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Book Blitz – Ginger Snapped

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Congrats to Chloe Sunstone on the release of her exciting Cybercrime Thriller, Ginger Snapped!

Read on for more details, an exclusive excerpt, and a fantastic giveaway!

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Ginger Snapped: A Cybercrime Thriller with a Shocking Twist

Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018

Genre: Thriller

How does an amazing professional opportunity descend into a living nightmare?

Carefree Ginger’s motto of “Work Hard, Play Harder” shapes her life. So when her husband, Jake, gets a job offer on the other side of the country, she is up for the adventure.

But after Jake accepts the promotion, nothing is as expected. While Ginger remains in Cleveland to sell their house, she is plagued by strange prank calls, premonition-like nightmares, and the feeling that she is being watched. Is Jake’s new job putting her in danger?

Unfortunately, she ignores her intuition and soon finds herself face to face with a ruthless killer. Trapped in a deadly world of corporate corruption and murderous greed, she must overcome her own fears and rely on her wits if she plans to survive.

Although the first in the Ginger Gibson series, this is a standalone book.

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Excerpt

Oh No! I’m back. I am surrounded by inky black nothingness. The air is musty…damp, my nostrils fill with the smell of dank basement. Like in a haunted house, filled with saws and chains and bloody hooks, this is the perfect place for any psycho to hide his tools of the crazy trade. I’m trembling, from the all-encompassing fear, eating at every cell in my body.Where am I? My fingers search out for clues. Beneath me is a thin mattress on a hard surface. My head rests on a concrete-like pillow. My breathing escalates as the panic rises in my chest. I open my mouth to scream, but only a muted croak escapes. Over the thunder of my pounding heart, I hear a booming crack, a gunshot. I recognize the sound from a trip to the range with Jake years earlier.

I swing my legs over the side of my perch, thinking in my blind panic to run even though I cannot see. I can’t ignore this intense urge to flee. But my impulse is thwarted by an unknown restraint trapping my left arm, a rope? Panic has me in its grip. I gasp for air to fill my lungs but produce only whimpers and muted pleas.

A loud screech reverberates through the darkness. Rats? Oh, please, no rats! Could this get any worse? Hysterical, I yank relentlessly on the rope tethering me. With each tug, the line cuts deeper into my skin. My arm warms as blood seeps from the gouges, coating my hand and fingers. Behind me, the pounding sound of footsteps startles me. Before I can turn to confront my visitor, I feel the rush of air preceding the impact to the back of my head. A blaze of bright stars then, a different blackness envelopes me.

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About the Author

After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.

On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, and of course, reading. Her latest cybercrime mystery, Ginger Snapped, is available on Amazon.

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Blog Tour – A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas – plus Giveaway

A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas

by Henriette Gyland

A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas

Is there life after the circus has left town?

Circus performer Justine Belmont works with big cats, but when the circus is disbanded and the old lion is sold to a private menagerie at a stately home in Norfolk, she is asked to spend a few weeks settling him into his new environment. When she arrives at the estate, however, she receives a mixed welcome.

The groundsman Tom Yates resents her presence as he doesn’t feel he needs her help with the lion. He revises his opinion when he sees the bond between her and the big cat, and she and Tom grow closer, although Justine remains torn about her feelings for him. The lady of the house, Priscilla – who is married to the reclusive owner, Lord Brooks’s, grandson – is not so easily convinced. She perceives Justine as a threat for the male attention and her plans for the manor. And her two young daughters are a little too curious about the lion for their own good.

When unsettling events occur, Justine begins to wonder if there is more to Priscilla’s animosity than meets the eye. Can Justine keep herself and everyone else safe until it’s time for her to leave again and start a new life elsewhere?

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Excerpt

Justine has arrived at the stately home, and the lady of the house, Priscilla, is showing her where she’ll be staying while she’s here, a self-contained flat above the garages.

Priscilla opened the curtains in the bedroom to another French balcony and pointed across the yard. ‘Because the grounds are open to the public we have a small tearoom over there, in what used to be the old stables. Tom’s idea.’

She sighed again. Clearly not her idea.

