The Colour of Death – Elizabeth Davies / #PromoPost #BlogTour @rararesources @bethsbooks



“Mad, bad and dangerous to know.”

Olivia Parr doesn’t believe her ability to see auras is a gift. It hasn’t exactly done her any favours. Quite the opposite, in fact. Having become something of a loner, she tries to avoid people and the glow surrounding them, preferring to view life through the lens of a camera, where she can’t see those telltale colours.

But when a rare visit to a theatre ends in death and bloodshed, Olivia’s life is about to become considerably more complicated.

During the mayhem, one man stands out, and not just because he seems oblivious to the terrible carnage. The reason? He has no aura.

But everyone has an aura, right?


Except for the dead.

Not only is she fascinated and intrigued by this strange, compelling man, in the aftermath of the tragedy she gains a protector; a man whose aura is deep, dark red – the colour of blood.



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Fuck Yeah, Video Games – Daniel Hardcastle / #Extract #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @annecater @DanNerdCubed @unbounders



The Life and Extra Lives of a Professional Nerd

As Daniel Hardcastle careers towards thirty, he looks back on what has really made him happy in life: the friends, the romances… the video games. Told through encounters with the most remarkable – and the most mind-boggling – games of the last thirty-odd years, Fuck Yeah, Video Games is also a love letter to the greatest hobby in the world.

From God of War to Tomb RaiderPokémon to The Sims, Daniel relives each game with countless in-jokes, obscure references and his signature wit, as well as intricate, original illustrations by Rebecca Maughan. Alongside this march of merriment are chapters dedicated to the hardware behind the games: a veritable history of Sony, Nintendo, Sega and Atari consoles.

Joyous, absurd, personal and at times sweary, Daniel’s memoir is a celebration of the sheer brilliance of video games.




Developer: Game Freak Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Game Boy

Released: 1996 (JP) / 1998 (NA) / 1999 (EU)

What is it? An RPG about capturing wild creatures.

What is it really? An addiction that has had me in its grasp for two decades.

Pokémon Red and Blue are works of programming art. The English release of the games was just a single megabyte in size,1 meaning that you could fit the entire thing around 50,000 times onto a standard PS4 or Xbox One disc. That’s 100 hours of gameplay, a world with 10 cities and towns, 170 animated abilities,2 80 Items,3 45 music tracks,4 an uncountable number of NPCs5 and 151 monsters, all on a cartridge that takes up the same amount of space as around a minute of mp3 music.

It’s that monster number that I want to focus on for this story. Not the first 150, we could all catch them. I want to just look at that final one. Number 151. Mew. The mystery that captivated

1 Apparently, the Japanese release was only 512 KB!

2 Roughly. I only counted this once.

3 Again. One count. I had stuff to do today.

4 I’m a busy man, goddammit!

5 Totally countable by someone who isn’t me.

a generation. A generation that clearly had nothing else better to do beside collecting Pogs and making barely flavoured ice with Mr Frosty.

You see, Mew wasn’t technically obtainable in Pokémon Red and Blue. There was no way of catching it without going to special events, hacking your save file, or very clever glitches that weren’t found until over a decade after the game came out. Everyone knew someone who knew someone else who knew someone else who had one, but nobody seemed to be able to prove it. Even that kid in your class whose uncle worked for Nintendo didn’t have a smidge of evidence.

These days, if you don’t know a thing, you go online, and after a few searches, you know the thing. Back when I was a lad in school, we didn’t know things simply because there were no ways of knowing them. The closest thing we had to the internet was a library, and no book in there had even heard of video games yet. This meant that rumours weren’t just king, they were currency. I traded many wildly incorrect rumours I’d heard for Pokémon cards back in the day.

‘Yeah, just hold B and Down and you’ll definitely catch any Pokémon. Now, Hand me that shiny Alakazam.’6

— Me, 1999 (probably) How many of these playground legends did you hear?

  • If you give Pikachu enough Water Stones, he’ll turn into a Pikablu.

