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With a huge apology to Heather for getting the name of her heroine wrong , will teach me to write a review when my head is not in the game. Hopefully i have now got it all right .S

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A young mother is trapped with a killer thirty thousand feet up, in this gripping mid-air murder mystery by the author of Open Your Eyes.

On a plane to Barbados, nurse Melissa sits with her young son, Theo. On the same flight, up in first class, are a bride- and groom-to-be, heading for their tropical wedding destination, accompanied by family and friends.

When two members of the wedding party die in mysterious circumstances, it becomes clear that a killer is on board. Trapped in the cabin thousands of feet above the Atlantic, tensions mount as accusations fly—and when little Theo seems to vanish into thin air, this bizarre flight becomes even more turbulent . . .

Will Melissa be able to use her medical knowledge to find her son and bring a cold-blooded killer to justice before it’s too late?

BOOK REVIEW

Is there a Doctor on board must be the stuff that nightmares are made of when you are thousands of feet in the air and miles from any specialist help. Yet when there is an emergency on the flight that Melissa and her toddler son are on she feels compelled to use her medical skills to help. Unfortunately there is nothing she or anyone else could do to help, its with a heavy heart that she returns to her seat. It’s seems only minutes when she is again approached by a stewardess that there is another crisis in first class that requires a medical treatment. One unexpected death can be a tragedy, but for two people in the same group to suddenly die begins to feel sinister. Trapped aboard the airplane with a killer on the loose , its all Melissa can do to keep her head and protect her young son. As the minutes drag into eternal hours the flight fills with suspicion, fear, terror and the dread that there may be more deaths before they land.

I am so glad i am not flying anytime soon let alone to a destination wedding as this book would play on my mind over and over again. As it is i still get flash backs to various scenes that burned into my mind. The opening chapters draw you into a false sense of security that its all a great adventure for those involved and that a beautiful wedding is about to happen . Instead you are taken on a journey that fills you with fear and dread. Yet I didn’t want to stop reading even for a few minutes as my curiosity and need to know what was going to happen kept me ensconced in the pages of the book. The fear felt by Melissa came across extremely well in the book so much so my heart was in my mouth when a certain part of the plot revealed itself. { no spoilers people}. Jealousy, greed, love, revenge , hatred and more are all encapsulated in the books plot line taking you on a fast and furious journey. A journey that will have you at the edge of your seat as you bite your nails in anguish as Melissa and her young son are dropped into the flight from hell.

My thanks to Heather Fitt for my copy of the book and my tour invite, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heather was born in Scotland and after moving around Europe with her parents and sister, settled in Hampshire where she met her husband, Stuart.

After leaving the rat-race in 2018, Heather re-trained as an editor and proof-reader and entered the world of publishing. These days she works as a part-time freelancer and a part-time Commissioning Advisor for Bloodhound.

Heather was inspired to start writing her novel by the authors who have become her closest friends. Now the ideas are flowing she has plans to write several more over the coming years.

When she isn’t reading, Heather enjoys spending her time watching sport – especially her beloved rugby – and exploring the British countryside with Stuart.

Heather’s debut novel will be published by Bloodhound in Summer 2021.

For regular bookish updates, you can follow Heather on Twitter: @LifeBookish

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Every action has a consequence…

 

‘As dark, gritty and chilling as it gets.  Keep the lights on!’ – Liz Mistry

  

An anonymous call leads DI Nathan Quarrel and his team to a secluded house in a Hertfordshire village and a horrific discovery: three chest freezers containing the naked bodies of five women. 

 

As the painstaking business of identifying the apparently unconnected victims gets underway, it becomes frighteningly clear that a sadistic serial killer has been at work, probably over a long period of time.  

 

With no strong suspects, and no leads, unmasking the killer takes on a new urgency. Because the discoveries at what the media is calling a ‘house of horrors’ may not stop the killer, or even slow them down. Indeed, they may already have targeted their next victim.

