The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 26 Jacqueline Jacques @jacqjacq70

Welcome to day 26 of the #MysteryNovember Book Tour

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Our guest today is Jacqueline Jacques and her book The Illusion Of Innocence

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Three people on a crowded train, brought there by the same crime.  Archie Price, painter and police artist, blessed with a photographic memory, is travelling to Chelmsford to testify in a murder trial.

The accused, Freddie Porter, is under police escort in the guard’s van. Freddie’s sister, Polly, is desperately trying to escape her brother’s gang before they realise what she’s done, unaware he’s on the same train. When the locomotive is derailed, Archie and Polly are injured and put up by the same local family while they recover.  Where is Freddie? Polly is so terrified she is drawn to desperate measures and Archie finds himself drawn into her nightmare.

Jacqueline Jacques

Where is your home town?

I live in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, though I was born in Wales (TyCroes, Anglesey).

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I have only lately come to writing mysteries – (‘The Illusion of Innocence’ is my seventh published book) – and am finding it a new and exciting genre.  I like the structure, the laying down of clues, the thrills and spills, the nuances of character that can lead to unexpected actions, the building of suspense, and the final revelations and denouements.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

The Archie Price novels are set at the turn of the nineteenth century (au fin de siècle).

Where is your book set?

My first mystery novel, ‘The Colours of Corruption’ was set In and around London’s East End, centring on gangsters and an ancient tunnel under Walthamstow High Street, a criminal ‘rat-run’.  ‘The Illusion of Innocence’, out next month, continues Archie’s brushes with criminals, and takes us as further afield to the Essex countryside and rural communities.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Main characters: Archie Price is a tall, well-built young man who came to England as an art student from Wales. His parents run a butcher’s shop in Llantwit Major.  He lives and paints above a greengrocer’s in Walthamstow’s High Street and is trying to make his way in the world of art, painting to commission and augmenting a lowly income with the local police by drawing suspects from witnesses’ descriptions.

At the start of the story Polly Porter is a slightly built, rather dowdy photographer who has her own shop in the High Street.  She is hard-working and intensely interested in the Suffragist movement.  Events force her to conceal her true identity.

Freddie was taken in off the streets as a small child and apprenticed to Polly’s father as a photographer.  However, he leans more towards his original calling, that of cat-burglar, and owes allegiance to the gang-master in the slums, Tuddy Skinner.  He received an education in the Porters’ care but has never outgrown his violent and abusive childhood.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

Readers can find out more about me at and on Facebook.

I have an author page on Amazon.

Where can readers find your book?

Purchasing links are:


Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Crate of Lies by @raystoneauthor

Today’s team review is from Suraya, she blogs at

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Suraya has been reading Crate Of Lies by Ray Stone


Review of Crate of Lies by Ray Stone


Crate of Lies is an espionage and suspense novel by Ray Stone. This is his fourth novel in the genre. The first chapter sets up the scene with a 1952 event, which is beautifully crafted. The reader feels he or she is almost part of the scene with vivid descriptions of a snowstorm. The nub of the novel is in the truck’s freight – highly valuable icons stolen by the Nazis.

The novel then launches in 2016 in the Bering Strait. Something is definitely not right. The crew on the Valerie Nintz are very agitated as the Coastguard demands to inspect the Valerie Nintz, a trawler which is carrying some very interesting crates and is not in its reported location. When it off loads its illegal cargo it explodes and the sea swallows up all record of what it carried.

Then we meet Harry Cohen, London desk for the Mossad and a leading English dealer in fine arts and rare stones. This is Raithe Ravelle’s boss. He is part of an allied group masterminding a peace agreement in the Middle East. Authorities agree to complex deals but are afraid of broken promises. Nothing is as it seems and we soon discover that terrorist organisations have infiltrated legitimate government agencies. People who claim to be working towards an agreement between enemies are in fact, out to thwart the hero; Raithe’s efforts to get the Amber Room into the right hands and the peace negotiations resolved.

There are narrow escapes, as one would expect in a novel of this genre, and there are several frenetic chases across continents. An unexpected love interest that seems to throw the hero off course, appears. Then she makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Raithe. He dusts himself off and resumes the chase across continents to ensure that the secret of the Amber Room does not get into the wrong hands.

Every narrow escape adds to the mounting head count until the hero and anti-hero meet and there is a final shoot out.

