Intruders Michael Marshall

INTRUDERS BY MICHAEL MARSHALL

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS 6TH NOVEMBER 2014

When ex-LAPD patrol cop Jack Whalen’s wife goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle, his world is shaken.

Meanwhile, a ten-year-old girl vanishes from a beach in Oregon after an encounter with a sinister stranger but it gradually becomes clear that’s she’s very far from defenceless.

Searching for answers in the shadowy secrets of a past that still haunts him, Jack discovers that the truth has roots deeper and darker than he ever feared.

What people are saying about Intruders.

A jaw-dropping mystery that makes a hairpin turn on nearly every page : Entertainment Weekly.

A taunt thriller with lots of action gripping : Guardian

Nerve wracking full of twists : New York Times.

Menacing : Time Out

MY REVIEW

This book that I bought from The Works shop has been sitting on my book shelf for years and I have only just got round to reading it.

INTRUDERS by Michael Marshall is now a major BBC TV Series. Intruders is from the bestselling author of The Straw Men.

PART OF CHAPTER 2

Here’s what I know, he said. Three weeks ago two people were murdered in Seattle. A woman and a son, killed in their own home. The police were called after a neighbour noticed smoke and came outside to see flames i the house. When the police get in they find Gina Anderson, thirty-seven, lying in the living room. Someone dislocated her jaw and broke her neck. The other side of the room was Joshua Anderson. He’d been shot in the head and then set on fire. According to the fire department it wasn’t this that burned the house, though the flames had only just got to that part when they arrived. The main blaze had been set in the basement, where the woman’s husband, Bill Anderson, had a workshop. From the debris it looked like someone had trashed the place, emptied out a bunch of filling cabinets full of notes and papers, and put a match to it all.

ABOUT AUTHOR MICHAEL MARSHALL

Michael Marshall is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels include the internationally bestselling The Straw Men, The Lonely Dead, Blood of Angles and Intruders, now a hit BBC television series. Before writing these he had already established a successful career under the name Michael Marshall Smith, his groundbreaking first novel, Only Forward, won the Philip K . Dick and the August Derleth awards, and its critically acclaimed successors Spares and One of Us have been optioned by major Hollywood studios. He lives in Brighton and California with his wife and son. A pseudonym used by Michael Marshall Smith.

You can find author Michael Marshall on his website

Emotives Janelle Barker

EMOTIVES BY JANELLE BARKER 4TH JULY 2020

ILLUSTRATIONS BY CRAIG CHILDS

PAPERBACK EDITION ISBN :980648733539

MY REVIEW

I’m a huge fan of poetry since a very young age. I loved so many poems that Janelle has written about. Most of the poems are about some of the things that Janelle’s heart felt throughout some of her years and she wrote them down into poetry. If you love reading poems like I do I 100% recommended this book.

Disarming, warm and always accessible, Janelle Barker’s poems make ordinary experiences glow. Everything that suffuses her emotive expression is here to love , compassion, insight, lyrical precision and the clear, simple honesty that reveals how life can turn in a moment. Musing on undercurrents and connections between family, nature, memory, motherhood and the world of circumstantial events that have created our culture and our fears. The poems in this aspiring collection begin on the surface and then delve us, gracefully effortlessly, to a far more thought provoking place. Grounded in experiences and perceptions, with all human mysteries and consolations they resonate with a passionate, sensuous honesty that only a new Indie Author can expressly create.

MY FAVOURITE POEM IN EMOTIVES

FAMILY

For most of us

Family is our Greatest gift,

When you’re feeling low

They will give you a lift,

Aunties, uncles, cousins galore

We are each other’s Centre core.

We laugh and laugh

Till our belly’s hurt,

My face falls forward

Into my dessert.

Family gatherings

Small reunions,

My family’s so big

It could be a union,

Good times and bad

They’re there for all.

I must get on the phone

To make a call

A call to a cousin,

So dear to me

In that we agree.

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT POET JANELLE BARKER

A poet worthy of the graduation to professional with words of prose that move and aspire emotions from the heart with simplistic beauty and openness ….five stars. By Kenneth Indie Books reviewer .

ABOUT AUTHOR JANELLE BARKER

Janelle was born in Melbourne Australia. Janelle is a mother and wife who loves the closeness of family. Often a private person, Janelle shares moments with people that are close to her. Having moved from city to country life, her passion for poetry came in her 20’s yet the desire to truly create her works in a collection came later in her life. She felt shy readers would not hold confidence in what she wrote and not connect to her work until encouraged by showing those close to her most reacting emotionally to her years of thoughts and words. You can visit author Janelle Barker on her website, Twitter and Amazon.

