#BookReview: All Those Lies (DI Tracy Collier Book 1), Emmy Ellis

Title and Author: All Those Lies (DI Tracy Collier Book 1) by Emmy Ellis
Genre: Hard-boiled Mystery
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Source: Amazon

Detective Inspector Tracy Collier has dreadful memories of her younger self, locked away in the recesses of her mind. She has blocked it out, to transform herself into a successful and confident hardcore DI, as a result.

The latest callout, a body hanging from rafters in a barn, gutted and innards on display. The modus operandi, similar to a discovery of the previous week, setting the scene of a serial killer at work.

The detail of a very well written plot in “All Those Lies”, by author Emmy Ellis, pulls the reader into a tale of gruesome murders, intrigue and heartbreak. It is a Hard-boiled Mystery in which DI Tracy Collier is compelled to face, and slay the demons of her childhood. Lies forced in her past will now follow Tracy into her future, but at least she doesn’t have to constantly wonder, live in fear, and look over her shoulder anymore.

Brilliantly written, I really enjoyed reading “All Those Lies” by Emmy Ellis, and highly recommend this book. I have just acquainted myself with DI Bethany Smith, another Series by Emmy Ellis, and is positively hooked on this author.

Do check out Emmy’s profile on Amazon and Goodreads for more of her fabulous work.

“All Those Lies” receives a 5 Star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rating from BookCRITICO!

Reviewer: Luculle Stols

#BookReview: Paul Michael Peters: The Complete Collection of Short Stories: 2012-2018

The Complete Collection of Short Stories: 2012-2018
by Paul Michael Peters

Loved this collection of short stories by Paul Michael Peters. The Complete Collection of Short Stories: 2012-2018, is available on Amazon. I read and reviewed the book voluntarily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Book

Length: 255 pages
Source: Amazon Purchase
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Buying Link:  Amazon

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Tales that are perfect for coffee breaks – but beware; like chocolate, they lure the reader into just one more.  Paul Michael Peters has created a magical collection of stories that help the reader look at the day from a different perspective. This is a collection that once you start you can’t put down. Stories are perfect for anyone trying to fit reading into a busy day.

What if you could remember everything? What would your life be like if your father was the worlds greatest illusionist? What if your partner was plotting against you? What actions would you avoid if you were the devil? These are only a few of the questions explored in this collection of short stories.

There is something about Peters writing that is almost intoxicating and leaves you wanting more. The light feel of the stories is relaxing and charming. Each story carries hints of mystery in connections waiting to be made. Each takes the reader on flights of well-drawn history and place and compelling characterization. A sense of parable and myth builds one story into the next, even when the path is so different. And the whole is a beautifully connected diorama of people and place.

Like your favourite Twilight Zone episodes, there’s an otherworldly beauty. Between 2012 and 2018 author Paul Michael Peters released two collections of short stories, “Mr Memory and Other Stories of Wonder,” and “Killing the Devil.” These followed his first publication, a novella called “Peter in Flight,” and in between his two novels “The Symmetry of Snowflakes,” and “Insensible Loss.”

Paul Michael Peters: The Complete Collection of Short Stories 2012 – 2018” includes all his published and unpublished stories. Top-selling author Paul Michael Peters is an American writer best known for his take on the quirky tangents and morals of contemporary life in his recent novel, Insensible Loss.

His upcoming novel, Combustible Punch, is a thriller that explores the psychological dance between that most unlikely of odd couples: a serial killer and a high school shooting survivor. (Book Blurb provided by author website)

Author Bio

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Top-selling author Paul Michael Peters is an American writer best known for his take on the quirky tangents and morals of contemporary life and his recent novel, Insensible Loss.

His upcoming novel, Combustible Punch, is a thriller scheduled for release in 2019 that explores the psychological dance between that most unlikely of odd couples: a serial killer and a high school shooting survivor.

Stay up to date with Peters’ latest book releases and author news by visiting his website, where you can sign up for the newsletter as well as find more short stories and other online content. (Author Bio provided by Amazon)

Author Links

BookCRITICO Review

This is a lovely book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story, with its interesting characters and different creative worlds. Because of the nature of the publication, I could read it in between other projects and still stay on track. Paul Michael Peters managed to create stories which transported me to other worlds and allowed my imagination to run wild. Mr Peters is a master story spinner, and The Complete Collection of Short Stories: 2012-2018 is a superb read which I highly recommend you give a try.

