DUALITY: Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5) by K J McGillick

August 26, 2019 - 8:28 am No Comments

Duality

Two sides of the same coin. Completely alike. Completely different.

What started out as a normal art restoration project for Melinda Martin soon took on a life of its own. Could this unusual painting actually be a Botticelli masterpiece thought to have perished as part of Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities? Had Melinda’s friend, Lana, a well-known art picker inadvertently acquired stolen art; art that might have ties to the occult and worth millions? Did a bad business decision endanger everyone who touched this potential treasure?

When the painting disappears and both women are found dead, the police think it’s an open and shut case. The husband – it’s always the husband. He had means, motive, and opportunity, and acted strangely cold after the fact.  

Is it a case of mistaken identity? Does a secret relationship put Mr Martin in the crosshairs of an assassin sent to retrieve the painting? Or is he really a sociopath forger with mysterious ties to the Vatican?

DUALITY: Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5) by K J McGillick

Published on 27th July 2019

288 pages

I have read other works by this author, so I knew I was going to get into a story that would grab my attention to the end.

In this story Mary and her lawyer friend Dalia get embroiled in a murder and a missing painting, travelling through Europe can they solve the case.

This is the 1st book I have read in this series and I was not expecting such a great wacky character as Mary. She was one of the best characters that I have read in a while. An older lady, who loved her tech and never let age get in the way to solve a case. At times I felt sorry for Dalia as she was run ragged trying to keep Mary out of trouble, whilst sticking to the law.

As you read the story you are following them step by step as they try and solve the case and keep the prime suspect out of jail. The story was believable due to the research of the art world and the historical context of the paintings. The twists in the story kept me guessing to the end who was behind it and without giving anything away, I didn’t expect the ending.

This is a standalone story and anything important was explained, however, I would advise readers to read the story in order as I felt I missed some of the chemistry between Mary and Dalia. This was my own fault for not reading the other books first and as they are on KU I am going to rectify this.

This was a good story that will interest any lovers of mystery and intrigue. A quick read with one of the most quirky characters.       

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/DUALITY-Sides-Same-Coin-Misdirection-ebook/dp/B07VR84PWG/

UShttps://www.amazon.com/DUALITY-Sides-Same-Coin-Misdirection-ebook/dp/B07VR84PWG/

Author Bio –

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins

July 22, 2019 - 5:03 am No Comments

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The Kompromat Kill

They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down.

When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..

Tense, absorbing, and insightful, The Kompromat Kill is a gripping thriller leaving
you breathless at the pace of intrigue, cleverly unravelled in a dramatic finale.

The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins

Published by Failsafe Thriller on 19th June 2019

407 pages

I went into this story a bit apprehensive as I didn’t realise that this was the 2nd series, but there was no reason for my worries. The story was easy to follow and everything that was important in the 1st book was explained in detail, without spoiling the flow of the story.

As I had no idea what Sean Richardson was like, I was pleasantly surprised that he was not a “James Bond” stereotypical spy. I liked him straight away, he was good at what he did, even when he was by himself and up against it.  

Whilst there were quite a few characters, each one was important to the story. The dialogue involving Sean and his colleagues were believable and also helped explain parts of the story. 

Written from a 3rd person POV enables the switching between characters to flow with ease and helps you follow the story as it unfolds. The story was well researched and spookily current in today’s society. The descriptive and well-explained writing had you clearly visualising what was happening and you could imagine it playing on a big screen. As this is a spy thriller, there is a lot of tech involved, but you have a clear understanding of what each bit of tech did. The kills were true assignation style and I enjoyed how inventive some of them were. One of my favourites was a hit from Nadege. 

This was a fast read as lives were in danger and I found it difficult to put down, there was even an OHHH!!!!! moment as another twist to the story was revealed. This story is perfect for spy thriller lovers and can be read as a standalone, although I am curious what went on in The Failsafe Query.   

Purchase Links

UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QFSF44F

 US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFSF44F

Author Bio –

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers. 

