Dead Blind by Rebecca Bradley

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*Many thanks to Rebecca Bradley for my review copy!

About the author:

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Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective. She lives in the UK with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.

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About the book:

How do you identify a ruthless killer when you can’t even recognise your own face in a mirror?

Returning to work following an accident, Detective Inspector Ray Patrick refuses to disclose he now lives with face blindness – an inability to recognise faces.

As Ray deceives his team he is pulled into a police operation that targets an international trade in human organs. And when he attempts to bring the organisation down, Ray is witness to a savage murder.

But it’s a killer he will never remember.

The pressure mounts as Ray attempts to keep his secret and solve the case alone. With only his ex-wife as a confidant he feels progressively isolated.

Can he escape with his career and his life intact?

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My thoughts:

Dead Blind is a really interesting read, with a premise that I hadn’t heard of. Prosopagnosia is essentially face-blindness, the inability to recognise a person’s face, and that’s what Detective Inspector Ray Patrick is suffering from in the aftermath of an accident while on duty.

This disorder has a huge impact on Ray’s life, and when he is put on an operation to catch the people responsible for illegal organ trading, it has the potential to ruin the entire investigation for him and his team.

I really enjoyed Dead Blind. Ray Patrick is a good character, and it is hard not to feel some sympathy towards him because of his condition. But on the other hand, I wanted to shout at him more than once because in not divulging his prosopagnosia, he puts so many people in danger.

I read this book with mounting frustration. Not in a bad way, just that the reader can see what is happening but Ray is so stubborn that he ends up with more and more hassle because he is hiding something big. It did add to the tension though, and I found myself willing him and the team on during the investigation.

Illegal organ trading is a tough subject, and I think it was dealt with quite well here. The story is well though out, and I liked the characters too. It was definitely a tense read, and I was eager to get to the end to see how it would all be tied up.

An interesting premise, with a real human dilemma at its core, Dead Blind was an intriguing and dark read.

Recommended for sure!

Weekly Wrap Up October 23rd

Hey everyone,

So it’s Sunday again! Least favourite day of the week here as it’s back to normality again tomorrow! How and ever, it’s also time for my weekly wrap up post. This week, I’ve managed to get 5 books read so far. I say so far because I’m racing to the end of two more books and there’s still 5 hours left of the evening as I type this up at 7pm 😉

I’ve read 139 books so far this year, and all going well, it will be 141 by the time I get into bed tonight! 🙏🏻

What I’ve read this week:

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Dead is Best by Jo Perry

Crash Land by Doug Johnstone

Before It’s Too Late by Jane Isaac

Love You to Death by Caroline Mitchell

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It’s been a relatively busy week on here too as I’ve been on 3 blog tours and Ellen also kicked it off this week with her review for PsychoAnalysis on Tuesday:

 

*Blog Tour* PsychoAnalysis by V. R. Stone

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Following on from that, I was on the blog tour for AJ Waines and her latest book, Inside The Whispers. Click the link below for a Q&A and review:

*Blog Tour* Inside The Whispers by A. J. Waines

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Next up I had the pleasure of having Rebecca Bradley join me with an excellent guest post on sexism in the police, well worth a read:

Rebecca Bradley Guest Post

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Today, I also got to share my review for Lisa Hall’s Tell Me No Lies, and she also took the time to answer some questions:

*Blog Tour* Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

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Here’s what’s coming up on the blog (in order 😉) next week:

Blog tour: Gone Astray by Michelle Davies

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Blog Tour: Her Last Breath by Joyce Schneider

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Review: Dead is Best by Jo Perry

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Blog Tour: Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

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Blog Tour: The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

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So, that’s been my week on here! How has your week been? Any books I need to know about?? 😏 Do let me know in the comments! (My October TBR is low 😂😂😂)

 

 

Rebecca Bradley Guest Post

Hi everyone,

Today I’m delighted to have the lovely Rebecca Bradley joining me on the blog today. Rebecca has written an excellent guest post on Sexism in Modern Policing which I get to share with you guys!

Rebecca has recently published a novella, Three Weeks Dead, which is a prequel for the DI Hannah Robbins series and you can get your copy by clicking HERE.

And click HERE to have  look at Rebecca Bradley’s Amazon page and her books!

About the book:

How far would you go if someone took your wife?

Especially, if you buried her a week ago.

When Jason Wells is faced with this scenario, he is confronted with the prospect of committing a crime that will have far-reaching consequences.