Looking across at the red brick building, Justine noticed flowerpots and ornaments behind the windows of the stables. A shop sign with the single word ‘café’ hung above the double doors, and a blackboard outside proclaimed today’s specials, but Justine was too far away to make out what these were. An old-fashioned, stone mounting block in the corner of the yard outside the café was the only evidence that this building was once the stables. The sight of the mounting block made her frown – so tempting for a young child to clamber on and fall down onto the cobbles.

Memories of the countless times she’d suffered the humiliation of skinned knees coupled with Priscilla’s demonstrative sigh made her change the subject. ‘Is the estate in financial difficulties?’ she asked, even as she knew it wasn’t any of her business.

‘Whatever gave you that idea? Did Tom say that?’ Priscilla tilted her chin and looked down her slim, elegant nose.

‘Tom didn’t say very much at all.’

Priscilla sighed again. ‘Well, naturally it’s expensive to run an estate like this. Stonybrook is a national heritage and has to be safeguarded for future generations. So yes, we have to be careful. Which reminds me, we recently had to let one of the ladies serving in the café go, so when you’re not busy, perhaps you could make yourself useful over there.’

The words were delivered with a coquettish smile, but the steely look in Priscilla’s blue eyes told Justine she was being put in her place. Not that she minded helping out; Rexus didn’t demand around-the-clock care, and she’d rather be busy than not. It would help combat the feeling of loneliness that had begun to creep over her.

But it still rankled.

‘Of course,’ she said. ‘I’ll do whatever is necessary.’

Priscilla smiled again, and a snake would have looked friendlier. ‘I’m glad we understand each other. And, by the way, you need to be wary of Tom. The last thing he needs is someone else to mess up his life.’

Oh yes, they understood each other just fine; Justine was being kept out of the way in a Cinderella-like existence because Priscilla didn’t want any competition for the male attention, or for the position as first lady, but it puzzled Justine that Priscilla should think she had any plans in that direction.

It didn’t matter. She’d settle Rexus, and then she was out of here, handsome, red-haired groundsmen notwithstanding.

Author Bio 

Henriette Gyland grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt, fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.

Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist. Henriette recently began to pursue her writing in earnest winning the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Henriette lives in London.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Five Ladies Go Skiing

Five Ladies Go Skiing

by Karen Aldous

Five Ladies Go Skiing

A delightful new novel of love and friendship from Karen Aldous…

Ginny is alone now after losing her husband, so her friends (her F.L.O.W.E.R.S) decide with his first memorial imminent, learning to ski in the Swiss Alps would be a great distraction for her. What Ginny’s friends fail to add into the equation however, is their own distractions! The baggage they carry with them not only threatens their skiing but scales mountainous emotions throughout the trip. The questions then are…can their friendships survive, and can Ginny ever trust enough to love again?

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My Review

I so want to go skiing after reading this glorious book by Karen Aldous; the cover is fab-u-lous and the story – while a slow-burner at the start – soon develops into an absorbing read about a group of five friends in their sixties with a fair few secrets beneath those thermals, many of which are freed via copious amounts of alcohol and cheese fondue.

There are a lot of characters and backstory to contend with at the beginning, but I kind of like that. After all, people come with baggage, we’re not one-page resumes especially after sixty years. Hats off to the author for creating such rich details that span all emotions!

Ginny (the widow), Kim (from Oz), and Cathy seemed to play a greater part in the story, but aided and abetted in no uncertain terms by Lou and Angie.  Getting kitted out on day one was hilarious, but oh to have been with them on the nursery slopes as they faced real fears of a) messing up and b)letting the others down by being a burden in some way – it was a touching read. No-one wanted to be the wallflower that ruined the holiday for the others – and so, on they plowed!

The après-ski sessions, the Swiss village and the welcoming restaurateurs gave the story a real feel of authenticity (or maybe just sold me on the idea of a skiing holiday – not sure which is closest to the truth).

The essence of the story lay in the bonds shared by the five friends. Despite years of friendship amongst them, even they had a tendency to hold back now and then. For me, their angst and consideration for each other’s feelings proved that even with maturity, those same insecurities often considered the domain of the adolescents still existed albeit for different reasons.

It was a refreshing read, with complex characters who still knew how to have fun and challenge themselves. This was a story of love, friendship and “joie de vivre” set during the festive season, in a gorgeous environment. Touching and humorous, entertaining and motivational, this is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys women’s fiction that explores the hopes and dreams of real women who have already lived, laughed and loved – and who intend to do so for many more years to come.

