#BookReview By Lou of The Genesis Inquiry By Olly Jarvis @OllyJarviso @HobeckBooks #Thriller #genesis #legalthriller #BlogTour #TeamHobeck

The Genesis Inquiry
By Olly Jarvis
Rated 5 stars *****

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for The Genesis Inquiry by Olly Jarvis. It is a compelling and intricately plotted legal thriller that it has that grip factor right to the end. No wonder even Stephen Fry totally rates this Ella Blake Thriller too. He’s not wrong! Find out more in the blurb and my review for the rest of my thoughts below…
Find out other praise for previous books below too.
First I thank Hobeck Books for gifting me a copy of the book and inviting me onto their blog tour.

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Blurb

‘What a treat it is to read Olly Jarvis’s THE GENESIS INQUIRY: a compulsively readable crime and legal thriller that pulls off the trick of being both satisfyingly traditional and supremely up to the minute. In the attractive, cussed and charismatic person of lawyer Ella Blake, Jarvis has created a hero that we can hope to see again. A real winner.’
STEPHEN FRY

Is there one last undiscovered, great truth?

A moment zero, a place in time that links all cultures and creeds?

A revelation that will unite us all and change the way we see history forever?

Brilliant but burnt-out barrister Ella Blake accepts an apparently simple brief: investigate the mysterious disappearance of an African American polymath from his rooms at Cambridge University. The Inquiry quickly becomes the greatest challenge of her life – solving the mystery of Genesis.

Facing danger at every turn, can Ella find the answers to the riddles and clues left by the missing genius?

Reunited with her estranged daughter, the Inquiry sends them on a quest across the world and through ancient texts.

What is the secret that binds us all?

Who is behind the dark forces that will stop at nothing to prevent the world from knowing the truth?

The Genesis Inquiry is an epic and gripping thriller by the brilliant Olly Jarvis which asks a key question – what can our shared past tell us about humanity’s future?

Review

TGI CoverThe book starts with a thought provoking quote before getting into the story itself, which begins in Northumberland, northeast coast of England, where Ella Blake is a lawyer and her clerk is Jim Hodges.

From the start, the quality of writing is most excellent and makes you want to read more, especially when Ella, a great Silk is losing some of her mo-jo and not entirely sure she wants to continue or not. Her clerk thinks she shouldn’t disappear from the profession just yet and gets her involved in another case at a university. Ella is a hard one to get to change her mind though and is pretty down on herself; this aspect and her practically single-mindedness is something that Jarvis gets down so perfectly believable. It allows readers to get inside her mindset a bit.

There is also Lizzie Blake, studying at Cambridge, with no love life to speak of, but there is a chance encounter with a guy, in not the usual manner of meeting someone.
It’s also interesting to see the relationship between Ellie and her daughter unfold.

When at the De Jure college, the professor has certainly done his homework on Ella and knows almost a creepy amount about her, but shrugs that aside. The case in hand is what happened to Matthew Shepherd, who has mysteriously disappeared, but there is also the question of whether an inquiry that may raise attention, is really the course of action that needs to now be taken. Even with this thought, she still does some investigating. This becomes so intriguing and is a book that you can easily lose some hours with reading. There are messages to decode and puzzling riddles and murders to solve. The Genesis Inquiry soon turns into a page-turner of a twisty thriller. It grabs from the beginning and then as it goes on, its grip increases. This is compulsive, addictive reading at its best! There is much for the reader to focus on and to see how it all ends as it takes readers (and the characters) in many directions. The crime is intricately planned, involving comets and more…
The case delves into both ancient history and modern times through technologies and texts that sends them to not just places in the UK, but also so many other countries in the world. Weaving through this are some modern day issues.
This is far, far from an average case to solve!

