Blog Tour: Sleep by C.L Taylor @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK #daretosleep

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All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty… To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare. Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna. Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie. Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

My review:

It’s no secret that I love “locked-room” mysteries, especially if they are reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s novels. SLEEP was exactly my kind of book and I had a great time reading it. The blurb was enticing, and the book caught my attention from the very first chapter, where we are witnesses of Anna’s accident. What a great set up!

Months later, Anna is working at a remote hotel in a Scottish island and believes someone might want to kill her because of what she did. But the problem is… which one of the guests is the actual killer? They all have secrets, yet none of them seem to be capable of murder… but are they?

I’ve read a couple of books by C.L Taylor before, but this was clearly my favorite. It was atmospheric, engrossing, intriguing, and behind all the secrets and motives, there was a really creepy theme that I absolutely loved. There was also a small twist in the middle of the book which I really enjoyed.

The characters were pretty fascinating and that is quite hard to accomplish in a book with so many of them. I liked some more than others, of course, but what I really loved about their interactions was how close they all became by spending several days locked in that hotel.

I would recommend this book to fans of old style mysteries and Agatha Christie fans. Have you read it? 💙

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Blog Tour: Perfect Crime by Helen Fields @AvonBooksUK

image004Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed… As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.
Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…

My Review

I hadn’t read any of the books of this series, but as soon as I started PERFECT CRIME, I felt like the two main characters: Luc Callanach and Ava Turner were already like family. This is a compuslive, tense and emotional police procedural which is perfect for fans of the genre and series like Katerina Diamond’s Imogen Grey & Adrian Miles.

You don’t need to worry about this one: the book is fast-paced from the beggining. The first scene featuring a man who wants to kill himself but isn’t so sure about his fate had me turning the pages dying to know what would happen. And the following scene featuring DI Callanach… let’s say I was immediately gripped.

PERFECT CRIME follows two different storylines: one about an ‘Angel of death” who kills people who tried to commit suicide and another, even more mysterious, featuring a very personal case for Callanach. Both cases were great, but what I loved the most about this book was the focus on Luc and Ava’s relationship. I enjoyed their witty dialogues, their banter and the way their relationship evolved.

I wish I had read the previous books in the series because there were some mentions of old cases that seemed as gripping as this one was and I think this is one of those series that is worth reading from the beginning. Can’t wait for the next novel to keep discovering more about Luc and Ava

P.S: I am from Spain and I believe almost no one here is called Selina, in fact, it’s not a Spanish name at all, I certainly don’t know anyone with that name. I don’t know if I missed something and she was from somewhere else, but that was a bit weird for me.

HELEN FIELDS

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Helen Fields studied law at the University of East Anglia, then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London. After completing her pupillage, she joined chambers in Middle Temple where she practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. After her second child was born, Helen left the Bar. Together with her husband David, she runs a film production company, acting as script writer and producer. Perfect Remains is set in Scotland, where Helen feels most at one with the world. Helen and her husband now commute between Hampshire and California with their three children and two dogs.

Blog Tour: The Golden Hour by Malia Zaidi @MaliaZaidi @damppebbles

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London, 1927… Lady Evelyn Carlisle has barely arrived in London when familial duty calls her away again. Her cousin Gemma is desperate for help with her ailing mother before her imminent wedding, which Evelyn knew nothing about! Aunt Agnes in tow, she journeys to Scotland, expecting to find Malmo Manor in turmoil. To her surprise, her Scottish family has been keeping far more secrets than the troubled state of their matriarch. Adding to the tension in the house a neighbour has opened his home, Elderbrooke Park, as a retreat for artistic veterans of the Great War. This development does not sit well with everyone in the community. Is the suspicion towards the residents a catalyst for murder? A tragedy at Elderbrooke Park’s May Day celebration awakens Evelyn’s sleuthing instinct, which is strengthened when the story of another unsolved death emerges, connected to her own family. What she uncovers on her quest to expose the truth will change several lives forever, including her own. With the shadow of history looming over her, Evelyn must trust in her instinct and ability to comb through the past to understand the present, before the murderer can stop her and tragedy strikes aga

My review:

Hear me out for a minute here: what if Lady Evelyn Carlisle is actually a serial killer? Think about it: everywhere she goes, there’s a murder: Greece, Oxford, Scotland… And she always helps bring the killer to justice… It’s the perfect plan! This was also my theory for Murder She Wrote 😉

Jokes aside, THE GOLDEN HOUR is the fourth installment in the Lady Evelyn historical mystery series set in the 1920s. This time, our amateur detective travels to Scotland to visit her family for her cousin’s imminent wedding. Well, she and her aunt Agnes actually travel several weeks before the wedding because Evelyn’s cousin, Gemma, asks them to come help her and calm the matriarch, who seems quite agitated and nervous. Soon after they arrive to Malmo Manor, there’s a murder that reminds the villagers of an old mystery that was never solved…

Lady Evelyn Carlisle starts investigating the murder with the help of some unlikely allies. I really like that she’s no expert detective, she’s just a smart woman who’s curious and brave and willing to help others. What I enjoyed the most about this book was Evelyn’s relationship with her aunt, which is complex and interesting, and something which is not usually explored. I also love Daniel, although he was more of a secondary character in this book.

