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  1. SOS TWITTER AD 99p PROMO Sept 2023

    News today of a special offer on the Ebook for “The Sound of Sirens”, the second book in the Inspector Walter Darriteau series.

    For four days only, it’s has been reduced to just 99 pence in the U.K. or 99 cents in the U.S. against the usual prices of £3.99 or $4.75, so it is a decent saving.

    If you haven’t already read “The Sound of Sirens” you might like to pick up a copy today because it will not be this price again until at least 2025, so why not pop a copy on your reading device and maybe read it over the winter?

    If you happen to be in KU (Kindle Unlimited), you can read the whole book for FREE today, and that goes for all of the books in the Inspector Walter Darriteau series.

    To buy your Ebook copy, CLICK on either of the graphics in this blog post, or CLICK HERE.

    It’s less than a pound or less than a dollar, and what can you get for that these days? Not even a cup of coffee or a newspaper, and both of those are gone by tomorrow.

    As ever, thanks for reading, don't miss it!

    David Carter.    

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    If for any reason the graphics don’t work, CLICK HERE TO BUY



  2. The Final Door Part One 3d covers with mobile and Kindle

    News of the first new Inspector Walter Darriteau book for 2023.

    “The Final Door - Part One” is now available on Amazon to order.

    Here’s more information and the blurb:

    Important Note for readers:

    “The Final Door” is the largest case-story Inspector Walter Darriteau has ever dealt with. The full investigation runs to over 700 pages and has been split into Parts One and Two. The book promoted here is Part One only. Readers should know all plot threads will not be resolved during Part One. Here’s the blurb.   

    “On a squally November night beside the Dee estuary on the Wirral peninsula, a man falls to his death from Thurstaston cliffs. But was it an accident, suicide or murder? Who is the victim, why would anyone want to kill him, and if it was murder, who is responsible?

    Thirty minutes later, a pair of tripping, giggling kids ring the emergency services to report the incident.

    Wirral police were busy dealing with a catastrophic traffic pile-up on the M53, and seek help from neighbouring Chester. At midnight, Inspector Walter Darriteau was disturbed at home and asked to attend the incident to examine the scene, and secure the body.

    So begins “The Final Door – Part One”, the eleventh book in the Inspector Walter Darriteau series, a chunky story that takes the reader on a journey no one could have foreseen after that initial phone call set everything in motion.”

    This is a work of fiction.

    As you might expect Part two is to follow. More information on that as we have it.

    Click on the Amazon ad for more information and to order.



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    “Running Forever”, Book II in the Meredith Hawkes series, is available to order now.


    Here’s the blurb:

    Meredith Hawkes is on the move again, this time to Woodbridge in Suffolk.

    After he’s found a bed for the night, he searches for a town-centre pub serving food, and goes inside. There’s a striking young woman propping up the bar, laptop, tablet, and newspaper spread out before her.

    Hawkes buys a drink and orders food. The girl ignores him. A broad man comes in, hustles up to the girl, and kicks off, telling her to keep her nose out of his affairs, or she’ll regret it. He’s sure upset about something, but that’s it, and he’s gone as fast as he arrived.

    Hawkes sympathises with the girl, but she imagines he’s trying to pick her up, and is abrupt with him. He shrugs his shoulders, and moves away to sit in the corner to eat his dinner.

    Ten minutes later, the girl packs away her things, and makes to leave. But at the door, she pauses and approaches his table, and apologises for being rude. Water off a duck’s back to him, as he points to the opposite chair, and she accepts the invite, sits down, and orders food.

    She has a story to tell, and needs help in unravelling it, and it isn’t long before she discovers he’s just the kind of guy she can share her troubles with.

    So begins “Running Forever”, the second in a series of Meredith Hawkes stories, and one that contains massive criminality, murder, and death, and it’s no surprise that everyone Hawkes meets is not as they first appear.



    Order the Ebook from Amazon here:


    The paperback edition will be out later in the year.

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    If you are enrolled in the KU (Kindle Unlimited) programme, the good news is all the Meredith Hawkes books will be there, and as a little taster bonus, readers will also find the first chapter of Book III, “Blood is Amazing” in the back of “Running Forever”.

    “Running Forever” and “Don’t Forget to Breathe” are both available from Amazon now.

    Here’s that link again for “Running Forever”.

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    “The Sound of Sirens” Special Time-Limited Offer!

