Killing The Story by Joan Livingston Blog Tour@Rachel’sRandomThings Small town Americana# Crime#P.I.


Killing the Story

An accidental death that was no accident…

For the record, Estelle Crane, the gutsy editor of The Observer newspaper, died after a hard fall on ice. But years later, her son discovers a cryptic note hinting her death might not have been an accident after all.

Was Estelle pursuing a big story that put her life in danger?

That’s what Isabel Long — along with her 93-year-old mother, Maria, her ‘Watson’ — agrees to investigate in Dillard, a town whose best days are in the past.

A former journalist, Isabel follows leads and interviews sources, new and familiar. She quickly finds a formidable threat in Police Chief James Hawthorne, who makes it clear Isabel is not welcome in his town — and who warns her against poking her nose into Estelle’s death.

Of course, that’s after Isabel has discovered the chief’s questionable policing and a troubled history with Estelle that goes way back.

Killing the story means dropping it because there aren’t enough facts to back it up. But Isabel won’t make that mistake. She’ll see this one through to the very end.

Can she uncover the plot that led to Estelle’s murder?

Killing the Story is the fourth in the popular Isabel Long Mystery Series

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This is the second book I have read by Joan Livingston. The other being Checking The Traps. Both books are a slice of small town Americana. Hill towns where everyone knows each other and all are innocent and guilty. So many suspects but are they all guilty?

Isabel Long is getting involved in another cold case. This time it is a dead newspaper editor and the main suspect is police chief that no-one seems to trust. Is he crooked or does he just have a secret past?

If you want to find out more you will have to invest in a copy, which will be well worth it as it is a great story.

As well as a great tale Joan gets into the psyche of small town America, where everyone lives in each others pocket. She digs and finds everyone has a secret past, but is one harbouring the biggest secret of all? That they are a murderer! Joan casts the shadow of suspicion on everyone and when you think where the story is going she is off on another tangent.

All in all a great story, quality writing that will grip you and not let you go. Not that you will want it to!

Thanks to Joan for the story and Rachel for the tour invite.

Author Bio – Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Killing the Story, published by Darkstroke Books, is the fourth in her Isabel Long Mystery Series, featuring a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. solving cold cases in rural New England.
She draws upon her own experience as a longtime journalist in Massachusetts and New Mexico to create Isabel Long, a sassy, savvy widow who uses the skills she acquired in the business to solve what appears to be impossible cases. She also relies on her deep knowledge of rural Western Massachusetts, where she lives, to create realistic characters and settings — from country bars (where Isabel works part-time) to a general store’s backroom where gossipy old men meet.
She credits her mother, Algerina — the inspiration for Maria, Isabel Long’s ‘Watson’ — for instilling in her a love of reading and the power of the written word.
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Twitter: @joanlivingston 

Familiar by T.J. Blake/Book Blitz @LoveBooksTours/KellyLacey

For the living, it’s closure. For the departed, it’s the last chance to expose the truth.

For as long as she can remember, Arabella has communicated with those who exist only in memory.

Being the centre of attention growing up was uncomfortable, and now, as a renowned psychic medium, it is becoming more of a struggle. Arabella’s ability and reputation always made it impossible to hold onto lasting relationships, but with those who no longer walk this earth, that’s not the case.

Arabella returns to where it all began fifteen-years before – on the very same stage. After an evening reconnecting loved ones and exposing untold stories, Arabella can’t help but wonder about the one unclaimed ‘friend’, and their cryptic message.

In an unexpected turn of events, Arabella finds herself the subject of morning headlines and at the centre of Detective Barnes’ investigation.

Can Arabella use her ability to prove her innocence and uncover the truth about the past?
Living in Surrey, UK, some say that T. J. Blake has many split personalities – by day he’s a content marketing specialist, by night he could be any one of his deceptively complex characters.
His latest persona is Arabella, a psychic medium in “Familiar”. 
He has a BA with Honours from  Kingston University in Creative Writing with English Language & Communications and is author of the five-star psychological thriller, ‘DECEPTION – A Love of Lies’.

