Book Review: Where The Snow Bleeds @WendyDranfield @RubyFiction @rararesources #DeanMatherson #Book2

Book Review: Where The Snow Bleeds @WendyDranfield @RubyFiction @rararesources #DeanMatherson #Book2

Where The Snow Bleeds

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“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”
Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist.

The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?

So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …

My Thoughts:

When the snow bleeds starts with the two main character Eva and Dean not forgetting his dog Rocky.

Dean is hiding from his past, while Eva is just coming back into the police force after losing her husband. These two seemingly different people end up coming together to investigate the disappearance of Hannah Walker and Jodie, who have vanished into thin air. A past police investigation had ruled that they have just upped and left of there own accord, but why is all there stuff still at the lodge if they left of their own accord something isn’t right and the pair begin their own investigation.

Though lodge and it’s location Lone Creek are hiding their own secrets.

I really enjoyed this book, but did get a bit frustrated with the length. This book is very much character driven. So though you get to “the exciting” bits and your only at 78%, this book tells the whole story about both of the main characters and not just all summed up in a epilogue. There are some laugh out loud moments that the girl on the tram discovered as I burst out laughing but I won’t spoil it for you…

I am really looking forward to the next part in this book and cant wait to find out what happens with Eva, Dean and of cause Rocky.

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Wendy is a former Coroner’s Assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband.

Who Cares If They Die and Where the Snow Bleeds are the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, with more on the way. As well as her crime thriller series, Wendy has written a YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – and she has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.

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Book Review: The Night Caller @JMHewitt @Bookouture #CarrieFlynn #BooksOnTour

The Night Caller

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Detective Carrie Flynn has spent twenty years searching for her little sister, who was kidnapped and never found. The worst part for Carrie is that she was with Hattie on that hot summer day. Carrie saw her sister’s abductor, but she was just a little girl herself, and remembers nothing. She will never forgive herself for letting Hattie down.

When the chance came to join the police force, Carrie didn’t hesitate. She would solve missing person cases and fight for justice – no more families stuck in limbo, no more grieving mothers, no more sisters growing up alone… But now a serial killer is stalking Carrie’s hometown of Manchester: late at night, people are going missing down at the canal. Six years, a dozen disappearances.

When another victim is taken, Carrie is sure the family is hiding something and she’s determined to find out the secret behind their silence. Why does the mother not want to answer Carrie’s questions? Who is the mysterious girl next door? Carrie knows that to track down the killer, she must find out everything she possibly can about the innocents they have chosen to hunt.

Carrie holds on to one fact: last year, standing by the water, she caught a glimpse of the killer, and the distinctive tattoo on his arm. He slipped through her fingers, but she won’t let it happen again. She’ll never stop searching, for the grieving families, for her belief in justice, and her hope that, one day, something she finds will lead her back to her lost little sister.

Can she finally solve the case that has cast a long shadow over her career and will the demons in her own past help her to catch this deadly killer?

If you love Val McDermid, Robert Dugoni or Angela Marsons you won’t be able to put down this dark and twisty thriller. J.M. Hewitt will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

My Thoughts:

I love J M Hewitt’s books, the first Exclusion Zone was in my top books read in 2016. I am also working my way through the audio book of this I LOVED it so much.

Then followed The Hunger Within it’s review can be found here.

J M Hewitt writes what I would call victim centred books, they don’t come with pages of police procedure like some crime book do. She focuses on the people that the crime has affected.

Someone is pushing people into the canal’s of Manchester, but they are not just pushing anyone they are targeting the homosexual community and also those who are operating in criminal circles.

Though the police have been trying to keep a lid on the drowning our lead detective Carrie Flinn is on to something. She is beginning to think that the pusher is two different people but she is keeping this to herself as she separates the files on her kitchen table. Carrie lives next to the canal and spends most night trying to spot someone.

Carrie has a partner Ben but there seems to be something between these two, whether he is careful of Carrie because of her past, or for some other reason I am sure we will find out in future novels.

While our detectives are trying to find who The Pusher is….

We meet the mother Emma whose son Jordan has disappeared and is thought to have possibly been pushed into the canal. But there is no body… Emma lives next door to Jade and her daughter Nia. There is a very strange set up and relationship between these two.

Through the book this set up is explained to us in a series of flash backs, everyone has their secrets and things that they don’t want the other person to know. Which leads to a complicated web of secrets. Plus what has the nosy neighbour over the road got to do with it all.

I really enjoyed this book and breif introduction to some new characters which we will hopefully follow in future. Now being published with Bookature J M Hewitt is at last being firmly pushed into the lime light she deserves.

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In contrast to the sometimes dark content of her books, she lives in a seaside town in Suffolk with her dog, Marley.

When she was ten years old she’d read all the books she owned, all those on her mother’s bookcase and everything the library had to offer. She decided the only course of action to take was to write her own stories. Thirty years later, she is still writing them.

 

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Book Review: Appetite For Risk @jackleavers @damppebbles #launchweekend

Book Review: Appetite For Risk @jackleavers @damppebbles #launchweekend

Appetite For Risk

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A fast-paced action thriller inspired by real events in the aftermath of the Iraq War.

With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way.

In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed.

As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book, though I felt was part autobiographical and part fiction.

The descriptions of the Iraq landscapes made me want to visit, almost like it was a tourist destination. Though I know from news reports that it is anything but.

Pierce is chasing his next big jackpot and Iraq seems like the ideal place to explore leaving his loving wife and children at home while he chases a pipe dream. Managing to get himself tangled up in a terrorist plot, that he has no choice but to help the secret service catch there man.

One bit that I think summed up Pierce’s life style completely is at the end, when he is like right my job here is done, I need to get to a meeting.

With Jack’s background and knowledge of the forces and their landscape I am sure he still has plenty more stories to tell, and I look forward to reading / hearing more.

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Jack Leavers is a former Royal Marine with over thirty-years’ experience working in the military, private security, corporate investigations, maritime counter-piracy, and risk management. His varied career has included numerous deployments to conflict zones around the world such as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, trouble spots in Africa, and the Somali pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean.

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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

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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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Published in ebook and audio formats on 14th February 2019

 

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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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