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The Meerkat Murders by R J Corgan

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I have received a free e-copy of the book The Meerkat Murders by R J Corgan to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Meerkat Murders by R J Corgan

Here is the book blurb.

After an old friend calls in a favor, geologist Kea Wright joins a team of biologists studying meerkats in the Kalahari.

Seduced by the expedition’s luxurious accommodations, state-of-the-art equipment, and daily baskets of fresh muffins, Kea begins to wonder if she picked the wrong field of research. Until people start dying…

This is the sequel to Cold Flood which I reviewed last year, again with Kea Wright as the central character, but works as a stand-alone read too.

In the previous book, she was in Iceland. Now she is in Botswana in the Kalahari desert at a meerkat colony. Her friend Tamaya and husband Addi, who are in charge of a team of biologists studying the meerkats, had invited her to join them. It will be their last season in the field before Addi retires.

But middle of the next night there is a scream. Addi has been bitten. Is it a snake? Scorpion? Whilst three of the team drive Addi to the hospital, Kea, Katherine and Gwen search for the creature. Kea succeeds in capturing a furry spider, which they identify online as a sand spider, the deadliest spider in the world. But no details of an anti-venom.

Kea is immediately suspicious that it is no accident. Even before they hear that Addi is dead, she is playing detective and coming up with motives.

Meanwhile rhino poachers keep knocking out the camera feeds, and then kill one of the meerkat colonies. Why would they do that?

And then another of the team dies. What is going on?

As well as being an entertaining read, the story is also educational as regards meerkats, a species I certainly didn’t know much about.

The Meerkat Murders is available on Amazon, currently priced at £12.21 in paperback or 97p in Kindle format. An interesting premise for a story.

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Blindsided by Narc Narcisse

I have received a free e-copy of the book Blindsided by Narc Narcisse to review. To find out more about the author, you may see his Goodreads page.

Blindsided by Narc Narcisse

Here is the book blurb.

“I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m curious. What will he be like? What will he look like? How tall will he be?” Tonight, Emma embarks on her first-ever blind date. Mark’s not what she expected. Emma’s not what he expected. Whoever set these two up knew this beforehand…1-Tattoos. 2-Wine. 3-Pills. 4-Blindfolds. 5-Handcuffs. 6-Sex. In twenty-four hours, Emma experiences five of the six; Mark, two. This innocent rendezvous has guilt written all over it!

I wasn’t sure whether I would like this book as the blurb makes it sound a bit kinky, but as the author had assured me it was not an erotica genre read, I decided to give it a go. And so pleased that I did.

The story starts with a blind date between Emma and Mark arranged through the secretive referral only BlindSided dating company (BSD). Neither of them is what the other expected, as BSD deliberately blindside their clients, which they twigged once they met, but the two of them certainly clicked.

However they are only two of a larger number of characters, all central to the story, which encompasses death and rape, not graphic through. So many suspense filled twists and turns throughout, with plenty of sub-plots too. What a page turner.

But I wasn’t entirely sure I liked the style in which this book was written with narrative and flashbacks interspersed, but luckily it didn’t detract too much.

Blindsided is available on Amazon currently priced at £7.86 in Kindle format and is also available in paperback. A gripping read. Highly recommended.

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Exercise is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

I have received a free e-copy of the book Exercise is Murder by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. I’ve enjoyed several of Carolyn’s books, so I was looking forward to reading this one too. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Exercise is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

Getting in shape isn’t an easy walk in the park…

Running junkie Katie Carpenter takes a tumble down a ravine and ends up facedown in the Hudson River. The police conclude her death was an accident, but those who were close to Katie aren’t buying that she just tripped and fell—including her pro-athlete boyfriend. But it’s Katie’s fitness trainer and friend who hires the McKinleys to investigate.

Anything but an easy case to solve, Sean and Sara will break a sweat trying to figure out who had the most to gain from the young woman’s death. Sadly for Sean most of the evidence seems stacked against Katie’s boyfriend—a man Sean idolizes. Can he put aside being starstruck long enough to view things objectively? If Katie’s killer is going to be caught, he and Sara will need to remain flexible and it might require bending the rules a bit.

This is book 12 in the McKinley Mysteries: Short & Sweet Cozies, but I found it worked very well as a stand-alone read. Also a different genre to the other titles I’ve read by Carolyn, as they have mostly been thrillers.

