In The Lap Of The Gods

In the lap ofIf you enjoyed Ted Tayler’s first three books in the Phoenix series, then you’ll certainly enjoy In The Lap Of The Gods. Taylor’s remarkable sequel is full of tension and suspense, similar in nature to its forerunners. Having received an ARC for an honest review, it wasn’t difficult to view so many scenes through a scope and capture a cast of remarkable characters in the crosshairs. The relationship between the cool, meticulous Phoenix and the sophisticated, discerning Athena is one I thoroughly enjoyed. There was a hominess to it, but at the same time it took on a professional and practical quality when required. The Olympus Committee includes a sparkling mixture of names taken from ancient Greek mythology. Each have flamboyant personalities and skills to fit them.

On the other side of the coin, Tayler has uniquely illustrated the criminal network of a well-established eastern European mob whose army of foot-soldiers is hell-bent on terrorizing the population. But it is the brutality of these migrant recruits and their reckless MO that strikes a chord and a leader who may be the most manipulative psychopath yet. Weaved in between the lines are the police who try to clean up the carnage while hunting down thugs intent on keeping the country on high alert.

There are plenty of fascinating surprises woven through the chapters and high powered action to keep you entertained. With all the bloody scuffles and internal mob affiliations threatening to undermine the inner core, I am reminded that this book would make an excellent movie.

Full Five Star Amazon review here

Book Description

This is the fourth book in the series so far, and it takes the stories featuring the Olympus Project in a new and exciting direction. From Larcombe Manor, Phoenix and Athena have battles to win against vicious gangsters on home soil and urgently need to identify factions within the organization plotting to take it in a different, far more sinister direction.

The opening scenes at Glastonbury 2013 to the closing chapter cover little more than a month in time. Yet in that short month, the landscape surrounding the Project is altered forever. The action is non-stop as it switches from the West Country to Windsor, then from England to the Mediterranean.

Take a deep breath; once you start you’ll want to keep turning pages until the end.
vigilante justice, secret organization, crime thriller, action adventure, closure, revenge, suspense

Endorsements:

‘the development of the characters and their relationships is beautifully handled’
‘taut and well plotted’
‘fast, thrilling and engaging’
‘a fascinating array of characters and consistent tension’

Meet the Author

TedTed Tayler was born in Corsham, Wiltshire in 1945. When he was five years old his family moved five miles up the road to Melksham. He’s lived there ever since. He attended Trowbridge Boys High School and left at 18 with a clutch of O and A Levels. He joined a bank initially but moved to a local tyre company because it fitted in better with his musical ambitions. He semi-retired in 2000; Ted’s been married to Lynne since 1971. They have 3 children in their mid-thirties and 4 grandchildren. Let Ted take up the story:-

“I grew up with reading and writing all around me. My mother loved books and I had 2 aunts who taught English. There was no escape. I just put it all on hold from school because of my music and work, until I wrote my book of memories from my life in bands in 2008; it was eventually published in 2011. At the end of 2012, I wondered if I could write fiction! Those are the when’s. I’m beginning to wonder why!

I think of myself as a storyteller; I hope that with each successive book I get better at it. What I’ve been told is that the reader feels as if we’re sat across the table from one another over a drink, and I’m just chatting with them.

As for the thriller series featuring The Phoenix; well life is all about balance isn’t it? Good and evil, love and loss, laughter and tears. The Phoenix believes that criminals should pay for their crimes; the system often fails to deliver the correct punishment. The Olympus agents can help him redress the balance. There are stories left to tell.”

More Books by Ted Tayler

The collection so far:-

We’d Like To Do A Number Now (2011)
The Final Straw (2013)
A Sting In The Tale (2013)
Unfinished Business (2014)
The Olympus Project (2014) Phoenix #1
Gold, Silver, and Bombs (2015) Phoenix #2
Conception (2015)
Nothing Is Ever Forever (2015) Phoenix #3
In The Lap Of The Gods (2016) Phoenix #4

Author Links

For more books by Ted Tayler, visit his website here

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New Mexico Bucket List

If you find yourself traveling to New Mexico, a truly enchanted place, you’ll want to explore everything from breathtaking sunsets to fabulous local cuisine. If you enjoy food, then you’ll enjoy a taste of these deliciously unique travel books and their illustrations. With the words Bucket List in the title – suggesting 100 things to do before you die – they are hard to pass up.

There are four books listed here available on Amazon and all your favorite bookstores.

Review:

Bucket listPatricia Hodapp’s Bucket List of 100 great things to do in Santa Fe is a highly recommended guide for those wishing to explore northern New Mexico’s culture. Once in Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe country, these rare illustrations such as the Plaza and a burst of clouds above the Sangre de Cristo Mountains correctly depict the unique flavor exclusive to the southwest.

