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The Kielder Strain: A Science Fiction Horror Novel by Rebecca Fernfield

March 31, 2019 - 3:54 pm No Comments

The Kielder Strain: A Science Fiction Horror Novel by Rebecca Fernfield

Published by Redbegga on 30th January 2019

496 pages

A variant of Rabies is found in Whitby and the Kielder Institute is under pressure to find a cure. Animal rights are protesting at the facility. After an accident caused the experiment to develop into something else, no-one in the surrounding area is safe. But with the results planning to net the institute millions, can Police Officer Javeen Latimer save the village.

From the moment Javeen Latimer moved to the village, she was fighting a losing battle to gain respect with the other Police officer attached to the village. The reason behind her forced movement was common knowledge. However, when 2 people go missing and strange sightings are happening all over the village, she knows that she has to become the Police officer she was trained to be.

This story took you on an adventure from the moment the researchers started experimenting on animals, you knew that disaster would strike. As the village is small you get to learn about all the residents and whilst I was aware that not everyone will survive, it was still a shock when one got killed or taken. There are some graphic killing scenes but that is to be expected as they are human hybrids attacking the village. To break up the intensity there are some funny scenes. Two, in particular, were Emily’s describing Max to the Police as he vaulted over the wall and Caleb’s reaction to one of the monsters attacking the convoy. Javeen even had time for romance.

The action is non-stop and you feel that there is no hope as Officer Javeen was by herself. The tension is throughout, which kept me reading and I was shocked that I read it in less than a day, even with real life. Whilst it did not finish on a cliffhanger it has left me wanting to know what will happen next and I hope that there will be a 2nd in the series soon. I have already recommended this to friends who like books about disasters. After finishing this story, I can see this being made into a film as we have not had a monster horror in a while.

Cover Reveal for Sophie:Witch-Hunter by KS Marsden

March 29, 2019 - 10:01 pm No Comments

Sophie: Witch-Hunter

K.S. Marsden

Synopsis

Everyone will betray you…

Sophie has always had a high opinion of herself. She is smart, beautiful, and meant for something more than a mundane, human life.

From a young age she’s had to weigh duty against selfish desires. Her new friend Izzy starts to break down her carefully-constructed walls, and makes Sophie question everything she thought she knew.

With witch-hunters and witches vying for a place in her future, Sophie has to decide who she can trust.

This is a prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy, and contains spoilers from the very beginning.

We highly recommend you read The Shadow Rises, before finding out more about everybody’s favourite cold-hearted bitch.

Goodreads link https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42420592-sophie

As stated, this is not intended to be a stand-alone, and relies on knowledge of  the Witch-Hunter world.

If you have not yet read The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), you can pick it up for FREE.

The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1)

When a new witch threat rises, only Hunter Astley can stop them… 

In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council have strict rules and practises for eradicating magic.

Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth; but rumours are starting to emerge of a new power that will throw the world into chaos.

As the only 7th generation witch-hunter, Hunter Astley is the best the MMC has to offer. With the help of his colleagues, it’s a race to track down this new threat and stop them… in any way he can.

Part one of the Witch-Hunter trilogy.

Free download from most ebook retailers.

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Checking the Traps (The Isabel Long Mystery Series Book 3) by Joan Livingston

March 27, 2019 - 6:41 am No Comments

So my turn has come on the blog tour for Checking the Traps, the 3rd in the Isabel Long mystery series by Joan Livingstone

Blurb:  Isabel Long is a bit banged up from her last case with a broken collarbone and her arm in a sling. But that doesn’t stop her from pouring beer at the Rooster Bar or taking her third case with Gary Beaumont, a local drug dealer who once terrorized her. Gary is convinced his brother didn’t jump off a bridge known for suicides. Somebody pushed him.

Gary’s brother was a boozer who drove for a highway crew. But what interests Isabel and her ‘Watson’ — her 93-year-old mother who lives with her — is that the man wrote poetry.

The chief suspects are one of Gary’s business associates and a famous poet who plagiarized his brother’s poetry for an award-winning book. Yes, he was that good.

Here is my review:

Checking the Traps (The Isabel Long Mystery Series Book 3) by Joan Livingston

Published by Crooked Cat Books on 22nd March 2019

238 pages

Isabel Long ex-journalist, part-time barmaid and PI has been hired by Gary Beaumont to prove that his brother didn’t kill himself. Hampered by her arm in a sling, Isabel has to use all her reporting skills to get to the truth. As more is found out about Cary’s life the suspect list soon grows.

