Monday, 26 August 2013

The Thackery Journal, a tale of the American Civil War.

Essex author John Holt is primarily one of the Hard-Boiled brigade, with several titles under his belt featuring Tom Kendall, PI.  Mr Holt’s latest novel “The Thackery Journal” is way off his usual genre, an historical fictional account of the American Civil War.

Have a look at the blurb, see what you think then buy the book!
On the night of April 14th 1865 President Abraham Lincoln attended a performance at The Ford Theatre, in Washington. A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head. He slumped to the floor, and died a few hours later without recovering consciousness. Was Booth a lone assassin? Or was he part of a wider conspiracy? What if Booth had merely been a willing party to a plot to replace Lincoln with General Ulysees S. Grant.
Let us suppose that Booth had been set up by a group of men, a group of Lincoln’s own Army Generals; Generals who wanted Ulysees S. Grant for their President, and not Lincoln. And let us also suppose that the funding for the assassination came from gold stolen by the Confederate A



Sunday, 25 August 2013

BEDLAM the ultimate chiller thriller.

The latest release by bestselling author BA Morton


BA would like to welcome you  to enter "BEDLAM" if you dare!.




Love hurts. Obsession kills.

Joe loves Kit. Everyone thinks she’s dead. Joe knows she’s not.


If you lost the love of your life, how far would you go to get them back?

Detective Joe McNeil would do absolutely anything.

When Joe breathes life into a killer’s victim, he discovers what anything really means.


Nell will use whatever is necessary to ensure she survives, including Joe. Is she really a victim or merely the weapon being wielded by a much more cunning foe?


As Joe struggles between his love for missing Kit and his growing obsession with the enigmatic Nell, he plunges headlong into a spiralling nightmare of kidnap, murder and betrayal. His relentless search for the truth jeopardises his career, his sanity and his life.


But for Nell, the risk is even greater.


A haunting tale of obsessive love, ultimate sacrifice and deadly consequences.


“Bold ... Different ... Scary.” 

Thursday, 22 August 2013


ReprisalSome of the most vibrant and varied crime writing around anywhere is centred on the evocative industrial fishing port of Hull, with its shadowy wind-swept streets, its hard-bitten attitudes, its drugs, its gangsters and yet its underlying humanity that clings like untended weeds amid the cracks of the endemic poverty and the violence.

And Alfie Robins' 'Reprisal' is an outstanding example of the genre, a classic police procedural where you can hear the streets, smell the weather, savour the taciturn banter, and feel the four inch nail being driven into the heads of victims by a vengeful, meticulous and psychotic serial killer.

This is a criminal environment as real as it gets, and this is how people die if DCI Philip Marlowe and his over-stretched, tight-knit team don't get there first.

Recent  Reviews from Amazon.

More please!!!!, 12 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Reprisal (Kindle Edition)
I don't leave many book reviews and it is only when a book really grabs me that I do. This book was enjoyable all of the way through and in my opinion the author has managed to do what many more seasoned authors fail to do adequately. He adds a twist that you were not expecting, but it is carefully woven into the story and well thought out. There are 'honest to goodness', believable characters and even a few laughs along the way to lighten the tension. I really hope that there are further books to follow this one, as I would love to see how the characters develop over time. Well done to the author ..... a great read!!

Rerisal, 24 May 2012
This review is from: Reprisal (Kindle Edition)
Reprisal, is a well crafted and interesting thriller, it is one of those good interesting reads that you can not put down and is one which leaves you wanting more crimes to solve by the tough, professional police team. Come on Alfie please give us more.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

JUST WHISTLE is a masterpiece by Karen J Dahood "moxie cosmos"

Art in Life and Vice Versa in Hull, UK,

Luckily, I downloaded JUST WHISTLE first, before this delightful writer's more predictable procedural, REPRISAL (which I purchased next). JUST WHISTLE is a masterpiece. It takes into account the traditions of hard-boiled crime fiction, including the detective who is somewhat isolated from even himself. In this novel, the remarkable Robins is playing with the genre, and manages to keep alive the straightforward crime procedural in a recognizable, gritty port city, Hull, UK, while exposing the case -- that is to say, his novel -- as a fiction. I cannot do service to his technique by explaining how. You must read it. If nothing else, it is a lesson in literature and why we love to read and write fiction. In an interview, Robins confesses he is a late-bloomer, having first worked in the environment he portrays - a very good thing. He also claims not to have been in a creative writing program - perhaps also a good thing. He did read a "how-to" by Stephen King, and while I am not a King fan, I can guess his playfulness might have found its inspiration there.