The Caller by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons *Blog Tour*

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About the book:

The first gripping book in The Organised Crime Team series by NY Times bestselling author of the Justice series, M A Comley and co-author Tara Lyons, author of In The Shadows.

When The Caller rings… what would you do?

The Organised Crime Team is a newly-formed unit with one of the toughest tasks in London. Led by DI Angie North, their first investigation is a cold case that has foxed several officers in the Met for months.

After Angie holds a TV appeal regarding the case, a number of similar aggressive attacks are brought to her attention. The team call on their contacts on the street for help. Their interest is sparked when several local names surface.

To bring the criminals to justice a member of the Organised Crime Team is asked to risk their life in a dangerous covert operation.

 

My thoughts:

First off, my thanks to Tara and Mel for letting me take part in the blog tour for The Caller. I was lucky enough to read it before publication and I’m super grateful. Previously, I had read their novella, Web Of Deceit so I was excited to see where they would go next. Incidentally you can catch that review by clicking the following link:

Web of Deceit by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons

The Caller is the first in the Organised Crime Team series by the duo and it was a very interesting read. I hadn’t read the synopsis before I started so I had no idea where the story would go.

Starting with a brutal robbery, the book delves deep into the gang culture in London. Following DI Angela North and her team, The Caller is a slow burningย police procedural novel. It is character rich and focuses a lot on the individuals both on the Organised Crime Team and on the Streetlife gang who are committing the robberies and assaults.

The Caller is a promising start to a new series. The authors work really well together, in that it’s impossible to tell this book was co-written. Mel and Tara have managed superbly to weave together the full story and it works well.

While I did enjoy The Caller, I found it to be a little slower in pace to my usual reads, which is not a bad thing by any means. I did like this book, I just found it to be more about building a picture of the main characters than the actual crimes and perpetrators. Which makes total sense for a series, I just felt there could have been more action. This is all personal preference though and as I’ve said, I’ve read so many books lately that were packed with drama that I wasn’t expecting the pace in The Caller.

However, the authors have created a promising beginning to a series. Both are excellent authors, in their own right and together, and The Caller is proof that working together to create a cohesive book structure is possible.

The Caller was published on June 16th and you can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below:

The Caller by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons

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Web of Deceit by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons

 

First off, many thanks to Tara Lyons for my copy of Web Of Deceit in return for an honest review.

I’ve not read any books by Mel Comley yet, but I have Cruel Justice and Wrong Place on my kindle TBR for a while. I’m also waiting for Tara’s debut novel to be released!

 

About the book:

There’s no description up on Goodreads as of yet. However, it’s a DI Sally Parker novella. It focuses on Megan Carmen, an France-based author who wants to move back to the UK and enlists the help of one of her Facebook friends to help her search for her dream home.

 

My thoughts:

Ive just finished Web of Deceit and I still haven’t given it a rating on Goodreads. I’m torn! I don’t usually read novellas, so I’m not used to the pace at which they progress or how speedily things happen.

Web Of Deceit is a novella with trust at its heart. Megan trusts her new Facebook friend Tina, so much so that she comes over to England and lets Tina help her find her new UK dream home.

On the first night, Megan and Tina have a strange night at a hotel, with unsettling events happening and enough to leave Megan shaken. The two women move to a second hotel on the next night, but when Megan wakes up and Tina is nowhere to be found, panic sets in.

Megan is put in touch with DI Sally Parker, who leads the investigation into the alleged disappearance of Tina. However, things take an even more sinister turn, and not everything is as it seems.

As this is a novella, I can’t give any more away without spoiling the plot. Sufficed to say, Web Of Deceit is a book that focuses on exactly that. The intricate webs of deceit which people weave effortlessly, with little thought for others.

It is a cautionary tale, forcing the reader to consider how well they know people, especially those who forge friendships with people they meet online. Social media is a shadowy place, where many people are not what they seem.

Web of Deceit is a well written story, with a well thought out plot. For me, it was a nice introduction to DI Sally Parker, who seems like a capable and intelligent character and I look forward to reading more about her.

I gave Web Of Deceit 4 stars on Goodreads. A well thought out novella, and a great intro to DI Sally Parker.

Happy reading ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“–