    “The Sound of Sirens” is the second book in the Inspector Walter Darriteau series, and today, for five days only, the ebook is on special offer at just 99 pence or 99 cents, or you can read the entire book for free if you are in KU (Kindle Unlimited).
    Click here to buy: 
    The story opens with a brutal killing in a trendy Chester pub, catapulting the reader into the thick of the action. It’s a Friday night and the weekend starts here. Girls out on the town, wearing short skirts and tight jeans, smart guys looking for excitement, company and fun.
    A young man enters the bar, pulls out a gun, and shoots the lead singer of the band. All hell breaks loose. Someone calls the police. Inspector Walter Darriteau lives close by. He’s on the scene in minutes, and doesn’t like what he sees and hears.
    Girls are screaming and crying, guys taking pictures to whack up on their Bookface page, and Tiktok.
    It's an explosive opening and will keep you entertained right till the end. If you enjoy British detective stories, this could be the one for you! Read the whole book for less than the price of a cup of coffee or a decent newspaper.
    And the good news is, all ten of the Inspector Walter Darriteau stories are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, and can be read for free if you are in KU.
    Here’s what they say about “The Sound of Sirens”.

    I cannot recommend this book enough. It is fun, exciting, humorous at times, and bloody and shocking in all the right moments. If you're salivating for a new crime-solving hero, look no further than Inspector Walter Darriteau. - Angie Martin, author of “Conduit” and “False Security”.
    This work is action packed, exciting, thrilling, scary, with a twist to the dénouement which can only be described as brilliant. You certainly don’t have to be a fan of the genre to enjoy this one – Margaret Henderson Smith, author of “Amber” and “A Flight of Fancy”.
    Wow! So many twists and turns! Then when the culprit was revealed… such an “aha!” moment. Love English writers and English slangs. I chuckled a lot. Great read! – Amazon review.
    Don’t forget, this is a strictly limited offer that will end on June 15th 2022. Don't miss it!
    Reserve your copy here: 
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    And now for something new and different…

    The first book in David Carter’s new thriller series, “Don’t Forget to Breathe” is now available to pre-order.

    Released on August 18th 2022, the second and third books in the series are scheduled for release one month and two months later.

    Here’s the blurb:

    “Meredith Hawkes has just left the Royal Navy after serving twenty years. His father, brother and sister are expecting him back at the family’s detached bungalow up on the Wirral, but Hawkes has other ideas.

    He wants to travel, not across the globe, but to the hundreds of small country towns spread across England, places he has never visited before.

    Hawkes reckons it will prove a quiet relaxing time. He feels truly free for the first time in years, and perhaps he might meet the woman of his dreams.

    But it doesn’t turn out that way.

    It seems rural and coastal towns have a story all of their own, and Hawkes has a knack of stumbling across people and events most people would choose to avoid.

    “Don’t Forget to Breathe” is the first book in a new series of British thrillers from the creator of the Inspector Walter Darriteau stories.”


    Pre-order now and you won’t be charged until the release date of August 18th 2022.


    You can pre-order here:






    "Falling" The New Inspector Walter Darriteau Book for 2021 is out NOW as an Ebook, and as from yesterday it is also available in Kindle Unlimited (KU).

    If you are in KU you can read the complete book for free, so check it out and see if you like it.

    Here's what an early reviewer had to say about the book:



    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 August 2021

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    Another gem, 10 books in, and they just get better. I couldn’t put this down. Roll on the next chapter.
    Thank you for that, whoever wrote that review. We appreciate it.
    Here's the link again to where you can buy and read the book.
    Thanks for reading.


  7. V2 by Robert Harris.

    I was really looking forward to reading this having read all Mr Harris’s work, and it started great too, the writer’s portrayal of wartime London matched my mother’s memories spot on, and especially when on the receiving end of Hitler’s vengeance weapons V1 and V2.

    The story follows the career of Kay Caton-Walsh, a WAAF officer employed on what might be called low level intelligence work.

    She’s also having a messy affair with a senior RAF officer who happens to be married, but surprise surprise, that all ends in tears. To get away from all that she wangles a move to Belgium where she’s placed on radar tracking duties, and that’s all good, but here’s where things started to go wrong for me.

