Each week I will share a cover of a book with you, it will be a book I want to read or have read because of the cover. A simple post with no fuss, just a picture and a short explanation.
Here is my #JudgeABookByItsCover for this week…
Why did I choose this cover?
As soon as I saw this cover I knew it was the sequel to ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz‘ because of the bold stripes and the clasped hands. I absolutely loved the first book and I knew right away that I wanted to read this one. I cannot wait to get started on it!
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Central City is a gritty crime novel that is definitely worth a read!
Kane Kulpa learned which laws could be bent and which broken after a short stint in prison courtesy of Detective Vincent Bayonne. Bound by time, integrity, and the reality of life in Central City, Bayonne and Kane made peace with the past. Now, gang tension spirals from corrupt to deadly, and a series of murders stresses Kane and Bayonne’s uneasy alliance. Kane balances on a razor’s edge to protect his bar, power, life, and family, and Bayonne hustles to keep another lonely man from being strangled.
Central City is a city struggling for identity. The cops protect the rackets, and the criminals shelter the injured. Innocence is only an appearance, and rage finds a voice.
Indy Perro’s style of writing is very unique. It did take me a couple of chapters to get into it, but once immersed I was taken in by the story with its twists and turns and I began to really enjoy Perro’s writing style.
I found myself captivated by Kane, a criminal by all accounts but one who is compelled to help others. Never before have I found the ‘bad guy’ so likeable – I feel his life is the perfect example of the impact nurture can have on the paths our lives take.
Throughout the book there are continual references made to a variety of bars and motels and I have to admit that I did find this a little confusing at times, particularly as Perro didn’t always describe these in as much detail as I would have liked. That being said, it did not take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.
Central City is unpredictable and it will most certainly keep you guessing!
About the Author
Indy Perro is a novelist, an independent thinker, and a recovering academic. Indy has a degree in history, graduate degrees in religious studies, comparative literature, and education, and has spent more than a decade teaching philosophy, religious studies, writing, and literature. While continuing numerous side projects and building a career as an author, Indy launched his website, Indyperro.com, to reach a larger audience, an audience interested in the practice of writing. “We’re all in this together. Let’s connect, have a conversation, and engage each other to generate meaning.”
I love the sound of this book and so I couldn’t stop myself from signing up to take part in the Cover Reveal! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.
A man who glimpses other people’s inner worlds, and a woman who can foresee death. Can they trace a missing girl before the worst happens?
Harrison Jones is a university lecturer with a secret: he moonlights as a psychic detective. Amy Bell is a paramedic who has the uncanny knack of knowing things are going to happen before they do. From their first accidental meeting on an Edinburgh bridge, both of their lives are destined to change.
Harrison invites Amy to help him investigate the disappearance of a beautiful young singer. The search will lead them into the murky world of human trafficking, from Edinburgh to the streets of Athens, and into the darkest corners of the human mind…
So, without further ado, here is the cover for ‘Siren Song’…
About Rebecca McKinney
Rebecca McKinney is a writer, therapist and community development practitioner, living and working in Midlothian, Scotland. She shares her home with her husband, two teenagers, three cats, and a growing collection of musical instruments.
How have I not come across Wes Markin before now? I am adding every single book in the series to my TBR list!
How do you stop a perfect killer?
After the terrible events of the past year, DCI Yorke’s team are on the verge of finding peace. But after a terrifying act of violence shatters their equilibrium, they are forced to dance with a skilled assassin who knows no equal.
After it becomes clear that this hitman is connected to the most shadowy of criminal organisations, Yorke is forced to dive into his own past, and face a future in which he is either alone, or dead.
Can Yorke and those he holds dearest survive the Reaper? Or will this be one dance too many?
‘Dance with the Reaper’ is a brilliant read! Having not read any of the previous books in the series I was a little lost at times and I would recommend you read the others as, if they are anything like this one, they’ll be excellent.
I found the killer so intriguing, never before have I felt myself drawn into a killer’s mind or found myself so enthralled in their story. The way the killer prepares and conducts himself is strange yet mesmerising.
