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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

The Silent Children by Carol Wyer #TheSilentChildren @carolewyer @bookouture #review #NetGalley

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(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 4)

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.

 

My Thoughts

I do love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

It’s a cleverly told story, very intriguing.

Quite complex with lots of characters, but told in a way that you don’t forget things as you go along.

There are two stories being told. One “now” and one “then”. Trying to work out who the people involved in the “then” storyline really kept me guessing.

It was nice to see her cousin Ross again. He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. She calls on him to help her out sometimes on the side. Her late husband’s daughter was featured again and it was nice to see her growing up and interacting with Robyn. I was hoping it started from the cliffhanger in book three but it didn’t. I guess that’s for another book in the future.

Some of the areas were familiar to me, being from Staffordshire, and I liked that aspect.

Well-paced and great writing. A pleasure to read and I had to read just one more chapter, and another one….

I look forward to the next one!

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

Publication date 7th December 2017

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US  The Silent Children

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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Description

(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.

Carol can be contacted on the links below:-

http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer

https://twitter.com/carolewyer

#blogtour Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer #bookreview @carolewyer @bookouture

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Blog Tour 1st June 2017

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

Also check out my fellow blogger on today’s stop, Kaisha at The Writing Garnet

My Review – 5 stars

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side, the story is so well crafted.

I think it flowed better than Little Girl Lost, the first outing of DI Robyn Carter.

This could actually be read as a stand-alone, but knowing a bit about her life from before is better, how and why she is tough and strong-willed.

Robyn’s instinct is telling her something isn’t so cut & dried about a seemingly natural death in a sauna at a posh countryside spa.

Then another death is discovered, with a strange receipt. She feels there could be a link, but can’t find one. When yet another body is found, again with a receipt, she knows she has a serial killer in her midst. But how are these deaths linked? This is what she needs to suss out.

It was nice to see her cousin Ross again. He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. She calls on him to help her out when her boss tells her to butt out of the original death at the spa. She promptly sends him and his wife for a couple of days of pampering….and snooping of course.

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

I enjoyed it as the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle came together as there seemed no obvious link between the victims at first.

I felt I was working on the case myself!

Well-paced and exceptional writing. A pleasure to read. It had me gripped and I took every opportunity to read just one more chapter.

I was even checking out silver Fiat 500’s for back window stickers….that’s when I knew it was getting inside my head!!

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

A big thank you to Kim Nash for inviting me along on this blog tour x

Publication date 30th May 2017

Secrets of the Dead – Amazon links

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US 🇺🇸 http://amzn.to/2q17Df2

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(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 2)

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Meet the Author

Secrets photoAs 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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