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?

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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?

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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 The Jack Lockwood Diaries by @GeoffreyDWest #wwwblogs

Today we have a review from team member Karen, she blogs at https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

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Karen chose to read and review The Jack Lockwood Diaries by Geoffrey West

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My Opinion

This awesome short story collection featuring Jack Lockwood is the 4th book in the Jack Lockwood Mysteries series; volumes 1-3 are full novels.

With The Jack Lockwood Diaries, Geoffrey David West has created an excellent short story collection featuring Jack Lockwood. You get to know Jack Lockwood a little, just by seeing his approach on different occasions and often rather unusual events. The Jack Lockwood Diaries is a fast and gripping read with really short and intriguing stories, realistic characters and some surprising twists. Geoffrey David West provides an insight into the life of Jack Lockwood, takes the readers on his journey. I was drawn into the stories right from the start, feeling like an invisible friend. The stories are categorised as 1. Supernatural (eight stories), 2. Adventures/Mystery (eight stories), 3. Humour/Surprises/Twists (six stories). The Jack Lockwood Diaries is a great read for short story fans appreciating the paranormal and suspense.

I had such a great time reading – I already added Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (Jack Lockwood Mystery, #1), Doppelganger (Jack Lockwood Mystery, #2) and Sheer Fear (Jack Lockwood Mystery, #3) to my TBR list.

Highly recommended!

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT The Jack Lockwood Diaries by @GeoffreyDWest #SundayBlogShare

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

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Cathy chose to read and review The Jack Lockwood Diaries by Geoffrey West

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A collection of short stories featuring Jack Lockwood, a Behavioural Investigative Advisor to the police. I haven’t yet read the full length novels which precede this collection but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment and I was able to get a real sense of Jack’s personality. He’s a good friend to have, trustworthy and reliable, especially in difficult situations and is well able to take care of himself.

The first batch of stories have a paranormal theme, one of my favourite topics. Cutting Your Losses, in which Jack is rescued from a precarious predicament by his friend. ‘Bloody, bloody fool! Why had I risked going so near to the roof’s edge?’ And Crash where a doctor shows Jack how to help some of the other victims. ‘Shortly after we’d got moving there was an incredibly loud bang and a splintering, tearing sound.’

Then we have several adventure/mystery stories which consists of, among others, The Confession about the man who confesses to past crimes when he believes he’s about to die. ‘It’s a bomb, yes. I’m sure it is. A wartime bomb.’ And The Waxed Jacket which shows appearances can be misunderstood and very deceptive. ‘Instinct made me put my hand in and take out the chunky brown envelope, and to slip open the unsealed flap, to see a thick wad of twenty pound notes.’

The Uncashed Cheque and The Ghost of Peter Cushing are two of my favourite stories showing what a very handy and thoughtful friend Jack can be.

The third and final section is Humour/Surprises/Twists which includes The Secret, showing how gossip can get totally out of hand with the potential to ruin someone’s life. ‘Would you believe it of a vicar? Long dark hair she had, short skirt, too much make up, and driving his car into the vicarage drive at two in the morning!’ And The Foursome where Jack’s motto should be ‘be careful what you wish for.’ He gets much more than he bargained for. ‘Susanne had long dark hair, a wonderful figure, sensational smile and an intelligent lively face,’

For such short pieces each of the stories are set up well, descriptively and visually, and each has a twist at the end. They are peopled by believable, sometimes humorous, characters and situations and are easy to get drawn into. I like Jack as a protagonist and have the first two full length novels waiting on my kindle. If I didn’t already have them I would be heading over to Amazon after reading the excerpts at the end of this collection.
4 out of 5 stars

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Georgia Reviews The Jack Lockwood Diaries by @GeoffreyDWest

Today’s review comes from team member Georgia, she blogs at http://www.georgiarosebooks.com

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Georgia chose to read and review The Jack Lockwood Diaries by Geoff West

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Review of The Jack Lockwood Diaries by Geoffrey West

 

Having already read ‘Rock’n’Roll Suicide’ and ‘Doppelganger’ I am a firm Jack Lockwood fan and was delighted to see West release a book of short stories which all feature this favourite character of mine.

