The first gripping book in The Organised Crime Team series by NY Times bestselling author of the Justice series, M A Comley and co-author Tara Lyons, author of In The Shadows.
When The Caller rings... what would you do? The Organised Crime Team is a newly-formed unit with one of the toughest tasks in London.
Led by DI Angie North, their first investigation is a cold case that has foxed several officers in the Met for months. After Angie holds a TV appeal regarding the case, a number of similar aggressive attacks are brought to her attention. The team call on their contacts on the street for help. Their interest is sparked when several local names surface. To bring the criminals to justice a member of the Organised Crime Team is asked to risk their life in a dangerous covert operation.
Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Mel and Tara for sending me an ARC of this book. I bloody loved it.
And I am so looking forward to reading more from this crime writing duo.
Well this is the start of a new series, and I have to say it's a series I am really looking forward to. And all ready eagerly awaiting the next instalment.
I was really excited about this book coming out. Mel and Tara seem to make a pretty damn good writing duo.
I have read books by both of these authors previously and really enjoyed them, and I read this one in just 2 sittings. Once I started it I just knew I was going to enjoy it, and was soon hooked and drawn right into the story.
It must be difficult for authors when starting a new series, to try to make it unique and fresh, and Mel and Tara have certainly done that with this book.
A newly formed crime team in London is headed by DI Angie North. A character that I think will now just grow from book to book. She's determined and gutsy. And not scared to get stuck in.
Taking on an old cold case, it doesn't take the team too long to get stuck in, and as a new team, we start to learn about them as well as the story. I think it's been brilliantly put together.
A book to get stuck into and stick with right until the last page. Be warned, once you start this you won't want to do anything else but read, read and read. Then as you get towards the end, you won't want it to finish.
I Am honoured to be part of this amazing blog tour.
So How did this Crime writing duo come together?
Hi Vicki, thanks so much for having us and being involved in this fabulous blog tour.
We’re thrilled that you enjoyed our first novel written together, there’s no denying it was certainly harder writing this project than anything I’ve written before, but we got there in the end.
I’d like to give you a little background into how this collaboration came about if I may (this is Mel speaking by the way,) :-)
Tara and I met through the wonderful Facebook group The Book Club, where authors and readers mingle and have fun, self-promotion is totally out of the question on there, which makes it a wonderful environment for authors to visit. Tara was a reader then, but I learnt from a dear friend of ours, Maria Lee, that she was in the process of writing her own thriller, In The Shadows. I told Tara to get in touch with me if I could be of any help with her writing and suddenly we were contacting each other daily on Facebook messenger.
We found we really hit it off.
I was living in France at the time and the opportunity arose to come over to the UK to go property hunting, I asked Tara if she fancied coming to Norfolk with me, she was just as excited to meet up as me and we spent the weekend together, staying in some very strange hotels in the Norfolk area. This sparked our imaginations and together we penned the novella Web of Deceit based loosely on that experience.
When I returned to France, I asked Tara if she would be interested in writing a series together. She jumped at the chance. So while Tara finished writing In The Shadows, I got down to business creating most of the characters for The Caller, the plot actually came from an unsettling experience that Tara herself went through a few months before, then she added a few characters to the mix too. Once we had the plot and the characters defined, I wrote the first half of the book and sent it to Tara to finish. Once it was completed we spent the next month or so going backwards and forwards rewriting sections and adding our own voice to the story. I think we’ve managed to pull that task off if the initial reviews are anything to go by.
We’re hoping to write more books in the series, but we’ll still be writing our own projects in between too.
Watch this space on that one! :-)
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