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Blog Tour: Miniskirts are Murder – Des Burkinshaw*

Porter Norton, his friends and his sarcastic spirit guide, The Gliss, are on the trail of a young actress who went missing in Soho, London, in the Swinging Sixties. Still recovering from their last adventure in the battlefields of WW1, the gang are confronted by a transatlantic conspiracy.

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Des, 52, is a former Times journalist/BBC TV producer. Miniskirts are Murder is the second in the Porter and The Gliss Investigations series, following Dead & Talking in 2019.
Des likes to live out as much of the stories as possible and spent 3 months in the US researching this novel.

He runs a film school in London and has just been commissioned to write a limited season TV series intended for Netflix. He is also a keen musician and through work has jammed with people like Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and Jeff Lynne. He is married with 1 daughter.

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My thoughts:

This was a much better book than the blurb suggests, taking in murderous film producers, Soho gangsters, the Swinging 60s, lots of transatlantic flights, Bristol’s past as a hub for the slave trade, Nazis, the dead, legal wranglings and putting some horrible men in their place.

It’s also rather funny, in a black sort of way.

I really enjoyed it, and have downloaded its predecessor onto my kindle. The gang are all really interesting characters, and their back stories alone could run to several volumes, making it all quite intriguing.

It was a very clever book, with a genuinely dastardly, awful scheme at its heart. I felt a bit like cheering when they finally got the villain behind it all. Horrible man.

Hopefully there’s lots more adventures for this team of intrepid investigators to come.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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Blog Tour: When Angels Fear – Polly J. Mordant*

She runs from a terrifying past, to a village with problems of its own.

Exhausted, desperately seeking sanctuary, Emma arrives at the pretty English village of Flammark.
But she cannot rest. A strange sleeping sickness stalks the village and a young woman has disappeared.
Why won’t the police investigate?

As events unfold, Emma becomes embattled yet again, compelled to fight for her life against a deadly curse linked to a past about which she had no knowledge.
She is the only one able to vanquish the evil but doing so will entail confronting an horrific and all-too-familiar enemy.

The question is, will she be strong enough?


I’ve been writing blogs and stories off and on for years, but quite new to writing novels.
My background is in teaching – I ran my own English and Drama departments in three inner city
schools – then became the owner of a radical bookshop. Now I write full time.

I love supernatural storytelling, since it allows the inclusion of real human issues within my writing.
Let’s face it, who hasn’t been touched by evil in their lives at one time or another? “When Angels Fear”, my first novel, deals with domestic violence and how Emma – the main character – overcomes her shattered confidence to prevail over the evil which oppresses her.

It’s important to me that my characters are both real and relatable. I’m a total fan of Joss Whedon and
Stephen King and love the way they create ensembles of characters that live on in the mind long after they’ve been watched or read. Humour is important to me to – I hope readers of my fiction will get that.
The last thing I want to offer is a dry read!

I adore my garden, my animals and my husband – probably in that order, lol. Other obsessions include Scrabble. Total addict. It’s why I sleep so badly. I’m glued to the Scrabble app until the early hours!

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My thoughts:

This was an interesting supernatural thriller, an old family curse is at large and determined to claim its next victims. Emma discovers her family’s link to the village of Flammark, and to the curse, after fleeing there from a bad relationship.

Finding new friends, a fresh start and beginning to build her life again is halted by the appearance of her ex and the monstrous curse.

This was a really enjoyable read, with some less than helpful angelic individuals, a determined vicar and two very brave women caught up in something stretching back generations.

There’s also a very confused Detective Inspector with a lot of questions he can’t seem to get straight answers to. I did feel a bit sorry for him.

I can see this growing into an enjoyable and intelligent series, which I look forward to reading as the people in Flammark seem to be a good bunch and there’s plenty of scope for more strange things going on.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.