The Bluebell Informant (DS Evelyn Giles Series, #1) by Nick R. B. Tingley #BookReview #RBRT @NickRBTingley

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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
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How do you catch a killer who is already dead?

One year ago, the Bluebell Killer killed his last victim. He was shot and killed, leaving behind a legacy of twenty corpses and a name that people will fear for years to come…

A year later, a man is shot in the back of the head and left in a field of bluebells.
Is it a mugging gone wrong? A copycat killer? Or is the Bluebell Killer still out there, waiting to pounce on his next victim?

For DS Evelyn Giles the solution is simple – it’s just another dirty politician caught committing an unforgiveable crime. But with the evidence stacking up against him, Giles’ suspect has one more surprise in store for her…
And his words will throw everything she knows into question…

‘It’s not over yet.’

The past is coming back to haunt DS Giles. She’s already sacrificed much for the lie. The only question is how much more will she suffer for the truth?

An ingeniously, gripping thriller, The Bluebell Informant is a dark, unexpected and emotionally charged début.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Mystery > Traditional Detectives
> Suspense
Series: DS Evelyn Giles Series, #1
Length: 242 pages
Release date: 2017-03-18

 

Teaser


Harris stared in silence as Giles, uncomfortable under his gaze, lowered her face towards the ground a little – concealing the already hidden scar from view.

‘Is there a problem?’ she asked tentatively.

Harris’ eyes registered surprise for only a moment before the broad smile returned, although somewhat half-heartedly.

‘No. Not at all. You are just…’ He hesitated for a moment. ‘You’re just not what I expected.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to DS Evelyn Giles; having a day off on Bank Holiday was wonderful – until the phone rang.

With The Bluebell Informant, Nick R. B. Tingley has created the promising first book in a mystery series. It is a nicely elaborated read, taking you close to DS Evelyn Giles. Secondary characters are also relevant; mystery fans will love to check the tiniest details. Even if Nick R. B. Tingley focusses on Evelyn, the story comprises interesting events and memories. I was drawn relatively close to Evelyn – especially as the story evolves; she is vulnerable, she is strong and witty. According to their relevance, the characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and/or virtues. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

This is a book for you if you like British mystery/suspense series and strong female characters.

Recommended.

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Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

The Dark Corrupts Us All…

Nick R B Tingley is the author of several short stories and novels.

Born in Dartford in 1987, Nick discovered a passion for writing from an early age although a strong interest in history and archaeology led him to study at the University of Exeter for four years.

Praised for his masterful story telling, Nick won the Inkitt Fated Paradox Prize in 2015 with his short story, Dressed to Deceive, and has been working diligently on his début novel ever since.

Under the name of Nicholas Tingley, Nick produced a short collection of war poems entitled Grey Skies and Broken Branches, which he released on the anniversary of the start of the Great War.

Known for his dark and probing insights into the human condition, Nick’s work often deals with corruption and falsehoods, peeling back the veil to reveal how everyone, no matter how pure, can be susceptible to their darker side…

 

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The World Behind Us by Thomas Trang #RBRT #BookReview @heyThomasTrang

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
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Ray Ranglin thought he was done with The Corporation, but it turns out they weren’t done with him.

So when his old boss makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Ranglin finds himself in Paris for the art heist of the century.

Last century, that is.

This is the Paris of smoky jazz clubs and black market politics, a city where people move in the shadows of Nazi occupation. Django Reinhardt and Hermann Göring make brief appearances.

This is the story of time-travelling thieves and assassins who have quietly shaped the course of history, plus the CIA agents hot on their trail. There’s action, romance, chain-smoking and guns. Lots of guns.

This is . . .The World Behind Us.

Genre(s): Books
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Heist
Kindle eBooks
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Crime
Series: n.a.
Length: 131 pages
Release date: 2016-11-07

 

Teaser


But then she walked out on stage from the shadows of the crushed velvet curtains and everything changed. It hit him, that thing the old Sicilians call un colpo di fulmine. The lightning bolt. He sat there watching her on stage singing in a raspy tone, the words passing straight through his body.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Ray Ranglin who is once again contacted by The Corporation – to travel back in time and “obtain” some pieces of art.