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.  

Social Media Links –

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Twitter http://@FailsafeQuery

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Rosebrook Chronicles: The Hidden Chronicles by Helen J Christmas

July 19, 2019 - 5:37 am 1 Comment

Competition at the end of this post………….

Rosebrook Chronicles The Hidden Stories

This series of interwoven stories follows the lives of three abused teenagers, desperate to battle past traumas, pursue their dreams, find love and re-establish broken family ties. 

London 1960. Robin is hypnotised by a dazzling moon and it sets him on a quest to seek a better life. Fearful of his future, he puts his trust in the wrong person, clueless of the trap he is falling into.

Dublin 1968. Two Irish orphans are separated by the Church. Six year old Bess panics at the thought of being sent to London. An English family want to adopt her but if only it didn’t mean abandoning her elder brother… 
Peter meanwhile, has never forgotten her. Fighting to survive in a brutal orphanage, he risks a dangerous escape to reach the mainland and with the law on his tail, he heads for the Capital to find her.

It is not until the 1970s, the lives of the characters intersect. Struggling to cope in a harsh world, how do their experiences shape them into the adults they become and who among them will be believed?

One politician vows to introduce reforms to protect children. But when his only son is bullied at school, alleged to have committed suicide, he knows there is a lot more tunnelling to do if he is to unearth the evil embedded in society.

With snippets of social history from the 70s to the 90s, this book explores the hidden lives of three ordinary citizens.

These victims never had a voice. 
I wrote this book in order to give them one.

Rosebrook Chronicles: The Hidden Chronicles by Helen J Christmas

Published 1st July 2019

273 pages

When siblings Peter and Bessie became orphans, they thought they would be looked after. Robin was an intelligent sensitive teenager who wanted to better himself.

As I am writing this review, this story is still affecting me. I love dark reads but I found parts of this book a difficult read and there were times I had to take a break. Saying that this heart-breaking subject matter was written sensitively and I knew that I wanted to finish this story as I wanted to know how their lives worked out.

At the start, each child is introduced separately and you get to know them in fine detail, but as they story continued, I enjoyed how their lives were interwoven with each other. As you read their story, there is no confusion about who the scenes are about.

This story was well researched, with the historical facts running through the book, you really feel as you are following these characters throughout their lives.

Whilst I have not read others from this series, I felt that I had not missed out on anything as reading the author’s bio, this book features lesser known characters of the series. However, I am now intrigued about the other books in the series and will look out for them to read.

A hard read but I am glad I read it.   

Purchase Links:

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Rosebrook-Chronicles-Helen-J-Christmas-ebook/dp/B07S8HS64Y/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Rosebrook-Chronicles-Helen-J-Christmas-ebook/dp/B07S8HS64Y/

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwasibncZlk&feature=youtu.be 

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Author Bio –

Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she wrote her decade spanning thriller series, Same Face Different Place, Between 2011 and 2017. This five-book mystery suspense series explores British culture and social history from the 70s to the 90s. Inspired by the Bronte sisters in 2016, Helen decided she wanted to develop her writing skills by compiling a book of character-driven short stories. In 2018 she completed Rosebrook Chronicles (The Hidden Stories), a unique novel which gives extra background information to her series. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provides endless inspiration for writing, something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter, and she enjoys blogging, country walks, photography and cookery.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://www.samefacedifferentplace.com

Blog: https://samefacedifferentplace.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.helenchristmas/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SFDPBeginnings

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5838032.Helen_J_Christmas

Pinterest Book 1: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/helenxmas/same-face-different-place-visions-book-2-by-helen-/

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The Reunion by Guillaume Musso

July 16, 2019 - 5:18 am No Comments

The Reunion by Guillaume Musso

Published by Weidenfield and Nicolson on 11th July 2019

289 pages

The majority of the thrillers I read are usually set in the UK, so it was a pleasant change to read a story set somewhere else.