Never To Be Ignored (Circles of Subterfuge Book 1) FREE on Amazon today!

I recently had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this fabulous novel by H A Dawson! Fantastic!

Never To Be Ignored (Circles of Subterfuge Book 1) Kindle Edition by H A Dawson out today on Amazon! Grab your copy of this Brilliant and Gripping Mystery Suspense novel FREE for a limited time only!

Look out for BookCRITICO‘s review, out soon!

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#BookReview: Dragon School: First Flight by Sarah K L Wilson

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Dragon School: First Flight
by Sarah K L Wilson

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Genre: YA, Fantasy
Page Count: 102
Source: Amazon Purchase
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Getting lost in fantasies is most magical, and I love it! I bought, Dragon School: First Flight by Sarah K L Wilson, on Amazon, and read and reviewed the book voluntarily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sarah K L Wilson has a string of other tales, if you enjoy the YA Fantasy genre, and getting swooped up in a world of majestical Dragons you can check them out by clicking on the various links in her Author Bio below.

Let’s meet Sarah K L Wilson, and then read a bit further to get my take on Dragon School: First Flight.

Author Bio

dragon-school_sarah-k-l-wilson_28jan2019-2USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson loves spinning a yarn and if it paints a magical new world, twists something old into something reborn, or makes your heart pound with excitement… all the better! Sarah hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario – learning patience and tenacity from the long months of icy cold – where she lives with her husband and two small boys. You might find her building fires in her woodstove and wishing she had a dragon handy to light them for her. (Author Bio provided by Amazon)

About the Book

dragon-school_sarah-k-l-wilson_28jan2019A disabled teen, an empathetic dragon, and a bond that will save the world.

Sixteen-year-old Amel arrived at Dragon School just like everyone else – with a dream to ride dragons and join the Dominion Dragon Riders. But Amel has a crippled leg and Dragon School training is gruelling. Before she can even become an initiate, she must complete her First Flight on a dragon. Can Amel survive First Flight and become a Dragon School initiate or will her dreams dash on the rocks below? Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern and Christopher Paolini’s Eragon will love Dragon School.

FIRST FLIGHT is episode one of the complete series, Dragon School. Enjoy the complete series today! (Book blurb by Amazon)

Click on any of the book images or various links in this post to take you one step closer to meeting Amel Leafbrought and Raolcan, a beautiful Purple Dragon with a difference.

BookCRITICO Book Review

I was introduced to Amel Leafbrought and Raolcan the majestic Purple Dragon on a stormy summers evening when the power in my neighbourhood went out, due to storm damage. Being a Book Slave of note, my Kindle and iPad are always charged and at the ready for a marathon reading session. I cuddled up on my reading chair, the room lit only by my little camping light, and scrolled through the books on my iPad; there are many, as I am forever buying books and storing them for when I get time to read them. I was drawn to the cover of Dragon School: First Flight, purple being one of my favourite colours. The big Purple Dragon, Raolcan, flew off the cover and invited me to enter his world and also meet fragile but headstrong Amel Leafbrought, Dragon Rider initiate.

Amel Leafbrought, was injured as a toddler when the village her family lived in got invaded by raiders. She was left with an injured leg and hip that would see her hobbling along with the aid of a crutch for the rest of her life. In her teens, Amel leaves her family and village behind to join Dragon School and become a Dragon Rider. On arrival, Amel meets the other initiate Dragon Riders in her group. They are all from different backgrounds, some even Nobel. Being from a peasant village, lumbered with a limp, relying on a crutch, Amel appears to be weak and is whispered about and treated with disdain. No one trusts Amel to become a fully fledged Dragon Rider. It’s a gruelling process, you have to be strong and sometimes people die attempting First Flight.

The day came for Amel’s group to choose their Dragons. The Dragons all have different colours, linking them to a specific Dominion, green, red, golden, black and more. The colour you choose determines your role for the rest of your life as a Dragon Rider. Amel wants to gain a purpose in life considering her disability. She is the last one to choose her Dragon. As she makes her way past many alcoves of Dragons already chosen, her thoughts wander as to what kind of Dragon she will be able to choose. Suddenly there is a voice magically speaking to her in her mind, telling her that she will not be choosing a Dragon. Flustered and close to tears she sees her dream slipping away, until the mystery voice speaks again, telling Amel that a Dragon has already chosen her. Raolcan, the big Purple Dragon, chose Amel. They immediately bond and become a courageous force to be reckoned with.

