#BlogTour – Six Stories – Matt Wesolowski

Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger and Author


Whenever Karen Sullivan from #OrendaBooks asks me to take part in a #BlogTour I feel a wee fizzle of excitement in my tummy – well actually a huge explosion of excitement to be honest! Karen always seems to pick books that she somehow knows I’m going to love! That woman has got a #SixthSense! Well, she may not have a sixth sense but she certainly has got #SixStories by Matt Wesoloski and I am delighted to be hosting today’s spot on the blog tour for this novel!

What the blurb says:

The novel is constructed as a series of podcasts, in which an investigative journalist describes the circumstances around the death of a teenaged boy in an outward-bound centre, interviewing witnesses, suspects and people close to the incident. Their six accounts form the six stories of the title, creating a “chilling and compelling, page-turning thriller that also delves deep into…

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Before the Devil Knows Your Dead by Owen Mullen

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead


An explosive new crime thriller from a best-selling authorCharlie’s Back!

Gavin Law was a whistleblower.

Now he’s missing.

Just another case for Glasgow PI, Charlie Cameron, until he discovers there is more to Law and his disappearance than anyone imagined.

Wallace Maitland, the surgeon responsible for leaving a woman brain-damaged may have abandoned his sacred oath and become a killer. Did the hospital which refused to accept responsibility for the tragedy have Law silenced permanently? Or, with his wife little more than a vegetable, has David Cooper, believing he has been betrayed yet again, taken justice into his own hands?

Charlie comes to realise the world of medicine can be a dangerous place.

Across the city, East End gangster, Sean Rafferty is preparing to exploit the already corrupt city council in a multi-million pound leisure development known as Riverside. The project will be good for Glasgow. But not everybody is keen to work with Rafferty.

With more than money at stake, Sean will do anything to get his way. His motto, borrowed from his old man, is simple. Never take a no from somebody who can give you a yes.

If that means murder, then so be it.

Charlie has crossed Rafferty’s path before and lived to tell the tale.

He may not be so lucky a second time.


What the readers are saying:‘An exciting new voice in Glasgow’s crime fiction genre – it will have you hooked from page one!’
Lorraine Patrick
Westender Magazine

I have a very pleasurable problem with Owen Mullen’s books – after I have finished reading them, I am spoilt for anything else until I come down off my ‘Charlie high’.
Goodreads Top 100 Reviewer

This is a cracking read, fast-paced and well plotted. More please!
Chris Nolan

*** Also available in this breathtaking series ***Book 1: Games People Play

Book 2: Old Friends and New Enemies

 My review:
3rd in the Charlie Cameron series. All the usual suspects are here , but not least Glasgow itself.
I have grown to love this series and its characters. For various reasons, well rounded people and a city that I love and figures large in my life.
Gavin Law is a whistle blower who after accusing Wallace Maitland of botching an operation, that leaves a woman brain damaged , disappears.
Gavin’s sister asks Charlie to find her brother. A straight forward case sees Charlie involved in the murky world of cover ups, politics and organised crime.
The writing is top quality and draws the reader along at a furious pace.
As a Glasgow boy I can relate to where this book is set.
Also good was to see DS Geddes taking a bigger part in this book.
If you like your books fast paced, gritty and multilayered, then grab this book, and if you haven’t read the others grab them too.
5 stars from me and well deserved.

An Unlikely Agent by Jane Menczer


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An Unlikely Agent

Jane Menczer


An Unlikely Agent

London, 1905. Margaret Trant lives with her ailing, irascible mother in a dreary boarding house in St John’s Wood. The pair have fallen on hard times, with only Margaret’s meagre salary from a ramshackle import-export company keeping them afloat.

When a stranger on the tram hands her a newspaper open at the recruitment page, Margaret spots an advertisement that promises to ‘open new horizons beyond your wildest dreams!’. After a gruelling interview, she finds herself in a new position as a secretary in a dingy backstreet shop.

But all is not as it seems; she is in fact working for a highly secret branch of the intelligence service, Bureau 8, whose mission is to track down and neutralise a ruthless band of anarchists known as the Scorpions.

Margaret’s voracious reading of detective fiction has scarcely prepared her for the reality of true criminality. Her journey of self-discovery forms the heart of this remarkable novel, as she discovers in herself resourcefulness, courage, independence and the first stirrings of love.

Menczer conveys the fog and grime of Edwardian London in an espionage thriller that evokes the humdrum dinginess of spywork as it alternates with thrilling danger, in a manner characteristic of John le Carré. Margaret Trant is a heroine to remember.

