~Blog Tour~ Vile City by Jennifer Thomson~Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today is Ellen’s turn on the blog tour for Vile City by Jennifer Thomson and she’ll be sharing her review with you all. First though, the all-important bookish information!

About the book:

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DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic, his boss thinks he’s in the Army and the paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot. The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.
Three women have gone missing in the city he’s fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round pain in the backside, Catriona Hastie.

Shelley Craig’s the Grabber’s latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre. And she’ll do anything to make it home.
Handling this baffling case is stressful enough without Waddell’s pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, starting to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.

BUY LINKS 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vile-City-Jennifer-Lee-Thomson/dp/1910720739

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Vile-City-Jennifer-Lee-Thomson/dp/1910720739

Amazon Canada https://www.amazon.ca/Vile-City-Jennifer-Lee-Thomson/dp/1910720739

About the author:

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Jennifer Lee Thomson is an award-winning crime writer who has been scribbling away all her life. She also writes non-fiction as Jennifer Thomson and fiction as Jenny Thomson.

This is her first book as Jennifer Lee Thomson in tribute to her late father who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Books 2 and 3 in the series are already written and she’s working on book 4.

Jennifer is an animal rights and human rights advocate and has a rescue dog.

She also writes the Crime File series of books as Jenny Thomson. Book 1, 2 and 3, are out now. They are in order, Hell to Pay, Throwaways and Don’t Come For Me and feature tough rape survivor Nancy Kerr and her ex-Special Forces boyfriend who fight crime together.

In her spare time, she plans how to survive the zombie apocalypse.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VileCitybyJenniferLeeThomson/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenthom72

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1301634.Jennifer_Thomson

Blog: www.ramblingsofafrustratedcrimewriter.blogspot.co.uk

Website: www.jenniferthomson.co.uk

Ellen’s review:

Glasgow is the setting in this fast paced crime thriller; featuring a large and varied cast of characters, I was intrigued and hooked in from the start. The story opens with the abduction of Shelley Craig and the action is non-stop from then on. The Glasgow Grabber (as named by the local press) has snatched three women from the city and DI Duncan Waddell is in charge of solving the case. As each avenue of enquiry is explored the rot just gets deeper and deeper; abductions, sex slavery, murders and blackmail all feature.

 

I liked Duncan and how he was still loyal to his former colleague DC Stevie Campbell (the Detective in a Coma in the title) and visited him. Bouncing his thoughts off the unresponsive Stevie it was certainly a surprise when Stevie woke and started talking….or did he. We are left uncertain as to whether the stress of his workload is leading Duncan to imagine these interactions. There was humour in the story in the relationship between Duncan and his new partner DC McKeith who is nothing like Stevie. McKeith is a little wet behind the ears and has entered the force through the graduate scheme, he is strait-laced and simply not Duncan’s cup of tea!

 

There is a particularly repulsive character in Vile City – no spoilers but they made my skin crawl and got my hackles up.

 

Females have a lot of strong roles of varying backgrounds and personalities; glamorous receptionist, sophisticated psychotherapist, local newspaper journalist and the latest victim Shelley Craig. It was refreshing to see this in a crime thriller although nothing (and no-one) is straight forward and I wouldn’t have known who to trust.

 

An enjoyable book and I would read more from this author. Four stars.

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~COVER REVEAL&GIVEAWAY~ Pamela Crane The Art Of Fear

Hi everyone,

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in a cover reveal for The Art of Fear by Pamela Crane, and just wait until you see the cover!!! AND I hve a giveaway for you guys too. More on that at the end of the post! As usual though, here’s the all-important bookish information that you need to know!

About the book:

A dead father, a sex-trafficked daughter, and a cunning killer hiding deadly talents in apparent suicide.
From award-winning author Pamela Crane comes a terrifying tale of small-town secrets and murder.
Ari Wilburn’s life ended long ago—the day she let her little sister die in a tragic accident. Crippled with self-blame and resented by her parents, Ari stumbles through life…and into an unlikely clue that casts doubt on whether the death was accidental.
A psychological wreck, Ari joins a suicide support group where she meets Tina, a sex-enslaved escapee who suspects foul play in her father’s death. In a pursuit of justice, Tina drags Ari into playing a dangerous game with the killer.
Faced with a murderous wake-up call, and desperate to salve her conscience, Ari’s investigation fuels the killer’s desire to see her dead.
Will Ari find closure and stop a killer, or make those she loves suffer?

 

About the author:

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Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that—he’ll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him!) and she writes on the edge. Her characters and plots are her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and the masochist in her thrives off of hurting her characters to create an entertaining tale.

 

She is the author of several best-selling and award-winning thrillers. To pick up a copy of a FREE book and other prizes, or to find out more about her chaotic existence, visit her website at www.pamelacrane.com.

Author links:

www.pamelacrane.com

www.pamelacrane.wordpress.com

http://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Crane/e/B00FOS91AI

www.facebook.com/pamela.crane.52

Praise for Foreword Book of the Year nominee The Admirer’s Secret:

Mea culpa, Ms. Crane… If you like a suspenseful thriller that completely shocks you with its plot twists, this is the one for you.”

“Engaging plot, relatable characters, credible motive, unique twist ending-it’s got all of the components I’m looking for in a captivating thriller.”

And without further ado, feast your eyes on this wonderful cover…

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Loving the look of this one! *adds to list immediately*

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1st PRIZE:
Amazon gift card (value is 5.00 for whichever country the person is from) AND an ebook copy of The Art of Fear for one winner.
2nd PRIZE:
Ebook copy of The Art of Fear
3rd PRIZE
Ebook copy of The Art of Fear
In order to win….email noelle.thickasthievespromo@gmail.com 
*OPEN INTERNATIONALLY
*ONE WINNER PER PRIZE
*WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED
BEST OF LUCK 🙂

*Blog Tour* After She’s Gone by Maggie James

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for After She’s Gone by Maggie James and I get to share my review with you all! As usual though, here’s the all-important bookish information first!

About The Author
Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MJamesFiction/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjamesfiction

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/828751.Maggie_James

Blog: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com/blog

Website: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com

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About the Book:

Publication date: March 16th
Lori Golden’s family has had more than its fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family starts to fall apart. And as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

Buy the book: 

After She’s Gone by Maggie James

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My thoughts:

After She’s Gone is the third book I’ve read by Maggie James so going into this I had an idea of her writing style. I made a point of not reading the blurb again to refresh my memory before I began reading. I often find this helps as I have no prior expectations when picking up a book to read.

This book is a psychological thriller of sorts. There is also a crime element, as well as a touch of domestic noir. Not necessarily a mish-mash as they all probably fall under a similar umbrella when it comes to describing the genre, but enough of a mix to keep the reader guessing…

And there’s the rub. I guessed, correctly, very early on. For no other reason except that I read so many of these books that usually I can figure it out fairly quickly. This didn’t bother me while I was reading though. There are plenty of things going on in After She’s Gone to keep the reader turning the pages.

As per usual, no plot dissection here. After She’s Gone is an interesting tale of family secrets and the damage that they can do. I think if you’re new to the genre, and want to get a feel for a psych thriller, then this is a good introduction. 

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Previous Maggie James posts:

The Second Captive by Maggie James

Blackwater Lake by Maggie James