The Night Of The Shooting Stars# Ben Pastor# Blog Tour# Anne Cater @RandomThings# WWW. 2 Historical Fiction# Conspiracy Plot

The Night of Shooting Stars
by Ben Pastor
The latest in the Martin Bora series.
Spellbinding multi-layered crime novel set in 1944 in a demoralised
Berlin, devastated by Allied bombing.
As ever Pastor astutely mingles fictional and historical figures. The July 20 plot against Hitler and its dramatic
implications as never told before.
Will appeal to readers of Phillip Kerr (Bernie Gunther series) and Alan Furst (“Spies of the Balkans”) and of
course to the loyal Martin Bora fans.
Berlin, July 1944, a few weeks before the attempted assassination of Hitler by Claus von Stauffenberg and
other conspirators. Bora has been called back from the Italian Front to investigate the murder of a dazzling
clairvoyant with Nazi connections.
Soon Bora realizes that there is much more at stake than murder in a city where everyone is talking about a
conspiracy aimed at the Nazi hierarchy. Bora eventually meets with Stauffenberg. Are the plotters a group of
heroes devoted to the salvation of Germany at the cost of their own lives, or a bunch of opportunists
compromised from the beginning with the Nazi regime and now looking for a new virginity in the eyes of the
Western Allies and Stalinist Russia?


This is book seven in the Martin Bora series. Having never read any of the other six I found Bora to be a very enigmatic personality. A man full of flaws and contradictions. A man whose duty is to the ideals of the ruling party whether he espouses to their ideals or not.

This book is set in the early summer of 1944. The year of the plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler at his war compound, Wolfschanze. The assassination attempt was not successful (for a variety of reasons not totally examined in Pastor’s book.)

The author does not shy away from portraying Bora’s good and bad sides He is also a man beaten down by war and when he is called to Berlin to investigate a murder he finds the suspects are not who they seem to be and he is left chasing shadows. Meanwhile the plotting is going on and when Bora discovers this where will his duty take him.. Will he side with the conspirators or his Nazi overlords.

Pastor has written a many layered novel and it is not for the fainthearted but if you like WW2 historical fiction then this could be the book for you.


BEN PASTOR, born in Italy, worked as a university professor in Vermont. She is one of the most talented writers in the
field of historical fiction. In 2008 she won the prestigious Premio Zaragoza for best historical fiction. She writes in English.

In Deep Water By Tana Collins Book Review/ Jim Curruthers No. 5 East Neuk of Fife


This is the fifth instalment of the compelling Inspector Jim Carruthers series, and it only gets better. The strong characters have already embedded themselves in my mind from reading previous books in the series, but this time… oh the location, the words transformed into the land and seascapes of the Firth of Fife, delightful Scottish fishing villages such as Anstruther, and most of all the Isle of May with it’s sights and sounds of the seabirds, and the harsh, isolated, exposed to the elements, environs of an island that despite it’s beauty, belongs to the birds and seals and tolerates people in very small doses. A great setting to set a novel.


Book five in an outstanding series set in the lovely Kingdom of Fife. If you haven’t read the previous four you have missed a treat, but how I envy you the joy of reading this series from the start.

A lot of the action is set on the Isle of May and the delightful village of Anstruther and surrounding villages. The prologue sets the scene when Jim is informed that a local fisherman is missing. It is whilst investigating this disappearance that the discovery is also made of the corpse of the warden of the Isle of May. Is there a connection between them? This sets DI Jim Carruthers and DS Andrea Fletcher  of to find any trace. This case casts a dark shadow over this picturesque town of Anstruther and surrounding environs….

In Deep Water Tana has created a tale full of contrasts, darkness and light and a mystery that drags you through the story. A book, no a series I would urge you to invest in. You wont be disappointed. A final word from me is that Tana Collins is a smashing author.


Tana Collins is now a UK Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of the Inspector Jim Carruthers series set in the picturesque East Neuk of Fife. She was born in Yorkshire but grew up in rural East Sussex where she spent most of her childhood running around in woods creating stories and having adventures. She did a BA at the Polytechnic of North London before moving to Canada to do a Masters in Philosophy and then finally an MPhil at St Andrews. In 1996 she moved to Edinburgh which is where she still lives.

Her debut novel, Robbing the Dead, set in fictional Castletown in Fife, was published on 14th February 2017 and became an Amazon No 1 Bestseller for Scottish Crime Fiction. The follow up in the series, Care to Die, was published 1st June 2017 also to critical acclaim.

