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“Turncoat: A person who deserts one party or cause in order to join an opposing one”

Thank you to Anne Cater, No Exit Press, Anthony J Quinn and Random Things Tours for having me on the Turncoat Blog Tour. It has been a blast!

Sypnosis

The sole survivor of a murderous ambush, a Belfast police detective is forced into a desperate search for a mysterious informer that takes him to a holy island on Lough Derg, a place shrouded in strange mists and hazy rain, where nothing is as it first appears to be.

A keeper of secrets and a purveyor of lies, the detective finds himself surrounded by enemies disguised as pilgrims, and is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the purgatorial island, where he is forced to confront a series of disturbing secrets and ghosts in his own life.

Author Biography

Quinn is an Irish writer and journalist. His nine novels have received critical acclaim from the Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Express, Der Spiegel, The Irish Times and the Irish Independent. His debut novel Disappeared was shortlisted for a Strand Literary Award in the United States by the book critics of the San Francisco Chronicle, The LA Times, The Washington Post and other US newspapers. It was also listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the top ten thrillers of 2012. After its UK publication in 2014, Disappeared was selected by the Daily Mail and The Sunday Times as one of the Best Novels of the Year. It was also long-listed for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. His short stories have twice been shortlisted for a Hennessy/New Irish Writing award. In 2014, he was awarded an ACES bursary for literature from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. He lives in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, with his wife, Clare, and their four children. He is represented by Paul Feldstein of the Feldstein Literary Agency.

Review

I thought this story was mysterious, compelling and graphically violent…..I thought it was tremendous.

I grew up in a time when the trouble in Ireland were always on the news. It struck me how realistic this story actually was. The paranoia, suspicion and self doubt about you, even as a Police Officer, left you with not a leg to stand on especially once you read the opening scene.

The use of language to describe the landscape and thoughts the character was having were a joy to behold. It allowed me to be inside the head of the protagonist. Also it allowed me to visualise, hear and smell where the story was set. Now that is saying something! It really does explore the complexities of the human condition.

It was moving and difficult to read at tines. Not because it was a poor story, but because actually it is rather close to home. The writer has done a fantastic piece of work. I can absolutely see why he wins so much acclaim.

Yes it thrills and yes it twists, but at the same time it gives you pause to reflect.

Fantastic work and I absolutely recommend this to you.

Cheers

Ben

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“When the Darkness comes hear the Whispers in the Dark” Skillet

Thank you to Red Dog Press, Meggy Roussel for the gifted ebook and Chris MacDonald for letting me take part in the Whispers in the Dark Blog Tour. Loved this one.

Sypnosis

Who will heed the call when Death comes whispering?

Small time drug dealer, Marcus Stone and DCI Clive Burston had never met until one night in August. By the end of that night, both had been shot dead in a small bedroom in the heart of gang territory.

DI Erika Piper is called to the scene but is at a loss to explain what’s happened. How did these two even meet, let alone end up dead in what appears to be a strange murder-suicide? As Erika leads the investigation, another two bodies are found, killed in a similar fashion. One murder, one suicide. But who is controlling this macabre puppet show?

As Erika delves deeper into the lives of the dead, the pieces begin to fit together and a number of nefarious characters crawl out of the woodwork – one of whom is almost certainly pulling the strings.

A catastrophic event and a personal miracle threaten to derail the investigation. Erika must find the strength to continue, before the whispers catch up with her too…

Author Biography

Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime. A Wash of Black is his first attempt at writing a book. He came up with the initial idea whilst feeding his baby in the middle of the night, which may not be the best thing to admit, considering the content. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs. Whispers in the Dark is the second installment in the DI Erika Piper series, and Chris is currently working on his latest series, The Stonebridge Mysteries, to be published by Red Dog Press in 2021.

Review

Wow where to start! This guy is seriously an emerging talent. I loved the first installment of the DI Erika Piper series A Wash of Black. This one I feel is even better….just my opinion!

There is pain and there is joy and of course there is crime and thrills! I absolutely loved it. Dark, sinister, twisty and full of surprise. The plot drives you forward with an emotive impulse to find out more. The hook at the beginning literally reels you in like a tuna on the end of a line! It switches from past to present expertly. Without giving too much away!

The character Erika Piper herself is likeable, funny, albeit damaged she comes across as someone you could have a laugh with and a good tear up! She is down to earth and I suspect drink pints! Brilliantly developed and I look forward to reading more about her.

