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The Lock

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The Lock by Andrew Barrett

I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI. This is the story of how I saw a dead man die.

I was finishing up at a sudden death in an old house, waiting for the body snatchers to arrive, when I heard a noise from the cellar.

I had time to kill, so I went to investigate.

Turns out I wasn’t the only one with killing on his mind.

If you like fast-paced crime thrillers with a forensic slant, raw emotions, and characters that reach out of the book and grab you by the throat, you’ll love Andrew Barrett’s CSI Eddie Collins series.

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 Andrew Barrett

About the Author

Hi everyone,

My name is Andrew Barrett and I live and work in West Yorkshire.

My work focuses on the world of Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCOs or CSIs). I try to offer a unique insight into this often dark landscape; after all, I’ve been doing it as a career for over twenty years.

Thanks for looking,

Andy

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My Review

5 Stars

CSI Eddie is a cantankerous guy that is very set in his ways. He can be intimidating because he is very no nonsense. We start with him investigating a 15 year old teen that disappeared. He has his ideas of where the kid went but he also knows procedure in case his idea doesn’t pan out and is very irritated to see that the local cops have stomped through everything. He hates being pulled away from the initial case but can’t turn down a warmer location.

He can’t really complain too much about the old guy that is found dead. He clearly is a man like Eddie but it is strange that he is holding that key. Of course Eddie can’t help but snoop through the antique house in the hopes of finding a location for the key. But he gets more than he bargained for.

I was kept on the edge of my seat as Eddie traverses horror after horror in his sarcastic way. I loved him as a character. This was my first time reading about him and it won’t be my last. I can’t wait to read more in this series and other books from Andrew Barrett.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Book on the Bright Side for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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A Heart in the Right Place by

All Nick wants to do is take his dying father for a perfect father-son weekend in the Scottish Highlands. It’s not much to ask, is it? A log cabin, a roaring fire, a bottle of fine whisky and two days to paper over the cracks in their relationship.

However, Nick didn’t plan on making the trip with a dead neighbour in the back of his car. Or the neighbour’s dog. He really didn’t plan on being pursued by a psychotic female assassin intent on collecting body parts. And he really, really didn’t plan on encountering a platoon of heavily armed mercenaries, or some very hungry boars, or a werewolf.

A Heart in the Right Place – a horror comedy about setting out with the very best intentions and then messing everything up.

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About the Author

Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of over a dozen books.

The ‘Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company.

Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.

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My Review

5 Stars

Nick has felt like he was a disappointment to his father, Tony, never really being hard working like him and his brother. So when his father is diagnosed with throat cancer, Nick decides to plan a man’s trip to Scottish Highlands. It’s supposed to be a man’s vacation with a cabin, booze, and the woods, everything Tony hates. The thing that would make it perfect is supposed to be delivered that morning before they leave and Nick is worried that if he doesn’t get it from his neighbor, where it was delivered to in error, it will ruin the trip.

He is in a panic and decides to break into his neighbor’s house but what he finds when he breaks into his neighbors house was a bit unexpected. Here we meet Finn, an assassin that is on the hunt for a heart and Nick gets mixed up with her victim. Away Nick and Tony go with Finn hot on their heels looking for the heart. Now if only Tony and Nick don’t kill each other before Finn does.

Where do I even begin to review this book? It’s dark and gory but you won’t even notice because you are laughing at Nick and Tony bickering back and forth or getting into very unexpected situations. You can’t even take these two seriously then you have an assassin hunting them down. She is like the terminator with a twist which makes this story even more unbelievable.

This is a hilarious story that will make you giggle from the very beginning. I mean a killer is trying to get them and Nick and Tony are talking about movies. They have no hope but you can’t turn away, you just have to see how this ends.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from Goody and Grant. You will not be disappointed with this read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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A Deadly Blessing

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A Deadly Blessing (LAPD Detective Maddie Devine – 1) by Kathy Bennett

Politics is a dirty business…

When LAPD Detective Maddie Divine is called to a private meeting with the mayor and the governor, her instincts kick into high alert. Young women are disappearing, but why all the political secrecy? And why are the kidnappers targeting girls close to the governor? Maddie throws herself into finding the answers—a good distraction from she and her husband working on their crumbling marriage. But things are about to get worse—in more ways than one.

But death is dirty, too.

