Book Review: Chloe: Never Forget @DanLaughey @rararesources @CreativiaPub #Book2

Book Review: Chloe: Never Forget  @DanLaughey @rararesources @CreativiaPub #Book2

Chloe: Never Forget

 

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An off-duty detective gunned down. A dead woman. A student missing, feared dead. And now, a former policeman in search of his past. All these people, dead or alive, have one thing in common. D.I. Carl Sant must discover what it is.

A series of cold-case enquiries leads D.I. Sant and his colleagues to investigate a botched assassination plot dating back to the 1980s. The deeper they dig into the case, the more secrets are revealed, including shocking connections to the infamous National Front.

Meanwhile, the memory of former P.C. Tanner, survivor of the assassination horror, is beginning to recover. Sant must find Tanner, and find out who is behind it all – before his superiors lose their rag and more lives are lost.

 

My Thoughts:

To my relief this novel starts off almost immediately after the 1st one finished.

A we in the middle of the case and our DI Saint is in the middle of the investigation, he has been warned off the Drysdale Case once but that isn’t going to stop him investigating both Chloe’s disappearance as well. Something is a miss and it all seems to relate to a police case in 1980’s when two officers were shot and killed. This book also carries a heavy undertone of police corruption, who is on the good side and who corrupt. Does this book give a huge nod to Line of Duty or am I reading to much into it?

Also during this book we start to hear more from who we later find out is PC Tanner who is struggling to remember what happened on that faithful day. He also seems to fill in some of the back story of what happened that night.

Where Is this Chloe, is she still alive, did she have that meeting with Drysdale on the night in question?

Mia is still on hand to help our DI in the right direction and I’d be keen to see if she becomes a reoccurring character in future books.

One thing I did enjoy about this book is the trip back down the memory lane of Leeds, where I was a student back in 04/08. I recognised some of the places that where mentioned in this book, though I know how much Leeds has changed since my trip there last year.

I am not sure what I felt about the ending of this book. There are a couple of twists in the end (as to be expected) but you can sort of tell that the author is hoping to lead onto a third book. Though after being left disappointed at the ending of the first book and this one not having as much of a cliff hanger. I don’t particularly feel drawn to reading the next one especially it I am going to left hanging AGAIN!

A good read, that tied up the loose ends from book 1, but left me with more threads waiting to be untangled.

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Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.

Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.

His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.

He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.

All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

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Book Review: How Not To Write Female Characters @bang2write @rararesources

Book Review: How Not To Write Female Characters @bang2write @rararesources

How Not To Write Female Characters

 

How Not To Write Female Characters by Lucy V. Hay

Female characters. When fifty per cent of your potential target audience is female, if you’re not writing them in your screenplay or novel? You’re making a BIG mistake!

But how should you approach your female characters? That’s the million-dollar question … After all, women in real life are complex, varied and flawed. Knowing where to start in creating three dimensional female characters for your story is extremely difficult.

So … perhaps it’s easier to figure out how NOT to write female characters?

Script editor, novelist and owner of the UK’s top screenwriting blog http://www.bang2write.com, Lucy V Hay has spent the last fifteen years reading the slush pile. She has learned to spot the patterns, pitfalls and general mistakes writers make when writing female characters – and why.

In How Not To Write Female Characters, Lucy outlines:

WHO your character is & how to avoid “classic” traps and pitfalls
WHAT mistakes writers typically make with female characters
WHERE you can find great female characters in produced and published content
WHEN to let go of gender politics and agendas
WHY female characters are more important than ever

Lucy is on a mission to improve your writing, as well as enable diverse voices and characters to rise to the top of the spec pile.

My Thoughts:

This is a short handy guide on how best to write female characters.

The author walks us through how to not fail into any of the common traps that authors fall into. The book also uses humor in places, to aid better understanding of where people get it wrong.

I shall be keeping this book at my side when I come to writing my WIP, making sure I avoid all the pit fails the author has mentioned and show my female characters in the best light.

This book is also currently FREE on Amazon, so quick grab it while you can.

 

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Lucy V. Hay is an author, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.  Lucy’s also the author of  WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS.

REVIEWS FOR LUCY V’S WRITING ADVICE:

‘A timely guide to creating original characters and reinvigorating tired storylines. ‘
– Debbie Moon, creator and showrunner, Wolfblood (BBC)

‘Lucy V. Hay nails it’
– Stephen Volk, BAFTA-winning screenwriter: Ghostwatch, Afterlife, The Awakening

‘Packed with practical and inspirational insights’
– Karol Griffiths, development consultant and script editor, clients include ITV, BBC, Warner Brothers

‘A top-notch, cutting-edge guide to writing and selling, not just practical but inspirational. Lucy’s distinctive voice infuses the entire journey. Quite brilliant. Here’s the woman who’ll help you make things happen.’
– Barbara Machin, award-winning writer & creator of Waking the Dead

‘Delivers the stirring call to arms that writers must not only write, but take their work to the next level themselves, making sacrifices and taking risks if they want to see their stories on screen.’
– Chris Jones, Filmmaker, Screenwriter & Creative Director at the London Screenwriters Festival

‘Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays is a must-read for any writer, producer or director looking to create (or in the process of creating) a thriller production. It could also be immensely useful for those generally curious about the genre or looking to learn more.’ – Film Doctor

‘Lucy V Hay explains what a script reader and editor’s role in filmmaking, tells you to work on your concepts and that dialogue is the last thing to work on in her new book.’ – Brit Flicks

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Book Review: Chloe: Lost Girl @DanLaughey @rararesources @CreativiaPub

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Chloe: Lost Girl

 

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A missing student. A gunned-down detective. A woman in fear for her life. All three are connected somehow.

Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his fellow officers get on the case. But what links the disappearance of a university student, the death of an off-duty police sergeant, and a professor reluctant to help them solve the case?

Their only clue is a sequence of numbers, etched by the police sergeant Dryden on a misty window moments before he breathed his last. Soon it becomes clear that Dryden’s clue has brought the past and present into a head-on collision with the very heart of Sant’s profession.

Racing against time, D.I. Sant must find out what’s behind the mysterious events – before the bodies start piling up.

 

My Thoughts:

Chloe gone girl, is most certainly a graphic novel. There is no doubt about that.

The death of Drysdale a police officer no one knows anything about at the beginning of the novel and the torture of another character later in the novel! All the gory bits are most definitely included. The author does not shy away from telling you how it is. And with the authors background he certainly does know what he is talking about in these scenes.

I loved DI Saint and his way of doing things, compared to his partner who does everything by the book, the textbook way. I loved the names chosen for the detectives, such as Chapstick! Though I did get a bit confused who was who in regards to the senior Detectives, to many of them maybe or I missed the organisation structure somewhere.

One thing I don’t understand about this book is why end the way it did? The second book does follow on and I am lucky enough to be reviewing this later this month. It left me kind of disappointed, I feel that if I had brought the first book I’d of felt cheated in away. Books that end with a cliffhanger I find disappointing but at least this one does have a follow on…

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Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.

Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.

His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.

He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.

All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

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Book Review: Kill for Me @RebeccaJBradley @DampPebbles #KillForMe #DIHannahRobbins #damppebblesblogtours

Book Review: Kill for Me @RebeccaJBradley @DampPebbles  #KillForMe #DIHannahRobbins #damppebblesblogtours

Kill For Me

 

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A deadly game. An unstoppable killer. The perfect alibi.

Lucy Anderson is late collecting her daughter from nursery. A mistake that could prove fatal.
Her daughter is gone and there is only one way Lucy can get her back. The ransom is simple, she has to kill someone…

And this is just the beginning. A deadly game with a domino effect has started as the real killer forces others to do his bidding.

Can detective inspector Hannah Robbins find the killer’s next puppet before they’re forced to strike or will this be the case where her opponent has found the perfect way to kill?

Pick up Kill For Me for impossible choices and moral dilemmas and see where you would fall.

For fans of Peter James and Angela Marsons

My Thoughts:

I love Rebecca Bradley’s books, I love her characters especially Hannah. I know when i read one of her books they will be full of detail of what really happens at a crime scene and the policing. I’ve also lived in Nottingham all my life so I know of many of the locations well.  With Rebecca being a retired police officer you know she knows her stuff you can see and feel the locations in the novel.

I love how she has found away to give her novels a new theme’s with Martin’s Asperger’s diagnoses. It has given the character more depth and something different to your every day police officer. This novel seems to also focus on how people can miss understand the signs of the illness as laziness or lack of interest at the task in hand. As Martin starts to have issues with a senior officer who is miss understanding the signs.

Rebecca is one of the authors I always recommend and look to for crime fiction readers.

 

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Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective. She lives in the UK with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.

She writes the DI Hannah Robbins police procedural series and has also released a standalone novel, Dead Blind, about a cop who acquires prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness.

To receive a free novella sign up to her readers’ club and you will be able to download the prequel to Hannah Robbins series. Find it on the blog at rebeccabradleycrime.com You’ll also be provided exclusive content and giveaways.

Rebecca also has a blog which is full of useful policing resources which you will find through the above link.

 

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Book Review: Injections of Insanity @lomace @rararesources @AccentPress #DISterling2

Book Review: Injections of Insanity @lomace @rararesources @AccentPress #DISterling2

The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow

 

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Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.

The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.

Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading injections of insanity by Lorraine. This book is the first i’ve read of the series but I wouldn’t have known it unless someone had told me.

What I really enjoyed about this novel is the stories that work along side the novel. It was nice to read about Pablo relationship with his wife breaking down but they left on good terms and his daughter seemed happy to. Not the usual screams and shouts you often read about when relationship ends.

This book is very focused on relationships how all the murders are connected. John and his relationship with his brother Andy and the bar man. Pablo’s relationships with all the main players in the novel. Daughter, ex wife, girlfriend and colleagues.

This is a procedural crime novel, my type of novel which i enjoy reading. I am very keen to look into the authors back catalogue to see how she handles other sensitive subjects. I also like the fact the sex scenes where closed door, you knew what was happening but you didn’t need to read the mechanics of it.

One thing that did disappoint was the writer referring to a female uniform office as a WPC and other out dated references to officers.

