#BlogTour #Review Murder Never Retires by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov #TeamJoffeBooks

Title: Murder Never Retires (Hillary Greene 12) by Faith Martin.

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 21st May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?
 
DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS BACK! And this time she’s going to solve the most difficult cold cases.
 
Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.
 
She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.
 
Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie.
 
However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice?
 
Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker.
 
Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?
 
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.
 
MURDER NEVER RETIRES is the twelfth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
 
THE LOCATION
The village of Chesterton, just a few miles from the market town of Bicester. With recent development, the village (like many near large towns) is nowadays in danger of becoming a mere ‘suburb’ of its biggest neighbour. Especially since it’s a stones-throw from Bicester Village — the famous high-end designer-label shopping centre that brings large amounts of UK and foreign shoppers. But at the time of the original murder investigation, it was a village like many to be found in rural Oxfordshire. Surrounded by farmland, it was a peaceful, quiet location. Not the sort of place where you’d expect a shocking murder to happen

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a retired police detective. She had many years’ experience solving the toughest murder cases, 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. She was popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

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Review:

Hillary’s back! After only eighteen months of retirement she joins the Crime Review Team as a civilian consultant. Her new boss Superintendent Steven Crayle decides to drop her in at the deep end with a cold case that’s over twenty years old. Anne McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen, with no real forensic evidence and only one suspect that they can’t place at the crime scene, can Hillary crack the case?

So I know this is the twelfth in the Hillary Greene series but I think if you’ve never read any of the others books this is perfect place to give them a go as you are pretty much starting afresh. She has a new boss, new team even a new office, which is more of a cupboard, in the basement of the police HQ which they lovingly call Hades.

I like the fact Faith Martin retired Hillary, it’s given the series a whole new lease of life! I’d recommend this to people who are fans of the TV show New Tricks.

Hillary is feeling distinctly wrong footed investigating an old case and not being treated with the same respect or having the same powers as when she was a DI. She also has a new inexperienced team, who for the most part work part time. The only bright spot is her new right hand man, Jimmy Jessop, a retired detective sergeant, and a person who seems to understand her methods. Another downside to being back is she has picked up a stalker too. Add all that a complex case with seemingly no leads equal a real page turner.

There’s also a new bit of chemistry between her and her new boss Steven Crayle which I can’t wait to see how that works out.

Another great police procedural from Faith Martin that will have you intrigued from beginning to end.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different penAuthor photo (1) names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of 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 12 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.

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#Review Murder At Work by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov

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

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 13th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

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!

Review:

Hillary has decided it’s time to retire and nothing is going to change her mind but Commander Marcus Donleavy is giving it one last try to get her to stay, a murder case. Michael Ivers works for newspaper distribution warehouse and is widely known to be a Lothario, an awful boss and a gambler that was until he is found dead with his head caved in. There is an unpleasant surprise when Hillary and her team arrive at the warehouses in the form of her old DS and general pain in her backside Frank Ross. Will she solve the case before she retires?

So I’m reading this ahead of the blog tour for the next book Murder Never Retires which starts on Thursday.

Another entertaining and enjoyable read from Faith Martin! Last year, when I read the first novel in the series, Murder On The Oxford Canal, I honestly didn’t think I’d enjoy these books as much as I have done so far. I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw and Joffe Books for introducing me to the fantastic series.

Poor Hillary! In her heart she doesn’t want to retire, the thought terrifies her but after the majority of her team has left and feeling that she is compromised as an officer she feels this is the only way.

I loved the re-introduction of Frank Ross, a character, even though he’s a nasty piece of work, I kind of missed from the last book. The obvious antagonism between him and the rest of the team makes it even more entertaining to read.

The case is a tough one, with no obvious suspects. Then we have Brian Vane in the background, her former boss who’s being transferred up to Hull but still wants to take revenge on Hillary (see previous two books, I don’t want to spoil it for you). Altogether it makes a gripping and enthralling read.

I think this has to be one of my favourites in the Hillary Greene series and while I know there are more books, which I’m happy about, even if there wasn’t this still would have been a good ending.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different penAuthor photo (1) names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of 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.

#Review The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #NewRelease

Title: The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 21st May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Everyone has their secrets. But this one could destroy your marriage.

When Anna Blackwell opens an email from an unknown sender, the shocking image attached shatters her perfect world. A woman has been killed. And Anna knows who did it. The past is catching up with her.

Is it her turn next?

To protect herself and her husband Will, she must tell him the terrible truth about her first love. But as the secrets of her life unravel, Anna begins to realise that she is not the only one who has been living a lie.

