#CoverReveal : The Final Trial by AA Abbot @AAAbbottstories #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup

Hello readers! It is publication day for The Final Trail today, so in the celebrations of this intriguing crime thriller by AA Abbot , I’m pleased to be part of cover reveal of the this latest book in series. Check out the book details and the cover in this post.

The Final Trial by AA Abbot
Publication Date: 28th Oct 2019
Genre: crime thrillers

Synopsis:

Family feuds just got bloodier…

A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.

To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page turner.

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THE LAST EDITION OF TENSE CRIME THRILLER SERIES SET IN BIRMINGHAM RECEIVES CITY CENTRE LAUNCH

Birmingham has well and truly been put on the crime thriller map with the success of the TV series Peaky Blinders but for bookworms amongst us the popular Trail Series has long brought readers into the modern day 21st century with its tense storylines, murder and intrigue set in and around the city.

The Trail series features a vodka business, a cancer cure and obsessive killers. Every book is a good read in its own right – each is a great crime story with terrific twists to keep the tension mounting – but together, they follow the same characters over several years.

The Trail series author AA Abbott also known as Helen Blenkinsop, has been compared with the likes of Ruth Rendell, John Grisham and Jeffrey Archer. She lived and studied in Birmingham for nearly 20 years and her passion and love for the city became the inspiration for the Trail series.

Now, after four successful editions the last storyline will be revealed in the publication of THE FINAL TRAIL which will be launched in Birmingham on 28th October.

In the last book

“Glamorous Kat White has built a successful craft vodka brand in Birmingham, but she has an uneasy relationship with her business partner, Marty Bridges. Her mother had previously supplied with poisonous vodka. Marty doesn’t trust Kat, resents having to depend on her for commercial success, and isn’t thrilled that his eldest son wants to marry her. That’s not his biggest problem, though. He’s trying to develop a cancer drug with Kat’s brother, Erik, and it’s draining money he doesn’t have. Just as he finds an investor with pockets deep enough to fund their research, Erik is lured to the former Soviet Union and thrown into jail. Meanwhile, Ben Halloran, who killed his father to save Kat’s life, is faced with the twin risks of a murder charge and his brother’s deep-seated desire for revenge. Can Ben escape with his life and liberty? And can Marty save both Erik and his business – and learn to trust Kat?”

What author says…

Helen said “I’ve been writing about these amazing characters for over 5 years, so you can imagine, they have become a part of my life. It’s been a great journey and they have come through so many storylines that it feels right for them to achieve their dreams at last.”

Most of the action in THE FINAL TRAIL takes place across the city and features the famous Rose Villa Tavern and 1,000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter; The Mailbox, home to the BBC in Birmingham, Holloway Head by the famous Pagoda Island and locations in Harborne and Edgbaston.

Helen added “It’s going to be very sad to launch the last book as the stories and characters have built up such a following but it will give me the opportunity to weave new and exciting tales – I have so many ideas buzzing in my head.” THE FINALTRAIL is a perfect read for those who like a fast-paced crime thriller combined with suspense, humour and plot twists. It’s ideal to take away on holiday and provides a great read during the autumn/winter nights.

THE FINALTRAIL will be available to order from Amazon in e-book, paperback and dyslexia-friendly format from Monday 28th October 2019.

Website: https://aaabbott.co.uk/
Twitter: @AAAbbottstories

Buy Link : https://amzn.to/2BJmoHg

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Zenka by Alison Brodie

Zenka by Alison Brodie
Publication Date: November 2017
Read Date:January 22nd 2018
Genre: Mystery / Fiction / Romace / Humor
Pages: 306
Stars: 5/5

“The plot is hilarious with many twists and turns that you don’t see coming” -Rosie Amber Review Team (Top 100 UK Book Blogger)

When London crime boss, Jack Murray, saves Zenka’s life she becomes his guardian angel. But this angel doesn’t come with fluffy wings. She wants to get tooled up and hit the streets.

But Jack doesn’t want her to go around murdering his enemies. (The last thing he needs is a turf war). The project he has in mind requires a delicate approach …

You see, Jack has received a letter from an old girlfriend saying he has a son, Nicholas. This is fantastic news, but there’s a problem. Nicholas is a wimp, bullied by his girlfriend and bullied by, well, everyone. Can Zenka make him into the sort of son any self-respecting villain would be proud of? 

Zenka takes up the challenge. “Don’t vorry, Jack. Ven I am finished vith Nicholas he vill be dog’s bollocks just like his papa.” She grabs a gun and musters the mob.

