#BlogTour Dead Bad by Helen H Durrant @hhdurrant @JoffeBooks #TeamJoffeBooks

Title: Dead Bad by Helen H Durrant

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 7th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling crime mystery with great detectives?

Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or whether a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD BAD is book eight of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
BOOK 8: DEAD BAD

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL

TALBOT DYSON
HIS THIRD VICTIM

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Review:

The story opens with a hostage situation followed by the discovery of a dead woman in an abandoned church. The similarities to an old case from DI Tom Calladine’s past are unmistakable but Tom is nowhere to be found and a large amount of money is found in his bank account. It’s up to DS Ruth Bayliss and the team to prove Calladine’s innocence and find a murderer on the loose.

This is the eighth in the series but can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend to have at least read a couple of the previous books just to get a better sense of the characters.

This was such an absorbing, fast paced read. With the kidnapping of Calladine and the brutal killer on the loose story lines, I just could not stop turning those pages!  

This is the second Calladine and Bayliss novel I’ve read and what I appreciated in this one is we got a little bit more about the history/family of the characters than in the previous novel, Dead Jealous. There also a nice little bonus for fans of Helen’s other novels, as there is a guest appearance from DI Greco, the straight laced detective from her ‘Dark’ series of novels.

My only issue was that I got so enthralled by Calladine’s kidnap, I sort of forgot for a couple of chapters that there’d been a murder but that was just a minor point.

Overall a page turner that left me anxiously waiting for the next in the series.

Rating: 4.5/5

Author Bio:

OVER 500,000 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father andAuthor photo - helen durrant Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

Twitter: @hhdurrant

Facebook: www.facebook.com/helen.durrant.12

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Calladine-Bayliss-Detective-Novels

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#BlogTour #Review This Dark Place by Claire Kittridge @cpkittridge @annecater #ThisDarkPlace #RandomThingsTours

Title: This Dark Place by Claire Kittridge

Publisher: Delicate Prey Publishing

Date Published: 17th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Priscilla Ames is the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund manager that has made millions in the stock market. She’s reckless, impulsive, always wanting to be the center of attention, but one thing has been constant – her friendship with Avery Moss. They are like sisters that share adventures and look out for each other in times of need.

Avery Moss comes from a working-class family in Brooklyn. She met Priscilla as an 8 year-old at an elite NYC private school where Avery was on a one-year scholarship. They became friends on the first day of school when Avery beat up a boy that was teasing Priscilla. When Avery’s scholarship was discontinued, Priscilla’s father, Peter Ames, stepped in and has supported her schooling ever since, including sending the girls to a prestigious acting college in London.

NYPD Detective Kelly Moore is a member of the elite Queens Violent Felony Squad. She is smart and strong and direct. Years ago, her older sister disappeared while travelling in England and the case was never solved, haunting all of her investigations. Moore’s greatest strength and her greatest weakness are two sides of the same coin: when she’s on her game, she works from the inside out, acting on hunches and then backing them up with evidence – but under duress, she acts rashly, leaping before she looks.

When Priscilla’s body is found by Avery in a posh London flat and her death is splashed across headlines worldwide, Kelly Moore flies across the Atlantic to join a crack team of British investigators working on the case.

Together with the London Metropolitan Police, Kelly must track down a twisted serial killer who seems to know her every move and her darkest secrets. As the body count rises, and panic spreads, the killer threatens to make Kelly the next victim.

In a heart-racing game of cat and mouse, Kelly must outwit this elusive master of surveillance – who might be the last person she suspects.
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Review:

NYPD detective Kelly Moore is sent to London to investigate by the grieving father of Priscilla Ames after her room mate Avery Moss finds her dead after seemingly playing a game of Russian Roulette. Suspicion quickly falls on Avery but Kelly is not convinced. Alone in a foreign country with someone who desperately wants Kelly to stop investigating, will she crack the case?

I love discovering new crime writers and Claire Kittridge is no exception. This book has a fast, snappy pace and there is never a dull moment.

Kelly is a very likeable character and I really feel for her, her sister went missing on her way to London and she spent months trying to track her with no trace. She is dedicated, a little fool hardy at times, but who would want that is a fictional police officer?

There’s also a nice US versus UK theme which wasn’t overly done, although I did roll my eyes a little at the cockney rhyming slang used briefly by one of the characters.

There are bits that are a little unbelievable,.i.e. an American policewoman being allowed onto a British case and interviewing a suspect who’s been arrested but it’s still enjoyable read as long as you aren’t a stickler for the rules. Also some of the so-called Brits do slip the odd Americanism in there too.

