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#TuesdayBookBlog Regardless of the consequences by L.D. Lauritzen. Western, mystery, spy novel and more

Hi all:

I bring you a book I found in NetGalley thanks to BookGoSocial, and I had also read some intriguing reviews, so I had to check it out. It’s a peculiar mix of genres, but it works quite well.

Regardless of the Consequences by L.D. Lauritzen

Regardless of the Consequences by L.D. Lauritzen

Sheriff Lance Tallbear’s half-blood Apache heritage leaves him struggling to find his place in a world where neither white nor Indian wants or readily accepts him. He faces the world his shaman father turned away from and acknowledges the one his shaman grandfather prays he’ll return to.

Tallbear’s new case uncovers a mysterious plane wreck discovered in the Superstition Mountains that turns out to stir both his life decisions and ultimate direction. Along with his troubled FBI partner, Brad Hanley, they face a myriad of obstacles in their journey to the truth.

The skeletons at the site hold the clues to not only who the killers were but also why the people died. Tallbear quickly finds the crash site hides a deadly secret that reaches out of the distant past to threaten the lives of all who seek it. He will need to use all his skills and experience to discover the answers and stay alive.

Author L.D. Lauritzen

About the author:

A retired agriculture teacher. L.D. Lauritzen has worked across the southwest. Working ranches in the Dakotas and Colorado. Construction all over the Southwest, docks, dealing cards, and even a stint as a beekeeper. Through his travels he’s met and worked with people in many walks of life. Through golf, coin-shooting, ghost-towning, and other activities, he brings life to his stories, characters, and plots.

“Along with my wife, I travel, take a lot of pictures, and been known to spin a tale or two. Somewhere along the way I decided to try writing. Not sure of what words I want to put to paper, I write a variety of short stories, westerns, mysteries, and science fantasy. I’m fascinated with life, and how we manage to still survive given our society’s penchant for destructive behavior.”

My review:

This novel, set in Arizona, combines elements from a number of genres: the western (the setting and some of the characters, especially sheriff Tallbear, his grandfather, Gray Eagle, a shaman who hopes his grandson will follow in his footsteps, although his deceased son didn’t, and Tom Hawk, a young Apache man who makes a gruesome and dangerous discovery); a thriller/mystery/cold-crime novel (the wreck of an old plane is found in the dessert, and there is a strong indication of foul play); a spy/historical novel (there are secrets affecting several families and going back to WWII, and an agent from the CIA, an Army General, and a Russian mercenary make an appearance), and even a little bit of romance thrown in.

There is plenty of action, more than a bit of violence, standard and not-so-standard investigating and police procedural methods, lies, betrayal, guilt, redemption, identity crises, prejudice, alienation, cultural tension, loyalty, sense of duty, revenge, challenging of conventions, and many more.

I really liked the sense of place, the descriptions of the locations, and some Apache traditions, which are very vivid and cinematic. There were a number of characters to root for (not only Tallbear, his grandfather, and Hawk, but also the flawed FBI agent, Henley, and Irene Katz, a resourceful, clever, and daring woman whose family was involved in the mystery) but there were so many strands to the story and so many players that it was difficult to get to know anybody in detail. Some of the most interesting aspects of these characters’ lives and thoughts were only touched upon, and, overall, the plot dominates the story, although, as it seems this is the first of a series, there will be room to develop more complex and rounded characters, as some of them have plenty of potential. And, there were plenty of baddies, some out-and-out villains, and others more nuanced and whose motivations are more ambivalent and even understandable, a good range that gives the story more depth and helps keep readers on their toes.

The story is narrated in the third person and in chronological order, but readers who don’t like too many changes in point of view might take issue with the many characters whose thoughts and experiences we get to share. This is, first and foremost, Tallbear’s story, but we often witness events in which he does not participate. That makes the story flow at a good pace and sometimes helps us be a step ahead of him (or at least believe we are), but there are some minor inconsistencies, the story at times becomes dispersed, and it can cause confusion if it is read over a protracted period of time and not enough attention is paid to the sequence of events. More attention to the narrative voice and the editing, in the future, might make things tighter and smooth the reading experience.

