The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury – Reviewed by Linda’s Book Bag

The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury – Reviewed by Linda’s Book Bag

Linda's Book Bag

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I’m delighted to be helping to celebrate the launch of The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury.

The Abattoir of Dreams was published by Bloodhound on 28th February 2017 and is available for purchase here.

The Abattoir of Dreams

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The past is never far away.

Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael was sent to Woodside Children’s Home.

Now an adult, Michael wakes up in hospital from a coma suffering from amnesia and paralysis. Confused and terrified, he is charged with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also learns he attempted to end his own life.

Detective Inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison. With no way of defending himself, Michael is left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand.

But then strange things begin to happen and his childhood comes…

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Reblog: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn – Reviewed by BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

Reblog: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn – Reviewed by BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

I WISH TO THANK RACHEL OF AUTHORIGHT FOR INVITING ME ON THIS BLOG TOUR FOR PORCELAIN : FLESH OF INNOCENTS BY LEE COCKBURN.

Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by [Cockburn, Lee]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks…

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Reblog: Cursed by Thomas Enger – Reviewed by Novel Gossip

Reblog: Cursed by Thomas Enger – Reviewed by Novel Gossip

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Goodreads|Amazon US|Amazon UK
Release date: February 15, 2017

Publisher: Orenda Books

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. With the loss of his son to…

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Reblog: Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick – Reviewed by THE WRITING GARNET

Reblog: Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick – Reviewed by THE WRITING GARNET

The Writing Garnet

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There really should be some sort of club for Bookouture addicts as they produce some FAB books from FAB authors, and I am hooked on their books! Can you tell that this book was published by Bookouture? Thrilled to be one of the two blogs that Frances Vick is stopping at today, especially as the other blogger is super lovely! For my stop, I will sharing my review of Frances Vick’s new release, Bad Little Girl.

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Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees…

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Reblog: Old Friends and New Enemies by Owen Mullen – Reviewed by ChapterInMyLife

Reblog: Old Friends and New Enemies by Owen Mullen – Reviewed by ChapterInMyLife

chapterinmylife: Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger

When #BloodhoundBooks contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in hosting a spot on the upcoming #BlogTour for Owen Mullen’s #OldFriendsNewEnemies I did not hesitate to say YES PLEASE! And when they then asked me to kick off the tour then you could hear the #SqueakyEEEEKS from miles away! Of course I wanted to and I was delighted to be involved in the relaunch of this #Cracking book! And as a special wee treat you will see that I have a video of Owen reading an excerpt from Old Friends and New Enemies! So for those who want to hear this in the dulcet Scottish dialect then get scrolling down and have a wee listen!

Old Friends And New Enemies: an explosive crime thriller by [Mullen, Owen]

What the blurb says:

“The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for. But it wasn’t a stranger. Ian Selkirk had been stabbed through the heart and dumped…

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Reblog: I See You by Clare Mackintosh – Reviewed by Novelgossip

Reblog: I See You by Clare Mackintosh – Reviewed by Novelgossip

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Goodreads|Amazon|Author Website
Release date: February 21, 2017

Publisher: Berkley Publishing

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Blurb:

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes–including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close…

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Reblog: Doll House by John Hunt – Reviewed by The Blonde Likes Books

Reblog: Doll House by John Hunt – Reviewed by The Blonde Likes Books

The Blonde Likes Books

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College freshman, Olivia, is kidnapped on her very first day at her new university. Trapped in a pink cell and treated like a doll, Olivia is repeatedly raped and tortured by her two captors. After five years of this, Olivia manages to escape, and is reunited with her dad. She is constantly on edge, because while one captor died…the other, known as The Jackal, is still out there, and no one knows who he is. Told through two perspectives, Olivia’s and The Jackal’s, Hunt weaves a story about a dark, chilling, cat and mouse game.

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Reblog: A Room Full of Killers by Michael Wood – Reviewed by mychestnutreadingtree

Reblog: A Room Full of Killers by Michael Wood – Reviewed by mychestnutreadingtree

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About this book…

Eight killers. One house. And the almost perfect murder…

Feared by the people of Sheffield, Starling House is home to some of Britain’s deadliest teenagers, still too young for prison. Now the building’s latest arrival, Ryan Asher, has been found brutally murdered – stabbed twelve times, left in a pool of blood.

When DCI Matilda Darke and her team investigate, they uncover the secrets of a house tainted by evil. Kate Moloney, the prison’s manager, is falling apart, the security system has been sabotaged, and neither the staff nor the inmates can be trusted.

