The Safe Word (The Eleanor Raven Series Book 1) by Karen Long ~~~~BLOG TOUR~~~~

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.

My Thoughts
There is a new DI in town called Eleanor Raven and what a series this is going to be, I absolutely loved it. I was lucky enough to  meet Karen Long who is lovely. Then I was asked to take part in this blog tour how could I refuse. Well first of all I have to say what a dark horse Karen is with this stunner of a book. I can’t believe I haven’t read it sooner seeing as it’s been out two years……where have I been LOL

We are introduced to Eleanor Raven from the first page she has a  dangerous secret women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer. Eleanor and Detective Laurence Whitefoot must find this killer. OMG what an opening talk about being hooked. This one one gritty read and boy the crime scenes are gruesome the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up. 
This book is refreshing and very well written I felt like I was there in the story. Karen has a very unique style of writing that’s for sure.
Eleanor is one hell of a strong character and I loved the relationship between her and Lawrence, that grew throughout the story. It will be interesting to see what happens between them in the next book.
And what a nail biting ending, which left me wanting more. I really can’t wait to read The Vault. The words “OH WOW” left my mouth when I realised I had finished it! That’s how much I enjoyed it.
This is a must read for all crime fans it ticked all the boxes for me. I highly recommend this book giving it 5 massive stars.
Thank you to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review.


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

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, 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.
All author or review enquires please contact Karen Long’s Personal Assistant J.B. Johnston –
Check out Book 2 – The Vault –
Did you know that Eleanor Raven is also online?


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