With The World Behind Us, Thomas Trang has created an interesting mix of time travel and crime. It took me the first chapters to get into the story; Ranglin is of sufficient depth, quite likeable. Thomas Trang created a story mainly focussed on Ranglin and Paris during WWII, therefore the other characters do not require the same depth. The plot turns slowly but surely into a thrilling story, comprising some interesting turns, and developing a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like the combination of time travel and crime in novella length, and stories which might one day be filmed.

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Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some hints)

 

About the author

Thomas Trang is an author currently based in London, UK.
He can be found on Twitter at: @heyThomasTrang.

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The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter (#3) by R.T. Lowe #BookReview @TheRTLowe

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

What do you do when the lesser of two evils is evil itself?

Felix stood at her graveside, eyes burning with sorrow, voice trembling in the winter cold. “This isn’t a kids’ story. The bad guys aren’t evil for the sake of being evil. The good guys fight for a way of life that benefits the privileged at the expense of everyone else—hell, they tried to kill me. So who’s good and who’s evil? Is one side any better than the other? And what’s more important, individual freedom or the right to live without fear? How can I choose for myself when everyone’s trying to choose for me? I only know one thing for sure: when I decide, people are going to die. Good people? Bad people? How will I know until it’s too late? Maybe there isn’t a right answer, and that’s why I’m afraid—why we all should be afraid.”

Genre(s): Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Dark Fantasy
Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror > United States
Series: The Felix Chronicles, #3
Length: 342 pages
Release date: 2017-02-03

 

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“Freedom from fear.” Harper sounded as if she was reading, and when Felix spotted the sign, he realized she was. “What’s that one say? ‘Rejectionists are the disease.’ Is that what is says?”

“Yeah,” Allison confirmed. “There’s a bunch of signs down there. ‘A hundred generations.’ Freedom from fear.’ ‘Rejectionists are terrorists.’ ‘Reject the Rejectionists.'” She laughed. “That one’s super clever.”


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with Felix, Allison, their friends, and Bill. Disturbing acts of violence occur throughout the country, not sparing Portland College.

With The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter, R. T. Lowe has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, and urban fantasy. It is a compelling read, drawing you even closer than before to Felix and Allison – sometimes a little too close for comfort. In his first book, R. T. Lowe created a broad variety of believable and complex main characters, still leaving enough room for the personal imagination; in the second book, you learned more about them as they were facing new challenges, and this third book seamlessly continues Felix and Allison’s endeavours. Expertly woven situations and thrilling interactions kept me glued to my E-reader. There is violence, gore, magic, a bunch of interesting characters, and an intriguing story for you to enjoy. A topic that certainly not only keeps the protagonists’ minds busy: Even if good versus evil seems outdated – isn’t the lesser evil still evil?

This is for you if you like intense characters with a mission, thrill with great twists, urban fantasy, masterly combined plot-lines, and food for thought.

The awesome third book in The Felix Chronicles series; I am eagerly waiting for the fourth book!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

R.T. Lowe is the author of The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (Book 1), Five Days In January (Book 2) and Tides Of Winter (Book 3). R.T. is a graduate of Willamette University and Columbia Law School. Originally from Oregon, he now lives in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife and four sons.

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I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Book review:  The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R. T. Lowe

Book review:  The Felix Chronicles: Five Days in January

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Maximus (Harvey Nolan Mystery Thriller Series, #1) by C. S. Abbey #BookReview @scabbeybooks

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A missing woman. Her husband, dead before it all happened. Among the mess, throw in a 600-pound tiger. To what extent must Harvey go to reveal a shocking secret?

Dr. Harvey Nolan, a Nobel prize-winning Columbia Professor, isn’t expecting the FBI at his office after his first blood-soaking brush with them many years ago. Trouble again, it seems. In a dark and damp dungeon, a frightened woman wakes up to find herself chained to her bed. But she is not alone. Interpol Agent Katie Moulin, a jaded ex-FBI, grudgingly returns to the ground when things get chaotic with a single divergent event. As if the influx of drugs isn’t causing her enough troubles.

Caught in a crossfire between a merciless assassin and the FBI for a crime he didn’t commit, can Harvey clear his name before it is too late? As New York City becomes a hotbed of crime, Harvey’s and Katie’s lives must intertwine once again. Forced to battle enemies and allies closing in alike, they find themselves surprised by what seems like a web of deceit.

