Stormy Weather

From Sunday, May 24 the first chapter of The Poseidon Files will be published here to give potential readers a taste of the novel; a story that crosses genres in that it is a thriller, but also a mystery laced with the supernatural. The central character is a woman, artist and psychic Naomi Richards, 26, who leads an uneventful life, enjoying the new-found freedom in bustling Liverpool that a divorce from a cheating husband has brought her. But she unknowingly has a secret that could change the world and bring her tranquil existence to a dramatic end.

But Naomi unknowingly has a secret which was passed to her by whistle-blowing scientist George Parry. It is a small memory card hidden in a keyring.

The story begins when Parry and colleague Keri Murdoch stumble across secret research in Alaska at an installation called HAARP where the US military are attempting to transform the weather into a weapon of mass destruction. They are horrified and copy classified files which they decide to pass on to the British press when Parry travels Liverpool in the UK to visit his parents.

In Toronto, private investigator Alex Nelson is hired by HAARP to recover the files.  She follows Parry to Liverpool where she meets Naomi. The night after meeting Naomi, Parry is found murdered in a Liverpool hotel room.

Naomi and Alex become targets from menacing, shadowy, forces which they attempt to escape from when a Russian is found murdered in Naomi’s apartment. They travel to Snowdonia.

But there is an attempt to murder Naomi in the mists of mount Snowdon. They return to Liverpool where the final drama is played out on the streets of Liverpool where Naomi is abducted and held hostage by a criminal gang. The final confrontation takes place in a notoriously haunted sunken cemetery that lies alongside Liverpool’s majestic Anglican cathedral.

Will the world be warned about HAARP? Is there a cover-up? The final chapters reveal unexpected twists when things and people are not what they seem.

The final drama….

……at the end of The Poseidon Files

These are pictures of St James Park (St James Cemetery) alongside the majestic Liverpool Cathedral in Liverpool where the explosive supernatural drama is set in the final chapters of The Poseidon Files which will now be published on May 26 on Amazon’s Kindle and later in paperback. If you would like to be notified nearer the date please email me to be kept informed of discounts and offers.

Are people who they seem?

The Night Before

by Wendy Walker

The Night before is a curious novel. It isn’t really awhodunnit in the accepted sense, although having said that there is an element of a crime or crimes having been committed with only a vague idea of who committed them. It is really an almost forensic study of the relationships between two sisters which takes the reader into dark and disturbing places as they uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date begins to look suspicious.

The story really revolves around Laura Lochner who has had an unfortunate love life. She has never met quite the right man. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she flees her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where she and her sister Rosie both grew up.

Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Her sister Rosie Ferro has spent her life worrying about her unfortunate sister and because of this she has always walked an emotional tightrope. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him.

Available in hardback, paperback and Amazon KIndle.

In just over a week’s time The Poseidon Files will be published on Amazon’s Kindle. If anyone would like an ARC (advance reader copy) to write a review please email me letting me know what format you would like it in – PDF, MOBI or EPUB and will glady email it off.

Details of the story can be found elsewhere on this blog. If you have any questions, again please email me.

The woman that was never there

The Woman in Cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

Journalist ‘Lo’ Laura Blacklock lives a turbulent, boozy existence and is seeking something to put her life back on track again. She is a 32-year-old Londoner who needs ‘something’; either a man or promotion but she isn’t quite sure which.

Before she can come to any kind of decision, she wakes up one morning with a severe hangover and comes face-to-face with a masked home invader who locks her in her bedroom after snatching her purse. The experience puts Lo in a tailspin. She has been commissioned to sail on the maiden voyage of a luxury liner called The Northern Lights and to write a story for a magazine and was due to have a meeting with her editor, but she cries off. The editor offers to take Lo off the job, but she insists on going, thinking to herself what the article might mean for her career. She leaves, but before doing so breaks up with her boyfriend, Judah.

The Woman in Cabin 10 is a thoroughly enjoyable pacy, page-turner, with twists and turns in which ‘Lo’ is the often-confused narrator, very often due to her intake of gin.

The luxury liner is the perfect claustrophobic space for ‘Lo’ to confront herself. She is put in one of 10 numbered suites. Here she comes face to face with her neighbour. When ‘Lo’ knocks on cabin 10 looking to borrow some mascara, the woman, described as pretty and young and wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt, gifts her the beauty product while being curt and aloof.

