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

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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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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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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 8 – Ray Stone @raystoneauthor #SundayBlogShare

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Today our guest is Ray Stone and his book Crate of Lies.


Harry Cohen is ‘London Desk’ for the Mossad. The success of a Middle East peace deal he has been part of relies on everyone keeping a big secret for two years but Moscow can’t be trusted. Harry has found a clue to finding the lost Russian Amber Room and keeping Moscow quiet. With the aid of his trusted agent, Raithe Ravelle, he must trace the secret route the room travelled by exposing an arms smuggling ring supplying Arab terrorists. The smugglers are using an ingenious false document and railway route system across Europe, originally devised by SS General Wilheim Rienecke. When Moscow learns of Harry’s plans, ex Stasi agent Heinrich Liebermann is hired to find the room first and eliminate Harry and Raithe. The race is on as the men follow the smugglers rail network from Vladivostok to Moscow and through Minsk, Warsaw, Prague and Berlin. Deadly danger is one step behind them as Harry and Raithe stay one step ahead of Liebermann to recover the stolen arms and rescue the Amber Room. In this chase thriller nothing is what it seems until the final page.

Ray Stone

Where is your home town?

I am an ex pat now living in a small village, Kathikas, up in the hills of Cyprus. It is mainly a wine growing community and my small villa looks out across vineyards and down a valley to the sea. I found my Shangri-La and am very happy here. Moved from Malta a year ago.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I love plotting and working out multi-layered twists red herrings and conspiracies. My goal is to lead the reader down the wrong path and surprise them when I reveal the solution. My biggest pleasure is creating very nasty villains that make the reader shiver.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Most of my stories have a strong political background that explores the sometimes corrupt or weak underbelly of government and scheming security services.

Where is your book set?

Crate of Lies starts its life in the American ambassador’s office in Grosvenor Square, London 2016. As a chase thriller our heroes must uncover a smuggling route originally devised by Nazis during WWII. We follow a train from Vladivostok to Moscow, across Belarus – Poland – Prague – and then Berlin.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Harry Cohen is London desk for the Mossad. He is very influential and a no-nonsense Israeli patriot who will do anything to make and preserve peace in the middle-east and that includes getting his hands dirty. Hienrich Liebermann is an ex Stasi officer and a psychopath who loves stalking and killing – for a price. Retired with the falling of the Berlin wall, he now works for a large American corporation of smugglers who deal in arms.

Raithe Ravelle is Harry’s assistant; an ex-con who got involved in a previous escapade and knows too much about Harry and the Mossad for them to let him go. Like it or not, he now works for Harry.

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

Twitter – @raystoneauthor

Where can readers find your book?

FREE on Amazon from the 9th to the 13th of November.

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California Times Publishing have republished Isia’s Secret featured in last years tour in E Kindle, Paperback, and Hard cover. It is also available on audio. There is a promotional video, 30 secs long with a music and sound effects track. I am in the middle of writing the third in the Enda Osin trilogy  Isia’s Secret – Twist of Wire – The Bilderberg Diary.






Twisted Wire by Ray Stone

Twisted WireTwisted Wire by Ray Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Twisted wire is a complex spy thriller. The prologue introduces us to Nigel Silsbury, a spy who is searching for the mole in MI6, a man known as Krane. Enda Osin is a political reporter for the Herald newspaper, he returns from holiday to a strange message on his phone. He follows up the lead and finds himself involved with industrial espionage and the theft of material about a high-speed experimental air craft.

The storyline involves the Americans, Russians, the EU and the British secret service in a plot line with plenty of twists and turns as spies are exposed, sabotage planned and deals are double crossed. Enda Osin, his wife Jessica and a handy right hand man called Fish sniff out a story and try to help justice win. Determined to be able to get a story for the paper Enda goes to great lengths and takes huge risks as he follows a trail to Germany and Europe.

A good storyline, a little of the dialogue didn’t flow on occasions as much as I would have hoped and I did struggle with the amount of characters and all the names, however a good ending which I didn’t see coming and had me checking back to the beginning of the book to re-read the prologue.

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Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 33

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;

November 30th – The Last day of the Mystery November book tour and out guest today was Ethel Lewis and her book Twilight Images.

Am working with Terry Tyler to gather some more genuine book reviewers for the review team. Creating more pictures for my Tweets about my book reviews as visual aids really do help.

December 1st – My morning helping at school listen to children reading.

December 2nd – Just sorting out the post for the books that I have featured in two local magazines, the online version for one has a glitch so can’t post about it yet. Am reading Twisted Wire by Ray Stone.

December 3rd – So busy on the blog, a diary malfunction means I have 4 posts going out today and tomorrow with book reviews, book review team posts, a guest author piece and my Fleet Life and EHDirectory post. We are off out for tea tonight for the oldest to help her friend prepare for a theory driving test, then I’m meeting up later with another group of friends for dinner. Will be passing on books I’ve read for others to enjoy.

