Faithless by Kjel Ola Dahl #BlogTour

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Synopsis

Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back … and this time, it’s personal… When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her … and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he ponders the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda investigates a disturbingly similar cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway and Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again. Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, Faithless is a breath-taking and atmospheric page-turner that marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.


Review

I’m new to Nordic Noir and wasn’t sure if it was my thing, but i really enjoyed my first taste .

Faithless is a slowly unfolding thriller that ambles along picking up pace in the final chapters.

The two main characters Frølich and Gunnarstranda are true to life. Their investigation techniques are at times very relaxed and they don’t always do things to the book, nor are they always politically correct, but it makes the characters very likeable. In fact the whole book is very relaxed and a real joy to read. The nice thing is that you find out alot of background about the police officers personal lives, i like this in a novel, it makes the characters have alot more depth and enables you to feel as if you know them.

There are 2 cases running alongside each other, a missing student and the murder of a woman who has been left in a dumpster. The case becomes hard for Frølich when he discovers he knows the murder victim .

I really liked the female police officer  Lena who is feisty, smart and sassy. She really shows her worth in the last few chapters. Although the book is quite slow paced it does really pick up speed in the last few chapters and had me on the edge of my seat!

The ending leaves an definite opening for the nest instalment whicch i will definitely be awaiting!

About the Author

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One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

Thank you to Anne Cater for allowing me to take part in this Blog Tour and also a big thank you to Orenda Books.

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Manipulated Lives by H.A Leuschel #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

Five stories – Five Lives

Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?

Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

MyReview

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and H.A.Leuschel for including me in this blog tour.

Manipulated lives is a very unusual and engrossing read. I really enjoy short stories for a change and always finish them making a mental note I must read more.

Manipulated lives consists of five stories all with the main theme of a person who is being manipulated. Although there is a common theme that runs through all stories they are very individual.

Every story is beautifully written and in the short time you’re reading each one you become so involved in the characters and their situation.

Each story for me brought a sadness, but also a realisation of how manipulators can come in many shapes and sizes and cause so much destruction.

I loved the twists in the stories and sometimes an adde eerie feel, similar to the one you get when you’re watching a scary movie and waiting for that moment when someone jumps out.

5* review from me!

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All About Helene

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

My Review

Oh my goodness, by the end of the first chapter my adrenalin was pumping and I felt sick, and then it continued throughout the whole book!

This is a psychological thriller at its best.

From the very start you are on a constant search to find out who it is that’s stalking g Louisa and trying to take her baby, Cody. I even started to doubt her and think maybe this was post natal psychosis.

Gemma has created an absolute corker in A Mother’s Sacrifice. Louisa is a very deep character and slowly throughout the book you discover her past, bit by bit the seemingly happy family that you meet in the first chapter disintegrates before your eyes.

This is an absolute fab read with many nail biting moments and an ending you really don’t expect!

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All about Gemma

Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel ´Trust Me,´ is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite sure who would answer the phone…

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Class Murder by Leigh Russell #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

With so many potential victims to choose from, there would be many deaths. He was spoiled for choice, really, but he was determined to take his time and select his targets carefully. Only by controlling his feelings could he maintain his success. He smiled to himself. If he was clever, he would never have to stop. And he was clever. He was very clever. Far too clever to be caught.

Geraldine Steel is reunited with her former sergeant, Ian Peterson.

When two people are murdered, their only connection lies buried in the past. As police search for the elusive killer, another body is discovered. Pursuing her first investigation in York, Geraldine Steel struggles to solve the baffling case. How can she expose the killer, and rescue her shattered reputation, when all the witnesses are being murdered?

My Review

I’d like to thank Anne Cater, Leigh Russell and No exit press for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

Class murder is one of those great reads that has you totally engrossed from the first chapter.

This is the tenth DI Geraldine Steel novel and my first meeting with her. This can totally be read as a stand alone novel but, if you’re anything like me, I now want to read the other nine in the series.

There are so many layers to the characters in Class murder and as a newbie to Geraldine Steel I really enjoyed getting to know them all.

The storyline got me hook line and sinker, the whole time during reading I was trying to work out the killers motives and who it could be.

5* review from me, I recommend this series to all!