‘Lo’ soon after witnesses the woman going overboard in the middle of the night and designates herself the amateur sleuth who will figure out the mystery. The crew claim the cabin was never occupied, but Lo knows otherwise and is determined to find out.

The Woman in Cabin 10 is a great thriller about a woman piecing a mystery and herself together. It is not a new formula and one used by Agatha Christie – someone, ‘Lo’ in this case, claims a murder has occurred while everyone else denies or ignores it. I was not massively happy with the ending but that might just be me!

A deadly conspiracy

‘The Poseidon Files’ will now be published on Amazon’s Kindle on May 26 and later in paperback. If anyone would like an ARC to write a review please don’t hesitate to contact me saying what format you would like the book in; PDF, EPUB or MOBI. The ARC will be free for a limited time until publication date.

In The Poseidon Files Artist and psychic Naomi Richards suddenly finds herself in an extraordinary situation when top secret files exposing a plot to weaponise the weather is inadvertently passed to her by a whistle-blowing scientist. What follows is a trail of intrigue and menace on the streets of Liverpool and Snowdonia in which the supernatural plays a part.

Just a reminder. The Poseidon Files is the second Naomi Richards story. The first, ‘Naomi’, a 5,000-word ghost story was published on Kindle a month ago and is still available on Kindle, ASIN: B085W6C6LH, and on Smashwords.

Murder in Walsingham

The Woman in Blue

Elly Griffiths

I have only read one other Ruth Galloway novel from the eight Elly Griffiths has published. It is fair to say that each novel is stand alone and while each of the characters have ‘history’ from previous stories it is not really necessary to have knowledge of them, even if it does help where the complex relationships are concerned. An example is that between Ruth and DCI Nelson, who had a child together but now live apart. Ruth, however, still burns a candle for him and him her. It is a thread that runs throughout the book.

Dr Ruth Galloway, to give her full title, is a forensic archaeologist who embarks on an adventure that begins when her friend Cathbad sees a ‘vision’ of the Virgin Mary. He accepts it; he is a druid after all, and Walsingham has strong connections to the Virgin Mary and visions come with the calling. But when the body of a woman is found in a ditch it is clear that visions had nothing to do with it and an old-fashioned murder has taken place and Nelson is called in.

Ruth, an atheist, has avoided Walsingham during the 17 years she has lived in Norfolk but then a university friend who is now a priest asks to meet up on the village. It transpires she has been receiving poison pen letters targeting women priests. They all contain references local archaeology and include phrases to a woman ‘clad in blue, weeping for the world.’

Then a second woman is murdered as the village prepares for its annual re-enactment of the crucifixion and the race is on to find the killer before he strikes again.

The Woman in Blue is published on Amazon Kindle.

Naomi – a woman of mystery

‘Naomi’ is a short story of under 5,000 words which introduces the primary character in my first full-length novel called The Poseidon Files, to be published on May 26.

Naomi is an artist and a psychic who lives in Liverpool’s fashionable Rodney Street in the UK, and she tells a spooky tale set in the city in the same way as Robert Galbraith (aka Joanne Rowling) describes the streets of London in her Cormoran Strike detective stories.

The story is available for just 1.99p from Amazon’s Kindle, ASIN: B085W6C6LH

Since Naomi was published on a number of platforms there have been a number of comments and reviews and at the time of writing (11.5.20) there have been four which I have reprinted below.

‘A gripping book . The characters, and story, are great.’

Robert Helliger (Booksie) 7.4.20

‘Rickett writes a great paranormal mystery with chilling elements!’

Kellyn Thompson (Prolific Works)

‘This introduction to the main character, Naomi, as a psychic who assists the Liverpool police in solving crimes whetted my appetite for more. Although there is mention of a ghost, I felt the author presented the story with such credibility that I came away with a sense of it being more of an intelligent investigative account of a historical crime than a story about the supernatural. I can’t wait to read more by this author and am looking forward to his debut novel – The Poseidon Files.’

AMF Luis (Amazon) 7.5.20. 4 stars. ‘An enticing and engaging read.’

‘A story which introduces the character Naomi. It moves at a steady pace and reaches the point of the story without excessive information. The conclusion sets the stage to develop more stories, featuring Naomi.
It features mature language, which is reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe, without being dated.
A perfect read for a commute.’

The Printer (Amazon) 19.4 20. 4 stars. ‘An interesting journey with ghosts.’