Lady Evelyn mysteries are historical mysteries with a focus on the everyday moments and personal relationships between the characters. Because of the dialogue-heavy nature of these novels, the rich atmosphere and the era they’re set, they remind me of Poirot’s books, although the main character is quite different, I can assure you.

This is a slow-paced cozy historical mystery with a lovely Scottish atmosphere and not one but two interesting mysteries to solve. I admit I guessed the identity of Tilly’s killer, but both crime motives were a total shock for me and, to be honest, quite controversial, which I always enjoy.

About Malia Zaidi

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Malia Zaidi is the author of the Lady Evelyn Mysteries. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Oxford. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though through her love of reading, she resides vicariously (if temporarily) in countries around the world.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaliaZaidi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/maliazaidiauthor/about/?tab=page_info

Website: https://www.maliazaidi.com/

Blog: https://www.princessandpen.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14197546.Malia_Zaidi

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK & Amazon US

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Blog Tour: The Last Act by Brad Parks @Brad_Parks @FaberBooks

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Former Broadway star Tommy Jump isn’t getting the roles he once did; as his final run as Sancho Panza draws to a close, Tommy is getting ready to give up the stage, find a steady paycheck, and settle down with his fiancée. Cue Special Agent Danny Ruiz. An old school friend of Tommy’s, now with the FBI, Ruiz makes Tommy an offer that sounds too good to refuse. All Tommy has to do is spend six months in prison, acting as failed bank robber ‘Pete Goodrich’. Inside, he must find and befriend Mitchell Dupree, who has hidden a secret cache of documents incriminating enough to take down New Colima, one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels. If Tommy can get Dupree to reveal where the documents are hidden, the FBI will give him $300,000. More than enough to jumpstart a new life. But does he have what it takes to pull off this one final role?

My review:

As soon as I read the blurb, I knew this book and I would instantly become best friends. How awesome does the plot sound? I would buy tickets for a movie based on this plot right now. As you can see, my expectations were quite high, which most of the time is pretty dangerous, as over-hyped books tend to end up disappointing me. However, THE LAST ACT was the exception to that rule. This book was simply amazing and will be among my favorite thrillers this year, for sure.

Although the beginning part was kind of slow-paced, I was still dying to know what would happen when Tommy accepted the FBI’s deal and went to prison as an undercover agent. What a dangerous idea… would you guys accept it? Once he was in prison, I literally couldn’t stop reading and ended up devouring the rest of the book in a sitting. And what a thrilling experience…

First of all, plot-wise, THE LAST ACT was fantastic. It doesn’t only start with an intriguing premise, but the storyline develops as realistically as you would expect (after all, this is a thriller!) and it features some of the most shocking twists I’ve read this year. I believe my jaw dropped more than once and you know how much I love to be surprised.

Some of you would assume that just because this is a thriller, that characters are not that important. Well, then you would be absolutely wrong. Actually, what surprised me the most about THE LAST ACT was how attached I became to Tommy and how much I wanted his plan to end well. He was a great character, super likable and smart. His fiancé Amanda was also fantastic and I LOVED how feminist this book was. I’m not going to say much more about this, but you’ll know what I mean once you read it.

This is the kind of thriller that I would recommend to everyone. I honestly can’t see anyone not enjoying this fast-paced, thrilling and shocking adventure. If you read it, please DM so we can discuss all the crazy stuff that happened!

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Blog Tour: The Good Samaritans by Will Carver @OrendaBooks

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Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans. But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home… And someone is watching… Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.

My review:

The Good Samaritans is a unique and original thriller that is quite hard to describe. And it’s definitely not a story that will appeal to everyone. But I believe that’s precisely what makes it stand out.

What I enjoyed most about this novel was that I never knew where it was going. To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention to the blurb, so I didn’t know what the book was actually about when I started reading it. And I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel that, sometimes, that is a much better option.

None of the characters of this book were particularly likable, but I just couldn’t stop reading. I was gripped by this dark tale from the very first page, as it explored a bleak and creepy world where everyone wears a mask and pretends to be someone they’re not. It was not a particular hopeful story, but everyone here knows how much I love dark books 😉

I don’t want to spoil anything because I feel this is a book that should be read without knowing too much. Believe me, it will make the journey much more satisfying. The plot gets more complex and intriguing as you keep reading.

The Good Samaritans is the perfect book to read if you’re a fan of dark POVs and Peter Swanson.

Will Carver

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series (Arrow). He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.

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Thanks to the publishers for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review