Tilbury Talks To… Lorna (LJ) Cassidy

Today, Tilbury talks to… Lorna (LJ) Cassidy. Thanks for taking part Lorna. Please would you introduce yourself?

 

Thank you for having me, Mark. My name is Lorna or I sometimes go by LJ. I’m a mum from Liverpool and I have been running my blog On The Shelf Reviews for just over a year now. I read mostly crime fiction but I have been known to step outside my comfort zone occasionally. I hope to one day become a published author, I just have to write a decent book first lol!

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
It was actually going to be a blog about writing, tips, short stories etc but I didn’t have the confidence so I kind of left it. Then I saw an article about book bloggers and reviewers, I thought ‘do you know what, I love books and sharing book love, why not do that!’ And the rest is history.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I’m going to start with the nice stuff, the best thing about book blogging is the community and the support you get from your fellow bloggers is just the best. Also it’s nice when you write a review and the author contacts you and says thank you, it’s just the best feeling! The worst bit is the negativity, people who say you post too many good reviews and you’re lying or if you post one too many bad reviews you’re a troll. It’s my blog and I decide what I want to share!

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I take notes so I usually leave it for a day so it’s fresh in my mind but not too fresh, so I can figure out how I really feel about a book.

If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
All of them! I follow such a diverse lot of people it would be interesting to have a chat.

If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
Hmm, this is a hard one. I’d love to meet Terry Pratchett, I adore his Discworld novels and I was so sad when he passed away (far too soon!).  I’d ask him if he hadn’t have died what would have the next Discworld novel been about?

Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
I have to be honest most books don’t impact me emotionally but the one that do are usually the scary ones. I started reading Pet Sematary by Stephen King last year but had to stop because I kept having a nightmare that an evil cat was stalking me. I don’t know why it freaked me out so much but I am determined to try and finish that book!

If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
I’d go back to the Sherlock Holmes era, Victorian London has always held a fascination for me.

In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I read it something like eighty years after it was published and is still of the best mystery books I’ve ever read.

Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
Only three????
I’ll try.
First, has to be JK Rowling. I hadn’t read for a good few years when I picked up the first Harry Potter and I haven’t stopped reading since.

Then I have to say Terry Pratchett. His Discworld novels are amazing, the levels of imagination and the fact he is one of the few authors that have made me laugh out loud.

Lastly, the Queen of crime herself, Agatha Christie. Need I say more?

 

Thanks for some great answers Lorna. I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie as a teenager, but I haven’t read The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, so I’ll have to get myself a copy.

Lorna can be found across social media:
Blog: On The Shelf Reviews.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ljcassidy85.
Twitter: @ljwrites85.
Instagram: ljwrites85.

 

Thank you for your support,

Best wishes.

Mark.

BLOG TOUR – Orchestrating Murder by Heather Osborne

 

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the brilliant crime thriller, Orchestrating Murder, by Heather Osborne. Let’s find out more about the book.

 

Book Description:
By day, he wears a mask, concealing his true nature from the world. By night, he conducts his plans, carefully composing death for those deemed less worthy in his eyes of existence.

When bodies of convicted felons start turning up, Detective Gregory Shaw is called upon to investigate. His suspicions fall on a well-known attorney, but can he prove his hunch holds merit?

 

 

 

And, here’s the book trailer:

 

 

 

My review:
After enjoying Osborne’s Rae Hatting series, I was very pleased to see that she’d published this stand-alone thriller.

The book kicks off with a very tense opening.  After the prologue, you’ll want to keep reading the whole book in one go!

Parts of the book are written from the antagonist’s point of view. Getting an in-depth insight into their thoughts and actions was chilling and disturbing. Occasional glimpses into the victims pain and uncertainty can, at times, be an uncomfortable reading experience, which is testament to the quality of the writing.

As in the Rae Hatting series, Osborne combines a complicated criminal investigation with a little romance. The elements work well, without the romance taking over the story. If there had been more romance than there was, it may have put me off the story, but Osborne gets the mixture just right.

I’d highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the crime/suspense/thriller genres. It’s an excellent read that will keep you guessing and wondering where the story will take you next.

 

You can find and follow Heather across social media:
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heather-Osborne/e/B00HM2AKHM/.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/HAOsborne/.
Twitter: @hosborneauthor.