The book recommends tours, bike and hikes, local cuisine, Spanish Market, the Loretto Chapel, Botanical Gardens, where to do art classes and not-to-be missed lectures. One of my favorites is the Natilla desert (must try this!) and catching a Pow Wow or two. Definitely a book to buy for those wanting that extra special dose of New Mexico which can’t be found anywhere else.

Amazon Book link can be found here

Complete Amazon Review here

Book description:

The Complete Santa Fe Bucket List Book is the fifth in the series of Bucket List books by Rio Grande Books. Patricia C. Hodapp, Director of the Santa Fe Library, lists all of the Santa Fe events, places, and distinctive fun that makes The City Different one of the greatest tourist locations in the U.S. There are 100 things that she thinks are noteworthy including: green and red chile; El Rancho de las Golondrinas; sunsets; blue skies; art of Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglos; museums; Canyon Road; and the Plaza.

What Other People Are Saying About This Book . . .

Pat Hodapp’s Santa Fe Bucket List makes me smile and reminds me of many of the reasons I love Santa Fe. Hodapp combines a librarian’s obsession for getting things right with her passionate, on-going love affair with her adopted home town.

This gem of a book offers unique and valuable suggestions for visitors and locals, things to see and do for all ages, in all price ranges, throughout our fascinating ancient city. Her recommendations include places to eat – one of my personal favorite ways to explore any city. Written with witty prose and honest personal insights, this useful little guide combines fun and facts in a delightful way. I highly recommend it. – Anne Hillerman

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Barbe Awalt’s The Basic New Mexico Bucket List is so much more than chile or the Balloon Fiesta. It is art, Hispanic traditions, turquoise, Native American history, cowboys, museums, and adventure. This is one person’s bucket list.

It is a place to start on your own bucket list in New Mexico. Because this is a hi-tech world, many of the items have a website to get more information for your own adventure. You can even fill out your own 100 places to see in New Mexico. Enjoy New Mexico! It is like coming to another world.

Buying links here

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The Ultimate Green Chile Cheeseburger Bucket List is the sixth book in the series of Bucket List books from Rio Grande Books. New Mexico didn’t invent the cheeseburger, but it did invent the green chile cheeseburger and is famous for it. When you visit New Mexico you need to eat a green chile cheeseburger.

The book documents green chile cheeseburgers all over New Mexico with the epicenters in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. There are even green chile pizza, lamb cheeseburgers, vegetarian, make your own, and with every kind of topping known to man. The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, voted the Best Food Trail by USA Today, is included as a must download. A blank bucket list is included to write your favorites. Contact information on each restaurant is also included. Eat up!

To find out more about these great books why not visit Rio Grande Books

Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts started LPD Press in 1984. In 1996 they began Tradición Revista magazine, which focuses on the Hispanic art and culture of the American Southwest, and have published almost three dozen books on Hispanic art and culture. They have also curated an exhibit on New Mexican santos – “Our Saints Among Us” – that travelled to museums and arts centers throughout the country for about six years. Their art collection is on frequent loan to museums and art centers throughout the United States.

They launched a new imprint in 2006 called Rio Grande Books to provide an avenue for books of a more regional nature covering the entire Southwest.

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Letters from Elsewhere: Marc

A great post from Miriam Drori’s blog introducing author Catriona King’s main character, Marc Craig.

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Letters from Elsewhere

I’m delighted to be joined today by Maximus Decimus Meridius, a.k.a. Marc, the lead character in Catriona King’s Craig Crime Series. He’s here to tell you who he is and what he does.

Hello.

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions…and if you’ve ever watched the movie Gladiator then you’ll know the rest. That’s not really my name, obviously; it’s Marc Craig. But I am Roman, on my mother’s side, and we are both fighting a war, in my case a war against crime.

The other half of my blood is Irish, from the north, but borders are irrelevant to me when I’m hunting for a murderer, and the only blood I’m interested in is the blood left at a crime scene, and the details of its DNA.

I’m a murder detective, a Superintendent now, a promotion I only accepted because…

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Red Gold ~ A Gabe McKenna Mystery Review

Red Gold (A Gabe McKenna Mystery Book 1) 

Red GoldGabriel McKenna is grieving the loss of his wife and marinating in a sea of liquid gold, but nothing can prepare him for the surprise that awaits him in New Mexico. It’s easy to appreciate the history, the setting and the characters, especially for Albuquerque residents. As we follow Gabriel through a helter-skelter of incidents, a threatening white envelope on the windshield of his car and a Pueblo Revival style house he can now call his own, there is always that inescapable feeling of tension that kept me riveted.

Kidera’s writing is first rate and keeps at a consistent pace. From the development of Gabriel’s character and to his dry sense of humor, I enjoyed everything about him. He’s human, likeable, and will resonate with a multitude of readers. If you like a book that will keep you turning the pages and makes you shiver with anticipation, then this is just the ticket.