“A finely plotted mystery. Tana Collins racks up the suspense on this one. DI Jim Carruthers is a cop to watch.” Peter Robinson

‘A cracking read. The suspense never lets up.’ Leigh Russell

A police procedural that delights the reader with a strong sense of place. Tartan Noir at its best.’ Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill

‘Skilfully plotted with a cast of convincing characters who have real depth. A superb debut.’ Alison Tailor Baillie, author of Sewing the Sha



“Fast-paced, relentlessly horrific, and loaded with twists and surprises,
Faherty’s dark tour of Innsmouth delivers a gut-wrenching tale of madness,
monsters, and heartbreak. Action-packed cosmic horror at its gruesome
best!” —James Chambers, B ram Stoker Award-winning author of
The Engines of Sacrifice and On the Night B order
Henry Gilman has spent years trying to separate himself from his father’s
legacy of murder and insanity. Now he has the chance – all he has to do is
figure out who’s been killing people in Innsmouth. Then he’ll be a hero and
win the heart of the woman he loves, Flora Marsh. But soon he’s caught in a
web of danger, with the undead stalking the streets at night, a terrible
monster lurking below the city, and a prophecy of destruction about to
come true. In the process, his actions cause unwanted consequences and to
save Flora he has to do the very thing he’s spent his life trying to avoid:
follow his father’s footsteps into madness


This was my first dance with this author, which took some getting into; I think mainly because of the first person narrative, which I’m not a big fan of. But once I settled in I went along with the flow.

Sins of the Father is a Lovecraftian period novel set at the beginning of the last century. All the trademark Lovecraft settings are evident.  The setting near the town of Innsmouth, the Miskatonic University, and other Lovecraftian landmarks, interested me quite a bit. However, I expect that those not as familiar with Lovecraft’s imagination might not fully appreciate all of the links.

Henry Gilman has found himself tarred by his father’s past.

At a young age, Henry’s mother passed away with a cancer eating away at her. His father–a doctor–grew obsessed with finding a cure. What he resorted to was an act so repulsive that he was sent to live the remainder of his life at the Asylum.

Sadly, Henry’s own reputation suffered unjustly because of his infamous father.

He comes across a book at the the scene of a murder, a book that contains clues to his father’s past but possibly Henry’s future. Soon thereafter, two reanimated dead men enters the pub he’s drinking in, looking for the book, and killing one of his friends. It falls to Henry to convince the police he’s not to blame, as his father was, and to find a way to battle the new horror plaguing the town.

To find out what happens next you will need to buy a copy and read on. J.G.Faherty has done a reasonable job of reimagining Lovecraft’s world, but one fault I would say he has is he is to descriptive; whereas Lovecraft left more to his readers’ imagination. But over all a solid read that you may enjoy.


JG Faherty is the author of 6 novels, 9 novellas, and more
than 60 short stories. His latest novel is HELLRIDER. He
has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® and the
ITW Thriller Award.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.
Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more
established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Thanks to the author for the tale, Flame tree Press for the ARC and Anne Cater for the tour invite.

The Twins of Auschwitz Eva Mozes Kor @RandomThingsTours / Holocaust

06/08/2020 | Paperback | £7.99
‘Eva Mozes Kor has written a very moving and vivid account of an extraordinary
and horrific experience. It is an important document showing the strength of the
human spirit and the capacity to forgive. She should be commended for having
the courage to write about her traumatic childhood, leading to the forgiveness
that freed her from hatred and brought her peace. May it inspire others to
emulate her.’ – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz.
Within thirty minutes, they were separated. Her parents and two older sisters were taken
to the gas chambers, while Eva and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man
who became known as the Angel of Death: Dr. Josef Mengele. They were 10 years old.
While twins at Auschwitz were granted the ‘privileges’ of keeping their own clothes and hair,
they were also subjected to Mengele’s sadistic medical experiments. They were forced to
fight daily for their own survival, and many died as a result of the experiments, or from the
disease and hunger rife in the concentration camp.
Publishing for the first time in the UK in the year that marks the 75th anniversary of
Auschwitz liberation, The Twins of Auschwitz shares the inspirational story of a child’s
endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.

Also included is an epilogue on Eva’s incredible recovery and her remarkable decision to
publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she dedicated her life
to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have
suffered, and worked toward goals of forgiveness, peace, and the elimination of hatred and
prejudice in the world.
“This remarkable story is an important entry point in the teaching of Holocaust
History and the many issues which emerge from it, not least of all the triumph
of the human spirit.” – Richard Freedman, National Director, South African
Holocaust Foundation


This was very short, simple and powerful book. But within its pages is a message that even evil can be forgiven. Eva Mozes Kor landed in Auschwitz and immediately lost her family. She and her twin sister were the only survivors of her family. They were saved because they were twins.
From May 1943 until January 1945, Nazi doctor Josef Mengele worked at Auschwitz, conducting pseudo-scientific medical experiments. Many of his cruel experiments were conducted on young twins.
In a narrative told simply, with emotion and astonishing restraint, The Twins of Auschwitz shares the inspirational story of a child’s endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.

Also included is an epilogue on Eva’s incredible recovery and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and worked toward goals of forgiveness, peace, and the elimination of hatred and prejudice in the world. 

