#BookReview By Lou of Cooking the Books #ChristmasAnthology By #HobeckAuthors @HobeckBooks #Christmas #Shortstories with #Recipes #Charity #TrussellTrust

Cooking The Books
By Hobeck Authors

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Cooking is Criminal when it comes to Cooking The Books By various authors who are published by Hobeck Books have banded together to create short stories, covering every type of crime fiction, with their favourite recipes, all in one fun and twisty anthology this Christmas. Essentially a crime and cookbook all rolled into one.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE TRUSSELL TRUST (find out more about this charity after my review)
Follow down to the blurb and my review below…

Thanks first to Hobeck Books for inviting me to review on this last day of the blog tour and for the book. 

Blurb

If an army marches on its stomach, what do crime fiction authors do? Here’s your answer, an exclusive collection of recipes from the Hobeck Books authors team served with a dash of brilliant flash fiction too…

If you love a dribble of ketchup or a drizzle of raspberry jus with your fiction, then this is the cookery book for you.


Discover the delights of mouth-watering Maltese rabbit pasta and luscious lamb in coffee. Or dare to sample chicken wings more deadly than a game of chilli roulette.

Then there’s the story of how a midnight cheese, cucumber and salad cream sandwich helped launch Hobeck itself.


This collection guarantees stomach rumbles and belly roils, and all proceeds help others through the Trussell Trust and their network of foodbanks across the UK.

Review

Put in a mixing bowl – Hobeck Authors and Publishers, a spoonful of each sub-category of crime fiction, throw in some recipes people can create real meals from, stir vigorously and bake at a high heat and what is produced is –
Cooking The Books, full of twist tales full of crime and mayhem and authors favourite recipes you can make at home or wherever you may be

There are introductions to each type of crime fiction before each twisty, entertaining
Each introduction is written in recipe form!

Then enter each twisty story, one by one and solve the crime!

Then get busy in the kitchen as at the end of every story is a real recipe you can make from home. The recipes are the authors favourites. I, myself have found a couple I’m definitely going to cook.

There is also an interesting and exquisite foreword by author – RC Brigstock that is sure to get readers in the mood for many types of crime this Christmas.

So, get  your killer kitchen utensils out and bind together with a great dollop of crime fiction to solve the crimes, and with the enticing recipes, you can have the added bonus of eating along the way.

Remember too, this publisher – Hobeck Books is giving back. They are donating All Proceeds to The Trussell Trust that helps those in need with food.

Links to The Trussell Trust   and     Hobeck Books

 

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The Confession
By Maureen Myant

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Today, I’m reviewing the mind blowing, twisty crime fiction book – The Confession, thanks to Hobeck Books for inviting me to review. Discover the blurb and my review below…

 

A house on a quiet street on the southside of Glasgow. Neat, terraced homes with manicured lawns and pruned trees. Not the sort of place that reeks of decay or where dead bluebottles pile up on a windowsill.

When the police break in, there’s a surprise in store for them. They find Julie Campbell’s decaying body at her desk, her laptop open beside her. She’s a well-liked, respectable woman. On the laptop is a confession – to five murders. There’s one major problem though – only one of the victims she names is actually dead.

DI Mark Nicholson is persuaded by his boss DCI Alex Scrimgeour that the confession is a fantasy, and to drop the case, but Mark senses there’s more to it than meets the eye. As he delves further, the darkest of secrets are revealed, and everyone around him is dragged into a vortex of fear, danger and murder. No one is beyond suspicion as The Confession becomes a murderous reality.

Review

The Confession plays with the mind. Set in Glasgow, Scotland, one of its nicer parts, it is part police procedure, part psychological thriller in flavour. There’s a confession that has been made to murders. It’s there in black and white. It’s up to DI Mark Nicholson and DCI Alex Scrimgeour to investigate. This is when it gets twisty as the confession isn’t all it seems…
It is an intriguing concept to have a confession note, whereby its author confesses to more than 1 murder and yet the people are still walking, living and breathing and very much still alive on planet earth. The police, naturally want to let the confession note lie, except there is that pull to investigate further, especially for DI Nicholson even though profiles just don’t fit into the more usual way of things, which makes it even more mysterious.

As secrets worm their way out of the woodwork and the question as to whether the author of the confession note is a serial killer or not and who might be next, as the killings truly begin, makes this a highly captivating and intriguing book.

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Fair Cops and Foul

The latest book in the Tony McLean series is All That Lives by James Oswald.
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Discover Her Last Request by Mari Hannah

 

It’s set in Leith and a body is discovered from 700 years ago, but another, which the police are even more interested in, is a body buried only 30 years ago, then similarities in burial emerge.

