Blog Tour: Gallows Court by Martin Edwards @medwardsbooks @HoZ_Books

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Release: 2018
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Genre: Mystery & Thriller

1930, London

An enigmatic heiress, a family secret and the thirst for justice
A headless corpse; an apparent suicide in a locked room; a man burned alive during an illusionist’s show in front of thousands of people. Scotland Yard is baffled by the sequence of ghastly murders unfolding across the city and at the centre of it all is mysterious heiress Rachel Savernake. Daughter of a grand judge, Rachel is as glamorous as she is elusive.

Jacob Flint, a tenacious young journalist eager to cover the gruesome crimes, is drawn into Rachel’s glittering world of wealth and power. But as the body count continues to rise, Jacob is convinced Rachel is harbouring a dark secret and he soon becomes part of a dangerous game that could leave him dancing at the end of the hangman’s rope if he pursues the truth.

Gallows Court is a mystery novel that reminds us of classic detective stories. Only this one is much more twisty and full of despicable characters. What I loved more about this book at first is that it gets interesting as soon as it starts. You’re the witness of a conversation you don’t really know what’s about and you read about a crime that’s not your traditional one. And then there’s Rachel, of course. The woman at the centre of it all, as the blurb appropriately says.

Jacob Flint is the hero of this book, our dear main character and the victim of a conspiracy that seems too big to understand at first. He’s likable, he’s fun to be around and he’s tenacious, he will never stop trying to find out what’s really going on. When he becomes obsessed with Rachel, we know he’s determined to uncover her secret, even if it seems impossible at first.

I found Rachel’s character to be completely fascinating. It’s one of those situations where you don’t really know if a person’s pure evil or there are actually good reasons behind their actions. But you can’t wait to find out. But Rachel’s not the only female character I loved here. I really appreciate how Martin Edwards has created such multi-layered female characters in Elaine and Sara as well. Even if it’s the 1930’s, women also have things to say. This is one of the details that made me appreciate the book even more.

Although I did guess part of the mystery, the story was incredibly twisty and full of surprises. If you enjoy traditional mysteries with compelling characters and a dose of psychological suspense, then Gallows Court is perfect for you!

Martin Edwards

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Martin Edwards is internationally recognised as an expert on crime fiction and has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating, and Dagger Macavity awards as well as being shortlisted for the Theakston’s prize and the CWA John Creasey Dagger. He is President of the Detection Club, Chair of the CWA and consultant to the British Library’s bestselling classic crime series.

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Blog Tour: Overkill by @VandaSymon @OrendaBooks

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Release: 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Genre: Mystery & Thriller

When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide. But all is not as it seems. Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura, soon discovers the death was no suicide, and has to face the realization that there is a killer in town. To complicate the situation, the murdered woman was the wife of her former lover. When Sam finds herself on the list of suspects and suspended from duty, she must cast aside her personal feelings and take matters into her own hands. She must find the murderer, and clear her name.

Overkill is the first book in a New Zealand crime series, published by Orenda this September. This book is a classic police procedural with an original twist: the main detective is actually one of the suspects. I read this book pretty quickly, as I finished it in a couple days. Overkill was smart, fast-paced and, something I’ve really come to appreciate: everything made sense and nothing felt out of place. This was a very staisfying read and, above all, a solid crime novel perfect for fans of the genre.

From the tense prologue, -so scary!- to the last few pages where the main character makes an important decision regarding her life, I was always incredibly hooked and wanting to know more about the mystery. The book took a direction I honestly didn’t expect and although it’s not usually a topic I’m interested in, I believe the idea for this novel was rather original.

My favorite aspect about Overkill by Vanda Symon, is, hands down, the main protagonist, Sam Shephard. It usually takes me a few books to warm up to detectives in crime series, but I loved Samantha right from the start. She’s not your usual tortured detective: she’s fun, she’s human, relatable, and she’s not afraid to admit she makes mistakes. I thought she was super likable and I would definitely read many more books featuring her investigations.

The remote setting was also a key ingredient and I had never read book set in New Zealand. Overkill has made me curious about this country. It’s so far away from mine that it seems like it could be another planet, but I’d love to visit it someday, it seems like such a fascinating area.

Vanda Symon

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Vanda Symon (born 1969) is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has hit number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.

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Blog Tour: The Psychology of Time Travel by @KateMascarenhas @HoZ_Books

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Release: 2018
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Genre: Science Fiction

1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril…

2017: Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was the pioneer that went mad, but they never talk about it. Then they receive a message from the future – a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady…

2018: When Odette discovered the body she went into shock. But when the inquest fails to answer any of her questions, Odette is left frustrated. Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?