I loved reading Dragon School: First Flight, thoroughly enjoyed Amel’s character, frowned upon those in her initiate group that looked down on her, and wished that I had a big Purple Dragon of my own. Amel’s character is daring, have lots of courage and shows the world that even if one has a disadvantage in life, you can excel and succeed. We are not all created equal, but if you put your mind to something, you can do it! At times all we need is a little nudge, belief and encouragement. In Amel’s case, Raolcan the big Purple Dragon.

Enter the fantastical world of colourful Dragons and courageous Dragon Riders, pop over to Amazon now, get your copy and be amazed! I highly recommend Dragon School: First Flight. You will not be disappointed! I cannot wait to pick up the next read by Sarah K. L. Wilson. Pure magic!

BookCRITICO Festive Reading

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The Festive Season is in full swing! I must confess, I am one of those people who love to spoil myself. I am the self-confessed leader of the “Prezzie from ME-to-ME Brigade! Books are my favourite! It’s an all year thing for me, I actually do not wait for the Festive time to indulge, and splurge on my loyal friends; in CrimeFiction, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery, ChickLit, Drama and any other bookish delicacy that tickles my fancy! This combined with a good coffee, chocolate, a glass of red or triple distilled. How can you go wrong? It’s a match made in heaven!

Are you giving books as prezzies this Festive Season? Are you hoping to receive a nice read as a present? Did you buy stacks to take with you on holiday? If the answer is no to any of these, pop over to your nearest bookstore, smell the pages, pile up, pull out your loyal credit card and swipe. Ebooks, more your thing? Hop onto Amazon, check out the amazing book covers, fabulous authors, great reads, choose a couple, click, download and transport yourself to another world!

My reads for the rest of the Festive Season! I will be entertained by Mary Ting, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Mitch Reinhardt and Douglas Clegg. What a fabulous selection of authors and genres. The genres are a nice mix of Fantasy, Thriller and Crime Fiction.

If you want to see what secrets these titles hold, just click on the image, it will patch you through to Amazon, where you can read more about the books as well as authors and purchase your own copy!

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All the best for the Festive Season, from BookCRITICO! Safe travels! Have a bookish time!

#BookReview: Crow’s Landing (Virgil Cain Mystery Book 2) by Brad Smith

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Crow’s Landing (Virgil Cain Mystery Book 2)

by Brad Smith

BUY NOW FROM – Amazon

Genre: Mystery
Page Count: 419
Source: Amazon Purchase
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

 

Mystery genre fan, I bought, Crow’s Landing (Virgil Cain Mystery, Book 2), by Brad Smith, on Amazon, and read and reviewed the book voluntarily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Red Means Run (Virgil Cain Mystery Book 1), has yet to make it onto my bookshelf, with this said, it did not matter when reading Book 2 in the series first, as it read well as a standalone.

Now, a bit about Brad Smith and Crow’s Landing below, then read on to see what I thought about this intriguing read.

Author Bio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrad Smith was born and raised in the railroad hamlet of Canfield, in southern Ontario. After high school, he worked for the signal department of the Canadian National Railway for three years, and then on a rail project in South Africa for a year. Upon returning from Africa, Smith worked all over the place – Alberta, British Columbia, Texas – at a variety of jobs. Farmer, signalman, insulator, truck driver, bartender, schoolteacher, maintenance mechanic, roofer, and so on. He became a carpenter and built custom homes in Canada. He still works as a carpenter when not writing. He now lives in a ninety-year-old farmhouse near the north shore of Lake Erie, where he writes, fishes, golfs and restores old cars. (Author Bio provided by Amazon)

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About the Book

JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES VIRGIL CAIN GETS TANGLED UP IN AN OLD CRIME SURFACING FROM THE WATERS OF THE HUDSON RIVER IN THIS SECOND NOVEL IN A SERIES FROM BRAD SMITH.

For Virgil Cain, a day of fishing on the Hudson River yields more than he bargained for when, while pulling up anchor, he hooks on to a mysterious steel cylinder.

As word of Virgil’s strange catch spreads around the local marina, it draws the attention of a crooked city cop, who seizes both the cylinder and Virgil’s boat. Soon, an old drug deal gone sour surfaces, and to get to the bottom of it—and to get his boat back—Virgil teams up with a captivating single mom, Dusty, who knows far too much about the cylinder and the pure cocaine it contains.