When one girl is found dead and no one claims the grisly deed, the clock continues to tick, and Maddie is running out of time. If her suspicions are right, death isn’t the only thing the kidnapped girls have to fear—clues point to the involvement of a notorious sex-trafficker. As the clues are revealed, Maddie and her partner set a trap. But with covert forces working against them, Maddie is ambushed, targeted before she uncovers the truth. Will anyone find her before it’s too late? Or will Maddie become the next victim?

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Kathy Bennett

About the Author

Kathy Bennett is no stranger to murder and mayhem. After twenty-one years as a Los Angeles police officer, this retired cop’s authentic crime experience result in arresting stories.

As a police officer, most of Kathy’s career was spent working patrol in a black and white police car. Prior to retirement, Kathy was assigned as a Senior Lead Officer. Kathy also served as a Firearms Instructor at the LAPD Police Academy, a crime analyst in the ‘War Room’, a Field Training Officer, and worked undercover in various assignments. She was named Officer of the Quarter twice, and Officer of the Year once.

In 2011, Kathy her debut novel, A Dozen Deadly Roses was released. The e-book climbed the charts becoming a bestseller at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

In 2012, Kathy’s second full-length suspense novel, A Deadly Blessing was released. That book is the first in the series featuring LAPD Detective Maddie Divine. A Deadly Blessing also became a bestseller at Amazon and Barnes and Noble who chose the book as a Best Nook Book for 2012.

Kathy’s third book, A Deadly Justice released in the fall of 2013 and is climbing the charts. She is currently working on her next book.

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My Review

4 stars

Maddie Divine and her husband Travis are having a hard time. Thankfully she is called in to find a missing person to help distract from marital troubles. Governor Preston Truesdale’s daughter, Tiffany suffers from aplastic anemia and they have found only one donor, Heather McCall. It seems that Heather has disappeared. But then Tiffany makes a bad decision and disappears too. And just when Maddie thinks she is getting close she disappears too.

I really enjoyed this story. Maddie and Travis have a mess at home and they need a lot of work. But what better way to deal with it than to drown yourself in a missing person’s case? You know that this case is going to be a mess just by learning that the Governor and the Mayor are dating. Then the missing donor is found dead and it becomes a race to try to find Tiffany then Maddie.

This is a great mystery that had me guessing from the start. I didn’t really know where it was going and when I thought I did the story went off into left field. But the missing girls are not the only thing going on. There is dirty politics and so much more.

This is the start to the LAPD Detective Maddie Devine series. It drew me in and kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read more about Maddie.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Anastasia Series

Destria Waves
Anastasia Series Book 1
by Lily Raine
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Anastasia has always been different, and not just because she knows over
fifteen languages and prefers to be alone. After she was attacked
while visiting family in Russia over seven years ago, Ana has been
able to heal rapidly amongst other things. Unable to accept her own
immortality, despite increasing proof, she goes away to Joya Del Mar
Arts Academy with her two cousins, Jo and Mason. Instead of worrying
about recitals and dance steps, Ana discovers a secret world of
demons, mermaids and angels. Their only connection however, seems to
be an increasing need to find her so that the demons can force Ana to
bring back their master.

After transforming a bear into a human boy, Ana can no longer hide her
abilities and struggles with the idea that she is not human, although
she does not know what she is. When a mysterious man in a mask
continues to stalk Ana with the intention of getting her to eat a
blue flower, Ana gets the sinking suspicion that the man in the mask
is the same young man who destroyed her life seven years prior. When
Ana discovers a secret lair hidden beneath the waves where the demons
are regrouping, Ana realizes she has a terrible choice to make.
Sacrifice her life and the life of the mermaids who fuel the
underwater power source, or escape and allow the demons free reign to
destroy the human world. But if Ana chooses to accept her
immortality, then the life of her cousins and boyfriend, Daniel, will
forever be compromised.
The Demon King’s Assassin
Anastasia Series Book 2
After destroying the Demon King’s lair, Anastasia Sokolov believes her
and her cousin’s lives are finally safe. Unfortunately, when a King
who practices necromancy is determined, more than mermaids are needed
to destroy the demon clan.
Anastasia’s cousin Jo, has warned her to keep away from their new accountant,
dashing and handsome, Arkin. Arkin is infatuated with Anastasia, but
it isn’t until he asks for her help she comes to realize why. In a
desperate attempt to become immortal, Arkin had joined the demonic,
Destria Organization. But when a deadly assassin learns of his plans
to escape, Arkin turns to the only one who can save him.