December 4th – Just adding new reviewers to the team today, hopefully we can get through more of the books we have on our list. Have started filling my 2015 diary with book review slots today.

December 5th – Signed up to help fellow authors promote some of their books. Today I did a book cover for Charles Yallowitz who has a new fantasy book out on December 12th. I shall also be helping Barb Taub soon, plus I’ve taken on 5 new books to review for Brook Cottage in the New Year.

December 6th – A quiet day today. Posted a couple of book reviews for the book review team and pointed another author in the direction of the blog where he can decide if he wants to add his book to the team list. Trying to get a book finished today but got side-tracked by a re-run of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Seen the film loads of times but will always watch any of them again and again. Planning a Harry Potter film day once the Christmas holidays start.

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Noelle reviews Twisted Wire by Ray Stone

Today’s Book review comes from Noelle, she blogs at


Noelle chose to read and review Twisted Wire by Ray Stone.


Looking for a true spy novel that’s as twisted as the title of this one? Look no further. This second book in the Enda Osin series by Ray Stone takes the reader on a wild ride from England to Belgium and back, with double and triple crosses.

Enda Osin is a correspondent for a major British newspaper and never turns down the opportunity to investigate political intrigue. At the beginning of this volume, he finds an odd message left on his phone, one he believes was meant for someone else. Unknowingly, he has been friends since college days with a Russian mole in MI6, who has now found a way to use him as a courier. He will be bringing critical information stolen from an American firm developing a hyper-speed aircraft to the head of the company producing a similar aircraft for the European Union. In actuality, this information is permutated and will cause the EU aircraft to crash, while the original plans will be sent to Russia, to ensure that the Russian hyper-speed aircraft is the only one to successfully fly.

Enda senses something is going on from the get-go and decides to go ahead with his apparent role in the plot, knowing that he is becoming embroiled in a dangerous situation that could mean jail for him but anxious get the story for his paper. MI5 and MI6 cannot be trusted because they are playing politics with each other as well as with Russia and the USA, and soon Enda is on the run from a ruthless Russian agent, Voss, who is linked to several other dubious characters. No one is who she or he is supposed to be except for Enda’s wife, the beautiful Jessica du Ross, and a man he has used previously, Fish, a jack of all trades. Or is he?

If there is a downside to this book, it is the unbelievably complex plot, which is cleverly constructed, but leaves the reader at times not knowing who is who. It ends in an unexpected double twist.

It took me a while to work through all of the twists and turns, but if this book is similar to Ray Stone’s first in the series, I will definitely read that first one. or

Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2 Week 32

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;

November 23rd – Today is rained hard nearly all day, I stayed inside and read and reviewed two books instead. Good Deeds received, brother-in-law came and took away our old lounge furniture.

Today’s book in the November Mystery Tour was Buffalo Soldiers by Nicholas Denmon

November 24th – My morning helping at school. Today’s mystery book is Blond Cargo by John Lansing.

November 25th – Today it’s the turn of Lily Bishop on the Mystery November book tour with her book No Strings Attached. Visited my parents and helped out with their computer issues.

November 26th – A mystery set in Cyprus was today’s book on the mystery tour, Isia’s Secret by Ray Stone. Posted my review of Elsa Winckler’s book Touched to the Heart on my blog, a romance set in South Africa.

November 27th – Donated food to the local food bank for the homeless today. Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow is the mystery tour book today.

November 28th – A Much needed walk today in the fresh air and a chance to pick up litter. Today’s mystery tour book is Eden’s Garden by Juliet Greenwood.

November 29th – The mystery book tour is nearly at an end and today it’s the turn of Thorne Moore and her book A Time For Silence.

Drafting up the post for the December issues of the magazines I write book reviews for and drafting up the copy for the January issues to send to the editor due to the short deadline in the run up to Christmas.


Mystery Book Tour Day 26 #MysteryNovember Isia’s Secret by Ray Stone

November Mystery Tour

Todays’ guest on our Mystery November Book Tour is Ray Stone and his book Isia’s Secret.


1)            Where is your home town?

I was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex; a seaside town on the estuary of the Thames. A popular holiday resort, it was once the annual holiday destination for EastEnders from London. The town also boasts the longest pleasure pier in the world – just about a mile and a quarter with its own passenger trains running back and forth. I still visit every few years just to smell the Thames and remember my boyhood.

2)            How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I was eleven. From the age of seven I read to my father each night as he ate dinner. I would read short items from the newspaper. One night he asked me to go and fetch any book I liked from his room. I started reading a book and by the time I was two chapters in I became inspired to start telling stories and writing. The book was Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. I later won a writing competition at school and in my teens started writing poetry. I later went on to win an internet national poetry competition, had a full page article published in my local press with a by line and collaborated with a composer to produce and record five Blues numbers. I have been writing for 57 years.

3)            What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?

Thrillers top my list, particularly political mystery thrillers and some modern gritty British crime thrillers. My favourite authors are John le Carre, Vince Flynn and Daniel de Silva. There are many more.

