Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza 5* #bookreview @RobertBryndza @bookouture

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Detective Erika Foster #5

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.

My Review – 5 stars

Oh. My. Gosh! They just keep getting better.

If you’ve never read any books by Robert Bryndza….why not?! Start now! Start with the ‘Girl in the Ice’…go on, do it, do it now!!

Here’s the link to The Girl in the Ice

I couldn’t wait to get started with this one. What a great plot. Robert Bryndza has the ability to hook me in straight away.

The character of Max really creeped me out, he was so unhinged and swung from one extreme to the other. Nina was completely bowled over by him though, and would do anything to make him happy.

On to Erika Foster. I love this woman! She is a great, ballsy and smart character. She speaks her mind…always. It doesn’t matter how superior her colleagues are it makes no difference.

We found about what happened to Peterson after the last book too. Nice to see Moss, a loyal member of her team. Jennifer Knight popped up too. The cast of characters in the force is a good mix. I feel I care about them and that has to be a good thing for an author to do.

A brilliant story, gripping and thrilling. Some unexpected twists and turns that made for an unputdownable book. Really gruesome too in parts.

I couldn’t stop reading, it’s packed with action and is very believable. I feel like it’s something you’d see in the news, one of those horrible things that shocks the nation.

I’ve recommended Robert Bryndza’s books to people all over the world. Everyone loves them, he’s a global superstar!! xx

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date 20th September 2017

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She Did It by Mel Sherratt @writermels #BloodRedBooks #SheDidIt 5* #review

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Work colleague. Friend. Killer.

From the million seller author comes a gripping psychological thriller.

A successful businesswoman, Tamara enjoys her champagne lifestyle to the full. At least, that is the front she displays to the world. As well as being lonely, she’s running out of money. A promising new member of staff brings the injection of fresh blood needed to win the contract that will turn things around.

Working for Tamara is a perfect ruse for Esther. But, along with fake references and qualifications, she also has a plan for revenge. Sensing Tamara’s vulnerability, Esther uses their acquaintance as a way of getting close to someone who hurt her in the past.

Tamara is keeping things secret. Esther has a dark side she is trying to hide. For both of them, lying is a habit. But when mistakes begin to catch up with Esther, and people start dying, Tamara realises she’s chosen the wrong person to trust as a friend.

My Review – 5 stars

Firstly I feel privileged to be one of the first to read this book. Thank you Mel.
Slightly different to her usual style, this being more of a psychological thriller. I loved her other book in this genre, Watching Over You, too.

For me, one of the bonuses of this author’s writing is the way she makes me feel like I know everyone already. Like I’ve known them all my life. There’s no confusion about who’s who, no looking back and wondering where I’d seen the name before.

I liked both the main characters of Tamara and Esther but both had skeletons in the closet and were liars. I liked this aspect, and was wondering if they would come unstuck…I’ll leave it there as I don’t want to give anything away plot wise. There is a contrast between them, where they live, their schooling, their clothes. I loved the little clothes boutique they visited.

I liked the storyline about publishing and book promotion, really very interesting #shedidit

It got quite nail-biting in the end and I had to make myself breathe. I’ve been looking at my desk paperweight from a different angle too.

It had me turning the pages that’s for sure. Cold and calculating, it had me gripped. This is a sure fire winner, I loved it. Thoroughly recommended by me.


Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors.

I’ve enjoyed everything she has written and thoroughly recommend her books. There’s no denying that I’m a big fan of Mel Sherratt and her alter-ego Marcie Steele


Thanks to Mel Sherratt for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date 19th  September 2017

Get your copy from Amazon UK here She Did It

mel-sherratt-photoA bit about the author

Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all ten of her crime novels have been bestsellers. Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.

Contact Mel: or Twitter at @writermels

The Billionaires: The Bosses by Calista Fox @CalistaFoxBooks @SMPRomance @StMartinsPress #bookreview #phew

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What do you do when you have not just one hot boss, but two? And they both want you?

What will it take to make her theirs?

Bayli Styles leaves California wine country behind for the bright lights of New York City, in search of fame and fortune. However, fame and fortune are a little further out of reach than she had hoped, so to supplement her meagre modelling income, she seeks a hostess position at Manhattan’s hottest new venue, owned by billionaires Rory St. James and Christian Davila. Bayli gets much more than she bargained for when both devastatingly handsome and magnetic men make her blood sizzle…and offer her the guiltiest of all pleasures—themselves.

Bayli is the perfect solution to the two problems currently plaguing entrepreneurs Rory and Christian, professionally and sexually. She’d make the ultimate “face” for their current joint venture, but both men are thinking beyond business and waste no time seducing Bayli into their brand of double pleasure. In the end, the threesome will put it all on the line—their bodies, their hearts, their souls—either destined for failure, or for the redefinition of true love.

