21 March 2014

NEW RELEASE: Miami Mummies by Barbara Silkstone

MIAMI MUMMIES ~ Book Four in the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider collection

The legendary mastermind criminal and mummy thief, Kyzer Saucy, strikes again. Part-time tomb raider and full-time real estate broker, Wendy Darlin joins her lover, archaeologist Roger Jolley as they struggle to save a rare Miami mummy from the clutches of this evil genius. Can Saucy be stopped before he kills again? Meanwhile can Wendy keep her promise to Alfred Hiccup as he attempts to transmigrate from the afterlife? Or has Wendy finally made one promise too many?

This book is an homage to the great Alfred Hitchcock… who is probably turning over in his grave.

BITTER NOTHINGS Best Mystery 2014

I'm thrilled and honoured to announce that Bitter Nothings won the mystery category in Big Al's Books and Pals Readers' Awards.

Thank you to Big Al and his pals, and especially my readers. To say I'm overwhelmed that so many people voted for Bitter Nothings is an understatement. It certainly makes all the hard work worth it.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

10 March 2014

NEW RELEASE: Play the Piper: Tonight's performance by Timothy Frost

Classical musician Matthew Colman, rising star of the virtuoso Greenwich Sinfonia, is separated from his wife, under financial pressure, and sees his ten year old daughter Emily only once a week. He arrives home late one night to discover from the TV news that he is wanted for the murder of a Dutch student he has never heard of.

The young lady in question turns up, very much alive. Anna is the fiancée of the young millionaire hedge fund manager who is also the principal sponsor of Matt’s orchestra. When Matt embarks on a reckless affair with Anna, he puts more than his career at risk. Passionate, liberal and unworldly, he is no match for the shadowy forces ranged against him. It seems that the events of the news item must come true as Matt, Anna and Emily are drawn into a sinister conspiracy that threatens them all.

This suspenseful psychological mystery thriller, set in the clashing worlds of the London professional music scene and international investment business, crackles with relentless action that will leave you gasping. Play the Piper is recommended for ages sixteen and above due to adult themes.


NEW RELEASE: Deadly Crossing by R.E. McDermott

A phone call. A common enough event, sometimes welcome, sometimes annoying, but seldom life changing. Or so we assume. But assumptions are dangerous things, and the reality is we all live one phone call away from disaster. One cheerful ring away from news of a tragic accident. One muted buzz from learning a lifetime of memories have disappeared in a raging house fire.

And so it is for Tom Dugan, rolling though the London night, the woman he loves in the taxi beside him. Life is good by any measure — until his phone rings, alerting him to the arrival of two old Russian friends with a very big problem.

Dugan’s attempts to help his friends rescue an innocent girl from the Russian mob plunge him into a world he’d scarcely imagined, endangering him and everyone he holds dear. A world of modern day slavery and unspeakable cruelty, from which no one will escape, unless Dugan can weather a Deadly Crossing.


05 March 2014

Bitter Nothings nominated for Best Mystery in Readers’ Choice Awards

I'm thrilled to announce that Bitter Nothings has been nominated for Best Mystery in BigAl's Books and Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards.
Voting has started and is open for the next 8 days. If you have time, I’d love to have your vote.


While you’re there, please check out the other categories. For each category you vote in you'll receive one entry in the giveaway raffle.

Thanks for your support!

07 February 2014

Mysteries in Paradise: Review of Thin Blood

"If you are looking for a light but satisfying read, then this might hit the spot."

Many thanks to Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise (paradise being Australia) for her review of Thin Blood. Read full review here

Kerrie is also a contributor to Fair Dinkum Crime, another Aussie crime readers blog I follow.

10 January 2014

On My Bookshelf: DEAD BY FRIDAY by Derek Pedley

Dead by Friday

Dead by Friday by Derek Pedley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Adelaide is no virgin when it comes to bizarre murders.”

Dead by Friday is a well-crafted and in-depth account of the cruel and brutal slaying of South Australian mother-of-three Carolyn Matthews, a woman whose only crime was to be married to the wrong man.

There is nothing simple about this case. Dead by Friday reads like a far-fetched crime novel, but then truth is often stranger than fiction. The more the story unfolded, the sicker I felt and the more I wished it were fiction.

My admiration has to go to the detectives who somehow pieced together this complex and warped tale of lust and manipulation.

Highly recommended for lovers of true crime.

He was once a bronzed lifesaver but is now a balding, overweight tyre-shop manager nearing 40, an ambitious man with desires his marriage cannot satisfy. She is 29, the wife of one of his employees; a serial cheater and manipulator, she can curl her lips into a knowing smile and bat bedroom eyes at any man who cares to take a second look. Kevin Matthews and Michelle Burgess are made for each other.

The affair begins with furtive sex in parks and offices, moving on to whiskey-fuelled trysts in motels. Their marriages crumble, his career and finances suffer and the obsession deepens. The pillow talk turns sinister. She issues ultimatums. Drastic action is needed if they are to start a new life together.

At the front gate of a suburban primary school, in between mothers' small talk, two murder plots are hatched. Contracts - complete with photographs of Matthews' wife and Burgess' husband - are issued. Enter amateur hitman David Key, who says he'll do both for $50,000. It is the perfect plan: Kevin and Michelle will escape their marriages, claim the $100,000 life insurance policy on Matthews' wife, Carolyn, and live happily ever after.

But their lust and greed is infectious; Key is instantly infatuated with Michelle, the "high-class sheila" who has hired him, and a second, parallel affair begins. When she tips over the edge into a manic and delusional state, the situation spins out of control, leading to a shocking and brutal crime.

It is recounted through the eyes of detectives, witnesses, families, friends, lovers and one of the intended victims, Michelle's husband Darren Burgess.

On the surface, it is a random and horrific crime without a motive. Who would kill a much-loved wife, mother and respected lifesaver? DEAD BY FRIDAY draws on the meticulous investigation and puts readers at the detectives' sides as they hunt the killers. It seeks the disturbing truth about Michelle Burgess - how did a schoolgirl who told extravagant lies to get attention grow up to be a serial sex-predator-turned-killer? The truth is revealed in a forensic profile that reaches conclusions that shock even the eminent forensic psychologist who compiled it.

Discover how the conspiracy and crime unfolded, leading to an inexplicable third affair, and the seduction of prison officers behind bars. Should authorities fear Michelle Burgess may try to strike again?

Available on Kindle from Amazon

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