crime · Detective · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* Mexico Street – Simone Buchholz ★★★★

Blurb; Night after night, cars are set alight across the German city of Hamburg, with no obvious pattern, no explanation and no suspect. Until, one night, on Mexico Street, a ghetto of high-rise blocks in the north of the city, a Fiat is torched. Only this car isn’t empty. The body of Nouri Saroukhan—prodigal son of the Bremen clan—is soon discovered, and the case becomes a homicide. Public prosecutor Chastity Riley is handed the investigation, which takes her deep into a criminal underground that snakes beneath the whole of Germany. And as details of Nouri’s background, including an illicit relationship with the mysterious Aliza, emerge, it becomes clear that these are not random attacks, and there are more on the cards.

My Review; Oh wow. I devoured this in a day. Brilliant! Beautifully translated by Rachel Ward. It’s a real page turner. This story is more than just a crime we get an indepth look into all the characters lives throughout so its more than just the case itself. I loved it! I would like to say a little bit of romance is within these pages too with more than one character… To put it perfectly it’s a unique story with it all!

Cars are burning but why? Who is doing this? Mexico Street takes a look into one of these cases where a body was trapped inside the burning car. Was it planned? Revenge? Who is the body?

I need the mention the ending.. No spoilers. At first I was like no, that’s not the end. Flicked through the rest of the pages acknowledgements etc. Then I had to accept it was the end. Then I was angry it just ended that suddenly and on a major cliffhanger. Then I was shouting WHAT HAPPENS NOW? WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? But I suppose you can class that as part of being a brilliant book huh?

Gripping, thrilling and fast pace I literally devoured it. Brilliant. I specifically loved Nouris and Alizas story. Bless them! Young love caught in a war. Ouch. I cannot recommend this book enough. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Orenda Roadshow

Manchester Orenda Roadshow 05.03.2019 round up.

WOW! What a brilliant night. This was my first book event (ever) and it was the best. Every single author and Karen is so welcoming, friendly and funny. I was nervous and excited beyond belief but I think I managed to keep it pretty cool until Karen asked “Are you okay?” Haha. Fab thanks.

Lovely Orenda publisher Karen

So I arrived a little early had a browse of my sweet shop aka Waterstones (3 floors) was terrible and bought 3 non orenda books before the event even started! Oh dear. Then I popped for a coffee before the event… Low and behold who do I see approaching? Kjell Ola Dahl, Thomas Enger and Antti Tuomainen. Ofcourse I tried to play it cool… Waved and said hi!

Seen as we wasnt allowed into the event room aka storage room I soon found myself having coffee surrounded by the orenda lot! Dream come true right? Ofcourse!

The Event you ask? Oh we was in for a treat! However, I need to mention poor David. F. Ross came down with food poisoning so was unable to attend (don’t worry I still bought your book, infact I GOT THEM ALL). We started off with an introduction to each author, then was treated to a reading from each of their books with some laughs along the way. Some books I could have sat and listened to all night. A truely wonderful event, enjoyed by all.

I finally got to meet some fellow book bloggers who were absolutely lovely so a shout out to Joanne Robertson (Mychestnutreadingtree) and Jill from (Jillsbookcafe). Both lovely ladies.

I enjoyed myself and came away on such a high. So thank you to all the lovely authors of Orenda and the brilliant Karen for coming to Manchester. I am one happy book worm and book blogger managing to get ALL my books signed! Thank you. Until we meet again. Sorry for so much of my face! … Author stalking.

Author Micheal. J. Malone.
Author Will Carver
Author Lilja Sigurdardottir
Author Thomas Enger
Author Kjell Ola Dahl
Author Matt Wesolowski
Gorgeous author Louise Beech
Authors Steph Broadribb & Helen Fitzgerald

There’s still time to join the Orenda Roadshow madness. As I say… GOT TO COLLECT THEM ALL! Thank you for a brilliant night. I got to be myself for a few hours without the kids, rare occassion.

March 6th – Birmingham

March 7th – Hungerford

crime · mystery · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* Blue Night – Simone Buchholz ★★★★

Blurb; After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived…

My Review; I am going to start by saying how I liked it had a little map before the story, an extra little touch. Then, WOW! What an opening to a story, Simone sure knows how to grab the readers attention within the first two pages. I also loved how the main character was a woman (Ms Riley).

I liked the way Simone has written this story, very well written but even better is how all the characters got to have their own little part at the end of each chapter as a little conclusion of their own, their own views and problems. Made it perfect!

The ending well… What a fast paced, explosive ending that was. A well deserved four stars from me. An easy to devour, brilliant story. I highly recommend! This story has been translated by Rachel Ward and I think she did a superb job of it too.