Cover reveal for Carol Wyer’s latest book in the Natalie Ward Detective Series, The Sleepover @carolewyer @bookouture #TheSleepover

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The Sleepover

An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 4)

Roxy had a secret. Now she’s gone. 

When fourteen-year-old Roxy says she’s going for a sleepover at her best friend’s house, Cathy sees no reason to check her daughter’s story. The two families are so close, and the girls are in and out of each other’s homes every day. 

It turns out to be a decision she will regret. A day later, Roxy is found murdered in exclusive Linnet Lane. Detective Natalie Ward, called in to lead the investigation, is struck by the contrast between the house Roxy grew up in, and the one where her life ended.

As Natalie begins to look closely at Roxy’s family and friends, she soon discovers that this isn’t the first time Roxy has gone missing. All the signs point to an unhappy teenager who was hiding a great deal from her family. 

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears. 

When Cathy’s body is discovered close to Linnet Lane, Roxy’s toy cat clutched in her arms, Natalie is forced to face the grim fact that they are dealing with a killer with a twisted plan.
Struggling to join the dots, Natalie wonders if she’s missed a vital clue when one of Roxy’s classmates is also found murdered. 

Natalie’s not frightened of anyone, but the latest victim reminds her of her own son Josh, who is edging towards the wrong side of the tracks. With teenagers like her boy dying, can Natalie solve the case in time to keep Josh safe? Or is he about to make a dangerous new friend? 

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.
This sounds like a great book, I can’t wait to read it!

Publication date:-5th September 2019

Pre-order your copy here:-

Amazon UK   The Sleepover

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The Dare by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #bookreview #TheDare #The DareDetectiveNatalieWardBook3 #NetGalley

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(Detective Natalie Ward Book 3)

Jane’s daughter is a good girl. What is she hiding?

When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school, as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm.

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward whose daughter Leigh is the same age as Savannah. Soon Natalie’s worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland.

Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as the net is closing around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing.

As Natalie delves into the lives of both girls, she soon discovers a sinister video on their phones, daring the girls to disappear from their families for 48 hours.

But Natalie isn’t quick enough for this killer, and she is devastated to find Harriet’s body on a fly tip a day later.

Caught up in the case, she takes her eye off her own daughter and when Leigh goes missing after school she knows she must be in terrible danger. The clock is ticking for Natalie. Can she catch this killer before her little girl becomes the next victim?

This gripping rollercoaster of a read will have you up in the small hours turning the pages. Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Caine and Robert Dugoni will love The Dare.

My Thoughts

As I always say, I love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

I’m a big fan of this author, and I can see how much she’s grown into the crime novels with each new book. They just keep getting better and better.

This is one hell of a clever story.

When children go missing it always makes me put myself in the situation. I imagine the worst, and in books the worst usually happens. So when Savannah didn’t come home from school I was fretting a bit. And I had good reason to, as the body is found not far from her home. When another girl, Harriet, went missing I had the shivers. Was there a link? There are a few suspects, and Natalie and her team trawl through CCTV trying to find both the girl’s and the suspect’s movements. There were some people bending the truth, some red herrings thrown in. I was suspicious of everything and everyone. There are people known to both victims. It gave me lots to think about, drawing my own conclusions and suspicions. Interviewing the suspects was extremely frustrating for Natalie, were they telling the truth or covering it up? When Natalie’s own daughter went missing I was worried sick. Could Natalie and her team uncover the truth before another life was lost, this time one very close to them.

A good time to start reading Carol Wyer’s books if you haven’t already, starting with The Birthday and then Last Lullaby. These DI Natalie Ward books are very good!

Well-paced and great writing. Extremely tense and a pleasure to read.

I look forward to the next one!

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Carol Wyer, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 25th April 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK   The Dare

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

Suddenly Single by Carol Wyer #review #SuddenlySingle @carolewyer @canelo_co

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About the book  

When bestselling romance author Chloe Piper’s marriage implodes a week before Christmas, she flees her cheating ex and the village gossips for the solitude of the newly built Sunny Meadow Farm and the company of her hapless dog, Ronnie.

But Chloe is soon pushed out of her comfort zone. Because with a lively development building crew – headed up by charming Alex – and a larger-than-life neighbour determined to make Chloe’s love life her pet project, Chloe finds herself in a whole new world of chaos…

This enthralling romantic comedy of self-discovery and new beginnings is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

My Thoughts

After the breakdown of her marriage Chloe is keen to move out of Appletree and find somewhere peaceful and away from it all. Appletree is the setting where she based her best-selling novel, mostly on pub gossip from her ex William. There had been a few rumours on the identity of novelist C J Knight, so a good time to move away.