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Untouchable Michael Martineck

UNTOUCHABLE BY MICHAEL MARTINECK

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY OUR LITTLE SECRET PRESS 6TH JANUARY 2021

ISBN : 9780972097826

FBI Special Agent Leah Capello knew the art world had a dark side, but kidnapping is a whole new hue. To save a young child she accepts the help of Joshua Fawls, who claims to be an art expert, seems a little psychic and is probably, more than likely, a delightfully skilled conman. Together they blend conventions, break rules, and learn that the artist Edgar Debgas was right. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Just like the perfect crime.

PART OF CHAPTER 2 PAGE 11

Have you been burgled before?

Never, Ophelia said, narrowing her eyes two microns more.

Roberts said, The request came from our witness.

Oh, Leach had no decent response. A witness that requested her?

The weirdness had to wait. What was taken ? she asked.

An Anselm Kiefer , Ophelia said.

Just the one ?

Yes.

You’re sure only the one painting is missing

Quite, Ophelia forced a smile.

ABOUT AUTHOR MICHAEL

Michael J. Martineck has written for DC Comics, The Truth About Cars, short stories, and long stories. Michael’s novel The Milkman ( EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy ), a murder mystery set in a world with no governments won a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer awards. His previous novel, Cinco de Mayo, was a finalist for the Alberta Reader’s Choice Award. He has also written two urban fantasy novels for young readers. Michael has a master’s degree in English, an undergraduate degree in Economics, but has worked in advertising for years and years. He lives with his wife and two children on Grant Island, NY.

Born digital Robert Wigley blog tour

My paperback proof copy

BORN DIGITAL THE STORY OF A DISTRACTED GENERATION BY ROBERT WIGLEY

HARDBACK PUBLISHED BY WHITEFOX 11TH MARCH 2021

ISBN 978-1-913532-451

Addiction, anxiety, depression, loneliness, low self esteem, stunted empathy development, troubled relationships, fake news, propaganda and even threats to democracy are just some of the challenges new technology presents. Antitrust law has failed to prevent the emergence of a few dominant big tech platforms and regulation has not kept peace with surveillance capitalism.

The internet was created on the assumption that all users are equal, but children and the vulnerable are not in Born Digital, Robert Wigley distils the mountain of available research on the subject and brings to bear his wealth of institutional experience to present a road map for society to radically and urgently reset its relationship with technology for the sake of future generations.

ABOUT BORN DIGITAL

Born Digital is set in four parts

Part 1 : Born with a mobile

Part 2 : Follow the science

Part 3 : The new normal

Part 4 : Wake up everyone

At the back of the book it has details of resources for those interested in learning more or getting involved

There are plenty of discussions points for readers or book clubs. One topic up for discussion is how is big tech re-wiring young people’s brains and attacking the development of empathy? What effects is the distraction crisis caused by social media having on the generation Z ? There are a few more topics of conversation throughout this book.

Our attention has been hijacked by the tsunami of devices, games and social media which now dominate our lives. This new technology brings efficiency, cost saving and instantaneous information. But when our attention is the currency being traded by big tech firms, what price are we willing to pay for convenience ?

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THIS BOOK BORN DIGITAL

Born digital covers lots of ground in terms of reviewing social tech weapons of mass distraction an important read for parents, caregivers, educators, policymakers and industry, in fact, for any stakeholder concerned about the impact of technology on our children, and in turn, on society.

By professor sry Aiken author The Cyber Effect

Technology companies are not neutral and their design choices shape our lives. Starting with this unarguable premise, Born Digital raises provocative and interesting questions amidst a hotly contested debate on how we should set new rules of the road. By Neil Berkett, Chair , NSPCC

ABOUT WRITER ROBERT WIGLEY
Robert Wigley was born in Exeter in the UK .
Robert Wigley backs young entrepreneurs in cutting edge technology businesses and Chairs UK Finance. He sits on the UK’s Economic Crime Strategic Board chaired by the Home Secretary and the Chancellor. He spent a career in finance rising to be EMEA Chairman of Merrill Lynch and a member of the Board of the Bank of England during the 2008 financial crisis. He was Chairman of the Green Investment Bank Commission and wrote the seminal report Winning in the Decade Ahead on the future of London as a global financial centre for Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, Visiting Fellow of Oxford University’s Said Business School and an Honorary Fellow at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School. He is an Officer of the Order of St John. Born Digital is his first book. 
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The Guilty Party Mel McGrath

THE GUILTY PARTY BY MEL McGRATH

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS

You did nothing. That doesn’t mean you’re innocent.

