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‘Day Of The Dead’ By Mark Roberts

I realise that I have run a couple of features for this book quite close together. However the blog tour schedule has only just been agreed and Mark will be stopping by on June 9th 2017, with a great guest post to fill my slot on the tour, so I am busy trying to set the scene …

Prologue – 29th September 1986

“Do not move a muscle, Eve! Stay exactly where you are!” commanded Mrs Tripp, head of St Michael’s Catholic Care Home for Children. “And if anyone comes into my office and attempts to talk to you, do not speak a word!”

Eve Clay noticed a sheen of sweat and anxiety on the fat woman’s face as she hurried from her office, slamming the door shut after herself.

Day One – Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 6:30pm

“Actions have consequences. His sins found him out and he died because of the things that he did to me.”

Detective Chief Inspector Eve Clay gripped the receiver of her landline telephone and felt Samantha Wilson’s voice drift inside her head like a bitter wind.

She looked at the pictures of David Wilson’s dead body spread across the surface of her desk in the incident room at Trinity Road police station and felt a strong echo of the shiver she had experienced nine days earlier when she had walked into his bedroom and saw, for the first time, what had happened to him.

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  • This gets off to a good start and I’m glad you included both the beginning lines of the prologue and the first chapter. It really helps to set the stage.

    I’ll still be interested to know how this works as a stand-alone.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Mark’s guest post just came in and it looks to me that the books can be read as stand alones, however there are quite strong back-links in each of the three books in the series to the past of the main protagonist, Detective Eve Clay.

      The blog tour starts on June 5th with a Q&A session with Mark, followed by three reviews, until my slot on June 9th, so I’ll be checking those out to see what fellow bloggers think about the strength of the series tie-in.

      There is always the argument about whether my ‘First Lines’ should come from the prologue, or the first chapter, so I have made an executive decision to include a short extract from each, where appropriate.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I am a little behind with my replies and return visits, but I will catch up 🙂

    • Hi Breana,

      Thanks for stopping by this week. I enjoy ‘meeting’ new people and love to receive comments 🙂

      There is quite a strong back story going on in this series (Day Of The Dead is book#3) and I think I am going to need a strong stomach for this episode if the premise is anything to go by!

      ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Cora,

      Mark is a new name to me in the thriller genre, but as one of my favourite genres, I am always keen to discover new writing talent.

      Mark has two series running in parallel, both featuring DCIs, one female, the other male, so I am interested in seeing how that works out and which character he prefers to work with.

      Thanks for stopping by, I love receiving your comments 🙂

    • Hi Roberta,

      I have dabbled with featuring samples from either the prologue, or the first chapter proper of the book and it can become very confusing if there is a big time shift between the two.

      I have therefore more or less made my mind up, that where there is an additional prologue chapter in a book, I am going to feature lines from both sources to give an overall impression of the story.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate visits and comments 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      From what I can gather, both from the books themselves and from the excellent guest post copy I have received from Mark, the main character ‘Eve Clay’s’ story, is very much intertwined with the individual police case storylines of the book. In fact the whole thing is becoming increasingly personal for Eve!!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Danica,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I enjoy ‘meeting’ new people and always appreciate comments and visits 🙂

      Crime fiction and psychological thrillers are two of my most favourite genres and the excitement of discovering a new author is always a lovely surprise.

      Have a great weekend and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      Mark has written an excellent guest post which answers all your questions and which will be published here on 9th June … I can tell you now though, that he has made life very difficult for himself in the writing of this series … but oh! so intriguing for us readers!!

      Hope to see you on Friday for the guest post discussion, meanwhile enjoy your weekend and the coming week 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      As the Kindle page went on for some way after I had stopped writing my opening lines, I couldn’t help but catch sight of the next few paragraphs … and I can only say that both Eve Clay and us as readers, definitely need strong stomachs and not too much in the way of imagination!

      I can’t wait to get reading 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      Mark has been very clever with his prologue writing in the series, as this ongoing story sets the scene each time for a little more detail in the past life of his main protagonist Eve Clay.

      Whilst the actual individual storylines are also linked to Eve’s past, it does seem, from the many reviews I have managed to track down, as though they work okay as stand alone stories, which is great from my point of view!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I did notice that your ‘bookish’ posts seemed to have slowed down of late. I hope that things get better for you soon and that you get your reading mojo back on track, as there have been some fantastic new authors and books becoming available in the thriller / crime genres.

      Mark’s ‘Eve Clay’ series is definitely one worth checking out and although I have been running a few promotional posts for ‘Day Of The Dead’, I may just go back to the series beginning and read the three books in sequence!

      Take Care and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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