There’s also a new drug on the scene to interest Tony McLean.

This is about what can happen to people in power in small communities. Iceland he noted was small and a good place to have a story about abuse and a story within a story.


It’s about 2 women, 1 dead, the other alive; set on the Northumberland Coast. It explores the victim by the clues she left behind. There’s a note left that Kate Daniels thinks was written for her, even though anyone could have been chosen to go to the crime scene and be on the case. It bears the instruction to find Aaron…

Mari Hannah also talked about one of her books being turned into a tv programme – Murder Wall.

They talked a bit about their characters. James Oswald talked about having a good support cast in his books and how he wanted Inspector Tony McLean to have an interesting backstory, but also having him being both self-reliant and contented, but not wanting things too perfect in his life, which makes Maclean even deeper and more intriguing as a character.
It was fascinating to hear that James Oswald didn’t always write crime books with Tony McLean as his central character, he in fact used to write comics in all different genres.

Oskar on the other-hand talked about not initially connecting with his character initially, so changed it. It isn’t often, if at all, I’ve heard an author admit this so candidly. He talked of liking writing about characters that have fractured stories to tell, yet are strong. He also talked about the person behind the person, basically sounds like he really delves into them to see what is hidden behind the initial glance.

Mari Hannah likes to push her characters into corners to see how they can get out of them. She also seems to like to write about having a good team, since she had one around her when she was a probation officer. Interestingly she also talked about how there can be a comfort in writing/reading about tragedy because you know then, that there is a resolution to be found at the end.

All in all it was a great panel of authors who had interesting topics to talk about and gave great insights to their audience.

#Review By Lou of From Sorrow’s Hold By Jonathan Peace – Happy Publication Day @JPwritescrime @HobeckBooks #BlogTour #BookRecommendation #BookTwitter #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #FromSorrowsHold

From Sorrow’s Hold
By Jonathan Peace

Rating: 5 out of 5.

.From Sorrow’s Hold is mysterious, heartfelt and compelling. It is out now! Today I am joining the blog tour on Publication Day for the second in the series of crime books by Jonathan Peace, and going back in time to the 1980’s. Find out more about it in the blurb and my review below. Then find out a little about the author and how he is a “cat dad”, as well as social media links you can click into.
Thanks first to the publisher, Hobeck Books for inviting me to review.

From Sorrow's Hold

Blurb

December, 1988

Christmas beckons
What should be a time of excitement and joy is forever tainted when a teenager’s body is found in the graveyard of Ossett’s Holy Trinity Church.

A suspected suicide
As they respond to the devastating event, WDCs Louise Miller and Elizabeth Hines, together with psychologist Karla Hayes, each use their own experiences of suicide to help the wider community as it struggles to understand the terrible choice that was made.

Another missing teenager
Louise starts to believe there is something even more sinister behind the events…

Review

Firstly, Happy Publication Day to Jonathan Peace.
Secondly, you’ll have seen that cover! It has atmosphere and is a bit spine-tingling in the chilling sense. It sets the scene well as the book itself is atmospheric.
This is a hard-hitting book to say the least and yet compulsive. The 1980’s style of policing makes for a great series. Think Life On Mars with extra tension and grittiness. Although it is set at Christmas, the book feels fine to read at any time of year for the crime-solving.

From Sorrow’s Hold is the second in the series (the first was Dirty Little Secret), often what authors say is that “tricky book”, but this author has cracked it! He captures the time period well and hooks you in with another great mystery. It would read well as a stand-alone for the mystery, but also as part of the series for the main character thread. The character development grows in this book and it’s great getting to know more about WDC Louise Miller, who is hardworking, strong but also has her own personal issues. This time she is on a new case because a teenager has reportedly committed suicide. The mystery then really turns up a few notches as there are questions surrounding this that need answering and it all may not be quite as straight-forward as it first seems. Elizabeth Hines, her work partner and Karla Hayes, the psychologist drafted in to help with her interesting insights and knowledge in what is a heartbreaking, dark case, that has more twists than what WDC Miller and her team were expecting. The further and deeper the case takes her team, the more sinister it becomes and the more compelling to read it is.
I recommend this series and you can grab your copy from today!

About The Author

Jonathan Peace is a husband, cat-dad and author of the WDC Louise Miller novels.

A Yorkshire lad at heart, Jonathan sets his novels in a fictionalised version of his hometown of Ossett, West Yorkshire, during the 1980’s. He now lives and works out of his home in Derbyshire, where he shares his writing office with his author wife, Lucy, and their three cats.