There is much to catch up and there are elements of the ending that felt a bit rushed, but I enjoyed it overall, and answers are provided to most of the questions, although, as can be the case in literary series, there are some unresolved issues that are likely to turn up again in the future.

This is a story I recommend for those who like mix-genre stories, love a modern Western setting, and are not looking for a cosy read or a deep psychological study of the characters. At the end of the book (around the 92% mark), there is a sample of the next novel in the series, that although it doesn’t appear to have been published yet, shows plenty of promise.

Thanks to NetGalley and to BooksGoSocial for providing me with an ARC copy of this novel, which I freely chose to review.

Thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to share with others who might enjoy the book, and keep smiling!


#NewRelease #Romantic #Crime #Thriller Parallel Lies by @GeorgiaRoseBook #TuesdayBookBlog | Rosie Amber

Check out this new book by Georgia Rose. It comes very highly recommended!

Today is release day for Parallel Lies I’m hugely grateful to all the bloggers and reviewers who have been so generous offering their time and space on their blogs.   Readers get the chance to…

Source: #NewRelease #Romantic #Crime #Thriller Parallel Lies by @GeorgiaRoseBook #TuesdayBookBlog | Rosie Amber

Book launch

I name this book… – The Bingergread Cottage

Don’t miss Ailsa Abraham’s launch party this Friday!

We have a launch! Friday 10th March (13.00 – 20.00 UK time) you are all invited to my party on Facebook to celebrate my first Crime/Romance novel. Here is the link to the launch As I have alr…

Source: I name this book… – The Bingergread Cottage

Novedades literarias

#Novedadesliterarias. Os gustan las novelas y las series intrigantes? No os perdáis ‘Bienvenidos a Clayton Lake’ de Mario Escobar (@escobargolderos) y ‘Libélulas azules’ de Enrique Laso (@enriquelaso)

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis, los viernes os traigo nuevos libros y/o autores invitados. Hoy los dos autores que me visitan son asiduos al blog, y os traigo nuevos entregas de sus thrillers (los dos escriben en una gran variedad de géneros también). Como a mí siempre me apetece leer otro tipo de cosas en Navidades, aparte de temas navideños, os traigo estas novelas tan intrigantes. La primera acaban de publicarla, y la segunda está disponible en pre-venta en una gran oferta, así que os las recomiendo.

Bienvenidos a Clayton Lake de Mario Escobar
Bienvenidos a Clayton Lake de Mario Escobar

Bienvenidos a Clayton Lake de Mario Escobar


Mario Escobar ha sido el autor más leído en Amazon en los últimos doce meses, su libro El Círculo fue el más descargado en todas las plataformas de Amazon durante el último año.

Una obra de suspense, una historia de ternura y amistad profunda.

Citas Prensa:
“Mario Escobar viene a sumarse a la revitalización del suspense…por parte de firmas anglosajonas como las de Alan Furst, John Lawton o Robert Wilson”.
Que Leer
“Escobar ha dado con una de las claves de este mercado editorial online”.
ABC Cultural, Laura Revuelta.

Citas lectores:
“I have never been a big fan of mystery books, but still decided to give this one a chance. And it turned out great! I really enjoyed reading it, it was so enigmatic, really absorbing and intricate. Plan buying other books by this author”. Irina
“Me mantuvo en vilo! Ciertamente una novela inquietante, que mantiene al lector a la expectativa de qué va a suceder.
Sencillamente me encanto!”. Nora Santana
“Impresionante, creativa, te atrapa desde el inicio y te mantiene con dudas hasta el final… Un final realmente impresionante e inesperado”. Sebastián Ospina

Un grupo de amigos deciden tomarse unas cortas vacaciones al norte del estado de Maine, en las inmediaciones de Clayton Lake. La región es una de las más deshabitadas de los Estados Unidos, pero el grupo necesita relajarse y reencontrarse después de varios años sin mantener el contacto.
Steve, un escritor que tras un éxito fulgurante está en sus horas más bajas, acaba de perder a toda su familia y no quiere asistir al encuentro, pero al final decidirá presentarse a la cita.
Tras la primera cena en la cabaña, Steve pide a sus amigos que le describan, en caso de ser asesinados, cómo piensan que sería su muerte, con el fin de documentarse para un nuevo libro. A la mañana siguiente, una niña ensangrentada llama a su puerta pidiendo ayuda.
Steve y sus amigos descubrirán que sus miedos pueden hacerse muy reales y terminar con sus vidas. Deberán enfrentarse a sus peores pesadillas o morir en medio del lugar más bello y solitario de América.
¿Lograrán enfrentarse a sus temores más ocultos? ¿Su amistad será capaz de superar todos los obstáculos?