There are of course dark moments so be warned. Suicide is not an easy topic something which I experience in my line of work. However, he gets the trauma of this across effortlessly and the involvement of services shows he has a keen observational eye.

The pace of this novel is quick as the first. You are left gasping for breath at times and I would say I was furiously turning the pages….however it was on a kindle so I was swiftly swiping right desperate for more.

I am keen to share so much more about this wonderful series, however; you really should just pick it up to be fully immersed in the pain and the atrocity as well as the humour that is interwoven throughout the story.

I highly recommend this to you.

Cheers

Ben

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Mystery, Intrigue and Treachery #BaghdadCentral #Crime #Thriller #Mystery #MissingPerson #choppercrimebooks Twitter: @chopcrimebooks @AbuMrouj @bitterlemonpub @RandomTTours

” The one thing that is braver each day than I is my sense of self-preservation It moves not, and stands not, unless it is driven by something” – Elliott Colla (2014)

Sypnosis

Baghdad Central is a noir debut novel set in Baghdad in September 2003. The US occupation of Iraq is a swamp of incompetence and self-delusion.

The CPA has disbanded the Iraqi army and police as a consequence of its paranoid policy of de-Ba’athification of Iraqi society. Tales of hubris and reality-denial abound, culminating in Washington hailing the mess a glorious “mission accomplished.”

Inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji is a mid-level Iraqi cop who deserted his post back in April. Khafaji has lived long enough in pre- and post-Saddam Iraq to know that clinging on to anything but poetry and his daughter, Mrouj, is asking for trouble. Nabbed by the Americans and imprisoned in Abu Ghraib, Khafaji is offered one way out—work for the CPA to rebuild the Iraqi Police Services. But it’s only after United States forces take Mrouj that he figures out a way to make his collaboration palatable, and even rewarding.

Soon, he is investigating the disappearance of young women translators working for the US Army. The bloody trail leads Khafaji through battles, bars, and brothels then finally back to the Green Zone, where it all began.

Author Biography

Elliot Colla teaches Arabic Literature at Georgetown University. His novel Bagdhad Central was written in 2014 and was developed for television by Channel 4.

Review

Thank you to Random Things Tours and Elliott Colla for allowing me to be a part of the Baghdad Central Blog Tour.

This was story in itself is powerful and authentic and it leads you on a vivid and dark journey through the trials and tribulations of the Iraq in war time. It was very clearly detailed and explained and it certainly left a mark in me. It struck me how each character tried extremely hard to remain human in such extreme circumstances.

The characters themselves have been so well developed. Each one with their own agenda and are driven by their own complexities and goals. There were no stereotypes every single character was accurate and how you imagine them to be. If you want a lesson in a character driven story with fantastic character development then the author is your go to for guidance. I am very surprised he has not written more novels.

The landscape and backdrop to the story was beautifully described. And it reveals to you the harrowing and gruesome details of the aftermaths of a country hell bent on destroying the other. Truly tragic and terrifying. The author has been very brave to get this on paper. The writing is rich and powerful and it left me reeling at times that is for certain. The explanation of the American Occupation and how oppressive and invasive it was to the local peace loving people was brilliantly told.

I have to say I have not found another book like this. It is so thoughtful and clever. The writer has clearly spent time studying a culture different to their own and has lovingly embraced it. From the minor details of how tea would be secretly made when they should be fasting to how much they dearly love their families. I also admire how this was done by an American and I would say this is Iraqui fiction without doubt.

I highly recommend this story to you. I also hope the author writes more or is at least planning to.

Cheers

Ben

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Sypnosis

A quiet life for Aubrey?

After spending several months banged up in Sunny Banks rescue centre, Aubrey, a large tabby cat, has finally found his forever home with Molly and Jeremy Goodman, and life is looking good.

However, all that changes when a serial killer begins to target elderly victims in the neighbourhood.

Aubrey wasn’t particularly upset by the death of some of the previous victims, including Miss Jenkins whom Aubrey recalls as a vinegar-lipped bitch of an old woman who enjoyed throwing stones at cats, but Mr Telling was different.

Mr Telling was a mate…

Author Biography

I was born in London and spent my teenage years in Hertfordshire where I spent large amounts of time reading novels, watching daytime television and avoiding school.

