~Blog Tour Review~ Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons

Hi everyone,

I'm thrilled to be one of two stops on the blog tour for Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons. Make sure to check out the lovely Neats and her post over at The Haphazardous Hippo HERE!

About the book:

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Who can you really trust?

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.

When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.

Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?

Then, when a person from Hamilton's past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?

London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

Published on July 23rd by Bloodhound Books, you can order your copy by clicking the link below:

Deadly Friendship (DI Hamilton Book 3) by Tara Lyons

About the author:

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Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara's debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she's not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.

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My thoughts:

Deadly Friendship is the 3rd DI Denis Hamilton series by Tara Lyons and it's safe to say these books are getting better and better! 

When we meet Hamilton in Deadly Friendship, he is on holidays with his family at Lake Windermere. The last thing he is expecting while out on a boat trip is to come across a dead body, but that's exactly what happens.

Immediately, he switches to work mode, not least because a note with a woman's name has been found written on a piece of paper in the mouth of the deceased. This discovery means Hamilton has to work quickly and diligently to connect the dots in this unusual case.

Parallel to this, the reader is introduced to a circle of friends who are drawn back to get her after relative estrangement. What has brought them back together, and how does it have a bearing on Hamilton's case? Something is not quite right in their group, and it's only a matter of time before a long forgotten past secret threatens their lives.

I really enjoy books that are character-drive and that's what I found with this one. The more I read about Denis Hamilton and his team, the more I find myself caught up in their lives. Add to this a strong plot and I'm sold.

Tara Lyons has written another brilliant book in Deadly Friendship. It is packed to the brim with secrets and lies, a great cast of characters and a truly compulsive story, I started and finished this one within 24 hours, I just couldn't put it down.

Catch up on the blog tour:

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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 burning 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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In The Shadows by Tara Lyons Blog Tour 

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Yay!! My stop on the IN THE SHADOWS blog tour is finally here! 🙂 Massive thanks to Tara for asking me to be a part of it, as well as letting me read it before release!

 

About the book (via Goodreads):

 

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is tasked with apprehending a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London – and leaving not a shred of DNA evidence. As the suspect list mounts, his frustration and pressure from his superiors intensify.

Grace Murphy, who is dealing with the recent loss of her beloved grandfather, falls deeper into despair when her friends’ bodies are discovered. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity.

How far would you go to uncover the truth? Would you venture into the shadows to unmask a killer?

 

My thoughts:

 

In The Shadows is Tara’s solo debut novel so I was super excited to read it. I had read and enjoyed Web Of Deceit, which was co-written with Mel Comley and I reviewed it on here too so if you click the link below it will take you to the review.

Web Of Deceit

In The Shadows is a really well written book. The prologue grips you immediately as you meet the killer and get a glimpse into their twisted mind as they commit a murder.

We are introduced to the main character, Grace, who is mourning the loss of her grandfather and struggling to hold herself together while grappling with her grief. We also meet Detective Hamilton, who is trying to catch a killer stalking and murdering women, yet somehow not leaving a shred of DNA evidence behind.

The frustration at the lack of evidence is apparent for those tasked with investigating the murders. As they stack up, and suspects are non existent, you can feel the tension being built in the book.

Since her grandfather passed away, Grace has been having awful nightmares and has been finding comfort at the bottom of bottles. In a moment of clarity, Grace takes it upon herself to do some investigating of her own, especially as she knew at least one of the victims. In doing so, the reader is made to question whether or not Grace is going to end up on the killer’s radar and if she’s putting her own life in danger too.

I don’t want to say much more about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away! I really enjoyed reading In The Shadows though! It is a brilliant solo debut, and Tara Lyons is definitely an author to watch out for!

In The Shadows was released on March 17th and you can purchase a copy HERE.

You can also follow the IN THE SHADOWS BLOG TOUR on these brilliant blogs! 😉

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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 😊📖