Sunday, 5 May 2019

#BlogTour Fatal Fortune by Miranda Rijks

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Fatal Fortune by Miranda Rijks. It's a suspense thriller full of heightened drama, which perhaps shows the more dubious side of people, especially family, when it comes to money.
About the Author
Miranda Rijks is a writer of suspense novels. I Want You Gone is her first psychological thriller.

Miranda has an eclectic background ranging from law to running a garden centre. She’s been writing all of her life and has a Masters in writing. A couple of years ago she decided to ditch the business plans and press releases and now she’s living the dream, writing suspense novels full time. She lives in Sussex, England with her Dutch husband, musician daughter and black Labrador.

Up next is FATAL FORTUNE, the first of three books in a mystery romance series that will be published in May 2019. They feature Dr Pippa Durrant, a psychologist and specialist in lie detection, who works alongside Sussex police getting embroiled in some scary stuff!

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About the book
Is someone trying to frame psychologist Pippa Durrant for the brutal murder of a woman she’s never even met? It certainly seems that way when Pippa’s photo is found on the body of murdered lottery winner, Leanne Smith.

Pippa soon finds herself a suspect at the centre of a huge media storm. But she has an invaluable skill set – she is a human polygraph, expertly trained to spot lies and deceit. Skills she will need to help her to solve the mystery of who killed Leanne before it destroys her career - and her life.

But every cloud has a silver lining and this one arrives in the shape of DS Joe Swain. Initially suspicious of Pippa, he comes to trust her and to value her lie detection skills. Soon it’s clear there’s a definite spark between them....

Then, when another body turns up, Pippa realises her reputation isn’t the only thing in danger. Can she identify the killer before she becomes the next victim?

Fatal Fortune is the electrifying first book in the Dr. Pippa Durrant Thriller Series. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, clever sleuths, and shocking twists, then you’ll love Miranda Rijks’ gripping crime novel.

Money is the measure of all people. A fact that couldn't be demonstrated more clearly than when someone wins a fortune and they are suddenly able to live a completely different lifestyle. The way they treat others, cope with the change and spend can be a testament to true character. To be completely fair that also applies to their loved ones, friends and acquaintances too. Greed can be a nasty little motivator and drive people to the most heinous acts.

The main sentiment and driving force of this plot is greed, or at least it appears to be. In a way it plays the role of the simplest solution and also the one of the red herring in this story. Perhaps everything is just a tad more complicated than just a person committing murder for a multi-million lottery win.

When Leanne and Kevin win the jackpot they decide to move to Spain. They fob their daughter and grandchildren off with a mere pittance, which causes a lot of tension. So, when Leanne is found murdered a few weeks later the most obvious motive is money.

Everyone is a suspect. Including psychologist Pippa Durant, who finds herself thrust into the middle of a murder investigation when her picture is plastered all over the media. A picture that purports to show the victim.

Rijks plays a sleight of hand with readers, as we find ourselves looking in a completely different direction for the solution. A plot within a plot
It's a suspense thriller full of heightened drama, which perhaps shows the more dubious side of people, especially family, when it comes to money.

On a side note - Pippa really needs to examine her lack of boundaries, emotional involvement and ethics in regards to her profession. Somehow I think she will cross just as many boundaries in the next book.

Buy Fatal Fortune at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Inkubator Books; pub date 5 May 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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