With the King’s ability to change bodies each time he dies, there is no
way of telling friends from enemies apart. As the assassin threatens
to destroy any hope of peace, Anastasia learns just how inhuman her
friends and boyfriend really are.
A dagger from the other world, creatures who are neither human nor
animal, and a web comic detailing future events are all Anastasia can
rely on. And when the assassin’s interests turn to her beloved
cousin, Mason, where is the line between who should live and who
should die?
Lily Raine, author of the Anastasia Series, is happy to be part of World
Castle Publishing. Lily lives in Michigan where when it’s not cold,
the weather and the lakes are beautiful. Lily married her best
friend, Thomas, when she was eighteen years-old. They live together
with their two cats, Misaki and Mason.

Lily enjoys biking, swimming, dancing, painting, and going anywhere there
are animals. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree from
Wayne State University. Afterwards, she hopes to own her own practice.
Lily loves young adult novels, particularly ones with paranormal elements.
She also really enjoys LGBT literature with young adult characters
and wishes there were more with paranormal aspects.
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Return to Hiroshima

Return to Hiroshima by Bob Van Laerhoven

1995, Japan struggles with a severe economic crisis. Fate brings a number of people together in Hiroshima in a confrontation with dramatic consequences. Xavier Douterloigne, the son of a Belgian diplomat, returns to the city, where he spent his youth, to come to terms with the death of his sister. Inspector Takeda finds a deformed baby lying dead at the foot of the Peace Monument, a reminder of Hiroshima’s war history. A Yakuza-lord, rumored to be the incarnation of the Japanese demon Rokurobei, mercilessly defends his criminal empire against his daughter Mitsuko, whom he considers insane. And the punk author Reizo, obsessed by the ultra-nationalistic ideals of his literary idol Mishima, recoils at nothing to write the novel that will “overturn Japan’s foundations”….

Hiroshima’s indelible war-past simmers in the background of this ultra-noir novel. Clandestine experiments conducted by Japanese Secret Service Unit 731 during WWII become unveiled and leave a sinister stain on the reputation of the imperial family and the Japanese society as a whole.

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About the Author

A fulltime Belgian/Flemish author, Laerhoven published more than 35 books in Holland and Belgium. Some of his literary work is published in French, English, German, Slovenian, Italian, Polish, and Russian. Three time finalist of the Hercule Poirot Prize for Best Mystery Novel of the Year with the novels “Djinn”, “The Finger of God,” and “Return to Hiroshima”; Winner of the Hercule Poirot Prize for “Baudelaire’s Revenge,” which also won the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category “mystery/suspense”.

His collection of short stories “Dangerous Obsessions,” first published by The Anaphora Literary Press in the USA in 2015, was hailed as “best short story collection of 2015” by the San Diego Book Review. The collection is translated in Italian, (Brazilian) Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.  “Retour à Hiroshima”, the French translation of “Return to Hiroshima,” is recently finished. In 2018, The Anaphora Literary Press published “Heart Fever”, a second collection of short stories. Heart Fever, written in English by the author, is a finalist in the Silver Falchion 2018 Award in the category “short stories collections”. Laerhoven is the only non-American finalist of the Awards.

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My Review

5 Stars

This story is about Mitsuko, the daughter of Rokurobei. Rokurobei is considered the reincarnation of a Japanese demon runs the Yakuza. He feels his daughter is insane and has to protect his empire from her. Mitsuko can handle the abuse no longer and leaves and finds herself staying with Reizo, an author that is writing a novel that will change everything.

We also have Xavier Douterloigne that is trying to come to terms with the death of his sister while visiting the country he spent most of his youth in. And Inspector Takada who finds the twisted body of an infant at the Peace Monument and strange assaults on tourists.

This is an amazing story with so much happening. Each player has their role to play and at first it doesn’t seem to connect between each person and the time periods. But the more you read the story starts to circle around and around and mesh everyone together. I admit that I didn’t see how things were connected but the more you read the more you are drawn into the web.

If the people were not enough, we also go through time with Unit 731 and the experiments that were done during World War II. Something that I had an idea of what was done but is over shadowed by the atrocities from the Nazi’s. This plays a huge role along with the dropping of the atomic bombs too.

I am not that big into history normally but I really enjoy a good story that blends history like Return to Hiroshima. It has so many layers from simple family connection and our interactions with people. But then you add in the history, the events that took place, and how it has effected the world them and today which adds another dimension.

