. It is an interesting insight into relationships between lovers and families, that is very of its time.

4) Anything by Ira Levin – although my choice is Sliver https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sliver-Introduction-Jonathan-Ira-Levin-ebook/dp/B00GHK7992/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1496432518&sr=1-1&keywords=sliver

Ira Levin is the source of many movies including the stepford wives, boys from brazil and Rosemary’s baby but my favourite of his novels is probably Sliver a chilling story of obsession, although aparrently the movie adaptation of this is not that great. All of the novels mentioned here are well worth a read.

5) All you need is Kill by Ryosuke Takeuchi https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Need-Kill-Manga-manga/dp/1421576015/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496432789&sr=8-1&keywords=all+you+need+is+kill

This is what the movie live die repeat is based on and is also a novel – a fantastic story in manga form I wholeheartedly recommend this as a read once again I can’t vouch for the movie but the manga is awesome.

That’s my list but i’m sure there are many more people can think of and I’d be interested to hear your suggestions in the comments below.

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The Suicide plan by Emma L Clapperton

My turn on todays blog tour for the suicide plan by Emma L Clapperton, thanks to bloodhound books for the review copy.

this novella is about:

Standing up and welcoming everyone to the spiritualist church is something Patrick McLaughlin does most evenings. Most of the faces in the audience are familiar to him, except one. David Hopkirk walks into the West End Spiritualist church in Glasgow and slits his own throat in the middle of a demonstration. But why?

Patrick is then catapulted into a case, which sees the death of a child, a failed court case and a family torn apart.

Soon Patrick will have all the pieces of the puzzle but will he be able to fit them together in time?

My thoughts:

This is exactly the kind of novella that I would choose for myself, there is an excellent hint of the paranormal to it. Although Emma is a new author for me this wont be the last of her novels I will read.

I enjoyed the story it packs a lot into a small number of pages. Patrick is a believable character who is well drawn out. The balance of straight investigation combined with his abilities as a psychic is well done and I found his psychic abilities quite believable in the context of the novella.

The story is fascinating and all the characters are interesting which draws you into the investigation, i found this to be a read in one sitting type of novella and am eager to find out what happens with Patrick next. A solid 5* read for me.

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Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

I’d like to thank Orenda books for the opportunity to read a copy of Block 46 and for giving me the chance to take part in a blog tour for this book.

the book is about:

Evil remembers…

Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina.
Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s.
Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again.

Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald?

Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French truecrime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.

My thoughts:

This novel takes 2 very emotive subjects and handles them sensitively and well, their is discussion of concentration camps and their treatment of their internees and discussion of crimes against children. Both of these subjects can provoke very strong feelings in people especially if handled in an insensitive fashion even in fiction, the author is brave to take both of these on and to use them to the effect that she does in the novel whilst never crossing a line into bad taste.

I enjoyed reading Block 46 it never played out how I expected it to, which is really refreshing when you read as many crime novels as I do. I was continually surprised by the plot twists. I enjoyed how the characters developed and would be intrigued to read more in the series. Parts of the book are set in Sweden an area of the world I love and this setting was really bought to life by the author.

The characters in the novel were all really well developed and the insights into the antagonists minds were particularly disturbing and really helped build the tension in the story. My only criticism of the novel if it is one is that the 2 main protagonists have a big change in relationship at the end of the novel which isn’t particularly well explained so I was left wondering how  that development had happened. I’m sure if I go onto read more in the series this would be explained though and it didn’t detract from the book for me.

The novel has a slow start and seems to move through the story at a relatively gentle pace for the sheer terribleness of the crimes that occur, although this to me is what I’ve come to expect from novels set in Scandanavia, although the author is French. I felt that the pace of the novel was fine and was really in keeping with the story.

This is a new author for me and one I would definitely read again a 5* read for me.

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The Spy who chipped the china teacup

Angie Smith is an author I deeply admire for the sheer intelligence of her writing she can weave so many different threads together in a story it melts my brain. So I was over the moon when she was signed to Bloodhound books with a rerelease of the spy who chipped the china teacup.

Without further ado here’s the plot summary:

Arms dealing. Murder. Corruption. 

In Africa, Taylor Hudson reaches the stark realisation that she is in imminent danger.

Time is nearly up when, out of nowhere, she is thrown a lifeline.  Left with little option, she places her trust in a complete stranger. But who is this stranger and why the interest in saving her?

The answers lie 6,000 miles away, deep inside the British Secret Intelligence Service, where a former, disgraced, senior officer is attempting to work his way back into the heart of the organisation. But what are his real intentions?

What ensues is a deadly game of bluff, double-bluff and triple-bluff.

Can The China Teacup survive this time?

My thoughts:

I was privileged enough to read an early copy of this book and it has a lot to recommend it. For fans of Angie’s thrilling CXVI trilogy you meet up with old friends and meet new characters you will love to hate. If you are new to Angie’s writing then this can easily be read as a standalone.

This is an all action thriller with plenty of twists and turns, like i said in my point above I am in awe at how Angie deftly weaves all these threads together whilst maintaining an interesting story. The characters are really well developed and have so many shades of grey, that you’re not always sure who you should be rooting for or against. But above all in a thriller where action is key the characters don’t lose out they still seem to be very real people which is one of the key things that for me makes the novel stand head and shoulders above its competition.

I genuinely thought spy novels weren’t my thing until I discovered this series and I am a serious fangirl of Angie Smith now. There is also plenty of Angie’s trademark quirky humour throughout that lightens the moments as there are some quite dark scenes, this is not one for the fainthearted to read. However it is a gripping read in one sitting type of novel.

Angie smith for me is one of the best spy/high octane thriller writers out there, and I cannot recommend this novel enough, A 5*++++++ read for me.

 

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