A promising start to a new crime series and I for one am looking forward to where this is heading next.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Claire Kittridgegrew up in Brooklyn, NY watching The X-files, Law and Order, and a worn-outClaire Kittridge Author Pic VHS tape of Sweeney Todd that she found in the basement. Long a lover of atmospheric landscape, rolling hills, and rainy days, Claire fell in love with England and its great fictional detectives while traveling around Britain as a teenager.

An avid reader, triathlete, and boxing fan, Claire lives in New York City with her cat, Chairman Meow. She is currently at work on the second Kelly Moore novel.

Twitter: @cpkittridge

Instagram: @clairekittridge

Amazon author page:  amazon.com/author/clairekittridge

Bedtime Book Review: Evil Games by Angela Marsons. #BookReview

So this is the second in my new Bedtime Book Review posts, you can read the first, Electric Dreams here. 

Title: Evil Games by Angela Marsons

Date Published: (paperback) 26th January 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.

Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.

The rising star of the British thriller scene returns with a novel that enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham.

Review:

Shamefully I only discovered Angela Marsons last year after picking up her first book Silent Scream in a charity shop. I’m now trying to catch up with the rest of the series.

Evil Games is the second in the Kim Stone series and it opens with the arrest in a particularly harrowing case of a man who was sexual abusing his young daughters. Evidence comes to light that the father may not have been acting alone.

If Kim and her team don’t have enough to deal with a rapist ends up stabbed to death after his recent release from prison. It quickly becomes clear the motive is vengeance. More killings come to light and it leads Kim into a dark and twisted game.

Initially I thought this wasn’t as good as her first book but it ended up being a tense and gripping read that ended up keeping me up well into the night. It does contain quite a lot of upsetting scenes and themes but the author handles them with care and consideration.

I adore Kim. She socially inept (the nearest thing she has to a friend is her colleague Bryant), can be rude and inconsiderate and basically lives for her job but she has a good heart and a thirst for the right kind of justice. You get a bit more background information in this novel than the previous one and I feel you get to know her character better.

I have to be honest, you find out early on who the bad guy is but it doesn’t really spoil the story because they are so devious and cruel you never know what they’re going to do.

This is a definite must read series for mystery/thriller fans.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series and her booksangela marsons have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.

Next time on Bedtime Book Reviews, Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton.

#BlogBlitz #Review Under The Woods by K.A Richardson @Bloodhoundbook @karichardson77 #NewRelease

Title: Under The Woods by K.A Richardson

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 27th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

When a homeless woman, Cheryl Whiffen, hears voices in her head telling her to do bad things, she can’t help but obey.

But when Cheryl becomes the victim of a serial killer who is collecting angels, this time the voices can’t help her. She is deemed not worthy of being an angel and the killer has to find another way to dispose of her body.

TJ Tulley has connections in the police force – her brother Jacob is a digital forensic analyst and her soon to be sister-in-law is a CSI. She knows many of their colleagues so when someone breaks into her house at the riding stables she owns, it’s not a surprise when the police dispatch CSI Jackson Doherty.

Is there a link between a suspicious fire at the stables and the serial killer?

As TJ and Doherty get closer to the truth they don’t realise the danger they are in. He is a killer – he’s angry at their investigation and he’ll do just about anything to protect his angels…

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Review:

When her friend Cheryl is taken from the streets, Sally begs the police to investigate but unwittingly becomes a target for a serial killer who is collecting angels.

Meanwhile, forced to changed career paths due to a devastating attack, TJ has embraced her new role as owner of Rainbow Riding Stables. TJ thinks she’s put the past behind her but after a break in at her house and stables she’s meets CSI Jackson Docherty and together they must find out who is targeting her.

This is the fourth book in this series but the first I’ve read and while some of the characters are recurring from earlier books, I would say this works perfectly well as a stand-alone.

Under The Woods is dark and disturbing novel, set in the North East of England, that puts you inside the mind of a really twisted serial killer. The story focuses more on the CSI/forensic investigation which I found was a nice change than the usual police procedurals.

There were a lot of strong female characters like TJ and Sally who have both been through so much but won’t go down without a fight. I also liked the romance between TJ and Jackson, their chemistry really crackled off the page.

I’m not going to call this book a nail biter, but it really pulls you with the great characters and compelling story that makes you not want to put it down. I don’t want to say too much more in case I end up giving away spoilers!

If I had one issue it was the whole Jackson’s getting stalked by his crazy ex girlfriend storyline. All he seemed to do was shout at her (I’m sorry how many times does shouting at a deranged person actually work?), and made me dislike Jackson, plus I just don’t think it really added to the story but that of course is just my opinion.

