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Book Review: ‘Hollow Town’ by R.A. Marc

Title: Hollow Town: The Dark Side of the City

Published: 27th May 2017

Author: R.A. Marc

 

Blurb:

Hollow Town, The Dark Side Of The City is an exciting new suspense thriller set in London. With a sassy female lead, and enough shocks and twists to keep you enraptured until the very last page, you will not want to put Hollow Town, The Dark Side Of The City down. Hollow Town, The Dark Side Of The City is the first action packed adventure in the new Hollow Town suspense series from the author R A Marc.

 

Review:

Interesting premise for a thriller ride the author takes you on. A girl has been taken, one of many it seems, in broad daylight with no clues as to how, why or by whom. The clock is ticking with trying to find her. The parents call the police along with an old friend Patricia, a private detective, who has means to look deeper into the darker side of things to find answers.

Girls are being selected for order with little hope of finding them without more evidence. There seems to be multiple players from the darker side presented but only just breaking the surface to what is really going on. Trade, slaves, for a harem, nothing is clear just yet as to what these girls have been taken for but whatever the reason it can’t be good. Part two of the book I feel will follow this darker side a bit more with Patricia leading the case for trying to bring back Janet. Lots of characters are brought forward so it’s just a case of seeing who is best to follow to get the clues needed.

Good starting off point but it does need some work. Character development could be better explored but might come with the next part where you know them all a bit better. Now I don’t usually mark down for edits but this one really could have done with another go through as it did break up trying to read it clean as you are trying to figure out what word might be missing or whether the wrong one was down. Their or there, your or you’re, just a couple examples, really needs to work with correct grammar. Sorting this out, along with the structure a bit so it flows better, will give the book a much cleaner feel. For a debut novel this was a good first attempt and with a little help could go further.

2.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review

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Book Blitz: ‘Come Join the Murder’ by Holly Rae Garcia

Title: Come Join the Murder

Author: Holly Rae Garcia

Publisher: Close To The Bone

Genre: Crime Thriller, Murder Mystery

 

About the Book:

“This is a novel I would read and reread and recommend to others. Fans of vigilante and desperado revenge will delight in this horror story.”Horror Tree.

Rebecca Crow’s four-year-old son is dead, and her husband is missing.

Divers find her husband’s car at the bottom of a canal with their son’s small, lifeless body, inside. The police have no suspects and nothing to go on but a passing mention of a man driving a van. Guilt and grief cloud Rebecca’s thoughts as she stumbles towards her only mission: Revenge.

James Porter knows exactly what happened to them, but he’ll do anything to keep it a secret.

James didn’t plan to kill Rebecca’s son, but he’s not too broken up about it, either. There are more important things for him to worry about. He needs money, and his increasing appetite for murder is catching the attention of a nosy detective.

 

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About the Author:

Holly Rae Garcia is a photographer and author. Her debut novel, Come Join the Murder, released in March of 2020 from Close to the Bone (UK). Her short fiction has been published online by Rue Scribe, The Bookends Review, Trembling With Fear, Siren’s Call, Australian Writer’s Center, and more. Her short work has also appeared in the “Haunted” and “Isolation” anthologies.

Holly lives on the Texas Coast with her family and five dogs.

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Book Review: ‘McCall & Company: Emboozlement’ by Rich Leder

Title: McCall & Company: Emboozlement

Published: 8th September 2017

Publisher: Laugh Riot Press

Author: Rich Leder

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorRichardLeder

 

Synopsis:

ONE SLIPPERY SPORTS BAR EMBEZZLER
TWO DEAD DECADENT DIVORCE LAWYERS
MCCALL & COMPANY ON THE CASE

PI Kate McCall was warned to stay home, stay put, and stay out of NYPD business. But someone is killing Lowry Lowe lawyers, and Kate is sure her father’s murderer is pulling the trigger. At the same time, former Major League relief pitcher Steve “Blue” Stark wants her to catch the crook embezzling big bucks from his West Side sports bar.

Kate can’t help but get in the game.

The problem is the killer is cluing her in before murdering each lawyer and she’s falling for Blue as fast as he’s becoming her prime suspect.

Can Kate and her crackpot crew catch her father’s killer before all the lawyers are dead? And will she find real love with dreamboat Blue? Or will she have to lock him up for stealing his own money?

If she comes through the kidnappings, she might beat the odds.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book over 400 pages. This might be the third book in the series but I didn’t feel too lost with who everyone was as it felt like a story in its own right.

So Kate took over her father Jimmy’s PI business after he was murdered. Just a bit of a difference from her day job of being an actor. She now has to do double the work with the cases sent over. Detective Lew Logan however isn’t always keen on her taking cases. Mainly when the investigation leads to her father’s case, which he wants her to stay out of for her own safety. The thing is that she knows she getting close to figuring out who the killer is, mainly due to the fact said killer has tried to kill her twice. Will she catch them before her time is up?

