Anne Bonny #BlogTour #BookReview Where No Shadows Fall by @PRitchieAuthor 5* #NewRelease #Scotland #CrimeFiction #GraceMacallan @bwpublishing #WhereNoShadowsFall

Where No Shadows Fall by Peter Ritchie
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Expose the truth or let the dead lie still?
Grace Macallan’s life is on an even keel – at last. But a 9-to-5 career away from the frontline isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

So when she’s sent to investigate a suicide at Glasgow’s notorious Barlinnie prison, Grace gladly escapes her desk. The dead inmate is Tommy McMartin, heir to a ferocious criminal family. His murder conviction saw Tommy’s fall from power; cast out not for violence but because the victim was his gay lover.

The investigation drags Grace into contact with her McMartin adversaries of old. But the gangland dynasty is under threat and, as it topples, secrets once dead and buried are unearthed.

As she unravels Tommy McMartin’s fate, Grace senses someone watching her from the shadows, someone who aches for revenge. An awful dilemma faces her: to expose the truth or let the dead lie still.

My Review:

I absolutely LOVE the Grace Macallan series. It is modern, gritty and always a rollercoaster of a read. The crimes are always incredibly dark and the characterisation intense. The author often provides a backstory to various characters major and minor. They offer an insight into what drives or motivates each character, whether it be cop or criminal.

‘The evidence might be gone but some crimes can never be completely washed away’

The prologue provides the perfect introduction to the authors dark and edgy style of writing. We immediately jump straight into the lives of those who pursue crime and mayhem as their trade.
Firstly we are introduced to Tommy McMartin and his position in the notorious criminal family in Edinburgh.

Unfortunately, for Tommy the life of crime is brought to an abrupt halt, when he is arrested on a murder charge. With all the evidence pointing to Tommy having committed the murder and Tommy having no memory.
He quickly finds himself locked up, as a lifer!

‘He’d walked into the trap like as amateur and forgotten every lesson he’d ever learned’

For Danny Goldstein (Tommy’s barrister) it will be the case that will haunt him long into retirement.
If Tommy is innocent, why can’t he prove it?
With the guilty verdict, Tommy’s sexuality is quickly exposed. His family maybe a crime family, but they are devout Catholics when it comes to sexuality.
They also abandon Tommy, throwing him to the prison wolves…

When Tommy can finally take the prison abuse anymore and feeling little hope for his future, given his current state of health. He resides himself to his fate, of taking his life literally in his own hands.

‘Tommy McMartin went still; no one could hurt him anymore’

Peter Ritchie set the pace, characters and scene incredibly well, by page 60 “I am hooked into the storyline”.

Grace takes Tommy’s case, due to various factors, this is not the run of the mill suicide. Whilst reporter Jacqui Bell is brought back into the series, as the reporter following up on stories of suicides in jail. Previous character Bobo McCartney also brings some very welcome comical relief to the gritty storyline.

If Tommy McMartin was innocent, then who murdered his lover? And set him up?

Peter Ritchie

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Anne Bonny #BookReview Severed by @revpeterlaws 5* #NewRelease #Horror @AllisonandBusby ‏

Severed by Peter Laws
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During a communion service at a village church, the teenage son of a vicar brutally attacks his father with an axe. The horrified congregation watch the son escape and during a frantic police search rumours arise that the boy was involved in devil worship. Professor Matt Hunter, an atheist ex-minister and expert on religion, is brought in to advise, yet he quickly suspects the church attack may have a far more complex cause.

Meanwhile, a ten-year-old boy called Ever grows up in a small Christian cult. The group believe they are the only true humans left and that the world is filled with demons called Hollows, but they’re working on a bizarre ritual that will bring peace and paradise to the world. Soon, the worlds of Matt and Ever will collide in one awful, terrifying night where Matt is thrown into the frightening and murderous world of religious mania.

My Review:

The prologue of Severed describes the history of the Crooked church in the Chiltern Hills. Which slowly sets the tone for this complex psychological horror thriller.

We are quickly introduced to Rev David East and his son Micah. They live alone after David’s wife Zara left 2yrs ago. David is struggling as a single father and is filled with the constant worry that something he has done, has caused Micah’s withdrawal from their active community. He is consoled by parishioner Miriam, from the church he has served for 10yrs, the Crooked Church…

‘Maybe God’s planning something. Something wonderful’ – Miriam Aimes

As David enters the church, he feels reassured with the kind words of Miriam and begins his service…
‘God’s going to move today, Vic. I can feel it’ – Rev East

However, Micah has other ideas…
‘Eloi, Eloi, Lama Kataltani’ – Micah
With those words spoken, Micah leap into attack and pounces on his father. But why?

‘The boy has the Devil in him’

In the aftermath of the attack, Professor Matt Hunter is called in to help local CID Detective Jill Bowland. While Rev David East remains in a coma fighting for his life from the axe attack. The police and Matt must apprehend Micah.
A search of the house reveals a disturbing bedroom, which poses the question, is this child part of a group? Or acting alone?