6 Remember those kids who would later bottle out of the trade and tell their parents to force you to trade back? You know, the argument-starters who eventually caused all these awesome fads to get banned from schools? I hope they’re all fucking dead.

  • Bill has a secret garden behind his house with a legendary Pokémon in it.
  • Catch a Lickitung with the Game Boy upside down and it’ll evolve into Luigi.7
  • Magikarp’s splash can insta-kill anything (it just only works a fraction of a per cent of the time).
  • Talking to Oak’s assistant a hundred times before picking your starter means you can get all three of them.

All of these were, quite obviously, bullshit. However, there was a magic to these rumours, a chance that they might be true, formed from the coalition of a brilliant game and the fact that all children are idiots.

My favourite myth was the truck. Apparently, there was a truck somewhere in the world that had a Mew hidden under it. Only a level 99 Machamp8 that knew Strength could move this mystery vehicle. I remember my entire school spending every moment that wasn’t sums or finger-painting trying desperately to find this truck. We heard a rumour that it was next to the SS Anne, a cruise ship docked in the game. Problem was, the boat left and the port was locked down before you got the ability to swim and explore the area. Bugger. Guess it’s back to Tazos for us.

However, a week later, and I distinctly remember this happening in church, I came up with a solution. The SS Anne only left when you got off it, so if I lost a battle after getting the mission item, but while still onboard, I’d be teleported out to the Pokémon Center to heal up. Maybe, just maybe, the ship wouldn’t leave and I’d be able to come back later. With the

7 This was actually an April Fool from Nintendo Power magazine. They also claimed a Dratini could evolve into a Yoshi if you traded it and trained it loads. I spent hours on this one. Bastards.

8 Some people said to use a Squirtle, but they were clearly idiots.

delicate movements of a world-renowned surgeon, I extracted my red Game Boy Pocket from my coat, turned the volume down and reset my game. Yes, I’d lost all my progress, but if this worked. . . I’d be a hero.

Mum then saw my Game Boy and confiscated it until we got home. I tried to explain the hero thing but she was too wrapped up in the priest’s sermon, a speech that was getting dangerously close to somehow becoming less than monotone. Batman didn’t have to put up with this shit. Lucky Batman.

Later that night I performed rigorous testing in the most scientific environment I could manage,9 starting the entire game from scratch to prove my hypothesis. The hours passed as I raced through the game, wanting to know the answer before school the next day. Eventually, I had my answer. I was right. The SS Anne didn’t leave if you fainted inside it. We were through the looking glass.

I pushed on, ignoring the first rays of sun creeping across the floor, finally obtained the ability to swim, went back to the port and . . . oh my God . . .

The truck was real.

It sat there, off-screen until you swam over to it, just next to the SS Anne. No way to access it without the fainting strategy. I didn’t have the level 99 Machamp required to finish the rumour, but that would come later. I had to report my findings to the playground. I put my Game Boy away, placed my glasses down and heard my alarm go off.

Looking back on it, this was the most popular I’d ever be in school.

I was king. No, kings are mortal. I was God. God of the swing set. I was young at the time and may be remembering this

9 Under my bed covers with a torch.

wrong, but at least 80,000 children crowded around me that day to see the truck. Liam Packton claims he saw kids in uniforms he didn’t even recognise watching me play that Game Boy Pocket. I swear at one point a news crew turned up.

Suddenly a shout emerged from the crowd. Someone had a level 99 Machamp. They’d got that first, planning to search for the truck later. They were willing to trade. The crowd of over 2 million children held their collective breaths. A link cable was found and inserted. The trade was made. I approached the truck, used strength and . . . and . . .


Nothing at all.

Looking back on it, this was the least popular I’d ever be in school.

Thank you, Daniel Hardcastle and Random Things Tours.


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Daniel Hardcastle, aka DanNerdCubed, is a YouTube gamer who has accumulated more than 2.6 million subscribers over the course of his 4000 videos. He lives with his partner, Rebecca Maughan.