Can young DC Sally Poynter get through to him before he crosses that line, or does a desperate husband prove to be the case she won’t ever forget?

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About Rebecca Bradley:

Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.

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And without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Rebecca…

Sexism in Modern Day Policing

 

Firstly, I want to thank Kate for having me on the blog today, especially after a bit of a mix up with dates thanks to a hastily arranged medical procedure throwing  me off kilter, making me forget to write this! So, thank you for still having me Kate.

 

I’m a medically retired police detective, having served for 16 years before retirement. I worked 8 years in uniform and 8 years as a plain clothes detective in a specialist unit.

 

I asked Kate if she’d be interested in this topic because in Three Weeks Dead, the novella I’ve just released, my DC, Sally Poynter, starts her first shifts on the Major Crimes Unit and faces a misogynistic colleague. It got me to wondering what the perception was of sexism in modern day policing – would my story of it be believed?

 

So, with that in mind, I thought I’d write a blog piece. A behind the scenes look, if you will, because there have been plenty of news articles on the topic over the years. Only in August of this year, ex-Chief Constable of Northumbria, Sue Sim stated that there was a ‘sexist, money-grabbing, boys’ club culture’ within her own force. This is a 2016 news article not 1980s sentiment as you might imagine. Examples in the press tend to be the extremes, though. The big cases that involve outlandish statements or large sums of monies when women sue forces for sexism. I wanted to give a personal view, a personal working experience.

 

This is that.

 

I joined the police in 1999. My tutor was a long-serving male officer and a nicer officer/man, you couldn’t wish to meet. I was incredibly lucky to be sent out onto the streets with him as my guide. With (we’ll call him Derek) Derek, I got to hear about how life in the police was in the ‘old days’. He used to love to tell me the tales about how women officers never even used to be allowed into the main station, they had their own shed to work from which was set up in the car park. Can you believe that, they had a shed to work from? And their work was to look after the women and children. If you look at it from that point of view, then women in the police service has moved on considerably.

 

As a probationary constable, I was treated as part of the team, right from my first day. But, there was one officer, who, when we went out together, said to me once, and I’ve never forgotten it – ‘If someone does a runner, I’ll give you my hat to hold while I run after them.’

 

Well, I’m not a shy retiring flower. I gave him some earache and as soon as we were back in the station I made sure everyone else knew so they could give him earache. It wasn’t malicious, not on his part or on mine. We ribbed him about the stupidity of his comment and that was how I dealt with it. I was lucky to work with a great group of people.

 

I was also very lucky to be told during a discussion one evening that one of the guys would rather go into a fight (pub fight or some other similar public disorder incident) with me than some of the other male choices he had. My early years were positive and I didn’t see – other than one stupid, but not malicious male – misogyny.

 

But, that’s it, isn’t it? Does sexism have to be malicious to cause harm to its subject? Or does the hapless, speak-before-they-think, male, still fall into this category? I don’t think hat-holder meant to offend, he was a lovely guy in every other way, but I do think he considered himself the better option to go off during the chase.

 

Other than the early incidents (there may have been a couple with hat-holder), I never saw my career being hampered or held up because of my gender. My health was doing enough of that for me in later years!

 

What I did notice though, was how female officers of rank were talked about. How they dressed, wore their hair and even how they smelled were perfectly acceptable discussion points. In fact, these were practically all that were mentioned rather than work issues. Women in such a strong work environment are fighting to be seen on an equal footing. Don’t let it fool you that we have female Chief Constables and females of higher ranks so women must be winning the fight for equality within the walls of policing, because these women have worked hard to get where they are, but I’m betting you, someone, somewhere, below them, is discussing what they’re wearing (if in plain clothes) how they’re styling their hair and how they smell – women wear perfume, get over it.

 

No, I didn’t find myself up against sexism, but had my health allowed me to progress the promotion ladder, I most certainly would have been discussed in terms of all the above when out of earshot, rather than what it was we were working on.

 

This is not acceptable and policing has a long way to go to have women on a real equal footing. There is still education to be done amongst the lower ranks about women and their progression. I adored the job, but it doesn’t mean I’m blind to its flaws.