Failing to gain any qualifications in science whatsoever, the dream of being a forensic scientist collided with reality when a careers teacher suggested that I might like to work in a shop. I don’t think she meant Harrods.

Later studying law, I decided to teach rather than go into practice and have spent many years teaching mainly criminal law and criminology to young people and adults.

I enjoy reading crime novels, doing crosswords, and drinking wine. Not necessarily in that order.

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Deadly, Domestic Noir #AlrerEgo #Thriller #Mystery #CrimeReads #DomesticNoir #choppercrimebooks Twitter: @chopcrimebooks @kamasson_writer

“My alter ego does not look in to great a mood today” – Simon de Pury

Pounding on the door. My seven-year-old son shaking me awake. My head fuzzy with sleeping pills. The hallway flashing with blue light. This morning my life will change forever.

Alex Kendrew is juggling single parenthood, work and dating; with a wild, impetuous streak that’s hard to keep in check, she struggles to find a balance and feels perpetually guilty for the choices she makes.

In K.A. Masson’s domestic noir thriller, Alex begins a passionate affair when an old flame gets in touch. But one morning, the police arrest her for his attempted murder. Someone is framing her; can she prove her innocence as the evidence mounts against her?

Thank you to K.A Masson for this gifted ARC copy. This is a well crafted and intelligent thriller. The plotting is perfect and the research and attention detail regarding Police matters was excellently done.

The grit that runs throughout, the suspense and mystery is world class and it certainly gripped me. The twist at the end was unexpected.

The characters themselves are well put together and I am sure have some interesting back stories. The protagonist gave me a real insight and clear picture of what it might be like for a woman going through the dating game, being a single parent and trying to work. I have friends who are single Mums and I absolutely take my hat off to them. They are warriors.

This is a brilliant debut and I am really looking forward to the next one.

Cheers

Ben

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Deadly, Conspiracy with Wit #Bloodstock #Adventure #Thriller #Mystery #CrimeReads #choppercrimebooks Twitter: @chopcrimebooks @Rod_Humphris @Rats_Tales @RandomTTours

“𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘎𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵… 𝘐’𝘮 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘪𝘧 𝘐 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘵𝘰” -𝘚𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘨 𝘓𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘯, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘦 (2015)

Sypnosis

After what feels like a lifetime of mayhem, Simon Ellice returns to the Hampshire village where he grew up. He enjoys the solace and tranquility of rural life, working on a farm and getting to know the lively locals, but suddenly Si walks right into a deadly mystery. Old friends are going missing and then turning up dead. Someone from the City is spreading their evil tentacles and Si dives into London’s underworld to uncover a conspiracy of poisoning, murder and pagan ritual that threatens those closest to him. Written with Humphris’ razor-sharp style, this is Simon Ellice’s darkest and most challenging adventure yet, touching on themes of sacrifice and objectification, that threaten the very foundations of our civilised world.

Author Biography

In his office you will find Rod typing, flanked by two enormous dogs, and surrounded by the ephemera he has collected on his travels. “I always read. Since I can remember. First Asterix, then Willard Price, then Conan Doyle, then everything else. I’ve had a paperback jammed into my back pocket most days of my life. I remember wanting to write a book when I was about 12 and wanting to put everything into it” “I’ve read every kind of book, but the ones I love most are stories of adventure, so that’s what I write. I’ve put thousands of hours into learning to do it well. It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve developed my own voice and my own style. I spend so much time with Si, my main character, that he seems as real to me as anyone I know. In some cases, more so. I’m happiest and most productive when travel- ling about in my battered old truck with a canoe on top and a dog in the back.” Rod Humphris is the winner of N. N. Light Best Fiction Award 2016 @Rod_Humphris

Review

I got to say all of the books in this series are unique. I say this with true transparency, they are great. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But they are certainly mine, with a digestive biscuit as well so that is saying something. The wine I posted on Instagram earlier has been drunk now so excuse the tipsy power write!

The illustrations with writing is genius, it is not used to the same frequency as the other novels, nonetheless I still think it adds a clever touch. I encourage the author to keep with this style as it adds something really special and intelligent to the stories.

The story itself screams a James Bond or all action hero undertone. And due to the sadness of losing the greatest action hero of all time Sean Connery today I think dedicating this book and review would be appropriate and I am sure he would absolutely relate and love this book.

The character Simon Ellice has a wonderful backstory, depth and complexity to him that is very well thought out. The way he has been used in these different story plots is very well done and clever.