Jack is the mate everyone needs to have in their life, honest and dependable he’s always willing to help out a friend and as well as being able to take care of himself when faced with any kind of trouble he is good company and the type of guy you’d want to go for a drink with. There are 22 short stories in this collection which range from humorous tales with a twist to spooky supernatural stories when leave you with much to think about.

I was going to single out some favourites in this review but every time I picked out one to mention another popped into my mind and I decided I’d end up talking about them all and this would go on forever. Suffice to say this is an excellent introduction to this authors work packed full of all good things, strong writing and wonderful imagination.

There are also extracts for a couple of West’s novels at the back and in these West gets to torment Lockwood by putting him in all sorts of precarious situations but on a much grander scale than can be achieved in a short story and all for our enjoyment!

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Terry Reviews The Jack Lockwood Diaries by @GeoffreyDWest

Today we have a review from team member Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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The Jack Lockwood Diaries by Geoff West

4 out of 5 stars

Twenty-two stories from Geoff West’s jolly nice, slightly bumbling and Jonathan Creek-esque hero, Jack Lockwood, all set in a village near Canterbury in Kent.

When you start reading something by Geoff West you know it will be intelligently written and well edited with some clever turns of phrase, with no sentences that make you think ‘ouch!’ – and that’s always a good starting point.

The first few in this collection are ghost stories, followed by crime/mystery and finishing up with a few of a lighter type. I thought the crime/mystery ones were the most well put together, and by far the best is Leaving It All Behind, which I thought could have been very nicely developed into at least novelette length. The author is very good at creating atmosphere, so much that I actually wouldn’t have minded being holed up in that little country pub during the snow storm…. his characters are very clearly defined, sometimes in an almost pantomime like way, but this is all in keeping with the whole Jack Lockwood scenario of not too serious crime solving in an idyllic part of England that comes straight from a BBC Sunday evening drama.

Some stories I felt could have been developed more; they were more situations than proper stories, and I’d turn the page thinking there was more to come only to find the beginning of the next one, but the writing was still entertaining and on the whole I’d say that if you’re a short story fan of these genres, reading The Jack Lockwood Diaries is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

The book ends with the first chapter of Geoff West’s latest novel, Sheer Fear – a better opening for a crime drama you couldn’t find!

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Suraya reviews The Jack Lockwood Diaries by Geoffrey West

Today we have a review from Suraya, find her at http://www.thestorymint.com

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Suraya chose to read and review The Jack Lockwood Diaries by Geoffrey West

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Review

The Jack Lockwood Diaries

Geoffrey West

This collection of short stories is perfect for the reader who wants a quick, easy read during a commute or coffee break. Every story has a twist.

The author opens each story with a believable scenario, which sets up the reader to expect that something within that scene to happen. However, half way through, the story shifts to focus on another character or another scene with the narrator imagining scenarios as in the story, The Body in the Woods. The narrator discovers the body of a homeless man and alerts the authorities. After they leave, he sees a briefcase and opens it. There are documents inside the briefcase. They lead him to contact a person he thinks might be the deceased’s daughter. She is a public figure and instead of being grateful to him for returning what turns out to be her father’s personal items she becomes angry and wants to know what he expects from her to keep the items secret. We find out why when he opens a copy of her father’s book, written as an academic many years earlier.

His stories hint at ghostly presences and we read about shadowy figures appearing in unexpected places. For example, the door knock which unexpectedly changed temperature in The Knocker. We are also reminded that people are not what they seem in Leaving it all Behind and that it is all too easy to jump to the wrong conclusion in The Waxed Jacket.

Geoffrey West draws believable characters who are easy to imagine. Occasionally he leaps ahead and delivers the punch line without giving us the benefit of taking the journey with him. In that sense he sometimes misses opportunities to build tension or for showing us character flaws. For example, he might have given a hint of Lucinda’s duplicity which would have made the reader pay more attention to the story line knowing that something unexpected was coming simply by the way she said one thing then undermined it by a glance or small action, which the narrator misses, but we catch. That way the reader could have felt like he or she was in on the secret and on the lookout for the moment when she gave herself away. This would have unsettled the reader enough to make him or her wonder why things did not quite add up yet still been surprised by the end.

There are many tales I could discuss but have chosen these few as tasters. I hope you enjoy all of them as I did.

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