Mario Escobar es escritor e historiador. Uno de los autores más leídos en Amazon y que ya ha conquistado a cientos de miles de lectores en todo el mundo. Sus libros han sido traducidos a 15 idiomas.

Y una reseña muy reciente (de 5 estrellas), por si acaso queréis saber más:

Lo que podían ser unas vacaciones entre amigos, una reunión de un grupo que hacía tiempo que no se veían, se convierte en una serie de acontecimientos anómalos que ponen a prueba su amistad. Después de esa estancia en Clayton Lake ya nada será como antes y lo que parecía un sueño pasa a ser una pesadilla, los mayores temores se vuelven realidad, todo ello reforzado por un halo de misterio, de antiguas leyendas y maldiciones que estaban escritas y podían llegar a suceder.

La capacidad de Mario Escobar para crear historias me sorprende cada día más y, en este caso, encima consigue que el lector no pueda parar hasta que llega al final. Yo, la verdad, es que me leí el libro en menos de tres días, tan ensimismada estaba con la narración que me sentía, en cierto modo, “obligada” a continuar leyendo cada momento que podía. Necesitaba saber qué es lo que iba a pasar.

Me parece muy original y en muchos momentos aterradora e impactante. Pero engancha y hace pensar sobre las relaciones humanas, sobre las injusticias pasadas y sobre los futuros inciertos. En cualquier momento puede suceder algo que haga que la vida gire ciento ochenta grados, así que es mejor no hacer planes y vivirla intensamente. Lo que ya no se ha hecho no puede realizarse, sólo se debe intentar que vuelva a pasar de otro modo y arreglar el mañana con actos renovados.

La recomiendo a todos los que le gusten las historias estilo Stephen King envueltas en un entorno misterioso.

Y no os olvidéis de visitar su página de autor y seguirle.

Libélulas azules de Enrique Laso
Libélulas azules de Enrique Laso

LIBÉLULAS AZULES (Ethan Bush nº 3) by Enrique Laso (pre-venta)



Ethan Bush regresa a Kansas, escenario de ‘Los Crímenes Azules’, para zanjar un asunto que había quedado pendiente y que le atormentaba desde hacía meses. Pronto descubrirá que intentar resolver un crimen acaecido en 1998 no es precisamente una tarea sencilla.


Miles de lectores en todo el mundo esperaban la respuesta a una pregunta que había quedado en el aire y que por fin tendrá contestación: ¿quién acabó con la vida de Sharon Nichols? Una novela emocionante en la que el agente especial de la BAU del FBI tendrá que enfrentarse a sus propios monstruos mientras levanta ampollas en un condado en el que los secretos ya estaban sepultados bajo toneladas de tierra.

Si te apasionaste con ‘Los Crímenes Azules’, si disfrutaste con ‘Los Cadáveres No Sueñan’,LIBÉLULAS AZULES te hará pasar momentos de trepidante emoción.

ENRIQUE LASO, autor que ha vendido más de 400.000 libros en todo el mundo, regresa con su tercera novela negra, impulsado por el éxito sin precedentes tanto de ventas como de crítica de ‘Los Crímenes Azules’ (traducida al inglés, francés e italiano y uno de los grandes éxitos literarios de 2015) y los récords históricos batidos por ‘Los Cadáveres No Sueñan’ (traducida al inglés).


Yo estoy muy intrigada ya que en este momento estoy acabando la traducción de la segunda novela de esta serie y como me leí la primera, me quedé con las ganas de saber quién había matado a Sharon Nichols…

Y no os olvidéis de visitar su página de autor y seguirle para no perderos nada.

Gracias a Mario Escobar y a Enrique Laso por sus novelas y por ponernos el ay! en el corazón, gracias a todos vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

New books

#Newbooks. ‘Stranger Abduction’ by Billy Ray Chitwood (@brchitwood). The amazing story of a lost and found (resuscitated) book based on a true story.