4)            Where is Isia’s Secret set?

The story originates on Cyprus during the 70’s when Greek s and Turks were involved in bloody battles over a period of twenty years, fighting for sovereignty over the island. The plot switches to modern day after the intro prologue. It follows a political correspondent assigned to write a story about a Greek billionaire who has a lot of dark secrets and skeletons in his family’s past. He will murder to keep them hidden. One of them relates to a young girl named Isia and an illegitimate son. This leads Enda to uncover political manoeuvrings by the billionaire within Brussels EU and a dangerous plot to start a civil war on Cyprus. The plot thickens as our reluctant hero races to expose the plot, following leads from London to Cyprus and on to Istanbul, Nice and across the Mediterranean in a cruise ship. The story ends in a spectacular attack on the ship and a couple of unexpected and surprising twists.

5)            Can you introduce us to Enda Osin?

Enda is a political columnist for a large London newspaper. He is a flawed man with an extraordinary sense of integrity who expects everyone else to live by traditional ethics. His Irish personality and workingman’s attitude make for outstanding news articles that constantly offend the corrupted hearts and minds of the men at the top of the British government. Enda is a bachelor with one dark secret from his childhood and a guilty conscience he lives with. Love is something he has a lot to learn about, especially after meeting his new assistant, Jessica Du Rosse. Half his age, a beautiful West Indian raised by parents within the diplomatic corps, she is soon putting him in his place as he falls in love with her. As the story reaches a climax, Enda faces his demons and overcomes his greatest fear.

6)            Who is Paul Hrisacopolis?

Paul Hrisacopolis, powerful and popular with the Greek public, is a man who is used to getting his own way. He has attracted notoriety for his fight for Cypriot sovereignty, funding the EOKA terrorist organisation during the sixties and seventies during which time he lost his son in the fight. He is paranoid about anything that could stand in the way of his bid for a powerful position in Brussels and the subsequent successful conclusion to his secret political dream. Under threat he is not averse to silencing those who would expose his dark secrets and a family history that would ruin him and bring disgrace to his family name. So wrapped up in his own ambition, he is blind to death threats coming at him, one seeking profit, another seeking political victory, and another seeking revenge.


7)            What is Paul’s dream for Cyprus?

Paul seeks sovereignty for Cyprus by causing civil unrest through his powerful position on the Agricultural and Fisheries committee, awarding trade agreements to Greek companies only. With escalating unrest within the Turkish community it would not take long before violence erupted. His plan is to influence an EU decision to use UN troops to stop the violence. With help from an unscrupulous Turk in his pay the violence would escalate into civil war and the UN would have no option but to evict the Turks. Greece, unlike the Turks, already EU members, would be in a position to request sovereignty.

8)            What are the artifacts that Enda travels with are they stolen or lost items being returned home?

The Elgin marbles were originally obtained by Lord Elgin with permission while Greece was part of the Ottoman empire. Disputed to this day, the Greeks claim the marbles were never given and they should be returned. When they arrived in Britain, Lord Elgin had the marbles stored and later sold them to the British Museum. The marbles were part of a massive shipment sent back to England and after Elgin’s team of workers had finished they had ruined many parts of the Parthenon. Priceless artefacts lay on the ground for years. The British Museum and the government continue to claim they received the marbles legally.

9)            Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I am currently working on the third in the trilogy of Enda Osin Mystery books. Glassfrogs & Chameleons takes place in Venezuela and sees Enda Osin involved in oil and secret military deals with the Russians. I like to use some current political situation as part of my plot and mixed with fiction to create believability. I like reality – not James Bond.

10)          Where can readers find out more about you?

Ray Stone

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Susan reviews Twisted Wire by Ray Stone

Today’s book review comes from team member Susan, she blogs at


Susan chose to read and review Twisted Wire by Ray Stone



Reviewer:  Susan Marie Molloy

Political intrigue, industrial espionage, and games played between MI5 and MI6 are just the beginning to this thriller that brings the Herald’s political columnist, Enda Osin, into the vortex.  Add Moscow’s fingers in the pie, a mole in the British secret service, and an enigmatic telephone call, and “Twisted Wire” becomes a thriller worthy of other great “spy versus spy” genres.

Enda Osin is a political columnist who, in this second of Ray Stone’s trilogy, becomes accidently involved in a ginormous political scandal when he receives a mysterious telephone call from a seemingly wrong number.  Edna finds himself caught in one of the most thrilling and nefarious adventures ever published in a novel.

  “Twisted Wire” has richly developed, unforgettable characters.  They are believable and three-dimensional.  Ray Stone displays his talented ability to keep the story interesting and organized, while moving along quickly with just the rightly-placed twists that the reader would expect.   The dénouement is, indeed, a grand surprise, and I will leave it to future readers of “Twisted Wire” to discover it as I did.

I handily give five out of five stars to Ray Stone’s “Twisted Wire.”

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