Overall a darkly disturbing modern thriller that will keep you enthralled throughout.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

My name is Kerry-Ann Richardson (generally known as Kerry) and I write as KA Richardson. Idownload started writing the North East Police series in 2010 when I was working towards my MA Creative Writing – I used the first 15000 words of With Deadly Intent as my dissertation. I passed my MA in 2011 and kept on writing. This all came about from working as a Crime Scene Investigator – I’d always written but when I was a CSI I went to see a psychic, Anthony, and he wanted to know why I wasn’t writing. He reminded me that it was my passion and said he could see me signing in Waterstones in 5 years. That was 5.5 years before my first ever signing in Waterstones so he wasn’t far wrong!

I did the normal things writers do when their book is ready to go out into the world – submitted to agents etc. I got a few nice personal responses back – still saying no but being constructive and polite about it. I approached Darren Laws from Caffeine Nights whilst at a crime festival and he asked to see my work. He agreed to publish With Deadly Intent from there, and once that was out I approached Bloodhound Books as wanted to know if there was any other interest in my novels. Bloodhound came back within 24 hours and offered me a 3 book deal! And I’ve since signed an additional 3 book deal with them which covers the series up to and including book 7!

Links:

Website:www.kerryannrichardson.com

Twitter: @kerryann77 or @karichardson77

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/ka.richardsonwriter

Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/K.A.-Richardson/e/B01D58WOV6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1491858252&sr=8-2-ent

#BlogTour #Review Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher @JoffeBooks @Gloriouscharlie #NewRelease #PoliceProcedural

Title: Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 24th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural


Description:

Discover a gripping crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive beginning to one of the most surprising endings of the year.
On a lazy Sunday morning Jenny Harris is shaken awake by her panic-stricken boyfriend, Joseph. Their baby daughter lies asleep on her chest. ‘We’ve got to go!’ Joseph screams.
In their hotel room, Jenny hurriedly wraps her tiny baby up. All their belongings are left behind. There’s no time. Joseph’s panic is contagious.
Jenny sprints with her family from the hotel. And it’s clear that they are being chased. Their pursuers are indiscriminate and they are deadly. Her boyfriend falls, caught up in the carnage, but he manages to give her one last message: RUN!’
Detective George Elms is investigating a separate crime: an elderly woman shot in the stomach during a robbery gone wrong. She is left for her dead in her country kitchen where she stood firm against violent thieves.
What’s the link between the two incidents? And who will do anything to silence Jenny forever?
George’s only option is to make ground on both cases. And he must move fast. Because everyone is in deadly danger and time is running out.

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LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

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Review:

Jenny doesn’t understand why her boyfriend wakes her up in a panic, demanding her to run with their daughter, that is until people start shooting at her.

While everyone is out looking for Jenny, newly promoted DI George Elms is dealing with a personal issue, the return of his estranged wife and his daughter. When he is tasked to investigate the shooting of an old woman on an isolated farm his head is not really on his work. Can George pull it together?

This is the fifth book in the series and the first I’ve read by Charlie Gallagher, which is probably not ideal but I can safely say this can be read as a stand-alone without feeling lost or having the previous books spoilt for you.

Wow, Charlie Gallagher just drops you right into the thick of the action which doesn’t let up at all!  I enjoyed the fact it wasn’t overly complicated or had too many characters, a problem I’ve been seeing in crime fiction of late, just a great fast paced thrilling read. Also as Charlie is a real life police officer, it feels really authentic without getting bogged down in detail.

I have to be honest at first I didn’t really warm to George Elms that much. I understand he’s under a lot of pressure after being promoted and from his estranged wife but sometimes I felt like giving him a good smack and telling him to stop behaving so badly. By the end though, he got me on side.

Overall an action packed read and a must for fans of police procedurals.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences. 

LINKS:

Website: https://www.writercharliegallagher.com

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

Twitter: @gloriouscharlie

#BlogTour #Keeper by Jo Gustawsson @JoGustawsson @OrendaBooks @AnneCater

Title: Keeper by Jo Gustawsson

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication Date: 30th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

A breathless new thriller from the Queen of French Noir.

Sequel to the international bestseller Block 46.

Next in the award-winning Roy & Castells series

Murders in London and Sweden lead the team back to Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel…

Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.

London 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?

Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down…

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Review:

This is the second in the Roy and Castells series, which I didn’t realise when I started reading this and it works fine as a stand-alone but I would probably recommend reading the first book Block 46 just to get a better understanding of the characters.

It’s quite a complicated storyline with two narratives running throughout. One is set in 2015 which is all about the discovery of a body in Sweden which links back to murders in Tower Hamlets, London, ten years previously and the kidnap of actress Julianne Bell. The second goes back to Jack The Rippers rein of terror back in the 19th century which to me seems well researched and doesn’t hold back when describing the poverty people lived in back then.

I enjoyed the sort of opposites of Emily Roy and Alexis Castells. Roy comes across as blunt and rude and Alexis is more emotional, the more ‘human’ of the two. I loved the Swedish trainee Aliénor who is on the autistic spectrum, who injects a little humour (intentional of course) into the story.