The story line is frenetic. There are moments of brilliance in this story and these are to be savoured and enjoyed.

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 25 Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #wwwblogs

Welcome to Day 25 of The #MysteryNovember Book Tour.

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Today our guest is Mark Barry with his book Hollywood Shakedown.


Buddy Chinn, a deadbeat Los Angelino living in the shadow of doomed Hollywood Park meets a bigtime book collector and gets a proposition. Find a unique and long-lost manuscript written by your deceased beat poet dad: Succeed and receive a hundred grand. Fail? It doesn’t bear thinking about. Enlisting the help of an English comic dealer and poker player, the two men search the country and beyond, avoiding the attentions of hooligans, gangsters and a gorgeous gang boss with a thing for big guys. Like Buddy.
Will they find the merchandise? Or will they end up underneath a flyover holding up the Interstate.
Thriller. Chase book. Black Comedy. Philosophy.
You read it. You call it.

Mark Barry

Where is your home town?

I live in Southwell, but am from Nottingham, in the East Midlands of England. I live about eight miles from where Robin Hood used to live in Sherwood Forest. Most of my work is set here; Nottingham, not Sherwood Forest!

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I like creating life puzzles and I particularly enjoy writing about the criminals, deadbeats, losers and wannabes who live inside the puzzles I create. I also like the twists and turns you can inflict on a reader and getting inside the psychology of the protagonists.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Hollywood Shakedown is difficult to place into a specific genre. One of Elmore Leonard’s many mysteries would be the closest match, or even the ironic work of Charles Willeford – Shark Infested Custard? It is heavily influenced by books such as Charles Bukowski’s flawed fiction novel, Pulp and the writing of fifties pulp writer Jim Thompson, who I adore. Like Martin Amis’ incredible Night Train, it is a mix of contemporary fiction mixed with crime. It also has a plot twist I have seen implemented only once and has never failed to surprise the readers who have sampled the book.

Where is your book set?

Los Angeles, mostly; but also Chicago and London.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

The main characters are Buddy Chinn, a washed up, lazy, fat, alcoholic, horseplaying novelist, whose father is a brilliant and lauded sixties “beat” poet, and his friend Simon, a chirpy, English poker player and superhero comics dealer. Supported by a wide variety of villains led by a rare manuscript collector called Mortimer Saxon. One of the main characters is Buddy’s “free spirited” girlfriend, Monique, a favourite of mine. Her chapters are amongst my best writing.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

I can mostly be found on Twitter @Greenwizard62

and, if you know a friend of mine on Facebook, I am Wiz Green 9

My blog is and I write there regularly about my work and the work of my friends in Indie.

Where can readers find your book?

Amazon Uk Author Page Author Page

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT THE SICKNESS by @dylanjmorgan #Horror #wwwblogs

Today’s team review is form Terry, she blogs at

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Terry chose to read and review The Sickness by Dylan Morgan


The Sickness by Dylan Morgan

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team


First of all I have to say what a terrific cover this book has!

James Harris is a divorced, part time dad, living on a run down London estate. He has a warm, close relationship with his wayward, punky daughter, Ruth – which goes a long way to make up for the horror of his childhood and the breakdown of his marriage. But something’s happening in the isolated village of Nash, where he grew up, and a phone call from his sister moves him to return….

Dylan Morgan is so adept at writing the underlying sinister atmosphere of the one horse town or small, ‘Straw Dogs’ type village – he did the American version in his excellent ‘Flesh’, which I read earlier this year. Travelling through Nash, I felt the silence, the claustrophobia, the despair, from the depressing mood of the sparsely populated pub, to the darkness of his former family home; there almost seems to be a sepia tone over the whole book

This book is subtly rather than in-your-face creepy, at least at first, and the story unfolds at a steady pace, the supernatural element and details about James’s dreadful childhood being released gradually, building up to an explosive end; this is a writer who totally ‘gets’ suspense. The characters are so well drawn, even the minor ones, particularly Ruth’s creepy stepfather. I loved Ruth, she’s a great kid, tough and ballsy but with a sometimes most mature outlook, and James is very likable, too.

Definitely recommended for all lovers of supernatural horror.