The landscape is soon cluttered with the dealer who claims ownership of the cylinder, his murderous sidekick, and a wild card in the form of a crazy Russian cowboy. Virgil and Dusty find themselves trapped in the middle and desperate for a way out… (Book blurb by Amazon)

BookCRITICO Book Review

Mystery and intrigue, Virgil Cain, hooks a mysterious cylinder while out fishing, and shortly after loses his boat and mystery find to a man in a dark blue SUV, claiming to be a cop. Virgil bought the sixty-year-old cedar strip for fifty dollars and lovingly restored the boat. Now it’s gone and he has no idea where the so-called cop took his boat. He heads into the city the next day, in search of his boat. With some interesting plot twists, Dusty enters the scene. Strong, assured and beautiful in a different way. Virgil and Dusty hook up, she appears to be linked to the cylinder in a way.

The reader is entertained by an assortment of characters, from Virgil an innocent, farmer, to a crooked cop, a beautiful ex-con and fearless drug dealers.

I really enjoyed reading Crow’s Landing, the mystery and intrigue kept me entertained throughout. The character of Virgil Cain was appealing. In my mind, I pictured him as the “Clint Eastwood” type. Hats off to Dusty who paid the price for being with the wrong crowd, but worked very hard as a single mom and ex-con to straighten out her life and provide best for her young son. Her strong, confident and daring but feminine character made her someone to admire. I particularly enjoyed the scene where she shot her ex-lover’s boat full of holes with a semi-automatic. I didn’t care much for the crooked cop and drug dealers, including the weird Russian, karma works in mysterious ways.

The only way to find out what happened to Virgil’s boat and the mysterious cylinder is to get yourself a copy of Crow’s Landing, by Brad Smith. If you favour mystery and suspense, I highly recommend Crow’s Landing. You will not be disappointed.

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Christina Bauer: Dimension Drift (Dimension Drift Worlds #1)

Christina-Bauer_Dimension Drift_CoverBookCRITICO started on a stash received from NetGalley. The first read, which launched just this week, Dimension Drift (Dimension Drift Worlds #1), by Christina Bauer from the stable of Monster House Books, will fill a couple of hours, hand-in-hand with a good cup-of-joe or a glass of red! Dimension Drift (Dimension Drift Worlds #1) is a prequel novella promised to be packed with action and adventure, the beginning of a series, in the genre of Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA.

BookCRITICO will report back with a review. In the meanwhile, why don’t you pop over to Goodreads and check it out, maybe it’s up your alley! You can also read more here about the author. If you are already familiar with Christina Bauer’s work, support her on Amazon

Peter Rimmer: Cry of The Fish Eagle

Peter-Rimmer_Cry Of the Fish Eagle_CoverBookCRITICO received a gifted copy of Peter Rimmer’s Cry of The Fish Eagle and is now reading and reviewing the read.

Whilst I’m tucked away with Cry of The Fish Eagle, you might want to get better acquainted with the author, Peter Rimmer.

Pop back soon to read the review!

Amazon Author Biography: Peter Rimmer

Peter Rimmer, was born in London, England, and grew up in the south of the city where he went to school. After the Second World War and at aged 18, Peter joined the Royal Air Force, reaching the rank of Pilot Officer before he was 19. A great achievement. Then at the end of his National Service and with the optimism of youth, he sailed for Africa to grow tobacco in what was then Rhodesia, and the odyssey of his life began.

The years went by and Peter found himself in Johannesburg founding an insurance brokering company. Over 2% of the companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange were clients of Rimmer Associates. He opened companies in the United States of America, Australia and Hong Kong and travelled extensively between the branches.

His passion has always been writing books which he started doing at a very early age, though running a business was a driving force too and is a common thread throughout his books. By the 1990’s he had written several novels about Africa and got the break when Cry of the Fish Eagle was first published by HarperCollins, Zimbabwe. It was a bestseller which was followed up with the release of Vultures in the Wind. Unfortunately, during this time, Zimbabwe was going through its struggles and the books did not get their just international recognition.

Peter Rimmer retired early in his business career and continues his love of writing living as a recluse in his beloved Africa. He continues to write his books in his study which overlooks some of Africa’s stunning and dramatic scenery. What more could anyone want to able to write books?