#Author Spotlight Karen Long & #BookReview The Safe Word for @BrookCottageBks

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Published January 14th 2014

Genre: Mystery / thriller / crime

Eleanor Raven Series: Book 1

 There are rules that every player of every game must abide by, no matter how dangerous the sport.

Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.

Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.

But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival.

The Safe Word

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**** PRAISE FOR THE SAFE WORD ****

Just read The Safe Word by Karen Long – an unputdownable serial killer tale. James Purefoy

For DS Eleanor Raven It’s not so much who, what or when but ‘why’ that leads this powerful read to its conclusion and Karen Long reminds us that a brutal, vicious and destructive act is not something inherently ‘Evil’ or derived from Satan but is a rational choice made by a human being. The quirky, offbeat and endearing relationship between Eleanor and her partner Laurence Whitefoot shines a light on this dark compelling world of sexual intrigue and mystery. My imagination was certainly held captive! Robson Green

Most fictional detectives these days have to have a ‘thing’ to set them apart from the others, and Raven’s is one of the most original for a long time. The plot moves in some unexpected directions, and builds to a genuinely exciting climax. The Safe Word is an impressive, confident debut. Convincing characters and some nice twists make for a compelling, satisfying thriller, and I look forward to seeing what’s next for Eleanor Raven. Killing Time

**** My Review ****

You’ll enjoy The Safe Word if you like reading gritty crime fiction with plenty of action and suspense. It will keep you turning the pages to find out who the criminal (in this case the serial killer) is, and more importantly how he’s caught. Eleanor Raven is a brilliant detective, but a difficult person to work with. She has a dark side and a cold and analytical approach, which may help with her detective work, but doesn’t make her very popular with her colleagues, especially not with her new partner detective Laurence Whitefoot. The end is truly gripping, I can say no more without including a spoiler, but I can say I’m interested in seeing how their relationship between the two detectives develops as a result. Both characters are complex, and although Laurence is more likeable, they’re both intriguing. I’d definitely like to find out more about both of them, and watch them unravel more crimes.   

 Karen Long

ABOUT KAREN LONG

Karen Long was born and raised in the English midlands, educated at Bangor University and taught English and Drama for fifteen years. During her teaching years she studied biology and neurology with the Open University and this interest in medicine, forensics and forensic psychology is reflected in her writing. She is an enthusiastic traveller and has spent time in Toronto, which became the backdrop and inspiration for The Safe Word.

She is a keen amateur naturalist with a deep and abiding love for the crow family. She has dedicated time, love and several fingers in an effort to rehabilitate crows, magpies, rooks and ravens.

Karen is happy to correspond with readers and can be contacted through her website KarenLongWriter.com, where she posts regular blogs.

The Safe Word is Karen’s first novel and was an Amazon bestseller, soon to be joined by the second in the Eleanor Raven series, The Vault. Karen is working on the third novel in the series.

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All author or review enquires please contact Karen Long’s Personal Assistant J.B. Johnston – brookbooks@hotmail.co.uk

Check out Book 2 – The Vault – http://amzn.to/1WSnlDn

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Did you know that Eleanor Raven is also online?

http://twitter.com/RavenEleanor

https://www.facebook.com/TheEleanorRaven/

 

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Letter Q The April A to Z Blogging Challenge #AtoZChallenge and Follower 300

Letter ‘Q’ is for the Quest for Followers and my Celebration of Follower Number 300

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April Author Spotlight 2015 Karen Long, author of The Safe Word

I started blogging regularly last May, 2014. A few weeks ago, when I realized my number of followers was close to 300, I decided I’d celebrate such a special occasion with a spotlight on the blogger.

Karen Long became my Follower 300, and it so happens that she’s an author, so today the Author Spotlight is for Karen, Author of The Safe Word and The Vault.

As this happened a couple of days ago, it’s the only novel in the A to Z Blogging Challenge I haven’t read yet (although I’ve started and I’ll be writing a review once I finish reading), so I’ll let Karen do all of the talking about her novel.

Safe Word

What is The Safe Word about?

Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.

Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.

But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival.

What type of reader would like to read it?

I’d say The Safe Word is considered to be quite dark crime fiction, probably closer in taste to Mo Hayder, Thomas Harris and Jo Nesbo than Agatha Christie. I have a strong but troubled female protagonist, whose tendency to indulge in less than safe sexual practices adds to the conflict surrounding her. I love a good twist and believe that great plotting is the secret to a good read, as are complex and believable characters. The first two novels in The Eleanor Raven series are less ‘who’ and more ‘whydunnit’. Exploring the psychopathic mind is a big part of my writing, though ‘The Cold Room’, which I’m writing at the moment, is all about the ‘who’.

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What are you working on now?

I’m balancing writing a screenplay with book three in the Eleanor Raven series, The Cold Room and hoping it’ll be ready for publication in the summer. I also write a weekly blog about my life and my interest in forensic matters. I’m a big fan of authenticity, so if my character has a fight, I go and learn how hard it is and how much it hurts (a lot!). Eleanor Raven uses a Glock .19 and I have to learn how to take one apart, reload and shoot it. It’s all great fun but essential if you want a reader to stay hooked. It really matters that my descriptions of a post mortem are accurate, so not only do I read and study a lot I make sure that I go watch and experience as much as possible.

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What would you like readers to know about you?

I was born and raised in the English midlands, educated at Bangor University and taught English and Drama for fifteen years. During my teaching years I studied biology and neurology with the Open University and this interest in medicine, forensics and forensic psychology is reflected in my writing. My husband films all over the world, so a great deal of my time is spent abroad, where I indulge my love of wildlife. I’m a keen amateur naturalist with a deep and abiding love for the crow family and have dedicated time, love and several fingers in an effort to rehabilitate crows, magpies, rooks and ravens. I’m due to take possession of a baby female raccoon in the next three weeks.

How can we know more or contact you?

 Amazon UK The Safe Word  

Amazon US The Safe Word

Amazon author page  

My Facebook 

My Blog

My Website 

Find me on Goodreads

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Please take some time to check out some of the other blogs on the A-Z Challenge. There are plenty of interesting and varied topics.