Yorke doesn’t have the personality I would expect from a detective involved in such heinous crimes with his deep emotions and the way he takes everything to heart. I liked him the minute I was introduced to him!
‘Dance with the Reaper’ is violent and gruesome – a gritty read that you won’t be able to put down. With its fast pace and impeccable detail you will be gripped! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
About the Author
Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.
Having finished the fifth instalment in the DCI Yorke series, Dance with the Reaper, Wes is now working on the sixth instalment of DCI Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.
Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.
I am so excited to share my first #JudgeABookByItsCover post! Each week I will share a cover of a book with you, it will be a book I want to read or have read because of the cover. A simple post with no fuss, just a picture and a short explanation.
So here it is, my first #JudgeABookByItsCover book…
Why I chose this cover?
I haven’t read anything by this author yet but I will most certainly be adding this book to my TBR list. I was drawn to the cover because of the woman at the bottom left who stands out as being different from the others, I’m not sure if it is the way she is holding her mug or because her nails aren’t painted or manicured. Either way, I’m intrigued!
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Deadly Vengeance is my first book by OMJ Ryan but it most certainly will not be my last! Full of twists and turns, it kept me guessing throughout.
Some people can never escape their past.
When the fifteen-year-old daughter of UK munitions dealer, Sir Richard Hawkins vanishes without a trace – the race is on to find her. But Sir Richard and his wife’s worst fears are realised when they receive a video of Hollie, tied to a chair, with a masked man holding a gun to her head.
The ransom demands are simple, pay four million pounds in cash – or they’ll never see their daughter again. DCI Jane Phillips is assigned to the case, and has no idea of who, or what she’s up against. But as the investigation unfolds, it becomes clear Hollie’s kidnapping was the work of a formidable gang – who operate in the shadows and will stop at nothing to get what they want.
As the pressure mounts, can Phillips and the team find Hollie before it’s too late? Or will this investigation signal not only the death of the Major Crimes Unit, but one of her beloved team, as well?
Deadly Vengeance is a real page turner! For me, the first page of a book is crucial as I want to be instantly gripped and this is exactly what Deadly Vengeance does. From the outset, Ryan gets right into the action and you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next. I couldn’t put this book down!
The plot is exciting and there are very strong and likeable characters. I particularly enjoyed that some chapters were told from Hollie’s perspective, so you gained further insight into the whole story and could relate more to her as a character. DCI Phillips and her team felt like a family, it was evident that they knew one another well and there was real chemistry between them, making it an enjoyable read.
I read Deadly Vengeance as a stand alone book however it is the third book in the Detective Jane Phillips series. Some aspects of the story referred to events that had taken place in the previous books, but overall it was easy to read as a stand alone although I will warn you that, like me, you will most definitely be adding the previous two to your ‘To Be Read’ list.
The only part of the story that I felt let it down slightly was the amount of characters we are introduced to, some of whom we are only introduced to very briefly. This made it quite difficult to follow, particularly when one of the kidnappers is revealed as I recognised the name but could not remember who they were and how they had previously slotted into the story. Therefore, I didn’t have that usual ‘gasp’ moment when they were identified.
Ryan concludes the story well without answering all of my questions, an aspect of the book I found both frustrating and refreshing but most of all it left me excited to read the next instalment.
OMJ Ryan is an author I am going to be following very closely and I will most certainly be reading the previous two books in the series. A great book that I would highly recommend!
About the Author
Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.
Deadly Vengeance is the third Detective Jane Phillips book in the series and OMJ’s fourth book with Inkubator Books.
‘Under Your Skin‘ really captures the strength of abuse victims, demonstrating how they can regain control and power.
When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret. Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case, but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues. Local Belfast resident, Julia Matthews, joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could. Julia was only trying to help but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?
Trigger warning: domestic violence, some sexual scenes and swear words
When we are first introduced to Julia it is clear that she is going through a difficult time in her life. For this reason I automatically assumed she could potentially fall victim of abuse. I don’t want to give anything away but what I will say is that I enjoyed her journey.
Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor’s relationship is flirtatious and this did anger me at times due to Simon being a married man. McClelland deliberately highlights the chemistry between the characters to keep you guessing whether their relationship is platonic or not. Rest assured, all does become clear – no spoilers here!
The domestic violence within ‘Under Your Skin‘ definitely means it is not for everyone as some people may find it a difficult read. I found myself getting very frustrated with Hannah and willing her to be stronger but the story very much captures what is going through her mind and you do begin to fully appreciate how abuse victims are made to feel. McClelland has clearly done her research!
As much as I enjoyed McClelland’s debut psychological thriller, I do have to admit that I found it quite predictable, something that is very unusual for me. That being said, it did not take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. I look forward to reading what McClelland writes next!
About the Author
“Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind! Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast.
She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog. She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.
Being a new #BookBlogger, I decided that I would try different genres instead of always reading crime and thriller novels, which led me to taking part in this Blog Tour -something I do not regret!
The northern grammar school pals Bob Swarbrick and Richard Shackleton are back, now facing the era of Brexit, Momentum, Coronavirus and Donald Trump. For the first time in their lives, Bob and Richard struggle to see the meaning of it all.
The trials and renewals of Where’s Sailor Jack? (John Uttley’s debut novel released in 2015) behind them, they find themselves in a world whose faith and politics have moved beyond their sphere of influence and feel increasingly cut off from their roots.
Bob, now settled with Wendy, must reconcile old memories and new children while Richard must save his family from themselves. Along the way, they are adopted by the lascivious Lucy Fishwick and her predatory daughter Maddie, whose lives are as mad and chaotic as the radio play Lucy is trying to write and, indeed, the world itself.
But despite the coming plague, it doesn’t look like Armageddon. There is to be an apocalypse, but one of personal dimensions. We don’t all go together when we go!
I have to be honest and say that I really wasn’t sure what to expect from ‘No Precedent’ having never read any of Uttley’s previous work and knowing that there would be a lot of reference to religion and politics. However, I very much enjoyed this book and I am so glad that I decided to open my mind to new genres.
The characters are all very different having evidently been exposed to a variety of upbringings and there are many unlikely friendships within this book. For me, this is what makes their relationships interesting and engaging. Maddie was my favourite character, although I did not agree with her life choices and often found her decisions hard to accept. I was remarkably surprised at her relationship with Bob who, considering he is from a different era, appeared to be non-judgemental and tried to understand her which I found quite refreshing.
Politics does feature very heavily in this book, perhaps much more than I anticipated. At times I have to admit that I found it quite overwhelming and did skip over some sections near the end. That being said, it was interesting to read Uttley’s views on some of the political matters of today.
Uttley has a very unique style of writing and one which may take you a few chapters to get into, but my advice would be to stick with it and have your tissues ready at the end!
About the Author
John Uttley was born in Lancashire just as the war was ending. Grammar school educated there, he read Physics at Oxford before embarking on a long career with the CEGB and National Grid Group. He was Finance Director at the time of the miners’ strike, the Sizewell Inquiry and privatisation, receiving on OBE in 1991. Shortly afterwards, he suffered his fifteen minutes of fame when he publicly gave a dividend to charity in the middle of the fat cat furore. Following this, he took an external London degree in Divinity while acting as chairman of numerous smaller companies, both UK and US based. He is married to Janet, living just north of London. This is his second novel, based on the characters of his first, the much-loved and critically acclaimed Where’s Sailor Jack?
Not tonight, Olivia. Olivia’s ex-husband shut her down so many times before the cheating bastard left her that Olivia lost count. She didn’t realise she’d also lost the ability to banter, interpret body language, or accept that a man could find her desirable. None of that should matter when she leaves for a two-week training for her new job with the Ranchers, an outdoorsy nonprofit, but when her co-worker adds ‘halter top’ and ‘bikini’ to the official pack list, she has no idea what to expect on this trip. It certainly wasn’t a perky blonde roommate who thinks their training is like spring break, but with a paycheck. It wasn’t the after-hours hot tub. It absolutely wasn’t the man with a rumble for a laugh who shows up on her flight and introduces himself as the colleague she didn’t know would be her companion for the next two weeks. When blondie calls dibs on that same colleague, Olivia just wants to stay out of her way, but her colleague has ideas of his own. Ideas which involve Olivia, the hot tub, and shared sips of bourbon.
