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#BlogTour: Carpenter Road by NM Brown

B L O G B L I T Z (1)

About the Book

When a young woman swaps coats with a prostitute then vanishes, it marks the start of a mystifying case for Leighton Jones.

After traffic officer Leighton is called to an altercation in a used car lot he is confronted by a prostitute rambling on about a girl who stole her coat. He thinks nothing off it. That is until the body of a Jane Doe shows up, matching the prostitute’s description.

What is the link between the fight in the car lot and the dead woman?

Leighton proceeds to gather evidence, which he attempts to pass onto the lead Homicide detective, Slater. However, Slater tells Leighton to back off, and that a suspect has been arrested.

Fearing there is more to the case than he first thought, Leighton is driven to keep digging and soon ends up on the trail of a serial killer.

But Leighton might be out of his depth this time…

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My Review

4/5 stars – Highly recommended!

First things first, this is the second book starring Leighton Jones, but it absolutely can be read as a standalone; it takes place 10 years before the events of the previous book, “The Girl on the Bus.” But warning: you will want to read the “The Girl on the Bus” after finishing this book!

“Carpenter Road” is the perfect, quick summer read to take with you to the pool or the beach. You’ll be hooked in no time.

This was a great police procedural, with a really intense mystery at its center: Who is killing these girls and why? Plus, there’s some really interesting subplots involving the politics of the police station, since Leighton is a “lowly” traffic cop, and he is dealing with prostitutes, who aren’t necessarily high-priority citizens in the eyes of many. I enjoyed that angle and it had me rooting for Leighton throughout the book.

I really liked Leighton, he is just an average guy trying to right by people, while juggling some personal demons. It’s very relatable. The villains in the book are also “perfect” bad guys who you just love seeing Leighton battle against.

I will definitely be reading more from NM Brown in the future and am excited to see where he takes this series.

About the Author

downloadNorman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.

Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.

More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.

Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.

 

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Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

The Favorite SisterThe Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was incredibly intense and filled with drama from the first pages to the very end. I loved the drama and suspense added to the Real Housewives-esque premise. I was turning pages late into the night on this one.

The book chronicles the filming of the latest season of the reality show “Goal Diggers,” which follows the lives and loves of five successful young businesswomen in New York City. Like on any “reality” show, the drama is ramped up and palpable on air – and it appears some of that has found its way off camera. The book opens with the fact that one of the show’s stars is dead – how and why are revealed as flashbacks show the events of that fateful season.

I loved the dark atmosphere that pervades the book – every single is hiding things and lying to each other and the outing of those secrets is pretty huge. There were several twists I didn’t see coming at all – I reread some passages to make sure I was understanding them correctly!

I also loved all the characters in their own way; they were each pretty terrible people, but fascinating and lovable in their own ways.

This book has a great mystery and some great twists, but its got as much drama and cat-fighting as it does thrills. As such, like “My Mother the Liar,” it’s not necessarily for people looking for a hardcore mystery/thriller. But if you love good, juicy dramas with a hint of mystery, this IS the book for you! This is the perfect book for a road trip or an airplane ride – a time when you just need to escape and be pulled into another world.

I gave it four stars because the revelations in the end came fast and furious – it left me with a couple follow-up questions.

Overall, this book is one of my favorites from one of my favorite new authors.

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Review: Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt

Best Friends ForeverBest Friends Forever by Margot Hunt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whew. This book was a thrill ride from start to finish. It sort of reminded me of an episode of “Real Housewives,” but with murder and mayhem in addition to the cocktails and catfights.

The book opens in the middle of the action and explains things as the story progresses: Alice is making breakfast when the police arrive to question her about the recent death of her best friend’s husband. Apparently, they don’t believe it was just a drunken accident – and with Kat MIA, Alice is left wondering how well she really new her glamorous, but perhaps manipulative, bestie.

I really enjoyed this one. It has all the makings of a great escapist read: mystery, sex, money! Oh my! And it has a great sense of foreboding that really grows throughout the book- as things become clear, the tension really grows and explodes. There’s enough twists and turns that kept me guessing that I didn’t put all the pieces together until it was revealed. There were also some scenes/scenarios I did not see coming that really shocked me.

And the ending is quite a little explosion of revelations. I really didn’t see all that coming. That’s about all I can say without giving anything away.

I really would like to see these characters again in the future, possibly. Or maybe a prequel or something that gives us more of a look into their world. I would definitely be open to reading more about these people – I was totally sucked into their world and I want more!

I am also excited to see more from this author in the future, no matter the characters. I’m sure there’s more stories brewing that will keep us entertained for a long time!

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Blog Tour: Wicked Charm by Amber Hart

About the Book

Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.

Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.

Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.

Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.

But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.

When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.

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My Review

5/5 ⭐️

This book is what Twilight wishes it could be.

The story has it all: likeable characters, a great setting, suspense and mystery, and plenty of romance. I was hooked from the beginning.

The romance was nice, and I was rooting for the hero and heroine – they were a cute, realistic high school couple that I actually enjoyed seeing together. (There’s also a great subplot with their grandparents!) The mystery added just enough zing to the plot to give it a nice edge and keep you turning pages.

The twist was really good, as well. I did not see that coming, as there were enough suspects and clues to keep things moving. Plus, what setting is better for a mystery than a backwoods swamp?! It’s perfect!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute, easy read. I really, really enjoyed it.

About the Author

Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed series. Rep’d by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.

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Review: Full Circle by Regina Timothy

Today I’m posting my review of Full Circle by Regina Timothy – make sure to check back tomorrow for a special Q&A with Ms. Timothy!

4.5/5 ⭐️

If there’s one word I’d use to describe this book, it’s “journey.” The story chronicles relationships and various issues spanning several years and has so many emotional moments, you’ll feel like you’ve been on a rollercoaster when you finish it.

I mean all of this in a good way, of course. I really enjoyed all the characters’ perspectives, seeing their lives and struggles and ultimately witnessing their various choices and how it impacted the lives around them.

The book is told from multiple perspectives, including three women, all of whom have been touched in various ways by the 9/11 attacks. The main character is Samia, an Iraqi immigrant who escaped a terrible situation at home, only to find that the American dream isn’t all she thought it would be. Over the course of the novel, Samia is forced to confront prejudice, her son’s troubles and her harrowing past.

The emotion in the book is palpable, I could feel the characters coming through the pages and I really enjoyed all three main women’s characters, which were diverse and strong in all different ways. I was rooting for each one of them.

The story was so packed with action and suspense, I found myself really turning pages toward the end, excited/anxious to know how it worked out. The stories all came together expertly, which I really appreciated.

I also greatly enjoyed that the novel ends on a positive note, with hope for the future. Today, more than ever, I feel like we need that.

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Blog Tour: Past Echoes by Graham Smith (Jake Boulder series!)

Book Description

Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.

Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.

In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.

Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?

My Review

5/5 ⭐️

O.M.G.

If it’s possible, the Jake Boulder series is getting even better. This book just grabbed me and didn’t let go until the very end (Oh that ending scene!)

But first: This book could be read as a stand-alone, but it might be helpful to read the other books first to understand why Jake feels such an obligation to help with the completion of the will (the character is in the previous books).

Anyway, this book is a little different from the previous two in that it’s more action-focused, like a “Mission Impossible” movie, rather than a traditional mystery. But it’s so good and it retains the signature Boulder style and humor we’ve come to love. There are a few puzzles in there, however, just to keep things interesting.

And the book’s action begins right away and doesn’t let up until the very end. OH that ending scene! I’m so mad at you, Graham! (Just kidding! But really, it did hurt.)

There are actually a couple scenes that will pull at your heartstrings, which just shows how vivid a writer Graham Smith is. You’re really in the middle of everything.

Honestly, just start this series. Or continue it. It’s really worth it, as this is a great addition to the series.

Highly recommended.

Author Bio

Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.<

e is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.<

018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.<

n avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009<

raham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

Graham can be found at

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Blog Tour: Crossed Out by Malcom Hollingdrake

About the Book

DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.

Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.

DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.

Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?

Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️<<
e action in this book started on age one and didn't let up until the very end – it was a classic detective/police mystery with a creepy plot and villain.

This book is part of a series but can absolutely be read as a stand-alone novel.

I really enjoyed seeing all the angles in this book and trying to figure everything out. As more people die, you can feel the tension rise in the characters words and actions. Plus, this is one of those books where no one is safe – who knows what's going to happen next!

The ending is creepy as heck and really interesting. I certainly didn't figure it out and I don't know that most people will either. It's really very good. I enjoyed it a lot.

I would definitely read more from this author/in this series. It's fast-paced, suspenseful and original.

Author Bio:< img src=”https://ebooknerdreviews.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/img_8123.jpg&#8221; class=”wp-image-1746 size-full” height=”960″ width=”960″>You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route. Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember. Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has seven books now available as well as Only The Dead and Hell’s Gate also being available in Audio.

Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest

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