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 24 CJ Browne #TuesdayBookBlog

Welcome to day 24 of the #MysteryNovember Book Tour

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Our guest today is author CJ Browne and her book Revenge Ritual

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When high-flying criminologist Kate Trevelyan is seconded to the Jurassic Coast to research the growing hostility against migrant workers, she has no idea that someone is studying her every move. Or that her investigation into her father’s death will reveal a family secret – with horrifying consequences.

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Where is your home town?

In Devon. I moved there from the city after taking a sabbatical from my job as a Home Office Adviser to go travelling and decided I wanted to live near the sea. It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a fabulous place to live and inspires my writing.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I’ve always loved making discoveries and finding out that things aren’t always what they seem. So it is brilliant to be able to make this happen on the page, to follow my characters as they work out how to sort out the problems I invent for them. I live quite close to Greenway, the holiday home of the queen of the mystery genre, Agatha Christie.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Female Private Detective. It’s what criminologist Dr Kate Trevelyan has to become in Revenge Ritual. She’s used to working out academic theories about why crimes happen to other people but it gets personal when her father is murdered.

Where is your book set?

In Devon around where I live. The plot centres on the fictitious New Town development of Ladram Heights but has repercussions throughout the Regency seaside town of Sidmouth and the villages along the Jurassic Coast.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

When things start to unravel for Kate she is befriended by two very different characters:Migrant teenager Micki Hamereski is desperate to go home to Poland and escape the daily taunts and bullying he gets at school. He misses his mother who recently died of cancer and is trying to be brave. He’s angry with his construction worker father for forcing him to come to England, and joins a gang and starts stealing to get back at him.Elaine Pierce is the glamorous entrepreneur behind the New Town development. Charming, rich and successful she invests as much in her charities as she does in her businesses. A skilled player in the world of politics, big business, risk taking and hiding her motives, she champions Kate’s work and offers a sympathetic ear when everything starts to go wrong.

Kate Trevelyan is a head strong high-flying career woman who has just won the ‘young criminologist of the year’ award. But she’s not such a success at making friends and although she loves them, her family usually come second to her career. She’s passionate about defending the rights of the young offenders, victims of violence, immigrants or the sex workers she studies – and will fight to overturn injustice and represent their views.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

I love to hear from readers and writers. They can find out more about my writing and contact me on my website www.cjbrownecrimewriter or follow me on Facebook at:

Where can readers find your book?

Revenge Ritual is available now on Amazon UK and USA.

CRATE OF LIES by @raystoneauthor #Mystery #Bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

Crate of LiesCrate of Lies by Ray Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crate of Lies is a complex mystery surrounding lost artefacts from the second world war and modern day arms smugglers. Both stories become interlinked by those greedy for money and power and those dedicated to fight for peace.

During the second world war many priceless pieces of art were stolen by the Nazi members, and this story follows the journey of The Amber Room, Baroque art given to Peter the Great by a Prussian King and later lost by the Germans in 1945. Or was it? In 1952 a set of mysterious events took place in Broken Mountain, Sachsen- Anhalt, a pit was discovered with soldiers bodies.

Hienrich Liebermann is heavily involved with a very lucrative arms smuggling ring, but he also believes he can get possession of the long lost Amber Room and sell it back to the Russians. The thorn in his side is Harry Cohen, fine arts dealer on the outside, Mossad agent behind the façade.

The Americans have lost some serious rockets which they believe are on their way to the Middle East via a well organised smuggling pipeline. Harry and his team are brought in to work on stopping the rockets getting to their destination.

This is a very action packed storyline with a lot of characters to keep the reader on their toes. Everyone seems to have their own agenda, which leads to plenty of twists and turns and a trail of dead bodies. I struggled to keep up with the action at times and was glad of break points where Harry explained the details through dialogue to his assistant Raith Ravelle. Now I just need to decide who won? Who lost? And who double-crossed whom?

This review is based on a free copy of the book give to me by the author.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Rosetta by Simon Cornish @UnforgivingMuse #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review comes from Terry, she blogs at

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Terry chose to read and review Rosetta by Simon Cornish


Rosetta by Simon Cornish

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team

I quite liked this; it’s a terrific plot. Following the unexpected death of his old university professor, Graham Chandlers travels to Exeter for the funeral. He is bewildered by the strange ritual performed by the professor’s adopted daughter at the funeral service, a ritual delivered in an ancient language that only a handful of paleolinguists, Graham included, would have a hope of understanding. He is drawn in further when he studies the professor’s private journals that hint at a cover-up concerning the professor’s last dig.