Married couple Sean and Sara McKinley used to work for the police but are now private investigators, with a small team. Sara’s personal trainer Mirela asks them to investigate the death of Katie Carpenter, another of her fitness clients and friend. Katie was out running and ended up in the Hudson River. Police say it was an accident but Mirela believes Katie, a keen runner, was pushed.

They start the case by getting Jimmy to visit the morgue and Adam, their tech wizard to check out Katie’s social media. Is it murder? Suspects, motives, clues.

I was particularly drawn to this story as I enjoy running myself. And I love the classification of short & sweet cozies. It sums the book up brilliantly. A real page turner of a mystery that I didn’t want to put down. And although thoroughly modern, made me think back to the days of the golden greats. I would certainly like to read some of the other titles in this series.

Exercise is Murder is available on Amazon, currently priced at £11.99 in paperback or £2.76 in Kindle format. Another gripping story as per usual from best-selling author Carolyn Arnold. I can highly recommend you grab a cup of tea and put your feet up to read this book.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice

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Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

I have received a free e-copy of the book Lady in the Lake by best-selling author Laura Lippman to review. To find out more about the author, you may see her website here.

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

Here is the book blurb.

Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn’t hard to understand why: it’s 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing.

Maddie Schwartz – recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun- wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that’s been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can’t imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell.

The story, set in Baltimore in 1964-66 alternates between being narrated by Maddie Schwartz and missing Cleo Sherwood, also known as the Lady in the Lake, plus chapters by other minor characters.

Maddie leaves her husband Milton after nearly 20 years but teenage son Seth refuses to come with her. To make ends meet, she fakes a robbery of her diamond engagement ring, at which point she meets black patrolman Ferdie Platt. She starts to move in different circles with new friend Judith Weinstein, who is cultivating Maddie as a means to an end. And she also starts an affair with Ferdie.

Meanwhile  Cleo had disappeared on New Year’s Eve. The story then flits to 11 year old Tessie Fine disappearing. Maggie and Judith discover Tessie’s body. And subsequently Maggie bizarrely writes to the person suspected of Tessie’s murder, who writes back to her. She used this correspondence to try to get a job at The Star newspaper.

And so it goes on. I have to say this book did nothing for me. It wasn’t interesting and I found the narration by minor characters disjointed. And I didn’t feel any empathy with the characters. It did get a bit better later, but by then I had already switched off.

Lady in the Lake, published by Faber & Faber is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback and is also available in kindle format. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this book.


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Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

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Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones

I have received a free e-copy of the book Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones to review. To find out more about the author, you may see his facebook page.

Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones

Here is the book blurb.

John Smith is a man who solves problems, just don’t try to stop him. He is in Las Vegas trying to track down a missing woman, which should be a simple job. But he soon discovers he is not welcome, and there are those who want to make sure he leaves the city fast, in one way or another.

This book was written a while ago, but has recently been republished to coincide with the release of the second title in The Desert Thriller Series, North of the Rock.

John Smith has been hired in the UK by diamond multi-millionaire businessman Richard Cromwell and sons to go to Las Vegas to find his missing daughter Abby and hopefully also recover a million pounds from his ex-managing director Thomas who has also gone to ground in Vegas. No help has been forthcoming from Pablo Escola, son of Richard’s Vegas business associate Francesco, who retired without warning a couple of years ago. Why has 26 year old Abby run away with Thomas, who is 30 years older than her? Why is Pablo making threats? What has happened to Francesco?

John puts plans into place to book into about 10 different hotels in Vegas, including the Acropolis which is run by Pablo, before flying. Arriving at Vegas airport, he spots two thugs waiting for him on the concourse. He manages to put them both out of action by breaking their arms, but who knew he was coming?

John keeps moving two steps ahead of those searching for him, but keeps drawing a blank in his search for either Abby or Thomas. Where is she? Is she still alive? Who can he approach?

This is a real page-turner with loads of twists and turns in a great plot line.

Lost in Vegas is available on Amazon currently priced at £7.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A gripping read. Highly recommended. I’m certainly adding follow-up book North of the Rock to my list of books to read.

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Initiated to Kill by Sharlene Almond – Book review and giveaway

I have received a free e-copy of the book Initiated to Kill by Sharlene Almond to review. For more information on the author, you may see her website.

Initiated to Kill by Sharlene Almond

Here is the book blurb.

