Blog Tour: Faithless (Kjell Ola Dahl) @OrendaBooks

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 10.33.09 PM.pngWelcome to my stop on the Faithless blog tour!

As a fairly new reader to the Nordic noir genre, I am always shocked at the atmospheric feel to these novels.

This one was no exception.

Dark and unsettling, Faithless, by Kjell Ola Dahl, had me hooked from the first pages.

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Book Review: Deadly Game (Matt Johnson) @MATT_JOHNSON_UK @ORENDABOOKS

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 2.12.35 PM.pngThrilled to be today’s stop on the Deadly Game, by Matt Johnson, blog tour! After reading Wicked Game (you can read my review for that one here), I was so excited to pick up where I left off and dive back into Finlay’s realm. As soon as I saw that this novel would surround Robert Finlay investigating the East European sex-slave industry, I was intrigued. I couldn’t wait to see what Finlay would do in such a dangerous, underground world.

Although the second book in the series featuring Robert Finlay, this one could be easily read as a standalone. Johnson opens the novel with the first few chapters featuring the police report highlighting the events in the entire first book. I loved this feature; Johnson takes the time to inform his reader of Finley’s past completely directly instead of slowly weaving and leaving bits of information.  I love when an author is direct and helps to set the stage for what will unfold.

The novel opens with Finlay, living in a safe house with his family, returning to work and almost instantly getting wrapped up with a prominent family that is involved in human and sex trafficking in Eastern Europe.   While on the trail of this case, Robert is also dealing with the repercussions of the last novel and the demons of his past that are still threatening to harm him.

I have mentioned several times on Clues and Reviews, especially lately, that I have become a bit weary of police procedurals. I am struggling with their monotony. I am happy to say the plot of Deadly Game seriously breaks the mould. The sex trafficking investigation was so interesting as a lead case; I was completely consumed. The writing was fast paced and non-stop.  Every time I felt like things were slowing down, Johnson would flip the switch and send me barreling into a new direction.

Unlike Wicked Game, which relied heavily on physical action and narrow escapes, Johnson focuses acutely on the psychological and strategical responses of the characters in this novel. Smart, intricate and tightly woven, Johnson’s prose had me reeling.

I also loved the introduction of all the female characters in this novel; although Jenny, Finlay’s wife, will remain my favourite, I loved the introduction of all the female police and investigative officers working together in this particular novel.  Hopefully, Johnson will continue to develop them throughout the series.

Overall, if you enjoy military thrillers or an action thriller with strong political ties, you’ll love this one.  My advice? Make sure you have ample time to read this one; once you start, Johnson barely leaves time for your to catch your breath, let alone take a break!!  I rated it 4/5 stars.

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Thanks to Orenda Publishing for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Book Review: Wicked Game (Matt Johnson) @Matt_Johnson_UK @OrendaBooks

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In preparation for my Deadly Game blog tour stop, I decided to read Wicked Game, the first in the series, by Matt Johnson. Mind you neither of these books are something I am normally drawn into reading, however, when Orenda asks you to read one of their publications, you trust in Karen and fall in line. So, that’s what I did.

Robert Finley, an ex-Army operative, is living a simple, monotonous life with his wife and daughter. He likes it that way. However, when a man connected to Robert’s past is killed, he finds himself thrown back into the past, into a life he has tried to leave behind.   What results is an encapsulating whirlwind thriller that kept me engaged and flipping the pages.

This one reminded me of novels like I Am Pilgrim (which I read for my book club) and the Jack Reacher series; character heavy, plot heavy and absolutely engaging.   This is not a book to peruse casually; once you have entered Robert’s world, expect to be sucked in.

The novel opens with some seemingly random events and, to be truthful, I was initially quite confused with all the characters being introduced. However, once the story began to come together, I was impressed. What seems like random breadcrumbs, in fact, becomes a complete puzzle as Johnson weaves and binds all bits of the plot together.

Johnson creates a stellar character in Robert Finley. When the novel opens, he is just your everyday guy, but then once his past is revealed, he becomes so much more complex! He is sort of an anti-hero type and as his past and present actions are revealed, I found myself rooting for him.

After reading this book, I cannot wait to start reading  Deadly Game and am expecting some big things…no pressure or anything.

I rated this one a 4/5 stars.

 And, be sure to watch out for my post on the blog tour for Deadly Game tomorrow!


Thanks to Orenda for my copy of this novel; it as my pleasure to provide and honest review.







Blog Tour: Deep Down Dead (Steph Broadribb) @OrendaBooks @crimethrillgirl

Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 5.43.34 PM.pngThrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Deep Down Dead, the action-packed thriller by Steph Broadribb. This is a book that lives up to the hype. From the first pages of Deep Down Dead, I was hooked. A kick- ass female protagonist, a sizzling love story, and an intricate, fast-paced plot had my eyes glued to the pages.

Lori Anderson, a single mother, and a bounty hunter has been doing her best to make ends meet when she is offered a substantial job with a pay cut she cannot refuse. Nine-year-old daughter in tow, Lori sets off and finds out that her fugitive is her former mentor (and love interest), JT.  A man who knows her cloudy past, JT is mixed up with the mob and a child exploitation ring operating out of a theme park.   When her daughter is taken, things become personal and Lori has her work cut out for her. As she works with JT to find her daughter’s captors, old flames ignite and Lori finds herself breaking all of her own rules.

This book truly becomes more than just an action thriller; sure, there are plenty of “on the edge of your seat” moments. But the core themes of the novel are so much deeper. Exploring redemption, revenge, the ferocity of a mother’s love and sins of the past, this novel engages its reader emotionally AND brings them on a wild ride.

Broadribb’s prose and characterization are riveting. From chapter one, I knew that I was going to love Lori Anderson. I have always been a fan of a female protagonist but this character stands out from the rest. Smart, fierce and dynamic, Lori is the type of character that you connect with immediately and root for from the very first line. The kind of character you want to avoid in a dark ally but also take out to dinner. Luckily for me, this won’t be the last of Lori Anderson! From what I understand, book two comes out in 2018.

This one gets roaring 5/5 stars from me; if you like an action thriller with an impenetrable plot then I’d recommend this novel.  And clear your schedule, you are not going to want to put this one down.

Thanks to Orenda and Steph Broadribb for my copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review

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The Mine (Antti Tuomainen) @OrendaBooks @antti_tuomainen


Investigative journalist, Janne Vuori, has always been a dedicated reporter. When he is approached to cover a story involving a mining company, whose illegal actions have caused an environmental crisis in a small town in Northern Finland, he is shocked to find out what this case could cost him. His job, his family and his life.

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