#BlogTour #Review Murder At Midnight by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov

Title: Murder At Midnight by Faith Martin

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 25th August 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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


Felix Olliphant was found stabbed to death at a New Year’s Eve costume party for the turn of the millennium.

Seemingly liked by everyone, motives for his murder are hard to find. There was one suspect, but no evidence.

Hillary struggles to solve this baffling case. And she has to contend with a new colleague, Jake Barnes. Young and rich, he says he wants to give something back to the community, but Hillary has her doubts.

Will Hillary finally be defeated by this cold case and will she lose her boss and love interest to a new job?

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case 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.

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


DI Hillary Greene
An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!


Books 16-17 coming soon!

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I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this blog tour and Joffe Books for my advanced copy of this book.

Hillary is back off a two week holiday and faced with two new recruits. The first is Wendy Turnbull, a friendly, if not overenthusiastic woman with a style that could only be described as Gothic. Then there’s Jake Barnes, a millionaire wonder kid, nicknamed The Boy Wonder, who claims that he wants to give back to his community but he seems to be hiding something.

Wary of both her new recruits, she given the task of solving the stabbing of Felix Olliphant, during a New Years Eve party at the turn of the Millennium, a case with no usable DNA or accurate witness statements.

Her love life seems to be hotting up with her boss Steven Crayle but he’s offered another job, what does the future hold for them?

Another intriguing cosy mystery from Faith Martin! It’s nice to be back with Hillary Greene for another book. This is a series I’ve consistently dipped in and out of over the past year and while I will suggest this could be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend that you’d read a few of the previous books first.

The case is a particularly tough one with a lack of eye witnesses and forensic evidence and I have to say I didn’t see the ending coming at all!

The introduction of new characters Wendy and Jake was a great idea too, giving a little more depth to the story and introducing a slightly more varied cast.

Also if like me you are enjoying the perpetually single Hillary’s new love life, the ending will have you dancing with excitement.

Overall Murder At Midnight is an intriguing cosy mystery that has left me very excited for the next book.

Rating: 4/5

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 of Author 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 13 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.


#BlogTour #Review Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Title: Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 28th August 2018

Genre: Psychological Suspense


An unwanted pregnancy. A kidnapping. Escape…

University student Jemma Howell’s life has turned upside down: she’s pregnant and her boyfriend has just died.

A lawyer manipulates Jemma to sign away the child to her dead boyfriend’s parents, the wealthy Winchesters.

Six months after giving birth, Jemma is still obsessed with her baby’s welfare. A chance opportunity occurs. She makes a split-second decision.

She is now a kidnapper and on the run. Detective Constable Tim Findlay is assigned to the Winchester kidnapping, his first big case.

In the course of the investigation, he and his partner uncover deeply hidden secrets about the Winchester family.

For Tim, the difference between right and wrong becomes blurred.

BYE BABY BUNTING is a page-turning psychological suspense that explores society’s attitudes to single parenting and adoption and the laws that apply to birth-mother, child and adoptive parents. The story takes place in Auckland, New Zealand, Hawaii and Winnipeg, Canada between 1963 and the present.

You can buy your copy here: http://mybook.to/ByeBabyBunting


The story opens with Penny finding her birth certificate which states she was born in New Zealand but her name is completely different. We then journey back to 1963 and meet Jemma who is mourning the lose of her boyfriend Barry after finding out she’s pregnant. Unsure of what to do, having being told she wouldn’t make a good mother by friends and social workers, she gives the baby up to Barry’s parents Mr and Mrs Winchester.

She regrets her mistake, so when she sees the opportunity, she snatches her baby back. With the help of her friend Graeme they work on a plan so that Jemma can keep her baby but with the police on her tail will she manage to keep her baby?

If you’re planning to read Bye baby bunting I suggest you have a box of tissues handy. It is a heart breaking tale of a young mum forced to give up her child but given a second chance to raise her daughter.

As an unwed mother myself, I couldn’t help but get angry for Jemma, having to give up her baby and levels of scorn, whispering and judgement she was subjected to was just plain disgusting.

I really rooted for Jemma and Graeme, which being the kidnappers I shouldn’t, but they’re so sweet and you just want Jemma get her baby back. They’re relationship grows as the book progresses, which adds nicely to the story, but obviously after Barry, she’s reluctant but I really wanted her to get her happily ever after moment.

I do feel like this book may have been mislabelled as a psychological thriller/suspense, yes there are a few heart in your mouth moments but there wasn’t really any that screamed psychological thriller to me, in fact it felt more like a family drama.

