We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts for Geraldine by John Mead.
Geraldine is the second stand-alone book in the Merry and Lukula series.
Don’t miss the tour-wide giveaway!
Hatred is such a nasty thing – we all deplore it in others but do not necessarily recognise it in ourselves. At what point does resentment, jealousy, betrayal or humiliation turn into anger and then grow to an all consuming hatred? Hatred can be slow, taking years to fester, or can explode in seconds – it can linger for a lifetime or wither in seconds of its conception.
Inspector Matthew Merry and Sergeant Julie Lukula have to deal with the consequences of violence and murder on a daily basis and in the case of Gerry Driver they both see that hatred is the prime motive. But is it, as Julie thinks, one of a series of hate crimes that has led to this killing? Or, is Matthew right in saying, ‘Driver’s death is undoubtedly a hate filled crime but I’m just not convinced that there are sufficient links to suggest it is part of a pattern of hate crimes.’
Only time and their investigation, which takes as many twists and turns as the Thames does along it course through London and past Wapping Old Stairs, will tell.
Geraldine by John Mead is published by The Book Guild and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.
I really enjoyed John Mead’s last book ‘The Fourth Victim’, where we are introduced to Detective Inspector Matthew Merry and Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula.
I found that the character development has improved in his next book ‘Geraldine’. Working together on a murder case, they investigate whether hatred is a motive for a series of crimes. The reader discovers more about Matthew and his family which contributes to a greater depth in his character. Julie, a hard worker is determined to be seen as such by her superiors.
I enjoyed this book as there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading.
John Mead’s writing encourages the reader to be drawn into the plot. I was desperate to find out the motive and killer.
Perfect for crime fans.
Amazon author profile: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07B8SQ2ZH
Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17891273.John_Mead
John Mead was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.
He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.
Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.
John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.
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