Nicholas plans to marry Penelope and settle in suburbia. He leads a tranquil, if uneventful, life. That is, until he falls in love with a mysterious Hungarian girl who begs him to protect her. Protect her?! He’s qualified to nurse the elderly handicapped – not attack lantern-jawed thugs in leather jackets.

Frustrated by his cowardice, Zenka turns up the heat. Her tactics become more bizarre, more illegal, and soon events begin to spin out of control.

Meanwhile, Jack’s accountant believes the letter is a lie and investigates.

Which is when the secrets come out – and now someone is going to pay with their life …

“I was laughing one minute and then holding my breath, afraid of what was coming” -Susan Loves to Read

Zenka was lighthearted, entertaining mafia/ mob family drama and romance that revolved around, Zenka, Jack, Nicholas and Trevor. It was full ride of suspense, twists, actions, romance, humor, love, betrayal and secrets with quirky characters and unique writing style. That blurb says all about the book.

Zenka was a red haired Hungarian pole dancer. She was feisty, smart and devious, protective for Jack and called herself Jack’s guardian angel. I loved her voice and each time I read her chapter I was eagerly waiting for the next to read. She was developed character that slowly but effectively grown on you.

Jack, a 42-year-old crime lord, was hard from outside but had a soft and gold heart. He did bad things in his life but he had principles and had past that was responsible for what he was now. He was such a great person and boss. I liked the way he treated Zenka like his own child and the way he tried to change when found about his son.

Nicholas was Jack’s son who was unaware of his crime lord father. He faced life changing events that turned him from sissy to manly. In beginning, he didn’t stand up against bullies- he cowered when some teenage kid told him to f*** off, didn’t help his friend who was victim of abuse, his girlfriend was bossing him and if his prized car jaguar was hit from rear end he would say sorry to the driver! Looking at all this, I was determined not to like him but I was surprised by change of mind. He turned into hardcore bastard just as his father and Zenka wanted. His development was entertaining to read.

Trevor aka Mr. Stockman was Jack’s accountant and business partner. He was selfish and money minded. I didn’t like him in the beginning but when climax arrived I saw development in him and I like the way he brought out his compressed feeling and changed in the end.

Book was third person narrative from the perspective of Zenka, Trevor and Nicholas. I’m not big fan of mafia/mob fiction romance because of the appalling language but surprisingly I enjoyed it in this book. It didn’t feel that bad and it was so funny to read. Writing was unique, direct and engaging. I loved the way some of the mafia phrase were explained in Zenka’s letter.

Beginning of the book told how Zenka was saved by Jack Murray when she was 5-yrs-old, how she became like a daughter to Jack and how Jack got to know about his son. Zenka’s perspective was written in form of letters to Alina. I’m still scratching my head who was Alina and why Zenka asked about her family’s well-being at the end of all letters? I guess for that there might be another book. Anyway, in all letters she poured out her thoughts about jack, Nicholas and how she wanted to take her revenge on Olga. It was fun to read her views in her unique accent.

Nicholas’ perspective told his life as nurse and his friendship with his roommate Jason. Banter between this two was entertaining. In beginning he sounded whiny.  But as Zenka arrived in his life there came drastic change in him. He tried to be brave, strong and manly for love of Zenka and that was really sweet to read. I was surprise to see Zenka and jack’s plan work.

Trevor’s perspective told his strong bond with Jack, how he met him and started working for him and what he felt about him. It also told about Jack’s past, how he turned from nice and clever school boy to mafia lord. I loved reading jack’s love for his son and the efforts he put to be good in his eyes. The father-son conversation just before climax was written with emotional and realistic touch.

All characters were just amazing to read. Best part was conversations between characters and their feelings. I felt frustration, tension, anger, and love along with them. Dialogues were entertaining and there were many laugh-out-oud situations and some violent aggressive scene but it weighed heavily on light-hearted side.

And the climax! It was full of twist and turns. I couldn’t see it coming. End was even greater. Good received something good and bad got what they deserved. And I finally said, ‘I didn’t see that coming’ on last page.

Overall, it was refreshing, fast paced, humorous mafia/mob romance that I recommend to the readers of this genre.

Author: Alison Brodie

Purchase Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

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#CoverReveal: Pretty Little Things by T.M.E Walsh @NeverlandBT @tmewalsh

Hey Book Lovers! Today is the cover reveal of Pretty Little Things by T.M.E Walsh, organized by Neverland Blog Tours.

