How the wired weep by Ian Patrick


Book Blurb:

The Wire crosses the pond. 

 Ed is a detective who handles informants. He recruits Ben, a young man, who is treading a dangerous path into the criminal underworld.

 Ben’s unsure of where his loyalties lie. They have to find a way to work together despite their differences. 

 Both men are drawn into the world of Troy, a ruthless and brutal leader of an Organised Criminal Network.

 Ben is torn between two worlds as he tries to walk the impossible line between criminality and helping Ed combat crime. 
He lives in fear of discovery.

When your life is thrown upside down who do you turn to in order to survive?

Set against the backdrop of the 2012 Olympic Games, How the Wired Weep is a fast paced urban thriller where time is against both men as they attempt to serve their own agendas.

The Author

Ian spent twenty-seven years in the Metropolitan police the majority as a Detective Sergeant within the Specialist Operations Command. He specialised in Child Protection and was part of a Major Investigation Team that targeted abusers and investigated the murder of children. 

 His last seven years were spent in the Covert Policing Command where he managed a specialist covert unit dedicated to the detection and disruption of organised criminal networks across London and the UK.

Rubicon, Stoned Love, and Fools Gold are published by Fahrenheit Press.

 How the Wired Weep is a standalone novel.

Rubicon is in development with the BBC for a six part TV series.

He’s appeared at Bloody Scotland in 2018 as a spotlight author on the opening night with Val McDermid and Denise Mina.
Ian’s undertaken a mentorship with Write4Film Scotland and is developing a script for a short film. He’s also an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy Scotland. He lives in Scotland where he divides his time between family, writing, reading and photography. 

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The Review

A dark and gripping look at undercover policing and how walking the line between two worlds is so fine, that crossing the line could easily be blurred.

A pacy but not whirlwind fast novel that explores the lives of an undercover cop and those around him.

This is full of knowledge, violence and dark material. If you enjoy a darker police procedural then you will lap this one up. I’d definitely give it a read.


The Alex Ripley Mysteries 1-3 by M. Sean Coleman


The Blurb

This wonderful set of books, of which I hope there will be more (please!) are written by the talented M. Sean Coleman. The covers are beautiful yet haunting before you even open them!

They feature Dr Alex Ripley, the woman the police call on to help in cases that involve faith and she is dubbed “the miracle detective “.

She has plenty of her own problems to keep her busy. The cases for her are a welcome escape from her real life, as she struggles to adjust to a difficult life change.

While doing so, she looks to the places where the weak are held in fear of faith. What will happen if they don’t have the belief they’ve been conditioned to think they should. She then sets out to destroy fears people have built up.

She’s a fantastic heroine. Someone everyone wants for a friend, champion or just to say it’s ok to have your own thoughts.

You absolutely don’t have to read these books all together, as a series. Each can easily be read as a stand alone, but there are a couple of references to other books. Not enough to say you won’t get them on their own, but really why find a great series like this and wait?

They are all creepy and chilling in their own right. There is not a single emotion you will not feel reading these books. In books 1 and 2 I cried, wanted to yell, warn the characters. Held my breath. In the third book I didn’t just cry, I sobbed.

The ending of the third book is shocking and explosive, yet I hope there’s more. I was invested not only in Dr Alex Ripley, and cared about her, but in the telling of the stories, I love the character who is evolving of PC Daniel Cotter. He grows and takes shape as the books go on.

Basically, the books will have you checking the doors are locked, not wandering too far at night and definitely not accepting drinks from people, but I absolutely loved every single original second.

If you enjoy dark tales of any description, get these three books on your shelf and in your hand super fast!

Book 2 was generously gifted to me by the author. I was not asked for a review in return.

The Author

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

Thanks M. Sean Coleman and @RedDogTweets

Settlement by Anne Stormont

The Blurb

Can love truly heal old wounds? Can the past ever be put peacefully to rest? If you like a complex, grown-up romance with lots of raw emotion, dramatic and exotic settings, all mixed in with some international politics and laced with elements of a crime thriller, then this is the book for you. Falling in love is the easy bit. Happy ever after requires work, commitment and honesty. She wants him to be her friend and lover. He wants her as his wife. Can a compromise be reached? Or are things truly over between them? When former Edinburgh policeman Jack Baxter met crofter and author Rachel Campbell at her home on the Scottish island of Skye, they fell in love. It was a second chance at happiness for them both. But after Jack proposes marriage, it becomes clear they want different things. Then, as Rachel prepares to return to the Middle East to work on a peacemaking project that’s close to her heart, and as Jack’s past catches up with him, it seems their relationship is doomed. Can Rachel compromise on her need to maintain her hard-won independence? Can Jack survive the life-threatening situation in which he finds himself? Will they get the chance to put things right between them? Settlement is the sequel to literary romance novel, Displacement, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

The Author

Anne Stormont writes contemporary romantic fiction where the main characters may sometimes be older – but not necessarily wiser.