PRAISE FOR OLLY JARVIS’S EARLIER NOVELS
‘A legal thriller in the great Grisham tradition – genius author!’
Gyles Brandreth

‘The violence in the criminal underworld of Manchester is presented in scenes which are short
and shocking. Cut-Throat Defence is an excellent read.’
Simon Brett

‘The tautly-written, tense thriller weaves together the fates of crime victims, gangsters, cops and
lawyers – often culminating in realistic courtroom drama.’
Manchester Evening News

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#BookReview by Lou Waking The Tiger by Mark Wightman @mark_wightman @HobeckBooks #Thriller #HistoricalNoir

Waking The Tiger
By Mark Wightman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Firstly, congratulations to Mark Wightman for making it to the Shortlist for Bloody Scotland with Waking The Tiger. What an achievement for a debut novelist!
This, readers, is a stunning, captivating thriller that is historical noir. Discover more in the blurb and my review and check out the eye-catching cover. It is stunning! You can also find out more about this author below. Thanks to Hobeck Books for gifting me this book.

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Blurb

For fans of Abir Mukerhjee and Donna Leon, Mark Wightman’s brilliant debut novel is historical crime fiction at its very best.

Singapore, 1939

A young Japanese woman is found dead on the dockside, her throat slashed

Inspector Maximo Betancourt is working a new beat, one he didn’t ask for. Following the disappearance of his wife, his life and career have fallen apart.

A distinctive tiger tattoo is the only clue to her identity

Once a rising star of Singapore CID, Betancourt has been relegated to the Marine Division, with tedious dockyard disputes and goods inspections among his new duties.

Who is she? And why are the authorities turning a blind eye?

But when a beautiful, unidentified Japanese woman is found murdered in the shadow of a warehouse owned by one of Singapore’s most powerful families, Betancourt defies orders and pursues those responsible. What he discovers will bring him into conflict with powerful enemies, and force him to face his personal demons.

Review

Waking The Tiger coverThis is a thriller that grips in the depths of mysterious characters and as much crime as it has in beauty. Readers are in for a treat!

Firstly, there is a wonderful map with a key beside it, which aids beautifully for the location. There is also some cleverly placed mild humour, which adds some entertainment, that adds to the light and shade of this twisty historical noir.
You wouldn’t guess it was a debut, making Mark Wightman an author to look out for, for this and future books.

The descriptions, right from the beginning are integral to setting the scene and it is done so well and add colour and life in a contextual sense. Immediately a picture forms that leads you deep into this compelling thriller.

The characters Kuo and Betancourt are ones that are compelling to know more about as their lives are anything straightforward. There lies the theme of being a bit of and outsider and not being a total fit creates intrigue about them.

There is a richness in the historical facts, which adds some colour as it is quite dark underneath. Readers are led into the depths of crime and down to the ports and trade routes. There is theft of government bonds, human trafficking. Guthrie is caught up in so much in this thriller that easily hooks you in, with its themes and situations that readers will recognise historically and contemporarily.

Buy Link – Amazon

About the Author

Mark Wightman was born in Edinburgh before growing up in the Far East, first in Hong Kong and then in Singapore. He is fascinated by exploring the elements of history that lie at the margins, where the recorded facts have either faded or been hidden. After a successful career in media technology, Mark completed master’s degrees in Creative Writing at the Universities of Edinburgh and East Anglia, where he received a distinction for his debut novel Waking the Tiger. Mark was the winner of the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival, also for Waking the Tiger, and was selected to be one of the seventeen UNESCO City of Literature Story Shop emerging writers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He lives in Scotland.

 

#Review by Lou – Catch as Catch Can by Malcolm Hollingdrake – Happy Publication Day @MHollingdrake @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction #Merseyside

Catch As Catch Can
By Malcolm Hollingdrake

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Review written by Louise (Lou) @Lou_Bookmarks

Catch As Catch Can is an excellent first crime fiction novel set in Liverpool by Malcolm Hollingdrake. There is atmosphere and a terrific rhythm in the artistic writing that gives it an edge, on the backdrop of noteable landmarks and the streets of Liverpool.

