Showing posts from October, 2019

Black Ops by Chris Ryan, Book Review

After a series of gruesome murders in geographically disparate places, the SAS soldier Danny Black is tasked with searching for the killer. This quest takes him from his regimental base in Herefordshire to Wales, Lebanon and ultimately into the middle of the conflict in Syria. Despite Black Ops being on the gruesome side for me, I couldn’t put it down. Partially thriller, partially spy novel and lots of military ground ops action with a twist to boot, it makes compulsive reading. Black Ops is book number seven in the Danny Black series, and still no let-up on engagement, excitement and thrills. Yes, it’s fiction, but it’s also based on reality, and that makes the horrors even more horrible. It’s not an orc fighting an elf, this isn’t fantasy.
We might hear in the news that another terrorist attack has been foiled, but we soon forget the news item and move on with our more or less virtuous lives. We think we know about the difficult morally ambiguous decisions our operatives have to…

My Guilty Pleasures Binge Read Style: J.D. Kirk's DCI Jack Logan series.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I was on Facebook chatting on one of the online crime fiction bookgroups and someone said they'd just finished a J.D. Kirk book and that it was as good as Stuart Macbride's. Now I'm a huge fan of Stuart MacBride's books. I love the gritty dark humour. Anyway, I thought to myself,, Kirk has big shoes to fill, but I'll give it a go. So, I did and ended up binge reading the first three books in the DCI Jack Logan series set in the north of Scotland. Are they as good as Stuart MacBride? I hear you ask. Well, let's put it this way, there's not a lot to choose between them. Cracking reads!

A Litter of Bones 
Well if the title's not enough to draw you in, wait till you read the blurb:

Was the biggest case of his career the worst mistake he ever made?

Ten years ago, DCI Jack Logan stopped the serial child-killer dubbed 'Mister Whisper,' earning himself a commendation, a drinking problem, and a broken marriage in the process.
Now, h…

My Life of Crime: Owen Mullens, author of Deadly Harm ... and so many more, tells us all about his life of crime!

Owen Mullen has been a supportive friend for a good few years now and I am in awe of his writing, so it gives me great pleasure to welcome him onto The Crime Warp to find out all about his Life of Crime. 

Here's a little bit about him:

Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year and best selling author. Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where Owen writes. 
Over to Owen.
Thanks for inviting me on here Liz, I love this type of Q&A!
Ok, so what are the things that helped shape the man you have before you today? Let's find out! 
2 Songs that infl…

Blog Tour: Interview with Alex Khan author of Bollywoods answer to Desperate Housewives, Bollywood Wives

I was lucky enough to read Bollywood Wives when the ebook came out and loved it. You can read my review here. The Crime Warp also hosted a Sneaky Peek of the novel (here) because I loved it so much. So, I'm chuffed to bits to have Alex here at The Crime Warp HQ today talking about all things writing, Zara, and more. Alex Khan has spent his life dreaming of writing and starring in Bollywood movies while traveling the world visiting some of the most glamorous and exciting locations. Moonlighting as a crime writer he finally got the courage to pen the novel he wanted to write all his life-Bollywood Wives. Taking you into the glamorous sexy thrilling environment of the world’s biggest movie stars and the secrets they hide. Alex also writes crime under the name ALEX CAAN.

Liz: Where did the inspiration for Bollywood Wives come from?

Alex: Bollywood Wives is basically a culmination of my desire to write a steamy bonkbuster with a very definite crime/thriller twist to it. As a teenager gro…

My Life of Crime: The very lovely and multi-talented Noelle Holten, author of Dead Inside and Social Media Manager at Bookouture publishers.

Welcome to Noelle Holten and her life of crime... 
Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA's - Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice - and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle's hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via her blog.
Dead Inside is her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

My Life of Crime: by Noelle Holten  Two books that influenced me. My first is going to be a bit of a cheat as it is a series rather than a book that influenced me. Mel Sherratt’s Estate series. I loved the authen…