*BLOG TOUR* The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton ★★★★★

Blurb; Catching him will make her career – and change her forever.

August, 1999;
On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.

June, 1969;
13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.

August, 1999;
As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks’ old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy – one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?

My Review; WOW! What a brilliant thriller. Has to be one of the best thrillers of the year for me so far… Chilling, Creepy, addictive!

You can tell Sharon has done research for this story about the witches, cults, old tales and pendle hill. I had a proud moment when both Burnley and Blackburn were mentioned within this story as they’re both close to home…

Three missing teenagers… What happened to them? Will the truth be set free? Will Florence be able to solve the disappearances? Is this linked to the witches cult, pendle hill and old tales? Is Florence putting herself in danger?

The opening of The Craftsman has the reader intrigued and wanting more, drawing them into the story… A cleverly written story, a real page turner you will find hard to put down and easy to read. This story made my fear of death even worse! Not recommended if you’re claustrophobic. Haha. Very impressed! Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars.

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*BLOG BLITZ* Hard Prejudice – Dave Stanton ★★★★

Blurb; The DNA evidence should have made the rape a slam dunk case…

But after the evidence disappeared from a police locker, the black man accused of brutally raping a popular actor’s daughter walked free. Hired by the actor, private eye Dan Reno’s job seemed simple enough: discover who took the DNA, and why. Problem is, from the beginning of the investigation, neither Reno, the South Lake Tahoe police, nor anyone else have any idea what the motivation could be to see ghetto thug Duante Tucker get away with the crime. Not even Reno’s best friend, fellow investigator Cody Gibbons, has a clue.

When Reno and Gibbons tail Tucker, they learn the rapist is linked to various criminals and even a deserter from the U.S. Marine Corps. But they still can’t tell who would want him set free, and for what reason?

Things get murkier when Tucker visits an Arabic restaurant whose owners are suspected terrorists. Then Cody’s ex-boss, a San Jose police captain, is found to be dallying with Tucker’s sister.

The clues continue to build until Reno and Cody find themselves targeted for death. That tells Reno he’s getting close, so he and Gibbons put the pedal to the metal. The forces of evil are running out of time, and the action reaches a boiling point before an explosive conclusion that reveals a sinister plot and motivations that Reno never imagined.

My Review; Happy Publication Day! Hard Prejudice is book five in the brilliant Dan Reno series. I have been enjoying this series from the start and would highly recommend this whole series to you all. This series is best read in order.

It was great to be back in Dan’s world alongside Cody working with him aswell. Its been fun watching them both work and grow together throughout the series. Will they catch the rapist? Fast paced, thrilling story. Loved reading this one. It does contain long chapters though! It is a tough story to read in certain parts, with dark scenes as the story is dealing with a rape… Nevertheless, I still enjoyed reading this story and look forward to the final chapter of this series.

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*BLOG BLITZ* Desperate Ground – L.J. Morris ★★★★

Blurb; When the secrecy of a nuclear weapon agreement is thrown into doubt, a disgraced intelligence operative is recruited to find out if the deal is still safe…

Ali Sinclair, wrongly convicted and on the run from a Mexican prison, is enlisted to infiltrate her old friend’s inner circle and find the evidence.

The only people on her side are an ex-Cold War spook and the former Royal Marine that was sent to find her. Together they discover that the stakes are much higher than anyone knew, and the fate of the world is at risk…

But when you live in the shadows who can you trust?

My Review; This is a one of a kind story, different from those everyday thrillers that all seem the same. Desperate Ground is unique and had me hooked! Very impressed. I didn’t think I would enjoy this story as much as I did! I loved the relationship and bond between Ali and Frank.

Ali is a brilliant, strong willed and clever female lead character within this story who is not to be messed with. Desperate Ground is an action packed thriller that doesn’t stop until the last page and a brilliant debut by L.J. Morris. A well deserved four stars from me and I would highly recommend! I devoured this… What a cleverly written story!

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