Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Every Reasonable DoubtEvery Reasonable Doubt by Pamela Samuels Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Employment attorney Vernetta Henderson learns that she is help defend a prominent socialite accused of murder teaming up with Neddy McClain. The only other African-American attorney at the firm.

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Murder at the Art & Craft Fair (Book 6 Dekker Cozy Mystery Series)Murder at the Art & Craft Fair by Steve Demaree
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The 2 detectives are back for their 6th mystery and it is only their better halves who could convince them to an art and craft fair. It doesn't take them too long to find the body.

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Monday, 29 December 2014

52 Steps To Murder52 Steps To Murder by Steve Demaree
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two middle aged dectectives with plenty of clues and suspects when an elderly woman is found dead in her bedroom, whose front door stands 52 steps above the street. I laughed out loud a few times, something I rarely do when reading a murder mystery.

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Fade Route (Burnside Mystery #2)Fade Route by David Chill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Burnside's second case occurs a year later when a local politician is killed and the clues point to one suspect. A lot less football talk makes this a better read.

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Post Pattern (Burnside Mystery #1)Post Pattern by David Chill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Norman Freeman a former football (American football that is) is shoot at while in his car and hires Burnside, ex-college football player who is now a private investigator to find out why. Then Norman's brother is killed.
This book would have been a lot better without all the football game talk as it didn't help to solve the mystery and was to be honest boring.

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Dead on IceDead on Ice by Lauren Carr
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The body of a porn star is found in a freezer, in the jurisdiction of homicide detective Cameron Gates. The first in the series of Lovers in Crime

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Crazy in Paradise (Paradise, #1)Crazy in Paradise by Deborah Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After her Aunt's dies Madison becomes the owner of a motel and arrives at her new home to find a hot man with a bullet wound... An enjoyable read.

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Monday, 22 December 2014

The Pursuit of Lies (Paradise Valley Mystery, #4)The Pursuit of Lies by Debra Burroughs
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Private eye Emily Parker's boyfriend Colin is accused of murdering a female Assistant District Attorney

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HabitHabit by T.J. Brearton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Set in New York State this is a police procedural thriller with Detective Healy investigating the murder of a young woman at her farmhouse.

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Saturday, 20 December 2014


A Scottish supernatural novella, coming in Feb 2015 in hardcover and ebook from DarkFuse

No limbs, no limbs, no head, no head, left arm gone, left leg gone, no legs, no head. 

A door is open, and something is coming through. It's just a matter of when — and what. 



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Friday, 19 December 2014

As The Crow Flies (DI Nick Dixon #1)As The Crow Flies by Damien Boyd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jake Fayter a former climbing partner of Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is killed in a fall in Cheddar Gorge.
Convinced that it was not an accident his inquiries uncover criminal activity involving drugs.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Social DeathSocial Death by Tatiana Boncompagni
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Clyde Shaw works for the FirstNews network when a murder occurs in the building of her socialite best friend. Clyde wants to be the one that solves the murder. The story also includes what from her past has made her such a flawed character (a drunk and a slut which did put me off a bit).

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Murder at Sissingham Hall (An Angela Marchmont Mystery #1)The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A whodunit set in the 1920s at Sissingham Hall. Charles Knox returns to England and is invited to the Hall of Sir Neville Strickland and his wife Rosamund the ex-fiancee of Charles. When Sir Neville is found dead.
I enjoyed the read though I did work out very early who was the guilty party.

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Monday, 15 December 2014


Strange lights on the moors, weird noises in the night, cattle disappearing; these things alone are more than enough to prompt Malone’s newspaper to send him to investigate. And when his old companion Professor Challenger also goes missing, the hunt is on.
The trail leads Malone to the British military, and to a research station in the Bristol Channel, where an old terror proves, once again, that some things are not meant to be contained.

Mr. Meikle continues to write outstanding stories, and Professor Challenger: The Island of Terror is no exception, it further cements his place as one of the best storytellers writing today and I highly recommend it. - FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Dead on DemandDead on Demand by Sean Campbell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Edwin Murphy has been fired from his job, and his wife files for divorce. Leads him to put an intricate plan together to kill her and get custody of his daughter.

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Rigged For MurderRigged For Murder by Jenifer LeClair
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After been shot homicide detective Brie Beaumont takes a long leave to the sea off the Maine coast, taking a trip with Captain John duLau and 8 other passengers on The Maine Wind. Then during a storm someone is found dead .....

