Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Extract -#Mystery #Thriller The Magus Covenant – Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Series by Toni Pike


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Toni Pike shares an extract from The Magus Covenant – Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series – (The 4 books are available separately or as a Box Set).

About the book

THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS IN PERIL – UNLESS ONE MAN CAN UNCOVER THE TRUTH…

A long-forgotten sect, a deadly brotherhood, a billionaire who trades in relics and a race across Europe in pursuit of a killer.

Jotham Fletcher is in Rome to give a lecture about Simon Magus at the church where he fell to his death beside the Roman Forum. Magus was a cult leader mentioned in the Bible and his libertine sect disappeared by 400 AD.

But did it really die out?

A robed man is pushed from the bell tower of the church at midnight and Jotham becomes the prime suspect. His lover Antonella, an expert on ancient documents, has a shocking secret. Rumours fly about a papyrus scroll. A ruthless Catholic Brotherhood will stop at nothing in their hunt for a hidden sect. And a reclusive billionaire has the chance of a lifetime to get his revenge.

Jotham is kidnapped, tortured and on the run. He races from Italy to England to Sweden. But the body count continues to rise and so does the heat in this non-stop thriller that will leave you breathless.

FEATURING: a fast-paced and gripping plot, chase sequences, Italian police, mysterious historical events and an ending that you won’t see coming.

An extract from Chapter 5 The Magus Covenant

Maria Rinaldi caught Antonella before she hit the ground and managed to drag her to a nearby bench. “Head forward. You’ve just fainted, my dear,” she said. “Happens all the time in these situations. Stay there until you’re fully recovered. Don’t try to get up.”
Antonella nodded her head in compliance, wishing she could erase that dead body from her mind.

Jotham sat down and put his arm around her. “I’m sorry about that, Nella. You’ve done very well.”

Captain Bonocci marched over, keen to be included in the drama. “I told you it’s best left to the professionals. Do you know that person?”

“Not at all. A total stranger,” replied Jotham. “But the way he died was dreadful. His legs looked as if they had disintegrated.”

“Hitting objects on the way down,” said Rinaldi.

“That’s what happened when he died, so they say. Both legs with multiple fractures.”

“What are you talking about? Has there been another death?”

By now Antonella had recovered enough to join in the conversation, although she still looked as white as a ghost. “One that happened about two thousand years ago,” she said. “And legend has it that it was a gruesome death.”

“Whose death?” asked Rinaldi. “You’re not talking about Jesus Christ?”

Antonella shook her head. “No. We’re referring to a magician called Simon Magus.”

“Something from ancient history, yes?” asked Bonocci. “Are you crazy? What has that got to do with today?”

“Please let me explain,” said Jotham.

“Well, Fletcher, I’m waiting. This isn’t Australia, you know. We take police work very seriously here. We don’t just make up stories.”

Jotham tried to suppress a powerful urge to stand up and walk away, since Bonocci only seemed interesting in insulting him. But he felt duty bound to tell them what he knew and help solve the riddle of the dead man in the churchyard.

“There’s a painting by Avanzino Nucci, an Italian artist, dated about 1620,” he said. “No one knows the whereabouts of the original artwork, although it’s easy to find photographs of it on the Internet. I have a copy of it here in my notes.”

Bonocci’s patience was running out fast. “What has some old painting got do with anything? You university types are all the same. This is a murder scene, not an art museum.”

Maria Rinaldi decided that she better intervene. “Please, Capitano, why don’t we hear the story? It can’t hurt. Perhaps this dead person is an artist, or connected to the art world.”

“Very well, then. Finish what you have to say, but hurry up. I am a busy man.”

Fletcher continued. “The painting was called Peter’s Conflict with Simon Magus.” He rifled through his briefcase and found a coloured printout of the painting. “Here it is, a very good composition. The Apostle Peter is laying hands, as they say, on recently baptised people, so that they can receive the Holy Spirit. Notice that most people are dressed in light coloured clothing. On the right hand side is Simon Magus. He contrasts sharply with everyone else, dressed in long black robes, with bushy black eyebrows and beard. Now do you understand?”

One of the recent reviews for the book

I mention Dan Brown because I like his books. I only recently got on to Toni Pike. This is the first in the Jotham Fletcher series; I will read more. He is a rector in an Australian parish working on research into Simon Magus (could not help but recall the Silver Chalice–where Jack Palance portraying Magus, believes he can fly, saw it as a child). Like Brown’s Logdon, Pike’s Fletcher gets embroiled in controversial sectarian elements within the Catholic Church. Unlike Logdon, Fletcher faces much more serious danger personally. So, this story is really stronger in that respect.

Pike’s book follows the mystery/thriller precepts of plot/suspense progression well and builds to a climax with heightened tension and twists. If you like the genre, you will like this book–it’s well written.

Read the reviews and buy the book and also the box set of the series: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Toni Pike

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Read more reviews and follow Toni on: Goodreads

About Toni Pike

Toni Pike’s main passions are writing, travelling and spending time with family and friends, and she believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day. After starting her career as a veterinary surgeon, she later taught high school and had a successful career in the public service. She now lives in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

Pike is the author of Dead Dry Heart – a psychological thriller, and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: The Magus Covenant, The Rock of Magus, The Magus Epiphany and Holy Spear of Magus.

She’s also the author of two non-fiction books. The One Way Diet is a no-nonsense guide to losing weight and coping with the journey. Happy Travels 101 is a short book of travel tips with great advice for anyone who wants to travel overseas.