Overall Bye Baby Bunting is a heart breaking, historical drama that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Rating: 3/5

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About The Author:

Dr Tannis Laidlaw has worn many hats in her career as a psychologist: clinician in privateAuthor photo 2 practice, in psychiatric bins and in the prison service; researcher in schizophrenia, anxiety, psychopathy and other personality disorders, mind-body interactions, and the therapeutic use of hypnosis; research manager; writer and lecturer.

She has always been fascinated by the human condition, not only in those with crossed wiring but also when ordinary people are driven to behave in extraordinary ways. Her fiction reflects her psychological background; her non-fiction, her interests as a wife, mother and friend.

Tannis lives with her husband in Auckland, but spends half her time at a deserted beach in Northland, the semi-tropical northern part of New Zealand, and in a remote cabin in the woods on a Canadian lake – all places where she writes and writes and writes.

Website: www.tannislaidlaw.com

Follow @TannisLaidlaw

#BlogTour #Review Finding Eva by J.A. Baker @Bloodhoundbook @thewriterjude

Title: Finding Eva by J A Baker

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 28th August 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller


Eva is desperate to find her birth parents after spending her childhood in foster care. She leaves London and heads to Whitby in search of her mother and father, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Gareth.

Gareth is furious with Eva. He loved her deeply and the disclosure she made when she ended the relationship is eating away at him.

Celia, Eva’s friend, is concerned about Eva. She has stopped answering her calls and when Celia goes to London to find her, she realises Eva has moved without telling anyone. Celia makes the decision to follow Eva to Whitby, concerned that Eva is unravelling. Both women have been damaged by their childhoods.

When Gareth also decides to go to Whitby, it is the start of a lethal situation.

Who exactly is Eva and why is Celia so concerned?

Some relationships are toxic. Others are deadly.


Eva was taken into foster care as a toddler and has had no contact with her birth family since. She tracked them down and has been keeping a check on them for years. After a disastrous end to her relationship with Gareth she moves to Whitby to be closer to her birth family. Her friend Celia finds out she’s moved from London but she’s worried about her mental health so she follows her. Unknown to her Gareth has also followed her to Whitby when the three collide it will lead to something disastrous.

I discovered J A Baker last year and this is actually the third book I’ve read of hers, you can read my review of her previous novel, The Other Mother, here.

I think this is the most shocking book I’ve read by J A Baker so far! The story starts off with a bang with a crowd of people standing outside a house that the police have cordoned off. The crowd are getting more and more agitated until two body bags are rolled out, what exactly happened inside that house?

The story is then told from three main perspectives, Eva, Gareth and Celia with a few chapters from Trish, Eva’s mother. They may not all be that likeable (especially Gareth, I really didn’t like him) but you can’t help being drawn into their world.

J A Baker really messes with your emotions, I didn’t know who to believe. Who’s telling the truth? Is Eva unbalanced or is Celia? What did Eva do to make Gareth hate her so much? Why didn’t Eva’s parents try to find her?

I have to be honest with you though, the book does start off quite slow, I did find it a little difficult to read but I feel once we get to Celia’s perspective, the story gets really gripped me.

Overall Finding Eva is a slow burning tale of unreliable narrators, lies and painful truths which all leads to an explosive ending.

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Author Bio:

J. A. Baker is a writer and reader of psychological thrillers. She was born in the North East of England too long ago to mention and has four children and a grandchild.dmiimlbpigiilldg

Her first book, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in December 2017. Two more books followed – Her Dark Retreat and The Other Mother, all of which made it into the Amazon Kindle Top 100.

She still resides in the North East with her husband Richard and dog, Theo. She lives in a village in County Durham. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and meeting up with friends and family.

She is working on her fifth book which will be published in December this year.


Website –www.jabakerauthor.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com.thewriterjude/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/thewriterjude

Bedtime Book #Review Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Welcome to another Bedtime Book Review, I actually won today’s gorgeous book as part of a giveaway run a few months ago by the lovely Jo on her fab blog My Chestnut Reading Tree, please go check her out!

If you would like to read my previous Bedtime Book Review,  My Best Friends Exorcism you can find it here.

Title: Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Publisher: The Borough Press

Date Published: 11th January 2018

Genre: Women’s Fiction


There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:
1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.


Eight four year old Florence has had a fall. Laying on the floor of her living room she reflects on what has happened over the last month. She lives in Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly with her best friend Elsie who takes care of her and helps her remember things that have slipped her mind. Due to her behaviour she’s been put on a warning, if she doesn’t make an effort to mix with the other residents, she’ll be sent to Greenbank, a nursing home that you never come back from.