Book Details 

Title: Pretty Little Things
Author: Tania Walsh
Publisher: HQ Digital
Genre: Thriller / Crime

 

Blurb 

A brand-new standalone from T.M.E Walsh, author of the addictive DCI Claire Winters series.

It’s bad when the girls go missing.
It’s worse when the girls are found.

Six months ago, Charlotte almost lost everything. Now, she’s determined to keep her daughter, Elle, safe. So when local girls close to Elle in age and appearance begin to go missing, it’s her worst nightmare.

Charlotte’s fears are confirmed when a frantic search becomes a shocking murder investigation. The girls’ bodies have been found – half-buried, and with traces of mud and wildflowers under their fingernails.

As Charlotte’s obsession with keeping her daughter close pushes her marriage to the brink, local DI Madeleine Wood embarks on a gruelling search for the killer. And, as they dig deeper into the lives of the people they call friends and neighbours, they uncover secrets more terrible than they ever imagined…

Pretty Little Things is the nail-bitingly terrifying new serial killer thriller from TME Walsh – the perfect read for fans of Close to Home, Behind Her Eyes and The Child.

PRETTY LITTLE THINGS LINKS –

Amazon UK /Amazon USAKobo Goodreads 

AUTHOR BIO 

T. M. E. WALSHTania (T. M. E.) Walsh is the author of the DCI Claire Winters series.

Tania began writing full time after becoming a casualty to the recession in late 2008.

The first DCI Claire Winters book, ‘For All Our Sins’, was originally published in February 2011. When the rights reverted back to the author, the novel then underwent a re-write.

Tania went on to successfully self-publish ‘For All Our Sins’, and the second novel in the series, ‘The Principle of Evil’, in 2013. Both novels appeared in the various best-selling Amazon Kindle charts, before being picked up by HQ – a division of HarperCollins – in 2015.

In 2011 Tania was the winner of the Wannabe a Writer Blurb competition sponsored by Writing Magazine and judged by Matt Bates, the Fiction buyer for WHSmith Travel.

Although writing now takes up most of her time, Tania has previously produced digital artwork that was published on a DVD-ROM for ImagineFX magazine’s FXPosé section twice in the early and latter part of 2007, which has been published worldwide.

Tania lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and young daughter.

Social Media –

Twitter: @tmewalsh

Website: www.tmewalsh.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tmewalsh

 

Now the cover –

 

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Loose Cannon by Jack Steele (A Detective Joe Stone Novel Book 1)

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Published: July 27th 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Read date: November 11th 2017

Pages: 342

Stars: 4/5

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A psychopath is loose in London. Detective Joe Stone must hunt the serial killer before a gangland civil war breaks out.


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Loose Cannon is first in A Detective Joe Stone series.

That blurb is just 2 sentences! Strange, right? Well it created a good suspense by giving very few info, it was just like going blind in the book. And the book was such that it’s better to say less in synopsis.

Loose Cannon is about detective Joe Stone’s investigation on series of abduction and murder of family members of London mafia that threatens to start gang war and ending the long hard worked peace in London achieved by Strategic Investigation Unit (SIU), where Joe Stone works. Book also gives a view on his private life, his grief over disappearance of his girlfriend Gemma a year back and his struggle on getting back to life.

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Main character Joe Stone was good person with moral, brave, smart, and amazing in his work. I liked his assumption for people, they were very correct almost all time which made him very good detective. I enjoyed his crispy refreshing monologue. Carl– his buddy at SIU was sarcastic and fun loving. His love for his mother was so adorable. Other characters of SIU were described thoroughly, I felt like know whole team so well and together they made amazing team. I was suspicious about few character in team but my suspicion was not fully concluded in this part of the series. I loved Stella and her way of living life. She was free spirit and yet hard working in team. They all well written, descriptive, creative and felt so realistic.

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Starting of the book, first chapter, abduction of Marcia. It was terrifying and cruel. I could tell this book is going to be thrilling and interesting. Multiple POV from victims, Joe (majority it was narrated by this MC), and other characters gave it the feel of watching crime investigation TV show.

The police procedural was well written that left room of doubt. Description of places were so well that it transported me straight to London, I could visualize them very clearly. All events were realistic and plausible. Even the flow of book was perfect. Short chapter made it engaging and fast read. Each chapter had cliffhanger that made it more gripping.

I liked to read bits of life story of all characters both of SIU team and gang leaders and mafia specially that of Carter and Stettsi family. There were moments in the book that created a tight tension. It gave a thrill in the book. Catching a loose cannon was like chasing a mouse in the labyrinth.