Hi all:

Today it’s Friday and time to share a new book. As you know I am always eager to bring you back the work of authors who’ve already visited us, as it’s always a great encouragement to see people dedicated to honing their skills and I can’t wait to see what new stories they bring us.

Billy Ray Chitwood is coming back today (and I know there are quite a few of his books I haven’t brought you yet) with his new book. As a visitor of his blog, I know that many of his stories have more than a grain of truth in them, but I’ve been fascinated by the story of this book, Stranger Abduction, that in itself deserves a book.

Stranger Abduction by Billy Ray Chitwood
Stranger Abduction by Billy Ray Chitwood

The author had written the story (based on a case he was familiar with), years back, and it was, he thought, stored with some of his papers. When he went to retrieve it, he could not find it. But still, as we writers know, there are stories that insist and nag at us to be told, and there’s no peace until they are on paper (or on a computer file), so, here it is. You can read more about the story of the creation of the book, here.


It is a sunny Sunday in May, 1993. After church, a mother and her lovely fourteen-year old daughter walk three miles to a country store for cigarettes and ice cream. It is a walk members of the family often take in this rural Sulphur Springs Valley area of southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border.

The mother and daughter arrive at the store in a jovial mood, trading pleasantries with customers and the owners… The daughter timidly flirts with a boy from her school. The daughter and mother leave the store in a silly mood, finger painting ice cream on their faces.

They never make it home…

The deputy sheriff of the county believe there has been a ‘stranger abduction’.

There are lots of action, interesting characters, and romance to go with this fictional account of an incident inspired by true events…events that brought tragedy to a shaken family.

You can find the book here in Kindle version:

And here in paperback:

And if you want to connect with Billy Ray Chitwood (I recommend it), here are a few links:

Billy Ray Chitwood
Billy Ray Chitwood

Thanks so much to Billy Ray Chitwood for his new book and its story, thanks to all of you for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, please remember to like, share, comment and CLICK!

Novedades literarias

#Novedadliteraria. ‘Los cadáveres no sueñan’ de @enriquelaso ya disponible en preventa. Porque segundas partes a veces sí que son buenas.

Hola a todos:

Es viernes y toca novedad literaria o autor invitado. Como sabréis, es con una alegría especial que traigo a mi blog a escritores que ya lo han visitado cuando tienen novedades que compartir, ya que es un gusto saber que a pesar de las dificultades, seguimos en la brecha a disposición de los lectores.

Hoy nos vuelve a visitar Enrique Laso autor que se ha ganado una popularidad más que merecida, y que ya tiene disponible en pre-venta, la segunda novela en su serie Ethan Bush, que nos trae más aventuras del protagonista de su gran éxito Los crímenes azules.

Autor Enrique Laso
Autor Enrique Laso

Por si os perdísteis el post que le dediqué a esa novela (y a El rastreador de Blanca Miosi que también ha resultado ser un gran éxito) os dejo aquí el enlace.

Y ahora:

Los cadáveres no sueñan de Enrique Laso
Los cadáveres no sueñan de Enrique Laso

LOS CADÁVERES NO SUEÑAN (Ethan Bush nº 2) de Enrique Laso


Miles de lectores en todo el mundo se han enganchado al BestSeller ‘Los Crímenes Azules’, protagonizado por el agente especial de la Unidad de Análisis de Conducta del FBI Ethan Bush.
En esta ocasión la policía estatal de Nebraska requiere la colaboración del FBI: están apareciendo diversos esqueletos diseminados por lugares apartados de un tranquilo condado. Los restos presentan un extraño ‘patrón’ que hace intuir a los investigadores que se enfrentan a un peligroso asesino en serie. En Washington no hay dudas: enviarán al agente más prometedor de la factoría de Quantico.
Si te apasionaste con ‘Los Crímenes Azules’ volverás a disfrutar con LOS CADÁVERES NO SUEÑAN. Una novela policíaca que hará disfrutar a los amantes del género.
ENRIQUE LASO, autor que ha vendido más de 400.000 libros en todo el mundo, regresa con su segunda novela negra, impulsado por el éxito sin precedentes tanto de ventas como de crítica de ‘Los Crímenes Azules’.


