Today I am sharing an Extract from The Hashtag Killer by A. S. French @andrewfrench100 @rararesources #TheHashTagKiller #Extract
This is the introduction to the main detectives in The Hashtag Killer
and the Detective Jen Flowers series.
If you walk into a room with a fresh lick of paint, then the smell is unavoidable; it’s the same at a murder scene: the aroma of death is everywhere. It’s as if the soul of the dead occupies that space, the whole of a life lingering behind and stinking of rotting flesh. The rain made it worse, catching the death bouquet in its liquid grasp and showering the aroma far and wide; and the forensic evidence would be washed away. It was my first irritation of the day.
I headed through the uniformed officers protecting the area.
Moisture slipped into my eyes as I stared at DI Jack Monroe standing over the corpse. It was a large body, but even from this distance I saw something off about it: the shape was all wrong. Jack gripped onto his stomach in a way I knew his Irritable Bowel Syndrome had kicked in again. I pushed damp strands of hair from my forehead, expecting the cheap black dye to come apart in my hands.
‘You don’t tie it back in weather like this, Jen? You’ll still be beautiful.’ He grimaced as he spoke. The second annoyance of the day: when people call me beautiful. My mother always told me I was pretty, but beautiful was for movie stars, celebrities and models. And my mother was a professional liar.
‘Probably the same reason you eat curries when you know they’ll wreck your guts.’
The nicotine gum stuck to my teeth. I was ready to kill for a cigarette. What was wrong with that body?
Jack tried to frown and smile at the same time. ‘It’s our shared stubbornness.
Catch a killer or save a child. What would you do?
DI Jen Flowers thought she’d seen it all after fifteen years on the force, but when a vigilante serial killer hits the city and uses social media to gather supporters, she must fight the public and her doubts to catch a murderer and save her daughter.
Suffering from blackouts and abandoned as a child by her father, Ruby Vasquez has been chasing that one scoop to make her an internet star. Living with an alcoholic mother who hates her, Ruby discovers a secret about the vigilante’s first victim, which puts her in the killer and DI Flowers’ sights.
Jen and Ruby have to overcome the secrets in their past while battling each other to discover the Hashtag Killer’s identity. Jen will have to choose between keeping her daughter safe or finding a killer, while Ruby will need to decide if becoming famous is more important than doing the right thing.
I am really looking forward to reading this book, hopefully you are also looking forward to reading it.
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Author Bio –
Andrew French is a man of no wealth and little taste. He lives amongst faded seaside glamour on the North East coast of England. He likes gin and cats but not together, new music and old movies, curry and ice cream. Slow bike rides and long walks to the pub are his usual exercise, as well as flicking through the pages of good books and the memoirs of bad people.
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Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove
When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancé is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.
Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove... and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.
Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.
Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford... is there?
An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.
Another superb read from an author who knows just what her readers want. I can't believe that this is this authors 4 th book. I have loved them all. Seriously warming, welcoming and feelgood vibes coming out of those pages.
So just before you pick up this book to read, you will need...
Drink of your choice
Pj's and slippers on
Phones turned off
Turn to the start of the book and off you go, lose yourself in another joyful world of fictional characters that could be any one us. The stories this author covers are life like, realistic and descriptive that you really do believe you are part of this fictional world, with your fictional friends.
Nellie Wagstaff, I loved her right away, just from her name. My gran was a Nellie, lol. I loved her because I really felt for her, going from having it all to finding out her fella is cheating on her and her job is no more. Nellie then receives a letter asking her to go to see a solicitor.
Nellie is about to visit somewhere she hasn't been in a very long time. Childhood memories come flooding back of that once great place and a great friendship she had with Jack. Will he still live nearby and will she get chance to catch up with him and his family.
Kim Nash writes feelgood, escapism books. It was great being in Muddleford, besides the seaside. Beach huts, ice cream, sea and sand.
A superb book that will certainly lighten your day.
This book should be given out by the NHS as a antidepressant through lockdown. It certainly lifted my mood.
Author Bio –
Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction.
Her latest book, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.
She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is Head of Publicity for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association's Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can't quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she's not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She's also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
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Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.
Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim's second novel and was published by Hera Books in September 2019.
Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim's third novel and was published in June 2020.
Moonlight over Muddleford Cove, Kim’s fourth novel is available to pre-order now and will be published on 30th March 2021.
You can read Kim's Blog here: www.kimthebookworm.co.uk
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Anna Smith is a truly awesome writer, I have read and enjoyed each and every one of her book over the years, this is another first class read. Trapped is the 4th book to feature Kerry Casey.
What a joyride I was taken on throughout this book, If you like a gritty gangland, fast paced, thrilling book then this is for you.
This book, along with Anna's other books deserve way more than the 5 stars given, this book i would have no problems recommending to anyone who enjoys a gangland style read.
