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Guest Post – Locations: Why London? by Nick Bryan


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I am a huge fan of Nick Bryan’s Hobson & Choi series and am super excited that there will be an addition of a fourth book to the series very soon!  Yay!

Hobson & Choi is a brilliant crime series that is both serious and fun all at the same time as a gruff, mostly angry man teams up with an energetic and passionate seventeen year old girl to solve the odd crimes that come to the private detective’s office!

You can find my review of the first two books here

So to celebrate I am so excited to welcome the brilliant Nick Bryan back to Tales Of Yesterday with an awesome guest post about location!


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“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.

But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.

With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.

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“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It’s everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there’s so MUCH of it.”

Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.

After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?

Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?

Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.

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“You’ve heard of conspiracies within conspiracies? I wish conspiracies WOULD hide inside each other, instead of turning up everywhere I go.”

Angelina Choi returns for her final day of work experience at the Hobson Agency – is there a job waiting afterwards? Should she walk away for her own good?

While she mulls it over, they’re hired by the massive EastVillage shopping centre to investigate a spate of muggings. But do the management know more than they’re letting on?

As Hobson and Choi wrestle with commercialised corruption, will Angelina finally squeeze in her first date with Will the Hot Receptionist? Can anything emerge from the smoking crater of Hobson’s love life?

Trapped In The Bargain Basement plunges grimly comic London crime series Hobson & Choi to new depths, after climbing to #1 in Dark Comedy on Amazon and breaking records on Jukepop Serials.

Also included: Wuff! – The Markus Tail, a book-only bonus short story. Discover the bone-gnawingly tense origin of H&C’s furriest, friendliest character.


Locations: Why London?

The Hobson & Choi series, of course, is a darkly comic detective series that takes place in London, the massive teeming metropolis that I (and millions of other people) live in. The decision to set it there was a fairly quick and easy one, it just slotted immediately into the tone of the story and the circumstances I wanted for it.

But what exactly was that tone, what were those circumstances? Why and how did it happen? What on earth was I thinking? Good question. Let’s try and unpack.

#1 – All Human Life Is Here

A lot of these mismatched detective series (and crime stories in general) end up taking place in big cities, simply because they’re such a good source of unpleasantness and violence. They’re big, full, contain a multitude of anger, provide infinite chances for different groups of people to rub up against each other. Obviously, London provides nothing but opportunity.

Also, as someone whose book relies heavily on secret societies and evil conspiracies, it seems easier to believe they’d pass undetected in London, where we all ignore each other.

#2 – Anti-Social Media

A lot of the fundamental conflict in the first book, and flowing as an undercurrent through later ones, is Choi’s familiarity with the online world, social media and such, played against Hobson’s distrust and annoyance towards it. It’s something I see in London – not the distrust of social media, that’s everywhere, but the two sides constantly rubbing against each other, one winning and the other frustrated by that.

#3 – Ease Of Research

Not gonna lie, guys – I live here. It makes the pressure to make it seem vaguely convincing a lot easier to cope with. Many of the areas I set my scenes in are ones I’m familiar with, and if not, I can just go there.

#4 – The Gallows

I must admit, in order to write my beloved gallows humour into every situation, I need a certain degree of cynical detachment from horrible things happening. Or at least, an ability to nod at the awfulness then go back to glib normality, rather than being traumatised by it for the rest of the week. London folk seem to have mastered the art of getting back to routine after adjacent non-personal traumas.

#5 – I Just Love It, Really

I’m an enormous fan of London. As a late-in-life convert (I am from suburban Essex, do not tell anyone), I’ve really taken to the massive great big mess. Its weird mythology, cultures rubbing up against each other, the way it makes flipping between genres mid-scene seem natural because every type of story has been set here at some stage…. Yeah, I’m a big fan.

Although at some point, I really should write the Hobson & Choi Leave London book, just to see what it’s like.

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You can any of these fab books here


About Nick Bryan

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Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the ongoing self-published detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.

He can primarily be found on his own website at NickBryan.com and on Twitter as @NickMB, both of which are updated with perfect and reasonable regularity.

When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.

You can buy any of the books in this series here

Check out my review of The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf or Rush Jobs here

Or find out which character from Hobson & Choi you are here


A huge thank you to Nick Bryan for a fab guest post!

Also a huge thank you to Faye Rogers for asking me if I would like to invite Nick to Tales!

Have you read any of the Hobson and Choi series?  What did you think?  Are you excited for the fourth book?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet my on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading, solving crimes!

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Tales Quiz – Which Hobson & Choi Character Are you?

 


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To celebrate the release of the third Hobson & Choi case which was released on the 5th October 2015 I am so excited to welcome the brilliant Nick Bryan to Tales Of Yesterday!