My Thoughts:
This was a novel that conjured up the atmosphere of Edwardian London beautifully.
Margaret Trant lives with her mother in a boarding house in St. John’s Wood and works as a secretary.
Margaret looses her employment when the business she works for relocates.
A chance meeting with a stranger, who hands her a newspaper sees Margaret joining the mysterious
Bureau 8. This is an intelligence agency whose main purpose is to hunt down a band of anarchists called The Scorpions.
This was my first foray into historical fiction and this book was populated with a vast cast of characters. I found myself enjoying the story and the escapades of the characters immensely.
The quality of the writing was really good, the atmosphere of Edwardian London was so tangible you felt you were breathing it and imagine yourself in gas lit streets with horse drawn trams etc.
I also felt the ending of the book left room for a sequel. If so I would be interested in reading it.
Thanks to lovereading for the ARC. I feel anyone picking up this book will enjoy it

About the Author

Jane Menczer was born in Winchester and now lives in Cambridge. She has worked in a West End theatre, as a nanny, as a waitress, and as a bookseller. Working with Germaine Greer on her dissertation awakened an interest in all the talented and heroic woman from other eras who have been overlooked or forgotten, and directly influenced the creation of the character of Miss Trant. Jane currently teaches drama at a comprehensive school near Cambridge. An Unlikely Agent is her first novel


MAKING A CASE FOR INNOCENCE by APRIL HIGUERA #Non Fiction #Justice @April_Higuera

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Making a Case for Innocence: True Stories of a Criminal Defense Investigator by [Higuera, April]


THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE! Every day innocent citizens are accused of crimes they did not commit . . . some fall further through the cracks of justice into the dark crevasse of wrongful convictions and incarcerations . . . how can this happen? Know how to protect yourself.

Higuera explains the pitfalls of the criminal justice system and why defense investigation is essential in every criminal case . . . even when the client confessed!

Author and Licensed Private Investigator April Higuera takes you behind the scenes of her actual investigations of multiple high-profile homicide cases for defense. Along the way, you’ll join her in uncovering evidence of innocence and corruption.  April lays out the evidence against the accused and her own journey through “the system” as she helps defend otherwise average citizens who are accused of heinous, violent crimes.

Her accounts are TRUE!


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EVIE’S YEAR OF TAKING CHANCES by CHRISTIE BARLOW #Blog Tour #New Release #Romantic Comedy @ChristieJBarlow @Bookouture

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Firstly I would like to thank Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting me on the BLOG TOUR for




It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.
Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect…

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#AyeWrite: Three Slices of Crime

Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger and Author

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Third night in a row at the Mitchell Library for what is shaping up to be the best #AyeWrite I’ve attended yet! This time I was here to see Steph Broadribb, SJI Holliday and Russel D McLean in #ThreeSlicesOfCrime bringing together two of the #Sultry #SliceGirls, Steph and Susie and host of #NoirAtTheBar, Russel. The panel was chaired by the brilliant Gordon Brown.

The hour hurtled by with readings from Steph, Susie and Russell…seriously if you see Susie ask her about what YouTube video she watched on repeat to research the rabbit skinning scene in #WillowWalk – she even made herself feel violently sick reading it out! Steph got Gordon all hot and bothered with her reading from #DeepDownDead and her whisperings of panties and bras! And well Russel, seriously we were all left wondering just what goes through that man’s head at times when we found out some of…

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Red Light by Graham Masterton

Blurb :

Red Light

Red Light (Katie Maguire #3)

Someone is murdering the brutal pimps who traffic young girls into Cork, in this third Katie Maguire installment In a grimy flat in the city of Cork, a burly man lies dead on a bloodstained mattress. His face is unrecognizable: seven gunshots have shattered cartilage and bone. Yet Detective Sergeant Katie Maguire, of the Irish Garda, knows exactly who he is. Amir Xaaji Maxamed, a Somali pimp she has unsuccessfully been trying to convict for years. Katie knows it’s her job to catch the killer. But Maxamed was an evil man who trafficked young girls into Ireland to be sold for sex, and now that he’s dead, the city is a safer place. When a second pimp is killed, Katie must decide. Are these vigilante murders justified? And how can she stop them spiraling out of control?
My Thoughts:
This number three in the Katie Maguire series. A brilliant read. Not for the fainthearted. A fast paced read. ……. Katie has to solve a case that involves murder, prostitution and white slavery. Mr Masterton is better known as a horror writer…..and this shows in certain scenes in this book……You get a sense of the mean streets of Cork and man’s inhumanity to man. You find yourself siding with Katie and the forces of law and order, but also having a certain amount of sympathy for the killer.
Graham’s writing is of high quality and keeps you involved with the story. This a series I fully recommend and urge you all to read. You’ll not be disappointed. The first in the series is White Bones


Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men’s magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles which eventually became Burroughsi novel The Wild Boys. At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. At this time he started to write a bestselling series of sex ‘how-to’ books including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. His latest, Wild Sex For New Lovers is published by Penguin Putnam in January, 2001. He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Woman, Woman’s Own and other mass-market self-improvement magazines.

Graham Masterton’s debut as a horror author began with The Manitou in 1976, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man. It became an instant bestseller and was filmed with Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Burgess Meredith, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens and Ann Sothern.