When Kerry and her uncle Danny are framed, set up for murder, she is left feeling hopeless in prison, wondering what has happened to her lover Vinny. Its down to the Casey's crew' to not only find out what has happened to Vinny while he's been working undercover in Spain, but to also find out the who and why's from the set up that landed Kerry and Danny in prison.
There is so much going on in this book that keeps you turning those pages, you really do end up hooked. I can't say too much without giving anything away, but what I will say if you are a fan of this author you really need to be reading this book, one of the best yet.
A powerful, thought-provoking story. . . a vital read for any crime fan' Kate Rhodes on Life Ruins
When everyone hides the truth, who do you turn to?
Becca’s had a hard time of it, but she has finally got her life together. She has a nice little flat, a steady job pulling pints, and she’s even seeing someone new: Andy, who keeps his private life to himself but is always good for a laugh. And then Andy vanishes. When his body turns up on isolated Sunk Island, Becca learns Andy wasn’t just another punter. He was a police officer, deep undercover, investigating a drugs ring that he believed operated out of Becca’s pub.
Staggered by the betrayal, Becca turns to the only person she thinks she can trust: her foster mum, Kay. But Kay has problems of her own. She’s just moved into a short-term let in the hopes of finding some peace and quiet. But peace and quiet are hard to come by on Sunk Island . . .
Before long, both women are drawn into a terrifying world of drugs, money and death.
The gripping new novel from Dagger-Award-winning author Danuta Kot, perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, Tana French and Denise Mina - a story about the people we are... and the people we aren't.
This was a book I was really looking forward to. A new author for me which is always something to get excited about.
Becca is finally thinking things are looking up for her. She has her own flat, a job and someone new on the scene who she met whilst pulling pints in the pub where she works.
Andy is an undercover cop. Becca falls for him as he seems to be a good laugh, something she really needs.
Slowly Andy is trying to get information out of her regarding the pub she works in and what may be going on behind the scenes. Something dodgy is lurking but can Becca figure out what. This really does produce tension within the pages and really does get your mind going.
I think when there are characters you like and characters that you hate, then the author has done good to get your emotions going. There are characters you root for and want to do good and characters you really don't like. well there was for me.
I really got stuck into this story and at times I found it a little unbelievable but very interesting.
As the book is told from different points of view I found it something I really had to concentrate on or I would forget who was telling the story.
This is an interesting book and I would recommend it for anyone who wants a read that's just slightly different. It is an interesting and gripping read but I can't say at any point it had my heart racing in fear or wonder. It does however get your mind going.
Fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jacqui Rose will love this gripping new book from bestselling crime author Emma Tallon.
There’s a new girl in town and she has a score to settle.
Scarlet Drew isn’t to be messed with. As the daughter of a notorious London gangster, she’s got enough street smarts to take on the world. When someone close to Scarlet is murdered in cold blood on the East End streets where she grew up, her family’s honour is at stake and she can only think of one thing – revenge.
Joining her aunt Lily at the head of the family business, Scarlet soon realises that the murder is just one part of a plot by a rival firm to take down the entire Drew empire, and she fears that her aunt could be their next target.
As everything they built begins to crumble, the Drew family find their livelihood and their reputations under pressure. Then, Scarlet’s estranged cousin Ruby suddenly comes back into the family, with a revelation that could tear the Drews apart. But can she be trusted? As Scarlet makes some tough decisions, one thing is for sure: family means everything to her and she will stop at nothing to protect it, even if it means putting her own life at risk.
Strong women, family dramas and nail-biting tension make Her Revenge a book not to be missed!
What readers are saying about Emma Tallon:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What a fantastic, gripping read… You will find yourself addicted to reading this… Exceptional.’ Goodreads reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘369 pages of pure gold adorned with diamonds! My heart stopped a few times. My heart broke a few times.’ B for Book Review
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘My goodness, I COULDN’T PUT THIS DOWN!... My heart was beating so fast my Fitbit thought I’d been for a run… These books should come with an addiction warning.’ I Love Reading blog
Meet Scarlet Drew. Your next favourite character.
Loyalty, love, deception the Drew Underworld has it all.
No secret. I am a huge fan of this authors work. When I realised Emma Tallon was starting a new series I was a little apprehensive as her Tyler family series of books is one of my favourite. I always wonder if the author is doing the right thing and if they can ever match the success they have had with another series. Well, it's safe to say Emma has smashed this one. What a fantastic start to a new series.
Meet the Drew family.
Ronan and Lily Drew, Brother and sister and part of the Drew Empire.
Ronan is Married to Cath and their daughter Scarlet is about to set off to fulfil her dreams at university. Her mother Cath is so please and proud of her, but also pleased she is not joining the family firm. Scarlet in Cath's eyes has so much more to offer and a life made by going to university.
