#BookBirthdayBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : The Automobile Assassination (The Erdington Mysteries #2) – M.J. Porter @coloursofunison

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The Automobile Assassination

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The Automobile Assassination’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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The Automobile - MJ PORTER CWAMJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, as well as three twentieth-century mysteries. Raised in the shadow of a building that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meant that the author’s writing destiny was set.

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The Automobile AssassinationErdington, September 1944
As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.
Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?
Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.
Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.

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Having read ‘The Custard Corpses’ I couldn’t wait to dive into ‘The Automobile Assassination’ and luckily for me I had the Audible version right at my disposal.
Starting to read, euhm listen, I was immediately hooked not only by the storyline, but also by the voice.
I never heard of Matt Coles before, and although a bit slow for my liking (I read faster!) he’s a terrific voice actor, even when it comes to female voices.
He made all the characters come so alive it was easy to keep on going and even like Mason and O’Rourke even more.
They form a formidable team together and O’Rourke is definitely a woman to be reckoned with in this all male police team.
Another lovely mystery set during WW2 with more of an historical experience for me than the first book as I now learned more about stuff like the Automobile Association and couponing during the war.
If they found out the culprit(s) of the multiple cases on their plate I’m not going to spoil, but I can say it was a nicely tied up story that has a lot going on to keep you glued from start till finish.
I definitely hope there will be more books to follow in this 1940s mystery series!

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#Review : The Forgotten Gun (A DCI Steve Burt Mystery #1) – John Reid @BurtDci

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IIIIJohn Reid is the creator of the DCI Steve Burt series of thriller and suspense crime fiction at its very best.
Retirement has given John the time to fulfil his passion for writing, creating the mystery series through his unique creative process. Each main character is fully developed at the beginning of the writing process, with the part they play in each journey evolving organically within the confines of the underlying plot line. This freedom and flexibility creates inventive and compelling story telling that keeps the reader intrigued throughout.
John was born in Scotland and, after serving in the Army, embarked on a career in industry. He has worked in several different sectors in senior roles and was latterly CEO of a large international data capture company. He retired for the first time in 1995 to take on a consultancy designed to help new businesses become established. In 2018 he finally retired from business life to become a full-time author. John lives in Scotland and Portugal with his wife, and they have two grown-up sons.

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IIIIA Metropolitan Police detective about to be dismissed is given a second chance by his old boss, who is now a police commander. He’s given a new unit to run and two misfit detectives to assist him. All three know their status is temporary.
Their first case together is an impossible double murder. Each murder is identical. Both victims are expertly shot in the head from long range, but the post-mortems reveal no bullets were used in the shootings. The CSI teams calculate that in both cases there was no place for the marksman to have fired from, unless suspended over busy roads.
Although it’s a case apparently impossible to solve, DCI Steve Burt reluctantly agrees to investigate with his new team. Their enquiries lead them into the murky world of greed, corruption, fraud and money laundering, but they are no nearer solving the murders.
The team is stumped until the DCI meets a retired army major and a WW2 veteran who unwittingly hold the keys to solving these impossible murders.

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After reading some of John Reid’s DCI Steve Burt books, thanks to R&R Book Tours, I was curious about the beginning of this series.
Needless to say I was more than excited when this book was delivered by the postman and I couldn’t wait to dive in.
Unfortunately there’s something called life and it took me a while before I could start this book, but once I started I couldn’t stop reading!
Not only was it great to see how it all began for DCI Steve Burt and the other characters in this series, but there was also a very interesting case going on.
It all seemed quite impossible to find the culprit of these well executed and very strange shootings, but this gang of very lovely misfits took on the job with much gusto.
If they found out who did it I won’t be sharing, but I can say it’s a bit of a roller-coaster ride with a lot of twists and turns and some very fine humor.
I was, again, impressed with this clever written novel and I still can’t believe how the author can write such intricate tales without losing the plot and keep us, readers, engaged and interested from beginning to end.
A series every lover of crime novels definitely needs to read in my opinion, I promise you won’t be disappointed by any of them.