Altogether Graham has written more than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers (The Sweetman Curve, Ikon) to disaster novels (Plague, Famine) to historical sagas (Rich and Maiden Voyage – both appeared in the New York Times bestseller list). He has published four collections of short stories, Fortnight of Fear, Flights of Fear, Faces of Fear and Feelings of Fear.

He has also written horror novels for children (House of Bones, Hair-Raiser) and has just finished the fifth volume in a very popular series for young adults, Rook, based on the adventures of an idiosyncratic remedial English teacher in a Los Angeles community college who has the facility to see ghosts.

Since then Graham has published more than 35 horror novels, including Charnel House, which was awarded a Special Edgar by Mystery Writers of America; Mirror, which was awarded a Silver Medal by West Coast Review of Books; and Family Portrait, an update of Oscar Wilde’s tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was the only non-French winner of the prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France.

He and his wife Wiescka live in a Gothic Victorian mansion high above the River Lee in Cork, Ireland.

More about Graham Masterton…


Katie Maguire (8 books)

  • A Terrible Beauty (Katie Maguire, #1)
  • Broken Angels (Katie Maguire, #2)
  • Taken for Dead (Katie Maguire #4)
  • Blood Sisters (Katie Maguire, #5)
  • Buried (Katie Maguire, #6)
  • Living Death (Katie Maguire, #7)
  • Dead Girls Dancing (Katie Maguire, #8)




A Fine House in Trinity by Lesley Kelly

About the book.

A Fine House in Trinity

A Fine House in Trinity

Joseph Staines, an unemployed chef, has left Edinburgh with the tallybook of the late debt collector, Isa Stoddart. Her son Lachie thinks Stainsie killed her, but Lachie has apparently committed suicide. To his surprise, Stainsie is the sole beneficiary of Lachie s will and has inherited a dilapidated mansion. Isa s debtors and the local priest who paid Stainsie to leave town want him gone. A certain young mum, Marianne (whose uncle, Wheezy, is Stainsie’s drinking buddy) does too, and his old school-friend, Detective Sergeant Jamieson, wants to interrogate him about the deaths. Why are the lawyers lying to him, and who is the bruiser asking about him down the pub?
My review.
I saw this author, give a reading from this novel, at Noir at the Bar in Edinburgh. And it struck a chord with me.
This is Lesley’s debut novel and I hope they’re more to come. This is a fast, edgy and funny read. It is two stories running concurrently.
Joseph Staines returns to Leith and finds himself in trouble with the local gangsters…….police and an unconventional priest.
The second story tells of his younger days, with brother Colin and friend Lachie, who just be connected to the above said gangsters.
He develops a friendship with Lachie that he is still trapped in thirty years later.
Joseph left town with a stolen tallybook, but two suspicious deaths and surprise inheritance lures him back.
No-one is pleased to see him. The debtors want him gone, the police have questions and a mysterious stranger is asking questions.
The writing is top notch. The tale well told and the ending satisfying.
I look forward to more stories from this author and I urge you to read this novel!

About the Author

Lesley Kelly has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the past twenty years, dabbling in poetry and stand-up comedy along the way. She has won a number of writing competitions, including the Scotsman’s Short Story award in 2008. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two sons.

A Fine House in Trinity
Get A Copy:

  • Amazon UK


Blue: A memoir by John Sutherland

 Blue: A Memoir – Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces

Blue by John Sutherland
My review.
A memoir of a senior police officer, John Sutherland. It tells of his time in The Metropolitan police force. It is told with humour and pathos. Told in short soundbites it tells the story of a man desperate to make a difference to the world we live in. The way he throws himself into his police career, rapid rise through the ranks and the sights he sees and the way he deals with it all.
He also is realistic enough to admit that despite his best intentions he really can make little difference.
But he tries and his attempts, long and unsociable hours put a strain on his psyche and plunges him into mental illness.
Putting him ironically in the position off many people he has attempted to help in the past
This is a memoir, of one man’s experience, is very personal and at times immensely moving.
It was very easy to read but at the same time thought provoking.
A book I’m glad I got the chance to read and for this my thanks goes to Lovereading for the ARC.

About the Author

Amazon’s John Sutherland Page

John Sutherland is a father of three, who lives with his wife and children in south London. For the best part of twenty-five years, he has served as a Metropolitan Police officer.
He won the Baton of Honour as the outstanding recruit in his training
More about John Sutherland

Book Review: In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant

Interesting review

What Cathy Read Next...

namefamily Thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia’s doomed years

About the Book

Description (courtesy of Goodreads): `It is better to be feared than loved’ – Niccolo Machiavelli. It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womaniser and master of political corruption is now on the Papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two, already thrice married and a pawn in her father’s plans, is discovering her own power. And then there is Cesare Borgia: brilliant, ruthless and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with the diplomat Machiavelli which offers a master class on the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince.  But while the pope rails against old age and his son’s increasing maverick behaviour it is Lucrezia who will become the Borgia survivor: taking on her enemies and creating her own…

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