[Book Promo] The Last Train: A Tokyo Mystery by Michael Pronko @pronkomichael #Mystery

The Last Train: A Tokyo Mystery by Michael Pronko
Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Raked Gravel Press

Publication Date: May 31, 2017

Description

Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime in Tokyo. He’s lost his girlfriend and still dreams of his time studying in America, but with a stable job, his own office and a half-empty apartment, he’s settled in.

His mentor Takamatsu calls him out to the grisly murder of an American businessman. When Takamatsu disappears, Hiroshi teams up with ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi. They scour Tokyo’s sacred temples, corporate offices and industrial wastelands to find Takamatsu, and a woman driven to murder who seems to have it all.

After years in America lost in neat, clean spreadsheets, Hiroshi confronts the stark realities of the biggest city in the world. Inside information can travel in a flash from the top investment firms to the bottom of the working world. Street-level punks and teenage hostesses sell their souls for a small cut of highly lucrative land deals. Their target, an ex-hostess, wants to extract her final revenge—which might be him.

Purchase Links

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Author Bio

Michael Pronko has lived in Tokyo for twenty years, but was born in Kansas City, a very different world. After graduating from Brown University in philosophy, he hit the road, traveling around the world for two years working odd jobs. He went back to school for a Master’s in Education, and then took a teaching position in Beijing. For two years, he taught English, traveled China and wrote. 

After more traveling and two more degrees, another M.A. in Comparative Literature in Madison, Wisconsin and a PhD in English at the University of Kent at Canterbury, he finally settled in Tokyo as a professor of American Literature at Meiji Gakuin University. His seminars focus on contemporary novels and film adaptations, and he teaches other classes in American indie film and American music and art. 

Pronko has published three award-winning collections of essays: Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo (Raked Gravel Press 2015), Tokyo’s Mystery Deepens (Raked Gravel Press 2014), and Beauty and Chaos: Essays on Tokyo (Raked Gravel Press 2014). He has published books in Japanese and two textbooks in both English and Japanese. 

Over the years in Tokyo, he has written regular columns for many publications: The Japan Times, Newsweek Japan, Jazznin, ST Shukan, Jazz Colo[u]rs, and Artscape Japan. He runs his own website Jazz in Japan (www.jazzinjapan.com). He also continues to publish academic articles and helps run a conference on teaching literature. 

More at: 
www.michaelpronko.com
www.facebook.com/pronkoauthor 
@pronkomichael


 

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[#BlogTour] Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot by David Michael Slater #KidLit #ChildrensFiction


Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot By David Michael Slater

Genre: Early Chapter ages 6-10

About the Book

The Mattigan kids don’t believe in things that go bump in the night. After all, their dad is famous for proving such things are impossible. But, when their long-lost Grandpa Joe shows up with his Mysterious Monsters journal, begging for help, the siblings find themselves drawn into a search for Bigfoot.

Along the way, they’ll have to deal with meddling babysitters, suspicious psychics, a YouTube disaster, and their furious father. To solve this mystery, Maddie, Max, and Theo must rethink what’s possible — and make lots of peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

About the Author


David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, The Bored Book, and The Boy & the Book, as well as the on-going teen fantasy series, Forbidden Books, which is being developed for film by a former producer of The Lion King. David’s work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama, Fun & Games, which the New York Journal of Books writes “works brilliantly.” David teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. You can learn more about David and his work at http://www.davidmichaelslater.com.

On Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qBj64w

[Book Promo] The Magician’s Workshop by Christopher Hansen & J.R. Fehr

The Magician’s Workshop by Christopher Hansen & J.R Fehr

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of age

Publisher: Wondertale Press

Publication Date: May 2017

Description

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence.

Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

 Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

Purchase Link

Amazon Canada | Amazon US

 Author Bio

Christopher Hansen

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday. “Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all around us.” Chris looked around him and asked, “Where? I don’t see anything spectacular.” The man held out a pair of glasses. “Here, put these on.” The boy placed them over his eyes and—“Whoa!” He was gobsmacked by the Wonder he saw. But it lasted only a moment. The man vanished in a flash of starlight and the lenses melted and trickled down his cheeks.  Then a message was sung into his ear, “Go and seek what you have seen.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris set out. To his great joy, this quest has led him to discover many more glimmerings of this miraculous Wonder, often in the most unexpected of places.
J. R Fehr

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child, he continued to find life whoa-tazzling. But as he grew older, the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless marshland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.

Media Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Magiciansworkshop/

TWITTER: @HansenFehr    

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32948256-the-magician-s-workshop-volume-one

INSTAGRAM: http://Instagram.com/TheMagiciansWorkshop

 

 

 

[#BlogTour] Book Review: No Exit by Taylor Adams

Hello booknerds!  Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for No Exit by Taylor Adams. 

I’ve had the pleasure of reading this book, and it certainly does not disappoint.  Check out my review below!

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Joffe Books

Publication Date: July 1, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ 1/2 (4.5 out of 5)

Description

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars.

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.

Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat. 

Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, or Stephen King.

Who is the little girl? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

TAYLOR is the author of EYESHOT and OUR LAST NIGHT

My Thoughts

What would you do if you saw a little girl trapped in a van?

This book had my heart racing and palms sweaty.  If I didn’t require sleep, I wouldn’t have put it down.

It was incredibly fast paced and had me hooked from the start, when Darby Thorne gets stuck in a storm and has to pull over at a rest stop.  From then on, Darby thinks she sees a child trapped in a van.  But with no cell reception, she is stranded with 4 stranded with 4 strangers – one being the kidnapper. 

The only reason I deducted half a star (or heart I should say), was because I had predicted one of the suspects early on.

I loved the character build up and scenery. It was like something you would see in a horror movie.  

I would recommend this to anyone who likes thrillers.

 
Author Bio

Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His work has been selected by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his movie reviews have appeared on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state with his girlfriend Jaclyn and their chihuahua, cat, and python. EYESHOT is Adams’ debut novel. Film and audio rights have been sold.

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[Book Review] In This Moment by Karma Brown @KarmaKBrown @parkrowbooks #WomensFiction #CanLit

**I’d like to thank the publishers for my copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

In This Moment by Karma Brown

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Genre: Women’s fiction

Publisher: Park Row Books

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Description

Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she’s able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.

After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him. 

Meg can’t help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy’s family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family—and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy’s father, Andrew.
Soon Meg’s picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she’s been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?

What I thought
Can you imagine what it would be like to witness a life-threatening accident? Or better yet, what if you were the one receiving the news that your child has just been hit by car?

These are the images that Karma Brown so brilliantly paints! This is the first novel that I have read from this author and will certainly be reading more from her.

Have you ever had one of those days where strange things happen and it’s as if it’s the universe’s way of telling you something bad is going to happen?  That’s how this story begins which takes you on a journey of relationships, one woman’s guilt, and a grieving family.

Being a Canadian and fellow Torontonian, I was happy to learn that Brown and I share something in common and it was the perfect way to kick off Canada’s 150th!

The writing was excellent with characters who felt genuine.  I truly enjoyed living inside Meg’s head and going through the mix of emotions.

At first all I can see when I close my eyes is Jack Beckett, the aftereffects of the accident, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep.

…It’s my fault

I wanted a break from all the thrillers I’ve been reading, and this was a very enjoyable read.  One that will be added to my list of picks 😊.

Have you read this book? Or any of Karma Brown’s other novels?

[Book Blitz & Giveaway] Monsters Among Us by Amanda Strong @aewstrong @CleanTeenPub #YALit 



Monsters Among Us
Amanda Strong
(Monsters Among Us #3)

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: June 26th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

What if the fate of the world lies with the monster—not the hero?

The world is shifting, and Sammy has complete control. But as hidden truths surface, she starts to doubt everyone who is close to her. The Ancients and Kory have been harboring dark secrets, and it could mean war between the Dragon Fae and the Irukas. With the Defenders as her devoted soldiers, Sam must make some difficult decisions. Should she save the world… or save herself?