All about Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi and Class Murder. The series has sold over a million copies worldwide. Cut Short was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association (CWA) John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes with Stop Dead and Murder Ring selected as finalists for The People’s Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award judging panel and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.

Snare By Lilja Sigurdardottir #Guestpost #TheElves

I’d like to thank Anne Cater, Orenda Books & Lilja Sigurdardottir For allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

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Synopsis

After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial crash. Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

Guestpost

Today i welcome Lilja to my blog where she tells us a little about the icelandic myth – the elves!

What´s with the elves?

This title is a line from ‘Thrymskviða’, one of the poems from the Codex Regius of the elder Edda that explains pre-Christian Nordic mythology and beliefs. The line is a greeting from Thrymur, who has stolen Thor’s hammer and demands Freyja as a wife in return. He asks: What´s with the gods, what´s with the elves?’, meaning: what is all the commotion about? The poem is really entertaining, as Thor and Loki dress up in drag and go get the hammer back.

A few years back a survey was made in Iceland to check if people still believed in our legendary elves. It turns out the majority of Icelanders do. The result of the survey hit the international media and since, Icelanders abroad are very often asked if they really believe in them.

Our Icelandic elves look nothing like the garden gnomes presented in some European literature. Our elves look exactly like us. They are easily confused with people. So nobody can say for sure that they have never met an elf. There are incidents of people falling in love with them and many stories warn people of this, as the elves are quite hot-blooded and revengeful if they are crossed or betrayed. But usually they are helpful and good-natured.*

I believe in them as part of our history and as a kind of nature spirit that keeps people from destroying certain parts of our unique nature. So yes. I do believe in elves. And I use them, too. In my books.

I have a scene with elves in Snare. You didn´t notice, did you? Typical elves, sneaking about like that! But I´ll explain:

The Icelandic elves move house on New Year’s Eve. And just like people, when they move house they take all their belongings with them. Needless to say that the belongings of the elves are much nicer than anything people can own and they seem to have endless amounts of gold, money, beautiful textiles and art. So, if you sit on a crossroads in Iceland on New Year’s Eve you will meet elves, travelling with all their belongings to their new house. And they cannot get past you. So they will try to tempt you to stand up and move. They will offer gold, love, nice food, everything that your heart desires. But it is extremely important that you don´t accept anything and that you don´t speak. If you do, you will go mad. If you sit still, and resist all the temptation, the elves will finally give up and go, but leave all their belongings behind. So then you are rich!

If you compare this old tale with an incident in Snare, where the banker Agla is walking home drunk on New Year’s Eve, and takes a rest where two walking paths in the park cross, you can see the elves. But it is difficult to know for sure if the ones that come to her and tell her to stand up so she doesn´t fall asleep in the snow are elves or just concerned people coming from a costume party. That’s exactly how the elves are, you cannot ever be sure.

*Iceland in fact has two races of elves: Elves and Hidden People. Discussions on the differences between the two can become heated.

 

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All about Lilja

Lilja Sigurðard.

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

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Silent Night By Wendy Clarke #review

Silent Night - kindle coverSynopsis

‘Silent Night’ is a collection of thirteen Christmas stories by Wendy Clarke, a regular writer of fiction for national magazines.
All of these stories have previously been published in either ‘The People’s Friend’ or ‘Take a Break Fiction Feast’. If you like stories with emotional depth and a satisfying ending, then this collection is for you.
What Shirley Blair, Commissioning Fiction Editor for ‘The People’s Friend’, says about the author:

‘Wendy Clarke has become one of The People’s Friend’s most valued writers, offering our readers a range of themes and a level of emotional satisfaction that is rare in the short story format.’
Project Christmas: Andrew and his children are grieving. Can he make this a Christmas his late wife would have been proud of?
On My Own: Bella needs to get away from it all but her Christmas cottage by the sea holds more than a few surprises.
Silent Night: Christmas Eve, a starry night and two young men who have more in common than they realise.
A Christmas Present Called Abbie: Dan plans to have the perfect Christmas on his own – until daughter Abbie turns up.
Do You Believe in Angels: Sometimes you need to have belief to hold a family together.
A Song for Christmas: Being in a pop band doesn’t make you a good candidate for a step-dad… or does it?
The Memory Purse: Mr Bhadu’s memory purse is almost full. Can Tracy provide the perfect final memory for him this Christmas?
All I Want for Christmas: What will Keith do when the present his step-daughter wants for Christmas is sold out?
Cancelling Christmas: Having always thrown the best Christmas party, Geraldine decides that this year enough is enough.
The Greatest Gift: David discovers the best gifts are not always the biggest.
Christmas Strike: When Jan goes on strike on Christmas Day, it takes a special person to put things right.
Finding Santa: Emma is scared Santa won’t find her when they’re snowed in at the airport.
Together for Christmas: Julie and Kevin have always spent Christmas with their best friends. It might be time for a change.

