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Congratulations to Richard Dee on the release of his latest book The Hitman and the Thief on August 31st and you still have three days to pre-order the book at just 99c/99p.

About the book

Assassination can be a messy business, especially if you’re having a bad day.

Dan Jones is the ultimate problem solver, the hitman for crime boss Fliss Bauer.

Fliss has a rival, Kalindra Dallin. She runs a particularly unpleasant planet. Dan is told to arrange her demise. It’s just another job; until a random event means that it all goes horribly wrong.

To save his skin, Dan is forced to try again, only this time he has to work with a partner. He doesn’t want to but it’s the only chance he’s going to get; if he wants to put things right.

Can the hitman and the thief get the job done, more importantly, can they keep each other alive?

One of the advance reviews for the book on Goodreads

May 13, 2020 Steven rated it Five Stars it was amazing

I’ve known Richard Dee now for some time now having reviewed all of his current Andorra Pett cozy-crime sci-fi novels. I’ve yet to try his steampunk novels but they are firmly on my radar. We spoke recently about an upcoming space-based novel, something very different from the Andorra Pett series, and so I came to read an early draft of The Hitman and the Thief.

Professional “problem solver” and hitman Dan Jones is tasked with the biggest job he could imagine – carrying out a hit for crime boss Fliss Bauer. A hit on one her biggest rivals. It also represented a chance to prove he still had what it took to occupy such a critical role in the Bauer industry. Dan planned the hit as meticulously as ever. He knew all his options – his entries and exits, where to stash a gun, how to get around the premises. But a chance encounter with a small time thief threw a spanner in the works, leading to the ultimate failure of the mission.

In a last ditch opportunity, Dan must now work with this thief, a person he has no desire to work with, in a bit to finally take down their mark. Can the two work together and make a success of the job? And more importantly is his new partner trustworthy? I found this to be a really great read. I found myself rooting for Dan all the way through. He seemed a genuine character, trying to do the best job he can. Dee has crafted a narrative littered with plot twists making for a page turning story with a dark mystery at its core.

While it had its light moments, this was a decidedly different direction when compared with his cozy space mystery series. The sci-fi elements were well done without overriding the narrative thread. The Hitman and the Thief made for a page turning read, that I couldn’t wait for the next opportunity to pick up where I left off. Not too often do I have the chance to read a book that I am actively looking for the next spare moment to dip back into. This is definitely a book worth reading.

Pre-order the book for August 31st for 99c/99p: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Richard Dee

Richard Dee, buy: Amazon US And: Amazon UKWebsite: Richard Dee’s ScifiGoodreads: Richard Dee at Goodreads – Twitter: @RichardDockett1

Recent reviews

The first review is for Paul Edmondson for Great Spirit of Yosemite: The Story of Chief Tenaya

About the book

Now in his old age, Chief Tenaya’s life and the lives in his tribe are changed forever…

In the Mariposa Indian War of 1850/51, the venerable Chief Tenaya is catapulted into leading his people into conflict against white man’s plunder of their land and culture during the California Gold Rush. His story is a tale of family love, death, tribal lore and spirituality, all of it torn apart by a lust for gold. In Chief Tenaya’s world, the pillages of war are set against the backdrop of daily rhythms of Indian life in the familiar landscape of Yosemite.

Through the interweaving of historical events with imagined and gripping storytelling, Great Spirit of Yosemite chronicles the extraordinary true struggle of the original inhabitants of Yosemite Valley, their determination to cling on to their heritage, and their ultimate sacrifices.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Gridley 5.0 out of 5 stars A New Look at the Native American Tragedy  Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2020

This fine book of Edmondson’s tells anew of the culture clash between white American settlers and the Native Americans who occupied the land for millennia prior to white settlement. But it’s not a re-warmed version of “white might wins;” instead, the author lives within the mind and heart of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneechee Indians, settled in the California mountains. His foil here is, for the most part, one James D. Savage, who has lived among the various tribal groups long enough to understand their languages and ways, but who is given to trading and cattle raising.

Whites begin to encroach on Ahwahneechee territory, and war ensues – the Maricopa Indian War of 1850-51. Edmondson follows the tracks of this conflict, never leaving Tenaya’s emotional side. He alternates a skilled and passionate prosaic view of Tenaya’s loyalty to his people, his sly ways with Savage and other whites, with superbly written poetic paeans to Tenaya and his tribe. As such,the book has the feel of George Keithley’s poetic opus, “The Donner Party.” “Great Spirit of Yosemite” will no doubt add value to this canon of the white push westward, and the inevitable ceding of Native American homelands to them. It’s a powerful closeup of both sides of this particular conflict and should be read and appreciated widely.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Paul Edmondson, buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK  – follow Paul: Goodreads – Website: Paul Edmondson Author  

The next author today is Mary Anne Edwards with a review for How Deep is the Darkness:(The Charlie McClung Mysteries Book 6)

About the book

Are you afraid of the darkness?

Charlie McClung has always known about darkness, it’s part of being a police chief.

But now it’s spreading throughout the town and creeping into his life.

With each body found, the killer deepens the darkness and McClung must put an end to it.


One of the recent reviews for the book

lori pattillo 5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic murder mystery!  Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020

I really enjoyed “How Deep Is The Darkness”! Loved some of the characters and loathed others which is how a good book should make you feel. I was surprised at the ending. I’m looking forward to reading another in the series! 🙂

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Mary Anne Edwards

Mary Anne Edwards, Buy:Amazon US – andAmazon UK Follow Mary Anne on: Goodreads – Website: Mary Anne Edwards Twitter: @maedwards58

The final author today is Mark Bierman  with a review for his novel Vanished.

About the book

Tragedy . . . heartache . . . how much more can Tyler Montgomery and John Webster take? This missions trip, the “healing” one, has only added fresh layers of pain. Construction of an orphanage in Haiti’s northwest . . . yes. But a doomed rescue operation, human traffickers, human anomalies, extreme personal danger . . . risk of death? They hadn’t signed up for those.

Turning their backs on the crisis, however, is unthinkable, it’s just not who they are.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Ama No Iwato 5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling book! Tragic story! Great Read!  Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020

Vanished is a tough book to read but at the same time an exciting story and important theme. The author, Mark Bierman, has done a great job of blending the hard facts of life in Haiti with fast thriller-alike actions and believable characters. The novel starts with a description of the earthquake in 2010 and continues with the arrival of Tyler, John, Samantha, and Peter in North West Haiti, where a child/girl is vanishing from the local Rescue Mission.
As I read the book about hard (often depressing or gruesome) adventures of John and Tyler, it horrified me to consider that the young children like Chantelle were violated in all parts of the world at that very moment…

The book Vanished is rich in detail, and the author did a great job with the research or/and observations. The plot is well described: relationships, heartbreaks, hate, greed, family, love. The author’s ability to capture the nuance of human relationships in all their complicated forms was true to life yet felt like a very unique, new perspective.
Overall: phenomenally engaging, highly-suspenseful, dramatic, realistic… you can almost see how evil is hiding behind the faces of real people. There’re plenty of surprises in this book! It was hard to put down, and I find myself thinking about the plot and story a lot. Highly recommend!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

50% of the proceeds from Vanished go to an organization that helps victims of human trafficking.

Mark Bierman buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Mark: Goodreads – Blog: Mark Bierman WordPressTwitter: @mbiermanauthor


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