BOOK REVIEW

The discovery of a cellar with three large freezers in a seemingly abandoned house is the start of a murder inquiry that seems to have little or no clues that the team can follow. The owner of the house is said to be out of the country yet there is proof someone has been there, if only from the fact the freezers containing the gruesome find are relatively new. Defrosting the find will take time so DI Quarrel and his team do what they can to track down the owner. Easier said than done when no one has seen them for months, yet the team wont be swayed from their search. What they uncover will shock and repulse them and lead one of them into unseen danger. It becomes a race against the clock to find that elusive piece of evidence needed to secure the arrest of the person responsible for the multiple bodies.

A chilling thriller { excuse the pun and any that follow } and one that will send shivers down your spine. A serial killer plot line where the killer has worked undiscovered and would have carried on as such if not for a simple act of impulse on behalf of a group of teens. In the book we have a lot of unknowns, from the identity of the victims to that of the killer. Unknown qualities that the author unravels for us as we progress through the pages. Once the realisation that the killer may have chosen another target is revealed the pace of the book becomes more immediate and the tension in the book builds up. Working within the confines of police procedure the book shows how an investigation must play out according to the rule book even if time is not on the side of the police. No matter the fears and the urgency of the investigation all the paperwork has to be watertight in order for any prosecution be successful. A skilled police procedural novel that will thrill you, chill you and leave you wondering wether the next large seemingly deserted house you pass also holds within it a deep dark frozen secret.

My thanks to Heather Fitt for my tour invite and copy of the book. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dave Sivers grew up in West London and has been writing all his life. His books include the popular crime series featuring the Aylesbury Vale detectives, DI Lizzie Archer and DS Dan Baines. 

The Scars Beneath the Soul and Dead in Deep Water were both top three bestsellers in the Amazon Kindle Serial Killers chart. In Ice is the second in the DI Nathan Quarrel series.

His other works include the Lowmar Dashiel crime fantasy novels.

Dave also writes plays and other material for the amateur stage and is a founder of the annual BeaconLit festival of books and writing. He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, Chris. 

 

To keep up with Dave’s news and upcoming releases, subscribe to his newsletter at http://www.davesivers.co.uk.

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Renowned photo-journalist Jude Montgomery arrives in Glasgow in 2014, in the wake of the failed Scottish independence referendum, and it’s clear that she’s searching for someone.
Is it Anna Mason, who will go on to lead the country as First Minister? Jamie Hewitt, guitarist from eighties one-hit wonders The Hyptones? Or is it Rabbit – Jude’s estranged foster sister, now a world-famous artist?
Three apparently unconnected people, who share a devastating secret, whose lives were forever changed by one traumatic night in Phoenix, forty years earlier…
Taking us back to a school shooting in her Texas hometown, and a 1980s road trip across the American West – to San Francisco and on to New York – Jude’s search ends in Glasgow, and a final, shocking event that only one person can fully explain…

BOOK REVIEW

A hint of a fragrance, an old letter reread or hearing an old favourite song all have the ability to transport you back to a time they meant a lot to you. For our character Jude it is a song that sweeps her back in toile to her teenage years. A song by a long forgotten band called The Hyptone’s, recently revised to be the song for Scottish freedom. Looking back on her early years we follow Jude from an awkward teenager mourning a boyfriend killed in a high school massacre. Her journey into womanhood which included yet another trauma for her to the middle aged woman she became. Trying to not only research her own heritage she is determined to find out what happened to the boy band she saw live all those years ago. Yet in her search she has woken sleeping dragons that should have been left dormant but which now will rage at their disturbance and wreak havoc on Jude.

A wonderfully evocative wander through a variety of decades, from the eighties and the mention of an up and coming young singer called Madonna. The nineties with the fall of the Twin Towers and the grief that event left behind . To almost the present day we follow one girls life passage as she navigates being of mixed heritage looking to make her mark on the world. It’s poignant, it’s joyful ,its sad and its a intricate and descriptive book. One that will take you on a time travellers journey not only because of the timeline it follows but because you loose all track of time whilst you move from page to page. Jude is a strong character haunted by her past , a past that starts to rush towards her as she progresses towards her goal. A goal that will take her across thousands of miles to end up in the wrong part of Glasgow and her final meeting. A truly remarkable book by a very talented author and one who you will want to read so much more from.

My thanks to Anne Cater for my tour invite and copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social-media commentator, author and enabler by night. His debut novel The Last Days of Disco was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and optioned for the stage by the Scottish National Theatre. All five of his novels have achieved notable critical acclaim and There’s Only One Danny Garvey, published in 2021 by Orenda Books, was shortlisted for the prestigious Saltire Society Prize for Scottish Fiction Book of the Year. David lives in Ayrshire.

