Book reviews, Crime thriller

Dark Retribution: Smitty’s Calling Card by BR Stateham – Book Review. @BlackthornTours @brstateham #DarkRetribution


Smitty’s a hit man. A hit man who, sometimes, becomes a dark angel for those select few who are in desperate need. This time a cop needs his help in saving his sister-in-law. A madman is stalking ladies of the night and slaughtering them. No one knows who the madman might be. No clues are left behind. No witnesses are left alive. The police are baffled.

But one cop knows what to do. Sometimes, in defeating Evil, you occasionally have to flirt with the devil. Sometimes, only a killer can find a killer.



Someone is roaming the city killing prostitutes and mutilating their bodies….a new Jack the Ripper?

Artie, a cop, knows they are no where near catching the killer, they have nothing at all. So in desperation, he contacts a man known as Smitty, a security consultant/private investigator and rumours are that he’s a hitman too! Can he help?

‘A killer to catch a killer’

Smitty has the police files and starts his own investigation, working through suspects and identifying possible next victims. Can he find the killer before anyone else dies?

This is a clever, dark and disturbing thriller, a protagonist with almost superhuman stealth and a marvellously twisty plot. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Isobel Blackthorn for a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.




B.R. Stateham is a fourteen-year-old boy trapped in a seventy-year-old body.  But his enthusiasm and boyish delight in anything mysterious and/or unknown continue.

Writing novels, especially detectives, is just the avenue of escape which keeps the author’s mind sharp and inquisitive.  He’s published a ton of short stories in online magazines like Crooked, Darkest Before the Dawn, Abandoned Towers, Pulp Metal Magazine, Suspense Magazine, Spinetingler Magazine, Near to The Knuckle, A Twist of Noir, Angie’s Diary, Power Burn Flash, and Eastern Standard Crime.  He writes both detective/mysteries, as well as science-fiction and fantasy.

In 2008 the first book in the series featuring homicide detectives Turner Hahn and Frank Morales came out, called Murderous Passions.

Also, in 2008 he self-published a fantasy novel entitled, Roland of the High Crags: Evil Arises. 

In 2009 he created a character named Smitty.  So far twenty-eight short stories and two novellas have been written about this dark eyed, unusually complex hit man.

In 2012 Untreed Reads published book two of the Turner Hahn/Frank Morales series A Taste of Old Revenge.

In 2015 NumberThirteen Press published a Smitty novella entitled, A Killing Kiss.

In 2017 a British indie publisher, Endeavour Media, re-issued A Taste of Old Revenge, and soon followed by a second Turner Hahn/Frank Morales novel entitled, There Are No Innocents.

In 2018 Endeavour Media published a third novel of mine, the first in a 1st Century Roman detective series, entitled While the Emperor Slept.

Also in 2018, NumberThirteen Press merged with another famous British indie, Fahrenheit Press. Soon afterwards, Fahrenheit Press re-issued an old novel of mine entitled, Death of a Young Lieutenant.

Now, after all of this apparent success, you would think Fame and Fortune would have sailed into my harbor, making me the delight of the hard-core genre world. Ah but contraire, mon ami! Fame and Fortune are two devious little wraths who pick and chooses the poor souls they wish to bedevil. I remain in complete anonymity and am just as bereft of fortune as I have always been. And apparently will continue to be for a long time to come.  

B.R. Stateham has a blog called, In the Dark Mind of B.R. Stateham –


Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Shape Of Night by Tess Gerritsen – Book Review. @randomhouse @annecater #TheShapeOfNight


3rd October 2019 | Bantam Press | Hardback | £20.00

“A captivating and seductive tale exploring the dark embrace of grief and guilt… This is the incomparable Gerritsen at her finest.”- Sylvia Day

When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.

But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone.

Either that or she is losing her mind.

The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?


I’ve been a fan of Tess Gerritsen’s books for some years and love the Rizzoli and Isles series. The Shape Of Night is something completely different.

Ava is running away from guilt. She decides to rent a large home in Tucker Cove, a small town on the cost of Maine,  at first she’s intimidated by the size of the house, but once inside she feels the house wants her to stay.

What is Ava running from? And who is the dark figure she sees from a distance.?

This is part gothic tale of ghosts, an incubus …is this malevolent and responsible for past deaths in the house? Or is something else responsible ?

A creepy, slightly disturbing gothic thriller that is so compelling and will be an absolutely perfect read for Halloween (if you think of The Ghost and Mrs Muir….for adults!)……..!

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

you can buy a copy here




Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. Tess has sold over 40 million copies of her books worldwide.