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A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn

May 13, 2019 - 5:36 am 1 Comment

Having read Clarissa’s warning, I volunteered straightaway to be on the blog tour for A Matter of Latitude.

A Matter of Latitude

From the acclaimed author of The Drago Tree comes a riveting thriller about survival, revenge and long-hidden secrets.

When local Lanzarote anti-corruption activist, Celestino, is T-boned on a lonely stretch of road, he knows the collision was no accident.

Wounded and fearing for his life, he hides in an abandoned fishing village, waiting for a chance to make it home. Meanwhile his wife, English expat Paula, is distraught. Her pursuit of answers is deflected when her neighbour, troublesome retiree Shirley Mobad, co-opts Paula on her escapades around the Canary Islands.

Paula’s search for her husband quickly descends into mayhem, danger and intrigue. Before long, she realizes she’s being followed. She needs answers, and fast.

But where is Celestino, and will he ever make it back alive?

“A Matter of Latitude simmers with danger, betrayal and treachery, drawing the reader into the island’s history of shady dealings and uneasy relationships between natives, tourists and expats… Isobel Blackthorn has crafted an atmospheric and setting-rich novel with alluring lyrical style.” – Sandi Wallace, award-winning crime fiction author

So here are my thoughts.

A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn

Published on 7th December 2018

290 pages

It took me a while to warm to Paula, as at the start she came across as a bit ungrateful and envious of her parents, but as the story continues you realise how hard it had been for her to adjust to living in a foreign country, not fluent in the language and how hard she was trying for her daughter. When Celestino went missing she was at a bit of a loss and was torn between find out where he was and trying not to get him in trouble with the police. Celestino was a local artist and whilst he was trying to support his family selling the paintings he did, he was running a campaign exposing the corruption on the island.

As I mentioned I have read previous work by this author and I knew that the story would be descriptive, where the scenery was as important as the story and I was not disappointed. As you follow the mystery, you are introduced to some amazing scenery and highlighted throughout are important landmarks to the country. Due to the fine detail, this is a slow-paced mystery and whilst Paula was struggling, she did make some headway. What is different to so many other mysterious is that as a reader we know what has happened to Celestino and throughout the book his story is told.

Whilst this is a mystery, there is also an insight to how money and corruption is spoiling the landscape and whilst places rely on tourism, it shows what damage it is causing.

Another good mystery that will keep you reading to find out that will happen next.

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KWM65GY

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KWM65GY

Author Bio – Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of original fiction across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire. 

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist. 

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs. 

A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/Lovesick.Isobel.Blackthorn/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768657.Isobel_Blackthorn

Twitter http://@IBlackthorn

https://www.instagram.com/isobelblackthorn/

The Suspects by Katharine Johnson

May 2, 2019 - 4:03 am No Comments

The Suspects by Katharine Johnson
Published by Crooked Cat Books out on 10th May 2019 257 pages

Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller

Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.

After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other? 

“The hugely talented Katharine Johnson has, again delivered a tense thriller! This is a compelling novel – up there with Erin Kelly and Sophie Hannah.”

Val Penny, author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.

“Gripping and frighteningly realistic. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.” Jo Fenton, author of The Brotherhood.

At the end of this post is a giveaway to win a sign copy of the book

So here are my thoughts…….

As I started this story, my first thought was that the MCs were either brave or stupid to buy a house with 4 complete strangers. The only thing they had in common was that they were all trainee journalist working for the same company. The story starts off slowly as you are introduced to each of the MCs. The detailed descriptions enable you to get the know the characters in more detail and you soon realise how different each one was. Stuart was the bossy one, liked to be in charge and wanted everything his way. Zak was a bit of a “Jack the lad” he liked to wind up people. Imogen came across as spoilt. The only one in a steady relationship, she wanted everything to be perfect. Xanthe came across as flaky, however, I think it was an act and she was cleverer than her housemates thought and finally Emily, the quiet one, who usually did what she was told to do without question. However, as soon as the body was found, their characteristics soon became important to the plot.

With all these characters, writing it from Emily’s point of view made it easy to follow the plot. As you continue with the story, you learn more about their backstories and get a better understanding of why they were how they were and why they did what they did without involving the police. As the characters felt more and more pressure the story’s pace seemed to quicken up.  

As the majority of the book is set in the late 80s, there was quite a few 80s pop culture inserted into the story, whether it was a film they were watching or a song playing on the radio. I found myself humming the songs as I was reading. As I found out more about the characters, I kept changing my mind who I thought was behind the death and I am sure I had to pause my reading when the big reveal happened, as I never saw it coming.

I really enjoyed this book and am going to look out for more of this author’s work.     

Purchasing Links Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Suspects-Katharine-Johnson-ebook/dp/B07PRCJ785

Amazon Com: https://www.amazon.com/Suspects-Katharine-Johnson-ebook/dp/B07PRCJ785

Meet the author: Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time.)

You can connect with her here….

Website https://www.katyjohnsonblog.wordpress.com

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

Twitter https://www.twitter.com/@kjohnsonwrites

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/katharinejohnsonauthor

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/katharinejohnsonauthor

Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/katharine-johnson

Publishers http://www.crookedcatbooks.comhttp://@crookedcatbooks

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Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

May 1, 2019 - 5:32 am No Comments

So my turn has finally come to share my review on Twisted by Steve Cavanagh. Having read other books from this author, I knew I would be in for a good read.