On a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble.

They do nothing to help.

Later, a body washes up on the banks of the Thames and the group knows that ignoring the victim has left blood on their hands.

But why did each of them refuse to step in ? Why did none of them want to be noticed that night ? Who is really responsible ?

And is it possible that the victim was not really a stranger at all ?

PART OF CHAPTER 4 PAGE 39

Police appeal for witnesses in festival woman’s death

As I read on it’s as if tiny particles of dark matter begin to collect like air like soot rising from a coal fire. How could we have missed this ? How could we have not known ?

Police are launching an appeal for witnesses in the death of 27-year-old Marika Lapska, a Lithuanian national, resident in London, Lapska worked as a food delivery bicycle courier. Her body was discovered in the Thames hours after a music festival in Wapping. She was wearing a festival band around her wrist. Police are anxious to speak to anyone who may have known Lapska or seen her on the night of Saturday 13 August.

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THIS BOOK

Dark, thrilling, impossible to predict : Erin Kelly, author of He Said / She Said

Lots of twists and turns in this toxic thriller: Hello

Fiendishly plotted this stayed with me long after reading : woman and Home

ABOUT AUTHOR MEL McGRATH

MEL McGRATH is an Essex girl, co-founder of Killer Women, and an award winning writer of fiction and non-fiction.

As MJ McGRATH she writes the acclaimed Edie Kiglatuk series of Artic mysteries, which have been optioned for TV, were twice longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, and were Times and Financial Times thrillers of the year. As Melanie McGrath she wrote the critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir Silvertown. As Mel Mcgrath she is the author of the bestselling psychological thriller Give Me the Child. The Guilty Party is her latest novel.

Abnormally Abbey Allan Evans

ABNORMALLY ABBEY BY ALLAN EVANS

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY IMMORAL WORKS 22ND DECEMBER 2020

ISBN 9781953491954

14- year old Abbey has always been a spook magnet. But the summer camp her dad sends her to is something else. In addition to dealing with the troubled kids, clueless camp counselors , and spirits of the dead yeah they found her there too strange symbols keeps appearing at all the worst moments.

Abbey is not a happy camper.

Soon Abbey realizes that someone is trying to send her a message. The mystery catches her attention, and no one alive or dead is going to stop Abbey and her we friends from uncovering it’s secrets.

This girl ain’t afraid of no ghost.

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT ABNORMALLY ABBEY

The characters are memorable and the mysterious supernatural plot keeps the reader turning the page. By T.J. lantz author of The Rosehaven series.

PART OF CHAPTER 1

Shivering as the hairs stood on the back of my neck, I knew what I had to do. The stairwell was pitch dark, and of course nothing happened when I flipped the light switch. Nothing in my life goes that easy. If it did, I would definitely be someone else.

The basement was silent except for the sound of my own breathing. Still I knew I wasn’t alone. ……

ABOUT AUTHOR ALLAN EVANS

Allan Evans lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota with his blended family and three unruly dogs. An advertising copywriter by day a writer of fiction by night, he enjoys telling a good story. A youth soccer coach, you can usually find him on a soccer field somewhere.

ALLAN EVANS HAS ALSO HAD PUBLISHED

A short story Silent Nightly is the Haunted Yuletide Published December 2020 with Allan Evans and various other authors.

A serial thriller set in the Twin Cities. Killer Blonde published 2nd February 2021

Scary Clowns ( Spooky Girl Book 2 ) Available on Kindle 31st October 2016

Benita Renee Jenkins Lorisa Bates

BENITA REENE JENKINS : DIVA SECRET AGENT

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY http://www.urbanbooks.net 28th September 2021

Growing up in Do or Die Bed Stuy Brooklyn, Benita Reene Jenkins has everything going for her a great job, loving family, loads of friends, and the hope of one day becoming a crime scene investigator. However, things change when she unknowingly crosses paths with Miguel Perkins, a hot secret agent working for a clandestine agency created to throw the book at the most untouchable of bad guys. He is hell- Benton recruiting Benita to infiltrate the life of an ex-gangbanger who has built his music empire on corruption. When Benita is set up for a crime she didn’t commit, Perkins gives her a choice go to jail or come to work for him. She knows she must give up her old life to keep the ones she loves safe. With combat training and a full- fledged makeover, this former hairstylist turned secret agent plans to take down the bad guys one thug at a time.