    Within 24 hours of being in the country (mini spoiler alert coming up) - don’t read on if you want to keep the story under-wraps to read later – she jumps into bed with a Belgian labourer with a gammy leg. Yes, within 24 hours! That didn’t ring true at all, or fit either. It was almost as if some bossy editor back at HQ said: This chapter’s a bit plodding, Rob, can’t you sex it up a bit?

    And hey ho, a wee bit of titillation was thrown in, never Mr Harris’s strongest suit IMHO, to keep some readers happy. I was left shaking my head and wondering, and he kind of lost me at that point.

    But overall it is a decent read, as Mr Harris’s works always are. Maybe the ending was a trifle weak, and maybe even downright unbelievable, but then again, the ending of his previous work, The Second Sleep also had a weak finale, and don’t take my opinion on that. Read the reviews.

    At the end of the book there’s a list of people who have helped “bring it to market”. Awful phrase. How many, do you reckon? Four or five? I stopped counting at twenty-five. Yes, really. Editors and assistants of every conceivable kind, no doubt most of them highly paid, and they all had to justify those big wages, I would guess, by making sure their suggestions and ideas were included somewhere.

    Couldn’t most of us write a decent book with twenty-five helpers in tow? But no matter, I’m only jealous.

    And it wasn’t that they got everything right.

    Von Braun is Von Braun in some places, von Braun in others, and even Van Braun in others. Can you imagine the abuse an indie writer would receive if they wrote such a thing and put it out? I can hear it now.

    This is why books need to be properly edited.

    This is why I never read Indie books.

    Could have done with a damned good proof-reader, blah blah blah.

    But this was Penguin Random House for goodness sake. Just saying.

    That said, I look forward to Mr Harris’s next effort, but please do what John Irving always recommends, write a cracking ending first! That way you will never leave readers even a little disappointed.

    Maybe Mr Harris might try the Napoleonic Wars next time. He has written a French based book before, An Officer and a Spy, very good too, but nothing about the little corporal. Maybe that era doesn’t appeal to the writer, but I have a feeling he could get into it and write something really memorable, perhaps even up there with his best.

    As for V2, I’d give it a solid 4 stars out of 5. All the 1 star brigade of review-wreckers on Ammo, far too many of them, are very wrong on this one. Miles off, in fact.

    If you like Robert Harris’s books I’d wager you’ll like this too.

    And moving on...


    Hitler’s Secret by Rory Clements

    I have to confess this is the first book I have read by Rory Clements. It was given to me by a friend and I read it while I was waiting for Robert Harris’s book to arrive, and I reckon there’s a fair bit of crossover among the readers of both.

    I won’t tell you what the secret is to avoid spoilers, except to say it’s a whopper, and because of that, somewhat unbelievable. But putting that to one side, it’s a reasonable read.

    Cambridge Professor Tom Wilde is approached by American intelligence and is persuaded to enter Germany with a brief to bring home secret intelligence.

    What follows is a murderous rampage across Germany, continuing back in England, where numerous people are violently killed. Some of it came across as a wee bit gratuitous, as if the writer felt the need to excite his readers, or maybe he thought his readers demanded that kind of thing.

    I’d say take a lesson from the late great John Le Carré who always knew when to include violence, and sparingly too, and because of that it was all the more hard hitting, shocking, and powerful. Less really is more!

    Some of the language in the book annoyed me too. If I ever hear the phrase gotten-bloody-himmel again it will be too soon, and there were eleven of the blighters in there. Come on! Deary me. Gotten-bloody-himmel!

    Rory normally writes historical novels going back centuries, not my cup of tea, though I’m told Hitler’s Secret is the fourth one to feature Tom Wilde, so I’d maybe read another one of those. Why not?

    As for Hitler’s Secret, I’d give is a solid 3.5 out of 5.

    If you are into World War II fiction, and there are legions of followers out there, both of these books deserve your consideration.

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  8. PB


    News today of a big special offer on the second Inspector Walter Darriteau book, “The Sound of Sirens”.

    The usual price for this Ebook is £2.99 or $3.99, but for five days only, starting September 16th, you can pick up a copy for just 99 pence or 99 cents.

    (Sorry, but Amazon will only let me promote this offer in the USA and the UK.)

    If you like English detective stories this is the one for you.

    Don’t miss it! Click here to discover more.

    And for you KU fans, “The Sound of Sirens” is available in Kindle Unlimited (KU) too.

    Thank you, stay well, and have a great day.

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