#BlogTour #Review Faceless by Rob Ashman @Bloodhoundbook @RobAshmanAuthor #NewRelease

Title: Faceless by Rob Ashman

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 31st May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.

This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.

While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.

Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.

Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?

The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…

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I want to thank Bloodhound books and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

DI Roz Kray has only been back at work for short time after a vicious knife attack, she is called out to investigate the complaints of a bad smell which turns out to be a young woman who has been brutally attacks and seemingly dead for a long time. Another body shows up and it seems they have a serial killer on their hands. Can Roz battle her own demons and get to the bottom of the case?

Now Rob Ashman has been on my radar for a while now but I’ve never actually read any of his books so I’m so glad that I finally got to read this one! This book is gritty, realistic, brutal and absolutely terrifying which to many people would seem off putting but I absolutely loved it.

This is a seriously addictive read. There were so many shocking twists and revelations I gasped out loud on several occasions (cue a lot of are you okays from my family).

Roz is a little OCD with bad eating habits (.i,e barely eats at all) and she is incredibly depressed but after losing her husband and being horribly scarred herself who wouldn’t be? I found myself really rooting for her especially as she ends up clinging onto the case with her fingertips as her senior officers start doubting her sanity.

I’m going to say that this book has one of my top fears in it, I’m not going to tell you what in case of spoilers but still I just couldn’t put this book down. Okay yes, there are certain aspects of the story which I found a little unbelievable but it’s so well written that I personally didn’t really think about it until I started writing this review.

Overall not for the faint of heart or those that are overly squeamish but a fantastic read and I hope there will be more DI Roz Kray books in the future!

Rating: 5/5

Author Bio:

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-twodownload (2) years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.


Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor

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#BlogTour #Review Crimson Siege: Blood Riders by Jay Raven @jayravenauthor @Books_n_all #horror

Title: Crimson Siege: Blood Riders – Book One by Jay Raven

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 21st April 2018

Genre: Horror


In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…

When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choicehand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

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Anton Yoska survived the savage vampire wars and now is Lord Marshal of a small town called Brejnei. He leads a quiet life until his old army comrade Milosh Drubrick, with his ragtag band of bounty hunters, drag a vampire into the sleepy village. The vampire is none other than aristocrat, Stephan Modjeski and his family especially his ‘mother’ Kristina will stop at nothing to get him back. Who will survive?

This is beautifully written, Gothic and a little disturbing at times. Personally I wouldn’t class it as horror, just mainly because I think horror should have me terrified and shivering under a cover, but I did think it was more of a good fast paced action story.

I loved the character of Anton, he’s devoted to his wife even though she is dying from fever, and determined to uphold the law even if it costs him his life. Apart from Pavel, his young deputy, Anton seemed to be surrounded by horrible people. Twisted Count Kravnik, who had been sent to over see the execution of two poachers, Nickru his other deputy who wanted his job and finally the bounty hunters who frankly seemed worse than the vampires!

I wouldn’t say this book is overly gory but I will warn you there are some really brutal themes in the book, rape is one of them, though thankfully it’s not actually shown within the pages, just referred to.

If I had one issue it would be the language was a little too modern (the use of the word ‘hot’ when describing a woman springs to mind), I kept having to remind myself it was meant to be set in the 19th century.

Overall a good start to the series and I’m interested to see what the author does next!

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past isJAY RAVEN AUTHOR PHOTO a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. 

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.


Website: http://www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

#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.

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.

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.




Books 12-17 coming soon!


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


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.


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


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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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.


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

Facebook page: @anitawaller2015

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Twitter: @anitamayw





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#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

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…?



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


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.


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.