Girls Who Lie by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir Blog Tour/ Forbidden Iceland2 Depression/ Murder/Alcohol @RandomThingsTours@Anne Cater

At once a startling, tense psychological thriller, and a
sophisticated and twisty police procedural from a rising star in
Icelandic literature
When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving
an apologetic note on the kitchen table, it is assumed that she’s
taken her own life – until her body is found on the Grábrók
lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her
neglected fifteen-year-old daughter Hekla has been placed in
foster care, but is her perfect new life hiding something sinister?
Fifteen years earlier, a desperate new mother lies in a maternity
ward, unable to look at her own child, the start of an odd and
broken relationship that leads to tragedy.
Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which
becomes increasingly complex, as the list of suspects grows
ever longer and new light is shed on Maríanna’s past – and the
childhood of a girl who never was like the others…

MY THOUGHTS:

This is book 2 of the Forbidden Iceland series which I read as a stand alone but this did not in anyway spoil my enjoyment of the book. I will read the first book in the series as soon as I can.

This book is written in two timelines. One set in the present where Maríanna disappears and is found seven months later in a cave on the lava fields. What is thought a simple disappearance turns out to be murder! The other narrative is told by a un-named women who is clearly suffering from depression and is set over a number of years…..Are these stories linked and will the reader find out if they follow the story. Well you will need to get a copy, read and find out.

Atmospheric, dark and chilling the the twists and turns as the tension will keep the reader enthralled and gripped. The bleak scenery of Iceland matches this tale. The quality of the writing and the superb story make this a book I will recommend to every lover of Nordic Noir.


ABOUT EVA BJÖRG ÆGISDÓTTIR
Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir studied for an MSc in Globalisation
in Norway before returning to Iceland and deciding to write a novel – something
she had wanted to do since she won a short-story competition at the age of
fifteen. After nine months combining her writing with work as a stewardess and
caring for her children, Eva finished The Creak on the Stairs. It was published in
2018, and became a bestseller in Iceland. It also went on to win the Blackbird
Award, a prize set up by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jónasson to encourage
new Icelandic crime writers. It was published in English by Orenda Books in 2020.
Eva lives in Reykjavík with her husband and three children and is currently working
on the third book in the Forbidden Iceland series. Follow her on @evaaegisdottir
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+44 207 405 7422 or email sophieg@fmcm.co.uk. For all other enquiries, contact Karen Sullivan at Orenda
Books on karen@orendabooks.co.uk or call 07702 628 230.
THE SECOND BOOK IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FORBIDDEN ICELAND SERIES,
FROM THE WINNER OF THE BLACKBIRD AWARD
WINNER OF THE CWA DAGGER FOR
CRIME & THRILLER
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
‘An exciting and harrowing tale from one of Iceland’s rising stars’ Ragnar Jónasson
‘Eva Björg Ægisdóttir ’s accomplished first novel is not only a full-fat mystery, but also a
chilling demonstration of how monsters are made’ The Times
Fresh, richly atmospheric, and with quietly compelling and sophisticated writing reminiscent
of Ruth Rendell, Girls Who Lie was an Icelandic #1 bestseller. It further establishes Eva Björg Ægisdóttir as one of the most exciting young crime writers in Iceland


Prisoner by Ross Greenwood/ Blog Tour Prison Life/ Prison Officer/Life Not As It Seems Rachel’sRandomResources

Prisoner 
Behind bars, the rules are different… 
 
Prison Officer Jim Dalton is used to walking the landings on the male side of HMP Peterborough. It’s a dangerous place, fuelled by testosterone-driven violence, but he’s done the job for a long time. He understands the unwritten rules, and he has the prisoners’ respect.  
When a relative is sent to the jail, Dalton is transferred to the female side of the prison. His next shift is so easy, he can’t believe that the officers over there get paid the same wages. He sleeps well for the first time in years. 
But when he is assigned to the young offenders’ wing, dealing with female prisoners no longer seems so simple.  As every day passes, and he gets to know the women better, he is slowly drawn in to new temptations, new traps and a new nightmare. One which could destroy everything. 
Taking a break from his bestselling DI Barton series, Ross Greenwood returns with this shocking, page-turning and utterly compelling glimpse behind the bars of a women’s prison. From a man who walked the landings himself… 
 
Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3atxS2x
 

MY THOUGHTS:

Prisoner: A person who is on remand or serving a sentence after standing trial. Well that is the dictionary definition but let me tell you Ross has added a whole new dimension to the word and concept of a Prisoner.


