Review: The Red Hand of Fury by R. N. Morris #Blogtour

#Blogtour – Wednesday 27th June

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Hi All

Welcome to my stop on this fantastic, thrilling blogtour. Many thanks go to the Blog Host, Rachels Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and the author who brought this story to life, R. N. Morris

A big thanks also goes to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book for review.

The time period setting in this book teamed with the dramatic, mysterious subject helped to make this an enjoyable and interesting read.

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Before I tell you more about this book, lets see a little bit about the author.


About the Author

R. N. Morris

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R. N. Morris is the author of eight historical crime novels.
His first, A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia.

He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.

The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and now The Red Hand of Fury, published on 31 March, 2018.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris. He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

Social Media Links –

Twitter:@rnmorris

Facebook page for Red Hand of Fury:https://www.facebook.com/The-Red-Hand-of-Fury-217617635460794/

Website:rogernmorris.co.uk


About the Book

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London, June 1914. A young man is mauled to death at London Zoo after deliberately climbing into the bear pit. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from the notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths – and yet there are similarities.

Following a third attempted suicide, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims’ possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process …?

Purchase Links:

UK amazon (kindle)https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Hand-Fury-pre-World-historical-ebook/dp/B07CWWQLLR/

US amazon (kindle)https://www.amazon.com/Red-Hand-Fury-pre-World-historical-ebook/dp/B07CWWQLLR/


My Review

If I was to have one complaint about this book, it would be that I hadn’t realised that this was the latest in a series of books including the same character. And although it has been read in the wrong order, I am 100% committed to obtaining the other books so I can read more about this very intriguing detective inspector.

Saying that, this reads very well as a standalone story.

Silas Quinn is a detective inspector based in London 1914 and I knew from the outset that I would enjoy reading about him. Although complicated and damaged, he is still very much fascinating. I felt the pain he experienced as he dove deeper into the case, the writing flowed wonderfully and I believed in Quinn’s character as his presence took shape on the pages in front of me. The almost grotesque way in which mental health was dealt with back in these times was harrowing to read, but it was handled very well.

I also liked the character interaction; particularly liking the dialogue between his colleagues, Macadam and Inchball. If anything, the banter between them helped to create a jovial element at times, which stopped the book from coming across as too sombre.

The style of this book is beautifully crafted; I love the fact that it is based in a past era and that the story has an almost ‘Sherlock Holmes’ feel to it. Although I love all genres, I have to admit that Crime Thrillers are one of my favourites. I love a gritty read, something that can pull me in from the very first page and this book did that. Reading about the gruesome details of the suspicious suicides had me lapping up every word. Although the scenes were difficult to read at times, they were delivered in a way that had me believing every single word. The story flowed quickly and I found myself not wanting to put it down until I had read it thoroughly. It was a very compelling and absorbing read.

Author, Morris has created an exceptionally intelligent, yet damaged character; someone who is also very likeable and believable. The story flowed really well and I lapped up each word as I wanted to know where the story took me. I was not disappointed with the climax of this book at all and I am just holding on to the hope that this is not the last that we will hear from Silas Quinn.


Conclusion

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a good crime thriller. I have already added the first books in this series into my TBR list – I look forward to seeing more of Silas Quinn’s character.

Rating

4 out of 5 Stars

If you would like to hear more from people who have read this book, see my fellow bloggers who have taken part in this blogtour.

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Thanks for reading my review…

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S x

Book Review: The Hanging Women by John Mead #Blogtour

Blogtour – Monday 11th June

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Hi all.

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to this fantastic, mystery-filled novel. It is both dramatic and haunting but such a great read.

Welcome to my stop on the fantastic Blog Tour for The Hanging Women!

I would like to thank the wonderful blogtour host, Rachels Random Resources and the Author, John Mead for inviting me to take part! This book was such an enjoyable read and I am so glad that I didn’t miss out.

Rachels Random Resources – www.rachelsrandomresources.com/
John Mead – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17891273.John_Mead

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This was a book that was thrilling to read from the very first page! This book drew me in and held on tight, not wanting to let me go until I had digested every single page!


About the Author

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John was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub, he writes.

His inspiration for his debut novel came whilst attending a lecture in Denver about the history of the American midwest, describing a time and place that was very different from that espoused by popular culture, which started him thinking this would make a excellent period in which to set a crime story.