If you take anything from this book it is the power of forgiveness and the fortitude of the human spirit. It is a book I would urge you to read.

EVA MOZES KOR was a resident of Terre Haute, Indiana. Following her survival of
Auschwitz, she became a recognised speaker, both nationally and internationally, on topics
related to the Holocaust and social justice. Eva created the CANDLES organisation in 1985
to locate other Mengele twins and found 122 twins across the world. Ten years later, she
opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum to educate the public about the historic event
she survived. A community leader, champion of human rights, and tireless educator, Eva has
been covered in numerous media outlets and is the subject of a documentary, Forgiving
Dr. Mengele. She passed away in 2019.

Billy Tapper Zillionaire by Gary Finnan/ Blog Tour/Coming of Age @Love Book Tours


This colourful novel of adventure, family, and courage shows young Billy McTaggart coming of age as a tapper in a British railyard during the bitter years following World War II. Bullied for his small stature but endowed with a sharp mind, the fierce ambition of his sweetheart Meg, and the love of his Mam, Billy navigates a rapidly changing world where steam engines give way to rock and roll, Elvis, and the Beatles. Everything changes for Billy in one breathtaking moment when he uncovers an amazing secret hidden inside a rail car. Romance, loss, pain, and elation follow his path up and out of England’s rigid class system. Through it all, Billy maintains his generous spirit and sense of what is right. Billy Tapper Zillionaire captures the humanity of simple relationships for an accidental bystander to history growing up in the 1950s and 60s.


This is a very enjoyable book and Billy himself is a simple but complex character. A Forrest Gump and Walter Mitty type. He has ambitions and sometimes they take him into a dreamlike, no, fantasy world.

This book jumps between Billy’s past and present and involves his time and the headlines of 1950/60’s. So in many ways it could be classed as a social history.

It is a larger than life story ; events loom large in the Billy’s and the reader’s life! It is the story of the underdog and his rise to the top. Bill’s story is played out against the background of historic events! Though Billy’s story continues into the sixties and possibly further he is a product of the 1950’s.

This looks like the start of a new series and even if it is a one off it is a brilliant book and drags the reader along with the story and though sad and tragic in places it is also a book that will make the reader laugh along the way. A solid read for me and one I recommend to you!


Author Bio

Born in Scotland and raised in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Gary Finnan splits his time between Sonoma Wine country in California and his farm in Aiken South Carolina, along with his wife Eva and two daughters. Gary is an award-winning inspirational author.

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Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny Blog Tour@RandomResources Edinburgh/ Crime Series

Hunter’s Secret
Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse, but when Hunter arrives it has disappeared, and all is not as it seems.

Hunter recalls the disappearance of a dead body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but sees no connection – it is too long ago. Hunter is determined to investigate the past and the present with the benefit of modern DNA testing.

Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, is released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter. Will Hunter accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer?
Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. Will it change his life? And can he keep Edinburgh safe?
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This is book five in this series, which I read as a standalone. So there was a certain amount of back story I was unfamiliar with. So in hindsight it would’ve been better if I had read the previous four. Having said that I enjoyed this book.

So where to begin… this is a story with a past and a present and more than a few coincidences that make this is a very compelling read. The past is when two young friends discover a body, they then report it but the body then vanishes.

The present is 30 years later, very much a similar setting of a body that disappears after it being reported. The reason it is connected to an old case is down to DI Hunter, he was one of the young boys responsible for the discovery years earlier.

As the title suggests, this book has a secret, it is one of many and as the story progressed the full complexity is fully explored. I really liked the way the author created double and mistrust from the outset and it added a certain amount of excitement to the investigation. Working out the goodies from the baddies was interesting, to say the least, I do love it when you get the odd rogue thrown in for good measure. Secrets within the criminal world is an obvious thing, but sometimes this can cross over and that’s when things get really interesting.

I found there were quite a few characters to get my head around, and this is why I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had started the series from the beginning. There is an obvious team camaraderie at work in the story as there is some very good banter between characters. They have friendships that are built up in a workplace and then also on a social level, I think this is something that is built up over several books. So as well as getting to know the coppers, I also obviously had to get to know various other characters. This did mean I slowed my reading.

I thought the story was great, it was intriguing and I really enjoyed the twisty journey I was taken on. I also really liked the more personal side to some of the characters, its not all about work!

I will go back and read the previous four books and I would advise anyone to start at book one as I feel you as a reader will grow with the characters.


Author Bio – Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

Social Media Links –  Twitter @valeriepenny


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