Two men from two different generations, both initiated into a powerful organization that throughout history has sought control and uses their power for destruction. They leave behind a wake of murder, manipulation and ancient secrets. The first man wreaks havoc in and around the Whitechapel district of London, England in the 19th century. While the other stalks his victims in the cosmopolitan city of Seville, Spain in the 21st century; knowing that only he could uncover the true motives of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers—Jack the Ripper.

Most of the story takes place in Seville in 2010 but it also includes flashbacks to Annabella’s childhood and to earlier incidents featuring the bad guys. Plus the tale of Jack the Ripper is another main element and Freemasonary plays a part too.

Annabella is deaf due to a childhood injury, but she is able to read body and facial expressions. Her flatmate Celestina is the first girl to disappear, which she reports to the police.

Meanwhile the police start receiving anonymous gruesome packages. Detective Valero is called back in from sabbatical leave to work on the case with Detective Rivero. As more girls disappear, the link appears to be that they all attend Seville University. The detectives call upon Annabella’s skills in reading people and hide her behind the glass when interviewing their first suspect.

Lots of twists to come in this story.

Although I’m a huge thriller fan, I did find this one rather too graphic, in its descriptions of dismembering victims’ organs.

After finishing reading the book, I did feel compelled to look up the tale of Jack The Ripper and I saw that the name mentioned in this story was one of the possible suspects for the unidentified serial killer.

Initiated To Kill is available on Amazon, currently priced at £11.18 in paperback or £2.99 in Kindle format. A thrilling mysterious read with an interesting weaving of the storylines.

This book is recommended for adult readers only, due to its graphic content.

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Cold Flood by R J Corgan

I have received a free e-copy of the book Cold Flood by R J Corgan to review.

Cold Flood by R J Corgan

 

Here is the book blurb.

For geologist Kea Wright, when a volcano erupts under an ice cap, it isn’t just a good time, it’s a living. Camped at the base of an icecap in southeast Iceland, Kea and her team are investigating landforms created by catastrophic floods. With only days left in the field season, bad weather on the way, and the volcano due to erupt at any time, the team is struck by a tragedy that threatens to shut down the entire project. As the team rushes to complete their work, the expedition continues to be plagued by setbacks, leading Kea to wonder if the initial tragedy was an accident after all. During her reluctant – and inept – attempts to investigate, Kea inadvertently stumbles upon a secret. One so valuable, someone is willing to kill to keep it hidden.

This book is set in Iceland and I’ve been meaning to try reading an Icelandic thriller for ages. In fact we have a shelf full of this genre at home, as my other half loves both reading and watching this type of mystery.

Dr Kea Wright is an American geologist working in Iceland alongside Marcus, they are both assistant professors, with 2 graduate students Julie and Tony. They are camping at Skaftafell National Park. She has been left in charge for the last 10 days of the season when Professor Carlyle left early. A new bunch of eco-tourist volunteers are arriving today. They are teams from 2 companies T3 and Corvis Engineering and they are also providing some specialist equipment like a laser probe.

The next day they head out onto Skeiðarárjökull glacier to do some research, but one of Kea’s team, Gary has a diabetic attack. Whilst keeping an extra eye on Gary, they fail to notice they are one person short until back at the jeeps. It is Bruce, one of the T3 team, who was at high school with Kea.

Kea and a small team head back on to the ice to search for Bruce, whilst Zoe sends a drone. But tragedy has already struck – Bruce is found floating face down in the water. Was it an accident, suicide or something worse? Kea tries to investigate herself, but what else may follow? Certainly plenty of twists and turns.

Good to study the maps at the beginning of the book to see whereabouts in Iceland, the story is set, a long way from Reykjavik. And I felt the author had really researched the Icelandic setting excellently. I enjoyed the storyline, but did struggle with some of the scientific terms, although did eventually discover a glossary at the back of the book.

Cold Flood is available on Amazon, currently priced at £12.92 in paperback or £5.22 in Kindle format. A thrilling story in an unusual setting.

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The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh by Carolyn Arnold

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. This is the third of Carolyn’s titles for me, so I was very much looking forward to reading this one. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

In Egypt’s Western Desert lies the tomb of an unnamed pharaoh that hides a secret so powerful, it could destroy the world as we know it.
 
Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whomever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.
 
The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

This is the second title in the Matthew Connor action-adventure series and works perfectly as a stand-alone read.