If you don’t already know I LOVE these books!  I’m even quoted on the back of the new instalment, Trapped In The Bargain Basement!

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The Hobson and Choi series have a great mix of adult crime, but with a crossover appeal to YA…which is just perfect with unforgettable characters and twisting plots.

Check out my review of The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf and Rush Jobs here

Today myself and the author of the brilliant series Nick Bryan have put together a fab quiz where we are asking…

Which Hobson and Choi Character Are you?


About The Books

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“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.

But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.

With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.

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“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It’s everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there’s so MUCH of it.”

Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.

After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?

Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?

Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.

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“You’ve heard of conspiracies within conspiracies? I wish conspiracies WOULD hide inside each other, instead of turning up everywhere I go.”

Angelina Choi returns for her final day of work experience at the Hobson Agency – is there a job waiting afterwards? Should she walk away for her own good?

While she mulls it over, they’re hired by the massive EastVillage shopping centre to investigate a spate of muggings. But do the management know more than they’re letting on?

As Hobson and Choi wrestle with commercialised corruption, will Angelina finally squeeze in her first date with Will the Hot Receptionist? Can anything emerge from the smoking crater of Hobson’s love life?

Trapped In The Bargain Basement plunges grimly comic London crime series Hobson & Choi to new depths, after climbing to #1 in Dark Comedy on Amazon and breaking records on Jukepop Serials.

Also included: Wuff! – The Markus Tail, a book-only bonus short story. Discover the bone-gnawingly tense origin of H&C’s furriest, friendliest character.


Which character are you most like? 

Take the quiz to find out and share your results with us on twitter or leave a comment.

If you cannot see the quiz below click here and scroll down


About Nick Bryan

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Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the ongoing self-published detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.

He can primarily be found on his own website at NickBryan.com and on Twitter as @NickMB, both of which are updated with perfect and reasonable regularity.

When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.

You can buy any of the books in this series here

Check out my review of The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf or Rush Jobs here

Also a fab guest post from Nick about Location here


A huge thank you to Nick Bryan for playing along and helping to create this quiz!

Also a huge thank you to Faye Rogers for asking me if I would like to invite Nick to Tales!

Have you read any of the Hobson and Choi series?  What did you think?  Have you taken the quiz?  Which character are you?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet my on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading, solving crimes!

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Review – The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf & Rush Jobs by Nick Bryan


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 The 19th January 2015 marked the release day of the second book in the Hobson & Choi Series – Rush Jobs by self published author Nick Bryan. I am very excited to have been sent an ebook copy of both this book and the first in the series The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf for me to read and review.

I am over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for this series and for my stop on the tour I am going to share my reviews of both books.  I also have an excerpt from The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf, a little about the amazing Nick Bryan and details of a fab giveaway!

Thank you to both Faye Rogers and Nick Bryan for having me on this wonderful tour.

Ps – I think Choi has broken into Tales Of Yesterday and has made some changes on the site for the day!

You can also find out which Hobson and Choi character you are here


The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf  The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi #1)

“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.

But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.

With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.

Goodreads. Amazon.

Wow!  I LOVED this book with a capital L!  The girl who tweeted wolf is a fab introduction to the world of Hobson and Choi!  I literally could not put this down.  A great mix of adult crime, but with a crossover appeal to YA…just perfect.

The story is told from alternating perspectives by Hobson, the presentable clean shaven punctual detective with a slightly unpredictable fiery side and Choi, 16 year old intern on work experience for two weeks.  On her first day of work experience in an office the size of a rich mans cupboard Hobson asks Choi to set up a twitter account for his detective business and get him followers.  What Hobson doesn’t bank on is Choi’s imagination and marketing skills quickly gaining followers by marketing Hobson as a detective who will solve the current Wolf murders for free if he gets 400 followers and quickly establishing a twitter trend of #hobsonvswolf.  With Hobsons followers going through the roof  the hunt for the murderer begins!

I loved the characters in this book so much.  The determination and willingness yet slightly frightened Choi.  The head strong, twitter hating Hobson who loves a good old munch on a Subway (yummy) and once hit someone off a bike so that the bike kept going and knocked over a suspect. Some dead bodies and a brilliant range of suspects including the best suspect name ever an angry character called Violet Vole – love it!

I also loved the relationship between Hobson & Choi.  As the book progresses Choi very often puts Hobson in his place although Hobson just ignores the advise and ploughs on anyway! It gives a kind of comic feel to the book and story.  The work well together on the page and are both individual. One of my favourite parts of the book is when Choi is gently trying to question a sensitive suspect, but Hobson becomes inpatient and just goes for the jugular and says it as it is without thinking of the consequence.  There are some touching scenes between Choi and her “over protective” mother with Choi often saying she won’t be in danger d her mother disagreeing.