#Books-On-Tour #ChaseHerShadow @bookouture @DKHood_Author

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She wakes suddenly. Dawn is still hours away, but through the window of her log cabin in the woods, something moves in the distance. A lone figure in the forest. Her blood runs cold as the shadow begins to walk slowly toward her…

It’s Halloween in Black Rock Falls and Sheriff Jenna Alton and her deputy David Kane are called to a small lodge on the outskirts of town. Jenna is devastated to find the lifeless body of Willow Smith, a military widow whose husband went missing in action and has been presumed dead for years. Her breath catches in her throat when she notices the heart-shaped purple medal on Willow’s pale chest. Was Willow clinging to it when she died, or was it placed there after she took her last breath?

Desperately chasing down every lead, Jenna hears that Willow had been receiving silent phone calls in the dead of night. Witnesses say Willow thought her missing husband was trying to make contact. Wishful thinking of a lonely wife consumed with grief, or a heartless killer hoping to terrify her?

Days later, another woman’s body is found at the bottom of a perilous ravine. Jenna’s worst fear is confirmed the moment she spots a purple medal: a dangerous serial killer is preying on the wives of soldiers from the same platoon, and if she doesn’t act fast, more lives will be at risk.

The key lies in discovering what happened to the missing soldiers, and whether any of them made it back alive. But, separated from her team in a secluded forest, Jenna hears a branch snap behind her. She is not alone. Will she be the next victim of a twisted trained soldier on the loose? And how many more grieving widows will have their lives snatched before he’s caught?

Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot, Chase Her Shadow is a truly unputdownable crime thriller from USA Today bestselling author D.K. Hood. Prepare to be hooked!

**Each Kane and Alton book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

BOOK REVIEW

Halloween is a spooky time of the year and more so if you live in Black River Falls , a well documented murder town. For some of the residents it becomes a deadly time of the year. So much for a quiet life for Jenna and Kane as they continue to adapt to married life together. The killer seems to have a type though so once that is established it should be easy to track the and detain them. Yet what if its a ghost that kills the women. The ghost of their dead husbands, you can’t catch a ghost can you ?. That’s what Jenna and Kane are faced with tracking down an seemingly ghostly killer before he strikes again and again.

Along with all the readers out there who love the Kane and Alton books I am again happy to drop back into Black River Falls and see what investigations the duo are tasked with time after time. As always I am not disappointed, reading the books makes me feel as though I am back in town catching up with old friends. The books whilst focus on our duo they also shine a light on the other people that work with and alongside them. We get to know who might be dating who, which of them is having personal issues and all the other mundane stuff that makes up daily life in a small town. It’s those details that make the books seem so realistic and believable to me. It’s not just about the two main characters its those other players further out on the sidelines that add a depth and amazing quality to the series book after book. Even faced with a potentially ghostly killer our duo will never back away from doing what’s right and long may that be the case.

My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my tour invite and copy of the book. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D.K. Hood is THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY and AMAZON bestselling author of the Detective Kane and Alton Series. Her spine chilling, fast-paced serial killer thrillers revolve around Sheriff Jenna Alton and her ex-special forces Deputy, Dave Kane. As the main characters fight crime, their secret pasts are never far away. Set in and around the fictional backwoods town of Black Rock Falls, Montana, known locally as Serial Killer Central, D.K.’s imagery takes the reader into the scenes with her. Given the title “Queen of Suspense” by her reviewers, D.K.’s writing style offers her readers a movie style, sizzling fast thrill ride.