About The Author

Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Much of Karen’s inspiration comes from her travels and meeting people. The UK, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and parts of the USA and Asia are just some you will experience in her books to date. However, wherever she goes, new characters emerge in ‘Karen’s World’ screaming at her to tell their stories; past or present. She loves to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two!

See more… http://www.karenaldous.co.uk/about-me/

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Mavis and Dot

Mavis and Dot

by Angela Petch

Mavis and Dot

A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.

All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.

Purchase Links

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My Review

Meet the newest odd couple on the block – or at least in Worthington-on-Sea! Mavis and Dot have both recently moved to the area, and when a Bridge game goes awry they head off to find a new place to “hang out” over tea and cake. The two are polar opposite in appearance, yet find they share a good rummage in a charity shop. While they have wildly different tastes – Dot is quite dowdy and practical, while Mavis is bolder and more flamboyant. Their “discoveries” prove the old adage that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

As they get to know each other better, they both clearly have a lot of heartache weighing them down. Of the two women, I much prefer Dot as a character – yes, she is stuffy, and yes, she harps on about her days in Africa and drinks Lapsang Souchong, yet for me, she is the one with the biggest heart. She is so welcoming to the couple she finds in the beach-house, and takes on their problems as if they are her own. Her own history is heart-breakingly sad. Mavis, in my eyes, is more shallow and selfish, but then again she is looking to make up for a life lived in the shadows – she has a Cinderella-type backstory, and is now looking for love in every encounter with every man she meets. (Personally, I couldn’t forgive her for neglecting Dot’s dog when suffering from a hangover from hell – but that says more about me than her 😉 )

Their antics are unconventional and original, and definitely unexpected. There’s a lot of humour here, that works well with the tragedies both have endured. That their unlikely friendship survives is testament to the layers of their personality that the author shares with us. They captivate, bewilder, overwhelm and amaze. A fun read.

3.5 stars from me, rounded up to 4 on Goodreads.

About the Author

A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.

In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.

“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.

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TUSCAN NOVELS

    “Tuscan Roots” (to be reissued by Bookouture in 2019) 

Now and Then in Tuscany” 

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Book Blitz – Without Hesitation (with Giveaway)

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Free book alert!!! To celebrate the newly released Painted Skies (Beyond Earth: Book Two) by Talia Jager, the first book in this series is available for free download! Read all about Without Hesitation, download your free copy, and enter the amazing giveaway below!

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Publication Date: June 16th, 2017

Genre: LGBT/ Sci-Fi/ Adventure

Synopsis:

Without Hesitation is set a thousand years in the future. Earth has become a wasteland. Humans traveled into space to colonize other suitable planets. Labels and stereotypes are a thing of the past and gender and sexual identity are as fluid as love as humans strive to survive. Here we meet Everleigh, the commander of her ship named Nirvana. She is under the control of an evil madman, Caspar, who keeps her family captive. He sends her to Valinor to abduct the Empress Akacia. When she arrives, she is taken back by Akacia’s beauty and when the Empress fights back, Everleigh realizes she has met her match.

**This book is an LGBTQ story with a female/ female relationship.**

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Excerpt

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“Oh, bugger!” she muttered from her dressing room.

“What?”

“I’m stuck.” She giggled. “I’m going to find the sales lady to help.”

“No! I’ll help. Open your door.”

A few seconds passed before I heard the lock click. She opened the door and I walked in and locked it behind me.

“Zipper’s stuck.” She moved her hair so I could see.

I struggled with the zipper for a minute before working it loose. I pulled it down exposing the intricate tattoos down her back. “Wow…”

Pink flamed her cheeks. “Phases of our moon, Oro.”

I trailed my fingers down her back and she shuddered. It took everything in me not to lean in and kiss her. Our eyes met in the mirror. Her blue eyes were wide with curiosity and bright with anticipation. She tilted her head to the side just enough to expose the long line of her neck and that made my heart speed out of control. I closed the small space between us and let my lips touch her skin. Her breath hitched. She was so warm, so soft, and so perfect.

My lips trailed soft kisses up to her ear, she trembled and let out a low moan. I circled her waist with one arm to steady her. My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my body. Every inch of my skin warmed.

