Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for River Clyde By Simone Buchholz and I would like to share an extract, with all of you. Thank you very much to Anne from Random Things Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Orenda Books
Genre: Mystery/ Thriller
Release date: 17 03 2022
Price*: Kindle £4.27 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.91 (GBP)
Kindle $7.45 (USD)/ Paperback $15.95 (USD)
Pages: ~ 276
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Description of the book: Mired in grief after tragic recent events, state prosecutor Chastity Riley escapes to Scotland, lured to the birthplace of her great-great-grandfather by a mysterious letter suggesting she has inherited a house.
In Glasgow, she meets Tom, the ex-lover of Chastity’s great aunt, who holds the keys to her own family secrets – painful stories of unexpected cruelty and loss that she’s never dared to confront.
In Hamburg, Stepanovic and Calabretta investigate a major arson attack, while a group of property investors kicks off an explosion of violence that threatens everyone.
As events in these two countries collide, Chastity prepares to face the inevitable, battling the ghosts of her past and the lost souls that could be her future and, perhaps, finally finding redemption for them all.
Breathtakingly emotive, River Clyde is an electrifying, poignant and powerful story of damage and hope, and one woman’s fight for survival.
Extract from River Clyde
I don’t know much about this place, only what my father told me in a few moments of gentleness, mostly of an evening after dinner, and before he got going on the drinking, before he started to fade himself out with bourbon. Then he spoke about Eoin Riley, as if he were telling me a fairy tale, but it was no fairy tale. It was my great-great-grandfather, who, at the end of the century before last, got on a ship in Glasgow to seek his fortune in the United States, working in the steelworks of North Carolina. Eoin grew up in the East End, in a small flat in a grey tenement, in a grey slum. I walk through the streets and I wonder whether Eoin was sick of the grey, if that was why he left, but I don’t really think so. The grey alone doesn’t drive anybody out, and if we have even the tiniest thing in common, my great-great-grandfather and me, then I’d bet that it’s not fearing the grey.
It was presumably more the hunger that usually torments people in grey places.
I reckon Eoin Riley was sick of the hunger.
The next steel railway bridge turns up, but it looks like it dropped out of an old children’s book, it’s far too low, hangs cheekily over the street, no idea how any kind of vehicle’s meant to fit through there, if you please. Right next to the bridge there’s a tower with a clock on it, it’s acting very elegant but looks like someone thought it up over afternoon tea, with no meaning or purpose, just for fun. The tower’s whimsicality rubs off on me, and without paying much attention to where I’m really heading, I get lost among the streets, head a bit left, a bit uphill, then take a long curve to the right, kind of broadly heading east. People hurry past me, they’re quick on their feet, they seem to have a special rhythm in their legs, they’re wearing colours, if not striking ones, their faces are friendly, some- times a little wonky, but nicely wonky, as if the wind and the rain and the nights had played a role in that.
I stop on a corner, outside a shop. I go in, the rain’s got heavier again and now it is getting on my nerves a bit.
OK then, Scottish corner shop.
Let’s see what kind of stuff you can buy here. Oh, wow, the cigarettes cost over twelve pounds.
Maybe I should start smoking again.
About the author: Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner-up in the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. The critically acclaimed Beton Rouge, Mexico Street and Hotel Cartagena all followed in the Chastity Riley series, with River Clyde out in 2022. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.
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