“Sizzles with excitement and eroticism…” –Publishers Weekly on THE BILLIONAIRES

This is a standalone ménage romance with an HEA by Calista Fox. (Book 2 in the Lover’s Triangle Series)

Don’t miss the standalone ménage romance, THE BILLIONAIRES, featuring the sexy Rogen Angelini and Vin D’Angelo


My thoughts

Oh my! this isn’t for the faint-hearted.

A really hot book. This story is achingly sexy, highly addictive and utterly raunchy!

I usually read chick-lit and crime drama but secretly I do love this kind of book 🙂

I thoroughly recommend it, but definitely not for you if you are at all prudish!!

That limo journey, and that time in the apartment, and I could go on….phew. Two men dedicated to her pleasure.

This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I’ll be ordering the first in the series of ‘Lover’s Triangle’ series. The author certainly doesn’t shy away from the sex scenes, of which there were many! I’m so looking forward to The Stepbrothers next.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date 5th September 2017

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The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait @bookouture #bookreview

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A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.
Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister and Before I Let You In will be captivated.


My thoughts – 4 stars

This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I really enjoyed it.

I got hooked in pretty quickly as Beth went missing. A parent’s worst nightmare come true. I liked the way it was told from Melanie and Beth’s point of view, and also from an unknown narrator. It is a suspenseful read. How Melanie slowly unravelled was hard to read. It got under my skin as I tried to work out how people could be involved. The twist sure got me, and I never guessed along the way.

Thoroughly recommended by me.

I loved the cover, very appealing.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Publication date 12th May 2017

Get your copy here on Amazon UK The Darkest Lies

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse #review 5*

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You will adore this heartwarming, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from bestselling author Christie Barlow!

‘Full of warmth, fun and feel-good factor’ Sunday Times bestseller Katie Fforde

Welcome to the Little Rock marina – where hearts are healed and dreams are made…

For the last two years Nell Andrews has been struggling to stay afloat. As her life tumbled down around her, the only safety net has been her cosy canal boat, The Nollie. Tucked away inside, Nell has found a place to heal her broken heart. And now she’s ready to move on and follow her dream…

Gorgeous Guy Cornish, with his easy Irish charm, makes him an instant hit with everyone at the marina, and the perfect person to help Nell with her project. But Guy has his own reasons for being at the marina, and a past that threatens to sink Nell’s dream…

My Thoughts

An absolutely adorable book.

I completely fell in love with the characters and the Little Rock Marina.

I seriously want to go eat at the deli and meet Bea and Nell. I was truly hooked to this book, so drawn in with the residents I feel like I know them. It was an emotional read too, highs and lows that gave me happy and sad tears. I’m really sad that I’ve finished it too, I just wanted to keep reading.

Thanks to HarperImpulse and NetGalley for the review copy in return for an honest review.

Publication date 22nd August 2017

Get your copy on Amazon UK here The Cosy Canal Boat Dream

The Sister by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction #TheSister @thecrimevault @littlebookcafe @bookouture Now available in paperback

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Today is the day that Louise Jensen’s The Sister is being published in paperback.

This is so exciting for both Louise and the publisher!!

The Sister will be available in Asda, Sainsbury’s and WH Smith from 24th August and in Tesco from 7th September.

Buy online at Amazon UK here The Sister


“I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?

My thoughts

This was a slow starter for me and I wasn’t gripped straight away, but once I got stuck in I really enjoyed it.
It is a suspenseful read and felt like I needed to look over my shoulder a few times.
I felt like Grace was cracking up, with me joining her!
Was someone following her, watching her?
Was it her imagination?
Who could it be? I just didn’t know…….
I didn’t even guess what was going on, I had some suspicions which were all wrong.

I liked the flashbacks and it kept me turning the pages that’s for sure.
I can’t believe it’s a debut novel, it feels like a seasoned author has written it.
The characters are incredibly deep and well written.
I’ll definitely be looking out for the next book by Louise Jensen
And I loved the cover, very appealing.



The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #bookreview #bloggersblast

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My Review – loved it!

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side.

It’s a cleverly told story, and the suspense was delivered perfectly along the way.

The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle weren’t coming together, there were gaps and pieces missing. It was frustrating for Robyn as she felt the cases were connected but just needed that missing jigsaw piece.

I thought I had it sussed at one point, but I didn’t!

Well-paced and exceptional writing. A pleasure to read. It had me gripped and I had to read just one more chapter, and another one….

Thank you Carol! After getting to the end of this one I really, really can’t wait for the next one!

Thanks to the publishers, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review.

Publication date 14th September 2017

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(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 3)

One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!


About the Author

As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

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