Reviews: Bermuda Jones Case Files #1 & #2 by Robert Enright

Doorways; Bermuda Jones Case Files #1 by Robert Enright

~~Synopsis~~

There is more to the shadows than just darkness

The Otherside is located at the fringes of our world, hiding in plain sight and existing within our shadows. Shielded from humanity, the Otherside is watched over by the BTCO, a highly secret government agency, whose members all possess ‘The Knack’, a genetic anomaly that allows them to see this other world.

Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones is the BTCO’s finest agent, the only human to have passed to the Otherside and returned. Gifted with the ability to physically interact with both worlds, Bermuda reluctantly stands between both worlds, pining for the life he had to leave behind and the daughter he can no longer see. Teamed with Argyle, an enigmatic Otherside warrior, Bermuda is assigned the case of a missing woman who has vanished under mysterious circumstances.

As Bermuda delves further into the disappearance, he uncovers a threat that could destroy the truce between two worlds…and finds himself in a race against time to safeguard humanity’s very existence.

Discover a new world in this fast-paced urban fantasy packed with thrills, action and the odd one liner.

~~Book Links~~

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~~My Review~~

I’ve been really lucky, and I’ve met Rob. He was a signing in Peterborough last October, this was the first time I had ever heard about him. He’s a lovely bloke, my only regret was not purchasing a signed copy of his books, maybe next time though.

This is the first of Rob’s books that I’ve read, and it will not be the last one!

Bermuda Jones is different he has the ‘knack’; the ability to see what other people can’t. It is because of this that Bermuda works for a government agency that is so secret almost no one knows it exists. When people start going missing Bermuda and his partner Argyle are sent to investigate the disappearances and put them to put an end to them. Will they be able to get one step ahead and stop the next one from happening?

This book had me utterly hooked from the start. Doorways to me is a mixture of supernatural/ fantasy and crime thriller with some mystery and I think it works really well. I have loved how Doorways brings together the fantasy/supernatural world as well as the real world. The book is set in the real world but with creatures from the ‘otherside’ in it too. Doorways explains these ‘others’ as creatures from the ‘otherside’ that exist in the real world but can’t be seen by everyone. The ‘neithers’ are creatures from the ‘otherside’ who work and fight for the real world like Argyle and Vincent.

Even though the ‘others’ and the ‘otherside’ are thought to be fantasy and made up, I found myself more than once thinking what if they are real? what if they do exist but we just can’t see them? Rob has given these ‘other’ characters a life which is very believable, Bermuda is portrayed in a very realistic way, I really do feel for the guy, because of his gift (or curse as he calls it) he’s been through and lost so much, and that is something he’s still struggling to deal/cope with. I love how this guy despite hating that he has the ‘knack’ still continues to fight and tries save everyone, all whilst flaunting his lack of respect for his superiors at the BTCO. 

I found Rob’s writing to be very informative and descriptive, which makes envisioning the story really easy, it’s almost like watching a movie in your own mind! It’s clear that Rob has invested a lot of energy, time, love and care into writing Doorways.

Doorways is packed full of mystery action and humour too; the humour does break-up the more serious tense moments incredibly well.

I feel that Doorways is a great start to the Bermuda Case Files Series and I’m itching to see just what happens next.

On to The Absent Man!

Yeah, I have that ready and waiting on my Kindle 🙂 

The Absent Man; Bermuda Jones Case Files #2 by Robert Enright

~~Synopsis~~

Something is killing…

A woman is found dead in her flat on a freezing night in Glasgow, her heart ripped from her chest. With no signs of a weapon or forced entry. Hours later, her heart is delivered to the Necropolis on the outskirts of town.

Six months after stopping the terrifying Barnaby atop Big Ben, Bermuda finds himself on the hunt for a killer in a city he doesn’t know with a police force that doesn’t want him. With no links between the victims and the death toll rising, Bermuda has to face a sceptical detective, a seemingly distracted Argyle and an unknown horror that stalks from the shadows.

All in the name of answering one question…

Who is The Absent Man?

~~Book Links~~

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~~My Review~~

It’s been 6 months since Bermuda and Argyle saved the world from Barnaby. Now Bermuda & Argyle are being sent to Glasgow to the track another killer. This one is ripping the heart clean out of its victims.