Aquí os dejo un enlace:

Ah, y para que os animéis, tengo algunos datos para que os hagáis a la idea de el nivel de anticipación que ha causado esta novela que será publicada el 7 de Noviembre pero ya podéis reservar. En solo un mes, más de 400 pre-ventas. Y lleva el mismo tiempo entre los 100 top best-sellers. Es número 1 en su categoría en 3 países y número 1 en novedades en 5 países. Así que, ¿a qué estáis esperando? A por ella!

Muchas gracias a Enrique por traernos su novedad, gracias a todos vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y  haced CLIC! 



#BookReview ‘Madeleine’s Kiss’ by Pete Gilboy. Confession as artistic creation.

Hi all:

This is another one of the books I picked up in Net Galley based on the comments and the intriguing description.

Here it is:

Madeleine's Kiss by Pete Gilboy
Madeleine’s Kiss by Pete Gilboy


“I didn’t do anything to Madeleine. I’m a noted professor, for God’s sake! Of course I Iiked her. How could I not? She was so sweet and southern-charming and girlish. Innocent and crazy, and delightful to be with.

“I helped Madeleine, that’s all. Yes, I know she’s missing now, but I can explain that. I can explain everything. I can even explain the devastating kiss, and what happened right afterward. I think it’s actually beautiful what happened to Madeleine. I didn’t hurt her at all.

“But even my lawyer didn’t believe me. That’s why I’ve to say it all right here.

“This is the story of what really happened to Madeleine.”

Here is the description in Amazon:


Madeleine is missing.

Adam Snow says he didn’t do it.


Now, as he awaits the jury’s verdict, Adam Snow

reveals the truth about Madeleine.

. . .

“Uniquely Gripping”

“Riveting and eye-opening”

“This won’t be your usual mystery or thriller read.”

— Midwest Book Reviews

And here my review. A word of warning, I go on a bit.

Thanks to Net Galley and to Dogear publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Choosing the point of view a story is written from must be one of the most difficult decisions, when it comes to writing. There are some books that one suspects may not have worked if written in any other way. And sometimes we wonder if others wouldn’t have worked better if someone else had told the story. And oh, the horror, the horror of the inconsistent point of view.

I have always been intrigued/fascinated by narrators. And that most interesting and talked about of all, the unreliable narrator. To my mind, even if you have the most detached of scientifically-minded experts telling you a story, there will always be something personal in the telling.

But like Adam Snow, the narrator of Madeleine’s Kiss, I digress. This novel is a first person narration; we could even call it a confession. Adam is a History of Art university professor. From the beginning we know he is on trial, and his trial has something to do with a girl he calls Madeleine (her real name is something we never get to know. Among many other things.)

The Madeleine the narrator tells us about is a fascinating creature. Perhaps deranged, with a huge imagination, or, as she believes, quite special. She is on a journey to try to find another woman, Rosa Lee, a long-lost relative, and another fascinating character, whose story we only know through fragments, incomplete documents, and stories that might be real or not. How and why Adam gets involved in her journey forms much of the body of the story.

Adam’s voice is at times self-deprecating, at times defiant, but always fully aware of what others might think of his version of the story. He intersperses his recollections of the actions with comments about the past (as a justification for how and why he does things), about what is going on currently, and with works of art (his favourite artist is Georges Seurat) that open each chapter.

Although Adam appears to be an example of the saying “those who can’t, teach”, he is enough of an artist to create a story, beautifully written, to justify his predicament. If we believe him or not it’s up to us, although perhaps ultimately irrelevant. He is not the most sympathetic of characters, but his way to tell the story intrigues us enough to makes us want to keep reading until the end.

The novel reminded me in certain ways of We Must Talk about Kevin although I felt much less personally involved and there is no final great revelation. And if the narrator in Kevin might be completely unaware of her biases (even manipulation) when telling the story, there is no doubt that Adam knows full well what the readers might think.

Peter Gilboy creates a fascinating novel where facts are the least important part of the story and where an artist is born, even if not, perhaps, a painter.

This is not a whodunit kind of thriller, but rather an imaginative novel, not fast-paced, but a great psychological portrayal and a game of cat-and-mouse, but not with the possible victim, but with the readers.

Peter Gilboy is an author to watch out for.

