Book Review: One Last Prayer for the Rays by @MarkinWes @Rararesources #Review

Book Review: One Last Prayer for the Rays by @MarkinWes @Rararesources #Review

One Last Prayer for the Rays

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One Last Prayer for the Rays

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?

One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel but at times found it very slow at getting to the point.

For most of this novel we are reading the story through DCI Yorke’s his point of view. I liked that how the disappearance of Paul Ray had a knock-on effect to the whole community, not just those involved.

Generations of the Ray family have gone on to commit crimes in some way or another. In the novel the author seemingly tries to answer the question of is evil produced through nature or nurture.

This story shows how what has happened in the past and family history can affect those members of family who are still alive today.

This family has had such a big effect on the community that one of the officer’s has history with one of the suspects who comes back to haunt him and attempts to break up his fragile marriage that is seemingly on the rocks.

I kinda of felt that the guilty party, let themselves down at the last minute. Having planned the kidnapping and putting everything else into place they failed to prepare adequately for the show down with Lacey.

Can our main character DCI Yorke keep everything together and a grip on his young DC and stop him doing anything stupid?

This book was enjoyable and a fast paced read with hint of Thomas Harris “Hannibal” (the film) added into the mix.

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Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.
​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

​Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.​

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Book Review: Reach of Shadows by @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook #DIBliss #Review

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Recovering from injuries sustained in a road collision, DI Bliss is taken directly from hospital to a fresh crime scene and ordered to investigate the vicious stabbing and murder of Jade Coleman.

When Bliss realises the victim had reported being stalked, and that two of his own team had been drafted in to take her statement, he is given the unenviable task of interviewing both of his detectives.

Increasingly it appears that the stalker may be their killer. However, several other people soon become part of the team’s suspect list.

Bliss also finds himself being questioned about his own past, and has to battle to defend himself whilst continuing to investigate the murder.

Soon more questions arise.

Why would anybody target Jade Coleman?

Why are the team unable to identify the victim’s close female friend?

And why did Jade recently leave her job without any explanation?

With his work cut out, and his team under pressure, can Bliss solve the case before more victims show up?

Or will the shadows of his own past reach out and drag him under before he can succeed?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read by Tony J Fodler and I enjoyed it, through reading it I felt that this book was the ending of a series. Tying up lose ends so I’ll be interested to know if the author plans to continue this series?

I liked and could relate to the characters. Though DI Bliss is going through a tough time his team rally around him and almost carry him through the case. I could feel the depression and almost desperation the character felt when things were starting to spiral out of control. Part of me wished that the DI would take the offer of help from his team but I guess he is stuck in his own ways.

I especially enjoyed the relationship between DI Bliss his partner Penny Chandler. At times they came across more as father and daughter than partners but it works.

One criticism I did have though was at times the book seemed to drag on. Whether this is because I am more used to more “action” lead novels I don’t know. The novel served its purpose in passing time on the way to work especially since my change in transportation.

I will certainly be looking out for more books from Tony  and I’m certainly tempted to get hold of past DI Bliss and Detective Penny Chandler books.


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Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed, internationally best-selling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first three books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, and If Fear Wins, are now joined by The Reach of Shadows, published in January 2019.
Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone novel. Another book that was written as a stand-alone was Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. Before it had even been published, Tony had decided to write a sequel, and Cold Winter Sun was published in November 2018.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author.

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Book Review: The Ring of Gilly Wood by Ruth Bainister @SilverWoodBooks @rararesources #Middle-Grade

Book Review: The Ring of Gilly Wood by Ruth Bainister @SilverWoodBooks @rararesources #Middle-Grade

The Ring of Gilly Wood

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‘There he is,’ whispered Vixen. ‘It’s true then,’ said Buck Rabbit. ‘He’s just a small mole,’ said Doe Rabbit. ‘He’s not just a mole,’ said Vixen.  A great queen loses a ring. Hundreds of years later a ring slips onto the paw of a young mole. The mole grows to be a wise and trusted leader of Gilly Wood and all the animals that live there. But a great threat is coming. Can one small mole save a whole valley? Mole sets out to do just that with friends he makes along the way and the strange thing on his paw…



Our Thoughts

I liked the historical element at the beginning of the book, the story oof the ring and the queen visiting the town and just randomly swimming in the pond. You wouldn’t see that happening now days!!!!! How one of the character’s stole the said ring and as karma would have it never got to benefit from it.

The author also managed to show in the earlier parts of this novel how the food chain works out in the woods. There was a reason the moles were born to early, a reason why the vixen attacked the nest, that is how nature works. I was glad this wasn’t glossed over in getting to the point of the story of the mole and the ring.