I loved this brutal story and recommend everyone check it out. I am really curious to read Bob Van Laerhaven’s other works.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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The Ring of Gilly Wood by Ruth Banister

 ‘There he is,’ whispered Vixen. ‘It’s true then,’ said Buck Rabbit. ‘He’s just a small mole,’ said Doe Rabbit. ‘He’s not just a mole,’ said Vixen.  A great queen loses a ring. Hundreds of years later a ring slips onto the paw of a young mole. The mole grows to be a wise and trusted leader of Gilly Wood and all the animals that live there. But a great threat is coming. Can one small mole save a whole valley? Mole sets out to do just that with friends he makes along the way and the strange thing on his paw…

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About the Author

Ruth was born on a hot August day on a farm in Sussex. Her English teacher once made her write a story about wasps after one landed on her during a lesson. She still hates wasps but she loves writing. Ruth now lives in Kent with her family and their strange dog.

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My Review

5 Stars

Many years ago Queen Elizabeth came through the area and bathed her feet in the river, enjoyed a lunch at a local tavern, and lost a very special ring. The story then starts with a very young mole losing his family to a vixen. He happens to have the ring slip on his paw and this helps save him. This helps Mole make friends with Owl and shows him that the surface world is bigger than his little tunnels.

Mole also makes lots of friends with the other animals that come to him for advice. The suggestions are very helpful and make the animals really think about the results. There are many great morals that the animals learn from these suggestions. But then the Gilly Woods are threatened by humans hunting the animals or wanting to turn the woods into a golf course.

I loved this story. What a great way to teach morals and consequences to children! This story talks about real things like humans hunting the animals, foxes eating rabbits and moles, and such. Real life situations that are not pretty but necessary. I loved how the animals learn that working together helps everyone.

This is a wonderful story for children and adults alike. I strongly recommend adding it to any child’s book shelves.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Fat Chance

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Fat Chance by AB Morgan

A missing barrister, a severed thumb and fat chance of finding out the truth.

Ella Fitzwilliam’s world is about to spiral out of control. She’s not cut out to be a private investigator. With little or no aptitude for the job, she’s been sent undercover to expose the hidden lives of two men who meet nearly every week at Buxham’s – a private members’ club where portions are large and secrets are held in strictest confidence.

One of those men is Harry Drysdale, a defence barrister, and the other is Marcus Carver, an eminent surgeon with a tarnished past and much to lose. Ella knows he has unhealthy appetites, she’s sure he’s feeding his perverted habits and putting his female patients at risk but she has to prove it.

When Harry Drysdale goes missing, Konrad Neale TV journalist tries to reveal the truth behind the lies, but some of the secrets start to reveal themselves… and they are big.

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About the Author

Alison Morgan lives in rural Bedfordshire, UK, with her engineer husband and bonkers dog. Life is never boring and they are usually planning the next adventure. Alison spent several decades working on the front line of mental health services as a specialist nurse and latterly as manager of an early intervention service for first episode psychosis. However, when a heart problem brought her career to a juddering halt, she had to find a way of managing her own sanity, so she sat down to write some useful clinical guidelines for student nurses. Instead, a story that had been lurking in her mind came spewing forth onto the pages of what became her first novel. Since then she has been unable to stem the flow of ideas and writes full-time from a luxurious shack at the top of the garden. Alison writes under the name A B Morgan and. within her storylines, she continues to make good use of her years of experience in mental health services, where the truth is often much stranger than fiction.

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My Review

5 Stars

Ella Fitzwilliam has just lost another job when Val, a friend from the past talks her into getting her private investigator’s license. It seems easy enough but she is going to learn that she really isn’t cut out for it. She would rather model nude for artists. But Val is on the hunt for some people that have harmed and are known to hang out at the private club Buxham. Val sends Ella in for recon and Ella learns that this club caters to those that enjoys ladies like Ella.

But then one of the men disappears and TV reporter, Konrad has a show where he looks into different cases to expose truths that were hidden. So he decides to start looking into the one man’s disappearance. There are secrets that are hidden and they are going to come to light quickly.

Ella is a great girl with a personality big as her. I love her confidence as she is posing and working in Buxham. This was not where I thought this story was going but it was a great read that kept me engaged. Ella is kind of a bumbling and not what you would think of as a PI but she gets the job done in her own way. The two guys she are interesting and as the secrets are revealed I was not expecting the results.

This is a wonderful story and one I recommend checking out. I loved it and can’t wait to read more about Ella Fitzwilliam or other books from AB Morgan.

I would like to thank Jill at Books n All Book Promotions for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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