Anna doesn’t know who to turn to: her best friend, her parents, her husband. But she knows that her ex-lover is dangerous and she must stop him, before it’s too late…

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly unputdownable psychological thriller will have you gasping at every twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

Review:

Wow, I have heard such good things about Shalini Boland and I can say after reading this, I’ve found out for myself her books definitely live up to the hype!

You ever start reading a book, then think to yourself just one more chapter, suddenly it’s one o’clock in the morning and you just desperately want to find out what happening at the end so you keep reading? Yep, this is one of those books.

Anna is an incredibly sweet, if naive character, she feels like she has the perfect life but she’s been keeping secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. The book charts her relationship with her ex Fin who is the hot bad boy at her school, that every girl wants, who she can’t believe picks her but their teenage love soon turns sour. He comes up with a crackpot scheme to make them rich, showing just how unhinged he really is. Fast forward ten years later and she’d happily married to the lovely Will then Fin comes crashing back into her life.

To me this book was a tense, action packed, heart pounding read with jaw dropping revelations that I couldn’t put down. Did I see some the twist coming yes, and the ending may have been a little unbelievable but this is such a great book I could forgive those minor details.

Overall an entertaining read that will have you gripped from beginning to end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my advanced copy of this fantastic book.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two sons and their cheeky poodle-shalini-bolandterrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Her debut psychological thriller The Girl from the Sea published in June 2016 reached Number 1 in the US Audible charts. Her second thriller The Best Friend published in October 2016 reached a high of number 10 in Amazon’s UK Kindle charts. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories and was a Kindle All Star title for several months in a row.

#BlogTour Game Players by Anita Waller @Bloodhoundbook @anitamayw

Title: Game Players by Anita Waller

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 18th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

When a gang of six children playing in their den in the woods spot a man burying drugs nearby, it marks the beginning of the end of their childhoods.

Unsure what to do, the children dig up the drugs and take them away. But when the dealer, who they watched bury the stash, shows up dead, the youngsters are thrown into turmoil.

Scared of what might happen, the children tell the police about the body they have discovered.

Meanwhile, a group of gangsters start searching for their missing drugs.

Soon the children and their families become the target of the vicious criminals who will stop at nothing to retrieve their narcotics…

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Review:

Mark, Dominic, Freya, Ella, Daryl and Sammy call themselves The Gang of Six, they meet up in the woods every day and play in their den. One day they spot local drug dealer Vinnie Walmsley bury some drugs. They can’t leave the drugs where they are so they dig them up. Unfortunately for them the people who Vinnie was minding the drugs for want them back and will stop at nothing for them to be returned.

So this is the second book I’ve read by Anita Waller this year, you can read my review of her other novel, Captor, here.

This book has lots of gasp out loud moments and plenty that will make you a little weepy too (it did for me anyway). A thing that I’ve noticed from her last book and as well in this one, Anita Waller really makes you care about what happens to her characters, not an easy feat I might add!

I wish I had a set of friends as good as these six when I was younger, their friendship is just so lovely! Out of the children I liked Freya, who’s nickname was feral Freya because of her fearless attitude and Daryl the sensible one who really matures as the book goes along and becomes a leader rather than a follower.

This just personal preference mind you and nothing personal to the author, I’m becoming a little tired of the latest fad for children being the main characters in Mystery/Thrillers. It’s super hard to get the voices right which unfortunately, to me anyway, they sound a bit more like teenagers than the eleven and nine they’re supposed to be.

Also I feel there was a lack of character description and the story seemed to run out of steam by the end, I was kind of hoping for a twist or something which didn’t come.

Overall this is more of a tale of friendship than mystery but a must for fans of Anita Waller.

Rating: 3/5

About The Author:

Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and theyimage1 (1) have three adult children.
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.

In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation. As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.

Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.

Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.

34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.

Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.

While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books launched Strategy, on 10 August 2017.

Her next book, launched February 2018 and entitled Captor, is a psychological thriller, set exclusively in Sheffield. It was an instant success, both in the UK and the US.

The along came Game Players… once more set in Sheffield, the story involves a group of six children who have each other’s backs to a remarkable extent. The darker, criminal side of Sheffield is explored, and the book launch is 18 May 2018.
In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed, and they provided it.

Her genre is murder – necessary murder.

Links:

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=anita+waller

Facebook page: @anitawaller2015

Website: www.anitamayw.wixsite.com/anitawaller

Twitter: @anitamayw

Beautiful:

www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B014RCH5WM/

Angel:

www.amazon.co.uk/Angel-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B01DR4USZC/

34 Days:

www.amazon.co.uk/34-Days-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B01IP6YE0M/

Winterscroft:

www.amazon.co.uk/Winterscroft-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B06XMY3JD3/

Strategy:

www.amazon.co.uk/Strategy-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B0748MRBT2/

Captor:

www.amazon.co.uk/Captor-gripping-thriller-dont-want-ebook/dp/B079F3J98Y/

Bedtime Book Review Little Black Lies By Sharon Bolton #Review

Title: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Publisher: Corgi

Date Published: 19th November 2015

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

A dark and haunting thriller. It creeps under your skin and doesn’t let you go’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you?

Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours.

Living in a small island community, you can’t escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you’ve lost – your family, your future, your sanity.

How long before revenge becomes irresistible?

With no reason to go on living, why shouldn’t you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

So now, what’s the worst thing you can do to your best friend?Review:

Set in the Falkland Islands back in 1994, Catrin is teetering on the edge of sanity. It’s been three years since her best friend Rachel, killed her sons by carelessly leaving them in a car without the handbrake properly secured. Revenge is on her mind. She wants to make Rachel suffer but is she capable of committing murder?

Meanwhile a little boy disappears, the third in as many years. Suspicion quickly falls on Catrin and ex-soldier Callum Murray after they find the body of a child in the wreckage of an old ship. Are they innocent?

I’m a huge Sharon Bolton fan and this book has sadly been on my tbr for over a year now but I finally got round to it.

This is an epic sprawling novel, set against the backdrop of the wild and desolate terrain of the Falklands. The novel is separated into three sections, containing three separate viewpoints, Catrin, Callum and then finally Rachel.

It’s also written in the first person so you really get into the minds of each of the characters, each of them so life like. Catrin is so broken, haunted by the ghosts of her sons and the baby that didn’t survive. It broke my heart a little reading about her, thinking what I’d be like if anything ever happened to my son. Then there’s Callum, who at first I found a little creepy and a bit of a stalker (you find out later why he’s like that) who suffers from PTSD, having blackouts and not remembering what happened during them, an after effect from the Falklands war back in 1982. And lastly there’s Rachel, the villain for most of the book, but I still felt incredibly sorry for her, the guilt of the accident still weighing her down.

I have to be honest though, the pace was super slow for the majority of the book, I’m talking snail pace. The action for me didn’t really kick in until Callum’s POV which I think is over half way through the book. What saved it though, was the tension packed ending, that I could never have figured out in a million years, which I stayed up too late reading last night and now I’m a little tired writing this.

Overall, not the easiest of reads but definitely something you should stick with until the end.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.

Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

Website: https://www.sharonbolton.com/

Up next on bedtime book reviews: Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

#BlogTour #Review The Old You by Louise Voss @OrendaBooks @LouiseVoss1 #TheOldYou

Title: The Old You by Louise Voss

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 28th February 2018

Genre: Domestic Noir, Mystery/Thriller

Description:
Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir
A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller
Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet…Someone’s mind is playing tricks … but whose? Lynn Waites gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, other, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble. But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

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Review:

On the same day Lynn Naismith has and interview for a new job at Hampton University, her husband Ed is diagnosed with Pick’s disease, a rare form of demetia, which his own father died of. Her world is turned upside down, her loving husband is suddenly not the same man she married ten years ago. Then strange things start happening. She thinks someone is watching her and the house. Then Ed goes missing. Lynn must dig into the past to find out what has happened to her husband.

I have to be honest, I’m struggling to write this review because the book is so amazing I can’t put it into words!

I haven’t read any of Louise Voss’s previous novels but after reading this, I will certainly be buying them! This story takes something as heartbreaking as a relative being diagnosed with dementia, something thousands of people have to go through every year, and turns it into one hell of a mystery.

The story build up slowly in the beginning, for the first 25% or so, then it picks up the pace until I couldn’t put it down. It’s so full of twists and turns that I genuinely didn’t see coming, which for me is a rarity and I really enjoy that in a book.

You can’t trust any of the characters, you can’t tell which ones are lying or hiding something, it really messed with my head (in a good way).

I can’t say any more because I don’t want to say too much and spoil it for you, I believe its one of those books that less is more but I can definitely say that Louise Voss is one of my new favourite writers.

Overall an utterly addictive novel that I will be thinking about long after I’ve read it.

A massive thank you to Orenda Books for my advanced copy of this amazing book and Anne Cater for organising this blog tour.

Rating: 5/5

About TheAuthor:Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise has had books out via pretty much every Louise Vosspublishing model there is, from deals with major traditional publishing houses (Transworld and Harper Collins), to digital-only (the Amazon-owned Thomas & Mercer) and self-publishing – she and co-author Mark Edwards were the first UK indie-published authors to hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon back in 2011. She has had eleven novels published in total, five solo and six co-written, a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction. Louise has an MA(Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at http://www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime-writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.

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.