16 July 2021

Cyprus Kiss

🌟Blog Tour🌟

Cyprus Kiss By Murray Bailey
Crime | Thriller | War & Military | Historical Fiction

My Review

I'm delighted to start off the Blog Tour today for Cyprus Kiss by Murray Bailey and would like to thank the author for providing a kindle edition of the book. 

A 2021 Top Rated Read

Cyprus, 1948. Whilst trying to bring a dangerous gang to justice, Lieutenant Ash Carter anonymously receives a photograph of Major Johnson's young wife Surena, who vanished six months earlier. The words 'Help Me!' are inscribed on the back. He decides to discreetly investigate her disappearance. As if that's not enough to keep our intrepid hero busy, his girlfriend Penny becomes the prime suspect of a serious crime. Carter now finds himself pulled in several directions and doesn't know who he can trust. 

Cyprus Kiss is the prequel to the Ash Carter series of military thrillers. Having read and reviewed several of these books, I think Cyprus Kiss is my favourite yet. The story is, once again, simply fabulous. The author effortlessly creates a sense of time and place; transporting the reader to a bygone era.

There are plenty of twists and turns, plus a romantic liaison that's far from uncomplicated. The plot is suspenseful, fast-paced and gripping. I found myself completely immersed — to the point where I felt bereft when it was over. 

Whenever I pick up a Murray Bailey book I know I'm in safe hands. His writing is excellent, his stories are clever and his characters always feel real. He consistently excels with his wonderful descriptions and ability to recreate the past with total authenticity. 

Cyprus Kiss is a terrific read and a superb addition to this action-packed series.    

Book Source: Review copy from the author
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 Paperback: ‎370 pages
Publisher: Heritage Books (2nd July 2021)

The Blurb

Help Me!

Those were the words on the back of a woman’s photograph. And yet she vanished six months ago.

It’s 1948 and military investigator Ash Carter has arrived in Cyprus. 

A gang has been operating for two years, leaving a mark known to police as the kiss of death. Is this something to do with them? And why ask him for help?

After a murder, Carter begins to realize this is personal. In a race against time, Carter must work out the connection between the gang, the missing woman and the murder before it’s too late.

The Author

Murray Bailey got his first taste of success when he was published in the Times at 18. He also had articles published in his local newspaper. Although he went on to pursue a different career, he continued to write and became the editor of an international magazine and editor of 4 technical books.

His first work of fiction, I Dare You, was published in 2016. He has a series set around ancient Egypt (starting with Map of the Dead) and another set in 1950s Singapore.

Born in Manchester, England, Murray now lives on the South Coast with his wife and family.

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