Connect to Toni Pike

Website: Toni Pike
Twitter: @piketoni1
Facebook: Author Toni Pike

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Thriller – Desolation Bluff by Toni Pike


Delighted to showcase the new release, a thriller from Toni Pike…..Desolation Bluff

 

About the book

Blind romance author Oliver Cameron uses the pen name of Fidel Amore and thinks he has the perfect life at his country estate near Desolation Bluff. After a honeymoon in Paris, his wife Vanessa continues her work as his assistant. His friend Ray is the business manager who lives in the gatehouse and also acts as the public face of Fidel Amore, doing all those book-signing trips that Oliver never wanted to attend. Helen Dunkley is the housekeeper devoted to him since childhood – but she detests the two newcomers.

Complications set in when Ray, working on his old car, accidentally backs into Oliver. His injuries appear minor but the next day he suddenly regains his sight. Oliver wants Ray and Rachel to be the first to hear his good news, but when he finds them he uncovers a shocking betrayal.

A game of cat and mouse begins – and with the arrival of a mysterious stranger, it turns deadly.

A short suspense novel that will keep you guessing right to the very end.

One of the early reviews for the book

The extremely popular blind romance writer Fidel Amore who in real life is Oliver Cameron has just returned from an exciting, romantic honeymoon in Paris with his writing assistant wife Vanessa. He has an arrangement with Ray who poses as the writer and attends all the obligatory events that a writer is expected to attend!

When a freak accident restores his vision, he keeps it a secret and discovers the direction in which his life has been taken over by his wife and his friend! At this juncture, an unexpected long distance relative enters Oliver’s life.

How Oliver gradually takes over his own life forms the content of this beautifully conceived book that sets an exciting pace and keeps the reader glued to the book until the last page is read!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RCDRF86

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Desolation-Bluff-Toni-Pike-ebook/dp/B07RCDRF86

Also by Toni Pike

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y

Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14736589.Toni_Pike

About Toni Pike

Toni Pike’s main passions are writing, travelling and spending time with family and friends, and she believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day. After starting her career as a veterinary surgeon, she later taught high school and had a successful career in the public service. She now lives in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

Pike is the author of Dead Dry Heart – a psychological thriller, and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: The Magus Covenant, The Rock of Magus, The Magus Epiphany and Holy Spear of Magus.

She’s also the author of two non-fiction books. The One Way Diet is a no-nonsense guide to losing weight and coping with the journey. Happy Travels 101 is a short book of travel tips with great advice for anyone who wants to travel overseas.

Connect to Toni Pike

Website: www.tonipike.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/piketoni1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorToniPike/

Thank you for dropping by today and please help spread the news of Toni’s latest release.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Dead Dry Heart #Psychological Thriller by Toni Pike


Toni Pike latest release, a psychological thriller –  Dead Dry Heart and brand new covers for all her books.

About Dead Dry Heart

Tyler Thompson is Australia’s young, brilliant and charismatic Prime Minister, riding high on a wave of popularity. But the past has come back to haunt him and there is a shocking secret from his childhood that he will do almost anything to conceal.

The one man who knows what happened twenty-five years ago is back – and he is hellbent on revenge. Tyler’s precious wife and baby have disappeared and their safe return will cost him everything: family, career and freedom.

But even that may not be enough to satisfy his nemesis – and the truth may be more terrible than he could possibly imagine.

A chilling novel about deceit, betrayal and murder, with twists and turns that you will not see coming.

One of the recent reviews for the book

The past begins with Josh, a somewhat of a recluse with a troubled past, who happens to be wandering through the Australian desert and stumbles across a scene where 11 year old Tyler is being abused by his parents while they’re camped out on the beach. Josh is compelled to defend little Tyler and quickly a fight ensues and turns into murder. After Tyler helps Josh bury his parents’ bodies in the sand, Josh leads him through the desert back to a road and sets him free to seek aid, reminding him to ‘stick to the story’ that his parents ran out of gas in their travels and set out to get gas while leaving Tyler with their van. Only slip ups have a way of entering into Tyler’s story when he accidentally reveals the name of the man who guided him to safety, turning the missing persons investigation into a possible murder mystery.

Tyler is forever haunted by that night at the beach, despite his being taken in by a loving adoptive family. As he excels in school and sets his sights on becoming a politician, Josh is safely locked up in jail, but through TV and newspaper clippings he keeps a close eye on Tyler’s life. And not long after Tyler becomes Prime Minister of Australia, Josh is released from jail and plots his revenge against the boy, now man, who he once rescued. The cat and mouse games begin.

Tyler now must fight to keep his secret about ‘that night’ at the beach, protect his family from Josh who is released from jail 25 years later, and figure out a way to save his reputation and his position in government. While the story takes on lots of twists and turns, as Tyler attempts to dodge Josh’s mission to contact him, and then his threats to expose Tyler as an accomplice to his crimes, Tyler fears for his family’s life and his reputation, keeping us gripped throughout and leaving us wondering through every page if everything Tyler worked for will be destroyed and will Tyler be able to stop Josh from kidnapping and threatening to kill his family. A captivating story right from the start!

Read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F61TNLT/

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Dry-Heart-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B07F61TNLT/

Also by Toni Pike

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y

Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14736589.Toni_Pike

About Toni Pike

Toni Pike’s main passions are writing, travelling and spending time with family and friends, and she believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day. After starting her career as a veterinary surgeon, she later taught high school and had a successful career in the public service. She now lives in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

Pike is the author of Dead Dry Heart – a psychological thriller, and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: The Magus Covenant, The Rock of Magus, The Magus Epiphany and Holy Spear of Magus.

She’s also the author of two non-fiction books. The One Way Diet is a no-nonsense guide to losing weight and coping with the journey. Happy Travels 101 is a short book of travel tips with great advice for anyone who wants to travel overseas.

Connect to Toni Pike

Website: www.tonipike.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/piketoni1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorToniPike/

Thank you for dropping by today and please help spread the news of Toni’s latest release.. thanks Sally