Good morning lovelies.  Today I’m delighted to be one of the closing stops on the blog tour for Hackney Central by Michael K Foster.  A quick read crime thriller that

the blurb

Gripped by gang wars, London’s East End is plunged into an endless reign of terror. . .

Walk these streets at your peril!

When newly appointed Detective Sergeant Jack Mason steps through the doors of Hackney Central Police Station, he is tasked with his biggest nightmare. A pensioner lies dead, his flat has been ransacked, and no one is willing to talk.

But why pick on a vulnerable old man?

No stranger to London’s East End, Mason is under no illusion that the chance of finding the killer is slim. Gripped by notorious drug gangs, knife crime runs rife, and nowhere appears safe.

With time rapidly running out, it soon becomes clear that he’s dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to his own. . .

You’ll be hooked from the start by this gripping crime thriller. There’s tension, suspense, and a plot full of twists and turns. Why not find out more about Jack Mason’s early career, and order your copy today.

‘Start to finish, the author hardly gives you time to catch your breath’


‘Once again the author has delivered another gripping tale of murders that leaves the reader wanting more. Very believable, gruesome, well written and engaging to the end.’

Dan Brown.

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my review

Set in London’s East End in the 1990’s, DS Jack Mason is faced with an elderly man who has been murdered and his home ransacked.  With rival gangs on the East side and West side of the estate, no one will talk, but Mason needs to find out who the killer is before others are targeted……

This is the fifth book in the series but was easily read as a standalone.  I loved Mason! He takes so many risks to get what he needs which had me on the edge of my seat.  His dedication to the job, and dislike of the ‘scum’ is evident which makes him a great DS!  I did feel a bit sorry for his wife though.  Pregnant and ready to drop, she’s sat at home while her Husband is out catching bad guys.  But we do get a good insight into his feelings around this and the concerns/guilt that he has which made me love him more.

The gang members are interesting to read about, and it’s definitely eye opening! The rivalry between them is clear and even though you know they’re unsavoury characters, you really don’t want anything horrible to happen to them (even though half the time they deserve it!)

This is a relatively quick read, with action in every chapter.  There are twists, turns and unexpected things that will keep you gripped!  I sometimes found some of the characters confusing, and forgot which gang member was from which patch a few times, but that’s probably just because of my overactive brain!  Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this and would definitely read more from this author!



about the author

Michael K Foster has been writing crime thriller novels since 2006, all of them based in and around the North East of England. His bestselling debut novel, ‘The Wharf Butcher’, was released in 2015 and offers a unique insight into this rugged landscape. He has now written six full-length novels featuring the hard-hitting DCI Jack Mason and local criminal profiler David Carlisle. His latest book in the series, ‘Hackney Central, is scheduled for release on 23rd April 2020.

Michael was born in Plymouth, England. After ten years’ service in the British Army, he moved to Newcastle where he gained an MBA degree from Sunderland University. A former Magistrate, he now writes full time and lives with his wife Pauline in County Durham.

Where to find Michael online: Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Website

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Thanks to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Hope you all have a wonderful day lovelies

Chelle x

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