Friday, 14 December 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley #bloghounds

betsy reavley

Title: Murder in the Dark
Author: Betsy Reavley
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: 12 December 2018

Twitter: @BetsyReavley

A big thank you to Emma from and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley.


Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?


Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?

When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.

DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.

But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…

Who is behind the killings and why?

The police have their work cut out and the key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.

But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging...

Monday, 10 December 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: Forget My Name by J.S.Monroe

Title: Forget My Name
Author: J.S. Monroe
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 1 October 2018

Twitter: @jsthrillers
Facebook: @JSMonroeFindMe
Instagram: JSThrillers

I am delighted to by joining the blog tour today for J.S. Monroe's gripping new novel, Forget My Name.


How do you know who to trust...

...when you don't even know who you are?

You are outside your front door.

There are strangers in your house.

Then you realise. You can't remember your name.

She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn't remember her own name. All she knew was her own address.

Now she's outside Tony and Laura's front door. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.

One of them is lying.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Cairo Brief by Fiona Veitch Smith

Title: The Cairo Brief (Poppy Denby Investigates Book 4)
Author: Fiona Veitch Smith
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 21 September 2018

The Cairo Brief has recently been shortlisted for The People's Book Prize and voting is open now - more details can be found here.


I've heard all about you, Miss Denby. Everyone knows you have a nose for murder. Poppy Denby is intrigued when she is invited to attend the auction for the Death Mask of Nefertiti. Held on the country estate of Sir James Maddox, a famous explorer, the auction promises to be a controversial and newsworthy affair. Representatives from the world's leading museums are gathering to bid on the mask, which was discovered in Egypt. Poppy quickly sniffs out that the mask was not the only thing found that night: the underground chamber also contained a dead body. Poppy and her colleagues from The Daily Globe, who are trying to stay one step ahead of their rivals from The London Courier, dismiss rumours about the mask's ancient curse. But when one of the auction party is murdered, and someone starts stalking Poppy, the race is on to find the killer before the curse can strike again.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Book Review: The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

Title: The Mercy Seat
Author: Elizabeth H Winthrop
Publisher: Sceptre Books
Publication Date: 8 May 2018 (ebook), 14 June 2018 (hardcover), 7 February 2019 (paperback)


As the sun begins to set over Louisiana one October day in 1943, a young black man faces the final hours of his life: at midnight, eighteen-year-old Willie Jones will be executed by electric chair for raping a white girl - a crime some believe he did not commit.

In a tale taut with tension, events unfold hour by hour from the perspectives of nine people involved. They include Willie himself, who knows what really happened, and his father, desperately trying to reach the town jail to see his son one last time; the prosecuting lawyer, haunted by being forced to seek the death penalty against his convictions, and his wife, who believes Willie to be innocent; the priest who has become a friend to Willie; and a mother whose only son is fighting in the Pacific, bent on befriending her black neighbours in defiance of her husband.

In this exceptionally powerful novel, Elizabeth Winthrop explores matters of justice, racism and the death penalty in a fresh subtle and profoundly affecting way. Her Kaleidoscopic narrative allows us to inhabit the lives of her characters and see them for what they are - complex individuals, making fateful choices we might not condone, but can understand. 

Friday, 16 November 2018

Book Review: The Corset by Laura Purcell [via PigeonHole]

The Corset by Laura Purcell

Title: The Corset
Author: Laura Purcell
Publisher: Raven Books
Publication Date 20 September 2018

Twitter: @spookypurcell


Dorothea and Ruth.

Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless.

Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder.

When Dorothea's charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted to have the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person's skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets teenage seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another theory: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread. For Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.

The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations, of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses, will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality, and the power of redemption.

Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer?

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

REVIEW: The Pigeonhole App - an online book club

The Pigeonhole

Book lovers and book bloggers, if you haven't already heard of The Pigeonhole you really should check it out!

I was introduced to The Pigeonhole approximately 2 months ago and since then I've recommended it to a number of friends.

Launched in September 2014, The Pigeonhole is an online book club. You download the app (for Android or iOS) onto your phone and then sign up - simple!  Once signed up, you pick a book (or two) and start to read through the app.  There will be a limited number of spaces for each book, so if you see one that takes your fancy you better sign up quickly!  Once a book goes live, you may or may not be able to join in. I believe it depends how many spaces are left. After the serialisation has concluded, the completed book will remain available for one month. 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Green Viper (James Ryker Book 4) by Rob Sinclair

Rob Sinclair

Title: The Green Viper (James Ryker Book 4)
Author: Rob Sinclair
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: 5 November 2018

Other books in series: The Red Cobra,  The Black Hornet  &  The Silver Wolf

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for The Green Viper by Rob Sinclair. Huge thanks to Emma Welton (aka @damppebbles), Bloodhound Books and the author himself for both inviting me to join the tour and for providing a copy of Rob's fantastic new novel, The Green Viper, for review.