Published by Hobeck Books, I thank them as a member of their Advanced Reading Team for gifting me a copy.

FInd out more in the blurb and short review below. Discover what book is coming soon by Malcolm Hollingdrake. I can tell you, it’s a good second book to Catch as Catch Can.

Catch As Catch Can

Blurb

A mutilated body apparently washed up on a windswept beach…

A violent criminal gang preys on moped riders across the area…

A teenage girl is desperate to escape sexual exploitation…

It’s a tough introduction to Merseyside for Detective Inspector April Decent, who’s just arrived from her native Yorkshire. Together with new colleague Skeeter Warlock, Decent quickly discovers there’s a sinister link between them all, one that will bring them face-to-face with some uncomfortable home truths.

Catch as Catch Can is the first in the Merseyside Crime Series from Malcolm Hollingdrake – bestselling author of the Harrogate Crime Series.

Review

Catch As Catch CanCheck out the mysterious cover and the abstractness of it as it reflects the Mersey in Liverpool. The book has great artistic qualities, such as the rich, imaginative descriptions. that hooked me in. It feeds into the imagination in a curious way. A flip of a coin and the book becomes darker and more intense as a tattoo parlour needs investigating, once the right one with a particular design is found. Readers are plunged into a dark world in Liverpool of exploitation of women. Detective Decent is on the case with her team to investigate. There are many great new characters to get to know in this debut novel and they have a definite northern feel and are really interesting to get to know how they work together and who they are.
It’s sinister and gripping as it goes on into delving into the crimes. Piercing through bits of the darkness here and there are subtle shades of lightness in some of the conversations that transpire from the investigation.

The book, set in Liverpool, highlights some of the landmarks of the city and the author uses the sprawling city well, so those familiar or unfamiliar with the city will get a sense of place and enjoyment out of it.

It is part of a series set in Liverpool. The next book is Syn and publishes soon.

#Cover Reveal of Catch As Catch Can and Syn by Malcolm Hollingdrake @MHollingdrake @HobeckBooks #crimeseries #sefton #Liverpool #indiepub #NewRelease

Very excitedly, there is a cover reveal for Malcolm Hollingdrake’s forthcoming first two titles in the brand new Merseyside Crime Series – Catch As Catch Can and Syn, published by Hobeck Books.
Check out the moody, atmospheric covers and the blurb. Click Here To Pre-Order

Catch As Can

Blurb

The gritty streets of Liverpool and the sweeping sands of the Sefton coastline provide the setting for Merseyside Crime Series from bestselling British crime author, Malcolm Hollingdrake.

Newly transferred from her native Yorkshire, Detective Inspector April Decent doesn’t have time to settle in to her new job before she’s tasked with solving a series of dark and disturbing crimes.

Together with Detective Sergeant Skeeter Warlock, Decent faces huge challenges – not least within the Merseyside Police Force itself…

Release: 20 April 2021 and 18 May 2021  –   Click Here To Pre-Order

 

The Angel of Whitehall by Lewis Hastings @istheauthor @HobeckBooks #Thriller #Bookreview by Lou

The Angel of Whitehall
By Lewis Hastings
Rated: 4 stars ****

Lewis Hastings, an author I had not heard of before until he started following me on Twitter and then Hobeck Books, wonderfully asked me for feedback on his book for them and the Lewis. I must say, he is an author to watch out for. He has books out already and The Angel of WhiteHall is his latest.
Take a look further for the blurb and the review to whet your appetite for Jack Cade. Buy links are included below.

The Image of Whitehall

Blurb

Jack Cade returns in this explosive thriller by Lewis Hastings, author of The Seventh Wave trilogy.

Twelve women hunted by a deadly enemy

A young African woman’s body is found slumped in a London side street. Her stomach slashed open, a single diamond hiding within.

A shameful secret that must remain hidden

An elderly sailor with just weeks to live harbours a dark secret that he has to share before he dies. The only problem. His memory is failing through dementia.

What’s the connection?

