WINNER and Runner-Up of the Mystery Thriller 2015 Book Award

Winner Mystery Thriller

The 2015 Mystery Thriller Golden Rose Book award went to

Rose Edmunds and her book Concealment

Rose and concealment

Meet Rose

Rose Edmunds lives in Brighton with her husband David. She gained a degree in mathematics at the University of Sussex and a PhD from Cardiff University, before qualifying as a chartered accountant and embarking on a successful career advising entrepreneurial businesses together with their owners. In 2007, after more than 20 years working for leading accountancy firms, she jumped off the corporate hamster wheel and now writes financial thrillers with a strong ethical theme. Her writing draws heavily on her considerable insight into the business world and in particular the uncomfortable conflict between individual and corporate objectives. Rose is also a trustee of Brightside, a charity helping young people to access career and education opportunities they might not have believed were available to them.

Catch up with Rose on Twitter @RoseEdmunds

Book Description

Amy is at the top of her game as a finance professional despite a traumatic childhood. But the higher she climbs, the greater her fear of falling.
Her new boss Ed sniffs out insecurity like a shark smelling blood. He’s trashed dozens of careers on a whim and has Amy lined up as his next victim.
When a young colleague is murdered, Amy’s fragile equilibrium is shattered. A client’s fraud may be linked to the killing, but no one seems to care.
Caught in a tangle of business and personal connections, and fighting for her sanity, can Amy find the moral courage to uncover the truth?

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Silver Award went to

Robert Leigh and his book Any Man Joe

Robert and Any man

Meet Robert

After bartending his way around Spain and the West End of London, Robert Leigh returned to his home city of Liverpool and began writing. Leigh’s works include The Retribution Trilogy (third book currently in production) and From Lime Street to Yirgacheffe (a true story, of sorts…).

Find Robert on Twitter @ScreamingMagpie

Book Description

Before Shaun, there was Joe.
DI Edwards was called to the scene of a shooting. Four of the deceased were well known to him. The fifth man remained a mystery.
Until he woke up.
His name was Joe, a misfit shelf stacker living on the Forest Estate. As the investigation continues, DI Edwards finds himself being drawn deeper into Joe’s world of vigilante revenge. But will the truth of Joe’s actions ever fully be revealed?

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Final congratulations to all the Mystery thriller nominees.

Geoffrey West and The Jack Lockwood Diaries

Noelle Granger with Death In A Dacron Sail

Rob Sinclair with Rise Of The Enemy

Faith Mortimer with A Deadly Learning

 

 

 

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A Granger @rhebrewster #mystery

Today’s team review comes from Liz, she blogs at http://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Liz chose to read and review Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death in a Dacron Sail by N A Granger

 

Rhe Brewster is a sassy lady. Not content with working part time in ER and looking after her hyperactive son, she is also a consultant with the local police department. I first met her in the murder mystery Death in a Red Canvas Chair and now she has returned, brave and intelligent as ever, to discover a serial killer.

 

Although her son Jack suffers from ADHD he seems to be coping better in this novel but Rhe’s unlikeable husband Will is going from bad to worse. Luckily she has the sympathetic support of her brother-in-law, Police Chief, Sam Brewster and the best friend ever, neighbour Paulette. I’d love to have a friend like Paulette living nearby with coffee always ready and superb meals provided at the drop of a hat!

 

Rhe’s ability to cope with family drama and unpleasant murder details is sorely strained when she is attacked by a drunk at the hospital. There are repercussions effecting her employment and she begins to feel threatened. However she continues to investigate the disappearance of four young girls, over the years, in the area of her small town, Pequod in Maine.

 

Working with Federal Agent Bowers she discovers what has happened to the missing girls but finding out who is responsible is more difficult. Unwittingly, Rhe lures the perpetrator into further action putting herself in danger of losing her life.

 

The fate of the victims in the story is very unpleasant but following the investigation and trying to guess who the murderer might be is intriguing. Rhe and the other characters are well rounded people whom you might meet in any small town and I felt really involved in this exciting tale. N A Granger writes knowledgeably about the fishing industry and also about hospital life, giving the book complete authority. I am now looking forward to her next mystery and also following the events in Rhe’s personal life.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

 

 

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A Granger @rhebrewster

Today’s team review comes from Judith, she blogs at http://judithbarrowblog.com/

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Judith chose to read and review Death in a Dacron sail by N.A Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

I wish I’d realised that Death in a Dacron Sail is the second book in the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series; I think I would have enjoyed getting to know the characters and their history by reading the first book, rather than picking up hints of past action from the dialogue or the internal thoughts of the characters in Death in a Dacron Sail.