Akacia turned so that we were face to face and her hand came up to cup my cheek. I rested my hands on her waist. Her gaze darted from my eyes to my lips. She muttered something about hesitation and then her soft, supple lips were on mine.

It was my turn to be surprised. Nobody had ever been so bold, but I was only startled for a beat before I seized her lips and deepened the kiss.

When Akacia pulled away the tiniest of moans escaped my mouth. A smile played on her lips that I swear tasted like honey. She tangled her hands in my hair at the back of my neck.

There was a knock on the door. “Do you need help?”

Akacia giggled and I answered, “No. Just another minute.”

-Without Horizons

About the Author

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Talia is no stranger to labels and judgment. She has slowly been developing her voice for those who need help speaking up. She believes that someday labels will be a thing of the past, that sexuality will be fluid, love will be love, and mental illness will be handled with love and care.

Talia is an author with fifteen books published including: Damaged: Natalie’s Story, Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy, If I Die Young, Secret Bloodline, Lost and Found, The Gifted Teens Series, The Between Worlds Series and The Beyond Earth Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking red rocks or sitting on the beach with a Kindle in her hands and her toes in the ocean.

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Blog Blitz ‘n’ Book Review – Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand

by Rachel McLean

Divided We Stand

Britain is a country under surveillance. Neighbours spy on neighbours. Schools enforce loyalty to the state. And children are encouraged to inform on their parents.

Disgraced MP Jennifer Sinclair has earned her freedom but returns home to find everything changed.

Rita Gurumurthy has been sent to a high security prison. When a sympathetic guard helps her escape she becomes a fugitive, forced to go into hiding.

To reunite her family and win freedom for her son and her friend, Jennifer must challenge her old colleague and rival, the new Prime Minister Catherine Moore.

Will Catherine listen to reason and remove the country from its yoke of fear and suspicion? Or will Jennifer have to reveal the secret only she knows about Catherine, and risk plunging the country into turmoil?

I’ve come to expect a lot from Rachel McLean as an author, and she never disappoints. This third book in the Division Bell trilogy is every much the “David vs Goliath” story as its predecessors. In the current times of political uncertainty (or should that  be “insanity”?) she takes the reader on another captivating, white-knuckle ride.

You too will be screaming at the pages, begging for the cavalry. It’s escapism into a world that is not so far-fetched from our present reality, where you will be black and blue from pinching yourself to check it’s not from the non-fiction shelf.

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My Review

I admit to being a huge fan of trilogies – and having read books 1 and 2 in this series, there was no way on the planet I was going to miss this one.

The story picks up with Jennifer Sinclair – former Birmingham MP and Cabinet Minister returning home to an empty house after having been arrested for sheltering her supposedly terrorist-inclined son and hiding him from the authorities. She returns to Brum to see citizens hostile to a young Muslim woman. Challenging them, she hears of another terrorist act having been committed in the city. Concern for her own family overwhelms her and she fears for their safety in this new extreme anti-Muslim world.

In her own street, curtains twitch as she arrives at her front door where a CCTV camera is now focused on her house.

Neighbours are wary of her, unwilling to be seen in public with her. So much has happened while she has been “indisposed” at the British Values Centre, and none of it for the good of the people.

The other main protagonist from book two – Rita Gurumurthy – is on her way to a new facility when a car accident gives her the chance to escape. But where can she go, and how long can she survive without being spotted and returned to the hell-hole that left her battered and bruised both physically and mentally?

The plight of the two women to tell their stories to the world without risking further harm continues.

Jennifer finally catches up with her husband and youngest son, Hassan, but there is still no news of Samir.

Rita sees her boyfriend taken from his home by police as she crawls her way into Worcester, starving, cold and scared to death.

Their diligence and courage to stand up to the new status quo is both heart-warming and troubling. Conflict and hostility surface at every opportunity; it seems there is no way for the truth to be told as a result of too many cover-ups, secrets and lies in the corridors of power.

This is another gripping thriller, highlighting the impact of how fear can turn neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend, and all in the name of power.

In all honesty, this story freaked me out somewhat due to the comparisons that can be drawn with our current political landscape. Scary, thought-provoking, gritty and almost voyeuristic in its potential reality.

Another winner!

About the Author

I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

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Book Promo – The Janitor & The Spy

The Janitor & The Spy

by S. W. Ellenwood

This is a two-part blog tour, here – as promised – is the first in the series:

The Janitor and the Spy

Baby wipes are not the best at cleaning up blood or what happened to Thornhill in Amsterdam.

