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Sunday, April 15, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Partners In Crime and Killer Bytes

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers….the place to be when you’re looking for something to quench that insatiable thirst for more….books that is.

Today we play host to a book making its way through the blogosphere courtesy of Partners in Crime Tours. In case you have yet to hear of this outfit, they specialize in the set up and promotion of tours that feature fiendishly criminal minds and the folks dedicated to solving them. It’s a fun group that I’d certainly recommend to any crime fiction fans out there….but I digress, let’s get back to today’s feature before you get lost in the grimy world of crime.

The indiscretion at the heart of today’s story doesn’t start out with blood shed but by book’s end, you better believe we’re swimming in it. There’s twists and turns, underhanded dealings and stalking; a crime has occurred in someone’s eyes and they intend upon setting things right. Today’s blog tour guest and book of choice is….

Alan Williams

From the Partners in Crime team….
A killer is stalking London; a banker is already dead, killed in an explosion, and there are more victims in the killer’s sights.

Techno geek and Internet journalist, Wil Jackson becomes inadvertently embroiled in the investigation when he interviews one of the murder victims, and the killer starts communicating with Wil via the Internet.

Can Wil help the police stop the killer before the body count increases further?

I had an interesting time with this one….and by interesting I mean there were both good and not-so-good points for me. Let’s start with the good and work our way through, shall we? The book is a novella awarding it its short length but it is certainly long enough to carry out the crimes of passion (or perhaps vindication) that the killer behind it all is checking off their list….oh yes, and there is a list. Though the deaths do not play out in the first assigned order due to unexpected interference, those being picked off are connected and should serve as a warning to those yet to come. Unfortunately, that common thread has alluded most of the investigators leaving them as sitting ducks….enter one Wil Jackson.

A master of his domain (pun totally intended), he prefers to attack situations and personal investigations from the online side…then out. He’s more of a computer geek to put it lightly and while hacking into a database may not be his aim of the day, he could if he needed to no doubt. His current story is what pulls him into this unexpected game of cat and mouse, putting more than his virtual life at risk when the killer begins to take aim at everyone helping the cops put an end to his reign of terror before he feels it comes full circle. It’s a dangerous game and with each new roll of the dice, or in this case antagonistic reply on his blog post, he comes closer to a confrontation that could only end badly. The final scenes will surprise you as will the big reveal….for better or worse. I have to say that although an unusual choice for a potential hero, Wil was an interesting character and one I’d rather have on my side than against. Now on to that not-so-happy part….I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Author Alan Williams
 Be forewarned, the story takes place overseas and uses King’s English in both spelling and grammar….do not be surprised if what you think is an error turns out to be merely a difference in language usage. Visually, I had a bit of an issue with the layout of the book. There are a lot of blank pages (intentional?) and short chapters, but the real kicker is the lack of indentation of the paragraphs. I know, I know; it’s a personal preference but one that kept my eyes a bit irritated. Story wise, overall it worked but to me, the crime that kicked things off? It seemed fairly mundane to initiate a killing spree. I suppose it’s a personal thing yet again especially since I don’t share the thinking patterns of a killer (that I’m aware of at least) but ruining a person’s name, reputation, or lifestyle seems a bit more fitting….but of course, that wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting of a story, so I see why he chose the path he did.

In the end, a story fit for a quick weekend crime spree…err, escape…that will keep you on your toes as you try to solve the crime right alongside those trying to escape its reach. Recommended for adult readers due to the number and variety of deaths, as well as a scene of sensuality. This novella is available now online via Amazon. To obtain copy all your own, simply click HERE.

This week the blog tour continues with scheduled stops at Let’s Book It tomorrow and Hott Books on Tuesday…so be sure to check them out! To discover more about Partners in Crime Tours or to book one of your own, be sure to visit their official website. To find out more about this particular work or the author’s other endeavors, visit Mr. Williams site, like him on Facebook or follow along on Twitter.

Until next time….happy reading!


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Felicity Grace Terry said...

Brilliant post, interesting and funny, I love the thought of an outfit specializing in the set up and promotion of tours that feature fiendishly criminal minds and the folks dedicated to solving them.

CMash said...

Phenomenal review and post!! Kudos!! Thank you so much.

And thank you for the shout out for Partners In Crime Tours. If any of your followers are interested in becoming part of our group as a host/reviewer, they can email me at All mystery/suspense fans welcomed.

Alan said...

Thanks for a great review, and for hosting Killer Bytes, as part of it's virtual tour.

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