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Mysteries with Humour – A Giveaway!

Today, I have a fun surprise to share with you…

I’ve teamed up with 30+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Mysteries with Humo(u)r series starters to 2 lucky winners!

Oh, and did I mention the Grand Prize winner gets a BRAND NEW eReader? 😁

You can win my novel Just a Simple Little Holiday,

plus books from authors like Eliza Watson and Zara Keane.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here 👉 bit.ly/HumorousMysteries-Oct2020

Good luck and enjoy!

Thanks for reading,

A to Z challenge · Algarve · mystery · Portugal · short story · suspense · The Fifth Wheel

A is for … The Algarve

The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost province, is the setting for my prequel, The Fifth Wheel, and the main story, Courting Danger, which is to be released this summer. With a mild climate, warmer water and a calmer sea than the rest of Portugal, it’s the perfect holiday destination.

 

Or so the girls thought.

Well, you would too – wouldn’t you?

With a stunning villa at their disposal, sandy beaches surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs, fabulous restaurants —even grabbing a few sardines on the beach is a gourmet experience for the taste buds—superb shopping and a host of bars and activities, this was meant to be a holiday bar none.

Which, indeed it was. But in all the wrong ways.

Most of us are not the desired prey of a manipulative psychopath, intent on making his victim suffer—and ultimately die.

Fern Mortimer is the target.

Jorge wants her dead.

Amidst the beautiful scenery and mouthwatering meals, the sunshine casts its shadows upon a deadly deed.

The Fifth Wheel – a Prequel is a suspenseful thriller in short story form, setting the scene  for the main event.

Fern Mortimer has mastered the art of being invisible.
Since a hit and run accident five years ago left her wheelchair-bound, she has become a recluse in her parents’ home.
After finally venturing back into the real world, she struggles to make friends and trust anyone. Getting the nickname of The Ice Queen at her new place of work does little to build her confidence.
However, one young woman, Nessa Sullivan, sees through Fern’s mask and is determined to be her friend. A mission that only months later sees Fern joining Nessa and three others on a well-deserved and much-needed holiday to the Portuguese Algarve.
During the holiday, Fern is seduced by a handsome restaurant manager, raising her mood and her hopes of a romantic entanglement whilst also robbing her of her usual common sense and sound judgement.

So, why is her wheelchair now lying capsized in the infinity pool and a body is spotted out at sea?
Where is Fern Mortimer?

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The Fifth Wheel is a prequel to Courting Danger and The Blackleaf Agency Series

If this whets your appetite, you can get your copy here.

Alternatively, take a trip to the Algarve and enjoy this beautiful resort for yourself.

Murder is not on the itinerary—unless you’re a reader 🙂

Featured Author - Amy Reade · Mystery Authors International · The house on Candlewick Lane

Featured Author – Amy Reade

As part of the Mystery Authors International group, (#MysteryAI), each month I’m going to feature one of our members and share some of their books, links and maybe even an insight into their writing life.

Amy Reade is the first to take the spotlight, with her latest novel, to be released on February 7th,  The House on Candlewick Lane. amy-reade

USA Today bestselling author Amy M. Reade is a recovering lawyer living in southern New Jersey. The House on Candlewick Lane is the first of The Malice Novels, Amy’s gothic suspense series set in the United Kingdom. The second book in the series, Highland Peril, will be released in the fall of 2017. She is currently at work on the third book. Amy is also the author of Secrets of Hallstead House, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of Hanging Jade, all standalones. She loves reading, cooking, and traveling.

And, talking of The House on Candlewick Lane, here’s a short excerpt:

I must have fallen asleep, because I sat up with a start, not remembering where I was. But after a second it all came back to me in a rush of fear and indignation. I was sitting on the twin bed. It was hot. My hair stuck to the back of my neck and my forehead. Gray light forced its way into the room through the small window that overlooked the fields behind the house on Candlewick Lane. The rain was still falling, smearing the glass. I wondered where Neill was. I knew pounding on the door would be no use, but I had to do something. I had to try. My fists bore the bruises from my earlier futile attempts to be heard. There was nothing to do but wait to be released from this tower prison. Someone had to let me go.

They couldn’t keep me here forever.

To follow Amy, you can take your pick of every Social Media option going. Pick one, pick them all  – you don’t want to miss out, do you?

Website: www.amymreade.com

Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/AmyMReadesGothicFictionFans/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/readeandwrite

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/amreade

Instagram: www.instagram.com/amymreade

In the meantime, here’s a few words from Amy:

I came up with the idea for this book while on vacation in Scotland. The country is so different from my little corner of the world. The lochs, the mountains, the villages and the sea are never far from one’s imagination in such a rugged and beautiful place, and the capital, Edinburgh, is a wondrous city where the cosmopolitan culture of today is closely connected to the regal, artistic, and intellectual heritage of yesterday.

One thing that always fascinates me is that we can never really know what goes on behind someone else’s closed doors. Every family has something, whether it be a secret, an embarrassing circumstance, or an entire façade, that they don’t share with the rest of the world. It could be a financial problem, a marital issue, a drug habit—anything. In The House on Candlewick Lane I wanted to explore one family’s secret (or secrets), hidden behind the walls of an old house that fits in with its stony, cold landscape at the outskirts of a small Scottish village.

