The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza *Blog Tour*

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Today, I’m thrilled to be one of the closers of the blog tour for Robert Bryndza’s The Night Stalker! Read on for my thoughts…

About the book:

If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

 

My thoughts:

Firstly, my thanks to the lovelies at Bookouture for my ARC of Robert Bryndza’s The Night Stalker. 🙂

I had read and LOVED Robert’s previous book, The Girl In The Ice (you can catch that review here: The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza) so needless to say I was super excited to read The Night Stalker and it didn’t disappoint!

Detective Erika Foster is  brilliant character, and I was eager to see where she would go in this second novel. There is always the worry that the second book may not live up to the first, but there is no fear of that here!

The Night Stalker is a supremely creepy character. It gave me the heebie jeebies at certain points in the book. If you’ve already read it you can probably guess what I’m talking about. If not, read the book and I defy you not to be creeped out yourself!

I don’t want to go into too much plot detail, as I always like to read it unfold myself so I won’t say any more. I will say that The Night Stalker is a superbly creepy, thrilling and gripping book. Robert Bryndza has a knack for writing characters that make your skin crawl, and here it is no different!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading  The Night Stalker, and was delighted to hear that there is plenty more Detective Erika Foster books on their way as they are brilliant reads. I cannot recommend The Night Stalker highly enough, it’s a super second installment for the series and I can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

You can order a copy of The Night Stalker HERE!

Catch up with the blog tour on all of these brilliant blogs! 🙂

Happy reading!

 

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Weekly Wrap Up June 6th

I’m a day late with this, but it’s our bank holiday weekend here in Ireland so I’m dragging out my weekend 😂

I managed to read 3 books this week;

  • Tag, You’re Dead by JC Lane
  • The Caller by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons
  • Valentina by SE Lynes

I’m on blog tours for the last two, and I’ve got JC Lane on my blog for publication day in July so I actually have no reviews to link up to for them! 😁

I’ve still had a busy week on the blog though! I had blog tours for Deadly Harvest by Michael  Stanley, My Girl by Jack Jordan and I had a guest post from author Nathan O’Hagan as well! Relevant links below:

 

Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley *Blog Tour*

My Girl by Jack Jordan *Blog Tour*

Nathan O’Hagan Guest Post

I finally managed to get my review up for My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry too! 😊

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I also posted my May Book Haul last week, and with 85 books on the list, it was quite a large one! 😂

May Book Haul
At the moment, I’ve got three books on the go as well because my TBR is not getting any smaller! The books I’m reading at the moment are:

 

Thats pretty much much it this week! Thanks for reading! 😊

Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley *Blog Tour*

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Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for the brilliant Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley and I’m delighted to finally be able to share my review.

 

 

About the book:

A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge. As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama – new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department – suspects the girl was killed for muti, the traditional African medicine usually derived from plants, sometimes animals, and, recently and most chillingly, human parts. When the investigation gets personal, Samantha enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu to help her dig into the past. As they begin to discover a pattern to the disappearances, there is another victim, and Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer who has only one thing in mind …

About the authors:

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. Stanley was an educational psychologist, specialising in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and is a pilot. Michael specialises in image processing and remote sensing, and teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award.

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My thoughts:

When I started Deadly Harvest, I had no idea what to expect! However, once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop as I was drawn in immediately!

Opening with the abduction of a young girl, the book definitely starts with a twist as the reader is made to question who would take a child, and why? And why did the girl go with them so easily?

Set in Botswana, the location gives a fabulous backdrop to the story. I am so used to reading books set in colder climes, that Deadly Harvest was a welcome change to the norm.

I don’t want to give anything away as regards the plot, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Sufficed to say, Deadly Harvest is an exceptional read. I thoroughly enjoyed this break away from the usual crime and police procedurals.

The authors have a brilliant way of writing. It has the quality of storytelling, in that their narrative slowly encircles your mind until it is all you can think about. This book was exactly that for me. I was gripped completely from the opening chapters, right until the very end.

