The Crucifixion (The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #3) by Daithi Kavanagh #BookReview @Daithik3

Cover: The Crucifixion
(The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #3)
by Daithi Kavanagh

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Detective Tadhg Sullivan’s break away from serious crime comes to an abrupt end when he is pushed into investigating the murder of a retired Christian Brother. A newly elected left wing government fear that the media will hold them personally responsible for what is believed to be a hate crime against the Catholic Church.

Ella Kavanagh, the new Minister for Justice, hopes that placing Sullivan in charge of the investigation will help to distance the government from any mud-slinging by the media. However, no one is prepared for the litany of abuse and corruption stretching back decades, which is about explode in all of their faces.

Can Sullivan save this fledgling government, or will the sins of the past remain buried, and so doing destroy the future of everyone concerned?

Genre(s): Political Thrillers & Suspense
Political Thrillers
Crime Thrillers
Series: The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #3
Length: 267 pages
Release date: 2017-11-08

 

Teaser


“Listen, Detective Sullivan, your sudden friendship with the Minister for Justice and this new government might make you feel you have the authority to abuse my colleagues, but it certainly doesn’t cut any ice with me.”

Sullivan tapped Wade’s arm and turned on his heel.

“Come on, let’s get out of here. I don’t have time to listen to prima donnas.”


My Opinion

In this book, Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan is called to Waterford – where a retired Christian Brother has been crucified.

With The Crucifixion”, Daithi Kavanagh has created another fast-paced thriller with local flair. The story comprises a variety of nicely elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions to solve this politically influenced gruesome case. I had a great time reading The Crucifixion” – it is a very thrilling read with a great flow; it drives you head-first into the Irish life and into the world of Tadhg Sullivan. Tadgh is torn between solving this gruesome case and the desire to spend more time with his wife and daughter. Tadhg, Wade, and Rory are likeable characters with a mission: justice. I was drawn into the story right away – nearly too close for comfort. You might not see the truth until the very end, and then realise that it makes sense.

This is for you if you like European political thrillers, likeable and interesting characters, series and – Ireland. :mrgreen:

The chilling third book in “The Tadhg Sullivan Series”!

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast – steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳  (mild and medium swearwords throughout, story-related)
Violence 😳  – 😡  (there are violent scenes)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

 

About the author

Daithi Kavanagh was born in May 1958 and lives in Trinity, Wexford, Ireland with his wife and two teenage children. He has worked as a musician up until 2012 when due to the recession the work ‘dried up’. He then went back to adult education and is now studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies at Wexford Campus. ‘The Gun’ is his first book in ‘The Tadhg Sullivan Series’. He has just completed his second book in the series ‘The Brotherhood’ and is working on a third book.

 

Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “The Crucifixion”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Crucifixion” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Book review:  The Gun by Daithi Kavanagh

Book review:  The Brotherhood by Daithi Kavanagh

10 Statements – Daithi Kavanagh

 

 

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No One Can Hear You by Nikki Crutchley #RBRT #BookReview @NikkiCAuthor

Cover: No One Can Hear You
by Nikki Crutchley

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He said that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

 

Genre(s): > Crime Thrillers
> Women Sleuths
> Murder Thrillers
Series: n.a.
File size: 282 pages
Release date: 2018-09-24

 

Teaser


‘This has something to do with the same people who took Tania.’ She remembered everything she’d overheard over the last two months. Conversations between Tai and Garth, including how she was going to be next. She wanted him to know that she knew they had taken Tania. From the recesses ofher brain she said, ‘The secret garden.’ And watched for Tai’s reaction.

The look of shock on his face was gone in an instant, but she saw it. He rearranged his features and shrugged. ‘No idea what you’re talking about.’


My Opinion

This book’s prologue introduces you to Faith Marsden and what happened to her in February 2001; then – moving on to October 2017 in the first chapter – you get to know Zoe Haywood, a science teacher who has to return to Crawton where her mother has passed away.

With “No One Can Hear You”, Nikki Crutchley has created another gripping as well as chilling thriller with a plot that keeps its promises. It is a plot that kept me glued to my eReader, drawing me very close to Zoe. Nikki Crutchley created a well elaborated thriller with a complex and likeable heroine – as well as a colourful variety of further important characters. Zoe and the others are believable, complemented by the aptly written plot. There is a lot more to the story than simply good versus bad; there are some insights in the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a highly enjoyable read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a great flow. A memorable book to read again, written by an author to watch out for! After completing this book I realised that Nikki Crutchley has made it into my top 15 list of thriller authors.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing suspense, feisty heroines, believable characters, and if you appreciate expertly elaborated stories.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳 (average swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence 😳  (some violence)
Sexual content 😳  (some mentions, scenes without too much detail)

 

About the author

After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls.

Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and recently has had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Flash Fiction Magazine and Mayhem Literary Journal. Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. “Nothing Bad Happens Here” was her fist novel, set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “No One Can Hear You”?  Or – if you did not yet read No One Can Hear You” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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The Henry Girls @ Jegel-Scheune in Wendelstein, 2018-10-12 #TheHenryGirls

As soon as I learned about this autumn’s Henry Girls tour programme I started the usual chain reaction; we interviewed family and friends if they were interested in The Henry Girls concert in Wendelstein. Wolfgang could finally buy the tickets; following were weeks of impatience and anticipation.

Due to various obstacles like fallen ill colleagues or late train arrivals, we had to change our initial plan for a joint dinner at Wendelstein. Wolfgang, Elfe, Markus, and I left Erlangen at 4:30 p.m. to avoid being held up in traffic. Despite a minor traffic jam we arrived early. As we were all hungry, we parked our car at the venue and went in search of a restaurant. After five minutes of discussing, we decided on having an early dinner at the “Goldenes Herz” restaurant. Elfe, Markus, Wolfgang, and I were lucky to get a table at the window. Sipping my beer, I looked outside, did hardly trust my eyes – three well-known faces were passing by the window. A few moments later the Henry Girls took their seats at the neighbouring table. The surprise and joy were mutual. We chatted until they had to leave. On parting, I asked them if they were going to sing Dúlaman (originally by Clannad). They told me that they hadn’t performed that one for months – déjà-vu.

When we returned to the venue, we met the rest of our lucky bunch: Ingrid and Gerhard, Ruth and Daniel.

The concert began.

We listened to…

  1. Far Beyond the Stars (a capella)
  2. I Don’t Wanna be the Reason
  3. December Moon
  4. Couldn’t Ask For More
  5. Falling in Love Again
  6. Don’t Call Me Honey
  7. Slow Down
  8. Home
  9. Here Beside Me
  10. The Garden Where the Praties Grow
    >>>BREAK<<<
  11. The Weather
  12. O’Neill’s Lament (incl. harp solo)
  13. O’Neill’s March
  14. Dúlaman (Lorna dedicated it – again – to me) :mrgreen:
  15. No More Maybes
  16. Don’t be Afraid
  17. Watching the Detectives
  18. A Shine of Rainbows
  19. Hey-Ho
  20. Rebel Girl
  21. We Shall Overcome
  22. So Long but Not Goodbye
    >>>As a bonus, The Henry Girls performed these songs<<<
  23. St. Louis Blues
  24. The Parting Glass (a capella)

 

When Lorna announced Dúlaman, you could have heard a pin drop. It was perfect. This time, we did not have the opportunity to record Dúlaman. The following version is from one of the concerts in Fürth. (picture only)
I added the lyrics at the end of this post.

Afterwards, it was time to say goodbye until – the next concert in Poppenreuth (2018-10-21). You can guess who will be there…  :mrgreen:

Thank you for this unforgettable Friday evening, dear Karen, Lorna, and Joleen McLaughlin! Markus, Ruth, Daniel, Ingrid, Gerhard, Elfe, Wolfgang, and I (Karen O.) enjoyed every minute. Until next time, my friends.

Dear friends and readers,

Whenever there is an opportunity for you to visit their concerts – you won’t regret it. Karen, Lorna, and Joleen are awe-inspiring musicians and love to interact with the audience, including a personal chat.

 

More about The Henry Girls:

Irish Spring (Roth, 2012)

The Henry Girls (Nuremberg, 2013)

The Henry Girls @ Kulturforum Fuerth

The Henry Girls @ Kultur-Forum (Fuerth, 2016-04-20)

The Henry Girls @ Loni-Uebler-Hause (Nuremberg, 2017-03-26)

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http://www.thehenrygirls.com/home

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3CdpKFpDixT7wR38gY4EEQ

 

Dúlaman – lyrics

Irish Gaelic English
A ‘níon mhín ó, sin anall na fir shúirí
A mháithairin mhín ó, cuir na roithléan go dtí mé
Oh gentle daughter, here come the wooing men
Oh gentle mother, put the wheels in motion for me
[Curfá:]
Dúlamán na binne buí, dúlamán Gaelach
Dúlamán na farraige, be’fhearr a bhí in Éirinn
[Chorus:]
Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed
Seaweed from the ocean, the best in all of Ireland
Tá ceann buí óir are an dúlamán gaelach
Tá dhá chluais mhaol are an dúlamán maorach
There is a yellow gold head on the Gaelic seaweed
There are two blunt ears on the stately seaweed
Bróga breaca dubha are an dúlamán gaelach
Tá bearéad agus triús are an dúlamán maorach
The Irish seaweed has beautiful black shoes
The stately seaweed has a beret and trousers
[Curfá 2x] [Chorus 2x]
Góide a thug na tíre thú? arsa an dúlamán gaelach
Ag súirí le do níon, arsa an dúlamán maorach
“What are you doing here?” says the Irish seaweed
“At courting with your daughter,” says the stately seaweed
Rachaimid chun Niúir leis an dúlamán gaelach
Ceannóimid bróga daora are an dúlamán maorach
I would go to Niúir with the Irish seaweed
“I would buy expensive shoes,” said the Irish seaweed
[Curfá] [Chorus]
Ó chuir mé scéala chuici, go gceannóinn cíor dí
‘Sé’n scéal a chuir sí chugam, go raibh a ceann cíortha
I spent time telling her the story that I would buy a comb for her
The story she told back to me, that she is well-groomed
[Curfá] [Chorus]
Cha bhfaigheann tú mo ‘níon, arsa an dúlamán gaelach
Bheul, fuadóidh mé liom í, arsa an dúlamán maorach
“Oh where are you taking my daughter?” says the Irish seaweed
“Well, I’d take her with me,” says the stately seaweed
Dúlamán na binne buí, dúlamán Gaelach Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed
[Curfá] [Chorus]
Dúlamán na binne buí, dúlamán Gaelach
Dúlamán na farraige, be’fhearr a bhí, be’fhearr a bhí
Dúlamán na binne buí, dúlamán Gaelach
Dúlamán na farraige, be’fhearr a bhí, be’fhearr a bhí
Be’fhearr a bhí in Éirinn
Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed
Seaweed from the ocean, the best, the best
Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed
Seaweed from the ocean, the best, the best
The best in all of Ireland