You can find him across the socials at the following:

Website: https://www.jpwritescrime.com

Twitter: @JPwritescrime

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JPwritescrime

Subscribe to his newsletter for monthly updates at: Jonathan Peace Newsletter

Hobeck Books: https://www.hobeck.net/

#BookReview By Lou of Kiss Of Death By Adam Croft @adamcroft #CrimeFiction #RutlandSeries

Kiss of Death
By Adam Croft

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kiss of Death is absorbingly intriguing in this fourth book in The Rutland series, that can be read as a stand-alone or part of the series. Take a look further down at the blurb and my review as well as a little about the author.
Thanks firstly to Adam and Joanne Croft for asking me to review and for a copy of the book.

About the Author

Adam CroftAdam Croft is one of the world’s biggest-selling authors of crime fiction and gripping psychological thrillers.

His books are known for their quick pace, thrilling plots and believable characters, and have sold in more than 120 countries around the world.

His books have topped the Amazon storewide chart seven times, and in February 2017 Amazon’s overall Author Rankings placed Adam as the most widely read author in the world, with J.K. Rowling in second place.

In March 2018, Adam was conferred as an Honorary Doctor of Arts, the highest academic qualification in the UK, by the University of Bedfordshire in recognition of his achievements.

Adam presents the regular crime fiction podcast PARTNERS IN CRIME with fellow bestselling crime writer Robert Daws.

Kiss of Death cover

Blurb

An elderly woman collapses and dies during a Sunday morning church service in Oakham. But things aren’t quite as innocent as they seem.

Within hours, there’s a second unexplained death in Rutland. Then a third. But the victims appear to be completely unconnected.

With the body count rising by the day, DI Caroline Hills and DS Dexter Antoine need to uncover the link before more innocent people die.

Only one thing is certain: a killer walks the streets of Rutland. But no-one knows who the next victim will be, when they will be killed – or why.

Review

Don’t be fooled! The book starts off so peacefully and captures a sense of a relaxed holiday type vibe and it gives further insight into DI Caroline Hills, her family and life. It’s rather a sedate atmosphere. with some welcome mild humour that is created in the beginning, until it changes with a rather odd death. It is so mysterious, this death is, in Oakham, that it grips and does so further as another two deaths occur in Rutland, but look seemingly unconnected. This brings Caroline right back into the office to get stuck into the investigation. The cause of deaths is different and may not be what readers will immediately expect.

At the beginning of the book is a map of Rutland, as there has been in previous books in this series and Adam Croft expertly ensures the reader can picture the lay of the land as he weaves his story of criminal activity.

This is a series I highly recommend. It can be read alone as the crime threads are all tied up within one book. There is also the thread of Caroline’s family that runs through, but there is some detail that ensures readers, if they start with this book, gets a taste of what went on before.

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Dirty Little Secret
By Jonathan Peace

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dirty Little Secret is gritty, entertaining and packs a twisty punch. It’s a great police procedural debut novel.
Find out more in the blurb and my review below. Thanks to the publisher – Hobeck Books for inviting me to review and for gifting me to book.

Dirty Little Secret cover

Blurb

March 1987
Ossett, West Yorkshire
A town of flower shows, Maypole parades and Sunday football games. Behind all the closed doors and drawn curtains live hidden truths and shameful lies.

A body is found
WDC Louise Miller’s first case as detective in her hometown is hampered by the sexism and misogyny of small-town policing. Her four years on the force in Manchester have prepared her for this. Along with ally WPC Elizabeth Hines, the pair work the case together.

What truths lie hidden?
As their inquiries deepen, the towns secrets reveal even darker truths that could lead to the identity of the killer. But when a second girl goes missing, Louise realises that some secrets should stay hidden.

Review

Be prepared to be transported to the 1980’s, an era captured well by Peace, with its telephone boxes (one which a body is found) and terminology. This is Jonathan Peace’s debut novel and also his main character’s first job in her new location in West Yorkshire – WDC Louise Miller. She had perviously been working in Manchester, so the transfer is quite a change of scene for her.
The year is 1987 and the opening date is Friday the 13th, adding a bit of a chill to the spine and even more so with some gruesome murders.


WDC Miller works with WPC Hines, the only other female on this West Yorkshire force. They get a bit of flack from the male officers, but they’re strong women and it’s nothing that they can’t handle. WDC Miller is compassionate, hardworking (since she has to give 110% at the very least) and is full of tenacity. She’s a great character to follow for a series of books.


There is a lot of authenticity to the writing, which immediately draws you in with its style. It’s a bit like Life on Mars like in characterisations which makes it quite entertaining and there are several twists in its grittiness. There are also references to real-life past cases, which adds to the atmosphere and interest in this fast-moving plot where all sorts of secrets begin to unravel, some of which were hidden for quite some time…

I recommend this book and there are more to come from Jonathan Peace.