As always, thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Mark.

 

 

 

Tilbury Talks To… Sarah Hardy

Today Tilbury Talks To…Sarah Hardy. Thanks for visiting the blog Sarah, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

Hi, I’m Sarah (front of above photo with author Tara Lyons, and fellow bloggers Shell Baker, Emma Shand, Kat Everett and Noelle Holten.) I am a book publicist for Bloodhound Books. I also blog at bytheletterbookreviews. Books and reading have always been a huge part of my life, more so over the last few years. I love spreading the word and shouting about the authors and books that I enjoy. Having been converted to a kindle after my husband bought me one, I now never go anywhere without it. It’s as important as my house keys or phone! I read quite a few different genres but my favourite is definitely crime and psychological thrillers.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I’m not great with technology and after getting starting up my wordpress site, I really wondered what I had let myself in for. I was determined to do it though as after joining an online book group, I realised how many wonderful authors there were out there that were struggling to get themselves and their books noticed and I wanted to try and help spread the word. For me, setting up a book blog was one way to do that.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing about blogging is discovering authors and books I would never have come across before if it wasn’t for my blog. Blogging has really opened my eyes to just what talent is out there. It is also a great community to be part of and I have made lifelong friends with bloggers and authors from doing it. The worst is the amount of review requests you get and not being able to yes to all of them. Continue reading

The Hammer Falls by Andrew Barrett – Bloodhound Books Blog Blitz

 

Book Description:
Some secrets, no matter how well buried, refuse to die.

When the remains of a woman are found in a burnt-out car, Eddie Collins reluctantly teams up with his enemy, DI Benson, to untangle the knot of lies behind this apparent suicide.

In the midst of all this, Eddie’s life grows more complicated by the day; his perfect relationship is suffocating him. As a CSI in the Major Crime Unit, he is also being forced to accept a promotion that he doesn’t want, leading a team that he can’t control or tolerate.

Even when the mystery is solved, proving it turns out to be deadly.

 

My Review:
In this, the third book in the series, Eddie has a promotion he doesn’t want and a team he’d rather not be part of. His people skills can be lacking at times, and his reactions can seem unlikely for someone in his position, but he comes across as realistic and all too human.

The humour that was in the previous book is here again, and better than ever. Barrett has done an excellent job of weaving the seriousness of a criminal investigation with dark humour and sarcasm. Whoever said sarcasm is the lowest form of wit obviously hasn’t read this series!

A lot of time and attention has obviously gone into checking facts and procedures, and creating a character in Eddie that many readers will be able to relate to. Another great addition to the series.

Thanks go to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in this blog blitz.

Author Bio:

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

Links:Contact: andrew@andrewbarrett.co.uk

Website: http://www.andrewbarrett.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndrewBarrettUK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewBarrett.author

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewbarrettauthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewbarrettauthor

Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Barrett/e/B0055888Q0/

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Barrett/e/B0055888Q0/ 

 

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mark.

No Time to Die by Andrew Barrett – Bloodhound Books Blog Blitz

Book Description:
When CSI Eddie Collins finds a dead woman in his house, he thinks life can’t get any worse, until a violent gang ties his hands together and puts a gun to his head. And this time there’s no way out.

Operation Domino is the investigation into gang boss, Slade Crosby, and his connection to an undercover officer’s death. But tampered evidence kills the investigation’s progress, and with Eddie gone, Slade is in the clear.

There’s only one way to get Slade in cuffs, but it won’t be easy..

 

My review:
After being introduced to a large number of characters and their different points of view at the start of the book, the story flowed well. Andrew’s writing is descriptive, giving your mind just enough information to fill in the blanks and create it’s own imagery as you read.

I really liked Eddie. His work ethics and methods sometimes aren’t what you’d expect of someone in his position, but it’s that element of his character that creates the dark humour throughout the book. I think many readers will see elements of themselves in him, even if they wouldn’t admit it!

The police investigation seems realistic and well researched. The developments in the case kept my interest. This is a great crime thriller, and although the second in the series, this book can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

 

Author Bio:
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks go to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part today.
As always, thank you for your support,
Best wishes.
Mark.