Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

March 20, 2019 - 5:54 am No Comments

So it’s my turn on this blog tour.

Blurb: Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.

Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.

But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

Published by Creativia on 30th November 2018

257 pages

A lottery win, an ancient ruin and supernatural goings-on. 

Claire Bennett was a likeable character, living an ordinary life in Colchester. Since she was old enough to work, she had always worked in a bank, that was until she won the lottery. However, winning all that money never changed her, as she was always embarrassed when people brought it up. I thought she was brave purchasing a derelict building, as whilst she could speak Spanish, she did not know anything about the history or what to expect when she got there. Her impulse buy also showed what a dreamer she was and that she wanted a better life away from the humdrum of Colchester.

I was reading this whilst the UK was hit by Storm Gareth and whilst I was hearing the wind and rain, I was so envious of Claire. I have never been to Fuerteventura, but I enjoyed reading about the island and with all the detail, I could tell that the author had a passion for this part of the world. The historical element made the story come alive as you got to learn more about the house and the former occupants of the island. It also enforced my belief that Claire did not want to brag about her money, as she was uncomfortable every time she read about the actions of the nobility. Because you learn so much about the house, the haunting of the house has you wondering who is behind it and with the workman refusing to work on the property, was it a dangerous spirit. Paco’s passion for Olivia Stone, adds another twist as you get drawn into her mysterious disappearance and also adds a romance element to the book. The author had a way of bringing even the smallest character to life, the picturesque detail lets you easily imagine the locals and you get to find out as much about Gloria who run the local café as you do about Claire.        

This is a gentle slow-paced mystery, which I read fairly quickly. With its mixture of genres, this has got something for a lot of readers. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and checking my kindle I am glad to say I have some more of their books to read.

Buying link http://viewbook.at/ClarissaWarning

Author Bio –  Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat. 

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My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

February 9, 2019 - 7:23 pm No Comments

My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Killer Reads on 8th February 2019

197 pages

Returning home after 9 years stirs up a lot of bad memories for Emily. Her sister Madie has a secret but needs to tell her in person. Meeting her niece and nephew for the 1st time, she spends a pleasant time with the family, but when she wakes up to find her sister missing and the police reluctant to help, she knows she has to do something.

Emily was headstrong and even though she had not had much contact with her sister in a while, she knew that she had not just upped and left. Living in a small town where everyone knew each others business made her search more difficult as the majority of the town had the same opinion. This made her more determined to find out the truth.  

The author hooks you in from the start and from page one you are wondering why Emily has a fear of going home. As Emily investigates, more and more of their childhood is revealed and whilst Emily can remember a lot, her fear of the woods and the nasty scar still remains locked away.

This is a fast-paced thriller and if it wasn’t for real life getting in the way I would have read it in one sitting. Emily’s character developed as more of her sister’s secret was revealed and her bond with her niece and nephew showed her what she was missing. Just as you think you know what had happened, the author throws another twist to keep you guessing. I can honestly say that I did not have a clue who was behind Madie’s disappearance. This is a well-plotted thriller and would make a good addition to any thriller’s library.

Another good read by this author

The Lock: A CSI Eddie Collins Novella by Andrew Barrett

February 3, 2019 - 9:22 pm No Comments

The Lock: A CSI Eddie Collins Novella by Andrew Barrett

Published by The Ink Foundry on 13th January 2019

131 pages

Eddie Collins is a CSI, you know who they are. They get sent to suspected scenes of crime, look for evidence and document the scenes. When an elderly man is found dead in his home, he has to check it out to see if there was any sign of foul play. Everything looked ok until he finds an ancient key grasped in the deceased’s hand. Knowing he has to investigate, he searches around the house, although he wishes he hadn’t.

 Whilst I have not read any of this series, I took to Eddie straightaway. He was not a people person and had a quirky sense of humour, who else would walk around an unknown house in the dark, playing horror movies in his mind, waiting to be scared.

Written from Eddie’s POV, it is easy to follow him around whilst he was looking for clues. Added to this were memoirs from the deceased, helping explain what had happened in the house. Without giving anything away, I did not see any of it coming and was surprised with what had happened and it showed just how good Eddie was with deciphering the evidence.

It was a pleasant change to read a thriller that did not involve a police officer or private investigator. I enjoyed how the evidence was explained in layman’s terms and you do not need a good understanding of the science behind it.   

As this is a standalone novella in the series, I did not have to read to any of the previous books to know what was going on and I am going to check out the other books in the series. If you like your thrillers a bit on the dark side than pick up this book.   

Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar

December 1, 2018 - 8:17 pm No Comments

Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar
Published by Tachyon Publications on 6th November 2018
290 pages

Living in Palestine is dangerous, even getting on a bus could get you blown up. A wall is being built to keep the Ugandans out, but there is a lot of unrest and the Ugandans want their land back.
Lior Tirosh is an author of detective novels that you normally see for sale at airports. Having moved to Berlin to escape the troubles, he has to return to Palestine to visit his sick father, but whilst there he finds out that his niece is missing. As soon as he starts his journey, he soon becomes a person of interest. Can he put what he writes into practice?
This is one book I will probably read again, as I am sure that I have missed something, which made the review quite hard to do. This book switches between 1st and 3rd person POV which I got into quickly as it was seamless, enabling the reader to follow Lior as he steps on the plane and the danger he is going home to and also following the watchers. One of my favourite characters was Special Agent Bloom, not from this world but a man of morals and always wanted to do what’s right.
This starts off as a mystery and whilst it was a slower pace, really held my interest as there was always something going on. The addition of the sci-fi element took the story in another direction and I did find myself re-reading parts so I could follow what was going on, although I was a bit confused at the end.
If you like alternative history than this is a good book to read as it does get you thinking what if with its mashup of genres it will attract a lot of readers.

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery

November 16, 2018 - 7:07 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 16th November 2018
307 pages

Beatrice and the rest of the Newshound had survived the Cryptic Crypt and now the darkening heart was lying dormant in Dorsal Finn. But like all evil entities, it won’t rest forever. Now on their school holidays, they are enjoying their freedom and looking forward to a celebrity party on The Spirit of the Ocean. But what they don’t plan for is revenge from a 16th-century witch.
Beatrice and her friends are a lot closer and you can tell that the prophecy of the Darkening heart is playing on their minds. Whilst Beatrice is still the star of the show, the story’s plot gave the opportunity for other characters to show what they are made of. One such character was Emily, being profoundly deaf did not stop her doing anything that she wanted, and when their lives were in danger she knew exactly what to do. She was confident and strong-minded, my only dislike was the football team that she supported, but I can forgive her for that. The other character that had matured was Thomas, Beatrice’s little brother, whilst he still annoyed her with his fixations you could see how much he cared for her and when they were separated, he put his fear aside to get involved in the fight.
From page 1 you are drawn into an action-packed adventure and with the magical element enables the author to introduce some very strange creatures. The story was a quick read as there was always something going on. The descriptive scenes enable your imagination going into overdrive. Scattered throughout are funny one-liners, usually down to Edna, Dorothy, Maud and Agnes, 4 old dears that like to put the world to rights and you will find yourself having a little giggle at their expense.
Whilst it is the 2nd in the series it can be read as a standalone as anything important is explained in detail. This is the perfect book for a youngster who wants a scary bedtime story or to encourage an older child to pick up a read. However, as an adult, I loved it as it reminded me of books like the Famous five or a Nancy Drew book. Another great addition to the Beatrice Beecham series.