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#Review : The Custard Corpses (The Erdington Mysteries #1) – M.J. Porter @coloursofunison

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Today I’m delighted to promote ‘The Custard Corpses’ by sharing my review of this book, but first I have some information

About the Author :

The Automobile - MJ PORTER CWAMJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, as well as three twentieth-century mysteries. Raised in the shadow of a building that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meant that the author’s writing destiny was set.

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51cxyQ2O7KLBirmingham, England, 1943.
While the whine of the air raid sirens might no longer be rousing him from bed every night, a two-decade-old unsolved murder case will ensure that Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is about to suffer more sleepless nights.
Young Robert McFarlane’s body was found outside the local church hall on 30th September 1923. But, his cause of death was drowning, and he’d been missing for three days before his body was found. No one was ever arrested for the crime. No answers could ever be given to the grieving family. The unsolved case has haunted Mason ever since.
But, the chance discovery of another victim, with worrying parallels, sets Mason, and his constable, O’Rourke, on a journey that will take them back over twenty-five years, the chance to finally solve the case, while all around them the uncertainty of war continues, impossible to ignore.

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As I’m on the ‘The Automobile Assassination’ tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources and I don’t have enough books on my to read list 😂 I thought it would be a good idea to read the 1st book in this series too.
I’m glad I did as it’s a great read and a lovely murder mystery set in the 1940s which I couldn’t put down from page one.
It’s an old case that needs to be solved and to come up to speed with the whole thing you’re getting it told by the lead investigator through his memories.
A great way to do so, but the whole thing really gets going when the actual investigation starts and Mason and O’Rourke get together.
They, with the help of some other excellent characters, form a great team and by getting around the country they piece everything together in a nice way.
I maybe wanted some more on the motive part of the killer, but otherwise it’s a very good tied up story with some interesting main characters I would love to read more about.
Lucky for me of course I’m still up for book 2 on Rachel’s Random Resources blogtour soon! 😉

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#BlogTour #BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : Murder on Board – Helena Dixon @NellDixon

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Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Murder on Board’ blogtour, organised by Bookouture.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing my review, but first I have some information

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DSC_7063 copyHelena Dixon splits her time between the Black Country and Devon. Married to the same man for over thirty five years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, and a crazy cockapoo. She is allergic to adhesives, apples, tinsel and housework. Her addictions of choice are coffee and reality TV. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 and Love Story of the Year 2010 as Nell Dixon. She now writes historical 1930’s set cozy crime. Nell enjoys hearing from readers and you can read her news and contact her via her
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Murder-on-Board-KindleKitty Underhay is drowning… in murder.
Kitty Underhay hopes for plain sailing as she caters a 21st birthday party for the Chief Constable’s daughter aboard a luxury paddle steamer. So her heart sinks when she learns that the man her fiancé Matthew has been tailing on orders from Whitehall, Gunther Freiburg, is aboard. And she’s even more horrified when she steps below deck to discover Gunther, dead in the engine room. One of the Chief Constable’s party must be responsible for his demise, but who, and why?
And the evening is on course for further disaster. As the lights go out around the candlelit cake, a terrible scream rings out over the merry hubbub. A priceless diamond necklace has been snatched from around the birthday girl’s neck… Something fishy is going on, but is this the work of the same sailing assassin, or is it a red herring?
With the local inspector in deep water having to investigate his own boss, Kitty and Matt dive in to help. But when Kitty’s eavesdropping puts her in mortal danger, will everything turn out shipshape, or will it be her turn to go swimming with the fishes…?
A totally cozy, absolutely gripping historical murder mystery! The perfect read for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

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‘Murder on Board’ is the 10th book of the ‘Miss Underhay Mystery’ series and in my opinion it’s still going strong.
Not only the covers are having a great 1930s look about them, but also the stories are very much set in that time frame and I love it!
I can’t really say anything more than that, as I thoroughly enjoyed every single mystery Kitty and Matt (and of course others in their ‘gang’) try to solve in these stories.
Everything happens at a very good pace so you can get to know who is who and play detective yourself on the way.
There are also a good amount of twists and turns to keep you going and root for a ‘happy ending’.
Another beautiful written, unputdownable cozy mystery with some very lovely characters who every time leave me wanting for more about them.
I, for one, can’t wait for the next installment as this promises to be the one we, fans, have been all waiting for. 😉
A job well done, once again, Helena Dixon!