A new resident moves in by the name of Gabriel Price but Florence is convinced he’s Ronnie Butler, the person from her and Elsie’s past. But he’s can’t be, Ronnie drowned sixty years before.

Nobody will listen to her so Florence, with the help of Elsie and widower Jack, she sets out to prove that it really Ronnie Bulter. Memories slowly start to come back to her and a deeply buried secret comes to the surface. Can she face her past?

I’m finding it so hard to review this book because I don’t think I can put into words just what an amazing book it is!

Three Things About Elsie combines a bit of mystery with and unusual narrator with the heart breaking subject of dementia to create a really poignant and compelling tale. It really reminded me of a book called Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey, that I read a few years back and if you haven’t read it, I suggest you add it to your reading list after this one of course!

The story is told from three perspectives. Miss Ambrose, Handy Simon and Florence.

Miss Ambrose the supervisor of Cherry Tree, although she’s not quite in charge (that goes to the slightly scary Miss Bissell). She’s slightly frustrated with the fact that Cherry Tree is not the job she would have chosen for herself but it’s just where she ended up. She’s always try to think of new ideas to improve things, which don’t always work out.

Handy Simon is Cherry Tree’s handyman. He’s not the sharpest but he’s got a good heart. He enjoys facts and figures and is just wondering when he fits in the world.

Then there’s Florence. She’s a little loud especially when she thinks nobody’s listening to her, she’s not a fan of socialising and is finding it increasingly hard to remember things and gets confused quite easily. The friendship between her and Elsie was just so sweet and it brings out her kinder side.

I have to be honest at times this book made me quite sad, showing some of the realities faced with old age but it’s also coupled with sharp and witty observations that will make you smile.

Three Things About Elsie  is a book that will stay with me long after I read it.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. Her first novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was a top ten bestseller in both hardback and paperback and was a Richard and Judy pick. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog.

#BlogTour #Review The Other Victim by Helen H Durrant @JoffeBooks @hhdurrant

Title: The Other Victim by Helen H Durrant

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 24th August 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural



Ronald Potter is found dead on the kitchen floor of a house he was about to show a client around. Ronald led a blameless life and Detective Matt Brindle and the team cannot find any motive for his murder.

But an intensive search of the property leads to a very disturbing discovery in the cellar.

Meanwhile, a young mother is being held captive by someone who will stop at nothing to get the information they want.

DI Matt Brindle discovers disturbing connections to organised crime and a sleazy night club. Can he expose the villains before any more people die?

This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.

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


















DI Matt Brindle has a lot on his plate, dealing with a new Detective Sergeant from Manchester and trying to keep his mother happy as he opens up their estate to the public. Then the body of estate agent Ronald Potter is found in a house that he was about to show to a buyer.

The mystery deepens as a skeleton is found in the basement at the same time a young mum disappears. It’s up to Matt and his team to dig to the bottom of the mystery.

So this is the second book in the Matt Brindle series, I have not had a chance to read the first novel, His Third Victim, but I can safely say this can be read as a stand-alone without missing too much.

I have no idea where to start with this novel, there’s just so much packed into it! There’s murder, kidnapping, dodgy business men, gangsters…see what I mean? That isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.

I’ve previously read Helen’s excellent Bayliss and Calladine series but dare I say it I think I enjoyed this even more! It’s hard to explain why exactly but I felt there was just this more Northern feel to it which tends to get lost in books sometimes even when they’re set in the North of England.

The characters are fantastic too. Brindle with his snobbish mother, huge country estate and is still haunted by the death of his old partner. The new girl Kate who is trying to deal with her wayward baby brother and sick mother. Then there’s DC Lily Haines who is young and a little inexperienced but she is good detective and seems kind hearted.

I have to be honest the ending felt a little…confusing and as I’m writing this review I’m still processing exactly what happened but I could not have predicted what happened at all.

Overall The Other Victim is packed with plenty of murder and mayhem with a good line up of suspects that will keep you guessing until the end.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Author Bio:

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

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.


Website: https://www.helenhdurrant.co.uk/

Twitter @hhdurrant

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


#Review The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Title: The Hazel Wood (Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert

Publisher: Penguin

Date Published: 8th February 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy


Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels.

But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get.

Her mother is stolen, by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world from her grandmother’s stories.

Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .


Alice has spent her life on the road having to move from place to place after strange incidents and bouts of bad luck. Her mum Ella is the only family she has after being estranged from her grandmother, writer and recluse Althea Prosperine who wrote a book of fairy tales that are so rare that anyone who gets their hands on them becomes obsessed with them.

A letter arrives announcing the death of Althea and telling them that they have inherited her estate, the Hazel Wood. Ella takes this as a sign that their luck has changed and settles in New York, not wanting anything to do with her mother’s estate, but suddenly she vanishes. Strange things start to happen as Alice begins see people from her grandmother’s stories walking around the city.

As the real world and the fairy tale world collide, Alice embarks on a treacherous journey to find her mother with the help of her friend Ellery Finch.

So I decided to take a break from my usual crime fiction and delve into a bit of fantasy, a genre I haven’t read for a while. This book is also young adult but I’d say it’s at the older end of the spectrum just because there is a bit of bad language and violence.

I love the writing style, there’s this almost poetic feel to the whole book. My favourite part had to be the very creepy fairy tales that are scattered through the book, which are really dark and twisted with no sort of moral to the story. I really hope the author releases them as a separate companion book in the future.

It took me a little time to warm up to Alice, just because I found her to be quite angry and standoffish. Her relationship with her mother could also be categorised as seriously clingy/sisterly which I always find a little cringe worthy. I did however like Ellery Finch, Alice’s friend, who hides his sadness under a smile and even though she keeps being horrible to him, he’s there when Alice needs him the most.

Yes there was the standard YA trope of the mum getting kidnapped but I can forgive that because the story is so twisty and absorbing you kind of forget.

The Hazel Wood is original, enchanting and a little mind bending too.

I know the next book is due out next year and I’m interested to see where the author will take it next as I felt that it kind of round off the story at the end of the book.

Rating: 4.5/5

About The Author:

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

#BlogTour #Review Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall @bookouture

Title: Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 17th August 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller


What if trying to protect your child only put them in danger?

Natalie is desperate to find her little boy. It has been more than three years since she saw Harry. Three long years in prison for a crime she knows she didn’t commit.

But her husband believed the police, and took their son.

Who has gone to such great lengths to destroy Natalie’s life? Everyone she once trusted – friends, family, all the people close to her – what secrets do they hide?

If Natalie finds the truth, will she get Harry back, or lose him forever?

A totally gripping psychological thriller – perfect for fans of Big Little LiesThe Girl on the Train and C.L. Taylor.


Natalie hasn’t seen her son since he was a baby. She got sent to prison for embezzling money from one of her clients, only this is, she doesn’t remember doing it. In fact she doesn’t remember doing a lot of things in the month before it happened. Nobody believes her and she spends three long years in prison. Prison changes Natalie, especially when she meets a charismatic prisoner called Katya which she doesn’t realise until it’s too late that she puts her son’s life at risk…

So, Keep You Safe is Rona Halsall debut novel, set for the majority of novel in the Isle of Man with a little cameo for The Wirral (which is the other side of the River Mersey from me in Liverpool). We go backwards and forwards in time, between now when Natalie is trying to save her son and her time spent in prison.

Natalie’s paranoia and worry for her son came across so well, that it had me looking over my shoulder! Once or twice I went to check on my son to which he told me to stop acting weird.

I really felt sorry for Natalie, she was a new mum, struggling to cope when she’s arrested. Her family, including her mum and her husband turn her back on her, with access to her son denied she feels so alone. I really liked the fact that instead of prison breaking her, Natalie comes out stronger, although a lot more paranoid than she used to be.

There is so much more to the story but for fear of spoilers I’m not going to write any more, although I have to be honest I did see the twist coming but I enjoyed watching the characters work it out for themselves.

Overall a fast paced, well written debut and I’m looking forward to reading more from Rona Halsall.

Rating: 4/5

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Author Bio:

Rona’s debut psychological thriller, Keep You Safe is out on 17th August and her second novelrona_halsall-095 copy will be out in November 2018.

Rona lives on the Isle of Man with her husband, two dogs and three guinea pigs. She has been a bookworm since she was a child and now she’s actually creating stories of her own, which still feels like a dream come true.

She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful beaches on the Island while she’s plotting how to kill off her next victim. She also makes sure she deletes her Google history on a regular basis, because… well, you can’t be too careful when you spend your life researching new and ingenious ways for people to die.

She has three children and two step-children who are now grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories!

Social Media Links:

To find out more about Rona’s novels, go to www.facebook.com/RonaHalsallAuthor or follow @RonaHalsallAuth on Twitter.