#BlogTour #BookReview for Scouse Gothic – Book 1 – ‘The Pool of Life… and Death’ by Ian McKinney @rararesources #Win #Giveaway

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Melville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.

Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hitman’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and , meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.

Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each other’s secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.

But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?



I loved the sound of this book and it was a great read!

I thought that the author had a great writing style and the book had a great flow to it. It is not too long a read at around 200 pages but the author has packed quite a lot of content in the story so it keeps you engaged and entertained throughout.

The characters were well developed and they worked really well together and with the plot.  It is 4 stars from me for this one, it was a really enjoyable story and one I thoroughly enjoyed and I was delighted to find out that it is the first in the series and there are more books out there for me to read!!  Highly recommended!!

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017A6XDBO

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017A6XDBO

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Scouse - 9C5cXBYfIan was born and bred in Liverpool but left for university in the 1980’s when the city appeared to be in a terminal decline. After qualifying he worked in London and Essex before finally settling in Shropshire with his wife and daughter.

However a set of circumstances meant that he returned to live in the city once more. What he found was a modern vibrant city. The derelict buildings from his youth had been restored and repurposed. A dock was now a tourist attraction, a church was now a night club, a gaol now a hotel.

It was then that he had the idea for Melville a vampire who had known the city in its prime and had now returned to it. Initially the story of Melville was written as a short story, but the more Ian explored the city the more he realised there were many more tales to tell than just Melville’s. That was when the idea for Scouse Gothic was born.

The first book ‘A Pool of Life ..and Death’ , was very well received and has now been followed by a further two books. Ian continues to spend his time between Liverpool and Shropshire and is currently working on two further projects.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: Ian McKinney @scousegothic

Facebook: Ian McKinney @scousegothic



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