On the surface the story of a prison officer. The story of prisoners and those in charge of them. But who are the real prisoners. Are we all prisoners to a greater or lesser degree. The book explores the many facets and meanings around the word prisoner
But this is a book that will grip you by the throat from the first page and refuses to let you go. I have read Ross’s “Killer” books and really enjoyed them but this book rung the changes without dropping quality of the story or writing.
Jim Dalton has been a prison officer for years. He is respected by both inmates & co-workers. Although the underlying threat of violence is always there, it is something he is familiar with and has got used to. He works long hours and though they need the money his wife is unhappy and his marriage seems to be built on shifting sands. Add to that their son has problems Jim feels dammed if does and dammed if he doesn’t.
When a relative is imprisoned and a possible conflict of interest may arise, he is moved to the women’s wing of the prison. At first Jim finds he has landed on his feet as things seem calmer on this side of the prison without the threat of violence seems to have lessened. But Jim soon finds out the female can be deadlier than the male. This is where the story takes off and I advise you to buckle in and enjoy the ride.
Ross is an excellent writer and the quality seems to rise with every book. A solid read and a book I strongly recommend to all.
 
Author Bio:  
Ross Greenwood is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough and his first title for Boldwood – the beginning of a series – The Snow Killer was published in November 2019. 
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The Khan by Saima Mir# Blog Tour Crime Novel# Family Tensions Debut Novel# Taking On The Patriarchy.

Posted bybertyboy123@wordpress.comPosted inUncategorizedEditThe Khan by Saima Mir# Blog Tour Crime Novel# Family Tensions Debut Novel# Taking On The Patriarchy.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A successful lawyer, Jia Khan’s London life is a long way from the Northern streets
she knew as a child, where her father, Akbar Khan, was head of the Pakistani
community and ran the local organised crime syndicate. His Jirga rule – the old way
– was violent and bloody, but it was also justice of a kind.
When her father is murdered, Jia must return to his community. In the past, the
police relied on Akbar Khan to maintain the fragile order of the streets. But a bloody
power struggle has broken out among the various communities and now, nobody is
safe.
Justice needs to be restored, and Jia is about to discover that justice always comes
at a price. Against a backdrop of racial divides, misogyny and prejudice, THE KHAN
is a thrilling crime debut, set in a world rarely explored in fiction

MY THOUGHTS:

This was a debut novel by Saima and what a great novel this was. A story of a community and the crime syndicate at the heart of it.

Jia is a successful lawyer and her life in London is a far cry from the grubby streets of the Northern town of Bradford where she was raised. Not only is she a successful high flyer but she is estranged from her father and all he stands for. But that is all about to change and not for the better.
But now her father, Akbar Khan, has been murdered and Jia must return to take his place. Not only must she take on her father’s place in the crime family but she faces problems not least the fact she is a woman in a man’s world. The crime family is run by men and also she is a Muslim; a religion heavy on the patriarchy.

Jia is a strong , forceful and dynamic person; but she is not at all likeable. She is a user who is not beyond using anyone for her own ends. Not least her divorced husband Elyas and her abandoned son.

Not only does this novel sees a woman taking on the world of men but it allows the voices of the Muslim community to be raised in ways never heard before.

I have read books about crime families before; eg. The Godfather and Bella Mafia but this gives us an insight into a community rarely explored in fiction. I would recommend this book to all crime readers.

THE AUTHOR:

SAIMA MIR is a British Pakistani journalist who grew up in
Bradford. She has written for The Times, the Guardian and
Independent. Her essay for It’s Not About The Burqa
(Picador) appeared in the Guardian and received over
250,000 hits online in two days. Saima has also contributed
to the anthology The Best, Most Awful Job: Twenty Mothers
Talk Honestly About Motherhood. Saima lives in London.
@SaimaMir #TheKhan @PointBlankCrime
Saima is available for interviews.
For further information, please contact Margot Weale, Publicity Director, Oneworld
mweale@oneworld-publications.com

The Khan by Saima Mir# Blog Tour Crime Novel# Family Tensions Debut Novel# Taking On The Patriarchy.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A successful lawyer, Jia Khan’s London life is a long way from the Northern streets
she knew as a child, where her father, Akbar Khan, was head of the Pakistani
community and ran the local organised crime syndicate. His Jirga rule – the old way
– was violent and bloody, but it was also justice of a kind.
When her father is murdered, Jia must return to his community. In the past, the
police relied on Akbar Khan to maintain the fragile order of the streets. But a bloody
power struggle has broken out among the various communities and now, nobody is
safe.
Justice needs to be restored, and Jia is about to discover that justice always comes
at a price. Against a backdrop of racial divides, misogyny and prejudice, THE KHAN
is a thrilling crime debut, set in a world rarely explored in fiction

MY THOUGHTS:

This was a debut novel by Saima and what a great novel this was. A story of a community and the crime syndicate at the heart of it.

Jia is a successful lawyer and her life in London is a far cry from the grubby streets of the Northern town of Bradford where she was raised. Not only is she a successful high flyer but she is estranged from her father and all he stands for. But that is all about to change and not for the better.
But now her father, Akbar Khan, has been murdered and Jia must return to take his place. Not only must she take on her father’s place in the crime family but she faces problems not least the fact she is a woman in a man’s world. The crime family is run by men and also she is a Muslim; a religion heavy on the patriarchy.