She finds her new home at a new development of old farm buildings called Sunny Meadow. The name is idyllic as the setting….countryside, reservoir, winding lanes and a dark starry sky. I want to live there too. Chloe keeps to herself. She has a close friend, Faith, who is also her publisher. She lost her family in an accident and since then she suffers with social anxiety disorder. This holds her back a lot, avoiding crowds and social gatherings. She’s happy to sit at home in her pyjamas, writing and shopping online. Since her break up she’s suffering with writers block, and her submission date for her next novel is getting nearer. A bit of a panic!

Back to Sunny Meadow. It’s quite a small and exclusive development. Her nearest neighbours pop over and introduce themselves, Eleanor and Fairfax, and before she knows it she’s been invited to their house, drunk far too much, and signed up to their singles club. She’s dreading the first activity day and makes herself ill with worry. I won’t give any spoilers for The Singleton Club, but the activities were a lot of fun and are a big part of the story. It also pushed Chloe out of her comfort zone in terms of meeting new people. Alex was another neighbour, son of Thomas the site developer. He was really nice. William, the ex, reappears and he was a real creep! Not forgetting Ronnie, her faithful dog. I loved him.

Funny, entertaining and easy to read too with a satisfying conclusion.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Carol Wyer and Canelo for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 8th April 2019

Amazon UK   Suddenly Single

ISBN: 9781788632775

Meet the authorcarol wyer - for what happens in france blog tour

Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian. In 2017 she stepped away from writing comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on writing a series of thrillers which became best-sellers and have been translated into several languages. She won the 2015 People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction, and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth . Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published alongside journalism in many magazines.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer

Website: www.carolwyer.co.uk

Blog: www.carolwyer.com

 

What Happens in France by Carol Wyer #blogtour #WhatHappensInFrance #Biggie @carolewyer @canelo_co

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Blog Tour 28th January 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘What Happens in France’ by Carol Wyer. I’m delighted to be part of it. Thanks to Ellie Pilcher at Canelo for inviting me to take part.

My Thoughts – So funny and entertaining!

Bryony has been looking for her sister, Hannah, for many years. She even set up a blog trying to find her. Hannah had left home when Bryony was a child and she always blamed herself for this. Their dad is in very poor health after having a stroke, so she stepped her search up a notch.

She saw an advert for contestants for a new game show and immediately entered hoping this could be massive publicity in her search for Hannah if she got selected. She attended a local audition where she was surprised to see Lewis, one of her neighbours.

There were some funny scenes here meeting other potentials contestants. I really liked Oscar and his pug, Biggie Smalls.

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And Jim with his amazing knowledge and his love for his grandchildren. A really great cast, the game show crew and contestants, even Professor Potts! Some of the madcap games made me laugh, especially the blindfolded driving course. A bit like ‘It’s a Knockout’ meets ‘Treasure Hunt’. In fact a real mix of all the best game shows, such fun.

The relationship between Bryony and her girlfriends was lovely too.

It’s a change for me to step away from crime novels and chick-lit and have a good laugh out loud story. Very funny and entertaining, easy to read and relatable too.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Carol Wyer and Canelo for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 28th January 2019

Amazon UK   What Happens in France

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Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah , for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family. With the help of handsome teammate Lewis , it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye. Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…

This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

Meet the author carol wyer - for what happens in france blog tour

Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian. In 2017 she stepped away from writing comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on writing a series of thrillers which became best-sellers and have been translated into several languages. She won the 2015 People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction, and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth . Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published alongside journalism in many magazines.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer

Website: www.carolwyer.co.uk

Blog: www.carolwyer.com

Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #bookreview #blogblitz #LastLullaby #LastLullabyDetectiveNatalieWardBook2 #NetGalley

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Blog Tour 7th December 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, Last Lullaby. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop.

My Thoughts

As I always say, I love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

I’m a big fan of this author, and I can see how much she’s grown into the crime novels with each new book. They just keep getting better and better.

This is one very clever story.

As each suspect is revealed the author goes into detail about their lives and movements on the night of the murder. This gives you as the reader lots to think about and draw your own conclusions and suspicions. When an almost identical murder takes place, the team try to find any details that may link the two, and there are many things to link. There are people known to both victims. Interviewing the suspects is extremely frustrating for Natalie, are they telling the truth or covering it up?

Can Natalie and her team uncover the truth before another life is lost?

A real web of loose ends is what Natalie and her team are dealing with, and deal with it they most certainly do. With some fantastic detective work they find those missing links and wham bam thank you mam, there we have it, our murderer.  I can’t say anything more about the plot without giving any spoilers.

Getting to know the new team is great. Finding out who gets along with who, little secrets between team members. We find out more about their home life too, and how work impacts upon it. The end of the book leaves me gasping for more.

A good time to start reading Carol Wyer’s books if you haven’t already, starting with The Birthday.

Well-paced and great writing. Extremely tense and a pleasure to read.

I look forward to the next one!