When tragedy hits the family, Scarlet has big decisions to make, It soon becomes clear which path she is going to follow.
A first class start to a new series, Characters that I can see will grow and grow, I'm all ready liking Scarlet and look forward to what more is in store. As with all books on gangland London there are good and Evil and I can't wait to see how some of these characters develop.
I loved how there was a slight glimpse into the previous series with some of the characters mentioned in this book, I can see an overlap of the two families working really well in the future.
When family is everything you may change your path in life.
I can highly recommend this book, its gripping, thrilling and totally worthy of your full attention. Emma Tallon has an amazing ability to write books with a knock out punch, that ability shows in this start to this new series.
I can't do the book enough justice while giving my thoughts, it needs all the stars and more. Just simply first class writing.
Emma Tallon is a British author of gripping, gritty, organised crime thrillers and mother of two. Having started her writing career as a freelance ghostwriter, Emma finished her first novel, Runaway Girl, in 2016, and became an author full time. Since then she has written several other novels for her publisher and has carved out a successful career for herself from her home in Milton Keynes, where she can usually be found typing away in her office surrounded by large stacks of books and Post-it Notes full of ideas for future stories.
‘I read this book in one night and all I have is 3 words. Oh my god.’ ☆☆☆☆☆ Reader Review
Even perfect mothers have secrets…
Leah. She’s the perfect mum to ten-year-old Samuel, wife to loving husband Thomas, head of the PTA. But her closet is full of skeletons - and if the truth gets out, her world could be destroyed.
Annie. She’s the gangster’s moll with a brain. She might be a woman, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty to play the men at their own game. But what no one knows is the devastating secret haunting her.
Terry. He’s the king of Glasgow gangland, working his way up from estate to mansion. From drugs to guns, there’s nothing he won’t stop at to grow his dirty money. He might be a hard man, but his weakness is women.
As their three stories collide, the lives of each will never be the same. Because even perfect women hide dark secrets… Don’t they?
I really don't know what can be said about this book without giving anything away. What a superbly written, gripping read this turned out to be.
Where do these authors get their ideas. First class.
This isn't your typical gangland thriller, this is a gangland thriller with a twist.
Annie walks into the life of Terry, a hard man, a well known face in and around Glasgow, Terry has his hands in many pies. Terry pretty much falls for Annie right from the start to the contempt of his driver Richie. He is very much against this new relationship. Is he feeling a little left out or is it just because he's just ended one relationship suddenly.
Leah is married to Thomas and mother to Samuel. Her 10 year old son is her world. She will do anything for him, but Leah is keeping a secret and her perfect little world is about to come crashing down around her. When worlds collide things can only go very wrong. Addictive read. Alex Kane is certainly making a name for herself in the Gangland Crime book world. Certainly an author to follow. If you haven't read any of her books I can thoroughly recommend them. Well worth reading. This was certainly a book I struggled to put down, another one that as you get nearer then end you want to stop reading just so you can make it last a little longer, but you are too far into this read that it's impossible to slow down or put it down.
⭐Book 2: Amazon Bestselling Big Mo Crime Series ⭐
IN GANGLAND IT’S THE WOMEN WHO FIGHT DIRTY
Her enemies are closer than she thinks.
Notorious East End gangster, Jimmy Southpaw, has made his long lost granddaughter, Maureen ‘Big Mo’ Watson, the head of his criminal empire. But not everyone is happy about it, including Mo’s tough as nails new stepmother, Kristal Steele.
When a mysterious new gangster goes to war with her, Mo begins to doubt her ability to fill Jimmy’s shoes. Feeling her enemies circling Mo contacts ruthless bad boy Nico Sinclair to help find out who’s trying to take her criminal crown.
Who is this gangster taking Mo on? Who’s backing him up? Will Jimmy think he’s made a mistake choosing Mo as his gangland heir?
BOOK 2 IN THE EPIC BIG MO CRIME SERIES
BOOK 1: Dirty Tricks
Having read about Little 'Big Mo, in book one Dirty Tricks I couldn't wait to start the second book when I was offered an ARC by the publisher.
Back with Big Mo and wondering what was in store for her this time around. The big Mo series is going to be a great hit with readers, anyone who has read the previous books by this author will know that this lady can write. I can safely say that this author does not disappoint when it comes to a gripping read.
Maureen Watson is not a little girl anymore, she's moved up in the world and after her grandad, a well known face, the notorious Jimmy Southpaw' has handed over his empire to her Maureen 'Big Mo, is in for the ride of her life. There are always going to be people who don't like what you achieve, what you have been given, what you are doing. For Big Mo this person is family. Mo is going to have to learn fast and prove her worth if she want's to stay as boss lady, but those close to her will try and take all she has if she isn't strong or smart enough.