Former British police officer Jack Cade is the only man who can help unravel the mystery. Piecing together the fragments of information that the old man’s fragile memory reveals, Cade unearths a people trafficking conspiracy with links to the heart of the British Establishment.

They want his source silenced. Cade is the only person who can protect him. But who can Cade trust?

The Angel of Whitehall is the fourth brilliant Jack Cade thriller by bestselling author, Lewis Hastings.

Review

From the first few pages, I was hooked. It has a certain rhythm, within the writing of the book, which creates a certain, strong, almost heavy atmosphere. This isn’t to say it is a heavy read, it certainly is far from that, it’s an atmosphere and pace that keeps intrigue and the need to know more, going.

Jack Cade is the main character and is rather enjoyable to read about and the capturing of historical years and modern times is succinct and so easy to follow and seems necessary in this book to tell a complete story. The capturing of the historical years is done so well and eases readers into them, without it sounding textbook like in nature, but gives just enough for a basis of understanding.

There is a definite strength in creating a deep, almost heavy atmosphere. Mixing fact and fiction in a creative, yet informative way throughout was done in such a way that kept me reading as it weaved the plot together to create intrigue. It really captured the historical and the modern times so they flow together very well.

By the end I was left feeling very satisfied and making me realise that Lewis Hastings has a lot to give and is an author to watch out for and indeed you can find his books on Amazon and on the Hobeck Books website in their shop.

Buy Links:           Hobeck                Amazon

Hunted By Antony Dunford – #Review by Lou @antony_dunford @HobeckBooks #Thriller

Hunted
By Antony Dunford
Rated: 5 Stars *****

I waited awhile for Hunted and was excited that for Christmas, Hobeck Books emailed a copy and I wasn’t disappointed… Thank you!
On the backdrop of wild animals, there is a terrific thriller to be had.
Find out more about the author, the blurb and my review below.

Hunted

Blurb

Once a member of the world’s first all-female special forces unit, the Norwegian Hunter Troop, 

Jane Haven is now helping her brother Kennet protect some of the world’s most endangered animals at his Kenyan Wildlife Conservancy.

Heavily armed poachers pose a deadly threat to humans and animals alike, and when her brother dies suddenly, Jane vows to protect his legacy against the threats circling the Bandari reservation.

With rhino horn worth more than diamonds – those threats keep on coming – until Jane finds she’s the one being hunted … 

Hunted is a thrilling adventure that transports the reader into the savage beauty of the African bush. Antony Dunford captures the majesty of Kenya’s wildlife, and in Jane Haven, he’s created a modern kick-ass heroine for the Extinction Rebellion generation.

Review

This is a fabulous book with bite in such an exciting setting, which in turn brings a great paced thriller. Festo, Douglas, Jane and Tony are on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya,  amongst the wild animals, such as rhinos and Zebras amongst other animals and birds across the Savannah. It’s a spectacular landscape to behold in the mind’s-eye. It is exquisite in depiction of African wilderness and is quite irresistible and enchanting, yet endangered due to poachers and there’s a peculiar omen featuring an owl. All of which would draw any reader in and by the second chapter, there’s even more action.
Murder is never pretty, and this one definitely is not and the hunt is on in what becomes a fast-paced thriller, which becomes about humans and animals in danger. As much as there is this, there is a beautiful richness to the story and it is all encompassing and absorbing as Africa wraps around you. The theories are interesting with the dynamics at play in characters and landscape adding depth to the story.

The book later moves to Nairobi, Lang’ata Maximum Security Prison. It sends a slight shiver down the spine in the way it is described and then you get to know a bit about the activities that are within it and some of the prisoners. It gets more intriguing still and before you know it, the book has come to and end! It’s a very good end in finding out the culprit and also, like throughout, such a nod to conservation and the stark need for it, to protect what is left in the natural world and all done in a none preachy way and all within a fantastic fast-paced thriller with a great heroine.

Find it on Amazon and the Hobeck Books website

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