I am grateful to Karen at Orenda Books and to Michael Stanley for giving me a chance to read this book, and join in on the blog tour!

An absolutely exceptional book, Deadly Harvest is a thrilling, captivating and I cannot recommend it highly enough! You can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below:

Deadly Harvest (Detective Kubu) by Michael Stanley

 

Make sure to catch up and follow the blog tour:

Deadly Harvest Blog tour

Weekly Wrap Up May 29th

I know I said last week’s wrap up would be short, but I’m thinking this one will be too! 😁 I’m not joking when I say I and WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY behind on my blog posts! At the moment, I have 16 posts and reviews to be done 😱This week was a good week reading-wise, I managed to read 3 books which brings my reads so far this year up to 82! 😊 

I read:

  • Montecristo by Martin Suter 


  • Outside Looking In by Michael Wood

  • The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza


All three were brilliant! I’m on the blog tour for both Robert and Michael’s books, but you can read a teaser review for Michael’s book HERE!!!

Also this week, I featured a post from author Nick Quantrill about Unorthodox Protagonists and you can catch up on that post by clicking the link below!

The Dead Can’t Talk… But Nick Quantrill can!

Lastly, this evening, I got to take part in a cover reveal for Tim Lebbon’s new book, The Family Man and you can click the link below to check it out!

The Family Man by TJ Lebbon

I don’t have a lot of bookish news! Naturally I’ve been adding books left right and centre to my TBR through various means, so I’m pretty sure that my book haul post next week will be quite large! 😂 30 books for turning 30 has a lot to answer for! 😉

I’ve got two blog tours next week too so keep an eye out for them!

  • Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley on Thursday June 2nd
  • My Girl by Jack Jordan Friday June 3rd

So that’s pretty much it for my wrap up I think! I’m off to the laptop to catch up on my posts! Wish me luck 😂📚


Weekly Wrap Up May 22nd

This wrap up will probably be short and sweet! 😂

I’ve managed to read 5 books (and possibly a 6th if I finish it) this week! Which I’m thrilled with considering it means I’ve reached and passed my Goodreads challenge of 75 books and I’m on to my 79th book of the year so far! Woohoo 😊🎉📚

I’ve read the following this week:

  • My Girl by Jack Jordan
  • Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
  • Last Light by CJ Lyons
  • My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
  • False Hearts by Laura Lam


Now, I had planned on sitting down this afternoon and writing all my reviews that I’m behind on (I have six to write) and wouldn’t you know it, my laptop decided to be an idiot and not work, and also my youngest woke up from her sleep an hour early so I had to put everything away!

In saying that, I’m on the blog tour for the first two books so no reviews until June for them 😉

I will get around to writing the reviews for the others ASAP, but alas for this evening, I have no reviews to link to! 😁 I will say that they were great reads in their own way though, and all 3 got 4⭐️ ratings on Goodreads!

In other news, I took part in 3 blog tours this week, for Jack Jordan, Sam Blake and Paul Hardisty and you can click on the relevant links below for each post! 😊

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan
Little Bones by Sam Blake
The Evolution Of Fear by Paul Hardisty

 

Also this week, I received my first Illumicrate subscription blog which was full of lovely bookish bits as well as a YA new release! Yet again, I’ve had technical issues so I haven’t been able to do my unboxing post for that either! It’s not been my week has it! 😂 I will however give you a sneak peek though…

So that pretty much sums up my week, lots of techie issues but plenty of reading done! Can’t win ’em all I guess 😂

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week! ❤️📚

City Of Shadows by MJ Lee Blog Tour

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Thanks to Jenny In Neverland for having me on the blog tour for City of Shadows and also to Carina (Netgalley) and MJ Lee for my copy of the book!

 

About the book (via Amazon):

A family has been found murdered in the heart of 1920s Shanghai. But what could have compelled them to open the door to their killer?

