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Children in Chains by Lorraine Mace

May 30, 2019 - 5:09 am No Comments

My turn has arrived for Children in Chains blog tour, 2nd in the DI Paolo Sterling series by Lorraine Mace.

 Children in Chains

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

Children in Chains

Published by Accent Press Ltd on 21st February 2019

245 pages

Following a few months after Retriever of Souls, Paolo is still his ex-wife’s no1 enemy. Katy is still in trauma after her kidnapping and showing no sign of recovery, but when a child is found dead from an overdose and signs of abuse, DI Paolo has to put his family on hold.

If you have read book 1 then a lot of the characters were familiar. Whilst Paolo is still the star of the story, you learn more about the other offices on the case.  Dave Johnson is becoming a fine officer, but as you read this story, you soon learn why he finds this case so hard. CC, the only woman on the case, is her usual confident self and with her wild hair colourings, she did give some light relief to the story. Dr Carter a new character, gives more of an insight into Paolo’s family life and just what a struggle he had with normality.

As in book one, you are hit with graphic scenes from the onset. The story of child trafficking and abuse is not an easy subject to read and whilst you hope it would not happen, you only have to turn on the news to see that it is going on. Saying that the author does write about this difficult subject with sympathy and sensitivity. As a mom to a daughter, my heart went out to all the girls.

From the start you know who is behind the trafficking and the person behind the abuse, the story follows Paolo as he tries to solve the case. This story was well plotted and I enjoyed the intricate plan of the trafficking explaining how the gang to pull it off.

This was another great gritty read which was riveting to the end. With Injection of Insanity out soon, I wonder how many more harrowing cases DI Paolo Sterling can solve. A must read for any fans of dark gritty thrillers.  

Price Drop Alert! 

Children In Chains is on offer at 99p/99c across all Amazon stores until June 15.

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2

Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52

Retriever of Souls by Lorraine Mace

May 12, 2019 - 5:23 am No Comments

It is my turn on the Retriever of Souls blog tour, a new to me author but when I read the blurb it grabbed my attention.

Retriever of Souls

Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.

So here is my thoughts on the book.

Retriever of Souls by Lorraine Mace

Published by Accent Press on 13th December 2018

253 pages

The story follows DI Sterling as he tries to stop a dangerous killer. When the mutilated body is found and IDed, he thought he had got his man, but trying to make a case against him was harder than he thought. Not only had he got more bodies turning up, he was also trying to get used to being separated and still being a good dad to his teenage daughter.

The story alternates between DI Sterling and the killer, without being confusing. Reading the killer perspective shows you just how sadistic and troubled the killer was. As you follow DI Sterling you realise just how much of a mess his home life and when more pressure is put on him by his wife, it is a wonder he doesn’t crack. His working relationship with his partner DS Dave Johnson starts off a bit rocky and it did come across as he did not want to work with him, but as the story continues you see him more as a mentor.

As soon as you start the book you know what you are getting into. From the 1st scene, you are taken on a dark journey. There are some topics and scenes that some readers may find disturbing but this adds to the grittiness of the story. The hunt for the killer is hidden with twists and red herrings, that kept me guessing to the end. The plot was well thought out and was fast paced.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers. As soon as I finished it, I one clicked the 2nd in the series and have pre-ordered the 3rd.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Retriever-Souls-positively-compelling-Sterling-ebook/dp/B07HJ83F6N

US – https://www.amazon.com/Retriever-Souls-positively-compelling-Sterling-ebook/dp/B07HJ83F6N

Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52

Blog Tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

February 21, 2019 - 6:21 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin…..Here is the blurb

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?

One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

Published on 11th February 2019

315 pages

When Paul Ray, a 12-year-old boy goes missing at school, all that’s left is a high quantity of blood and it doesn’t look good. Tasked with the case, DCI Yorke had history with the family, but can he put his prejudice aside and find the boy alive?