I liked Isabel as a character, she was happy to take on a difficult case and even with an injury she didn’t let this stand in her way to get to the truth. Whilst Isabel was the star of the show, I enjoyed reading about the other characters, with some being larger than life. Cary, a heavy drinker but a poet by heart, Gary and Larry Beaumont, drug dealers and brothers of the deceased,  Annette and Marsha, cousins who worked at a junkyard, the Old Farts, a group of men who were gossips and one source of Isabel’s investigations and the best character by far her good old mom Maria, for 93 she was up for anything and loved the thrill of the chase.

This mystery flowed smoothly with enough suspects to keep you guessing. With the deceased loving poetry, short poems are scattered throughout the story as whoever Cary came into contact with, he left a poem. There are some funny moments in the book, mainly the nicknames that Isabel and her mom call some of the residents and some of the scenes involving Marsha and Annette. Along with the mystery, you learn more about Isabel and her social life, her budding romance with Jack the owner of the bar she works, which is going ok until his ex-wife turns up.

Not having read any of this series before, I was a bit apprehensive reading the 3rd in the series, in case I could not follow the story, but I did not have to worry. Important facts from previous books were explained throughout this story and I was soon drawn into a good-natured mystery. Although I would advise anyone to read the other two books in the series first, which I am in the process of doing after picking them up.

If you are looking for a mystery to help you rewind than this is the book for you.

Buying Links: UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Checking-Traps-Isabel-Long-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07NDFKS59

US https://www.amazon.com/Checking-Traps-Isabel-Long-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07NDFKS59

Meet the author: 

Author Bio

Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Checking the Traps, published by Crooked Cat Books, is the third in the mystery series featuring Isabel Long, a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. The first two are Chasing the Case and Redneck’s Revenge.

An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.

After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, she returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including the Isabel Long mystery series.

Social Media sites: websitehttp://www.joanlivingston.net.

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Twitter: http://@joanlivingston

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Goodreads: http:// www.Goodreads.com/Joan_Livingston

Sitting Murder: A Baffling Victorian Whodunit (A Lancashire Detective Mystery) by AJ Wright

March 25, 2019 - 8:08 pm No Comments

Sitting Murder: A Baffling Victorian Whodunit (A Lancashire Detective Mystery) by AJ Wright

Published by Endeavour Quill on 1st March 2018

282 pages

Whilst I have not read any of the other books in the series, I did not have to worry as it worked as a standalone.

Detective Sergeant Brennan had been asked to investigate who was behind a death threat sent to a young widow. What made her special was since her husband died, she had been communicating with the dead.

This was an enjoyable read which I read fairly quickly. Brennan being a Catholic was very sceptical about the paranormal link. However, after there was a murder, he put his own beliefs aside. Whilst there were quite a few characters, it was easy to keep track of what was going on. As more information was found out, not only did Brennan’s suspect list begin to grow, so did mine.  

The atmospheric description has you feeling that you are there, walking down the foggy street, looking for a murderer. As this is historical fiction, the case has to be solved by good old fashion police work and as lately I have read mainly modern stories. It was a refreshing change to read. There were plenty of twists and red herrings to keep me guessing and the unmasking of the murderer was unexpected. A good relaxing read.

The Coven Rescue (The Coven Series Book 3) by Lily Luchesi

March 23, 2019 - 6:58 pm No Comments

The Coven Rescue (The Coven Series Book 3) by Lily Luchesi

Published by Vamptasy Publishing on 19th March 2019

360 pages

With the latest threat neutralised, life in the Coven has resumed back to normality. Harley is busy brewing potions and trying to work out her feelings for Caelum. Nick and Roger are still in love and working for PID and her best friend Greta is running a successful pub. That was until Caelum had a run in with the mysterious organization the “Zoo”. With no help from the PID, it looks like Harley and co are on their own.

What I enjoy about this series is although Harley is the star of the show, the majority of the story showcases other characters. In this story you learn more about Caelum half wizard half Lynx shifter rare even in the supernatural world. His backstory covers from when he was a teenager up until the day he died. Showing that he has always been a bad boy trying to be good. Whilst knowing Caelum’s story we learn more about his 1st love Draven, Harley’s Godfather. This helps Harley when she is researching the Zoo.

Yet again Harley is put under a lot of pressure, but thanks to the support she gets, she never does it alone. The wizard behind the zoo was cleverly concealed and whilst I thought I knew who was behind I was wrong. This was a fast-paced book as there was always something going on and I read it in a day. One added touch I liked was the addition of pop culture into the text, whether it was a song title or a film quote, I read it with a smile on my face. There were some shock moments that I never saw coming and all I can say is I hope that the author has already started writing the 4th in the series as I want to know what is going to happen next.

An excellent addition to this YA series.