‘Dibs’ is the perfect summer holiday read! It is Martine’s debut romance novel but I am hoping that it isn’t the last as I would really like to find out what happens next for these characters.
It is a simple plot that you can’t help but get drawn into although I did find it a little slow at times. The characters were very relatable, Lorrie and Dolores were my favourites as both made me laugh out loud on several occasions despite being complete polar opposites.
For me, the book ended as I would have wanted it to so I finished it with a very big smile on my face. That being said, there would most certainly be room for Martine to write a sequel so we can continue to follow these characters in the next chapter of their lives.
If you are looking for a book to read by the pool, in the garden or on the beach this summer then ‘Dibs’ is the book for you. Not too serious, extremely heart-warming and enjoyable from start to finish.
About the Author
Allison Martine is nearly a native Californian and lives with her husband and three children in Orange County. Allison can be found on the hiking trails through the canyons or over-caffeinating in her favourite local coffee shops. DIBS is her debut novel.
The Collector had me hooked from the moment I read the first page, so much so that I read the book in a matter of days, which is no mean feat whilst also working from home with a one year old.
They say human life is the most precious thing. The Collector doesn’t agree.
When world renowned archaeologist Philip Carlton suddenly and unexpectedly commits suicide, the police are called to investigate. Heading up the investigation is Detective Lucy O’Hara, a Forensic Linguist – and she immediately sees something is wrong with the suicide note. In her gut, she knows this was cold-blooded murder.
Battling sceptical superiors and the Irish establishment, Lucy digs for the truth and begins to uncover a shadowy trade in ancient artifacts led by a mysterious figure known only as ‘The Collector’.
As Lucy works to uncover his identity, she soon realises she is up against a ruthless mastermind who is systematically eliminating anyone who might lead her to him. But Lucy won’t give up and soon The Collector turns his attention to her…
The Collector – the first in a gripping new series featuring Detective Lucy O’Hara.
I could not put this book down, I was so engaged in the story that it took over my life for a couple of days. I just couldn’t get enough of it!
Rather unusually, Maher introduces us to the murderer from the beginning.This very much drew me into the book as it was intriguing to hear his side of the story as opposed to just the perspective of the detectives. That being said, it does not take away the air of mystery as we strive to uncover the identity of ‘The Collector‘ himself.
From the beginning we are told that Lucy O’Hara, a Detective in the case, is a Forensic Linguist. This certainly added in a different perspective and made this book different to other thrillers I have read as she provided interesting insights. I particularly liked that we were introduced to both the personal and professional life of Lucy, which became somewhat intertwined, making her more appealing and relatable to the reader.
The identity of ‘The Collector‘ is revealed at the end and I am not ashamed to say that I did gasp. Maher does well to throw you off the scent but I couldn’t help feel that I should have worked it out in advance of the revelation. For me, the only aspect of the book I felt was not made clear was the motive for the murders. Evidently there was a lot of history and it was obvious ‘The Collector‘ wanted to have his identity hidden but it all felt very muddy for me and I would have liked a little more time spent on this aspect of the story. That being said, it did not deter from my enjoyment of the book.
Overall, I loved the pace of the book and it did keep me guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout. I would thoroughly recommend it to all crime, mystery and thriller enthusiasts. I cannot wait for the next one!
About the Author
John Maher has published five novels and a collection of short stories. He has won national awards for radio play and short story with RTE in Ireland. His novel, The Luck Penny, was shortlisted for debut novel on BBC Radio 5.
A former teacher and lecturer, he holds a Phd from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London).
He lives in a small Irish village, between the Atlantic and the Irish Sea, from which he steals away, from time to time, to visit the world outside the island.
THE COLLECTOR will be his first novel published with Inkubator Books.