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Christmas Child – Carol Rivers / #Extract #BlogTour @rararesources @carol_rivers



The 2019 Victorian romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

A perfect Dickensian saga for Christmas.

Christmas Day, London 1880. Snow falls … a dying Irish girl clutching her new-born baby drags herself to the sanctuary of an East End orphanage and throws herself on the mercy of the Sisters of Clemency. The nuns raise little Ettie O’Reilly as their own, but the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by an unscrupulous bishop. The heart-breaking outcome turns Ettie’s life upside down and Christmas will never mean the same again.

Will Ettie ever find her friend Michael Wilson whose secret holds the key to their past? Will Ettie keep her innocence and survive the traumatic events that are about to erupt?




The convent’s schoolroom was very old, with brown-painted walls and ink stains smudging the desks and floor. A grey and depressing light seeped in from the broken windows. In the very same manner as Ettie had held tightly to Sister Patrick, the little girls held fast to Ettie. ‘We don’t want to go,’ they wailed, cuffing the snot from their noses.

Ettie had just delivered the news. She wanted to tell the children herself. They had to prepare themselves.

‘I want to stay here with you,’ Kathy insisted.

Ettie lifted the little girl’s chin. ‘Say your prayers. Jesus will look after you.’

‘We’re being got rid of!’ accused Johnny Dean, scratching nervously at one of his disfigured ears.

‘The nuns don’t give a farthing about us,’ agreed Michael Wilson, who looked very angry as he clenched his fists. Ettie always smiled when he bragged he was older and wiser than her. Though tall and skinny as a rake, he was very strong. ‘We’ll be turfed out on the street,’ he declared. ‘Or sent to the workhouse.’

Ettie looked into his rebellious grey eyes. ‘Where is your faith Michael?’

’The only faith I’ve got,’ he shouted dramatically, ‘is in myself!’ His face darkened as he poked a finger at her. ’Can the nuns stop the rozzers from nabbing me the moment I step out of this place?’

Ettie felt her tummy turn over. He could be right, for it was only the nuns intervention with the law that had prevented Michael’s arrest.

‘God will provide,’ she promised. ‘He’ll answer your prayers.’

‘He’s never answered them before,’ came the reply. ‘Why should he answer them now?’

Ettie wanted to remind him that it was only because of the nuns request to the police that he wasn’t now incarcerated in the boys’ reformatory. But she knew this would upset him even more.

From the smaller children there were sobs and gulps as they listened to this harsh exchange. How could she reassure them?

‘Let’s say our prayers,’ she said and obediently they kneeled on the floor. All, except Michael.

‘May God surround us with His light,’ she prayed fervently. ‘May He enfold us with His love. May He protect us and guide us, so that forever we will remain safe in the palm of His hand.’

‘I’m clearing out,’ interrupted Michael, kicking his boot against a desk. ‘While I’ve got the chance.’ He grabbed his grubby cloth cap from the chair. ‘Good luck to all of you. You’ll need it.’

Thank you, Carol Rivers and Rachel’s Random Resources


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“Were there’s muck there’s money!” If my family had a royal crest I’m sure those are the words that would have been hewn into the stone above it.

Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. They were costermongers selling fruit, veg and anything else that would stand still long enough!

Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.

As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.

I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

Carol xx 


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Intimate Strangers – Lasairiona McMaster / #PromoPost #BlogTour @rararesources



Is there such a thing as too perfect?

Lisa Millar wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a guy on the Internet. But she did.

Other than living over five thousand miles away in America, AJ Williams is seemingly her perfect match. Strikingly handsome, musically talented, plays hockey and has a typical college-guy life.

In a moment of carpe diem, Lisa flies from Ireland to Alabama to surprise her internet-beau and finds herself face to face with an inconceivable reality that she couldn’t possibly have prepared for.

How well can you truly know someone you meet online?

Will true love win out, or will AJ’s secret life be too much for Lisa to bear? 



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Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.