Blake won’t give up on Sam. He knows he can’t trust Tonbo anymore, or the web of lies he’s been thrown into. If he hopes to save Sam, he must find the real reason Kory created the bug army. Turns out there could be something far worse than bloodthirsty bugs buriedon the islands, and Blake will have to fight his own inner demons if he wants to save those he loves—including Sam.

In a world filled with mistrust and lies, Blake and Sam must unearth the truth and face their own fears and weaknesses. If they don’t, their lives—and the fate of all humanity—will hang in the balance.

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EXCERPT:

Rounding a corner, I flew right into a pair of bright aqua eyes. I knew those eyes, and the recognition felt like a slap to my face. I halted, not just to avoid collision but because of absolute shock.

Impossible. How’s he here?

“Blake,” Mack gasped.

I remained stunned, still hovering inches from his face. Where were all the Defenders? How did he just waltz in? Why wasn’t he bound? I couldn’t process what I was seeing.

Trying to recompose myself in those milliseconds we both remained in a locked gaze, it dawned on me that Jaxon had not rushed his brother. I only heard heavy breathing behind me, and I wanted desperately to turn around to see what Jaxon was doing. Was he preparing for an attack, or was he awaiting my command?

Yet, I couldn’t peel my eyes away from Blake. Those aqua pools pulled me closer, beckoned me nearer even though our faces were mere inches apart. Frustrated, I commanded myself to move. Show some strength. Straighten your back, for heaven’s sake. I’m like a freaking hunchback, practically bowing to him. What’s wrong with me? Back up… now.

I didn’t move. I couldn’t. It was like my bedroom all over again, when I’d found myself moving toward him, longing to be near him against my will. Only this time, it was worse. He was too close, the magnetic pull reinforced by his nearness. I felt helpless against it, which panicked me more.

He didn’t say anything, his eyes raking my face, searching for Sam. But I’m not Sam, I wanted to shout, though I didn’t. I just kept on gazing into his eyes like a dunce.

You’ve got to be joking, Sam. I heard and felt nothing. I know you’re here. You must be, because I’m freaking stuck in place.

Again, there was nothing to betray her presence until I did the unthinkable. I closed the gap and kissed Blake.

I kissed him like my life depended on it, like I couldn’t get enough of his mouth, like he was the only person in the room, never mind the others’ audible gasps. I wrapped my hands around the back of his neck, pulling him to me. Blake seemed just as shocked as I was by my actions. He stiffened at my touch, groaned under my lips, and then, before I could feel remorse, pulled back from me as fast as I’d come at him, untangling himself from my embrace.

There were those eyes again, probing my face, questions forming but not spoken.


Author Bio:

Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia, and now New Mexico home. She has loved to spin tales since childhood. It was not uncommon to find her hiding in some random corner, scribbling away in her spiral-bound notebook, with her bright pink glasses. You could say some things have not changed.

Amanda signed with Clean Teen Publishing in the fall of 2013. She is the author of two paranormal, YA series: The Watchers of Men and Monsters Among Us.

The first novel in The Watchers of Men series, The Awakener, debuted in October of 2013. It has been an Amazon number one best seller in three Young Adult categories. Book two, The Holy and The Fallen, released May 12th of 2015. She is currently working on book three, The Watcher’s Mark, releasing spring of 2016.

Hidden Monster released November 4th of 2014, and it finished as a Finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Award: Young Adult Category. It is book one of a brand-new young adult, sci-fi thriller series called Monsters Among Us.

When Amanda isn’t writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions, you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream. See more at:

http://www.authoramandastrong.com

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[#BlogTour] Watching You by Gretta Mulrooney @JoffeBooks

I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for Watching You by Gretta Mulrooney.

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Joffe Books

Publication Date: June 21, 2017

Description

Who is watching him and what does he want?

Two years ago someone kidnapped Thomas Maddox’s six-month-old son. The case has never been solved and the boy has never been found.