Is her world about to come crumbling down around her, just as she has got going, or has Mo got what it takes, is she really a chip of the old block. Can she keep her feisty determination when others what to see her fail at everything she's doing.
Find out by reading this gripping page turner that has you hook right from the start. This book will leave you gasping and wanting more.
Gangland crime at it's best.
I look forward to more from this author and know that this book will be a tough one to match.
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FROM TWO-MILLION SELLING AUTHOR JOY ELLIS COMES ONE OF THE MOST EAGERLY AWAITED MYSTERIES THIS YEAR.
One moonlit night, the bodies of two young people are discovered lying entwined on a blanket in the woods. The young man is clutching a red rose. It appears to be a lovers’ suicide pact . . .
Until Detective Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter look more closely. Romeo and Juliet, as they decide to call them, were murdered somewhere else and brought to the woods. But why?
Then another young couple are found dead, again beautifully posed as lovers. And Nikki knows they have a twisted serial killer on their hands. Who are the next victims?
DI Nikki Galena Series Book 12
ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS
Book 10: DARKNESS ON THE FENS
Book 11: HIDDEN ON THE FENS
Book 12: SECRETS ON THE FENS
Absolutely no secret that this is one of my all time favourite book series. I would absolutely love to see this series as a TV drama. I just love the characters that Joy Ellis has developed and having read all the books I feel like the characters have grown with me, through each book I feel like I have new friends.
This book or even the series will not disappoint any crime thriller fans. I have no problems what so ever recommending this series to anyone.
Secrets on the Fens. This book kicks off with a double murder, a young couple are found together in the woods, they way they are certainly makes you think that they are lovers. Nikki and Joseph need to find out just who they are.
When more bodies are found it becomes apparent that this is a race against time to find out who is behind this and why?
Although we are 12 books in to this series, each story and each case still feels fresh. Sometimes I find when an author is so many books in things start to get repetitive and turn a little stale. This is NOT the case with this author, I can assure you of that.
A very well written book that will keep you hooked, enough going on to keep you guessing and engaged, but not too much that you lose what is going on in the plot.
First class as always.
The only problem I have with this series is having to wait for the next instalment.
Two Girls. One Chance.
When Lizzie's car crashes with her two daughters inside, she faces a terrible choice. And when she recovers from her injuries, she has to deal with the impact of that tragedy as well as the police investigation into it.
As Lizzie and her family struggle to come to terms with the events of that night, things take an even darker turn. Just what did happen on that remote country road? Who is responsible? And can the family get through this together...Or will the truth finally tear them apart?
A stunning, deeply emotional and beautifully realised cross between SOPHIE'S CHOICE and DAUGHTER.
Review' Ambitious and articulate' - Daily Mail 'The fantastic writing kept me hooked from the very first page.'
- The Guardian
'It's a story... that carries a real twist.' - Manchester Evening News
Book Description An emotional story of one mother's impossible choice between her two daughters, with a delicious side of tension. Perfect for fans of Linda Green and Amanda Prowse.
My thoughts on this book...
What a difficult choice to make as a 'mother.
This turned out to be quite an emotional read. It is full of emotion, guilt, love, lies. A mother on her way home from a lovely holiday is run off the road in her car, by a car that seems to be coming right at them. What do you do in a situation like this. SWERE, then land in a lake. You are now faced with the prospect of you and your children drowning. It seems there is only time to save one of your daughters, but which one do you choose.
How can any mother face a situation like that. This is exactly the situation that Lizzie finds herself in. Lizzie injured and traumatised but must now face a police investigation. Do the police think she has deliberately done this, that she put her children in danger on purpose. It doesn't help when Lizzie can't seem to actually recall what happened. Slowly things happen and she gets flashes of that night. Will she be able to piece it all together, save her sanity and her family.
This will have you gripped, an enjoyable, sometimes tense and more times emotional this book will keep you awake until you finish it.
This is one of those books that you can't help yourself with the what if it was me, what would I have done.
A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.
DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.
But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.
As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?
Another first class, edge of your seat, thrilling read from this very talented author. A fantastic start to a new series.
DI Kate Young has been on leave after some sort of traumatic experience. You get to learn about this as the book progresses. Invited back to work Kate is very unsure if she is read for this or even capable. She agrees to go back and start out with a very small team. just three of them, so Along with Kate she has DS Emma Donaldson on DS Morgan Meredith. The team are faced with a murder case. A well known businessman has been murdered and Kate is now the lead on the case.
As this book starts with you knowing something has happened to Kate, you are slowly drip fed information on what happened with her. Kate seems to grow in confidence as we go through the book and you know she is going to be a formidable character as this series grows.
A first class fast paced read that will grab you early on and keep hold of you. This author has the ability to surprise with each and every book she writes. An exceptional writer who scares me sometimes with the ideas she comes up with for a story. lol
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