She hopes the stories she tells will entertain, but she also hopes they will move, challenge and inspire her readers.

She has written four novels so far – Change of Life, was her first. This was followed by the three novels set on the Scottish island of Skye – Displacement, Settlement and Fulfilment which tell the story of Rachel and Jack.

Anne is a Scot, living in the land of her birth. She’s a former teacher and when she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, country walks and gardening – and the occasional pillion ride on her husband’s motor bike. She also loves spending time with friends and family – especially her three grandchildren.

Anne has travelled all over the world and has visited every continent except Antarctica – somewhere she really should go considering her penchant for penguins.

She can be a bit of a subversive old bat, but she tries to maintain a kind heart.




Twitter: @writeanne

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The Review

I know this goes into the genre of contemporary romance. I wish there was a genre called understanding folk. This is what Anne Stormont does and it’s why I’ve read all her books, and will continue to.

It does of course continue with the lives of Rachel and Jack, but it keeps delving deeper into the characters. This is a series that makes you care about the people in the book, root for them and want things to work.

This is never a sweet, sickly love story or I’d never have picked up and got hooked on the series. It gets to the heart of how people are showing their honesty, flaws and quirks without gloss.

Another winner from Anne Stormont.

Thanks to the author and lovebooksgroup for the review copy of this book.

A song of Isolation by Michael J Malone

The Blurb

Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job. The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who turned heads wherever she went?

Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s boyfriend Dave is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse. Dave strongly asserts his innocence, and when Amelie refuses to denounce him, the press furore quickly turns into physical violence, and she has to flee the country.

While Dave is locked up with the most depraved men in the country and Amelie is hiding on the continent, Damaris, the victim at the centre of the story, is also isolated – a child trying to make sense of an adult world…

Breathtakingly brutal, dark and immensely moving, A Song of Isolation looks beneath the magpie glimmer of celebrity to uncover a sinister world dominated by greed and lies, and the unfathomable destruction of innocent lives… in an instant.

The Author


Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number-one bestseller, and the critically acclaimed House of Spines, After He Died and In the Absence of Miracles soon followed suit. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller. Michael lives in Ayr.

Malone is a massive talent… get on board now so you can brag you were reading his books long before the rest of the world’

Luca Veste

The Review

Another cracking great read from the pen of Michael J Malone.

As usual, he gets to the heart of a really deep, dark issue that most of us turn away from. It’s dealt with in a caring way and is not at all gratuitous. It’s very much for me, a book that says what if this happened, then it shows exactly how the things that happen from one small action snowball into something with the power to ruin the lives of everyone concerned.

I read this book in one sitting and I’d say if you’re going to read this, give yourself the time to sit and digest the whole thing without interruption. I held my breath, I cried and I rooted for things to work out. Once more, Michael Malone wrung every single emotion from me. I loved every second of it!

Thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the author for my review copy of this book.

Siren Song by Rebecca McKinney

The Blurb
A man who glimpses other people’s inner worlds, and a woman who can foresee death. Can they trace a missing girl before the worst happens?

Harrison Jones is a university lecturer with a secret: he moonlights as a psychic detective. Amy Bell is a paramedic who has the uncanny knack of knowing things are going to happen before they do. From their first accidental meeting on an Edinburgh bridge, both of their lives are destined to change.

Harrison invites Amy to help him investigate the disappearance of a beautiful young singer. The search will lead them into the murky world of human trafficking, from Edinburgh to the streets of Athens, and into the darkest corners of the human mind…

The Author

Rebecca McKinney is a writer, therapist and community development practitioner, living and working in Midlothian, Scotland. She shares her home with her husband, two teenagers, three cats, and a growing collection of musical instruments. 

Previous novels:

The Angel in the Stone: shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize, 2017: Sandstone Press

Blast Radius: 2015: Sandstone Press

The Review

Where do you start with this book? It’s amazing and is so original it is easily one of my favourite reads of the year.

I loved the dynamics between Amy and Harri. How they began and how they end in the book. There is so much more to explore with these multi dimensional characters who could so easily have become characters who were a parody, but from the skilled pen of Rebecca McKinney were so alive they jumped off the page and were installed in my head.