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Published by Orion on 24th January 2019

352 pages

JT Le Beau is a successful author. Topping the book charts, with every book written, but you won’t find them on social media, in fact not even the publishing company knows who they are. The author is an enigma and readers spend as much time trying to find clues to who they are, as they do reading the books.

This is was a hard review to write without giving anything away and if like me you read the blurb of the book, even that doesn’t say anything. The characters, Paul Cooper, quite a secretive man, a penny pincher, who kept his wife at arms-length, Maria his wife was bored, a stay at home wife, she passed her time by having an affair with Daryl, a waiter she picked up at the club. What started out as a fling was getting serious. Sheriff Abraham Dole was the local sheriff involved in the crimes of Port Lonely.

With a title like Twisted, you will not be surprised to know that there are plenty of twists to keep thriller fans hooked. In fact, I put real life on hold one Saturday and read it in one sitting. This was fast paced as there was always something going on. The author has a way of leading you down the wrong path and as you think you have worked it out, you find out that you are completely wrong, I can honestly say that I saw none of it coming. As it is written in 3rd person, it enables you to follow the plot as more and more clues are revealed. Running through this book are at least 2 mysteries for you to try and solve. Who is JT Le Beau? And what is the connection to the Jane Doe?     

As this is a standalone novel it’s an ideal book to read if you have not read any other books by this author.  

Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis

April 24, 2019 - 7:08 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour for Caught in a Web, a gritty thriller from a new to me author Joseph Lewis.

Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis

Published by Black Rose Writing on 3rd May 2018

341 pages

The Blurb : Caught in a Web

The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson.  But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer. Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives come to realize that the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff

Here are my thoughts:

As you start this story, you soon realise that George is a gifted teenager. After tragically losing all his Navajo family, he now lived with Jeremy and his foster family.  Having a Navajo upbringing, George has some exceptional talents, one being adept with a blade which as you find out further in the story, has saved him and his foster family before.

Starting the story as yet another teenager dies of an overdose, the police are up against it to find out who is cutting and selling the drugs.  Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann are all well-respected police officers in the community and they use their friendships to help try and solve the case. Whilst they are investigating the deaths, Ricardo Fuentes and the MS-13 are put in the frame, but now the Police know that George’s life is in danger, it is a race to arrest Ricardo before he can accomplish his plan.

This started a bit slow mainly due to all the background and I did find it a bit confusing with the family dynamics. However, after a while, I soon grasped who was part of Jeremy’s family and their relationships with each other. The children and their close friends all had harrowing stories explaining how they ended up being fostered by Jeremy, it also explains why the family is so close. As you are following the investigation, more about George’s history is revealed and as he embraces his heritage and uses his talents, you can see him struggle with his upbringing and fighting to save his friends and family.

The pace quickens as the danger intensifies and you can see that the police are up against it and whilst you find out early on who was behind the drugs, the one behind the planning and their reasoning was unexpected. As for Ricardo’s even if the police did not want to involve the boys, their hands were tied as the boy’s lives were in danger.

There are some graphic scenes and some scenes that some readers will find disturbing, as the characters involved are children. However, if you are looking for a gritty thriller that will grab your attention then you can’t go wrong with this book.

Purchasing Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKF7696

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CKF7696

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/caught-in-a-web-joseph-lewis/1128250923?ean=9781684330249

Meet the Author: 

Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.

Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.

Social Media: Twitter: http://@jrlewisauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Lewis.Author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Lewis/e/B01FWB9AOI /

Without a Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch

April 13, 2019 - 4:10 pm No Comments

Without a Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Killer Reads on 5th April 2019

200 pages

A woman fleeing domestic violence, a missing child but there is no record of her existence. Is Lilly real? Ellie is called in to investigate and the more she does the more questions she has.

Ellie: The police officer called in to investigate the missing child. As the only woman on the force, she had a lot to prove, but finding the missing child was her main priority. She was focused and once she had an idea, she acted on it whatever the consequences.

Nova: Fleeing domestic violence, she takes Lily her daughter and goes into hiding.

Clara: The landlady of Nova’s rented property. After her daughter moved out, she lives there where her memories and secret that she wants to remain hidden.

With dedicated chapters for Ellie, Nova and Clara, it enables you to follow the case from each of their POV and learn more about their backstory. Each chapter was well labelled so there was no confusion which character you were reading about. The topic of domestic violence was written with sensitivity and through Nova, you got to learn what she went through on a day to day basis. As Ellie was investigating Lily and with no evidence to prove there was a child. Her determination to solve the case was strong and even when she had nagging doubts, she still remained focused.

This story was well plotted and due to its fast-pace, I read it in a day in between real life. With the mystery of Lily, I kept changing my mind whether the child was real, which made me read quicker. This story had plenty of twists and everything is explained in detail and it all comes together at the end. Without giving anything away, I did have to google one part of the plot as I was not aware of this happening in the UK so I was interested in reading about it.

This is another good thriller written by this author and it would be interesting if we had more cases involving Ellie.