Inspector Danilov has always taken a unique approach to solving his cases. So, when he’s asked to investigate the violent death of a fellow police officer, killed in action, he doesn’t think twice about turning his attention to a different case altogether: the brutal murder of the Lee family, found massacred in their own home.

How could the deaths of an ordinary family account for a shooting halfway across the city? And what clues lie with the letter found clasped in the dead girl’s hand? Inspector Danilov’s instincts tell him he’s close. But when the investigation reveals deep corruption at Shanghai’s core, Danilov faces a choice: probe further, and expose the evil underbelly of the city? Or shy from duty…and keep the few people he loves safe?

 

My Thoughts:

Well! Where do I start with City of Shadows?! I read this book in one day!!! I haven’t done that for a while, but I just couldn’t stop reading it! City of Shadows is so different to my usual reads, yet it is still the same genre.

The book begins with the murder of the Lee family, and it doesn’t let up pace until the very end. It is a well written story, with great twists and turns in the narrative.

City of Shadows is the second Inspector Danilov novel. I haven’t actually read the first one, Death in Shanghai yet, but it is somewhere on my kindle TBR waiting patiently. I don’t think it’s necessary to have read the first book, but I’m sure it probably helps the reader to understand the characters more if you read in order.

I found Danilov to be a very likeable Inspector. I found myself drawing comparisons to Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole on more than one occasion. Whether it was the location, or mannerisms, I don’t know, but for me there is definitely echoes of Hole in Danilov.

I think the reason I read City of Shadows so quickly is that it just draws you in immediately. The pace is relentless once the investigation gets going and there is more than enough going on in the periphery that your mind is hungry for the solution.

I gave City of Shadows 4 stars on Goodreads. I would highly recommend it for thriller and crime fans. It is out now and you can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below!

City Of Shadows by M.J. Lee

Happy reading! 🙂

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Weekly Wrap Up May 1st 2016

Hey everyone,

So I’m back to normal this week as I missed out on the WWU post last weekend! No stomach bug anymore so I’ve managed to read a good bit, write reviews and take part in a blog tour too so it’s been a busy week! 😊

Since I last posted a wrap up, I’ve read seven books and I’m on my 8th as I type this (it’s Friday, but I’m away this weekend so I’m trying to keep on top of posts 😂) which brings my Goodreads challenge books read total to 70 books so far this year I believe! 😊📚

The books I’ve read are:

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons 


You can read my review by clicking the link below!

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

Fresh Blood by Tony Parsons


I don’t have a review for Fresh Blood as its a digital short, but here’s what I wrote on Amazon:

“Really wish I read this before reading The Hanging Club ARC! There’s so much info in here that I could have known before reading it! However, this is still a great short story. Tony Parsons has a lovely way of writing, and even in these little stories, his ability to weave a tale is evident!”

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg


I was on the blog tour for Sunset City this week and you can read my review for it here: Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg Blog Tour

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz


I read The Passenger last week and this week and you can find my review by clicking here: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

City of Shadows by MJ Lee


I’m on the blog tour for this on May 12th so you’ll have to wait until then for my review but I really enjoyed this book! 😊

Give It Back by Danielle Esplin


Another one I read and reviewed this week, you can catch up with my review by clicking the link: Give It Back by Danielle Esplin

Last but by no means least,

Make Me by Lee Child


Another triumph for Jack Reacher fans, I read this in 24 hours and loved it! You can read my review for Make Me by clicking the link below:

Make Me by Lee Child

 

So, there you have it! Lots read, and so many more great books to come! Speaking of, I’ve started reading The Reaper by Steven Dunne and I’m loving it so far and I’m sure I’ll get my review up in the coming week! I have lots of exciting books and blog tours coming up in May too so it sould be a busy month!

Also, seeing as how it’s a bank holiday, I’m going to take my time doing up my April book haul. I have NO IDEA how may books have come to Chez Bibliophile so I’ll have to check it out tomorrow!!

Hope you have all had a nice and relaxing weekend!

Until next week… Happy reading 🙂