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The Oath – Michael L. Lewis / #PromoPost #BlogTour @rararesources @MichaelLLewis2







The polished veneer of a boys’ boarding school in Northern England masks a cadre of wickedness. Seniors viciously torment any junior they deem unfit. Jonathan Simon, in his first term is warned that there are three monsters in his dorm; seniors Flicker, Sleeth and Tunk, and that the code of conduct mandates no snitching.

Simon befriends two other juniors; pixie-faced Ian Gracey and witty, grossly overweight Arthur Crown. During a cross-country run, the three friends take a short cut and stumble into the cadet rifle range. Corps Sergeant Sleeth puts them through a degrading punishment using human excrement. The three juniors swear a blood oath never to allow another bully to abuse them.

Will this oath be their downfall, or will they make it through the school year? Snitching could have serious consequences but keeping silent will break their blood oath.

As Simon, Gracey and Crown try to survive this perilous journey, the constant threat of harm brings their friendship ever closer…



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Michael L. Lewis was born and raised in England. After preparatory school in London, he was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Michael now lives in Los Angeles, California, has a law degree, and writes full-time. He was on the Board of Trustees for several schools and has been a member of the same book club for twenty-five years.


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The Liar’s Sister – Sarah A. Denzil / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @sarahdenzil



Ten years ago, a boy named Samuel Murray went missing from the quiet village of Buckthorpe and was never seen again.

Rosie Sharpe cried over her missing friend for weeks after. But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth. Because the night Samuel was last seen, Heather watched her older sister climbing back through the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear.

Heather never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever…

A decade later, Rosie and Heather return to the home they grew up in when their mother falls ill. But when their house is ransacked and they receive a threatening note, it becomes clear that someone in the close-knit village doesn’t want them there.

When Heather finally confronts her sister about what really happened on the dark, rainy night Samuel vanished, Rosie’s version of the truth is more shocking than she could ever have imagined. But can she trust her sister? And who broke into their house that night? As the lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both women in terrible danger…



My review

The opening of the book is perfect. 1001 scenarios fly through your mind, but which one is the correct one? Or does scenario 1002 fit here?

Relatives should be able to trust each other unconditionally, right? But there is so much deceit and there are so many lies in the world that you sometimes start doubting the ones that are the closest to your heart.

Once trust is gone, is it possible to find a way back?

The author shows us a situation that’s often not fictional at all. People assume something and the longer they think about it, the more they are convinced that this is how it all happened. Talking about it would resolve so much heartbreak. 

Sometimes silence is golden because you believe you do it for the right reasons : to protect someone, but in the end, when the truth comes out it might not have been the best solution at all.

The story takes us from then to now, with both sisters telling us the way it was, through their eyes in alternating chapters.

Love, deceit, lies and family relations are a few of the ingredients the author has cooked with to serve us this delightful dish. 4 stars.

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Sarah A. Denzil is a British suspense writer from Derbyshire. In her alternative life–AKA Sarah Dalton–she writes speculative fiction for teenagers, including The Blemished, Mary Hades and White Hart.

Sarah lives in Yorkshire with her partner, enjoying the scenic countryside and rather unpredictable weather. 

Saving April, Sarah’s debut suspense thriller, is a psychological look into the minds of the people around us who we rarely even consider – our neighbours. What do we really know about them, and what goes on when the doors are closed?


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Dying Made Easy(er): Creating Your Happy Ending – Myra Bennett / #Interview #Blogtour @iReadBookTours



Stories of American prowess in technology and medicine abound. And while these achievements have extended the lives of patients, they have not always extended the quality of those lives. As the older population in America skyrockets, more and more people who have received a terminal diagnosis, as well as those who love them, must grapple with the devastating decision of how they will forestall–or face–death. In Dying Made Easy(er) by Myra Bennett, we are guided through the diverse phases and considerations of the end of life by an experienced traveler who’s spent many hours “as a guest in the sacred place of the dying.” Bennett, a hospice nurse and certified end of life doula, who has also grappled with death in her personal life, invites us to contemplate dying from many different angles: legal, social, physical, psychological, and spiritual. Her Dying Made Easy(er) is both a handbook of pertinent information and a medley of informed suggestions for us to consider when experiencing or sharing the phenomenon that is the end of life. Bennett believes it is imperative that we–as a community–are aware of how to find help when faced with death and dying. In Dying Made Easy(er), she provides the resources to address this pressing need.