Here are the links:

Peter Gilboy, author
Peter Gilboy, author

This is Amazon’s page for Pete Gilboy. There isn’t a lot of information although it mentions two other sites:

His website:

And his blog:

Thanks so much for reading, and if you’ve found it interesting, like, share, comment and CLICK! I hope I’ll be back with you live soon!

Rosie's Book Team Review

#RTBR #Bookreview The Undertaker’s Son by B A Spicer (@BevSpice). Psychopaths, crooks and small-town France. And now, #FREE!

Hi all:

Today I bring you one of my reviews as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team. First, let me tell you a little bit about the book:

The Undertaker's Son by B A Spicer
The Undertaker’s Son by B A Spicer

The Undertaker’s Son by B A Spicer

A picturesque village in south-west France offers the chance of a new life for Martha Burton. But, beneath the rural idyll, lurks an evil that will not remain buried forever.

Claude Cousteau has never been in love. He has no real friends. The only meaningful attachment he has ever formed is to Felix Dumas, an influential lawyer, who once showed him kindness and with whom he spent an idyllic sunny afternoon, as a child.

When Felix Dumas’ way of life comes under threat, Claude is determined to defend the only true friend he has ever had.


Author Bev Spicer
Author Bev Spicer

About the author:

Bev Spicer was born in Bridgnorth, a small market town in the Midlands. Her father was an Observer for the RAF and an experienced glider pilot (Bev spent many a weekend at the Midland Gliding Club, where she too learned to glide). Her mother was a local beauty queen and county hockey player, who still lives in Bridgnorth.

Bev was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and became a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in 1997, moving to live in France with her husband and her two youngest children ten years later, where she lives in a lovely Charentaise house (in need of renovation).

She is widely read and has travelled extensively, living in Crete, where she taught English and learned to speak Greek, and in Seychelles, where she worked for the government and co-designed materials which were used to teach at secondary school level. She now writes every day and teaches English in her spare time.

Her humorous memoirs have been widely praised for their light-hearted but intelligent style, and hilarious, fast-paced dialogue. Her more literary novels and short stories have been equally well received for their complex characters, impressive prose, and imaginative settings.

You can find Bev’s blog here:

Her Facebook page:

She’s on Twitter:

Her Amazon page:

And now, my review:

I am reviewing this book as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team. Thanks to Rosie and to the author for providing a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The book intrigued me because of the description and the setting. We all seem to expect crime, and crime novels, to be set in big cities, but when evil hides in a small, picturesque and peaceful town, it seems worse. As if evil had no place in such environment. It’s true that it’s perhaps more difficult to hide in a small and idyllic French town, but some manage to hide in plain sight.

The novel, written in the third person, is told from the point of view of a large number of characters, from the “evil” character hinted at in the description, the undertaker’s son of the title, Claude, to Patrice, a young student who ends up being more central to the plot than it seems at first. The author allows us to peer into the heads of her characters, and this is sometimes a very agreeable experience (like in the case of Martha Burton, the British divorcee out to create a new life for herself in France, who, despite disappointments in love is fairly happy), and at others, an utterly terrifying one. Apart from Claude, who has no redeeming qualities, and Patrice, who is a nice young man without any shades, all the rest of the characters are all too human: they hesitate, they are morally ambiguous at times, and even downright immoral. Felix Dumas, the crook, is utterly dislikeable, but even he has some redeeming qualities (he does not understand his son, but seems to love him, and he tells Claude not to take drastic measures. He does not want anyone killed.) And Angeline… It’s a credit to the author that by allowing us into the minds of her characters, we might not agree with what they do, the secrets they keep, or their reasons and justifications, but we understand them. Well, that is, except for Claude.

Claude reminded me of the main character in Peeping Tom due to his fascination with death. But, in contrast with Mark Lewis, the protagonist of Peeping Tom, who is a victim of his father’s psychological experiments, Claude is unknowable. We share his memories and see his attachment to Felix, but he operates outside of our conceptions of right and wrong. He’s a psychopath, but from what we get to see of him, he uses his interest and fascination with death in a utilitarian way, and turns it into a business, rather than being compelled to kill. He plans his jobs with military precision, and seems alien to humankind, functioning at a different level. This is not the typical serial killer whose neighbours would say he seemed so “normal”. He is nothing if not extraordinary. A character very difficult to forget that makes us question the limits of humanity and conscience.