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While building a pipeline near the Okavango Delta, a contractor unearths the remains of a long-dead Bushman. Rookie Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu of Botswana CID and Scottish pathologist, Ian MacGregor, are sent to investigate, and MacGregor discovers the skeletons of eight more men.
Shortly after the gruesome discoveries, the elder of a nearby village is murdered in his home. The local police are convinced it was a robbery, but Kubu isn’t so sure … and neither is the strange woman who claims that an angry river spirit caused the elder’s death.
As accusations of corruption are levelled and international outrage builds over the massacre of the Bushman families, Kubu and his colleagues uncover a deadly covenant, and begin to fear that their own lives may be in mortal danger…

BOOK REVIEW

What should have been a quick and easy identification job soon turns into a days long investigation for Kubu and his colleagues. The discovery of bones during excavations soon unearths a decades old secret. A secret that someone wants left buried and they will do what it takes to ensure the investigation is stalled. That is until a murder occurs and the investigation into the mass grave takes a whole new turn. Kubu must utilise all his skills and that of his colleagues on untangle the twisted and hidden truths. As the death toll mounts it seems that all is not what it seems on the surface and the truth may be harder to uncover than anyone imagined.

My first and what wont be my last foray into the genre of #SunshineNoir and one which I found totally enthralling. I loved the shy and nervous character of Kubu , a quite refreshing change from some of the more worldly detectives out there. Adding more colourful characters as in the case of the Scottish pathologist Ian gives the book a humorous undertone that helps keep the book light and free flowing. I enjoyed the way that the story unfolded , where one action gave up two or three possible routes to take. Any of which could have been a blind alley but they had to be followed in order to gain the truth. A book perfect for those of you who like the challenge of juggling several plot twists before the truth is revealed.

My thanks to Anne Cater for my tour invite and my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Stanley is the writing team of South African authors Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana CID. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. The third in the series, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original mystery and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award. A Death in the Family and Dying to Live are the latest in the Detective Kubu series, published by Orenda Books. A prequel to the Detective Kubu series, Facets of Death, was published in 2021 and A Deadly Covenant follows Kubu’s second case.

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Two kidnappings, thirty years apart. Can Stacey face her own dark past in order to save her stepdaughter?

When Stacey’s ex-husband turns up on her doorstep begging her to help save his kidnapped thirteen-year-old daughter, Lyra, the terror is all too familiar. Stacey’s own violent kidnapping thirty years ago was never solved, and while a severe case of amnesia spares her from recalling the specific horrors, she remembers enough…

Stacey knows her father never paid the ransom—she has the missing pinkie finger to prove it. She knows she was only saved because of an anonymous tip-off to the police. And she knows her captor was never apprehended.

Lyra’s kidnappers have made it clear the police must not get involved. But Stacey can’t shake the eerie similarities between the two cases, and she’ll use whatever she can, from her journalistic powers to her shady contacts, to save Lyra from the same nightmare. Desperate to find any link between Lyra’s abduction and her own, Stacey forces herself to revisit her forgotten, traumatic past for clues.

But can she make sense of the terrible secrets she unearths in time to save Lyra? And if she does, is she ready to face her own tormentor?

BOOK REVIEW

When Stacey answers her door to an urgent hammering little does she know her whole world is about to be titled on its axis. The caller is her frantic ex-husband telling her his daughter has been kidnapped. Pulling Stacey into his hellish life he has turned to the one person who he believed could be the most help. Thirty years ago Stacey herself was kidnapped by an unknown person wanting a big payday from her father. No ransom was ever paid and Stacey was found by chance before a death threat could be carried out. Now Stacey has to dig deep into her buried past and try to recover any clue that may help in the search for Lyra. With no police help them Stacey and her ex husband must do what they can to stave off the kidnappers while they attempt to find Lyra.

Wow the author pulls no punches as we are thrown headlong into the nightmare that has befallen Stacey. The book just pulsates along almost as fast as my mixer does when whipping cream. This taut thriller has many avenues it travels along before it reveals its true self to the reader. It will have you biting your knuckles with the tension that surrounds the race to find Lyra. You will feel Staceys fear and compassion as she struggles with her lost self in order to track down the kidnapper. As the plot unfolds you too may doubt Staceys fears as other clues present themselves casting doubts as to her state of mind. Pulling together the key figures in the book the author crafted a fabulously brilliant piece of psychological fiction. One that will deliver up one hell of a twisted nightmare for Stacey and for you the reader.

My thanks to Zooloo Book Tours for my invite on the tour and copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer’s crime novels have sold over one million copies and been translated into nine languages. 

 

A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost and proved that Carol had found her true niche.

 

February 2021 saw the release of the first in the much-anticipated new series, featuring DI Kate Young. An Eye For An Eye was chosen as a Kindle First Reads and became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia. 