Even though I have finished this story I could not tell you much about DCI Yorke, he kept himself to himself and had a few close friends. He was good at his job and ran a tight ship. Throughout the story, there were hints about his past life and I hope that I get to know more about him in future books  

The history of the Rays is revealed throughout the story and with every generation having an evil streak, the suspect list gets longer. As you find out more about the Rays you can understand why the residents of Salisbury despise them.

Whilst the book had a lot going on, it was an easy story to follow. From the abduction, you are following DCI Yorke as he investigates the crime and it did feel like you were watching a police drama on the TV. Scenes were described in detail and some readers may find some of the torture scenes a bit gruesome. However. these scenes helped enforce how dark certain members of the Ray family were. Other scenes had me shouting at the characters as I was getting so involved in the story. One of my favourite scenes was the car chase in the multi-storey carpark.

There were enough twists in the story to keeping me guessing to the end and as more clues came out about who was behind it, I found myself emotionally torn between feeling sorry for them and wanting them to be caught.

Being so involved in the story this was a fast read as I wanted to find out who was behind the crime. If you are looking for a dark thriller than pick up this book and I will look out for more books by this author 

Buying links UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

US https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

Author’s Bio

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. 

​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

Twitter https://twitter.com/MarkinWes

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WesMarkinAuthor/

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

June 28, 2018 - 6:12 pm No Comments

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Published by Cornerstone Digital on 29th June 2017
323 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read the Temperance series I was interested to read something different by her. Sunday Night is a woman with a past, now living in isolation, all she wanted was a quiet life. However after a bombing at a Jewish school resulting in fatalities and a missing girl, she is hired to find the bombers.
From page 1 you knew Sunday was damaged, and as you read more of her story is revealed. She is head strong who found it hard to trust and does not take to authority figures. I liked her, Sunday she was one of those people who got the job done and didn’t care how she went about doing it. With her uniform background, she was definitely up for the job. I found at the start she was a bit disjointed and it seemed that she had not got a clue and was winging it a bit. But this made her feel more real. However as soon as Gus joined her, it seemed to click and you felt that they would get the job done.
I felt that it started a bit slow but soon picked up pace as more information was found. With Sunday being so paranoid there was a lot of fine detail put into her style and habits and you knew exactly what she was doing. Information about the terrorists were drip fed throughout at the story and this made you want to carry on reading as you wanted to find out whether Sunday found the missing teenager. The author had a way of leading you in a different direction and the scenes in italics was not about who I thought they were
For a 1st in which I hope will be a new series this was a good start and I hope there will be more of Sunday Night

Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder

June 24, 2018 - 8:47 pm No Comments

Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder
Published by Bloodhound Books on 29th April 2017
350 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When the skeletal remains of a young woman are found in the woods, DI Bliss is called in to investigate. Coming back from a suspension, Bliss knows the case is going to be tough one. Not only are the bones old but the senior officers are breathing down his neck.
A crime thriller is not the same without a trouble MC and boy was Bliss troubled. Haunted by the past, Bliss always wanted to see justice done even if it meant him clashing with his superior officers. His only true friends were DC Penny Chandler and DC Bobby Dunne, both who work with him closely. The relationship between Bliss and Chandler was as close as siblings, the only one who knew about his past Chandler was always there for him, keeping him grounded when he had a wild idea. There were a couple of characters that I took an instant dislike to, one was “The Bone Lady” as I found her to forward, especially as she knew some of Bliss’ past
From the moment the bones are found, Bliss and Co get down to action. Starting from nothing, you wonder how the body can be identified let a lone who murdered her. The plot was well written and it felt like you were watching one of those true crime documentaries. There were red herrings throughout to throw you off track, and I could not get over how good the ending was as I never saw it coming.
Whilst it was a slow start, due to the amount of information that had to be found, the pace soon picked up as Bliss was putting the pieces together. Set in Peterborough, this was a good example of UK Police procedure. One thing I was glad about was that Bonnie and Clyde were ok. I will definitely carry on with this series, cause who does not love a troubled cop.