Now someone is watching Thomas and sending him dark emails.  And Thomas keeps suffering nasty accidents.

 

The police won’t do anything more, so Thomas’s wealthy grandfather hires Tyrone Swift to shed light on the case.

Can ex-police detective Tyrone Swift get to the bottom of this tangled web of family secrets and pain, and is there any hope of finding the child alive?

 

WATCHING YOU is a beautifully written mystery that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.

 

Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, P.D. James, or Ruth Rendell.

** EXCERPT **

They are suffering. They’re going to suffer more. Much more. I will rack up their fear as and when I want. The changes have been rung. Ding ding! This round is mine. It’s my finger on the misery switch now.

There’s no urgency. I’ve been subject to other people’s rules and whims for long enough. My old man. Foster parents. Social workers. Teachers. Care homes. ‘Move here. Move there. Do this. Don’t do that. Hurry up. Eat that. Leave that alone. Don’t you ever listen? Stop causing trouble. You’re a bloody nuisance. Waste of space.

’I’m in no hurry now. I’m in control. I can take my time and enjoy the process. If life is all about costs and payoffs, I’ve paid enough. Now it’s my turn for full payback. That means hard cash too. Sit back and enjoy. Sweet like honey.

I’ve thought this through for a long time. Researching. Planning. Slowly adding fuel to my anger. Relishing the resentment. The observing and waiting has brought its own rewards. 

Finally, I’ve reached the place where I can stake my claim. Even the score.

It’s satisfying to play the long game. Tease and change the rules and tactics when I feel like it. Watch them wriggling, agonising and wondering.

Sometimes I think I’ll never want the game to end because of the satisfaction I get. I know it has to one day. I’m not sure yet how I’ll trigger the end. With fireworks and a big bang, anyway. A grand finale. I’ll wait and see. I’m flexible. Imaginative. Patient. 

My life has been messy and unpredictable. Now they’re finding that their lives are. They’re discovering what it’s like to be scared and wondering what might happen next. To be in someone else’s power. Will that person be cruel to you or kind? Stroke your hair or slap your face? Feed you or keep you hungry? Let you in or lock you out? What mood will they be in today? 

The pleasure, the warm feeling deep inside comes from the watching. The anticipation. Playing another unexpected hand. 

Suffering and damage. 

They feel good. It’s all a bit of a treat. 

Sweet like sugar.

Author Bio
“I was born and brought up in London. My parents were Irish. I studied for a B.A. in English at The University of Ulster and subsequently a qualification in Social Work. I taught English in secondary schools, then worked in social care for many years.

I started writing for children in my thirties and had five books published with Poolbeg Press. My first adult fiction novel won a bursary from East Midlands Arts. My first published novel, Araby, was with Harper Collins, followed by Marble Heart. Robert Hale published the next three novels; Fire and Ice, Out of the Blue and The Apple of Her Eye.

I have had two short stories, The Old Master and The Gold Digger, commissioned by and read on Radio Four.

I have always been an avid reader of psychological thrillers and crime fiction and decided, in retirement, to turn to crime. I am currently working on releasing my fourth novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift.”

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[#BookReview] Shattered by Allison Brennan @StMartinsPress @Allison_Brennan @Netgalley #MysteryAndThrillers 

** I’d like to thank the publishers for providing an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

Shattered (Max Revere Series #4) by Allison Brennan
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: Aug 22, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Description

Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her―they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure―so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law― Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth―but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family―and herself―the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling―with Max’s research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

My Thoughts

When I first started reading this book, it was great.  I hadn’t realized it was part of a series until I marked it on my Goodreads shelf.  Having said that, I felt it was one that could be read as a standalone eventhough I haven’t read the others.

The Good

I really enjoyed getting to know Max who’s an investigative reporter solving cold cases.  She’s clever and very good at what she does.

I thought Brennan did a great job at keeping the reader immersed and filling in who the characters from the previous series were and how they’re connected.

