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Dead and Talking by Des Burkinshaw

July 12, 2019 - 5:35 am No Comments

Here is my review for Dead and Talking and at the end there is a competition to win a copy of this book.

Dead & Talking

If a ghost appeared from nowhere, rescued you from suicide and then ordered you to start solving crimes to help dead people, what would you do? When it happens to Porter Norton, he just wants to put his head in his hands and have nothing to do with it. But now he has to atone for the family curse that has seen all the men die at their own hands for five generations. The Gliss, the sarcastic spirit that rescues him, says he can now and see and hear the Dead – if he’s close to their remains. Porter has to use his unwelcome gift to clear up past injustices. Or else. Forced to investigate the murder of a WW1 British Tommy executed for spying in 1917, he begins to suspect the case has links to his own family history. Along the way, Porter enlists the help of a bickering group of misfits, who struggle to stay involved – because only fools believe in the supernatural, don’t they? Full of pop culture references, banter and twists, the story takes us from present-day London and Flanders to scenes from World War 1. As Porter, The Gliss, and friends, get deeper into the explosive case, they discover their own lives and sanity are at stake. An evil from WW1 pursues them all.

Dead and Talking by Des Burkinshaw

Published by magnificent! on 10th March 2019

358 pages

After I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book, I was intrigued, a main character who could see a ghost like creature and hear the final words of the dead.

Porter Norton was having a major life changing crisis, he was in the process of losing his job, his foster mom was seriously ill, he had a love/hate relationship with his sister and his family had a curse. Following Porter as he was trying to put right the injustices of the deceased, was a unique story to me. Thanks to The Gliss, Porter had been given an unusual gift, where he could hear the final thoughts of the dead, and by following clues enable them to rest in peace.  Tasked with helping these people to atone for his family sins, his 1st mission was to help Private Max Cartwright who in WW1 was shot as a spy. Whilst he was investigating, he hooked up with a sceptic ghost hunter Feng Tian, who with his eccentricity made a great sidekick.

The mystery of Private Max Cartwright and what really happened had me hooked, as I was reading the story, I felt that I was with Porter as he was investigating. Running throughout were the stories of Max Cartwright and Porter’s great grandfather Harry Norton, and with the help of Harry’s diaries, Porter’s research notes and the soldier’s story, we get to find out what really happened. Reading their story showed just how bad the soldiers’ life was in the trenches of Ypres.

Even after I have finished this book, I am still remembering certain scenes and giggling to myself.  All I will say is the ambulance scenes. The story was well researched and had a perfect blend of paranormal and humour. Some of the scenes have a dark subject matter again showing how brutal the war was. As I got into the story I read it fairly quickly and before I knew it I had finished it.

This is a new to me author and I hope I don’t have to wait too long to read more about Porter and The Gliss.  

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PLLNB4M

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PLLNB4M

Author Bio –

Born in the middle of the Summer of Love on a pre-fab council estate in Luton, teenage bitterness and a chance viewing of the Watergate movie, All the President’s Men, made him vow to become a journalist and bring down the government. 

First he had to pay for his journalism course, so he became a civil servant. Literally the day he had enough for his fees, he packed it in.
Twelve years on from watching the film, he was a journalist at The Times and had a big hand in bringing down John Major’s government. News ambitions sated, he packed that in too. 

Several years of working for Channel 4, ITV and the BBC as a senior producer saw him working across the world, but he eventually got fed up with asking bands how the new album was coming along, and packed it in. 

He set up his own production company magnificent! in 2002 and simultaneously worked on the BBC Live Events team for another 10 years. But then six years of work on the Olympics came along, so he packed the BBC in. Again. 

Des has jammed with many of his heroes from Paul McCartney to Brian Wilson, Queen to Nancy Sinatra. He has interviewed many A-listers, including David Bowie, Michael Caine, John Cleese and even Noam Chomsky. 

He has directed/produced a fairly long list of people – Muse, Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, produced BBC3’s Glastonbury coverage for a couple of years, made films about leprosy in India, comedy shorts with Miranda Hart and Lenny Henry and played guitar for Chas and Dave at the Hackney Empire. 

He has made 300+ short films for the Queen, MI5, the BBC, Sky, Discovery, EMI, the British Academy and dozens of authorities, charities and private sector firms. His most recent publication was a series of interviews with leading academics like Mary Beard on the state of the humanities which was published as a standalone magazine by the British Academy.

Fed up with travelling and determined to be a half-decent dad, he now works in London as often as he can. He runs the Young Directors Film School making movies with young people and is about to head up the Digital Film and Video MA at Tileyard. An avid musician and producer, he releases his third album as Romano Chorizo (he plays drums, bass, piano, guitar and really bad sax). 

He hates to be pigeon-holed, thinks creativity is a learned state of mind and wishes they would teach people memory and learning techniques at school. 

Dead & Talking is his first novel, the first in a series of Porter & The Gliss investigations.

Social Media Links –  www.desburkinshaw.com   twitter.com/DesBurkinshaw, facebook as Des Burkinshaw   

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A Heart in the Right Place by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

January 22, 2019 - 6:48 am No Comments

A Heart in the Right Place by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

Published by Pigeon Park Press on 30th November 2018

228 pages

As soon as the blog tour was announced for this book, I knew that I had to be part of it. One thing I love about these authors is that I will always get a laugh reading their work.

Nick always thinks he is the failure out of the 2 sons. Planning a special trip for his terminally ill father, he orders a special gift for his dad’s birthday. Finn is a killer for hire, paid to do the dirty work for corporate bodies, she has been paid to get a heart. When their paths cross, what follows is a comedy of errors.