 

Within the police there are a couple of associations, the Black Police Association, and Women’s Police Association to name a couple. What I regularly heard from white males, was why wasn’t there a white male association. Many just don’t understand the difficulties facing women (or black/minority ethnic officers), they see that women are now progressing, but they don’t notice the underlying problems that are still there. That women officers might need the support of fellow women officers. That if there wasn’t an issue in the first place the associations wouldn’t have existed. According to Gov.uk 2015 only 30% of the police service is made up of women and of those only 21% are Chief Inspector or above.

 

While some women may have broken through the glass ceiling in policing and made it all the way to Chief Constable level, the way in which they are perceived by their peers and subordinates, is another issue entirely.

 

Women in policing – there is a long way to go. There is still work to do. And it’s work that everyone, women included need to be a part of. There is sexism in the police service, but it’s not always as overt as you’d expect it to be. Now it needs to be brought out from the shadows and all officers just do the job and love it, regardless of the gender they are or the gender of those they work with, below or above.


Huge thanks to Rebecca for taking the time to come up with such an interesting guest post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading that, and getting a glimpse into her time working in the police.

I was lucky enough to be a part of Rebecca’s previous blog tour too, and you can click the link below to have a look at another great post!

Rebecca Bradley *Guest Post*

 

Rebecca Bradley *Guest Post*

Today I’m delighted to have the lovely Rebecca Bradley at Bibliophile Book Club as part of her blog tour for Made To Be Broken, the second DI Hannah Robbins novel. 😊

*The first book in the series is Shallow Waters*

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About Rebecca:

Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course. 

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About Made To Be Broken:

A rising death toll. A city in panic.

A young mother is found dead in her home with no obvious cause of death. As DI Hannah Robbins and her team investigate, it soon becomes clear that the woman is the first in a long line of murders by poison.

With the body count climbing, and the city of Nottingham in social meltdown, the team finds themselves in a deadly race against a serial killer determined to prove a point.

And Hannah finds herself targeting an individual with whom she has more in common than she could possibly know

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And without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Rebecca…

 

How does my police experience transfer to the page?

First of all, I’d like to thank Kate for having me on her blog today, for giving me the space to ramble. The blogging community is one of the kindest I have come across. Thank you, Kate. 


Today, I’m going to talk about how, as a retired police detective, that experience, transfers to the page in a novel. I was a serving police officer for sixteen years and a detective for eight of those years. I worked on a specialist unit that dealt with sexual exploitation, so though I didn’t work homicide I do have a lot of experience with serious lengthy investigations. 


So, you’d imagine that being in that position as a crime writer now, would be a huge benefit for me and my job would be a whole lot easier. I’d be able to just type away and know what the story needed? 


You’d be partly right, but only partly and not a very large part. It does help me. It helps me with the procedure of the investigation, but as readers we aren’t picking up crime novels to read a police procedural manual, we’re picking up a crime novel, even a police procedural one, to read a story. And any police procedure in that story needs to be seamlessly layered within, rather than dumped in great big chunks. And that’s the difficult line I have to tread. 


Knowing the procedure, the investigative lines of enquiry that police follow every time they are on a case can make it very easy to info dump. Knowing readers want the authenticity from an ex-detective but not wanting to hit them over the head with it makes me actually quite anxious. How much is too much? Are reader going to get bored of hearing the procedure or have I not put in enough or not shown the authenticity they are expecting because I was in the job? 


If you have never worked in the police you don’t know what you don’t know. You don’t understand the police procedures or what it is you are missing out. You are focusing on the story. And the story is important. Real police work can actually be tedious and boring. There are long stretches of time where you have to sit at your desk and fill out paperwork, but red tape in the story would send your readers to sleep, so no, you can’t make a crime story completely realistic. You can only make it realistic to a degree. 


So, how does my experience transfer to the page? I’d like to hope that I strike that balance, that through my DI, Hannah Robbins, you get a peek into the life of a working detective, but you also feel what she feels on an emotional, personal level. How she feels about the investigation, because it’s written in first person PoV, so you work it with her. 


One thing I can say with confidence is that having had the chance to be a serving police officer and a writer is that I have been able to do two roles that I have loved and that makes me very lucky. 


Thank you again for having me, Kate. 


It’s been my pleasure hosting Rebecca today! Make sure you keep up to date with any news, releases etc with the following links:

Website: rebeccabradleycrime.com

Facebook: Rebecca Bradley Crime

Twitter: @RebeccaJBradley

Also, book links to buy & preorder:

Shallow Waters

Made To Be Broken (preorder link- out June 30th)

Thanks again for stopping by Rebecca 😊📚