Posts Tagged ‘Novella’

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.   

Deviations from the Norm by Mark Allan Gunnells

January 28, 2019 - 8:56 pm No Comments

Early last week as part of LGBTQ+ month Ginger Nuts of Horror posted an interview with Mark Allan Gunnells. If you want to read more of the interview here it is http://gingernutsofhorror.com/interviews/lgbtq-focus-five-minutes-with-author-mark-allan-gunnells

 

I was introduced to this author’s work when I read Where the Dead Go to Die in collaboration with Aaron Dries. Mark Allan Gunnells is one author that when a new book is released, I one-click straight away. Deviations from the Norm is the latest release

Deviations from the Norm by Mark Allan Gunnells

Published 22nd September 2018

302 pages

This book consists of three novellas of variant lengths, each one with a different theme and all three will draw you in.

The Unholy Eucharist is the longest of the novellas. When Peter, a stranger to Father Ryan wants to tell him his story, he didn’t believe what he was hearing.  Spanning over centuries this story tells the tale of the events leading up the 1st vampire and how he learnt to survive. With a well-known religious story as the backstory, I really enjoyed this novella. As the story progresses, you follow Peter on a journey that has its ups and downs, going from someone who everyone loved to a loathed creature. As I was reading this story I really felt for Peter as all he wanted to do was save a life. As it covers a long period of time, you appreciate how Peter had to adapt to the society he was living in, to protect his secret and others that he came into contact with. Having to learn to make his own decision from all the information and dramatic life-changing events thrown at him. The ending to this story was ingenious and has you wondering what would happen next.

Kronoz: Martin Garland had not had a good childhood, living with an alcoholic mom, he never knew who his father was and was too scared to ask. However, after one drinking session, his mom revealed a secret that would have an everlasting memory. Whilst his childhood wasn’t perfect, his adult life was a success. Throughout all his success, he had a burning desire to help his mom and Kronoz was invented. Martin was one of those characters that I took an instant like to, whilst he had a difficult upbringing, he never made excuses and always tried to be the best. The older he got, he always kept that ethos with whatever he was doing. The invention of time travel have you wondering what would you do in that situation and I could understand why it was done.     

The Price of Success is a story of two university friends who both studying English. Throughout their education, there was talk of a book collaboration and whilst they both dream of success as authors, only one gets what they think they want. Mat and Brad were complete opposites and as you read this story,  you realise how much their personality changes with the success that is given. When the deal is made with Mr Pyre, the twists that follow have you guessing where the story was taking you. The story reached a perfect ending, which I was pleased to read.

This is a good read for any horror or fantasy reader. The stories are short enough for you to read in one sitting as once you start one, you will not want to put it down. I am looking forward to what this author is going to bring out in 2019     

The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali

November 6, 2018 - 6:59 pm No Comments

The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali
Published 20th May 2016
145 pages

Michael had a great job, a loving wife and gorgeous son, but the world came crashing down when he walked in to his wife holding a gun. From that fatal moment you could find Michael at a bottom of a bottle. In steps Lucifer who makes a deal, capture my souls and free your family.
As a cop Michael was a good man, but after losing his family, he came resentful and bitter. Only finding solace in a bottle of whiskey, he didn’t want to live his life. The only time he became alive was when he was capturing the souls.
Throughout this story you find out all about Michael’s life, from the moment he met his wife to after her death. Whilst his story is not in chronological order, it is not confusing as each chapter is dated. This also helped break up Michael’s killing spree, so you were not hit by it all at once. The planning through the story made it flow seamless and you are drawn into Michael’s life.
Where there is the Devil, there is also God and his appearance was nothing like I imagined. There are some big reveals at the end and it will help you decide whether Michael had made the right decision to go into business with the Devil.
When you think the story stops, the author hits you with the epilogue, which takes the story in a different direction and will make you download the sequel Escape from Hell. At only 150 pages you will read this quickly. The warnings are on this book for a reason and there may be scenes that make shock some readers. But as a lover of dark fiction this was right up my street.

Blood Spell Lily Luchesi

August 10, 2018 - 8:53 pm No Comments

Blood Spell by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy Publishing and Encompass Ink on 8th August 2018

Bloodworth and Moonspell are the two remaining old magical families. Rivals for years and Tobias and Simon were keeping the tradition alive. But when a Nash Thornhill a third mage who got his powers by deceit and wanted to kill them both. They must work together to stay alive.
This was a quick read and from the first page you are drawn into a magical story about love and betrayal. With only a few characters the story concentrates on Tobias and Simon. They were complete opposites and whilst Tobias was bullied by Simon, he always had an attraction for him. Although Simon was confident when he was with his friends, he was submissive and timid when he was with Tobias. Tobias was in his element when he was making his potions or playing in the dungeons.
When the prophecy was revealed, you had a sense of failure for their relationship but as the story continues there is hope. When Thornhill sees his chance to defeat the mages, the story is built up to a thrilling final battle.
I have not read many M/M books, but I knew with this author that I would be in for a good read. This book will not be for everyone and is definitely an 18+ read. However, if you want a quick fantasy love story than this is the book for you. I read this book in an hour and my only complaint was that I wish it was longer. As for the other characters, I hope that the author develops a story about Amy, the half fae.

Out today https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Spell-Lily-Luchesi-ebook/dp/B07GBHDSPX/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1533934250&sr=8-4&keywords=Blood+Spell

Bermuda: A thrilling prequel novella by Robert Enright

June 8, 2018 - 5:32 am No Comments

Bermuda: A thrilling prequel novella by Robert Enright
Published 4th June 2018
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

If you have read Doorways and The Absent Man, then you would recognise Franklyn “Bermuda” Jones. Whilst hints are throughout these books of his earliest life in the BTCO, I wanted to know more. Bermuda is that story.
Reading this book, you soon realise what a lonely life Bermuda had. Having no one to explain why he can see the Otherside, his only hope was medical intervention, which did not go down well. Once he was on the BTCO radar he found his purpose with his life and we get to learn more about the agency and the people who worked there.
We follow him whilst he is going through training and on his first case. We are introduced to is partner Argyle, but the author does not give to much away about his past, given me hope that a short story will be written about him. On this case Bermuda spent most of his time with his trainer Denham. I really liked Denham, he was no nonsense and reminded me of a sergeant major in the Army. There was a bond between himself and Bermuda and by the end I think they were friends. Denham whilst not liking Bermuda’s methods knew that he was an exceptional agent.
This was a quick read and it was interesting to follow Bermuda from not having a purpose to becoming the agent who got the job done. The creatures from the Otherside are fiendish as ever, their killings are savage. Because Bermuda is not as experienced, the story felt more intense. If you have not read any of the full length novels than this is a good book to start your journey, if like me you have than it a good book to carry on Bermuda’s story.