I love the plot he does get caught up in drama. It seems this is a regular occurrence. The man must be exhausted! In this story he is caught up in the London underworld and the mystery itself of missing friends and death would automatically make a man of his nature want to fix it. There is paganism, murder, rituals and all sorts. There is every reason to get involved here and read it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the series and I wholly recommend you try it and the others.

Cheers

Ben

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Crackling, Cracking, Darkness Personified #BadPeople #Dark #Terrifying #Horror #CrimeReads #CrimeNoir #choppercrimebooks Twitter: @chopcrimebooks @craigwallwork

“𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨” – 𝘔𝘰𝘬𝘰𝘬𝘰𝘮𝘢 𝘔𝘰𝘬𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘢𝘯𝘢

𝗧𝗛𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗡. Over the past three years, the quiet Yorkshire village of Stormer Hill has lost three of its children. No bodies were ever discovered. No evidence found. No witnesses.

𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗪𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗘𝗥. Struggling to find inspiration for his new novel, celebrated crime author, and ex-police officer, Alex Palmer, believes the story of the missing children could end his writer’s block, but is he prepared for the story that’s about to develop?

𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗗𝗘𝗧𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘. Tom Nolan, a seasoned detective and loner involved in finding each missing child. Nolan is tasked with chaperoning Palmer and walking through each case. But as both men revisit the past, and dig deeper, neither are prepared for the chilling discovery to why the children were taken.

𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗥𝗘𝗡. A secret cult. Two men, and a series of brutal and unimaginable murders spanning over seven years with one intention; to show the world that death can be justified if it’s for a greater good.

What a sensational start and introduction to a fabulous character in Tom Nolan. Yes it is disturbing, but murder is, isn’t it? I am concerned by some writers in this genre who are unwilling to push the boat and and tread dangerously. We need dark, disturbing, twisting and at times we need to be haunted and concerned by what we have read. This is not Midsomer Murders in a nice white picket fenced house. It is a fricking crime novel that shocks to the core. We are not supposed to put our books down or turn off our TV and say “wasn’t that lovely? or “wasn’t that easy to watch? No we need this to show how messed up people are.

The plot is so well planned and thought out. It leaves you as the reader scratching your head and wondering where you will be twisted to next. That should be the nature of a crime novel. Do not make it obvious! This has undertones of True Detective the first season, forget the others. Or if you remember the brilliant Usual Suspects. The content is dark, gritty and there are bits that are graphic, that I won’t go into as it will spoil the story, but when you hit those moments you will feel nauseous, however; I promise you that you will want to read on it is that good. The description of an alternative use of sandpaper was particularly well thought out and written. I did squirm!

The relationship between Alex Palmer and Tom Nolan has been planned by a writer with excellent observation skills. The idea of being a writer who follows round the Police for research makes me wonder if this is how it is when you have to do this in real life? I think it put strain on the relationship as Alex is also an ex-policeman so he does know a bit and to be honest there is a clash of personality as he himself does give off the air of only recently leaving the force. The idea of setting it on the Yorkshire Moors and with missing children was a clever one. The town is anxious and worried about who is responsible for this and the suspicion does mount meaning that Nolan and Palmer do need to act quickly!

The use of prose and clever narrative to build tension, mystery and intrigue throughout the story to its final “where did that come from?” moment was genius and I really do recommend this to you.

Cheers

Ben

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“𝘈𝘣𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘈𝘶𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘧𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘳,’ 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘗𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘯𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳. ‘𝘈𝘣𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘧𝘶𝘭,’ 𝘵𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘔𝘳𝘴 𝘛𝘦𝘣𝘣𝘪𝘵. ‘𝘐𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘧 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘥𝘴.’ 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘈𝘶𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘥, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦” – 𝘈𝘣𝘪𝘳 𝘔𝘶𝘬𝘶𝘦𝘳𝘫𝘦𝘦 (2017)

India, 1919. Desperate for a fresh start, Captain Sam Wyndham arrives to take up an important post in Calcutta’s police force.

He is soon called to the scene of a horrifying murder. The victim was a senior official, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to leave India – or else.

With the stability of the Empire under threat, Wyndham and Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee must solve the case quickly. But there are some who will do anything to stop them…

I have been looking over my blog and realised that I never uploaded this. I am very sorry about that. No excuses!