Climax was good but the way story was going my assumption on how it will end was right. It little bugged me why SIU couldn’t guess who was the mind behind all the killing and motive of that person. There was more to this case and it was very complex than I expected. Some things were left mysterious in this book for the continuation of the series.

Joe’s memory of Gemma and his grief made me so curious I wanted to know what happened to her and how she disappeared and why they couldn’t find her throughout the book. She was a precursor to the series and would love to get answers to these questions in the next book was the series.

End was a cliffhanger, open ended and gave another mystery to solve for next book.

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After climax, the book became little slow. Usually I enjoy last 30%n of the book more than whole other 70%, but here this part felt little stretched. I was desperate to reach to the end. And more than 100 chapters (yes, you read right) in the book didn’t help in that. I was constantly feeling like, “I’m on 90th chapter already, how many still left! when end will come!” I was more focused on rushing to end than enjoying the story.

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Overall, it was interesting, loved the way author wrote characters and premises, full of suspense and thrill. I recommend it to all who enjoys gangster and investigation stories.


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Author: Jack Steele

To know more about author click Here.

Buy Here: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received review copy of this book from author, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***


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Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan

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Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan

Published: February 25th 2016

Read Date: October 8th 2017

Pages: 250

Stars: 4/5

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Books was centered on its gem ‘Pigeon Blood Red ruby necklace’ and how characters got involved directly or indirectly to this necklace. Basically this story was character driven set in Chicago, narrated in third person view and very gangster type.

Story was quiet straight actually. Robert was under neck deep debt, stole Pigeon Blood Red ruby necklace from Litvak’s man, ran away to Honolulu and indirectly involved his wife, Evelyn in this. All characters gathered at Honolulu with different purpose and get involved in the necklace chase. Now how they got involved with necklace, who will get it in the end and what will happen to them… Well, that’s the story.

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There were many characters in the book and all of them had almost equal role and importance. In short, all character were flawed, no one was perfect. I bet, every person’s view will be different about these characters. I didn’t actually connect with them, I knew them and their life by the end of the book but I couldn’t understand their thought process and so I couldn’t say who actually developed or whether they learned anything or not except Rico. It was like everyone were going with the flow, and so I with them, until end decided where they will stand.

Characters involved with necklace were- Rico– man on field, Anti-hero doing all dirty work of Litvak but likable. I liked the principle he sat in his line of work that he won’t change in any condition. Evelyn– Robert’s wife, idealistic but was just okay until the climax, and then I didn’t like her much. Paul –Lawyer who was on vacation also got involved in this. He was nice and genuine in this whole affair.

Litvak – money lander, Rico’s gangster boss, who orchestrated all the chasing thing because necklace was his possession. Robert– gambler who stole this necklace in the beginning of the story and Rachel. Nothing was good about these 3 characters.

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Story directly took to the world of gangster and main point of the book- the necklace chase. After first 40% of the book, this chase became thrilling and I actually loved the story from this point on. Till that it was all about knowing the characters and their situation better. It was good thing but took a little time to connect with everything.

There was very detailed life stories of all characters, even those who had very little role and related to characters. Right from family back ground to how they got into job they were doing, how they met the person whom they considered near to them to the present situation. all through information which helped to know them and was required to connect with the main story.

I liked relationship of Rico and Jean. The conversations was less but the way they understood each other’s work was something we rarely find between couples that made these unruly characters admirable. Paul and JoAnne were also good together. Did I mention detective in the book? First time I liked a detective who was side character and actually did his work thoroughly and quickly and most importantly was not stupid.  😉

Best thing in the book was Pigeon Blood Red ruby necklace. Yes it was very beautiful but that’s not I’m talking about. All information related to it was brilliant- Where they are found, how rare they were, why they were priceless and who actually owned them and how it reached to Litvak. That was fascinating piece of the book.

Short chapters and so fast paced book. Story progressed very quickly with nice turning points. Few I could see coming, have guessed very early and some things were shocking. Creative climax. I actually didn’t know what will happen from here on. End was fair enough. So yes I’m happy with the end.

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There wasn’t actually major negative points in the book. The story was enjoyable but as I said earlier it took little time connect situation and characters, and couldn’t understand thought process of characters.

Pretty straight for me. I was not on the edge, chewing my nail while watching the story unfold which I expected in this book. I had cozy mystery type of feeling.

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Overall, refreshing, gripping, fast paced, gangster thriller. Though it was straight for me, I enjoyed it. Something new and different. I recommend it? Yes.


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About Ed Duncan

Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

Connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

*** Note: I received this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book. ***


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