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

I Promise To...I Promise To... by Zoe Burton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novella is a Pride and Prejudice variation whereby Darcy and Elizabeth have known each all most of their lives. When Elizabeth is 16 an unwanted suitor forces her to stay with her Gardiner family. Where the elder Darcy and Gardiner arrange a marriage between Elizabeth and Darcy.

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Demiurge: Blood of the InnocentDemiurge: Blood of the Innocent by Michael R. Hagan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A mysterious symbol, from the past being investigated by an archaeologist, James McKenzie; and now drawn in blood near the victims of a serial killer, with the police officer in charge a Detective Hassom.
Circumstances force these two men to work together to solve the crimes.

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Monday, 8 December 2014


A strange sickness affecting the members of the House of Lords starts a new adventure for Holmes and Watson, one that will see them on the run, accused of murder and pursued by both the police and a deadly gang of assassins. 

The case takes them up and down the country, from Scotland to the Houses of Parliament and leads them down arcane paths, following their relentless foe in pursuit of the lost secret of immortality. 

Their adversary seems hell-bent, not only on their destruction but on an act of terrorism that will shake London to its foundations. 

Holmes must catch and unmask the revenant, and only by confronting his own past will he be able to prevail. 

Baker Street Irregulars should quickly secure a copy of the book. - British Fantasy Society 

...a splendid and entertaining diversion - Black Static #28 

It's a nice blend of mystery and occult adventure and you don't find that particular flavor much any more - Don D'Ammassa 

Dark Regions Press | AMAZON | AMAZON UK 

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Certainty of Doing EvilThe Certainty of Doing Evil by Colin Falconer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The second D.I. Madeleine Fox police mystery set in in North London of the early 1990's opens with a death of a woman tied to a rack in her basement

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Friday, 5 December 2014


A pulp sci-fi novella from Dark Regions Press in hardcover, paperback and ebook

A derelict spacecraft and a storage cavern on Mars are linked by a forgotten secret. Ancient rituals are invoked, dark energy is awakened, and soon the Plasm is growing, and feeding. Desperate measures are required-but will they be enough? 

This one is a wee B-movie homage-a film that was never made if you like. It runs in my head like a Gerry Anderson production, and if you think of it like that, I'm sure you'll have a load of fun with it. 

Dark Regions Press | AMAZON | AMAZON UK 

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Thursday, 4 December 2014


This FLIPIT book contains my novels The Invasion and The Valley. Both novels are digital best-sellers and have graced the top 2 on the best-sellers list in their respective categories on Amazon. 

Dark Regions Press | AMAZON | AMAZON UK 

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Some seaweed, a jellyfish and some material brought back from the Peabodie expedition to Antarctica. An innocuous enough blend you might think. But when a storm in the North Atlantic frees a sample that has been dormant inside an old wreck, the new creature finds that it is hungry. Our plastics-oriented society has given it an abundant supply of food... more than enough for it to grow, and build, and spread.

Can anyone escape the terror that is... THE CREEPING KELP?

If you are like me and grew up on those glorious nature run amok movies you will absolutely love The Creeping Kelp and I highly recommend it. - Famous Monsters of Filmland

The Creeping Kelp would make for a great beach read, and will give you shivers the next time you step on a piece of seaweed in the water. Highly recommended. - The Monster Librarian

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Monday, 1 December 2014


Patty Doyle holds the secret to eternal life, but it may only bring her an early death. 

Patty is working on a journal of a 14th Century alchemist. But after mentioning it in her blog she gets to the office to find everyone brutally murdered. Now she's on the run pursued by a killer who wants the secret of eternal life it contains. 


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Sunday, 30 November 2014


Crustaceans is available in 2 shiny print editions. There is a limited (13 only) signed, leather bound deluxe hardcover edition, and a trade paperback edition (first 100 signed). 

It's definitely horror, but it's also Science-fiction, in a very 1950's B-Movie kind of way, a creature-feature if you like. It runs in my head like one of those lurid early technicolor monster movies, and readers will have fun thinking of it that way themselves.