Nevertheless I liked the style of N.A.Granger’s writing, despite the irritation of faulty erratic, formatting (the author’s name kept popping up at the end of paragraphs, together with mysterious addition of the letters ef and random sets of numbers at the start of sentences) and some editing issues. This was a shame because these problems took me out of the story so many times, just as I was beginning to become absorbed.

So, to give fair weight to what is a well-told story, I’ll concentrate on the positives: it is an excellent example of both mystery and crime genres and I enjoyed following the clues (and sometimes being caught out by guessing ‘who done it’ and getting it wrong! The characters are well rounded and believable; I identified immediately, and liked the ones who were the good guys and was in no doubt who were the antagonists, both in Rhe’s professional and personal life. The dialogue is good and it’s possible to differentiate between the characters by their speech. And the settings throughout the novel give a good sense of place. The plot is tightly woven and moves, generally, at a fast but steady pace, with plenty of interesting forensic and investigative details, mixed with action and suspense. Personally, I did think the ending was a little sudden and, for me, a little disappointing. Perhaps more detail, earlier in the book, of the antagonist, may have given the denouement more suspense. But there again, perhaps I just misread the clues.

If there is one aspect of the story that began to grate slightly, it’s the amount of detail to food: to recipes made by Rhe’s friend, Paulette, to the anticipation of meals, the eating of meals, the frequency that food is mentioned. Small point but these things did tend to slow the action and sometimes it felt a little contrived; just to bolster up an aspect of the protagonist’s domestic situation. Or perhaps I’m just jealous that I don’t have a friend who will supply all my meals for me!

As usual no spoilers from me but I think I’ve said enough to show that, despite the formatting, loose editing, and all that eating, I enjoyed the read. To be fair the author did tell me she’d had problems getting the novel to me through the ether as an eBook.  I think I might try to find the first book of the Rhe Brewster series and the one after Death in a Dacron Sail, in paperback versions. Anyway, the top and bottom of this review is that I would recommend this author. I do like her style and, on the whole, liked Death in a Dacron Sail.

Copies available at:

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A Granger @rhebrewster #Mystery

Today’s team review is from Babus, she blogs at http://ajoobacatsblog.com/

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Babus chose to read and review Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A. Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

This crime thriller renters around character Rhe Brewster, who is pregnant, a consultant for the Pequod (Maine, Ohio) police department and a part time ER nurse. Rhe is compulsive reading as her private life goes through turmoil as the local police and FBI try to get to the bottom of missing local children, after the discovery of a child’s finger in a lobster trap. Her psychologist husband seems oblivious to her needs and disinterested in their unplanned pregnancy. Rhe’s role as investigative consultant has garnered her enemies, none bigger than the hospital administrator who is after her job.

I absolutely loved this whodunit, and really felt an affinity for Rhe, who cannot catch a break in this crime read. A lot of the time the protagonists’ private life is distracting in a read like this, but I was just as interested in what was happening with Rhe as the case.

I look forward to reading more from Rhe soon.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger @rhebrewster #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review is from Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.wordpress.com

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Luccia has read Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

A Character-Driven Crime Novel

 

Death in a Dacron sail is a cosy yet exciting crime mystery. The plot is tightly woven with plenty of forensic information provided by narrator Rhe Brewster, nurse and amateur sleuth.

Rhe is helping the Local Police Department, at the small coastal town of Pequod, Maine, as consultant, with an unpleasant crime involving a missing child. There is plenty of fast-paced action and suspense, in spite of the idyllic small town location, and there are many surprises and twists, making it a gripping page turner. It’s also very well written. The prose flows so smoothly that it is a pleasure to read.

However, the very best part of this novel is the characterization. Readers won’t be interested in a good plot and wonderful writing if they can’t engage with the characters. Detective, crime thrillers, and mysteries often run the risk of being plot driven in detriment of character development, but that’s not the case with Noelle Granger’s novels. On the contrary, the reader will love Rhe, because she is clever, generous and caring, but she’s also naïve, sometimes insecure, and others too patient with people who just don’t deserve it! I’ve wanted to tell her to be careful with someone who’s close to her since book one (no name so no spoilers!), and to stand up to her bullying boss!

The other characters, both ‘good’ and ‘bad’, are also so real they almost jump out of the page to watch you reading!

Death in a Dacron Sail is the second book in the Rhe Brewster Mysteries, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel, because the criminal cases are independent, and although the main characters are the same, there is enough background information for readers to feel comfortable reading book two alone or first. However, if you read this book, you will no doubt want to read book one, Death on a Red Canvas Chair, too!