 

Carol has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’, featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post. She’s also been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television.

 

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr. Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy. When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.

 

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Eye-opening and inspirational – a book that will stay with me for years.’ – ADAM KAY, author of This Is Going to Hurt


May 2014. Sierra Leone is ranked the country with the highest death rate of pregnant women in the world. The same month, Ebola crosses in from neighbouring Guinea. Arriving a few weeks later, Dr Benjamin Black finds himself at the centre of an exponential Ebola outbreak. From impossible decisions on the maternity ward to moral dilemmas at the Ebola Treatment Centres. One mistake, one error of judgment, could spell disaster.
An eye-opening work of reportage and advocacy, Belly Woman chronicles the inside journey through an unfolding global health crisis and the struggle to save the lives of young mothers. As Black reckons with the demons of the past, he must try to learn the lessons for a different, more resilient, future.


‘A must-read for our times – riveting, illuminating and humbling.’ –AMINATTA FORNA, author of The Memory of Love and The Devil That Danced on the Water
‘A jaw-dropping, mind-expanding read.’ –MICHELA WRONG, author of Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad
‘An inspirational story of compassion and dedication in the face of a brutal epidemic.’ –LEAH HAZARD, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

BOOK REVIEW

When an epidemic happens there will undoubtedly be those who cannot be saved, sometimes because of the disease they have caught or the circumstances that they find themselves in. For the author the fact that deaths are happening at all to pregnant women and their babies in horrendous conditions regardless of an epidemic brought him to put pen to paper. In 2014 Sierra Leone has the highest death rate of mothers in the world and its into that maternity care that the author heads to. With no idea of what horrific, heartbreaking, uplifting, life affirming days, weeks and months he will face he starts his work for an international aid program. Utilising his skills as an obstetrician he and the teams he works alongside will try to save as many women and babies as they can. Often without light, hot water and medication they battle on. When Ebola rears its ugly head life will take on an unexpected and unprecedented journey, often into the unknown.

A brutally honest rendering of one mans struggle to work with and save women in the worst possible situations. Having to make decisions on who to admit and treat at the height of the Ebola outbreak is something no one should have to do . Yet the team had to triage those who came to them in order to protect not only other patients but the whole healthcare team . Often difficult to read and at times I had to step away from the book in order to take time out, I found the book impossible to leave for long. The way the author describes the feelings and fears for those he tries to help speak of a compassionate man with a huge weight on his shoulders. A weight that he and his team will carry forever along with the heartbreak and misery they suffered as they struggled with the circumstances around them. In times of crisis it seems it’s the weak and those thought to be less of an assets to the community that suffer the worst. In this case it was the already underfunded and overlooked maternity care that has let down generations of women. An eyewitness account that pulls no punches and that will stay with you long after the book is finished.

My thanks to Anne Cater for my tour invite and copy of the book. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr Benjamin Black
He is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist based in London and a specialist advisor to international aid
organisations, including Médecins Sans Frontières, government departments, academic institutions, and UN bodies.
is a descendent of Iranian, Jewish, and British roots.
His family heritage of persecution and forced migration led him to a career
in medical humanitarian relief.
Throughout the
Covid-19 pandemic he provided frontline healthcare to pregnant women
and supported the development of international guidelines. Benjamin
teaches medical teams around the world on improving sexual and
reproductive health care to the most vulnerable people in the most
challenging of environments.
Benjamin is available for interview and commission. With his broad range of experience
and expertise, Benjamin can speak to the following issues:
Maternal health during humanitarian emergencies
The effects of global health crises on sexual and reproductive health
Access to safe abortion care in the UK and worldwide
The lessons we must learn from Ebola and Covid-19
The UK’s response to Covid-19 and maternity care, and the overstretched UK
maternity services

  • The right and importance of person-centred care, such as ensuring patients have visitors in health settings, including during infectious disease outbreaks
  • Other issues related to global maternal, sexual and reproductive health, including maternal death response, adolescent health, LGBTQI+ rights, obstetric fistula, unsafe abortion, contraception and service improvement.