The themes of the book were serious and sympathetically dealt with, such as PTSD and human trafficking. This novel digs deep and it’s a while since a book made me pull an a night reading session in, and this is the exception.

I’m expecting great things from this author and really cannot wait to read more. Genius!

Thanks to Rebecca McKinney and LoveBooksTours for the proof copy which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn

The Blurb

University professor Nina is at a turning point. Her work seems increasingly irrelevant, her doctor husband is never home, relations with her adult daughter Ingeborg are strained, and their beautiful house is scheduled for demolition.

When Ingeborg decides to move into another house they own, things take a very dark turn. The young woman who rents it disappears, leaving behind her son, the day after Nina and Ingeborg pay her a visit.

With few clues, the police enquiry soon grinds to a halt, but Nina has an inexplicable sense of guilt. Unable to rest, she begins her own investigation, but as she pulls on the threads of the case, it seems her discoveries may have very grave consequences for her and her family.

The Author

Agnes Ravatn (b. 1983) is a Norwegian author and columnist. She made her literary début with the novel Week 53 (Veke 53) in 2007. Since then she has written three critically acclaimed and award-winning essay collections: Standing still (Stillstand), 2011, Popular Reading (Folkelesnad), 2011, and Operation self-discipline (Operasjon sjøldisiplin), 2014. In these works, Ravatn revealed a unique, witty voice and sharp eye for human fallibility. Her second novel, The Bird Tribunal (Fugletribuanlet), was an international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, winning an English PEN Award, shortlisting for the Dublin Literary Award, a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and a BBC Book at Bedtime. It was also made into a successful play, which premiered in Oslo in 2015. Agnes lives with her family in the Norwegian countryside.

The Review

This is wonderfully dark and gripping. It’s among the few Nordic Noir books I’ve read and it’s tension, plot and suspense kept me hooked from the first page.

I couldn’t put this book down. It’s very dark and explores the grimness of people, but it’s so absorbing and it will chill you to your marrow.

I enjoyed every single, tense, breath holding second of this book.

If Noir is your thing and you like it dark this is the book you need to read. Devour it then maybe devour it again. Loved it.

Thanks to the author, Anne Cater and Orenda Books for the proof copy for a deliciously dark read.

Cover Reveal: Avalon’s Portal

Avalon’s Portal by Lynne W Bailey

You need to read this book it looks fantastic!!

Nothing exciting ever happens to Arthur, and that’s the way he likes it. But when he stumbles into a magical world on his 13th birthday, the new teen has to put on his big boy pants and begin the quest of a lifetime to find his way back home.

With the help of new friends, Arthur overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles, tames magical creatures, and fights mythical monsters. By the end of his journey he has changed in ways he could never have imagined; he needs to get home, but the pull of Avalon leaves him with a difficult decision to make.

Hidden by Annabel Chown

Annabel lies awake in the early hours after a night partying. She’s not worrying about how to get rid of an unsuitable man in her bed, but what to do about the hard lump she’s found on her left breast. An absorbing story of what happens when life swerves in unimaginable directions.

At the age of thirty-one – a successful architect and a single Londoner – Annabel is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her quest for love turns into a fight for life, and more.

Plunged into a world of treatment, which she keeps hidden from all but those closest to her, she learns a new way of living in London, a city whose moods and seasons reflect her own.

Hidden is a memoir of great courage and determination, told with wry humour and an architect’s eye. The story of how Annabel rebuilds her future will bring hope to anyone who has been forced to radically change direction in life.

The Author

Annabel Chown was born in London and read Architecture at Cambridge University. She worked as an architect for leading London practices and taught architectural design at Kingston University, then at thirty-one she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She started making notes while going through treatment and discovered a passion for writing.

‘Hidden’, her memoir about having cancer while young and single, emerged from this. Her writing about breast cancer has been published in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ and ‘Red’ magazine. Annabel is also a yoga teacher. She loves cities, particularly London, and food.

You can read more, including blog posts, at 
Instagram: @annabelchown

The Review

This is not just another fictional tale. It’s the authors own personal story.

It takes us from her discovery of the dreaded lump that all women fear. We go through her terror, denial and fear. We’re there as she analyses phrases such as being referred to as ethereal, was it a clue or just a statement?

She takes us with her through her treatments as a person alone. Her thoughts and fears.