Though this book is slow to get started which I think put my two off, if you stick with it you can see how the author hasn’t just given the mole the ring, the ring has been on a journey to get to the mole and he had to fight for survival himself.

A nice read, Sadly my two weren’t taken by the story but I enjoyed it all the same.


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Ruth was born on a hot August day on a farm in Sussex. Her English teacher once made her write a story about wasps after one landed on her during a lesson. She still hates wasps but she loves writing. Ruth now lives in Kent with her family and their strange dog.




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Book Review: #GalaxyGirl by @BevSmith612 @rararesources #giveaway #middle-grade #Debut

Book Review: #GalaxyGirl by @BevSmith612 @rararesources #giveaway #middle-grade #Debut


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You hate school. Your family is beyond annoying. Your only friend comes from a different planet, and she’s about to leave.

What’s a girl to do?

Fed up with life on Earth, Esme stows away on the spaceship taking Stella back to Planet Kratos.

So begins Esme’s adventure into a world beyond the stars. A world of strange creatures, thrilling journeys, heroic rescues and instant fame.

Oh, and school. Lots of school.

Along the way she discovers that friends may be greener on the other side, but they still can’t be trusted.

Millions and billions of light years away from Earth, she sets in motion a plan to escape. Unfortunately for her, they aren’t about to let their prize exhibit leave anytime soon…

Our Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading this book to my children at bedtime. Though they are both a bit to young to understand what a blog post is, (I am not even going to attempt to explain that) it has meant that the chapters are relatively short which is a godsend when you are reading before bedtime!

The book is very imaginative and I loved all the characters and the settings. I enjoyed how Galaxy Girl often referred things that were happening to her on the alien planet back to her family at home and her mother’s ex partners.

I was also fascinated by the planet earth exhibition and how someone would put something like that together if they weren’t from earth. Also the lengths of time that are short but when you are waiting for something to happen they can seem like a life time!

Alex (9): really likes that the girl goes to visit another planet. he also likes that she is documenting her journey in a blog post. (maybe he does know what one is)

Melanie (5): loves the bit about the pooh! choo-choo!

(note this happens at the beginning of the book and she still remembers is now! After everything else that happens.)

If you are looking for a book to snuggle up and read to your child at night this is no doubt one to look out for. I also hope that it finds it way into some schools and read out at the end of the day for storytime… As I know the kids will love it! As much as my two do!

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Bev Smith has been a secondary school teacher, saleswoman, waitress, wages clerk, youth worker and holiday park entertainments manager. She has scuba dived the Barrier Reef, lived in a village in Namibia, worked for a charity in Thailand, flown over Victoria Falls and paddled in the sea at Bournemouth.

Having single-parented her three daughters, she’s been ferociously playing catch up with this writing lark.  She recently completed a Masters in Writing for Children at Winchester University. #galaxygirl is her debut middle-grade book.

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Book Review: The Hollow Sky by @mseancoleman @rararesources #review #competition

Book Review: The Hollow Sky by @mseancoleman @rararesources #review #competition

The Hollow Sky


Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.

The next day, Jane died in her husband’s arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.

When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan’s house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.

Fascinated by Megan’s case, and needing a distraction, Ripley finds herself on Holy Island, off the coast of North Wales, caught up in an investigation that will prove more sinister and dangerous than she could have imagined. Ian is not the first person to complain about Megan and her supporters, but he seems to be the only one left alive. For now.

A Hollow Sky is the second Alex Ripley Mystery

My Thoughts

M Sean Coleman is one of my new favourite authors, hot off the release of The Cuckoo Tree comes The Hollow Sky. Another thrilling ride with Dr Alex Ripley investigating a young girl who is in a coma but she is said to possess the power of heeling sick people.

Dr Ripley is contacted by someone she recently met filming a television interview to promote her new book “Leap of Faith.” Ian’s wife Jane visited Megan and got up from her wheel chair and walked away from the house cued only to die days later in Ian’s arms, understandably Ian wants answers and is later arrested for tampering with Megan’s life support machines.

There is so much more to this story, As part of this same blog tour I read something by the author in regards to the small town mentality and this novel is no different as the town comes together to protect Megan and her gift. Though the deeper Alex looks into it the more she finds out that everything is all but what it seems with Megan and the people who are really behind what is going on.

I am loving how the author manages to get all the characters from a small town exactly right, the local police officer/s, The pub landlord, the town busy body, the church community and the town’s leaders. All these personalities make for exciting character’s going forward.

Though Alex is going from almost one case to another, I am glad to see we are slowly learning about Alex’s past and her missing husband who may have phoned her and appeared in a hallucination.

This book is beautifully written and I can’t understand why the author hasn’t been picked up by one of the big publishers or agents.

My review for The Cuckoo Wood can be found here.

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Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.

He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.

He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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