His book describes how Chicago was a prototype of much that we consider both good and bad in the current age, it had a vibrancy and decadence that allowed a few enterprising individuals to prosper whilst violence and intolerance held back many others. The situation for some African Americans and women was improving but it was still a time when to be anything other than white and male made you a second class citizen. The city was the manufacturing and transport hub of America, the vast influx of immigrants swelling its already booming population brought great wealth but also corruption and criminality. The midwest and Chicago typified a way of life, the ‘gun culture’ which is a euphemism for individualism, from which much of modern American social values have grown.

John is currently working on a trilogy of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city: a Whitechapel noir.

Social Media Links

https://twitter.com/JohnMeadAuthor
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17891273.John_Mead
https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Mead/e/B07B8SQ2ZH/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1


About the book

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A historical crime thriller set in 1886 Chicago; the power house of America, a sink of corruption and vice which is haunted by riots and gangland killings. A story of weak men and strong women.

Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation.

As a result of Jack `stealing’ Philomena’s diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers’ rights movements in America of the late 1800’s). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremist factions of the workers movement. This led them to Ruby’s, a secret `nightclub for deviants’, where Stevens and Inspector O’Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim.

With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it’s too late.


My Review

The summary of this book paired with the mysterious, yet beautiful front cover had me interested instantly. I was intrigued with the sound of this story and was not disappointed when I started to read it. 

Although hard and gritty to read at times, this book was both dramatic and exciting in the way that it was written. I believed in the characters, even if I didn’t like all of them to begin with. 

On meeting Jack, I was put off by his selfish, drunkard, angry personality. I hated how he treated his wife and disliked how he spoke to people, but as I read deeper into the story I realised that the many faults he had made Jack a likeable guy. He was tough and took no ‘bull@#@# from anyone. He said what he thought and did whatever the hell he wanted to; but that man knew how to get information when he needed it. The lack of fear helped to push him deeper and deeper into the gritty underground, surrounded by mafia fiends who only tolerated the ex-cop because they respected him. The story was difficult to read at times, but topics such as the criminal underground and the violence that was instilled on people wasn’t going to make for comfortable reading, but this helped to create a really believable story. I loved that it was set in the late 1800’s and lapped up the historical feel of the book. There were a host of twists in this story and it literally kept me guessing up until the final page! It was such a good read!

The author, John Mead has a wonderful way of writing, drawing the reader in ever deeper with his imaginative descriptions and believable dialogue. 

I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who loves a good crime thriller; especially if you like something set in a past era!


Conclusion

This was a very good read! I loved it from the very first page; to say that I had deglected my children would be a long shot, but there were times when I disappeared to have a cheeky read whilst they were playing with their trains etc. This book was difficult to put down and I was not left disappointed with the conclusion.

Rating – 5 out of 5 

If you liked this review and would like to find out more about this book and other peoples views, then check out the other bloggers below. 

Thanks for reading all.

S x


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Review: The Bonds that Bind us by Stephanie Johnson

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Part of the Forever Bound Trilogy Series

I was approached by fairly new author, Stephanie Johnson who asked if I would like to read/review her book, which is part of a series. I jumped at the chance to read a new story and said yes and I am so glad I did, because I got the chance to meet some new, interesting characters. 

Before I get into my review of this book, let me introduce you to the author, Stephanie. (Fab name by the way!)


The Author

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Stephanie Johnson – The following was taken from her webpage
www.sjohnson-author.com

‘I was born in Luton but grew up in Gosport, Hampshire with my parents and two younger siblings. It was a beautiful little seaside town that inspired many an imaginative idea!
For as long as I can remember, all I’ve wanted to do was write. I took part in writing competitions and even had a poem published when I was in Junior school! As the years passed, I started getting older and I, unfortunately, had to put that dream on the backburner to let life happen.
But now, at 27, I’m finally fulfilling it and have recently published my second novel!
I moved to Bristol in early 2009 and lived there for seven years before finally settling in Paignton, Devon two years ago. It seems that this girl can’t stay away from the seaside for too long!’

Social Media Links
Twitter – https://twitter.com/StephyBecks
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17980661.Stephanie_Johnson


About the Book

Jackson Alexander lives two lives. In the world of fashion, he is an up and coming stylist to some of the biggest names on the runway and silver screen. At home, he lives in constant fear of the abuse that has plagued him for years.
While working a routine photo shoot, Jackson’s life is forever changed the moment Luke O’Neill, star of the show Living Pretty, saunters on set. A colorfully inked and auburn-haired Irishman, Luke is instantly attracted to Jackson, and persists on getting to know him.

