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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 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.
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!
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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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.
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