Having done an internship at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children many years ago, I have always been under the strong sway of the topic of familial abduction. In addition to the excitement of uncovering family secrets, The House on Candlewick Lane touches on the issue of non-custodial parental abduction in a way that sees justice served while addressing the custodial parent’s frustration and anguish.

 Good luck, Amy.

It looks like a best-seller to me.

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Variety is good …..especially in books!

I  haven’t posted any  book reviews for a while, simply because I haven’t been reading as much as usual. Yes, guilty as charged – I have neglected my reading list in favour of new projects, destined to make me rich (ha, I should be so lucky!) Anyway, I have since seen the error of my ways and have returned to the sunny spot in the garden, armed with my kindle and within easy reach of the teapot. Normal service has been resumed – and it feels good.

Anxious to make up for lost time, I embarked on a mission to make a proper dent in my ‘to be read’ list, as I have already added more books, so it was time to redress the balance. I was very methodical and refused to be tempted by those new additions, I scrolled back through the list to find a couple that would have been wearing a thin coating of dust, had they been traditional physical books.

The first one under review is: Poison Pill by Glenn Kaplan (I gave this 3 stars)

POISONPILL

Viktor Volkov is a user, he uses anyone  to get want he wants and is not averse to using bribery, blackmail and even murder if necessary. A Russian oligarch, he seeks approval and acceptance from those in power, but wants more – always more. This time he is behind a takeover bid for a pharmaceutical company, Percival & Baxter, in search of a chemical compound to further increase his wealth. His methods are more than unethical, as he ‘arranges’ for one of the company’s current best-selling products to be poisoned and thus causing deaths and fear amongst both  the general public and the shareholders. As a result, the stock tumbles and allows him to bid for the company at a heavily reduced price.  However, the deal is being fronted by the ex-husband of the current CEO, himself a victim of blackmail and reluctant to sink to the depths required by the power-crazed Volkov. This leads to cracks appearing in the bid process, which are discovered eventually by the technical team at the company, but not before Volkov’s own daughter turns against him. She has witnessed his dealings many times, but when he forces his will on her life, she is beyond enraged and sets out to destroy him herself. 

The story has all the ingredients of a great mystery, although maybe it could be too predictable in its stereotypes. There is plenty of animosity on all sides, but Volkov’s mistake lies in his own belief that he has full control of the situation. When he interferes in his daughter’s life and takes the decision to terminate her pregnancy against her will, he unwittingly seals his own fate. As a young woman of immense wealth, accustomed to consorting with people in authority, she is able to dismantle his empire with the help of a fellow rich kid, Peter, who just happens to be the son of the CEO and the blackmailed frontman. Peter is seduced into helping her, his typical teenage lifestyle has been filled with video games and computers, giving him the skills to hack into his mother’s company and get evidence to incriminate Volkov. His only concern is to clear his father of any blame.

All in all, the plot has many interesting and unexpected elements, it flows quickly and creates plenty of suspense. At times, it does seem a little far-fetched and the findings made by Peter come a little too easily. However, it’s a fascinating story of good versus evil and shows how fragile the familial ties can be when stretched to the limit.

If you like a good mystery, suspense and revenge, then this is definitely worth a read.

My next review will follow immediately, I meant what I said about making up for lost time! Read on, please 🙂

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A mind-altering read…

Remnant truths

William D. Colella

remnant truths

Another book review, but this time more than just a story, this book is an education all by itself – LOVED IT!

Rating 4,5

Genre: Thriller/Sci-Fi

Summary:

On the heels of a breakup with her fiance, pharmacology graduate student Candice Lamont discovers an ancient process to reveal hidden truths and facilitate the sharing of human memories, a process that utilizes remnant traces of fossilized medicinal flora found only in select areas of the southwestern desert. The visions she’s had as a result reveal things about her former fiance, a prior boyfriend named Justin, and her best friend, Brenda, who is a journalist working the political beat for a newspaper in Los Angeles. Candice sets out to acquire more evidence about the process of revealing hidden truths, a journey which takes her to the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert and a small town built near a mysterious fossil excavation site. Candice soon learns more than she ever wanted to know about her friend, former lovers, corporate corruption, and the unsettling changes she must make in her own life to grow and succeed.

Setting:

In a town that doesn’t exist on the GPS, where all communication to the rest of the country is monitored and controlled, a scientific research facility works on techniques to read the memories of others, without their permission, under the guise of helping psychologically damaged individuals. Linking the worlds of paleontology and pharmacology with psychology , this story is, at times, heavy on terminology, but it is so well described that you can follow the plot effortlessly. Admittedly, you can learn a thing or two here, but the overwhelming desire is to work out the mystery that is causing all of the inhabitants to fall sick.

Writing:

There are some long paragraphs in this story, and the level of detail is incredible, leaving the reader breathless in more ways than one.  The characters are well-defined and believable. Although at the outset it is sometimes difficult to empathize with the characters, as the story develops so do their personalities. The style of writing is very effective, lurching from witty to sad and frequently to threatening and tense. The pace picks up speed in the second half and left me racing to the end.

My thoughts:

I totally enjoyed this book, the revelation of what was actually happening in this town was a slow-burner, the author drip-feeds several hints to cause doubt and confusion. When the truth is made known, the reality is all too believable, and therefore scary. A good tale, when the bad guys get a taste of their own evil brand of medicine, yet it still leaves me with a sense of foreboding that somewhere in the world, these thought-readings skills are being developed, for all of the wrong reasons.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves psychological mysteries. But you knew I was going to say that, didn’t you?