This short novella is intelligently written and unusual. It’s a shame, though, that it wasn’t a bit longer with a less abrupt resolution; the story lends itself more to a full length novel, or at least a longer novella. I felt that it needed another redraft and perhaps a closer edit. Example: ‘they ate sitting at the table by the double sash windows’. Why ‘double sash’? Just ‘window’ would have been enough, or even ‘they ate at a table by the window’ (most people sit when eating, it’s not necessary to state it). I know that’s a little nit-picking, but it’s just one that jumped out at me. Novellas work best when they contain absolutely no superfluous information; some of it seemed to come directly from the research notes. Had the story been longer, such sections might have fitted in more smoothly. It could do with another proofread; there are a fair few punctuation errors.

I thought the characterisation of Tinkerbell, the jovial and hard drinking Dr Timothy Bell, was excellent, the exchanges between him and Graham spot on. I liked some of the observations very much: ‘there was a stillness to the place that was both restful and lonely’ (that gave possibly the best impression of the house), also: ‘Funerals are never nice, people say they are nice or that the service was lovely, but mostly funerals are just uncomfortable’, and the one with which the story begins: ‘There is a denial of finality that comes with the arrogance of youth.’

To sum up: a great idea, nicely written, needs a bit of tidying up and perhaps a tad more punch. Graham Chandlers is a quietly appealing character who could be taken further, I think, and I am sure that people who enjoy stories of cover-ups and mysteries will like it.

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The Rosie Amber Book Awards Are Coming Soon #RBRT

The Rosie Amber Review Team Awards

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Please get ready to vote next week! 

The books ~ how they were chosen
The books are taken only from those that have been submitted to the Rosie Amber book reviewing team for reviewing, so it is not a far reaching selection, though we still had a few hundred to choose from.  I divided all the books that have been submitted up to the cut off point in 2015 into five general categories, and the review team members (around 30 members) each nominated up to three out of each category.  Please see below the six in each category with the most nominations ~ these are the books that you, the reading public, may vote forYou may vote for up to two per category.

Please do NOT vote in a comment on here, or by tweet, but wait until voting opens on THIS blog, on November 30th.
The voting will be open for ONE WEEK ONLY.
Results will be announced on December 15th.  

Please only vote for a book that you believe deserves an award.  We value everyone’s contribution and you are not required to vote in each category; it may be that you will vote for just one book if there is only one that you a) have read and b) deem worthy of the accolade of the Golden or Silver Rose!  

Obviously, authors are asked not to vote for their own books.

These are the books available for your votes on November 30th.  These are the ones that received most nominations from the members of Rosie Amber’s Review Team.
(please note, some of the reviewing team are writers, too.  We were only allowed to nominate ONE book by a team member)

Historical Fiction
An Unlamented Death by William Savage
Two Rivers by Zoe Saadia
Danger at Thatcham Hall by Frances Evesham
The Black Hours by Alison Williams
Owen by Tony Riches
The Doctor’s Daughter by Vanessa Matthews

Romance/Chick Lit
Holding Back by Helen Pollard
French Kissing by Lynne Shelby
The New Mrs D by Heather Hill
Playing House by Donna Brown
The Promise Of Provence by Patricia Sands
Lovers By Midnight by Emily Arden

Contemporary Fiction
The Cunning Woman’s Cup by Sue Hewitt
Last Child by Terry Tyler
The Night Porter by Mark Barry
Public Battles, Private Wars, by Laura Wilkinson
The Song of the Cypress by Tonia Parronchi
Jack Gets His Man by Dena Haggerty
Mystery/ Thriller/Crime
Concealment by Rose Edmunds
Any Man Joe by Robert Leigh
The Jack Lockwood Diaries by Geoffrey West
Death in a Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger
Rise Of The Enemy by Rob Sinclair
A Deadly Learning by Faith Mortimer

Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Post Apocalyptic/Horror
The American Policeman by John Privilege
The Sickness by Dylan J Morgan
Will O’ The Wisp by C.S Boyack
One Way Fare by Barb Taub
Fallen on Good Times by Rewan Tremethick
The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean
See you on the 30th! 