My Review

I’d firstly like to thank Wendy for allowing me to take part in her blog tour for Silent Night.

I was immediately drawn to this book by the cover, which is absolutely gorgeous. I’m a sucker for Christmas and more than happy to indulge in a delightful pick and mix of festive stories. Silent Night really is like a box of quality street, there is something for everyone within its pages.

Each story is heartwarming, Wendy has a wonderful ability to address so many different situations, she does so with warmth and sincerity.

It has been a long time since I have read a collection of short stories and Silent Night didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed being able to dip in and out of the book.

I think in a collection like this, there will always be stories that a reader can relate to and will enjoy more than others, that’s part of the joy!

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About Wendy

Wendy Clarke

Wendy Clarke is a writer of women’s fiction. Her work regularly appears in national women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly. She has also written serials and a number of non-fiction magazine articles.

Wendy has published two collections of short stories, Room in Your Heart and The Last Rose and has just finished writing her second novel.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

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The Law Of Attraction By Roxie Cooper #giveaway #BlogTour #Review

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Synopsis

Amanda Bentley has always dreamed of being a barrister…

But as a platinum blonde bombshell from the wrong side of town, with a perfect tan and sleek high heels, she doesn’t exactly look the part – or fit in with the brash public school boys and cold posh girls of Newcastle Crown Court’s robing room. Amanda’s never been one to back down from a challenge, and so when she wins a prestigious pupillage following law school, she’s determined to make the most of her chance – and make all her dreams come true.

Only three things stand in her way: Sid Ryder – the sexy, irresistible barrister who she absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, sleep with. At all. Marty Gregg – her smarmy law school nemesis, who she’s in direct competition with for the top job. And her big, dark secret that could jeopardise everything she’s worked so hard for.

Who said that following the laws of attraction was going to be easy…?

Perfects for fans of Legally Blonde, Lindsey Kelk and Joanna Bolouri

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My review

I absolutely adored this beautifully written book. I was intrigued to enter the world of a barrister and all the pomp and ceremony that goes hand in hand with it.

The main character Amanda is a breath of fresh air. She is feisty, sassy and gorgeous. The fact that she is not a stereo typical barrister makes the story even more endearing. There is such a girl power element that made me want to punch the air a fair few times!

From the moment Amanda starts her pupillage at Athena Chambers you join her on a roller coast of a ride. The law of attraction is a real winning recipe of wit, intrigue & sheer determination, with a pinch of love and passion thrown in to spice things up. It has a complete feel good factor and for me ticked all the boxes of a top read.

There is a secret  that Amanda is hiding that could ruin her career before it has even begun, Roxie manages to entice you with this through out the book, you find out snippets here and there, it definitely intrigued me and led to many a late night as i just read ”one more chapter”

The characters have been so well created that they jump out of the pages and come alive. A delicious read that has left me wanting more! 5* review from me!

Thank you to Roxie, Neverland blog tours & HQ Digital for allowing me to review The law of attraction.

 

All about Roxie Cooper

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Roxie was born and bred in Middlesbrough.  After studying Classics at University, she became a dancer in a nightclub for a few years, before going travelling and living in Australia.  When she returned, she swapped dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar, and became a barrister for 7 years.

It was after being constantly told “Ooh! You don’t look like a barrister!” by absolutely everyone she met, that the idea for her debut novel was born.

Roxie lives in Yarm, a pretty little market town in the North-East.  She’s a bit (lot) obsessed with Prince and spends far too much time watching him on YouTube.  Her hobbies include watching musicals, making her hair as big (and blonde) as possible, and wishing she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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