With murders to solve, subways to eat, a full English breakfast description to put you off greasy spoons for life, new buildings like the Inspiration Gestation Station building to explore and a guilty looking workers on the Social Awesome floor this first instalment in the Hobson and Choi series took me on a twisty turny crime adventure which kept me guessing till the very heart stopping end!

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books

1PS – I also had an awesome bonus story with my copy of this book and it was thrilling!


Rush Jobs Rush Jobs (Hobson & Choi #2)

“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It’s everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there’s so MUCH of it.”

Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.

After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?

Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?

Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.

Goodreads. Amazon

The second book in the Hobson and Choi series starts off right where the 1st one left off with it being the second week of work experience for intern Choi who wants to prove herself to Hobson and Hobson moving his detective premises and being in popular demand following cracking the wolf case!  I again, like the first, LOVED, this book.  A superb sequel!  I cannot believe I have never read these books before now!  Shame on me!  Again a great mix of adult crime, but with a crossover appeal to YA…just perfect.

This time Hobson and Choi are tasked to solve a number of various crimes including a kidnapping, saving a dog from some dodgy drug dealers and much more all with interesting consequences and a great back story for Hobson is revealed!

The good old Subway stakeout is back in this book in all its glory!  I also loved how Hobson seemed more protective of Choi , but at the same time Choi seems to mature and grow page by page which I loved as a character development for the series.  I loved how whilst still hating twitter it made me laugh when Hobson tells Choi to purposely tweet about a case with Choi becoming quite speechless at Hobson’s change of heart, but deep down Hobson knows its good for business!

As much as I loved the first book I loved how this one had more of a variety of cases and a bad terrifying villain to boot.  As well as the comic element which is still present there were a lot more really tense moments which really hooked me into the book.

I heard on twitter that there will be a 3rd Hobson and Choi book coming which was a relief and caused me much excitement as I get to see what happens now Choi’s works experience ends and …well basically just more Hobson and Choi!  Yay!

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books

1 PS – I also had another awesome bonus story with my copy of this book and it was creepily fantastic!


About the Author

me-squared Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.

More details on his other work and news on future Hobson & Choi releases can be found on his blog at NickBryan.com or on Twitter as @NickMB. Both are updated with perfect and reasonable regularity.

Subscribe to his mailing list using the form in the sidebar of NickBryan.com to get news first and an all-new free Hobson & Choi short story immediately!

When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.

Website. Twitter. Mailing List.


Tour Schedule

There have been some fab posts already on the tour.  Check them out below and also follow the rest of this amazing tour!

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Monday 19th January
Rain On A Summer’s Afternoon

Tuesday 20th January
Claire Rousseau

Wednesday 21st January
Music, Books and Tea

Thursday 22nd January
Ya Yeah Yeah

Friday 23rd January
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Saturday 24th January
Tales of Yesterday

Sunday 25th January
K-Books

Monday 26th January
Nimbus Space

Tuesday 27th January
The Online Novel

Wednesday 28th January
Nyx Book Reviews

Thursday 29th January
Winged Reviews

Friday 30th January
Kirstyes

Saturday 31st January
The Book Moo

Sunday 1st February
Bookish Outsider

Monday 2nd February
Pewter Wolf


Excerpt

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf

Not only was there no name stencilled on the window of Hobson’s office door, it didn’t even have a window. Angelina was disappointed — what kind of crappy detective doesn’t have an office name stencil window?

Instead, it was a solid beige fire door. The only thing marking it out from the beige corridor was the change in texture from beige plaster to beige wood. Same old London office in a boring building. Clearly all her effort to dress interesting had been silly. The black floaty layers and purple tights looked ridiculous against all the nothingness.

Too late to change though, she was already five minutes late. She knocked on the hollow, cheap-sounding door, with the firmness of an adult, rather than a nervous sixteen-year-old. Or so she hoped.

“Yeah, come in,” said the hoarse yell from inside.

Angelina pushed the door open. Considering how long she’d spent staring at the tedious thing, it floated away easily.

The office behind was more interesting than the corridor, thankfully. Bright blue, two desks, a few filing cabinets. But no discarded whiskey bottles, nor a mattress round back where the detective slept.

“Good morning, Choi,” said a deep voice. The huge man behind the larger desk leapt up, revealing a pressed black suit and straight tie. Buttoned down to a fault, this guy could be a real veteran police detective, right up to the grey peppering his short dark hair.

And why was he calling her by surname?