#Blogtour #HavanaFever @leonardopadura #PeterBush @bitterlemonpub @RandomTTours

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Havana, 2003, fourteen years since Mario Conde retired from the police force and much has changed in Cuba. He now makes a living trading in antique books bought from families selling off their libraries in order to survive. In the house of Alcides de Montes de Oca, a rich Cuban who fled after the fall of Batista, Conde discovers an extraordinary book collection and, buried therein, a newspaper article about Violeta del Rio, a beautiful bolero singer of the 1950’s, who disappeared mysteriously. Conde’s intuition sets him off on an investigation that leads him into a darker Cuba, now flooded with dollars, populated by pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers and other hunters of the night. But this novel also allows Padura to evoke the Havana of Batista, the city of a hundred night clubs where Marlon Brando and Josephine Baker listened to boleros, mambos and jazz. Probably Padura’s best book, Havana Fever is many things: a suspenseful crime novel, a cruel family saga and an ode to literature and his beloved, ravaged island.

BOOK REVIEW

Just getting by day after day is what the majority of the population of Cuba are doing. Selling off family heirlooms in order to be able to eat has become a way of life. The buying of such items including books is a job that ex police officer Mario Conde now does in order to put food on his table. As the pickings for books seems to diminish it is by chance that he stumbles onto a large once magnificent home. Taking a chance he knocks and asks if they may have some books that they might want to sell. What he is shown takes his breath away, a large library left untouched except for a light dusting occasionally . No one has opened any of the books for at least forty five years. Taking a look at just a few volumes is enough for Mario to realise its a goldmine waiting for the right person to realise its worth. Making a deal to take a few there and then with the promise of a return he leaves and goes in search of his friend and buyer to offload his treasures. Whilst perusing through one of the books a newspaper article falls out. It’s this article that will haunt his nights and fill his days as he sets out on a quest to find along forgotten singer.

An evocative, vibrant and sensual feeling story that will take you to the dark side of a country trying to recover from many years of austerity and hardship. A country full of seductive music, hot balmy nights and a population trying to survive its regime. With a slow , steady pace in keeping with its seductive nature the book pulls you into the life of its lead character. At times full of laughter , yet other times its darker, its hold over the reader is spellbinding. It is filled with wonderfully descriptions of the places and people that make you feel like you are actually there. Feel the heat on your skin , smell the fragrance of Cuban cigars , drink the rums and the wines alongside Conde and his friends. Become at one with the book as you follow his investigations and be mournful when the truths emerge. A book to be savoured and enjoyed over many sittings as it transports you back in time.

My thanks to Anne Cater for my tour invite and copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana and lives in Cuba. He is a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. Havana Fever has been published in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Germany and France.

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Summer 1992: The Six, a group of teenagers, met in a disused mill every night. They thought they were invincible until Simon, a kind young man, disappeared.
Summer 2021: The Six – minus Simon – gather at the renovated mill for his memorial. The reunion begins and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. The body count rises. Someone is killing kindness. It’s cruel to be kind…

BOOK REVIEW

The coming together of the six was not planned it what just a series of events that brought them together. Helping out with summer activities at a local youth club brings together three boys and three girls. Trying to get through the summer the best way they can whilst navigating their teen years. At the end of their time at the club they all go out one night to celeb rate. A local deserted mill has become their to go place away from adult supervision and prying eyes. Unfortunately six went their that night and only five remained by the morning. Years later they return to the now renovated mill to celebrate the loss of the friend that died that fateful night all those years before. Unfortunately for the group there is a killer amongst them , one who has hidden in plain sight over the years. Will any of those left behind survive the killers murderous attempts or will there be only one left standing.

A book of various parts, covering that fateful summer and its fall out and what happens when they all come back together for a memorial for the dead friend. Building up the tension slow but intensely the book delves into the teenage angst felt amongst not only the group but each of them as an individual. Their various fears,plans, secrets and longing that they are all experiencing. One of the six has a darker soul and the book slowly peels back their false face to reveal the truth behind the mask. Riveting and chilling the book takes a new twist when we catch up with the last of the six after the memorial. I dont want to give too much away but the second half of the book took me on a reading thrill journey I have not encountered before and I was mesmerised by it. The author did an amazing job of juggling the voices of the characters to keep the flow and the thrills flowing. When the culprit was finally revealed I thought what a great twist little realising there was an even bigger reveal to come. So if you like a good twisted thriller set in two timelines then buy this book it’s definitely a great addition to anyone’s TBR pile.