​Bennett, who is the co-founder of Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento, has seen it all. She’s witnessed the dying process unfold in beautiful ways, with gifts for all involved, and she’s seen it devolve into a series of anguished mishaps that leave the family praying for an early transition. As there are no opportunities for rehearsals or do-overs, Bennett is committed to helping us better understand dying as the last–but not the least–chapter of life, and to helping us dream what this chapter might look like. In her warm and wise book, we learn how to turn this dream into a personal reality that will meet not only our deep-felt needs and desires but also those of our family and loved ones.





What motivated you to write about such a tabu subject?

Because it is a tabu subject. Death is a natural event of life that all of us will experience. We know this is true–yet–in our culture, we choose to deny it. As a hospice nurse for many years–and now as an end of life doula–I have been witness to dying experiences that were challenging for everyone involved, often accompanied by unnecessary pain and suffering. Opening up the dialog about death and dying is the first step in changing the way we die.

You refer to yourself as an end of life doula. Could you explain this role and how it compares to hospice?

Hospice is a medical model, therefore, the focus on services provided is based on the medical needs of the dying person. The end of life doula is a holistic model that sees dying as a life event, therefore the care is based on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of all involved.

What will be the subject of your next book?

When discussing fears about dying, most people say they are afraid of what happens after death. In my next book, I would like to explore some of the possibilities of what lies beyond this life.

If you ever write a fictional novel, what will the subject be?

Love (not romance).

What is the first step a person can take when planning their happy ending?

The first chapter in Dying Made Easy(er) is titled “Estate Planning and Advance Healthcare Directives”. This subject is covered first because if the reader does nothing else but what is suggested in this chapter, the dying experience will almost assuredly be better.

Thank you, Myra Bennett and iRead Book Tours.


About the author

Myra has been a student of death and dying since she experienced the loss of her husband in 2001. The years that would follow saw the loss of many friends and family as well, which gave her life experiences she would later use to care for patients as a hospice nurse at a large national hospice agency.

Today Myra is a certified end of life doula at Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento where she not only guides and supports terminally ill persons and their families, she also speaks and educates on all subjects related to death and dying.


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Sunken Treasure, Lost Worlds – Hep Aldridge / #PromoPost #BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours @AldridgeHep



The Risky Business Chronicles #1

His knowledge can make them all rich… or get them killed.

From the depths of the Atlantic off Cape Canaveral Florida, searching for sunken Spanish treasure, to the Andes mountains of Ecuador chasing the legend of a lost golden library, Dr. Colten X. Burnett and the Risky Business team are on a quixotic adventure.

While trying to make an honest, well sort of honest living, searching for remnants of the lost 1715 fleet, Risky Business Ltd. becomes entangled in a mystery that covers two continents and may rewrite history.

The lure of uncovering a lost civilization, as well as the secrets it holds, motivates the team on their dangerous journey into a cosmological unknown.



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Hep Aldridge is a certified scuba diver, cave diver and amateur archaeologist whose main area of interest is Pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas. He has led or been part of archaeological expeditions to Mexico and Honduras, making discoveries that have been reported in National Geographic Magazine.


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Soul’s Desire – Sharon C. Cooper / #Extract #BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours @Sharon_Cooper1



Unparalleled Love Series

Some past loves can stand the test of time… Ballet dancer Soul Carrington has lived her dream of traveling the world. But the past year has been one life hurdle after another until she moves back to Atlanta. Now life is looking up, especially when she comes face to face with a past love. A man who makes her heart dance pirouettes and her body pulse with desire. Not a day has gone by that police officer Micah Olsen hasn’t longed for his first love. However, their encounter in Atlanta is not by chance. Yet, against his better judgment, he has to let her believe it is, which isn’t easy. All of the emotions he once felt for her return with a vengeance. Their attraction is more powerful than ever, and when hot kisses turn into heated nights, Micah knows he has to come clean. But will it be too late?