I thought it was very clever that the amount of mis direction that is also in this book, not wanting to give the ending away of course. But the police officers have to proper search for the suspect because they have no clue why this is happening or who is doing it.

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When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

You can read my recent Q&A with Lorraine Mace Here

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Book Review: The Curse of Ragmans Hollow @RAJartefact @rararesources

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The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow

 

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Just a walk in the countryside. What could possibly go wrong

Sam Jones’s grandmother is training him to be one of the Cunning Folk, like her, and exams are looming.

But Sam’s mother has holiday plans and drags him off to a remote cottage in the middle of nowhere for some country air.  No mobile phone, nettle soup and long walks are the rule. One such walk takes them to Ragman’s Hollow, a place the locals avoid with good reason.
It’s a place where people and animals go missing, never to be found.

That’s just superstitious nonsense, according to Sam’s mother. But there is no smoke without fire and Sam soon finds himself up against an old, very spiteful, and very tricky enemy.

He’s going to need every ounce of his cunning to stop the Ragman. But can he do it alone?

 

My Thoughts:

The kids and I really loved reading this book before bedtime.

This novel is very different to any others in its genre, it is set in the modern day but hidden behind the normality are strange going ons.

I loved the car journey with the Hollinghurst’s and how all the tech had to be left behind for the car journey.

I really loved Sam’s relationship with his Gran, and Sam’s mother’s relationship with her mum. Especially when telling Sam that they were leaving Gran behind and she wasn’t going on this holiday with them! You could tell by the authors writing that they were a real family and that he understood the family dynamics at play in these situations.

A really good read that I will be recommending and passing my copy of The Ragman’s Hollow on to my friends.

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Rhys A Jones was born in 1955 and grew up in a mining village in South Wales with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He managed to subdue his imagination long enough to carve out a career in medicine, writing whenever the chance arose.

The Merryweathers mysteries feature a boy and his more-than-meets-the-eye Granny Merryweather. The Curse of Wihtlea Barrows (previously the Dreables) and The Curse of Borage Doone have just been released as paperbacks with new covers and a new publisher (Wyrmwood). The third in the series entitled The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow is now available at last

Rhys is currently writing The Artefact Quintet featuring eleven-year-old Oz Chambers whose family inherits a ‘haunted’ house. His mother wants to leave, but Oz wants to unlock the house’s mysteries and uncovers a secret that will change his life forever.

Rhys also writes for adults as DC Farmer and Dylan Young

He has three grownup children who have emerged remarkably unscathed into adulthood. When not writing, he practices medicine and lives in darkest West Wales with his understanding (very) wife and dog.

Oh, and the Rhys is pronounced Reece–as in the actor Rhys Ifans of Mr Lovegood (Harry Potter) and The Lizard (The Amazing Spiderman) fame. Or perhaps it’s easier if you just think of Reece Witherspoon, though she is a lady.

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Book Review: The Controller @MattBrollyUK @damppebbles #TheController #LynchandRose #damppebblesblogtours

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The Controller

 

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From the bestselling author of the acclaimed DCI Lambert series comes The Controller, a gripping serial killer thriller introducing Sam Lynch and Special Agent Sandra Rose. 

It is six years since special agent Samuel Lynch left the FBI following the disappearance of his son, Daniel. Lynch believes an underground organisation known as The Railroad is responsible and has never stopped searching.

When Special Agent Sandra Rose investigates a house invasion gone wrong, she discovers the assailant has the legendary, and infamous, Railroad tattoo carved onto his back and he claims to know Daniel’s whereabouts.

Rose draws Lynch in to her case, and together they become embroiled in an unparalleled world of violence and evil.

It seems that to see his son again, Lynch will have to confront his greatest fear and face the ultimate test: an encounter with the Railroad’s enigmatic and deadly leader, The Controller.

My Thoughts:

THIS BOOK!

I really enjoyed reading this book and at times find it hard to put it down. Though it was unnecessary long in places I think it was to demonstrate that this story isn’t action packed over a week its a long slog for everyone involved.

I like all the characters and though Rose’s use of sex made me wonder what her intentions were. The pain of Lynch and his ex-wife Sally were obvious and clear through-out the novel. But Lynch’s determination to find his son when all others had stopped caring made me wonder if I’d be the same?

What lies ahead for Lynch and Rose and is there a way back for Lynch and his ex-wife. I suspect the controller will feature in future books as Lynch now has a new focus. Serial killer- Esque maybe?

A good start to a new series that I hope to be able to read more of in the future.

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Published by Oblong Books in ebook format on 24th May 2019

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Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.
He is the bestselling author of the DCI Lambert crime novels, Dead Eyed, Dead Lucky and Dead Embers. The fourth in the series, Dead Time, was released by Canelo in May 2018 and a prequel, Dead Water, will be published in September 2019. In 2020 the first of a new crime series set in the West Country of the UK will be released by Thomas and Mercer (Amazon Publishing).

The Controller, released in May 2019, is the first of a new thriller series set in Texas.

Matt also writes children’s books as M.J. Brolly. His first children’s book, The Sleeping Bug, was released by Oblong Books in December 2018.

Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children.

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