Jia is a strong , forceful and dynamic person; but she is not at all likeable. She is a user who is not beyond using anyone for her own ends. Not least her divorced husband Elyas and her abandoned son.

Not only does this novel sees a woman taking on the world of men but it allows the voices of the Muslim community to be raised in ways never heard before.

I have read books about crime families before; eg. The Godfather and Bella Mafia but this gives us an insight into a community rarely explored in fiction. I would recommend this book to all crime readers.

THE AUTHOR:

SAIMA MIR is a British Pakistani journalist who grew up in
Bradford. She has written for The Times, the Guardian and
Independent. Her essay for It’s Not About The Burqa
(Picador) appeared in the Guardian and received over
250,000 hits online in two days. Saima has also contributed
to the anthology The Best, Most Awful Job: Twenty Mothers
Talk Honestly About Motherhood. Saima lives in London.
@SaimaMir #TheKhan @PointBlankCrime
Saima is available for interviews.
For further information, please contact Margot Weale, Publicity Director, Oneworld
mweale@oneworld-publications.com

The Greenbecker Gambit by Ben Graff @RachelsRandomResorces/Blog Tour Chess/Pyromania/Madness/Delusions.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Greenbecker Gambit

‘I only feel truly alive when the chess clock is ticking and the patterns on the squares in front of me are dancing in my head. Very little else gives me the same feeling. Nothing else, that does not involve a flame.’

Tennessee Greenbecker is bravely optimistic as he sets out to claim what he sees as rightfully his – the title of world chess champion. But who is he really? Is he destined to be remembered as chess champion or fire-starter? Either way, might this finally be his moment?

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Chess and Bridgehttps://shop.chess.co.uk/The-Greenbecker-Gambit-Ben-Graff-p/cb07811.htm

MY THOUGHTS:

Tennessee Greenbecker is a chess player. Not just any old chess player. He is a grand master who is down on his luck, resorting to begging from his younger brother Gabriel. It is not his fault; it’s everyone else’s according to Tennessee.

Two things are uppermost in Tennessee’s life, chess and pyromania, the love of fire! He blames everyone; his brother, ex girlfriends and schoolfriends. In fact anyone but himself. And if the truth gets too close for his liking then he can always find solace in fire. He can always burn down anything in his road or that he can’t understand. The run down hotels he stays in, his mothers books. She is quite a successful author. Maybe more so than he is as a chess player.

This is a dark engrossing read. very disturbing and treads the fine line between sanity and insanity. A book full of delusions and lies; sanity and the insane. You will either love or hate this book. I loved it! But one is certain, you don’t need to be a chess player to read it!

Go on give it a try, you never know you may like it.

THE AUTHOR:

Author Bio – Ben Graff is a writer, journalist and Corporate Affairs professional. He is a regular contributor to Chess and Authors Publish. He is not a grandmaster but did draw with one once.

Social Media Links –

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Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean. Blog Tour/ @RachelsRandomResources# Crime Series @Rachel Gibley

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Deadly Wishes

Meet Zoe Finch, West Midlands Police’s newest Detective Inspector. She’s outspoken, ambitious, and damaged. And she’s working a case that could make her career, or cost her everything…

Fresh from the success of the Canary investigation into depravity and corruption at the highest levels, Zoe has attracted attention. Not least from Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson.

But when Jackson is brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party, Zoe is dragged into a case that’s deeply personal.

All the evidence points to the victim’s downtrodden wife, who has secrets of her own. But Zoe begins to suspect all isn’t as it seems. Could Jackson’s death be linked to the Canary case? And what is her new boss, DCI David Randle, hiding?

Seeking out the truth will force Zoe to confront her own past and put her career, and her team’s lives, on the line.

Deadly Wishes is a gritty crime thriller perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell, and the BBC’s Line of Duty.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B088HHCPZ7US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088HHCPZ7

MY THOUGHTS:

Well Rachel has changed it up again. From her previous series and other books she has embarked on a new series featuring Di Zoe Finch.

Zoe has attracted the attention of the higher echelons of her force and is plunged into a murder case at the onset. Not just any old murder case; but the murder of her Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson, who has been brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party.

As Zoe starts digging, she comes up against many obstacles, not least the feeling they’re secrets being hidden; and she feels some of them are by members of her own force. Not least her own DCI. David Randle seems to be hiding the biggest of them all!

As a newly promoted DI. she finds herself not only trying to find herself trying to find her feet in the murky depths of a murder investigation, but also fighting against the ingrained misogyny and political ring fencing of her force.

Rachel’s narrative and the quality of her writing improve with each book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you have not read anything by Rachel then you should pick up this book or anything by her!

Author Bio –

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/rachelmcleanwrites/