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : Betrayal – Kerry Kaya @KerryKayaWriter @BoldwoodBooks

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Betrayal

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Betrayal’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing my review, but first I have some information

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book pic for kerry kayaKerry Kaya is the hugely popular author of Essex-based gritty gangland thrillers with strong family dynamics. She grew up on one of the largest council estates in the UK, where she sets her novels. She also works full-time in a busy maternity department for the NHS.

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Betrayal_e-bookMeet the Tempest family – and get ready for the storm.
Tracey Tempest adores her husband, Terry. But when on his 50th birthday, tragedy strikes, Tracey must face the terrifying prospect of a future without him. Desperate for answers and boiling with rage, Tracey wants revenge…
Together with her beloved sons, Ricky and Jamie, the Tempest family dig deeper into Terry’s past – who would want to kill him, and why?
But what they discover changes everything they knew about the man they loved and risks tearing their own family apart.
Can the Tempests weather the storm or will the past destroy them all?

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‘Betrayal’ by Kerry Kaya is my first experience with the ‘gangland’ genre and although recommended by a friend, who thought it would be right up my alley, I’m not that sure after closing this book.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a smooth read and the author really paints a picture when it comes to tough, rough blokes and the whole gangland world, but I don’t know.
I’m probably not the woman who wants to know the culprit even before the murder actually takes place.
Also the reason why was very obvious and although the main characters still need to figure everything out, there were no real surprises on the way.
However, I must say that the book certainly lives up to it’s title as it all about betrayal and how people in that kind of world react on it, with a lot of ‘fucks’ and fists! 😉
So I believe it’s fair to say the author knows how to write, and because of that other readers will definitely enjoy this fast paced story, but unfortunately it wasn’t my cup of tea.

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#BlogTour #RRBookTours @RRBookTours1 / #Review : The Maze Cutter #TheMazeCutter – James Dashner @jamesdashner @KeriBarnum

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Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The Maze Cutter’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing my review, but first I have some information

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James DashnerJames Dashner is #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series, including The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order, and The Fever Code, and the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series (The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives). Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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Title: The Maze Cutter
Expected Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Genre: YA Dystopian / Teens
Publisher: Akashic Media Enterprises

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00062]Seventy-three years after the events of THE DEATH CURE, when Thomas and other immunes were sent to an island to survive the Flare-triggered apocalypse, their descendants have thrived. Sadina, Isaac, and Jackie all learned about the unkind history of the Gladers from The Book of Newt and tall tales from Old Man Frypan, but when a rusty old boat shows up one day with a woman bearing dark news of the mainland–everything changes. The group and their islander friends are forced to embark back to civilization where they find Cranks have evolved into a more violent, intelligent version of themselves. The islanders are hunted by the Godhead, the Remnant Nation, and scientists with secret agendas. When they cross paths with an orphan named Minho from the Remnant Nation, the dangers become real and they don’t know who they can trust. The islanders will have to survive long enough to figure out why they are being targeted, who is friend or foe, and what the Godhead has planned for the future of humanity.

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As a fan of ‘The Maze Runner’, both as books and as movies, I was definitely excited to be able to read a new book set in the same-ish world, only 70+ years later.
I must immediately admit that after the prologue, which felt like a sort of coming home, I was feeling quite lost.
Not that I didn’t like the new kids in town, so to speak, but I felt confused about some stuff and people.
I guess you could say I had a lingering feeling that I had missed out on a book, although I was pretty sure I did read everything available at the time.
It’s not the greatest of feeling to have, but whilst reading further on I did get some pieces of information, just like the main characters, which was enough to keep me going and become more and more invested in the story.
In the end it was, for me at least, a nice adventure, with some twists and turns to keep your attention and to keep you wondering what will be in store for these people in the next installment.

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After writing this review I went to check the few pages left with ads in this book and there I found out there’s a novella called ‘Crank Palace’.
It’s advertised as the bridge between ‘The Maze Runner’ and ‘The Maze Cutter’.
To avoid the feelings I had, maybe try that one first?!

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