The story follows Thomas Degalais an author as he goes back to his former school to celebrate its 50th anniversary. As soon as he lands he his hit with memories of his teenage years and through these memories, we are taken on the mystery of missing girl Vinca Rockwell.

From the discovery of a body, I was drawn into this story. The moment Thomas lands in France, you are drawn into a mystery that had been ongoing for over 25 years. The story alternates between past and present without confusion and as you get to read other characters role in the mystery, you find out exactly what had gone on.

I did not have a clue who was behind the threats and the disappearance and as more facts and clues were revealed I kept changing my mind.

This book is beautifully written and the descriptions give you the feeling that you are watching this story unfold on a big screen, but underneath the beauty, there was a dark side to the story and as more is revealed about Vinca, you soon realise that she is not the girl that Thomas fell in love with 25 years before. Whilst the story revolves around Thomas other characters make an impact in the story and whilst he is a character you would love to hate, I really liked Stephane Pianelli, a journalist that wasn’t afraid to upset people and who got a satisfaction in rubbing Thomas up the wrong way and I would have liked to know what Thomas had done to him at school.

With a well plotted story, I read it over one evening as I wanted to find out what had happened.

This is the first book I have read from this author and I will look out for more of their work.

Chop Shop by Andrew Post

July 16, 2019 - 5:09 am No Comments

Chop Shop

Amber Hawthorne and Jolene Morris, roommates and business partners at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, are drowning in debt. Because both young women have trouble keeping their partying habits in line, they start selling body parts on the black market to keep their business alive – and their new buyers seem friendly and trustworthy enough at first. That is until the dead gangster they’ve recently parted up turns out to have been full of disease. Now Amber and Jolene’s buyers want something else to make up for lost profits, leaving the two undertakers to learn sometimes running your own business can cost you an arm and a leg. Literally.

Chop Shop by Andrew Post

Published by Flame Tree Press on 27th June 2019

288 pages

As soon as I saw the cover of this book, it grabbed my attention, after reading the blurb, I was intrigued and knew that I must read it.

The story follows three main characters. Frank a struck off doctor who makes his money patching people up and Amber and Jolene, friends from college who now spend their time running a soon to be a bankrupt funeral home.

As you start this book you alternate between Frank, Amber and Jolene and the more you read, the more you learn about their former lives and the lengths they are going through to survive. Whilst Frank, Amber and Jolene were the stars of the show, each character you meet all have a story to tell. It did not matter which character you were reading about as they were all described in detail. There were some characters that were larger than life and if you watch gangster films you will recognise some of the same characteristics.

Even though the subject matter was dark, the story was broken up with some funny moments and if you like dark humour than this is a book for you. One scene I found the funny side to involved Cornelius and Jolene in the funeral home. Just as I thought I knew where the story was going the author added a scene that completely threw me. As I wanted to find out what would happen to Frank I could not put this book down and as there was always something going on, it made this story a quick read.

This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last. If you are looking for a unique horror story than give this book a read.

Meet the Author

Andrew Post was born in Erie, Pennsylvania (imagine Eraserhead but in color). While he was honing his craft as a writer (those early stories were awful) he worked in a gift shop in one of the scuzziest hotels in the Midwest, he cleaned rental cars (also gross), he was a butcher (despite being a vegetarian), and in 2013 his first novel, the cyberpunk thriller, Knuckleduster, was published. No one really seemed to care much but he kept at it and has since published a handful of other works to varying degrees of resulting public interest with a few seeing translations and one almost became a movie (that lit agent has since been fired). For Chop Shop, Andrew was inspired by the (early) films of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and Martin Scorsese, as well as the deliberately overthe-top horror films of the 80s like Peter Jackson’s Braindead. That was the goal with Chop Shop: a comedic crime caper with buckets of gore. Andrew lives in a sleepy river town in Minnesota where he may or may not be planning aquatic “accidents” to befall the many other authors who live in the area and he has been mistaken for Rob Zombie on no less than ten separate occasions.