Written in Blood by Chris Carter #blogtour #bookreview @RandomTTours @simonschusterUK

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Written in Blood by Chris Carter on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

I was late to the party with Chris Carter’s books, but after reading several in his Robert Hunter series now, I can see what I was missing out on!

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A serial killer will stop at nothing…

The Killer
His most valuable possession has been stolen.
Now he must retrieve it, at any cost.

The Girl
Angela Wood wanted to teach the man a lesson. It was a bag, just like all the others.
But when she opens it, the worst nightmare of her life begins.

The Detective
A journal ends up at Robert Hunter’s desk. It soon becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose. And if he can’t stop him in time, more people will die.

If you have read it
You must die

MY THOUGHTS

Chris Carter has fast become one of my favourite crime fiction writers. With each book he always delivers a pacy, absolutely gripping plot and leaves me desperate for more.

What Chris Carter always achieves is that he hooks you in very early on in the story.  In Written in Blood by accident, a young woman, who makes her living by pick pocketing, steals a bag from a stranger in a restaurant. But what she doesn’t realise is how dangerous the person is she has stolen from and what the contents of the bag mean to him. When she discovers what she has taken, she is sickened and immediately hands it over to the police. This is where Detective Robert Hunter comes in. In the bag the young girl stole, a diary is found, which the police fear belongs to a depraved serial killer. The entrants detail in graphic detail the crimes they have committed over the years. It is disturbing beyond measure and Robert and his team soon realise they are up against an intelligent killer, who will stop at nothing to get the diary back. There is no telling the amount of bloodshed he is willing to cause to achieve this.

What you are always guaranteed with, with a Chris Carter book is that Robert Hunter will be after a sadistic serial killer. Chris Carter certainly isn’t short of original ideas, and he certainly isn’t afraid to shy away from graphic details. But this is what makes these books utterly gripping. The level of detail makes you root for Robert, and you want him to catch the killer, but you also know that there is going to be bloodshed and tears along the way.

Each book by Chris Carter is intense, and there is always a race against time to catch the killer. Chris Carter likes to push Robert a bit harder with every book. You know that he is a detective who will do anything to save anyone from potentially becoming another victim. Chris Carter keeps the pace turning up a notch with each chapter, and my eyes were kept glued to the page as the book raced closer and closer to the denouement.

I’ve not read all the books in this series, so each book can definitely be read and enjoyed as a standalone. But once you do read one of Chris’s books that’s it, you’ll be addicted, and he’ll keep you coming back for more.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication date: 23rd July 2020

Print length: 496 pages

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WWW Wednesday – 15/07/2020

It’s been a while since I’ve taken part in a WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

 

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

 

What am I currently reading

       Written in Blood by [Chris Carter]

 

What have you finished reading?

          

 

What will you read next?

Final Cut by [S J Watson]        The Silence: ‘A riveting mystery’ (Erin Kelly) by [Susan Allott]

May First Monday Crime @1stMondayCrime @deboc77 @vandasymon @MarkBillingham @LWilsonCrime Chris Carter

This week I’m taking over from Joy Kluver who usually writes up on First Monday Crime on her brilliant blog. For those of you who are interested in coming to the next one, the next event will be on Monday, 3rd June 2019.

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Photo courtesy of Victoria Goldman

This week on Tuesday, 7th May a crowd of crime fiction lovers headed down to City University, London to hear, Deborah O’Connor, Vanda Symon, Mark Billingham and Chris Carter be interviewed by Laura Wilson. Laura was a brilliant moderator, and often her questions and comments drew a lot of laughter from the audience.

She started off by asking the panel about the inspiration behind their latest book.

Mark was first to kick off, his latest novel in the Tom Thorne series is Their Little Secret.

He started thinking about the idea for his latest book when he heard a woman telling an extraordinary lie on the radio, while he was making toast one morning. He then started investigating con men and wondered what would happen if you put these two ideas together.

Chris’s latest book Hunting Evil features a character who he first wrote about in An Evil Mind. It was his publisher who persuaded him to write a book where Lucien comes back as he was such a twisted individual and the only killer who his detective, Robert Hunter, has ever been frightened of. This is what makes his latest book different to his previous novels as the detectives know who the killer is straight away.