This is honest, heart wrenching yet still stays hopeful. It brought tears to my eyes and my cheeks reading it. Very strongly written and recommended reading for those going through this. It’s informative but not patronising and I’d say it should be widely read.

Bang Bang, You’re Dead by Evan Baldock

The Blurb

The Author

Evan was born in Pembury, Kent in 1956 and attended grammar school in Tunbridge Wells.
He left the Metropolitan Police after 30 years service in 2011, serving as one of the countries first Football Intelligence Officers until 1996, then transferring to West End Central, where for 15 years he worked in Soho.
For several years Evan helped run the Soho Unit, specialising in combating drug dealing in the West End. During his career he frequently ran test purchase and buy-bust operations against drug dealers, resulting in the seizure of large amounts of drugs, and the successful prosecution of over 200 dealers, many of whom received lengthy prison sentences.
After retiring from the Metropolitan police, Evan opened ‘Sweet Expectations’ in Rochester, Kent, the UK’s first vegetarian sweet shop.
In 2016 he sold the shop business and retired, before taking up writing in January 2019.

The Review

I loved this book. Oozing with dark humour, Evan was born in Pembury, Kent in 1956 and attended grammar school in Tunbridge Wells.

He left the Metropolitan Police after 30 years service in 2011, serving as one of the countries first Football Intelligence Officers until 1996, then transferring to West End Central, where for 15 years he worked in Soho.

For several years Evan helped run the Soho Unit, specialising in combating drug dealing in the West End. During his career he frequently ran test purchase and buy-bust operations against drug dealers, resulting in the seizure of large amounts of drugs, and the successful prosecution of over 200 dealers, many of whom received lengthy prison sentences.

After retiring from the Metropolitan police, Evan opened ‘Sweet Expectations’ in Rochester, Kent, the UK’s first vegetarian sweet shop.

In 2016 he sold the shop business and retired, before taking up writing in January 2019.

The Review

I loved this. It oozes with spirit and dark humour as a pensioner is pushed too far.

One accident with a gun gives Gloria back the power she felt she’d lost in her life and thought she’d not get back. It sends her on a three month reign of terror as she looks at ‘deserving’ cases for her brand of justice.

She looks coolly and dispassionately at those on the receiving end of the gun, by what they’ve done and carefully considers what to do.

But can she stop? Is she in deeper than she realises or can she walk away undetected as people start to notice her movements?

You have to read this. Dark humour and a free day of reading time are a must for this book to be enjoyed.

I was waiting for this book to be released eagerly and loved every second of reading it. A well deserved five star read.

Find it at Amazon or Red Dog Publishing

@RedDogTweets @BaldockEvan

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Blurb

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Village in this stunning feminist debut . . .

‘A thrillingly brisk and bracing tale of magic and power . . . it takes the best tropes of horror and witchcraft and gives them a refreshingly feminist twist.’ 
S.A. CHAKRABORTY, author of The City of Brass

Born on the fringes of Bethel, Immanuelle does her best to obey the Church and follow Holy Protocol. For it was in Bethel that the first Prophet pursued and killed four powerful witches, and so cleansed the land.

And then a chance encounter lures her into the Darkwood that surrounds Bethel.

It is a forbidden place, haunted by the spirits of the witches who bestow an extraordinary gift on Immanuelle. The diary of her dead mother . . .

Fascinated by and fearful of the secrets the diary reveals, Immanuelle begins to understand why her mother once consorted with witches. And as the truth about the Prophets, the Church and their history is revealed, so Immanuelle understands what must be done. For the real threat to Bethel is its own darkness.

Bethel must change. And that change will begin with her . . .

The Author

Alexis Henderson is a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror. She grew up in one of America’s most haunted cities, Savannah, Georgia, which instilled in her a life-long love of ghost stories. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, you can find her painting or watching horror movies with her feline familiar. Currently, Alexis resides in the sun-soaked marshland of Charleston, South Carolina.

For all publicity enquiries, please contact Becky Short at

The Review

This is a phenomenal debut. Dark, dangerous, compelling. Yes it’s YA but not your typical story. By any stretch of the imagination and Alexis Henderson definitely has a great one.

This is nail biting stuff, as our heroine is not only growing up but discovering dark, hidden truths that surround the place she lives and the men who rule it. She is the unaccepted, unacceptable child who as the cover says was cursed at birth, and exiled. But why? And what are people afraid of? I dare you to read this book and not feel for the main characters deeply, be afraid and want the truth to emerge. I loved it!

Many thanks to the author, Bantam Press and Anne Cater for this book.

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