Now with being an actor and part of D-Cup drama productions she has others at her disposal to help her out with cases. The fact that they, along with herself, are good with disguises and accents makes it so much better to get close to clients to figure things out. Also good to play multiple players within the same game.

First case is with Blue who owns a bar and wants her to go undercover to figure out who is stealing from him. He thinks he knows who but needs to find proof. Could they be looking in the wrong direction? Always follow the money. If in doubt torture by show tune is one way to get information. The second case is not as safe as her father’s killer likes to torment her but texting her clues to figure out about his next target. This time it’s a partner at Lowry Lowe law firm. Two married couples with a lot of tension between them. Who would benefit most for one to be taken out? Can she figure out the target before it’s too late?

It’s time to go undercover for two cases. With killer and embezzlement cases coming together quickly the need for creating characters grows. One role down and onto the next when the answers they find don’t lead them to where they want to go. Let’s see which one she cracks first and if she gets caught out in her ruses. Getting close to Blue in the meantime isn’t too much of a hardship as passion soon starts to follow.

Logan is always wanting Kate as far from his case as possible but she ends up there anyway. Interesting dynamic between them. She infuriates him, always on his shit list but seem to work well together when the time comes and she has clues needed to fill in the blanks. She’s not stepping away from the case for personal reasons but also because the killer won’t let her. Aside from the fact he texts her in advance to see if she can figure out the clues fast enough as part of his game. He also wants her dead. She is very much an amateur still trying to find her feet in the PI world. Thrown in at the deep end with a killer after her.

An interesting read where you were trying to figure out the clues at the same time as Kate. Sharp witty dialogue in places but I did find it a bit long and ended up flicking through a few pages where no dialogue was happening. Interesting to see what other cappers Kate can get herself into, as I’m sure she will find trouble and chaos, sometimes in a funny way, no matter what she does. Actor by day, sleuth PI by night, with a killer on her tail. What could happen next is anyones guess.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Region 6 – What if the Allies had Lost?’ by Ian James Krender

About the Book:

It is four decades since the Allies lost World War II. Life in Britain now known as Region 6 is harsh for most, but many have thrived, perceiving the Nazi regime as a decisive government that has brought peace and prosperity to a continent. They view the resistance as terrorists.

Thomas is born into a working-class family tainted by distant Jewish heritage. After witnessing his parents brutal murder and facing a lifetime of low-paid factory work, he joins the resistance movement. Brave, and a natural leader, he is rapidly promoted, eventually gaining a seat on the British Liberation Army Council.

Stephen has led a privileged life. Born into a wealthy family, he has enjoyed the fruits of National Socialism. After graduating from Cambridge, he joins the Gestapo and is placed undercover to spy on Thomas.

Confronted with the truth of the Holocaust and the horrors perpetrated by the regime, Stephen is forced to choose between everything in which he has been brought up to believe or play a key role in an audacious attempt to overthrow the government.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I am 48, I had always wanted to write but never seem to have the time. Then we bought a hotel, which was a seasonal business, meaning that I had four months’ holiday every year, during one of these holidays, I started to write and have not stopped since.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

At home on the sofa, usually in the evenings with my Labrador curled up beside me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Usually, my stories are inspired or influenced by real-life events.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I always work to a book plan, though often deviate from this if I feel it is not working. I write notes on each chapter on what I want to happen.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I enjoy reading thrillers and alternative history and write in this category.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Tom Hardy as Thomas, as Nicholas Hoult as Stephen.

Also, I always pictured Toby Jones playing one of the minor characters when I wrote it – a Gestapo official overseeing recruiting, the character is diminutive size, devious and has a threatening undercurrent beneath a veneer of middle-class politeness. He would be brilliant at playing it.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read about five books a year. Robert Harris is my number one author, I recently finished his book Munich. I also like JK Rowling and Frederick Forsyth.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth. I have seen the film but never got around to reading the novel. I am about halfway through and it is brilliant.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Having read all the previous books, and learned to care for (and loathe some) of the characters, it was great to see everything tied up so beautifully. Also sad as it was the last book in the series.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Don’t give up your day job. Write because you enjoy it rather than think you’ll make a fortune, as that is unlikely to happen.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Facebook is the best place. My author page is Ian James Krender – www.facebook.com/IanJamesKrender I enjoy the interaction with my readers.

 

About the Author:

Based in South Devon, Ian James Krender juggled running a successful business with his writing which finally met with success with the publication of his first novel in 2013 (Murder in Torbaydos). A spell in the police force provided huge writing inspiration, though he doubts many of his experiences would be believed.

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