My thanks to Zoe for my tour invite and copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Sell is a thriller, crime, and mystery author. She is an avid reader with a to-be-read tower rather than a pile.

 

Music rocks Lisa’s world too, particularly a good eighties tune. If lost, you’ll find her in a DeLorean, headed for her favourite decade.

 

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BOOK BLURB

When there’s a pack on the hunt, nobody’s safe…
After the traumatic events of the past year, Tuva is back as deputy editor reporting for the Gavrik Posten, but her world will never be the same.
A closed community
Rose Farm is home to a group of survivalists, heavily armed and completely cut off from the outside world.
A missing person
A young woman, Elsa Nyberg, goes missing within the perimeter of the farm compound. Can Tuva talk her way inside the tight-knit group to find her?
A frantic search
As Tuva attempts to unmask the culprit, she gains unique access to the residents. But soon she herself is in danger of the pack turning against her. Can she make her way back to safety and expose the truth?
Will Dean’s most heart-pounding Tuva Moodyson thriller yet takes Tuva to her limits, both professionally and in her personal life. Can she, and will she, make the right choice?

BOOK REVIEW

A more subdued Tuva is trying to move on with her life on both a personal and professional level. Even though she lives in a small town there is always something going on for her to report on. A chance encounter with someone at the side of the road mentions a missing young woman. Tuva being Tuva she decides to visit her friends at the local police station and see what they know about it. The missing girl has a connection to a compound that is run by a group of people that follow a survivalist lifestyle. When the body of the young woman is discovered the suspicion falls on those in the compound, unfortunately they are a very closed off group and resent the police snooping. Tuva using her skills and persuasion manages to get inside the compound and learn more about the group and their beliefs. As she uncovers more about the people she finds herself at risk of becoming a victim and must find a way to uncover the truth and stay alive.

We are back in the frozen homeland of our favourite reporter Tuva and she has yet another twisted case to solve. What is a perfect companion for a cold night whilst snuggled up all warm and cosy, why a murder mystery set against an icy backdrop. Tuva is a wonderful yet haunted main character, haunted by her lost father, her relationship with her mother and the recent tragedy that befell her lover. Through all these woes she stands firm if a little more bowed by the weight of events. A book filled with darkness, trepidation, stunning scenery and a resilient and tenacious Tuva. A series of books that can be read on their own but best served up for me in order as you get the best of all those involved. The author has created a brilliant main character in Tuva and continues to involve her in the most twisted, complex and unexpected series of events. If you crave an atmospheric novel that will keep you guessing as to ‘ who done it ‘ to the end then these are the novels for you.

My thanks to Anne Cater for my tour invite and copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

WILL DEAN lives in the middle of a vast elk forest in Sweden, where the Tuva Moodyson novels are set. He grew up in the East Midlands. After studying Law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden and built a wooden house in a boggy clearing, where he lives with his wife and son, and it’s from this base that he reads and writes. Will Dean is the author of Dark Pines, Red Snow, Black River and Bad Apples in the Tuva Moodyson series. His debut novel in the series, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club and shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize. The second, Red Snow, won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020, as was his third novel, Black River. The series is in development for television. Will is also the author of two stand-alone novels, The Last Thing to Burn, shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2022, and First Born, both published by Hodder. Will Dean posts regularly about reading and writing on YouTube and you can find him on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram.
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PRAISE FOR THE TUVA MOODYSON SERIES
‘Such a BRILLIANT central character.’ Ann Cleeves
‘Tuva Moodyson just rocks.’ Mark Billingham
‘The best thriller I’ve read in ages.’ Marian Keyes
‘A series that has breathed new life in to Scandi Noir.’ Daily Express
‘The tension is unrelenting. I can’t wait for Tuva’s next outing.’ Val McDermid ‘Absolutely love the Tuva Moodyson crime series.’ Sam Baker
‘Total Scandi vibes, a cracking plot and a hugely likeable heroine.’- Grazia ‘Dean’s series about deaf Swedish reporter Tuva Moodyson is a must-read.’ – Observer