I can’t believe August is being this good! I’ve read three wonderful books in a row and each one was completely unique in its one way. But no story has been more original than Kate Mascharenhas’ The Psychology of Time Travel. If you love time travel, stories focused on women, and diversity, believe me: this book is perfect for you.

I love a good time travel story, so the moment I read the blurb, I was immediately interested. And a time travel story focused on women? Three women invented time travel? It couldn’t get better than that. Plus, the early reviews were great, so I was sure this wouldn’t disappoint me. Turns out I was right. This book was such a delight!

At first, I admit I was more than a bit confused. So many points of view! So yes, during the first few chapters, I struggled. But I kept reading because there was something about this book that made it compulsively readable. Without barely realizing it, I checked the % and I discovered I had read more than 60% of the story. And. I. Couldn’t. Stop.

Although the time travel bits were incredible, my favorite aspect of this novel was the beauty of its characters. I loved Ruby, Bee, and Odette so much! Grace was wonderful as well. And I liked how everyone seemed to have an important part in how the events unfolded. I enjoyed discovering every small secret as I kept on reading. It was a wonderful experience.

I wish we could all read more books like this one. We need stories like this which are diverse, feminist and tackle important issues without feeling preachy. Novels that are smart and original… and above all, incredibly satisfying.

Kate Mascarenhas

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Kate Mascarenhas is a half-Irish, half-Seychellois midlander. She is a qualified child psychologist, dabbling in doll-making and bookbinding in her free time. She lives with her husband in a small terraced house, which she is slowly filling with Sindy dolls. This is her first novel.

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Blog Tour: Between The Lies by Michelle Adams @madamswriter @headlinepg

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Release: 2018
Publisher: Headline
Genre: Psychological Thriller

The truth is hiding between the lies.

A page-turning psychological thriller with twists that keep the reader guessing until last
page, this addictive read will be loved by fans of Shari Lapena’s A STRANGER IN THE
HOUSE and Liz Lawler’s DON’T WAKE UP.

What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?
Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She doesn’t recognise the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even
remember her own name.

What if your past remained a mystery?

As she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life.
The successful career. The seaside home. The near-fatal car crash.
But Chloe senses they’re keeping dark secrets – and her determination to uncover the
truth will have devastating consequences.

What if the people you should be able trust are lying to you?

Between The Lies is a classic psychological thriller that I read just at the right time. I loved Michelle Adams’ debut novel: My Sister, so of course, I was super excited to read her second novel. The verdict? It was even more addictive than the first one and I read it in one day!

I hadn’t really enjoyed this kind of books lately, so I was glad when Between The Lies grabbed from the very start. I remember loving the prologue so much! This book was definitely more straight-forward and faster-paced than Michelle’s previous novel (which was also darker), but despite being so different, I actually liked both a lot.

The plot here isn’t the most unique ever, and I’ve definitely read similar stories in the last few years, but it was nevertheless well-written, captivating, and fans of the genre will definitely enjoy it. The book has all the ingredients that you could ask for in a story like this. It’s twisty, the characters are all mysterious and you don’t know who to trust. What’s more, you don’t even know if the main character is telling the truth.

Between The Lies reminded me of one of my favorite psychological thrillers, Before I Go To Sleep. And that’s a great thing. Michelle Adams clearly knows how to write unputdownable novels and I can’t wait to keep reading everything she writes!

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Michelle Adams grew up in the UK and now lives in Cyprus, where she works as a part-
time scientist. She read her first Stephen King novel at the tender age of nine, and has been addicted to suspense fiction ever since. BETWEEN THE LIES is her second novel following the acclaimed psychological thriller MY SISTER.

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Blog Tour: Rubicon by Ian Patrick

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Release: 2018
Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Genre: Thriller

Two cops, both on different sides of the law – both with the same gangland boss in their sights.

Sam Batford is an undercover officer with the Metropolitan Police who will stop at nothing to get his hands on fearsome crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply.
DCI Klara Winter runs a team on the National Crime Agency, she’s also chasing down Guardino, but unlike Sam Batford she’s determined to bring the gangster to justice and get his drugs off the streets.

Set in a time of austerity and police cuts where opportunities for corruption are rife, Rubicon is a tense, dark thriller that is definitely not for the faint hearted.

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Educated in Nottingham, Ian left school at sixteen. After three years in the Civil Service he moved to London for a career in the Metropolitan Police.
He spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. A career in policing is a career in writing. Ian has been used to carrying a book and pen and making notes.
Now retired, the need to write didn’t leave and evolved into fiction.

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