A five star Amazon review by Claire Stibbe.

Book Description:

Shaken by the death of his beloved wife and wrestling with powerful personal demons, Professor Gabriel McKenna leaves New York City for New Mexico to claim an inheritance from mysterious distant relatives. He finds something other than a Land of Enchantment.
Unseen enemies threaten his life. Old friends turn up and rally to his side. Together they plunge into a lethal struggle for a 19th Century treasure, the fabled Lost Adams gold. McKenna enters a world of violence, passion, sexual abuse, deceit, and death that cause him to question his core beliefs and values, and even his sense of self.
Desperate to find a way home, McKenna must first unearth the secret of an old family manuscript and risk his life against overpowering odds. He must rekindle his long-dead fighting spirit and discover new reasons to live and love.

“If you enjoy first-class suspense and an author with a unique voice and style, then you will love ‘Red Gold.’ This novel is a masterful blend of mystery, action, and love story, all wrapped up in a wonderful cast of characters and beautifully-described scenes of New Mexico. Robert Kidera’s first novel is a real treat that will have readers demanding more.”
—Joseph Badal, award-winning author of the Danforth Saga and “Ultimate Betrayal”

“Red Gold” earned the Tony Hillerman Award as Best Fiction of 2015 at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. It was also named as Best Mystery of 2015 and the best eBook of the year.

Endorsements:

“Author Robert D. Kidera owes me big time. His debut novel in the promised McKenna Mystery series, ‘Red Gold,’ kept me up all night. Who can resist a good old-fashioned treasure hunt? ‘Red Gold’ is a thriller packed with deceit and danger but also compassion. McKenna is a damaged hero, but also one to root for.” —Vincent Zandri, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “Everything Burns,” “The Remains,” and “The Shroud Key”

Author Bio:

Robert KideraAward-winning author Robert D Kidera’s debut novel “Red Gold” earned the Tony Hillerman Award as Best Fiction of 2015 at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. It was also named as Best Mystery of 2015 and the best eBook of the year.

“Red Gold” is the first volume in the Gabe McKenna Mystery Series from Suspense Books. A sequel, “Get Lost”, will be available on March 8, 2016. “Cut.Print.Kill.”, a third Gabe McKenna mystery, is targeted for release in 2017.

After an early fling in the motion picture industry and a long and successful career in academia, Kidera retired in 2010. With his desire to play major league baseball no longer a realistic dream, he chose to fulfill his other lifelong ambition and became a writer. He is a member of Southwest Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the International Thriller Writers organizations.

The author lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Annette and two cats, Otis and Woody. He has two daughters, a grandson and granddaughter. You can reach the author through his website: http://www.robertkiderabooks.com

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Review of In The Shadows

Book Review:

DI Denis Hamilton is called to investigate the death of a young woman found in the river Thames. The pathologist latterly confirms the cause of death to be a single stab wound to the chest. But as more victims appear with similar features and cause of death, it becomes clear there may be a serial killer on the loose. When Hamilton begins to see some commonalities in these deaths and not a shred of evidence left behind, the stakes are raised.

41KOkRVBJRL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_We meet Grace, Assistant director at The London who is mourning her grandfather’s death. Struggling with her attraction to Eric, a stage actor, she realizes that at least two of the victims in the newspaper are known to her. This heightens her connection to them, bringing nightmares and questions. Is it safe for any woman to be out on her own now?

The action moves at a lightning clip, pages seem to turn themselves, and I was locked in the story for the greater part of the day. The writing style is clear and crisp, frenetic at times, but don’t gallop too fast otherwise you’ll miss the details. With the police interviewing several suspects, including a Mr. Charlie Fenton who found one of the bodies, we are never quite sure who the killer is until the end. A twist that made me admire Tara Lyons’ storytelling.

What I like about this book is how early on I invested in these characters, making them memorable and instantly likeable. This is the mark of an excellent writer and will likely populate many of Tara Lyons’ novels in the future.

Needless to say, I have this five stars.

Brief Description:

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is tasked with apprehending a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London – and leaving not a shred of DNA evidence. As the suspect list mounts, his frustration and pressure from his superiors intensify.

Grace Murphy, who is dealing with the recent loss of her beloved grandfather, falls deeper into despair when her friends’ bodies are discovered. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity.

How far would you go to uncover the truth? Would you venture into the shadows to unmask a killer?

Book Details:

Author Biography

Tara LyonsAt the age of 30, I decided to fulfill my life long dream of becoming a writer. Thanks to some amazing people in my life, I’ve had the chance to make that a reality.

I’m looking forward to releasing my first novel, In The Shadows in February/March 2016.

When I’m not writing you’ll find me in a near-by Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with my son.

I have a deep love for reading and chocolate peanuts (preferably at the same time with a cuppa).

 

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