I don’t think you can have much more fun reading a book than Crustaceans. It is one hell of a ride that will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can read them. - Famous Monsters of Filmland 

At bottom, it’s a fun book, written to show the reader a good time and nothing more than that, on which level it succeeds admirably well. I thoroughly enjoyed its pulp(ish) pleasures. --   Peter Tennant, BLACK STATIC #31 

Dark Regions Press | AMAZON | AMAZON UK 

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Friday, 28 November 2014


Paperback edition from Seven Realms Publishing.
Things are finally looking up for Glasgow private investigator Derek Adams. The agency is flush with cash and finally getting some respect, and the nightmares? Well, there's booze for that. But the dark side isn't finished with Derek. What starts off as a simple inquiry into the dealings of a shady bookie quickly descends into a battle with the shadowy unknown.
Before he knows it, Derek is on the run, framed for an impossible murder. His only leverage is a strange skin belt that seems to have a life of its own, but hanging onto it might cost Derek more than just his life.


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Thursday, 27 November 2014


Paperback edition from Seven Realms Publishing.
PI Derek Adams is on a remote island and up to his hips in mer-women, shape-changers and ancient fisher cults.

Running back to the city doesn't help; there's magic and mayhem loose on the streets. An ancient god is waking up... and only blood will stop him!


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Paperback edition from Seven Realms Publishing.

It was supposed to be an easy case. Fast money, and a way to kill some time-something Derek Adams, a down-on-his-luck Glasgow private investigator, has way too much of. Recover a stolen family heirloom.
Easy. But the Johnson Amulet is no mere trinket...and Derek isn't the only person trying to find the priceless relic. Before long he's up to his armpits in bodies, femme fatales... and tentacles. The stars have aligned...
An ancient evil has awakened.To save the day, Derek must take some dark pathways, and not everyone is going to make it back out into the light.

Meikle’s writing makes you feel like you’re there, in the rain with Derek Adams, searching seedy pawn shops and bars for the answers. The atmosphere is terrific, and the author knows that sometimes less is more. - 
The Lovecraft ezine


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Monday, 24 November 2014


Some legends are true...

The old stories tell of an evil far beneath the earth. When an archaeological expedition ignores local wisdom and opens an old barrow on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, they unleash a horror beyond their darkest nightmares. Will anyone survive the onslaught of the Island Life?

I love monsters....especially black and white ones with the zips showing. Treat this novel like a fifties monster flick and you'll have a great time with it.


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Sunday, 23 November 2014


Four hundred years ago a Scottish cargo ship fell prey to a Wendigo at an early settlement on the Hudson River. 

Now a team of archaeologists have uncovered the boat, and let loose the evil. Manhattan is soon overrun by an ice storm like no other before it. There are things moving in the storm. Blue, cold things, with razor sharp teeth. 

Night Of the Wendigo is one hell of a story by one hell of a storyteller at the top of his game and is a tale that is not to be missed... I give it my highest recommendation. - Famous Monsters of Filmland 


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Saturday, 22 November 2014


A novel in Hardcover, paperback and ebook from DarkFuse, THE HOLE reached the top 100 overall in the Amazon Kindle charts, and reached #3 in Amazon Horror for all formats. 

It starts with a hum that brings headaches and nosebleeds to the inhabitants of a sleepy country town. Then the sinkhole starts to form. Out of the hole come their worst nightmares. 

A group of survivors descend into the collapsed area, trying to survive, facing their worst fears, and looking for a way to save what is left of their town. 

Sacrifices have to be made. 

But will it be enough? 

There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Meikle is one of the premier storytellers of our time. The Hole is one hell of a story, a fun ride and a blast to read.- Famous Monsters of Filmland


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Friday, 21 November 2014


Out now from DARK REGIONS PRESS in ebook, paperback and signed limited edition hardcovers. 

Cavalry officer Stephens wants to keep his troopers safe, but when he is pulled into the oldest conflict of them all, he must choose - to serve, or to die. 

Saloon-hand Jacob wants to live a quiet life, play his fiddle, and sink a few beers. But something has come to his town-something old, hungry, and far from quiet. 

Farmer Joe Clancy wants to keep his herd alive long enough to be able to sell them and save his farm. But first, he has to save his family, as death stalks the corrals. 

To fight the growing menace, the three men must confront their inner demons and an all too real evil, one that threatens the lives of everyone it touches. 