MAXIMUS is the first full-length novel of the Harvey Nolan thriller series, set a couple of years after the events occurring in RESURRECTION.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Pulp
> Detective
> Thrillers > Terrorism
Series: Harvey Nolan Mystery Thriller, #1
Length: 314 pages
Release date: 2016-10-23

 

Teaser


“How would you describe your relationship with Miss Jenson?” Frost inquired, seemingly more interested in Harvey than Christina.

“We were colleagues back when she was working in the same department as I – an administrative officer – I believe you met her replacement, Shia. We got along pretty well because we were – are – roughly the same age and had similar interests in Criminology. …”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Harvey Nolan, university professor; a friend of his has gone missing, and – the FBI agent in charge seems to consider him guilty.

With Maximus, C. S. Abbey has created an action-packed thriller centred on Harvey Nolan – the promising first novel-length book in the ‘Harvey Nolan Mystery Thriller’ series. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Harvey. C. S. Abbey paints a clear picture of Harvey’s mind while the story evolves. Harvey is a complex, likeable, and highly believable character, the other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well.  The story comprises several plot lines, interesting turns, and has a great flow.

This is a book for you if you appreciate fast-paced thrillers, compelling stories, and if you like believable characters with a mission.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

S. C. Abbey is the author of the Harvey Nolan thriller series, which is an intriguing concoction of action, mystery, and humor. Abbey enjoys reading a huge variety of genres such as mystery thrillers, religious conspiracies, science fiction, and fantasy. As an avid reader and writer, Abbey loves to hear from you! So please feel free to visit Abbey at www.scabbey.com.

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The Anything Goes Girl (A Brenda Contay Novel of Suspense, #1) by Barry Knister #BookReview

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
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Journalist Brenda Contay Doesn’t Look For Trouble-But It Keeps Finding Her

When she said “yes” too often in college, she became “the anything goes girl.” Pretty soon her sex life figured in locker-room graffiti.

But when Brenda Contay makes it big on local TV as WDIG’s Lightning Rod reporter, everything seems to be turning around for her. Except succeeding in tabloid TV because your butt looks good in Levis isn’t much different from “anything goes.”

That’s why Brenda quits television to learn the truth behind an old lover’s death. Vince Soublik drowned recently, off a tiny island in the Pacific. But All-State swimmers like Vince don’t just drown.
When she gets to the island, Brenda learns that Vince’s death was collateral damage in a scandal of global proportions. And since it involves one of the ten richest men in America, Brenda’s chance of living to break the story is next to zero.

But you never can tell about “the anything goes girl”-she just hates to lose.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Women Sleuths
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Women Sleuths
Series: A Brenda Contay Novel of Suspense, #1
Length: 358 pages
Release date: 2013-12-17

 

Teaser


“He got sick and drowned,” Gordon said. “He never radioed there was trouble.”

“Vince Soublik drowned? He was an All-State freestyler.”

“His parents don’t get it either.”

Seeing Elaine with the atlas, Brenda remembered Joyce Delarossa reading the paper at her desk-A local guy died on some island.


My Opinion

This book introduces you first to Vince Soublik, a fatality on a remote island. Journalist Brenda Contay used to know him and her instincts tell her that she needs to find out the truth.

With The Anything Goes Girl, Barry Knister has created a suspense story that introduces several important characters, if they are good or bad can be learned as the story proceeds. It is a quite compelling read that draws you slowly closer to Brenda and the case. Barry Knister paints the characters’ mindsets, integrating them in the plot, you want to find the truth and/or reasons why as much as Brenda. Brenda is believable and determined. The story develops from being on the slowish side to a faster and steady (really enjoyable) flow.

This is a book for you if you like suspense stories with believable characters and psychological aspects, and if you appreciate determined female amateur sleuths.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Barry Knister was a university professor before turning to full-time writing. His first novel, The Dating Service was published by Berkley. His second, Just Bill is a novel for adults about dogs and owners, and was published by Gold Mountain Press. Knister has published two previous novels in the Brenda Contay suspense series. The first (The Anything Goes Girl) draws on his years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The second (Deep North) is set in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota, where he fishes each spring. Knister is the past secretary of Detroit Working Writers, and served as the director of the Cranbrook Summer Writers Conference. He lives outside Detroit with his wife, Barbara, and their Aussie shepherd, Skylar.

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I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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