Well where to start! The story is just sensational especially for a debut. It starts on the back of a tragedy. Captain Sam Wyndham has lost his wife to the Spanish Flu after The Great War and is now posted to India and ends up with the British Army. His task, albeit reluctantly, is to solve the murder of a high ranking official.

This novel was so beautifully written. I have never been to India. The writers descriptions of the sights, sounds, tastes and so on makes you feel like you are there. I loved it. The research and planning that had gone into the backstory and how he ends up here is just so well done. This story and it’s setting are phenomenal and I can tell you I have learnt some things about Colonial India that I knew nothing about.

The story even though it is in a slower period of time is fast paced and is plotted well. The period itself was well researched and to inter weave a crime story into this is genius. The narrative was tremendous and fits in well with the well researched period in time and the well crafted crime story.

I loved the character of both Wyndham and Surrender-Not they work well together and are both hilarious, yet having to be serious at the same time.

I loved this start and am reading the other two in the series. I am unsure why there would ever be a negative review about this.

Cheers

Ben

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“𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘧 𝘴𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘧 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘦. 𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭” – 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘮 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘦

Synopsis

1949: Rudy, A Jewish New Yorker snatches a briefcase of cash from a dead man in Los Angeles and runs away from his old life, into the arms of the Boston mob.

1966: Hinako, a young Japanese girl runs away from what she thought was the suffocating conformity of a life in Japan. Aiming to make a fresh start in America, she falls into the grip of a Hawaiian gang dubbed ‘The Company’.

1967: Rudy and Hinako’s lives collide in the city of Honolulu, where there is nowhere left for either of them to run, and only blood to redeem them.

Author Biography

Stephen J. Golds was born in London, U.K, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling, boxing and listening to old Soul LPs. His novel Say Goodbye When I’m Gone will be released by Red Dog Press in October 2020 and another novel Always the Dead will be released by Close to The Bone Press January 2021.

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Released on the 21st of October 2020

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Review

Well, where to start! Of course we could start with the cover. Beautiful, vivid and appropriately detailed. It demonstrates the story well. However, let us not undermine how great this story actually is.

The two main protagonists Rudy and Hinako represent their cultures and way of life perfectly and at different points in time. Character development is well done throughout the story and it makes me want more. There are characters in this story who you could easily create separate stories for. Both of their stories so tragic and full of sadness and how they are brought together is masterfully interwoven into the story. The start of the story was explosive and terribly sad and sets the tone of the story perfectly.

The author has clearly done their research and details each culture expertly. They have clearly spent time in some of these places and with people from these cultures. His understanding of what it means to be Jewish or a Samarai is obvious. I particularly liked his explanation of what a tattoo means to a Samarai warrior from that characters perspective was cleverly done. Or the aspects of a Jewish funeral and how someone might mourn a loss. I have learnt something from the writer here.

The plot itself has been very well planned and thought out. It has undertones of Goodfellas and Casino to it. It is about life choices. The turn of events that take place based on one man’s decision lead him down a very different path to the one he could have been on. Without giving too much away the consequences of our actions can change our lives in an instant, especially where money is concerned. The movement through the story moving from one time to another is very clever. The dialogue is ripe, yet rich and authentic. It pulled me effortlessly through the story.

I particularly like how the story spans over two decades and how you see character change over time based on the decisions they have made in their lives. Rudy in particular is an example of poor life choices. It makes you realise that if you live by the sword you might well die by it.

However, that being said, the story itself is dramatic and intriguing. Money, guns, gangsters are a crime readers dream. However, there are some things that are hard to read. The details around suicide, graphic violence, sexual assault amongst the many other things can be difficult to read, however they are eye opening.

I highly recommend this one to you all and really do want to read more stuff from this guy.

Cheers

Ben

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BLURB

Chasing the story of a lifetime can get you killed.

When Premier League manager Tony Barker is found hanged in his home, the police declare it a suicide. But Tony’s old friend, investigative journalist Matt Riley, isn’t buying it. Matt discovers that Tony was about to expose a huge match fixing scandal, and a police insider tips him off that key evidence has gone missing.

Suspecting murder, he launches his own investigation. His editor orders him to drop the story. Matt refuses and gets fired.

Determined to find the truth, he goes freelance and soon penetrates a labyrinth of greed and corruption that leads to an underworld gambling syndicate in Singapore. He believes he is about to solve the murder and break the biggest story of his life, but others have a different idea…

The shadowy figures he’s been tracking have their sights turned on him. Matt Riley is in a desperate race against time – to find Tony Barker’s killers before he becomes their next victim.