 

 

2018-10-07: Song of the day

Gerry & The Pacemakers – Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965)

Life goes on day after day
Hearts torn in every way

So ferry ‘cross the Mersey
’cause this land’s the place I love
And here I’ll stay

People they rush everywhere
Each with their own secret care

So ferry ‘cross the Mersey
And always take me there
The place I love

People around every corner
They seem to smile and say
We don’t care what your name is boy
We’ll never turn you away

So I’ll continue to say
Here I always will stay

So ferry ‘cross the Mersey
’cause this land’s the place I love
And here I’ll stay
And here I’ll stay
Here I’ll stay


Peace, black coffee, and a cheesecake.  ☘

 

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The Fireborn by Trent P. McDonald #BookReview @trentpmcd

Cover: The Fireborn
by Trent P. McDonald

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide, an unlikely hero is forced to save the world from an ancient Celtic curse. Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones knows that shadowy area well, having spent most of his life exploring its dimensions as given by a host of unreliable sources and imaginative speculation. Some would say he daydreams over the improbable plots of second-rate Romantic era authors. These fantasies, however, come to life after the discovery of the Cauldron of the Dead.

When the Cauldron produces the evil fireborn, Elliot is forced to confront an army of these mythic undead with nothing but his obscure knowledge and the hope of finding the legendary Lady of the Lake to give him Arthur’s sword. Even more frightening is the idea that he might have to confront his ex-wife, Eleanor.

“The Fireborn” is part joyful romp through history, myth and legend, and part fast paced adventure set in modern England and New York. The entire book, though, revolves around Elliot’s relationships with a large variety of characters. These relationships form the key that may unlock the mystery or lead to utter defeat.

 

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Books
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Series: n.a.
Length: 326 pages
Release date: 2017-08-21

 

Teaser


The video disturbed Elliot all the more because of the news he’d heard from Colonel Wright earlier in the evening about the escalation of the “war”. If there really were over a hundred, maybe a couple of hundred, victims, then he was just seeing a fraction of them on line. Elliot had found evidence of no more than twenty videos. He could have missed some, but not hundreds.

Elliot saved the link to the latest video even though he knew it would be removed within the next 24 hours. He had scoured the Internet every chance he got and grabbed everything he could find, but soon discovered that they were removed almost as fast as they were posted.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones, called to the English countryside where his older brother, archaeologist William, has discovered a sensational artefact.

With “The Fireborn”, Trent P. McDonald presents us with a wonderful combination of myth, history, the present, and adventure. The story is skilfully elaborated, comprised interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Trent P. McDonald introduces each character with finesse, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Elliot. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “The Fireborn”. It is a very enjoyable read.

A great story by a skilful storyteller.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, myth, action, very likeable characters to cheer on their thrilling trip, surprises, and excellent storytelling.

This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (scattered fight scenes include some gore)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent, some kisses)

 

About the author

I never decided what I wanted to do when I grew up. I compose and play music, draw and paint, take a lot of pictures, and yes, I write. I’ve written a couple of books that are sitting on my shelf waiting to go out and I write a new short story almost every week, which I often post on my blog, trentsworldblog.wordpress.com. I’ve collected some of the best short stories I’ve written and put them out as “Seasons of Imagination”.

I also like to eat, so I work as a computer nerd during the day while I figure out what it is I really want to do.

If you really need details, I was born and raised in Ohio by the shore of beautiful Lake Erie and now split my time between mountainous New Hampshire and the coast of Massachusetts.

One thing to know about me is that I hate to write bio-blurbs in the third person.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/trentpmcd
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+trentpmcd
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Trent-P-Mcdonald-691454874219113/
Amazon:  Trent P. McDonald
Amazon:  books2read.com/u/4XKd9e


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “The Fireborn”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Fireborn” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