Dead Inside by Noelle Holten #bookreview #DeadInside @nholten40 @KillerReads

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About the Book

Dead Inside: A totally gripping and terrifying serial killer thriller (Maggie Jamieson Crime Thriller, Book 1)

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.

The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

My Review

The first instalment in a new crime series is always exciting.

Fab debut and a refreshingly different angle for a crime book.

I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this. As a book blogger at Crime Book Junkie, Noelle Holten writes a fantastic blog. She obviously knows the secrets of a good story. Being a former probation officer the author has real life knowledge.

The familiarity of character names was unnerving at first, if you’re a blogger you’ll know what I mean, but I soon got used to them as fictional characters.

The depth of the characters jumps out of the page. Some of the scenes are very gritty, so well described that I was cowering away. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, lots of suspicions, making it a real page-turner.

This is a sure fire winner, I loved it and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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 Killer Reads and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 31st May 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK Dead Inside

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Little Darlings by Melanie Golding @mk_golding @HQstories #review #chilling #disturbing #LittleDarlingsBook #NotMyBaby

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Description

THE TWINS ARE CRYING.

THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.

 

LAUREN IS CRYING.

LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.

 

Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.

When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later.

Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren’s spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger?

My Thoughts

Such a good book!

I remember the feelings very well with having a newborn baby. Worrying about death, dropping them, visualising awful things happening. As a mum I presume we all have these thoughts. And I still have worries even with a grown up child. I don’t think that fear will ever go away. But this story goes beyond that. I’ve got goosebumps just writing this review. The story has stayed with me and I’ve thought about it frequently.

I was never quite sure if Lauren had postpartum psychosis or if these things were really happening, especially when other characters saw some of the things she saw.

The fairy stories at the start of a chapter, the babies eyes, the singing at night, stories of changelings OMG I could go on!

It’s nothing like I’ve ever read before and if you’ve got a new baby in the family don’t read it!

Disturbing, suspenseful, chilling, the stuff of nightmares! It creeped me out.

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 HQ and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 2nd May 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK Little Darlings

Happy Publication Day Mel. Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt @writermels #TickTock #localandproud #Stoke #Staffordshire @AvonBooksUK #review #TeamSherratt

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About the Book

TICK…

In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.

TOCK…

Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She’s discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.

TIME’S UP…

DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It’s only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking…

Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?

The #1 bestseller returns with a breathtaking thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

My Review – I loved it!

Being a Stokie myself, Mel Sherratt’s books really hit home with me more than any other author. The story criss-crosses my city, passing by the end of my street and in a nearby park. It seriously creeps me out, even when I’m driving around I think about the author’s books. I just know where it’s all happening even if some of the place names are slightly different. I even put faces to the local newshounds!

DS Grace Allendale was born in Stoke but moved away when she was a child. She returned to the Stoke area a few months ago after working in Manchester. She’s still keen to earn her new colleague’s trust after her previous case which involved members of her estranged family.

A powerful story, it begins when a schoolgirl is murdered during a cross-country PE lesson at school. It gave me the creeps, every parent’s nightmare.

It’s close to Grace too, as the girl was a school friend of her boyfriend Simon’s daughter.

Another woman is found dead a couple of days later, but is there a link to the first case?

Grace and her team battle to find a link, and when they do I was totally not expecting it!

There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, lots of suspicions, making it a real page-turner.

Very gritty scenes, and so well described. It’s a sure fire winner, I loved it.

It can be read as a stand-alone, but for more understanding of Grace and her Stoke family I would recommend reading Hush Hush first. (link to my Hush Hush review here) The relationship with her journalist boyfriend Simon is an interesting side story and I look forward to how her personal life goes in the future.

For me, one of the bonuses of this author’s writing is the way she makes me feel like I know everyone already. There’s no confusion about who’s who, no looking back and wondering where I’d seen the name before. The depth of the characters jumps out of the page.

Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing style and thoroughly recommend her books.

#TeamSherratt #TickTock

Thanks to Mel Sherratt and the Avon Books family for my review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date 2nd May 2019

Get your copy from Amazon UK here Tick Tock

 

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

 

In Her Defence by Jan Edwards @Jancoledwards #InHerDefence @penkhullpress #bookreview

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In Her Defence (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards

Description

Bunch Courtney’s hopes for a quiet market-day lunch with her sister are shattered when a Dutch refugee dies a horribly painful death before their eyes. A few days later Bunch receives a letter from her old friend Cecile saying that her father, Professor Benoir, has been murdered in an eerily similar fashion. Two deaths by poisoning in a single week. Co-incidence? Bunch does not believe that any more than Chief Inspector William Wright.