Nick and his dad Tony were 2 great characters. Nick a Generation Y, was not practical, thought outside the box and things tended to go wrong, Tony was the complete opposite, a typical dad, hardworking and practical. At the start of the book, their relationship was disjointed as Nick was trying too hard, but as disaster, after disaster followed, they started to get closer. Some of my favourite scenes happened when their lives were in danger and they were discussing films and survival techniques.

The description of Finn as the terminator was spot on, a no-nonsense woman who got the job done regardless of how bloody it got and who had a fascination of cataloguing the people she met.

Throughout the book, everyday items were put to unusual uses and I never knew how versatile Duct tape was. The imagination of the authors is incredible and I always wonder where they get their ideas from. Who else would come up with Finn abseiling down using intestines attached to the man she just killed. 

This book had it all, action, horror and comedy all rolled into one fast-paced thriller. Whilst the story is bloody and gory, you don’t notice, as you are giggling about the situation that caused the mess. This was a quick loveable read and if it was not for real life I would have read it in one sitting. Whilst this is a standalone story, I would love to see Nick and Tony tackle other chaotic adventures.

Mr Sucky by Duncan P Bradshaw

November 3, 2018 - 3:51 pm No Comments

Mr Sucky by Duncan P Bradshaw
Published by EyeCue Production on 2nd November 2018
127 pages

The idea of a vacuum cleaner responsible for mayhem and murder is what drew me to this book. Clive Beauchamp had an unusual childhood which resulted in him becoming a serial killer. But when his latest victim became the killer, his consciousness ended up being transported to a Mr Sucky. a vacuum cleaner with bite.
From the start of the story Clive came across as a bit of a blundering fool. How he had got away with murder for so long was a mystery. If it was not for his inner voice, think of Jiminy Cricket on steroids, he would not have killed anyone. But when he died and was brought back to life in the body of a vacuum cleaner, he had a new purpose, to get revenge with the maximum amount of violence that a suction hose could make.
This was a quick read and a laugh a minute. The action was non-stop, and I was hooked from page one. Written from Clive’s POV made the story flow, his inner voice played a big part in the narrative, but there was no confusion as their words were written in italics. Whilst the inner voice had no identity, I was imagining that it was one of Clive’s siblings who met a tragic end, either by Clive’s or his father’s hands. As the killings started so did the gore and some of the killings were quite unique. I did wonder how much time the author looked at vacuum parts imagining what damaged to a human body each part could do. The killings were quite graphic and as I was reading these scenes, I was thinking was I wrong to laugh. The book had a lot of one-liners and play on words, usually between Clive and his inner voice which broke up the violence.
As the story continues you get to find out more about Mr Sucky’s victims and even their stories were detailed, and you soon find out the reason Angela was with Clive. One minor detail that I will mention is the naming of one of the victims. Whilst my name is not uncommon it is rare to see it in a story, even though they were dead.
This story was fun to read and if you like your horror filled with humour than this is the perfect read for you. One thing I did come away with, was that I will never look at my own vacuum cleaner in the same light again and got me thinking what other appliances could do the most damage to people. A great read which should not be read in public unless you want to be looked at when you start laughing aloud.

Family Reunion (Charon Family Adventure Book 1) by Rod Pennington

October 29, 2018 - 9:19 pm No Comments

Family Reunion (Charon Family Adventure Book 1) by Rod Pennington
Published by ePulpPress.com on 8th February 2014
169 pages

What does an ex-CIA agent do when he gets sacked, he opens an exclusive security company. Hired by governments to do their dirty work, he was respected by everyone, well that was until he met his children.
Michael Charon was good at what he did, although like most spies came across as cocky. He met his match with Olivia, who had bottled all her resentment for him and let him have it with both barrels. Following them as they go on their 1st mission, was just like a family outing. A dad with their stroppy teens. Whilst Olivia and Seth were twins they were completely opposites, but due to their background were very close.
Whilst Michael and family are the main characters, some of my favourite scenes involved some of the minor characters. Master Rōshi reminded me of a stoned-out Mister Miyagi and some of the comments towards Michael were hysterical.
As you follow them from the start of the investigation, you get drawn into much more than who killed the love of his life. There are twists through out and you could imagine this been made into a TV series. Whilst this is tagged Dark Comedy, I don’t think it is that dark, however the comedy moments will have you laughing. Thanks usually to Olivia’s smart mouth. This was a fast-paced thriller and with only 169 pages a quick read. Further books are out in the series, so you carry on with the happy family.

Larry by Adam Millard

September 18, 2016 - 8:56 pm No Comments

Larry by Adam Millard

Published by Crowded Quarantine Publication on 4th August 2014

242 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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OMG what can I say about this book, I have never laughed so much whilst reading a horror book.

Larry ‘Pigface’ Travers loves his pig mask and his axe, he is your typical slasher that wields his axe at Camp Diamond Creek. In the late 70s he was a name that teenagers feared after hacking over 100 teenagers to death. Jump forward 30 years and he is back to scratch his killer itch. You can just imagine an old man hobbling around the camp killing teenagers, coughing and wheezing talking to his pig mask which after 30 years as decided to talk to him. If you watch slasher films then you know the #1 rule, ‘The Final girl does not get killed’, but does Larry stick to this golden rule.

There are plenty of comedy scenes in this book and one of my favourites is the scene with the Hillbilly at the petrol station. The one liner at the end of this scene was hysterical.

Joking aside this book is really well written and I read it in one sitting as I wanted to see how Larry could pull off more killings. The death scenes were gory and the description of each death was written in a way which made you feel as you were watching a slasher film. The story although following the guidelines of the classic slasher films was original and I would love to know where he got the idea of a pig mask.  

I am glad that Larry II is out as I want to know how Pigface can return, although I have my ideas. If you love horror or just want a laugh, then buy this book. WARNING read this book in the comfort of your own home as you may get funny looks from members of the public if you break out into fits of laughter whilst reading it