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Carol Wyer, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 7th December 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK 🇬🇧   Last Lullaby

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(Detective Natalie Ward Book 2)

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood.

As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.

Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her. 

All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.

When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will send shivers down your spine. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Meet the Author  Carol author pic Sept 2018

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
The DI Robyn Carter series has earned her acclaim as a crime writer and the first book in the series, Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

Carol blogs at www.grumpyoldmenopause.com which featured in The Mail on Sunday

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer

 

The Birthday by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #TheBirthday

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Blog Tour 27th September 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Birthday. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop.

My Thoughts

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

It’s a cleverly told story, very intriguing. Quite complex with lots of characters….first time I’ve ever made character notes!

It’s nice to have a new series, getting to know a new team is always fun. Finding out who gets along with who, little secrets between team members, even down to what snacks people like. Finding out about their home life too, and how work impacts upon it.

There are two stories being told. One in the present day and one in the past. Trying to work out who was involved in the “past” storyline really kept me guessing.

When another body confirms Natalie’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. Can Natalie uncover the truth before another life is lost?

A real web of loose ends is what Natalie and her team are dealing with. So many leads to nowhere, and people who I thought were suspects had cast iron alibis. It was so frustrating, the killer was very clever. I can’t say anything about the plot without giving any spoilers.

A good time to start reading Carol Wyer’s books if you haven’t already.

Well-paced and great writing. Extremely tense and a pleasure to read.

I look forward to the next one!

Thanks to Carol Wyer, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 27th September 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK 🇬🇧 The Birthday

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(Detective Natalie Ward Book 1)

One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home…

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night

Meet the Author  Carol author pic Sept 2018

Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies, and won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015). In 2017 she stepped from comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, featuring the popular DI Robyn Carter, which earned her recognition as a crime writer.

The Staffordshire-based writer now has more crime novels in the pipeline, although she can still sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

Carol blogs at www.grumpyoldmenopause.com which featured in The Mail on Sunday

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer

The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #backablogger #bloggersblast #TheChosenOnes

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Blog Tour 26th May 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Chosen Ones. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop.

My Thoughts

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

A very clever story, very intriguing, and very well put together. Lots of ‘verys’ there but all necessary!

There are some really gruesome murder scenes, which I visualised all too realistically! And the crows, I have a bird phobia and they really creeped me out. There was story from the past running alongside the main plot. I really tried to work out who the people were and how they fitted into the main story but I didn’t succeed!

Robyn’s team are great. They are a nice bunch who I feel like I’ve got to know well over the series. There was a race against time as the body count rose. What was the connection? Robyn’s boss was ready to throw her off the case if she didn’t come up with a suspect quickly.

Amy Walters, a local investigative journalist, has had numerous run-ins with Robyn before and is sticking her nose in again. She’s writing a book about serial killers and is after all the info she can get. She does some digging herself, and had written a piece on the first victim, Jordan Kilby, in the past. She’s also written about Jordan’s property developer father, Nathaniel Jones-Kilby.

I liked the setting in Staffordshire and felt like I knew the area as it was all so well described.

Robyn’s cousin Ross had only a bit-part this time, and I really like him! He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. She calls on him to help her out sometimes on the side.

The cliffhanger from the end of book three is still ongoing and not resolved. I didn’t mind to be honest, as the storyline in this book had me so engrossed. I do hope we find out before the end of the series. I can’t believe this is book five already, it’s gone so fast.

Well-paced and great writing. A pleasure to read. I look forward to the next one!

Thanks to Carol Wyer and Bookouture for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 24th May 2018

Amazon links –

UK 🇬🇧 The Chosen Ones
US 🇺🇸 The Chosen Ones

About the book

The Chosen Ones cover(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 5)

On a hot summer’s morning, a young father is found murdered in a cornfield, outside the quiet town of Colton. Tied to a post, arms spread wide; Detective Robyn Carter is reminded of the crucifixion, and she knows she’s looking for a killer with a twisted sense of right and wrong.

The victim’s girlfriend is devastated, unable to fathom how she will tell her sick little boy. Still reeling from her own loss, Robyn vows she will find the killer – no matter what.

But then a local doctor – a popular woman with a young family of her own – is found dead outside her surgery. There are similarities between her and the first body and Robyn must take another look at the picture-postcard town, where no one has any enemies.

Can Robyn untangle the hidden web of secrets, lies, and smouldering grudges, at the heart of this close-knit community, before another life is lost?

An absolutely unputdownable thriller that will keep you reading into the night. If you love Angela Marsons, James Patterson or Tess Gerritsen, The Chosen Ones will have you hooked.

 

Meet the Author Carol pic for The Chosen Ones Blog Tour

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. In 2017 she moved to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers. The first, gripping Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

Carol blogs at www.grumpyoldmenopause.com which featured in The Mail on Sunday

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer