Sunday 30 April 2017


Another dirty half dozen in March.......

Down and Out Books and Net Galley
Shayna Billups left Tommy Ruzzo and Seatown, Florida in smoking ruins before escaping to New Orleans. She’s slinging rum drinks at a pirate-themed dive bar when a treasure map grabs her attention. All alone and thirsting for adventure, Shayna follows the clues to North Carolina where she assembles a band of drug-dealing pirates to wage war on a murderous mayor and his blood-thirsty biker gang.

As the bodies pile up, Shayna wonders if Ruzzo will find her before she ends up in Davy Jones’ Locker.

Praise for Crossed Bones:

“Crossed Bones introduces readers to a cast of deliciously flawed characters, all of whom pursue questionable agendas by sketchy means. S.W. Lauden captures the complexity of human morality in a fast-paced tale of greed, manipulation, and obsession.” —J.J. Hensley, author of Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk's Outline.

From Seventh Street Books
Belfast 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain't Injuns and it isn't Robin Hood. But uncovering exactly who has done it will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on the high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. 

Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece. 


Amazon FREEBIE in the month.
What would you do if the most important person to you had been kidnapped? One minute your daughter is there, and the next she has been bundled into a van right under your nose. They want something of your father’s. You don’t know what that is, and your father mysteriously disappeared over 7 years ago. Going to the police is not an option. And the answers will slowly appear in the most unlikely of places.

As single-parent Eddie’s world falls apart, an unlikely alliance forms between friends and neighbours who put their differences aside, to help get his daughter Daisy back. As the mystery unfolds a huge secret is uncovered that not only will affect Eddie and his family, but the whole of mankind…

Amazon FREEBIE again

An explosive new crime thriller from a best-selling author

The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for.
But it wasn’t a stranger.
Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival. As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s underbelly he goes up against notorious gangster Jimmy Rafferty and discovers what fear really is.
Rafferty is so ruthless even his own sons are terrified of him.
Now he wants Charlie to find something. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.
There is only one problem... Charlie doesn’t know where it is.
Copy from the publisher - Penguin
'While her husband prepared to murder a young man he had never met, Bridget O'Neill completed her packing for Christmas with her in-laws.'

Francis O'Neill is a terrorist, trained to kill for his cause. Bridget is his wife, expected to be loyal and stand by her husband. She has learned not to hope for much more, until the day she glimpses, for the first time, the chance of a new life. A life without violence, without secrets, and without knocks on the door in the dead of night. A life without her husband.
But what if freedom for Bridget means grave danger for Francis?
In A Traitor in the Family, bestselling author, Nicholas Searle, tells a story of shocking, intimate betrayal. Can a treacherous act of the most personal kind ever be, in this darkly violent world, an act of mercy?

From Freight Books
A woman’s corpse is discovered near a Welsh community. Harry Probert-Lloyd has returned
home from London and is preparing to inherit his father’s work as magistrate – but is also
slowly going blind. He suspects the remains belong to the love of his life, Margaret Jones, who
disappeared seven years before. He pushes for an inquest but, thwarted, undertakes his own
investigation, supported by childhood friend and local solicitor, John Davies.

Cardiganshire still suffers the aftermath of the infamous Beca riots, where men dressed as
women, attacking and destroying newly constructed tollbooths. Are the Becas responsible and
where is the firebrand leader and clergyman Nathanial Howell? Will Harry unpick the conflicts
and lies at the heart of the community before more fall victim to the ruthless

Meticulously researched, None So Blind is a wholly authentic evocation of a fascinating but
neglected historical period as well as a complex and deeply satisfying crime thriller where
nothing is as it seems.


  1. I like McKinty's Sean Duffy series, Col, and I hope you'll like that entry. The Hawkins looks really interesting, too! Looks as though you have some good reading ahead of you.

    1. Margot, I did think the Hawkins would be one to catch your eye, and yes McKinty-Duffy is almost a nailed on guaranteed quality read!

  2. I really liked the first Nicholas Searle, but then saw a terible review of this one. I'll rely on you to give me the correct verdict.

    1. Hopefully I won't keep you waiting too long!

  3. I have the first Sean Duffy book, but have not read it yet. The books by Owen Mully and Jim Ody sound good.

    1. I'll be interested to hear your verdict on the Duffy book when you get to it. Re Ody and Mullen, I like looking at lesser known authors and they didn't cost me anything but had some good reviews.