REVIEW

Thank yyou so much to Random Things Through My Letter Box for having me on the Fatal Fix Blog Tour and to Graham Morse for letting me have a copy of his book.

In the spirit of transparency I can truly say I was initially unsure about trying this one out. I had never read any Sports Thrillers, however; I can safely say that I really did enjoy this.

As mentioned in the praise it really was compulsively readable. I sat down a few weeks ago as I usually do feeling dubious, however; kept wanting to read on.

The plotting, planning and research was well done. I have more of an understanding of how investigative journalism takes place and the dangerous world of match fixing.

The characters are brilliant. Matt Riley is a conflicted man. His experiences regarding suicide had created a man driven, yet fearful of really being close to anyone. Sadly the reality of this type of event felt very real to me. However, as you read on it was more than suicide and murder really was the case.

The way he goes out Lone Ranger on this was brilliantly explained and his motivation and fearlessness to find out what happened proved why at one stage he was a professional player himself prior to his venture into journalism.

This story really does expose the dark and murky world of betting on matches and how people really can be caught up by this ruthless syndicates including players themselves.

I truly recommend this to you. Enjoy this rollarcoaster of a read.

Cheers

Ben

ChopperCrimeReads

PRAISE FOR FATAL FIX

‘A compulsively readable thriller that probes the sometimes dark relationship between sport and crime.’ Matt Lawton, Chief Sports Reporter, Daily Mail.

‘Graham Morse’s Fatal Fix takes you inside the murky world of football match fixing. This may be a work of fiction, but it lands uncomfortably close to brutal, unblinking reality. So pull up a chair, hunker down, and let this novel take you on its revealing and perilous ride.’ Douglas Schofield, author of Time of Departure and Killing Pace

‘In Matt Riley —an investigative sports journalist —Graham Morse has convincingly created a character who will risk his life to find the killer of his friend and file the story of a lifetime.’ Brian Scovell, author of the biographies of Sir Trevor Brooking and Sir Bobby Robson

‘In Fatal Fix, Graham Morse has delivered the goods: a first-rate crime thriller that is enriched by its understanding of the human heart and enlivened by an authoritative look at the influence of gambling on big-time sport.’ Les Standiford, author of Done Deal and Last Train to Paradise.

‘Graham Morse’s stylish and compelling thriller will introduce many Americans to the steamy side of British football (read soccer). British readers and the rest of the football-obsessed world will experience again with vivid intensity what they hate about the sport they love. Full of keen observation and humanity, familiar yet fresh characters, scenes that snap, and cleverly turned twists, this fast-paced first novel will delight all lovers of crime fiction.’ Sterling Watson, author of Suitcase City and The Committee.

‘Fatal Fix held me to the very end…quick-paced and exciting and very reminiscent of Le Carré. A terrific read.’Gay Courter, author of Code Ezra and Flowers in the Blood.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Graham was born in Swindon, England, and educated at Abingdon School. He began his career selling advertising for the Sunday Times. He then worked in sales and marketing with Unilever before leaving to set up his own advertising and promotions agency. He married his wife Janet in 1963 and they have four children. Graham has always been a keen sportsman, playing football, rugby, tennis, squash, golf, and, sailing with his family. He retired from his business interests to pursue the passion he shared with Janet for sailing. They crossed the Atlantic in 2002, and after four years exploring the Caribbean sailed across South Pacific from Panama to New Zealand. The experience of visiting remote islands and cultures inspired Graham to write his first book, The Islands Time Forgot, which was published in 2010. His biography of his father-in-law, Sir Walter Winterbottom, The Father of Modern English Football, was published in 2013, and was short listed for British Sports Book of the Year in 2014. Fatal Fix, Graham’s first work of fiction, takes readers into the criminal underbelly of greed and corruption in the world of international football. Graham and Janet have travelled extensively for business and pleasure and currently live in the Caribbean.

Website: http://www.grahammorse.com

BUY IT

• Paperback : 352 pages
• ISBN-10 : 1838131701
• ISBN-13 : 978-1838131708
• Product Dimensions : 12.85 x 2.24 x 19.84 cm
• Publisher : Shipstone Publishing (8 Sept. 2020)

Amazon ; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fatal-Fix-Graham-Morse/dp/1838131701