PART OF CHAPTER 1

After she completed a rigorous semester at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan while also working full time as a hairstylist, the summer had been a much needed break. It was taking a long time to complete her bachelor’s degree, but she was determined to finish and work in law enforcement. Grace, her grandmother, always told her she just needed to keep her eyes on the prize, to work hard and God would take care of the rest.

ABOUT AUTHOR LORISA BATES

Lorisa Bates has always had a zest for telling stories. As a young child, while children her age were playing with dolls, she was developing characters and writing short stories. As she got older, her love for writing only grew. She started her career in the entertainment business over a decade ago, and her experience include writing, producing, directing, and editing for film. She has also written plays focusing on family and relationships, and they were part of several play festivals throughout New York City, Detroit, and Washington, D. C.

The Perfect Father Charlotte Duckworth

THE PERFECT FATHER BY CHARLOTTE DUCKWORTH

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY QUERCUS 18TH FEBRUARY 2021

THE PERFECT HUSBAND. . .

After a difficult pregnancy, Esther is greatful that her husband Robin offers to put his career on hold so that she can return to the job she loves.

But Esther finds leaving her daughter Riley behind more challenging than she thought. And soon the new imbalance in her relationship with Robin brings old tension to the surface.

OR A PERFECT LIE ?

Then one day Esther arrives home from work to find Robin and Riley are missing. As the police investigate their disappearance, it becomes clear that nothing about this modern-day family is what it seems. . .

Is Robin in the perfect father everyone thinks he is ? Or was it all a perfect lie ?

MY REVIEW

Oh my what a page turner. I did feel sorry for Esther. I don’t want to spoil the plot to much. I loved how the chapters alternate, between Rob and Esther. starting with the first chapter with Rob part , then Esther The first 38 pages are on Amazon to read, with just the top part of page 39, that I have left out. I started the rest of page 39 from where Amazon peek inside left off.

PART OF PAGE 39

Rob is kissing someone.

I feel myself retch, and suddenly the ground begins to move. I grip onto the Vivienne’s garden table as I stare and stare, willing myself not to be sick. And then, Rob’s head moves again until his face is finally in view, his eyes rolling back slightly in his head. His hand moves to his mouth, and he has the humility to look surprised, at least.

I take a deep breath and walk towards them. He sees me before she does.

What . . . what . . . what are you doing ? I say, dumb- founded, but then my whole body is wracked with sobs and I find myself doubling over. The confusion I felt dissolves into absolute, object misery. My husband. Bird. The love of my life.

My hands fly to my forehead. It doesn’t make any sense. Oh fuck. I hear the girl, Kim, say. She bends down and tries to take my arm but I push her off.

My fault, she says. Chill out . . . just a bit of fun . . . New Year’s Eve and all that. . .

My hands dig into my knees as I look up at them.

Charlotte Duckworth has published

THE RIVAL PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY QUERCUS 17TH OCTOBER 2019

UNFOLLOW ME PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY QUERCUS 15TH OCTOBER 2020

THE PERFECT FATHER PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY QUERCUS 18TH FEBRUARY 2021

I would like to thank Quercus for sending me a printed paperback The Perfect Father.

ABOUT AUTHOR CHARLOTTE DUCKWORTH

Charlotte Duckworth has spent the past fifteen years working as an interiors and lifestyle journalist. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy’s Writing a Novel course and has a diploma in screening from the London College of Communication. She lives in Surrey with her partner and their young daughter. You can find out more on her website http://www.charlotteduckworth.com

A Mother Forever Elaine Everest

A MOTHER FOREVER BY ELAINE EVEREST

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY PAN MACMILLAN 4TH MARCH 2021

1905: Ruby Caselton is just twenty-five years old. Heavily pregnant with her second child, penniless and exhausted, she is moving her family into a new home. Her husband Eddie has promised he’ll hold on to his job this time, but he’s also keeping a secret, one so dark that he can’t bear to tell even Ruby . . .