The plot is intriguing but the writing ebbs and flows through certain moments, like parties, planting a tree, and the fleeting memories of a dementing old-man, that help us get a vivid sense of the town and its people, and make us care for the fate of its inhabitants. For the duration of the book we become privileged town dwellers and get to know everybody. This is not a frantically paced thriller, but a novel that shares in the more relaxed pace of its setting, and that’s perhaps what makes it more chilling.

The ending is satisfying (perhaps everything works out too well and that’s the least realistic aspect of the novel) and reassuring. I look forward to reading more novels by B A Spicer.

Four and a half stars.

I haven’t forgotten the links, but the author just let me know that on 7th and 8th, to coincide with this post, her book would be FREE, so make sure to get it!

Thanks to Rosie for creating and coordinating her team, thanks to B A Spicer for her book, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know, if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment, and of course, CLICK! It’s FREE!

Autores Invitados Novedades literarias

#Novedad literaria ‘Y en nosotros nuestros muertos’ de Ana Medrano (@ana_medrano_). Porque algunas investigaciones son muy personales

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis, me gusta traeros nuevas novelas y autores invitados. Conocí a nuestra autora de hoy, Ana Medrano en Twitter y empecé a ver comentarios sobre ella. Así que…

Autora Ana Medrano
Autora Ana Medrano

Nací en Madrid en 1965 y actualmente resido en su periferia.

Estudié Arte, viví varios años en Londres y tengo dos hijos.

Trabajo en el departamento financiero de una multinacional.

Soy un ochenta por ciento “urbanita”, mi veinte restante está enamorado de Galicia, de la provincia de Lugo para ser más exactos.

Llevo escribiendo desde que puedo recordar, comencé escribiendo poesía y cuentos infantiles.

“Y en nosotros nuestros muertos” es mi primera novela.

Aquí, su enlace en Amazon:

Y su novela:

Y en nosotros nuestros muertos de Ana Medrano
Y en nosotros nuestros muertos de Ana Medrano

Y en nosotros nuestros muertos

Madrid, abril de 2012. La desaparición de un espejo en el taller de restauración donde ha fallecido recientemente su padre es el detonante para que Nena -Magdalena Castelao- consiga convencer a sus amigos y a un inspector de la policía de que sus sospechas sobre la naturaleza criminal de esa muerte son fundadas.
Gracias al hallazgo de una carta, fechada en el año 1935, dirigida a su abuelo por el entonces párroco de San Tirso de Bóveda (Lugo) y de la ayuda del actual sacerdote a cargo de esa parroquia, la investigación irá desentrañando una trama organizada en torno al expolio y la venta fraudulenta de patrimonio artístico español.
A medida que la investigación avanza Nena descubrirá que la verdad no siempre te devuelve la paz.

Aquí una reseña muy detallada.

De recuerdos y de muerte


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Conocí esta obra de Ana Medrano por una fortuita búsqueda por Twitter, herramienta social que se ha convertido en todo un portal de nuevos escritores. Evidentemente, se llegan a leer miles de títulos y portadas diferentes al día, y debemos ser selectivos y elegir tan sólo aquellos que nos transmiten algo diferente, aquellos en los que tengamos la sensación de encontrar ese anhelo que todo ávido lector amante de las letras encuentra.

Eso fue lo que me ocurrió al leer el título de ‘Y en nosotros nuestros muertos’ y la portada de un tono gris azulado, elegante y discreta al mismo tiempo. Estaba claro que esta novela se salía de lo común que se puede encontrar en el infinito mercado de Amazon, así que me decidí a darle una oportunidad y lo apunté en mi lista interminable.

Las páginas de Ana Medrano nos sumergen en una historia realista, cuyo desencadenante es la turbia muerte del padre de la protagonista, Nena Castelao. Nena, es sin duda una mujer que tiene el carisma y el enganche necesario para tratarse de una personaje perdurable que conecta en seguida con el lector. Es madre, trabajadora, luchadora y valiente. Y, al mismo tiempo, arrastra una mirada triste por los golpes que el pasado (y la muerte) han dejado tras de sí. A raíz del trágico fallecimiento, comenzará una vertiginosa investigación entorno a la desaparición de un espejo mágico que su padre guardaba en el taller.