The Dangerous Kind: The most unsettling thriller of the year by [O'Connor, Deborah]

Deborah said her inspiration for The Dangerous Kind came from a collision of several ideas. Deborah also works as a TV producer, and she met a woman who she was trying to build a TV show around. It was revealed to Deborah that the police have a list of potentially dangerous people who may murder someone one day in the future. A few years later when different scandals, which had been covered up came about, and the rise of true crime podcasts, it made her ask the question, how can you arrest someone before they commit the crime? Chris jumped in here and said in America the police can contact people and let them know they are watching them if they think they will commit a crime one day.

The Ringmaster (Sam Shephard) by [Symon, Vanda]

Vanda Symon has always been fascinated by circuses. In her latest book, she wanted to play on how circus people, especially from a travelling circus, can be easy targets, and how a criminal can use them to create a diversion for the police to follow. Laura Wilson said she was relieved Vanda didn’t go down the evil clown route and Vanda agreed, clowns are just creepy. In the second book, Vanda takes Sam away from the small town for the purpose of character stretching. Sam is ambitious, and she wants to reach the top of her profession, but she wasn’t going to achieve that stuck in the town where she was in the first book.

Another question from Laura for Mark and Chris was had they ever taken their character back in time or if they would ever consider doing it.

Mark revealed that he hadn’t planned to release a new Thorne novel for the 20th anniversary next year, but now he’s writing a prequel to Sleepyhead, the first book in his series. He said it is a joy writing without using modern technology and going back to good old fashioned police methods to solve a case. So look out for this book next year if you’re a fan of the Thorne novels.

Chris Carter said he would never go back in time with Robert Hunter for a book, but he has written a short forty-page story which does feature Hunter as a younger man. He much prefers writing in the present.

When asked by Laura if he would ever write anything other than a police procedural, Chris said the only thing he would consider would be a cookbook, as he’s a great cook or a conspiracy novel.

Photo courtesy of Joy Kluver

When asked about suspense, Mark says you have to give the reader characters they care about. Laura went on to say that in Deborah’s book we, the reader, know that things aren’t going anywhere good for her character, Rowena, but it works for the book. Deborah says when she’s reading a novel she holds onto the hope that something bad isn’t going to happen to the characters and this is what makes book page-turners.

Another interesting topic which was discussed was the twist. One point raised by Laura was if it had reached a stage where a twist is necessary in the contract between the writer and the reader. Deborah said that there was a time when a book depended on a big twist, but she didn’t want The Dangerous Kind to hang on the twist. One book she recommends which had a twist which completely surprised her was We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

Mark wishes that publishers didn’t advertise a twist on the cover of the book. He also said that you only need one good twist rather than lots of different ones throughout the book.

Vanda says that you’ve got to do a twist in a way that doesn’t totally blindside the reader, they should be able to see it coming if they look hard enough and that it’s all about signposting. She said readers are treated intelligently and they don’t want to disappoint them with a twist that doesn’t make sense to the book.

Chris believes that if a reader feels satisfied with a twist, then that is what will get them talking about your book, and this is what will create a bestseller.

Laura then opened questions out to the audience.

One question asked was, name one thing you particularly enjoyed about writing your latest crime novel.

The one thing which the panellists seemed to agree on unanimously was the research they undertook which was the most enjoyable part for them.

Vanda spent time sampling the culinary delights of Dunedin, where her novel is set, and she also got to go and visit a travelling circus and got to step inside the caravans.

Mark said he always enjoys finishing a book. He enjoyed the promotion he was doing for his last book while writing Their Little Secrets. He also said writing the novel isn’t enjoyable and that he always feels that he’s forgotten how to write when he comes to writing the next one. He said it should get harder as you’re trying to write a better book than the last.

 

And that’s a wrap on this month’s First Monday. If you are interested in coming along to the June panel more details about who will be attending will be announced shortly. And if you are interested in purchasing the books featured in this post, you can do so by clicking on the following links.