**read as a standalone!**




Soul’s breath stalled in her throat when her gaze clashed with Micah’s. Those whiskey-colored eyes bored into her, piercing her with a need she hadn’t felt in ages, leaving her unable to move or speak. The years had truly been good to him. Micah had always been gorgeous with his smooth, pecan-brown skin. But the man standing only ten feet from her now was mouthwatering fine!

In college he wore his hair in cornrows, which Soul hated, and his face was always clean-shaven. Now he sported a low fade and a little scruff on his face, which she liked. Back then he was athletically built, like a basketball player. Now, his large frame had filled out in all the right places. His white T-shirt hugged his wide chest and broad shoulders, while his biceps bulged beneath the short sleeves.

A magnetic force surged through her body as his appreciative gaze slid over her from head to toe. How could he still have such an effect on her? It had been like forever since they’d seen each other. Yet, every nerve ending within her was standing at attention.

Ugh. If only she’d known he was coming. She would’ve gotten cleaned up instead of letting him see her all grungy and sweaty.

“Hey, beautiful.” His deep voice settled around her, sending tingles swarming over her skin. “You’re even prettier than I remember.”

Thank you, Sharon C. Cooper and Silver Dagger Book Tours.


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Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of Emma Awards (RSJ) for Author of the Year 2019, Favorite Hero 2019 (INDEBTED), Romantic

Suspense of the Year 2015 (TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES), Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED), and BRAB (book club) Award -Breakout Author of the Year 2014. When Sharon isn’t writing, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit


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Incorruptible – Barbara Nadel / #Interview #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @BarbaraNadel



Inspector Ikmen #20

In the backstreets of Istanbul, a young woman’s body is found. Dumped in a dustbin and covered in cut flowers, she is the victim of a frenzied and vicious stabbing.

Inspector Ikmen discovers that the woman was well known in Istanbul. Newspapers had been calling her the blessed woman; cured of cancer in a Christian miracle and a proclaimed messenger of the Virgin Mary. These controversial claims had made her fierce enemies in the predominantly Islamic community and she had unwittingly stirred up divisions amongst the Christians of the city. But as Ikmen digs further into the case he uncovers powerful hatred and dark secrets lurking within her family. And to find the truth he must delve into a toxic world of fear, concealment and lies. The question is: was this a killing in the name of faith or does the answer lie somewhere else?




1) which character would you like to be in this book?

As ever I’d like to be Cetin Ikmen. I always want to be him in all the Ikmen books because he does and says the things I’d like to, but can’t.

2) Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?

Yes. A book, always.

3) Say someone asks whether they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be a good one or a bad one?

Oh, bad every time. Much more fun.

4) Do you prefer to read/write stand alones or series?

I like them both. I like reading both and I’d like to write a standalone sometime soon myself.

5) Where can I find you if you are reading?

At home, on the sofa with the cats in tow. Out and about almost anywhere.

6) Where can I find you when you’re not writing/reading?

Wandering around London, up in Lancashire visiting my family, down by our local river, anywhere with a cat.

7) Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?


8) what are you most proud of?

Apart from my son and my grandson probably my first book ‘Belshazzar’s Daughter’. People from families like mine don’t write books. That was when I proved to everyone that working class kids like me can do stuff.

9) What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

I wrote that?

10) what piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Don’t give up. Never, ever give up.

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Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey. Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel trained as an actress before becoming a writer. Now writing full-time, she has previously worked as a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship’s Good Companion Service and as a mental health advocate for the mentally disordered in a psychiatric hospital. She has also worked with sexually abused teenagers and taught psychology in schools and colleges, and is currently the patron of a charity that cares for those in emotional and mental distress. She has been a regular visitor to Turkey for more than twenty-five years.


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