He Will Kill You by Charlie Gallagher #bookreview blog tour @Gloriouscharlie @Books_n_all

I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour today for He Will Kill You by Charlie Gallagher which is a gritty police procedural.

HE WILL KILL YOU an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist by [GALLAGHER, CHARLIE]

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MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR.

Grace Hughes: kicked to the bathroom floor by her partner, her back and side aching from where he slammed the door on her frail body, fighting to regain her breath, she can no longer ignore a simple truth: 

SHE MUST LEAVE OR HE WILL KILL HER

Grace is a prisoner in her own home but she has a plan to get free. Detective Sergeant Maddie Ives is going to help her. Maddie now works with a team specialising in getting abused women to safety. She tells Grace to keep a diary, to write everything down so it forms part of the compelling evidence needed to send her abuser to prison.

The detective doesn’t know how bad it’s got. Grace hasn’t been completely honest. But Grace wants to tell her everything, and Maddie will get her safe.

Maddie has a lot on her mind. A dead boy in a bath, a car bomber who wants to make a statement, and the return of a scarred DI Harry Blaker.

Can he and Maddie stop the bomber, find a killer and get Grace safe — whether she helps herself or not?

GRACE’S TIME IS RUNNING OUT. SHE MUST ESCAPE OR DIE.

MY THOUGHTS

He Will Kill You is a gritty crime thriller from Charlie Gallagher that had me hooked from the first page. It is the second book in the Detective Maddie Ives series, but it can be read perfectly well as a standalone. I haven’t read the first book in the series yet, but I had no problem at all in getting into the story, and now that I’ve read this book I think I will definitely be catching up as there are some brilliant characters here.

Charlie Gallagher is a serving police officer and this gives this story a real sense of authenticity. There are some quite tough themes that he explores in his latest book, including domestic abuse and terrorism, but the plot is so exciting, and with action, right from the first page I was kept on the edge of my seat. This book will also make you think a little bit more about what is going on behind closed doors.

He Will Kill You opens up with an explosion in a tunnel, killing and injuring many people as explosive devices are detonated. But what is the connection of this to a case of domestic abuse, and the targeting of a man, who is on the verge of taking an important position that deals directly with the police force? And soon everything does take a really sinister turn.

At first, you can’t quite see how the different strands in this book are going to come together as the victims and the scenarios they find themselves in are all very different. This is what kept me reading as I raced to get to the conclusion and Charlie Gallagher continues to build on the suspense throughout the book as you get to learn more about the characters. The case Maddie is investigating currently involves a young woman called Grace who has been suffering from abuse at the hand of her partner. You can see that this is a subject that Charlie has in-depth knowledge about as I found these scenes very believable and well written. Maddie cares a lot about Grace and has been persuading her for a while to leave her partner and to report what has been happening to her to the police, which Grace has been very reluctant to do.

Maddie is a character who I really liked. She is a strong lead; she’s tenacious and she really cares about the victims in the cases she is investigating. She and Harry make for a brilliant team who work together really well; I loved the humour that was often there in their conversations which brought their personalities and characters to life. I think what I liked about them both is neither appeared to stick to the rules, and this made them very unpredictable. I did agree with a lot of the decisions they took.

This is a pacy, highly intriguing crime thriller. Charlie’s writing makes it a very addictive read, and he kept me wondering just how everything was going to come together, and I was shocked by the twist towards the end which completely surprised me. This is a new series for me, and I’m sure I am going to be following it. It’s top crime fiction at its very best. Highly recommended.

Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw at Books n all Book Promotions for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to the publisher for sending me an advance review copy.

Publisher: Joffe Books

Publication date: 15th March 2019

Print length: 314 pages

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The Riverboat Mystery by Faith Martin blog tour #bookreview @FaithMartin_Nov @JoffeBooks @Books_n_all

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Riverboat Mystery by Faith Martin.

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Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour.

Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why?

Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery.

This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.

MY THOUGHTS

Faith Martin is an author who has been on my radar for a while, so I was excited to get round to reading The Riverboat Mystery. This novel was originally titled Dying for a Cruise and written under Faith’s pen name Joyce Cato.

This is the third novel in the Jenny Starling series, but it can very easily be read as a stand-alone. This is a really well-written, old fashioned, English murder mystery, set aboard a luxurious boat which is the pride and joy of its owner. Name any price, and he would never dream of selling it. As the guests begin to arrive, the tension begins to simmer, and frictions between them start to occur. And then as the cruise gets underway, the body of one of the guests is found. It is clear to Jenny and the police that the killer is already on board and is one of the guests.

Although the mystery here takes some time to build, I found the characters to be brilliantly engaging. I loved Jenny; she is serious about her job and only expects the finest of ingredients to work with. Her employer was an intriguing character, and I have to say that I think his parrot stole the show in some scenes and added some excellent humour.

Jenny is an amateur sleuth, and bodies tend to turn up wherever she is based. She reluctantly gets involved as the police investigation develops. Faith Martin did keep me guessing as there were plenty of motives that could have been the reason why one of the guests was killed.

This was an engaging murder mystery, and I was interested to find out who had committed the crime. It is a fairly quick read that will keep you hooked and fascinated by the characters. If I had one criticism, it would be that I felt the second half after the body is found, was a little rushed, but overall I found it to be a very good read. If you’re a fan of cosy crime, then this book should definitely be on your TBR pile.

Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw at Books n All Book Promotions for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Joffe Books

Publication date: 3rd February 2019

Print length: 199 pages

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