The story has plenty of twists and turns with an ending that truly surprised me, which I can I tell you is quite difficult!

This is not a book for the faint of heart, it’s graphic, intense and quite disturbing at times. There is also a large cast of characters which occasionally I found hard to keep track of.

Overall a great mix of historical and mystery which will keep you on your toes. I can’t wait to see what is next for this series.

A big thank you to Orenda for my advanced copy of Keeper and Anne Cater for organising this blog tour.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives Johana Picin London.

She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015.

Her debut, Block 46, was an award-winning, international bestseller, with Keeper following suit.

She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.

#BlogTour Q&A Murder At Work by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov #Promo #NewRelease

A little extra post this week with a Q&A from Faith Martin answering all those frequently asked questions.  First a little bit about the book.  I haven’t unfortunately had the time to read this book but it looks fantastic!  I’ll be adding it to my mountainous tbr pile….  

Title: Murder At Work by Faith Martin (Hiliary Greene No 11)

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 13th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

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Book Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Hillary will retire in a few weeks. But can her boss get Hillary to change her mind by putting her on a murder investigation?

The victim is found dead with his head bashed in with a piece of wood. Michael Ivers was a gambler and a notorious womaniser. He had few friends and there is a long list of people who might have wanted him dead.

Hillary wants to solve her final case as a police officer and she has just days left to find out who killed him. To add to her problems, her old enemy, ex-Sergeant Frank Ross is back on the scene and is a prime suspect.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER AT WORK is the eleventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION:
A small industrial/business unit on the outskirts of a large market town. It has six units, including a scrap-metal yard, a builders’ yard, a shoe warehouse, a newspaper delivery depot, a garden supplies unit and an auto repair shop. Modern but unattractive, it is a small working community, where everyone knows everyone else, and most workers eat in a small on-site café.

THE DETECTIVE:
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW EXIT.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK

THIS IS NOT HILLARY’S LAST CASE. SHE WILL RETURN TO INVESTIGATE MORE FIENDISH CRIMES.

Books 12-17 coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions by Faith Martin:

Where do you get your ideas from?

It would be nice if ideas came to me in my dreams, then all I’d have to do in the morning is jot them down and hey presto! Alas, this has never yet happened. So, whenever I approach any murder mystery, I start with the basic facts – ie, ‘A’ murders ‘B’ because of ‘C’. I then invent other motives for other characters, chose my murder method, and then add in clues. When you pick up a book as reader, you begin with chapter one and are then, step-by-step, taken further and deeper in the story until you come to the denouement at the end. In other words, you start on the outside of the spider’s web, and work your way to the centre. But as a writer, I start from the central core and work outwards!
What made you decide to write your first book?

I trained as a secretary, but when I was only 19, my parents had a very bad car accident that left them partially disabled. After a few years, it became clear that they needed some long-term help, so I left my secretarial job, and stayed at home as a carer. But I needed something else to do – and since I had always been a creative sort, and had always loved reading books, I decided to try and write one for myself. (As you do!) I started writing romance first, and as MAXINE BARRY was lucky enough to have my first book published by Orion. I then later decided to turn to crime! And now the lovely Jasper Joffe has been kind enough to fight DI Hillary Greene’s corner.
Who do you like to read when you’re not writing a book yourself?

I love reading authors from around the world, and read anything crime-related, except horror (too chicken!) There are some great Scandinavian authors around at the moment (especially in the noir genre), but also some marvellous African and Australian authors. But my very favourites are still golden age authors. At the moment, for instance, I’m reading a Rex Stout novel. But I’ve also ordered from my local library as many copies of the British Library Classic Crime series as I can find. Everyone knows the famous authors, of course, but that era produced some writers who are totally unknown now, but who deserve a renaissance.
What do you like most about being a writer?

There are so many things, it’s hard to put them in any order. I love getting letters from readers, thanking me for a book that they’ve just enjoyed reading, for instance. That always makes my day. And when the postman comes with my complimentary copies from my publisher. There’s something about getting my hands on my newly released novel for the first time that’s absolutely wonderful. And the satisfaction of typing in THE END after months of hard work! What a relief!
What do you most dislike about being a writer?

Not much, to be honest. But being your own boss can sometimes be difficult (you can’t blame the boss when things go wrong, for instance!). And when the sun’s shining, and the dog is looking at you hopefully, it can be hard to knuckle down and finish off that bit in chapter four, when all you really want to do is head out for a ramble in the countryside instead. Also, although it sounds like an old cliché, writing can be a very lonely occupation sometimes. Not just physically – being alone in a room, without work colleagues – but mentally too. When it’s just you and a blank, unhelpful screen, you can sometimes feel as if you’re living on Mars!

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city ofAuthor photo (1) dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 11 books in the series are available now.


Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.