There are scenes from another young Male’s point of view, Ever. They are chilling scenes that surround what a child can be forced to believe!

The novel is gripping and stays with you, it has brilliant themes and makes for an intense read. The mystery of cults and controlling behaviour is fully explored. 5*

Peter Laws

Anne Bonny #BookReview Red Snow by @willrdean 4* #NewRelease #CrimeFiction #Sweden @OneworldNews #TeamTuva

Red Snow by Will Dean
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One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?


Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.


Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

My Review:

Red Snow centres around a murder mystery in the small town of Gavrik, Sweden. After local business owner Gustav Grimberg leaps from the roof of his liquorice factory. Despite being warned off by local constable Thord, Tuva once again finds her self in the role of investigator.

‘Two bodies in one place, it doesn’t feel right’

The novel is atmospheric and there is incredible detail into the small town of Gavrik. How such a small town survives, the local community and running of the main and only business. It is refreshing to read such an inclusive character such as Tuva, for reasons, I will let you the reader discover.

Ultimately it is a story of the people from a small town, with themes of friendship, betrayal and murderous impulses! 4*

Will Dean

Anne Bonny #BookReview Blood & Sugar by @LauraSRobinson #HistoricalFiction #NewRelease @MantleBooks

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.

Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .

To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.

And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford . . .

My Review:

Blood And Sugar is a historical fiction novel set in 1781, dealing with a grisly murder at Deptford Dock…
But why does the body show signs of torture and with a slavers mark on the corpse?
In the opening prologue Nathanial Grimshaw find the naked body of Thomas Valentine (Tad). We are immediately drawn into the drama with exceptional writing.
‘On every side of them, the Devil’s breath coiled and smoked’

Captain Harry Cosham, war hero recently turned parliamentarian is immediately drawn to investigate the case, as Tad was a close personal friend. He begins by questioning Tad’s sister Amelia Bradsheet. Amelia is a widow and we become aware she is also shunned via shame and kept away from society. What little information she can provide points to trouble snapping at Tad’s heels…

‘Tad was mixed up in something dangerous. He told me that he had made some powerful enemies’ – Amelia

The body of the deceased shows multiple signs of having received slave punishments. Then the throat cut and left on display as a warning. But who is the killer sending a message to?

‘Our shard past was a dark and dangerous place’ – Harry

Harry’s wife Caro is reluctant for him to get involved with the case, due to his promising career.
We are reminded this is an era, where scandal could lose you everything you hold dear.

‘You cannot break the rules without consequences’ – Caro

There is an array of characters from slavers, abolitionists, prostitutes and key political figures. This is an intelligent novel steeped in historical accuracy, with the dark theme of mass murder of slaves (regarded as property, not people in the era).
Whys is Harry obligated to find Tad’s killer?
Who can you trust when money and power corrupts at its leisure?
The truth is finally revealed, and the ending is shocking and heart-breaking in equal measure.
Perfect for book groups and a thoroughly cracking debut novel. 4.5*

Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Anne Bonny #BookReview The Familiars by @stacey_halls 5* #NewRelease #HistoricalFiction #Lancashire @BonnierZaffre

The Familiars by Stacey Halls
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In a time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all . . .

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.

Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the north-west, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?

Soon the two women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.

Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

My Review:

The Familiars is set in Lancashire in 1612. It revolves around the life of Fleetwood Shuttleworth and her young midwife Alice Grey. Fleetwood is feeling the pressure to provide an heir, at only 17yrs old and with three stillbirths. It is a stifling pressure that consumes her every waking moment.
Fleetwood lives at Gawthrope Hall, with many staff to attend to her every need and a loving husband Richard. But these bring little comfort to her when she discovers a letter predicting her death, in a future child birth…

It is during one of her long walks around her estate, that she stumbles across Alice Grey. A chance meeting that’ll change both of their lives. Whilst Alice promises to help Fleetwood deliver a healthy baby and survive. Fleetwood is also aware of recent assumptions of witchcraft across Lancashire…

‘The Devil only appears to those he recognises to be his servants’

Whilst news of the witchcraft spreads across the county. People come forward to point the finger at others in their community and sometimes women they personally know. It isn’t long until several women find themselves under arrest.
But are they really practicing witchcraft?

‘The King is not a supporter of women trying to make their way in the world’

Fleetwood feels the authorities breathing down her neck and questioning Alice’s role in her life. Can Fleetwood help Alice survive the accusations and in turn give birth to a healthy baby and heir?

‘Women and cattle are very similar’

This novel is plotted around the real Pendle witch trials of 1612. Lancashire history comes alive on the page and makes for a cracking read. I look forward to future releases by this author, most definitely, one to watch out for! 5*

Stacey Halls