Tilbury Talks To… Jill Burkinshaw

Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part today Jill. Would you let everyone know a little about yourself?

Hi, my name is Jill Burkinshaw (but just call me Jill)  I am mother to 5 wonderful children who are now adults and living all over (1 in San Francisco) so I book in advance to catch up with them.
Someone got my star sign wrong when I was born because I was born Libra and Libras supposedly have difficulty making decisions but that definitely doesn’t apply to me. I make decisions, BIG decisions suddenly and once a decision is made I will move heaven and earth to see it through.
I now live in Matlock in the heart of the Peak District with my partner and dog. Sheba and I spend a few hours a day exploring the countryside.
I have always loved reading and I have fond memories of swapping books with Mum.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I am not sure I ever actually decided to do it, it was more a progression. I always read paperbacks but due to a health problem I dusted off my Kindle because I could enlarge the text. I found free books and started reading a lot more. I found Goodreads and started reviewing as a way to help indie authors and from there a blog was a natural progression. I have only had my blog for about 18 months but it has helped many authors and that makes the work worthwhile.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I am not sure there is a ‘worst’ other then the blog tends to take over your life but for me that is a good way. Because of my decision to start blogging I have found myself going down a path I would never have considered a few years ago I do have some regrets that my life didn’t quite work out the way I envisaged but I do know that I made the right decision.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I like to write a review as soon as possible after reading the book while everything is fresh in my mind. Because I read so many it is easy for them to become mixed so I like to get it reviewed and the blog post created as soon as I can. Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Lorraine Rugman

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Lorraine Rugman to the blog. Thank you for visiting Lorraine, please introduce yourself.

 Many thanks for having me on your blog Mark, apologies for any errors and mistakes but my proof reader is at work (the hubby.) My name is Lorraine and I love books and coffee. I always have a book or my kindle in my hand, and more often than not a cup of good coffee. I especially enjoy reading crime and psychological thrillers and these are the books I mostly review on my blog.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
Not a lot 😂 it was a spur of the moment thing, I was off sick for three months after being attacked and injured at work. I was getting bored so I decided to set up my own blog. I’ve always shared my reviews to Amazon and thought why not share my reviews and my love of books on my very own blog. How difficult could it be? Surprisingly it was fairly straight forward and The Book Review Café was born.

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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.

A Year Ago Today.

Today marks the first anniversary of the publication of The Abattoir of Dreams. It’s been a great year! The Ben Whittle Investigations were re-launched, and The Liar’s Promise was published last November. I’m now looking forward to the publication of The Key to Death’s Door on 1st May.

Huge thanks to everyone at Bloodhound Books who do such a great job at supporting and encouraging all of their authors. And to all the readers and bloggers who have been so supportive.

Here’s the book description for The Abattoir of Dreams and some of it’s reviews:

 

Book Description:
The past is never far away.

Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael was sent to Woodside Children’s Home.

Now an adult, Michael wakes up in hospital from a coma suffering from amnesia and paralysis. Confused and terrified, he is charged with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also learns he attempted to end his own life.

Detective Inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison.

With no way of defending himself, Michael is left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand.

But then strange things begin to happen and his childhood comes back to haunt him.

Can Michael ever escape the past?

Will he ever discover the truth about Becky’s murder?

And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?

The Abattoir of Dreams is a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse.

 

Review Quotes:

There is a supernatural(ish) element through the book, which appears to be a side affect of severe head trauma. To that extent, it kind of reminded me a little bit of Stephen King’s ‘Duma Key’ and what happened to Edgar Freemantle after his head trauma. With Michael Tate (our protagonist) we really don’t know if it is real, imaginary, or just the way he manages to cope with his returning memory.
5* from Steve Robb, BookieWookie.

I so admire this book and the author for writing it; not that it’s an easy read, emotionally, as the author masterfully puts the reader through the mill, but it is justified. It’s an exceptionally powerful, well-constructed book, with a story that needed to be told. It reeks of authenticity, more’s the pity. The use of the afterlife in the plot is skillful, beautifully effective and credible. It’s rare for my heart to pound with excitement or fear whilst reading a thriller, but this book made me sweat with concern over the fate of the hero, Mikey. 5* from Joy Mutter, author.

This is a difficult book to define. It seems to have a little bit of everything, and it doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre. If you love suspense novels, you’ll enjoy it. If you love novels with supernatural elements, then you’ll enjoy it. If you love family saga’s, then you’ll enjoy it. There are also small elements of horror and romance. It’s a book that slips easily between all these different genres, making is truly unique.
4* from Kim Ebner, The Buzzing Bookmark.

It’ll horrify you, upset you, and hopefully open your eyes – at times the horror (of a very human kind) is relentless, but then again, perhaps it is in reality too, although we might like to think otherwise. It’s a book that once read cannot be forgotten, it’s a triumph for Tilbury and cements the fact that in reading his books, I’m on a journey with a very talented author. 5* from Shani Struthers, author.

Mark Tilbury has written a roller coaster of a crime thriller for sure, but this novel is also a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil and those who strive to stop it, this is certainly one read that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. Mark Tilbury is a new author (this is where I kick myself) to me but this certainly won’t be the last book I read by this author. If you enjoy a crime thriller that isn’t the norm and you don’t mind a disturbing read then this book is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
5* from Lorraine Rugman, The Book Review Cafe.

 

If you’d like to find out more about The Abattoir of Dreams you can find it here on Amazon.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mark.

Book Review – The Soprano by Sarah England.

Book Description:

A Haunting New Supernatural Thriller by the author of Bestselling Occult Horror Trilogy, ‘Father of Lies.’

‘It is 1951 and a remote mining village on the North Staffordshire Moors is hit by one of the worst snowstorms in living memory. Cut off for over three weeks, the old and the sick will die; the strongest bunker down; and those with evil intent will bring to its conclusion a family vendetta spanning three generations.
Inspired by a true event, ‘The Soprano’ tells the story of Grace Holland – a strikingly beautiful, much admired local celebrity who brings glamour and inspiration to the grimy moorland community. But why is Grace still here? Why doesn’t she leave this staunchly Methodist, rain-sodden place and the isolated farmhouse she shares with her mother?
Riddled with tales of witchcraft and rife with superstition, the story is mostly narrated by the Whistler family who own the local funeral parlour, in particular six year old Louise, who recalls one of the most shocking crimes imaginable.’ Continue reading