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 23 Marni Graff @GraffMarni

Welcome to Day 23 of the #MysteryNovember book tour

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Our guest today is Marni Graff and her book Death Unscripted

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Trudy Genova has the best job any nurse could want, working onset as a medical consultant for a movie studio. No more uniforms, bedpans or emergencies, until the actor whose overtures she’s refused dies suddenly while taping a hospital scene–but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy. When detectives view Trudy as a suspect, she interferes with their investigation to clear her name. Then a second death occurs, and Trudy realizes she’s put herself in jeopardy.

Based on the author’s real life work experience, Death Unscripted takes readers behind the scenes of a Manhattan soap opera.



Where is your home town?

Montgomery Point, NC. We live on the Intracoastal Waterway on a river, surrounded by nature, very rural. It’s nine miles one way to get my mail! They don’t deliver as we live at the end of a dirt road with three homes on it.  

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

It’s what I enjoy reading most, even though my reading interests include darker novels. I’m exploring how evil lies in all of us, and what rationale a seemingly reasonable person would use to convince themselves to cross that fine line to commit murder. I also like the sense of justice restored at the end.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

(Death Unscripted is a mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural. It’s told from two points of view: nurse Trudy Genova, who works as a medical consultant for a movie studio; and NYPD detective Ned O’Malley, investigating the murder of the actor Trudy was working with.

Where is your book set?

This is a departure from my English Nora Tierney series as its set in Manhattan. The rest of the series stays in New York.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Trudy Genova is young nurse working as a medical consultant for a movie studio in NYC. She’s from upstate NY, where her family owns an apple orchard. With two older brothers growing up, Trudy is always working to clean up,what her mom calls her ” truck driver” mouth and has to rain in curses now and then. Ned O’Malley is the Lynley of NY, the only child of wealthy parents who spend time at Lincoln Center, charity events and art shows. Think two different worlds about to collide.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

I also wrote a crime review blog, Auntie M Writes ( where there is a background page; and in my publishers page, Bridle Path Press (

My FB page always has links to the reviews (

and I’m on Twitter at @GraffMarni.

Where can reader’s find your book? for autographed personalized copies


Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT THE SICKNESS by @dylanjmorgan #Horror

Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs at

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Shelley chose to read and review The Sickness by Dylan Morgan


Book Review ‘The Sickness’ by Dylan J. Morgan #RBRT

4 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC of The Sickness in exchange for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT

An unmarked grave, a ring of salt, and four black candles are my favourite type of opening hook. As a fan of horror, and supernatural novels, I am always happy when the two mix and The Sickness provides this in abundance.

From the opening paragraph, we are shown that some of the characters have returned from the dead. To discover why this has happened, and indeed, how it was possible, we must join James Harris as he re-visits his home town, and a past he has tried so hard to forget.

The story unfolds in the thick of the action and only after we’ve experienced our first evisceration do we get to meet our hero.

I like James, a lot. I also like his teenage daughter, Ruth. Their relationship is beautifully crafted. The bond between them is clearly evident and even though Ruth is a feisty teenager with a strong will and tendencies towards truancy, you feel the love they have for one another flow off the page. I didn’t warm to Kath, who is Ruth’s mother, but I think that was the whole point, as it strengths the readers compassion for that father and daughter attachment.

If you like your supernatural horror to be dark, gruesome and unequivocally gory, then this is the book for you. The author’s ability to describe a brutal murder down to the last laceration is captivating. He paints a vivid and colourful picture of blood and bodily fluids.

The story is set in Nash, an English countryside community. I love Morgan’s style of writing as he sets the scene. His descriptive prose is so crisp that I found myself tugging at my collar to shield from an imaginary storm. Although I don’t believe the British weather is quite as dismal as it is in Nash, Morgan certainly captures the essence of the dark and gloomy horror backdrop, and he uses it to its full potential. I believe George Romero or Wes Craven would have enjoyed developing this story for cinema.

I was expecting horror, but I wasn’t expecting such graphic sexually explicit scenes. They are sprinkled throughout the story, some of them are vital to the plot, but there were others that I felt were unnecessary, this is a purely personal observation that may not be mirrored by other readers.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but I must briefly mention the ending. It is explosive, expertly written and riveting. I didn’t blink in case I missed something. The plot is neatly interwoven and carefully planned out, so you don’t see any of the twists coming.

No review would be complete without a shout out for the book cover. The image, colours, and typography fit the horror genre perfectly. It drew me in straight away. I would highly recommend The Sickness if you enjoy horror or/and supernatural novels.

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