“Good to meet you. I’m John Hobson, just Hobson is fine though.” And, when she didn’t immediately reply: “How are you? Good trip over?”

“Um, thanks, I’m fine, you too.” She forgot to punctuate any of that, blushing as soon as it finished.

“Good. Good. Well, welcome to our new work experience internship programme. I hope I’ll be able to show you something about the business in two weeks. As you can see, I’ve cleared a desk for you here.” He gestured at the smaller one in the room, with a wedge of papers recently shoved to one end.

“Looks nice,” she glanced down and nodded. “Lots of room.”

Another silence.

“So,” he was already standing up and hooking his jacket off the back of the chair, “I have to get moving for a lunch meeting, but I do have a job for you to get on with.”

Her ears pricked up, but expectations remained measured. She’d be filing all those papers away, wouldn’t she? Or running out to buy milk?

“I’ve noticed this social Twitter internet media thing seems to be taking off,” he said, gesturing widely at the computer on her desk, as if that explained everything, “could you create an account for me and get me some of those… followers?”

Angelina blinked. “I’m sorry?”

“Well, you know. I’ve just repainted my office, I want to be modern, and your lot seem to be familiar with this kind of thing.”

“My lot? What do you mean my lot?”

“No no no no no,” Hobson spun round, nearly whirling her across the room, “not Asians. Teenage girls.”

“Oh. Right.” Depressingly, she was relieved he’d even noticed she was Asian. “Well, sure. I’ll see what I can do.”

“Thanks, Choi.” He shrugged his massive coat on, composure back in place. “Just a couple of hundred should do. Cheers, running late, back in an hour.”

With that, he waved and dashed out the door. And then popped his head back round. “Oh, could you also go to the shops and get some coffee? Ain’t much left.”

Angelina nodded, and kept her sigh inside until he’d definitely gone. This office was the size of a rich person’s cupboard.

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Picking up the coffee took a few minutes. The hardest part was checking out his machine and working out what type to buy. Now she was an intern, Angelina knew she had to do these menial tasks, so swallowed her pride and went to Tesco.

Not long after, guzzling a pack of dirt-cheap cardboard crisps, she plonked herself down in front of her computer. She had a job to do, so resisted the urge to head straight for Facebook and complain about her negligent boss.

Instead she went on Twitter and got to work. She typed, she schmoozed, she strived, she read blog posts about Social Media Success, many of which made her angry. Finally, several tweets and retweets later, something clicked.

Shortly later, so did the door to their office, as Hobson returned. His lunch meeting ended at a reasonable time and left him completely sober; again, both reassuring and disappointing. When did she get to sniff corpses and snort whiskey, delve deep into the underworld?

Instead, she had a presentable, clean shaven, punctual detective without a visible drinking problem. Should’ve been more specific on the form.

“So Choi,” Hobson said, his jacket flopping back over the chair, “am I… trending yet?”

He pronounced trending like it was the name of an alien planet.

“Um, sort of,” she said.

“Sort of?”

“Well, you’ve got 353 followers…” Angelina broke off mid-stream as a rectangular email notification popped up. “Well, 354 now. But I had to say some stuff to get them.”

Hobson fiddled with his own computer, not paying much attention. “Yeah? What kind of stuff?”

“I tried just creating an account and following people, engaging with other detectives, but it wasn’t working much,” she could hear herself talking faster in response to his blank stares, “so I found an interesting murder case and said that if you got enough followers, you’d totally solve it for free.”

And it sounded like a better idea at the time, she added silently, rolling her chair away from Hobson as his face turned red and he stood up, tie flapping wild. It was hard not to be scared when a man bigger than the room he was sitting in started yelling at you.

“You did what?” At least he’d noticed her. “Do you have you any idea how shitty that is? What if the press find out? What if the victim’s family find out? How do you know I even can solve it? How am I meant to pay my rent?”

“I don’t know, I’m sorry, I wanted to get it right and I just…” Angelina inhaled deep and snorted by accident. “I may have said something else too.”

“Oh God.”

“Yeah. If we get up to 400 followers, you have to fight a wolf.”

The email indicator leapt up again. Only forty-five to go.


Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway throughout the tour as well.

The Prizes
One Signed Paperback Set of the Hobson & Choi Series
Three E-Book Sets of the Hobson & Choi Series

a Rafflecopter giveaway


You can also find out which Hobson and Choi character you are here

Also a fab guest post from Nick about Location here

Have you read The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf or Rush Jobs?  What did you think?  If not have these reviews or blog tour persuaded you?  Do you like subway (nom nom)?  What is your favourite?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet my on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading, solving crimes and eating Subway – nom nom nom!

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