As Bermuda and Argyle hunt down this murderer they seem to be unaware of the horror that lurks in the shadows, stalking them too! Can Bermuda and Argyle stop this murderer, or will they become the hunted?

Once again, I was thoroughly hooked from the very beginning. What’s not to love about this book. It is jampacked from cover to cover with action, creatures from another world, emotion and twists.

Bermuda had just started trying to repair some parts of his personal life when he was sent to Glasgow, this sets back his progress when he misses his daughter’s birthday and fails to phone her first thing due to being unconscious.

Bermuda is an amazing character he constantly puts the needs of the BTCO and the world before himself and his personal life. As well as having to hunt for killer Bermuda must deal with the Glaswegian police and the wrath of the BTCO seniors and his own guilt and emotions.

Rob has such an amazing way with his words. He has created another world right alongside his real world, both worlds are incredibly realistic and believable. The characters are fitting and have a real ability to get under your skin, they had begun to feel like friends in the first book and now that friendship is reaffirmed.

The writing style of Rob is clear and has a seamless flow to it. He can swap from action scenes to more personal scenes/moments with ease. Each scene leads effortlessly to the next. Rob packs so much detail into his writing, the time emotion and energy that Rob has put into his writing is clear to see.

I have loved every page in The Absent Man and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Robert has in store for Bermuda and Argyle in book 3!

Rob, is it done yet? *Stares hopefully at Rob*

~~About Rob Enright~~

Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Working as a HR System Manager by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or binge watching TV with his fiance).

After signing with a publisher in 2015, Robert decided to reclaim the rights to DOORWAYS and take Bermuda Jones down the self publishing route. Despite the many hours of research and marketing, he is absolutely loving it!

~~Places To Contact Rob~~

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Review: In the Light of Madness by Hemmie Martin

This review has been a long time coming. I was originally going to publish this when I was blogging on Relaxed Reads but I never got around to it. Now I have, as I intend to spend the bulk of this year reading the signed paperbacks that I have collected and posting the long overdue reviews of those. That’s enough waffle about my reading target for the year and onto my review of Hemmie’s book:

~~Synopsis~~

A murdered boy in a Cambridgeshire graveyard sets in motion an investigation into the local church and school, with suspicions of a cult murmured throughout the community. With their first case, DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox explore the various levels of desperation and malice that can stem from an unhappy or dissatisfied life, where no one takes responsibility for their actions. They quickly find that everyone harbours a secret which, left uncontrolled, can bring forth devastating self-destruction.

~~Book Links~~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US |

~~My Review~~

I am lucky enough to have met Hemmie twice now, both times at signings in Peterborough. So I read In the Light of Madness as a signed paperback! This is the second of Hemmie’s books that I’ve read. And I have loved this one as much as the last one.

In the Light of Madness is set in a close-knit village, where a boy is found dead in the graveyard. As in most villages, it sets the villagers talking. They have their own ideas on what caused the death and the events that follow, they range from speculation of a cult to possible people in the village who might have done it. DI Wednesday and DS Lennox are called in to investigate the death and to find out who or what is behind it.

The characters in this book are fantastic, they are extremely well developed and the slightly more personal details that the author has included helps to bring each one of them to life. The characters all interact together well and are incredibly realistic and believable. The characters all have private lives of their own as well as the main ones that we read about.

Hemmie Martin has woven a web of intricate details, lies and deceit that are unwound with every page that is read. The scenes are described in such a way that you can see what is happening in your mind’s eye and that also makes you feel a part of the story. You feel for the characters and become encompassed in their world until the very end.

I loved this story from the very beginning. The more I read and the more details I found out surrounding each incident the more I found I was trying to guess what was happening and who was doing what. I never got it right, I was kept guessing right up until the point that Hemmie wanted us to work it out.

Overall In the Light of Madness was an utter joy to read. If you like crime, thrillers, mystery or contemporary books then I’d highly recommend checking out In the Light of Madness.

~~About Hemmie~~

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.

Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in and around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far.

Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and three contemporary women’s fiction, The Reluctant Mother, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises. Mental health often features in her novels due to her background in forensic mental health nursing.

~~Places To Find Hemmie~~

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads Author Page