There’s only one person Matilda believes is innocent, and he’s facing prison for the rest of his life. With time running out, she must solve the unsolvable to save a young man from his fate. And find a murderer in a house full of killers…

My review…

I just LOVE this series so…

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Reblog: Sealskin by Su Bristow – Reviewed by Linda’s Book Bag

Reblog: Sealskin by Su Bristow – Reviewed by Linda’s Book Bag

Linda's Book Bag

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There are insufficient words to thank Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books enough for a copy of Sealskin by Su Bristow in return for an honest review.

Sealskin was published by Orenda on 15th January 2017 and is available in ebook and paperback by following the publisher links here.

Sealskin

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What happens when magic collides with reality?

Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous … and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence?

Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the…

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Reblog: Blink by K. L. Slater – Reviewed by Novel Gossip

Reblog: Blink by K. L. Slater – Reviewed by Novel Gossip

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Goodreads|Amazon|Author Website
Release date: February 16, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Blurb:

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?


Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.


But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.


Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.


A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The…

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Reblog: Robbing the Dead by Tana Collins – Reviewed by BYTHELETTERBOOKREVIEWS

Reblog: Robbing the Dead by Tana Collins – Reviewed by BYTHELETTERBOOKREVIEWS

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In a small Scottish university town, what links a spate of horrible murders, a targeted bomb explosion and a lecturer’s disappearance? Is a terror group involved? If so, who is pulling the strings? And what does something that happened over forty years ago have to do with it?

Having recently returned to Castletown in the hope of winning back his estranged wife, DCI Jim Carruthers finds himself up to his eyes in the investigation.

Struggling with a very different personal problem, DS Andrea Fetcher assists Jim in the hunt for the murderous perpetrators. To prevent further violence they must find the answers quickly. But will Jim’s old adversary, terror expert McGhee, be a help or a hindrance?

The first in a new series featuring DCI Jim Carruthers

My Thoughts:

As stated in the description this is the first book in a new crime series.

The story starts off…

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Reblog: The Damselfly by SJI Holliday – Reviewed by BYTHELETTERBOOKREVIEWS

Reblog: The Damselfly by SJI Holliday – Reviewed by BYTHELETTERBOOKREVIEWS

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Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She’s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie’s luck runs out.

Her tragic death instead becomes the latest in a series of dark mysteries blighting the small town. The new school counsellor Polly McAllister, who has recently returned to Banktoun to make amends in her own personal life, is thrown in at the deep end as the pupils and staff come to terms with Katie’s death. And it’s not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets. Did Katie have enemies? Is her boyfriend really so squeaky clean? And who is her brother’s mysterious friend?

With Banktoun’s insular community inflamed…

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Reblog: The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel – Reviewed by damppebbles

Reblog: The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel – Reviewed by damppebbles

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the murder farm cover.jpg“A whole family has been murdere)d with a pickaxe. They were old Danner the farmer, an overbearing patriarch, his put-upon devoutly religious wife, and their daughter Barbara Spangler, whose husband Vincenz left her after fathering her daughter, Marianne. Also murdered was the Danners’ new maidservant, Marie, who was regarded as slightly simple. Despite the brutal nature of the killings and the small village where it has taken place, the police have no leads. Officially the crime is unsolved. And then a former resident returns home…The Murder Farm is an unconventional detective story. The author interweaves testament from the villagers, an oblique view of the murderer, occasional third-person narrative pieces and passages of pious devotion. The narrator leaves the village unaware of the truth, only the reader is able to reach the shattering conclusion.”

Yay! I’ve managed to read one of my own books for the first time in a while…

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Reblog: Stasi Wolf by David Young – Reviewed by THE BOOK REVIEW CAFÉ

Reblog: Stasi Wolf by David Young – Reviewed by THE BOOK REVIEW CAFÉ

The book review café

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Today I’m on the blog tour for Stasi Wolf by David Young, this is the second book in the series and was published by Bonnier Zaffre on the 9th February 2017.

The series begins in 1975 with Stasi Child, David’s critically-acclaimed debut which was an official Top Twenty paperback bestseller in The Bookseller, won the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2016, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

I have a fabulous guest post from David Young explaining why he hates rewriting and editing so without further ado………….

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Why I hate rewriting and edits (and what changed between the first and final drafts of Stasi Wolf)

Some writers love the editing process. I’m not one of them. I long for the day when the manuscript I present to my publishers comes back without any corrections or suggestions…

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