Their Little Secret

Hunting Evil

The Dangerous Kind

The Ringmaster

First Monday Crime May @1stMondayCrime

First Monday Crime is back at City University, London in just a few days. This time the most important thing to remember is that it is on a Tuesday because of the Bank Holiday the day before. The date is Tuesday, 7th May and it is at the usual time of 18.30 p.m. So let’s take a look at the line-up for this month.

Deborah O’Connor, author of The Dangerous Kind

The Dangerous Kind: The most unsettling thriller of the year by [O'Connor, Deborah]

Perfect for fans of Anatomy of A Scandal and Belinda Bauer, The Dangerous Kind is a dark and gripping thriller that asks us all: how well do you really know the people you trust?

One in 100 of us is a ‘potentially dangerous person’ – someone likely to commit a violent crime. We all know them: these charmers, liars and manipulators. The ones who send prickles up the back of our neck. 

These people hide in plain sight. They can be teachers, doctors, lawyers, holding positions of trust, of power. 

Jessamine Gooch makes a living tracking the 1 in 100. Each week she broadcasts a radio show that examines brutal offences, asking if more could have been done to identify and prevent their perpetrators.

But when she agrees to investigate a missing person case involving a young mother, she is drawn into a web of danger that will ultimately lead to the upper echelons of power, and threaten the safety of her own family.

I read this a few weeks ago and I’ll be sharing my full review as part of the blog tour later this month. The Dangerous Kind is very readable, tense and exciting and it will make you very eager to find out how everything comes together. It’s one of those books that you can just sink so quickly into. I loved it.

Vanda Symon, author of The Ringmaster

The Ringmaster (Sam Shephard Book 2) by [Symon, Vanda]

Death is stalking the South Island of New Zealand

Marginalised by previous antics, Sam Shephard, is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation, when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens, and Sam soon discovers this is not an isolated incident. There is a chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin, and a very strong possibility that the deaths are linked to a visiting circus…

Determined to find out who’s running the show, and to prove herself, Sam throws herself into an investigation that can have only one ending…

Rich with atmosphere, humour and a dark, shocking plot, The Ringmaster marks the return of passionate, headstrong police officer, Sam Shephard, in the next instalment of Vanda Symon’s bestselling series.

You can read my full review of The Ringmaster by clicking here.

Mark Billingham, author of Their Little Secret 

Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It’s what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling.

Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman’s suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women.

A man who is about to change Sarah’s life.

Chris Carter, author of Hunting Evil 

‘Every story one day comes to an end.’
As roommates, they met for the first time in college. Two of the brightest minds ever to graduate from Stamford Psychology University.
As adversaries, they met again in Quantico, Virginia. Robert Hunter had become the head of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. Lucien Folter had become the most prolific and dangerous serial killer the FBI had ever encountered.
 
Now, after spending three and a half years locked in solitary confinement, Lucien has finally managed to break free. And he’s angry.
 
For the past three and a half years, Lucien has thought of nothing else but vengeance.
The person responsible for locking him away has to pay, he has to suffer.
That person … is Robert Hunter.
And now it is finally time to execute the plan.

You can read my full review of Hunting Evil by clicking here.

 

The panel is being moderated by Laura Wilson who’s latest book is The Other Woman, she also reviews crime fiction for The Guardian. To read my review of her latest book, you can click here.

Tickets are absolutely FREE, but please reserve your space by clicking on the link below just so that the organisers have an idea of how many people are coming. Afterwards we’ll be heading to the Blacksmith and Toffemaker nearby for a drink. Books will be available to buy on the night and the authors will be signing copies. The nearest tube stations are Farringdon and Angel. If you would like to find out more about First Monday Crime and keep up to date, you can also follow them on Twitter @1stMondayCrime.

Reserve your space.

Hunting Evil by Chris Carter blog tour #bookreview @simonschusteruk @annecater

I’m really excited to be joining the blog tour today for Hunting Evil by Chris Carter, the tenth book in the Robert Hunter series. With thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

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‘Every story one day comes to an end.’
As roommates, they met for the first time in college. Two of the brightest minds ever to graduate from Stamford Psychology University.
As adversaries, they met again in Quantico, Virginia. Robert Hunter had become the head of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. Lucien Folter had become the most prolific and dangerous serial killer the FBI had ever encountered.

Now, after spending three and a half years locked in solitary confinement, Lucien has finally managed to break free. And he’s angry.

