REVIEW: Dark Ink by Gary Kemble (Harry Hendrick #2)

Dark InkTitle: Dark Ink by Gary Kemble
Pages: 320
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 8th October 2019
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Investigating sordid political corruption, journalist Harry Hendrick grows uneasy when he hears rumours of a chilling figure behind it. Mistress Hel plies her dark arts from a luxurious suburban lair, motivated be a desire for revenge from a past marred by terrible wrongs.

Harry hears of demonic visions, of people under a supernatural thrall, and is slowly drawn into her web. Inside are diabolical ceremonies and visions that threaten both his sanity and his life; something black and infernal reaching out into the world…

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ARC REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove

Christmas Demon.jpgTitle: Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove 
Pages: 384
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 22nd  October 2019
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe – eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty – is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.

Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick’s calling card…

Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound in mind, but it seems that something – or someone – is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realise that no one is beyond suspicion.

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REVIEW: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

KeyTitle: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Pages: 352
Published by: Harvill Secker
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

What is really haunting Rowan? 

When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

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ARC REVIEW: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

RicochetTitle: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla
Pages: 328
Published by: Flux
Publication date: 8th October 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tati sends a saliva sample to a DNA ancestry testing site her results come back inconclusive. What’s wrong with her DNA? And what does it have to do with her unexplained seizures and the beckoning tunnel she sees during them?

What Tati discovers is more than she could have ever imagined possible. Parallel universes exist and her abnormal DNA compels and condemns Tati and her other selves—shy Ana—privileged Tatyana—and on-the-run Tanya, to a lifetime of ricocheting between their parallel lives in the multiverse.

With knowledge of their existence a deadly threat in every universe, the only chance all four have to survive is to work together to take down the scientist responsible: their father.

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BLOG TOUR: The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill

THEDEVILUPSTAIRS_JKT.inddTitle: The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill
Pages: 304
Published by: Black & White Publishing
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

Cat Thomas, a brilliant fraud investigator, has just relocated from Florida to a dreamy flat in historic Edinburgh. Everything seems perfect. Everything seems serene. Except for the unbelievably noisy wannabe rockstar upstairs.

Soon Cat’s blissful new life is in ruins. Desperate, she’s willing to try anything. When all else fails, she makes an appeal… to Satan.

And suddenly everything is eerily quiet. But her nightmare has only just begun…

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BLOG TOUR: The Retreat by Sherri Smith

27D81D4E-45AA-499F-BB9B-572ED6FC6790Title: The Retreat by Sherri Smith
Pages: 432
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 13 August 2019
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

Katie Manning was a beloved child star until her mid-teens when her manager attacked and permanently scarred her face, effectively ending her career and sending her on a path of all-too-familiar post-Hollywood self-destruction.

Now twenty-seven, Katie wants a better answer to those clickbait “Where Are They Now?” articles that float around online. An answer she hopes to find when her brother’s too-good-to-be-true fiancee invites her to a wellness retreat upstate. Together with Katie’s two best friends–one struggling with crippling debt and family obligations, one running away from a failed job and relationship–Katie will try to find the inner peace promised at the tranquil retreat. But finding oneself just might drudge up more memories than Katie is prepared to deal with.

Each woman has come to the retreat for different reasons. Each has her secrets to hide. And at the end of this weekend, only one will be left standing.

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REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Seven by Lyndsay Faye et al.

4C4BFAA9-0FED-463D-8102-896ABFC34F41Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Seven by Lyndsay Faye et al.
Pages: 511
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 9th July 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

Eliminate the impossible…

Sherlock Holmes lives on in this extraordinary collection of brand-new novellas. Marvel as the master detective scours London’s sewers to expose the killer of a mudlark; attends a deadly séance that may prove a man’s guilt; visits a dark carnival with an unusual menu; solves the murder of an Egyptologist’s butler; uncovers the shocking secret of a tobacco dealer; sets sail for America to investigate the death of a cult leader and settles an old score for his famous associate Inspector Lestrade!

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