...a cracking tale of adventure and horror with some brilliantly effective set-pieces. - Dark Musings 


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Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Madness of Mr. DarcyThe Madness of Mr. Darcy by Alexa Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Darcy never discovers Lydia and therefore never visits Longbourn and Elizabeth to renew his offer of marriage.
Twenty years on and Darcy feels the burden of being so alone, but meets Elizabeth at Ramsey House a lunatic asylum for the genteel, where Darcy becomes a guest and Elizabeth is the Matron.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014


Tom wants to see a dragon. And his Granddad wants to make one. But neither of them are prepared for the consequences when they accidentally spill Granddad's special growth formula on the ground.

Insects, grown to giant-size, start to emerge, a few only at first, then more and more...a huge, swarming, mass of them. Now Tom, along with farmer's daughter, Kate, must battle against the giant bugs to save Kate's parents. They need help...big help. The kind of help a dragon can provide...


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Tuesday, 18 November 2014


When several young girls are abducted from various locations in Edinburgh, Detective John Granger and his brother Alan, a reporter, investigate the cases from different directions. The abductor is cunning, always one step ahead, and the only clue he leaves behind at each scene are the brutalized corpses of black swans. 

To catch a killer, John and Alan Granger will have to battle the Cobbe, a strange and enigmatic creature that guards a magical country parallel to our own. The bird is a creature of horrific power that demands a heavy price for entry into its world. The fate of two realms hangs in the balance… and time is running out...

"Will we talk about the black bird?" 

Totally gripping, The Exiled delivers a killer story that will appeal to fans of both crime fiction and dark fantasy. - The Ginger Nuts of Horror


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Monday, 17 November 2014


Cover and interior art by Wayne Miller

Page Count: 340

Deluxe Lettered Edition and 100 Signed and Numbered Edition

Three new Sherlock Holmes novellas! Nine full color illustrations, and nine black and white illustrations!

Dark Renaissance 

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

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Friday, 14 November 2014


40 flash fictions, all previously published in magazines or anthologies. Perfect for a quick read.


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Thursday, 13 November 2014


In the late 19th and Early 20th centuries Sherlock Holmes, John Silence and Allan Quartermain all fought against the powers of darkness. One other man fought the same battle, armed only with his wits, his science, and his arcane knowledge. 

Meet an Edwardian occult detective who goes where no other gentleman will dare, venturing deep into neolithic barrows, into the crypts of ancient cathedrals and fighting the elemental powers of darkness on his own terms. 

Meet Carnacki: Ghostfinder 

William Meikle does a stand up job here of capturing the tone of the original stories. - British Fantasy Society

This version of Carnacki seems a bit more voluble than the one I remember, but horror stories of this type generally assume a more relaxed and intellectual air than most modern ones. It's a style of writing that I appreciate, and miss. - Don D'Ammassa 


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Wednesday, 12 November 2014


My collection, DARK MELODIES is available now from Dark Regions Press. 

Wayne Miller, who also did the covers for THE CREEPING KELP, SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT and CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL has done another sterling job with this one.
Music can transport you. It can bring sunshine on a cloudy day and lift your heart in times of trouble. But there is another side, a darker side, to music. Allow yourself to be open to a different melody, and who knows where the music will take you.
In this collection you will follow the dance into dark places, down dark passageways, where dark melodies play.

William Meikle and Dark Regions Press have really put together an excellent collection that should be at the top of your to be read pile and I highly recommend it - FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Fifth KnightThe Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1170 AD Canterbury, this is a fictional retelling of history whereby five knights have been sent to kill Thomas Becket and retrieve the young Sister Theodosia and her mother. This is their adventure.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

The Corpse with the Platinum Hair (Cait Morgan #4)The Corpse with the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Criminologist Cait Morgan and her friend retired cop Bud Anderson travel to Las Vegas as a birthday celebration. Where as invited guests of Miss Shirley (the casino owner) to a private dinner, they find themselves investiating the death of Miss Shirley in a locked room scenario.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014


A new collection of short stories Crystal Lake Publishing

In Samurai and Other Stories you'll find numerous ghosts, many Scotsmen, a big blob, some holy relics, some unholy relics, a Mothman, a barbarian, some swordplay, a shoggoth and people that nobody expects. 

This collection brings together stories from the past decade in an exploration of the perils of looking in dark places, both external and internal. 

>"Hours of reading joy that will leave you smiling and shivering in equal parts." - Mass Movement Magazine


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