DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLIE GALLAGHER.
MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR.
A young woman’s body is left in a metal container in a remote location. The killer is careful to position her under a camera that links to his smartphone. He likes to look back at his work.
HE IS WATCHING HER.
BUT SHE ISN’T DEAD.
So he will go back to finish the job. He can barely contain his excitement at the thought of getting to do it all over again. But he must be careful. He cannot rush. Rushing makes you careless.
Detective Maddie Ives is new to the area. She is handed a missing person report: a young woman with a drink problem who’s been reported missing fifteen times. It looks like a waste of time. But DS Ives has a bad feeling about the woman’s disappearance.
DI Harry Blaker is called to a hit and run of an elderly man left to die on a quiet country road. There is no motive and it looks like a tragic accident. But he’s been working Major Crime long enough to know that something isn’t quite right.
The two officers find their investigations intertwine and they will need to work together.
BUT THEY MUST WORK FAST. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE WOMAN IN THE CONTAINER.
And the killer has already identified his next target.
As always, Charlie Gallagher really delivers with He is Watching You. After the brilliant finale for his Detective Elms series, I couldn’t wait to see what would come next.
Meeting Detectives Harry Blaker and Maddie Ives was nothing short of exceptional.
He is Watching You really is a gripping thriller that you really must read from start to finish, and if you’re anything like me… then it won’t take you long.
Charlie is the kind of writer I never get bored of.
About Charlie Gallagher
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.
It’s my stop on the blog tour for Stephen Puleston’s latest DI Ian Drake series, Written in Blood. Set in Wales, it was a must read for me from the off.
About Written in Blood
A savage murder…
Inspector Drake is called the holiday home of an eminent Manchester barrister and recently appointed judge to face the grizzly sight of his badly mutilated body. The scene resembles a copycat killing from years previously when the barrister had prosecuted the perpetrator now serving life in prison.
A serial killer behind bars…
Drake realises the killer might be targeting the judge or legal teams or journalist that covered the original trial and he embarks on a frantic search to identify and warn them all. But when a friend of the barrister is found murdered in his yacht in a marina Drake’s suspicion must focus on the connection the barrister.
A determined murderer.
Clear evidence arises to arrest and charge a suspect is thrown into confusion when another death takes place. Drake knows he has a determined killer to catch. And with his own reputation and the integrity of the Wales Police Service on the line he cannot afford mistakes.
Books based in an area I am familiar with always appeal to me. So, I had to give Written in Blood a go, didn’t I? I mean it would have been rude not to. As it is the sixth book in the series, I would recommend reading them in order (although I didn’t and it didn’t affect me too much!). I want to go back to the first book now because I like to see how the characters develop.
Written in Blood is a great book from Stephen Puleston. Like all good crime fiction, it kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out more.
I love the fact that I’m familiar with the area it is set, and the red herrings along the way.
You can buy Written in Blood straight from the link below. Or click here for the series. (Affiliate Links)
About Stephen Puleston
I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.
I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia.
Way back in March, I reviewed The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis. Joy is a pretty brilliant writer and when the invite for the blog tour of her new instalment in the Jackman and Evans series arrived in my inbox, I jumped at the chance.
The Stolen Boys is the fifth in the series but I still haven’t read books 1-3.
About The Stolen Boys
A crime wave has hit town. The target is a highly sought-after brand of streetwear called Hybird X, clothing that costs a fortune and resells for unbelievable prices. Houses are burgled, kids mugged on the streets . . . and finally a young man dies, all for the sake of his shoes.
Then another boy’s body is found in a pile of rubbish. Meanwhile illegal steroids are flooding the streets. And there are dark movements on the marshes.
CLOTHES THAT PEOPLE WILL KILL TO OWN
A shadowy figure called Darke and his teams of young criminals seem to be behind it all.
Detectives Jackman and Evans must take on a fiendish criminal, while still haunted by Alistair Ashcroft, the serial killer they never caught.
WHO IS DARKE AND WHAT DOES HE REALLY WANT?
I was expecting great things from this book given its predecessor… and it didn’t disappoint. Joy’s unique writing style, and rather loveable protagonists, makes sure that it is a real page turner.
The storyline, designer gear and drugs, is relevant given the times we live in and does indeed show the depths that some will travel to get their hands on the latest things.
Jackman and Evans are a formidable team, though not without their flaws (pretty much the same as all good detectives).
Overall, I loved reading The Stolen Boys, and cannot wait for the next Jackman and Evans adventure.
About Joy Ellis
UK #1 Best Seller
1 million books sold and rising!
“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!
And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”
It’s my stop on the blog tour for Bring Them Home, a fantastic new series from D.S. Butler. Featuring DS Karen Hart it’s a fabulous new crime fiction novel that you need to read.
About Bring Them Home
A perfect village. A perfect crime.
When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert—and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.
DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eighteen months ago, when a young woman vanished without a trace. She’s no nearer to the truth of what happened to Amy Fisher, but with two children missing now too, the stakes have never been higher. As she looks to the past for clues, she must confront her own haunting loss, a nightmare she is determined to spare other families.
Hart soon realises that nothing in this close-knit Lincolnshire community is what it seems. Pursuing the investigation with personal vengeance, she finds herself in conflict with her scrupulous new boss, but playing by the rules will have to wait. Because while there’s no shortage of suspects, the missing girls are running out of time…
I really enjoyed this read. It’s certainly going to be a series I will be following as new books are released.
I felt for DS Hart, and her emotions over a previous unsolved case. However, there’s a lot of growth still available for the character in future books.
I would hope that her character settles as the series moves on and will be keen to see if this is the case.
Available from Amazon using the link below (affiliate link).
About D.S. Butler
Born in Kent, D. S. Butler grew up as an avid reader with a love for crime fiction and mysteries. She has worked as a scientific officer in a hospital pathology laboratory and as a research scientist.
After obtaining a PhD in biochemistry, she worked at the University of Oxford for four years before moving to the Middle East. While living in Bahrain, she wrote her first novel and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She now lives in Lincolnshire with her husband.
It’s my stop on the blog tour for Roy Lewis’ book A Lover Too Many. Roy is a well established author and his books are being republished by the brilliant Joffe Books.
About A Lover Too Many
Peter Marlin’s wife is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. She’d only just returned from an unexplained absence of several months. And during that time, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to the husband but there’s no real proof.
Inspector John Crow is called in to help the local police. But his new colleagues aren’t keen on an outsider. And Crow must solve the case before anyone else dies.
This fast-paced mystery will have you gripped from start to finish. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the first book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.
To be honest, I found A Lover Too Many a little hard going. I’m the type of reader that reads in between taking care of the kids or working but I found the chapters were taking me a good 30 minutes to read. I also always have to finish a chapter before putting my Kindle down.
Although, going back in time for a crime fiction series was pretty refreshing. A time without the technological advances with DNA, smart phones, and the internet. It was truly something different.
I had never heard of Roy Lewis before reading A Lover Too Many, and it was good to get into a different author. And one that is very different to my usual modern crime fiction.
Roy’s book, A Lover Too Many is available to purchase through Amazon below*.
About Roy Lewis
Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.
*Affiliate Link – If you buy something using the link I will earn a few pennies.