Investigación policial, acción, amistad, amor, realismo y drama se entremezclan en una trama muy cargada de contenido, con un ritmo constante y buenos giros argumentales que mantienen al lector enganchado a la lectura en todo momento. Los personajes que acompañan a Nena son también muy importantes en el desarrollo de los hechos, principalmente Sole y Javier, que se convierten en dos pilares fundamentales para que la estabilidad de nuestra incansable Nena se tambalee.

En cuanto al telón de fondo, viajamos entre la urbana ciudad de Madrid, y la verde y mágica Galicia (Lugo), Un contraste muy necesario para darle credibilidad a ciertos matices de la historia. Verdaderamente, siempre me deleita mucho que mi tierra, sus costumbres, sus gentes, aparezcan en literatura. Creo que se trata de un escenario idóneo, místico, puro, hermoso. Mis felicitaciones a la escritora por tal buena elección.

‘Y en nosotros nuestros muertos’ es, por lo tanto, una novela actual, narrativamente impoluta y cargada de verdad. Muy recomendable.

Y el enlace:

Muchas gracias a Ana por su obra, gracias a vosotros por leer, y si os ha gustado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

Novedades literarias

#NovedadLiteraria ‘Las manos de la venganza’ de Alexander Weinberg @Weinberg1983

Hola a todos:

Como es viernes toca novedad literaria o autor invitado. Intento organizarme con una lista donde apunto las nuevas novelas que veo que me parecen interesantes. Y hoy me llamó la atención un título del escritor Alexander Weinberg al que conozco de varios grupos.

Las manos de la venganza de Alexander Weinberg
Las manos de la venganza de Alexander Weinberg

Las manos de la venganza

Diversas personas relacionadas con una revista literaria de Nueva York reciben una misteriosa carta en la que se les amenaza de muerte. En ella, su autor les anuncia que tienen el plazo de tres días para descubrir en qué le ofendieron o, de lo contrario, pagarán su agravio con su propia vida.

Paralelamente, alguien empieza a limpiar las calles de mendigos. El modus operandi es extraño: las víctimas aparecen desnudas, con la cabeza afeitada y sin que presenten rastro alguno de violencia.

A medida que las investigaciones avanzan, la policía comienza a sospechar que quizá ambos casos tengan una extraña relación y que los empleados de la revista no le estén contando toda la verdad. Es posible, incluso, que la venganza que alguien está llevando a cabo no sea del todo injustificada.

Sumérgete en esta intrigante historia repleta de mentiras, engaños y malas intenciones. En ella, la antigua frase lapidaria “quien esté libre de pecado que lance la primera piedra” adquirirá un nuevo significado…

Por si se os había pasado su anterior novela, que está causando furor:

La conjura, de Alexander Weinberg
La conjura, de Alexander Weinberg

La conjura

Año 2024. Tras dos mandatos presidenciales que casi han llevado el país a la quiebra, Robert Nolan logra alcanzar la presidencia de los Estados Unidos de América. El interés mediático es tal que la ciudad de Washington se llena de medios de comunicación venidos de todo el mundo. Y es que no sólo ha heredado una profunda crisis económica, además, debe convencer al congreso de que acepte su paquete de medidas anti-crisis o de lo contrario el sistema entrará en fallida. Paralelamente y de manera casual, enviada desde Londres por la BBC, Sandra Bocks descubrirá su oscuro plan B. Tras un encuentro fortuito con el capitán de las Fuerzas Especiales David Miller, se ve envuelta en una terrorífica conspiración orquestada por el Presidente y la CIA. Con la ciudad bajo el estrecho control de los militares y un grupo de mercenarios pisándoles los talones, Sandra y David deberán permanecer vivos el tiempo suficiente para desvelarle al mundo la atroz masacre que está a punto de llevarse a cabo y la horrorosa verdad que se esconde tras las medidas propuestas por el nuevo Presidente: “Si matamos a todo aquél que suponga un gasto, por cada bala que utilicemos ahorraremos 8.000 dólares.”

Y por si queréis seguir al autor, este es su sitio web:

Muchas gracias a Alexander por traernos sus libros, gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!