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A POISON TREE by @JohnDolanAuthor launches!

One of my favourite people, English-Thai author, John Dolan has released the third book in his Time, Blood and Karma series.

I had the great pleasure of reading A POISON TREE and have posted a review below. You will definitely want to buy it.

But wait …

There’s more …

To celebrate the release, John is hosting a giveaway on Goodreads. Win a paperback copy of a A POISON TREE by entering here.

Pretty amazing, right?

But hold on to your hat …

There’s even more …

and it’s not Ginsu knives!

John’s first book in the series, EVERYONES BURNS is FREE STARTING TODAY for a limited time on Amazon—a wonderful and generous gesture!

To show John your appreciation, help him celebrate the launch of A POISON TREE by getting your copy today!

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“You kill my wife and I’ll kill yours.” You must admit, as a proposition, it has an alluring symmetry to it.

It is 1999, and as the Millennium approaches, old certainties wither. For family man, David Braddock, his hitherto predictable world is undergoing a slow collapse. The people closest to him seem suddenly different. As desires and aspirations tangle around each other like parasite stems, betrayal is in the air.

And so is murder.

Fans of Braddock will finally learn the sequence of events that drove him into exile in Asia, while for new readers, A Poison Tree is the perfect introduction to the ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series.


My 5-star review for A Poison Tree

A Poison Tree, the third book in the Time, Blood and Karma series for author John Dolan is actually a prequel. It tells the story of how the main character, David Braddock came to be in Thailand.

It is also my favourite of the three books so far. I know I’m giving away a lot here. It’s akin to choosing a favourite child—you’re not supposed to do it, but …

Everyone Burns kicked off the series and captivated me based on a strong protagonist in an exotic land. Hungry Ghosts continued the trend with more shenanigans and provided further insight into David Braddock’s mind.

In A Poison Tree, the setting has moved from Thailand to England. We are taken back in time (1999 – 2001) to where David Braddock grew up, got married, and led a ‘normal’ life before something happened to him, causing him to flee to Southeast Asia. That something is revealed in this book. The tale is fascinating, twisted, and unpredictable.

The intricate story of David and his wife Claire drew me in from the start. It was a complex relationship of secrets and lies, but in the end, it was a love story. I’m a sucker for a love story. I challenge anyone not to be when it’s written with poignant detail, yet never spirals into over-sentimentality.  If you don’t feel your throat clenching or your heart sinking while reading some of the passages, I’d suggest checking to make sure you still have a pulse.

With colourful characters and a criminal element dished out in subtle narrative, A Poison Tree is an angst-filled journey guided by cunning misdirection. For lovers of mystery and thriller novels, there is plenty of intrigue and moments of “I DID NOT see that coming.” What’s more, the atmospheric pace counterpoints perfectly with noir-ish undertones.

Even though each of Mr. Dolan’s books stands on its own, I loved reading them in the order he wrote them. He drew me in so cleverly with his first two books, and A Poison Tree answered the outstanding questions.

What a joy to discover a series that only keeps getting better.


Don’t forget Everyone Burns is FREE on AMAZON for a limited time only. Grab your copy TODAY!

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Jim Fosse’s Expense Claim is FREE until John starts charging for it.

It’s a great short story with a peculiar connection to A Poison Tree.

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Seek John out at all his virtual homes

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Blog – Galericulate | Twitter @JohnDolanAuthor

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John was originally interviewed here Jan. 2013.


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Read my review of HUNGRY GHOSTS by @JohnDolanAuthor

Last week, I announced the release of John Dolan’s second book in his Time, Blood and Karma series called Hungry Ghosts.

I enjoyed a short trip away from the city and had a couple of days to read the book. You can find my review below and on:

Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Goodreads


The “anti-hero” is a character archetype that dates back to the tragedies of Greek theatre. Unlike the traditional hero who is morally upright, the anti-hero usually has a flawed moral character, more interested in getting the job done than doing it ethically. Sometimes, the flaws are simply human failings as determined by a conventional society—a philanderer, an alcoholic, a smoker.

I don’t believe in heroes, but I believe in David Braddock, the enigmatic anti-hero who returns in John Dolan’s latest release, Hungry Ghosts.

Everyone Burns, which launched the Time, Blood and Karma series, captivated me based on the strength of its characters. I invested in their lives and wanted to know more about their connections to one other. Along with discovering how morally ambiguous human beings can be, I found myself immersed in a sophisticated plot of intrigue in beautiful Thailand.

Hungry Ghosts expands on and refines the characterization. Many familiar faces return, and this time, we hear their voices through their own lens. The switch from David Braddock’s first person viewpoint in Everyone Burns to multiple points of view in this book had to be a challenge to write. It could easily have turned into a “dog’s breakfast” in the hands of a lesser writer.

So, how does Mr. Dolan get away with it?

He imbues each character with just enough detail to reel us in, and then he allows them to speak. Whether he is speaking as the power-hungry Thai Police Chief, the demure Balinese housekeeper, or the playful English sister-in-law, the transitions are seamless and the voices, believable. The recurring theme of hungry ghosts (in its many iterations) haunts everyone, reinforces karmic interconnectivity, and moves the story forward.

Multiple plot threads are dangled, and at the nexus of it all hangs David Braddock. Though still a smarty-pants, he has tempered somewhat. In other words, he has matured.

Characters who emanate moral purity don’t ring true to us any more, if they ever did. It’s not who we see around us, and I dare say, neither is it who we see when we look in the mirror. The longer we live, the more we realize how fragile humanity is. Sometimes it feels broken.

David Braddock feels broken too, but we desperately wish to see him healed. We cheer for him and want him to succeed because of his human frailties, not in spite of them.

Hungry Ghosts is seductive and exotic, yet easily accessible because of its unforgettable anti-hero.

I applaud Mr. Dolan for creating David Braddock. I can’t wait to find out what he does next.


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If you missed my interview with John earlier this year, you can find it here.

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@JohnDolanAuthor releases his much anticipated novel ~ HUNGRY GHOSTS

One of my favorite author discoveries, John Dolan, has just released his second book in his Time, Blood, and Karma series called Hungry GhostsIt marks the welcome return of David Braddock, the charismatic anti-hero from Everyone Burns

You will recall John was my first author interview this year.

If you missed it, hop over and have a read. I’ll wait… 😉

I was fortunate enough to grab an advance copy of Hungry Ghosts and … it blew me away. Look for my review here shortly.

Now, let’s learn more about Hungry Ghosts.


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“The spirits of the dead are all around us but it is we, the living, that are the true hungry ghosts.”

It is the spring of 2005 and the macabre ‘burning murders’ have ended. Life has apparently returned to normal on the Thai island of Samui.

For private investigator David Braddock ‘normal’ means finding a missing drug smuggler, sleeping with the Police Chief’s wife and ensuring his office manager’s latest moneymaking scheme doesn’t bankrupt him.

For Police Chief Charoenkul it means resuming his seemingly-endless wait for that elusive promotion to Bangkok.

However, the peace is destined to be short-lived. Unbeknown to both men karmic storm clouds are gathering and murderous forces are about to be unleashed which could destroy them both …


BUY Everyone Burns if you haven’t already.

Limited time at a reduced price!

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My first interview of 2013 features @JohnDolanAuthor

I met John Dolan toward the end of 2012. We immediately clicked. I think I liked the hat or perhaps it was the mystery of the man beneath the hat. Not surprisingly, his blog is called Galericulate (having a hat-like covering).

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