The Bad 

Because there were characters brought in from two different series, it became overwhelming and a lot to take in.  It was easy to become confused since there were so many people and stories to keep track of.  If you’re like me and pace your reading, you will find yourself backtracking just to remember who was who.   

I would have typically given 3 stars, but this was a rare case in which I rated it a 4.  Despite having to go back and retrace a few steps, the storyline was well thought out which made it a very enjoyable read.

Have you had a chance to read this yet?  Or have you read any books from this series?

[#BookRelease] Tobacco Sun by Lorna Hollifield @AuthorLornaH @PenNamePublish #HistoricalFiction

Tobacco Sun by Lorna Hollifield 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Pen Name Publishing

Publication Date: June 13, 2017 

Description:

The year is 1947. The war is over, Jackie Robinson has just integrated baseball, and Frank Sinatra breezes in over the fuzzy airwaves. A sense of relief is finally sweeping the nation…everywhere except Tobaccoville, North Carolina.

Beyond the rural fields that are pregnant with decades of secrets, a mysterious Hollywood pin-up is jailed for murder while her facially birthmarked half-sister may hold the answers as to why. 

The two girls, estranged for years, share a haunting past, a shell-shocked love interest, and maybe even a cruel destiny. Through mountains of lies, the truth that inevitably comes pouring out of the tobacco leaves will come to light. Will this light reveal the path to the siblings’ foreordained destruction, or their long-awaited deliverance? Will they realize they each hold the power to set the other free before it’s too late?

A story of heritage, hurt, and somehow, hope; Tobacco Sun keeps you on the edge of your seat while you find yourself rooting for redemption.

Book Excerpt/Teaser Quote:

I’m not haunted by the person who died, but by the image of the actual death.  A ghost would almost be better to contend with.  At least I could argue with him, say things to him, encourage him to leave, pray him away maybe.  Instead, I’m left with the image of this quiet, inanimate thing that always has to be carried.  It’s the heaviest picture known to man, and I am its handler.  I think it weighs 300 pounds, and spends most of its time sitting just north of my belly-button, though it’s been known to vacation in the back of my throat where the whiskey stings me now…but clearly not enough. – Sydra on seeing the murder and carrying the secret. 

Purchase Links:

B&N | Amazon

 Author Bio:

Lorna Hollifield was born in Asheville, North Carolina, but now enjoys the island life outside of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Kimsey, and two mutts, Scarlet and Daisy.  
She’s been an author from the time she could speak, always spinning yarns for anyone who would listen.  She began her professional writing journey as a tourism and travel blogger, before finally deciding to pursue her dream of publishing fiction.  Tobacco Sun is her first novel, and she’s delighted to share it with the world!  

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[Book Review] The Mayfly by James Hazel @JamesHazelBooks @BonnierZaffre #CrimeFiction #TheMayFly 

The Mayfly by James Hazel

**I’d like to thank Bonnier Zaffre Books for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crime Fiction

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre Books

Publication Date: June 15, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Description

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two. 

When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for. 

As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?



My Thoughts

I kept coming across this book on other blogs and Instagram, and thought it sounded like a really great read.  I was definitely not disappointed!  This was just the high octane thriller I was seeking.  

The story starts off with the discovery of a mutilated body in the woods.  While investigators are trying to piece the crime scene together, we are then taken back to the past during WWII to a German concentration camp, where a mysterious man from the British intelligence shows up.  Fast forward to the present, and we meet Charlie Priest: an ex-detective inspector, turned lawyer who gets an unexpected visit from a fake cop who nearly kills him in search of a flash drive.  Sounds exciting right?  

The story weaves in and out between the past and present, which was cleverly written.  It was like playing a game of Clue.  You literally don’t start piecing all the bits of information until the very end.  Even half way through the book, I was still pulling at straws to figure out a plausible motive and suspect!  Well done James! You truly had me stumped 😊.

This was a fly-by-the seat of your pants type of read. One that I would highly recommend.  

Have you read it?  What did you think?