Set against a backdrop of escalating war and the massed internments of 1940, the pair are drawn together in a race to prevent the murderer from striking again.

My Thoughts

With the setting in the Sussex countryside, I felt the heat of the unseasonably warm Spring. The author’s descriptive writing took me into a world gone by. I loved the details of the war years. I loved the horsey side of things too.

Rose (Bunch) Courtney’s childhood home, Perringham House, has been taken over for the war effort. Bunch and her grandmother and staff are living in the Dower House. There is a hierarchy of diplomats, military and civilians. Bunch and her sister Dodo witness a horrible death in the pub on a busy market day. She receives news that an old friend’s father has died a similar horrible death, looks like poisoning. Could they be connected? With further deaths the locals get twitchy. Bunch is again the amateur sleuth along with Chief Inspector Wright. Bunch keeps her eyes open and her ear to the ground, pursuing the locals for any gossip which may shed light on the goings on. There were plenty of twists and turns in this murder mystery.

The author’s attention to detail made for a great read, especially with the local dialect (I was reading in the accent in my head!)

I usually read fast-paced crime fiction set in the present day, so this was different for me. I really enjoyed it.

I loved the cover design!

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 the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication by Penkhull Press on 4th April 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK In Her Defence

ISBN : 978 0993000898  Penkhull Press

Paperback £9.99  | ebook £2.95

Other books by Jan Edwards:  Winter Downs: Bunch Courtney Investigation #1; Sussex Tales; Fables & Fabrications; Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties;  Olive Hawthorne: Daemons of Devils End (book and script team for Dr Who DVD)

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Jan was born in Sussex, currently living in North Staffordshire. In addition to being a writer she is also a Reiki Master Teacher and Meditational Healer. Jan is available for interviews and appearances.

 

For further information contact:

Penkhull Press at: https://thepenkhullpress.wordpress.com/

Jan’s blog page: https://janedwardsblog.wordpress.com/

email: jan@rowangrove.co.uk

5* #Review of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin @HQDigitalUK @jaxandwillsmum

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Description

An absolutely perfect laugh out loud romantic comedy.

The trip of a lifetime!

Rosie Lewis has her life together.

A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021.

That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he’s had an affair.

Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country.

Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?
A laugh-out-loud novel of love, friendship and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

My Review – Fabulous!

Oh YES, YES, YES!!! I bloody loved this.

It’s made me want to jack in my job and take to the road.

Rosie drunk-buys a bright pink campervan called Poppy, and then has a big panic! Oh my gosh, what has she done! She does a bit of research, finding a Facebook group about ‘vanlife’. Here she chats to Oliver, a photographer, who has lots of tips and ideas. She forms a plan to head off towards Bristol, and then onto a book festival and from there to follow the other vans around the country. As she pulls on to her first campsite she almost runs someone over, and as she gets out of the driver’s seat she falls over in the mud….not a good first impression. This person is Aria, who runs a travelling bookshop. They hit it off straight away and I enjoyed getting to know Aria and her reasons for travelling. They park up side by side and team up with a book and cream tea offer. Rosie has always blended her own teas and inspired by Aria’s books she comes up with some nice flavours. ‘Cake is the 8th wonder of the world’ has to be a favourite quote. And now I can call my squishy tummy a ‘cake baby’ too!! There are a few characters that do the rounds at the festivals and events, one such character is Max. His speciality is vegan food, and it took some convincing to get traditional chef Rosie to try out some of his food. It was delicious, and even convinced me to try out some recipes.

Rosie starts to discover her true self during this journey, leaving behind the hectic chef lifestyle in London. The beautiful countryside, sunsets and new companions all make for a great story.

Lots of laughs, food and fun. There were some serious topics brought up too, tackled perfectly.

It really is a lovely book, after reading the author’s last book I wanted to run away to Paris to become a perfumer. She really is very convincing on changing your lifestyle!

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 HQ Digital and NetGalley for the review copy, in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date:

ebook – 4th March 2019

Paperback – 17th May 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop

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