#BlogTour THE CURATOR by M.W.CRAVEN #BookReview MW Craven @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK @DavidHHeadley

Delighted to be the latest stop on the blog tour for the fabulous THE CURATOR by M.W.CRAVEN. My  thanks to the author, publisher and Beth Wright at Little Brown for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6. Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself the Curator.

And nothing will ever be the same again…

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

Goldsboro Books – signed edition

hive.co.uk

MY REVIEW

They are back! And solving crimes better than ever!!! My favourite investigating team return with another grizzly case and an ending that left me truly shocked!! You know when you have to read the last few pages over and over a few times to let it all sink in… yeah that kind of ending!!

The combination of Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw works wonders again in this novel – their dynamics are more settled and understanding, but there is still that edge and unpredictability that I love about them.  So when body parts are discovered at certain locations with a single chilling message #BCS6 left with them, it is up to Poe and Bradshaw to put the pieces together and find out the victims and the perpitrator. And it’s not an easy hunt for them – why are these victims targeted? Is there a link between them? What is the significance of the message?  The tiniest little piece of information is often key to each investigation even more so when there is so very little evidence left behind by the serial killer in these instances.

When an FBI agent gets involved in the case and points out the similarities in a case involving The Curator the action really picks up, and the investigation gets more complex and more intriguing to follow.

It is a gruesome and shocking case that unfolds, but there are still moments of humour that lighten the darkness.  It’s another corker of a story from M.W.Craven and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next case that Washington and Tilly have to solve!!

★★★★★

#Blog Tour BLACK SUMMER by M.W.CRAVEN #BookReview @TheCrimeVault @MWCravenUK @bethwright26 #BlackSummer #TeamTilly

ABOUT THE BOOK

After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .

Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?


And then Elizabeth goes missing again – and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.

PURCHASE LINK

MY REVIEW

The wait is over for those of us who Loved  The Puppet Show and it’s just fabulous to have Poe and Tilly back once more, and this time the search for a murderer is a little too close for comfort for them and leads to some extremely  tense situations that had me holding my breath on a number of occasions!

In a case 6 years ago, Poe found the murderer of a young girl to be her father, a celebrity chef, which caused a huge fuss at the time.  What happens when the victim shows up seemingly alive and well 6 years later though?!  Poe is totally thrown and wondering just what he missed first time round that could have led him to make such a mistake.

His dogged determination is one of his main qualities and it’s needed now more than ever to help get to the bottom of this case, knowing that the father in jail will be out for revenge. But something isn’t adding up to Poe and who better to get back on his team than Tilly! Still as blunt as always, it’s fabulous to be back in her company and her analytical brain is put to good use with so many threads to look back over.

I loved the pace of this book – knowing that they were up against time restraints really puts them under pressure and as the truth of what exactly did happen 6 years ago becomes clearer, it was actually more horrific than could have been imagined.  The profiling and man hours that they put in really gets to show just how thorough that police work is to get to the truth – from video interviews, blood tests and inspecting the crime scene – and when the evidence starts pointing towards Poe himself being involved, it really gets gripping and twisted!  There is less of Tilly in this book, although she still plays a key role, but it’s right that the main focus is on Poe with all his troubles – past and present! – and the mix of tension, action and suspense was just perfect!

★★★★★

#BlogTour The Puppet Show by M.W.Craven #BookReview

Delighted to be taking part in sharing the love for this thrilling book, ahead of its’ release in paperback on the 24th January!  Get your orders in now if you’ve not already read it as I promise you it’s truly compelling!!

My thanks to the author and publisher for letting me be part of it all and the advanced copy  in return for a fair and honest review.

ABOUT THE BOOK

‘Fantastic’ Martina Cole
‘Dark, sharp and compelling’ Peter James

‘A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series’ Mick Herron

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive …

‘A page turner’ Sun
‘A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!’ David Mark’

A gripping start to a much anticipated new series’ Vaseem Khan


‘Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.’ Michael J. Malone

‘Britain’s answer to Harry Bosch’ Matt Hilton

Published by Constable

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk  £6.39

amazon uk  £7.99

waterstones  £7.99

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals . . .

M. W. Craven is married and lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn’t out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can usually be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.

Author Website

MY REVIEW

The beginning hooked me in straight away and I just couldn’t put it down once I’d started! It is often brutal and chilling, but the author writes with such meticulous detail that you can’t help but become that ‘fly on the wall’ watching the drama unfold around you, and wondering just what is around the corner, for both detectives and victims!

We are introduced to Washington Poe who thought his crime solving days were behind him, but when a number of murder victims are found after being brutally tortured, he is called back to the force to help out with investigations, seeing as his name is found etched on one of the victims it brings things a little too close to home. What is the link between the victims and himself?

The team around him are a great cast of characters – Tilly Bradshaw in particular. She is very socially awkward and has led a very sheltered life, but Poe takes to her immediately. He loves her honesty and becomes very protective of her when she faces situations out of her control. He can’t stand by and watch people being bullied and it’s fabulous to see the dynamics between these two ‘misfits’!

As the case evolves with more victims found left in historic stone circles, the team have a battle on their hands to stop whoever is behind it all before it’s too late. I loved seeing the process of how they go about solving this case – it was often very unorthodox but it helped them join the dots and helped uncover some very dark stories from the past.

There were so many twists and turns in this book, and it was, at times, a horrific read with the detail of the suffering each victim was put through, but it all just adds to the drama and mystery. I’m so glad to see this is the start of a series and I’ll be counting down the days until the next book is published! Brilliant stuff!! 

★★★★★

#BookReview The Puppet Show by M.W.Craven

About the book

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive…

Published by Constable

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk   – £15.85

Goldsboro – signed first edition  – £19.99

waterstones  -£19.99

MY REVIEW

The beginning hooked me in straight away and I just couldn’t put it down once I’d started! It is often brutal and chilling, but the author writes with such meticulous detail that you can’t help but become that ‘fly on the wall’ watching the drama unfold around you, and wondering just what is around the corner, for both detectives and victims!

We are introduced to Washington Poe who thought his crime solving days were behind him, but when a number of murder victims are found after being brutally tortured, he is called back to the force to help out with investigations, seeing as his name is found etched on one of the victims it brings things a little too close to home. What is the link between the victims and himself?

The team around him are a great cast of characters – Tilly Bradshaw in particular. She is very socially awkward and has led a very sheltered life, but Poe takes to her immediately. He loves her honesty and becomes very protective of her when she faces situations out of her control. He can’t stand by and watch people being bullied and it’s fabulous to see the dynamics between these two ‘misfits’!

As the case evolves with more victims found left in historic stone circles, the team have a battle on their hands to stop whoever is behind it all before it’s too late. I loved seeing the process of how they go about solving this case – it was often very unorthodox but it helped them join the dots and helped uncover some very dark stories from the past.

There were so many twists and turns in this book, and it was, at times, a horrific read with the detail of the suffering each victim was put through, but it all just adds to the drama and mystery. I’m so glad to see this is the start of a series and I’ll be counting down the days until the next book is published! Brilliant stuff!!

★★★★★