For the past three and a half years, Lucien has thought of nothing else but vengeance.
The person responsible for locking him away has to pay, he has to suffer.
That person … is Robert Hunter.
And now it is finally time to execute the plan.

MY THOUGHTS

Lucien Folter is back in Hunting Evil, and this time he is after revenge.

For those of you who read Chris Carter’s An Evil Mind, the last book to feature Lucien, you will know just what a cruel and callous individual he is.

I first came across Chris Carter’s Robert Hunter series a year ago, and after learning that his latest was to follow on from the sixth book in the series, I knew I had to read it before I began Hunting Evil. And Lucien is perhaps the most twisted of psychopaths I have come across in crime fiction. He is a character who cares for no one. His whole purpose in life is fuelled by his desire to cause pain and suffering, all in the name of research. And this is what makes him so dangerous.

I mentioned in my last review of Chris Carter’s previous book that these novels are not for the faint hearted and I would definitely say that again here. But Chris Carter’s writing makes these books so addictive; there were times when I felt I couldn’t bear to read on because I didn’t want something terrible to happen to the characters, but I also knew I had to. Once Lucien has his eyes set upon someone, you just know that they are doomed.

Although there are gruesome aspects to these books, they are also hugely entertaining; I think they would work so well on the big screen. Chris Carter captures the speed of the chase, and it really is a race against time for the detectives when it comes down to hunting Lucien, who has everything he is working towards planned right down to the tiniest detail.

I would say that you don’t have to read An Evil Mind to enjoy Hunting Evil, but I found it definitely helped to form a better picture of his relationship with Robert and to understand just how evil he is. I think if I hadn’t had read An Evil Mind, I wouldn’t have felt the sheer horror to learn that he was coming back and I knew it would be in a big way. I think I would have felt similar to how Detective Garcia did when he was trying to work out just why his colleagues were frightened so much.

Chris Carter continues to prove that he is a top writer when it comes to action and suspense. This is a dark and thrilling crime novel that I would definitely recommend.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication date: 2nd May 2019

Print length: 496 pages

If you would like to purchase Hunting Evil you can do so by clicking on one of the following links below.

Amazon UK  Kobo  Waterstones

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#GalleryoftheDead by Chris Carter Blog Tour @simonschusteruk

Source: Review Copy

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The compulsive new novel from the author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller THE CALLER.
AS ADDICTIVE AS A TV BOXSET!

Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what’s inside that room would be it.

That’s what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended.

In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does because to him murder is much more than just killing – it’s an art form.

Welcome to The Gallery of the Dead.

MY THOUGHTS

When I read the blurb for the Gallery of the Dead I knew that it would be right up my street. I must confess I haven’t read any of Chris Carter’s books before and I am always a little wary of starting a series several books in, but I found that his latest book could easily be read as a standalone and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you enjoy gritty crime thrillers with gruesome murders you will love this; I would just put a warning out there though and say that this book is not for the faint-hearted.

From the opening pages of the book, Robert Hunter and his team know they are facing a sadistic killer. The body of a young model has been found, and the crime scene is enough to churn the stomachs of even the most experienced police officer’s. But what puzzles the detectives are the cryptic markings engraved into the woman’s skin. A clue as to the killer’s identity? As they begin to make progress in the investigation, the FBI soon become involved making it apparent to the police already working on the case that this won’t be a straightforward investigation.

The Gallery of the Dead was such a fast-paced read. Robert Hunter is a character who I am keen to find out more about. He is a well respected police officer, both by his team and by police officers across the country. I’m interested in finding out more about the cases which he has previously worked on and to see how his character has developed over the course of the series.

On the front cover of the book, the publishers tell us: as addictive as a TV-box set, and yes I can definitely say without hesitation that you will be gripped by this book. This is one of those books that will have you begging for one more chapter. You will definitely find yourself losing an afternoon to this one. Chris is a brilliant storyteller.

After reading my first Chris Carter novel you can definitely label me a big fan, I’m really excited to start reading the rest of the series and find out where it all began.

Thank you to Rhiannon Carroll at Simon & Schuster for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication date: 8th February 2018

Print length: 512 pages

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