The story starts with archaeologists Alex and Jasper looking at the hieroglyphics in a tunnel they have just discovered under the Egyptian desert which they decipher as meaning that a pharaoh son of Khufu is buried nearby, although we are about 200 miles away from the Great Pyramid. And that is not all, it also points to the Emerald Tablets, which from legend are rumoured to turn base metal into gold. Just the sort of thing you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. The fate of the world could be at stake.

Alex invites “myth chaser” Matthew to join the team, who insists that he will only come if his friends Robyn and Cal are included too. Tensions run high and then the tunnel caves in behind them, so with no escape the only way is forward in the dark including swimming and snakes.

What do they and don’t they find? Who are the good guys and who are the baddies? I would compare this thrilling adventure to a modern-day Indiana Jones.

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh is available on Amazon, currently priced at £10.99 in paperback or £4.57 in Kindle format. A different genre to her other titles that I’ve read but still a gripping story full of twists and turns. I’ve now added City of Gold, the previous Matthew Connor story to my wishlist and hope there will be more of these adventures to follow.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle

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Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern

I loved reading the first two Madam Tulip titles, so I was very pleased to receive a free e-copy of the third book in the series “Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance” by David Ahern to review.

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern

Here is the book blurb.

A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.

A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager – each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.
      
As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can’t predict is her own.

This is the third in the series of thrilling and hilarious Madam Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant amateur detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

The story starts with actress Derry being unemployed again but a movie opportunity comes up in Scotland where they want her to play Madam Tulip with no audition. She doesn’t wish to do this but agrees to play a gypsy fortune-teller instead. Her friend Bruce also gets a role in the movie.

Meanwhile her artist dad Jacko has purchased a ruined castle and her gallery owner mum Vanessa is opening a new a gallery in Edinburgh.

Derry arrives on set to be asked by Jessica, PA to executive producer Jim Carson if she would come and tell his wife’s and daughter’s fortunes that evening. She is annoyed but can hardly say no, since he is funding the movie. Rab, the very charming estate manager drives her there and Sally, Carson’s wife begins by asking Derry if Hamish who has disappeared is dead.

Also millionaire Alex Dunbar keeps inviting Derry out and then cancelling. And then Derry gets harassed by the press, who are accusing Madam Tulip of being a fraud.

So lots of different threads to this story to which the reader keeps asking why? But they are all drawn together as the story progresses and things heat up.

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.87 in kindle format. Another far-fetched mystery. It didn’t hit the spot for me quite as much as the first two titles, but still a great read which I am happy to recommend. I am certainly looking forward to book 4.

Here are the links to my reviews of the previous two Madam Tulip titles.
Madam Tulip
Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts


About the author

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madame Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’s ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.

You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his website www.davidahern.info

Connect with David Ahern on Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidahernwriter
and Twitter: www.twitter.com/daveahernwriter

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Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern

I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Madam Tulip, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to receive a free e-copy of the second book in the series “Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts” by David Ahern to review.

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern

Here is the book blurb.

When out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell moonlights as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip in an English Stately home, she’s trying to make some cash. Instead, she is drawn into an alien world of wealth, titled privilege and family secrets.

A countess once a chorus girl, a gambling earl and his daughters, a cultured and handsome art expert—all caught in a terrifying web of ghastly threats, murder and abduction. As an aristocratic engagement party turns into a nightmare, Derry and her friend Bruce face the prospect of a gruesome and infamous death.

Madame Tulip and the Knave of Hearts is the second in a series of thrilling and hilarious Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant amateur detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

Derry, an actress is once again unemployed, due to the proscenium arch falling down at the Palace Theatre. She organises a fund-raising art auction at which she bumps into Marlene again, who persuades her to come over to Sorley Hall in England as Madam Tulip for another fortune-telling role at her friend Charlotte’s engagement party. Charlotte and her sister Bryony are the daughters of the Earl of Berkshire and great nieces of the Dowager Countess Octavia.

However the party gets postponed for a week due to the shock of receiving a severed limb in the post. It has been sent as a threat but why and who did it belong to? Things go from bad to worse, but I’m not going to reveal why.

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts is available on Amazon, currently priced at £8.99 in paperback and is also available in kindle format. A far-fetched mystery. Highly recommended. I am looking forward to when book 3 is finished.


About the author

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madame Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. The second in the Madam Tulip mystery series, Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts, was published in autumn 2016. He is now writing the third Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.

You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his website www.davidahern.info

Connect with David Ahern on Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidahernwriter
and Twitter: www.twitter.com/daveahernwriter

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