Through Ruby’s grit and determination, she keeps food on the table and finds herself a community of neighbours on Alexandra Road. Stella the matriarch from across the way, soon becomes a friend and confidant. She even dreams that Ruby will Dutch the useless Eddie and take up with her eldest son, Frank. But when war breaks out in 1914, the heartbreaks and the losses that follow will fracture their community, driving Stella and Ruby to breaking point. Will their men ever return to them ?

MY REVIEW

A Mother Forever is The People’s Friend magazine recommendations. I first was Introduced by author Elaine Everest through her bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls. I’m delighted to have now had the chance to read Elaine Everest new book A Mother Forever, about Ruby who is the heart of her family, even when her own heart is broken.

What people are saying about the new novel

A warm tale of friendship and romance : My Weekly

Captures the spirt of wartime : Woman’s Weekly

Heartwarming : woman’s Own

Warm characters and moving tales : Sunday Express

A charming, warm-hearted read : Take A Break

A lovely read : Bella

FIRST PAGE OF CHAPTER 1

Erith, Kent

August 1905

You’ve got ideas above your situation, my girl. If your father was alive now, he’d want nothing to do with you. The Tomkins family have always known their place in life; he wouldn’t want us rubbing shoulders with those who think there’re better than us, Milly Tomkins said to her daughter.

Ruby Caselton gave a big sigh and continued to pull a heavy rug from the back of the drayman’s cart, while he held the horse’s head steady. It’s just a street of houses with hard-working people living in them. Could you take the other end of this please, Mum ?

What, with my bad ticker ? You’ll see me into my grave, young lady. But then, perhaps that’s what you want- then they’ll be none of us ,eft to remind you of where you come from, Milly sniffed, folding her arms over her ample chest and turning away to look at the house the family were about to move into. Those windows need a clean and the doorstep a good scrub.

I would like to thank pan Macmillan for sending me the printed paperback A Mother Forever.

ABOUT AUTHOR ELAINE EVEREST

Elaine Everest, author of bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths and Wartime at Wool, was born and brought up in north -west Kent, where many of her books arset. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and her written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, both short stories features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led her to broadcasting on radio about our four-legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio, from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.

When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school in Hextable, Kent, and has a long list of published students.

Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent, and is a member of the Romantic Novelist Association, the Crime Writers Association, the society of Women’s Writers and journalists, and the Society of Authors.

You can find out more about Elaine on Twitter @ElaineEverest

Or on Facebook @ElaineEverestAuthor.

Death Awaits in Durham Helen Cox Blog Tour

DEATH AWAITS IN DURHAM A KITT HARTLEY YORKSHIRE MYSTERY BY HELEN COX

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY QUERCUS 18TH FEBRUARY 2021

Among the picturesque spires of Durham, Kitt Hartley confronts her hardest case yet: a murder without a body.

When librarian and budding private investigator Kitt Hartley visits her ex-assistant and close friend Grace Edwards in Durham, she learns of an unsolved murder.

One year ago, Jade Perkins, a promising student with her whole life ahead of her, disappeared after her student radio broadcast was cut short with a deafening scream. The police suspect Jodie was murdered, although her body was never found.

Desperate to discover what happened to Jodie, Grace convinces Kitt to try and solve the mystery. But can Kitt and Grace uncover the truth ?

MY REVIEW

I agree with Woman’s Way, that Kitt Hartley’s character is like Miss Marple but set in 2020’s .

THE FIRST PAGE OF CHAPTER ONE

A desperate scream echoed out over the scratchy laptop speakers. The shriek was abruptly muffled and then there was silence.

Slowly, Grace looked over at Kitt. She was perched on the end of the bed in Grace’s dorm room, allocated by the administrative powers at Venerable Bede’s Vocational Academy in Durham. Secretly Grace was revelling in the juxtaposition of the strait-laced Kitt and the kitsch-cool Powerpuff Girls duvet cover she’d brought up from Leeds. If she let on about it, however Kitt would move seats and this somewhat comical view was the only thing distracting her from the morbid story of what happened to Jodie Perkins the year before. After just four weeks at the academy.

All right, that scream’s enough to give anyone nightmares. How did you find out about this? Kitt asked, frowning.

I’d have to be deaf and blind not to know owt about it .

Helen Cox books in the Kitt Hartley series are

Murder by the Minister

A Body in the Bookshop

Murder on the Moorland

Death Awaits in Durham

ABOUT AUTHOR HELEN COX