I’m impatiently waiting for book three because although I’m sure Rhe Brewster will be solving another riveting case, and I’m just as interested in finding out how her personal life will develop in this engaging series.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

 

May Book Reviews For Fleet Life and EH Directory

Here are the books which made it to my magazine book review pages for the month of May.

For the online version of Fleet Life go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, click on the online directory, load and turn to page 32

May FL

Last Child by Terry Tyler

The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley

A Spell in Provence by Marie Laval

Back Behind Enemy Lines by Chris Bridge

For the online version of EH Directory go to http://www.ehd.org.uk, click on the online directory, load and turn to page 9

May Books EHD

The Gift Of Charms by Julia Suzuki

Two Rivers by Zoe Saadia

The Magic and Mystery of Birds by Noah Strycker

Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A Granger

Britannia Part II: The Watchmen by Richard Denham

Letter R April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

 

Day 18 April A to Z Challenge my theme is characters from books I’ve read plus some audience participation.

Letter R is for Rhe Brewster from Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger.

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death In A Dacron Sail is a Rhe Brewster mystery set in Maine. Rhe is a consultant for the Pequod police and a part-time nurse in the ER unit of the local hospital. The book opens with Rhe and her brother-in-law Chief of Police Sam Brewster being called to a local lobster boat where a finger has been pulled up with the lobster pots. Hospital pathologist Marsh Adams identifies it as a child’s finger and when a body is washed up a few days later an investigation opens up. Rhe is asked to go over old cases of missing children which have never been solved and with the help of the FBI the finger and body are a match to one unsolved mystery.

Trouble follows Rhe, she’s pregnant with her second child, but her relationship with her husband is taking a down turn. Add to this an assault by a drunk whilst she’s at work and a hospital boss who takes a dislike to her, and you have a lot of cross-fire as well as the missing children. A good mystery with more to come from Rhe Brewster in the next book.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation I’m asking readers to create book titles using the letter R for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll be choosing my favourites.

Today’s randomly chosen challengers for you to visit

https://northofandover.wordpress.com/

http://nothyacinthbouquet.blogspot.co.uk/

http://lifefaithincaneyhead.blogspot.co.uk/

https://kaygetscrafty.wordpress.com/kay-gets-crafty/

http://www.albomadventures.com/

Throughout the challenge we are asking readers to leave a comment, thank you.

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Death In A Dacron Sail by Noelle Granger

Death In A Dacron SailDeath In A Dacron Sail is a Rhe Brewster mystery set in Maine. Rhe is a consultant for the Pequod police and a part-time nurse in the ER unit of the local hospital. The book opens with Rhe and her brother-in-law Chief of Police Sam Brewster being called to a local lobster boat where a finger has been pulled up with the lobster pots. Hospital pathologist Marsh Adams identifies it as a child’s finger and when a body is washed up a few days later an investigation opens up. Rhe is asked to go over old cases of missing children which have never been solved and with the help of the FBI the finger and body are a match to one unsolved mystery.
Trouble follows Rhe, she’s pregnant with her second child, but her relationship with her husband is taking a down turn. Add to this an assault by a drunk whilst she’s at work and a hospital boss who takes a dislike to her, and you have a lot of cross-fire as well as the missing children. A good mystery with more to come from Rhe Brewster in the next book.
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2 week 40

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

January 18th – Sorting out book reviews, books for the team list and signing up for a blog tour. Visited my parents. Have started reading After The Goode by Cary Allen Stone

January 19th – My morning helping at school, a walk in the sun at lunchtime and picked up litter on my route.

January 20th – My list of books to review is growing ever longer again, but I hate to turn down any book. Took a quick walk to town and picked up litter. Gave money to a charity collecting for children with cerebral palsy.

January 21th – The postman delivered 3 books for review today, lucky me. A nippy walk in the cold today, picked up litter. Reading The Devil, the Diva and The Deep Blue Sea by Margaret Langstaff

January 22nd – Today I’m reading Death In A Dacron Sail a Rhe Brewster mystery by Noelle Granger. Went for my lunchtime walk and picked up litter. Offered to help a friend set up an account on Twitter.

January 23th – Began reading Trading Vincent Crow by D.C.J Wardle – dark British Humour about a young man determined to better himself. Left me chuckling. A cold day today so it was a power walk and power litter pick.

January 24th – Today I read The Serenity Stone Murder by Marianne Jones a cosy mystery set in Thunder Bay, Canada.