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Their immediate chemistry causes heads to turn, including those of some members of Jackson’s homophobic family. As their relationship grows, so does the physical abuse at the hands of Jackson’s father and brothers.
After a series of horrific and avoidable events, will Luke and his family be enough to help Jackson find the strength and confidence within himself to survive it all? Or is he already too broken that not even his Superman can save him?


My Review

From the very first page, I was drawn into the way the characters were written. The flow of the writing was so very easy to read and it made for a very enjoyable, relaxed reading experience.

The dialogue between the characters was put together very well and this helped to create a picture of each person, especially our main characters, Jackson and Luke.

The drama and tension is easy to see and we are taken on a dramatic journey as Jackson fights to stand his ground in a world where he is quite often bullied into being something other than himself. The pain he experiences at the hands of his family is very difficult to read at times, I just wanted to reach into the book and give him a big cuddle. It was nice to know that he had a ‘superhero’ in Luke; the gorgeous Irish actor who shows him another side; someone who showers him with love, rather than abuse. 

This was a really good read and one that I recommend to anyone who wants a romantic read with a dramatic kick!


Conclusion

This is a good read. It is both charming and dramatic, making a really good story. I would definitely recommend. 


Rating

4 out of 5 Stars

Thanks for reading this review. 

S x

Book Review – Amy Cole has Lost her Mind by Elizabeth McGivern #Blogtour

#Blogtour – Friday 1st June

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Welcome to my stop on the blogtour for this charming book.

I love Amy, she is my new favourite ‘book-heroine’.

I would like to thank the wonderful bloghost, Rachel’s Random Resources and the amazing author, Elizabeth McGivern for inviting me to take part in this tour. The book was an amazing read and I am so happy to be sharing it with you (spoiler free of course)

Rachels’ Random Resouces – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/
Elizabeth McGivernwww.mayhemandbeyond.com

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Amy.


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About the Author
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Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home surrounded by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal.

In an effort to keep her sanity she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her first son so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother.

In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her to find a voice and connect with parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health issues and parenting.

It was because of this encouragement – and wanting to avoid her children as much as possible – her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind, was born.
Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a daily basis. To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her on:
www.mayhemandbeyond.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mayhemandbeyond
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MayhemBeyond
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mayhemandbeyond/


About the Book

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Amy Cole is a stay-at-home mum and a woman on the edge.

After a very public breakdown and failed suicide attempt, Amy finds herself trying to make it through her everyday life as a high-functioning zombie.

Elle De Bruyn is a force of nature ready to shake Amy back to life whether she likes it or not.

After a fortuitous meeting, the two embark on a journey together which will change them both and help them find out exactly what they’re capable of when rock bottom is just the beginning.

Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B4FW7TZ/ref=la_B07B4HV9B6_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519837964&sr=1-1

Purchase from Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B4FW7TZ/ref=la_B07B4HV9B6_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519837964&sr=1-1



My Review

I could base my review on the fact that I LOVE AMY, but I guess I should put more into it than that shouldn’t i?

The story is such a brilliant read; funny, touching and charming.

This book and Amy’s character spoke to me on so many levels, from the traumatic miscarriage to the ‘pompous-stuck-up’ mothers that she came across. This character was the ‘real’ mother and I could relate to every feeling she had; every moment when she felt out of her depth as a Mom, I mirrored those feelings and recognised the stress that comes from having children. 

Amy is such a lovable character; she’s funny, grounded and real. I loved reading the interaction between her and her new BFF Elle. The character interaction between them makes for brilliant reading; I love how they’re friendship builds and the dialogue between them creates a believable connection. Their friendship reminded me of me and my girlfriends at times and I laughed and cried as the story unravelled. 

This book was a delightful read, it would appeal to all parents out there, especially those who like Amy, are ‘winging it’. Being a parent is hard; its tiring and stressful; there are days when you really don’t know what you doing and others when you want to hide yourself away  just for a moment so you can catch your breath. But like Amy, I also know how rewarding it can be.

I am not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or two at this story; it really struck a cord with me and it has stayed with me ever since I turned the last page.

This is a fantastic, feel-good, laugh out loud book which is also touching and almost hard to read in parts. I have already suggested this book to my friends and family, as I enjoyed it that much.



Conclusion

I love this book, it was a fantastic read. The thing that appealed to me the most was how real the relationship between Amy and Elle was. I could really relate to the friendship they share; the dialogue was brilliant between them and the author did a fantastic job at creating such believable characters.

I really hope this isn’t the last we have seen of Amy.

Rating – 5 out of 5

S x

If you liked my review and would like to see what others are saying about this book, then please check out the other participants of this #blogtour. 

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