They told Thornhill it would be a simple spy mission that he was more than eager to take on, but of course, it wasn’t.

It didn’t take long after meeting the contact for Thornhill to question if he or anyone else connected to him was going to be able to make it out of Amsterdam alive. Passing strangers on the streets became potential hitmen and dinner with criminals became safe havens as Thornhill seeks to find answers from an old man named Golay.

 

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janitor-Spy-Thornhill-Book-ebook/dp/B013KNYGVC/

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About the Author

S. W. Ellenwood is thankful to have a close-knit family of two parents, a brother, and two sisters.

A homeschooler who graduated college from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Ellenwood loves all forms and genres of stories and was inspired by  The Lord of the Rings films and his parents to write.

You can find Ellenwood writing his next novel at the local coffee shops or playing table top games with his best friends.

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Book Promo – The Dragon & The Lumberjack

The Dragon & The Lumberjack

by S. W. Ellenwood

 

This is a two-part blog tour, and somehow I’ve managed to sign up for part two first.

So, read on, but bear in mind that part one will be posted tomorrow!

Without further ado …

The Dragon and the Lumberjack

Thomas feared he played Jack too well…

The sequel to S. W. Ellenwood’s debut novel, The Janitor and the Spy, picks up six months after Thomas Thornhill’s nightmare mission in Amsterdam. On his own, he now goes under the alias of Jack Montferrand and seeks to gain entry into the oldest and most dangerous triad in Asia to find Them.

On the inside, he found the triad not as stable as he thought, forcing him to prove his trust and worth to them at every turn as new rivals sprout up. He plunges his hands deeper into the filth and the alias of Jack where he starts to wonder where Thomas ends and Jack begins.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Lumberjack-Thornhill-Book-ebook/dp/B07JFCHTD4

US – https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Lumberjack-Thornhill-Book-ebook/dp/B07JFCHTD4

About the Author

S. W. Ellenwood is thankful to have a close-knit family of two parents, a brother, and two sisters.

A homeschooler who graduated college from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Ellenwood loves all forms and genres of stories and was inspired by  The Lord of the Rings films and his parents to write.

You can find Ellenwood writing his next novel at the local coffee shops or playing table top games with his best friends.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/swellenwood

Website: http://www.swellenwood.com/

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – The Fourth Victim

The Fourth Victim

by John Mead

The Fourth Victim

Whitechapel is being gentrified. The many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of peace, tranquility and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder.

Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Matthew Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight.  And, it looks as if the inspector is already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with her head bashed in, down to a mugging gone wrong.  The victim deserves more. However, the inspector isn’t ruling anything out – the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer.

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My Review

This is the first book I’ve read by John Mead, and highly original it is too.

With your everyday whodunnit (or police procedural) as his core theme, he takes the reader right into the story. With the three killings early on, it’s up to the investigative team to find the killer – but, of course, it’s not going to be an open and shut case.

Mead does a great job at getting to the bottom of what makes certain characters tick; his own confession to being a people watcher makes that abundantly clear. The police team struggle with the daily norms of everyday life (problems at home, family issues, job prospects etc) which gives them credibility (although there is a tendency to focus a tad too much on the characters flaws outside of the case). We also see the intricate workings of a case in action, from the intense scrutiny of cases, the inevitable missed opportunities, dealing with grieving families, and the consistent need to be one step ahead of the perpetrators.

Add into that a suspect with a multiple personality disorder, and you have a swarm of characters vying for your attention. It is sometimes hard to keep track of who is thinking or speaking, as the flow of the text is choppy at best in parts. However, it offers an original take on a tried-and-trusted story-line.

Despite working out who was the dominant force behind the killings early on, it was interesting to see how the author brought it all together at the end. An interesting, satisfying and original story that kept me scrolling – if only to be proved right! 😉

If you enjoy a good whodunnit with an imaginative plot, then this is the book for you.

About the author

Born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built. I was the first pupil from my local secondary modern school to attend university.

I have travelled extensively during my life from America to Tibet. I enjoy going to the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that I am an avid ‘people watcher’ and love to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. 

Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in my novels are based on real incidents and people I have come across. Although I have allowed myself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.

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